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 Fitness, Food, InBody230, Menu Planning, Self-Reflection, Strength Training, Warrior Dash

Wanna Be A Warrior

I have a lot to update on.  When last I wrote I was talking about not having a plan.  It has really hit me in the wallet and in the GI tract to not have a plan this week.  Even Rah-rah noticed it! Tonight on the way home, I asked what he wanted for dinner and he replied “I dunno… We really haven’t had any good food this week..” and he sounded so sad!  I guess that this means I need to keep up on that menu-making 😉 

After I post this entry, I’m going to make 2 more pages for my blog–a “new foods” page and a “Favorite Links” one.  I think it would be a good way to keep things in order and to share some resources with you.

Spaghetti Squash

Earlier this week, I was gifted with a Spaghetti Squash from one of my co-workers.  I had never tried it before so he brought me one from his very own garden.  His suggestion was to cut it in half (which I almost needed a hatchet to do…) and then microwave it.  Mrs. Roomie ended up doing the rest of the cooking after I cut it up because I simply had too much to do on my list.

She browned some lean ground beef and added a jar of Classico Tomato Basil sauce, then served the meat sauce over the stringed squash instead of over pasta.  The review that I received from Mr. and Mrs. Roomie and Rah-rah said that it was cold and kinda chewy.  When I re-heated it when I got home, I thought it was pretty tasty.  Maybe it just needed to cook longer?  Rah-rah rated it a 6 out of 10, so we’ll probably try it again.  Mr. Roomie said it was pretty tasty with just some olive oil and some garlic powder.  Who knows? The flavor is so mild that the possibilities are practically endless.

The rest of the nights, we pretty much had a gas-station diet–frozen pizza, sandwiches, etc.  It was really expensive and I’m going to have to be careful with my cash over the next week.  I’ve got my dry-erase markers ready, though! The menu shall be made!

Warrior Dash is a mud-crawlng | fire leaping | extreme run from hell | Are you a warrior?

Mr. Trainer has asked me to join the 2012 Warrior Dash

.  Now, on SparkPeople, I joined a great group of girls called the Weight Loss Warriors.  I haven’t been much of a warrior lately.  I have lost touch with a few of the girls and I have been avoiding spark like the plague for various reasons.  Be that as it may, however, the Weight Loss Warriors are some of the best, most supportive, consistent people that I have met.  Most of them have already met their weight loss goals, and if they haven’t, they’re still plugging away and making good choices.  I feel like doing the Warrior Dash will not only “make me a warrior” to them, but it will also provide some validation for myself.  If I can get through that race, hell, I can do anything.

Warrior Dash
Warrior Dash Participant (from Warrior Dash on Facebook)

Since it’s more of an obstacle course than a race, I’ve made a serious commitment to fitness.  On Monday I start Phase I with Mr. Trainer to begin preparations for the event.  It is about 9 months away and so every 4 weeks until July 2012, I have committed to meet with Mr. Trainer so that I can be ready.   Right now, I love sweets and carbs and cuddles–and I have been avoiding the gym.  With something like this on the horizon there will be no choice except to shape up.  It will be either get ready, or get hurt–one of the two.  I’m going to aim for the former, not the latter.