Indio, California: Busted! I have been a huge liar for weeks now. Honestly, I didn’t know I was a liar, but it turns out I had no idea what was in store for us. We planned a very simple casita and covered pavilion with a kitchenette to be built on our lot in the Motorcoach Country Club, and we are ending up with a 75,000 square foot castle with parking for 40 cars and a heliport.

Okay, okay… I am exaggerating… just a bit…

What I meant to say is: we started out with a simple casita and covered pavilion with a kitchenette and we are ending up with a simple casita and a full kitchen in the covered pavilion. Dang. I only wanted an under-counter fridge, sink and oven and now I have an under-counter, sink, dishwasher, oven/stove and exhaust hood.

How did this happen? Simple – at the last minute, I decided to add a little dishwasher. DT was very excited about this decision, as he wanted a full kitchen from the get-go, but is letting me rule-the-roost on the casita decisions. Then, we went to an appliance store to inspect the under-counter oven I had chosen. The oven was ridiculously expensive, and we learned the same oven combined with a four-burner cooktop (in a slip-in configuration) was WAY-CHEAPER THAN ONLY THE OVEN. What? That was an easy decision. Then… since we are ordering a cooktop, it would be a good idea to have an exhaust fan/light of some sort over the burners to protect the overhead cabinets from the flames/heat/steam. Holy Crap. Now we have a range hood!

What’s next? Hiring Mario Batali as our private live-in chef?

If I order a trash compactor or a built-in espresso machine, please get in your RV, drive to Indio and rescue me from this hamster wheel.

While I was running this morning, I saw our contractor. Arnold had just completed a gorgeous covered pavilion on a RV lot on the other side of the resort. He asked me to stop and have a look. Wowzer. Arnold does such a fantastic job! I can’t wait to see what he does on our lot! As I have said before – I am going to let Arnold make a lot of the decisions on our casita – he has such good taste – and such an eye for detail.

DT has flown home/Eugene to attend meetings for the 2012 Olympic Track & Field Trials. He left me with several projects to complete and I have started needlepointing a ring pillow for a certain Bride I know and love. I will keep busy while My Driver is away.

The temperatures have climbed into the 90’s this week, but it is supposed to cool down a bit and actually may rain Friday.

Until my next update, I remain, your over-done correspondent.

SLOGGER REPORT:  I ran two miles outside the resort and 1.5 inside. Really hot today so I did not run very fast (who I am kidding… I never run fast) and I had a five minute break while admiring Arnold’s latest build-out. 3+ miles.

RV Park:  Motorcoach Country Club – The Crown Jewel of Motorcoach Resorts. 400 sites, three pools, three spas, fitness center, golf, bocce ball, tennis, 2-mile waterway, fine-dining restaurant, bar, security, free wifi, planned activities, perfectly maintained. Sites for sale or rent.

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