And we got nothing to be guilty of...
All we want is life beyond the Thunderdome...

I can see all obstacles in my way...

Have any of you seen that new commercial for Lowe's Hardware featuring the two neighbors who seem to be constantly engaged in a game of home repair oneupsmanship? One guy does something, the other guy does it, but better. Well, even if you haven't seen the commercial, I'm sure you know what I mean.

Well, Katie is convinced that she has now identified our neighborhood competition. There is a guy across the street that seems intent on doing all the same things to his garage that we have done to ours.

Reorganizing all the crap on the shelves? Oh yeah.

Paint the walls? Check.

Seal and fleckcoat the floor? Yep.

Put up a screen door? You betcha.

We're not sure if this competition will extend to other parts of the house, but if we see a carpet company at his place any time soon or see him assembling a new grill like we were yesterday, we will then know for certain.

But you should have seen Katie this weekend as we were working on the garage. Every so often, she'd stop in the middle of a task and just glare across the street at the neighbor doing his thing in the garage and make snide comments under her breath like "we did it first, and better" or "that screen door looks like crap." Too funny.

TUA: Was it brighter than normal this morning when you all woke up? I got out of bed at 5:30 to go take my shower and it was as bright outside at that time as it usually is at 7:00 when I leave for work. I freaked out thinking I overslept and started checking every clock and watch I could find to see what was up, but they were all showing the time it was supposed to be. Right now, I have 8:30 a.m. levels of brightness coming in my window. What's going on? What did I miss?