Well, after 16 months of commuting nearly full time to work in SLC, it seems as though my time there is done.Â I use italics because I can’t really be sure of anything.Â But at least for the full-time nature of it, I think it will be….for a while.Â I attach somewhat easily, so it was with mixed emotions that I am transitioning back to a normal life.Â As I packed up my things in SLC, I was both excited to be going home and a little saddened that I won’t be seeing the friends and co-workers I’ve become used to seeing every day.Â I know I’ll be back there from time to time, I just don’t know how often.
I’ve now had two very busy weeks back in Mpls before heading off on a much-needed vacation away from the office.Â And as I sit here tonight, I should be going to bed instead so I can get up and face the office after 10 days away!Â I can only imagine the email that will be waiting.
Memorial Day is here, and is the last day of our little spring vacation.Â We both needed some time off, so we spent some time in South Carolina visiting Jeff’s family and the end of last week here at home.Â The trip to South Carolina seemed to go quite quickly, but it was good to finally see his brother Joe’s new house and to visit with the niece and nephew.
While we didn’t get a whole lot done once we returned, we did get some things out of the way on our list.Â We bought new kitchen faucets and had our countertops measured.Â We got some samples of Zodiaq and think we’ve finally settled on the color we like, and we selected a new sink.Â Now we wait for the quote to come in before ordering.
Jeff decided that since the plans to re-do the upstairs bathroom fell through, he should at least paint it.Â It’s now flax and sports new picture frames with art,Â towels and rugs (only one is shown in the photo.Â It looks quite nice, but now really underscores the need for new flooring!Â Someday we’ll get to that, but I’m not sure when!
Meanwhile, I finally attacked some of the trim for the hardwood floor we installed in October of 2005.Â Yes…coming up on 2 years ago!Â But with few bugs outside, nice weather and finally being mentally ready to attack the project, I finally got at installing the quarter-round in front of the baseboards.
Of course I couldn’t get very far without running into issues I created because it was the first room I installed the flooring into.Â Those included never really finishing the transition between the hardwood and the tile, or figuring out how to fill the gap created by the bowed wall on the living room side.Â What I really needed to do the job was a new table saw.Â One quick trip to the new Home Depot down the road and I had a new power tool.Â And boy..did it ever make the difference to rip floor boards the long way with the proper tool versus trying to use a jig saw!Â I managed to get the last row of [partial] boards installed right up near the tile, and used the other halves to fill in for the bowed area of the baseboard, and installed quarter-round throughout most of the dining room.Â By no means done, but on the way!
I told Jeff when it’s finally all done, we need to have a T.G.I.F. party (that can stand for Thank God It’s Done, or… Thank God It’s a Floor).Â Stay tuned, but don’t hold your breath!