I decided to dig up the ivy that was left after the HOA cut it off of the fence last year. The vines already needed a trim and I knew it would be the first of at least 3 trims this year. The roots were thicker and more numerous than I expected but a little prying and cutting with a spade got the bulk of the plants removed. I’m expecting some of them to grow back but I’ll be ready.
We plan to add edging soon with the hope the landscapers will fill it up during their biannual mulching. Otherwise we’ll spring for a couple bags. I think the money spent on this little project is worth the space we save and the time saved by not trimming the shit ever again.
I have watched 10 episodes of Friday Night Lights but I’m growing tired of the teenage issues the show is centering around. Tonight I watched the excellent latest Mad Men episode and reminded me that there is good TV out there and I don’t need need to settle for something I don’t like.
Convince me to stick around Friday Night Light fans. Does a cross-season story-arc form? Does something deeper than Saracen kissing Julie become the focus? Does Coach start telling people to stick it?
Nolan loves to roll down hills and will give Tyler specific instructions how to do it!
We spent a lot of time rolling down hills, blowing dandelions, and playing outside this weekend. It felt like I had a week off.
I went to the salvage yard to get a seat to replace the Pontiac’s worn out driver’s side seat but only left with ignition trim. They didn’t even make me pay!
I looked ridiculous walking back in with a huge toolbox and this one piece.
Super Sunday Solitary Staycation Summary
I was concerned that, even though the music brings me joy, I would be bored during Wednesday’s performance of Wicked because I had already seen it at TPAC and Charlotte. It turned out I had forgotten many of the quips and Wizard of Oz references. The comedy exceeded my expectations even though the music wasn’t as great as I hoped . I’m very happy I went.
I worked remotely Thursday, as I usually do, but never left the house. I had aspirations of camping out in Franklin coffee shops all day but I decided not to waste any time once I got deeply wrapped up into tasks. My frozen leftover lunch wasn’t ideal but it helped me justify an evening Chipotle burrito after a 6pm run. An early evening run is one example of the simple delights that this time alone has brought me. I reserve 5pm-9pm for Beth & Nolan but I would rather run during that time because it’s not dark, I have energy, and haven’t eaten recently. I compromise by running at 6am or 9pm, during the summer. I hope I pick running back up because I feel mentally & physically better when I do.
I watched The Grand Budapest Hotel after quickly stuffing my face with that burrito. Chips and guacamole too.
Friday was business as usual in Nashville. My small team of 3 makes a point to have lunch together on Fridays. We all enjoy exploring new places and sharing our favorites with each other. We have written a long list of restaurants to consider but usually fall back to one within walking distance. We went to Peg Leg Porker that afternoon and liked. I would like to see more restaurants pop up in old block buildings like that. I think Beth will like it since she is a sucker for a pulled pork sandwich and crinkle-cut fries.
My coworkers and I usually leave the office after 3pm on Fridays so it was unique for me to stay until 5. I wanted to make up for the time I had spent chasing solutions for production problems this week. I also had no one to go home to which is the greatest pull I have to leave.
I stayed home that evening and continued my Wes Anderson streak with Moonrise Kingdom.
I knocked out an epic Saturday errand loop.
- Emissions testing
- Oil change
- Home Depot
- Whole Foods
I spent the rest of the day working down a long list of todos Beth created weeks ago. It’s a blend of ignored tasks, baby nesting, and spring cleaning. I fixed a set of drawers that have been broken for two years. I realized that IKEA packed the wrong screws which is why my drawers were never using the rails. I put up a clothes bar in the attic and brought down some the changing table and car seat to prepare for the deadline that is hopefully 10 weeks away.
We bought a steam cleaner this week that I cleaned the sink, floor, doors, and counters with. I kept finding dirty areas that I wouldn’t have considered to clean but the steam and brush heads do a great job of breaking up the gunk. I think Beth is going to enjoy using it.
I made one of my favorite meals for lunch: grilled italian sausage, pesto couscous, and grilled vegetables. It holds up for future lunches very well too.
I started watching Friday Night Lights and am about 5 episodes in. I’m not hooked but appreciate its unique feeling as a network shows. I’m very curious to see where the plot is going.
This morning I listened to a Jason Mraz acoustic album while baking biscuits and burning bacon. It feels like a quintessential weekend morning. I have a long list of possible tasks today to choose from. Beth just asked me if I like her/my list and I definitely do. Having structure to my day prevents me from sitting on the couch for hours wasting my time or having nothing to show for week alone. I have had plenty of time to relax and those times are more enjoyable to me after a productive day.
In the weeks leading up to this time I started creating a list of little joys I should try and experience while alone as well as specific places, foods, and events. One example is “loud music”. That goes for loud TV as well since the bulk of my time in front of the tube is after Nolan is sleeping. It’s much more enjoyable to listen to the TV with the volume at “20” than “12”.
I get up before Beth & Nolan so even getting dressed with the curtains drawn is noticed and appreciated.
My Mom told Beth that Nolan spends more extended periods in Illinois. For the first years of his life we weren’t comfortable with anyone taking on the responsibility. We are past that now, and probably would have been earlier if he didn’t have his delays. It’s now a logistics problem. 5+ hours in the car & 2-3 tanks of gas is nothing to sneer at. Beth & I really want to do this again, with or without baby. I would pay a lot of money for train tickets to Effingham.
Beth is traveling to Florida with her mom and sister while Nolan stays with my mom and sister in Illinois.
Being alone already feels odd. I have a list of things to do but I don’t want it to feel like a checklist. Hopefully I will not feel bored and use this time to relax, indulge, and learn. (I want some extended coding time to myself.) Making a decent biscuit is a goal after making flaking pancakes earlier this week.
Tonight I attempted and failed to get a $25 Wicked ticket in their lottery. But I decided to take them up on their offer of $40 discounted tickets endeding up dead center in Row G, for Glinda. I walked to Broadway and looked at Yelp for dinner recommendations since I have been out of the loop. I’m at Pub5’s rooftop bar with a beer and lamb burger on the way. I hear music from Rippy’s next door.
I miss being downtown. It made Nashville feel like a city to me.
We joined the Delvin Farms CSA this week. We pay upfront for 12, 1/2 bushel boxes we pick up at the Frankin Farmer’s market every-other week. Beth & I have talked about joining for years but usually during the middle of summer when all the spots are filled.
I have also and the forethought to seek farms where I can pick my own strawberries in a month. Valley Home Farm in Wartrace and Circle S Farms in Lebanon. There are plenty of other lists but these two had up-to-date information.
This is the year I make my own jam.
As an occasional remote worker, I would like my laptop battery replaced so that I can maximize my time on Frothy Monkey’s front porch.