So…about that posting once a week thing New Year’s Resolution. Let’s go ahead and call that post once a week-ish. Apparently moving in and getting all unpacked/set up was time consuming. But it’s official!! (And has been since the 31st). Here’s my empty apartment to prove it:
Not going to lie, leaving on the 31st after my final walk through was very emotional. I burst into tears and couldn’t stop crying almost the entire way home. I’m EXTREMELY happy to be living with Nick, but I’ll miss my apartment and living in Portland. I didn’t realize how bummed I was about moving out to the suburbs until I started crying. Then a light bulb flashed above my head and I realized “ohhhh that’s why you’ve been such a brat all week!!” Nick made it better by cooking me an amazing dinner for our first official meal together. It’s chicken mustard milanese with arugula and fennel salad (from Smitten Kitchen‘s new cookbook):
I don’t usually take pictures of my food (since I eat too quickly) but it looked too good not to. And I appreciated that he picked a recipe out of my new cookbook It was AMAZING. So so so so yum.
It’s been wonderful living together. We make dinner and eat it at a table together (I have a table!!). And I really love having 1.5 hours total in the day for reading on the Max to and from work. I could start knitting in the mornings since I always have a seat in the morning, but so far I can’t tear myself away from the dedicated reading time. I finished my George R.R. Martin treasures, read Super Sad True Love Story, Gone Girl, and now I’m in the middle of Cloud Atlas.
The cats and Nick are adjusting too. Nick is wonderfully patient with Harold.
The fact that Harold was in that position long enough for me to take a picture tells you all you need to know about how patient Nick is haha. Before I took this, Harold was just laying across Nick’s hands as Nick played his soccer video game. But by the time I got back with my camera, he’d adjusted to just headbutting Nick.
Nick and I had our first Valentine’s Day. I told him I didn’t want to do presents or anything (and meant it). I’ve never really cared about Valentine’s Day. We stayed home for dinner, I made french bread pizza with heart shaped turkey and mushrooms and then a side salad with heart shaped cucumber and red bell pepper. I might have had too much fun with my tiny heart cookie cutter. And Nick got me pretty roses:
I feel like I haven’t been knitting much, but here’s the scarf progress so far:
Based on the picture from the pattern, it looks like there are 12 snowflake repeats. So I’m almost halfway! I might also just make this as long as I can until the yarn runs out. I prefer longer scarves.
In other, BIGGER news. I am an aunt again!!!! My sister had a successful VBAC on her exact due date and it was so amazing. I’m so proud of her!!! Being forced into a c-section with Cooper, my nephew, really brought her down. She decided to go to OHSU since they have such a solid VBAC program but they joked that they couldn’t take credit for her VBAC since she labored for 8 hours at home, checked into the hospital at 9:30am and my niece, Penelope Robin, showed up at 10:34am. Annie only had to do 7 minutes of pushing!!! SO AWESOME!!! Cooper’s entrance into the world was much much much more difficult. Penelope looks identical to how Cooper looked as a baby, it’s so funny.
I love her big ol’ cheeks. She’s so pretty Here are the proud grandparents:
Ok! I think we’re all caught up!! Now I’m just trying to decide what knitting project I’ll bring to Maui with us. We leave on Wednesday I can’t wait!!!! It’ll be so hard to focus at work tomorrow and Tuesday. We’re in Maui for almost 8 nights (our last night, we leave at 11pm on a red eye). If anybody has suggestions for fun beaches, snorkeling, or awesome food places, let me know!! I’ve already made us reservations at Mama’s Fish House for our 11 monthiversary.