Monday, December 31, 2012
At the beginning of this year, we had no plans whatsoever to move back home. We literally decided that, and made a plan of action while we were eating lunch at a Subway. I graduated from college (totally expected), and got a job during my first post graduation interview (totally unexpected). I convinced Adam that we needed to take our trip to Amsterdam in the manor of an hour. And we survived a few months living apart, while I worked and he prepared the house for our move.
And those were just the main highlights of the year, we did so many other fun things such as: spent a weekend in Manhatten Beach, toured the Ronald Reagan Presidential library, had a surprise Valentine's Day breakfast, tried a whole bunch on new recipes, went wine tasting in Temecula Valley, celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary, turned 26 and 28, visited my alma mater, went to Disneyland, roadtriped through Tombstone, Arizona & San Antonio, Texas, ran a 5k and walked a 10k, decorated our new apartment, threw a Southern Homecoming Party, showed off my new office, handed out candy to trick or treaters, visited the galaxy of lights and Jack Daniel's Distillery (as part of our failed 12 dates of Christmas), decorated our home for Christmas, built a gingerbread train, visited Lambeau Field, spent Christmas in Wisconsin, and got trapped in a blizzard.
Just reading that, I'm exhausted.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
This Christmas was the first year Adam and I got to spend together with one of our families since the year we got engaged. And only the 2nd time I've been to Wisconsin. Adam's family lives in a little farm house in the middle of nowhere. It is lovely. And every time I've been there, it has been a winter wonderland, and this trip was no exception. There are few things prettier than undisturbed snow.
Adam's family has different traditions than mine. They open up all their gifts on Christmas eve, and then just do dinner on Christmas day. My family always opened up their gifts Christmas morning. So to me, it is odd to wake up Christmas morning, and have no gifts to unwrap, but hey it is a lot of fun to tear into all those gifts a day early. So I'll take it!
I think my favorite part of this Christmas was the hours spent playing Mario Party on the Wii with the family. Oh, all the smack talk and all the things Adam's grandma said during game play had us all rolling on the floor laughing. And how badly we all sucked at the snow mobile racing game was a riot.
So basically we had a perfect Christmas. Snow on the ground and time spent with family is basically all you can ask for.
We took a tour of the stadium which lead us up to a private suite, where we had the best seats in the house, to learn the history. And then they took us down to field level. Unfortunately, the field was covered because of all the snow from the day before. We then spent some time in the hall of fame, trying our hand at the lambeau leap (no dice, that wall is HIGH) and posing next to all four Superbowl trophies. Before eating dinner at Curly's Pub, sampling the traditional Wisconsin fair, brats with sauerkraut and cheese curds.
Next year, we hope to finally go to a Green Bay Game, which just might make 2013 our favorite year ever.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
But yesterday, my mother informed us a blizzard was about to blow in. Winter storm Euclid to get technical. But my mother can be a little over-reactive, so I mostly ignored her, which sometimes works out for me, but most of the time she ends up being right, and she is not afraid to rub that in my face .
Adam and I did glance at the weather, but it didn't look too bad, although I did hope Adam would say we should wait an extra day, so we could sneak off into town and see Les Miserables. But we had to get to work on Thursday and blah, blah, blah he said. So we set off at 5:00 a.m. this morning with high hopes of getting to Alabama tonight.
But once we hit Indiana it got a little snowy. No big deal we thought. But then it started snowing sideways, and the snow was building up on the roads LIKE CRAZY. And the highway was like a slip and slide, and it was taking 20 minutes to drive 200 feet. And I was convinced we were going to die. And my feet were way cold, and I hate when my feet get cold. So I admitted defeat, and my mom found us a hotel room 20 miles down the road, which took 2 and a half hours to get to because of all the cars stuck in ditches (but no one seemed hurt).
So now we sit in a hotel room with a bed that is not our bed, and we are kind of wishing we were home instead. But we will get home tomorrow, where it will be semi-warm and welcoming. But I guess this is the perils of winter weather traveling. And something crazy with the weather almost always happens when we go to Wisconsin. Better luck next year?
Monday, December 17, 2012
Last week, our old neighbor in California posted some Christmas photos of the outside of the duplex we used to share, and looking at the pictures I thought, "Our California life seems like a million lifetimes ago." It was an odd feeling because I mostly live my life in a state of perpetual nostalgia, and I swear it feels like yesterday I was a little middle schooler with out of control curls. But yet, the life I was living just 5 months ago almost feels like I dreamed it.
I guess we have just settled into our new life in Alabama so seamlessly, without any of those growing pains we had in California. But yet, California has such a wonderful place in my heart because those were our first years of marriage, when times were lean and money was tight. and we really had to depend on and trust each other.
Alabama is wonderful, but we do really miss some things about California. Like being a stone throws away from Hollywood & Disneyland, those delicious pretzel sticks from Claim jumpers, the beach, and of course our wonderful friends.
We really wanted to share a little bit of our new life with our California friends, so we put together a Southern Care Package including:
1. Fresh Picked Cotton (That's right I pulled over to the side of an Alabama road, and picked it on a seriously cold, fall morning).
2.A Lynchburg Whiskey Cake (made with Jack Daniel's)
3. Teaberry Chewing Gum
4. A Pecan Log Roll
5. Cow Tails Candies
6. Jack Daniel's Mustard & BBQ Sauce
7. Corn Muffin Mix
8. Southern Pecan Coffees
9. Handcocked Virginia Peanuts
10. Cherry Cola and other Various Flavored Swizzle Sticks
11. Moon Pies
12. Goo Goo Clusters
Our friends were so excited when they got it, and I loved bringing our two lives together, even in just a small way.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
In the words of Honey Boo Boo's mom, our gingerbread train is beautomous. I honestly don't know whose idea it was to decorate Adam's face afterwards though. I would almost swear on my life that the thought occurred to each of us simultaneously. Which is what makes us such a good couple, we are just SO in sync when it comes to goofiness. And that was the best part of the evening!
Who knows what we will build next year, a gingerbread rocket ship? I feel like we have to keep raising the bar!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Since my California bucket list was so much fun, I thought it was about time I posted an Alabama One! You know, now that we are living here and all.
1. Shop at Unclaimed Baggage, Scottsboro, Alabama
3. Hike the Walls of Jericho, Jackson County, Alabama
.4. Tour the U.S.S. Alabama, Mobile Bay, Alabama
6. Tour the Civil Rights Museum, Birmingham, AL
8. Attend The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, AL
10. Go to Noccalua Falls, Gadsden, AL
12. Attend Alabama Frontier Days, Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson, AL
13. Go to the Iron Bowl (An Always Epic Alabama vs. Auburn Match up), Tuscaloosa, AL or Auburn, AL
14. Spend a day at the National Peanut Festival, Dothan, AL
15. Tour the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Tuscumbia, AL
19. Go to the Nascar Race at Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
20. Pick berries at the Barber Berry Farm U-Pick, Millbrook, AL
21. Visit Alligator Alley, Summerdale, AL
23. Attend the Renaissance Festival, Florence, AL
24. Eat at Irondale Cafe (Restaurant the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was based off Of), Irondale, CA
25. Tour Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, CA
26. Attend Bay Fest Music Fest, Mobile, AL
27. See the Ava Maria Grotto in Cullman, AL
29. Visit Confederate Memorial Park, Marbury, AL
30. Eat at Cotton Row, Huntsville, AL
31. Visit Abbeville Historic Old Pioneer Cementery, Abbeville, AL
32. See a Civil War Reenactment, Anywhere, AL
33. Stay the the Anchorlight Bed and Breakfast, Crest Line, AL
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Growing up my best friend had a barbie dream house with a working elevator, and I thought that was the coolest thing that could ever be associated with Barbie. I was soo wrong, this photo shoot done of Barbie's and Ken's "wedding day" takes the cake.
Being that I'm totally fashioned challenge, I thought this list of 21 essential fashion items for your twenties was helpful.
The Gilmore Girls is my ultimate favorite show, and I think that it is so cool that there is a list out there with every book Rory Gilmore ever mentioned or was seen reading during the show!
These pictures of a Six Flags Theme Park that was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina are hauntingly beautiful.
I love this article about predicted baby naming trends for 2013! I wonder how accurate this will be. And will we see a lot of copy cat naming once Princess Kate has her baby?
Here are 40 copy cat recipes for delicious, famous restaurant/fast foods! Krispee Kreme donuts and Outback's Bushman's Bread? Yes, please.
I've been obsessed with this tumblr for months. Her GIFs and captions seriously crack me up.
This website tells you what time you should get up in the morning to feel the most rested, depending on what time you go to bed! It is based on sleep cycles. Wonder if it works?
Blame it on the psych nerd in me, but I've always been fascinated by the psychology of color. And this graphic really breaks it down.
Just a collection of the prettiest iPhone wallpapers on the Internet.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Some people do their trees all fancy with color coordinated ornaments and tons of tinsel and garland. But I love the beauty and simplicity of a mismatched tree with different ornaments collected over the years. Leave the perfectly matched stuff for the department stores! And finally it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here.