Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Enough feeling sorry for myself. Trent and I are a couple of young, crazy, kids in love. I know we will always look back fondly on our time here, when we were our own little family, living in our crazy, lovely, house, being broke but happy, chasing our dreams, all that good stuff.
Plus, Liz Lemon makes me smile. And dancing...
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Having a lazy, lazy, evening watching old episodes of 30 Rock and Glee online, under two down blankets (and yes, there is popcorn involved).
Feeling homesick for my fantastic family and all the holiday traditions I am missing out on. Someday we will live West of the Mississippi (remember how traumatic crossing the river was for me, Mom?) and I will eat lots of ginger cookies and hunt for the precious Ethiopian ordament.
For now, this awesome seagull painting makes me very happy. Just like Morro Bay!
Holiday week. Tons of Christmas parties this past weekend, everything from Genetics Curriculum, to Masters Crew, to a Bob Dylan themed Christmas party. I pretty much only ate cookies and appetizers all weekend.
Trent rocked the GRE's and his application was sent out yesterday. Keep your fingers crossed.
We just went to our lab holiday lunch to an all you can eat Indian buffet.
I stayed up late last night finishing Christmas cards and boxes of Christmas goodies.
Not so good for the motivation.
Currently feeling like (and loving) this little happy sloth. Why not just relax for a day?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Send your smartie-pants thoughts along to Trent today as he takes the GRE's!
We've been studying up a storm, having ridiculously verbose conversations trying to use all the crazy vocab words.
Once done with this, he can submit his application to the UNC master's of public health program!
Hooray for lifelong education.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Our weekend was great, it was the first really cold weekend we've had here so it was much more mellow than previous, but highlights included:
1. Trent picking me up from work Friday, dinner at Weaver St, watching UCLA lose to Stanford (boo) women's soccer at The Station with the Frazongs, then watching Carolina beat Notre Dame (hooray!) women's soccer at a crazy Italian pizza place. Then Trent and I headed to the Local 506 to watch a few bands at a show hosted by the UNC student newspaper. Fun times. Quick stop by the station to see if there was dancing, but alas no, so home and to bed.
2. Crazy amounts of sleeping in on my part. I was amazed. I think it was due to my long week and recent H1N1 flu shot. Trent played video games while I snoozed. It was a drizzly, cold, day, so no hurry.
3. Finally up for cleaning, some Hulu, and my Jillian Michael's workout video. That thing is crazy, I was sweating up a storm.
4. Errands at Marshall's, Trader Joe's, Lowe's. (Hooray for our new windows arriving!)
5. Delicious seared tuna, baked potatoes and green beans with mushrooms for dinner.
6. Getting all dressed up and hitting up Lantern for delicious cocktails.
7. Meeting up with the crew team for their winter party. They all went to dinner (in various groups) and rented out a screen at our vintage Varsity Theater to watch "A Christmas Story." Cute to see all the rowers dressed up fancy and impressing their ladies.
8. Caught a ride with Thomas to the after party, a rowdy, totally college party at the rowers house. We enjoyed cheap beer and champagne punch, danced to cheesy Christmas tunes, and finally left when boys started taking their shirts off. Those crew boys hate clothes. It was great to meet a lot of Trent's rowers and mingle with the varsity kids who I've gotten to know over the years. I think they were impressed old, married, folks like us could keep up.
9. Up for oatmeal breakfast and a chilly run with Sadie. Quick shower and change and Deirdre picked me up for a candy making party hosted by my very pregnant lab mate. We made caramels, brittles, brown sugar candy, peppermint bark, divinity, fudges, turtles. It was really fun to learn how to make candy (slightly terrifying, all the 300 degree sugars) and fun to meet new folks. It took forever though! Home around 6.
10. Cooked up a storm for the upcoming week. Including, lots of roasted squash (acorn and butternut), a big LeCru of soup, Indian chicken in spinach. Watched Hulu, ate baked potatoes (I am addicted right now) and soup and headed to bed after massive laundry folding.
Fun weekend! Good mix of being social and hitting the town, and being lazy homebodies.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
The picture of me in my fancy jammies was haunting me. So here is a much prettier one. My lovely mother and I at my wedding. Such a pretty lady. And off sailing in Bora Bora at the moment. A good reminder to always be adventurous.
However, riding my bike home in the rain when water seems to make my brakes fail might be a little too adventurous for today. Quite the storm we are having today! All I want to do is cuddle up with some hot tea, popcorn, and a down blanket.
Trent woke me up early Friday to open presents. Check out my styling new Patagonia long underwear. Hotness. Lots of goodies including the delicious Jo Malone perfume I asked for and a "jean-tastic" embroidered shirt from Emily, new gloves and beanie to keep me warm on the bike, as well as lovely placemats and napkins from parents. Lovely!
We walked all over the farm examining trees and playing with the farm dogs. We finally decided on a Concord Fir, a native North Carolina tree that has a lovely pine/citrus scent. So cute!
Saturday, Paul, Sadie and I went on a long run in the forest, we did a little Christmas shopping at the mall with Amanda and Stephen, played a little DDR, then Trent and I went to our community center to watch Persepolis, a really great animated movie about growing up in Tehran. I highly recommend it. Kind of dark, but very educational.
Sunday, I went running again and we worked in the yard. Trent made me wreaths out of vines growing in our yard and I adorned them with trimmings from the Christmas tree and other yard goodies, and we shared our wreaths with Paul and Sheila, and Stephen and Amanda. Spreading holiday cheer.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
We woke up early and walked to downtown Carrboro where nearly everyone we know was running the Gobble and Gorge. We chatted with friends and then ran the 8k race through Carrboro. Trent stayed with me for the first 3 miles and then took off, luckily fellow Ph.D'er and Davis-alum Cheryl ran with me, I was feeling a little rough having not eaten breakfast! But we finished in 35 minutes, a respectable 7 minutes per mile pace. Not too shabby.
Home for showers, breakfast, naps, lots of cleaning. House started to look pretty awesome!
Set the dinner table with our fancy Nambe candle sticks, our new dishes and silverware, our awesome napkin rings and new birthday napkins from Mom. So fun to have matching things finally, I felt so grown up!
Amanda and Stephen arrived with all their goodies. They brought sweet potatoes with greens and lentils, asparagus, tons and tons of spring and summer rolls, and a pumpkin pie.
Dinner was awesome, we all ate a ton and then crashed on the couch to watch Monsters vs. Aliens. Very cute and full of California inside jokes. We rallied about halfway through to start on the pies. Patrick brought this cranberry walnut beauty.
And then down to business. Amanda and Stephen got us Dance Dance Revolution game! I love it. We proceeded to dance for several hours. Apparently I am a total spaz while playing, but I don't care, it makes me very happy!
Stephen gave it a try. I am thrilled about having this game, it will be great to get out pent up energy on cold days and definitely fun for get-togethers. Love it.
Then one thing (one bottle of wine) lead to another and soon we found ourselves rocking out to karaoke. I just love to perform... not really the singing as much. Stephen and I played this for hours, while Trent played guitar and Amanda took a little snooze on the sofa (amazing with all the singing and hullabaloo). Finally around midnight we called it a night and everyone headed home. Some dishes, a few more bites of pie and we called it a successful day!
Monday, November 30, 2009
But for now, Muppets singing Bohemian Rhapsody. Which may be my favorite song to karaoke to.
This brings a whole other level of joy... especially the shrimp!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I am trying realllllly hard to not let bad science luck get me down. I am thinking either, yoga class, mani/pedi, going home to cook and clean with Trent, will remedy the situation.
Happy Thanksgiving Eve!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Ashley Rodriguez, Not Without Salt
8 oz butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup turbinado sugar
1 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 lb good-quality chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks
Preheat the oven to 360°.
Cream the butter and the sugars. Add eggs, one at time, then vanilla. Mix well, then scrape down the bowl with a spatula.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in another bowl. With a whisk, stir to combine. With mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate.
Before baking, sprinkle with a very fine dusting of good quality sea salt. Bake for 12 minutes, until cookies are lightly golden on the outside and a bit gooey on the inside (they will continue to cook as they cool).
Quick stop to visit her office and then off to Raleigh. Again we got lost (I am an excellent driver) but managed to find Furbish, Jamie's store. And it was SO cute. Here are pictures she took, I spaced and didn't take any. I wanted nearly everything and was so impressed that she was making it work. Great to see her. After sampling some delicious cupcakes and wine, we took a stroll around the neighborhood, very cute. And then headed home to our sleepy, jammed out, husbands.
Trent was up early for "Class Day Races" where each year races the others. His freshman (dressed as frat boys) beat the sophmores and tied with the juniors. And did pretty great against the seniors (Star Wars themed). While he was off racing, I had a lazy morning and long run with Sadie. Felt great. Met Trent at Weaver St for a big breakfast. Then we just happened to stop by the Recyclery, where I got myself a new birthday bicycle!
Adorable. And way faster/lighter than my current bike. They threw in new tires and new brake pads and Trent fixed it all up for me on Saturday afternoon. I rode it to work today and it was terrific. Happy birthday me.
Then the day started to get crazy. We dropped off my pants to get hemmed, dashed home to start making the most amazing cookies (next post). I was running out of time, frantically wrapping the lab baby shower present. But I managed to meet up with an ex-lab mate to help her pick out a present and enjoy a little snack and conversation while Trent finished up the cookies. Picked him up and headed to the shower!
It was at my labmate's apartment complex and she did a great job of coming up with games and favors. Above, from the left, is Anne, the host in the foreground, our lab manager Pam, my Boss, mom to be Harmony, her husband Mike, Trent, and ex-lab mate Ashley. Here everyone is trying to estimate the yard needed to wrap around her belly. Trent nearly won, I was wayyyy off.
We guessed how many diapers were in the tupperware, filled out our guesses for recessive and dominant heritable traits based on their parents and their traits (nerds!) and tasted babyfood. Lots of fun silly games. Then we opened presents, our lab went in on a Pack n' Play, that of course we had to see if we could set up.
Very cute. We struggled for a bit but finally figured it out. Their baby is due right after Christmas and it was fun to socialize outside of lab together.
My boss's 4 year old daughter thought the whole party was very cool. And the balloons especially. We all headed out around 4pm and after a quick visit with the Frazongs, headed home and were ready to work. We raked and dug and cleaned up the yard. It was excellent. And Sadie was a big help.
We enjoyed a fire in the firepit as we raked, though I don't recommend trying to burn leaves... quite smokey!
Trent started to get all sorts of exciting calls about his Rhode Scholar successes, so we opened a bottle of wine and snuggled on the sofa to watch Big Fish to celebrate. Cute movie!
Sunday was supposed to be very stormy, so we started working in the yard early to get things done. After a quick trip to two hardware stores, where I had to get Sadie an early Christmas present. The new bed is SO fantastic, she loves it. And her collar was starting to get gross.
We worked on fixing up the drive way and Trent dedicated more space to my garden. We are slowly reducing the amount of lawn we have, which I am totally happy about. I mowed lawn and pulled lots of weeds. Here is my newest garden space.
Trent dug out a trench for a big railroad tie wood border on the driveway and we rearranged the gravel to finish it up. Looks great. I made some holiday decorations with plants I found around the yard. Sadie continued to be a great helper.
It started to get stormy, so we headed inside for hearty lunches and a bit of recovering before heading back to Raleigh to go to Crate and Barrel. We finished off our registry, got lots of frames for our amazing wedding pictures and were very very successful. Picked up some chinese take out and Trent joined me at lab. He did homework/Re-Neset/Unplggd posts while I tackled some experiments. Home, some cleaning, long showers, and to bed!
It was great to work on our house, there is still a daunting amount of projects we want to complete, but everyday it is improving and it is so satisfying to see how far it has come.
Birthday weekend continues! I've been enjoying lots of coconut lattes as extra treats. Love it!