I did it.
I took down all the Christmas decorations and put them in the deepest, darkest corner of our garage (with Mo’s help- thanks hon!) where they won’t be seen again for another 11.5 months.
It’s a shame, really. But I DO enjoy how open the house suddenly feels, now that there’s no snowflakes hanging from the lights, no glittery objects on every spare counter surface, and no christmas tree looming in the corner. And I mean ‘looming’ in a merry looming kind of way.
Here are some highlights from 2012:
I rode in a hot air balloon!!!
AND, for your viewing pleasure, a few pictures that never made it onto the blog until now.
(this is what anna would look like as a VS model. Except clothed. and not tall enough. or busty enough. and that’s enough of that.)
Finally, you can read my 12 goals for the new year here.
I appreciate each and every one of you for following along with us! Whether you just came across this blog today or if you’ve been following all year, thank you, thank you.
Mo going back to school makes me think about the couple of semesters we spent in college together as boyfriend/girlfriend. I remember meeting up after class one day and having this conversation:
Mo- “I was on campus today and saw a really cute girl out of the corner of my eye.”
Anna- “Oh. Should I be jealous?”
Mo- “Well, after a closer look, I realized it was you.”
Bike school is going really well!
Mo comes home every night, a little bit more excited about all the different things he’s learning to do the right way (he’s pretty much self-taught and friend-taught up to this point) and I love seeing him so excited!
On day 2, he was given a rim, a bunch of spokes, and a hub and totally built some wheels like it was no big deal. He says the hard part is getting them all tuned up and perfectly straight laterally and radially. It’s a long and tedious process but he knocked it out in one afternoon while others in the class will have to take time during lunch breaks and after class hours to finish. That’s my husband.
Oh, and hotel hair dryers work really well as shoe dryers! They were still wet after getting soaked the day earlier.
We made a post-concert trip to Denny’s for milkshakes and mozzarella stick grilled cheese sandwiches (have any of you had these?? They are my dream come true)! Our night got a little exciting when a couple police officers were called to come retrieve some girl who had locked herself in the ladies bathroom for over an hour and wouldn’t come out. We left before they kicked the door in, but seriously. Only in Portland.
Today Mo is learning about chains and brackets. or something like that.
It makes more sense when he talks about it.
0600– Mo showered and got ready while Anna made his lunch. Peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches, a banana, veggies, Cheetos, oatmeal raisin granola bar (all purchased at a nearby Safeway the night before. Anna carried the heaviest backpack of her life on a bike when they bought 2 gallons of water to take back to the hotel).
0645– Breakfast in our hotel. Oatmeal for him. Parfait for her.
0715– Mo hopped on his trusty folding bike and made his way to the United Bicycle Institute in a bit of a light rain.
0800– Anna finished breakfast and returned to the room and spent the rest of the day watching a little TV, taking a little nap, going on a little train ride to downtown, doing a little shopping, finding a little Ben & Jerry’s, stopping for a little treat, then returning back to the hotel, their little home away from home, at 1710 (mo has decided he doesn’t like living in a hotel; Anna, on the other hand, doesn’t mind it. It kind of reminds her of home, with all the trains passing by).
1730– Mo is back from his first day! He spends 15 minutes attempting to connect to the sketchy Internet, finally does, and starts some homework while playing some cool jazz in the background.
1830– Anna goes out and acquires some edibles from the Wendy’s down the street.
1900– Dinner and discussion.
Mo tells Anna about his day: about the 15 or so people in his class (only 2 girls!), about the course outline, about the guy in class obsessed with electric bikes, about the cool parts/tools/school gear he can order for cheap, about building hubs (tomorrow they lace wheels!), and about getting lost on the way home because his iPhone is wrongly convinced that he’s on the other side of the river.
1930– Back to studying.
2000– Anna goes to the gym (to be out of Mo’s way. and because exercise is good). The treadmill is the only machine that works. The stairclimber and stationary bike are broken and won’t turn on. There are a couple weight stations that DO function and that helps make up for it.
2100-Anna returns from the hotel gym to find Mo fast asleep on the bed. Sideways. It’s a queen and Mo has gotten used to the nice California king they have at home. She showers, wakes him up, Mo brushes his teeth and goes back to bed.
2230– Anna is awake, typing this, but will fall asleep soon.
*written the night of 12/3/12*
Ps. When’s the last time you’ve heard someone use the term “no sweat?” The lady at the desk used it and it make me feel like I was back in the 90s.
Mo is a sweetheart.
not many people would let me rattle on and on about all the turkey brining method I heard about on the radio!
(are you cooking a turkey this year? what’s your secret??)
Mo is brilliant.
For example, tonight it was raining hard when we left winco. So he went back inside, grabbed some newspapers, and we fashioned ourselves umbrellas so we could walk to the car together and stay sort of dry.
it reminded me of this unique umbrella.
and the winner of the Usborne Books & More Giveaway is……
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Just as a reminder, my e-show will remain open through next week!
There will be some awesome deals on black friday (or as they like to call it, “book friday”).
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
And don’t forget to enter the Usborne Books giveaway! A winner will be chosen at the end of the week.
We’re such an old couple at heart, and I kind of love it.
We go to texas roadhouse, order the same dishes we got the last two times we went (steak for him, country fried chicken for me), we quietly grumble to each other when the hooligans a table over start getting loud, and we always notice when our waiter does things like bring more water before we run out or kidnap my water glass for 10 minutes (that seriously happened a few weeks ago!).
I took this picture.
Then Mo modified it.
We also spent part of the weekend shopping for rain gear.
because we’re going to Portland in December.
Number 12. I love that Mo takes me places.