Bachelor Chronicles: Day 8

Any hope of a relaxing end to the holiday weekend evaporated by 8 a.m. when I realized all the chores I still had left to do before Tara got home. After coffee on the patio, I proceeded to water the garden and patio plants; assemble the new battery-powered weed eater and edge the front/back yard; wash the windows (I even went so far as to buy a window washing kit from Menard’s…who am I?!); do a water change in the aquarium; run to two grocery stores (invariably one of them will be out of a few items, forcing me to go across the street to the other one…I think they must have a handshake agreement or something); wash and put away the dishes; and clean out the junk drawer. I did manage to squeeze a nice breakfast in there that may or may not have included Spam. (It totally included Spam.) I was a real ball of energy for five nonstop hours.

By the time I was finally able to sit down and kick my feet up, Tara was already past Gillette, Wyoming, a mere two hours away. I put on a movie, but then my parents called. And then I kept stealing eager glances outside, because I knew she was close. Tried reading but couldn’t concentrate. Finally, at 3:45, she showed up, boat in tow.

And couldn’t get it in the driveway because of the steep angle. But that’s a problem for another day. Worst case, we leave it on the street. There are other boats and campers parked out there in the neighborhood.

I guess I’d better start dusting off my “Aye, aye, captain!”s now. I climbed aboard to check her out, and foolishly asked where the gas pedal and brake were.

Clearly, I have much to learn about boats.

Fortunately, Tara’s a pro. I’m sure we’ll be out on the water very soon, and she can teach me the basics.

Thank you for following along on my daily (mis)adventures. I enjoy challenging myself with writing exercises like these. On one hand, it feels like Tara was gone for about eight hundred days. On the other, I can’t believe how fast the weekend flew by…and it was a long one.

‘Til we meet again…



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20 replies

  1. Well coordinated color scheme there.
    Gas pedal and brake… jeez man, even I know it’s a throttle!! Holy cow, you need to send out advanced warnings to the other boaters when you take that out for the first time 🙂

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  2. Mark, I’m so happy to read that Tara made it home safely with the boat in tow. Cheers to Tara!

    Looking forward to reading stories about your great adventures on the water!

    Have a super week, captain!

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  3. Congrats Captain! Or co pilot as the case may be. As for cleaning out the junk drawer, what the heck were you thinking? Where will all the junk live now….

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  4. Glad Tara made it safely home. Are you going to name your boat?

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  5. Laughing over scurrying to get everything done before the wife gets home. That seems to be all men everywhere ever.

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  6. That is a pretty nifty list of things you accomplished. What did you do AFTER lunch?

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  7. Just when you got wordy and daily, I got quiet and weekly. Oh well, I am pleased to catch up with you now. Your boat is pretty. Looking forward to reading about what comes next with you and it and the high seas.

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  8. Very impressive looking boat, Mark! I could say, the fun will now begin. Although, since I am Binge Blog Reading, I am behind, so you likely have shared boating tales by now. 🙂

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