After phase 1 of my Army project, I have had last weekend and all week off.Â No, it’s not really vacation, as I am finshing up all the little odds and ends on the house, as well as planning for the next two-week phase of the project.
The BBQ last Saturday was a success, and once again I forgot to take pictures because I was too busy hosting a BBQ! There will be more to come.
On a whim, Cynthia and I left for the beach Sunday afternoon.Â We stayed with my friend Kevin at his folk’s awesome house down in Bethany.Â We went out for drinks in Dewey Beach on Sunday night, hit OC for breakfast on Monday morning, visited my grandparents in Fenwick and chilled on the completely uncrowded beach for a few hours.Â I did go in the water, and yes it was damn cold.Â My grandparents are selling the beach house, and I did my part in taking “stuff” lest it be given away to charity.Â I scored the following items:
-A framed vintage chart of Annapolis Harbor.
-A framed low resolution computer printout of my immediate family that I presume was purchased at a boardwalk vendor in the mid 1980s, complete with the quote “WE LOVE YOU MOMMOM AND POPPOP”
-A massive chart of the barrier islands from Assateague to Fenwick Island Light.
-A .22 caliber rifle, which I never knew was there.
-A Crossman BB gun, which I always knew was there but was never allowed to play with. I’ll shoot my eye out…
-An assortment of hand tools, which, aside from being old-looking and tarnished from decades of salty sea air, are sentimental in nature because they were my grandfather’s.
-A miniature lighthouse that is also a music box, that plays “Somewhere Beyond the Sea.” (It can be claimed that it was once a part of my grandmother’s famed music box collection, though it sat alone, not befriended by any other music boxes for over two decades, in another state… a false backstory is better than no backstory)
-An assortment of board games, including pictionary, twenty questions and two sets of dominos.
-A small drafting table
-An autogrpahed print of a sketch of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse, which I could hardly believe nobody with family seniority to me had claimed yet.
After filling my teeny car to capacity, we got some lunch at Greene Turtle, played mini golf, hit the boardwalk, went on some rides, and drove home.
Evan and I installed the tile backsplash in my kitchen on Tuesday and Wednesday.Â On Thursday I went down to DC to get a VISA to visit Korea.Â I also met up with my Dad for a late lunch in Annandale.Â In full geek fashion, I pulled out the map of Korea I had picked up at the Consulate, and asked where everything was, where we were going to stay, where my brother’s college is, where he grew up, etc, etc, etc.Â He also gave me my ticket confirmation.Â I had Dolsot Bibim Bap, which is becoming a new favorite of mine.
Today my brand spankin new refrigerator was delivered, and I couldn’t be happier.Â I moved everything out of the teeny tiny fridge that I’ve been using for the last 5 months!Â The icemaker is chugging along, and the filtered water from the dispenser tastes soooooo good.
That’s all for now, the project continues tomorrow.Â Standby for photos.