Two of my favorite ladies drove in from out of town to hang with me for a ladies spa night. We did pedis and manis, facials, and even tried homemade belly wraps (trust me, you dont want to see a pic of that!). We drank sangria and ate snacks and talked the night away. Good times!
PS Belly wraps did nothing but make a mess! We measured before and after...no change.
We finally got out of the apartment building and into a house. We are just renting, because we hope to only live in this area for a couple years. It's good to have our own space with a bedroom for everyone and a basement for all our hobby stuff including a workout area!
After opening my Spain box from Try the World, I thought it would be fun to make tapas with K. K and I met in Spain back in 2002 and have been friends ever since. She is the reason that I now live in Hammond, Indiana. We had talked awhile back about how it would be fun to look through the photos from Spain and do some reminiscing. We ate alot of food, relived alot of memories, and had alot of laughs! Good times!
New State, New City, New Friends, New Adventures, New List.
Here's to year 36!
Last year, I changed my list up a bit with putting double the number of items on it that actually needed accomplished and it was the first year that I actually met my goal! So, I'm following that pattern again and making a long list. This year my goal is to accomplish 36 items off this list! I better get started...I'm a month behind already!
While I was visiting Indiana in the spring visiting, I went to get an eye exam. First time I've had one in years. All is good.
Check my credit report
I did this in the spring right before leaving Bethel. I wanted to see what my credit looked like for filling out a rental application for an apartment in my new town. A few weeks ago, we found a house for rent and the owner told me, "You have a better credit score than me!"
Fast for three days
I did this in the spring while I was still in Bethel. It wasnt as hard as I expected it to be. After the first day, you pretty much get over being hungry. I mostly wanted to eat at the end because I missed food!
Make a Bethel appreciation list
I did this before leaving Bethel. I sent it to Eric and told him to keep me accountable for all of the things I valued about living there. I dont want city life to change me or get me caught up in drama. Every once and awhile he busts it out and we looked over it.
Recycling from an apartment complex is not the easiest thing to do. We had talked to the neighbor in the house across the street about putting out our recycling with theirs. Originally they said yes, but then they got a little weird about it. So, we put a rubbermaid bin outside the front door and started sneaking our recycling into other peoples bins by driving down alleys in our neighborhood. This just made me feel like I was committing a crime instead of doing a good deed though so I stopped. Then a friend told me about some local drop off points for recycling. We've been taking it there.
In the Fall of 2014, Erin and I took a mushroom identification class.
In the fall of 2015, I went back to Bethel and we did a little collecting of some mushrooms we found next to the trail by the river.
I'm certain enough about the identification of these mushrooms that I dried and packaged them. I still havent gotten around to eating them yet, however, I did get to enjoy a HUGE piece of chicken of the woods mushroom that was collected and given to us by a friend. We enjoyed that and will get around to eating these mushrooms when we are certain we wont be consuming any alcohol. Apparently, although edible and delicious, these mushrooms will react badly with alcohol!!!
I had read book 1 several years ago, but never got around to the others. So I read it again before starting book 2 and I'm so glad I did. There is so much that happened in the first book that I had forgotten.
I took it to the car wash on Ridge Rd in Munster. They did a decent job for the price, but it's already looking banged up again. I'm going to need to get it waxed come summer. Bethel beat up my paint with the sand and wind and harsh conditions. Now Indiana is beating it up with careless neighbors who hit it with their car doors.
Last year, Eric and I spent our first days together as a couple in Chicago enjoying the city lights and holiday festivities. We went to a holiday market where we got a christmas ornament to commemorate our first holiday together. This year we again went into the city on a weekend during the holiday season, enjoyed the city light, holiday festivities, and a 2015 ornament to add to the tree. This, I think, will be our new holiday tradition...both the ornament and the time spent together.
I'm a high school science teacher currently living my dream of teaching out in bush Alaska. I'm always up for new adventures and like to travel anywhere and everywhere. This blog is a way to keep in touch with friends and family, journal about life, and share my experiences with the world.