Friday, January 21, 2011

Online Obsessions

I've been meaning to write this post for awhile so here goes.

I have two new online obsessions. One I've been using for a couple of months and one for a couple of weeks.

1) SpringPad: SpringPad is pretty much a way to bookmark sites easily. I have all kinds of bookmark categories and they read like lists so it's easy to find things that I have saved.

2) This website is SO cool. It is a "social catalogue service." On Pinterest you create as many Pinboards as you want with whatever categories you want. I have boards for recipes, places I want to visit, home ideas, project ideas, style inspiration, etc. To pin things you just use a little bookmarklet that you install on your bookmark bar.
Picture a newsfeed all made up of pictures of beautiful things (rooms, clothes, quotes, places). That's what it is! It's just a place to share and grab what you love. Very addictive and a great way to link to new blogs, product sites and find things you might be looking for. If you like something on the board you can repin it to one of your boards. You can also follow other people's boards and they can follow yours. Pretty much, never be bored online again. This is how I spend my time these days haha.
Right now Pinterest is invitation only. I think I have a few to give out as a member and you can also request an invitation on the site. It took me a couple of days to hear back with an invite.

There you have it. Now get Springing and Pinning!


Remember this post? Welllllll Chris left for work this morning and I went back to bed. At about 9am I was in a pretty deep sleep when what should awake me but the fire alarm. I'm pretty sure I was pretty funny to watch as I stumbled out of bed, dug in a drawer for a beanie, threw on a jacket and some boots and grabbed my keys. Good thing it wasn't snowing.

P.S. There was no fire.

Midnight Macaroni

I am loving my job. No, I haven't found a "real" paying one yet. I'm talking about being a wife. I know I've been a wife for awhile now but between living apart, living in a hotel and living with my parents, I haven't really had the full responsibility of the role in awhile.
I love our cute apartment, love scouring the internet for ways to decorate while saving money, love trying out yummy new recipes, even love making the bed every morning. Mostly I just love Chris and the chance I have to do little things for my sweet husband after all he does for me. Even making midnight macaroni. Living with your best friend really is so fun.

Monday, January 10, 2011

working hard and hardly working

Chris started work today. It went really well! He is my favorite. And the best.
I started being a housewife today...just kidding. But it was a pretty boring and lonely day.
BUT I have an interview tomorrow. AND the next day. So that's good.

Tonight is a waffles and football night. Killer combo, trust me.
AND its especially good because our furniture came today! We love it.

Don't mind the random blue pillow.

Stuff is coming together!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

CatchUP: Christmas and Such

As ever, there are a million things to catch up goes.

1) We drove from Atlanta to Grand Junction. We took the southern route to avoid the snow (and overall boringness) of Kansas. Note to everyone crazy enough to make this drive: the southern route rocks compared to the Kansas one. We could have made it in two days but the weather through the passes from Denver to Grand Junction was, in a word, dicey (see pics below). So in Denver we stayed the night complete with a fun get together with some awesome college pals (who I miss).

Memphis Airport stop to see all the FedEx planes
We saw lots of this
And occasionally this
We ate here in CO Springs. One of Chris's (and mine now too!) favorite places from Texas.
Scary part of the drive (in a Nissan Altima)
And getting worse
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Scared faces
Happy we made it. And feeling extremely happy that Chris drove almost the ENTIRE way. How lucky am I?
We sang, we talked, we laughed (a lot). Ever taken a cross country road trip with your best friend? It's a blast.

2) We spent a very fun and relaxing Christmas in Grand Junction. It was so fun to see everyone and just spend some quality time.

Christmas in the Bernal home
Chris and Ryan played dangerous games involving delicate pots and squishy footballs
I bonded with Sox
We met up with extended family for a Christmas Eve mingle
Chris looked so cute on Christmas morning

Got to hang out with these two
Delish Christmas dinner
Smarty husband who got me a beautiful dress
Went shooting for the first time
I hit a bottle!

Great fun my friends, great fun.
3) On the 30th Chris and I moved into our new apartment in Denver with the awesome help of Jim and uncle Joe (thanks guys!). Since then we have:

  • Gone downtown 3 times: Once to an Avalanche game. Once to check out the light rail trail for Chris to take to work. Once to see/meet some of Chris's old high school friends.
  • Lived through 1 1/2 snow storms. First, while we moved in. Second, right now (hence the 1/2). Haven't been too bad. Its gorgeous after a good snow and unlike Utah, no inversions. Hallelujah. Just snow and then crystal clear skies with zero clouds. PLUS the weather is unnaturally bipolar which means that between said snow storms we have enjoyed several sunny days in the 50s. I can do this.
  • Gone to church twice (loving our ward so far). Its only 3 miles by 3 miles! SUCH a tiny ward for outside of Utah.
  • Challenged by our bishop to go to the temple every week (we are very excited for the challenge).
  • Unpacked a lot (obviously). Organized a lot, reorganized a lot. Its coming together!
  • Had so much fun unpacking said stuff. It was like Christmas for me all over again. We haven't had/used/seen our stuff since April. I love our bed!
  • Ran to the post office a million times. We've been selling old textbooks on Amazon.
  • Went to the mall. Its SO pretty. And massive. We literally live 5 minutes away from everything and anything we would ever need. I love the suburbs.
  • Peeked into two pet one panic. Just looking:)
  • Went furniture shopping. We found an awesome couch and table with chairs. They come tomorrow, can't wait!
So far we are really liking it here and enjoying our area a lot. I know, even with the snow. Its a good sign.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Pause

I have a lot to catch up with on here still...and a lot of unpacking to do still but I just don't have the energy. I did want to say, however, that Chris and I were extremely blessed today to attend our new ward here in Denver. It was kind of a fluke that we made it to the right one but we have been blessed with an awesome ward. Everyone was SO friendly, SO kind, SO excited to have us there. It seriously just made my day-all the love I felt from complete strangers but brothers and sisters in the gospel. I love that you can go anywhere and the church is the same. LOVE it. Its so comforting and unique. We were even invited over to dinner by a sweet and really fun family tonight. What a great start to the New Year.