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Since tomorrow is our 3rd anniversary, I thought I’d write a little bit about SleepyHusband and me.

We met in college in a language class. It took me a couple of weeks to notice him, since he always sat all the way in the back and, ahem, missed classes here and there. Once I noticed him, I really noticed him. Partly because his hair was long and crazy curly, but also because he was cute and really good at talking the teacher into giving us less homework.

We were both clearly interested, but it took awhile to do anything about it because he was a senior in his spring semester so most of his social life revolved around hitting the bars with his friends. I was only 20 at the time, so no bars for me. Eventually his roommate, who was also in our class and apparently also interested in me (awkward), called and invited me to hang out with them. We ended up at a party, had our first real conversation, and the rest was history.

This was a little over seven years ago. He graduated, but moved back to the area to see where things would go between us. It was big, him moving halfway across the country solely because of me. I wasn’t nervous about it though, it really just strikes me now as being a little crazy. We’d only gotten together in April, and been apart all summer. We weren’t even really “serious” before I left for the summer. When I found out he was coming, however, I was 100% happy about it. Being young college/just out of college kids, we had a few ups and downs. As of my senior year we were together for good.

We moved in together when I graduated after about 2 1/2 years of dating. We were engaged 1 1/2 years after that, and married only 6 or 7 months later thanks to my mother’s crazy wedding planning skills (more than one of my friends asked if she was renting out her services). We spent our first year of marriage in another country. Can’t believe it’s been 3 years, it’s cliche but time really does go so fast. Soon, SH will be entering his last year of his 20’s.

Tomorrow we are going to the aquarium, and then a restaurant. No clue where we are going to eat yet. I’ve been poking around restaurant ratings. We want to try something new instead of the same old favorites. They are favorites for a reason, but the same places year after year get a little stale. As I’ve gotten older I’ve also found that fine dining to a college kid isn’t necessarily fine dining at all.

Like any couple, we have our arguments and flaws. I’m always reading that men want to solve problems while women just want to be able to vent and get some sympathy. It is the opposite with us, I want to solve every problem logically while SH sometimes just wants to complain about something without getting 20 suggestions of how he can fix it thrown at him. Despite this, we’ve been happy together and I think we will continue to be happy together.

SH and I have an in joke together that we have to ask for relationship extensions. Marriage was at least a two year contract, with extensions given when the current contract runs out on our anniversary. Right now we are debating whether we should have a one year or two year extension. Of course none of this is serious, just teasing. But I think the two year extension is looking good 🙂

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There is so much to love about summer in Boston. At least before it gets gross hot later in the summer. Just some things I’ve been enjoying so far this summer, despite not enough Rhode Island time.

Patios – I love eating on restaurant patios. They aren’t as plentiful as they are in warmer cities. It isn’t really worth paying rent on the space when it is too cold to eat outside most of the year. Right now we are living right down the street from a nice place that has a huge new patio, so I drag SleepyHusband there on pretty much any nice evening when he isn’t working (which is far too infrequent these days). There are fairy lights and plants and good food. They also make a decent sangria, which is always a plus. And goat cheese pizza. Ok, I have to stop now. Hungry!

Summer drinks – Like a hot cup of good coffee on a winter morning, there are many drinks that just seem to taste better in the summertime. Last night we opened a bottle of prosecco and drank it out on the steps of our apartment, waiting for the food we ordered to arrive. Tonight we plan to break into a bottle of Rose (I don’t know how to do the fancy e). Other happy summer drinks include sangria, margaritas, and much other brightly colored fun.

Ice cream cones – I don’t eat much ice cream. I’m not much of a sweets person and I rarely eat dessert (except flan, I freaking love flan) But an ice cream cone on a hot day is perfect. Hilariously, SleepyHusband has no idea how to eat an ice cream cone. No, seriously. Like it melts all over his hand and then he gets annoyed and throws it away. Ha! It is amazing to watch. I’ve tried to explain that you have to frequently lick around the bottom to keep it from dripping down the cone, but he can’t get the hang of it! It cracks me up.

Rhode Island – Heading down to RI when we can is brilliant stress relief. Some if you may be familiar with my family’s house there from attending my wedding, it is really lovely down there. Hanging out on the beach, playing with the various dogs and cats running around the place, grilling fresh fish from the shack down the road (fisherman come right up and and sell them freshly caught fish off the boat). It is nice to go down at any time of year, but summer is special.

Right now it is perfect out. Blue skies, warm temps, a light breeze. In fact, I think I might leave my computer alone for awhile go out and enjoy the rest of the sunshine.

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1. The word “digging”

2. Dorothy Sayers. I bought a book of her short stories at a used book store while we were in Chicago. Love her stuff, she is a better Agatha Christie. I’ve read some of the short stories before (and all of the novels) but some of these are happily new to me. I’ve been reading a story or two a night before bed, and I am almost done. So not excited for that! What will I keep next to my bed next? Short stories are perfect because I can’t get sucked into reading too many chapters.

3. Bright lipstick, still. Kind of. I can wear it to go on walks. Working my way up to actually wearing it out with friends.

4. The Bruins. I am watching game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs right now and TENSE! Bruins are winning 3-0 right now, I hope it stays that way! With the way I write blog entries the game might be over before I finish and I’ll have to edit this. Edit: Bruins are Stanley Cup Champions! Won 4-0, what a series!

5. Restaurant patios. A place we really like down the street opened a new patio and it’s great. It is huge and has all these lights and plants and so on. Really pleasant way to spend an evening. The weather needs to be friendlier though, come on summer!

6. Curry and Greek Salads. Not at the same time, but just in general I’ve really been craving curry dishes and I’m still on my endless Feta cheese kick. I bought a Greek salad the other day and threw it in the fridge for the next day. Sleepyhusband ATE IT WHILE I WAS SLEEPING. Rageface. I’ve also been into anything really spicy. I pretty much dump cayenne all over everything I eat right now.

7. Nights out with friends. I tend to be the one who brings my group of friends together because a) I am sporadically employed and have a lot less to do and b) I get bored really easily and immediate start thinking of ways I can get people to enable my restaurant addiction so I don’t have to cook. On Saturday I managed to get two sets of couples to get Indian with SleepyHusband and I. It was my college best friend and my childhood best friend and their significant others, and we had a fab time. Then CollegeBest and her SO came over to our apartment and we played monopoly on xbox (and I won, long live the top hat!).

8. Travel plans. We finally got our act together to get tickets to fly over to see SleepyHusband’s Dad for his birthday in August. SleepyHusband’s brother and his girlfriend will also be there. We all have a fantastic time together, so excited to see them!

9. Summer TV. Standards are lower, because it is summer TV, but light, fluffy summer shows are perfect for a warm evening. Covert Affairs, White Collar, Memphis Beat, The Glades… Yes, I have a crime show problem. This is a cry for help!

10. Now that I’ve come this far, I want to post 10 things… Uuuuum… I’m digging that my week is half over! I am currently doing a 6 day week because of a weird scheduling thing with the 3 week program I am teaching for right now. It is only 3 days in, but I’m finding the psychological effects of knowing I have that extra day coming are making me a bit twitchy. I’ve found this job really, really intense because the kids are so low level. I never have a second to sit down and I have to be so hands on that I’ve started buying a smaller coffee because I don’t have time to drink my normal size before it gets cold. (hi teachers who work with young children! I don’t know how you do it! I would lose my goddamn mind!) This really isn’t a “things I’m digging” entry is it? Yay for my week being half over!

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Before we found out that I was getting laid off (or put on furlough, or hiatus, or whatever) we bought tickets to visit SleepyHusband’s brother in Chicago. I’m glad we decided to get the tickets before we knew, because if we’d known in advance that we’d be a tad short on cash, we probably would have done the responsible thing. But instead of the responsible thing, we got to do the fun thing without the guilt! Win win right?

On Thursday afternoon we got in a plane (there was a 30 minute delay, the first time I’ve seen a 30 minute delay when it was genuinely a 30 minute delay.) When we got into Chicago, it was rush hour, so instead of sitting in traffic we grabbed a subway train into the city and H’s brother picked us up from a stop near his apartment.

SleepyHusband’s brother, who I’ll call BIL (for brother in law) lives with his girlfriend who I’ll call Providence. They have a 9 month old dog named Max and HE’S ADORABLE. Sorry, had a caps lock moment there.

SleepyHusband and I have been excited for this trip forever, and it really didn’t disappoint. When we got to the apartment we met Max, who did a little guard dog barking but warmed up quickly when he realized he was going to get some new people to play with. We headed straight to the roof deck of their (really nice) apartment and enjoyed a beer while watching the sunset. This would prove to be the last of the nice weather for the weekend, but I’m glad we got to watch one beautiful sunset before the rain came!

I grabbed a shower, because how nice does it feel to wash off that stale plane feeling? Then we had some margaritas, then some beers, then I realized I wasn’t going to make it to dinner and crashed relatively early.

Friday we went out for a nice greasy lunch of burgers, gyros, and lazed around a bit, then went out to an early dinner at a Mexican restaurant called Fuego. No complaints from anyone about our food and margaritas, great meal all around! We went from there to a bar where some of BIL’s friends were playing, a band called Kickbush (gonna look them up on iTunes). They were really great and we had a blast, followed by another bar for a DJ friend of BIL’s group of friends. We headed back to the apartment instead of hitting the band’s after party, since it was late and we wanted to be functioning the next day.

Saturday was a slow start for some. SleepyHusband and I took the opportunity to order some Jimmy John’s, because they have incredibly awesome sandwiches. The Beach Club sandwich is my personal favorite. Really, if you have the chance to get Jimmy John’s, jump on it. We had some cheapy tickets for the Cubs game that night, but unfortunately the weather was miserable. One of these days I’m going to check out Wrigley, but the others and I were not keen on sitting in the rain. If I had had access to all my warm clothing I might have decided to go, but we didn’t really pack well enough for the yucky weather, and Providence was coming down with a cold while we were there.

In the afternoon we hit up the grocery store for grill supplies. My brother was passing through town on his way to a summer trip to the Sierra Nevada mountains. He’ll get school credit, and right now he is taking his time driving across country with a friend. They left 20 days before they have to be there so they could take it really slow and explore. We overlapped in Chicago, so he came over that evening to join us. Max spent a lot of his visit barking and growling at him, it was pretty funny. He would bark and bark, then let my brother pet and cuddle him, then go back to barking. Not the most effective guard dog, hehe. He had warmed up by the end of his visit. Belly rubs don’t just come around every day (or, actually, they pretty much do with BIL and Providence as parents).

One of SleepyHusband’s roommates from college also lives in Chicago. He’s a great guy, lots of fun. He came over as well with his girlfriend. The seven of us made steak, pasta, artichokes, and salad. Of course, when I say the 7 of us, I mean I had absolutely nothing to do with any of the cooking. Pat took care of steak, Providence did pasta, BIL did a bunch… I really wasn’t paying much attention. It was pretty much the three of them. We all hung out, chatted, watched TV, and ate the awesome food that SH, BIL, and Providence turned out. The steak was great, but I have to give a shout out to Providence’s pasta. She called it balsamic cream with mushroom I think? I have to email her and snag the recipe. It was really unique and delicious.

BIL and Providence were nice enough to offer my brother a spot on the couch for the night, so he stayed over. The next day we all slept late, then headed out for some brunch. My brother had to be on his way, but the rest of us ended up at an Irish pub. Everyone else went for the totally delicious sounding burgers (I tried some of SH’s, so good). I couldn’t resist the chance at an Irish breakfast. It included eggs, toast, beans, bangers (sausage, but it was listed a bangers on the menu, going for authenticity!), tomato, and last but very much least… black and white pudding. Google it if you are not familiar, but black and white pudding means they are really committing to the authentic Irish breakfast. Blech. I skipped eating those, but the rest of it was so very good.

We still had a couple hours before our flight, so we watched a Netflix movie that BIL and Providence hadn’t watched yet, Due Date. It was entertaining I guess? I went back and forth between finding parts really funny and thinking parts were terrible. Overall, I’d say I won’t watch it again.

When the movie was over, we packed up and headed to the airport. Unfortunately, due to some bad weather here, our flight was delayed a few hours. We got in at around 1 am, then had to wait in a looong line for a cab. But we did finally make it home!

It was a really fantastic weekend. A weekend that reminded me that Chicago is a city I could really see myself living in, we both could. BIL says he gets that from his visitors from lots of cities. I guess Chicago really appeals to people from everywhere. I already can’t wait to go back!

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Weekend

The husband and I spent the weekend at his parents’ house in Missouri. I had a job interview at a school there. It would be a great opportunity and looks to be a great job… But Missouri? I find myself changing my mind from minute to minute about whether or not I could really move there.

It isn’t that I don’t like the city, I do. We spent a summer there after I graduated from college and I’ve always maintained that it is a really nice place to visit… But I wouldn’t want to live there. Leaving behind my family and friends and the city I love so much would be really hard, but there are so many advantages. It would be a big step towards the career I really want and an opportunity for us to save a lot of money.

Up until now we’ve treated the decision as a “don’t count your chickens until they hatch” sort of thing. There was no reason to obsess about the pros and cons before I’d even interviewed. But now the offer or lack thereof is coming within a week, and decisions have to be made.

There is one upside to all of this. I have something to be happy about no matter what the school decides. I’m either going to get a great job and we’ll start an interesting new chapter in out lives, or I don’t get the job and get to stay in Boston. So no matter what happens, I’ll try to focus on the positive side.

The weekend was a lot of fun. We flew in Thursday night, and one of the husband’s friends came over and we all had some steak and conversation. After the parents headed to bed the three of us jumped in the hot tub (along with a neighbor who came over when he heard our mini party going on) and hung out there until I headed to bed. When we got up the next morning the H made me some eggs and bacon and I had a little downtime. The interview was in the afternoon. The people who interviewed me were really nice, and I think it went pretty well.

After the interview I talked to my mom about how it had gone, and spent some time relaxing. The whole process and knowing that I’d have to wait a week to find out about the job left me wound up, so we pretty much hung around watching TV (Star Wars 4, 5, and 6 marathon). In the early evening we went over to another one of H’s friend’s apartments. We ordered Jimmy Johns which, if you are not familiar, makes bliss inducing subs. Seriously, that sandwich was everything I remembered and hoped for. I don’t even know how they do it, but the Beach Club is spectacular. This friend lives with his girlfriend and their insanely adorable little dog. Normally I prefer bigger dogs, but this little girl has so much personality and is so darn sweet (and she really thinks she can beat us at tug of war, mostly because we let her win all the time).

That night we went out and bought passes to a music… festival I guess you’d call it? Basically you paid $20 for a bracelet that let you into a few different bars that all had several musical performances. I wasn’t familiar with any of the bands, but some of them were pretty good. We got home relatively early and hopped back into the hot tub (gotta take advantage of that thing when we have access).

Saturday we went for another one of our favorite meals in the city, Winstead’s. Purveyors of what they call the steak burger, this place is the most delicious, unhealthy food pretty much ever. You can order a burger by how many layers you want, from one to three. They are basically shredded steak pressed into a flat burger. Then you can add tons of toppings like mayo, mustard, pickles, onions, grilled onions, cheese… Not that I got all of these things on my two layer burger. Ahem. Afterwards we stopped by the lacrosse game H’s dad was coaching. Since it was incredibly hot and they were winning by a lot, we only stayed about 15 minutes before heading back home for some air-conditioning.

Saturday night was really relaxed. A few of H’s friends came over and we went out to buy steak, salad, and wine and grilled on the porch. A long, pleasant evening ensued, partially due to the fact that the hot day had led to a perfect temperature when the sun went down. I bought a few bottles of my favorite recent discovery, a Malbec called Gascon. Good conversation, good food, good drink, good fun. Later we moved to the basement for pool and ping pong. I finally had to bail a little earlier than everyone else. It was a good time, but after a long weekend of good times I wanted some good sleep before getting on the plane today.

We were happy to be home. It was nice to get in at around 6 pm, since it left us the evening to relax. Coincidentally, my brother was dropping my dad off for his flight back to the UK just as we were getting in, so we got a ride in return for a couch for my brother and his friend for the night.

I’ll end with a picture of my mother in law’s cats, who came to check out the mysterious new stuff that came into town with us. One is easy to see, the other is behind the suitcase blending in with the rug –

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I would consider myself a normally cheerful person, but today I’ve been obsessing about recent annoyances, misfortunes, etc. In an attempt to stop obsessing, I’m going to write them down and then argue with myself about them. Tada!

I mentioned in a previous blog post that someone close to me got themselves into some trouble and is having some fairly seriously issues. Things seem… Good? Eh, it is hard to tell and not really worth discussing here because it isn’t really the place. All I can do is hope things are really as settled as they seem.

Pain in the ass number two… I might lose one of my jobs. Our tini tiny program might get even tini tinier, and they might have to let me go until things look up again. I of course always knew this was a possibility, but it still makes me sad because I adore that job. And let’s not forget the money… Teachers get a double wammy of a long break between paychecks and all the expenses the holidays bring. I was hoping to plan a trip soon but that’s probably not a possibility with things as they are, let alone if I lose one of my jobs.

Got my credit card bill and was unhappy to see a charge on it for getting our car serviced that I’d completely forgotten about. No late fees or anything, just a bill I’d forgotten to factor in with every other damn thing.

I went to a job fair this past weekend. As far as I can tell, it was a big fat waste of most of my weekend. It is pretty disheartening to see all those schools on the list and know that not one of them wanted to interview me. I know it is a rough time for teachers, but I can’t help but be frustrated. I love teaching, and I really wish someone would give me a shot and get me into a high school English classroom.. I’d go pretty much anywhere in the US and plenty of other countries to get that chance.

My phone is only a year and a half old and the battery seems to be losing charge REALLY fast. Just thought I’d throw that in there.

It is f’n cold! And I hate my apartment, and our brief search last year made it clear that we’ll have to pay at least 3-400 more a month if we want to keep the perks we have here (parking off the street being the most important one) while also getting some damn space. This apartment would probably be fine for one person, but after two years with two people and two cats I want to stretch my legs! I wish we could move back into our old place before we left for the CR (minus the crappy non-draining shower).

Ok, so here comes the arguing with myself…

If I lose one of my jobs… Well I still have another one that I enjoy. And it wouldn’t be for good, they’ll have me back when they have more students. It hasn’t even happened yet, for that matter. If it does, I’ll have a proper spring break! As for the money… Well wah, I can’t go running off to DC or Chicago like I’d hoped. Things will be a little tight, and then they’ll get better again. So is life.

The bill for the car is not fun, but I know it means my car is running well and is in great shape 5 years on. She’s been in a bad accident and come out good as new. She’s also probably suffered a bit from my benign neglect, but she runs well and is handling this crazy New England freak winter like a champ.

I can hope the job fair wasn’t a complete waste of time. I got to meet my placement agent and put a face to a name. I got some resume, cover letter, rec. letters, etc tips I can use. A friend from high school who I hadn’t seen in years was also there, which was a plus. We had a great time catching up, and unlike me he got tons of interviews which was great. I have my fingers crossed that he gets his dream job and, failing that, one of his almost dream jobs. Even if I am not moving forward, it is cheering to see someone I like and respect get exciting opportunities. And it gives me hope for the future, because if my peers can do it, I know I can too.

As for the phone… I’ve been ignoring the whole iphone, droid, etc business for years. I have a decent phone that can connect to the internet and has a few neat features. But when I get my free upgrade in June I think it will finally be time to get a proper smartphone. Now that I’ve decided I want one, I’m impatient, but looking forward to it. I haven’t decided if I’ll leave AT&T for Verizon or not, but I have time to decide. Hopefully my little phone holds out, because it’s been good so far.

Ok, it is cold and there is lots of snow, but as a teacher it means I get snow days. And it was -2 for a few days some weeks ago, and now it is 40. It is also raining, but at 40 it feels like a tropical paradise compared to previous weather. Most importantly, I don’t have to scrape a block of ice off my windows in the morning lately.

The apartment. The damn apartment. Oh right, positive… Um… We get to move out soon? Also, a parking space has been a godsend in this weather. Heck, maybe by September we’ll both have better jobs and do something crazy like buy a condo instead of renting yet another apartment. Ok, probably not. But a girl can dream! And a girl can suck it up and pay more rent for a bigger place.

Whew, ok, much better. I have to get more sleep than I’ve been getting. I woke up exhausted Monday morning. Job fair meant a lot less weekend sleep than usual, then Saturday night was spent attempting to forget the job fair with accommodating friends who bought a few rounds, then Sunday night was the Super Bowl. We didn’t go out partying or anything, but it was a late night once we had walked home from a friend’s place. I’ve been playing catch up ever since and it is making me crabby.

Tune in next week for something more interesting, like a picture of a cat or something. In fact, here, have a picture of me doing something I wish I was doing right now –

What would I give for a teleportation device right now? Gonna get me some good boat time this summer.

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Last Night

Always fun to go out with good friends! We grabbed some tasty tapas at Tasca in Brighton, then spent the Colts-Jets game at our local, Harrys.

Sidenote: How bout them Seahawks huh? Way to silence the critics! I don’t know how far they’ll go, but heck if I don’t love an upset.

If you’d told me 5 years ago that two of our closest friends after graduation would be R and L, I would have been pretty surprised. R was part of my group of friends, but he wasn’t one of the group that I spent much time with. We never once hung out one on one in college. I always liked him, of course, but I just tended to spend more time with other guys in the group. But after college, we moved down the street from Harrys bar, and R and L lived close by. Two more of our friends moved across the street from Harrys. A bunch of us started to do trivia night, but R and L proved to be the only ones who went as regularly as we did. Soon it was basically the four of us, and other people join in here and there. Over the years, trivia night has survived and the four of us have become really close. We can always depend on having a good time with them. As you can see –

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