For the past few months I’ve been working a 4×10 schedule. That means I have to be at work at 7:30 in the morning and I don’t get off until 6:30 in the evening. Including travel time that means that I basically spend 12 hours at work every day. Sometimes those long days are brutal. But the upside is that I get a three day weekend every single week.
Originally I chose this schedule so that I could be productive on Fridays, using them to travel or go play outdoors or work on the house or do volunteer somewhere or work on some of my half baked projects. I especially wanted to work on those half baked projects, because they’ve all been stagnant for a long time.
I have a food blog that I’ve been wanting to relaunch for at least the last three years, a motorcycle that’s been needing a carb cleaning and possible engine rebuild for about six months, two mountain bikes that have been sitting in my house in pieces for the entire winter season, and a front yard that’s been slowly turning into a tangled mass of weeds for the past year. In addition I’ve been wanting to volunteer at a soup kitchen on Friday mornings and start training hard for the century rides and the ridiculous two hundred mile Seattle to Portland bike ride that I signed up for.
So yea there’s a lot that I could and should be doing on Fridays, but the reality is that I’ve been really lazy. And of course the rainy weather hasn’t helped. I have been able to travel a bit and go outdoors a few times, so I guess it hasn’t been a total bust.
This weekend I actually got a good chunk of yard work done. Last year I ripped out the lawn in my front yard, but neglected to cover it, so for the past year my yard has been growing into a tangled mass of weeds. So it ended up being a wasted effort, looking even worse than it did before. Over the past year I’ve been looking at Craigslist for free landscaping materials and have been slowly accumulating stuff to redo my yard. (Yes, I’m cheap and landscaping stuff is surprisingly expensive.)
Cheapness is sometimes a good thing though, especially when it can motivate me to get off my butt. That’s what happened this past Friday. The weekend before I found a load of mulch on Craigslist. It ended up being from a really nice lady in west Davis. She called me in the morning and said she had another truck load for me. Awesome. The problem was the load I got from her last weekend was still in the back of my truck. So to get that second free load I ended up pulling all the weeds in my front yard, laid down weed fabric, bought edging at Home Depot to create a border, and emptied a truckload of mulch into the area. It actually came out looking pretty decent, and didn’t cost me too much.
My front yard is a lot bigger than I thought, so I have a pretty big area that I don’t know what I’m going to do with yet. Hopefully I can find some more free materials to fill up this blank canvas. I do want a couple of fruit trees, I’ll probably plant them in containers. The rest is kind of up in the air. I’m hoping I can find some nice free pea gravel or quarter inch ginger rock for the path areas, but that’s probably not going to happen. At the very least I hope I could keep up the momentum and keep these Fridays productive so this project can eventually finish, even if I have to spend some money and buy rocks.