Saturday, September 21, 2013

Canning Day

Half a bushel of apples, seven pounds of late-season tomatoes and peppers, three dozen Ball jars, a great Pandora station, and a full day to myself.  Hello fall!

Thursday, September 12, 2013


I'm currently stuck at work, 30 minutes past my normal quittin' time, by a massive thunderstorm.  Growing up in Central New York we didn't get a lot of big, tornado-warning type storms.  Maryland summers are full of stormy goodness; our first summer here I was convinced I was going to die.  They aren't so bad if you're smart about them, and sadly here the definition of "smart" is sitting in my office until it blows over, cell phone turned off to preserve battery life, watching the lights flicker and praying the power holds out.  Torrential rain, tornado-force wind, flash flooding, and falling trees make for crummy driving conditions.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


We took the day off yesterday to go hang out at Hershey Park with my family.  My day started a 200 foot long, 85 degree drop at 75 MPH.

I was in one of the side seats, which are floorless, and the coaster doesn't go upside down so there are no shoulder harnesses; there's a heavy-duty lap restraint with hand grips.  That first drop is terrifying.  We got to the top and the track just fell away and then we were jerked forward into free-fall and I couldn't even scream because I couldn't breathe.  It was amazing.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bad Blogger

I have been a bad blogger this summer.  I'm getting my Master's Degree in Pastoral Theology through online classes and the one I just finished - while fascinating - involved a LOT of reading.  We are settled in to our new home and the extra yard- and housework that goes along with it.  We are on a new diet (for my benefit, Dan's metabolism is fine, but he's going along with it to be supportive) and it's working beautifully, though it involves some extra food prep time.  I've switched my work day back an hour (8:00-4:00) to fit in an evening workout session, since getting up at 5:00 am to exercise is miserable but getting up at 5:45 am and stumbling into the shower is tolerable.  I've been tired, and that's my only excuse for once again neglecting my poor blog.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Turning House Into Home

We moved into our house last weekend, and so far home ownership has been a bit of a roller coaster.  The move itself went very smoothly.  We had a lot of help and had already spent a couple of days bringing smaller boxes over, so on moving day we were done by lunch time.

We had to eat lunch in the slightly cooler basement though, because the converter on our AC unit warped the day of settlement and we had no respite from the 95° weather that hit us that week.  Once we filled up the refrigerator, it couldn't handle the heat either, and the circuit board blew on moving day.  There's not much you can do about stuff like that on a weekend though.  We sent all our frozen food home with Dan's parents, shoved 4 bags of ice in the fridge, borrowed a window unit from my parents, and muscled through to Monday.  Someone came out to fix the AC unit on Monday and the fridge on Wednesday, and nothing else has decided to quit on us.  Now that I've jinxed us, let's look at some photos!

When we first came to look at the house, I walked into the kitchen, looked at Dan, and said "I want this one."  I love it!

Not sure how I feel about having carpeting in the same room as the functional fireplace, but we'll see this winter.  We'll stick to small logs.  (Get it?  We'll stick to small logs?  HAHA!)

Spare bedroom, come visit us!  This is also affectionately known as "The Adam Room," after Dan's younger brother.  :)

We're leaving the other spare bedroom empty for now.  Hopefully we will be able to turn it into a nursery one day.  :3

Our room!  I made the bed just for you, that's how special you are.  :)

The downstairs is mostly open, which is really nice for letting our niece and nephew (age 3) run themselves out.

It's also really nice to have workout space without needing to move any furniture.

His and hers office space.

LOTS of space for doing laundry. (Yay?)

Under-the-garage workshop/storage/tornado shelter.  Not that I really want to hang out under my car if there's ever a tornado..."Get down here, what are you doing?"  "NOT UNTIL I BACK MY CAR OUT!"

And my absolute favorite (shhhhh, don't tell my kitchen), the pool!  :)

I would give you a tour of the grounds, but it's raining and I don't want to fry my phone (see "jinxing" above), so that will have to be another story for another time.