Barcelona and Paris

Whoops! Guess I forgot to keep posting. It’s been a whirlwind of a trip and we’re having a great time. We flew into Barcelona on Saturday and then flew to Paris on Monday. One day in a huge city is not enough, but we made the best of it and saw as much as we could!
It was late evening when we got to Barcelona so we went out for a walk. Our hotel was right in the center of town off of Placa de Catalunya and Las Ramblas.

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There were about a billion people out…a very huge change from being in the small town of Salema.  We went on a bus tour the next day…

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And walked about one trillion miles. It was incredible. G got naked on the beach…

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And we saw the Magic Fountain of Montjuic that night.

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It was incredible. We loved Barcelona and hope to spend more time there in the future.

We’re now in Paris with these guys:

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We’re staying in a beautiful apartment and seeing all of the sites!  And we had a photosession last night, complete with a makeup artist…for both G and me.

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We’re idiots.

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This was at dinner after our pictures last night…very fun!!  We have another bus tour today in Paris so off we go again!

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A View from the Sea

We are in Salema visiting friends that moved here in June.  They’ve been visiting Salema for years and finally moved here permanently.  They have a lot of friends and one of them took us out on his boat yesterday.  There are no words to describe how beautiful it was, but here are a couple of pictures.

First, our captain, Marcolino:

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He was born in Salema and calls himself a wild fisherman.  He is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and I have a major crush on him.

Our very, very good friends, Scott and Jo Alice:

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Me:

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Yes, I’m in a hoodie.  And yes, people were staring.

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The boat ride was incredible and we’ve had such a great time in Salema.  I’m sad that we’re leaving tomorrow and I hope we will be back soon.

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Salema, Portugal

After almost 24 hours of travel, we made it to Salema, Portugal!  And it is beautiful.

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We’ve spent two days on the beach and I am so happy we started our trip here.

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And so is George.

I went on a walk this morning and came across this beach…

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I think it’s called Boca de Rio. It was a bit foggy this morning, but all that burned off within a few hours.

The cats run this place.

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And I really love it. They wait for the fishermen in the morning and people feed them scraps at night. They are very funny and run all over the place.

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But I just can’t get over the beach.

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Flying Away

We’re on our way to Portugal!!

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We have a 4 hour layover in Amsterdam so we’re just hanging out. George tried to get banned from the duty free shop by using all the La Mer tester products…

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One of the sales associates told him he only needed to use one pump of product (he likes to use at least 3 so it’s easier to see him from outerspace). George told her he didn’t know and she told him he could ask. So…we left.  Good times. What an idiot.

Can’t wait to see what happens when we actually have to leave the safety of an airport!!

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The Shed

When G and I bought our house, we knew we’d have to put a shed in the backyard because we don’t have a garage.  After storing all the tools and crap inside our house for over a year, we decided it was time to find a shed.  Well, finding a shed was easy.  Finding out how much work we’d have to do before we could even assemble the shed…that was hard.

First, we found a place in the yard to put the shed:

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Our yard is not level and slopes down from right to left.  We tried to find a place that wasn’t too sloped because, according to our contractor (and my former coworker, Steve), we needed to dig an 8 ft. by 8 ft. hole, put about 4 inches of gravel in it and make sure it was level.  I’m an idiot so I thought that would be easy.

We had gravel delivered to our driveway and borrowed wheelbarrows, shovels and a level from our neighbor.

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We started digging, but I was really bad at that.  The ground was really f*cking hard so I decided it would be more fun to take pictures of the animals that came by to laugh at watch us.

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That’s Bing’s girlfriend, Holly.  She is one of the nicest cats I’ve ever met.

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Jack couldn’t believe we were all outside together.

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While I wasted time and bitched about how hot it was, G was busy, busy, busy!

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So I decided to take credit for his work.

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Eventually, he stopped digging and we had a pretty good square.

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Moving the gravel from the front of the house f*cking sucked, but we did it.  For those of you who didn’t know…gravel is really heavy.

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Kennedy stopped by to make sure everything was level.

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She is an expert leveler.

After we finished, we waited a couple of days for our contractor to visit and assemble the base.  As luck would have it, the only day all of us were available was the day it was supposed to be 101 degrees.  Perfect building weather!  Steve drove up early in the morning and got to our house at 9:00 am.

Because he is so anal on top of things, he had all the wood measured, cut and marked so all we had to do was screw it together.  Brilliant.

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Holly came back to supervise.

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I always thought you were supposed to wear close-toed shoes when you build things…Steve likes to wear flip flops.  Interesting.

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G was really excited when Steve asked him to pre-drill holes in the particle board.

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Less than 90 minutes later…

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WE HAD A BASE!  We loaded all Steve’s tools into his truck and he pulled out of the driveway at 10:36 am.  Not bad.  THANKS STEVE!

Next, it was time to build the shed.  It was delivered in two giant boxes.

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I considered not even building the shed because I kind of liked having a stage in the backyard.

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I was working on my audition for my second part-time job…as a pole dancer.  We don’t have a pole (shocking, I know) so I was just practicing with the tamper we bought.  At least I’m resourceful.

Anyway, I love putting things together so I was excited about assembling the shed.  It was my job to read the directions, hand G the right tools and tell him what to do.  I’m very good at all of those things.  It took us about five hours…

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We didn’t even fight, file for divorce or have to take anything apart to re-assemble it!  Go us!  We also had another supervisor…

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These creatures are too relaxed.

Anyway, the shed looks great and we now have some much needed storage.

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