Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I've moved!

...on the internet, that is! It was time for a change. Check out the new page here!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A blast from the...present.

Because this blog is in serious need of an overhaul and maybe a couple new posts. You know, maybe.

I guess the longer you wait, the harder it gets to figure out where to start. Trust me, I have experience with this feeling! This time it's been a little over a year. I know this because Kevin and I are about to celebrate our first anniversary (which REALLY doesn't seem possible) and I still haven't posted our love story, anything about our wedding, or about our apartment, jobs, life...anything.

I knew it was bad when it took me a half an hour just to get logged in...my old account didn't work, so I switched it to my new one and in the process lost all the pictures ever uploaded to the blog. I found most of them and re-uploaded them, so it's all good now.

Anyhow, rather than try to recount everything that's happened in the last year, I'm just going to write about what's going on now. I have some recap posts planned, but this one comes first.

Kevin and I are both working at a Costco depot...but not for long! His last day is this Friday, as his new job starts the first week of June. He'll be working as a private armed security officer and I can't give any more details than that. Let's just say that after waiting over a year for everything to come through and then two weeks of training, we're both really excited to see this job start. And I'm extremely proud of him for passing all the requirements, certifications, and such.

An average work day...alarm goes off at 4:30, we get up, get ready, eat breakfast, and leave by 5:10.The commute is only about ten minutes, which is fantastic. We clock in at 5:30...he walks to the wet side (the freezing cold side of the depot) and I stay on the dry side, where I work in a department that basically sorts boxes (laptops, medicine, vitamins) to send to the 32 Costco stores that we ship to. I'm learning how to drive the pallet jack (it looks sort of like this). Yesterday I offloaded two trucks by myself! Sometimes Kevin and I get to eat lunch together if our supervisors send us at the same time, which is nice. We're usually clocked out and heading home at 2.

We're moved into the apartment and I LOVE my kitchen. Which is good, because I spend a lot of time in there, mostly burning things. Seriously, I wish I was joking when I tell people that I burn something every night. Mostly it's because I'm impatient and have no concept of how to use an electric stove. Like, which number should I turn it to? Let's do 7, that sounds fast. Usually I just turn the stove hood fan on and open the doors and hope Kevin doesn't notice.

We've both got one-way tickets booked for Florida this Sunday at 6:25 AM. I wish that meant we were on a permanent vacation, but actually we'll be driving home in our new car! My grandpa is selling us his Prius since we'll need two cars once we have separate jobs. We'll be spending five or six days down there visiting and sunburning. It will double as our first anniversary trip, as it just so happens to fall on that week. (That's just the way it worked out because of when the new job starts.)

I'm attempting a garden this year. If I never mention it again, you'll know why. (So far my tomato plants are almost dead from lack of water because I'm just that good.)

And now, because Kevin and I are an old married couple, we're heading to bed because of that whole early morning job thing. Hoping to post more in the near future, but don't hold your breath. ;)

Thursday, May 9, 2013


On Monday, I submitted my last assignment for this semester, meaning that if everything goes as planned, I will walk across the stage this Saturday wearing what looks like a giant black garbage bag so that I can get my diploma. The gown hangs in my closet, where I'm hoping the wrinkles will just fall out so that I don't spend hours ironing it like alumni have warned me.

It's surreal. I'm graduating from college?

I haven't really had time to let it sink in though, with wedding plans and life plans at the front of my mind. 

More than the graduation gown, I'm excited about putting on the wedding gown that hangs in my sister's bedroom, on a nail my dad pounded in for me near the ceiling (so that the train wouldn't drag on the floor). 

Yesterday was my last day of work before my three week wedding leave started. Today I slept in embarrassingly late, and now I'm working on this post and on writing out "the story of us" that I hope to post here between now and the wedding.

My family is driving down early tomorrow morning so they can come to the baccalaureate and commencement. I'm so excited to see them! After that, we'll pack up my things and drive to New York, where I'll be until the wedding. My friend (and bridesmaid) Emily is flying out from Indiana the Saturday before the wedding so that she can help me get ready.

Kevin has to stay in Maryland to work, but he'll drive up two days before the wedding.

It's been a looong semester, with a 50-page paper, a 15-page paper and project, a 12-page paper, 240-hour internship, and a new job. Lots and lots of adjustments, but life is exhilarating. God is so good. 

That's it for now!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

In which I become a spoiled rich kid...

No really, that's how I feel! Very spoiled. 

After living in a four-person room for three semesters on campus (and sharing a bathroom with five other girls there) and living with nine other people at home, it feels very strange to suddenly have a bedroom, bathroom, and office to myself. Living with grandmommy (what Kevin's family calls their grandma) definitely has its perks! 

First off, pretty cool neighbors. ;) She lives on the same property as Kevin's family, so it's a short walk to his house. 

Also, my own bathroom, with a double sink and lots of storage space.

My own shower, with amazing water pressure (stay in there too long and you'll come out bald :P) and water that's hot right away...both of those are new to me, don't judge! 

My own office, complete with bright orange shag carpet...um, groovy. Or something. 

This is where I'll write my 50-page paper this spring...yay.

The office is right down the hall from my bedroom...

...which has a full-size bed. It feels gigantic to me! 

Lots of closet space...this is just one of the closets in my room, but I don't really need the other one. 

My bedroom window...

I'm not saying how many of these dressers are filled with my clothes...

And this is what I use to tell grandmommy whether I'm home or not. We're both gone a lot (and I'll be gone a lot more once school, work, and internship start up), so I turn this (the other side says "IN") when I walk in and out the door.

This picture is just for Erika...I thought you'd like to see my fuzzy slippers. I know, they're so not me but I know you'll approve. :P 

So there you have it...I hope to post later once the semester gets going and I have a better idea of what's going on! 

I'm getting married!

So much has happened since my last post (July)...it's definitely time for an update!

This entire blog has just gone through a major upheaval. I went through and deleted a bunch of old posts, some of them dating back to 2007, when I started this blog. Much of what I wrote then is either outdated (political races long over) or just plain stupid. I mean, come on....I was 16! 

As far as updates, I've decided that instead of writing one horrifically long post, I'll be posting a few of them.

Here are the highlights though:

- at the end of summer (the longest of my life), when my internship ended, my dad and brother drove me back down to Maryland, where my boy was waiting for me at the end of the road. I couldn't jump out of the car fast enough to hug him! 

- we spent the last remaining days of summer vacation visiting his summer workplace, his grandparents, his favorite restaurants, and floating lazily around their pond. He tried to teach me how to swim (yeah, I know, I'm too old for this!)...but that project is to be continued next summer. Here we are at Baugher's, a restaurant his grandparents always took the kids to: 

- school started back up again. Kevin and I were both promoted, me to supervisor working for the facilities department on campus and him to squad leader on campus security. The pay increase was a huge blessing, especially because I was working about 21 hours per week.

- I was taking 15 credits, including probably the most difficult class PHC offers, Principles of Biblical Reasoning. The first part of the semester was kind of intense while I got ready for my presentation/debate in that class. Kevin and I both took the same class (Film) together on Monday nights.

- every weekend, Kevin and I drove back to his house in Maryland (only 50 minutes or so from PHC) to do laundry, go to church (and teach Sunday School), do homework, and recharge.

- over Labor Day weekend, my mom and three sisters came to visit.

-for homecoming, the senior class dressed up as Romans:

- I shared a room with three super sweet girls, who put up with my early mornings and frequent disappearances to study with a certain boy. Here we are dressed up for Faith and Reason Day:

-it was two months ago today that Kevin proposed to me...and I said yes! This was over Fall Break in November.

- when we got back to school after getting engaged, my friends had a candlelight ceremony for me (a PHC tradition where all the girls gather to find out who's engaged. We pass a taper candle around the room with the engagement ring on it, and whoever is engaged blows out the candle.)

- at the end of the semester, we went to the Christmas Ball. Kevin gave me six red roses, one for each month until we get married.

- Kevin and I drove to NY for most of Christmas break. It was great to spend time with family and friends and get started on wedding planning and shopping. We spent 9 hours in Erie one day looking at dresses, veils, shoes, and jewelry!

- all together, I had 6 Christmases...with my family and relatives and his. It was great. :)

- my grandpa (on my dad's side) passed away December 30th, 2012. Kevin, his parents, two sisters, and I traveled back up for the viewing and funeral. Though I'm happy that Grandpa's free from pain and has left "this veil o' tears" (as he would say), I miss him already. He's the one on the left in this picture:

- last week, I moved to Maryland, where I'm living with Kevin's grandma for the spring semester. This is the house I'm staying in:

- wedding planning is in full swing (and the wedding dress and veil are bought!). The date is set for May 25th, 2013, and we couldn't be more excited!

More posts to come soon! 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Yeah, yeah, yeah...

I know...I'm a terrible person. Honestly, I didn't intend to leave a cliff-hanger on my blog for this long. It just sort of happened that way. 

Besides, you guys know me by now...no apologies needed, right? ;)

This post isn't going to be anything too spectacular. It's just a little summertime update, letting you know what's been going on. And pictures...I have lots of those.

My summer hasn't been crazy like last summer...I'm not hopping back and forth between two jobs while trying to get ready to move on campus for the first time.

In fact, this summer's different from last in quite a few ways...

Last summer, I had just gotten home from spending four months in Mexico. This summer, I've just gotten back from an intense but amazing nine months in Purcellville, VA, at PHC where I went from rising junior to rising senior and from single to very much unsingle. ;) (But more on that later!)

Last summer, I worked two minimum wage type jobs with a tight schedule and a lot of driving. This summer, I'm working only one job, but the pay is more than decent, I set my own hours (salaried position), I'm getting school credit (it's an internship), and I haven't done much driving (right now I work mostly from my room, actually).

Last summer, I would come home from one job late at night (around 11) and crash. This summer, I spend my evenings on google video with a certain somebody...I consider this an improvement!

Last summer flew by. This summer is draaaagging on. *cough* 25 days until I head to Maryland *cough*

Last summer, I went to go visit the Goldfusses in Ohio. This summer, they came to see me!

Last summer, I was both excited and terrified at the idea of moving on campus. This summer, I'm actually looking forward to school starting again...thaaat's never happened before. ;)

So yeah...this summer has been a little bit different than last summer. But in a good way!

Before I dive into all the summertime pictures here, I'm guessing at least a few of you are interested in the explanation I promised in the last post. Wouldn't want to leave you hanging, right? ;)

The scoop: Kevin and I met last fall at PHC. He and I are both rising seniors, majoring in American Politics & Policy. He lives in Maryland, he loves the Lord, he was homeschooled ("from diapers to diploma"), and has six siblings. He's very sweet, hardworking, mature, fun-loving, considerate, friendly...and um, the list goes on but I don't want anyone to gag. I've been incredibly blessed...he's a catch. ;)

We didn't really notice each other until this spring, though, when I unsuspectingly asked him to go with me to the Sadie Hawkins dance in March. We started hanging out more and became good friends. We watched movies and had fun in groups of friends, but neither of us was sure what the other was thinking. (Honestly, I was pretty clueless and confused.) After going to his house for Easter (with another college friend), I started realizing what a great guy he was, but I still didn't know what he was thinking.

...and then he asked me out a couple days later (April 13th) so that we could talk. After a mildly awkward but incredibly informative conversation over turtle cheesecake, he called my dad and got permission to date me. And we've been dating ever since! It's been almost four months...and they've been wonderful. :)

When the semester ended, he and his family drove up to NY with me and our families were able to meet. After that, Kevin headed back to Maryland to spend the summer interning for a commissioner and I started my internship. Hence the loooong summer apart, but we've definitely kept in touch.

Sorry, that's the very abbreviated, non-gushy version. But don't worry, when the time is right, I'll post a long "story of us" that will satisfy even the most romantic among you. :)

So what have I done this summer? 

-planted flowers on Memorial Day

-went to the beach

-talked to somebody...

-celebrated a graduation :)

-spent time with friends

-*tried* to take a normal picture...hahaha!

 -we had fun, anyhow...

-went to a Memorial Day parade

-talked to somebody ;) 

-planted a garden

-my raspberry patch...which has kind of died since then. but oh well. :P

-talked to somebody... (sensing a theme yet?)

 -ate ice cream


-talked to somebody...

-made pies (with lots of help ;))

-more pies...

-and more pies

 -and more pies. Yikes, I think I have a problem...I'm obsessed with pie.

-and went strawberry picking.

 I think that's about it for now! Thanks for bearing with me. :)