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I’m so thrilled to report: I’m currently, right now at this moment, WEARING A SWEATSHIRT! Yes, folks, the heatwave that’s made this the hottest summer in the history of EVER, has mellowed this evening. James saw me in my sweatshirt and rolled his eyes.
James: Why are you in a sweatshirt?
Me: I’m freezing! The heatwave has broken!
James: Stef, it’s still 83 degrees out right now.
Me: I know, but still! It’s 20 degrees cooler than it’s been all month! It’s like winter!
So, yeah, the sweatshirt might be overkill, but this sweatshirt sort of represents my rebellious streak. “Take that, Heatwave! I’m so over you!”
Since we’re home and not traveling right now, James is in “project mode.” This means that inevitably I’m sucked in to “project mode” as well, because his projects always seem to require an assistant. Here are his current projects:
1) Paint garage doors.
2) Stake and tie up trees that overhang the new RV driveway.
3) Switch Internet hosts for The Fit RV website.
I’m not sure what I think about this garage door project. Currently, we have super cute wood stained doors.
I love them, however, James has complained for years about the maintenance. I finally gave in and went with him to Sherwin Williams this morning. Our color…Sierra Redwood. Okay, fine…I was all ready to paint! Let’s go! But then things got complicated. He failed to give me his entire project plan. Not only does he want to paint the doors, he also plans to replace the wood on the garage doors as well.
Me: So…you’re rebuilding the doors.
James: No, I’m just taking off the wood, down to the metal.
Me: And you plan to rebuild these doors this afternoon and get them painted?
He’s ever the optimist, but always gets in way over his head. Right now, he’s at Lowe’s for the second time. It’s 7pm and nothing has been done on the doors yet. This whole day has been gathering supplies and dealing with his other projects. The tree staking project went just about as smoothly…
Callee: Salt Lake Party Rentals, how can I help you?
James: Hi. Do you rent those big party tents that hold like a billion people?
Callee: We sure do! When is your event?
James: Actually right now. Except it’s not really an event, it’s a tree.
Callee: You’re having a tea? Like a party?
James: No, a tree…well, nevermind about that. What I’m looking for are those heavy duty stakes you use to secure your party tents. I need two of them.
Callee: How long would you like to rent them for?
James: As long as the tree lives? Actually, I was hoping to BUY, not rent the stakes.
Callee: I’m sorry, sir, we only do rentals here.
A few more similar phone calls, and we’re still empty-handed on the stakes. The tree is definitely taking a hit whenever we pull the RV in, so any ideas you all have, I’m listening.
As for his final project, switching Internet hosts, wouldn’t you think that one would at least be easy? No, people, of course not. James was up until 3:30am dealing with tech support with our old provider and our new provider…and the ONLY reason he came to bed at 3:30am was because our power went out. Alas, a neighborhood outage, what timing. But now this evening, I’m happy to announce that we’ve successfully connected to our new provider, Blue Host, and we’re quite pleased. Notice how our pages load as fast as lightening? Thank you, Blue Host.
So! A day full of projects and we’ve got one crossed off the list. Yet the evening is young and I’m married to the Energizer Bunny. Let’s place bets on how much more he gets done this evening, shall we? The guy’s unstoppable, I’ll win.