A few things...
First, because Jess and I are unable to endure long days, we decided to forego seeing The Help tonight with Nora, but we did make it to DeFalco's. I opted for the meatball sub this time because several people recommended it, and it did not disappoint. Plus, I have half a sub left for lunch tomorrow. Perfect.
Also of note, the fence is FINALLY done. The guys who made the gates came and installed them today. Apparently the design that Dylan gave to the gate men was much more complicated than they had realized it would be, and thus it delayed the installation by a week or so. This project that we thought would take a week or two ended up taking a month or two. I am so impatient, and I am so glad it's all done. As we speak, D is out shoveling the excess dirt that was created when the foundation was dug. We still have some work to do in terms of chicken-wiring the holes for drainage so the dogs can't sneak out, but this is definitely a landmark event.
Some day we'll landscape the backyard. But some day we might also get a pool, which would mean the landscaping would be torn up. But we just built a fence, so we can't afford a pool yet. So you understand the dilemma. The backyard will remain unlandscaped for the foreseeable future.
And just a funny coincidence to share with you, since you know how much I love coincidences. Jess mentioned at dinner tonight that she loved looking at the Thrifty Decor Chick's blog after I mentioned it in my mantel blog post. It inspired me to peruse her sight tonight, and when I did, I noticed that she mentioned Dave Ramsey in several of her posts. She even created an acronym, BDR (before Dave Ramsey). Do you know who he is? He's the Total Money Makeover guy, and Dylan assigned me to read his book a long time ago. I think I mentioned it before. He basically tells you how to do a financial plan/budget. Some of the people that are examples in his book make absolutely awful decisions and go into debt for the stupidest reasons. So don't get me wrong, I'm not an indebted idiot, but Dylan thinks Dave has some pretty insightful ideas and useful budget tips from which we could benefit. D is a smart guy, so if he thinks Dave Ramsey is helpful, then his book is probably worth reading. The only problem is, my brain hurts when I get home from work, and the only reading I do is reading for pleasure by that time. But with the long weekend coming up, I told D I would finish the entire book. So we will see if Dave changes my life and my spending to the same effect as he did the Thrifty Decor Chick. I don't take well to dramatic change, so let's hope not.
**Why did Blogger suddenly smash the entire content of my post together, forcing me to learn HTML code for paragraph breaks and spaces? And where's all the stuff on my sidebar?