Monday, August 23, 2010

Tennis, Anyone?

Over the weekend Josh and I decided to play tennis together. And I'm using the phrase "play tennis" very loosely.

There is a park down the street from our house that has free tennis courts and we decided it was time to take advantage of this. I'll start out by saying that I'm not the most athletic person in the world. Josh on the other hand loves any and every sport. So we started hitting the ball back and forth, which wasn't as simple as it sounds. Josh was being a good husband and hitting the ball very nicely straight in my direction. I, however, do not aim with 100% accuracy. It's more like 15%. So basically, Josh was running in every direction chasing the tennis ball everywhere from the fence to the adjacent courts. Side note: this is why my dad stopped playing tennis with me after pulling one too many muscles. So there we are, Josh running like crazy with me on the other side of the net swinging the racket as hard as I can, sometimes missing the ball completely. Our tennis outing didn't exactly go as well as planned. I gave up after about 25 minutes, deciding it was enough for one day and vowing to get a better swing. Josh pointed out that I was much better at wii tennis and suggested we go home and redeem ourselves.

Next exercising adventure: P90X. Josh has been wanting to start it for weeks. He finally suggested that I should do it with him for motivational purposes. When he first mentioned this, I laughed. Like I'm going to last five minutes! In the end, I agreed to try it out and at least be there for support when I get tired after 30 seconds and take a water break for the rest of the workout. We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I've been a little homesick lately. After living in Fargo for only a month and a half, I'm still not really liking it much. With all of the stress of the past few weeks and the fact that I have absolutely nothing to do during the day, I wish I could be home in Texas with familiar faces. This is what I miss most:



Holly Jean. (OK so Holly is part of the family category, but I decided she deserved her own category too. I miss seeing her little face so much!)

Although I wish I could be back home in Texas, I have Josh. It doesn't matter where we are, the important thing is that we're together. We could be living on the North Pole and I would be blissfully happy with Josh by my side!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Heat Wave

The past few days I have actually been glad that we don't live in Texas. We found out our first night in the new house that our air conditioner wasn't working. Perfect! It's the middle of summer with 200% humidity and our house is a furnace. I love warm weather, but not when I have sweat dripping down my back inside my own house.

We've had three lovely days with no AC. To avoid overheating, we've spent a lot of time out of the house. Bookstore, grocery store, mall, you name it. Even driving in the car with the air blasting was a relief. We've also been sleeping in the basement where it's about ten degrees cooler than the rest of the house.

Finally this morning the AC was replaced. As soon as the cold air came rushing through the vents, we could hear the hallelujah chorus in the background. Ok, not really. But it was SO nice.

And we're now sweat-free.

Monday, August 9, 2010


You know how I said I hate packing and unpacking just to pack and unpack again? Well guess what? We're moving. Again.

Our apartment rental company was giving us grief about having a dog in a no pet facility. We had already worked things out where we could have Lilo in the apartment, but then they decided they just wanted her out. So after frantically searching for a few days, we found a house to rent. It's been really stressful this past week!

Our new home:

It's a cute little house. It's older so it has a certain charm. It has 3 tiny bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Since we don't have a lot of furniture and we have a miniature version of a couch (see below), the space works for us. And it has a ton of storage! But the most exciting part for me is that I can paint and decorate as much as I could possibly want.

We're more than ready to say goodbye to apartment life. Now we don't have to hear every movie playing next door or every heavy-footed neighbor upstairs. Josh gets to put in a security system (aka: a new toy) and Lilo gets her very own backyard for both business and pleasure.

The stress is starting to go away, so now we just have to get settled in the new house. And I refuse to move again any time soon!

Our fun-sized ikea couch

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away

As far as I know, we moved to Fargo, not Seattle.

It has rained practically every other day since we moved here. Whether the day starts out sunny or not, at some point or another you can always count on threatening clouds to roll in. We've woken up twice to tornado sirens and pounding hail in the middle of the night. And if it's not bad enough, Fargo has a tendency to flood. I knew that we would have to deal with blizzards and negative temperatures, but I didn't realize we would be experiencing monsoon season and tornado valley!

Moral of the story, never leave the house without an umbrella. Oh, and invest in some rain boots.