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Yesterday afternoon, I met up with a friend (who I met through online dating last year) and we walked our dogs at Stackhouse Park. Turns out, it was pretty hot and humid yesterday. But, we made it.

Last night, I had a first date with guy #4. We went to The Boulevard Grill for drinks. I intended on getting out of there after an hour, but ended up staying for three! We spent the first two in the restaurant and the last one on the bench outside of the restaurant. He seemed really nice and we had a lot to talk about. We’re planning on meeting up again soon. He works out of town during the week and has two younger kids that he has on the weekends so dating will be a bit tricky. Will the out of town thing get old after a while? Maybe, maybe not. I kind of like time to myself, so it might not be that big of a deal. I mean, I’m not necessarily looking to get married again and/or even live with someone (never say never, but that’s not on the radar at the moment). But, would it be nice to have someone to go places with on the weekends? Definitely.

That said, earlier in the week I turned off all my online dating profiles because I’m finding it to mostly be a waste of time. This is hardly the first time I’ve done this and I’m sure I’ll turn it back on again at some point, but for now, I’m taking a break.


I treated myself to a movie on my birthday. It’s the first movie I’ve watched in months. I can’t wait till Hollywood starts churning stuff out again as my queue is empty. Anyway, I’ve always liked Frances McDormand and this movie won a couple of Oscars so I figured it might be good. But, it wasn’t terribly interesting. I mean, from a character study, I guess, but overall, not my kind of movie.

My rating: 3/5 (for the acting and cinematography)


I painted the front door a color other than white! It’s the next best thing–gray. I also installed a new handle/doorknob and a smart deadbolt. Most of this work was done on Friday, when I was off for my birthday. I painted the trim today, as well as trim around the other doors and the basement windows. It was so hot out–I really should have done this a different day but I just wanted it to be done, which it now is.


I had another date last week. This was my third first date, for those of you who are keeping track. This was more like a real date than the previous two–we went to a restaurant (Primanti Bros.). It went well, but I don’t think he’s the one for me. Interesting guy, though. Oh well…


It’s been 16 years since we installed it and it’s definitely past its expiration date. Back when we thought we were going to sell the house, we decided to hang onto it in case someone with kids was looking. But, since I’m here for the duration, I decided to have it removed–one less thing to keep up with. The playhouse was removed yesterday, but now I have to fix the yard. Any idea what to do with a couple hundred pounds of sand? I plan on spreading some of it in the yard, covering the remainder with topsoil, and hoping for the best.