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August 31, 2008

Deep Thoughts Over Cereal

Someone I don’t know once said that you can never have too much of a good thing. I am here to tell you THAT. IS. A. LIE.

I am a big fan of the bunches in the Post cereal Honey Bunches of Oats. Since I have been a little girl, I have been yelled at by my father for picking out all the bunches in the Honey Bunches of Oats cereal. Now that I am engaged, my fiancé yells at me for picking out all the bunches in the Honey Bunches of Oats cereal.

So to my delight, Post finally answered my every prayer and created “just bunches”- a whole box of delectable bits of oatey goodness with none of that flaky or nutty nonsense. Dan brought it home about a week ago and I greedily poured myself a bowl. But when I placed the bite of delectable bits of oatey goodness in my mouth a peculiar thing happened…I had the sudden urge to gag. It was the WORST cereal I have EVER tasted (and that is saying a lot because Dan eats some really nasty cereals). It just was all wrong, too much oatey goodness and not enough nutty and flakey crapiness to make you appreciate the oatey goodness.

As I put the box back on the shelf (where it sits untouched) I had an epiphany. Maybe Honey Bunches of Oats is really a metaphor of life. All the nutty and flakey people in the world are just there to make you realize that the bunchy people are the best in the box- and if they weren’t there you would never appreciate all the bunchy people in your life.

So thank you nutty and flakey people of the world, for if it weren’t for you I would never be able to appreciate all the bunches in my life.

August 27, 2008

History In The Making

In light of the historic events taking place today and tomorrow, this blog post is a little more serious than most. However, because I know my long-windness could do nothing more than ruin an amazing moment in our history, I will be brief.

Today at the Democratic Convention Barack Obama became the first African-American to be nominated by a major party for the position of President of the United States. Whether you intend on voting for Barack Obama or not, you have to admire this accomplishment. More importantly, I think that tomorrow when Barack Obama accepts the nomination EVERYONE should watch his speech; if for no other reason than it is a truly historic event in our Country's history.

After all, millions of people tuned-in to see Michael Phelps break Mark Spitz gold medal record- which no one thought could be broken. And millions of people watched a man walk on the moon for the first time- again a moment in our history that many did not think was possible. Just like walking on the moon or winning 8 gold medals in one Olympics, many people never thought it would be possible for an African-American to be nominated for President.

Some people however, dreamed of the day when such a possibility would become a reality. In fact, exactly 45 years ago tomorrow Marin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech (which can be found here). So, if for no other reason than to be able to tell your children that you witnessed this historic event which many thought to be nothing more than a dream, I hope everyone tunes-in to his acceptance speech tomorrow.

August 21, 2008

We Are Proud To Announce...

That Toby recently was given the lead in Oliver Twist...

August 18, 2008

Our New Home

YAY! We are no longer homeless. After a WEEK of trying to find some place to live (in the meantime calling the Travelodge home), we finally found a new apartment which is MUCH better then the terrible duplex we attempted to live in. It is a two bedroom, two bath apartment, on the outskirts of Spokane only about five miles from the school. Here are some pictures for your general amusement...

Toby, happily ready to greet guests at the front door.

Dining room with our FABULOUS new painting that was very expensive and definitely not bought at Wal-Mart.

The kitchen, which I have not been using, but Dan has already made plenty of wonderful dinners and I have done plenty of dirty dishes.

The guest bedroom- and I would like to apologize in advance for the terrible terrible picture above the bed. It is a testament to how much I love Dan to let that creepy creepy thing hang in our house above the bed to haunt our guests (Note: For all parents reading this blog, this is "my bedroom").

*Please note that guests are welcome and you even have your own bathroom! I also will be more then happy to take down aforementioned creepy picture at your request

**please request this).

The desk, which will likely not be used that much (except to check gmail and to blog).

Bookshelf and door into master bedroom

The living room, the giant ugly black thing over the couch was my failed attempt to try to turn the beige couch black to match the rest of the furniture.

The master bedroom (for all parents reading this blog this is "Dan's room")

Closets and walkway into the master bathroom.

Many thanks to my brother Ryan for driving my car back up to Spokane so we did not have to fly back down and get it!

August 12, 2008

Engagement Pictures

My brother, Ryan, just sent me a teaser of some of our engagement pictures, and I must say that they turned out amazing! Ryan is an up and coming photographer, so we offered (read: begged) him to take our engagement pictures before we left Boise. Below are some of the pictures we took before we left- more formal ones are on their way.

August 11, 2008

"If God is punishing us for moving in together, I really think he overdid it"

So these past 27 hours have hands down been the worst of my life. Okay. Maybe not the worst, but since I am consumed by the moment, it is quite close.

So these past few weeks have been a whirlwind of flying to Albuquerque, spending some quality time with Dan's parents and sister Kirstin in Snowflake, AZ (where we ate like Kings, which was a good thing- because we needed our strength in the future!), driving to Boise, moving out of my apartment to Boise, and arriving in Spokane to set up our "lovely" new home.

And by lovely I mean hell hole.

So Dan and I had always planned to drive up to Spokane and find a place to live before packing all our stuff up here. However, about a week before school started I got an email from the law school advertising a duplex that was for rent on the South Hill. It was perfect! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, patio, backyard, accepted dogs, and was only $700 a month (for all you gasping out there- $700 a month is good, but Spokane is a cheap place to live in general.) But never fear, we did our homework. After speaking with the landlord, emailing the girl who used to live there about her experience, and getting copious amounts of pictures we decided to take the risk and just get it- saving us a trip to Spokane and a lot money.

Dan was driving the UHaul and got to the house first. We were talking on the phone and I knew things weren't good when I heard him mutter "oh crap" while pulling up in the driveway. The walk through consisted of the landlord pointing out all the things he was "going to fix" (despite the fact he had 15 days since the last tenant had vacated). Plus it was NEVER cleaned and the carpets were terrible and BRIGHT PINK. After he left Dan and I sat on the floor in absolute terror trying to decide what we were going to do.

We decided to leave. There was no way we could live here- ever. But it was late so we slept on a mattress on the ground with full intentions to go apartment hunting the next day.

But the next morning we decided the place had potential. After all, it was big, and cheap. All it needed was a good (and I mean GOOD) cleaning, and some very intense decorating. So at 7 AM we marched to Wal Mart and picked up over $250 in supplies (which we fully intended on making Mr. Landlord pay for) and started scrubbing away at the place.

We soon realized what a task this was going to be. Food was caked all over the walls, the windows had never been cleaned, and EVERYTHING was covered in a layer of dust. When I went to clean the walls the water quickly became drops of dirt that cascaded down towards the floor. Toilet had rings, and the showers bottoms were filled with dirt (don't believe us? We took pictures...) After spending THREE HOURS cleaning an empty bedroom (Dan was still not done with the kitchen) I finally decided it was habitable, and we moved in a bed and I went down to the basement to put the sheets in the washing machine. I proceeded to go back upstairs for couple hours...and when I went back down to the basement to change the load I found



The downstairs bathroom was completely flooded. The dumb piece of @#$@ landlord never hooked up the washer and it consequently drained all over the floor. I screamed. Dan came down and looked at me and in that moment we were like "cool. We are leaving."

And now I am sitting blogging in a Travelodege while we desperately seek to find a new apartment in Spokane.

Its good to be home.


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