Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Perhaps it's because February seems like the "dead" of Winter (although not so much this year...) but man, it seems like I sat around doing a whole lot of reading and binge-watching this month...
Books I Couldn't Put Down
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - A blind French girl and an orphaned Nazi boy anchor Anthony Doerr’s sweeping novel of German occupation. While the stories seem divided, bit by bit sections begin to fall into place as the story progresses while larger themes of loss and isolation play out through the characters' fixations with radio waves, gemology, and shell collecting. Part historical fiction and part finely crafted tale, this book is mesmerizing from cover to cover!
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - This story takes place in a dystopian society in the near-future in what was once New England; women have no rights, they are not even allowed to read. The story is told from the perspective of Offred; a woman who serves as a handmaid, a bizarre function where she is placed in a high-ranking officials house in order to conceive and bear a child for his family. The story is interspersed with Offred's memories from her previous life when the government had not yet been overthrown and offers a counter to the strict regime she currently lives under. That brief plot summary might sound...strange...but the book was fascinating and I sped through it in days!
Books on the Shelf
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - Another WWII era book that's waiting on my shelf; this book revolves around two sisters during WWII and I've heard great things about it.
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin - The novel that the new PBS series Victoria is based on; the show is fascinating, so I'm sure the book won't disappoint!
Hitler's Forgotten Children:A True Story of the Lebensborn Program by Ingrid von Oelhafen - I'll admit, I'm already more than halfway through this biographical tale of a woman who discovered that she was a product of the SS horrific Lebensborn Program; which I knew nothing about until watching The Man in the High Castle.
Must See TV
Legion -David Haller was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals since. After Haller has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness. Perhaps he might be...a mutant? Not quite a superhero...but not quite normal... This show is a branch of the Marvel universe, directed by Noah Hawley (who does another show I love, Fargo) and is certainly one of the most unique and colorful shows I've watched in a long time. Can't wait to see what happens...
Also...who knew Matthew Crawley played crazy so well? Ha-ha!
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Movies I'd Watch on Repeat
Loving - What an excellent movie! I noticed Loving had finally arrived at a theater here in town and there were only five seats left; so even with those seats being on the two front rows, I snapped a seat up! The movie tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving; the couple at the center of the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving V. Virginia. The case is considered a landmark case; it invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage, and affected not just the state of Virginia but 15 other states. The story and the love between the Lovings is what makes this movie so touching and wonderful. Go see it if you get the chance!
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Binge Worthy
A Series of Unfortunate Events - Honestly, I was completely drawn into watching this because I love Neil Patrick Harris! I read all the books in the series about the Baudelaire orphans when I was younger and I watched the movie with Jim Carrey - which was thoroughly disappointing - but seeing that NPH was involved in this version, I decided to give it a chance. This series captures the dark comedic tone of the books so much better and I devoured all eight episodes in just four days. I loved this take, thought the casting was great...especially the casting of Patrick Warburton to narrate the tale as Lemony Snicket!
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Stranger Things - I finally, finally jumped on this bandwagon and wow...so much 80's nostalgia! The story follows four friends living in Indiana in 1983; when one of the boys goes missing, the whole is turned upside down (literally) for the boys as they search for their missing friend and encounter forces much larger and more powerful than they imagined when playing board games in the basement! The kids are hands down what makes this show; the suspense and jump scares were fun and I can't wait to see where season two will go.
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The Man in the High Castle - What would the United States look like if the Axis Powers won WWII? That is the storyline that The Man in the High Castle posits to it's viewers and honestly; it's pretty terrifying. The United States has been split between Japan and Germany; the East coast is now the Greater Nazi Reich and the West coast is the Japanese Pacific States with the neutral zone lying somewhere along the Rocky mountains. The man in the high castle is a shadowy figure that encourages the resistance by releasing videos that show how the world might be different were the Axis powers not in control. Certain parts of the show are dark (in the Greater Nazi Reich, cripples & the ill are burned on Tuesdays...) the plot and story lines are intriguing and thought provoking. I sped through the first two seasons and now I'm waiting to see what season three will have in store.
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Should I go ahead and admit that maybe I have too much time on my hands? Ha-ha!
Tasty Treats
Edible Arrangements - FOR THE WIN! My little sister absolutely got the jump on me and surprised me with a gorgeous (and delicious) Edible Arrangement on Valentine's Day. I cannot lie, that heart-shaped pineapple was gone within about five minutes of getting that bad boy unwrapped! The strawberries I managed to spread out over three days and they were so yummy!
What I'm Looking Forward To
Game of Thrones (in Concert) - One of my awesome friends gifted me with a ticket to see Game of Thrones in concert at the Verizon Center on March 1st and I am so excited for this! The most exciting aspect of the concert is that it will be conducted by Ramin Djawadi; the composer of the music from Game of Thrones. It's definitely something to look forward to in the extra long gap between seasons six and seven!
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Girls Mountain Weekend - I'll be spending a long weekend in the Smokey Mountains with one of my lifelong best friends, Nickolee and I cannot wait! This trip has been in the works for over a year...because we had planned to do this last year, but unforeseen circumstances derailed our plans...but we prevailed and rescheduled for this year! You see; when we graduated from high school many moons ago, we went to the mountains...so we're recreating that, ha-ha! I'm not 100% sure what we'll do, but I know the food will be good and the company will be the best...and really, that's enough for me!
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Oh...we were such babies...
Beauty & the Beast - Oh. My. Goodness. I have had a countdown for this movie on my phone for over a year and it is SO close! I bought my tickets weeks ago (with the commemorative glass), I've already pre-ordered the soundtrack and I can almost guarantee you that I'll see this more than once. Beauty and the Beast is hands down my very favorite Disney movie, Belle is my spirit animal (pun also intended) and Prince Adam is the BEST Disney prince... I just could not be more excited to see this! *sigh*
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Spring - It has been unseasonably warm this past month (with some freak snow showers in the midst of it all) and I have had absolutely no problems with that! I'm really hoping that even though that pesky groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of Winter, maybe he was wrong. I'm hoping that the sun will keep shining, the trees will start to bud and Spring will arrive a little earlier than usual.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

I've Moved

...And I don't mean the move I made almost two weeks ago...

Please check out my new blog location at www.natyouraveragestory.com and bear with me as I figure out things at my new site!

Monday, September 19, 2016

I Hate Carrying Boxes of Books...but Man, I Do Love the Books...

I've come to the realization this past week that books - namely boxes of books - weigh so very much. And I do hate lugging them up and down stairs and around corners...and I vow that no one should have this many books and I'll weed them out so I don't struggle like this ever again! But the problem really crops up when I open the boxes of books and pull them out one by one and realize that I love each one so and they smell amazing and each one has this different world that I can get sucked into by just opening it up...and yes...Houston we have a problem.

Watson tried & loved Kale. I then googled Kale + Dogs & apparently it = NO. Oops!
Monday mornings require a coffee mug as big as your head...
Every night this week I honestly tried to make some sort of stride toward getting things more "organized" and making sure things didn't look like they were just flung about at random. It's definitely a process and if there is one thing I got honest from my Mom (okay - I got a LOT of things honest from her...) it's that I can't really handle clutter. Everything needs to be in it's place and so that makes moving a perfect nightmare. However - organizing and placing all the things just so after the fact - that gives me a high that no drug could provide (that I'm aware of...having never been one to really try the drugs and such...) and it is is fantastic. Granted, all that ambition to get things in their place usually meant that by the end of the night I was sweaty and exhausted...which makes for good sleep...but I don't really love to sweat, ha-ha.

Trying to settle this little creature in...
Just wait...you'll see a pattern forming...
To die for cheese & sausage dip...and some pretty spectacular fried ice cream...YUM.
This past week was Restaurant Week in/near "our" town and so on Tuesday night my Mom and I scooted over to the Winchester Walking Mall to try out one of the multiple restaurants that were participating. We chose the Mexican restaurant on the Walking Mall; called El Centro, and we were not disappointed - the food was delicious! For $30 (plus tax and tip, of course...) we got a delicious cheese/bean/sausage dip for our appetizer, a sampler plate that had two tacos, two enchiladas and two burritos with rice and beans for our meal and a glorious serving of fried ice cream for dessert. It was all so delicious and we practically waddled back to the car! Of course, once we got home we took Watson for a stroll through the neighborhood but that was about all we could muster up the energy to do. So - Tuesday was sort of a bust when it came to the whole unboxing and organizing scheme. Oh well.

Although...I did manage to hook up my TV and DVD player...which was a huge accomplishment; at least in my book!

Tuesday night neighborhood vibes...
Post book hauling exhaustion & puppy dog moral support...
Of course I watched some Disney goodness while unpacking boxes...
I thought I'd be really industrious on Wednesday night and really just dig into the boxes in the garage and find those that belonged to me and lug some down the stairs. Well; I found boxes alright, boxes of books! I like to think I'm super strong and hardcore, so I snatched four boxes of books (yes - four... And that's only the tip of the iceberg) along with a couple containing dishes and mugs and started going up and down the stairs. On that last box of books, something felt a little "off" in my lower back and it was all I could do to make it down the stairs with the books. I ended up just laying in the floor while the dog sniffed and licked my face... I wasn't hurt, mind you...just worn out from all the book hauling. I managed to recover - shocking, I know - and got books out of the boxes and onto shelves. I also opened up my box of mugs and it was like seeing old friends after a long time... I LOVE a good mug and it's evident because I have quite the collection. I love them all and was so happy to see each and every mug again!

Mail madness...
Perhaps he's settling in?

Friday morning views - holy crane!
Friday (and Thursday for that matter) dawned gray and gloomy and stayed that way most of the day. The work day was shortened on Friday (yahoo!) and so I came home and spent some time wrapping the dog in blankets and taking pictures...because who doesn't love a cute dog wrapped in a snuggly blanket? Ha! Really though, my Mom and I ran some errands and then went back to the Winchester Walking Mall for supper on Friday night. Post dinner and pre dessert, we perused two new shops that have landed at the Walking Mall and both had so many cute things and I fell in love with the second shop - so many unique and wonderful gifts! We stopped in at the gelato shop to grab a cone of gelato for dessert and discovered that a group was playing/singing Frank Sinatra and Jazz music in the open air theater and so we took our gelato outside to enjoy both the music and the food! It actually started getting chilly while we were watching and it absolutely thrilled my soul - come on Fall - I'm ready!

Doing his best Jon Snow impression...hehehe...
It's really hard being a pup - as proven here. 
Jazz and gelato - not a bad start to the weekend!
Did I mention I also managed to hook up the DVD player and TV in the living room? Because I did...I totally did! Honestly, I'm still not sure how I managed to do it...but it worked, because we were able to watch a movie on Friday night! If that's not winning, I don't know what is! Ha-ha!

Saturday = Spa? Yes please!
Gorgeous flowers!
Saturday was the long awaited Spa Day for my Mom and I - a treat that has been many years in the making for me. When I was around...I don't know, maybe fifteen, my Mom promised that one day she'd treat me to a Spa Day and Saturday was that day. And it was glorious! We both received an hour long facial, an hour long massage and a pedicure...and let me tell you, I felt like a noodle after it was all said and done. It was wonderful and I'll say over and over again: thank you so much Momma! Thank you! We ate a snack-like lunch at the house later in the day and I did something I certainly never thought I'd do: sat in the closet with my dog because he was absolutely terrified by the nail gun that was being used to put up the floor to ceiling bookshelves in the library. Bless him. I think the little guy has had quite the week....

I honestly think he's convinced he's human - hence the seated on his bottom, legs stretched out position...
Can you spy the frightened pup peering around the skirts?
No persuading this one to emerge. 
My Mom and I met up with our long time friends Angie and her daughter Rachel to have supper and visit before picking up my Dad from the airport...at 11ish...blegh. We ate some delicious food at Chuy's (yahoo!) and then went to our friend's house to chat and have some coffee and tea - it was a really nice way to spend the Saturday night - even if it meant we didn't get home until almost 1 in the morning after finally getting my Dad from the airport and driving home! Yikes!

I dodged the 9 AM service at church and slept in a little longer...seeing as I didn't get to bed until; you know, after 1 in the morning on Sunday morning. However, I did suit up in my Saints t-shirt for the second service since my church is currently doing a sermon series on friends and this week was about who was on "your team". I can say with 99.9% certainty that I was the only person in that church wearing Saints colors; although given how the season has started for the boys in black and gold, a better name would be the "Aints" *sigh* I'm no fair weather fan though...so we trudge along and hope for a win next week!

Who Dat Nation - Represented in Northern VA by me, ha!
Sugar Rush - Party of One. Yes Please!
I got out of church in time to pick my Mom up from church and we went over to the IHOP for brunch. I got my very favorite Cinna Stacks pancakes and I'm fairly certain I've never gotten them before and seen this much icing on one stack of pancakes! I was buzzing off of this meal for hours...and it was delicious and divine and now I can't eat something like that for at least another month! HA! Sunday afternoon and evening was more of the process of getting things out of boxes and into their proper places...and yet again, by the time the night was over and I was sweaty and exhausted! However - my place is starting to come together more and more each day - so I suppose that's a success! 

After a shower and some dessert, Watson and I both decided we were done for the evening and crawled into our respective beds (my dog does not sleep with me - sorry - nope) and the weekend came to a close!

Mousse cups? Certainly!

This dog. He's unique for sure.
Oh yea - this is the house - ha-ha! At least, as much of it as you'll be seeing for now...ha-ha! Happy Monday!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Five on Friday

Friday is here and as always - what a delightful thing that is! I don't know if I've ever welcomed a Friday with anything other than absolute joy...and I hope that is always true! Life is full of ups and downs but I try (some days it's much harder than others) to find some measure of joy in each day. 

Five on Friday is so good for that! While all five things on my list today might not be bringing me joy at this moment, they have brought or will bring joy at some point - right?

One. The Spa - Indeed...tomorrow is spa day! And I'll confess that at the age of almost thirty-two, I have never had a massage or a facial. That will all change tomorrow when I spend a blissful piece of my Saturday being pampered: a facial, a massage and a pedicure! I'm going with my sweet Momma and while I can't wait, I'm a little worried that by the time it's all said and done, we'll both be too blissed out to drive home. Ha!

Two. Nationals Baseball - It was a good week to be a Nationals fan! The Nationals have won 8 of the last 10, won 3 of the 4 games they played this week, have a 10 game lead in the National League East Division and the magic number to clinch the National League East is just 7! Tickets for the National League Division Series went on sale this morning at 10 AM and the post season is becoming a reality for Nationals fans this year!

Some high points of the week would have to be the games against the Mets on Monday night and Wednesday afternoon. The Nationals put a pretty good walloping on the Mets on Monday night; winning the game 8-1 behind some serious offense on the part of the Nationals...which even included a homerun from our starting pitcher, Mat Latos! Wednesday's game was another absolute gem from Tanner Roark - he took the game through seven scoreless innings for the ninth time this year! The Nationals got on the board with the one and only run needed to win the game - Wilson Ramos murdered a baseball in the seventh inning and that was that.

Friday Fun Fact: Daniel Murphy; with hits in all 19 games versus the Mets (his former team); tied the longest single-season hitting streak versus one team in the divisional era (since 1969).

Three. Fitness - Which has completely failed this week. I'd like to blame it on the move...and even though that's passing the buck...I'm going to do just that; blame it on the move. I feel like I did enough physical exertion between 7:30 on Friday the 9th and we'll say...11:00 on Saturday the 10th to count as about a week's worth of exercise. Good grief. I have never sweat so much in my life! I think I was soaked about five times over in my own sweat...and if that's gross or TMI...well, such is life.

Along with the moving came some really "unhealthy" food. Including pizza on Friday night and donuts (why are donuts SO GOOD and SO BAD) on Saturday morning and then yesterday I went to the grocery store to get something to cook for supper...and y'all...Halloween candy is of the devil. No pun intended. And the elliptical is in the storage room and in between opening boxes, breaking down boxes to put them in the storage room and just generally doing unpacking and organizing...getting on the elliptical has just not been even slightly appealing.

So...I've decided to get through the weekend and get back to the whole fitness thing starting on Monday! Which brings me to....

Four. Stitch Fix - Have you heard of it? The concept is quite simple: you answer the style profile questionnaire and you're assigned a stylist; you can leave your stylist a note about something you are looking for or if there is something coming up in your life you want something special for. About a week later...you get a box with five items; shoes, clothes, jewelry, handbag(s), a fix could be all clothes or a mix...you never know until you open your box.

If you choose to keep an item (or two...or three) the $20 styling fee you've already paid goes toward your purchase and if you choose to keep all five items, you get 25% off! If none of the items are right for you, you just return them in the postage paid envelope that's included in your box and you're just out the $20 styling fee. You can schedule your "fix" for every 2-3 weeks, every month or every 3-4 months...whichever is best for you. My first fix is set to arrive next week...so I'll share more about that later.

In the meantime - if you're interested in trying Stitch Fix out, you can use my referral link and give it a shot! https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/9219429

Five. This quote...because truer words were never spoken.

"I always wanted a happy ending... Now I learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity." - Gilda Radnor

I hope you have a happy Friday and an even happier weekend - look for joy in everything!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

So Far....

Well...the new house is still very new. So new that I'd really rather not share pictures just quite yet. I have a very particular idea in my head of how everything should look and since there are still boxes piled in the garage and furniture still to be delivered and pictures still to be hung...you get the idea, right?

It's certainly a work in progress but I want it to have progressed a little bit more before I share pictures. Honestly - bare walls and random pieces of furniture aren't that thrilling anyway!

What is thrilling is living without the things you take for granted....and where this post is concerned, that means an electric can opener..cable TV and dependable US Postal service! Oh TV! I'm not sure yet when TV will return and so perhaps I'm pining for it a little bit more than I normally would? Who am I kidding? I love to watch TV and being without it for almost an entire week has been slightly torturous! 

I'm getting ahead of myself...as usual...

Dinner - Brought to you by: Determination
I like to think of myself as resourceful. I'm not MacGyver or anything...but I can handle some things...sometimes. Vague enough for you? I offered to make Seven Can Soup for supper on Monday night and when my Mom mentioned that the can opener had yet to be un-boxed, I waved that off and said I'd just use the handheld can opener. It was fine! Totally fine! Only five of the seven cans had to be opened with it and I'm tough - it was not a big deal.

I got home and set out my cans, just fiddled around a little bit and let some time pass because I was waiting on my Mom to get home from DC (airport run)...and planning to have the soup ready around 7, at 6:30 I set out to open the cans and start the soup simmering. What should have taken about five minutes tops proceeded to take thirty. I'm not exaggerating in the slightest. Y'all - I never want to see a manual can opener again.

I don't know if it was defective (although given that my Mom attempted to use it Wednesday night and promptly threw it in the trash...) or I'm just too conditioned to use things that are easier...it was a fight from the very start. I would hook the thing onto the side of the can, give it a turn...and it would make it perhaps a fourth of the way around the can and stop. After battling it out with one can, I just figured that can had been particularly finicky and happily set about on can number two...which is picture above.

The next thirty minutes were nothing less than a sheer battle of wills: it was me versus the cans and I was going to win! I uttered prayers, mumbled under my breath, wiped sweat from my forehead and may or may not have stuck a finger or two into the jagged open edges of the can(s) to try and pry them open. In hindsight, I see that was a risky move...but I'm still here...no blood was spilled. Supper was made. Some of the beans looked a little strange after being shaken and prodded out of the random holes in the lid of the can...but we all ate...and I have never been so happy to see an electric can opener in my life!

Now - for the most important thing - TV! I'm just kidding...sort of... I mean; y'all, the Nationals are currently playing for October. You know, the post season? The playoffs. They've won three of the four games they've played so far this week (Sunday-Wednesday) and I haven't seen a one. Cue all the tears. I know you're really feeling for me. If ever there were a need for the hashtag "first world problems" this would be it.

The news on the street (literally - my Dad stopped on the street corner and talked to our neighbors) is that Comcast had a monopoly of sorts on the cable in the community but our corner of the community was not yet developed enough for them to have reached out to set anything up. What?!? Honestly, how do people make it without cable and internet? Inquiries have been made and apparently it's coming very soon...but soon does not = TV. 

It's weird to sit around with no background noise. I suppose from my time living alone in my house, I always had the TV on...even if it was only for background noise...and so I now find it so strange to not have it! I knew if I was going to start un-boxing things, I really needed some form of entertainment to help move things right along...and so on Tuesday night, I was seized with some sort of wild determination to get my TV and DVD player hooked together somehow. I might not have cable, but I would be able to watch a movie or TV show on DVD by God...I was going to do it! So...Tuesday night I plopped myself in front of my TV, pulled out all the cords and untangled them, thoroughly investigating what would need to go where and attempting to plug red into red...yellow into yellow...etc and so forth... 

There was one end of a cord that I couldn't find a plug for anywhere. Not on the TV. Not on the DVD player. However, everything else plugged in and after some maneuvering, I thought I'd stick a DVD in and see what I'd accomplished. Considering I had a random cord that wasn't plugged into anything...I assumed I'd committed an error somewhere along the way but I crossed my fingers, whispered a brief "please Jesus" and flipped the "Power" switch. And Lo - a miracle occured, the TV popped to life, there was sound and picture and it all worked and was such a crowning moment of acheivement for me that I screamed "I DID IT - I DID IT!" so loudly the neighbors might have heard. It was a sweet, sweet victory indeed.

I still have no clue where that one cord goes though...

Oh mail...
Last but not least...the super reliable US Postal Service. Eek! You see; I suppose I like to challenge the system, I'm a rebel like that. So on Friday night I discovered a book called "The Washington Nationals A-Z" and I felt that I needed it...so I clicked "purchase" and was assured it would be delivered to the new address on Monday, September 12th. Easy peasy! Done and done! I could always use more random Nationals knowledge to spout off to people who (for the most part) don't care.

Sunday morning  I heard the delightful little "ping" of my phone and saw a message telling me that my package from Amazon had been delivered! It was odd because...well, it was Sunday. And it wasn't supposed to be delivered until Monday. I figured Amazon was on it's game and so I marched out to the front porch expecting a box.... There was not one. I walked down to the mailbox expecting a box.... There was not one. I'm fairly certain I looped the house because the message said the package was left "on or near your front porch or mailbox" and as this is a new house...I wasn't sure where they might have left the package. Long story short - no package.

I waited until Monday had come and gone and sent a sweet little email to Amazon about how I'd not received my package. Honestly - it was a sweet email - that's not sarcasm. They assured me they'd send another one toot suite (my words, not theirs) and it would arrive on Wednesday. No harm - no foul. It's all good. So, on Wednesday I got another little text saying my package had been delivered...but by the time I got home, I'd forgotten about it potentially being the mailbox and just assumed it would be inside. It was not...but as I was setting my purse down, the doorbell rang...

A kindly neighbor was on the porch with a package - it had been delivered to her and she lived at 102 Emperor Drive...as opposed to our address - and she wanted to give me my package and introduce herself. We all chatted a minute and I thanked her; opened my book and checked it out, went on about my business. Later in the evening I went out to take Watson on a walk and remembered my Mom mentioned she hadn't checked the mail...so I popped open the mailbox. Do you want to guess what was in the mailbox? A package from Amazon, containing the exact same book! Ha!

So - anyone want a copy of "The Washington Nationals A-Z"...any takers?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Watson Wednesday

Trying to sort out the new house...
I have to say - I've been impressed with my little nugget - he seems to have taken to his new surroundings with ease. While the day of the actual move was probably not his favorite; since then he has seemed to settle in well.

He is loving exploring all the new walkways, roads and paths that are laid out around the house - new territory is so exciting! Since houses are still being built near ours (very near ours...) there are people around each morning when we go out walking and he wants to meet each and every one of them.

We had the pleasure of meeting some neighbors last night who were both so very happy to meet Watson and even told us that he could use the bathroom in their yard anytime - it would just serve as fertilizer! Ha! While I appreciate the sentiment; I think I'll keep his little poop bags on hand for our walks from now on. 

All in all, I think Watson is going to like his new home. If the last few days are any indication, it looks like he's already enjoying it just fine!

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Lost Weekend

It's like the Lost World...but instead of raging dinosaurs there are towers of boxes threatening you at every turn. Aching muscles and a back that feels thrown out of whack creep up on you...not unlike dinosaurs crouching in the jungle foliage. The Lost Weekend is like the Lost World...but different...you know?

That's such a weak analogy - and I'm drinking coffee out of a mug the size of my head - so you'd think that much caffeine might help brain function, but maybe not. Oh well. The big move happened this past weekend - hence the title - and the jumbled analogy and crazy brain business. A big move taking up most of the weekend coupled with Monday morning = low level of brain function. Ha-ha!

The only Monday picture...which just makes me hungry.
I have no pictures from the beginning of the week...except a picture of the spread of chip and dip(s) that my Mom and I chowed down on at Chuy's. I spent a large part of last Monday (which was Labor Day) morning doing actual labor; in the form of painting a TV stand a brilliant shade of red. Once that was all said and done, my Mom and I took Lindsey to the airport to fly back to the great state of New Mexico and we traversed the Beltway to get to Ikea. Apparently everyone thought going to Ikea was a great plan for Labor Day because I've never seen so many people in one place! I thought I'd found "my" couch at Ikea...but then I sat on it...and it was not comfortable. And they wanted $199 to deliver it. So I ended up leaving Ikea with a lamp and three picture frames. No couch.

However, all was not lost since Monday evening was also when my Mom and I discovered Chuy's and I think I elaborated on that in my Five on Friday post. It was delicious. It was yummy in the way that I've thought about it all week. Writing about it makes my mouth water and the food was so delicious that I'd happily crawl into the car and drive the 45-50 minutes back to Woodbridge to eat there again. It was good y'all. Did you get that? Delicious!

Taking a moment for himself...
Wednesday was a wild day - in so many ways - where do I start? I guess by saying the day was wild I completely skipped over the not so wild moment where I found my couch and ordered it. Hallelujah! On sale, exactly the style I wanted and so super comfortable. Win! So; that will be delivered in the next couple weeks, can't wait to relax on it. Once the work day was over though...things got nuts. 

After getting semi-soaked picking up pizza in a thunderstorm on the way home, I decided to quickly (spray) paint the other small piece of furniture that I needed to paint and be done with all that. It didn't take long and once it was complete, I gently moved it inside and thinking nothing of it, went upstairs and got into the bath. And after relaxing just a bit, moved one of my feet from where it was propped on the wall of the bathtub and saw...a perfect red footprint! I began looking around me and saw that there were several perfectly placed red footprints all over the bathtub...which meant I had to get out of the bathtub and clean it...and then get back in it to actually bathe.

Did I mention that after all this, Watson and I were accosted by an overly excited Golden Retriever who thought that when I picked up my seventeen pound fighter (seriously...he thinks he is fierce) and tried to walk away that meant to jump on me and bark louder. It was good fun I tell you. Good fun.

Thursday afternoon...trying to take in the overwhelming amount of "stuff"
Watson clinging to his dragon in the midst of all the boxes & chaos.
Friday dawned much too quickly...something I'll probably not often repeat...but it was the start of the moving and well; moving is a headache, let's all just agree on that. After work, several family friends came over to eat pizza and help load boxes into the truck...and I never realized how much "stuff" one family could have until this move. Good grief at all the things. *sigh* I also saw boxes and things that belonged to me that I haven't seen in over two years! That is the one thing about this move that I am (still) looking forward to: getting to see my things again after all this time!

After a very sweaty evening loading boxes into the Penske truck, I took a shower, watched the Nationals beat the Phillies courtesy of a walk-off homerun from Trea Turner in the bottom of the ninth and crashed! I knew Saturday would dawn far too early and last much too long...

Moving Help - It's not what it used to be! ;)
A brief moment of respite.
Around 8:30 on Saturday morning the moving started in earnest - unloading boxes into the new garage, loading furniture onto the truck, carrying things up stairs and down stairs, realizing I have more clothes than any one person has a right to own... I made multiple trips up and down the highway between the "old house" and the "new house" loading clothes and shoes and random things and dog paraphernalia. Oh yea - and the actual dog - who handled it mostly like a champ; except for some crying early on Saturday morning. Bless his heart.

After finally getting everything unloaded and into the house (or at least into the garage) and getting important things like beds put together, my family and our extended "friend family" loaded into cars and went to finally...finally...eat supper at almost 9:00. Y'all - I went out in public wearing stretch pants, with no make-up on, drenched in multiple layers of sweat. It was a cute look and there are no pictures to mark the occasion because well...I honestly hope that one day a nice man will love me and a picture of that moment in time might really kill that hope, ha-ha!

I wish I could have laid down in the closet & slept too...
When there are more people in the car than you realize...someone has to ride in the trunk...
Sunday was not spent in the holiest of ways - even though we were all pretty worn out, there still seemed to be so much to do. There were certain things that had to be unboxed so that life could have some sort of routine once the week started again... Supplies had to be bought to organize and allow for storage... Curtains needed to be put on the bathroom window because flashing the new neighbors is not really how you want to introduce yourself, am I right?

Happily, a sweet friend and her son brought us supper on Sunday night and helped me put my desk together and after much work on everyone's part, the house as a whole looked something like a place where people live. Albeit with still a lot of boxes in the garage. Oh well - it's all in one place, right?

Yoga Dog doing poses in his new surroundings...
So - I guess it wasn't really a lost weekend - but it sure seemed like it went by awfully quickly. And while I feel like I have a lot to show for it, I also have really sore legs and my back feels like it belongs to an 80 year old...not an almost 32 year old. Whoosh. Moving = not for the faint of heart...or body. 

All's well that ends well and now it's on to making new friends in the new community and seeing what life at Lake Frederick has to offer!