Today I joined a group volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. We rented three cars (I was a driver) and took the 14 of us to the Habitat site, where they split us up into groups to work.
Many hands were put to labor all over the house - and since I mentioned I had a little experience and a few relevant skillsets, I was assigned to work on drywall taping and sanding.
Figure: Tools of the trade
Nobody else in our group wanted this job (it's a little tricky if you haven't done it before, and it's messy), so I was working with a bunch of "regulars" (men who have construction experience who show up most weekends).
Figure: This guy is a professional. Stilts!
I was pleased that after a refresher demonstration, I picked up the technique pretty quickly.
I don't have the energy to be any sort of witty this evening, but I do have to say that I really enjoyed this. I get antsy after a while if I don't do any physical labor (which is why I volunteer for stuff like this), and this fit the bill perfectly.
Figure: Tired muscles, dirty face, happy girl.
In the interest of full disclosure, that picture of me is not from today - it's from the last time I did drywall work. But, I looked pretty much the same today (well actually a bit worse - I managed to get drywall compound in my hair this time... dratted ceiling work.) :)