Monday, October 20, 2014

sweetest day

My sweetie brought me some treats for sweetest day.
Fun flowers and chocolate covered strawberries, mmmm
I had made this cauliflower alfredo from my favorite food blog girl.
I had that cauliflower in the fridge a couple weeks, I just never felt like making the recipe. But no grocery shopping in a couple weeks has made me desperate, and so I cooked it up. It was quick and easy. And honestly it was delicious the first time. But Doug didn't love it, and it wasn't quite as good the next day, so I'm not sure if I'll make it again.
Speaking of my favorite blog people, food blog girl had a baby and has been much less active, another favorite blogger has almost completely dropped off the face of the internet, and my very favorite home blog has decided to stop blogging after 7 years. I applaud their decision for their family, there were some definite sacrifices being made there, but I'll miss it. And just when I'm getting a home!! Alas. I do still have a few more blogs I really like, I hope they stay! :)
Sunday I spent most of the day studying
Jill cooked up a feast
it was glorious
she made chicken stir fry from scratch and chicken biriyani from a starter packet (I will definitely be buying that, it was so good!)
And today was my LAST exam!! (of my ADN program, I still have to do the BSN completion program) I ended up passing this last semester with an A and a B+. Woot.
Seems like this 2 years flew by. I remember my first day, and my first exam where I sobbed in the hall after it, and many many times saying 'no' to stuff so I could study. I can't believe there was a time where I thought I would go to nursing school and not tell anyone till my surprise graduation. Haha, I think that stemmed more from a fear of public failure, but I'm glad I let people in, I have needed this support and encouragement!
October 2014 future RNs:
Yay! We did it!

Friday, October 17, 2014

sweet dreams

I knew people at work were giving me a luncheon today, I still have a week and a half left, but today must have been a good day.
What I did not know was that they all chipped in for the cost of materials, and one of the ladies at work made me a quilt!
(thanks Jill's bed for modeling)
This lady has won awards for her quilts, and having made one quilt myself (and never another, SO time intensive) I could really appreciate how much work went into it. I was really touched they all did that for me!
And this sweet little tag
Doug and I had registered for our shower and also said if people wanted to contribute towards a mattress that would be great, and people really blessed us. We went mattress shopping this week and it will be delivered just in time, I'm looking forward to seeing how the quilt looks in our room. How fun!
This job has been such a great opportunity for me as I've been going through school and I'm going to miss it!
I would've liked to stay a bit longer, but for the 'nurse tech' position you have to be a student, and as of next monday I will be done! So it seemed a good stopping point to be right before the wedding. Now we can get married, honeymoon, and come back and study for my license exam, and then hopefully find a job somewhere!

Monday, October 13, 2014

house sitting

This weekend Doug was in AZ being the best man in his friend's wedding. I think this was his third time being someone's best man :)
Doug's roommate was also out of town, so I went over everyday to house and cat sit. I did some stuff around the house and then me and September watched Twilight.
she was super into it
We voted for Doug to do his hair like this for wedding hair:
On Sunday I went up to my parent's. It was one of those gorgeous Michigan fall days.
And then today it's gray and gloomy and I have a headache. Maybe I am one of those people who gets them from pressure changes and never put two and two together! Come back sun!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

busy week

Earlier last week my friend brought a new life into this world
sweet little Ezekiel. I went and saw him on day 2 and I was so impressed at how well my friend was an instant mom. She was picking him up with ease and he was feeding like a champ.
I was very busy last week studying.
study, study, study, and only got a C. Boo. One exam and a couple assignments and then I'm done! I cannot believe it went so fast.
I made this Chicken Biriyani:
It was really good. Doug came over for dinner one night and we ate it, and then the next night I brought some to Liz and we went to see Gone Girl. Our book club had read the book and it was pretty close to it. We both wondered what was up with the wife's strange voice, but it was pretty well made and almost as thought provoking as the book.
I also made these cookies, not too shabby and pretty healthy with mostly bananas, oats, and some chocolate
My handy man has been working on house stuff to prepare for 'our home'.
He installed this light with a motion sensor since his street is really dark and sometimes it's hard to find the key hole. It may have a couple bugs that we haven't figured out quite yet with sensitivity and a timing setting, but otherwise works!
He also has been working on my closet! Whoever had this closet before had jacked up the drywall and the inside walls, so it was either completely re-drywall, or cover it up with wallpaper. So cover we did! Doug did a great job and re-installed the bar and will re-install the shelf for me too. Yay! So pretty.
But he still needs me:
Today was a beautiful day and Mr. Becks and I went for a walk
He enjoyed trotting through the crunchy leaves
and now off to book club!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

showered with love

This weekend Jill, Liz, Liz's mom, my mom, and Doug's mom threw Doug and I a beautiful shower. We felt so loved and supported by the friends and family that were there. They decorated with mums, and paper lanterns, and served a buffet of homemade soups. It was delicious. We played a fun game and opened presents. Everyone was so generous to us, we had said we were registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond and we also were having a mattress fund since Doug and I both have twin beds. We ended up receiving over half of what we registered for, and probably 2/3 a mattress! Wow! I liked that it was a little smaller so I was able to talk to everyone that came, and it was a beautiful day to boot. People ate, and chatted, and laughed, and stayed later, it was fun.
I walked in to see our old Barbie bed on a shoebox and was confused until I put 2 and 2 together that it was for our bed fund! (later I labeled the box so no one else would wonder)
Liz and her mom are the QUEENS of gift basket making! They had a nails basket, chocolate lovers basket, honey basket, movie basket, baker's basket, and basket of Liz's raw food goodies
Mmmmmm
Jill made this fun he said/she said game and people had to guess who said what.
I didn't get a picture of the moms! Fail :( they were probably clearing plates or something.
Thank you everyone who came and everyone who helped and everyone who loves and supports us! :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

long week

What a long week! Oh my gosh I'm so glad my shower is tomorrow and I don't have to go to work, today was crazy.
Doug and I have been busy with wedding stuff. And things are coming along. And even on the future job front things are looking a tad promising. I had a doctor give me his card to help find a job, and a CRNA wants me to email him my resume and said he has tons of connections. So helpful! Somedays I feel dumb as a brick and like I need another 2 years of school, but everyone assures me this is "normal". Ok, if you say so!
Yesterday Doug and I made it to the cidermill before close. Mmmm, cinnamon donuts, nothing so delicious. We were sitting with our cider and donuts and Doug asked if I wanted the last half donut, I said 'no', and just as I was going to say I wanted one bite of it, he stuffed the entire thing into his mouth. Oh my gosh man, bite and chew!! I will not be surprised if at some point in our future I am forced to do the Heimlich on him.
Then we went on a walk. This picture is an example of how something can be breathtakingly beautiful, and then just look like an average picture:
Then we went to dinner at a Mediterranean restaurant (yes, dessert first, naughty!). This place was wonderful. And the bowls of hot pitas and garlic paste kept flowing without the slightest bit of judgment, mmmm. So worth the 24 hours of garlic breath
We ran a couple of wedding errands, decided on a wedding band for me, and then went on a walk downtown. It was lovely.
(please excuse Becks's freaky eye, apparently the iphone's correcting powers could not tame it)
I'm going to miss walking downtown and definitely going to miss this little fluff!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

weekend update

Man another weekend flew right by. I feel like the only time I had to relax was 5 mins on the couch with Becks before my phone rang and I had to leave again
Doug and I went up to my parents for dinner one night. My aunt came in town to help fix my wedding dress. I think it had been a 14 and now it fits perfect for me! Yay!! We also checked out the status of our little pumpkins and gourds for our fall wedding centerpieces. On 8 plants we saw just 2 teeny little guys. Boo. The cool summer/early fall didn't do us any favors, we might not get any to keep growing before the ground frosts :(
hang in there little guy!
Doug and I had planned a date together, but we got to the cidermill too late and it was closed, wah wah! The next day he picked up some cider and donuts for me
Pet peeve about Doug: when I try to share and give him a bite of something, but he just gulps down the entire thing!!!
I roasted these carrots and beets from mom's garden. They turned out so tasty and have a delicious natural sweetness. I took some to school yesterday for my lunch and shared them with a friend who likes eating my cooking. Then I watched them get passed around as everyone was like 'mm.. yumm..' haha, it was funny. For a group of nursing students we sure have no qualms about all eating off the same fork.
Sunday night Jill and I went to a Hall and Oates concert (it turns out it's actually not "Haulin' Oats" as I had always thought). It was kinda drizzly and cold, but we had fun. Here's a not great pic of us
Mom also gave me a buttercup squash, so today I made that into my favorite fall soup
butternut/buttercup probably close enough, we'll see!