Monday, July 21, 2014

Day two hundred two

So today was my first day back to work in almost 2 weeks... And of course the internet system was down. I had set aside the morning to clear out my seventy bajillion emails I knew I would have. So I found something else to do: unpack stock that arrived last week. There were several small boxes, and about 10 this size. This was the last one. That garbage can was empty when I started. Each box was 1/3 full of styrofoam packing peanuts! So annoying. But I got it all unpacked just in time to get internet back. And I only had 100 emails or so. Way fewer than I had guessed!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Day two hundred one

These are a few of my faaaaavorite things...

(games, chocolate, husband).

I made this chocolate zucchini cake today with all intentions of taking it to work. However, after sampling a small piece, I may or may not have eaten another one two three pieces... woops. It was just too good!

Wedding crafting: flower girl gifts {bracelet shadow boxes}

Kevin and I each have a niece and a nephew, so we asked all four of the kids to be part of our wedding. Granted, my niece Nicole was only 2 months old at the wedding, but she was dressed up in a cute dress! Kevin's 5-year-old niece Gwyn was the "actual" flower girl, scattering rose petals as she walked down the aisle. Pictures will be forthcoming!

I looked at all sorts of ideas for flower girl gifts, wanting something memorable, and really liked the idea of embroidering a hankie with a poem... except the hankie part. It seemed too old-fashioned to me. So I took it a step further. I had just finished beading my own pearl necklace and had some leftover supplies, so I decided to make a pearl bracelet for each girl, and changed the typical poem to suit my needs. I grabbed two 6"x6" white shadowboxes at Michaels (luckily I was there on a "buy one, get one free" sale, so it was super cheap!), a piece of scrapbook paper, a bit of lace, and a couple of white flowers. I also grabbed some foam letters because I was pressed for time. I was going to cut them out of felt, but I had a lot going on so I cheated and bought sticky foam letters! 

Here are the final results (kindly ignore the terrible photos, I took them at night on my phone...):

I really like how they turned out! I hope Gwyn and Nicole appreciate (or at least tolerate?) them when they get older :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Day two hundred

This is arguably the nerdiest thing we have ever done: we went to "Can't Stop The Serenity" at Central Cinema in Seattle. And... We dressed up. As Zoe and Wash. We got buttons for dressing up! We didn't win the costume contest because there was the most amazing Kaylee dress, we were thoroughly impressed! But we had fun :)

Honeymoon trip to Leavenworth, Washington

Kevin & I decided to save a little money and not go on a huge trip right away for our honeymoon. We hope to go somewhere warm this winter, but we'll see how everything goes! However, we did want to spend a few days at a cute bed & breakfast somewhere. We decided to go to Leavenworth, Washington.

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101 Things in 1001 Days: 200 Days Update

101 Things in 1001 Days
100 Days Update

It's time for another installment of 101 Things in 1001 Days! I'm slowly but steadily working on my goals. Things got a little waylaid with wedding planning and may continue to be sluggish until after we move (hopefully in just a few weeks).

I loved my cousin Xenia's way of tracking goal progress, so I've copied borrowed it.

Completed since last update: 9

  • Get my first “real” job (got a job offer 02/05/2014, truly accepted 4/10/14)
  • Sort and organize all of my yarn (completed 4/14/14)
  • Acquire one new Idaho Vandals t-shirt (completed 5/2/14)
  • Get dental work done (completed 5/7/14)
  • Acquire new jumper cables for the car (completed 5/23/14)
  • Visit Tillamook, OR (completed 5/31/14)
  • Make Kevin's awesome wedding present (completed 7/6/14)
  • Plan & have a wedding! (completed 7/12/14)
  • Go on a winery tour (completed 7/16/14)

In progress: 26

  • Become a Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist (Became a Certified Orthotist 1/24/2014)
  • Study for my prosthetics board exams at least four hours each month January – September 2014
  • Complete 12 Neila Rey workouts (7/12)
  • Attain less than 22% body fat
  • Go camping at least once each year (2014, 2015, 2016) 
  • Visit 5 state parks (Washington, Idaho, Oregon) (2/5 - Palouse Falls State Park, Cape Meares State Park)
  • Go hiking at least 9 times (2/9 - Cougar Mountain, Mason Butte)
  • Try 100 new recipes (75/100)
  • Find a good homemade sandwich bread recipe   
  • Find three new lentil recipes that both Kevin & I enjoy 
  • Perfect our pizza recipe
  • Try nine new vegetables (2/9)
  • Organize recipes
  • Knit one item on my knitting board 
  • Sew one item
  • Send wedding thank-you cards by August 12, 2014
  • Grow my hair out and donate it if possible
  • Collect one pair of socks for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving (2/6)
  • Do a 365-day photo project 
  • Finish putting together our 72-hour emergency kit
  • Donate blood 12 times (2/12)
  • Crochet or knit at least 12 items for charity  (1/12) 
  • Write my “If Something Happens to Me” letter and share it with family
  • Finish Carcassonne cheat sheets
  • Collect at least ten books for my collection (4/10 - Catching Fire, Gray's Anatomy, Eragon, Brisingr)
  • Save $1 for every goal completed and spend it on something just for me at the end 

Total completed: 14
Total in progress: 26

Friday, July 18, 2014

Our Board Game Collection

So doing the Carcassonne post made me want to do a list of the board games that Kevin and I own. It makes it easy to reference when we're out and about, and that way if people want to get us games for gifts they will know what we have ;) Just kidding...

Without further ado, the list:

We also have 15 or so board games that are currently not all together (we took them apart for the wedding centerpieces and haven't sorted them all back out yet), so this list may get longer if we decide to keep any of those. 

Who wants to play board games with us?! :)

Day one hundred ninety nine + CARCASSONNE

Kevin and I got a crazy idea during our honeymoon (I think it was during a wine tasting...) that we needed to use EVERY SINGLE Carcassonne tile we own to play a game. So today... we did. We have:
Total regular tiles: 251

Plus, we each had 2 abbey tiles at our disposal.

We used 12 followers per person, plus one for scoring (we decided not to use all 16 we had access to), plus all of the other characters: 
  • Large follower
  • Pig
  • Builder
  • Barn
  • Wagon
  • Mayor
  • Phantom
We also each had 5 bridges and 3 castles at our disposal, plus the trade good tokens.

We had a rule that it couldn't go beyond the edge of the table, which kind of screwed Kevin over a little bit when I put a cathedral on his city at the edge of the table, so he couldn't complete it. But anyway, here's our final gameboard, right before we scored:

It was so insanely fun. It took about 2 hours and 45 minutes to play. It was super tense. I ended up winning by a little bit, but we each scored over 800 points. It was so crazy!

And just in case anybody thinks we have too much Carcassonne... think again. Here's {most of} what we DON'T have, in terms of expansions:

These are stand-alone versions that we don't have:
The following are "Big Boxes" of Carcassonne, which includes the base games plus various expansions:
  • Carcassonne Big Box: includes base game; Inns and Cathedrals; Traders and Builders; The Princess and the Dragon; The Tower; and The River
  • Carcassonne Big Box 2: includes base game; Inns and Cathedrals; Traders and Builders; The Princess and the Dragon; The Abbey and Mayor; and Count, King, and Robber
  • Carcassone Big Box 3: includes base game; Inns and Cathedrals; Traders and Builders; The Princess and the Dragon; Abbey and Mayor; and Bridges, Castles, and Bazaars
  • Carcassonne Big Box 4: includes base game; Inns and Cathedrals; Traders and Builders; The Flier; The Messages; The Ferries; The Goldmines; Mage and Witch; The Robbers; and The Crop Circles
There are others, I'm sure, but it gets confusing because some versions were only released in Germany, and some expansions had different names in their German and U.S. releases... but anyway. We have only just hit the tip of the iceberg in terms of Carcassonne!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day one hundred ninety eight

You can't see all the smoke in this photo, but this was the view out of our room at the bed & breakfast! There's a terrible forest fire 10 miles out of Leavenworth, and there was a TON of ash falling and the air was so smoky! There will be a full honeymoon post later.

We're back at our apartment now, so expect a lot of posts!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day one hundred ninety seven

Kevin & I did our first winery tour today, at Icicle Ridge Winery. It is so beautiful, and the staff was so amazing. We bought a bottle of our favorite (It's called "P.S. Love You", so it was super cute for the honeymoon!) and selfied it up in front of the log cabin tasting room. There will be a full honeymoon post later!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day one hundred ninety six

Kevin and I headed to downtown Leavenworth to explore! The B&B owner offered us free use of her bikes, so we decided to bike around! There will be a full honeymoon post later!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Day one hundred ninety five

We had lunch with our friend JJ (Kevin's co-best man) in Moscow at my favorite restaurant (Red Bento) and then headed to Leavenworth, Washington for a short honeymoon! When we got there, we passed the bed & breakfast the first time, and when we were looking for a place to turn around, saw this beauty.

There will be a full honeymoon post later!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Day one hundred ninety four

We got some unexpected help cleaning up the lodge today, one of my best friends Erica & her fiance Dan! I don't think I got any photos with them at the wedding, so I took one of all of us today. A HUGE thank you to EVERYONE who helped with the wedding!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Day one hundred ninety three--WEDDING DAY!

WEDDING DAY! My cousin Xenia encouraged me to take a selfie with my new husband for today's pic :) I had taken a photo of the reception area before everyone arrived, but I took her advice and took a selfie! Presenting... Mr. & Mrs. Lewis!

There will be a lengthy wedding post coming in the future!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Day one hundred ninety two

Rehearsal dinner tonight and my phone died! This was the moment (p.m.) that I realized I didn't take a photo today..... Ugh I'm sad I missed taking a photo at something so special.