Friday, March 9, 2018

winter catch up: january.

January was two months ago, but I'm still going to tell you about it (although I know most of this is for my future-self).

We threw a small New Year's Eve party at our place with some friends and it was a really great night! It was low pressure and very chill, exactly how we wanted 2k18 to start. 
The first weekend of January we headed up to Waterloo for a belated Christmas celebration with everybody. I enjoyed nephew snuggles, played games, witnessed some amazing dance moves, and Jeremiah tricked the boys into easing his back pain from his first snowboarding adventure haha.
Speaking of snowboarding, Jeremiah was able to go snowboarding twice in January! No photo evidence to share because it was so cold that everybody's phones were dying, but I'm sure he could recap it all for you. Attempt #1 was harrowing and disappointing but by his second attempt things came together and I'm sure he will be a pro by attempt #4.

Raleigh spent most of January berating us for abandoning him repeatedly in December and leaving him with my little brother, he has made it clear that he only has enough love to share with two people.
We saw Rory Scovel at The Mill, another show/comedian from Jeremiah's bucket list!
January marked our lives falling back into normal. November and December we ran on a high of being back together and having SO MUCH to do, and it has been nice to get back to a routine and real life. Jeremiah picked up where he left off on his classes, our connection group and my d group started back up, we were able to spend time with friends, and get back into all our ordinary routines like grocery shopping and meal planning... it has been a welcome change for our new year.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

winter catch up: december.

December was the busiest month, maybe ever?

Our first weekend of December was packed full with my dad coming to celebrate Christmas with us and packing for our European vacation! This is the first trip of my entire life where I have had months to plan, and I was. so. ready.
We spent two weeks traveling to Iceland, London, Paris, and Amsterdam... and within 48 hours of collapsing into our home sweet bed, we were back on the road to make it to family Christmas in Oklahoma with the Meyer clan. Needless to say, by the time 2018 rolled around we were ready for a nice, winter hibernation. We have lots of photos of our trip, and I will share some blog posts recapping our adventures, but my first priority is to catch up on our monthly updates. After this post I will at least bring us to this year, it's been slow going haha.

Other than on our trip, we failed to document the rest of our December.... no photo evidence of Christmas with my dad + brothers and here are our only photos of our Meyer Christmas...
I know, half of them aren't even human... but their cuteness counts!? right? We spent Christmas eating good food and playing a lot of board games, so it was a success (even if we were jet-lagged and ready to pass out by 8:00pm each night). We did have the ambitious goal of listening to all of The Silmarillion on the road, but it was a bit... much? So we had to break it up with some podcasts and music, as of today we are *nearly* done with it.

I'll leave you with the Christmas card we sent out for 2017... like last year, we went for a "choose your own adventure" so you can decide which one is ostensibly "better" haha.
Happy (very late) Christmas from us!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

fall catch-up: november.

NOVEMBER! November was the month we counted down to for nine months... and if we are being honest November 2017 was the month we had been counting down to for seventeen months. Essentially, we had been counting down to Jeremiah's homecoming since we found out about his deployment in June of 2016, what a looooong year and half.

Jeremiah came home a day later than planned, of course. (insert sarcastic, irritated face here) BUT he did come home and it was amazing and weird all at the same time. It was surreal standing next to each other at the airport after such an extended time apart. I took a week off from work and we packed a lot into that week! I believe it was good for us to have a lot to do when he came back, it kept the excitement up and made what could have been an awkward transition really exciting!
We spent the first few days Jeremiah was home catching up with friends. We had a pizza party at the Bodin's where they revealed their newly remodeled kitchen (Fixer Upper style) with a curtain to reveal the new space haha, it was great. That family took me in and loved me so well while Jeremiah was gone, I have no idea what I would have done without them! When Jeremiah first left I spent five of the first ten nights of this deployment at their house, that obviously wasn't necessary as time went on but it made the transition of living daily life on my own more manageable. I could not have been more blessed by the community of friends Jeremiah and I have.
I surprised Jeremiah with tickets to see LCD Soundsystem in Chicago and I wish I would have recorded the moment I told him where we were going! I had been keeping this adventure a secret since July, which felt nearly impossible, but my love of surprises (just barely) kept me from spilling the beans until after I told him to pack a bag and get in the car. We had a really enjoyable couple of days in Chicago staying downtown, going to the Lincoln Park Zoo + Conservatory, grabbing a Persian lunch, and everything in between!
With such full days with friends and in Chicago we were ready to rest, so we settled in by binge-watching all of season two of Stranger Things, going to the movies, and hitting up all of our favorite Iowa City eats.

This year was our year to spend Thanksgiving in Waterloo, but that ended up being moved up so we spent a weekend celebrating Thanksgiving with family up there and spent actual Thanksgiving day with friends here in Iowa City.

The weekend after Thanksgiving Jeremiah and I ventured to Chicago yet again to see Hamilton! We purchased our tickets wayyy back in February, and I spent a lot of solo road trips with the soundtrack, so by the time we reached the theater and showtime I was very excited! Needless to say, we loved it! The stage was super simple, the choreography was amazing, and I'm constantly amazed that one guy wrote all of those clever, catchy, educational songs. So good. Jeremiah still plays King George's songs when he wants a chuckle.
November was full and busy which typically wears me out, and while I was certainly worn out it was a really happy month for us. We spent so much time apart that it was exciting to get to pack a month full of trips, spending time with people we love, and just having fun together. (we even prematurely put up our Christmas tree, which makes me a verrrry happy camper)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

fall catch-up: october

I'm going to tryyyy to get caught up on all the haps from the last few months, as I am now four months behind in our monthly updates... yikes!

October was the LAST month Jeremiah and I spent apart! There was a lot of excitement built up because we were getting so. close. but we found our excitement levels were also reflecting our frustration levels, because something about being so close to this deployment being over made us way too ancy and irritated with time. We didn't quite finish inktober, but it was a really fun exercise to do together! We both got so busy in those last couple weeks before he came home that we just didn't make the time to finish up our drawings... next year!

Jeremiah spent part of October in Cuba and the last two-ish weeks stateside in Virginia going through debriefing. The last few weeks in Cuba involved moving out of his "permanent" home into barracks and training the newbies that were there to replace him. His whole transition from Cuba to Virginia went as well as most Navy related things go for Jeremiah... poorly, but after all the bureaucratic mess was over he got to come home!

My October was busy! I....

... chopped off more hair! haha. It ended up shorter than planned, but I wasn't bothered and it was still cute.
... while in Waterloo I was able to spend one night with Bauer family and I got lots of new nephew snuggles in. I also received some good book recommendations from the older boys, all in all an enjoyable and amusing evening with some sweet boys.
... dove deeper into building relationships with my d group girls, a lot of early mornings and a nice afternoon hike later and I'm loving them. they are the sweetest and are so encouraging to each other and me, they make it easy to walk with them through life.

... went with Holly to see Leslie Odom Jr. on the lawn outside of Hancher! I love his voice. (it also got me real hyped about our tickets for Hamilton in November)
... had one of our seasonal ladies nights with Taraleh, Sarah, Kaylee, and Randyl where we knocked it out of the park with our meal. we just keep getting better and better! haha.
... headed up to Cedar Rapids for dinner with the brothers. we devoured Persian food and caught up, it was pretty chill.
... ventured to Des Moines to see Regina Spektor with Lauren and Austin! They were the sweetest and bought me a ticket to go with them and it was a great show. Regina is the most whimsical and talented performer, I loved it. She was on our "bucket list shows" that Lauren and I just talked about after 80/35 so it was really fun to get to see her together, and so soon!
... spent Halloween night hanging out at the Bodin's, what else is new? haha. I saw a lot of cute kiddos in costumes, it was a fun night. ALSO their kids made a paper chain to count down how many days until Jeremiah came home, how sweet?! they are the best.
... spent a lot of the last two weeks before Jeremiah came home trying to deep clean everything and make our little home look perfect for his homecoming (he was certainly not concerned about it).
 Hold tight! November is coming! hahaha

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2k17 reading challenge.

HI! Do you remember me? I haven't posted anything in two months and A LOT has happened... but I'm not going to tell you about any of that today haha.

It's a new year and once again I did not complete my reading goal of thirty books for 2017. (insert bummed, but not totally surprised, face here) This year was full of highs and lows with Jeremiah on deployment and my tendency was to zone out with podcasts, Netflix, and crafts... all that honesty aside, I did manage to get closer to my goal than ever before with twenty six books! I made 87% of my goal which is a solid B or B+ so I'll take it for a crappy year. A lot of my choices were impacted by movies and television series based on books that I wanted to read before watching them, hence I've nearly finished Lemony Snicket's "Series of Unfortunate Events". Here's what I managed to read in 2k17:

- Roam by Erik Therme (it's always fun to have him on the list because we actually know him!)
- The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts (not quite what I thought it would be, but still interesting)
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanthi (beautiful and heartbreaking)
- Everything I never Told You by Celeste Ng
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
- The Bad Beginning #1 by Lemony Snicket
- The Reptile Room #2 by Lemony Snicket
- The Wide Window #3 by Lemony Snicket
- Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
- The Miserable Mill #4 by Lemony Snicket
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
- A Long Way Home (aka Lion) by Saroo Brierly
- The Austere Academy #5 by Lemony Snicket
- The Ersatz Elevator #6 by Lemony Snicket
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- The Vile Village #7 by Lemony Snicket
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- The Hostile Hospital #8 by Lemony Snicket
- The Carnivorous Carnival #9 by Lemony Snicket
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
(here's 2015 and 2016's reading challenge posts)

I never do new year's resolutions, so my reading challenge is as fresh as it gets for my new year, but I'm excited to get on to 2018! To add a little pressure I have made my goal for this year 32 books, nothing crazy but just a liiiiittle bit more than the past few years. Here's to a productive year full of reading! (and also catching our little blog up on our life as of late)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

inktober 2017: days nine through nineteen.

My thoughts on how our personalities show through our Inktober drawings from my last post hold true... behold the middle of October...

October 9 - screech
October 10 - gigantic
October 11 - run
October 12 - shattered
October 13 - teeming
October 14 - fierce
October 15 - mysterious
October 16 - fat
October 17 - graceful
October 18 - filthy
October 19 - cloud

It's officially NOVEMBER, which means I'm oh so close to seeing my husband again for the first time since January! ahh! It may be a couple weeks before I round up our October and give you the rest of our Inktober drawings because I'll be busy hanging out with my bestie!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

inktober 2017: days one through eight.

I mentioned in our roundup for September that Jeremiah and I are doing inktober together! It's been fun, even though we have consistently been a few days behind. Trying to feel connected, like we are doing something "together", has proved increasingly difficult as the months have worn on, we've enjoyed having something light to share and to help pass the time.

I feel like you can tell a lot about our personalities by how we've interpreted each word for the day haha. Jeremiah's are clever, hilarious, and full of detail. It's easy to see his drawings are his on-the-fly whims. On the other hand, my drawings are pretty basic and simple. It's also clear that the perfectionist in me drew them in pencil, went over them in my various sized ink pens, and then erased my messy pencil imperfections right away hahaha.

Without further ado, here are our #inktober drawings (so far)....

October 1 - swift
October 2 - divided

October 3 - poison

October 4 - underwater

October 5 - long

October 6 - sword

October 7 - shy

October 8 - crooked