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Every night this week, Sean and I have sat in our living room together.

Riveting story, I know…But seriously, it has been stinkin’ wonderful.

Since we got married four years ago, our schedules have been off. First, I worked a lot of evenings. Then Sean started grad school. And recently, he was coaching wrestling. Life has been busy, and for almost four years, the nights that we’ve had free to just sit in our living room together have been few and far between.

I have been wanting nights like this for a while now. Time to sit and read in the same room. Time to chat. No busyness, no running from one thing to the next, time just to be.

I like looking up from my book and seeing him sitting across the room. That’s the only thing I want to put on our calendar for a while.


Little Surprises

On my computer…

On my pillow…

…(and they are also on my feet)…don’t ask why I need them- it’s too absurd.

life has been crazy.

i am tired.

and thankful for a thoughtful husband.

Some things (that are) New

In list form…because frankly that’s all the time we have around here lately…

1. My dear husband has become one of the….

He is pursuing a Masters in Public Management (think: kind of an MBA, but for public institutions) and will be graduating in a couple of years with lots more knowledge of balance sheets and a principal’s certificate. We are adjusting to life with 2 jobs (one of us also works on weekends, just to make things difficult), a graduate class schedule, and lots of homework. Sean is currently in the kitchen applying himself with the studious focus of his college days. This boy loves to study!

2. Sean has been busy wrapping up his high school year. He has been keeping busy grading Romeo and Juliet essays and final exams. He can’t say he doesn’t enjoy the busyness though – because it’s been a great excuse to buy Starbucks.

3. I have found a new ballet class that I absolutely love. I have yet to be publicly humiliated and I have even been seeing some real progress!

4. We have gotten to babysit this (not so) little one a couple of times recently. And CAN NOT wait for this little one to arrive.

5. My summer season at work has been B U S Y…but that’s just what makes it F U N. I’m getting excited for the summer day camp we’ve been planning…only a few more weeks away!

6. We are counting the days until we leave for our big summer vacation with Sean’s family to ALASKA! We are looking forward to seeing how those Amerrrican’s celebrate the 4th of July!

Now concludes the most boring post of all time…But I had to update, albeit in the worst possible way.

Double Whammy

This morning, Sean went out the door at 6:30 to leave for work…

…and discovered that my left rear tire looked like this…

I know! So sad, right?

Thankfully I…

a. was not driving when it happened (or I was for a while yesterday and just failed to notice)

b. was picked up and driven to work by my boss (way out of his way) – Thanks Doug!

c. have a husband who catches such things…I would definitely have gotten in my car, attempted to drive to work, and been stranded on the highway somewhere.

This afternoon, Sean picked me up from work and we were greeted by this on my dashboard…

We had both failed to remember that street sweeping season has come again. Parking ticket officers show no mercy.

Sean set to work changing the tire, and I set out after him with my camera around my neck to document my first flat tire experience. Unfortunately, a few of our neighbors came by to assess the damage and lend a hand. I already looked foolish enough simply having my camera out for such an occasion, I couldn’t very well take pictures! Despite their interruption of my paparazzi-ness, it’s always fun to get to chat a bit with our neighbors. We appreciated the neighborliness of the moment (including the fact that about half the neighborhood informed us that they had all inspected our tire and our ticket before we arrived back home).

All in all, semi-disastrous day…but definitely not full-on disaster.

100th Post & 100 New Somethings

Exactly 2 months before our 1 year anniversary I posted my first entry on this blog. Now, exactly 2 months before the 1 year anniversary of this blog, I am posting our 100th entry! (Did you follow that?)

Our blog is all about being newly married, trying new things, and laughing at ourselves. In honor of this momentous occasion, we thought it would be fun to compile a (by no means exhaustive) list of 100 new somethings that we would like to try. The following are in no particular order (although Shakespeare really is #1 in our books):

  1. Read every one of Shakespeare’s plays
  2. Raise a family
  3. Go to Disney World
  4. Read all of Cormac McCarthy’s books
  5. Have twins (out of our control…but on the list)
  6. Learn to speak Italian
  7. Learn to ride a motorcycle/Never ride one (Sean/Meg)
  8. Sew a quilt
  9. Watch all of AFI’s top 100 films (minus the scary ones)
  10. Learn to can/Make homemade jam
  11. Get published
  12. Go backpacking together
  13. Own a home
  14. Refinish a piece of furniture
  15. Run a marathon in under 3 hours (we all know whose this is)
  16. Come up with original crafty idea/Make it
  17. Go to Europe together
  18. Go to Hawaii together
  19. See at least one play a year
  20. Have a million dollars in our savings
  21. Read 100 classic books
  22. Memorize a book of the Bible
  23. Become an aunt and uncle
  24. Have a dog/Raise a puppy
  25. Learn ballet
  26. Perfect a homemade spaghetti sauce recipe
  27. Make a meal entirely of things we’ve grown ourselves
  28. Shoot a buck
  29. Plot our family tree
  30. Take a picture we love and hang it in our house
  31. Rewire a lamp
  32. Learn to reupholster furniture
  33. Choose the fifty best cocktails
  34. Take a two-week vacation from computers
  35. Have a big wedding anniversary party
  36. Live in another country for a year
  37. Throw 100 parties
  38. Stretch every night for a month
  39. Send 100 letters
  40. Compile a list of our 50 favorite cheeses
  41. Go to India together.
  42. Kiss everyday
  43. Tell our kids we love them & that we are proud of them everyday
  44. Complete the NY Times Sunday crossword puzzle
  45. Raise kids who love the Lord
  46. Teach our kids to hit a baseball
  47. Try caviar
  48. Teach someone how to speak English
  49. Lead a friend to Christ
  50. Host Thanksgiving Dinner
  51. Celebrate Passover with our family
  52. Celebrate our 50th anniversary
  53. See the Northern lights
  54. Plant a garden in our backyard
  55. Learn to sail
  56. Learn to bake homemade bread
  57. Create our own traditions
  58. Visit all 7 continents
  59. Run Disney Princess Half Marathon (Sean would like to specify that this is Meg only)
  60. Learn to use our Wok more effectively
  61. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
  62. Get a Master’s degree
  63. Visit the Holy Land
  64. Go to New Zealand
  65. Do 100 push-ups in a single set
  66. Bike the RAGBRAI
  67. Brew our own beer
  68. Meet someone over 100 years old
  69. Learn to play bridge
  70. Visit Alaska
  71. Learn to surf
  72. Go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  73. Build something together
  74. Read all of Wendell Berry’s books
  75. High-five our siblings for being awesome
  76. Beat Oregon Trial without losing a single member of our party
  77. Stay up one night and pray
  78. Keep a journal for a year (Sean)
  79. Keep a prayer journal for one year (Meg)
  80. Find sunglasses that we like
  81. Go back to Cape May, New Jersey
  82. Complete 100m freestyle without stopping
  83. Take ballroom dancing lessons
  84. Get to know our neighbors
  85. Go to the circus
  86. Enter a pumpkin at the Canfield Fair
  87. Bake homemade pie crust
  88. See the pyramids
  89. Visit the Louvre
  90. Learn to use our camera
  91. Attend a hot air balloon festival
  92. Write a Petrarchan sonnet
  93. Go on a safari
  94. Attend an Olympic event
  95. Walk on the Great Wall of China
  96. Score over 400 points in Scrabble
  97. Ride a bicycle built for two
  98. Take a wine-tasting class
  99. Build an impressive sandcastle
  100. Write 100 more posts

Now it’s your turn…What are 5 new somethings that would be on your list?

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