Wednesday, June 15, 2011

with love from panera.

We're here! After a long week of air mattresses, driving, and eating a whole lot of fast food, we are finally here in Virginia safe and sound. But now we're drowning in boxes and packing paper, trying to decide if the couch should go here or no, wait...here! Wait, let me see it the first way again... And also feeling quite disconnected from the world while we wait for our internet to get set up. We have lots of pictures and tales from our big moving adventure that I'm just dying to show y'all, but you'll just have to wait because Panera's free wi-fi is just not going to cut it.

Until then, if you can access the blog from your phone or iPad, (if you're one of those super cool hipsters that has an iPad and doesn't have to sit at Panera and pretend you're doing something important and professional on your laptop when really you're just checking Facebook and talking about Panera on your blog), check out the nifty little mobile viewing feature I set up. Cool, huh? And speaking of things, don't be scared to follow the blog, you guys. I added a feature where you'll get an email when I update, down on the right hand column. It makes me feel really important to have followers. Go ahead and give my ego a boost.

Oh guess what? While I've been creep stalking people's profile pics and panhandling for blog followers, R's been figuring out the internet situation. Shouldn't be long before I'm blogging from home again. See you then!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

goodbye pensacola.

I'm sitting on the floor of our bedroom in our empty house writing my last post from Pensacola. It seems like it was not so long ago that I wrote my first post in this house. We had so many expectations about what our time in Pensacola was going to be like. R thought he'd be headed to advanced training around now, finding out the kind of aircraft he'd be flying. I thought I'd be one year into a good job, ready to keep moving up the ladder. And then most of our plans fell through.

And what's funny is that this year, as we look back at our plans that didn't work out, we can't help but think about the things that did. Like watching our marriage grow as we supported each other through hardship. Or finding a church that blessed us and helped us draw closer to God. And being close to Purdue friends and even a certain nephew, helping us to feel not so far from home. It was a year of watching our plans fall through so that we could see God's plans come to life. And now, as we say good bye to Pensacola, we are eagerly looking forward to the next chapter of our lives in Virgina.

But for today, my only plan is cleaning the small army of dust critters from all the cracks and corners they've been hiding in all year and getting the house ready for our final inspection. Then Thursday morning, bright and early, we're hitting the road.

See you on the East coast!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

punctuation peeve!!!

I take punctuation pretty seriously. I always have. Maybe it's because I'm a wannabe writer, maybe it's because I don't have anything better to do. I loved knowing that a parenthesis could be like saying something under your breath, (not always, just sometimes). You can imagine my excitement when I was introduced to the exclamation point! And when I found out you could pair exclamation point with his cousin question mark for a much more dramatic question, what could be better!?

But alas, the older I got and the more reports I got back that were littered with red marks, I had to learn to use my punctuation excitement sparingly. And now I'm quite aware of when people get a little too punctuation happy. See Exhibit A below.

The back story is that R and I found a couch and love seat on Craig's List and went to go check it out. The girl selling it, and her husband Ryan, also had some side tables they wanted to get rid of. After looking at the couch, I texted her later to find out if she was still willing to throw in the side tables. What I received back was this enthusiastic text.

WHOA!!! Who knew she was so excited about getting rid of those side tables?!?! And I'm thrilled to bits that she liked meeting me so much!!!! Oh and she did let us know the next day!! They wanted $50 for each table!!!!! Psh, yea right!!!

Guess what?!?! We sent several texts back and forth, including one this morning telling us that her husband is going to come drop the couches off, and you know what?!?! SHE HASN'T USED ONE PERIOD YET!!!!!!!!!!!