The One with the Crazy Levels

At the beginning of the week when Kevin found out he didn’t have to go into work on Friday, we planned an afternoon date to Olive Garden! It’s been forever since we ate there–one of our favorite venues, so we’ve both really been looking forward to it. After a wonderfully relaxing morning (if you can consider 40 minutes of pilates and 40 minutes on the ellipse to be relaxing), lunch time rolled around. (Does anyone else think it’s strange that on the days you’re allowed to sleep in, you still end up getting up about the same time as usually “scheduled”? Maybe you don’t experience this, but Kevin and I both do…and we’ve decided it’s ok only because you don’t have to get up then.) Ok…back to the date. It was a bit muggy out (I didn’t know this in advance because we’ve kept our windows closed and the air on low to try to combat the ridiculously awful allergies I’ve been experiencing…just like I have every August for the last 20 years…), but we both looked quite dapper for our afternoon on the town. :) Olive Garden was quite busy and the service was quite poor, but we still have an amazing time together over a very satisfying meal. Salad and breadsticks are always a must, and my pasta e fagoli soup was great…as were Kevin’s two plates of “never-ending” pasta.

After our check was paid, we took a few turns and arrived at the Fairlane Town Center–one of the coolest malls we’d ever been to. The architecture alone was something to be admired. Not only were there multiple floors, but there were “half” floors and flights of stairs and elevators and escalators and ramps at every turn. We had no plans to purchase anything–it had just been too long since I visited a mall and I thought it’d be a fun way to spend the afternoon (people watching, window shopping, and walking off our filling lunch). We both thoroughly enjoyed the hours at the mall and came away with some fantastic buys! I typically hate spending any money on myself and Kevin knows this all too well. While at New York & Company, I found 3 shirts that were on sale and looked absolutely perfect on me, but when I found out they weren’t on sale for quite as much as I thought, I dropped them and walked out of the store–very frustrated. Kevin talked with me for a while, pointing out his simple desire to have his wife allow him to bless her with things she would love to have. *sigh* I finally “got” it. In the end, I walked away with those three shirts (where I save a total of $75) and a great pair of brown high heels and black patent leather peep toes (where I save $95!!). It was a great feeling to get such great deals on things I’ve been saying I need for quite some time. Kevin found the perfect messenger bag on sale (with a built in laptop pocket) and sandals for next summer.

Though my food is still digesting, I shan’t forget the wonderful hours we spent on the town.

The One with the Last Minute Tigers

A long while ago, Kevin’s chem lab bought a batch of tickets to go to the Cleveland Indians v. Detroit Tigers Game on August 26th. Back then, we had zero dollars to spare and I decided not to tag along. Kevin’s prof. very kindly paid for his ticket, and I was glad he could still go have fun. Last night rolled around (what a gorgeous night it was for a baseball game) and one of the individuals had to back out at the last minute…leaving an extra ticket…for ME! Kevin was especially thrilled to have me along. We had a great (free!) time (despite the fact that I was torn between the one sports team I ever loved–the Indians–and the team that was on my new “home terf.” Oh, well, I figured I could be happy either way. The Indians schooled Detroit. hee, hee.)

Enjoy the pictures!

The One with the Fishies

I just had an amazing dinner! Kevin has a special meal prepared for grad students, so I decided to try something new. I have never cooked fish before, but with tilapia in the freezer, I had the perfect ingredient. :) I baked a potato, cooked broccoli, and sauteed the light fish with lemon pepper seasoning and olive oil. I must say I was impressed! I might just become a lover of seafood. Or….maybe just tilapia. (Much more “fishy” flavor and I’d have to say “no thanks.”) What a healthy choice too!

On a different note…
God inhabits our bodies, delighting in every inch of us. Every eccentricity and peculiarity is received. Every longing and self-destructive habit is known. God knows us through and through and still wants to make his home inside us.

The One with the Scrapbook

Once again the weather spent a few days reminding us how we strongly dislike humid heat and then decided to come back to my favorite environment–sunny with a high of 75.

Last Thursday afternoon I finally sat down and opened up my collection of scrapbooking supplies to attempt a few pages in the new wedding album. I had found my favorite background paper on SALE at JoAnn’s and decided it was just the kick I needed to get started. I figured I would do 2 of 4 pages. Instead, I ended up working from 2:30 until 10pm–with only a short break for dinner. Kevin had never really seen me scrapbook, let alone be on a such a kick, so he let me work and was happy to see my “hobby” was not just a myth. :) He humored me and has looked through my handiwork a couple of times, thoroughly praising the outcome! I finished up the remaining pages in a couple hours on Friday morning–unofficially completing my wedding scrapbook. I figure I’ll add more pages as I print some pictures I receive from friends, but until then, I feel wonderfully proud!

The scrapbook was done just in time for my little party with Magan and Betsy. The girls arrived Saturday evening and we had a wonderful time together. We had homemade pizza (the best yet I believe), french vanilla cake (delicious but almost sickeningly so near the end…), and woke up to Sunday morning pancakes. Kevin had originally planned on being in SA for the night so as to us freedom to be girly, but due to my scheduling mistakes, he would have been leaving me home alone on Friday night. I kept going back and forth–wanting him to go have fun, but being kind of scared to be alone. (I don’t think I’ve ever spent a night completely alone…EVER…let alone in the middle of Detroit.) I had given my “go” Friday morning and prepared myself for a night alone. However, when I picked him up from work, he said he had decided not to go. I was confused and when I asked him his reasoning, he said he just didn’t like the thought of leaving me home alone. *sigh* He’s wonderful. We decided to celebrate our night together with a trip to Ihop and then sundaes from McDonald’s. :)

It was great to be with the girls, and we had plenty of time “alone” as we stretched out on the king sized airmattress in the loft and watched Havana Nights (my first time) while chatting and enjoying the Q commentary we had grown to love. :)

Anyways, it’s a beautiful day and I plan to enjoy it. I’m not sure how just yet, but I’m going to.

The One with Children’s Literature

This morning, whenever I’m done eating my breakfast (a new favorite by the way…oatmeal with peanut butter melted inside!), I plan on driving down to Aldi. I haven’t been to this particular store since the car broke down forever ago, so I’m a little apprehensive. I know everything will be fine, though, because 1) I love Aldi! and 2) I am going early enough that hopefully the inside of our non-air-conditioned car won’t yet reach 80. :)

I am loving Kevin’s grad school orientation schedule! He’s still going in about the same time, but he gets home around 3:30 or 4:00 in the afternoon! Have I mentioned how excited I am every day when Kevin walks in the door? I guess not alot changes over 22 years–I was always giddy when my daddy came home from work too. Now I get to be thrilled to see my husband! I love him.

Yesterday, to congratulate him on finishing (and, I later found out, passing the required number) his 5 proficiency exams, I baked half a batch of oatmeal cookies! They turned out perfectly! The only problem was Kevin had eaten the student-led international potluck for lunch and came home feeling not quite right. :-/

I love having the ellipse just upstairs. Not only is it great for days when we’re not biking, but it’s perfect for days when you get your bike downstairs only to discover you have a staple in the front tire which released all its air. *sigh* Stupid biking in the city. But seriously, I love the ellipse. The first 2 days using it were a little rough. Every different type of exercise requires different muscles and different stamina and it took a few tries for my body to “remember” that [I used to be awesome at it!] :)

In closing, I would just like to say that Nate the Great is amazing!

The One with the Tuna Melt

Sorry I haven’t been the faithful blogger I have led you all to believe that I am. It’s been what I call an exciting, freaky, crazy, unpredictable, and yet perfectly ordained God thing. Once again, I would love to share some details but until all loose ends are tied up, I’ll be keeping you in suspense.

My life in a nutshell:

  • had an amazing time hanging out with the guys and then with Britt and the Pollaks and the Newtons on the weekend! It was so good!
  • had a great NY steak, fresh corn on the cob, cantaloupe dinner with Kevin’s dinner (and then were sent to the pantry to do “grocery shopping”!!)
  • love “Pete’s Garage”–sweet sports bar type restaurant with actual cars for booths and amazing food–will definitely be back there.
  • had some sweet time with Kevin as he was off all day yesterday.
  • have seen continual divine provision (endless “bread and fish”…)
  • got my haircut…some cute layers…but nothing too dramatic…loving my length!
  • had a sweet tuna melt sandwich today for lunch.
  • ready to watch Gilmore girls!

The One with the Brunch

Our date last night was wonderful…despite the insane “rush hour” traffic during a supposedly “non-rush hour” time. *sigh* We eventually made it to Madison Heights, waited in a ridiculously long line to pick up my dress from David’s Bridal (which fit perfectly!) and even dropped of lots of checks (aka MONEY) at a Bank of America. (Very cool check depository in those outside ATMs!) By 7:45 we had finally reached the destination of our dreams–Pizza Hut! There were hardly any people in the dining room, which we were ok with. We found a great meal deal for 2–medium specialty pizza, 2 salads, and breadsticks for 13.50 or something (only a few cents more than just purchasing a medium pizza alone!) However, though this would have been plenty of food, we opted for the “dinner for 3” which upped the pizza to a large and gave us an extra salad. The benefit of this is…we have half a pizza left for TONIGHT!

Speaking of tonight, we’re driving to Spring Arbs for a visit. Kevin’s been in the mood for some guy time…and I can’t say I blame him. He’s been with me 24/7 for 3 months now! :) It should be a fun time for both of us though. I’ll get to see the guys for a bit and then spend the evening with Britt slumber-partying it up at Nich and Jennie’s! Then I’ll pop over to the Newton’s for a much-needed visit on Saturday. And maybe get my hair cut. And maybe some other things. :) Before we head out, we’ll stop by Gpa Eccles’s house and have dinner with them. cool beans.

Oh, and Kevin didn’t have to go into lab today until afternoon, so we decided to have ourselves a delicious brunch at 11am. I fried potatoes, fixed pancakes, and cooked eggs over easy. mmm, mmm. All this after “sleeping in” until 8am…because we stayed up until 1:00am watching the women’s all-around gymnatics finals on the Olympics. I just couldn’t miss it! But I seriously can’t believe I managed to stay up 2 and 1/2 hours later than my normal “bed time.”

Guess that’s all for now. :)

The One with the Pizza Hut Goodness

Tonight is our date night! I’m way excited! Especially since it’s not going to cost us anything thanks to a gift card we won at our apartment complex par-tay! We have both been craving the amazing-ness of Pizza Hut and can’t wait! I got myself all dooded up (aka…the way my mom always used to say meaning “dressed up” or “fancy”). I don’t have many excuses to go out at this point..especially on dates…so I take every opporunity and seize it! :) I don’t think Kevin minds too much.

Also, I get to pick up my bridesmaid dress at David’s Bridal while we’re out. That will be kind of fulfilling as well–seeing what all that money was spent on months ago. :) And Kevin hasn’t seen it on me yet, so that should be kinda fun. Just us!

As for the rest of my life, it’s good. I’m still waiting. But I’m getting pretty proficient at that. :)

The One in Brief

I’m sorry I haven’t updated in a while. I know all of you are hanging on to my every word, but sometimes time gets away from me. (heehee).

The last few days have been pretty much insane…in that “heavenly blessing being poured out so heavily that we don’t have room to contain it” sort-of-way. I can’t elaborate at this point. But two different ministerial positions have all but fallen into my lap and we’re waiting for God’s word at this point. Kevin and I have talked extensively about the pros and cons of both situations and are waiting for replies, visits, and again…God’s timing. Would you all join us on your knees seeking wisdom?