Friday, January 28, 2011

The Packing Has Begun

It’s pretty nice when I pick up something Chris has and say, “Chris, do you really like this?” Chris looks at me, looks at whatever is in my hand and responds, “Uhh, I guess not….” Immediately, said item ends up in the trash or goodwill pile.
The first thing I’ve gotten rid of was this weird Ikea rock/reed decoration. I feel the same way about functionless decorations as guys feel about throw pillows. What is the point? They are just taking up extra space that could have something really cool-looking and really functional! Don’t get me wrong, our new home will most definitely have more throw pillows. And candles. Candles have a function! But random glass containers filled with manufactured pebbles… since when have pebbles been pretty? And the glass container wasn’t even artsy.
So, I threw away the reed and fake dried-up folage, but kept the rocks and the container because I know with a little craftiness and creativity, I might learn to appreciate function-less decorations.

Behold, our future:

Monday, January 24, 2011

The time I LOLed all afternoon.

Email I just got from Sarah:
For some reason, I can totally picture Lerger being this dad someday:

and then I proceeded to read through the WhenParentsText archives at 3:00pm on a Monday afternoon at the office. and pretty much couldn't stop giggling.

Until I giggled so loudly that my boss came over and introduced lamebook into my life.

heck yes we are one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Places to Work.

Monday, January 10, 2011

NEW new NEW new NEW

Happy New Year!
A quick recap on December- Hawaii was amazing! All my worries about it being overpopulated and commercialized were far from truth. Kauai may actually have been the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited. If it’s not already, definitely put it on your list of places to visit before you die. And specifically, I’d recommend doing it in a twosome v. family style. It’s just that kind of a place.

And now onto the New Year!
Chris and I have started the new home searching process. He has lived in our current apartment for two years, and I’ve been there for one. The lease is up at the end of February, so we’ve decided to rent a house for the next year or two. We saw around 13 places on Sunday and I am beat! It’s a tough decision, whether we want to cut way back and save money for the future house, or if we want to continue paying around what we are now to get more space. Ideally, we’ll find a good middle ground; but it will sure take some time.

Also, I got a new cell phone. Finally!!! I chose the brand spanking new, HTC Evo Shift. And while it’s pretty slick, I’m having a hard time getting it to do all that I want it to. The Sprint Store is like, Top Five worst places ever, so I will do all I can to figure it out without the arrogant sales rep’s help.

One goal/ok-maybe-you-can-call-it-a-resolution for the coming year is to read more. So far I’m off to a GREAT start. I read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo over the Hawaii trip, and started the second one last week. It’s way harder to find time to read with Austin’s distractions, but I’m loving every moment I get with The Girl Who Played With Fire. Plus, I very much look forward to all the other books on my “Books to Read” list. Keep ‘em coming!

And so, we get next Monday off (hurray MLK!), the Wiffleball season starts on Tuesday, and my mom will be here next Friday. Depending on the weather, I think we’re heading to Fredericksburg for a weekend full of German food, small town shops, and scenic hiking.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cheers to 2011

but before I get to all that... for your viewing pleasure, here's what I've been up to this past year.

Best Part of 2010- becoming friends with all of these people!