Sunday, July 13, 2008

Back on the Chain Gang

Years ago, when they sentenced people to life at hard labor, they didn't do the sh*t I have today! Ambition aside, I'm exhausted.

I got most of my list done. I scrubbed cat boxes. I mowed. I hauled a trunkful of clippings to the dump. I even got the first piece of the concrete slab busted up.

I didn't get the monster root out nor did I finish my porch. Why? Because I clearly underestimated the thickness of the concrete walkway. I was expecting 3 inches deep tops. Try 6 inches at least! And breaking it up with a sledge and a pick-ax ... well, it was slow, tedious, and painful. The only thing different from being on a chaingang was the lack of anyone being shackled to my leg.

It was the biggest piece though, but it was also only the first one. I'm seriously thinking I need to see how much it would be to have someone come and finish and haul this crap away. There doesn't seem to be a word adequate enough to describe the exquisite pain my hands and wrists are in. (Agony comes to mind, however.)

I'm sunburned. I'm sore. I'm tired. But I had a long shower, ate my 54th Street leftovers, and am watching Meet Me In St. Louis. (Love this movie!) So, it all evens out I guess.


Anonymous said...

And you took time to take pictures!

Pay someone. Save yourself the hours and blisters. You can use that time to finish the other 62 projects :)

MonkeyGirl said...

I was channel surfing and ran across that movie and immediately thought of you. I wondered if you would have time to watch it - I'm impressed!

Jayne said...

OMG!! I always say I'm not gonna pay someone else to do something I can do myself...but if I were you, I'd hire someone to break up that sidewalk. Wow. Just FYI, that ActivOn stuff really works for muscle aches. (You know, with the annoying commercials.) I know whereof I speak. =)

NV said...

Jayne -- If ActivOn came in liquid form, I would BATHE in it! I use it all the time. Unfortunately, many of the places that hurt the most are currently sunburned, so probably not a good combo. :(

V -- I have an alternate plan. Otherwise, it won't be me doing the job.

MG -- Yup. We knew last weekend it was going to be one and kept periodically reminding each other that it was on last night. I try not to miss it.

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