Wednesday, February 29, 2012

hiding out at mcdonalds.

































So, we are having our home repairs done this week and the guy doing the work likes to show up at the house at 7:30am. That's usually the time we are just waking up and preparing to rush through our morning routine. That means this week we are waking up much earlier so we can be ready for the morning awkwardness of having a strange man in the middle of our house, interrupting our normal regimen. We found out the first morning, that the guy {although super sweet and nice} is super sweet and talkative. Every few minutes, "Hey Misty." Yep, that wasn't going to work for me, so the kids and I decided we'd have more fun passing time out of the house. But where does one go at 7:30 in the a.m. when school doesn't start until 9am? Well, we decided breakfast at McDonald's would be a good past time. And so we ate. And then McKenna threw up. And then we decided to pass time in the car instead. Hugging against the car heater, that little girl felt better in no time.

primanti bros.





So, word on the Pittsburgh street is that Primanti Bros. is the place to go.  Fresh Italian bread, slaw and fries on every sandwich.  Husband gives it his okay.  And everyone I have spoken to so far, who has ever been to Pittsburgh, tells me I have got to visit this place.

Tell me that doesn't look yummy!

Monday, February 27, 2012

cozy.































Today our home improvement happenings began at the early morning hour of 8am!  In preparation, I moved the fridge and dishwasher into the dining room, as the kitchen flooring was the first item the contractor wanted to tackle.  I am quite proud of myself for getting the two large appliances shoved into the corner of the eating area.  It took quite a bit of thinking-like-a-man and I even used a power tool in the process.  :)  And then I went back to thinking-like-a-woman and rearranging the furniture into a cozy, pleasant studio apartment-esque arrangement.  I've always had an affinity for small spaces {although I tend to enjoy large, spacious environments now} and I can definitely handle the crowdedness temporarily.

As for emotions at the house, we are all missing Husband.  There were tears shed last night, a little heartache for one of the kids.  It is always a little harder at night, when there is one less parent to do the tucking-in for bed.  So, I sat on the edge of my son's bed and we imagined what it would be like to have Dad home with us.  We imagined the sounds we would hear and this made us laugh a little.  We imagined that at any space of quiet, Dad could be found standing and looking at his phone.  We also imagined him standing in the kitchen, snacking on almonds or sitting in the recliner, watching movie trailers on his laptop.  We imagined him taking up office in the dining room, papers neatly piled around him.

Alone in my mind, I imagined the time I have wasted being stressed when he was home instead of just relaxing and enjoying being with him.  That is my goal for next time.  To just enjoy him.  Because in the end, that's all that really matters, right?

driving in pittsburgh.











Husband mounted his phone to his dashboard, so he could record his driving about town.  It's pretty cool seeing the scenery, even from the freeway and side streets.  This weekend he toured the surrounding Pittsburgh areas, trying to narrow down some places to reside.  No pressure.  :)  It almost felt like I was with him, searching the home listings from my living room and texting him the addresses so he could drive to each one and take a peek.  Now he's in Boston.  And I'm in Spokane, overseeing the home repairs we have going on this week!  Kitchen floor, wall patch, new trim in bathroom and downstairs.  Hoorah!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

the pitts.
















































Here is my first peek at Pittsburgh!  It looks so beautiful {even in the dark}!  I can't wait to visit.  I think we are going to try to get the family there over Spring Break so we can see what we are getting ourselves into.  I hope-hope-hope it raises our spirits and gets us all excited.

So, Husband... keep sending us pictures!  We want more!!!!

liberty bells.


                             





After ten days of being back in Spokane, Husband headed for Philly on Sunday.  We had a great week while he was in town, celebrated a 13th anniversary on Valentine's Day, and then had to cancel romantic plans due to a very sick yours truly.  Okay, that last part was a bummer, but we still managed to have a nice time as a family.  Husband just spent the last few days on the outskirts of Philadelphia and was very impressed with that place.  He has been stuck in an office mostly, so not much time for exploring, but we will do plenty of that very soon!

Tonight he is spending his very first night in Pittsburgh and he absolutely loves it so far.  He says "it feels good."  The city reminds him very much of Portland, Oregon {which is where I grew up}.  He can't get over all of the water, even the smell of it in the air.  I have to admit, I do miss that smell.  Spokane is so dry and our river through town is a creek compared to what Pittsburgh's got going on.  :)  He is also impressed by the hills, comparing the layout to Seattle.  I absolutely cannot wait to see this place!  Tomorrow I will post pictures of Pittsburgh for sure.  I am getting dizzy just trying to imagine that is where I will be living soon!

Friday, February 10, 2012

swoon.


Cast Members:

The White Bubble...  Mr. Husband

The Green Bubble... Misty

The ManPanties...  Here, here, and somewhere in here.

Something tells me, even with all the stresses of moving and all the distance between us these days, that we are going to be just fine.  We still make each other laugh and we still make each other swoon.  *sigh.



NYC and underpant laundering.









Husband worked in Long Island, NY this week, but took an afternoon to venture by train, into NYC.  It just looks like an adventurous place to be, doesn't it?  I cannot wait to roam that big, gigantor location one day very, very soon.  It's going to blow my fragile, small-city mind.  In a good way.  :)

I also wanted to take a moment out of my day, to amaze you with my husband's laundry skills.  Yes, this is all done in a hotel bathroom.  So cute, I could hug him.

Tomorrow, our little family will all be reunited for 10 whole days.  We have an anniversary to celebrate and a house full of stuff to minimize.  Husband doesn't know it yet, but I'm pretty sure that if he took my car to get an oil change, that would be the BEST anniversary gift ever.  And it'd probably be cheaper too. Because I am easily convinced I need the most optimum-running oil that costs zillions of dollars and I may as well get a new filter too.  I'm a sucker.  

Have you been to NYC?  What do I just HAVE to see?

mwah.




























These are two photos I texted Husband today.  Numero uno, in response to his "i love you" text.  Numero dos, to ask if he was my attractive visitor {because he comes home TOMORROW!!!!!!}!  !!!!  !!!! !!  Woohoo!!!!  Bring me some joy!

He has been in Long Island, New York.  Lucky duck.  And he took a little time to visit Downtown NYC too.  By train.  Because that's what you do back there in the East Coast.  You take the train.  You don't dare drive into NYC, if you ask me.  Are you reading this in your best NYC accent?  Anyway, like I know what I'm talking about.  :)  But I will definitely be posting pics of that cool place ASAP.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

excited about getting excited.







































I taxied Husband to the aeroport at 4:30am.  Can we say OUCH?  His departure: 0600.  
I was back in bed, sound asleep.









































 There's nothing like a sky view sunrise.  

































One quick stop in Salt Lake City. 































Lunch on East Coast time in SLC.








































Getting on another plane to NYC...































And then a little mid-flight snack.

While Husband is away on his travels, I am adjusting to this temporary state of single-motherhood rather well.  Some days I am a bit frazzled, but mostly I'm content and happy as a clam.  It's been a month since my first post announcement regarding the move.  A month already?  In my beginning posts, I was really concerned with how to go about telling people we are moving.  I mean, it can be really awkward.  Well, I am happy to announce that although late, I finally made the announcement at my place of employment.  TODAY.  Boy did that take me long enough.  Honestly, I just didn't know how to start the conversation.  But a conversation naturally came up with other teachers, about the willingness to move to find available teaching positions, and so I just blurted it out.  And you know what?  It felt really darn good.  I have had so much support from friends and coworkers.  It turns out, everyone knows someone from Pittsburg.  Two of the teachers I work with used to live there.  Everyone loves the East Coast and is so excited for our opportunity.  And that makes me very excited too.

Most days, I really don't think about the move, as my time seems to be taken by so many different things.  But if there is a rare quiet moment, as there are those moments before sleep overtakes me, my mind wanders to moving-preparedness.  And when I am stressed, my mind also wanders to how on Earth I will get everything and everyone prepared.  When the children's clutter has crept into the living room, and I am the right kind of tired, I can give quite an oration on the subject of preparedness, spouting on and on about putting absolutely EVERY LITTLE THING into a cardboard box so that when our house finally goes up for sale, we will be prepared for strangers to walk into our house and exclaim Oh my, what a clean house, free of clutter, let's buy it!  My mind is also focused still, on school, work, and the children.  It's me getting everyone up and off to school, teeth brushed, sometimes showered, homework done, lunches made.  Then I get my own self off to school or work.  Then it's time to get the kids from school and decide what's for dinner, actually make it, sometimes run to the store to get a stupid ingredient, and then eat the meal.  Activities happen too.  And so does a clogged drain.  And I get to balance it all.  So, I haven't really had an opportunity to get excited about moving.  You know what?  I am excited about getting excited about moving!  That's what I am.  

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