Books, Miscellaneous

The Good Day

05.11.05 | Comment?

Monday was a good day. I took a day of vacation and drove 120 miles home to see my parents. It was really nice. I think it’s the first time in a few years that I’ve been home without Kim or Ben, and it was relaxing. Not that I’m trying to say anything about my wife and son. There’s just a real freedom in only having to take care of yourself. I didn’t have to leave early because someone else was tired or didn’t feel well. I could just hang out with my parents and do what I needed to do.

In this case doing what needed to be done involved major cleanup at my grandparents’ house. Grandpa recently moved into a nursing home, and even when he was home my mom was more concerned about keeping up with his health than keeping up with the property. It rained fiercely Sunday night, and I really didn’t expect to be able to do yard work on Monday. But by 10:30 the grass had begun drying out and it turned out to be a pretty hot day. I mowed probably half an acre, then I went back with the weed eater and edger. My aunt even came down from Austin to get in the action, and I sent her to town to buy weed & feed. By the time I was done, the yard was looking better than it had looked in months. Hopefully they keep it maintained now.

Even though I probably performed more physical labor on Monday than I had the previous 9 months, it was still a great day. Now that I’m an adult (arguably) with a wife and kid of my own, I just don’t get to go home very often these days. It was really nice to visit with mom and dad without distractions. I should make it a monthly routine. I certainly have the vacation time built up.

In entirely unrelated news, have you heard about Wendy’s plan to give away Frostys? Get your free Jr Frosty from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15.

Finally, just because I’m sure you’re dying to know, I finished Good Omens (good book) and recently started The Lone Drow by R.A. Salvatore. I’m only a couple dozen pages into it, so I haven’t really formed an opinion of it yet. Of course, the mere fact that I’ve read two dozen pages and it hasn’t grabbed me might be a warning signal.

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