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One job finishes, another job begins…

August 10, 2004, 7:04 PM

The deck’s finished! I have some hooray-the-deck-is-finished photos that I took with Big Mavica. The construction is totally finished, and now all that’s left to do is for Mom to pick up the new furniture that she’s getting for there.

Phase two also begins, as we replace the remainder of the downstairs flooring. The living room will be getting a new rug, and the family room and dining room are getting new hardwood flooring. In addition, beyond downstairs, we’re replacing the carpeting on the stairs with hardwood, as well as the carpeting in the upstairs hallway. Also hardwood. Currently, the family room and dining room are finished, and we’re putting things back to how they should be in there. The stairs and upstairs hallway are bare. That looks really weird. The living room has not yet been touched. I’ll be glad when it’s all finished, since waking up to the sound of nailing and other handyman-type jobs is not my idea of a good wake-up call. And now the work is right outside my door.

And then Greta’s away at the vet for a few days, getting a nodule of fat removed on her underside. So Greta’s kind of out of it right now. Greta’s operation was successful, and she’s at Cedarcrest right now, where she’s recovering. She’ll be back home on Friday. It’s probably just as well that she’s getting it done now, while work on the stairs is progressing. And Greta will be a better dog for this, too, which will be a good thing.

And I’m going on VACATION! Yes, tomorrow is it. I’m getting up bright and early tomorrow to go to Virginia Beach, where I have reservations at the Ocean Holiday Hotel. Two days of fun in the sun. I’m enjoying it very much. And I intend to do some sunrise photos, too. I’m working on getting all packed up right now, and then it’s off to the beach. I can’t wait.

In preparation for my trip, I made a little trip over to the Staunton Wal-Mart. Everyone was amazed that I went there straight from the Waynesboro Wal-Mart, and wondered why I didn’t just shop at my own store, considering that I was right there, after all. Turns out that of all the different car chargers that Waynesboro had, the only one that they were out of stock on was the one I needed. So I went over to Staunton to get it. Staunton had it. This one is worlds better than my piece-of-crap car charger that I got from Verizon. That one pooped out after a few months, and didn’t sit in my phone completely right. It also cost $20 plus tax. This new one is a Belkin, works like a charm, fits my phone a lot better, and only cost $7.88. Deal! And so now my phone can be reliably charged in the car. Hopefully this one will last.

Still packing… that’s always a pain in the butt. Especially for one night. Still, I need towels, swimsuit, outfit for Thursday, sunscreen, beach shoes, cell phone, Big Mavica and accessories, Big Mavica’s charger, cell charger, toiletries, alarm clock, pajamas, lots and lots of underwear (you can never pack too much underwear), socks, a good book, and a bunch more stuff that I probably can’t think of right now but will realize I can’t do without. And for the stuff I forget, I’ve mapped the locations of the Wal-Marts in Virginia Beach. Three of them, one being a Supercenter.

Now all I have to do is figure out what I want to do down there. That ought to be interesting.

Web site: Guide to Virginia Beach - helpful site

Song: "A Moment Like This" as sung by Kelly Clarkson. Amazingly, I had that song stuck in my head all day today. And I also do a good job of singing it, too.

Quote: "I'M GOING ON VACATION!"