A Spring Snow Day

Wait, I guess it’s not technically spring yet, but shhh, it’s spring in my heart.  We had a nasty storm on Wednesday.  A “Bomb Cyclone” to be exact and though I’m not sure what that actually means, I know our office lights all started flickering on and off and our internet went down at 11 AM, so were out of there!  What do adults do on snow days?

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Watch Game of Thrones and make brownies, of course!  Winter is coming, but actually spring is coming and so is the final season of GOT, so we’re re-watching Season 7 as a refresher.  I don’t remember it as being the best season but man, did watching four episodes get us excited!  A couple episodes in, I decided we needed brownies, that may or may not have been made with black beans, which is a thing I swore I’d never do.  But then they were really good!  So fudgy and decked out in a chocolate peanut butter frosting.

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We were on Episode 2 or 3, when they closed in on Arya and Hot Pie, but just before, they showed a random man digging into a pot pie and no joke, it looked incredible.  We needed a pot pie!  We found a single chicken thigh, a bag of peas and carrots (that we used to feed our dog), half an onion, some thyme, and a Dufour puff pastry, so we were in business!  I was kind of impressed with us for pulling it all together, and successfully!  We cooked it in our cast iron skillet and maybe ate the entire thing.

This is how you do a snow day.

(Update: We still didn’t have power at the office on Thursday and boredom officially set it.  Today (Friday), I went into the office and we had a generator powering our server and they were running an extension cord through the window in my office.  So instead of wearing my jacket and gloves all day, I packed up my computer and headed back home.  I guess I’ll be work from here (with a little dog on my lap!) today.  TGIF!)

Some Life Updates

Even though I write in this space pretty consistently, it still feels like some stuff gets skipped over.  Like how we booked a spontaneous trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras or how the other day, I put on my pajama pants and one of Joey’s socks fell out.  How long had it been there??  Okay, just kidding about that second one, but I wanted to take a moment to mention some larger life happenings that aren’t Oscar-related 🙂

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I honestly don’t know if I ever even mentioned it (HOW?), but after our first renovation venture went bust, we took some time to think, then decided to scale the project WAAAAY back and try again.  Sadly, the EXACT same thing happened.  After many reassurances that the budget we were very upfront and clear about was doable, we were given a number almost twice that.  We were so mad and disappointed and mostly, really ready to wash our hands of that design/build company, who obviously don’t know how to price projects.

I think we’ve mostly recovered again.  But since a renovation of any size apparently wasn’t in the cards, we decided to at least get ourselves a new garage (which was going to be part of the renovation).  One that actually fits Joey’s truck!  This also meant having to take down a few trees in our backyard, including this pretty big one that we’ve always loved.  It’s feeling very open and exposed back there now and it was honestly sadder than I expected to lose the trees, but hopefully when all is said and done, we’ll have a nice garage and we can forget the disappointing stuff that came before it.

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This little pup! ♥  For as cute as he is and as much as I love him, I have to say, his behavior is sometimes not the best.  Mainly, he’s suddenly nipping at me!  Like all the time.  I thought maybe it was a jealousy/protective thing — he is VERY attached to Joey — but he does it even when I’m home alone with him.  It seems to have something to do with my hands??  It is honestly so strange and confusing.  He will come sit in my lap, nudge my hand until I pet him and then when I do he tries to snap at me.  When I pull my hand away, he frantically nudges at my hand to pet him.  “What do you want from me??”  I’ve become very good at discerning when he’s “in a mood” so I’m not really taking it that seriously but it is sad when he’s looking so cuddly and cute and I just want to pet him!

In “good dog” news, we recently got Andi to stop sleeping in our bed and it has been life changing!  Every morning, Joey asks me how I slept and I say “REALLY GOOD!”  It was also surprisingly easy, considering we’d tried to lock him out of our room several times to disastrous effect.  Turns out he just needed a big blanket on the ground to burrow in, ha!

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And the last bit of news is that it’s official, we’re putting our homebrewing career to rest.  We’d been doing it so infrequently anyway and though Joey still drank our brew, I much MUCH preferred to drink something we bought.  Very proud of what we made but look, a professionally made beer just tastes way better.  Also that kegerator was taking up room in our small house.  Joey cleaned it up and took it all to the basement — he carried it by himself backwards down the stairs and it gave me next level anxiety — and that’s that.  It’s sad but it’s also not sad.  It didn’t really feel like part of who we were any more, plus we have plenty of other things we enjoy doing together.

Okay, that’s really it, you know everything about me now 😛