Do big scary things

Jul 28, 2011 by

I finally started working on my project car again the other day.  I get caught up in work or home projects and haven’t been working on the car much lately.

I’m working on building a 1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite, but with A LOT of custom modifications.  Pretty much everything will be custom made on this one.

And that freaks me out.

But its OK. Actually its good.  I think everyone needs to have at least one big scary project going on at any given time.  We need to stretch ourselves beyond our limits.  No one should live inside their comfort zone.

This project keeps me on my toes and learning as I go because on many aspects of it, I really don’t know exactly what I’m doing.

My previous project car. So much fun to drive

I can work on cars, and fix most things, and I’ve even built a car before, but that was more of a restoration and not a complete custom build like this one.

yes this engines is WAYYYY too big for this car. but thats the point.

This one I’m going a little crazy and installing an engine that should have no place in a car like this.  Because I’m doing that I am then going to have to completely design and fabricate a new front end and rear end suspension system.  And I don’t even want to think about the electrical wiring on this thing yet.

And that’s where I lose my motivation.  Thinking about all of the things I “don’t know” or all of the things that lay before me in the project.

But then when I stop, and just work on the next thing that needs to be done, it all goes away.

I move forward.  I make progress.  I get things done.

And then I can look back and see that I’ve already rebuilt and fitted this engine that would not, should not fit inside this car.

I’ve modified it from a transfers to rear wheel drive engine by fitting a different transmission on there.

I created my own motor mounts to make this fit. etc

Big scary projects are big, and scary.  Its easy to get bogged down in all of the details and thousands of things you need to do.  Sometimes its hard to know what to do next.  For me its important to try to break it down into areas or steps and just try to keep moving forward.  Forward momentum helps make it seem not so scary.  Seeing progress helps.  Also looking back at all the work you’ve done is also very helpful.  Another trick that helps is getting a friend to come over and work with you.  Getting that extra energy and momentum from a friend can help keep you going when you get stuck or just lose motivation to keep going.

I think everyone needs a big scary project in their lives.

What is your big scary project?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ben…

P.S. for my 1AW for weeks 28 and 29, since I didn’t post last week, are some misc car parts from this project.  When I took on this project I actually bought two cars.  One was the shell of the Austin Healey, the other was a Ford Taurus from which I got the engine and everything else that came with it.  I’ve parted out the Taurus, but kept some parts I thought I’d use.  I’ve since been slowly getting rid of those parts I haven’t needed them.  Saving some space in my garage and making some cash on craigslist at the same time.

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Zucchini, carrot, & raisin muffins

Jul 25, 2011 by

I’m still on my zucchini kick.  So I made these guys.  So freaking good!

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I may have to make them again.  I sent most of them off with my wife for her work potluck, because I knew if I kept them at home I would eat them all.  I kept a few at home…and promptly ate them all.

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My garden is finally starting to slow down on the zucchini kick, and I’ve been giving them away daily.

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But I still have more than enough of these giant awesome zucchinis, so I made some killer muffins.  Here’s what you need.

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 Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons canola oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup grated zucchini

1 cup grated carrots

1/2 cup raisins

1 cup White Whole What Flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375 and get yourself a bowl and lets get making these.  Its super easy.

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In a big bowl, add a half cup sugar.

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add 2 tablespoons canola oil

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add 1/2 teaspoon salt

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Add the eggs and mix it up

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Grate 1 cup of carrots

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and throw it in the mix

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grate 1 cup of zucchini

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and add it in the mix

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stir this up.

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In a separate bowl we are going to add our other dry ingredients together.  Add 1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour

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1 teaspoon baking powder

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1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

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mix it up

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so it looks like this and then mix it into the other bowl

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stir that up now to get this great gooey mixture

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add in the 1/2 cup of raisins

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and mix it up.

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Throw these in your oven at 375 for 20 minutes.

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They will come out looking and make your whole house smelling amazing.

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Add some butter and eat it.  Then eat another.  Then another.  Then give the rest of them away before you eat them all.

Ben…

I made a double batch of these and STILL had zucchini left over so I also fried up some leftover zucchini for dinner that night and it was awesome!!

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This recipe was modified off of this awesome one.

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Backyard Scrabble

Jul 23, 2011 by

I like Words with Friends on the iPhone, its a fun game to play while standing in line at the store.  But I love this backyard scrabble idea.

Get together with your REAL friends and play a game in your backyard.  Awesome Idea.  I want to do this in my backyard.

Ben…

via Sunset

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1-A-Week: Week 27: Easy way to know what to get rid of

Jul 15, 2011 by

I’m just beyond the half way point in my 1-A-Week challenge, and it is going very well.

This week I’m going to give you a very great tip to find things you can get rid of.

Here is the tip:  Anything that is in the VERY back of your cupboards and is covered in dust.  That is the stuff you do not use and you can get rid of it.

I find it really frustrating when putting away dishes that I have to push and shove and find room for things I’m using when there are things taking up space in the back of the cupboards that I know I am never using.

To recap, if it is:

A: In the back of the cupboard

and/or

B: covered in dust

That is a very good indicator that you do not use that item and can safely get rid of it.  These glasses were covered in dust.

Today I finally got into the back of a cupboard to find these beauties.  These were souvenir glasses from my old company DivX.  I think we got these at our IPO party, but am not sure.  Either way, they are covered in dust, and I no longer work there, so out the door they go.  I’m temped to throw them on ebay and see if anyone would want them, but I may just donate them.

The second thing I found was this who-knows-how-old bottle of margarita mix that clearly is not good anymore.  I am not a big drinker and have no idea how long that thing has been back there, but that is gross, so it is getting tossed out.

It looks like a nice little set here.  Out they go!  And now I can put away the glasses I do use without the hassle of trying to find room for them.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Real soda

Jul 15, 2011 by

When I was in college, there was a crazy guy up in Long Beach with a warehouse that was called Real Soda in Real Bottles and it was the only place where you could find Thomas Kemper root beer, cream soda and the very hard to find, birch beer.  At that time, Thomas Kemper was brewed and only distributed in the northwest, where I was from.

My roommate and I would head up to this warehouse and just go nuts purchasing all sorts of weird varieties that this guy would personally go out and find and bring back.  And he was nuts.  He would talk your ear off until you left, but it was great.

We would then take all those sodas back to the dorm, and stock our fridge and drink them.  We then started selling them to other guys in the dorm and the profits would cover our soda habit.

I ran across this video today, and its simply amazing.

This guy is much cooler than the guy we dealt with, and I just found out that his store, Soda Pop Stop, is up in LA, so I am definitely going there next time I’m up that direction.

I try not to drink any soda as its usually really bad for you, but I love a good root beer and would go nuts in this store.

Cucumber soda?!  Yes please.

Watch 30 seconds of that video and you will watch the whole thing.  That guy is great.

Ben…

What is your favorite soda?

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