Home is where the stuff is

Home is where the stuff is

So I may have jinxed us if you believe in that sort of thing. In my last post I emphasized multiple times that the movers would be here last Tuesday. Well of course given all the other ridiculousness of this adventure, it would only be fitting that on Tuesday morning at 7:30 am, we got a call saying that there had been a mechanical failure with our truck and we would have to wait a few more days. WHAT??? I went howler monkey on D and it was not a fun morning for either of us. They called later in the day and said Thursday was our scheduled delivery day so I waited with bated breath for the next day and a half, hoping they didn’t call again with another problem and another rescheduling.

Thursday morning around 7:30 am, the phone rings. Oh man. But PTL this time it was the movers saying they were here! Such a happy day! Everything arrived, mostly not damaged or broken which is remarkable given that at least half the boxes were mangled beyond recognition. It was actually fun unpacking, especially the kitchen because I didn’t get much of a chance to admire and be excited about all our wedding gifts in the midst of  the packing craziness around the wedding, so it was kind of like opening wedding presents all over again!  So basically Derrick has been working and I have been doing a lot of the unpacking, although in the evenings and this weekend Derrick helped out a ton too.

We still have some boxes and such but we are needing to get a few bookshelves/storage pieces to help get everything put away. But here’s at least a few “before and after” pictures so you can see the drastic difference between not having things and having things.

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Looks a little cozier and homier now, no?

Besides the unpacking fun, we got to hang out with some of our friends from Clemson who are out here until August. We went to the pool for a bit on Saturday, and then I did some cooking. I got to use my food processor and my crock pot and my new dishes and other wedding presents too. Sunday we went to the NASCAR race in Sonoma. We got there around 9 am and the race didn’t start till 12 (we got nervous about traffic so left really early, so we didn’t  have to deal with it) but we had a lot of time to kill before the race. Which wouldn’t have been such a bad thing except it was about 60 degrees, cloudy, and windy (16-20 mph winds) and we were out in the middle of the hills in northern Cali. It was so miserably cold!! And none of us were really prepared for it to be that cold, so having extra time to walk around wasn’t necessarily ideal. When we got down in the valley closer to the track, the wind died down and eventually the sun peeked out a little bit too, so we weren’t shivering and cold the whole time. The race was a lot of fun and there was a really cool 20-min air show before the race. We did have some rain sprinkles on and off during the first half of the race, but luckily it wasn’t enough to stop the race. They said it was historic to have rain at this race because this time of year in this part of the country there really isn’t ever rain (Strangely today and tomorrow we had/are supposed to have rain, which, again, is unusual out here).

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Pretend that isn’t a Cal sweatshirt, Dad!

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And just when I was getting worried that this was going to be a fancier NASCAR race because it was a road course and we were in wine country, I saw this guy (whose face I blurred out for his own good):

Business in the front, party in the back
Business in the front, party in the back

So then I felt more at home among the good old NASCAR people who really are the same no matter what part of the country they’re in.

Today I have continued to do some organizing and cleaning (until today the cabinets and pantry were still not the way I wanted them) and also some baking/cooking.

First, I decided to make some spaetzle for a few reasons: 1) I got a spaetzle maker from my awesome sister and brother-in-law for the wedding 2) it is a really cheap but delicious starch and 3) I really was in the mood to cook and we are having chicken a few nights this week so I figured this would be a useful dish to serve with it. It turned out great for my first effort and the spaetzle maker made it really easy to deal with the sticky dough.

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Then, I decided I would bake some cookies for the week, because a) I wanted to bake b) I had some ingredients at the house that I felt should get used up and c) my husband is a cookie monster and likes to have a cookie or two in the evening after dinner. I made banana oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies (I don’t have more creative name for them) and besides being a little browner on the bottom than I would have liked (still getting used to a gas range), they turned out well and as Derrick ate 3 tonight when he got home, I’m taking that as a sign that they taste good too!

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Well I guess that’s really all to share tonight. It feels so good to be able to lay on the couch, watch the TV, bake in my kitchen, and sleep in a bed! Hope everyone had a great weekend and that y’all have good week!

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2 thoughts on “Home is where the stuff is

  1. Your place looks really cute, especially your kitchen. I LOVE your kitchen! Aaaand, what on earth is spaetzle? You have me intrigued! Great pictures, by the way.

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