Saturday, August 30, 2008
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
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
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.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Here he is after the bath... wet, mad and cold. After I snuggled him for a little bit, it was hair dryer time. As usual, after that was over, he was HYPER. This is a picture I snapped of him with my phone in the 1 second I got him to be still. Crazy. There you have it. That is a typical bath time with Bo.
PS - I updated the sidebar for the blog. What do you think? Does it make finding things easier? Any suggestions?
That said, I found another quiz. Try it here.
Come on... tell me what style you are! Leave a comment.
Today, I am "The Modernist":
As a modernist, you live by the motto that less is more. To you, interiors should be minimal and sparse, not embellished and cluttered. With a focus on color, texture and shape, the bones of a modern space evoke a neutral yet elegant environment. Timeless, white-lacquer walls, interesting woods like bamboo and gray oak, and fancy stones like polished limestone and carrara marble add contemporary sophistication. For warmth and interest, you’ve painted a few walls in bold accent colors or hung simple wallpapers made of grass cloth or metallic foils in intimate spaces such as the bedroom and bathroom. To further energize the room, you’ve added geometric touches in rugs and throw pillows and upholstered a few of your mid-century modern favorites in pop colors like indigo blue, apple red and canary yellow. Organic yet linear accessories such as trees (hold the fakes, please!), coral and orchids complete your design.
Friday, August 22, 2008
The quiz said that I am "Rustic Comfort"(read the full description below). I still don't know that I agree with that title because pretty much nothing I choose is "rustic", but after reading the description, I can see how that might work, but I would change it to "Contemporary Comfort". I think that would fit me much better because I like contemporary styled furniture, but I don't want to be sitting on weird plastic furniture either. I can see where the functional comes into play from our stay in NYC. It was a rule that everything in the apartment must serve at least 2 but preferably 3 purposes.
I also think that "rustic comfort" might just be a catch all... for the person who chose too many different styles in the quiz. Maybe in that case, they should call it "eclectic comfort" or even "eclectic contemporary". Yeah, that might fit me better than "rustic". What's your take?
The verdict is in, but there's a twist. Your design style is a combination: part updated country, part ethnic flair, both with a contemporary look and feel. You need a home with casual and practical style – an environment that'll work for kids, pets, company and more. The emphasis is on simple yet attractive, durable furniture will hold up over time while your colorful accessories energize and entertain for years.
"The furniture for this design style could be contemporary or traditional, says Julie Rackley, an interior designer in Bellevue, Washington. "The common threads are comfort and durability" That means easy-to-clean synthetic blends like micro-fiber, which cleans up swiftly with a sponge. (So long silk!) Function is a key consideration as well. A multi-purpose ottoman that doubles as a coffee table or storage unit would work for you.
Leave it to Serendipity in NYC to make just such a thing... a $1000 sundae.
Here is how it is described: "5 scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla and covered in 23K edible gold leaf, the sundae is drizzled with the world's most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porceleana, and covered with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate, which is from cocoa beans harvested by the Caribbean Sea on Venezuela's coast. The masterpiece is suffused with exotic candied fruits from Paris, gold dragets, truffles and Marzipan Cherries. It is topped with a tiny glass bowl of Grand Passion Caviar, an exclusive dessert caviar, made of salt-free American Golden caviar, known for its sparkling golden color. It's sweetened and infused with fresh passion fruit, orange and Armagnac. The sundae is served in a baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet with an 18K gold spoon to partake in the indulgence served with a petite mother of pearl spoon and topped with a gilded sugar flower by Ron Ben-Israel."
Wow, that sounds good, but I think I'll stick to a good, hot chocolate chip cookie covered with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, thank you.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Next up for sale here in CA... our chairs, tv, tv stand, and microwave. I'll wait to list those till next week. I don't want to be in an empty apartment for another week with nowhere to sit, sleep (because we already sold our mattress), put my clothes, entertain myself, or cook. That doesn't sound like much fun at all.
We also have a few things to get rid of in NYC... our air conditioner, armoire, and tv stand (because it is too wide to fit in our new apartment). Blake will get those sold next week when he's in NYC. Speaking of... friends in NYC, Blake will be there late monday night through wednesday afternoon/evening. I'm sure he'd love to see you!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Since we are leaving here in less than 2 weeks, we've begun trying to get rid of the things that won't fit in our car for the ride to Dallas. We started with our new memory foam mattress and bedroom dresser that we got when we moved here. We figured we'd go ahead and list them now so that they have a little longer to sell since they were new and we wanted a little more money for them than most things on Craig's list. The mattress sold pretty quickly and since Saturday, we've been sleeping on an air mattress. Boy was I spoiled to that awesome memory foam mattress. I'll never get any other kind. If you want to know where we got it, leave a comment or email me. I'll be happy to share my secret. As for the dresser, I think someone is going to come get it today. We'll see.
Still to get listed... the microwave, 2 chairs that we bought on Craig's list at the beginning of the summer, and a used tv and stand that we also got on Craig's list. Overall, I think we are looking to lose less than $100 total after we've sold everything... a much better option than renting furniture at a minimum price of $300 a month. (And honestly, for $300, I think we may have ended up with a NASTY sofa and mattress and not much more. I'll shop for my self, thank you.)
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Skwinkles SalsaGheti. I "you won'ted" (dared) Blake to eat them. He said "OK." Turns out it was the best 52 cents I've ever spent. Keep reading.
When we got home, I broke out the camera and told him to dig in. I was getting this dare on film. Here's the first taste.Just a little cringe after the first bite.Managing a smile... and describing the taste as "Cherry Twizzlers with Seasoned Salt". Now doesn't that make you want some of your own?
Also included in the package was this package of goo. He decided to be safe and taste the goo before dipping the spaghetti into it. His description of this was, "Rotten Taco Bell hot sauce." He proceeded to dip the spaghetti.
A nice pre eating smile.
... And the aftermath. Yes, it was that bad.
He did however say that this is only the second worst Mexican junk food he has eaten. The first being the Mexican Doritos that we got while on our honeymoon. We couldn't read what the flavor was supposed to be because it wasn't in English, but it could ONLY have said "vomit". There is nothing else we could come up with to describe the taste. BAD. I'm sure all the locals know to steer clear of the things and to just laugh at all the tourists that say... "Green package... must be lime or something like that." So, the Skwinkles... they were close, but will never equal the Mexican Doritos. Never.
Here's the dare... Anyone who is willing to eat your own Skwinkles, tell me. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to purchase a package for you. Rules are, you must have pictures taken to prove you actually ate them. Dare is on.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Alright, so we are all read up now, huh? Now you are ready to continue with this clip of Dwight. Several times, I've posted about the hotdog (and other toys) that Bo is obsessed with, and while Bo may not go "rabbit hunting" or "hampster hiding" like Dwight talks about, he does go "monkey and hotdog hunting" when we hide his toys in random places around the apartment. He doesn't give up for anything for any reason. You might even say it is the same intensity as Dwight in the clip.
Here's another clip that for some reason seems to hit home. It just so happens to be Olympic related also. When we saw this clip on TV, Blake was picking on Bo at that very moment. I laughed out loud at him.
Friday, August 15, 2008
On the "welcome letter" we got from our new apartment complex, it states that at&t is our provider for cable and internet. AT&T is our provider for internet here, and the whole first month of service, I think we called AT&T about every other day because it doesn't work. Finally Blake figured out something that made it work a little better. I don't know what, but I guess it is nice to live with someone who can figure that stuff out.
Alright, back to today... I took a look on the at&t website to see if I could find out what tv service they offered in our new area. Blake was hoping for U-verse... but no, it didn't look like that would work at our new apartment. The only other service they offer is through dish network. That would be fine but... our apartment faces the north, and to get satellite service, it has to have a southern view. Great... now what. So, I decide that I should just call AT&T because maybe I misunderstood the services that they offer... I'm on hold for what seems like forever (10 minutes) and finally a woman comes on the line and I her that I am trying to find out what service they offer in my new apartment. I give her our new address and she said "Hold, please...." Click... the line went dead.
Great, so I just waited on hold for 10 minutes for nothing. Time to try again...
This time it is a guy that answers... He says.. "I can't look that up for you. I can transfer you to U-verse..."
I said, "I already looked them up, and that service isn't offered, but I see that you have some other sort of service. Can you tell me about that? Is that what is used in our apartment complex?" He says... "I can't tell you if it is used. You can look online."
Getting frustrated now... "No, in fact I can't look online for that other service... it says to call this number for more information, but you can't tell me if that service is offered to me?"
"No, but I can transfer you to U-verse."
I ask to speak to his supervisor because obviously I already said... U-verse is not available.
He said that he doesn't have a supervisor... Liar. I got his name and badge number. I plan on reporting him.
I finally let him transfer me hoping for a better person this time. The next person was a lady. It started off great until she started asking me for my social security number. "WHAT? I just want to find out if you offer service in my new area. I'm not signing up today. I'm just finding out my options and prices."
She said, "Well, I can't find out if it is available if you don't give it to me. We have to check your credit before we can approve you."
I reminded her that I AM NOT GETTING SERVICE TODAY. I AM JUST FINDING OUT IF IT IS AVAILABLE IN MY APARTMENT. She persists and I ask her if she just wants me to make one up. Surprisingly she said... yes, so I did.
All this to find out that no, U-verse in fact is not available... Duh, I already knew that. She says that they do offer dish network in our area. I told her that our apartment faces the wrong way for that. Does she know if they have a central antenna? She said... "No, we don't do that." (Yes, as a matter of fact, I know that they do... but that is another story.)
The next call I made was to the apartment to find out more information. Here's what I found out... Yes, they use the dish network through AT&T. Problem comes when my apartment faces north. She didn't have a solution for that. She gave me another number to call for a guy that might know what the solution is.
Great... Call number 4...
He said that they do in fact have a central antenna. Just like I thought. Problem solved. All that, and I don't even think we are going to get cable right now. I was really just looking so that I could get internet service with the same company that we would eventually get tv through. Ahh, frustrating.
So, here's the real reason for the post. In my search for information, I stumbled across this site... www.whitefence.com. You tell them your new address and they tell you what service is there for Internet, phone, cable, utilities, newspaper, etc. It is a pretty good help even if I don't book anything through them. It is nice to know what options I have for electric companies.
Hoping White Fence helps you...
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Alright, that's what's happening with us today. Stay tuned for more...
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I'm excited about what our future holds... because you and I both know that we never seem to do things the easy way... Why is that? Oh well, I guess we will never get bored.
In honor of you, and my past post about things I love... I'd like to share a few little everyday things that I love about you... with the world... Hope that's ok with you!
- that you are sensitive (in a manly sort of way, of course.)
- that you somehow eat everything I cook... without ever complaining!
- that you make me laugh... every... single... day...
- that you get Bo to eat when I can't.
- that Bo likes you... like a lot.
- when you give me back rubs.
- that you put up with me when I'm stressed and do your best to help me realize that... it isn't the end of the world after all.
- that you care about your friends and family.
- your shoes... you always have the best ones.
I love you lots and am looking forward to this year with you!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Take a look...
How cute is this place?
Blake actually got a hole in one on this one. He hit the ball in the big red hole.
I didn't do so great on this hole. It was fun anyway.
Check out Blake's orange ball flying down the path toward the fort.
We went all the way to china. Blake was prepared.
The final score. It was a close one, but I squeeked out the win. Blake: 61, Whitney 58, but that is just because blake struggled with the last hole, and I just so happened to get it in on the first try.
Blake's reaction after tallying the scores.
Friday, August 1, 2008
- my husband - this goes without saying. He's my best friend for sure. I enjoy living life with him.
- my friends and family - I love and miss you all when I'm not with you.
- bo - he keeps us company and at the same time keeps us crazy. How does he manage that? (as I type, he's demanding that I turn my attention to him.)
- our car - 4 years ago, that wouldn't have made my list, but after living 3 years of going without one, I'm happy and thankful every time I get in it.
- in-n-out burger - it's yummy, cheap, and less than 5 minutes from our apartment. love it.
- chili's - just the smell as I enter makes my mouth water. (that is true)
- airplanes - while I hate the hassle of flying, I love that they can get me across the country in a few hours so I can see the people I love.
- the internet - what did we do before it? we now use it to research everything before we buy, keep up with everyone we know, and find a new place to eat.
- iPhone - we carry the world in our pocket everyday. I can instantly look up a random fact to prove I'm right or get directions to anywhere we can think of going. More recently it now tells us where we should go to eat. (if you have an iPhone, download the "urbanspoon" app. love it.)
- my small ESV Bible - My husband picked it out and gave it to me, it's handy, it's hard cover for durability, and I just like that version.
- Project Runway - I know it's silly, but for some reason, I love that show.
- the roomba - because right now... as I type... my apartment is getting vacuumed. (and every so often bo just so happens to be in its path and he almost gets run over. that is what he gets for giving me endless attitude.)
- a dishwasher - because I can simply put the dirty dishes in it, and they come out clean! it's amazing!
- bo's little squeeky hot dog toy - because to entertain him, all I have to do is hide it under the rug. He digs and digs and digs some more till he can get it out (or I give it to him).
- new clothes - I like to wear them for the first time before washing them. Why? I don't know. I just do.
- a good, strong, hot shower - I don't like those puny ones where it feels like I have to wash my hair for 10 minutes to get the soap out.
- a bathroom with a vent - for many reasons... Do I have to explain? (ok... Our apartment in NYC didn't have a vent. The closest we got to one was the little window that opened up into the shaft area and faced other apartments. Can you say awkward?)
- California weather - I think this is a no brainer. Who wouldn't like their summers to be 70 degrees?
- suitcases with wheels - why didn't someone think of that sooner? Who wants to actually carry a bag when they can pull it?
- a memory foam mattress - I don't think we will ever get any other kind. We both sleep great and sleep hard...
- Diet Dr. Pepper - it wakes me up and tastes really good.
- mexican food and hamburgers - my favorite foods hands down.
- Did I mention that I really like that stupid squeeky hot dog toy that bo has? He's still digging in the rug for it. He is so tired yet for some reason he still won't give it up.
- clean sheets for the bed - and I like it when they are cold on my skin when I get in them. There is no better feeling.
- nice people - anywhere I can find them. They make me smile. It doesn't matter if it is a long lost friend or a check out person at the grocery store. I like it when people are nice.
What are some things that make you smile? Leave a comment!