happy to be back!

7 Mar


First.  Thanks so much to everyone for the sweet comments this past week.  They were such a highlight of my week, and I appreciate the support and encouragement from all of you so much.  I didn’t get to comment individually, but just know that it touched me so much to read your words. What would I do without my little blogging community?

Second.  I have some good news and some bad news.

The good news? I’ve set a new record on CSM!
The bad news? I’ve set a record for the most number of days I’ve ever gone without posting.

This week was a call for a little mini break from the blog – and really from the computer in general, aside from some mandatory Outbox work.  I missed everyone so much, and I’m happy to get back into my groove.  But first, time to do a little catching up.  I believe a situation such as this calls for some bullet points.

  • Last Saturday doubled as moving day and the husband’s 28th birthday.  My family + MIL came up to help, and we packed, loaded onto a giant truck, drove to my hometown, unloaded the giant truck and drove back to our house that night.  We are so thankful for everyone who gave up their day to come help – it made the process so much easier and faster!

Even though it broke my heart, I resorted to ordering a cookie cake from the grocery store.  I was set on making his cake myself, but on Friday when I looked around and my kitchen was all packed up except for the Vitamix, I realized it wasn’t going to happen.  The Vitamix can do a lot of things, but…

  • We spent the rest of the weekend sleeping on an air mattress in our empty house because we had to close on Monday.  It was kind of like one big long slumber party…I kind of liked it:)

  • I had one big find during the whole moving process – my Nike running pants!  I bought these back when we were training for our marathon a couple of years ago, and wore them every chance I got.  Then they disappeared.  I searched high and low…but apparently not low enough because when our dresser was being moved out I spotted them hanging from the bottom drawer.  I was ecstatic!

  • On Sunday we went to our Sunday school class for the last time *tear and then spent the afternoon napping, working and cleaning.  We had agreed to have dinner with some friends that night, but when we got to the restaurant realized they had planned a going away dinner with all of our sweet friends.  We were so excited!

  • Monday morning we got up early and finished cleaning the house before the husband headed up to his old office for a bit and I did a bit of work at the coffee shop before heading to closing.  Closing on our first sold house went great – seamless aside from a bit of sadness at handing over the keys:(

  • After closing the husband and I met up at our favorite little downtown cafe – Cafe Bella.  We have so many memories there, and it was an appropriate choice for our last meal in Stillwater.

I went all out with a falafel pita, jalapeno chips and an IBC.

  • Late Monday afternoon I headed over to my grandparent’s house to drop off Olive.  I spent a couple of hours there with her, visiting with my grandpa and grandma while Olive checked things out and made herself comfortable.  As expected it was difficult leaving her, and it has been difficult each night this week going to visit her and then having to leave her again every time.  It’s probably a lot harder on us than it is on her, though.  My grandparent’s are showing her a good time – loving on her, brushing her, taking her for drives and walks, and letting her sit and watch the cows out the window.  I just hope she doesn’t start loving them more than us!

btw – that’s not a cow, it’s my grandma’s dog, Maggie.  You can’t see the cows in this picture.

Olive and the husband – happy to see each other one night this week when we went to visit

  • Between working, commuting and going to see Olive in the evenings, we have been so crazy busy.  I’ve driven up to the city to see Jonathan as many days as I can, and we’ve enjoyed spending time there…trying to pretend that we’re already moved and settling into our new life.  One day for lunch, we tried a fun new restaurant that is only a mile or so from where our new house is being built called Cool Greens.  They specialize in build your own wraps, salads and flatbread pizzas…and most meals come with a serving of couscous on the side.  I’m in love.  There aren’t many restaurants like this in Oklahoma, so humor me for being so excited:)

  • We drive by our house whenever we can, which ends up being about once a week.  It can begin to drive you mad after so many times of driving by, hoping to see some progress.  This is a picture I took last Tuesday – the lot has been cleared, but no foundation poured yet!

  • Our first weekend after officially being moved we spent in the husband’s hometown with mom and dad McCoy.  You’d have thought it was Christmas eve with how excited we were to pick up Olive and head out of town on Friday night.  A whole weekend with our baby, hanging out and relaxing with MIL and FIL and getting some much needed rest was almost too good to be true.  We spent lots of time cuddling (with Olive and with each other:) and I even finished a book I started last summer.  Felt like a major accomplishment!
  • I’ve applied at several jobs around the city, but for now I’m going to try and make a little money substitute teaching while I figure out what I want to do.  I have to be honest – I’m not that excited about subbing.  But I also don’t want to rush into a job.  I want to take my time and decide what I want to do with this new start I’ve been given.  Even though I didn’t really ask for it, and I technically would have chosen to keep my old job…a new start can’t be a bad thing, can it?  I’m going to try and make the most of it, remembering that there’s a reason for everything.

So that’s pretty much it from my week-long hiatus.  I thought about all of you everyday, and I missed connecting – but all the changes made for sort of a tough transition and I really just needed some time to sort through things, keep up as much of a routine as possible and support the husband.  The adjustment process is still in full force, but I’m ready to start incorporating as much of our normal life as possible.  This blog is such an integral part of my life, and I realized that more than ever this week.  I’m so happy to be back!!

I hope you all had a great week and are enjoying warmer weather if you have it.  We’re almost to Spring, and it can’t get here soon enough!

Last thing – as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I’ve agreed to do another product review for CSN stores.  I’m so torn between reviewing a dehydrator and a small food processor.  I can process some things in the Vitamix, but others are just so much easier in a food processor.  I’ve been wanting one for awhile now.  However, I’ve also wanted a dehydrator for a long time and clearly there is so much I could do with one!  I’m a little bit worried about having space for the dehydrator while sharing a kitchen with my mom, but I’m sure it could be figured it.  So, I need your help.  Food processor or dehydrator???


13 Responses to “happy to be back!”

  1. Lisa @ I'm an Okie March 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    aw yay! COOLGREENS! I love that place and eat there at least once a week. Can we please have a coolgreens date soon?!

    • candice March 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

      Let’s do it! Maybe next week one day? I think I’m going to be in trouble once we actually live there:)

      • Lisa March 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

        I’ll actually be out of town next week..but how about the week after?! Can’t wait to meet you!

  2. Heather (Where's the Beach) March 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    Happy bleated bday to Ryan! You’ve been one busy girl. It would be so hard to leave my pups, but it sounds like Olive is probably being spoiled silly! I can’t wait to see the house progress.

    • candice March 7, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

      She is definitely being spoiled…haha. She’s never going to want to leave! And I can’t wait to see the house progress either;) wish it woud hurry up!!

  3. amber@SAHM's musings March 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    yay! you’re back…for a moment anyway 🙂 I’ve never tried cool greens but it’s on the list. The hubby and I really enjoy Cafe 7 (in the same shopping ctr) but the healthy factor is not as high. We luv their pizzas though. Super tasty! Maybe when things settle down we could meet somewhere for some froyo sometime. No hurry though. I (vicariously) know how crazy building a house it. One of my friends is building a house and living with her inlaws (with two kids) eek! It’s definitely a process but will be worth it in the end. Hope you find a job you love!

    • candice March 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

      Wow, hearing about your friend living with someone with her two kids makes me feel a lot less stressed! It’s all about patience these days…

      Thanks for the well wishes – I’m more confused than ever about the job sitch, but hopefully things will begin to clear up soon. I’d love to get froyo together – we should plan it soon! What time of day would be good for you?

      • amber@SAHM'S musings March 10, 2011 at 6:57 am #

        If you are available one evening during the week or sometime on the weekend would work. Or if there is a certain day that’s best for you let me know and maybe I can make arrangements for someone to watch my kids. 😉 I will say Tues/thurs evenings prob won’t work b/c of Tball practice. I’m looking forward to meeting you IRL. Oh and one more thing… I just realized froyo=dairy so if you’d rather meet at a sbux or T an urban teahouse we could do that too.

    • candice March 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

      Oh, and the husband and I are so excited to try Cafe 7! At lunch the other day it was between that and CoolGreens…so Cafe 7 will be next. glad to hear it’s good!

  4. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle March 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    I’m so glad you are back!! I’ve missed reading your bloggie!!! I will be praying for you! I know you’ll find something you truly enjoy! 🙂

    • candice March 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

      Thanks, Salah – I appreciate the sweet thoughts and prayers. And it feels good to have been missed:)

  5. Paige @ Running Around Normal March 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    So glad everything is going so well for you!! Glad you’re back – I know a break can do wonders though. That’s so sweet of your friends to throw you that dinner!

    • candice March 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

      Thanks, Paige! The break was really just what I needed. And now I’m so refreshed and ready to go!

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