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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

september: what we did this month.

September was a nice mix of fun and laid back. Some weekends were a little quiet, even for me, but I know that things are going to feel overwhelming once Jeremiah is back so maybe the quiet time was good for me? It's always a challenge to use that time toward resting well vs just being lazy, but I'm working on it.

I spent Labor Day weekend up in Waterloo camping with the fam, my usual for summer 2017 haha. It was the last weekend out, so we made the best of outdoor food and games. It was also the weekend sweet lil' Korban was born! When I got back I had a facetime session with Jeremiah and the Alsberries, where we caught up and solidified more of our European adventure plans! Clearly, it was a good weekend.
That whole next week/weekend I spent trying to keep up with both Jeremiah and my dad who were in hurricane Irma's path, yikes! Thankfully, the weather didn't hit as hard as expected, so all is relatively well in both Florida and Cuba. It did create a lot of extra work and stress for the pharmacy on base, so work days were long and busy for Jeremiah. He also had to weather it all out in a tin shack type of structure, which made it sound pretty intense. My dad's house had some minor damage to the roof tiles, pool screen, and trees. Those hurricanes are no joke.

Jeremiah and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary September 16! It was bittersweet not being able to spend it together, but we made the best out of it with some facetime? It was okay haha. That night I went up to Cedar Rapids where Kaylee, her roommates, and I made things out of flowers/plants. The menu? Mini caprese salads, fresh veggie wraps with a peanut dipping sauce, lavender cake, and lavender vodka lemonade served over ice cubes with edible flowers in them. Everything was delicious and looked pretty, win-win. We had double the hangs because the next weekend we went out for Thai with Holly, I've so enjoyed spending time with Kaylee since Jeremiah has been gone!

That's all of September's highlights! As work has severely slowed down for me, Jeremiah's work has progressively become more stressful and demanding. There was this article in the New Yorker published this month, which you might find interesting? It scratches the surface of why Jeremiah's work got a little crazy. All the more reason to be so thankful that he will back NEXT MONTH. 

I'm finally caught up on all the happenings of the last couple months, woo! Jeremiah and I decided to join in on Inktober, where we draw something from a prompt each day, fun right?! I'll start posting those as the month goes on, our artwork is mediocre so don't judge us too harshly haha. The rules just say that you have to use ink, but I've also been adding watercolors on some days. Here's the prompts for October... you'll have to wait to see what we've done so far!

Monday, October 9, 2017

summer recap: august.

August was pretty crazy with turnover and the ripples of madness that emanate from the first of the month. A nice balance of angry parents and people who are mad about charges that were taken out of their deposits... what can you do? The stressful work days were made better by not having to work Saturdays anymore, hooray! Real weekends until the fun starts again in January, so I took full advantage of them.

August was the month where....

... I spent a weekend camping with the Briden fam up in Cedar Falls. We spent most of our time outside being lazy and playing a lot of Rummikub, definitely my speed.

... I Watched the solar eclipse, the moon was considerate enough to wait until my lunch hour but it was also cloudy, so it was a little anticlimactic.

... the Thecker's purchased a lion mane for their cat and graciously allowed me to borrow it to torture Raleigh for a few days. Worth it. He's so needy that he can really only hate me for like fifteen minutes before he's demanding to be held again.

... Shea and I harvested grapes! It was a nice, cool morning which made it pretty enjoyable, one more experience to cross off my bucket list.

... I spent a Saturday crafting a baby gift for the newest little Bauer boy! I saw a pin on Lynn's pinterest and had an "I could do that" moment that I actually acted on!

... I gave up on my couch to 5k app because I'm weak and my body literally revolted. So that was neat. In the meantime I've just been doing workouts at home in the mornings, the view isn't as beautiful but I don't feel like death at the end, sooo... silver lining?

... I actually made dinner a couple times, haha. I never cook when it's just me, but I had Bijan and Matthew over for ghormeh sabzi (Persian) and I had taco Tuesday with Taraleh and Andrew.
 ... my d group started up, and I am excited about getting to know these ladies better over the course of the school year, they are such encouraging and sweet people.
Jeremiah's August? Nothing specific that I'm able to report, but his work gets crazier and more stressful by the week, so he has an ever increasing list of reasons to leave. He's powering through like a champ while keeping his always positive and chipper attitude about even the worst situations. (here's a photo from one of the times his a/c crapped out, it's literally missing from the wall, hah.)

Time is passing, WE ARE GETTING CLOSER!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

new lil' nephew, korban.

While I was up in Waterloo over Labor Day weekend my sweet lil' nephew Korban was born! I would have obviously gone up to visit either way, but he was so amiable to show up when I was already in the area haha.

Lynn asked if I would take some photos of them in the hospital, which of course I did! I loved being a part of the excitement and I was honored that they asked me to document some of it for them! I'm still figuring out my new camera, so bear with me... I took a lot of photos, but here are my faves....

I'm delighted for this family of five that is so close to my heart. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

summer recap, part 2: june + july.

Two blogs posted within two weeks?! Sounds like somebody has a lot more free time at work. (truth)

June and July were full months! I kicked off June at the Arts Festival with Kaylee and Shea, we gawked at all the neat artwork and surveyed food trucks to pick out the best lunch. Home Ec finished the display they made with all of our dioramas so we had to go see the completed project, there were so many clever and crafty ones! We ended our afternoon at Moss, and each purchased some sort of plant. I now have a marimo ball, it sounds nearly indestructible so :fingers crossed: I'll keep it alive.

Kaylee's hammock cafe the "Hang Cafe"
my "sunroom"
LISAGRACE CAME TO SPEND A WEEKEND WITH ME! Ugh, how many friends would fly halfway across the country to hang out while Jeremiah's gone?! She is the literal best. We enjoyed the time together without our husbands, which led to a lot of good and weird conversations. Typically, our husbands show up and we don't reach the weirdness, and also Jeremiah and Bryan are wacky enough for all four of us. We also spent some time planning our trip to Europe this winter! Ahh! Jeremiah and I started planning a European adventure a month or so after he left, it seemed like an appropriate response for having to spend nine months apart (treat yo' self)... then we invited our best friends to come with us! We facetime with them pretty regularly, but it's still fun to say that the next time we see them (in real life) will be in Iceland! I have spent my free time doing a lot of research, we are going to be so prepared! This trip has given me a welcome distraction and given Jeremiah and I something to really look forward to. The couple of months after he gets back are going to a whirlwind!
June brought my dad to Iowa too! My brothers came down and we spent father's day weekend being lazy, eating out, and watching movies, it was very chill. That same weekend was Jeremiah's birthday! I think his birthday went as well as it could have, he had his friends to spend the day with and they had a fun celebration. Next year we will party twice as hard. 


I spent the second weekend of July in Des Moines with Lauren and we went to a few 80/35 shows! (most importantly The Shins and MGMT) It was a weekend of having good talks and reminiscing about college and bucket list shows. I feel really blessed to have such sweet friends, friends that I'm able to pick right up with and talk about real life.

June and July were really busy and exhausting with work, turnover is no joke and kicks my butt every year. I was browsing through my phone looking for photos to post to the blog and found that 90% of the photos from the last two months are of filthy apartments. (shudders)

Other than work being busy, here are some other random events that happened:
- Iowa City had it's first Downtown Block Party, where we also celebrated Cheryl's birthday.
- house/dog-sat for the Bodin's for a night. it made me wish that I could have a part-time dog. like a part-time, three season dog? clearly, I'm not ready for a dog-sized commitment.
- went on a hike with Shea, out to Hickory Hill Park + Bur Oak Land Trust, we made it out (mostly) tick free. yikes.
- celebrated the 4th of July with fireworks at the Jazz Festival and in Shiloh with our connection group.
- a day at Lost Island Waterpark with our connection group. yes, our connection group is the best, although it definitely would have been more fun with Jeremiah there.
- time up in Cedar Rapids with Kaylee, we also braved a bike ride in the heat.
- had a summer pizza grill out at Sarah's charming home out in the country. we try to have these ladies nights once per season and I always look forward to it! I love the opportunity to catch up on life with such encouraging women. also, Sarah announced that she's expecting! so there were a lot of squeals and excitement.
- Bijan came down and we celebrated his birthday!
- my mom came down to spend the few days of turnover with me and help out, it was fun to get to spend more time together and for her to get to see me in action at work, also exhausting.

Jeremiah spent June and July trying to stay cool in the 100*+ degree heat of the Caribbean while trying to stay sane with work. There's only so much he can tell me, and even less that is going on the blog, but he is doing alright! He's a champion and manages to stay positive through most all of it. It's a tough job and he's very much looking forward to being done with it all. Luckily, he has a good support system down there that keeps him busy and social, which helps balance out the dark stuff.
My summer was full and friends kept me busy, but I'm so looking forward to all of the fun we will have next summer! We will have double the fun to make up for lost time.