Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day two hundred sixty one

Well, I got a sign for my office! Even though I don't have an office yet, hmmm...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day two hundred sixty

I've had to sit at a different desk this week (it's still not MY desk, just a different one) and it's in the front lobby of Prosthetics at the VA. And at least 5 people, maybe even more, have commented on this heating/cooling unit on the wall. Everybody is enthralled with it. I don't get it.

Also, isn't this cool? I love it.

Today I had to take a "Soft Skills" course (required to get scheduling keys) and it's pretty much customer service 101. Mostly discussions and the like. One of the things we talked about were life stressors, and I laughed out loud when somebody said "traffic and parking" and THE WHOLE REST OF THE CLASS instantly got in an uproar about how terrible traffic is in Boise. I just laughed, seriously. If these people think Boise has traffic, try Seattle, or Atlanta. Then, today I hit some surprisingly heavy traffic on my way home from work. But it's hard to complain when I only get home two minutes later when there's traffic. I consistently (>80% of the time) shut off the car at 4:19. Today was 4:21. I'm not sure that really counts as traffic.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day two hundred fifty nine

This is my all-time favorite illustration. I laughed for about ten minutes this morning (everyone must think I'm crazy) and I still giggle each time I look at it. Oh, a prosthetist's humor...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day two hundred fifty eight

Why yes, I will have some Nutella with my Netflix.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Day two hundred fifty seven

Dehydrating some new-crop apples!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day two hundred fifty six

Kevin and I biked in from Lucky Peak this morning, about a 15-mile bike ride along the Greenbelt! It was such a nice ride, we'll definitely have to do it again. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day two hundred fifty five

Knitting knitting knitting

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Day two hundred fifty four

Just chillaxin' with a needle in my arm at the plasma place. I was the last one in my section so I was allllllll alone.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day two hundred fifty three

It's kinda weird that I drive right by the state capitol building every day on my way to work. I mean, isn't it? I don't know, I still feel weird when I see it. And it's no big deal to drive by it. Weird.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day two hundred fifty two

Look familiar? Ha, we decided our yellow camping bin just wasn't big enough for all of our camping stuff. So we got a bigger one. And a cooler, since they are on sale (and we keep borrowing from my parents). So now we have a huge mess.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Random thoughts about Boise

Now that we've lived in Boise for four weeks (crazy how time flies!), I thought I'd share some little tidbits about our new city. This is going to be a completely random, crazy post. It's just a lot of random things I've noticed about our new apartment and the Boise area.

  • There is an enormous mirror behind the built-in entertainment center in the living room. Why oh why?!
  • We have a beautiful new microwave and fridge, but the dishwasher and stove/oven are centuries old.
  • The washer/dryer is stacked, which is fine. The dryer shakes like nobody's business and takes 2-3 hours to dry a load (we requested that maintenance look at it, but they said everything's fine). The washer has an alert when it's finished that you can't turn off, and it sounds like an ice cream truck for more than 30 seconds. It's weird.
  • Every morning at 3:30am, a sprinkler comes on right outside our bedroom window. I know this because the water shoots against the glass and is very loud for about 30 minutes (and luckily the window can't be opened, or else we probably would have had an unpleasant surprise the first night).
  • There is a 1.5" drain hose for the AC unit that runs across the middle of our patio. Not annoying at all. Especially because it makes a huge muddy mess right off the patio. And you can't move it because anywhere else it has to run uphill and then the AC can't drain and it begins to flood the floor in the living room and office. We wouldn't know that from experience or anything.
  • I love that our apartment complex is right on a lake AND the Greenbelt. It's so awesome.
  • Everything is much more laid back in Boise than Seattle. My commute is 10-15 minutes, versus 60-90 minutes in Seattle. "Bad traffic" here is the Seattle equivalent of traffic at midnight on a Tuesday. Everybody says "hello" in passing, whether you're on the street, Greenbelt, or hallway of the hospital. Finding parking is actually possible. You don't have to take the day off work just to go to the DMV/driver's license office.
  • It's hot here, but it really doesn't bother me. I've adjusted very quickly since there's no humidity. My skin is drying out (I didn't have to use lotion the entire time I was in Seattle) but my hair is much better behaved here.
  • People still love their Seahawks here (sigh).
  • I have to get used to seeing all the BSU gear around. Four years at UI trained me to hate blue and orange together, but it's everywhere.
  • The drive to visit my parents is similar in time to when we lived in Seattle (approximately 6 hours, give or take) but it is so much prettier and more interesting than from Seattle! The only downside is we have to switch timezones, but that's okay.
  • Our car insurance went way, way down when we moved here. Like, almost $300/year lower than Washington. Thank goodness!
That's all I've got for now. I'll think of seven more the minute I hit "publish," but that's okay.

Day two hundred fifty one

Finally got our wedding quilt that my mom made! We got it yesterday, put it on the bed today. We absolutely LOVE it! And it's a bit bigger than a regular queen-size quilt so we don't fight over it as much :) thanks, Mom!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Day two hundred fifty

Had a ten-hour drive today from outside of Sandpoint down to Boise. We had to stop in at my parents' house to pick up all the wedding gifts we were unable to take with us last time we were there (boo for small cars!) and so I decided to take a quick pic of the house as we were leaving. Had a little surprise photobomb from Dad...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Day two hundred forty nine

Wedding day for my friend Erica and her now-husband Dan! I was pretty busy being a bridesmaid all day so I didn't get many pics, but here is one of them in their getaway vehicle. The wedding was hectic but fun, we made some new friends (too bad they live in Colorado!) and had a good time.

And here's their first dance:

Friday, September 5, 2014

Day two hundred forty eight

Arrived at our campsite at Riley Creek Recreation Area outside of Sandpoint this afternoon. We have an awesome spot, right on the lake!