The Boyfriend came over and after some sniffing around the house, deduced that the water was coming from in front of the house where the front steps have a slight slope towards the front porch. Chipping out the little crevasse and sealing it would fix it.
How do I do that? I asked.
By putting it on your "to do" list for when you go on your conference, he replied.
Later this month, I'm going to a nursing conference in Atlanta. This is a first for me because I've never worked at a job where I could go to professional conferences and stuff. Budget crunches at the hospital meant they would only send one nurse from each unit to go, all expenses paid, and I was selected to go from my unit. Yay. For. Me.
I'm pretty excited about going. I get to see Kant (I'm staying at her house for the week), possibly get to see another friend if I can talk him into making the 3-hour drive from South Carolina. AND, I get to attend a CEU-laden conference and horde up on all kinds of free ink pens and notepads. My main goal = to acrue 30 or more CEU's so I won't have to even think getting another one until my license renews in 2009. My second goal is to get as much free stuff as I can.
The special guest entertainer for the conference? KC and the Sunshine Band! I might have to work up some enthusiasm for that one.
Mom and The Boyfriend will be staying at my house while I am away so Sam is not left unattended. I'm told to work up a "to do" list of things around the house I want fixed or done, and The Boyfriend will work on said list. Also on my list: changing out some old light fixtures for new ones, stripping kitchen and dining room ceiling so I can repaint/texture it when I come home, fix leaky basement problem, and then giving him free rein to make whatever improvements that I haven't thought of. He has pretty good taste, and after seeing some of the things I have done/picked out, he has a pretty good idea of what I like.
Having a handyman in the family is...well...handy.
Mom is having fun in Florida, and I have given her instructions to find me some white grapefruit. I don't like the red, or the pink...but I love the white. I also told her she cannot try to stow away on a cruise ship while she is there.