Leaving my post till the last minute is not just because I am procrastinating and not finding the time. It is because I cannot settle on an idea. I keep coming back to learning how to play guitar. It was something I wanted to tackle eight years ago but after a little attempt I never stuck with it and kept going. When I read Curtis’ blog post he mentioned that he would walk away from this project playing simple guitar that would result in some weak sing-a-long’s around the campfire. Since my singing voice resembles something closer to a dying cat, it made me realize it would likely be very similar on my end. I would learn a few favourite songs and get some understanding but it likely won’t be something I keep at. Once the expectations to document my learning leave, so will my desire to make time to practice. Instead, a text from Durston to fire up the Xbox will pull me away from a simple jam session. Speaking of jam sessions, I won’t be joining or starting a band from this so where will I play the guitar? A little Raffi for my kids? Is it something that I can take to my classroom? I just do not see it happening. So I continued to think.
One thing I am knee deep in right now is renovations. My husband and I bought a house a year ago and have been slowly picking away at projects. Lots has been hired out but some of the landscaping we tackled on our own. Our next project is to change the edging in the front yard and build a couple of raised flower beds. I thought this might be something I could do. However, my experience in this area isn’t new as we already redid the backyard edging and I worked at a landscaping one summer in my college years. Of course I have a lot more I could learn but it just didn’t seem like I would be getting the whole learning experience from the project.
Finally I came to an idea that we weren’t quite ready to tackle. Honestly, it might be a little much right now but it got me excited. Months ago I came across a cool bunk bed that I would love to have in our eldest daughters room. The plan was for my husband to build it for her. He already has a bunch of projects he can tackle so why not let me attempt this one. Check out the pinterest inspiration :
My first plan would be to alter measurements. The wall we want to put it on doesn’t quite work for the information provided by the original post. Once I figured out a game plan, I would then like to attempt a CAD drawing of the plan. This is something I did in high school but my memory fails me so I know I will have to do some research to do this correctly. Will we add the light features? Will we use the shiplap like he has done? Or is there a different/cheaper and easier way to create this look? Once the plan is set, I will begin the build. I might start parts of it in the garage and build it section by section. Or maybe I will follow the video provided and see how it works out. I still need to think a bit more about this and if it really is something I want to tackle.
I know I will have to rely on some others for this project. I have done some construction work in the past but I am far from confident or an expert in this field. I know my husband will be supportive and walk me through the cuts. He is pretty handy and a bit of a perfectionist so this might kill him to hand the reigns over to me! If I end up welding the rails and the ladder together he will be my guide. He is an autobody mechanic that tends to have some pretty nice welds so he will be a great teacher. Next, a good friend and our go to construction guy (that is currently doing a big garage reno for us right now) will be who I talk to about using some of the tools I am unfamiliar with . I will do my research online but will likely need to use some of his tools so he will be a support with that. Finally, a dear friend of mine has tackled quite a few home renovation projects this past year. She has a very knowledgeable instagram account and blog that shares tips and tricks for all the DYIers out there. I will be sure to scroll through her feed to help guide me along in this process. I know I can also count on her if I am really in a jam.
As I type this, I can feel a slight panic settling in. Can I really do this? This seems like a lot to take on. Maybe learning guitar is more manageable? But will it be as rewarding? Will it be something I will continue with after this class is over? I would really be relying on social media and online apps to learn guitar, so maybe that is more applicable? Time for me to decide. What do you think? Is the bed build the project I should pursue? Or dust off the guitar and give it another go.