Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Funniest Thing I've Ever Seen

Lacey here... and I'd just like to review for you one of the funniest things I have ever seen.

You may remember Kim's last post, and how distraught she was that our mail lady seemed incompetent at the least.  I got the fun end of the deal, watching Kimmy finally confront her with all the rage of a chihuahua who has been ignored for 5 minutes too long.

(not our dog)

I was trying to take a nap after a 24-hour shift at work, and Kim was sitting on the edge of the bed visiting with me.

 Suddenly she hopped to her feet and her little chihuahua ears perked up. She had heard the mail truck.  She bolted down the stairs and I just yelled, "What the ^%$^% is going on???" and she shouted something incoherent back as she made a bunch of noise and slammed the front door.

I got out of bed and went to our office window.  There I saw Kim trotting to the mailbox.  She opened it, fumbled around a little bit, then starting sprinting full speed down the road, with a handful of "return to sender" mail, sweatpants hiked up to her knees, and galoshes on her feet.  Clunk.  Clunk.  Clunk.

She waived and hollered at the mail lady to get her attention when she finally got to the truck, then interrogated her, hands on hips and all (so as to imply "are you lazy or just stupid?") before handing over the envelopes.

That little girl trotted back in her heavy rain boots, and was proud as a peacock.  She walked through the front door and I was doubled over laughing.  If you only knew Kim's quiet personality you would understand the humor in watching such a spectacle :)

Now the mail lady usually picks up the outgoing mail, but still doesn't get the concept of putting down the flag, despite the lesson Kim gave her.

*So proud*

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I Don't Understand

So I'm sure one of us has mentioned before that I sometimes get to work from home.  By sometimes I mean 2-3 days a week.  There are definitely pros and cons to this type of schedule, but I'll save all of those for another post.

 Well there is one thing that I've noticed while working at the house....our lazy Mail Lady! 

Two days ago I put some outgoing mail in the empty mail box and lifted the red flag to make her aware of this outgoing mail. That's how it works, right?  So why is she ignoring all of this?  She still delivers our mail each day, but never takes the outgoing mail....I don't understand.  

Maybe it's because she's too distracted while talking on her Bluetooth :)

I know I'm fussing, but I hate when people don't do their job (especially when it's one of the main parts of their job...collect mail!).  So if I get the privilege to be home tomorrow then I plan on "kindly" reminding the Mail Lady to take our mail when the little red flag is at attention....geez!  What if I had bills waiting in there?

 Good coffee whenever I want it! One of the pros when working from home...along with keeping the USPS in check!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Decisions, Decisions...

Ever planned a wedding in the DC area?  If so, you would find yourself deciding whether you will wait fifteen years to have children and having your ceremony and reception at one of the popular local venues.

We don't want to wait fifteen years to have kids.  So, that has left us looking for alternatives.  Hmmmmmmm... Where could we possibly host a wedding for our family and friends, but not completely blow every dollar we have and put ourselves in $major debt$?

My first thought was the back yard.  Kim has all but vetoed that idea.  As much as we love the big tree and everything, she just doesn't see it as practical and beautiful (insert sad face) for a ceremony.

I was at a loss... I really want to get married in Maryland now that it is legal here, but all of the historical buildings cost $1000+ for a few hours on the weekend and have a bunch of crazy restrictions about food and alcohol service, insurance, permitting and licensing... They kind of kill the joy of wanting to do anything celebratory!

And then yesterday I got off work at 8am after a 24+ hour shift, took a nap, and found myself with some time to explore the local area.  I loaded up one of the little dogs and drove a few short miles down to Fort Washington Park, a historic Civil War fort.  Let me tell you, this place is cool AND beautiful!  After texting a few pictures to Kimmy and relaying the fact that a permit for an event at a National Park is only $50, Kim was sold :)  She loves that being down by the water reminds her of her hometown, Charleston, and the Civil War heritage also reminds her of her Southern roots.  I love that it is cool, an unlikely spot, and picture perfect!

 A view of Fort Washington down by the water.  I took this with my iPhone on a cool/cheap app called "Photosynth." 
 I definitely recommend it when you're taking touristy pics or setting up a "photo tour" for something.

One details down a million to go!  I am still lobbying for the reception at our house.  We aren't planning to have many guests and I think we could make it warm, inviting and fun for our friends and family.  Am I crazy?

Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Wrapping up 2012

Happy 2013, y'all!

Kimmy made it back safely from her trip home.  We had a lovely evening to ourselves to exchange a few gifts, and charged headfirst into the new year.

In the days following her return we attacked a few things that had been on our list for quite some time.  We FINALLY got the basement in order, which included setting up our new "gym."  That gave us a great new space to start tackling the next thing on our list: Insanity.  Side note: we can barely walk!  We very much look forward to some "beach bodies" in about 63 days :)  Tonight we will complete the 3rd workout.  Ouch.

We finally got to have a mini get-together at our house to help ring in the new year last night.  I cannot believe we both failed to take a picture of the spread we planned for our friends, but, if the cook does say so herself, it was absolutely delicious and all homemade. Yum.  Garlicy cheeseburger sliders on fresh baked buns with caramelized onions, beer & cheese fondue (more garlic), hummus with a kick (even more garlic), fried cheesy buffalo chicken wontons, and melon with prosciutto.  We definitely ate ourselves into the new year!  Nomnomnomnom.

Of course we had great company, between each other, all our furry roommates, and our guests :)

The beautiful women who helped us ring in 2013
We were having so much fun Kim and I forgot to get a solo picture together, AGAIN! 

Surprisingly, despite being dead tired by about 2pm, we made it all the way to midnight and beyond, watched the ball drop, had ourselves a good smooch, and made our way to bed with a glass of water and a couple ibuprofen.

We awoke this morning very much alive and made it to a pajama brunch with our friends, hit up the bookstore, and fell asleep watching a movie... as all new years should begin!

Balancing things out for the recovery

Happy 2013!

A pic of our house during the first snow that "stuck."

Wintery love from the Fifth House on the Left!