Sassyhacksaws

Musings on an English Degree
Hello!

I'm Danny Zawacki. When my wife and I bought a 1950s ranch house in Madison, WI, I didn't see it as a story to tell right away. However, as the projects started happening the story started to develop and I wanted to share it with you.

I was born in the eighties and raised as a nineties kid. My goal, however, is to be an enterprising and DIY man right out of the 1950s. I buy old tools and I put them to use fixing up my old home. Come along for the journey?

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Recent Posts

Walking

Yesterday I logged over 17,000 steps. Last week, I logged over 95,000 steps. I’m addicted to my Fitbit. About two years ago I got some extra.cash and decided to spurge and buy my self a Fitbit Surge. At the time, and still now I believe, it’s was their high-end tracker. I got it be wise […]

On Time

I do my best to be on time when I go places. If someone tells me when I need to be at a place, I like to be there a few minutes early. I’d prefer to wait for them than have them wait for me, just how it goes. Leaving g for work, however, has […]

Big Announcement I’ve been holding on to for a while

Okay, I think it’s as official as it’s going to get, at least for the next month or so and that means I finally feel comfortable officially announcing it. Ellie and I bought a house. We’ve been looking for a while now, for what feels like somewhere between four and six months. We came into […]

Reliability

This year, my quarterly bonuses are tied to my goals at the company. Last year, they were tied to membership sales goals and it frustrated me. I was only there to support sales, and I didn’t do any selling so it felt like meeting those goals was out of my direct control. Since they’re tied […]

Changing Diet

In the past six months, my diet has been overhauled for the better.im finally eating the way I have always wanted to eat, but usually made the excuse that it was too expensive to do so. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat tasty and crappy foods, I just consider the food I eat to […]

Bus Stop

Last night, I was waiting for the bus at my usual stop on the capital square and I smelled something funny. I saw some people smoking inside the bus stop, a general no-no but people do it anyway. It smelled off, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt and assumed it was just […]

Cold Turkey

If I’m going to quit something, the best method for me has always been going cold turkey. Late high school and on into early college I was hooked on World of Warcraft. I played it quite a bit, but it didn’t take over my life. Regardless, I was spending a lot of time and a […]

Jumping to Conclusions

For anyone who has seen Office Space, the thought of jumping to conclusions bings to mind the scene where one of the worst product ideas is featured on the silver screen. It’s funny, because the product is so terribly thought out. Like, seriously you cannot put all possibly solutions on a mat and you can’t […]

Negotiations

I’m a born sucker. I’ll take taken for a ride on any “deal” that comes my way, assuming it’s something I am planning to buy. Not sure why, but when I hear the amount people are asking for something, I either decide it’s the right price or that it’s too much. Right on the spot. […]

Subletting

I think we have a desirable apartment. We showed it to six or seven people so far and already two people have handed in applications to sublet. A few more expressed interest in doing so. And who wouldn’t want it? It’s a steal at the price for a two bedroom apartment in such a great […]