Friday, April 15, 2022

Quick Catch-up

I'm such a mess these days. Let's play a little catch up, shall we?

We went to Arizona at the end of February/beginning of March and had so much fun! Since my parents moved there a few years ago, this is only the second time I've been able to visit and this time I got to bring Matt with me, which made it even more fun. Everyone was so happy to see him and taking him meant I didn't have to fly alone. I am an absolutely awful flyer, so having him there made it a million percent better. I joke that he's my emotional support human, but it's kind of absolutely true.

It was a lot to fly there and run around as much as we did, so my ankle swelled up. But, I pushed through that and we went to the Biosphere 2 in Oracle, AZ and it was amazing. I cannot wait to go back some time. Otherwise, we went shopping, ran around, saw both my aunts, and generally had a good time. It was a short visit, but so nice to see my family. As an aside, they're actually coming here in June, so I'll get to see them twice in one year and I am stoked! 

The third week of March, my best friend of 17 years came to visit me for a couple of days. We hadn't seen one another in 7 years, since I moved to Utah and she later moved to Little Rock. We stayed in an amazing AirBnB loft in Salt Lake City. We spent the time enjoying downtown Salt Lake, chatting, and generally just hanging out. It was so nice to see her, we had some good food, and saw some of the sites. Salt Lake is a great city, so it was a lovely way to spend half of our spring break! We have definitely decided it won't be another 7 years, that is entirely too long.

Since then, I've just been working and going to school. I don't think I've mentioned it, but I started teaching college English again last fall and I absolutely love my job. I teach online at a small community college as an adjunct. Then, this spring, I started taking a certification program to become an instructional designer. It's challenging, and I was terrified, but it's going great so far. It is stretching our budget a little bit since I don't make as much as I used to, but I'm hoping the payoff will be worth the cost and effort. Fingers crossed! 

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

We're Going to Arizona!

My family moved to Arizona three or so years ago. Since then, I've been able to go see them once in July 2019 when I drove out there. We were supposed to go visit them last November, but my broken leg changed our plans. Well, we've finally gotten around to remaking them, so we're going to see my family and this time, we're flying. I'm terrified to fly, but Matt hates road trips. Needless to say, I'm crazy excited to see my family. Just a little while now and we'll take off from mid-30s Northern Utah and fly into mid-70s Phoenix, and while I don't love warm weather, I'm looking forward to being warm for a few days and so is the hubs! 

While we're there, we're going to see the Biosphere2 and I cannot wait. I am dying to see this place! We already got our tickets and everything. Let's just hope the bad luck from our Valentine's day plans don't jinx us. It's a bit of walking and the most walking I'll have done since breaking my leg last year, so I'm nervous but cautiously optimistic. I'll wear my ankle brace and it'll be fine. I'll also have to do a little work while I'm there, but I'm completely okay with that. It won't take me long and it's worth it to be able to see my family. Thank goodness for a flexible, mobile job!

Best of all, my family will get to see Matt, who they haven't seen much in years. He usually doesn't go visit with me due to his work schedule and caring for our animals (we got a pet sitter to drop in on them a couple of times a day this time). So, other than a day-trip a few years ago, he hasn't really seen my family since 2015. They're happy he's going to make it this time, and so is he. We're really looking forward to it.

I have so much to do to prepare, which is actually more than I thought thanks to Matt giving me a list of things we need to look into/do before we go. But, he's working a lot this week, so I'll have time to get all that done and clean up my house a bit so the pet sitter doesn't think we're a total mess... even though we are most of the time. Fingers crossed I can get it all done so that I can enjoy or little vacay without worry or anxiety.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Celebrating Our 22nd Anniversary

We had an amazing anniversary this year, even though it didn't go completely to plan. While that's not been the case every year, for this reason or that, this year was so lovely. We've been 22 years married this year and almost 23 years together. It's unbelievable that it's been so long, I have no idea where the years have gone. Our relationship has evolved so much and we're still happy together, and I'm grateful for that because it's so much more than many people get.

On Monday, Valentine's Day (and our actual anniversary), we put together a casual, sentimental day. We took a short day-trip while we listened to Verve Pipe's 'Freshman' and Cake's 'Fashion Nugget,' had In-N-Out for lunch, and went to Barnes & Noble. Then, we came home to watch Rocky Horror Picture Show and had Subway for dinner. While that may sound like a super low-key way to spend our anniversary, there is a sentimental reason behind each of those choices. It's a bit too much to explain, but all those things go back to the beginning of our relationship. We had a great time!

On Wednesday we had a more formal anniversary day planned. We were going to go to The Leonardo Museum of Creativity and Innovation in Salt Lake City and see two interactive exhibits: Van Gogh 360 and Monet to Kandinsky. Then we were going to go to City Creek Center, Le Madeleine (a French bakery), and then Red Lobster for dinner. It would have been amazing. But, it wasn't... because a snow storm made sure we couldn't go. In the middle of February, a pretty heavy snowstorm from Logan all the way to Lehi (south of SLC) made road conditions not worth chancing. And, we're out $120 for the museum tickets, because they're non-refundable (Grrr!!).

So, we went out to breakfast and then spent the day at home, watching the snow out the windows until it cleared up around early evening. You know, just in time for our days plans to be too little, too late. I was so bummed. I really wanted that day, to go do something fun together, and we didn't get that because of the stupid weather. But, we were safe and together, and I couldn't really ask for more than that. And, on Friday we went down to Layton (about a 45 minute drive) and had Red Lobster to make up for our missed dinner on Wednesday. That was so nice and a great way to just spend a little time together. We really enjoyed it.

All in all, this year's anniversary was a success, hiccups and all!



Saturday, February 19, 2022

Happy First Gotcha Day!!

It's Eilistraee and Selune's first Gotcha Day! It's been one year since they came to live with us and so much has changed in the last year. They were only 9 months old and scared as hell when we adopted them from a local rescue. Now, they're sweet adult cats with so much individual personality. Eilistraee is friendly and brave, while Selune is more skittish and withdrawn. Both of them are sweet as can be!

We're so happy they joined our family, even if they're both still super scared of Matt. We absolutely adore them! ♥

 


 

Monday, February 14, 2022

Happy Valentine's Day & 22nd Anniversary!!


Today is our 22nd anniversary! We've been married 22 freaking years. That is amazing, we have way  more than beaten the odds and we're still great together after all these years.

Matt was finally off on our anniversary for the first time in years, so we spent some time together both today and will go out again on Wednesday to see an art exhibit.

All my love to my amazing husband and to my family, and friends, celebrating Valentine's Day today.

And if you're not celebrating, or you're celebrating Galentine's Day instead,  I hope you have an amazing day! ♥