Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fly Hero

I went to Doug's house last night and I saw a little fly trapped in what I thought for months was a birdfeeder. So I asked Doug if he would rescue him and let him out. Then he told me that was a bee-catcher because he was getting bees in his house. But he let the little fly out and took down the catcher, with the condition that if bees were coming back in, it would go back up.
I was too late for all these flies
(attention birds, dried fly carcass feast!)
But I was happy to save that one fly. I hate the thought of anything suffering, even if it is a pesky fly.
This evening Jill and I had a roommate hangout that seemed loooong overdue. I made bean-kale veggie burgers (ok, but not great so won't share recipe)
with a side of roasted potatoes, and made strawberry shortcakes for dessert (not pictured because I gobbled it up too quickly)
We watched an episode of Call the Midwife, and went for a nice long walk through the park and talked. So nice. I miss the days where we used to just sit around and talk and eat popcorn, life is too busy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

camping trip!

This weekend Doug and I drove down to Indiana to meet my friend Jill and her bf "halfway" for a quick camping weekend. I thought she lived in St. Louis, but she really lived in Springfield, MO so my calculations on halfway were a bit off. whoops! Anyway, we left Friday after work and off we went.
combos? check! we were ready
Stopped at a tasty fast food chinese/thai place on the way thru Ohio. Magic Wok, wish we had this restaurant! It was tasty and even a bit healthy.
the iphone was no match for the beauty of this sunset
Doug and I had a good time talking and driving down, but it was a long drive and we were tired. We pulled into the campsite at 12:30am and went to check in. We were soon told that they had no reservation for us. What?? So I called Jill and she explained to the guy that she had made phone reservations, but nope, they didn't have anything and now they were full. So we pulled over and started calling other places. Of course most of the other campsites didn't answer since it was now 1am, but a couple did and they were full too. So then we started calling hotels, full, full, full. We finally found a place for $120 and half an hour away. So off we went and crashed into bed after 2am.
The next day, you better believe we took full advantage of both a hot shower and the continental breakfast. And Jill's bf had found us another campsite, an hour further south of where we were. So off we went and set up camp.
It turned out to be really cool that we went there. They had a Pioneer Village of how life was when the guy came down and settled the town and built a mill. We watched and talked to a guy whose job was pretty much just to use 19th century tools to build furniture and talk to people who were coming thru his woodshop. There was also a woman who weaved tablecloths and such and the mill which ground cornmeal.
Doug bought me some. It was cool because I needed cornmeal anyway and I could get some fresh milled! I was telling Doug how excited I was about the cornmeal and he just said "I love you", and I asked him why he loved me spending all his money, haha, but he just said he liked I was excited about simple things.
We hiked and explored a cave. That was really fun. The guys hiked in thru freezing cold water towards the back of a cave and saw a waterfall. I can't believe this is the only picture I have of Jill and I from this weekend! I was slacking
We ate over the campfire, played that "head's up game", talked, went back to the village the next morning to see the stuff we missed, packed up camp and headed home. It was a super quick weekend. But so nice to see Jill. It had been over a year at least, and I'd never met her bf. So definitely worth it. And I'm very happy I'll see her again in November! :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

meals on wheels

Yesterday I made some stuffed peppers. Then I was already running late to my friend's to watch the Bachelor, so it turned into dinner to-go.
Today I had some quiet time at home. I got home and there was a package for me
Thank you, US Mail for taking such good care of my package. It only cost $9 for super slow delivery and an almost completely ripped open package. But anyway, my NCLEX study books arrived unscathed!
my cousin's girlfriend took her exam already and passed these babies on to me. I have started studying already through a book on my lunch breaks at work, but there is A LOT more to go. Actually it's pretty overwhelming.
So tonight I exercised, and made dinner. I always like a couple hours to myself, and then it starts to be like, when is Jill coming home?? Dad stopped by to bring Doug's sunglasses he forgot at their house, and he brought me some Gingerbread from their trip to England.
Umm.... I told Dad I wasn't sure what I thought about this. It tasted almost mealy, and hard to describe. It wasn't really sweet at all, and we decided that it needed sugar. But that would probably make it more a ginger cookie. In the end, we both agreed we prefer ginger cookies.
It was funny because before Dad came over, I had already started making a batch!
mmmm... vegan molasses ginger. I have decided that next to a chocolate cookie of sorts, these are my favorite. I'm trying to decide if it would be too much to make dozens of them for my wedding dessert table....

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rocky Mountain High

I had such a great time in Colorado visiting my brother, sis-in-law Michelle, sister and her husband Johnny. And, I can't forget my sweet little niece.
Oh my gosh, little baby girl! Her sweet smile gets me every time!
It was the first time Joel & Michelle met Doug, and they approved. Not surprising.
The trip was short, just 5 days really. And all of them jam packed.
We camped
spent time as a family
Johnny, Elizabeth, Doug and I hiked a 14'er! Woohoo, life goal checked off :)
Mt. Bierstadt is 14,060 ft and my thighs felt every foot of that.
Really more my lungs I guess though. We would take a break, and the second I started walking again I was ready for another!
(the top is that mountainous hump right in the middle of the picture)
we were literally climbing over rocks towards the top
YAY!! we did it!
Then we got picked up by Joel and Michelle and I think we all fell asleep. Poor Doug I think had altitude sickness because he puked 3x :(
But that did not stop us from going to my favorite restaurant 3 Margaritas!
The next day we got to see my aunt & uncle and their families for a little bit in the morning, and then back home. Over way too soon!
And just because, more pictures of my little cutie
with Aunt LizzyB
after she poo'd all over her new outfit!
She grew so much in 6 months! I can't wait to see the prettiest little flower girl 4 months from now!

Friday, June 27, 2014

the wedding stress begins!

As much as I am looking forward to marrying Doug, I was not excited to plan a wedding again! Stan has been using Bible verses in our counseling lately and one of them is 2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. Stan has been using it to remind me that this is NEW. New man, new wedding, new marriage, new life together. It's been good. And I have a bit of a different perspective now on the whole wedding thing, I do want to plan a nice evening for our friends to celebrate our joy with us, but it is one day. It's not going to win any "epic wedding" award, and not going to be featured in a magazine, I just hope people have a good time, I get some good pics for an album, and Doug and I can officially start our lives together.
I am a pretty good planner and organizer, but it is frustrating waiting on people to get back to me after calls and emails. It ends up taking more time than it should. But we are getting close to a date, finally!
Let me just say again how much I love Doug. He makes life fun. We went to Lowe's last night, we are going to paint the bedroom we will be sharing soon. The cashier lady had some grout or something on her arm that another cashier put on her for fun and Doug makes a joke how I'm about to be a nurse and I can take care of her if she needs me to. Then we start talking and find out she's in nursing school and had a nice chat. And then the paint man he was joking with him and offering him pizza to come over and paint for us. He makes people feel good. I really like that. I would have just came and went, but he takes an interest in people. He's great. So anyway, I am excited too for our nest to be feathered up a little bit. Man oh man is paint expensive! I think we'll just do the one room, the rest of the house is a nice creamy beige and I really like it actually, it makes the house seem airy and roomy. But soon our future bedroom will be a beautiful light dreamy gray-blue, or 'shark loop' color.
And here were my souvineers from Florida I forgot to post:
2 new magnets for my collection, a pressed penny from the Kennedy Space Center, and Doug got this quarter back in some change for my America commemorative quarter collection, yay!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Florida

Just got back last night from a quick trip to FL to visit my sister. It was over way too soon!
My flight was 3 hours delayed getting down there, but this little old guy whipped out his accordion and made the waiting a bit more enjoyable. Finally landed close to 1am, and in bed at 3:30am! Wow, not used to those hours anymore!
Thursday we woke up and did this intense stair/running exercise. My sis, her husband and I looked for wedding dresses (fail), and then we went to pick up Doug after the business conference he had been attending was over. We went out to eat at Senor Frogs (overpriced) and walked around a bit.
The next day went off to a great start with breakfast at Chik-fil-A. Delicious.
And we headed down to the Kennedy Space Station.
I touched a moon rock
Doug ate astronaut icecream
They were going to have a rocket launch, which would have been awesome to see, but it was postponed because of weather. Too bad
The next day we went swimming with manatees
I was pretty terrified to get into the water. I just don't like swimming where my feet don't touch, and the water was cloudy, and I don't like going underwater. I kept making Doug blow more air into my lifevest thing. We were with a mama and baby manatee, and the guide pulled my hand over to touch them. Then after that it was pretty cool. But I mostly liked it when I was back on the boat and could just see them nearby and Doug got back in and I would tell him they were over to his left, etc. But it was a nice day. The rest of the afternoon was rainy so we didn't get to go our river tube thing my sister had planned. We went back to their apartment, my sister made a yummy dinner, and then we went out to The Villages and walked around, got icecream, sat and talked.
Sunday was our last day. Johnny took some engagement pictures of Doug and I in this area with beautiful spanish mossy trees.
Then we went to a beach near Tampa for a couple hours. So short time and my shoulders are feeling the burn today! Ow!
The water was warm and beautiful, it was so nice.
It was a great trip and the first time I've been out to see my sister since she'd started her traveling therapy job, so that was really nice to see her. And I get to see them again in 2 weeks, wahoo! That never happens!