Sunday, December 30, 2007

No slowing down

After the holidays and all of the family time (including the big extended get-together today) Blake and I were looking forward to a nice week of relaxation, but it looks like our plate is full again!

1. Work tomorrow
2. New Year's Day with Blake's family (I've been a little under the weather, so we re-scheduled from last week)
3. The Wizard of Oz auditions at the high school
4. Second trip to IKEA because it's about time for me to finally get my bookcase!
5. Epiphany party with office staff on Friday evening
6. Blake has another meeting with the Dr. on Friday as well
7. I'm filling in all of the other empty spaces with work, practicing, and meetings.
8. Oh yes, and trying to track down my curtains and fitting in a matinée showing of P.S., I Love You if time allows. The book is phenomenal. One of my favorites.

I'm growing so fond of these little lists. I check my own blog as often as some of you do just to make sure I'm accomplishing everything that I've got on my schedule! More to come soon!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

More Christmas stuff

Blake and I made out like bandits shopping today. We decided to take advantage of the huge clearance sales on Christmas items, and left with the following:

1. An entire ribbon collection {which makes me very happy!}
2. Two additional Christmas trees {hey, we've got a big house!}
3. Decorations for both of the new trees
4. Garland
5. Wrapping paper
6. A beautiful angel tree topper
7. Gift tags
8. Three storage tubs {You can't ever have too many of those. They really help me organize my life! Who cares if they are Christmas colored?}
9. Two tree skirts {It's probably time for us to retire the blanket that we use as a faux tree skirt. :) }
10. Five sets of Christmas tree lights {Including red ones for Blake's 2008 Nebraska Husker tree...}
11. Invites for next year's holiday party {that's right. We're going to try to have an annual holiday party of friends, family, food, and fun! ooh la la!}

I was so ecstatic about our purchases and subsequent huge savings, that I really wanted to come home and set it all up! If you are looking for Christmas stuff, I suggest you take advantage of the great sales going on right now. I can't wait for holiday season 2008!

Following my curtains

I am obsessed with knowing the whereabouts of my curtains. I've been in contact with UPS and about them and I'm still hoping they get re-routed and sent back to me. :( Apparently they weren't going to Ohio as I thought...hmm...Georgia?

Check out their journey all over the mid-United States:

Date Time Location Service Area Checkpoint Details

Dec 27, 2007 12:50:00 AM HODGKINS IL US ARRIVAL SCAN
Dec 24, 2007 04:00:00 AM DUBUQUE IA US ARRIVAL SCAN

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

How does this happen?

It appears that I may never get my wonderful black and white damask curtains.

After UPS failed to deliver once, and then sent them back to the call center in OHIO, I called for replacements, which Target happily provided {I love that store for so many reasons!}. All seemed well on the home front until I decided to track my package again tonight.

THE SAME THING! My curtains are headed back to OHIO!!!!

What is especially perplexing about this situation is that they delivered the first half of my order from Target {the sad blue curtains that were not what I had in mind} to our front door step, yet they keep saying, and recording, that there is a wrong address on the second half of the order. Here's the kicker: It's the same address that was on the first package {believe me, I've verified it with UPS and with Target multiple times. I think they were actually annoyed that I kept repeating it. :) } I just want my curtains! *Sigh*

Happy Holidays

I hope all of you had a very safe and blessed Christmas and holiday season. Blake and I had a lovely time with those near and dear to us {we still have another Christmas this weekend! yay! :)}. I just adore time with my family. Here's a small peek into our celebration thus far. Enjoy, and happy holidays!

Our Party

Blake and I had prepared for a wonderful housewarming party last Sunday, only to be greeted by arctic winds {gusts up to 45 mph!} and snow which left the roads in terrible shape for many of those hoping to travel our way. Our guest list of 40 dwindled as the hours went by {as did my hopes of getting rid of all of the food I had prepared}, but five brave souls still made it out to help us celebrate our first holiday season in our new place and were good sports about having to eat so much food.

Thanks to:
1. Meredith
2. John
3. Lola
4. Mike
5. Jess-o

For those of you that missed it, here's a little look at the set-up before the guests arrived. Of course, Sophie's in the picture. She's such a diva.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

One step forward, two steps back.

Let's make that two steps forward and two steps back. My parents and our friend, Meredith, were over today to help us take two giant leaps forward in fixing up the house, and getting ready for the party. We are so thankful for all of their help today!

1. We got some of the Christmas goodies for our party made! :)
2. Finally, some art on our walls, and all of our curtain rods are up.

Mom, finding her way around my kitchen

Dad, measuring for curtain rods.

Meredith, framing some pictures.

However, we have had two minor setbacks in the meantime:

1. The pretty blue curtains that were supposed to match my rug in the basement, don't match even a little bit. So, the search continues....

2. Apparently our delivery service {ahem...UPS} doesn't know the difference between OH and IA. After doing an online tracking of the missing half of our online curtain order, I discovered that our lovely black and white Damask panels have, in fact, been delived to OH and not IA. Thank heavens the lovely representative at Target offered to send replacements. What can brown do for me? Delivering my package to the right state would be a great start.

I was hoping to have curtains up by party time, but apparently there will be no such luck.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My envelope from Wayne

It's funny that my sister blogged about the very thing I was wanting to blog about this evening. You can read her article about Uncle Wayne here {My stamp has already found a home on my fridge}. I must brag that the "awesome uncle" also happens to be my Godfather. Woop! Here is my envelope and stamp from awesome Uncle Wayne {after I ripped into it to get out the Christmas card}!

And, as an added special touch, check out what he wrote on the inside {he's funny too!}:

American Lung Association - Seasons Greetings 1988!

Monday, December 17, 2007


I was told I was having a party on the evening of Dec. 23rd as a sort of holiday housewarming {believe me, my house is in no shape for an actual housewarming party...that will be coming sometime in the spring}. This sounded like a great idea, so I sort of took the idea and ran with it. My problem: I have no clue how many people I've invited, or told about this party. If you are an invitee, please RSVP via a comment here and let me know the number of guests. I just want to know how many people I should be planning for so that I can make you all some pretty delicious finger food.

The menu {so far -- and subject to change}:

1. Traditional holiday goodies {peanut clusters, carter candy, pretzels, etc.}
2. Meatballs in special sauce
3. Cheese and Crackers
4. Chips and Taco Dip {I'm assigned Taco Dip for the extended family get-together this year. You people will be my guinea pigs as I've never made it before!}
5. Fresh Veggies
6. Truffle Brownie Cups {via Jennifer's recipe seen here}
7. Various beverages (wine, beer, soda, water, milk}
8. And for a late dessert, Grasshoppers {But I have to find a blender first. :)}

Sunday, December 16, 2007

About my poll

Apparently, Lola has gathered up quite the team to amass her insane amount of votes on my poll. Co-workers, her husband, and various other random people who were e-mailed have all pitched in to help her reach an unbelievable 2500+ votes. Congratulations Lola! It looks like you're going to be the winner. Kudos to Brian, though, for a very valiant effort in the voting game.

Side note: Sophie is back to her usual self.....except, I'm waiting for her bowels to start working again. They seem to have taken a break with the onset of illness.

More paint

Painting is the story of my life right now. It's all we've been doing for the past two weekends. We did, however, manage to squeeze in a couple of Christmas parties this weekend {Free food = Bonus! Since we seem to be a little slim on the food around here lately!}, which was a nice break from the paint fumes! I need to do my second coat of trim in the main basement, and some ceiling touch-ups in both rooms this week, but so far, here's our progress:

1. The basement bedroom has some pretty white curtains {not pictured}, and is pretty much done! I can't wait to put my bookshelf in here!

2. The dark brown walls are so gorgeous. The other walls are basically the same color as the couch {pictured} and our curtains should arrive this week. They will be the same color as the pretty blue IKEA rug in our picture. I seriously can't wait to have this room all put together! AH! :)

Thursday, December 13, 2007


I've never felt more behind on preparing for the Christmas season. I have many people to shop for {9}, and I have gotten presents for only a few of them! The presents that I already have aren't even wrapped, so they don't even look pretty underneath the tree! We've ordered some of them online, and are just awaiting their arrival. In some cases, I don't even know what to get people. Usually I find it inspirational to think of things to get family and friends {and I start really early}, but with the fuss of the whole moving and unpacking process, I've sort of spaced out how soon Christmas will be here. And now, I'm kicking myself....

At least I have some pretty wrapping paper, and a quaint little Christmas tree to enjoy for the time being. :)

PS: Take a look at my poll (in the left hand column) that has 367 votes. Usually I only get 15 votes on a poll, so I'm guessing a lot of people know my siblings. Or, some of them have been really busy voting, clearing cookies, and voting again. My vote is with the latter, especially since one of them {ahem...LOLA} has 267 votes! :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sophie Update

After a really long night, we finally got in with the vet this morning. He thinks she has tonsillitis. His exact phrase was that her throat was "redder than meat." I guess her throat is so swollen that when she swallows anything (including water...even her own saliva!) she ultimately ends up gagging herself, which therefore makes her vomit.

He gave her a shot, and a couple of pills. And for the next few days, I get to give her some liquid medicine with a syringe (the little kid version of amoxicillin --bright pink!). I also have to attempt to get her to swallow a pill once a day for the next five days. And, I get to feed her soft food (think gruel) with a syringe 2-3 times daily until she will eat it without the syringe. Then, I have to wean her back onto solid dog food.

The plus side: She's only thrown up 3 times today. WOOHOO!

It's almost like I have a child....

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


My dog is sick. I am worried. I can't take her anywhere today because of this crazy ice storm. She has thrown up somewhere in the vicinity of 18 times in the past two days. She has not eaten. I called the vet, and he recommended giving her a teaspoon of Pepto Bismal three times today. Since I don't have a little syringe to shoot it down her throat, I had to pry open her mouth and dump the teaspoon in there and then repeat the process with the portion that she spit out. She was not happy with me. I used to think it was sort of crazy the things people would do for their pets. But I find myself saying that I'll do whatever it takes to help Sophie feel better. If she is still ill tomorrow, we're taking a trip to the vet. I hope she gets better. She keeps making little whimpers while she is resting, indicating that she's in some sort of pain. This makes me sad. She's a comfort to have around in this big house while Blake is gone during the week, and she's so fun when he's here. She's our family.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Our great IKEA adventure

I love IKEA. We made a day trip today, and left with a plethora of things for our house! Curtains, curtain rods, organizers, a rug, some clearance Christmas items for next year, a couple decor items, etc.! We invited my mom along for the ride...she was in heaven the minute she walked in the store. In her words, "It's so big!!!!" It took us about 4 hours to comb the entire store. I kept looking for reasons to go up and down the escalators so that I could shove my cart on its own little escalator thing. It's the kid in me..... :)

I'll be making another trip sometime after Christmas to pick up my bookshelf. I'm not paying a ridiculous amount for shipping. Jen, were we still planning on making that weekend trip that we talked about awhile back? If we are, that is the perfect opportunity to get my bookshelf. We'll just con mom into letting us take the van for comfort. ;)

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Front Step Christmas

I had my little Christmas caroling event with the Children's choir tonight. An overview of the event:

1. There were tons of desserts. I got to bring some home. I can't wait to eat them!
2. The hot chocolate was an adventure, but it went over very well. Just the right touch to keep people warm.
3. I wish it wouldn't have been windy. But, the snow was a nice touch.
4. Even though I told the children to bundle up, you would not believe how many of those little buggers came without hats, gloves, etc.! Where are their parents?!
5. I got a decent amount of complaints saying it should have been inside because it was cold. I liked the nostalgia of the cold, caroling, and the holiday season. Besides, it's December in Iowa. What did they expect?
6. The kids always sound so angelic when they sing. I wish we could get the angelic-ness to rub off on their behavior!

The overall verdict = Success. We're doing it again next year! :)


Blake and I have been busy painting this weekend, when our time allows. And clearly, Blake really looks like he is enjoying himself! Thankfully, we are nearly finished with our downstairs bedroom, which means, I get to order my bookcase soon! I'm going to work on touch-ups while Blake is gone this week. We even had time to do a little wall-art, in Bob Ross style. Sadly, it has been painted over. Next weekend, we're going to start tackling our giant basement. Once that is painted, we can finally start to put it all together! :)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Oven Squirrel

While searching for some Christmas gifts online, I clicked upon this wonderful little gadget. I've decided I want one oven squirrel for my counter, and for Blake's use, so that he won't be afraid to take things out of the oven. It's genius. Hold the tail, pull the hot oven rack out with the ears, push in with the paws. WOW!

Etsy. A new adventure?

I've been contemplating getting my own little Etsy shop to sell some of my photos. I've got a passion for taking pretty little shots with my digital camera (Blake's taken a few good ones as well!), and I'm printing some of them for my own house. Below, a few of the ideas I'd think about selling, plus more seen here and here. What do you think? Should I give it a whirl? It costs money to list things ($0.20 per listing), and 3.5% of a sale goes to Etsy, so your honest opinion would be really helpful! Thanks!

Monday, December 3, 2007

I don't want to wait until after Christmas

to purchase this beautiful new bookshelf {in black-brown}. I already know where we're going to put it {in the basement bedroom}! It should fill nearly one entire wall. Since we're painting the basement, it does make sense to hold off on the bookcase until after the holidays and the painting, but I just want to organize all of our stuff on it! :) Right now, we have two cheap, college-style bookcases that don't hold all of our books. At our old place, we had the bookshelves full, plus a couple of boxes and crates full of books in the closet. We want to keep our closet space open! Anyone want some free bookshelves?

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Updates, guests, and decorating

Blake's Jeep just had a dead battery. We were pretty convinced that was the problem, but were worried that it might have been a starter issue since he had to replace that a couple of years ago. Thank heavens for small towns. A local auto shop guy came out to our house, charged the battery, and gave us his home phone number in case it didn't start the next day. Of course, it didn't start today, so we called him at home and he came out and put in a new battery. How nice!

All the recent time spent in the garage or with the garage door open {scooping snow, ice, and all the other glorious things mother nature dumped on us} has welcomed our first unwelcome house guest. Yes, we have a mouse. I'm paranoid that it's going to get into the house. This is when I wish for a detached garage. Now, I've just got to get that little bugger.

Unpacking is coming along. The entire main floor is practically live-able {outside of the guest bedrooms that no one uses!} We focused on finding and putting up our Christmas decorations yesterday. No need to put that off to last minute in this new place! I have this thing where I like to work on a new, fairly inexpensive {$20 or less}, Christmas project each year. Last year, it was finding a door decoration for our condo. This year, I wanted to put together a table centerpiece. Here's what I came up with {plus a view of our dining and kitchen area}. Speaking of Christmas decorations, I'm absolutely in love with the festive-ness of our fireplace {the word art was a custom gift from our realtor. It was waiting for us, along with a bottle of wine, on our kitchen counter when we walked in on Friday. So thoughtful. I LOVE it!}.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

When it rains, it pours

New house, broken Jeep.

We are slowly making some progress on our new house. We finally have the kitchen unpacked, and my parents came out to help with some stuff last night. I sent Blake out to get some milk this morning, and his Jeep wouldn't start...great.

Details as they develop and pictures to come soon! Here's a preview for now... :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Another thing I can't wait to get done: Painting my basement. Any color suggestions? The entire upstairs is a neutral light brown and the master bedroom is green, so I'm wanting something a little different without being too crazy. Dark brown? Red? A nice warm yellow? A medium blue? I want to paint the downstairs bedroom the same color as my current office {seen here}. Here is the space in question.

Also, an update {well, a picture} on the ditched combine. Check out the marks left in the ditch after it was removed. I didn't have my camera with me while it was in-process so this will have to suffice. The crane operators said they were surprised that it didn't tip over. I'm just thankful no one was hurt.

Peek into my week

As I'm living in limbo, neither at my old house or my new one, I've somehow managed to spend a ridiculous amount of time at work. In the past three days, I've already been there for 35 hours, and I'm going back for some more tonight {Playing a mass dedicated to the parish volunteers. God Bless them!}, after which, I'll finally head back to our old place to clean it up before our buyer's final walk-through tomorrow.

Let's factor into the work equation, all the preparations I've been handling for our move to the new place: lining up phone/cable/internet, switching utilities {Did you know that in a small town you actually have to go to the respective offices to fill out paperwork? We did it all over the phone when we moved to the QCA!}, picking up a recycling bin, working with the post office so that our new address is in fact a verifiable delivery address {since it's a new house, apparently we weren't even in the USPS system}, setting up our home owner's insurance, and doing our own final walk-through.

Speaking of our final walk-through. We discovered a mis-connected water pipe in one of our bathrooms when we moved everything into the garage last weekend, so we let our realtor know. Today, I discovered that they fixed the pipe, but had to cut a hole in the wall of one of our bedrooms to do it {+1 additional fix}, there is also a slight hammer hole in our bathroom wall, where it looks like someone mis-fired will fixing something else, hitting the wall instead {+2 additional fix}. They were also supposed to put up our mailbox outside, but I discovered it today still resting happily in the garage {+3 additional fix}. I discovered, on my own, that I'm thinking our pretty washer and dryer won't fit in our laundry room on the pedestals because right now the cabinets are mounted just a little bit too low. There is plenty of room to move them up a bit, so I'm wondering if I should take that route? In the famous words of the interns at Seattle Grace Hospital {Grey's Anatomy}: "Seriously?" I'm sure they'll get everything done, but that is not what a buyer wants to see a couple days before they move in!

And, I may have another great working opportunity coming my way soon {Yet another thing I've been busy with in the past few days}. This does not include the Wizard of Oz accompaniment, my current job, weddings, or piano lessons. This is going to be a wonderful step with my career if everything works out well. The best part is that I would not have to sacrifice my current job. The downside is that I will officially have no free-time for a little while. I'm weighing my options, but I'll keep you updated as this develops.

Tomorrow night, our buyer wants to do her final walk-through, and she has requested that Blake and I be present because she has some questions about the garage code, thermostat, etc. Typically the buyer doesn't see the seller until closing, so I find this a little awkward. Especially because I'm just planning on handing her the instruction manuals {which were going to remain with the house} with everything she needs to know in them. Anyone else had their buyer go to the final walk-through with the seller present?

On top of everything, while my poor dad was driving his combine to the implement dealer to have a small problem fixed, a bigger problem popped up. His back wheel {the one that controls steering} fell off, and he ended up in the ditch with his combine. We're not sure how it happened. The implement people came out to fix it to drive it out of the ditch, but only found themselves further in the ditch. There is now a crane coming to lift it out. Which is why I suddenly found myself with enough time to update. I came home to see if they needed any help, and now we're waiting for the crane.

Seriously, I can't wait to move in, hang up my pretty curtains, find spots for all of our stuff, and just decorate so I can post pictures here for all of you to see! We'll see how long this takes...

Friday, November 23, 2007

End of countdown

We move tomorrow! Posts will be spotty next week as we prepare to close on our new place next Friday {So sad about the posts because I was really trying to do the NaBloPoMo thing even though I already missed 11/5}. Here's a look at all of our progress. Our fireplace is buried somewhere behind all of those boxes. I'm still sort of in shock about how many things we had; moving presented the perfect opportunity to clean out and simplify our lives, so we donated quite a bit of our things to Goodwill. However, at last count there were still 42 boxes to move + furniture + one fish tank + whatever is in the garage.

After some early-morning packing {Not too early though! I wasn't one of the people crazy enough to be out waiting in line at 4 a.m.}, Blake and I decided to brave the black Friday sales and got a great deal on our washer and dryer {seen here}. I can't wait to do laundry next weekend! Aren't they pretty? Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday. Here is my Thanksgiving in a couple of pictures {it snowed!}.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A family birthday

Ben is 17 today. Happy Birthday little bro! I know I'm getting old when my baby brother is 17. Wah.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Keeping busy

Outside of packing and work. This has now consumed my life. I must learn 188 pages of music for the musical, "The Wizard of Oz" which begins rehearsing in early January. Also on my "to-do" list: Learn accompaniments for 10 pieces for the high school Christmas concert on Dec. 16. The challenge is finding time to do it in the midst of the move and the holidays. Yippee Skippee.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Why am I hungry?

I forgot to eat breakfast in the midst of my busy morning {some maddening news came our way}, and didn't even realize it until my stomach started growling. It hit me when I started wondering why I was hungry on my drive. I didn't get my Raisin Bran!

My realtor and I measured our windows at our new place today. Next item on the list: buy curtains or blinds. I like this pair from IKEA. I'm putting them in the master bedroom. We've got pretty over-sized windows in our new place {bedroom windows measure 83 1/2" X 64"; main basement window is 97" X 64"}, which means a lot of natural light {yay}, but also a lot of window treatments. I'm putting sheer curtains on most of them. Simple, but decorative.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Christmas came early

...for my dad. Since our beloved Teddy-2 passed away last week, Dad has been pretty lost without his cow dog around. So, my siblings and I decided to start looking for another. Brian prompted the search with this very heartfelt e-mail:

In the wake of the passing of our dear lovable Teddy, maybe we should look into a Teddy III. The farm just won't be the same without a manly Sheltie named Teddy.

I felt a little guilty looking at first because Teddy-2 had just died. I soon realized it was more of an honor and a testament of our love for the dog that we should find another worthy to fill his shoes {paws?}. Let's face it. Every farmer needs a good cow dog, and both of our Teddy's have been damn good ones. Usually, Sheltie pups are not common this time of year, but we got lucky. In fond remembrance of Teddy-2 {and the original Teddy}, say hello to Teddy-3.

He was a complete surprise for Dad. Blake and I picked him up, bathed him, and even decorated him with a bow {we safety pinned it to his collar. In the midst of all of the moving boxes, I couldn't find my cloth ribbon!}. I brought him to my parent's house this afternoon. Dad is in love. He even greeted the new pup with a "Hi, Teddy. Aww. Hi." See the events unfold in the photos below:

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Free Rice

A friend sent me this {click here}.

It's a word game. For each word you answer correctly, Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end hunger. It's a win-win situation. You get to test your vocabulary and practice a little philanthropy while somewhere in the world, someone is getting the grains of rice you donated by expanding your knowledge. You can't beat that. Don't forget to come back on a daily basis and donate as much rice as you can. My total today is 1400 grains of rice.


Blake and I headed to Chicago today to see The Phantom of the Opera with our friends Colleen and Demetrius. I love that Blake has become interested in musicals. He's seen a handful of high school productions {5} and two professional ones {Wicked and Phantom} since he met me; not bad for a city kid who had never seen one in his life! This is the third time I've seen this particular show on stage, including the modified Vegas version. I also own the movie. What can I say? I can't get enough of this stuff. It's a thrilling and enjoyable experience every time!

I sometimes wish I lived closer to these productions. I would make a habit out of them. Phantom is in Chicago until January. If you're headed there, it's definitely worth springing for the tickets! If you don't like Phantom, go to Wicked!

Other shows and productions on my "to see" list:
1. Jersey Boys
2. Wicked {for the third time}
3. The Lion King
4. Avenue Q
5. Blue Man Group
6. Cirque de Soleil

Friday, November 16, 2007

Farewell home tour

Blake and I move a week from tomorrow. Below, a little tour of our current place before there were boxes everywhere! When we first moved in, every wall was white, and there were only blinds on the windows. It was just begging for someone to make it feel a little more homey, and I was up for the challenge. :)

I love the color we picked for our living room. It reminds me of a Wendy's frosty. Delicious. Our rug is also a favorite {only $60!}, and I've already picked a spot for it in our new home. Blake's fish tank is always a conversation starter because he has some pretty impressive fish. However, it's usually an eyesore because it doesn't get cleaned as often as it should. Our fireplace {in picture 2} wasn't something I planned on having when I moved here, but it was nice for really cold winter nights. We would start it up, drink hot chocolate, and work on a puzzle nearby.

Our kitchen - complete with apples in our fruit bowl. I hate decorating above cabinets, and I love a refrigerator with lots of mementos on them. I actually cleaned mine off for this picture because my mom doesn't agree with my love for a well-decorated fridge {she thought it would turn a potential buyer off to our place}. Some things you will always find on my fridge: magnets from places visited, pictures of family and friends, shopping list, and one of those "Today I feel" mood magnets. I think someday I'd like to add magnetic alphabet letters or magnetic poetry. One other fave of my kitchen: my microwave. I didn't purchase it, but it's amazing. It defrosts food better than any microwave I've ever encountered, and it has the most wonderful popcorn button. Our microwave popcorn never comes out burned and almost all the kernels are popped!

This is my favorite wall in our office. The other walls are white (I went for the white curtain to pull the room together), and I didn't think it was necessary for you to see our ridiculously unorganized computer desk, which is the only thing in the room besides Blake's Bowflex. It's a shame we didn't spend more time in there. I love the picture AND the color.

This is our bedroom. Nothing too special, but I love our down comforter in red, and I love the curtains. I picked the curtains for two reasons: 1. Because they were cheap 2. I love the warm glow on sunny mornings when I'm still tucked in beneath my beautiful comforter!

When we first painted the bathroom yellow, I wasn't very fond of it. Once I added my little art project, the color grew on me, and now I find it's especially cheery on gloomy mornings!

The only things I've neglected to show you are closets, and our "laundry room" behind a set of folding doors. I know that Blake and I will miss our little place dearly. At the same time, we're ready to take on the responsibilities of a new house! Yay!