The weekend of Amazing Accomplishments

12 May

There are certain things the husband and I have been talking about doing for months.  Months and months.  Things that kept getting pushed to the side in lieu of other things that needed to get done like WORK and hanging out with friends and napping and catching up on the mass amount of trainwreck TV on our DVR. Very important and necessary things.

BUT, in the most successful and accomplishment-full weekend we’ve had since we’ve moved into the house almost four months ago, we finally got crossed some big stuff off our to-do list.

First and foremost on Saturday we went to the new movie theater that just opened in our neighborhood which might not seem super exciting but the thing opened in February and we’ve been talking about going since then and so FINALLY we went and saw Wolverine: Origins which we both enjoyed, even if I did have to ask my husband what the hell was going on a few times because I’m totally comic book illiterate. I was very impressed with the theater and happy that I no longer have to get on the frickin’ interstate to go see a movie at a theater.  Seriously, if we wanted to see a first-run movie in the before times, we would have to literally go all the way across town some 20 minutes. I was not enthused.

Second and maybe most importantly, WE FINALLY PLANTED THE GARDEN!


Please disregard the nasty things growing over the the side of our fence. It’s not our fault and is in fact the fault of our neighbors who have the most disgraceful backyard ever that includes the following: two (2) vans, an assortment of exercise equipment, six (6) trash bags, three (3) grills and lots and lot o’ junk.


Tomatoes. There will lots of them. Maybe hundreds. I might have gone a little tomato crazy this year, but tomatoes fresh off the vine are DELICIOUS and NECESSARY to my sanity.


Perhaps I should explain the enormity of this achievement – when we started this project on Sunday morning, there was nothing (NO-THING) in this corner of the yard except for the peach tree named Clara, a wicked amount of roots, and some dandelions.


The following steps were taken:

  • Rent tiller, buy some plants (Home Depot trip #1)
  • Till the soil
  • Return tiller, but six bags of mulch, buy more plants because holy crap that’s a big garden (Home Depot trip #2)
  • Rake the soil and make it all even and purdy lookin’
  • Rip up approximately 1,457 roots from the “garden”
  • Plant the plants
  • Water the plants
  • Begin mulching
  • Realize we did not get enough mulch
  • Get more mulch (Home Depot trip #3)
  • Finish mulching
  • Admire work
  • Realize how dirty we are, take showers, collapse in front of the TV and watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Also, there’s a gnome.


6 Responses to “The weekend of Amazing Accomplishments”

  1. andrew May 12, 2009 at 3:25 PM #

    Best garden ever!!!! Yay!!!! Nice gnome.

  2. Mermanda May 12, 2009 at 5:07 PM #

    I’m going to be so jealous of your homegrown tomatoes! Keep the woodland creatures away from them!

  3. picturesandpostits May 13, 2009 at 4:50 AM #

    I love that theres a gnome…

  4. Rachel May 13, 2009 at 9:58 AM #

    no garden is complete without the gnome. i wish i could garden… at this point i wish i could just keep the plants in my office alive. plants don’t like me & it really hurts.

  5. Ash May 13, 2009 at 7:37 PM #

    Umm, I hate to be the one to bring this up, but I just have to ask…how are you going to keep crazed-husky-dog Sadie from doing what husky-dogs like to do in the summer – dig holes to stay cool? Or, do you think with the size of the yard she might let you have a corner for yourself? Goddess, I hope she does – it’s so pretty and I know how much hard work goes into making a garden look like that out of nothing! Best of luck!


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