Posted in Gaming, Life + Living

Step by step guide to building a standing station

Last year, I posted a very high level overview about building an Ikea standing station conversion. This year, I’m showing you:

1: Read this guide
2: go to Ikea

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3: Daydream about making some of the rooms yours:

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4: Find and purchase the following:
~Lack side table (21×21″)
~Antonius shelf (31×11″)
~brackets of your choice

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5. Gather your materials.  You will need

– side table
– shelf
– brackets
– power drill with 1/16″ bit and Phillips had screw driver bit
– screws of appropriate dimensions.( I raided our junk drawer to find some. You want at least two that are just under 1/2″, and about four more that are about 1″)
– a pencil
– a buddy

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6. Assemble the table according to the included instructions (recruiting a buddy helps save fatigue in your forearms)

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7. Figure out where you want your keyboard to be by putting the table on your existing desk. Bend your elbows to mimic typing comfortably at a keyboard (usually around 90°) and mark off this height discretely with a pencil on the inside of the table leg.

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8. Measure and mark the holes for the brackets on the bottom of the shelf

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I couldn’t find my measuring tape, so I just eyeballed it.
9. Drill a shallow pilot hole for each of the screws using a 1/16″ bit. Only go deep enough to get through the veneer

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10. Line the brackets up as planned, then screw them down. Your screw should just fit:

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11. Referencing your pencil marks from step 7, mark where you’ll be attaching the other side of the bracket to the table

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12. Drill pilot holes *just* through the veneer, and use the smallest bit (1/16″ is what I used).  Get your buddy to brace the table so it doesn’t fall over on you. He or she can hang out and lend some leverage through the next steps.

13. Mount the shelf to the table using 1″ screws.

14. Place standing station conversion on your existing desk, move your monitor, keyboard, and mouse as needed and Ta da: standing station

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* if you use too big of a bit, drill too far, or use screws that are too short, you might experience the painful conclusion of your shelf falling off when you place your table upright

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Don’t worry, if plan “A” fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet. Plan “B” for me was to spin the table around and correct for my mistakes. The damaged part faces the wall anyway, so no one will see.

My trip to Ikea included the parts shown above, crafting beads, and lint roller refills. My bill came to $33.  The table itself should be around $7-9, the shelf around $6-7, and the brackets around $6-7.  Not a bad deal for $20!

I talked to someone there who had already made his version and he was helping a friend build one. This was #2 for me. Are you going to tackle it? Comment below with your thoughts.

Posted in College, Life + Living, Menu Planning, Wedding Planning

Happy New Year: Extended Edition

Today’s song is brought to you by the Pandora Pop Fitness station.

This time last year was a time of hardship and growth.  No really–I gained 12 pounds.  But it was also character growth, and so so good.

From there, we went through wedding planning, a wedding, getting a dignosis of ‘hyperthyroidism’ for Tazzerson (our cat), an international reception, helping my brother move, moving ourselves, helping my mom move, planning festivities for my sister’s wedding, and finally–attending her wedding.  In between, I’ve been going to school and my husband has been studying for his certifications, our parents have had to take care of our grandparents as they age and needs change.   We’ve had a ton of just LIFE things happening and when that happens, some things fall by the wayside.  Thankfully, I’ve been able to maintain my weight for the last year–230 on the dot.  But what is the point of maintaining when I’d much rather be working towards my ultimate goal weight?

The “life” things have settled down for the moment.  Now it’s time to get back to the rhythm of working out, planning meals, and eating right.

Today’s plan is to get in a quick work out, clean the house, and do some cooking for the week ahead.  When I buy breakfast at work, it’s a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich (english muffin).  There’s no reason why I can’t make something similar at home and make some healthy substitutions.  When I buy lunch at work, it’s usually when they’ve got gyros in from a local restaurant 🙂 I can do that, too.

Now that life has settled down a bit, I expect to be posting much more often.  Thanks for sticking with me!

Posted in Life + Living, Menu Planning, Uncategorized, Wedding Planning

Are you bored?

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AH! I still sort of have ‘wedding brain.’  I go home at night and still feel like we should be planning a wedding.  If you’re interested in mini updates and food photos then you can subscribe to follow me at http://megsfitnessphototracker.wordpress.com.  I upload pics of my daily eats and lately I’ve been updating on the day’s goings on too.  I still intend to update here, but I feel like I owe you better content and right now I just don’t have it.  You deserve better!! So, if you’d like to wait for better, I’ll have it soonish.  If you’d like to settle for good-enough, check out my alt blog where I just update from my phone and call it good.

From MegsFitnessPhotoTracker: “I found a sammich in my fridge thus morning and decided it was breakfast. Nom nom nom.. Oh! And my plan of eating when I’m hungry and stopping when I’m full works.. I weighed in at 217 this morning. I’m pretty sure it was a fluke.”
Posted in College, Life + Living, Self-Reflection

Creative Commons: Synergy in a Bottle

Ever since I pointed out that I begin many of my blog entries/paragraphs with the word “so” I have been beginning my blog entries with “so, *backspace, backspace, backspace, backspace, think: what do I REALLY want to say?*” and then I start writing my entry.  Just a little fun-fact for you.

I am happy to report that school is going well.  I’ve earned extra credit for watching and analyzing Catfish, playing around on a-google-a-day, and proposing additional reading from a great website called Utne Reader.  I’ve earned between 80-100% for my regular work in this class.  It’s going much better now that I’ve got a better instructor.  The first week was ridiculous.

copyright mashed-up and remixed from Copyright Remixed on Vimeo.

At any rate… This week one of our tasks was to watch a video about the evolution of copyright law.  It is a really interesting look at the progression of protection for creative works.  I was happy to see that it ends with a small introduction to the Creative Commons License (which, you may notice, I use for this blog).  Watching the video inspired me to actually update my Creative Commons License to add permissions for derivative work provided that I am credited/cited as a source, that it’s not sold, and that the same sort of creative commons license is applied — For example, if you like my recipe for shrimp, pineapple and bacon, but you think it would taste better with shrimp, pineapple, bacon and honey barbeque–by all means, use my original photos with a link-back to the entry and then post your own photos and talk about your creative idea.

I think it’s really cool when people can work together to build something awesome.  If people didn’t have the ability to build off of one another’s work, where would we be?  We certainly wouldn’t have all those awesome meme’s to waste our time with all day