Last night Paul and I cooked our first meal made in some meaningful part in our own kitchen. Because it was easiest to find, we even got to use some wedding gifts: a little cuttingboard and a no-stick coated orange paring knife (very cool) to chop onions, and a green spatula to stir the onions and flip over the pierogies. This morning I even used the paring knife and cutting board again to add some fresh onions to our crock-pot-roast, which otherwise consists of a big hunk of red meat, two bags of frozen stew veggies, and some "boquet garni" I got in France last year.
*sigh* I was in France at this time last year...but this year I'm extremely happy to be looking forward to Thanksgiving with my family at my parents' house, the first Thanksgiving with my husband.
Oh yeah, and I also made a small pecan pie...mmmmmm...
Time for work...yay 3 day week followed by 4 day weekend!!
So I'm down in the basement today, between loads of laundry, re-arranging and organizing all the still-packed boxes down there. I get back into the corner where most of the as-yet-unused wedding presents are, and I pulled a few things out of the bag that I had completely forgotten about but that are really super cool. I don't even remember who they're from - possibly one of my wonderful aunts - but I think to myself "Wow, I have so many wedding presents, and they're so cool; I have such a great family!" And then I started to cry. It was pretty ridiculous. I don't know what happened to me at some point around when I turned 24, but I have been annoyingly emotional for about 6 months now. Seriously, the slightest sentimental thought sets off the waterworks. What is wrong with me? Isn't this supposed to happen when you turn, like, 60?? Or when you go through menopause or something? That's at least another lifetime from now! What's the deal with emotions?
Anyway, in conclusion, I'm pretty happy right now, and I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving on Thursday. The only thing that could make me happier would be getting my apartment finished and unpacked...perhaps we can buy floor cabinets and counters on Sunday and at least finish the kitchen.
Time to watch a Netflix movie with my wonderful husband!! Aaahhhh (sigh of contentment).
It's a wee bit early to be making that announcement, but I have the beginning details in place from both sides - Juniata Choir's Director and Trinity's Director of Music.
They will (probably) be singing at Trinity in Camp Hill on April 4, 2008 at 8:00pm. I also need to find homestays for all of them, so please let me know if you live in the area and can sleep 2 or more college students at your house that night, feed them breakfast, and get them back to the church the next morning.
In other news, I found my pair of kid's alice crocs a nice new home with my cousin Greer, and I'm enjoying both my new Berkenstocks (Thanks Ninny!!) and my new adult alice crocs (thanks Amazon gift card!).
I tried to start writing thank-you notes tonight, and while I have all of the cards from the wedding and the gift they came with written on the back of each, I cannot find the ten packs of thank-you cards I bought at Target while we were still in Virginia. I need to do some more searching for them before I give up and buy more thank-you cards...these were just so cute and perfect (purple-blue hydrandea petals on the front!!) and I don't know if Target will still have them. Hannah had bought me a few packs to write shower thank-you's, and I went back to Target before we even had the wedding just to make sure they'd still have them so I could get enough for the rest of my thank-you's. Maybe they still have them, but still, I can't bear to spend another $40 on cards that I already bought and will definitely find once we actually get to unpack everything and start living like normal people again.
I sure hope that happens before Christmas...I'd like to be able to maybe DECORATE my HOUSE (apartment) for CHRISTMAS so that when I wake up on Christmas morning for the first time beside my husband in our own bed, I can feel Christmas-y before we get to my parents' house.
I guess I'd be more likely to realize that goal if I'd stop sitting on my ass typing blog entries and start organizing things in the basement...
I will add to the Home Improvement album once I've photographed our finished bedroom and the two other cabinets Paul has expertly installed in our kitchen. I also need to add some photos of the basement rooms!
Ninny, let me know about those shoes. My new ones are coming probably this week, so I really need to give these to you!!
Paul hung two more cabintes in the kitchen yesterday evening! They look great. This week we might head over to Just Cabinets and get under-the-counter cabinets to finish the job...so exciting!! Pictures soon, I swear. But this week I have vowed to start Thank-You cards, so cut me some slack.
Aunt Ninny - you wear a size 6 shoe, right? Do you want the red Kid's Alice Crocs I got a couple weeks ago? I really needed them to go with an outfit for a bachelorette party, and they're super adorable except that I could only find the kid's version, and I wanted the adult version. They fit me perfectly tho, so I think they'll fit you, I've only worn them twice, and this way I won't make Paul angry for buying two pairs of similar shoes...hehe...confession: I already ordered the adult version because they had them on Amazon, and I had $100 worth of Amazon gift certificates to blow, so I couldn't resist. Paul doesn't care about me spending the money, just the fact that I have way too many shoes...which I think is impossible...but still, I see where he could not appreciate me having two pairs of red mary-jane-style shoes at once...but if I give one pair to you, we'll all be happy!!
Other news: we also have a new carpet in the bedroom, and slept on our real bed all set up in the actual bedroom, so no more sleeping on the mattress on the dining room floor. It's also nice to be able to walk thru the dining room again.
Also, my Norfolk Island Pine died. Those stupid cats knocked it over twice, and then I haven't bought more dirt to fill the bigger pot Paul got for it, and now it's all brownish-green and sick looking. It wasn't expensive, so I think I'm going to chuck it and buy a new one at Highland Gardens in time for Christmas. The ones they sell at Lowes look nice, but they're covered in sparkle dust, and I don't want a plant covered in sparkle dust. Lowes also has mini-tree-shaped Rosmary that looks pretty cool, but I want my Norfolk Island Pine and some little tiny Christmas balls to hang on it.
OK gotta go...I'm trying to ride my bike to work this morning, for the first time in PA, yay!
Two small but exciting things happened in the last 24 hours:
First, we went to Neato Burrito with Vince last night, and he let me play with his brand-new iPhone. I am quite satisfied now that I've gotten to play around with an iPhone, and am completely cured of any desire to own one. Plus we see Vince a lot, so I'll definitely get to try it out again soon. Hannah was right, the internet is excruciatingly slow on it without a WiFi hotspot in range, but it's still freakin' sweet.
Second, I have finally used the kitchen. Paul used the microwave to heat up some restaurant leftovers earlier this week, but this morning I used my new stove-top espresso maker, which I think came from Nicole as a wedding gift. I bought 1/4 lb of espresso at One Good Woman on Saturday, and finally found the espresso pot last night. It was damn good, and super easy and fast to make. I'm quite excited about having delicious espresso at my fingertips any time I want it. I can't wait to bake something chocolatey from the Ina Garten cookbook that calls for espresso.
And now it's bed time so that I can get to work by 9:00 tomorrow and hopefully finish everything in time to leave by 2:00 so that I can come home and finish painting the trim in the bedroom. If I could get the entire second coat on tomorrow, I could just do some quick touch-ups on Saturday, and then we'd FINALLY be finished with an entire room so that we can actually MOVE IN to the bedroom at least. Seriously, it's about time. I can't believe I thought we'd have the entire apartment done; painted, re-finished, and installed; in 2 weeks. What was I thinking??