Growth Rulers


Basement, Blog, Home, Woodworking

This project was about a year in the making. Last Christmas, Ellie and I had a niece and two nephews to buy for and there was another on the way and a fifth would come into the picture a little later. Daunted by the prospect of having to buy gifts for several kids, we came […]

December 26, 2018

Holiday Decorations


Blog, Home, Living Room

When it comes to holidays, I’m not much of a decorator. There’s a whole lot of effort that goes into decorations for very little payoff. Most of the time, you’re decorating your house for you alone. A few days or weeks after, you take them down and put them in a box for next year’s […]

November 28, 2018

Christmas Ornaments


Blog, Home, Woodworking

One of the appealing features of a ShopSmith is that it can be used as a lathe. For the longest time, I had been wanting to try my hand at turning things on a lathe but didn't know anyone who had one to use. All of a sudden, I had one of my own and […]

January 31, 2018

Day Drinking


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My boss said we could bring in beers today. I had two this afternoon because I could. I knew going into it, I would not get much work done. I have trouble focusing with a beer in me. At my last job, the translation company, when we would get a company lunch for a special […]

December 23, 2016

Cookies


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What are your holiday cookie traditions? In the Zawacki family, we have a few.  I personally like to make the ones that family members used to make, the family members who are no longer with to celebrate Christmas. I feel that there’s a lot of comfort in making things their way. They would bring the […]

December 23, 2016

Sausage


Blog, Recipes

Because I don’t think anyone who reads this is going to get any spoilers, I figured I’d tell you what I made last night to give away as presents for Christmas this year. If you haven’t guessed from the title yet, I made sausage. Italian sausage. Ellie had this great idea, to save money on […]

December 22, 2016

A Few Things and Wishing You a Happy Holidays


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Just a few things I want to touch on before the holidays are upon us.  I’ve been terrible at posting the past few months. I went strong for the majority of the year, then I just crashed and I’m not entirely sure why. I plan on improving on this in the new year. The Winter […]

December 23, 2014

Ellie’s Christmas Gift


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In my mind, gifts need to be perfect and that’s why I hate them. I have trouble giving something to someone if there’s no utility or practicality or any real reason the recipient would like to receive the gift. I can’t just go to the store and pick something out for someone and think it’s […]

January 7, 2014

A Zawacki Christmas


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It was Christmas on Monday, for those of you non-Christians out there who are unaware. As a confirmed Catholic, I hope you had a good Christmas. As a born human, I hope you had a great day regardless of what you did. Every year for Christmas eve, my mom’s side of the family gathers at […]

December 28, 2012