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Old 06-05-2009, 04:31 PM   #1661
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Took a vacation day from work and took the spousal unit into Austin. Whee.
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:34 PM   #1662
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Took a vacation day from work and took the spousal unit into Austin. Whee.
Let me guess - you painted the town blue.
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Took the vessel for a 3 beer cruise.
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Did laundry and lined dried it, ran the dishwasher, went to the bird food store, went to the human food store (along with half the town).

Note too self: scratch off Friday afternoon for grocery shopping.

Have resumed old habit of taking a stroll around the estate in the early morning, and making mental notes on what needs to be done.
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Dawn patrol. Most excellent.

It doesn't seem fair to do this when our kid's at home, although I'd never get her out of the house at 5:30 AM anyway.

I still don't understand this "empty-nester syndrome" stuff...
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I still don't understand this "empty-nester syndrome" stuff...
Honestly, neither do I....which is nearly a maternal heresy. I cry a little when each of my kids leave home (or leave for college, but only the first time), but I perk up fairly quickly because I have less laundry/housework to do.

I love my kids so dearly, but I'm really happy for them when they start off on their own lives. And I'm really happy for me because I have more time for me and dh.

And I don't talk to my kids (the ones living away from home) every day on the phone, which most of my friends do. Another heresy.
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Went to DD's HS graduation. Heading for the states tomorrow. We'll be empty nesters in 3 months. Hasn't been just the two of us for 22 years. I tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve when it comes to family...will really miss DD when she goes to school.

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Planted grapevines, weeded some onions, laid some more landscaping fabric in the garden walkways. Skeddaddled inside screened porch when biting horseflies found me. Blackflies are pretty much gone.
Killing time until I go to a formal retirement ceremony at 3 PM.
Laundry is being ignored today

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Mowed grass. Taught DW how to use a light weight weed whacker. Since I refuse to manicure the lawn, we bought a relly light weight one and she decided to learn how to run the gizmo. DW has far less tolarence for less than neat edges than I.

So after the safety lessons, adjusting the whacker for her height etc. she is at them weeds, with a vengeance. And I'm outta the way. Yay!

It is great that she is well enough by now. She had part of her lung removed along with a cancerous nodule in December. She has been swimming now for a few months, and chomping at the bitts to get more energetic in yard work.
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is great that she is well enough by now. She had part of her lung removed along with a cancerous nodule in December. She has been swimming now for a few months, and chomping at the bitts to get more energetic in yard work.


I'm glad that your wife is doing so well after that surgery .
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Dawn patrol. Most excellent.

It doesn't seem fair to do this when our kid's at home, although I'd never get her out of the house at 5:30 AM anyway.

I still don't understand this "empty-nester syndrome" stuff...
My parents loved us and raised us and did without for us, but we were told from birth that we were expected to leave and take care of ourselves. I don't think my parents had "empty-nester syndrome".
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My parents loved us and raised us and did without for us, but we were told from birth that we were expected to leave and take care of ourselves. I don't think my parents had "empty-nester syndrome".
We've probably supplied more than a little motivation to help her along that flight path. Even if she bounces along the runway a few times getting airborne.

She left voicemail today from USNA's Bancroft Hall, where she has a "very nice corner room".* She said she'd already met a midshipman from Hawaii, so she gave her some of her li hing mui candy. She said she was already getting sucked in by USNA's marketing. ("Noooooo!! Don't do it!!!!") She sounds pretty happy. We'll see how she feels about that after tomorrow's morning workout.

Spouse and I have eaten pizza for three of our last four meals, and we haven't cooked since Wednesday night!!

*Typically reserved for her and 3-4 of her closest friends, although the midshipmen will no doubt neglect to mention that minor fact.
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We bought two nice used LazyBoy matching recliners a month ago. But I hadn't done a sufficient smell check, and I missed the slight musty smell. So, after some Internet research, I attacked them yesterday.

After a vigorous vacuuming and thorough cleaning, they got sprayed with two cans of Lysol. After the Lysol smell dissipates, they'll get sprayed with Febreze.

They'll also spend some time airing out in the sun.

If there's any smell at all after that, we'll sell them and buy brand new recliners.
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Stimulted the economy...breakfast at Denny's, shopping for fresh fruit, yogurt and a few other things
at Wallyworld before it got crowded.
Killing time while poor dh2b has to do some online training he simply won't get to complete during normal hours.
He needs this box checked off ASAP.
So I made him a little picnic tray of tuna fish, swiss cheese and Wheat Thins. A real low maintenance guy!
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Worked on the garden beds some more. This is very time consuming. We have all the plants in, but then we have to circle them with humus/manure. Then we cover the whole bed (section by section) with newspaper as a weed barrier. Then we put down mulch. Been working on this for about 3 weeks. I just used my 170th bag of mulch. I think we'll finish by the end of this week.

After a short exhaustion inspired nap, I finally got the new kayak out in the bay. It was pretty windy, so the waves were significant. But the water was pretty warm. It was cool. There was a major fog bank covering Ocean City, could barely see the buidings. But where I was 1 mile away it was clear as could be. It was great!
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Took out the new 33-inch walk-behind mower and finished the "lower 40" - the hill that slopes down to the creek. (The creek, by the way, is stocked with trout.)

Then took the motorcycle out to pick up some oil for the lawn mower, light bulbs for the truck, and a prescription for DW. It's a nice day so I took the long, long, way home.

Go to work this afternoon. But, it's the activity that paid for the bike.
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Had a sawmill job yesterday on the National Mall, quite an interesting experience. Picture is my mill set up with some nice scenery in the background- funny thing, I was so busy getting set up and working that I didn't even look to my left for about 2 hours after I got set up. It was pouring rain early but turned out to be a beautiful, humid day.

I was a subcontractor for someone that was doing work for the Smithsonian, we cut a bunch of small poplar, elm, and cherry logs in to 3" thick slabs to be used eventually for seating or benches. All the wood was from trees that had come down in the area as explained to me.

Don't think there have been a lot of sawmills operated on the Mall before so it was a really fun experience- I spent days dreading the drive with the mill (it's 26' long) but went very early and really had no problems at all.


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Got gas, now $2.599/gal. Price is jacked up about every 5 days lately 7 to 19 cents /gal.

Visit greasy spoon for coffee and BS. Lately even they are slow for lunch crowds.

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Busy day today...
Installed lines on dock slip at lake. Boat goes in this weekend.
Went to Wallyworld and returned laptop lap desk. Hard plastic was not enjoyable on knees. Scored a nice seedless watermelon for $4 and bananas.
Chinese buffet with friends. One of them finally made me a Foghorn Leghorn and Chicken Hawk DVD from his collection of cartoons.
Went to hardware store to pickup boat quick release hooks and new line.
Mowed lawn. Took another chipmunk prisoner to the lakefront estate.
Whew....<pant pant pant>
Grand Finale...I received a formal invitation from my alma mater to join an Advisory Committee for their 3-2 Engineering Program. It made me feel really good to read that letter. My advisor is part of the Committee. This just might turn into something fun. Helping college students with practical info so they can find jobs, help keep curriculum current, possibly mentor a student or 2. I accepted with a definite YES email to the professor. 1st meeting is late September, only a 2 hour drive away. ROAD TRIP!!!!
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