Friday, May 27, 2016

Take 198

7 Quick Takes Friday
--- 1 ---
Found in the bathroom at a local establishment:
So, are they being polite, or just suggesting the possibility of it? Not really sure. "Puh-lease."
--- 2 ---
News: MacGyver is being remade. Umm, need I say more? I think not.

--- 3 ---
Do your kids do this? George removes my "hold the book open" thumb while I'm reading because it's "in his way." I don't know what to do to convince him that that thumb is critical in the book reading process. This means I'm working extra hard to make sure my thumb isn't covering any important drawings. [I need an emoji here. Or 10.] #redheadedchildren
--- 4 ---
Thanks to sharing my post last week about wanting a history of library books I've read, I learned from my Dad that my Grandpa Bud used to lightly initial books he'd read at his library so he wouldn't check them out twice. These stores. I want them all written down. I want my children to know them. I love that man. The man with the best homegrown strawberries and love for baseball.
--- 5 ---
I began journaling probably immediately after I began learning how to write. I've journaled almost daily since. I'm 31. This is the only problem with that:

(Think 900 sq. ft. apartment.) 

--- 6 ---
Can you believe that someone stole our recycling bin?? Yes. Two weeks before our move. And get this. They'll replace it for free. IF you create a police report. But the police department? They spend 20 minutes creating a report. And then, if they recover a stolen bin? The recycling department won't take it back. So, they spend money creating reports and recovering bins with absolutely no reward from the recycling company. And the customer, if they don't go through the police report procedure, will pay $96. Now that is a crazy system. 
--- 7 ---
We had the pleasure of attending a wedding this past weekend. Isn't the father-daughter dance just the best? 
Love these people.

Happy Friday!
PS- this is Brian's last Friday as a Trinity teacher!
Wow. So many things to be grateful for and to look forward to.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Travel Stories

Back in the cold month of February, we dropped George off for a week of absolute joy at his cousins' home (hello they have 4 awesome kids... AND a dog) and I pretended that he might have a hard time while it was really me who had the hard time... Ok. It was only hard on the first day and last day. The middle? I was juuust fine. 

We flew to New York, spent 36 hours there visiting Columbia, flew to Boston, spent 36 hours there visiting Harvard and then drug our tired selves back to another flight to bring ourselves home. It was a whirlwind week where we imagined what it would be like to be a family of four on the East Coast and uproot ourselves. Honestly, it was hard to imagine us deciding for either option and the reality of all of it felt barely touchable, and now that we're packing up, it feels very close.

BUT! We had such fun adventures and I couldn't help sharing some highlights with you...

So, without further ado... Highlights of our grad school visits:
  • Jet Blue: Your complementary snacks make me a happy customer. Really. Those other airlines who nickel and dime you to death? It makes me cranky. Happy airline customers:
  • Our flight to get to NY went through Boston... But we got stuck. SO... we got a hotel and we ate fantastic pizza. And we were feeling so proud of ourselves for being awesome. And then we laid the baby down. (More awesome because she went down peacefully.) Then we felt more awesome and started watching Good Will Hunting--because Boston. And then? The emergency fire alarm went off yelling at us, "IF THIS ALARM DOES NOT STOP, EVACUATE THE FLOOR IMMEDIATELY."
This is me. Holding my baby with fireman in our hotel. And yes, our alarm to catch our rescheduled flight for the next morning was going to go off at Three Thirty A.M.
  • We landed in New York and I was so happy to be back in the land where you eat at a "Joint". I mean really. You walk into this tiny convenience store and Lo! Behold! Boar's head deli meat is the only kind of meat you can get. High class meat... in a place where you can't hardly see the guy behind the sandwich counter. After a day of travel, this sandwich was unbelievably good.
  • We're walking around my favorite city in all the world and Time Square greets us like an old friend. BUT THEN, John M. (Brian's cousin) actually greets us like an old friend (because he is!) and we stopped in our tracks and had to laugh as we heard Brian's name being shouted through Times Square.
  • In New York, we also got to recreate photos... That was fun!
George, December, 2014 (11 mo) and Rowan, February 2016 (6 mo)

  • There were other hilarious highlights, like the lady on her cell phone in a plane in New Jersey, complaining that her assistant bought her tickets out of New Jersey, declaring loudly, "Everything in New Jersey is disgusting!" (Ridiculous, lady.) 
  • Or, like the unbelievably warm 45 degree weather... Getting to our apartment in East Harlem where the heat in the building was boiler based... and not changeable. Dude. So. Hot. Literally.
  • There were nice highlights, like always boarding first thanks to Rowan, our travel princess:
  • Or eating at Loyal Nine for our 4th Anniversary in Cambridge... Where Brian declared, "You just totally can't eat a bowl of raw fish in South Bend. I wouldn't feel safe doing it"  

  • But the one story... The icing on the cake... Was a 4 year old girl from New York City. Sitting on the bus like she does every day for her routine, chatting with a 4 year old boy sitting next to her... She said, with much emotion, "WELL! There's my one grandma- who I love. And my other grandma-  who's from Jersey."
Poor New Jersey. For the record, I love New Jersey and my people who are there! 
So glad we got to take a trip and so glad we're done figuring and discerning and get to begin our adventures in Boston soon!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Take 197

7 Quick Takes Friday
--- 1 ---
I was challenged by my sister this week to think about photos that use a lot of negative space... So I tried that this week and had trouble even thinking of ideas! But, I was pleased with this moody shot of the view out our bedroom window one evening.
 --- 2 ---
Speaking of my camera, I'm still very much in love with my Canon 70D. Wow. It's so fun!
--- 3 ---
In other news, I'm a saver. When I have candy, I make sure to space it out. When I have $20, I spent it $4 at a time. But this time, I lost. I drove around for roughly a month in a half, waiting for the perfect day to splurge and get my free burrito from Chipotle (which I love)... Until one day, it was expired. And dang. I was mad.
--- 4 ---
I cannot believe that in my library online account I cannot see a history of my checkouts. This is maddening. Doesn't everyone want to see this?!
--- 5 ---
I am still working on packing, moving, organizing, purging, etc etc etc. So, between that and getting to work on time, George has been enjoying Curious George. Did you know that they have a movie about spring? Did you know this particular story features Nunley, the dog, in a major way? Well. Click here if you dare. Yes, that's the featured song, "We are the wiener dogs!" Wow.

--- 6 ---
Yesterday I went to a park with George. There were two ambulances in the parking lot on what appeared to be a lunch break. Seemed all too normal to me, until we were driving out of the parking lot, and I looked into the back of the truck into the open door... and saw the driver laying and sleeping on the stretcher... Hah! That was a new one on me.
--- 7 ---
Home news: our bedroom furniture is sold and gone. We have our mattresses on their frame with one side table and a packed tupperware for another side table. Our clothes are in luggage. And this weekend, our dining table set, sofas and second crib will all go... I was tempted to post photos, but I don't want the last photos of our home to be messy-we're-packing-and-don't-own-anymore-furniture photos... So... keep us in your prayers! We're quickly approaching the end of school (lots of work!) and our big move (lots of work!). We're planning to kill it.

Happy Friday!