August 31, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (August 2017)

Katie's Pizza & Pasta

8/1 Figured out how to do multiple reads per well on Safire, Frosty visits
8/2 Long day...couldn't make tikka so Evan grilled steaks
8/3 Mailed out Cook's Illustrated package, a/c drama
8/4 Settled rent issue, tried out Katie's Pizza and Pasta for the first time, overpriced Global Brew
8/5 Beer and food tasting at Schnucks, Sweetflexx, Maddie's bunny, antique malls, put flag up
8/6 Lazy day, Maddie still obsessing over bunny holes
8/7 Finished all filming for Xenvo
8/8 Anvita's last day of summer lab, uploaded Xenvo review, succulent from Alex
8/9 Weird Aldi steaks, to buy or not to buy pine window frame
8/10 Home update
8/11 Maria's last day of summer lab, Maddie is bad and got up on the white couch!
8/12 Joint account, errands, naps
8/13 Rearranged home layout
8/14 Tried new short rib recipe
8/15 Still planning Eclipse watch, completed 384-well HP plates
8/16 Storm, Society, Stacked
8/17 Rebecca's super moist zucchini brownies
8/18 Michael's "last" day, purchased pine window frame at 20% off
8/19 Evan bought us a Meyer lemon tree!
8/20 Errands...putting stuff up for sale on eBay
8/21 Solar Eclipse 2017
8/22 Back to actual work
8/23 Found out about Jeff...RIP, my heart will never be the same
8/24 Having a tough day...
8/25 Evan leaves for FL
8/26 Perennial Maman release, National Dog Day - Petco trip w/ Maddie
8/27 Errands, bumming, reflection...missing Evan
8/28 Figured out kitchen art arrangement
8/29 New message
8/30 Jon's Hurricane Harvey update
8/31 Bought fresh figs for the first time

Fig cuties!

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August 10, 2017


Well guys, we made it through one month of home ownership without burning the property down AND without killing each other. I'm calling this a major victory. It has been a super stressful summer, and I'm surprised we were able to keep it together.

Last day at our townhouse

First and foremost, we're so glad to be done with house hunting and can focus on getting situated. It's strange to think we'll live in this house for years to come, but it's also nice to know we won't be moving anytime soon.

Our move to the new house went pretty smoothly...thanks to Two Men and a Truck. Evan and I decided that we were probably too old to call upon friends or family members for help, so we thought we'd try hiring professionals.

MOVING DAY! Goodbye, Portis Ave!

We moved all of the boxes and smaller items ourselves, and three men, actually, helped us with all of our larger items (i.e. furniture, grill, tv...etc). Hiring movers ended up costing us about $600 for 3-4 hours, but it was well worth it. We were done with the move by noon and had the rest of the day to unpack.

Happy on the outside, panic on the inside

We had planned on celebrating our move that evening, but leave it up to me to muck it up. Let's just say I got into a little fender bender, and I'm still mad about it. Just a note for people who speed. Please slow down...especially during rush hour. Also, why do people still text and drive?! I don't get it.

Anyways, the accident definitely left a damper on the day, but Evan really came through and did his best to calm my nerves. His affirmation during trying times is just one example of why I want to marry him (and I'm smiling as I write that).

The rest of the month has been problem-free though, and we're grateful for that. Our 80 year old home seems to be in good shape and no issues have arisen. I feel like we've mostly been trying to maintain the existing landscaping as best as we can. Evan's dad bought us a lawn mower that we've already put to good use.

Evan working, while I take pictures...typical

His co-workers also gave us a gift card to Home Depot, which we used to buy a weed whacker. Did you know weed whackers are actually named string trimmers? Who refers to it like that?

So yeah, the yard is being managed, while the inside of our home still needs a lot of work. The biggest thing we've accomplished thus far was getting our giant wooden box spring up the tight staircase. We were going to buy a new one, but thought it would be a waste of money. Especially since we've been talking about investing in a new bed altogether. Thankfully, a quick Google search showed us how to move a box spring that just won't fit. Thanks Internet.

Apparently, all you need is a handsaw and some muscle...

For those of you who would like an update on Maddie, she's slowly adjusting. It always takes her a while to get acclimated and feel secure in her new surroundings. It took her 2-3 weeks this time around, and I'm happy to report that the pig finally feels safe to roam the yard on her own. She even found a bunny friend to harass. What a bully!

Professional bunny chaser

Beyond the housework, we've had a few visitors come through, and it has been so much fun introducing the place to everybody. We love our new home, and we hope everyone we who visits loves it too.

My parents and brother visited! Good times.

Also, I want people to know that this house not only represents a home to me, but also Evan's great ability to care for me. I'm so proud of him and all of his hard work. We both know this wouldn't be possible without his frugality and his sacrifices. He really is the best.

And you guys are the best for supporting me and us in all of our endeavors. I love sharing my life through blogging, and hope I can inspire you as much as you inspire me. Love you all!

xo - jenn

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