Oct 29, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I hear it's supposed to be in the 60's for trick-or-treating around these parts. That's a lot better than the 30's that we've been having! So have fun all you little (or big) trick-or-treating monsters! I'm not sure what we'll be doing on Halloween. For the past couple of years, we dressed up and passed out candy at Jeff's Mom and Dad's.

Speaking of Jeff, I can't wait to see him! He went up to Marquette yesterday but he should be coming home today. I told him he can't come home until we have somewhere to live. He called me earlier today and it sounds like he found a decent aparartment.

I had such a hard time falling asleep last night without him there. This was the first night I've been away from him since we got married. Of course every noise sounded like a cannon going off. We have electric heat and it kept popping, not the usually ticking, I heard that too. I was certain I would wake up in a blazing fire. And then the scratching...I actually went outside to look for animals outside my window but I couldn't see through the bushes and I wasn't about to go IN them. I ended up talking to Jeff on the phone until I fell asleep. Literally. I woke up wondering why in the world he was calling me back. Turns out he had already called about six times not knowing that I had fallen asleep.

Happy Halloween to everyone! (In case I don't post before then.)

Oct 23, 2008

No more teachers, no more books

Did I mention that Jeff's done with school? His last day was Monday. It's so odd now, I used to think ahead to my evening after work and wonder what I would do all by my lonesome. Now I'm like, "hey, Jeff will be home! What should we do tonight?!" It's really very exciting. AND we could go out to H-town every night if we wanted to and we would STILL be saving gas compared to him driving to Belleville every day! I think he was driving 100 miles a day.
Oh, and another thing; Trevor B. was saying the other day that both of them would fall asleep every single day on the way to school. And it was no big deal. Uh, hello, they could have died! BUT, they didn't and I'm really glad I didn't know that before although of course I suspected it because Jeff never got nearly enough sleep.

Oct 22, 2008

Three more weeks

I had the day off work today.
So I've been busy cleaning and now I'm getting ready to pack a few more boxes. They're really piling up now. I was listening to a CD (those round shiny discs, remember?) from graduation that Annette K. had made for everyone. There are some good oldies on there...about leaving, moving, growing up basically. WELL. I had to turn it off before I started bawling my eyes out! I have told myself and told myself that I will not cry until it's time to go. There's just no use crying now! If I start, I might not stop! Don't get me wrong, I'm still really excited about moving. I'm one to embrace change so, this is a challenge I'm ready to tackle.
Sounds like I need to go burn some more Cd's!

Oh and BTW Megan: We're moving on or after November 10, which is a Monday
That's less than three weeks people!

Oct 20, 2008

Too Many Blogs

I'm telling you, there are just way too many blogs. I sign in to post and get sidetracked by the 4.7 billion other blogs out there. I, of course, have to read all 4.7 billion. So a year later, I'm posting about that one weekend that Jeff and I went to Marquette to find a place to live. Which was a joke by the way.
I ended up working til about 8pm on Friday so we didn't pull into Marquette until the wee hours of the morning. We were both positively exhausted as we stood outside the Travelodge with the gusty 32 degree weather laughing in our faces. You see, in the U.P. they don't keep someone up to man the front desk all night. The guy came down in pajama pants and a red wings sweatshirt with clearly nothing underneath. Rubbing the boogers out of his eyes no less. He ran our card about 6 times but indeed, if it didn't work the third time, its probably not gonna work the sixth time either. We ended up sleeping in the car. Did I mention that it was 32 degrees? And I didn't bring any blankets. We trekked up to Walmart and were lucky enough to buy a warm blanket with our 13 dollars and a gift card.
The rest of the trip wasn't so bad considering we both got 4 hours of sleep at best that first night. We just felt a little clueless considering neither of us had so much as stayed the night there before. Most everywhere we called was closed. I'm still getting returned calls. A little late now. It's looking like we're going to have to sign a lease to a place we've never seen before. It's only temporary right? Convince me.
We went to the hockey game on Saturday night, Jeff's already talking about getting season tickets.
There was church on Sunday morning so we went and then left for home straight from there. Literally. Didn't even stop to change clothes. I'm glad that I knew we had bought that church from someone because if not, it would have felt even more awkward walking in than it already did. It felt like everyone was staring at the newcomers. I'm sure they weren't, it was just odd walking into a different place. However, once church started, the awkwardness disappeared. It is so wonderful to hear that same message preached even though you are in a "strange" place.
Back to our living situation; one of the numbers we called for an apartment happened to be a realtor. He said he's helped people find month to month rentals while they look for a place to buy. Hopefully he can help us!

Oct 17, 2008


We're heading up to Marquette tonight as soon as I get out of work...at 7:30. We plan to look at apartments and houses to rent for the winter while we look for our dream house (haha). Problem is...I've called about 30 places and no one offers 6 month leases. And I don't really know where to look. And I just have no idea what I'm doing. I literally have two places written down to look at. Not much.
Does anyone living in Marquette have any suggestions? Jeff will be working in Gwinn but considering where we live now and the distance we drive every day, we don't mind living in Ishpeming, Negaunee, or Marquette.
Hopefully we'll find something tomorrow! Wish us luck!

Oct 9, 2008

And a week later...She finally returns!

I'd like to say that the reason I haven't blogged in a week is because I've been so busy getting ready to move. But that would make me a liar. I had intentions of doing that. Does that count? Actually this is what I did this week:

Monday: Went to Mom and Dad's for supper. I even went to the library before with the littlest ones and Mom. I went to Paul and Paula's afterward to see Grandma Ginger whom I hadn't seen since...I can't remember, sometime before St. Johns. She's been staying at the camp in the U.P. like every summer. I hadn't realized how much had happened over the summer until she was asking me every other sentence what in the world I was talking about!

Tuesday: Clipped coupons and scoured the store ads for the week. I am so slow at this, I literally set aside a night to make my grocery list!

Wednesday: Went grocery shopping with aforementioned list. Scored a free toothbrush and toothpaste at Walgreens. Threw in a few other necessities and my total was 20 cents after coupons and register rewards (from a previous trip). I hit up Meijer and spent my life savings because alas, I can't seem to be able to save money with coupons there. The good deals are all at the drugstores! I also spent over a half hour in line behind a guy that wanted a certain wine that wasn't on the shelf. HALF AN HOUR. What was I thinking.

Thursday/Today: Made beef enchiladas with the chicken enchilada recipe in the family cookbook. Didn't have bouillon so I used beef broth in place of the water. I swear, I'm always missing something! It turned out good anyhow. I also made oatmeal caramalitas from the same cookbook. Mmmmm they smell good! Darn it, they're not for me! If you go to church Saturday night you can eat them there.

Anyway, back to my original excuse. The biggest reason I'm not posting regularly is my computer. Honest. You should see my face every time I look at it. Absolutely disgusted. It's so slow, I can't upload pictures. And what could be worse than a post with no pictures? Oh yeah. Fifty posts with no pictures.

Make that five with the rate a post.