Monday, March 22, 2010

Resolution FAIL

My seemingly modest new years resolution was that this was going to be the year I was going to actually mail out birthday cards. Being part of the technology generation, mailing anything is a seemingly insurmountable challenge for me. Netflix is pushing it for me. If I could send out birthday emails, I'd be a champ, but because a lot of people consider it tacky, I end up not doing anything at all because the process of buying stamps, going to the store to buy a card, tracking down the address, wrestling Emily into her stroller, and hiking down the block to the mailbox just doesn't happen.

I thought I had a good system in place. I diligently marked every birthday and anniversary in my planner, and put "mail ____'s birthday card" on the to-do checklist 4 business days before the big day. I bought an obscene quantity of stamps so I'd never run out. I put most of my addresses in a centralized spreadsheet. I thought I was doing awesome.

Three months in, and my success rate is zero. I haven't mailed a single card. I do have some good excuses. Several of these birthdays hit during the blizzard, so I couldn't make it to the store to buy cards, and moving has me in survival mode. But everyone has a crazy busy life, and plenty of those people still manage to send off cards.

I know many of you are good birthday card mailers. Please tell me your secrets. What is your system? Do you buy your cards far in advance? Put them on your grocery list? What works for you?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Some pictures of the new house



I've had several people ask to see more pictures of the house we bought. The problem with including pictures is that the home was beautifully staged, so its furniture is much nicer than what we'll be able to afford, and we'll probably lay some things out differently anyways. But here are two pictures that show some universal features: how our dining area looks out over our back yard, and the nice tiling along our bathtub.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Home!


We put in a contract for a beautiful townhome this weekend, and it was accepted! By the end of the month, we will own this beautiful kitchen. Yum. It is my dream kitchen.

For privacy reasons, I'm not posting where it is, but I will say that we have moved outside of our current ward boundaries, so we'll be attending a new congregation. There are a lot of people I'm going to miss seeing regularly (but I'll still be at book group, and I'm really not that much further away), but it feels like the right thing to do. So I probably won't be posting much because we are planning to close by the end of the month (yikes!), but we are busy doing exciting things. Wish us luck!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Recent Life


I’ve realized it has been a month since I’ve talked about our lives, so here’s the rundown of what we’ve been up to.


The biggest news is that we are house hunting. It is really intimidating, as it is the biggest purchase I’ve ever made, and there are so many things to consider, but it is also really exciting. We’re going to be picking the place Emily will start elementary school, the playgrounds where she’ll make her friends, and the rooms where our future kids will play. It has been a long, long time since I’ve lived somewhere so permanently. OK, it is a starter home, but still, I haven’t lived somewhere for two years straight since high school.


I got together with my friend Rachel, who I hadn’t seen since 9th grade, and who is now living in Baltimore. It was really fun to see what had changed and what had stayed the same about us, and I’m excited to see more of her.


Emily and I are engaged in an epic battle to get her to drink fluids. I’m losing. Badly. I’ll spare you the details of what my defeats look like, but if you ever need advice on infant constipation products, I’m quite knowledgeable. Wish me luck in my next battle strategy: playing “tea party.”


Emily is learning more and more each day. She can now successfully identify her tongue and ears with regularity, and is getting pretty good at her head. She likes hanging out in boxes and under tables, and using a folding chair like a makeshift “walker.” She loves book, hugs, patting her dolls (before chewing on them), and dancing.


And then there’s the day to day: flu bugs and games with friends; date night and book group. So that’s us.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Excuse for not blogging #82058

Yeah, I've been slacking here, but I've got several posts written and ready roll out throughout women's history month on my mormon women's history blog. So if I'm not writing here, check me out over there.