Not Good at This!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I'm terrible at maintaining this blog. It could be because I'm spinning 100,000 plates at once right now. I definitely can't say that I don't have anything to write about!

Last night we finished and finally sent out our wedding invitations!!! My fingers are so sore from putting together these DIY jimmies. Isn't it funny how at the end of trying to save a buck ends up with you offering copious amounts of money for it to JUST BE DONE!!!!!!!!!!!?????

We just got our moving van lines set up (I know...pretty late right??) and that is going to be a nicer experience than any other move we've had. The only downside is we'll only have a bed, couch, and some clothes until New Years. I had no idea it took so long but I guess its much better than packing and moving it ourselves.

I'm currently working on getting us set up with new patient appts for our new dentist, family doctor, specialist, vet, accupuncturist, massage therapist, waxer, hair colorist, etc. Its amazing how we can find the BEST of everything literally 5 blocks away on Fremont Ave. Convienance is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Anyways...I'm trying to get a smidge more relaxing in before we have to go back into hyperspeed. Hopefully in a few weeks we'll be able to start posting some more valuable reads.

Merry Christmas!!!

We'll Be Home for Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Everything is set for our new home! I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!! I'm still a bit unsure as to how Christmas is going to unfold, but I know that it will be a great one. I've probably said this before but its going to be nice to have a home. A place that we're going to stay for long term (meaning over a year!!). Since we're doing a rent-to-own option, its basically ours and it has luxury condo finishes which also makes it feel more like a home.

I wish I could type more because I have a ton to say but I'm unfortnately suffering from Effexor withdrawls. BLAH. More on that here:

Thank you, Advantage Insurance!

A momumentous Occasion: Jeff's First Post

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hello World!
    This is Jeff Noren joining this whole blogging scene.  Mollee and I just returned to our hotel room after spending the day in Fremont, Seattle.  It looks like this will be our new home and we are both very excited about it.  It is an awesome part of the city that manages to still be in the center of it all while still having some of the suburban benefits.  We picked out an awesome new home for us that has a really sweet open layout and we enter it by walking directly out of an elevator!  After we looked at places we explored the Fremont area a little bit by hitting up some of the local shops and bars (still feelin' pretty good from those bars).  I am excited about living in a place that actually has stuff to do.  Now we are getting ready to go see our favorite DJ from Indy tonight so it should be good times.  until next time...

Up in the air!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I'm writing this post as we fly across the country. Our layover is in Salt Lake and I'm going to go out on a stereotype limb and say thats why there are so many babies and children on this flight.

I'm thoroughly exhausted. In usual Jeff fashion, it took him under a minute to fall asleep. I can never sleep on planes. They're so noisy and even when your seat is "back" I'm sitting more upright than I ever do. One of these days I'm going to own my own a share of a jet with a bed so I can actually enjoy air travel.

I didn't get a wink of shut eye last night either. After staying up till about midnight fighting with our wedding invitations, we decided we should probably try to get some sleep before our early departure time this morning. Jeff immediately was out (then again he's been pulling all-nighters a lot recently) and I was wide awake. Thinking, thinking, thinking...the excitement was so out of control I just could NOT sleep. I tried counting sheep and the whole nine yards but I laid there until at least a bit after 3 when I finally dozed.

Jeff's mom drove us to the airport, thank goodness. Messing around with parking and shuttles is really annoying. I was fortunate enough to not get the new TSA pat down. I think mostly because I was wearing stretch pants and a tight fitting top....what did I have to hide? lol.

I'm spending this whole flight worrying about life. I know thats really general but its hard to put in to specifics. Everyone thinks they're different when they get married. They think they're so in love and the hustle and bustle won't get to them, etc. Jeff's mom made the comment that I needed to be able to handle doing a lot of things on my own because Jeff and I will both be "juggling life". While I understand what shes saying and I know she means well, it kind of got me unnerved. I want to believe that Jeff & I will go on living just as we have: completely together as a team. Right now I'm standing at the cusp of whether I'm setting myself up for disappointment or if a lot of  other people are just much less "team oriented", high strung, and less "chill" for lack of better terminology. As I see it right now I can bike to work, work 8-5 at a spa/salon, ride home, Jeff will be getting home about 30 minutes or so after me and I can be working on dinner. I personally do not see how this will not work. We've been doing essentially the same thing all along only insert 24 hour stressful school in the blank of Jeff's job. Ok, so maybe she was referring to when we have kids, but I plan on not working from the time they are born until they are 4. So essentially with two kids that should be at most 8 years.

Am I freaking out over nothing??

Is there anything you can do to stop other people's stress and ideas from seeping into your marriage/future and worrying you?

*Sigh* I can't wait to take a nap one we get to Seattle and rest my mind. Maybe even talk to Jeff about everything going through my head.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Check this out!

It's UV tattoo ink! I dunno how long its been around but I must've had my head in the sand to not ever hear of it!

As soon as we move I'm finding the best artist in the city and getting one. Why:

-Jeff and I love to go to clubs and dance so we're around a decent amount of blacklight.
-Its invisible in normal light
-More creative freedom and locations to put it that wouldn't hamper your hireability

CHACHING! Love it. Yes...I just said "chaching" and thought of a cash register noise. Me= totally dweebus.

House and Head Hunting

Mollee again,

Jeff is still slaving away at his last week on his Masters. I'm so proud of him but also really ready for him to be done.

Its been a bit of a rollercoaster lately. Luckily I think it may have suddenly evened out. Whether real or put on, at least some of my family has decided to support our move. YAY! This means I dont have to go crazy sneaking halfway across the country. I think they kind of saw it as inevitable and they needed to suck it up.

One day til we fly out to pick out our new place! I'm so stoked. We have a list of about 8 places we want to see, but we're really focused on about 3 of them. Here is one that we're leaning towards the most:

Fremont View Apartments

The only thing is I'm not to psyched about renting a place that has absolutely no chance of us purchasing in the future. It seems as though this isin a complex of apartments so I'm sure there is one owner for the whole building.

We also found an awesome rent to own place but its at the VERY TIP TOP of our price....although awesome. We were just kind of hoping to have a little more spending money in our new home :/

I guess we'll see what the verdict is after this weekend!!

Also I want to get Jeff a bike....

I think he wants one either like mine with a tank or a lowrider with a banana seat....HOWEVER! I found a really good deal on a 3 wheeled (which is what I wanted when I bought Vivienne but I couldn't find a good priced one). Do you think that a 3 wheeled would be a bit feminine for him? It would be nice to have a bike that could carry more than a half gallon of milk like mine, and the trikes have the big deep basket in the back. Hmmm....something to ponder.

The Beginning

Monday, December 6, 2010

It's funny to me how we all have countdowns going on in our heads. We think things will be better once we get to this certain point in time or this milestone. Often time nothing really substantial happens at that moment and we're left creating another point to look towards. That has been my life up until now. Here I am poised on not really a new chapter of my life but a new book entirely. Not to get to sappy on everyone but I'm so overcome with every emotion right now its amazing (its probably not helping that I'm watching A River Runs Through It).

Aside from summers spent abroad, I've never lived anywhere but central Indiana. In fact, in my consciousness, I've lived in the same house my entire life with the exception of temporary college housing. Its hard for me to realize this is going to be a vacation but my new home. I'm completely brimming with excitement!

I never pictured myself on the west coast like most do. I was always obsessed with the hustle and bustle of NYC and the sensibility of New Englanders. I figured if I didn't find myself overlooking the ocean in an idyllic Vermont town or in an overpriced condo in Manahattan, I'd either be back at home in Kokomo with 2.5 kids or on the beach in Florida. Everything out west seemed cliche and oddly though I couldn't relate to the nature of the people there.

When I visited Seattle for the first time, all my thoughts on this changed. It was the most beautiful place I had ever seen!  I went out there having these snippets of thoughts about Seattle:

-Kurt Cobain (eh, not enthused.)
-Coffee (can't stand it!)
-Rain (anything but sun I complain about.)
-Grey's Anatomy (the last few seasons have stunk!)
-Twilight (now this I was excited about!)

I came back with these thoughts:

-amazing seafood (I'm a seafood fanatic!)
-BEAUTIFUL nature (I've never seen water, mountains, forests, and a metropolis in one gaze before!)
-Authentic and charming feeling downtown (very important to me as I love city life)
-Adorable housing (cute cottages and chic downtown flats)
-Nice genuine people (No overly spray tanned or west coast pretentiousness in site)

Everything about the place just felt right. I felt like I could breathe better and do more.

When I came back to Indiana, I really didn't give Seattle a second thought. It didn't seem like Jeff was going to be chosen for the job there and there was a lot going on in our lives.

Well here we are. Approximately two weeks away from moving across the country to that beautiful place. My family is NOT happy to say the least and while I understand, I just wish we could get some more support. This is what we want to do RIGHT NOW. I don't want to look back 40 years from now and think...I wish we would've taken that risk. But with that being said it is a risk. Something we need all the support we can get. That's why we started this blog, to connect with friends and family throughout this transition and let everyone know what is going on in our lives.

Now aside from the introduction...I want to show you something.

One thing I'm SO excited about is living in a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly place. I bought a cruiser bike early this Spring and there simply in NO WHERE to ride it around here that wouldn't get you squashed like a bug! In order to prepare for my new main mode of transportation, I decided to give my bike a little fix up. I gave her a complete wash down, covered the seat and lined the basket. I even gave her a little personalized pizzaz :) Check out Miss Vivienne: A 40's era Hawthorne ladies cruiser!

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