So, in good news, I’m not dying. All my tests came back good. That’s a big relief for me.
Remember that time in February that I was so excited about the elusive “list?” And then I was like “Oh wait, no now it’s May when we get to leave?” And then Sully got home from sea this fall and they said “you can move 2nd quarter (April-June) 2013″ and I got excited but said, “I’ll believe you people when we’re packed and out of the state.” (And I didn’t blog about that one I guess.)
Well funny story, now we can’t move until July. They need him for some inspections in May, and you can’t play the slate unless you’re able to leave during any of the three months. So, we’ll leave July-September of next year. I’m at peace with this. I’ll finish all my classes here. I get one more summer of great weather here to reward me for surviving winter. The slate that we were supposed to play wasn’t that good, so that was kind of nice…except the THREE Italy jobs on it.
School is eating my life, and I don’t really hate it. I have at least one test every week until finals (December 10th-ish) when I have 5 tests. Then I’m taking a 3 week long winter interim course so I have more time to focus on science classes winter quarter. And because I’ve obviously lost my marbles. OH and I get to take another chemistry. Just guess how excited I am about that one! Mine didn’t transfer for one of them. I love all my nutrition classes, and they’re going well. Anatomy is also going really well, which is reassuring. Maybe next semester I’ll get around to posting more. I’ve got some really great recipes and nutrition info I really want to share! I have a series I want to start, but I really need the time to commit to it.
I got a huge nail in my tire the same day I found out about the chemistry thing. Tears may have happened. Hooray for buying the tire warranty for $19.
We’re moving to a cute little house in the downtown area of the town we live in next month. We can walk downtown for dinner, drinks, coffee, etc. And the farmer’s market is just around the corner! Our farmer’s market goes until the weekend before Christmas, and it starts again in April. Wal loves it for the smells, and there are two bassets that come every weekend and it stresses Wal out real bad. Last weekend one of them bayed at him from across the market until they got to greet each other. We’re packing in beer boxes because we’re just that classy…and they’re free once you drink the beer. I’ll maybe do a little house tour once we move. It also has the best view ever.
We’ve booked a great trip to Canada for Christmas. We’re going to Victoria for a few days, and Walter is coming with. We’re staying at a beautiful, historic hotel on the harbor. We went the second summer we were up here, so we’re excited to go back. Sully has two weeks off, so we plan to take it easy and relax (and I’ll be doing homework).
Fall’s depressing weather isn’t so depressing when you’re not trapped in an office all day. So…yeah, I quit my job to do school full time. It was just too much. I left on great terms and will be doing some freelance project for them until we move. Walter gets a lot more walks now, and I’m more relaxed. It’s been a nice change of pace to just focus on school. This great little park is about 1.5 miles from our new house!
I’ve been spending about 5 hours in the gym or running each week, and it’s the best. I’ve been running about 4 miles 3 days a week. I’m planning to up it to 6 miles, 3 days a week in the next few weeks.
We’re done with Christmas shopping for each other. Sully is buying a TV for his birthday/Christmas, so I only bought him a few things (that he knows about, because we apparently don’t do surprises). And, I perhaps also purchased all of my presents myself. #Ijudgemetoo
Also, we’re “Skipping Christmas” (minus the gifts, because you know, sometimes you need to just spend money on fun stuff after spending 1.5 years paying off $40,000 of debt while paying tuition too). Also if you haven’t read Skipping Christmas (the movie, “Christmas with the Kranks” is based on this book) you really should. Great read. Anyway, back to our Skipping Christmas. No tree. No ornaments. We’ll still send holiday cards, because I want one for each year because I’m a control freak. I’ll put up garland, maybe. But we are skipping the tree, the family time, the hoopla, the lights. None of it. Skipping it. And I basically couldn’t be more thrilled. Plus, if we’re going to be in Canada, what’s the point of a tree sitting at home?
Sully’s been out to sea right after Christmas the past two years, and I’ve had to put the tree away by myself. And it makes me really angry. Like, I stood in the entry while cursing the tree and Sully this January. Not doing it. Just won’t. Mark my words. I also haven’t put up any fall decorations except a wreath, and it is delightful. Call me Mrs. Scrooge. Also, Casey, please still be my friend? Or just come decorate for me with your Christmas loving heart?
I started these placemats, with halloween on one side and Christmas on the other, umm…two years ago before halloween…and I still haven’t finished them. I need to do the binding, and that’s where my sewing skills go from pretty good to real bad. Maybe this Christmas break I’ll get to them. Maybe.
OH and make this banana bread. We did it without the glaze because I’m lazy. It only uses a stick of butter (rather than nasty crisco) and has greek yogurt in it! Trader Joe’s gluten free flour blend worked perfectly in it for anyone needing gluten free foods!