Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New Year, new projects!

As some of you know, M and I closed on a house just before Christmas. We're very excited about a) the awesome deal we got and b) having a home of our own! The house is in great shape but needed a few face-lift type fixes, which began on January 7. Two weeks later, the work continues! We hope to be in the house in the next week or so- for sure before the end of the month.

House remodeling and moving is typically enough to keep two people busy, but we're unconventional. We're also planning a wedding. It's going fine so far, thanks to those who are checking in and offering tips and assistance. I do have 2 big deadlines looming- DRESS and DJ.

And finally, on top of fixing and moving into a house, planning a wedding, I started a new job about 10 days ago. It's part time, mostly administrative work, but it's nice to talk to people, have a quasi-normal schedule a few days a week, and best of all, get a paycheck!

My free hours seem to be disappearing by the day, but I'll try to be back again soon with a house update and hopefully a photo or two!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Y'all talk funny

I don't sound like a Floridian. I already knew this, but it was confirmed twice this week already. Background: Michael and I are in the process of remodeling the house we just bought, hence interactions with carpet and remodel people.

Todd at Empire Carpeting: Where are you guys* from
Me: Ohio
Todd: What part of Ohio?
Me: Cleveland area.
Todd: Ok. I grew up in Buffalo, New York
Me: So you recognized my accent?
Todd: Yeah, it was familiar, I just knew you weren't from Florida
*He said guys! I knew immediately he had Great Lakes roots

Thursday at Home Depot after asking a few questions about vanities
Home Depot employee: Where are y'all from? Minnesota?
Me: No, Ohio
Mary Lynn: We talk a little differently than they do.
HDE: Oh, ok. I could tell y'all weren't from here

Sunday, January 4, 2009

What state are we in?

Michael and I went on a home improvement quest on Friday, January 2. We went to the mall and were in the car 50 miles, round trip. During this time, we saw the following license plates, thus giving us our best "license plate game" score ever!

Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Florida (obviously), Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. (That's 25 states) We also saw Quebec and Puerto Rico, which are not 'out of state' but still worth mentioning for game purposes.

Oh, and we saw Saskatchewan and Mexico City today!