Wow, I'm a bit tired today. Had a bit of work to plow through yesterday at work, but I still consider it a vacation. Mostly I spent my time waiting for queries against the poorly indexed tables to return a few simple nuggets of data. Bleh. Still, much easier than chasing the "Unstoppable Forces of Nature" about while trying to maintain the household! After the awesome Mrs MDMHVONPA got home, I turned the Dinner Duty over to her and went outside to attack the job of putting up the retaining wall. I need to get this done before the next rain. The sides of the 'pit' are made of clay, but quite a bit of water is flowing into the pit and carrying the detritus from the patio with it. Not good. I did manage to get 40 of the blocks in place in the 2+ hours I was out there. The bottom row is the hard part. It has to be level and in line. The line part can be frustrating because the string I use as a guide is not very cooperative. That, and I can only really carry 2 blocks at a time from the driveway to the pit. The sand seems quite capable of retaining water to boot so I end up with a lot of wet sand on my level. All things considered though, things are going quite well. Hopefully, I can use up all the blocks before this weekend. We shall see how it goes. I dread the final act where the wall will have to come together at the back side. I know I will be off by an inch if I am not careful. Sounds like I'll have to set up more string lines to keep that disaster from occurring.
We had a 7am staff meeting today at the Home Office. I hate these things. I would much prefer if they just sent out a memo. No one is interested in speaking mostly because they are disgruntled that they had to get up so much earlier and then put in 8 hours on top of the 2 hour meeting. Gak.