Wednesday, April 25, 2012

our house, is a very very very fine house

So remember that fabulous lead on a rental house that I mentioned in my last post?  Well, we got the house!! We didn't think we would get it, as someone else had applied before us, but it turns out that it was meant to be! It is gorgeous, and we are beyond excited to get moved in!  

I could just hug that kitchen island! 

Isn't it beautiful? The best part for me, however, is the DISHWASHER!  It has been *years* since I have lived with a dishwasher.  When I had arrived in Washington DC in 2005, it never even occurred to me to ask if the apartments there included dishwashers. I assumed they were a modern day given.  6 and a half years of hand washing dishes later, lesson learned, and I am so ready to get back to modern times! I'm half tempted to label this as one of the best perks of our move to wine country... 

Modern amenities aside, we are also excited to be done living out of suitcases, unpack boxes, set up furniture and otherwise finally get settled. We are all set to move in this weekend!  I just can't contain my excitement.  

Credit to Brandt for today's song selection:Our House - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 

It is a very very fine house :) 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

it's raining excuses

Eeesh! I am so overdue for a blog post! Forgive me.

Lots of happenings since I last wrote.

Traveling.  We did a weekend trip to Anaheim.  'Twas a business trip for Brandt, but we did manage to sneak an evening at Disney Land and we had an absolute blast.  First time back since the tenth grade for me, and first time ever for Brandt.  I will love that place 'til I'm 100 + years old. We had just enough time for Space Mountain, Fireworks, and the Teacups...

Brandt in Conference Mode
Me in Not Conference Mode- Teacups at Disney!

Entertaining.  Brandt and I had our first ever visitors in wine country!  Thanks to Danielle and John! We did our beloved Bergamot Alley, followed by dinner (finally!) at Scopa, despite the pouring rain outside.  Next day we did Bella, Rochioli and Hop Kiln.

March Madness.  OK, OK, I lied earlier. College basketball is probably 99% of the reason I fell off the blog horse in March.  We had a good run Cuse.

House Hunters Not So International.  We're looking for a place to rent in Healdsburg, which has turned out to be more difficult than we imagined, but we've got a fabulous lead.  Fingers crossed everybody.

Millions of Errands.  After two months without our own car, we built up quite a surplus of not-super-essential, but now totally essential errands that needed to be done. Such as... taking my bike in to the Windsor Bike Shop so that I can get above third gear once again! Woohoo!
All Better!
DIY Work Outs: Someone told me that March was the rainiest month that they've had in over 100 years, and I honestly believe it.  It has been raining an awful lot this past month, which precludes us from going for our usual bike rides, running etc.  Instead we fire up YouTube in the living room and do this workout. Bauer likes to participate as well - by repeatedly leaping over each of us as we complete the ab exercises.

Eating Strawberry Shortcake.  We do it every night now.  It's officially a routine.  Sometimes we do it with those "dessert cups," sometimes with pound cake, most recently with angel food cake.   Strawberries and Brandt likes to add ice cream.  We've not been here three months, and we're already acting like we're retired.

So, how to tie together this mish mosh of a post together musically?  Here is my Rainy Day Cheer Playlist on Spotify.  After all,  rainy season will soon be coming to a close here in wine country (right...? RIGHT...!?) Ugh, I'm already turning in to such a Californian...