Aside from one jaunt away from home to have lunch with Biogirl this weekend, all I did was hang with Nordic Boy to continue with deck-building. I know, it’s like we are constructing the Grand Coulee Dam over here. The thing that has been taking up a lot of time was making sure the water drainage system was built properly, and we finally wrapped that up by the end of the day on Sunday. There are so many things you have to do, when building a deck, before you actually even start to build the DECK. There’s a metaphor for life in there somewhere, I am sure.
It’s been a while since I have spent this much time on a home improvement project- when I do get involved it’s usually in smaller chunks of time, and I had sort of forgotten how much fun it is to just dive in up to your gizzard from sun up to sun down. No wonder Nordic Boy spends his time doing this stuff. It’s pretty much a blast. We got up at 6am each day and just kept at it until evening, eating leftover meals on our front stoop because we were too tired and disgusting to be inside. It made me think about how my life is usually lived in tiny chunks: family stuff, seeing a friend for a bit, working on my various work-related projects, chores, errands. I get a lot done with my days but rarely do I just do one thing all day long, let alone an entire weekend. I remembered how good it is for my brain to be able to just do that and not have a million things going in my head all the time. Also, it makes me happy to know that Nordic Boy and I are still in a place with each other where that much togetherness (togetherness plus heat plus tiredness plus working together, no less) has us not only still smiling at the end of it, but feeling like we could love many more days just like it. Plus, there are so many opportunities to make dirty jokes during home improvements (“caulking the facia” is still one of the best things I have ever heard of), so it’s really a win win on all fronts.
Apropos of nothing, here’s a song I am digging today.
Lily and Madeleine, The Wolf is Free