June 24, 2013

Pioneer Women (167-174)

Day 167

I have found this bread making kit at our grocery store. It is really easy and I get to pretend that I am an awesome baker for making bread. I had it sitting out to rise three times longer than the directions called for, which resulted in a giant monstrosity of the wheat variety.

Day 168

Today, we had a haboob. For you non-West Texans, a haboob is basically a sandstorm. I remember my freshmen year of college I looked up and I couldn't figure out why the sky was orange. Oh, us non-natives are a riot.

Day 169

We have been having problems with our plumbing in the kitchen. The dishwasher can't clean the dishes because the junk from the sink gets all over the dishes. The sink takes an hour to drain and the disposal is a total pain. Cleaning dishes is an adventure in itself.

Day 170

Aaron's mom is finishing up her masters degree and is taking some classes in Lubbock over the summer, so Aaron and I took a day trip up there to see her and Aaron's dad. We finally got a tag for Lucy (the dog) and some food bowls. Poor thing has been eating out of one of my dishes and a lid.

Day 171

I have two tests coming up so I can finally be a certified teacher. I have been studying like crazy and am trying not to think about how important they are so I don't get too stressed. Oh goodness, I wish I was a better test taker.

Day 172

We had a work day moving all of the pews so we can get new carpet laid down. I skipped out of that one so I could study more.

Day 128

Sorry you get a boring picture of fries I made.I love cooking, which is good because there aren't a lot of restaurants in this town.

June 17, 2013

Hit the Road, Jack(160-166)

Day 160

In my effort to cook healthier things, I decided to bring fish into the mix. It was discovered by both me and the hubs that we are not fans of salmon. At all.

Day 161

We had a work day for VBS. I started out painting letters so I wouldn't mess things up too much, but then I got put in charge of building a roller coaster.

Day 162

We had a ladies' potluck luncheon at the church today and I got to meet one of my neighbors. I brought fudge, which the little kids really loved. I am sure I wasn't the cause for the kids' endless running around the church.

Day 163

We discovered that one of my favorite activities of running over screws is not good for the tire. So Aaron took off work to get the tire patched and the car bent the jack causing it to fall on the axle, being too low to the ground for us to put another jack under. Fortunately, we are AAA members. They had to use a tow truck to lift our car up enough to put a tire on. We finally got on the road for the weekend anniversary trip Aaron planned.

Day 164

We had fun checking off some places from a guidebook of strange places to visit in Texas. We left the book at home so we only managed to go to Buddy Holly-ville and the Silent Wings museum (not found in the book, but still interesting). It was a lot of fun and it was nice to get away.

Day 165

Today was baby dedication Sunday and the youth talked about their trip to camp. I love to see youth passionate about Christ. It brings a lot of hope.

Day 166

Our small town doesn't deliver mail so we have to go to the post-office. We got a sweet anniversary letter from Aaron's Mimi and Pawpaw and some things from my mom. I love snail-mail. I wish I was better at actually writing letters.

June 10, 2013

Commontater (155-159)

Short post today! So here is a joke Aaron had to explain to me:

The big city reporter did not impress the Idaho potato farmer, after all he was just a commentator.

Day 155

I am a pretty good cook. I am really good at following recipes and I am good at improvising because I know what things taste good together; however, potatoes are my Achilles' heal. I have tried baked, mashed, fries, chips, soups, and even instant. They never turn out right. Well, my friends I am overly-proud to say that I have made the perfect baked potato. This household is now going to have "Potato Thursdays" every week.

Day 156

Aaron and I went into another town to buy groceries from a store we received a gift card for from the pounding the church gave us. Because the store was just built, it didn't show up on our maps and we thought we would have to drive into New Mexico. Fortunately we found it along the way and I think I am going to be a regular costumer there. Using the gift card, we got over a week's worth of groceries for $26.

Day 157

After a day of lounging around, Aaron and I got a visit from a Kirby salesman. We got a free air freshener and clean carpets out of the deal. We have a Kirby from the '50's that the salesman took pictures of. I gave them some tea. I am not really sure what the protocol is but it seemed polite, especially since they cleaned my carpet for an hour and I had no intention of buying a $1400 vacuum.

Day 158

Aaron, the puppy, and I had fun in the backyard. We played "rushing the passer" where Aaron and I would try to throw the ball before Lucy touched us. She was running back and forth, trying to catch that football. We wore her out.

Day 159

After all the excitement yesterday, my phone decided she didn't want to come inside. She wanted to spend the night outside watching the stars.

June 5, 2013

Airing my Dirty Laundry (147-154)

I am a full time Seagraves resident now! Also, as you can tell since I am publishing this post, we now have internet!

Day 147

Yesterday, I had a plan in place to use the Chic-fil-A gift card that was so graciously provided by the PTA. I drove up to the establishment after school and proceeded to forget that I had a gift card, paying in the more traditional fashion. As a result, I also ate Chic-fil-A the next day.

(Aaron helped me phrase that description)

Day 148

Aaron called me while I was on my way home from work. We made plans for him to come down that night so he could move the rest of my stuff to Seagraves the next day. He told me he was running late so I wasn't expecting him until 6:30. We talked as I drove home and as I turned the corner, he was standing there waiting for me! I was so surprised I almost forgot to put the car in park so I could run and hug him!

I also had a surprise for him, but mine was more godfather-esque. I had his stick horse from college, that he insists on keeping, greeting him when he got into bed.

Day 149

After saying my final goodbyes to my students, I headed up to Seagraves to be a full-time wife again. Aaron, I mean my puppy, made me a card to welcome me home.

Day 150

Aaron and I rewarded ourselves for working hard on the house (inside and out) with watermelon and Kool-Aid. I think that is a sign that summer has begun.

Day 151

The pastor and his two sons delivered our (much needed) washer and dryer. They also took some old furniture away that we had no use for. It was pretty funny seeing them sit on the couch in the trailer. It looked like some kind of ghetto parade.

Day 152

Being the gourmet chef that I am, I used string cheese as the topper to my chicken parmegiana.

Day 153

After supporting our local grocery store by buying several different wrenches until one actually fit, I finally got the washer and dryer to work. Like I said before, they were much needed.

Day 154

We were told our internet would be installed between 8 and 5 today. I was so excited to see them after waiting 7 1/2 hours, I am surprised I didn't run them off.

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