Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Best Thing about a New House

We recently moved into a new townhouse that we’ll be living in for at least the next three years until Husband is out of law school and we know where we can start to put down roots.

Hence the blogging absence. That, and work has been insane.

But the best thing about my new house? I’m loving the new mattress that we got a few weeks before moving in. It was a compromise between Husband and myself – I wanted something softer, a la our guest bed, and he wanted something much firmer, a la a rock. (Heh. :))

So here was the issue – we couldn’t put sheets on the new bed in the master bedroom until we found the brand new mattress pad we bought specifically for this, because they said it prevents stains and keeps smells out, plus if the mattress gets stained it voids the warranty (WHAT?!). So yeah, we had to find that damn mattress pad. Needless to say, we looked in almost every box in the entire box-filled three story townhouse and COULD NOT FIND IT.

I was crushed. We had bought this beautiful thing to replace the mattress my MIL had purchased when Husband was twelve. TWELVE. And I’m pretty sure she got it used! It was DEFINITELY time for a new one. But I had to wait weeks because we didn’t want to move it to the old house just to have to move it again in two weeks.

So I waited until mid-October when we moved. Then the whole mattress-not-fitting-in-the-minivan incident happened. That’s a completely different post. BUT ANYWAY – we set up the bed and can’t find the mattress pad. I thought I was going to throw something.

A few days later, we were at the old house clearing out trash and moving the final few things when lo and behold, what did I find in a white unmarked shopping bag in the garage? MY BELOVED MATTRESS PAD. I whooped and hollered and generally made a nuisance of myself until Husband came over and did not find the situation as exciting as I did.

We got home and I was able to make up my beautiful new bed. This new mattress is just amazing – so comfortable! Combine that with new pillows and a new comforter we got just for the new place – a pretty brown with a design to coordinate with the blue wall in the master bedroom – I was so excited to sleep in the bed for the first time!

So that’s what I’m currently enjoying about the new townhouse. The boxes are SLOWLY going away. I never realized how much crap two people can accumulate after two and a half years of marriage.

We sent a huge car load or two to Goodwill and filled a small dumpster in the alley a few times over. I’m hoping we can do the same now that we’re moved and need to fit the same stuff in a smaller space. It’s time to purge!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday – Google Reader Settings

I’ve been on the Google Reader bandwagon for a long time. It just makes reading the hundreds of blogs I follow that much easier. Mostly, I end up skimming the entries to see if there is anything interesting I should read further.

The other day I found something that made my Google Reader experience THAT much better.

Did you know that you can rearrange the feed to sort by oldest, rather than the newest postings? THIS HAS CHANGED MY LIFE.

I used to go thru the list and not understand the latest post in my favorite blog because I never read the post before – since it was lower down in my reading, sorted by newest to oldest.

Now that its sorted right, I don’t feel guilty if my reader backs up, because I know that I can always read them in the right order, the oldest one first.

Google Reader settings works for me!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I’m horrible at Rock Band!

Apparently I don’t have any rhythm. I just had to do the drum beat tutorial on the game. No song, just a repeating rhythm that I went thru over and over in order to get myself oriented to the beat.

And I don’t think it worked.

Husband got paid for a research project he worked on, so we decided to splurge and get ourselves a new game for the Wii. We had it set up within ten minutes of getting it home and it’s really fun. But after a song or two, hubs just laughed at me and went upstairs to work on his latest law school paper.

I don’t even want to THINK about the guitar part – my hands barely fit around the thing.

Does anyone have any pointers for me?

Monday, October 5, 2009

This Week in Law School – Halfway There! (sort of)

At the end of the week, Husband will have finished half of his first semester of his 1L year.

Six weeks have just flown by! I can’t believe he’s done with a quarter of his first year of law school.

Since he is working towards his JD/MBA, he needs to actually apply for his MBA admission. He’ll be taking the one year full time program, which will allow him to finish the JD degree quicker because some classes count for each program. That deadline for admission is coming up pretty soon, so it’s application-writing time again!

Goodie! Another time for writing… and waiting… and then probably wait some more.

We hope to hear back from the business school by Thanksgiving or Christmas – and then he can start planning the next step. If all goes according to plan, he’ll enter the MBA program two weeks after his 1L year ends in May.

Which basically means I’ll see even less of Husband come next May. Kind of a bummer, but worth it in the long run.

Friday, October 2, 2009

When you can’t think of something to say…

Four things

Four jobs I’ve had
  1. Event coordinator (currently)
  2. Hostess @ Saltgrass Steak House
  3. Marketing intern @ Austin non-profit
  4. Wife :)
Four movies I can watch over and over
  1. Waiting for Guffman
  2. Center Stage
  3. North By Northwest
  4. Best in Show
Four places I’ve lived
  1. Smithville, MO
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Houston
  4. Arlington, TX
Four TV shows I love [so hard to choose just four!]
  1. The Dollhouse
  2. Fringe
  3. FlashForward
  4. So You Think You Can Dance
Four places I’ve vacationed
  1. Paris [our honeymoon]
  2. Grand Canyon [our first vacation, spring break of senior year in college]
  3. Eastern Caribbean [on a cruise]
  4. New York, NY [for college trips plus a bit of Broadway!]
Four of my favorite dishes
  1. Arancinis @ Vito’s [fried risotto balls – YUM]
  2. The old seafood ravioli at the Olive Garden
  3. Shrimp and crab risotto at Triumph Grill
  4. Grandma’s mashed potatoes
Four sites I visit daily
  1. The Hunger Site
  2. Facebook
  3. My Google Reader
  4. Twitter
Four places I would rather be right now
  1. On a beach in the Caribbean.
  2. Walking the Louvre.
  3. In a Broadway theatre watching an amazing show.
  4. Snuggling on the couch with husband.