Farm Chicks Grand Opening

July 28, 2010
Today was the day! Serena opened her Farm Chicks store over in Browne's Addition and I was there to check out the general splendor.

 I loved the general feeling and decor of the space, but hope that they bring more products into the store.  It looks like they'll be carrying some of the Emersonmade product line, which is awesome! And yes, I actually got to see Serena in person (gasp!) and she is very nice. :)

I hope they do well!

And since my Farm-Chicks-loving-friend Michelle couldn't be there with me, I picked up a little something to send her in far away California to commemorate the occasion...yay for getting mail!


July 27, 2010
Sometimes it's hard to remember that we've only been in our new house for a few weeks. I find myself thinking "where the heck is everything/why isn't everything put away/why are there still boxes!?!" like the house it supposed to be in its perfect state already. And since I've been spending most of my time beating back the weeds in the yard, coming into the house and realizing that yes, it's still a huge disaster zone has not been fun.

The house must be conquered!

With many things on the list (see previous post) it's easy to get overwhelmed by the vastness of the projects that lay before us. And really there hasn't been a place to escape that vast sea of projects as nearly every room is on the list....until NOW!

Check it out after the jump!


An Assignment

July 26, 2010


Always Sing

sing your life

sing your life
walk right up to the
and name
all the things you love
and all the things
that you loathe

oh, sing your life

oh, sing your life



Raspberry Apricot Jam

July 25, 2010

I had my first canning my lesson with Alisa yesterday, and it was wonderful! A few pounds of apricots, a couple flats of red raspberries, and the always cheery and domestically inclined Alisa meant for a fun morning of canning and conversation. I also got a garden tour - man, this girl is amazing! - and some great advice about where to find the best farmer's markets, craft stores, and other fun places in Spokane to explore. She even sent me home with some fresh herbs and a head of broccoli from her garden - with the promise of weekly boxes of fresh veggies - our very own CSA! Times like this remind me that friends are such blessings...and I'm so glad to have met her.

My next step - try out my own canning skills on the 4 pounds of blueberries I have in the fridge...we'll see how it goes!

More pictures of the canning party and other Spokane goodies over here.

Free Day Fun

July 22, 2010
Today Numi spent the day at the vet getting checked-up and acclimated to his Elizabethan collar, which meant that Matthew and I had a puppy-free day - the first one since arriving in Spokane!

Here's a little guided tour through our new town:

 We parked across the river and took our time strolling the suspension bridges and enjoying the rushing water...

The riverwalk is beautiful...lots of trees, flowers, and cute children running around with balloons...

 A quick jaunt to the Oil & Vinegar store to pick up some Lime-Coriander Olive Oil and Blueberry Vinegar...

And of course popped into Aunties bookstore - one of Matthew's favorite places thus far...

A classic - and this time in German!

Big-time fun...

Chocolate Apothecary for drinking chocolate...super yum, and one of my favorite spots...

Urban Canine for Numi treats and food...

And it's back to our little furry child!


Spokane Update

July 21, 2010
Greetings from Spokane! Yes we've been here a couple weeks now, but I just now feel like we're surfacing from the piles of boxes and grime and dog antibiotics.

On Numi...
The poor little guy had to have another surgery - now his scar is seriously badass. Most of the time he's doped up on pain meds, but still sweet as ever. It's made the transition an interesting his accident happened after we'd been in Spokane an hour, and since then he's been on house arrest, Matthew and I haven't really left the house much. If everything goes well then we've got one more week of recovery and then he gets his sutures removed. Then we're going to EXPLORE!

On the house...
People get excited - we've finally reached a place where this house is habitable! After many bottles of Clorox wipes and buckets of sudsy water, I've transitioned from spending most of my time inside the house to now focusing on the outside. The yard had been neglected for 10 years (!!) so I really have my work cut out for me. Weeding, replanting, hedge-trimming, oh my!

On EWU...
With Numi lazily lounging in the backseat, today we went to EWU to check out the campus and meet with some of the music faculty. Matthew has just found out that he'll be teaching a 5 credit class this fall - Music & Humanities - and it's crazy cool how everyone already seems to know who he is..."oh you're the new pianist, right?" The department chair was personable and real - and knew all about Placerville, which I took as a good sign. :) Matthew is beyond thrilled and is currently working on getting all of his composing, thesis writing, and other recreational music fun out of the way before the real work begins in September.

I've started a new blog - Frequently the woods are pink - where you can see photos of our adventures and life up here in Spokane.

Also, I'm making progress on some of my goals:
1. Make new friends -  canning date with Alisa on Friday! Yay for the domestic goddess that she is, and her willingness to teach me.
2. Get involved in community theatre - Evita auditions are Aug 3rd! Now all we need to do is get a piano so I can practice my audition piece...

More to come!

We're Heeeeeeeeere!

July 13, 2010
Okay folks, we made it to Spokane. Still without internet access in our new house, here I am at Starbucks at 6 a.m., sipping my coffee and trying to think of a way to sum up all the craziness that is moving. All I can say is that it has been an adventure for sure....

Packing up all our belongings and sending them off in an ABF freight truck...

The tearful goodbyes on our day of departure...

Stocking up on Trader Joes goods - the closest one now is in Seattle! As if I needed another reason for a weekend trip...

The grueling 2-day trip through the forest with a very restless Black Lab...

Arriving in Spokane to an unpleasantly dirty house. One hour in, bad things start to happen. Without going into too much detail, I'll just say that Numi went to battle with an iron stake coming up from out of the ground. And he lost. Our first night in Spokane was spent in the pet emergency clinic hoping that Numi would be okay...and after surgery that negated all the cost-saving measures we took when moving, the three of us trudged back to the house with Numi in a groggy drug coma.

Since then, we've spent our days scrubbing all the floors, painting the walls, replacing really old things like shower heads and toilet seats, and trying to keep Numi "lying down for two weeks" per the doctors orders. (Can I get a big YEAH RIGHT!?)

Today our truck arrives and thus ushers in the unpacking process...and it couldn't come any sooner. After 4 nights of sleeping on hardwood floors with questionably-functional sleeping pads/bags, I am looking forward to our bed, couch, heck, even a chair!

 We miss our family and friends. After our initial scramble to find an emergency vet clinic in a brand new town, we were reminded more than ever of the supportive network of family and friends that we left behind.

I have some great pictures to post soon - today we're getting internet in the house, so those are coming soon!

It's Time...

July 5, 2010
1 moving truck

Countless boxes

3 marriage-testing emotional breakdowns

1 life-threatening-wall-o-stuff tidal wave 

Endless glasses of iced tea to combat the scorching heat

Swimming breaks at Martinhaven

Numi's last playdate with neighbor Hardy

Celebrating the 4th of July 

Stress-reducing rounds of Mario Cart with Ryan

Family dinners

8 feet by 8 feet by 9 feet

The truck is loaded. We've got our route. After a few more things to accomplish tomorrow, we will say goodbye to our family and friends and make for the mountains!

I'm still not sure when it will actually feel like we're'd think the big truck and empty house would do it, but despite these things I can't help but feel like we're going on Summer vacation and will return in a week or so.

Here we go!


Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

-Roald Dahl