Some of you have asked about what we're up to with all this talk of packing and apartment hunting...
Well, we're moving to the Bay Area...that's right...California.
I've been working from a distance for lark since May, and now that Robert's graduating (yay!), it's time to make the move. We're going to be living in the San Mateo area (which is between San Francisco proper and Cupertino).
We're excited and nervous...and I may post more here...but I've been blogging a little more over at my fancy lifestyle blog: mudpiemagnolia
I've included a list of FAQ on the move:
When are you moving? At the end of December. My sweet in-laws are going to help with final packing.
What's Robert going to do? Robert will be eating bonbons and watching Duck Dynasty...or helping with a start-up missional coffee shop (more details to come once it's launched - but it's awesome) Is it more expensive to live in SF? Um, absolutely. It is ridiculous. But there's really cool stuff to do and eat. Will you stop and visit me on your cross-country move? Sounds great. Tell us where you are and what's for dinner. Will you miss St. Louis? STL has definitely grown on us, and we're going to miss a lot of things about it...especially our friends :(
Can I visit? PLEASE! We love visitors! Rufus will share his bed with you.
I haven't updated our blog in almost a year, but that's what happens when you get a crazy new internship-style job for a year, and you're barely home. You forget about things like blogging. I'm not going to promise I'll be posting everyday or anything, but at least thought I should share some of what happened in the past 10 months.
I went to (in order): Cupertino, London, Atlanta, Portland, Dallas, Kansas City, LA, Anchorage, Toronto, Phoenix, Cupertino again, and Chicago. Also, throw in a couple trips to Tennessee, Texas, and New York. Robert got to hang out on some of those trips too...like Texas...and Torchy's. yum.
I went through a bunch of old papers and things from growing up, and it was pretty awesome:
First up, a page from my detective cases - I had a notebook that had "PRIVATE!" written across it and really wanted to be Harriet the Spy for a bit...I like that serious case #1 is a beer party...very serious. I think it was because I found some bottles thrown in our backyard.
I seemed to think of myself as quite the angel as demonstrated in the next two drawings:
This was my ideal resolution to an argument Daniel and I were having...on the previous page I had drawn all my problems from the day, and on this page I drew resolutions to them. Resolution to argument...Daniel realizing the error of his ways. List-making from the beginning...I was cool, I liked to latch-hook.
Robert and I went to our second Cardinals game - they got creamed by the Astros...
I went to Pittsburgh for a week with work - got to see several people I hadn't seen since March, and disco bowl to end the week right.
Jessica, Sara, Beth, and I went camping which involved lots of creek-lounging, eating good food, and having multiple small-town MO boys try to figure out why the car was overheating.
Then I went to Palm Desert, CA for work...and my first stop was In N Out...don't worry, they had a veggie options - grilled cheese, animal style.
This was where I stayed...gorgeous, and 115 degrees.
Robert got to come out and visit for a few days, and we went to San Diego with new Italian friends - promptly smitten with SD and its balmy, perfect weather. Back to Missoui, via Austin, where I finally met baby Sophia, to whom I am an honorary auntie...she is absolutely perfect. And got to hang out with all my siblings minus Dan - requisite trip to Amy's with Kara and Josh... And bought my first Fiestaware pieces last week, and been coveting the large display of it in Macy's over my lunch breaks.
Yes, I know it's cool to coupon now...recessionista, anyone? Thanks to my mom, I love scouting out good deals and I love being able to pass those on to people. I've had a lot of people ask me about all the rewards programs/online surveys/points programs that I use, so I decided I might as well post referrals to all of them. If you have any questions about them or want an invitation (so I get credit too) ask me...I love to talk savings.
MyPoints - I think that over the past few years I've probably gotten a few hundred dollars worth of gift cards from them. There are surveys you can take, and emails you can click on to get points. Also, whenever you order something online, go through them, and you'll get points per dollar spent. I don't have a referral link for this one, but I've posted it to my facebook wall, or you can email me for an invitation.
Swagbucks - search engine that rewards you with gift cards or prizes when you search or do surveys through them.
Opinion Outpost - surveys that pay out in Amazon credit or cash. (significant contributor to our Wii)
InboxDollars - you get a $5 bonus when you join this one - similar to MyPoints, but you can't cash out til you get $30.
Fashion (most of these are 1-2 sales, eg. American Apparel one day, Lacoste the next, etc)
Swirl - from the people at Daily Candy (since I love them too) super fun sample sales - found out about some new stuff through them.
Shopittome - posted this link to Facebook as well, or contact me for an invitation. love this place - you enter the brands you like, and the sizes you wear, and they email you an aggregated list once (or more if you like) per week showing you all the sales on what you like.
Hautelook - awesome fashion....awesome deals - I just ordered a couple things from them, and paid $178 less than retail price. that's a lot.
We have had a whirlwind past month...I'm going to try and sum it up with one picture for each big thing that happened, then give you links to my photo galleries to see EVERYTHING...We went to Florence, Italy, which involved lots of fun family time, wine, gelato, lost luggage there and back, but most importantly, playing with our awesome nephew (ok, Italy deserves more than one picture):Colton wearing Uncle Bobby's glasses...twinsies! Walking around at an old church and checking out gravestones overlooking Florence.
Then I went to the mothership upon return from Italy.Then we had a lovely Easter, complete with a balloon launch at churchThen Eddie and I built compost bins from pallets! To see full pictures of these and many other events, please reference my MobileMe Gallery
1. Finish a scarf 2. Visit 3 new states 3. Surf 4. Skate a ramp 5. Ride an Amtrak train 6. Go to the Opry 7. Visit the Frist 8. Watch the AFI Top 20 9. Camp in the Smokies(well, close enough) 10. Hike part of the AT (moving this to MO too) 11. Play the slots in Vegas(MO) 12. Get my car detailed 13. Skinny dip 14. Ride a Vespa 15. Pay off Citibank card 16. Get a puppy 17. Go eat at Mambu 18. Invest a few dollars in stocks 19. Take a picture with the polar bear statue 20. Get haircut at Cognito 21. Go to a photobooth with Robert 22. Make creme brulee 23. Take a cake decorating class 24. Take and mail a Christmas photo/card 25. Talk to people at Watkins 26. Take up a new sport 27. Find a new job 28. Visit Lynn 29. Edit something 30. Enter a contest 31. Submit an article to PASTE 32. Have a "housewarming" party 33. Learn to flip in the pool 34. Fix my bike tire 35. Make a wedding scrapbook 36. Dye my hair 37. Take a trip with intern girlfriends 38. Do a triathlon 39. Pare down files 40. Get a pedicure for no reason 41. Make/Get made a TShirt quilt 42. Get a recipe box/make one 43. Go to the Family Wash 44. Take a class at Nashville Ballet 45. Make something to wear 46. Send in a PostSecret 47. Grow an herb garden 48. Replace the old Dell 49. Put up hammock 50. Get nice clothes dry-cleaned 51. Go to the symphony 52. Go to Climb Nashville 53. Eat at Eastside Fish 54. Play in Shelby Park - (modified to Forest Park) 55. Do a 26 things project 56. Put "valuables" in safe deposit box 57. Make a loaf of bread 58. Get a tattoo 59. Get ear pierced 60. Wear fishnet hose 61. Make a cake 62. Get drums 63. Visit the farmer's market 64. Do "This book will change your life" 65. Clear out clothes 66. Give an animal to a village 67. Make sangria 68. See James Taylor/Paul Simon/U2 69. Try a Netflix subscription 70. Get rid of nappy frames 71. Learn how to crochet 72. Take a self-defense class 73. Watch my Carmen Electra workout 74. Write a letter to my congressman 75. Visit Savannah 76. Get a head-toe outfit in one day 77. Organize bathroom - toss old stuff 78. Go to a spin class 79. Go to Tiffany's (just to look) 80. Go on a picnic (with basket and all) 81. Fly business class - woohoo! 82. Wean myself off daily soda 83. Take photos of East Nash 84. Run 3 miles in under 30 minutes 85. Use an espresso maker 86. Make inventory of stuff for insurance 87. Try to join MENSA 88. Jam with people (I will play drums) 89. Use s'more maker at home 90. Learn to play poker in a group 91. Make a resume 92. Get jewelry re-set 93. Use the crockpot 94. Go to brunch 95. Buy polaroid film to continue using life-dream camera 96. Get wedding dress cleaned 97. Apply for a TLC show 98. Fix/Get new camera 99. MoMA 100. Adventure Science Museum - (changed to STL Science) 101. Learn to shuffle cards (per request of Danica because she opened the world of 101 in 1001 to me)