Thursday, April 16, 2015

The random of lately

This post will be all over the place. That is just how I roll.

So about a year ago in April 2014 my lab moved locations and changed buildings. The nicest thing about the move is that now we have a ton of ambient light, and the view from the building is sometimes really really great. Different parts of the floor have EVEN BETTER views too. I love it.

And last fall (2014) we had some beautiful colors on the buildings too. 

Carlin and I went to a frisbee tournament and in the elevator was this sign that cracked me up (the tournament was super fun to). 

The tournament was in Beaufort and our hotel was right on the beach, so we had to at least dip our feet in.

Then in November we went to celebrate Thanksgiving 1.0 with Craig and Tiara. Carlin did a little exploring in D.C. but I was lazy and just wanted to relax. We spent the weekend hanging out, cooking, playing with kitties and overall relaxing. Carlin decided that we should kidnap Mott, Tiara and Craig's cat, but Tiara said no. He still tried though. You can see kitty tail sticking out of his jacket.

Random great rainbow one day.

Carlin and I have season tickets to Playmaker's Rep, the local performance group out of UNC. I love it because we get a guaranteed official date at least once every couple months.

And at work the kittens have started coming back! This lady at work helps out at a local animal shelter, and she is responsible for socializing the kittens so that they can be adopted. She often brings them to work, which is awesome for me because it lets me take a break and mentally recollect myself as I hold/pet a kitten.

So cute!

And of course, what string of posts from this winter would be complete without including a reference to the cold? I couldn't find my water was in the car.....frozen. Actually the metal is warped now. Dangit! Oh well. It still gets the job done. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A shoutout to this dude

So everyone likes to say that their husband is the best or nicest. I like to be honest, and I really don't want to use terms that have no room for argument, but I do honestly feel like he is so perfect for me.

Lately I have been getting more and more emotional. Today I barely missed the bus (as in I watched it go by) and I almost burst into tears (it probably doesn't help that I have my first committee meeting tomorrow). I called him and he calmed me down, promised to make me dinner and told me it was ok and that he loved me. Then someone upset me later, and he got to do it all over again. 

A few days ago we watched an episode of "How I Met Your Mother" and in that episode Barney uses words that are a conglomeration of two words. When I was on the phone with him I did this on accident and said I was feeling "hormotional" (hormonal and emotional). It is so true.

I don't know what I would do without Carlin, but I can promise I wouldn't be doing as well in general. I appreciate him more than I can express, and he has had to put up with so much from me lately. So if you see him in the near future, give him a pat on the back. He is great, and deserves a little help.

I love you Carlin, and I love that you love me too. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One amazing day

I want to tell you about October 22nd, 2014. It was an awesome day. A really awesome day.

October 22nd was the day my rewrite for prelims was due. So the day started out with me submitting that document, and finally getting it out of the way! Awesome.

So to celebrate Julia and I went out to Mellow Mushroom so I could get some GF pizza with her, and just relax. Awesome. 

Also, the shading of the building made her hair look reddish, and we made fun of the stupid conversation someone near us was having, and it was great. 

Then later in the day I got on my computer to find out that the next chapter in the Fairy Tail manga had been released and translated to English so I could read it. Awesome. 

Then that evening Carlin, Karen, Kevin and I all went out to Chipotle for a last dinner together before they left to go back home. It was nice to spend a little time together too. Awesome. 

That night I went out to a Jimmy Eat World concert with my friend from Tucson who I hadn't seen in years, Mariessa, and we had a great time enjoying some good music. Awesome.

Opening group did a bunch of cover songs, with no singer. it was fun. 

Jimmy Eat world!

Me and Mariessa. She is beautiful. Like a porcelain doll.

After the concert Mariessa and I talked for about an hour about life in general, and our life expectations and how things were going. I actually complained to her for a few minutes about the fact that Carlin and I had been trying since December (on the months we were together) to start a family, and time just kept ticking by. It was a good talk, and as I headed home I felt better about the whole thing.

Then I thought as I headed home, and realized............that I was late. Now a sane person would have waited until the next day to go to Walgreens and buy a test since it was about 1am, but that isn't how I roll. I stopped by a 24 hour Walgreens, bought a test and a bunch of candy.

I got home, and took the test.

Normally the test says to wait 5 minutes. I know that because I commonly time it because I had used about 15 in the last year (patience is a virtue I lack).

I only waited 2 minutes for this result. Awesome.

I woke Carlin up and told him, because I didn't want to wait it out, and he smiled and hugged and patted me. I wasn't certain he truly absorbed what I was saying but I didn't force him awake.

The next morning (mind you, we were sleeping on the futon in the front room so my in-laws could have our bed) when he and I woke up for work and were still lying there I asked, "Do you remember me waking you up last night?" and he said "no." And I explained that the night before I had felt paranoid, and went to a 24 hour Walgreens and bought a test and took it. Then I told him it was positive, and he did a small sleepy laugh. It was nice. Not a huge and epic response, but nice. And since mathematically I could only possibly be 4.5 weeks along we didn't want to tell my in-laws yet, but it was still nice.

October 22nd was the best day it possibly could have been.

A few weeks later we had our first appointment, and I learned why they refer to babies as "beans" early on. They truly don't look humanoid. But there was really a baby in there, and it was the right size.

Then a couple weeks later the baby started looking even more humanoid.

And today I am 29 weeks along, pregnant with our son. I am super happy. 

I don't like being pregnant if I am being honest, but I like what I will get at the end of it. We are happy, albeit overwhelmed.

Plus the crude side of me likes to say that for the first time in my life I have boy parts. 

Carlin and I are excited to be parents though. Let's do this!!!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Kartchner weekend

My awesome in-laws got a chance to come visit us back in October 2014. There were exactly 3 things that they really really wanted to see while they were here: botanical gardens, the beach, and fall colors. The first two they did on their own since Carlin and I were busy with work, but we took the weekend and drove out to the blue ridge parkway to check out the fall colors all together. Carlin and his parents took some time to play around on the rocks.

I took time to take in the views.

Kartchners are cute people too!

Here we all are!!

Please not the faces both Carlin and his dad choose to make in the next couple. Can you tell they are related?

I think this next one of Karen is really really pretty.

It was a gorgeous day. I'm glad Karen and Kevin were able to make the trip out, even if it felt super short.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

From Pride to my birthday

Shortly after I got back from Colombia Carlin and I went to downtown Durham to go out for morning yoga and then we went to the Farmers market. While there we found out that the PRIDE parade was taking place that afternoon close to Duke, so we drove over there and watched the parade. It was good, but I gotta say that Colombian parades outshine any parade I have ever been to in the U.S.A. 

Under the sea!

Random selfie, that you can sorta-see the blue hair on the bottom tips.

Julia is being a BLUEBERRY in the mouse house.

Awesome NC sunsets!

My sweet, sweet lab spoiled me on my birthday this year. Happy 26!!! Danier made a flourless chocolate cake which was off the hook.

Then Kelly, my awesome undergrad read online a facebook status that said that my favorite cake is strawberry with cream cheese frosting, and she went out and bought a dozen GF cupcakes that were strawberry with cream cheese frosting. I know how expensive that is, and it was super sweet of her.

Thanks Danier!!!

Enjoy that cupcake you bought yourself Kelly!

It was an awesome birthday. I'm glad to be 26 (even though I post this after my 26th half birthday).