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I've Been Busy Lately: Saturday Activities

Yesterday morning, yarbiedoll and I headed over to Winston-Salem to help aunt_toad get her Vonage line set up. It was a no-muss, no-fuss installation -- it actually was easier to get it set up than when I set up our line. We made and received a couple of test calls, and the voice quality sounded fine. Web browsing performance didn't appear to be impacted at all. The more exposure I'm getting to Vonage, the more impressed I become. Over the past several weeks, I've been keeping my eye on the Vonage VoIP Forum (an independent forum, yay for their RSS feed). Pretty cool stuff.

Afterwards, we headed to Cagney's, a local diner-type place, for an enjoyable lunch and then headed out for some geocaching. I haven't done any caching in Winston-Salem in a while, so I was excited to add a few more finds outside of my immediate area. First, we headed to a nearby park in search of a cache called "Sports Fanatic" and, while we couldn't find that one, we accidentally stumbled upon another cache that appears to have been archived a few months ago. *shrug* We claimed the find, anyway. After reading the logs on "Sports Fanatic," I'm interested in going back to search it some more -- the logs indicate that it's a clever hide, so I'd like to discover it. After we decided to move on from "Sports Fanatic," we headed out to another nearby cache, which we walked right up to. We attempted a third nearby cache, but when we got to the cache site, we were less than optimistic about the cache still being in place, so we didn't spend too much time there before deciding to move on. Reviewing the logs today, I'm pretty confident that the cache is still there, so I'll probably look for it again when I'm in the area.

By that time, we were ready to head back home, so we started heading east. We decided to stop at another geocache closer to home. It's a newly placed cache, and I've been out to hunt it several times over the past few days. Success was finally with me and I found it shortly after we started looking. It was in a fun little woody area of a neighborhood park, and I'm glad to have spent time looking for that one.

After finishing caching for the day, we headed to Sears where we bought a new lawn mower. One of the models I've been looking at is on sale this weekend (Memorial Day), so we decided to go ahead and pick it up. When we got home, I spent some time logging my geocache finds and letting it get closer to the cool of the evening, when I went ahead and unpacked the mower and mowed the lawn. It's a good mower and I'm happy with it. It's a push mower (not self-propelled) and has the ability to do mulching, side discharge, and rear bagging. I'll probably only use the mulching mode, but it's nice to have the options for the other modes -- for example, I may really appreciate the bagger in the fall when I can use the mower to "vacuum" up leaves.

Finally, I spent some time yesterday flushing out the waymarks for the historical markers in Edgecombe County that I visited a few weeks ago. They've all been approved:Now I'm completely caught up with the waymarks I planned to enter, but the reviewer suggested that I add General Pender's grave to the Grave of a Famous Person category as well. I'll put that on my to-do list. I'll also poke around and see if there are any Civil War categories that would be appropriate for it, and some other other waymarks I created, as well.

Anyway, yesterday was a pretty busy day.


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May. 29th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
Well, I have been looking for some activities to do outside... You've got me looking into Geocaching now. Next toy to buy will probably be a GPS unit. I registered on the geocaching website tonight. Looks like something fun to do with my youngest (13 years old). We'll see. Thanks for sharing!
May. 29th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
It's loads of fun! As soon as I catch up on my email, etc. this morning, I think I'm going to go out and look for a few more.
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