Building a DeckSo after a busy few weekends in June, we managed to finish off our new deck. It ended up being quite a labor-intensive project, but we had lots of help in getting it together. Tamme’s Dad and brother were huge helps in getting all the bits and pieces in place, as I am not very knowledgeable in carpentry. I did a lot of digging, lugging, and attaching, but not much of the actual measuring, cutting, or figuring. In the end we are very pleased with the results. Tammie keeps talking about how much she loves it, and how often she uses it to help with the daycare routine. It was a good investment and will serve us for many years to come. Now to just get the darned thing paid off! And speaking of home renovations, we also got our lane re-paved around the same time we were working on the deck, so that added to the excitement around here. Luke loves watching the big machines work, especially if it is from the safety of his own living room.

Running has been not as great this month, as I just can’t seem to find the time to get into a consistent groove. My overall milage is down, and I haven’t gotten any longer runs in just yet. I am hoping to be able to make up some of that time in July, but the summers always fill up so fast with activities. Luke and I are in a parent-toddler swimming class twice a week, and Samantha is taking both soccer and tennis. And that’s besides work, deck-building, and all the other regular home-life stuff. Ah well, better to be busy than sitting around trying to find something to do.

I finished Diablo 3 on Normal difficulty and am now into Nightmare. Normal was ridiculously easy, and Nightmare feels a little more like the game should have from the start. Diablo 3 is a great game, but the more I play it the more some of its design flaws become apparent. It is too gear-centric, and less skill-based than Diablo 2, which is one of the major things I liked about the previous version. Also, the way items drop is not nearly as interesting, as sets and other special items don’t drop until the very highest difficulty levels. This is one of the rare cases where I have to say that Blizzard did not deliver on their promises for this product. I cannot see how this took them a decade to build; it just doesn’t show through in the final product.

Tammie had I also had our wedding anniversary this month. We’ve been married for four years, together for almost seven. I can’t imagine anyone else I’d rather be on this crazy journey with. We had a nice dinner out together, and then just relaxed at home with the kids in bed. Sometimes it’s the simple things that are the nicest.