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I can has a cheezburger now? or, July Brain Dump

26 Jul

Lots of stuff going on, none of it being properly blogged.  This month is testing my limits in ways I never even thought about.

I started my new job on July 1st.  All is well there.  I am learning the ropes and today I even got an engraved nameplate installed on my door.  They can’t fire me now.  Or something.

The first couple of weeks in Southwest Virginia were spent at hotels and motels and I finally could not inspect another room for cleanliness and watch the same 15 channels.  So now I am staying at the lovely home of the boyfriend’s mom and step dad.  They are super nice for letting me crash in their home.  It’s clean, it smells normal (unlike the aforementioned hotels and motels) and I don’t have to do a room check for things that may creep me out in the middle of the night.  This is a good thing because it is getting me used to the drive I will have to make when we move to Christiansburg.  And the early wake up time, which, actually, is not going as bad as I thought it would.  Granted this is me waking up alone and there’s no warm boyfriend to stay snuggled up with so, yeah, getting up in the morning is pretty easy right now.  We’ll see how it goes come next month when we are reunited.

There was a vacation this month.  Pictures can be found on Flickr.  It was great and very needed.  The boyfriend’s dad’s family has taken to renting a house in Chincoteague for a week in the summer.  I was lucky enough to be invited this year.  The house had a pink front door.  Adorbs!  There was surf and sand and the best ice cream ever and very little on the grid activities and shopping and horses and sun and mosquitoes and time with great people (something spending two weeks in hotels and motels seriously lacks) and quite, relaxing time and very little doing of the hair and bathing suits and sunscreen and Scrabble and reading of books and open sunroofs and really good beach bbq and pictures and sea breeze and fish catching and good times.

Sadly, there was also the passing of a grandparent.  Dan got a call that his grandfather passed away.  We left a day early so Dan could get some formal clothes together and head to N.C. for the funeral.

Now Dan is back in Richmond (packing up the apartment) and I am in Southwest Virginia (working and doing nothing).  Hurry up and wait.  That is my motto for the month.

I did get to spend a day with my mom after returning from vacation.  That was really nice.  We shopped, did some computer stuff and had dinner with my dad to celebrate her birthday.  It was a nice dinner and the food was good.  When is the food *not* good at Bonefish?  Srsly.  I enjoyed hanging out with the mother and the father.  Probably won’t see them again for a few months.  They have an RV now so there is talk of them coming out to Southwest Virginia in the fall.

Unfortunately, it all depends on a dog named Willow.  Willow is the dog I picked out at the pound when I was 15 or 16 and declared “of course I’ll take her with me when I move out!”  Yeah, she stayed with the parents.  Willow is about 13 years old.  About 4 or 5 years ago she had melanomia in her gums.  They operated and got it out and she was fine.  A few months ago it was discovered that she had “a growth” in her bladder.  The growth was getting pretty big, pretty quick so they operated.  Turns out she had/has bladder cancer.  Malignant bladder cancer.  Mom is taking her to an oncologist for follow up.  Poor Willow.  She’s such a good dog and totally does not deserve this.

Dan has been great.  He has taken care of most things involving the townhouse.  His last day of work was July 13th so he has had more time to do such things.  I did call and find out what the procedure is for getting water, sewage and trash service, so there’s that.  Also, he bought us these salt and pepper shakers (probably because I went all girly on him when I saw them while in Chincoteague) and that totally erases all the bad stuff.  Right?

And I want to see Despicable Me.  In fact, the last three movies that I have wanted to see have been cartoons.  Take what you will from that.  I reprogrammed my car stereo with Southwest Virginia radio stations today.  I have yet to memorize any zip codes out here.  I know they start with 2.  That’s about all I got.  All our houseplants are sick and dying, all of a sudden.  One that Dan picked out seriously just ate the dust in the matter of a few weeks.  The stalk turned a dark brown/black, the leaves dried up and dropped off.  I guess it just didn’t like us. 

I’ve regained all the weight I lost last year, that’s been fun to deal with.  It’s a combination of this and that and the other thing and snow (I honestly blame the snow, I was doing just fine until it snowed and there was bacon).  Mostly it’s the too much intake, not enough outtake situation.  I used to walk a couple miles a day and then it got cold.  I’m a summer girl and hate being cold.  Therefore, no couple of miles a day anymore.  It’s like no one ever revoked my All You Can Eat/No Exercise Snow Pass and I’m trying to eat everything before someone remembers to take the pass back. 

This month has also been the most expensive month of my life.  Gas, food, hotels, repeat, more gas, clothes because last year’s summer wardrobe does not fit, and blahdy blahdy blah blah.

I think that might actually be everything.  If you’ve made it this far, thank you and good night.


Puppy Fever

22 Jun

Some women have baby fever.  Not this one.  This woman has puppy fever.  I ooh and ahh over every puppy I see.  Having the Daily Squee website in my RSS feed does not help the crazies.

(not really a puppy, but the sweetest, most cuddly dog you will ever meet)

{photo credits: cute puppy #1, cute puppy #2, cute puppy #3, cute puppy #4, Flyer)

My mind? Blown. Also, I cried at work today.

25 May

@chicarmoire tweeted a link to a list of the 20 Worst Drinks in America 2010.  You have to check it out.  You will only want to drink water after reading it.

My friend Cristina wrote a very lovely, sappy post.  It made me cry.  At work.


17 May

Change is afoot and coming to a Nicole near you!  There’s so much going on that I haven’t talked about on this here blog.  Some times silence is a good idea.  I’m going to get it all out there now, though.

First, we’ll start with all the new things I have recently purchased.

1) I bought a new (to me) car.  It’s a 2008 Subaru Legacy.  I bought it from the very nice folks over at Mooers Volvo on Midlo Turnpike.  Big thanks to Tom!  It was the easiest car buying experience ever.

2) I got a new cell phone.  But not just any cell phone, a smartphone.  Ooh.  I’m all fancy and connected to the internets now.  After much research (i.e. me picking up display phones and punching buttons) I decided on the Blackberry Storm 2.  So far, I am pretty happy with it, if not a little addicted to it.

3) I was pursuing the List of Craig one afternoon and came across a killer deal (no pun intended) on a Brother Limited Edition Project Runway sewing machine.  I have yet to take it out of the box and play with it because I’m a little busy at the moment, but I assure you that the first free block of time I have will be spent fiddling with it.

Now for the big stuff.

A) Dan and I are moving to Southwest Virginia.  He got accepted to VA Tech and asked me if I would consider moving with him.  I considered it and said yes so to SWVA we are moving!

B) We found a wonderful townhouse in Christiansburg that is exactly what we wanted.  Two floors, two bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, a fireplace, a good-sized deck in the backyard, a large coat closet, lots of closets (I currently have one closet in my one bedroom apartment, I cannot wait to have proper closets), hardwood floors downstairs, carpet upstairs, a nook area for my desk/craft area, a washer and dryer, a huge kitchen with lots of cabinets, and a parking space for each of us.  Seriously, we could not ask for anything else.  It’s near the bus station and I-81 for me and near VA Tech for Dan.

C) I have a job!  I’m not going to talk about this item more than to say I will be working as a paralegal again and I am so excited about this opportunity!!  The job is in Roanoke, which is about 40 minutes from the townhouse.  Lots of think time in the morning and evenings.  There is a SmartBus that runs from Christiansburg to Roanoke.  I’ll drive the days we have court, but otherwise I’ll take the SmartBus.

D) I’m going to continue to go to school.  Roanoke’s community college has a really good paralegal associates program so I’m pretty excited about starting that, too.  I won’t start taking classes again until the spring semester, though.  There’s a townhouse to get up and running, there’s a job to work and become comfortable with, and there’s a whole new area of Virginia to learn.  Too much going on the first five months to throw school into the mix.

I think that about covers it… I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but I couldn’t tell you what.

Amy Butler, I <3 You

10 May

In my Googling for all things sewing related, I came across the cutest fabric again and again.  It didn’t occur to me to care about who made it, I just liked it.  Then I came across a purse pattern that I thought even I, novice beginner that I am, could whip up.  I noticed the name Amy Butler in a lot of message board posts.  And noticed that I had seen her name attached to some of those fabrics I liked so much.  So I Googled her to find out what all the ruckus was about. 

Now I know.  And now I wonder how I could not have known before.  This is Amy Butler

My love for her is fresh, about 2 or 3 weeks new.  And then I heard rumblings on my shelter blogs that she was coming out with a wallpaper line.  And then I came across this post on Making it Lovely (which I promptly tweeted about even though I’m pretty sure no one who follows me on Twitter cared about). 

And THEN I came across these two posts about it – Apartment Therapy and on Design*Sponge

If you’re interested in buying some wallpaper (which would make me totally green-eyed) go to Graham & Brown’s website.

Crushing on a Couch

8 Apr

I was perusing my Google Reader feed and came across a new post on The Newlywed Diaries.  It had some pictures of home things and then it had a picture of my new amore. 

{photo credit: Anne Coyle in Cottage Living}

Look at that couch*!  It’s wonderful, it looks comfy, it’s a great shape, great lines, and it’s covered in delicious looking fabric.  I have a serious crush on it.   It looks inviting.  I also love that the end against the wall has a lounge element to it.  I want to grab a book, curl up there and read until I fall asleep under a cream colored throw. 

Also, let’s talk about how brilliant the lighting is.  Because the couch fits snuggly into that space there is no room for a table which means there is no room for a lamp.  SO THEY PUT THE LIGHTS ON THE WALL.  That blew my mind.  You usually only see lights hung by headboards, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the same idea used in a living room.  It’s like a whole new world has opened for me**!

*I am very picky about couches I like.  I hardly ever love couches.  In fact, I have put off buying a couch for the past 10 years because I never see anything I like in my price range.  It’s been hand-me-downs and loveseats this whole time.  I dream of the day I buy and pay for a couch I love.  I imagine that I will have that couch for a very long time. 

**Which is handy because the place I’m getting ready to move into (with my boyfriend… !!!… serious stuff, you guys!… but more on the move later) is going to be tight on space so this might be the perfect solution.

Six Wonderful Months

23 Mar

It’s been six wonderful months of this with him. Here’s to the next six!

UPDATE!: It occurred to me that proper credit was not given to the person who was the maker of our match. Credit goes to our friend Jennifer. If it weren’t for her who knows how long it would have taken us to get our act together. There were a few other people involved (it takes a village, folks) but Jennifer is the person who got the ball rolling. She’ll totally deny it if you ask her, but she deserves the credit. xoxo, Dancole