Friday, February 29, 2008

My Husband!

I saw this on Jacquie's Blog and wanted to try it too!

What is his name? B....

How long have you been married? 6 years on July 20th!

How old is he? 30

Who eats more? B and I both love food, but he eats more.

Who said I love you first? We said it at the same time actually. It was a perfect moment.

Who is taller? He is, by about 10 inches!

Who can sing better? That's not really fair since I was a choral music major, but I would say he also has a nice singing voice.

Who is smarter? I think he is, but he always reminds me that I got a higher ACT score.

Who does the laundry? I do most of the time, but he's been known to help.

Who pays the bills? Me also.

Who sleeps on the right side? Me.

Who mows the lawn? We don't have a yard!

Who cooks dinner? He does and he's a wonderful cook.

Who drives? He does, but that's only because I never know where I'm going.

Who is more stubborn? Probably me.

Who kissed who first? He kissed me first.

Who asked who out first? We were friends for awhile before so it's hard to say. I invited him to come over and watch a movie and it was our first time alone without our big group of friends. He asked me out on our first real date.

Who proposed? He did, after I had a horrible day at work. We had dinner at my favorite restaurant and asked me when we were laying in bed getting ready to go to sleep.

Who is more sensitive? Me, but he's always been really considerate of my feelings.

Who has more siblings? He has three... I only have one.

Who wears the pants? We share them. It takes two of us to keep our crazy life in Europe going.

Consider yourself tagged if you want to join in the fun!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Be Afraid.... Be Very Afriad!

I have now been back online for two days and there is only one place I haven't ventured so far... my Google reader account. I have all my favorite blogs linked and it's my one-stop place to catch up on what everyone is doing. But after being without Internet for almost a month, I'm terrified. It will be so full. I'll have hours and hours of reading material ready and waiting. Normally, I'd love this, but with a 15-month old and lots of stuff to unpack, it doesn't sound so appealing.

I'll be back with an update on how bad it is... probably in another month when I'm done reading!

228 posts to read... not as bad as I expected, but it will still take me hours! Some of you are very long winded!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

More to come...

I'M BACK! We finally have Internet after only waiting for over three weeks. (Only was, yes, very sarcastic in this sentence.) What's worse... we didn't wait as long as many of our friends, so I guess we should be thankful! A lot has happened over the last few weeks, but I've also had time to reflect more on what I want this blog to be in my life.

I had originally started a blog to share our life in Europe with family and friends and to keep them updated on Love Bug's progress, though those topics were certainly never exclusive. Now, I find that I'd like to really branch out into a few other topics, like these...

1. Conservation- it is a big part of living in Europe and something I'm really passionate about.

2. Organization and Living Simply- it is another big part of who I am. I started this blog after living in France for three years, so my apartment was pretty organized. I'm very excited to share my progress with you as I unpack and simplify our new life in Italy. I'll definitely have to work on my balcony garden too (you can see the one in Paris here).

3. Crafts- I love to work at creative solutions to make my home more comfortable. I have three big projects coming up when we get more settled: more scrap booking, working on some quilts, and of course reusing things (like corks) to make something crafty. See a few of my projects here...

4. Recipes- Yes, my husband usually cooks, but I'm the best taste-tester there is and I LOVE to bake. I enjoyed sharing my homemade cookie shortcuts and making my own baby food.

Now if I can just find the time to blog everyday!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Checking In...

We still don't have email, but supposedly soon. I have a lot to share and so many pictures of our process to post. I'll check back next week if we still don't have internet... miss you all!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Do you want the good news or bad news first?

So, I'll start with the bad news. I need to take a blog break. I need time to unpack and get organzied. It also just so happens that they are connecting our permanent, fast internet sometime in the next two weeks and we won't have internet anymore until then. Why it takes so long, I don't know.

The good news is that we love our new place and are in the process of unpacking. I wanted to show you all some before pictures, so you have something to compare them to when I post the after pictures in a few weeks.

This is the living room and dining room facing the foyer...

And another view facing out to the windows.

The kitchen... notice the hole on the left by the balcony doors... that's where my new dishwasher is going to be starting Tuesday. I did decide to get one afterall. It will help make sure our dishes are really clean. I will still cleans pots and pans by hand to save room for more dishes, so I run the dishwasher less.

Since our bedrooms all look basically the same, this is a view of the built in closets (rare in older European apartments)...

And a view of the other side of the bedroom with the window and balcony door. We had our window shades down so you can't really see outside but we have trees and some very pretty buildings around us, including a church with a lovely bell tower.

One of our three bathrooms... this is the "blue one". We also have one known as the "red one" and another known as the "little one".

I'll see you in a few weeks- take care until then! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Look at me... I'm getting greener!

I forgot about one of my favorite ways to be greener and I didn't include it in my post about reducing household waste. Many companies are now offering e-bills or ways to get all your correspondence online. We have done this with most of our accounts and it's saved us a huge hassle and is saving trees as we speak. Go switch to e-bills today! But, please make sure you have 128-bit encryption on your browser, good firewalls, and rotate your passwords monthly (this is my computer-geek husband talking). Thank you to Carrie because we've been "trash talking" via email and it keeps me thinking of new great ideas! ("Trash talking" was Carrie's genius description of our correspondence!)

Want to go one better? If you have a card or account with cit.iba.nk, you can change to e-bills and they will plant a tree for each account that is switched. I read about this online today and it looks like a great program. G0 here to check it out...