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Beach Bum

Hey hey! I’m coming to you this morning from my roommates beach house, and while I’m technically still on the clock for today working from home isn’t so bad when this is the view out your door.  Why not just take the vacation day?  Because by doing this I only use four hours of vacation tomorrow instead of 16 for today and Friday.  Gotta conserve where ya can!

Dani and I hit the road to Bethany Beach around 7:30 last night, and just about 2 hours later we were here!  There’s only 4 of us here currently, but the remaining guests are expected to roll in at various points today and tomorrow.  I love Dani’s families beach house, and I’ll probably cry the day they decide to sell it.  Until then, I will enjoy my view of the marina from the kitchen table.

Mine and Darren’s new oven was delivered on Tuesday night, and look how pretty it is!

Looks like it juuuuust barely fit, haha.  My mom and sister have offered to go in on the matching microwave together as a joint birthday/house warming gift so that’s pretty cool too.  Little by little our kitchen is getting a face lift.

Anyway, that’s pretty much all I’ve got for you.  Happy Thursday! Almost another weekend!

Sweet Summertime

Hello, hello and happy Monday to you!  How was everyone’s weekend?  Mine was lovely, because I spent most of Saturday and Sunday in my roommate Danielle’s pool.  Well, technically it’s her parent’s pool, but they were out of town and we took full advantage.  When I say I spent most of the day in the pool, I mean in, it was 106 degrees out.  I’m sure the amount of chlorine I absorbed through my skin was not healthy, but you couldn’t even stand on the pool deck without your feet burning.  Anyway, I’m sporting quite a deep tan/burn today, and I like it.

Dani, her bf, and his daughter enjoying the pool

Prior to heading up to MD for the weekend, the Orkin people came to our house to try to take care of our mouse situation.  My appointment window was from 10-12 and the guy showed up at 10:23 which was awesome.  He was so nice, and asked me where I thought the mice were coming from.  I told him that the cat usually sits in the kitchen staring at the oven, and the trap I had placed in front of the oven on Friday night was the only one that caught something.  He pulled our oven away from the wall, and immediately saw our problem.  Two giant holes in the floor by the back wall.  There was also mouse hair and droppings along the sides of the wall and the back, so it seems my intuition about where they were coming from was correct.

He put some copper wire mesh stuff in the holes, and then calked over them, which he said should ultimately solve the problem.  He also closed up another hole on the side of the wall near our radiator.  I took advantage of the oven being pulled away from the wall and scrubbed the side of it clean with bleach.  It was disgusting.  After taking care of the problems in the kitchen, he did a once over of the whole house, including my room in case there were any strays up there, and then sprayed the outside.  It’s been two nights now with no mice in traps and none in my room!  So hopefully we’re in the clear.

So, I’m only in the office for three days this week before I head off to Bethany Beach for a nice long weekend at the shore.  This is the 4th annual trip, and we have a pretty big group going this year.  I’m excited.  Past year’s trips included things like this:

2009

2010

2011

I’m excited.  My liver is not.  We’ve gone every year around my birthday, some years the trip falls on my birthday, this year it doesn’t, but I’m still calling it my birthday trip.  It’s also my one and only beach trip/vacation for the summer and I plan to relax and enjoy as much of it as I can.  Come on Wednesday, get here!

Unconventional

So, my 27th birthday is in less than two weeks, and yesterday I received my first gift!  My darling bf was asking me what I wanted, and between buying a house (and all the things that go with that) and trying to save for another significant purchase; I didn’t want him to waste money on something I didn’t really need or even know I wanted.

Then my sister called me and asked me the same question. Those two really need to hide their conspiring better, they’re not very smooth.  Anyway, I ultimately said I just wanted something for the house, or money to buy things for the house.  Then Dar called me again, and said “I have an idea of what I could get you.”  To which I replied, “An oven?”  He goes, “You read my mind!”  So, I present to you my 27th birthday present from my love, the Frigidaire Professional Series Gas Range.

Unconventional and unromantic? Sure, but we needed this more than I need another piece of jewelry or something and it certainly is pretty and shiny.  We found it on sale, and since I wasn’t with Darren I was able to quickly Google it and found an even lower sale price that the store matched.  Win, win.  It gets delivered on Tuesday, and he said he’d put a bow on it and take a picture for me.

As for the 4th of July yesterday, I did nothing.  Not even kidding, never even left my house.  I took full advantage of the mid-week day off and rested.  I watched a movie, lots of House Hunters, and read some of a book.  I’m working from home today, so technically I got two days out of the office.  Having to go back tomorrow for just one day doesn’t seem so terrible.  However, I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July, whether you did anything or not.