Weekend Update.

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I swear I'm getting very close to posting pictures of the new pad - it'll probably be next weekend when I have everything in place and worthy of presentation. I've got a few small tasks to complete first (mount TV in bedroom and update faucet in spare bathroom) - then it'll be picture/tour time.

With that little primer, you'd be correct to assume that I've been working my tail off at the new place. In the past few weeks, I have: replaced most of the overhead lighting fixtures, replaced all of the bathroom hardware and faucet (soon to be faucets) (including lighting), installed a new ceiling fan in the master bedroom, mounted the TV and soundbar in the living room, installed LED lighting around the back deck, organized everything imaginable (kitchen, pantry, linen closets, etc), installed a subwoofer in the living room, put together a new headboard/footboard, put together a kitchen table and 4 chairs, and a few other things that I'm surely forgetting... I also bought a loveseat and a recliner - both are nice additions.

I still need to find a sofa table and a console table for my entryway, but other than that, I think everything is just about set. Whew.

In addition to running myself ragged around the new place, I rode a 30+ mile bike ride on Saturday to benefit Multiple Sclerosis research and followed it up with a 6 mile run (the Achilles is feeling nearly 100%). While transitioning between the ride and run, I spotted what I thought/felt was something really amazing - I saw a single ant dragging a dead worm across the parking lot of my workplace.

Why was it amazing? The little guy was so determined; the worm was easily 6-times his size, yet there he was, pulling and dragging it across the bumpy lot without fail. He'd stop every few feet, run around a bit, and then get right back after it. Call me crazy, but it was a little inspiring. The pavement had to be 90F (it was nearly 80F and super sunny outside)... who knows where he started dragging that thing from or how far he had to go?

I watched him for a minute - I found myself cheering for him, almost wanting to help him out, but I figured if I did anything like that, he'd give up and take off. So I just observed. And, I filmed him for a bit - if you're as easily intrigued as I am, feel free to take a look at this 1 minute video from the phone (if you don't see a "Play" button, just double-click on the image and the video will start):

Edit: apparently Internet Explorer doesn't understand the HTML for embedded video, so here's a direct link to the video for download.

I was finished riding, running, and ant watching by 2pm, so I headed to the house, made a nice lunch and then went to my first Mallards game of the season. I joined my aunt, my cousin, and my cousin's nephew for a beautiful evening of baseball and wonderful conversation.

The game was completely sold out by the time we arrived; our only options were to purchase a $5 "standing room" seat, or a $32 Duck Blind (all you can eat/drink while standing in Right Field) ticket. We opted for the standing room seat and by the beginning of the third inning, had scored some awesome seats on the first base line.

One of the ushers told us that if no one claimed the handicapped seating by the third inning that we could help ourselves to a seat. No one needed the seats, so we took advantage of the offer, and wound-up with these incredible seats:

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Not bad for five bucks, eh?? I was an especially cheap date, as I've been determined to stick to clean eating for a full month, so I had two bottles of Diet Pepsi, and that was it. No beers, no brats, no curds... it was insanely tempting to indulge, but I didn't.

The game ended by 9:00pm, and I was home and in bed by 10. Woke-up early this morning, went for another 30-mile ride, followed by a shorter run of 3-miles (recovery run). Then I hit Menards for some house stuff and spent the rest of the day working around the house.

I guess that's it for now... nothing terribly exciting. Stay tuned for some home pics!

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