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Someone suggested I let the LJ world know what's happened in my life during the 20 years since my last update.

Well OK. :)

I'll do this in reverse so I can just stop when my memory is too foggy to write anything more. This morning Jamie and I are getting ready to drive 4 hours to my brother's house for my niece's first birthday. We'll stay there tonight and leave shortly after the birthday party tomorrow. Jamie has never seen their house. This is also the last time I'll see my parents before they leave on a 2-week road trip.

Yesterday at work was grill day, as is usually the case on Fridays. Everyone was in the kitchen when the company owner called from CA where he'd been all week, asking to talk to Tom. Tom picked up the call at the phone in the kitchen area where everyone was eating and walked around the corner to talk to Ken. Don got up and walked over to the base of the phone, which Tom could no longer see, and started randomly hitting the mute button. Most of the time Tom's side of the conversation was just short "yup", "uh-huh", etc., so Don waited for him to start saying something longer, then muted about 15 words of it, and then allowed the last 5 words to get through. The conversation continued as if nothing had happened. Scientific conclusion: the owner of the company only listens to 25% of what anyone says. :)

Ok, I might not get very far with this update because we need to start getting ready to hit the road, but I'll try to squeeze in one more anecdote...

Over dinner on Thursday Jamie and I got talking about doctor's visits and how they weigh you on the balance-style scale. I pointed out how it sucks to be just over the threshold where they need to slide the small weight all the way back and and then move the bigger weight over one more notch. Jamie agreed. Much hilarity ensued, dramatizing the moment in a stand-up-comedy sort of way. "No! You didn't move the small one over all the way! It would have balanced! Why did you ASSUME I weigh more than the rest of the small weight can adjust?" I guess you had to be there.

Ok, I need to get ready to go now. Better than no update at all though, I hope.

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YAY! :-) So, how's the house? You were posting a lot when you were painting and such, but I never heard if all your projects got finished up!

We finished phase 1 a while ago. That was all the painting, replacing fixtures and appliances, and tiling the kitchen floor. The last major thing we did was paint the bedroom, which took place after a long break from the rest of the phase.

Next will be phase 2, which we're calling "Doors & Floors". We have 5 doors upstairs that are all the hollow-core flat wood grain type and quite ugly. We want to replace those with some nice white doors with pane details in them. The plan is to do them ourselves, but I suspect we may run into alignment and fitting problems that will make us hire a carpenter. We also want to refinish the hardwood floors in the living room, dining room and master bedroom. And if it makes sense at the time, the other two bedrooms as well, but they're not as much in need of it. The other hardwoods have some ugly stains that were hidden under carpet for years. When we moved in we only cleaned them with Murphy's oil soap and we've been living with that for now. Also in this phase we want to replace the nasty old carpeting on the stairs and upstairs hall. We already picked some out at Lowe's.

The other weekend we went to a local nursery and got a bunch of flowers to plant around our various flower beds. And we got some nice black mulch from Lowe's to spread around there as well. So that looks good now.

I also spent a few weeks nursing some grass seed in some bare dirt areas in the back yard where the previous owners had a play house and semi-permanent kiddie pool. It finally got long enough to cut last weekend, but it's still filling in. It looks so much healthier than the rest of the lawn though... sad.

I think at some point we'll need to reseal the deck, too. I haven't discussed that with Jamie yet. It will probably need some bleach treatment first because it's getting green in a few spots.

We also want to resurface our driveway sometime. It has some annoying ruts in it where the previous owners parked their camper. It also has a few feet of stones off one side of it where I'd prefer grass. Apparently they had to have one wheel of the camper off the driveway over there so they threw stones down. But now nothing will grow there but weeds. We'll probably have to dig out the stones and refill with topsoil there and seed new grass. Ugh.

And then there's the dog run area behind the house. I think we want to just take down the fence that encloses it and let it become part of the back yard. But there again, no grass, so it'll take some work. And there's an entire flower bed on the side of the garage we haven't touched yet.

Houses are so much work!

Sounds like a lot of work! I hope you are both enjoying some of it. :-)

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