Where have I been?

I guess it has been almost a month since I have last blogged.

Shortly after my last entry, we hopped on a plane and headed back to Cincinnati for a few days.  We got to see lots of family and friends, but would always like to have more time to visit.   (Feel free to come out west!)

We flew back on a Wednesday, landed at 11am, and I was at work by 1.  That is how busy things are right now, and the absence of my blogging 🙂

Just a few normal weeks – work, yoga, work – sometimes that is all I get done in a day.

We have had some time to relax – we had a cookout at our house (the green egg did great), and attended a cookout at a friend’s house.   This also involved the longest game of Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot.  8 players spend 3 hours destroying each others bunnies with items such as the “quite irrascible, defractable cheese balls.”   Some day we will have to introduce them all to Killer Bunnies and the Journey to Jupiter.

Fast forward today.   Today we went out east (to North Bend) for the annual Amazon.com picnic.  A good time was had.  We made it the second year in a row for picnic + outlet mall trip.   Not the best outlet mall in the area, but it works.  We will be making a trip to outlets up north in a few months to hit up the lululemon outlet.  (If anyone wants to randomly send us lululemon gift cards or clothes, that would be awesome.)

We have booked some future travel – we have our plane tickets for cancun (yoga teacher training) and a post-holiday trip back to Cincinnati.   That will make it 5 months between visits, but still 3 times this year.   I’m trying to save up some vacation time for next year, so that will be it for me this year.  Cortny may travel east on her own.

That is all I have for now – will try to get back here before too long.

We’re going to the Mariners/Yankees game tomorrow, so I may have something to say about that.

Ikea is FUN! / House updates


Ikea is a huge store.   Seriously, they have everything.    I had no idea that they make appliances, or that you can purchase an ENTIRE kitchen: cabinets, sink, fridge, dishwasher, oven, table, etc…

We purchased some pieces from the build-it-yourself STOLMEN storage system.   Our new house has a decent sized closet, but did not have adequate built-in shelving.   As you can see from the cart, we are taking care of that.    Since our bedroom (and rooms in general) are on the small side, maximizing the utility of closets will reduce clutter other places.

On the house front, we are scheduled to take possession of the new houseon Thursday the 24th at 9pm – PST of course ;).  We have a very busy week scheduled.   Next Friday we have the movers coming, crate and barrel delivering furniture, and circuit city delivering a new TV.  Saturday we’ve got Comcast coming out (to make the TV useful) and select comfort is delivering our bed.   At some other point to be scheduled, Pottery Barn is delivering our bedroom furniture (yes we’re getting the mattress first…oh well).

This whole house thing is very exciting.   I never pictured myself in a townhouse with a view of downtown Seattle and Mt. Rainier, but it feels like the right place.   I actually didn’t think I would live in a major city, realy live in the city and not out in the burbs, but that also feel right.   Maybe I’m getting hipper in my old age, or maybe just a little wiser.

Our new house is in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle (on the north side of the city), and is just a really cool place.  I would say it is best described as eclectic.   There are people from several generations living side-by-side, plenty of families, and plenty of young people.   We should be able to walk most places, and really do the urban lifestyle thing for a while.   ok, that’s enough for now.


Cortny with our new closet from Ikea

Cortny with our new closet from Ikea