Friday, September 30, 2011

It's an Adventure!

That's what my husband, Chuck, and I are always telling each other whenever we set off to do something new or out of the ordinary. Well, the last few months have certainly led to a new adventure for us.

In June we finally decided to tear off the bandage and list our condo. We didn't quite have enough for a down payment on a new place yet but figured that with the housing market in the state that it is in it would be quite a while before our condo sold - giving us enough time to save up the rest of. Little did we know that 6 weeks later our condo would be under contract. AHHH! As if listing wasn't stressful enough, now we had to find a short-term apartment to rent for not only my husband and I but our two dogs and two cats (main reason to unload the 900 square foot condo and move into a larger house with a yard). Let me just add that there are absolutely NO rental properties in Salt Lake City that will allow more than two pets. What were we going to do? We do have some very near and dear friends that offered to board the pooches while we were in house limbo, but the very idea of being parted form any members of our family absolutely broke our hearts - many tears were shed. Our stress level increased with each day drawing closer to the closing date for the condo - were we going to board the pups, find the kitties new homes, live in a tent - and on top of it all, the closing kept getting pushed back due to a buyer who may not have had all her financial ducks in a row. We were at our wit's end with all of the unknowns. And then the Big One hit - my 30th birthday! Life was spiraling out of control!

This ended up being the turning point for our little family. On the very day that I took my leap from the Roaring 20's into the Dirty 30's a very generous relative offered to gift us the remaining amount we needed for a down payment on a new house! We were moved beyond words and set off right away to find the perfect home for our brood. Less than 48 hours later we had found our home! Ta da!

There is one small catch... We close and move out of the condo on October 18th but won't close on the house until November 1st. Not a huge issue. We'll just have to board the pups with our friends while we crash at an extended-stay hotel with the kitties. Again, Chuck just says, "It's an adventure! Just think of it as a two week vacation…" where we'll have to go to work. So it's more like a business trip.

Long story short, off with the old and on with the new! We're so excited to start this new chapter in life in which I'm planning to post every little adventure ranging from diy projects, the culinary masterpieces I will be able to create in an actual kitchen, family news, pretty much anything and everything! I hope you'll enjoy our little escapades as much as we hope to. :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fun Survey

What is your dream job?
Civil Rights Activist

Where would you like to live?
Some place very green near mountains where the temperature never gets above 75.

What century would you like to live in?
Mid-20th century. I would love to be a part of the action from the Roaring 20s through the 1960s.

What would be your last meal?
I was discussing this with Chuck and couldn't settle on just one last meal. It would have to encompass an entire week - lobster, sushi, blueberry crepes, turkey, cupcakes, pasta, pizza - see I can't just pick one. :)

Why did you start a blog?
The hubsters thought it would be a fun way to express my oddness.

What is your favorite article of clothing?
Shoes and scarves.

What is your favorite film?
Wizard of Oz

What would you like to do before age 100?
Grow old - but not too old. Raise a family. Write a novel.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fuzzy Clowns

So... long time, no blog, eh?

Anyway, life's been a bit crazy. I start my new job on Wednesday, so I've been frantically tying up loose ends at my current job. On top of that, my sister's wedding was last Saturday and my 10 year high school reunion is this coming Saturday. Moral of the story... life never stops happening.

Now, on to the stranger things that have been happening.

A few weeks ago I went to the liquor store. I was holding the door open for a number of people making their way out. I was getting a little impatient when, finally, the last person in line came into view. And you'd never guess who/what it was... a clown! A clown in full gear and make-up holding a six-pack of beer, smiling from ear to ear. I kick myself for not getting a picture. It was classic!

More recently... I have a good friend in town from LA. She came for my sister's wedding and our high school reunion. We're both of the same mind set - that we want to get in shape and eat healthy, but it's so hard when there's no motivation. So we've decided to take a few baby steps while she's here. This past weekend we decided that we should drink more water, but, again, we needed a little bit of kick in the butt. After an ass-kicking hike along the Mt. Aire trail up Millcreek Canyon we treated ourselves to new water bottles (pictures to come as soon as I find the cable for my camera). The motivation that came from my new water bottle is working like a charm. I have not had a Diet Coke since Monday!

Yesterday my friend and I went to a Cardio Jam class at my gym. I'd never been to one before but am game for anything that combines cardio and jamming. Holy shit did that class work us over! The little blond instructor made all the bouncing, kicking, and running look effortless as she shouted out the instructions. I kept thinking to myself, "She's got to slow it down at some point - at least stop for a water break," but she kept on going. The only thing that marked the warm-up and cool-down was a slight change in tempo from being-chased-by-a-bear speed to merely being-chased-by-the-fuzz speed. We could barely keep up. Even walking afterwards proved to be difficult. I'll definitely try it again. :)

So, the dreaded high school reunion is coming up, and I'm bound to have more to say after. So, until then, bon voyage!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

This is not a blog about one thing - not just my experiences with art, or cooking, or travel - but about all of the odd little things that make up me. As you can see by my interests, of which I have may, this blog will take a lot of twists and turns. One (please forgive my use of "one" - chalk it up to my years of reading and analyzing English literature) may also assume from my list of interests that I am a world traveler with a keen eye for art who loves to cook - things I wish I could do well but struggle to find the time, money, and talent to accomplish. So my wishes and dreams will poke their smudgy noses in every once in a while. You will find many random thoughts, book reviews, successes, and failures, and as promised every post will most likely be a little odd - just like me.