>a "blue" surprise

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I had to stop by the old house last week to water plants, make sure that we didn’t have any mail, and I noticed a small box on our porch. I checked the return address and it was from Hubby’s company, so I figured that it was more crap for him to file away.
I brought the box back home and didn’t really think about it for a couple of days. Hubby was at a conference in New Orleans last week, so I finally thought to mention it to him toward the end of the week. “Oh, it may be your bracelet” he said. “What?!” Now I can’t get this package off my mind and couldn’t open it soon enough.
For part of a sales competition, Hubby was able to choose a prize for all of his hard work. There were sunglasses, pens, cameras, tools, and a few items that came wrapped in a specific shade of blue.
Now, before you get in my business about why Hubby is giving me his present, since it was his sales competition… let’s just say that I do believe I have married one of the kindest men that I have ever known. With that being said, I would just like to think that he enjoys making me happy. Thank you, Hubby. Did I mention, he was at a conference the week after we moved? And he got to see this band?

And now…

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>Is it just me?

>Or does anyone out there have a thing for doorknobs? I have a friend who nearly caused a divorce over changing out every single knob in her home with $50 doorknobs. Ours don’t match, but we have several that I think are original to the house. They just add charm.

So, some of the oldies look like this..

And our front door, like this…

We have a lot of these cool old keys that actually still work…

>It’s not really inside the house

>I love the many hydrangea bushes that have been planted at the new house. The landscaping that was done looks extremely natural, but so much work has been put into it. I can’t wait until spring to enjoy the azaleas, camellia and gardenias that are also planted. One of our goals is to keep it up since at the old house, our backyard pretty much consisted of a race-track where Zeus & Zoe would run, oh and eat the hosta plants.

Even this late in the season, we still have a few good blooms on the hydrangea, so I decided to bring some inside to enjoy.

>Why I (heart) the new house

>I thought I would try to share a few photos of the new house this week. Of course, I’ll be sure to try not to get any half-empty boxes in the shots or the rooms where nothing has been unpacked!

Some of the details in this home really stood out to us, like the built in cutting boards in the kitchen. Not only one, but four cutting boards are located throughout.

So, this morning, when preparing to slice strawberries for my cereal, it was a breeze.

I just realized that this photo doesn’t really do it justice, but the cutting boards are actually built in like a drawer, so all you do is slide it out to use.

>Runnin’ and Whinin’

>I started training tonight for another half-marathon and I can honestly say, I sucked. I have been doing a run-walk training schedule called the Galloway method. Typically, I run for 10 minutes, then walk 2, run 8 and alternate between running & walking the rest of the way. It helps your knees, provides much needed mini-breaks and when you aren’t an extremely fast runner (like myself), you don’t really lose much time.

Tonight, it went like this:
Ran 10 minutes
Wheezed for about 3 minutes and decided to run again.
Ran for 1 minute
Walked for about 9 minutes.
Ran for 2 minutes and wheezed some more.
Walked for another 6 minutes.
Finally ran for another 3 and walked the rest.

Sucky. Tonight, I only had to do 35 minutes and I ended up going 44, due to where I had parked my car at the park, but still. It’s sad that I finished Boot Camp not that long ago and I feel this out of shape.

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>What I’ve learned in the past 4 days…

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Closing wasn’t as bad as I expected… other than handing over a large sum of money and lots of signing, it was fine. I’m sure I should have been reading every line with extreme concentration, but that’s why we have a good lawyer.

Professional packers and movers are the way to go. I think we’ve reached the age that we can no longer buy beer and pizza and expect a few friends to move us. The actual move was pretty stress free.

Until we realized that our queen box spring was not going to make it up our new flight of stairs. They are rather steep. So, Hubby & I have set up camp in a downstairs bedroom for now & lucky for us, we found out that queen box springs are available in a split option.

Zeus does not like the stairs either. After coming back from a few days of “doggie daycare”, we were walking them around the house – letting them sniff and get accustomed to it – and we decided to take them upstairs. Zoe, the dog that has no fear quickly bounded up the stairs so she could continue her sniffing. Zeus, not so much. He would get about 2 steps up and freeze and revert to the landing. The steps do have a runner, so I thought he would have enough traction, but apparently not enough for his liking.

And, I never realized how much CRAP we have accumulated. Word of caution – when two independent thirty-somethings marry, they come with lots o’ crap. I’ve been unpacking and quickly separating items into a keep, throw, or yard sale pile.

>Moving Announcements

>It just wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t get excited about finding cute moving announcements to send to friends and family to let them know about our new address. I wanted something simple, cute, and let’s face it, inexpensive. At this point, if I were to plop down several hundred for the adorable Kate Spade moving announcements, Hubby would kill me. Love, love, love these. But for $439 for 50 cards, it was just a tad too steep for our 3-days before closing budget.

So, for around $40, I found these online today.

So, it’s not Kate, and it’s not Crane, but honestly, don’t these just get thrown in the trash after a couple of days? Sad, but true.

>Countdown..

>I will be out of commission for the next several days. We are counting down to closing and our move. And, in the meantime, we are:

  • having our current house inspected (just so we’re aware of anything that may need to be fixed)
  • dealing with turning on utilities (Hubby is still bitter that we had to get a new phone number and I will note for the record that cable was 1st on the list)
  • still packing a few boxes of items that I don’t trust the movers to take
  • picking up a washer, dryer, microwave, and I’m sure several boxes from my former landlord’s house that he was nice enough to let me store for almost 2 years.
  • dealing with last minute things with the mortgage, insurance, ordering a house survey, etc.
  • being super busy with both of our jobs

It is so exciting even with all of the little details – we saw our new house yesterday for the re-inspection & everything turned out great. Can’t wait to get there – it just feels like we have so much to do before that can happen! I’ll try to post next week with exciting packing & moving pictures!

>It’s a small world

>I spent the day attending this seminar with three of my co-workers. While I appreciate the fact that they had volunteers directing us into the parking lot with their “two-fingered or full-handed” pointing gestures, mouse head-shaped balloons to make sure that we knew we were in the right place, and Disney music that played to cue us when it was time to take our seats, I’m still a little perplexed by the fact that the average family (all 3.3 of them) save for 2-3 YEARS to take a trip to Disney. Isn’t that incredible? I bet that same family could travel to a wondrous place like Yellowstone National Park, or take in all the history, art, and culture they could want in D.C. for a lot longer and still come away with life-long memories and scrapbooks full of photos that they will enjoy for many years.

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>Why I (heart) my job

>Yesterday afternoon, my editor and I went to meet the guy who started this movement in NC. We met at Carolina Brewery to enjoy a cold beverage and find out more about his plans, a little beer history, and discussion of beer and food pairing. It was so interesting and who wouldn’t enjoy having this kind of meeting on a Friday afternoon? From there we hopped over to the welcome reception of this meeting. We really just went for a little networking, and what a fabulous opportunity. These people were all remarkable, knew their food, and have a passion for it. Lots of food writers and chefs were in attendance. We left with lots of great ideas and some great contacts.

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