Monday, March 15, 2004

Sunday we spent cruising all over the place. We wanted to get to know Holt a little better, so we cruised down there and explored a little. Not a whole lot to the place. We also stopped by the Pilgrim House (a furniture place), what turned out to be a bad idea on my part since it just reminded Ellie about how much things really do cost. She said it was a tease. I just wanted to see what was there. Down the line it's an option I suppose.

The house is almost complete. As far as I can tell the only things that need to be finished are dry walling the garage (which we can move in on before it's finished), carpeting, putting urethane over the wood, and patching the nicks and scratches in the walls from the construction process. The appliances all have to be put in, but we're working on that with Sears. Ellie managed to get a much better price through the builder and their relationship with the Builder's Resource Center over there, so now we have to go "return" the stuff we bought this weekend and ring it up with the other guy. Oh well. It will save us a bit over $300, so that was good news.

Work is going to be rather quiet next week, as several of the lab folks are heading to the Society of Toxicology meeting in Baltimore. It looks like it's just going to be me, Sandy, and Shawn (the newest graduate student) around next week, with everyone else in Baltimore. I hope they have a good time and get some good ideas. I know the head honcho, Bob, is meeting with some collaborators and potential collaborators. I bet there will be some good stories from the trip.

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