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19 Jul Cardboard Boxes, and other Internet Musings

^^ Left: My four year old self, playing in a box. Right: My amazing husband, carrying a giant box into the attic so my future-four-year-old can play in a box too.


So you know how last weekend we organized the garage? Well this weekend we finally tackled the fridge and washer and dryer boxes that we had been saving; these things are massive space hogs. And, we are so excited about what we did with them. We folded them up and put them in the attic. Ha! This might seem like a crazy person thing to do – store giant boxes. However, due to new green regulations, it is impossible to buy giant boxes anymore, and we really want to be able to pull these out in 5-ish years, when we have a 4-ish year old, and let that child build a fort. Boxes are godsends with kids. That kid will spend the entire weekend painting their box, deciding on the name for their clubhouse, bringing things from their room to put in the box, and then playing in the box. How do I know? I had an awesome set of parents who regularly brought me home refrigerator boxes to play with. How awesome is that?! My mom would call local appliance stores to find out when they were getting in a new shipment and when she would be able to come pick up a new box.


We also brought back Matt’s keyboard from the storage unit, so he has been brushing up on his piano skills. I’ve always known he was musical, picking on a few random instruments here and there, but didn’t expect him to bust out some piano skills after 20+ years of not playing. So far he is pretty much stuck on (or excited about?) one song, but I’ll wait and share that with y’all later once he has fine tuned perfectly.



^^ Left: Matt having [a little too much] fun in Faraday’s Kitchen Store. Right: Other fun things you can do with a giant cardboard box, such as putting on a really awesome “Cookie Girls” performance for Girl Scout’s Cookie Season.


Other things we’ve accomplished (because right now our time is measured in how much we can accomplish): we checked out Faraday’s Kitchen Store in the Hill Country Galleria and picked up a few needed items, such as an oven thermometer to check our new ovens’ calibration… we celebrated our 3-month-iversary [woohoo!]… we went to the Woodlands and had some really delicious mole enchiladas… and we [finally] took down our Christmas tree in Bee Cave! #ChristmasinJuly


And now for some great internet entertainment:


Yet another great rendition of Frozen.  Check out these faux-siblings battle it out on the piano.


This principal ballet dancer’s version of Hozier’s Take Me to Church.  Inspired.


Zucchini Linguini with Avocado Pesto [from Vittles and Bits]. Sounds amazing, and packed full with veggies. I can’t wait to add the entire Inspiralized recipe collection to my new kitchen, actually.


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05 Jul Independence Day Weekend

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We’ve been running at 200% lately to get our new house more livable (less “I can’t see you across the counter due to all of the boxes”) and hopefully sometime soon, guest friendly.  We accomplished a lot over the Fourth of July weekend, so even though we still have a long way to go, we are feeling less like we are drowning in setting-up-a-new-home-while-selling-the-old-house tasks.


Kicked it all off by finding a black window on our driveway.  Scary stuff.


Then we went to work cleaning out the garage.  It took two trips to the Woodlands storage unit to get all the stuff here, and most of it was moved in extremely fast, after dark, when we were delayed getting back.. so the garage was crammed with stuff in no particular order.  We took everything out, cleaned it all, and then organized it all back in.  Whew!


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^^Halfway through cleaning out the garage into our yard and driveway (sorry neighbors, we looked like real trash) it started raining.  Luckily it was just a typical Texas summer shower and only lasted a few minutes, but we took the much needed break.  Matt’s dad left us with a vintage lot of lawn furniture, which right now in our “prepping the home phase” we keep in the garage to eat lunch on, amid work sessions.  It’s awesome!


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Finally – a fridge!  We have eaten take out every night for a few years now, so this is HUGE for us.  I can not wait to have my kitchen back.  ^^ Look at Matt go!


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^^ We ended up having to make three trips to home depot:  first because we needed supplies to build a ramp into our door, second because the wood we purchased was not strong enough so we had to upgrade the ramp, and third because once we had the fridge inside, we realized we didn’t have a water line connector kit.  This does not at all diminish the amazing job my husband did installing this hunker all by himself.


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^^ He took extra precautions not to scratch our new wood floor and we only dinged the wall once (that was when I was helping and he was lifting the fridge into the house, so maybe even my fault).  Kind of blessing in disguise, because we ended up finding where to buy our house paint directly!  And now I have a fridge!  First thing in the fridge?  Schells of course.  That was the deal I made to finally get the fridge put in.  Fair.


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Fourth of July :: We were going to meet up with our new fun neighbors at the Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival and Fireworks, but we got a late start due to the fridge, so by the time we arrived the parking was atrocious and after trying two garages that ended up full (and doing the go-all-the-way-up-slowly-then-all-the-way-back-down routine) we decided just to go get a few groceries for our fridge and try to watch the fireworks from our house.  We actually could see them!  But, the best part of the evening was that it was our first Fourth of July in our new house, as newlyweds.  I cooked our favorite frozen gluten-free macaroni and cheese (after our first grocery trip) and we just relaxed, just the two of us.


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Men and their lawns.  It takes forever to mow the lawn here, especially compared to the old house, but for now, we make a day of it.  Today, Matt left a patch of the lawn, and told me his plan.  #hookem


I’ll leave you with this quote, one of my favorites for Independence Day, that a family friend reminded me of yesterday:

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven.  We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity.  We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated and unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!” – Abraham Lincoln


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20 Jun Internet Musings : Edition 1

^^ Photo Cred:  101Cookbooks


It’s been an exhausting few weeks!  We.  Are.  Tired.  What do you do when you are tired on a Friday evening when you get home from work at 9pm?  Surf the internet while catching up True Detective.  New season starts Sunday! (Thanks, HBO, for transitioning our TV routine seamlessly from Game of Thrones, even though that was totally your intention.)


Internet Finds :  (Volume 1, because this will totally happen again.)


This Pineapple Coconut Water recipe just screams summer refreshment [101Cookbooks].


People in Japan are now shaving their dogs into cubes.  What?


These wine-pairing tea towels.


I know the obsession over Frozen has ended (for most people) BUT you must check out this Let It Go cover mixed with Vivaldi’s Winter by the Piano Guys.


And finally, to kick start the work week, I’ll be trying this stress buster from Women’s Health Mag.


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