Archive for January, 2013

Table Top to Table

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

I have a table top with no base, and I had no place in my house for such a large table if I did find a base. I tried donating it to Goodwill, but they wouldn’t take it without a base. It sat in my garage for 2 years, getting scratched and beaten up.


Since it was too big to go anywhere, and I couldn’t get rid of it, I decided to cut the table in half.

I started by taking out the supports on the underside of the table


Then I removed the trim from the underside of the tabletop


After all the excess trim was removed, I took a jigsaw and cut the top in half, reattached the trim. and added a 1×3 on the flat side of the top to provide support along the back.


I went to the hardware store and bought 4 spindles, and attached the spindles as supports between the top half and bottom half


Since the table is actually plywood, I sanded down the top and added wood filler so it could be restained


I taped off the top surfaces so that I could paint the trim and legs.


I then did several more coats of paint to age the table and stained the tops. I added a pillow to the bottom shelf for my pups, and placed it in my office for additional shelving


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Word of the Year

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Some of the blogs that I read are committing themselves to a word this year. This word is meant to improve the bloggers life over the period of a year. I have thought about this concept a lot since the first and this morning I think God showed me what my word is. As I listened to The Message, a radio station on Sirius XM, on my way home from work today, He confirmed it for me. As I was thinking about my word of the year, a new song by Rascal Flatts came on the Christian radio station. For those readers out there who do not know who Rascal Flatts is, the band is typically a country band, so it was a very unusual song for me to see on the display.

For the past year or so, I have been unhappy with my career. I had randomly applied for jobs at many companies since December 2011. I have been emotional about my job with my current employer and the amount of stress I go through on a continuous basis. I was determined to find another job. Finally, in October, I get a call from MD Anderson. They have seen my resume, and they would like to interview me. Would I prefer to interview for the evening shift or the night shift? I interview for the evening position first. Let’s just say that it went less than stellar… in fact, God made sure that I was less than stellar. But really, it was ok: I had not been on an interview in 4 years, what was I supposed to expect, perfection?

As it would happen, after the evening interview, I ran one of the 8 interviewers in the lobby, joked around with him for a minute, got directions and left. This guy was the first one to contact me about interviewing at MD Anderson, and called me back for my second interview with the night crew at the end of November. At the night interview, I got along well, made some jokes with the interviewers, and was told it would be mid-December before I knew anything. Two days later, while I am at lunch I receive a phone call, offering me the position! I was floored, but God knew what he was doing and he had been guiding my path long before I knew it.

My first day will be on Monday. The first Monday of the new year. I am nervous, excited, and hopeful. This is where God has brought me. And that is why my word of 2013 will be CHANGE. I believe this year will be about change for me, big and small. The name of the song by Rascal Flatts? Changed.