Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
So...I've taken up a new hobby. After being inspired by a few of my online friends, I decided to teach myself how to crochet! People like Melissa and Kellie assured me that it's not difficult, and if I mess up, all I have to do is rip out the stitches and redo that row. Once I decided to try, I thought I should wait until we were in our new apartment. So a couple of weeks ago, I bought myself some crochet hooks and a couple skeins of yarn, and I got this book from the library.So far, it seems relatively straight forward. I've been practicing the various stitches, and although my first few attempts didn't really look very good, I seem to have gotten the hang of it. I decided a day or two ago that it's time to attempt to actually make something (instead of just practicing stitches). I figure that I can't get much easier than a scarf...so that's what I'm working on. I'm even going to make it two different colors (since I bought two different colors of yarn that first day)! I've actually gotten a little further than this, but here is the beginning of my scarf. You can probably tell from the picture that the stitches got tighter after the first few rows, so the bottom is a little wider than the top. But that's okay...this first project will be for me. :)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
You can walk to the field pretty easily, but Shawn and I decided to take the wagon/hayride. It dropped us off in the middle of the field, and then we headed out. Given the fact that today is the last weekend day that the farm is open to the public, the field was pretty picked over. But we were able to find a couple of very large pumpkins pretty quickly! I wanted a smaller one, too, so we ended up with 3. We didn't grab a wheelbarrow on our way out into the field, so it's a good thing that Shawn is so strong! After paying for our pumpkins and washing them off in the water troughs, we put them in the car and went into the produce shop. We stocked up on apples, pears, and broccoli grown on the farm (or a nearby farm), and then got in line at the snack shop. Shawn had an ear of hot buttered corn, and I got a slice of zuccini bread and a cup of hot chocolate. Final stop before we left was the animals. You could pet the piglets, the lambs, and the goats. I felt a little bad, but I had to laugh at the "special" goat they had there. Is it just me, or was this poor thing probably kicked in the face at some point when it was very young? By the way, have you ever noticed a goat's pupils? It's not just this goat...all goats have rectangular pupils instead of circular ones. Just thought I'd share that little tidbit of information with you.
Shawn and I plan on carving our pumpkins tonight. Hopefully I'll have some fun pictures to post later this week! Of course, Shawn dropped mine when he was getting it out of the car, so we may only have one that can be carved very well. At least, I'll use that as my excuse if mine looks really bad when I'm done. :)
Friday, October 24, 2008
But now...things have changed! We've been in our apartment for about 2 weeks now, and I've actually been cooking quite a bit! So far, most of what I've made have been meals that I already knew how to make, but I've been searching for new recipes online and in a couple cookbooks that I have. On Wednesday night, I made my first "experimental" meal. I tried making the Cheddar Chicken and Rice Skillet that I found on kraftfoods.com. Despite a minor issue I had with the rice, it turned out to be quite good! I substituted broccoli for the peppers, just because I had it on hand. Shawn and I both liked it, and the recipe makes a LOT. We've both had leftovers for meals since then, and it's still not gone. For the record, Shawn actually had his leftovers cold, and he said it was just as good that way. It's also actually pretty healthy.
I've also been baking a little bit. Last week, I made brownies (from a box, so don't be too impressed), and last night, I made my mom's chocolate chip cookies. I think I baked them a little too long, but otherwise, they're good. I really would love to bake more, but we're trying to eat healthier, so I made have to hold back on the baked goods.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This picture is our dining room and the kitchen.
And this is our 2nd bedroom. What you can't see from this picture is that there's another row of boxes behind this one, and the huge closet is also packed floor to ceiling with boxes.
At this point, we've gotten most of the boxes unpacked and most of the furniture arranged. Shawn set up the fish tank today, so we'll finally put the fish back into their permanent home tomorrow. Since the weather was actually really nice today, after church we went downtown and spent some time at the Pike Market. We bought some fruit at one of the produce stands, and we also got ourselves two mini cheesecakes. The one on the left is Quadruple Chocolate, and the one on the right is Peanut Butter Chocolate. These are sold at a place called The Confectional. So good!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Once Shawn got home, he helped me out. We managed to get all of the furniture more or less arranged the way we think it's going to stay. We also decided that we'd kind of like to get rid of the overstuffed loveseat (that matches the couch and that I bought 7 years ago). Our furniture is just too big to fit well in our living room. We think we'd like to replace the loveseat with two smaller chairs. We found a chair that we like at Cost Plus World Market, but we're going to keep our eyes open for something a bit less expensive.
Yesterday, after going to church, we officially checked out of the hotel, and then we went on a little shopping spree! We bought a new, sleeker desk for the computer (since it's going to sit in the dining room...and since we were using my childhood desk that I've had since I was in 3rd grade!). We also bought a new stainless steel trash can, some small things for the kitchen, a shower organizer, and a welcome mat. The best thing is that everything but the computer desk was paid for using gift cards we got for the wedding but never spent!
I'm currently at the public library, since our internet won't be installed at home until Wednesday morning. From here, I'm going to go grocery shopping, and then I'll head back home to do more unpacking and hopefully make our first dinner in the new place!
I have to admit...I feel a little like our honeymoon has just started. When we got married, Shawn just moved into my place. This is the first time that we have moved into an apartment together. It's been nice putting out our things and helping each other decide where things should go. And for the first time in close to 3 years...I'll get to see Shawn on a Wednesday, even though he'll be working that day!
Friday, October 10, 2008
On Wednesday, I headed off! My car was fully loaded with all the random things that either we didn't want the movers to deal with or that the movers wouldn't take (like an empty propane tank, a couple plants, cleaning supplies, etc...). Kate was very sweet and made me breakfast before she went to work, so I left Evergreen around 10:00. Unfortunately, I ran into quite a bit of construction in western Colorado and Utah, so it took a bit longer than I had planned. By the way, I didn't take this picture (I found it online), but I took one just like it. This is westbound I-70. The brown and white sign says "Leaving Colorful Colorado." :( I got all the way to Boise, Idaho, on the first day. I stayed in a lovely hotel in Boise. Most of the lights didn't work (at least, I couldn't figure out how to get them on), and I actually decided not to bother showering before I left on Thursday morning. I trusted the cleanliness of the Hampton Inn in Washington a little more. :)
On Thursday, I headed out by 7:30 and enjoyed a scenic drive through Idaho, eastern Oregon, and Washington. I'd never been in any of those areas. I've decided that the original settlers of the American west were either really brave or really stupid. Or maybe a bit of both. I can't imagine getting across those lands, not even knowing what was on the other side of the mountains or the desert!
I made it to our town by 2:30 on Thursday afternoon. I stopped first at Shawn's office, and he came with me over to the new apartment. He took the fish up, and we discovered that most (or possibly all) of the fish survived!! We haven't found any dead ones yet, but we also think that one or two might be missing. Have I mentioned that we do have some carnivorous/cannibalistic fish?
So we're both here! As far as our things are concerned...Shawn's car was delivered early Thursday morning. And today, the driver of the moving truck called to let me know that he plans on delivering all of our stuff to the new apartment tomorrow morning!
I have been taking pictures all along, but the cords to get the pictures off the camera and onto the computer are packed away in some box on the truck. I'll have to wait until at least next week to actually post them. Also, we won't have internet access at our new apartment until next Wednesday (unless we can steal someone's wireless), so the blog updates may still be slow for another 5 or 6 days. I'll do my best, though!