It all began with what we thought would be the poor mans route to remodeling a kitchen. Living with our 20 year old terra cotta tile floor and equally as old yellow oak cabinets that we would paint white with the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations paint, DIY concrete counter tops, and a new island that would house our oven and cooktop (moved from their existing spots to make room for more dining area.)
How it all started
Before and After the Cabinet Paint
Don’t get me wrong the paint worked fine and the cabinets turned out ok, and we were going to live with them. But we’ve always wanted wood floors, and I realized the tile ran under the freshly painted cabinets. To remove the tile, meant removing the cabinets, which in turn meant damaging the paint on cabinets we already didn’t like.
It became apparent that planning new cabinets that we would like became a priority. We were already going to build our island from Ikea cabinets. The reviews and the price point seem to point to a decent product without breaking the bank.
After a ridiculous amount of frustration with the Ikea designer tool, we were able to come up with a cabinet design and style that would be close to the layout we need (keeping the sink and refer in the same place) while giving us an updated look and feel.
Island and cabinets
Now we just need to get up to Portland to Ikea to purchase the setup and demo the existing kitchen.
Speaking of demolition…. remember how I said we wanted wood and the tile would have to be removed? This is the first, “what have we gotten ourselves into moment.” Removing the tile is pretty easy, actually my 9 year old has removed more tile than I have. It’s this product called Wonderboard that is proving to be extremely difficult to remove. I was really hoping it was just some nailed down backer board, but this Wonderboard is a whole different beast. It appears to be glued, there’s thinset, and the board appears to be nothing but gravel wrapped in some mesh. Every once and a while I get lucky and get a good chunk worked up, but others areas are like chipping through stone.
Starting at the door working in
Eager to help
One of my current projects requires age screening to me COPPA and CARU laws. These laws say children (under the age of 13) should not see content that is not age screened (twitter content, facebook content, tumblr, etc.), so I needed a way to hide the content for young eyes.
Requirements for the age screen are:
- User must enter age
- Must load prior to content becoming accessible
- A cookie needs to be used to keep kiddo’s from just clicking the back button
The project is running on wordpress using a customized Reverie Framework, so I figured I could use the built in reveal component included in Foundation.
As a budding web dev I’m constantly amazed with what folks out there do. One of my latest projects has brought me to include some little animations or movements to help liven things up a little. One of the little animations I wanted involves a bouncing basketball. While I know it’s not much and possibly dirty code, I’m proud.
Uses jQuery and jQuery Easing.
Life is easily one of the most rewarding and fulfilling journeys I can think of. It is equally just as difficult, as I can attest to; with 10 years of bouncing between doctors and health issues, financial troubles, ridiculous amounts of slander and lost friends by Christians and non, you name it, I feel like I’ve (and by ‘I’ve’ I mean my family) been through it. After dealing with these facts of life for so long, one tends to become dull to all emotions, relationships, blessings and failures. I began telling myself, “this is my lot in life, God won’t give me more than I can handle, and I just need to clench my jaw and get ready for the next blow.” And because I told myself this is what I’ve been given, I need to have the strength to handle it on my own. Continue reading
This is my first round of max lifts on The Outlaw Way.
So far I’ve posted the following:
1rm jerk – 225 (coulda went higher but ran out of time)
1rm squat – 265
1rm bench – missed the workout
1rm weighted pullup – missed the workout
1rm deadlift – 385 (really wanted 400 but I held up at 385)
Bleh, I wish muscle ups could just happen without practice.
1) 7×1 1 hang power snatch + 1 power snatch – 115, 125, 125, 125, 130, 135, 135
2) 7×1 2 power clean + 1 push jerk – 155, 155, 155, 160, 165, 165
3x ME muscle ups – 1, 0, 1
3xME double arm kb snatch – 11, 10, 10 (40lb dumbells)
3×10 reverse hyper – NW, 10, 10
3×5 snatch grip push press – 110, 100, 100
Today’s Outlaw WOD:
1) 5×1 box snatch: 125, 125, 130, 135, 140
2) 5×1 box clean: 140, 155, 165, 165, 170
1) 5×1 back squat: 230
2) 3×5 front squat: 155, 165, 175
3 Rounds for Time: 12:43
10 2 box lateral jumps
Today’s Outlaw WOD was a bruiser. With the heat approaching 100, I’m really going to need some chalk:
1. 125 then 140 (failed first attempt, got second)
2. 170 then 190
1a) 100, 105, 110
1b) 120, 125, 130
Three rounds + 10 burpees
Today’s Outlaw Results:
1) 95, 115, 125, 135, 145, 145, 150
2) 135, 155, 160, 160, 165, 170
1a) 12, 14, 13
1b) 6, 5, 5
1d) 95, 95, 95
Today I pushed my first responsive site live. Using Twitter’s Bootstrap as my base, my goal was to create a simple mobile site that would the primary presence for our QR code. Responsive design certainly requires a lot of thought, and probably too much for a newb like me, but I am pleased with the outcome. I also rolled our own custom store locator that uses HTML geolocation which has turned out to be a great feature.
As we get closer to redesigning the entire site for the brand, the responsive design will most likely be incorporated.
Natural Vines Mobile Site