Friday, April 30, 2010

Today is the day!

We're heading to Atlanta once I get off of work today and then to IKEA tomorrow morning - new living room furniture is just hours away! I can't believe it's finally happening. :) Couch, chairs, table, shelving, perhaps lighting and a rug... I'm hoping to tackle some painting in the coming weeks, so that the house finally stops feeling so blah. I think The Bip's honey-do list is going to be pretty full once he's done with finals next week!

Josh finally got his TV sold on Craigslist last night. We're holding off on buying a new one for the living room for now, until we see where summer leads him as far as jobs go. I think everything will be fine, but it's best to err on the side of caution, especially with the wedding coming up. So, we're just going to use our bedroom TV in the living room for now, and put the 3rd bedroom tv in our room. We're also holding off on the painting of the trim until we see how the job thing goes. Trim painting is not going to be a cheap job, nor is it one I feel comfortable going the DIY route on. We have a LOT of trim - 4 inch moulding around the windows and doors and 6 inch baseboards! I can live with the stained wood trim a while longer, as long as I can get some color on the walls, while Josh feels the opposite. Oh, love... such a compromise sometimes! ;)

Speaking of that sweet love o' mine, one of the many things I love about him is that he wears my "Cooter's" hoodie all the time. It's too short for him in the torso and sleeves, but he doesn't care. He puts it on when he studies, when he goes out to water the garden, any time there is a bit of a chill in the air. It never fails to make me smile.

So dang endearing.

In wedding news - everything has been reserved! We got the reception venue we wanted, and found an adorable cottage to honeymoon in through Mermaid Cottages. We'll be staying at "The Shrimp". All is set to go for September 4th. :) We're keeping it pretty simple, but I am looking for forward to all of it, especially the food! We're looking into doing personalized Jones Soda bottles, too. I was thinking root beer? Yum! How good would that be mixed with some vanilla vodka? Like a sinful root beer float... Okay, so now I'm hungry and thirsty... moving on...

I can't seem to go one entry without talking about our garden, can I? So why stop now? Right now we're celebrating OUR FIRST BROCCOLI! It was so exciting to see it last night. We check on everything every day when I get home from work, and it's just crazy what all can happen in a garden in a day!


Here's how everything looks 2.5 weeks in:

Our Zucchini and Broccoli are the overacheivers so far, but the thyme, dill, peppers, rosemary, tarragon, basil and pumpkins are trucking right along at an amazing pace, too. I think we're down to one yellow squash plant (boo!), but at least it's not dead yet. And the lavender has done nothing. It's still nice and green and lovely, but it has not grown one bit. We're still hopeful about everything, though. And we have two more asparagus!

Our first three asparagus came up on the 23rd of this month.4 days later, this is how tall they were:

One last bit of yard talk - I think it's a maple tree in our backyard, near the garage, but it has just sprouted the strangest flowers... I've never seen such tropical looking flowers on such a plain ol' suburban tree before!

Pretty, though!


  1. Hey, surfed through from dooce community.

    that tree is a Tulip Poplar (or tulip tree), and I'm guessing you can figure out where it got it's name from!