You haven't heard much from me lately because I haven't been doing any house projects. I got a little burnt out a couple years ago (when I finally gave-in and paid someone to finish painting the dining room). Since then I've been spending my free time doing other techie stuff, not related to the house.
Then I spend another few weeks breaking up the concrete footings from the old deck and leveling the yard out (there was about a 4" crown of dirt covering most of the yard). I could tell when I got back to level because I found about 5 ancient sprinkler heads from the original sprinkler system that were buried by 4" of dirt).
Yesterday was the icing on the cake; it took me a whole two hours to lay all of the sod and have an insta-lawn! Tonight was our first dinner on the patio, and it was fantastic!