Friday, August 31, 2012

fresh friday

Well, we made it through our first full week (once it is 3:00).  Things are going great for both of us, we are just so incredibly busy.  I think I could work every waking hour of every day and still not have everything done.  The first year is always the craziest.  Even next semester should be a huge improvement.

I wanted to reflect for a minute.  Below is a screen shot of what I used to have as the "About Me" portion of this blog.  The last sentence is:  "A blog to relieve the stress of trying to finish a dissertation and find a dream job by May."

It's amazing, but it all happened.  I still cannot believe that this is my (our) life.

The house is definitely coming along.  We need more things on the walls, but besides that I think we have everything major that we need.  I will hopefully start posting pictures soon.  Or maybe I will not post pictures, and you, yes you, can come visit us!

Happy Birthday to my amazing step-mother Bridget on Tuesday!

Happy Anniversary to my amazing husband on Thursday!

I have never appreciated the weekend so much in my life.  Unfortunately for me, it is not a long weekend; fortunately for Devin it is.

So Long!

Friday, August 24, 2012

fresh friday

I think that for the time being fresh fridays are going to have to be cut down dramatically in length.  I just do not have time at the moment.

We are doing well.  We both started class on Wednesday.  We are just so busy!  That's about all I can say at the moment.  I hope that everyone has a great weekend!

Dr. Flynt - Day 1

So Long!

Friday, August 17, 2012

fresh friday

I completely forgot about fresh friday today.  That is the state of my life lately...slightly chaotic.  However, with the chaos comes a lot of excitement about beginning my fall classes and some incredibly good news...

My one and only bit of fresh friday news this week is that my absolutely amazing husband found out that he got a job as a music teacher at Midd-West Middle School last Friday.

It was the only music position open this year within 30 miles of Lewisburg.  There were evidently well over 100 applicants and some stiff competition, but he got it!!

I am the proudest wife!!

Before I go, I want to wish my father a very, very, Happy Birthday tomorrow!!  I love you Dad!!

Everyone have a great weekend.

So Long!

Friday, August 10, 2012

fresh friday

1.  I feel very ill prepared to complete a fresh friday today.  I have no idea what happened to this week.

2.  Well I do sort of have an idea.  I attended a workshop on course design and pedagogy for three days.  It was great to meet other new faculty members and really think about teaching and how I would like to develop my classes.

This was the gorgeous view on campus yesterday morning as I walked to the library.

3.  I picked up my Bucknell ID yesterday.  It says Faculty/Staff on it which is awesome!  

4.  Devin and I have gone on several walks this week.  It is amazing to be somewhere that everything in town is so assessable.  We walked for breakfast on Sunday, ice cream on Tuesday and dinner on Wednesday.  I am sure we will also walk a few more times this weekend as it is supposed to be beautiful.

5.  The house is still coming together.  We need some things (like closets Tony!), but all in all, it is a put together house that is starting to feel like our home.

6.  We have HBO GO thanks to Bridget.  I am so happy that I get to finish out this season of True Blood.  I am not quite feeling where things are going though.  Bad thing are happening to all of my favorite people.

We have also started watching Newsroom which I am a HUGE fan of.  It is an incredibly interesting show.  I highly recommend getting into it!

7. Next week I have a lot of work to do preparing for my classes and I have a few workshops/orientations to attend.  It should be a busy but exciting week.

8.  I am obsessed with Etsy lately.  I want to buy everything on it, and yet I buy nothing.  Well that isn't quite true.  I got a print off of Etsy, well, it was bought for me as a gift (thanks Mom).  I am going to buy a custom window cushion however.  We bought a trunk and I painted it and turned it into a window seat, so we need a cushion.  It is a random size, so why not special order it off Etsy?

9.  Another website that I am obsessed with is Joss and Main.  It has discount home stuff.  If you want to join it, shoot me an email and then I will send you a link so I can get some $15 credits.  There have been like one million things that I have wanted to buy on that site.  It just really is not practical since apparently I can expect to get paid for the first time September 15th.

10.  I forgot last week to say that I also bought Dinosaur BBQ sauce at Wegmans.  We had it yesterday with some BBQ Pulled Chicken. Yum!  Recipe modified by How Sweet.

11.  I've got a couple recipes that I have been wanting to try.  Hopefully this weekend.  This one, but especially this one.

12. And as usual, some pictures of the girls in their new home.

Janey likes to scale the fireplace which is at least 5 feet tall.

She also still loves the bathroom sinks.

Here she is completely passed out on the kitchen counter.

Deeley likes the new chair.

They secretly love each other now.

So Long!

Friday, August 3, 2012

fresh friday

1. We are officially in Lewisburg, settled into our new home.

2.  Mostly settled in.  There is still a lot to do, and a lot to buy.

3.  The girls had a very tough time the first few days, but they are coming around.  While I love there not being carpet in the house, they definitely miss it.  Especially on the steps.

4.  I will try to get pictures up of the house once it all comes together.  It is definitely a slow process.

5.  I have finally gotten to do some antiquing and I am so glad that I waited until I got here.  There are some crazy (world renowned) antique stores around Lewisburg.

6.  Whenever I have a great idea for the house, like using an old door for a headboard (it looks awesome) or using a shutter to hold the mail (also truly awesome), Devin asks "did you come up with this, or was it on pinterest?"  Of course I have to say it was on pinterest…

7.  I went in and got the keys for my office yesterday.  It is crazy, seeing my name next to the door of my very own beautiful office.  Sometimes (most of the time) none of this seems real.  I feel so very lucky to have this life.

8.  My kitchen in the new house is AMAZING!  The appliances work so well and there is so much counter space, I even have a baking section where I get to keep my mixer out.  Unfortunately, the kitties immediately took a liking to the kitchen.  I am hoping we can teach them that they are not allowed on the counter while I am cooking.  

Can you find Janey and Deeley??
9.  We took a trip out to Wegmans earlier in the week.  It is about a half hour from our house.  I love that in Central PA, you can go to Wegmans and get Chiavettas and Pelicanos.   We spent a lot of time and a lot of money in there.

10.  I have to be at school (work?) most of next week (and every week after that).  It seems that my summer is definitely over.   

11.   This adorable thing happened in Pittsburgh before we left.  I think that the traumatic experience of packing and moving to a new house has actually brought them closer together.  At least for the time being.

12.  Also before we left Pittsburgh, we did sort of a bucket list - restaurant/coffee house style and ate out nearly every day for like two weeks.  I tried to document most of it for your viewing pleasure.

Union Pig & Chicken - Incredible!

Counter clockwise from top left - Primanti's (duh), Nakama,
Big Jim's and Thai Place (top and bottom right)

Belgian Waffles from Waffallonia - My most favorite dessert ever, without question.

Last but not least, our favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh - Piper's Pub

Definitely going to be missed.

We will miss the coffe the most.  Taza, Espresso a mano, CommonPlace (not pictured)
and our favorite for Sunday morning coffee, 21st Street

Time to discover all the great things that Lewisburg has to offer.

So Long!