Staycation Moments and Ideas

Abby hangs out with our current gaggle of canines, Hawken, Summer, and Max.
Abby hangs out with our current gaggle of canines, Hawken, Summer, and Max.
My last assignment before leaving for this short staycation was photographing Ada softball media day, a chance, as usual, to photobomb some of them. It was very fun.
My last assignment before leaving for this short staycation was photographing Ada softball media day, a chance, as usual, to photobomb some of them. It was very fun.

With the weekend, my vacation included five days, Wednesday through Sunday.

Every day this summer, there has been something to harvest, and my tomatoes prove that no grocery store tomato can compare.
Every day this summer, there has been something to harvest, and my tomatoes prove that no grocery store tomato can compare.

The garden suffered through a couple of heat waves, but remains alive. Gardeners know that plants like tomatoes and cucumbers can’t set blossoms when the high is above 93ºF or so, so at the moment there’s not a lot of fruits on the vines.

The plumbers had to cut off our cleanup valve and install a new one. The old one was rusted beyond salvation.
The plumbers had to cut off our cleanup valve and install a new one. The old one was rusted beyond salvation.

We had plumbers come out and unclog our system. The kitchen sink, dishwasher, and the water softener were upstream of the clog, so when the softener ran or I did enough dishes, it backed up. Luckily enough, it drained through the “terrible room” into the garage, then into the yard with no damage.

The plumbers unclogged our clog, and in the process had to replace our cleanout valve, which was rusted shut.

While plumbing was in the air, I repaired Abby’s commode. 1000 husband points. It wasn’t difficult.

Once things had stabilized, I relaxed. Abby and I started to think about what to do with my time off. I opened my mouth to say something, then immediately heard Abby say, “Star Wars marathon?” My wife’s aways been uncanny that way, snatching thoughts from me before I get the chance to iterate them. Good marriages are like that.

In watching the various ups and downs of the Star Wars franchise, I ended up thinking that Rogue One is the best of the bunch.

I cooked out on our propane grill, which was fun and satisfying. It was this year’s first for the appliance, so I had to fill our propane tanks, then scrub the garage off it. She shined up nicely.

Fish and shrimp for Abby; veggie burgers and roasted potatoes for me.
Fish and shrimp for Abby; veggie burgers and roasted potatoes for me.

Among other things, I detailed my car, which involved Armor-All-ing all the plastic surfaces, leather-Armour-Alling all the leather, cleaning the rocker panels, and finally scrubbing the car’s outer surface, including the semi-permanent bug stains on the front. My car looks better than the day I bought it. I am thinking that tonight I will wax it (do people still wax cars?), and Rain-X the windows.

My Nissan Juke didn't look this good on the day I brought it. It was fun getting it perfectly clean. *Ding!*
My Nissan Juke didn’t look this good on the day I brought it. It was fun getting it perfectly clean. *Ding!*
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5 Comments

  1. My neighbor just bought a pirogue and named it p-rogue one.

    (A pirogue is a canoe for those who don’t know).

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  2. “I ended up thinking that Rogue One is the best of the bunch.”

    Agreed. Because my son loves Star Wars, I have recently watched all of them repeatedly, both out-of-order and in chronological order. Rogue One is the superior film.

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  3. I liked Rogue One – good acting, etc., scary Darth Vader-does-Freddie Krueger scene at the end, but ultimately, it’s back story, and closed off from everything else. I’m not sure how I feel about a Star Wars movie in which all the protagonists exist to get killed. As time marches on, I’m thinking that Episode III, with its tragic fall for Anakin and operatic action and violence, is probably the best, because it is so dark and central to the entire story. That final, multi-level lightsaber duel is still awesome. (Caveat: bad acting.)

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