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Muppets, Thanksgiving and Birthday Time!

So yes, today is my birthday. I figured that in itself maybe deserves a post around here, no? Okay well I can at least catch you up on what’s been going on in my life the past 4-5 days, as it kind of feels like a blur at this point.

Wednesday Matt and I got out of work early, got ourselves some holiday coffee beverages at Starbucks, and listened to Christmas music on our drive home. After hanging out with the puppers for a bit, we headed out to our favorite Greek restaurant, Spiro’s, and met with Amy, Bruce and Amy’s brother Eric. We then made our way over to Kent Station to see… THE MUPPETS!

Now you guys need to understand how excited I’d been for this movie. After seeing “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and finding out that Jason Segel (who is definitely on my top 5 list, haha) was going to be working on a new Muppets movie, I think I screamed for joy and anxiously have been waiting for this movie since I first heard about it.

Needless to say, the movie did NOT disappoint. It was probably the first movie I’ve seen in a very long time (or ever) that I literally did not stop smiling at. It was that wonderful. It was sweet but hilarious and just brought I think everyone back to a really happy time. I think I liked it best where someone said it was a love letter to the Muppets. I can’t wait to buy it on blu-ray and watch it over and over again. They did a wonderful job with it and it’s a great movie for every age. I can’t recommend it enough. 🙂

After the movie, we headed home and relaxed with our doggies, and got up early the next day to watch the Macy’s day parade on TV. We had a delicious breakfast and watched our favorite floats and balloons, all the way until Santa came along (which has been disappointing since every year I swear I can see Santa’s NON-WHITE hair underneath his hat), and then I worked on trying to re-install Windows or something on my iMac for a video game that will only run on Windows. I love Apple products but trying to work with Windows on a Mac can sometimes be a pain in the ass process.

Thanksgiving was spent at my in-laws house, where we played Bohnanza and Ticket to Ride, ate an amazing Thanksgiving dinner, and I opened lots of fun presents. My sister-in-law bought me a really awesome wax warmer that I’m definitely looking forward to using, and my in-laws got me The Big Ass Book of Crafts 2, a Hungry Girl grocery store book, and the iPhone cover I’ve been wanting since I first spotted it. It’s so beautiful!

If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s from “Tangled” and I just loved how this case was designed. I found it on Society6, which is a great place to find really unique pieces of artwork and iPhone cases. It’s very Disney-esque, but not super over the top cheesy.

Anyway, we headed home to our dogs after Thanksgiving dinner and pies, where we relaxed until I headed out at 11:30 with my friend Amy for Black Friday shopping. I caught a quick 30 minute nap before she picked me up, and thank God I did because it ended up being a much longer night than I first anticipated!

We pulled into Walmart at around 11:45 and it was so busy there wasn’t any parking in the actual Walmart parking lot. We ended up parking in some USPS lot I think, and walked over in the cold to the store. It was pretty much what I expected it to be; a complete and utter madhouse. People were huddling around items that weren’t going on sale until midnight, so it was a pain in the ass to get through any area near the electronics section and/or any area they had doorbuster items sitting out in plastic wrap. Amy was gunning for a $19 printer, but the crowd swarmed those like locusts. I pointed out the $39 printer that was wireless, and she ended up grabbing that instead. I’m thinking that was probably a better deal anyway due to it being wireless. I was tempted to grab one but didn’t.

I ended up with a few t-shirts, some slippers for Matt, the movie Super 8, a $3 coffeemaker (it won’t be bad for this Christmas swap at work) aaaaand the wrong DVD of the movie X-Men: First Class (which reminds me, I still need to return it!). We hopped in line and holy frijole it was long. Fortunately it moved extremely fast and we were out of Walmart in just over an hour. Kohl’s was next on our list, and I figure at this point we’d be in and out of there and I’d ended up getting more than just 3 hours of sleep.

WRONG. We walked into what I’d call a deceptively quiet Kohl’s. I was pretty happy about this, and we made our way upstairs to look for a few things. I didn’t need much at Kohl’s, but ended up getting a cute coffee cup thing for the swap, and a few Christmas decorations. After Amy picked up her stuff, we made our way to the end of the line… which took us 5 minutes to find. It literally wrapped around the store TWICE. We stood for an hour and a half and this is where I learned that standing is ten times worse/pain than walking for an hour and a half. At least walking you’re moving and your legs/feet aren’t getting super stiff. It was pretty miserable, and without Amy I don’t think I’d have survived.

I didn’t get home until around 3:30, and into bed sleeping until 4. I had to be up at 7 for work. Ill-planned? Yup. But it’s a fun tradition that I do with Amy, as half the fun is people-watching. It’s unreal what people will do for a good deal.

3 hours later, I woke up to my alarm going off and I couldn’t move my legs. I was pretty tempted to go into work in my Kermit pajama pants but decided against it. After working for 4 hours, I headed out for home, making stops at Bath and Body Works, Gamestop and Target. I couldn’t help it; I totally got sucked in!

At Bath and Body Works, I managed to get 6 candles, 4 soaps and a VIP bag for $70. This normally would cost $250. Yes, I saved that much. I was a proud lady.

At Gamestop, I was excited to get Sonic Generations for $20 off, and it was a darn good buy. That game is like old school Sonic but taken to even better levels.

At Target, I picked up a bunch of crap we needed for decorating, a Dirt Devil vac for $9 (best $9 I’ve spent; I never have to sweep again and it works like a charm!), and a new coat for Matt. He’s been in need of a nicer new one, and I knew how much he liked this one, so I got it for him. He looks quite dapper in it and it fits him really nicely. 🙂

After all that, I finally made my way home, had a mini-meltdown, ate food and felt a lot better. We then got started on decorating the outside of the house. Holy. Crap. This ended up taking us around 4 hours, because everything that could’ve went wrong, went wrong. We got it all done, and I was so proud of us because our house looks AWESOME. Much better than last year and much more polished. We ditched the net lights since I found them ugly, and also did white icicles instead of multi-colored, so help things not look overly-colorful. This gives you an idea of what it looks like, though I’m hoping I can take some nicer photos like I did last year of the house sometime this week.

Anyway, after hours outside (with a mini-break to eat dinner), we started decorating the trees. Matt had already put up the trees and put the garland on the mantles while I was at work (he basically did a LOT of work on decorating for like 14 hours that day), so we started with our first tree in the family room. I’m really happy we did a white tree this year, as it looks really pretty.

We moved into the great room and worked on the big tree, which took a bit longer since we have the train that runs around the tree midway through, plus many more ornaments. Of course, we put Bumble on top like we do every year, because he’s the best topper EVER. It looks beautiful and I swear if we ever entered an ornament contest, I think we’d win with the best collection. I’m going to toot our horn on that one for sure.

We ended the night finishing up The Polar Express, and conked out early as I was super exhausted.

Saturday we got up at around 8:30-9ish, and went out to breakfast at Wild Wheat. We then ran a bunch of errands and came home to clean the house for my little birthday deal we were having. After cleaning for a bit, I opened presents I got from Matt. He gave me the Pawnee book (yay!), Professor Layton and the Last Specter, Lost Cities (which he later DESTROYED me at! hahaha), and a Revoltech Professor Layton action figure!

He also got me the cutest card ever (on the inside it says “Happy Birthday, sweetheart”):

That night we played some board games, ate cake, and I opened more presents. I got some great board games from Bruce and Amy, along with some funny social network magnets, some beautiful mums, and a balloon!

Sunday was our lazy day, and boy did I need it. Problem is, I was so exhausted from the past few days that I still could’ve used just one more day at home, but alas, Monday is here and I’m at work.

I was feeling a bit sad about being at work on my birthday (not sure why, as I’ve worked on my birthday many times), but Matt remedied that quickly by giving me fun gifts to start off the morning, and another awesome card. I came into work to a present on my desk from my manager. She got me the two best stamps ever, a “Dislike” and “Like” stamp. I totally plan on using this whenever I can in my office. I had plenty of fun things to play with at my desk today, so it’s kept me a pretty happy lady!

Matt surprised me at work around 10:30 with a box of cookies from Specialty’s, which makes amaaaazing cookies. He’s gone above and beyond in making this the best birthday ever. Definitely one of those days where I’m just reminded of how lucky I am to be married to such a loving and kind person. He makes me so happy and I am so glad we’re fortunate to have found one another. 🙂

Okay so looking back on this post (which God save your soul if you’re still reading at this point!), I can’t believe I did ALL of these things in this amount of time. Just reading it is making me tired. I’m definitely looking forward to things slowing down a bit, though my Mom is coming to visit this Friday-Tuesday, which is exciting! Hopefully aside from dinner, breakfast and Zoolights, she’ll be up for watching lots of Christmas movies and relaxing at the house. I need a weekend of that!


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Cabin time and wine adventures

This past weekend, we went to one of my favorite places in the world: the cabin. It’s up in the middle of the mountains, right off of Highway 2, and it’s the perfect place to get away, unplug, and spend some quiet time away from the rest of the world. It helps that both the drive up and the drive back are absolutely gorgeous.

We went up with Bruce and Amy, and brought all the pups along. Our dogs absolutely love going to the cabin, as we take them on fun walks to the river trail, where Anya romps around in the water and the sand.

We got up to the cabin late Friday evening, and of course turned on the Christmas tree. Yup, middle of August, and there’s a Christmas tree.. It stays up year-round and makes the cabin cozy no matter what time of year you’re staying there.

Because the cabin is in the middle of nowhere, with spotty reception, it’s nice to be pretty unplugged from things. You tend to end up having fun conversations with everyone and you finally get a chance to relax, read a book, play board games, all while listening to the river. In the winter, when it snows it’s absolutely beautiful, with a nice big fire to keep you warm.

Anyway, Saturday we woke up, and Matt and I made chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for everyone. Not going to lie, they were some of the best pancakes I’ve probably ever made.

After sitting around, talking, and watching The Office, we took the dogs for a nice long walk down to the river trail, and around the area. After Milo got a little tired, I finally let him walk free since I knew he wouldn’t try to run off. (No seriously, one time we thought it’d be okay to let him off and he ran into the woods.. I thought he would just fall into the river and float away. Thankfully he didn’t, but we learned our lesson.)

We got back, relaxed, and let the doggies chill out. They were totally pooped.. especially little Beefcake, who makes the funniest faces ever..

And little Stella got very upset whenever I stopped petting her, as you can see in my little video I took.. She tends to make very sad noises, hahaha.

We played some board games and popped open some wine. Matt and I are trying to get more into wine, and figure out what we like/don’t like. After a few glasses of King Estate’s Pinot Gris (which we had at our wedding and is delish!), we opened a red wine from Baker’s Dozen, a Pinot noir, that was labeled as being “jammy”.

Oh. my. god. It was like time stopped. This stuff was sweet and tasty and um.. I actually found a red wine I enjoy! Problem is, I enjoyed it too much, and before I knew it, I was drunk tweeting the movie Tombstone. I don’t remember much, but Matt thought some of my tweets were hilarious. Just a few for reference:

@jakethegirl yah!! I drank wine and liked it and now I’m watching Tombstone and I want more wine but Matt says njo and I get sad now. Pewwww

People died and looked like ladies. Too basso sad

Mac n cheese with chopsticks would be hard no?

Omg I just ninjaed more winez better drinnj before I get in trouble!!

Slowno death for bill Paxton. Nooooo. The dog is sad

Captian Ron is yelling at the lady in the rain. Why? It’s Always raining in movies when people are sad

Matt toon the wine away but thought u didn’t notice. How can in get it back guys

Wyatt Earp stop being a proud twat goddammit..

Ohh no the guy from titanic died!!! Beautiful face

Goodnight friends Bye bye twitter. I got banned to bed!

Nope, don’t remember 95% of these. Maybe I’ll have a future career in drunk tweeting random movies after nearly 2 bottles of wine? No?

Alas, I was actually banned to bed, after Matt lugged me off, telling me I was too drunk (I’m like dealing with 5 year old who doesn’t want to go to bed). It’s weird how “wine drunk” is very different from “mixed drinks drunk”. What I appreciated was the lack of a hangover the next morning.. And the epic amount of sleep I got.

We got up on Sunday morning and headed home early, after a nice relaxing (maybe TOO relaxing on my part!) weekend. Every time we leave the cabin I get a little sad, but then look forward to our next trip up, away from reality, even just for a few days…


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This weekend was one of those weekends that was so bittersweet, I look back and recognized a roller coaster of emotions.

Friday we came home from work and took it pretty easy, as I wasn’t feel 100% due to stomach issues. Thankfully I’m off the Vicodin and only have a few more days of the antibiotics, so hopefully those issues stay far, far away. Matt got some exciting news, but otherwise it was a pretty quiet night.

Saturday we woke up early to a beautiful day, and headed out to get some breakfast and to run errands. But before all of that, we did our weekly weigh-in, which I know I’d mentioned in a post this past week that I did not expect to lose very much.. Matt went first, and announced he’d lost 4.3 pounds. I screamed in delight, because this marked Matt hitting a 50 pound weight loss! He’s down 52 pounds, and I could not be more proud of him. He looks amazing (and hot!) and I can tell how much more confidence he’s gained in himself already.

After Matt went downstairs, I nervously made my way over to the scale, hoping for even just a loss of a pound. To my absolute surprise and delight, I looked down and had lost 4.8 pounds! I hit the 40 pound mark that I’ve been so close to hitting for a few weeks now, surpassing it by hitting 42. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty damn proud of myself. I know I say that practically every week with a loss, but to be losing more weight than I ever have in my life is an amazing feeling. I feel more confident, I feel like this is finally it, I’m finally doing what I’ve struggled to do for so many years. I’ve got a remarkably long road to go, but to be where we are after 3 months is an amazing feeling. 94 pounds we’ve lost overall. I feel great.

We got ourselves out the door and ran errands in the sun, grabbing breakfast at Starbucks, then stopping by Target, Bath and Body Works, then roaming the Kent Farmer’s Market/Kent Cornucopia Days. It’s this huge market of vendors with flowers and honey and food and music and everything. We picked up some apple honey and blackberry honey, each got a Fisher scone (THE best scones with amazing raspberry preserves), then headed up to Issaquah to Trader Joe’s.

After stocking up on my favorite Tomato Basil hummus Matt’s seaweed snacks (ugh they’re so gross), among other things, we stopped by Matt’s parents’ house for a bit to catch up on things, play with their goofy dogs and ended up staying there for awhile.

After getting home, I snuck in some cleaning out of the pool and shocking it, getting it ready for some really hot days (if we ever see them)… After finally sitting down, everything came to a screeching halt… We found out through the news that our friend Cara’s boyfriend, Ryan, passed away in a hydroplane accident. As soon as I heard his name I felt like I was going to throw up. I didn’t know what to do; neither did Matt. We both just sat in shock and were so upset by this, not only at the loss of Ryan, who we felt like we were starting to get to know more and more and also considered a friend, but our hearts also broke for Cara.

It’s something that is still heavy on my mind today, as I can’t even imagine what Cara is going through. To lose your partner, your best friend… It left me speechless. I won’t go on about it, but it is one of those moments that you wish you could do something to fix it, but there isn’t anything anyone can do and you just grieve instead. I’ve tried keeping myself busy and distracted, but my thoughts seem to make their way back to thinking about Cara and Ryan. I’m absolutely heartbroken for Cara, and I know that Ryan is going to be sorely missed by a lot of people, including us.

I don’t really know why these things happen, and I don’t think I ever will. Our Sunday was a relatively quiet one, with breakfast in the morning with my sister-in-law Carrie, running a few errands and doing our usual Sunday chores… But most of the day Matt and I had quiet moments as I think both of our minds and our hearts were really with our friends with such a terrible tragedy.

It was a bittersweet weekend, with some ups and absolute heartbreak, and I just ask that if you read this, and even if you don’t know them, if you wouldn’t mind sending a few thoughts and prayers to our friends Cara and Ryan, it would be immensely appreciated.


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Tooth infection and baby raccoons

You ever have a weekend that you have tons of awesome plans for, but ends up being totally different than you ever imagined it would be? Yeah, I just had one of those weekends.

Friday was great. After work, I worked out (4 times last week!), then met Matt and walked around downtown for a bit before heading over to the Dahlia Lounge for dinner. One of my teeth started to somewhat bother me, but I figured it was just my teeth moving around or something. Matt’s parents showed up and we had a delicious dinner and dessert.

However, by the time dinner was over my teeth were really bothering me. Last time I’d been to the dentist, my teeth were totally fine, all cavities had been filled, and what was even odder was that the tooth that was bothering me was a tooth I’d had a root canal years ago on, with no issues since then.

We came home, I took some ibuprofen, and conked out after a long day.

Saturday morning I woke up and my mouth was a little swollen, and in pain, but I figured some ibuprofen could take care of it. By the time we headed down to my sister and brther-in-laws’ (Sarah and Adrian), stuck in nasty traffic, I found myself in near tears at the pain. This was no moving teeth or whatever, this was definitely a full-blown toothache. We got to Sarah and Adrian’s, where I took another Tylenol and started to feel somewhat better. Sarah, who is a nurse practitioner, took a look at it and said she was pretty sure it was an infection and that I needed antibiotics. In the meantime, I took a Vicodin and felt better, so we went out to dinner for Matt’s birthday.

After a delicious and fun dinner, we headed back to the house, and noticed the car in front of us stopped. On the other side of the road, there was a car bumper, then we noticed 3 baby raccoons with their Mom, who had been hit by the car. It was the saddest thing I’d ever seen, as the babies were sitting by their mom, one of them still trying to nurse. We pulled over, calling animal control, while trying to make cars go around the raccoons, who would not leave the road. Adrian went into full animal whisperer mode, knowing full well that these little guys wouldn’t survive on their own, either getting hit by a car or getting eaten in the woods. He picked one of them up by the scruff of the neck, and walked it over to our car, placing him inside our trunk.

He grabbed the 2nd one, who was not a happy camper, as another man who’d pulled over helped and grabbed the 3rd. After we got them all the car, Adrian made sure they stayed in our trunk area, while Matt, me, and and Sarah all prayed to dear Lord that none of us got bit of attacked. They started spraying every where, which absolutely stunk up our car, but Sarah said she knew of an animal shelter that would take the raccoons in and wouldn’t kill them or anything.


So we went back to their house, grabbed a pet carrier, and Adrian, superhero that he is, grabbed the raccoons, who were so scared (poor little guys!), and with the help of Sarah and Matt, got the little raccoons into the carrier. We drove to the animal shelter, which was closed but had an animal drop-off area, and Sarah filled out some paperwork and we put them into their little kennel. We said goodbye, and hoped to hear back from the animal shelter as to what would happen with our new little friends.

After hanging out at the house, the animal shelter called and thanked us for bringing the raccoons in, saying that they called a wildlife rescue, who would come down to pick them up and nurse them until they were ready to go back out into the wild. We had to deep clean the crap out of our car, but it was worth it to save the lives of the raccoons. So heartbreaking but so glad Adrian was there and somehow knew what to do.

We drove home Saturday night, which ended up being a pretty painful night for me. Fortunately, I had some antibiotics waiting for me at Walgreens on Sunday morning, but those combined with the Vicodin did NOT agree with my stomach. I ended up getting really sick to my stomach twice last night, causing me to burst a blood vessel in my eye, and all around my eyes is now extremely swollen.

Thankfully the pain has gone down a bit as of this morning, however the swelling is a lot worse. I’m brave enough to post a photo of my watermelon face, haha, but yeah, the swelling is not fun at all.

My dentist finally called us back today and told Matt that it sounded like an infection, that the swelling and pain was normal, and that I should just keep taking my antibiotics and it would be okay. That was reassuring to know I wasn’t going to die or something, as I’ve never experienced an infection like this. I’ve had abscessed teeth before, but only when I’d broken a tooth. This time I had no issue with my teeth, but apparently getting an infection near a root canal can happen, even if there’ve been no issues in years. Weird, and it sucks, but I’m just glad the pain is starting to let up a little bit.

So basically, our July 4th weekend ended up being really low-key after Saturday. Matt’s been nothing but wonderful to me, taking care of me, getting me little surprises, and just being an all-around wonderful husband. No fireworks for us, though we’re at least going to make some turkey burgers and zucchini on the grill for dinner.

I’m hoping my pain and swelling goes down soon, as I don’t really want to miss a lot of work or my workouts! I was really starting to enjoy working out and getting into a solid routine, so hopefully I can fight off this infection quickly and go back to normal life. But yeah, I think it’s safe to say I’ve had a really weird weekend.

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8 years…

Saturday marked my 8 year anniversary with Matt. Our wedding anniversary isn’t until September, but we still celebrate the anniversary that marks the day we met. I actually spent a little time earlier looking through super nerdy Livejournal posts I wrote at the time, the days before and days after Matt found me on… It’s painfully awkward to read past entries, wondering why I was such a dork (but not before reminding myself that I WAS 18 at the time).. But there is also something cute about the fact that I actually saved the conversations we first had when we started talking… They brought me back to that night, where I first felt butterflies and wondered if this guy was real.

It was made real on June 18th, 2003. I knew, I swear to God I knew that we were going to be together forever. And here we are 8 years later, married, with a house, 2 dogs and a cat… And still so happy. We’ve grown so much both as individuals and as a couple, but it’s remarkable how we haven’t grown apart, but rather much closer. I couldn’t be happier to spend my free time with him, and firmly believe in the Mumford and Sons lyrics, “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” I’m happy to invest my love and share my life with him. Now that we have our own little family, it’s pretty awesome to look forward to such a wonderful future for us.

Anyway, that being said, we had a wonderful anniversary. We woke up Saturday morning, and started off the morning with our weekly weigh-in. We EACH lost a whopping 7 pounds! I was so happy I danced.. and very proud of us both. We got ready, grabbed a quick breakfast at Starbucks, and went to Kent Station to go see Super 8, which we’d both been dying to see.

I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It brought back fond memories of movies like The Goonies and Jurassic Park, and the magic/wonder of movies like E.T. I am looking forward to it coming out on DVD for sure!

There was a dog jumping competition going on for the weekend at Kent Station, so we watched doggies leap in the air and into a big swimming pool. It was actually really cute and fun to watch.

We made our way over to Bath and Body Works for more wallflowers for the house (and Matt had to drag me away from everything since I tend to buy crap tons of stuff in that store every time), then headed out for Alki Beach, which is where Matt proposed and where we got married.

We hadn’t been back since our wedding so the drive over was a totally weird experience for each of us. It brought back such intense memories of the drive over to the bathhouse with my sister and my Dad, and for Matt he remembered coming around the corner and hearing “Awake My Soul” by Mumford and Sons, as he was on his way to marrying little old me.

We parked and had lunch at Pegasus, since we love their pizza (yay cheat meals!) and I had a Livingsocial deal. It was good but SO filling, so we left with tons of leftovers for dinner later. After we dropped off the pizza in the car, we went for a walk on the beach, combing the sand for sea glass, talking about our wedding, and watching seagulls pick away at the low tide leftovers. I eventually found one tiny piece of sea glass, and totally came across a heart-shaped rock… Though when I showed it to Matt, excitedly telling him it was a little heart, he responded with, “…or a kidney bean.” Such a romantic husband, right?

We played around on the sea wall for awhile, walked by the bathhouse where an event was going on, and eventually made our way over to the mini Statue of Liberty. Why it’s there, I do not know but it always amuses me because it’s so miniature.


We got in the car, and Matt drove around the bend where he had proposed to me. We got out, and went to the very spot he proposed, the bench we sat on as we hugged and he told me the whole story of how he planned it and how Beefo helped, and then saw a bunch of geese and their little babies, all eating grass. It was really cute and also made me really happy to be back in such a special spot. It blows both of our minds that it was 3 1/2 years ago when he proposed… I swear it seems like yesterday I was bending down to tie my shoelaces on my black Chucks after Matt told me we were going on one of our nighttime adventures… Listening to Silverchair as we drove over the West Seattle bridge. It’s weird how quickly or slowly time can pass by..

We made a little trip to Barnes and Noble and Target, then got hone and took it easy, eating leftovers and watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind (which I’d never seen before)… It was the perfect way to spend our anniversary; fun adventures during the day and staying in and cuddling at night.

I was so happy to celebrate our 8 year anniversary for the first time as husband and wife… Even though it’s felt like we’ve been married for many years. It just feels nice that it’s official and that I can call him my husband. 🙂


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Travels! Orcas Island, Part Two

Here’s Part Two of our lovely camping trip, and this post is super-duper packed and long, so let’s get to it!

After a wonderful but tiring day one, we got up and had some breakfast. It was pretty chilly in the mornings, so it was a good excuse to wear a moose and bear hat… and also to wrap Milo up like Mother Theresa.


We took it pretty easy that morning, while Bruce went on a bajillion mile hike, and I ended up taking an epic nap. One of my favorite parts of camping is the naps. There’s something about falling asleep in a tent, with the sunlight warming it up just enough to be cozy (but not too hot), and taking a nap with nature surrounding you. It’s very relaxing and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Eventually we played some wiffleball and tossed around our Nerf football, which was pretty fun… until Matt decided to whip the ball at me, throwing it over my head and into the lake. It was pretty entertaining watching him try to figure out how to get back. Fortunately the wind was blowing in our direction and the ball floated back, along with Matt pulling it in with a stick. It was SO NICE to have enough room at our site to be able to play frisbee, wiffleball and football.

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Travels! Orcas Island, Part One

Ohhh I’m not sure that I have ever been this excited for a blog post, honestly. I had planned to make this one long post, but soon realized that there was so much to talk about, it’d be best to split this bad Larry up into 2 posts. I also took far too many photos to squeeze into one post, so there it is.

This was one of those trips that left me feeling so happy and reminded me of how wonderful life can really be… One of those trips that could not have come at a better time for me. To be forced to unplug (in that we literally had no service at our campsite) was so nice. No Facebook, no twitter, just relaxing by a lake with my husband and some of our favorite friends (and a whole bunch of dogs, too!)… While I did check email and post a few photos of the day to Facebook when we were in the nearby town of Eastsound, I kept my iPhone usage pretty strict to only taking photos. Anyway, let’s go back to Thursday, where our trip began bright and early…

We woke up at around 5:30, with the car completely packed, our epic playlist ready to roll, two happy doggies in tow, and headed over to Bruce and Amy’s, who were of course joining us for the trip as it has become tradition that we camp on Orcas Island with them every summer (this would be trip number 3). We made our way over to Starbucks for some much-needed coffee, then headed up north to Anacortes where the ferry terminal is.

I have to say, I love road trips. I love listening to music with Matt, talking about our excitement for our trip, I love holding onto Milo has he sits in my lap and breathes in the fresh air whenever I put the window down for him, I love looking back at Anya laying in the back seat… Nothing beats good music, good company, and the excitement of a little vacation from work.

After around a 2 hour drive, we made it to Anacortes and stopped at the local Safeway, where we tried on some fabulous hats on our way out. We then drove over to the ferry terminal, being some of the first people there, and promptly took our dogs down to the beach for a walk… It may/may not have ended up being a little family photo shoot, but I couldn’t help it!

After burning a few hours between the beach and then hanging out in our cars while we waited, we finally loaded and headed upstairs to the main sitting area to play some Bananagrams. Best game to play on a ferry ride, I tell ya.

We eventually made our way out to the front of the ferry, which was cold as heck. Of course we took dorky photos and didn’t last very long until we decided to go back inside.

After a stop at Lopez Island, we finally arrived at Orcas Island. Ohhhh how I missed this beautiful little island. For those of you who don’t know, Orcas Island is part of the San Juan Islands in the northwest part of the state of Washington. The islands are absolutely beautiful, and while I’ve spent a lot of time on the main island, Orcas Island is my favorite. It is quiet, the views are breathtaking, and the people are delightful. Matt and I dream about living here one day, perhaps owning a bookstore or coffee shop…

Anyway, we made our way to Eastsound, which is the cute little town on the way to our campsite. This town has lots of cute locally-owned stores and restaurants, and is home to one of my favorite farmer’s markets (more on that later). We stopped by the local grocery store to grab a few items, then went on our way to our campsite at Moran State Park to set up and get settled in.

After checking in (where the girl actually remembered Matt from last summer’s trip, haha), we drove over to campsite 8. Now I should preface this with the fact that campsite 8 is the most popular site in the entire state park. It is so popular that you literally need to book it 9 months in advance, and even then you’re lucky to beat out other people who are online at the same time as you, trying to get this site. So yes, back in October I got online right at midnight on the dot and booked site 8 for us to enjoy.

As we approached the site, I was hoping that this really was worth all the hype… And I was not disappointed. The site is right on Cascade Lake, with it’s own private beach, beautiful view of the lake, and tons of space. We all looked each other with excitement over the fact that this would be our home for the next few days, and began to set up the tents, chairs, etc.

After setting up (and losing my phone during this process, only to find it UNDER our tent a few hours later, ha), we relaxed for a few before Amy and I decided to go for a swim. Sure it was maybe 64 degrees outside, but the water wasn’t nearly as cold as we thought it’d be, and the doggies wanted to go in, so we joined them. We ended up swimming over to a nearby dock, talking about anything and everything. One of my favorite parts of the whole trip was swimming and talking, enjoying the sun hitting our faces as we doggy-paddled our way over (haha, best way to have a conversation while swimming), and waving back as Matt and Bruce became little specks in the distance.

We eventually made our way back to our site and little beach, got changed and made some dinner. This trip was a vacation and Matt and I had agreed that any vacation we take means we’re allowed to have whatever we want. So did I eat Costco hot dogs? Heck yes I did. And were they delicious? Obviously.

The dogs were all pooped from a long day of traveling, and we took it easy that night, playing Bohnanza, sitting by the fire, joking around and snuggling the pugs (no seriously, between Milo and Beefcake, those two needed some serious snuggling because of how cold they got, haha, talk about high maintenance dogs.)

Okay, this is where Part One ends. Part Two will include the best meal I’ve ever eaten, more swimming (and a possible sighting of Nessie?!), games, relaxing, a trip to the Eastsound farmer’s market, and a series of photos depicting the many creepy faces of Matt from this trip. Now if that isn’t a reason to read Part Two, I don’t know what is.


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