August 19, 2004 -- I made it home last Friday evening. My parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration went off without a hitch Saturday morning. Everyone seemed to have a great time at the party.

I've been busy with errands this week during my time off. Monday afternoon my parents and I went in to the title office making the sale of the property that my house is on to me official. I'm glad to have that task out of the way.

I was supposed to go back to work today (Thursday) but I decided to take an extra day off work. I was out in the truck 36 days this last time and that's longer than I normally care to work without taking a break. I'll only stay out 21 days next time. 21 days out followed by about 4 days off seems to be a good mix of work versus time off.