The bride and I tried to make July 4 a real day off -- no chores, in other words, except for a couple of short hops to check on the away-neighbors' pets. Slept in, did a little grilling for dinner, watched movies ("Independence Day," "Tootsie," "Under Siege" -- admittedly a strange trifecta but we enjoyed it). But by the end of the day, we weren't all that relaxed. Always other things to think about, I guess. So today has been chores and errands with a vengeance: groceries, trip to BMV, trip to a cell-phone store, cleaning the bathrooms and kitchen, stuff dropped at Goodwill, lawn mowed, laundry, library, car washed, as well as more pet runs. Caught a bit of Wimbledon in there, but by about 2 p.m. we had done almost everything on our list, and it feels good to have accomplished some things. Still not sure if we did all this so effectively because we rested yesterday, or we just get the urge for doing.