Friday, September 12, 2008

Prepping for Portland weekend.

I am headed to Portland (sans husband) to visit Ross for the weekend. I very excited about the resale stores in the city, the band we're going to see that just happens to be a block from Ross' apartment, and the fact that the weather will be gorgeous if not HOT.

Of course, I'm also excited for my Amtrak transportation. I haven't been on an Amtrak since college when I'd take the train from Chicago to Ann Arbor, and at a whopping $56.00 round trip, I'll have plenty of extra money for my vintage-hunting endeavors.

Don't worry, the camera will be in tow. Plenty of pictures to come.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

posting is hard . . .

Well if anyone is still checking in on us here, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that it took only 2 months for me to get this blog in motion, again. It's not for lack of want to blog, it's the motivation . . . The motivation to go to the library to get online.

All that has changed now. Alex and I decided it was time, once again, to have home internets. We're no longer at the whim of library hours to get our online fix.

We're also finally kinda settling into our lives in Seattle. It's been rough-going in a couple spots, but we are both in secure jobs now that even pay livable wages/offer affordable health insurance. More than I can say for employers in Chicago. So there's a big plus in Seattle's column.

We are coming up on our 4th wedding anniversary! That's some craziness. Sometimes it doesn't feel that long, and sometimes it feels like we've been married 20 years. We've been toying with the idea of a bike or hike for our celebration. Mount St. Helens has come up, and since it's stopped a steady constant eruption pattern, we may be able to hike up to see the lava dome. Still working out the details. Who knows . . . maybe we'll just catch the train to Canada to see a Canucks' game. Either one would be fun. I am so easily persuaded by hockey.

I've had some recent luck on Etsy selling some photography and apparel. That's a good motivator, and I've started making some stationary and photo cards, which you can find here.

AND . . .




Since the floor below us seems to have developed quite a roach problem, we are having our apartment pest-controlled to ward off la cucaracha (though I think the cats work really well, too). I had to empty the kitchen and bathroom for the pest-controlling to take place, and in the process found some interesting vintage items I had horded away. Needless to say, they will find their way into my other Etsy store.

So that's pretty much the big stuff. Everything else is just the everyday day-to-day that only an anthropologist might find interesting.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

My job is cooler than your job . . .

After finishing my first week at Outdoor Research, I have decided that it is one of the most badass jobs I've ever had.

That's all.

Monday, May 12, 2008

i quit.

Seriously, the restaurant job I took in February to make the ends meet. . . was officially given notice yesterday. I feel 20 pounds lighter already. And just so I don't appear irresponsible, I have an interview tomorrow with Outdoor Research. Keep your fingers crossed or perform whatever job-mojo ritual you have on my behalf.

Alex turned 29 on May 6, and for those of you not yet "in the know", was promoted to shift supervisor at Starbucks. Not sure where all that's going, but for the moment, it appears up. Happy-Happy!

I turn 31 tomorrow. You can leave your condolences below in the comments section.

A HAPPY MOM DAY to all Mother's in the world . . . better late than never, eh?

Lastly, a2 would like to that Mom & Dad Martin for the lovely weekend in Chicago/Bloomington for Tim's graduation from Wesleyan (CONGRATS TIM!). We had an excellent time.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

i'm a winner

Orchard After Bloom (Traverse City, MI) was a first prize winner in Wolf Camera's "Big Print: Capture Your World" photo contest.

So there it is.
I now have money for my new camera.

*smiles*

Monday, January 21, 2008

first seattle post

Besides my unemployment, our transition to Seattle has been lacking the stress that usually accompanies upheaval. The sun was stretching out across an empty sky when we landed at Sea-Tac. A sight that my brother said was rare this time of year. We ate a big breakfast, planned our way through most of the week, and then napped.

After a rainy Monday spent cleaning and ripping out the grotesque contact paper from the kitchen cabinets, our relocube arrived on another unseasonably sunny day. The total time it took to move our belongings from the cube to our apartment floor . . . 1 hour. It was an impressive feat made possible with the help of Justin and a very friendly ABF employee.

After one week and a trip to IKEA, our apartment is coming together better than either of us anticipated. Check out the dining area below. Isn’t that table about the awesomest thing you’ve ever seen?!!?!

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More pictures on our flickr page, just click here.
First week shout-outs: Thanks to Justin and Andrea for all your help!