Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Day two hundred thirty eight

I was going to do something with this photo but it got late and I got lazy.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Day two hundred thirty seven

I'm starting the white side of our Beatles puzzle! I got this far today. I know, I know, the easy parts...

I just started going through wedding photos today (I have been so busy, I haven't been able to) but I had to stop. For some reason, it really hit me hard today that Brad wasn't at the wedding. I've had the same cover photo on Facebook, our last family photo with all of my immediate family members, since a few days after Brad died and I haven't been able to bring myself to change it, until today. It just about killed me to do it, and I couldn't look at photos after that. For some reason, that just really got me. I know it's just stupid Facebook, but I felt like I'm somehow betraying my brother's memory when I changed it. I know Brad wouldn't care, but it was just a way I held on, I guess.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Day two hundred thirty six

We made pasta today!! We got a pasta roller for our wedding and we made homemade fettucine alfredo for Kevin's mom's birthday today! It turned out quite well, if I do say so myself. I also made creme brulee for dessert, which turned out pretty good too. Happy birthday, Connie!

Apartment Photo Tour!

These are not high-quality photos, nor is our apartment really all that "finished." We are still moving stuff around, getting a few new things, and all that jazz.

For some perspective, here's the layout:

Looking to the left as you step in the door:

Looking to the right (we don't have a fireplace, we have a built-in entertainment center instead):

Kitchen and pantry:

Living room (still working on organization):

Looking towards the kitchen:

Our little patio:

Hallway (straight forward when you walk in):

Laundry "room":

2nd bathroom (still working on rugs, these are old ones that don't match anything!):

2nd bedroom that we are using as an office. There is more than enough room for a queen-size air mattress between the desks, so we can have guests... hint hint...:

Kevin's desk (we're apparently working on getting the diplomas straight):

My desk (I'm apparently working on holding my camera straight). I need to figure out what I'm going to do with my "craft corner." It used to be a craft bin but it's kind of exploding. The two boxes with green lids are full of my work stuff that is going to work as soon as I have a desk there (it may be awhile):

Master bedroom:

Master bathroom (we actually bought a new rug today after I took these photos):

 Master closet (ignore the mess):

That's it! Besides a few quirks, we are really enjoying the extra 300 square feet and saving $300 per month compared to Seattle!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Day two hundred thirty five

We were THOSE people in Costco today. The people who buy 9 containers of strawberries and nothing else. They were on sale, okay? And we (mostly I, actually) use a LOT of frozen strawberries through the winter. So we're using our awesome Foodsaver to seal 'em up and freeze 'em. We're also making some freezer jam.

Tonight we went to a meetup at a coffee shop near us for people who play board games. It was pretty fun! Not as much fun as playing with our friends Matt & Sara, though. :'(

Friday, August 22, 2014

Day two hundred thirty four

One of those days where I had already gotten into bed and needed to take a photo... luckily those are few and far between.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day two hundred thirty three

Favorite salad ever. Lettuce, tomato, avocado, corn, black beans, roasted sweet potato, cilantro, green onion, avocado cilantro dressing. Originally from here. "Two Peas and Their Pod" blog (the blogger app makes it almost impossible to link, will do it next time I'm at the computer).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Day two hundred thirty two

Started sewing my bridesmaid dress for my friend Erica's wedding! It's coming up soon (September 6th!) so I figured I need to just do it. I wasn't able to find a dress I liked in the color she chose, but I did find some fabric, so I decided to get crazy and make it! I have so much more time in my day with my short commute that I was able to get a lot done today! This particular ribbon won't be part of it (it will be royal blue. And a belt. With a holster on it. With my pistol in it). The sewing has gone pretty painlessly so far. Haven't had to frog any seams yet, so that's good. It's the first garment I've sewn in... 8 years?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Day two hundred thirty

Studying for my prosthetics boards. I'm a very visual learner so drawing pictures and creating flow charts is super helpful for me. I surprised myself with this picture. Normally I can't even tell what my drawings are supposed to be if I look at them later!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Day two hundred twenty nine

Today was a day of unpacking!! We're mostly done now (finally!) and I hope to do a "photo tour" soon. This evening we biked a few miles on the Greenbelt (sooo fun!) and stopped at the dock on the way back. We live right on Silver Lake and there's a little dock in our neighborhood. It was beautiful tonight!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Day two hundred twenty eight

We got BIKES today! There was an awesome deal on craigslist that we couldn't pass up. Just making some adjustments before riding the greenbelt! P.S. Fitting two bikes in our car was tricky! But we did it. Just don't ask us to do it again...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Day two hundred twenty seven

Now the car is Idahoan again, too. Luckily the only test it had to pass was the VIN inspection. (Side story: when I registered the car right after I bought it [I bought it while in Georgia, and registered it in Idaho long-distance since I was a student] I had to take it to a police station in Georgia to inspect the VIN. I took it to the Georgia Tech police and they looked at the VIN and ran it on the computer. They told me they couldn't sign off on the form because the car wasn't in the database. So of course, I get this huge rock in my stomach thinking "oh my gosh, I just bought a stolen car" and am panicking, but then the woman's supervisor comes out and says "well you ran it in the stolen cars database, so that's a GOOD THING that it's not in there." Anyway, everything was fine then, and it's all fine now. End of side story). I bought the car in October 2010 at 105k miles, and it just rolled over 150k. What a good car it's been to me.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Day two hundred twenty six

We're right on the Greenbelt along the Boise River. It's so nice and shady! Love it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Day two hundred twenty five

Officially an Idaho resident again. Kevin thinks I look crazy in this photo.

I also didn't know that once you leave Idaho and get a driver's license in another state, then come back, you have to retake the written test. I found out when I went to get my new license today. She asked if I wanted to take the test right then or come back tomorrow, and I said I would try it. It's only $3 to take the test and it would be super inconvenient to come back another day, so I thought I'd give it a try. It was 40 multiple-choice questions and you could get six wrong. Things didn't go so well for me and I missed three in the first ten. I was panicking. Absolutely panicking. And there was a little kid who kept trying to touch my screen and was playing with pieces of paper on the desk between my body and the screen, literally blocking my view of the screen. I asked the proctor to remove the child and she said she couldn't touch him. I asked her to get the parents so I could take my test in peace and she said she didn't know who they were. I don't know what kind of parents would leave their 4- or 5-year-old child completely unattended while people are trying to test, and I don't understand how it's okay that I had to put up with it, but whatever. I thought it was ridiculous that I had to fight off a kid just to take my test, but I kept going. Luckily I didn't miss any more until I was in the low 30's, when I missed two in a row. So then I was up to five wrong and was really panicking. On #39, it was a question that I had no idea and I missed it. So now I had one more question to go and I HAD to get it right. Luckily it was super easy so I ended up passing, annoying kid and all.