Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Mornings

Claire and I like to rock out to Julian Smith sometimes.



And Alex Boye too.  All the time.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Let It Go

When I ordered wedding announcements/reception invitations almost 3 years ago, the company printing them made a mistake.  I had ordered something like 300 copies, and was sent about 700.  Luckily, I wasn't charged for the mistake, and didn't have to deal with any problems resulting from the error.

Almost three years later, and I still have those extra 400 invitations.  Don't ask me why, but I just can't seem to toss them out.  My inner hoarder or secret creative side just feels like there must be some use for them.  I'm not a huge hoarder of other things, so I'm not sure why I can't get rid of these.

Please please please will someone come and throw them away for me!!!

Or give me the awesome idea of how to use them.  ;)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

View From My Window

Looks like we'll be snowed in again tomorrow; most of church is cancelled.  Caleb's taking public transit and a taxi home from work (which is closing early) so that I don't have to make the drive to go get him.  What a nice guy!

Also, since when did I turn into such a pansy about driving in the snow?!



We're trying to stay warm and snuggling lots here!


Friday, February 20, 2015

The Utilities are Too #*%*& High!

My latest utility bill arrived via email this morning.

For the first 15 days which we lived here, drumroll please....we are paying....


$281.00

I am a little bit ready to pass out!!!!

We're going to make a few changes - no more night light, no more water music for the baby to keep her asleep longer than an hour, get better at making sure the lights are off when we leave a room, etc. I'm sure we'll save 3 or 4 bucks.

The one thing I cannot do is keep it cooler in the house.

We currently have our thermostat set to 68, but with it being so dang cold these last few weeks (this morning Baltimore broke a record set in 1879!!!!), our house is only 57-58 all night and morning.  We've only gotten up to 68 a couple times in the last week.  The furnace just can't keep up.

We're on the second floor of the house, but the first floor is unoccupied, and the vents for the heat are all in our ceiling.  Consequently, anything below knee-level is significantly colder.  Here's hoping the landlord is able to find an investor for the storefront below this summer.

Gah!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Snowed in Sunday

Today we had the unique opportunity to have a sacrament meeting outside of our church building.

Our bishop cancelled all church meetings in anticipation of frigid temperatures following some rapid snowfall.  We got about an inch or two in less than an hour, and temperatures dropped to single digits, with wind making it feel about -15.  With so many members walking and taking public transit, it wasn't in the best interest of everyone to hold church meetings.

Unfortunately there were 2 families in the ward who had planned on having their babies blessed today, and had family from Florida, California and Oregon who had flown in for the occasion.

We were lucky enough to be invited to the home of some friends for a miniature sacrament meeting and baby blessing.  What a neat experience it was!  My friend's husband had invited 3 other medical students/friends for the blessing, and they got to experience and learn a little about the sacrament, priesthood blessings, and taking Christ's yoke upon us (taken from the talk "Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease by Elder Bednar Apr 2014).

It's one of those memories that I'll get to take away from Baltimore with a happy heart.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lots to Learn

Bought myself a brand-spanking-new-to-me camera this week.

I don't know much about photography yet, but it's a good thing I have such a cute subject to practice on!


Saturday, February 7, 2015

My Fond Farewell

Almost.

Moving is a pain - you know?!

I really need to go through all my "stuff" and sell or donate all of it. ALL OF IT.

Anyway, tonight we (meaning Caleb) moved pretty much everything out of the apartment.  We started moving on Monday.  It's been quite the week.  That's probably a story for a different day.

I would have been more of a help with packing up the moving van, but little Miss has recently decided if she doesn't take up residence in my arms while touching my face she is in deep emotional distress.  I'm sure it'll pass.  It makes pickup boxes and cleaning the fridge a bit difficult, though.

While Caleb was out at the new apartment unloading boxes, I heard the tenant upstairs come into the house and run up the stairs.

Let me rewind a bit.

On Monday, as we were moving our furniture out, our landlord and 2 police officers passed us and headed up to the top floor of the house.  The other tenants upstairs (turns out there are 3 or 4) were able to get a peace order (is that really what it's called?), requiring the tenant who has been problematic for everyone to stay away from the house.  Later in the day the landlord was also able to get an emergency evaluation order, and asked us to call emergency services if we saw her.  She has got some problems for sure.

Fast forward to tonight - I was at the apartment alone with my baby, when someone ran up to the top of the building and started pounding on the door so hard the whole house was shaking.  She spent a few minutes screaming and screaming, accusing her friends of burglary and murder and all sorts of other nonsense.  She continued pounding on the door and screaming obscenities and threats.

I finally called the police.

And now so all of you know, the emergency response was quite impressive.  Within 90 seconds of hanging up with the 911 services, there were 2 officers in my house.   By the end of the ordeal there were 6 cars out front, one of them a police van, and the tenant upstairs was led out in cuffs and loaded into the back of the van.

Chau baby!



I really do hope she gets the help she needs.