Monday, December 29, 2008

silly rabbits...

Oh man, tonight we started playing the funnest (yes, I know that isn't a word) Wii game ever, Raving Rabbids. Click here for some videos. It is just a bunch of silly games involving ugly little rabbit things. So far we've shot rabbits dressed as chickens, danced to silly songs using the wii fit balance board, and sledded down a mountain sitting on a cow. Now if that isn't quality entertainment, I don't know what is. Plus, I'm going to be really sore tomorrow. So it is a fun game and a great workout. What more can you ask for from a game? Anyway, thanks to Tyler for Christmas, we now own this amazing game, so if you want to come over and make a fool of yourself, consider yourself invited. I'll always take the opportunity to laugh at anyone's expense.
... And if this post sounds like I'm writing in another language (Grandmother), maybe you should skip on down to the next post. It's a good one.
By the way, this is a Rabbid. Told you they were ugly.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The day that Dallas went to the mall

It is the day after Christmas, and what does the entire state of Texas decide to do? Go to Northpark Mall, of course. We know, because we were there too. First, we drove around the parking lot for a long time before finding a spot to park, and I don't mean a close spot to park, we would have been happy with any spot that was in the same county as the mall. We finally spotted someone backing out, and Blake hurried to put on his blinker and claim the spot. We weren't really in a hurry, so there were no hard feelings toward the mall, we were just happy to be finally heading inside. We entered through Nordstroms and needed to go down one level before we could get in to the rest of the mall, so we went for the escalator. That is when my day was made. All of the parking mess and crowds were made worth it by one man's actions. Here's how it went... He rushed in front of us to get to the down escalator, grabbed both hand rails, and promptly forgot how to use an escalator. Blake and I expected him to continue moving so we were both standing a little closer behind him than we normally would have been, but I don't think he noticed. He was concentrating too hard on getting onto the moving steps. It took him about 4 tries before he succeeded in getting onto the escalator. I think we were both too bewildered to laugh, look at each other, or even say anything, but when he finally succeeded in getting onto the escalator, I leaned over to Blake and simply said "Buddy the Elf". He knew exactly what I meant and attempted to pretend to ride the escalator like Buddy did in "The Elf". The only problem came when he stepped on the girl behind us. Remember? The mall was already crazy busy and the guy in front of us held the line up for a while, so there was a whole line of people behind us. Anyway, here's a clip from "The Elf" so you can experience just what we did today. No, the guy wasn't wearing all green with yellow tights. If he were, we'd be looking for the hidden cameras. If the video decides not to work, try this link.
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We went about our shopping at the mall, and for the most part it was uneventful until we were leaving. We left the same way we came in, and it just so happened that our parking spot was on the far end of the parking garage from where we were. There was this guy driving by us in the opposite direction looking for a parking place. He rolled down his window and said, "Are you leaving?" Blake said, "Yes, but we are way down on the other end of the garage." The guy replied, "Great, no problem, what are you driving?" Blake said, "A Corolla." And the guy finished with, "See you there!"
We walked down to the end of the garage and there was the guy waiting. We both thought out of all the cars in this huge garage, he isn't going to find our "Corolla down on the end." The Corolla is much too common. That is also when we looked around and realized that if we said we are in the "Mercedes or Jaguar down at the end", he never would have been able to find us. Ahh, Dallas. You love your cars.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bo wanted to...

Bo wanted to record a few Christmas videos to share with the world. If the video below doesn't work, try this link.
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Since we got up this morning, we've been talking about who is coming to see us today. To explain the video a little bit: Max is my parent's dog who is super sweet and loves to play with Bo. Bo is old and cranky, and doesn't like to share his toys, so, I can't say their feelings are mutual. Tyler is my brother and besides Blake, he's Bo's favorite fighting buddy. If the video below doesn't work, try this link.
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Monday, December 15, 2008

Recent thoughts and happenings

I don't have anything super exciting to post right now, but I do have some bullet points that I'd like to share.
  • I love the Christmas season. Our Christmas trees have been up since just before Thanksgiving and we left for our trip. (and yes, we have 2 trees.)
  • This weekend we finished our Christmas cards and sent them out.
  • Today I wrapped Christmas gifts and put them under the tree.
  • I've been collecting recipes for Christmas candy that I can make. I'll get Blake's input and make that this week.
  • I LOVE our fireplace. It is gas and turns on with a light switch. I run it all day long (because we don't pay for the gas... awesome.)
  • Bo had to go to the vet last week and get a bunch of teeth pulled and the 3 that he has left cleaned. This has been happening yearly since he was a puppy. Poor guy.
  • Bo can still do all of the things he could do before getting his teeth pulled.
  • Last Friday, we went to the Watermark Christmas party. There were tabasco shots, a dunking booth, powdered sugar snow angels, and a bucket of egg nog involved. Not like any Christmas party you've heard of, right?
  • Texas weather is crazy. Yesterday it was 80 degrees and beautiful. This morning when we woke up, it was 30 degrees and we are expecting freezing rain.
  • I was taking Bo outside this morning, and Blake was going to work and he accidentally locked me out of the apartment. Of all mornings... I went down to the office and they gave me a spare key after verifying my SS#.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Our trip. This is going to be a long one...

We went on a cruise this week. Here are some thoughts and a bunch of pictures from our trip. We had a lot of fun... relaxed a lot... and had a lot of laughs at/with our fellow cruisers.
The overall experience was a blast, and it was nice to trade the cold for a few days for some nice warm sun. We got up REALLY early Saturday morning and drove to Galveston. We arrived early and found a Starbucks to sit and relax before parking the car and getting on the boat. Our room wasn't ready yet when we got on the boat, so we ate some lunch while still in port and explored the ship. By the time our room was ready, we were both pretty tired from getting up so early, so we unpacked and took a nap. Every evening there was a show, and the first night had a bit of a taste of the nights to come. There was a lot of singing, dancing, costume changes, comedy... all incredibly cheesy, but we got a good laugh. There were 10 people at our dinner table that we met on the first night: a couple on their honeymoon, a couple with two little kids, and then a family of four with two daughters that were 17 and 19. The food was good, but a little bland for our liking, but the chocolate cake was AMAZING. It came in a bowl with a crusted top and gooey inside and a little scoop of ice cream. I had it every night.... amazing.
Every night when we got in from dinner, there was a towel animal waiting on our bed, so I took pictures of them every day. Here is the one from the first evening... a seal.

Our second day on the ship was spent at sea. We spent some time exploring the ship some more and also got started on the search for a baby name. We came up with around 35 that we liked, and then cut that list down to 5 by the end of the trip that we both really like. What a job! (On a side note there... the name will remain a secret until the birth, so no point asking! haha.) Also, the second day of the cruise was "formal" night, so we put on our best for dinner and went to the captain's welcome aboard reception.
Blake had the lobster for dinner. This just so happens to be his second try with lobster. (Here's the first... in case you missed it.) This time, it was just the tail pre-prepared, so it went better than his first lobster a year ago.

Day three was at Cozumel, Mexico. We spent the day shopping and being heckled by shop vendors. I got a good laugh from some of the stuff that was said to us. I can't say that it made me want to come in their shop and buy a lot of stuff, but it was funny none the less.


Blake got a goofy balloon hat. When I say he got it... he didn't request it, the guy was just making them for tips. Blake was super happy about this one.


A cute little boy outfit we got while shopping in Cozumel.
Day four: Progresso, Mexico. We spent the day at the beach, so we didn't bring a camera along. It was nice to relax and read some though... in between being asked if we wanted to purchase a shirt, bracelet with our name on it, other beaded jewelery... you name it. The water was cold, but not so much so that we couldn't get in it. Once we decided that we had enough of the beach, we went back to the ship for some lunch and to try out the pool. We were both surprised when we found out that the pool was not only COLD but also salt water. It was fun though. We also tested out the slide a couple of times. It was fun.
Day five: another day at sea. We slept in, had breakfast, and swam some more. Here are some pictures from around the ship.






BINGO! Wow, did those old people take it seriously.
We overheard someone talking about this cake, so we thought we should try it. It was good. We liked it and everything, but it wasn't as good as the guy made it out to be. It was pretty though, so I took a picture.

Proof that it wasn't as good as the guy made it out to be.

Our last morning, we were supposed to be getting off the ship at about 8:15 am, but because of some really strong wind from the previous night, we were delayed until 10:30. We were glad we decided to do "self-assist" debarkation because that meant we got to get off 1 hr before everyone else. We got to the car and headed for Granbury to pick up Bo. He was one happy little dog. All in all, it was a long day of driving, but we made it home safely. Back to the real world!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

It's a small world after all

Here's a funny story.
The other night Blake and I went to barnes and noble to pick up some reading material for our upcoming trip. From behind, we hear "hey guys!". We turn around and see a guy that we sort of met in NYC. I say sort of because it turns out that I knew him in my former life (elementary and jr high) in the big town of Snyder. Crazy. Anyway, if you guys happen to read this. Hi, and it was random running into you.
On a side note, our good friends Will and Christian who we also met in NYC are moving to Dallas. And when I say moving to Dallas, I mean they are moving into our apartment complex. We can't wait to be close to them again. Fun times all around.
On a side side note, we are going on a cruise, and are leaving this weekend. It should be a great time of relaxing before the baby comes. That said, don't expect many updates in the next week. We'll be in Mexico on a big boat.

Monday, November 24, 2008

beyond a reasonable doubt...

Today we went to the doctor and we've got some baby news to share. First... check out this cutie. I'm loving that nose!
And here's the news... any guesses on if it is a boy or girl?

If you were able to figure out what you were looking at, I'm sure you know it is a BOY! I don't think there is a doubt on this one. We've had friends get a 60%, 75%, 80% chance that it is a ______ (fill in the blank), but not us!
Anyway, more importantly, the sonagrapher and doctor said that everything looks good. We were able to see his stomach, all four chambers of the heart beating, feet kicking, and him sucking on a hand. It was awesome. We feel extremely excited and blessed!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

girly "room"...

I'm excited. Really, for 2 reasons.
1. We finally finished "moving in" this weekend. The main part of our apartment has been done for a while, but our closets were a disaster area. If you know me well (yes, mom, that's you), you know that my closets are typically a mess. NOT ANY MORE THOUGH! When you have as many closets as we do, and as little stuff as we do, there is no reason for a mess. In fact we have enough closet room to have this:

Yes, it is a "craft" closet. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I can cut paper to my heart's content and I don't have to clean it up when I'm done as to not have a junky house. I can just shut the door. We also have our printer and hard drives in there... all connected wirelessly to the computers in the house. (and yes, I said hard driveS... we have a total of 5 external hard drives, and yes, we do use them all for various purposes.)
Anyway, don't you know Blake had something to say about my closet... He said "So, we move from a 'closet apartment' to a real apartment, but you insist on putting your work area in a closet? What? Are you just more productive in small, cramped spaces?"
Maybe I am, but I know I love a good art project.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Study this photo...

Yes, If you are wondering why Blake is in a produce section at a grocery store with food in front of him, you have correctly identified the photo. I had told Blake that we need to find some good, hole-in-the-wall Mexican food near our apartment. He has succeeded with flying colors. He asked around at work to see what the favorites are, and came across this place. It is inside of a "El Rancho" grocery store. We had some really yummy tacos and burritos. Blake's Spanish
skills came handy as all of the signs were in Spanish. We decided on some food, 4 kinds of fresh salsa that I couldn't read what they were, but we decided that one of them had to have cinnamon in it. Neither of us cared for that one, but we did like the others, 2 of which were
green, and also a more traditional pico style. Also, the meal wouldn't have been complete without some good Mexican soda. Love it.
After we ate, we needed to pick up a few grocery items. I enjoyed the produce section where the jalapenos were $.67 per pound, cilantro was 3 bunches for $1, and limes were 25 for $1. Score. I sure did get some stuff to make salsa.
The story doesn't end here though... When we got in the check out line, there was this case of pop ice things in fun flavors. Blake got "rice pudding" and I got coconut. The guy in line behind us got the same one as Blake, so Blake asked him if it was good. The guys said yes, and then said, "by the way, what are you doing here?" haha, I had already noted that we were the only white people in the store, but I wasn't expecting for someone to point that out. I was too busy laughing to answer, but Blake said, "we're here for the food" pointing to where we'd gotten the tacos. The guy agreed that they were good, and we went about our checkout business.
I plan to go back soon. Maybe I'll tan first though.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Hope everyone has a fun filled evening. Check out our awesome decorations. We saw the Frankenstein cake at walmart. It was on sale because tomorrow it goes out of season. We got that, 1 bag of candy, and a $1 candy bowl, and we are in business for a Halloween party.
Fun times.

Monday, October 27, 2008

the desk

the hotdog that you saw in the video below is the subject of this post as well. You see, it is version 2 of the hotdog that I got for him back in may. It has been his obsession since that moment. The original hotdog is now discolored and missing it's squeaker. I mentioned to my mom that it was time for a new hotdog and I haven't been able to find one around us, but she knew where to find one. And by one, I actually mean 2. She got him a new hotdog AND a new hamburger. Blake and I thought that since he still had the old hotdog, we'd hold the new one back till the hamburger is worn out, so I put the hotdog on the desk... out of his reach... so I thought. The other evening, I was getting dinner together and turned around and he had the NEW hotdog in his mouth. I asked Blake if he gave it to Bo, and no, he hadn't. I couldn't figure out how he had gotten it, so I put it back on the desk and watched. This is what I saw...
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If the video doesn't work, try this.

Bo's favorite game.

I made a movie displaying bo's favorite game. The "prize" is one of his favorite toys, a hot dog. Blake was playing this game with him yesterday and bo searched (without us realizing) for 30 minutes. Needless to say, he was distressed when the search came to an end. We don't usually let it go that long. He usually finds his toy long before that mark. Not last night though! I thought his search warranted a post and video of his own. Enjoy! If the video doesn't work, try this.
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Some news!

Are you ready for this?!? Meet the newest member of our family...
Blake and I are really excited to be welcoming this baby into our family. The big day is April 25 (or sometime around there). This picture was from our first sonagram which was a month ago, so, I'm sure our baby has changed a lot since then. I think he/she looks a lot like Blake though, don't you?
I'm starting to feel better and have a bit more energy these days, but I definitely still enjoy a nap. Our new couch is great for naps.
Anyway, check back for updates. I'm sure there will be a lot in the next few months!

slowly but surely...

slowly but surely, we are getting our apartment together. This is the latest in our list of projects...

It has been a few days in the making, and still more to do. Here's how it went. Sunday night, Blake and I decided on the pictures we wanted to get printed. I retouched them all and turned them black and white. Tuesday, I went out to Granbury and my mom let me use her big photo printer to print them all. THANK YOU, MOM! That saved us a bundle of cash for sure. Since Blake was so obsessed about getting these things hung, on Wednesday, he drug me to Hobby Lobby, and every other craft store in town to get frames. 10 of them... matching. Let me tell you, it is a challenge to find 10 frames that are the same and in good shape. Finally, we accomplished that mission. Blake also insisted that we get a picture framed for the kitchen... just to give it some color in there. That mission... also accomplished. Also, on Blake's framing agenda... frame a piece of art to go above the fireplace. That one is going to take a while to get done because it is so big, so that one will take a week or so to get back. Too bad.
Today, Blake insisted that all 10 pictures were level and evenly spaced over the couch. I had to spend the entire morning on the top of a ladder making that happen.
Anyway, you may have noticed that we are missing a picture. Well, this morning as Blake and I were putting them all together, one of the pieces of glass literally shattered in my hand. Well, I shouldn't say shattered, but it did break into several pieces, and I didn't drop it. The place where we got the frames ONLY had 10, so I'm hoping that we can find another one so we can fix it. Always something fun!
Side note: if you believed any word of Blake dragging me around town for frames or obsessing over them being level... maybe you need to get to know us a little better. It wasn't him that was doing the dragging... it was me. I just thought it would sound more interesting that way.

Monday, October 13, 2008

new curtains.

We finally got our curtains for the bedroom today. I say we just got them, but they have actually been sitting in the resident's office of the apartment complex for 5 days. Thank you Fedex ground for leaving a note on our door letting us know. Blake did a great job of putting them up... Thanks, Blake! You are an expert curtain hanger by now.
I know... 2 posts in 1 day. I'm on a roll. Good night!

Just a concert

Here are some quick photos from a concert that we went to on friday night. It just so happened that Blake's favorite band, Project 86, was in the area. We had to go. Tyler, my brother, also decided to join us. Fun and lots of laughs were had by all. Especially when that kid decided it would be cool to stage dive at a concert that was NOT EVEN NEAR capacity and fell to the ground. I know that when I see a body flying directly at my face, I'm going to move, and apparently Blake and Tyler had the same idea. I hope he never does that stunt again.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

another one...

One more picture to add to the others... our bedroom. bed made and all.

decorating efforts

Here are a few pictures of our living room... new furniture and all. Blake and I... well, really blake, has been working hard on it. It has only taken 3 or 4 tries to get the curtain rod right, but that's another story.




A few of bo, because he was being so cute and he hasn't made the blog in a while.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

recent happenings... back in TX

It's been a while since my last post. Sorry! I spent a week and a half in NYC and worked like crazy like I was there. While there, I squeezed in a few visits with friends which was nice. NYC is so great. Here's a picture I took one morning at Rockefeller center. It was about 7:30 am, so there were not a lot of people there yet. Click on it to see it a little bigger.

Anyway, I flew back to Dallas on Wednesday. Thursday, I took a day to rest. Wow, I really needed that... more than you know. Friday, we had a new sofa delivered, went to a couple of stores to pick out some stuff for the apartment, and met up with some friends from college. Fun, busy day. That said, the living room is coming together in the new place. The next step is getting stuff hung up on the wall. We've been putting that off until we knew where everything would eventually settle. Once that is done, I'll be sure and share pictures. I think it is looking good though. Also, while I was gone, blake refinished our dining room table. He did great, so now we just have to get that inside and set up.
That's about all for now, but check back soon for more stuff that is going on with us. I'm sure you won't want to miss that.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I'm back!

I'm back in NYC for a couple of weeks for a work project, so all you NYC friends, (yes, all 2 of you that actually read this blog...) give me a call! We need to do dinner or something. I'm excited to be back and get to enjoy the city that has to much to enjoy!
For you folks back in TX, Blake is on his own while I'm away. I'm sure there will be plenty of xbox time happening there. Have fun, honey!
Alright, that's all I have as far as an update for tonight. In the morning, I hit the sidewalk... back to the crazy business world of NYC.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sonic Hates Me

Every once in a while Whitney and I go to Sonic, a drive in restaurant that does everything in it's power to aggravate me. We have ben perhaps 3 to 5 times since we headed back to Texas. Each time, both Whitney and I have ordered Cherry Limeades, same size, same everything. Each time the drinks have been handed to me, and each time, Whitney's contains a cherry, and mine does not. I don't know if you are aware, but part o the charm of this drink is that when you are finished, there is a cherry ( albeit a candied cherry) that has been soaking in this sprite, cherry and lime juices. Sonic has seen fit to abandon tradition and start, what I can only see as a personal attack on me, the customer.

Well, I have had it with them and their playing favorites with cherries. I am no longer ordering said drink, and am serious reconsidering where to take my drive-in drink orders. If anyone has suggestions as to where I can order a cherry limeade with a cherry, I would greatly appreciate it. Until then, you are on notice Sonic.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Little late posting

Here is a photo that I took in the car during the long drive to tx. I
had to post it so everyone could see how full our car was. All that
stuff in the back plus go in my/Blake's lap the whole way. I've never
felt so close to my boys.

Only in Texas...

... Do you have a man meet you at the door of the grocery store, tell
you he will pick the best/fastest cart there is, wipe the selected
cart off with antibacterial wipes, and then dry it off for us.
Wow. You'd never find that in any other city we've lived in. I was
floored.
If that weren't good enough, once we got in the store, we saw the
scene in the photograph... A tortilla factory right in the middle of
the store. You can't see him in the picture, but there was a guy there
making tortillas. Fresh! We didn't get any today, but don't worry, we
plan on doing so at some point soon.
Only in Texas...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Settling In

Blake and I are working hard trying to get settled in our new place. We finally received all of our furniture and other belongings last wednesday. I am happy to not be living in an empty apartment anymore. I've never appreciated a sofa so much. (We didn't have a sofa all summer in California as one wouldn't fit in our car if we were to purchase one on Craig's List.)
My mom got stranded at the airport last week when my brother's job ran late, so I went to pick her up. She ended up staying the night and was a huge help unpacking my kitchen and lining my cabinets. She finally got to go home when my dad came to pick her up the next day. Thanks for your help! (I'm still not quite done with the kitchen... I've been working on it on and off... washing EVERYTHING I own before putting it in the cabinet. Believe me, it is as fun as it sounds.
Other than that, we have been on the search for a new tv cabinet/stand that will fit in the recessed area in our apartment. We've looked EVERYWHERE and finally found one at Pier 1 that we both like. I think it will look pretty cool once we get it and set everything up. By the way... since we have so many electronics, I used boxes to pack the cords and keep them all together. We have 2 boxes just of cords. I don't know anyone who should have that many... but for some reason we do. Crazy, crazy. Anyway, That's about all I have to say for now. Hopefully I'll be able to get some stuff hung on the walls and take some pictures of our new place in the coming week.
Till next time...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

here and there

Just a few tidbits of info today.
  • We finally have internet in our new apartment. Yay! Still no furniture or the rest of our belongings.... but hopefully they will get here soon.
  • Bo likes all the space he has in his new apartment to run around.
  • When you roll/cram as many shirts into a suitcase as possible when you are moving... Everything is extremely wrinkled when you arrive. (I'm sorry Blake... I'll fix them for you so you don't have to iron everything before wearing it.)
  • Our new apartment has an ice maker, the first one I've had since living with my parents.
  • Our new mattress isn't as good as the one we got in June and then sold because we were moving. I called Overstock. They are supposed to fix it.
  • I'm leaving next week to go to NYC for a little over 3 weeks for a project. Nothing like moving into a new place only to leave a week later.
  • I'm looking forward to seeing my NYC friends! I've missed you guys!
  • I like Chick-fil-a.
That's all I have for now!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Freebirds

Here's Blake and his freebirds burrito. Freebirds is Blake's favorite.

Here, finally. And happy birthday to my husband.

We've made it here... And it just so happens to be Blake's birthday. So, happy birthday to my sweet husband. You mean more to me than you know and I'm happy that we got to celebrate you today. I could say a lot more, but my thumbs are already tired from typing on my tiny iPhone keyboard. Hopefully tomorrow we will have real Internet. We still won't have furniture, but we have each other... And bo. Who needs furniture?
I love you Blake!

Today's results

This is our mileage from our final fill up of the day. Pretty good right? Tomorrow, we pull into Dallas. Can't wait to be done driving.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

On the road again...

We decided to go ahead and leave tonight. At 9:15 pm we pulled out of our parking lot. I think we were both tired of sleeping on an air mattress. Our destination for the evening? Motel 6 in Coalina, CA. Why motel 6? We found out on our way to CA that they are pet friendly (at no extra charge), plentiful, and overall inexpensive. Not fancy, but usually handy. Anyway, the air conditioner didn't work in our first room and so Blake was nice enough to take care of his whining wife and handle it. We are now nice and cool.
Here's the funny story if the evening... When we finally got in the car, Blake looks over at me and says, "ok, where do we go from here?". I laughed and pulled out the iPhone for help. Pretty funny. We've done all this planning and have completed the packing of the car, and don't know how to get out of here. Speaking of our packing... Our car is packed to the brim. We couldn't fit one more bag or anything. We can't see out the back window at all. Should be a fun, tight trip. Stay tuned for more posts from the road.

Friday, August 29, 2008

How I spent my summer vacation:

Last Monday I took a trip to New York. I took a few days off of work, and planned out every second of my visit. I would fly Virgin America ( it is a pretty cool plane with cool lights, free TV, and instead of attendants coming by once with a cart, you order what you want off of your screen and they bring it to you) into JFK, take a cab into Manhattan, see some friends, visit with some guys out in Queens, walk around the city to enjoy the locals, find some authentic New York cuisine, and then come back to San Francisco and see my lovely wife.

The only hitch was that I had to get all of my stuff out of my apartment in Manhattan, and storage in Queens in the process while selling all the stuff we aren't bringing back with us on Craigslist and then clean or trash what was left. I got in at close to 11PM, decided I wasn't tired, but it was too late to take stuff off the walls of the apartment and went by the Apple store on Fifth Avenue. I got there, talked with some friends ( who generally seemed happy for me and my opportunity with Watermark), listened to them go on about the general craziness and happenings of the night, and then headed home around 2AM.

Since I couldn't sleep, I figured I would watch some tv and fall asleep. No small task, as all I could think of was all that I had to do that next day, and the movers were coming at 8AM! I finally fell asleep around 5AM (thanks to whatever came on CNN headline after Glenn Beck,) only to wake up before my alarm around 7:15 to start finishing getting things ready for the movers.

The movers came just about on time (close to 9AM but the window was between 8 and 10), and were finished moving things out of the storage unit in Queens by 12:30. I sat around the apartment, cleaning and meeting with people to pick up furniture and such. ( A brief word of caution for all you in the Inter-Web-Land, if you post something for craigslist for free DO NOT PUT YOUR PHONE NUMBER.) In the midst of this, I tried to sleep in our circle chair, mostly unsuccessfully, and grabbed a slice from Arturo's Pizza up the street, literally up as there is a decent hill.

I met with our NY pastor that night at Starbucks, did some catching up and then went home to sleep in the circle chair. JR, our pastor in NY, called me a couple minutes later, asked if I needed a place to sleep, and suggested a friend nearby who had an extra bedroom. I had completely forgotten they had space for guests, or I would have called myself. Luckily, they were still awake and welcomed me in for the night. It was great to see them, and I was glad for that little accident.

Went to bed around 11PM (after getting 2 hours the night before and maybe 1 hour between Craigslisters), and woke up at 6:45 to meet someone to purchase the great circle chair I bought in college. I will miss the times we had together. That first car ride to Abilene. That first assembly under my bed that I set up on cinder blocks. That 1st disassembly at the end of the semester to move into the dorm as an RA. All those other moves. And the dirt, who can forget cleaning off the dirt. Man, could that black pillow show dirt.

Anyhow, after that I returned the cable box, oddly enough the the same girl I had received it from in May. I went to the store again for a final goodbye, and to talk to the daytime managers there about how great my summer experience was, and then met a friend for lunch before catching an earlier flight back to see Whitney. She met me at the airport and we went to In-and-Out Burger.

Overall it was a pretty decent trip, but I am glad I only have to move out of New York once. As fun and as hard as it is to live in New York, I am glad I had the opportunity.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

steamy...

Alright, sorry for another lame camera phone picture, but check this out...

Yes, you read that right... 105 degrees. I know what you are thinking... I guess they made it to TX already. You'd be wrong. I took that picture from the apple parking lot in CA. We're in northern California where it is supposed to be 60-80s in the summer. Wrong. Today it is 105. I guess it is time for us to head to TX so we can cool off.