Building a cabin.

This weekend we put up a shed next to the cabin that dad built. We had a lot of fun and managed to get a little accomplished. Thanks to everyone who helped! Derek, Sean, Jason, Bobby, and Chase: YOU GUYS ROCK!

July 27, 2006

After getting done with work on Thursday Seth and I planned on putting together a table for the party so we headed to Menard's. As soon as we pulled into the Menard's parking lot we got a phone call from Amber letting us know that Erin called and said our apartment was flooded. We rushed home to find the apartment in ruins. We had to throw away most of what was below the 3-foot flood line.

The first question the building manager asked us after she made an appearance was, "Do you have renter's insurance?" I, of course, answered, "No." But it was only later that we came to realize that renter's insurance doesn't apply in a flood situation.

Anyway, Erin and I kept in as high of spirits as we could while we threw most of our possessions away. I remember saying multiple times, "We would've had to get rid of this before we left anyway." It really is amazing how much junk a small apartment can accumulate. It's amazing what we really can live without.

Erin's Summer

A lot of people have been asking me what Erin is up to this summer so I thought I would take this opportunity to tell everyone about it since she is so busy. She's working in Trout Lake (near Minocqua, WI) this summer through the UW studying the Chinese Mystery Snail, or CMS in "Trout" lingo.

Here's a picture of the CMS:



While volunteering (if you can call carrying a few things and fishing while the real work is done volunteering) with her this past weekend I got to see exactly what it is she does and its a lot of work. Here's a picture of Erin and Kira (her workmate). She didn't want me to post this on the internet :)


Making the Cabin (1998-2000)

Was rained out of work today so decided to scan images of the cabin my dad built and make a video. Here's the finished product.

Jake: Transitions

The end: 

Today is my last day at UWF. Not only are the people amazing but the flexibility was probably a major reason for me being able to make it through college with decreasing financial aid coupled with tuition increases. Thanks to everyone at UWF for your hard work and inspiration!

The beginning:

I started my new job at Butler Builders Incorporated in Middleton and even tossed in over 20 hours the past two days. I am looking forward to learning a very practical trade that will be extremely useful when we go overseas early next year. Plus who doesn't want to learn something that will save them thousands of dollars later in life :)