23 January 2011

January Happenings

Alright, now that you're caught up on December, it's time to get caught up on January.  My apologies, but it will take a while.

Okay, so we started out by spending the first week working at Kyle's boss' beach house, repairing a water-damaged wall.  
I tried to replicate the knockdown texture on the wall, but as Kyle says, solid stuff doesn't aerosol very well.
 And of course, all that hard work deserved some reward:  Black and Blue Pizza!  Frozen pizza covered with mushrooms, peppers, bacon and bleu cheese, baked to perfection.
When we got back to Virginia, we embraced the landlubbers philosophy once again - we moved into a house.  A real house!  With a full-sized fridge AND freezer.  With an oven and a bathroom larger than a shower stall.  With closets.  Except this house's closets were already full.  I mean, literally every storage space was already occupied, so I actually had to move stuff OUT before I could move our stuff in.  This is what the bathroom cabinets looked like when I arrived:
There was also a bottle of 2000 cab sauv in the fridge...I have never had 10 year old wine.  So we bought the matching 2009 bottle and had a mini wine tasting.  It was just Sutter Home, nothing too expensive, but it was an interesting comparison.
 And since I spent all day moving stuff and Kyle spent all day at work, we also picked up some grocery store sushi so we didn't have to dig out pots or pans to make a dinner from scratch :)
My favorite feature of this house is by far and wide the cabinet-style record player (also 8-track player/recorder and radio!).  I immediately went out and bought a dozen records.  Amazing.  This is definitely coming with us when we move out of this house.  We also bought a bookshelf and found it to be inadequate for our collection :)
Oh!  And did I mention that when I got home from Michigan, Kyle surprised me with another Christmas present?  An herb nook in the boat!  So of course one of the first things I did was devote an area to plants, and planted more herbs and some veggies.
I also started a batch of wine, Kyle started a batch of mead, and I've been baking like a fool.  That will all wait til another post, however.

In the meantime, I got a job!  Not engineering, but it will definitely suffice in the meantime.  Some definite advantages over the ice rink job:  I don't have to work on the weekends or at night, I don't ever have to get up at 4am, and I'm making more than minimum wage so I might even be able to pay rent.  I believe this job will help me find that engineering job, I just need to be patient...and if there's anything I've learned in the past year, I think patience is definitely it.  So starting Monday, I will no longer be a lady of leisure, maintaining a clean house and cooking intricate meals.   And that's about all that's been going on in the past month.


  1. DARBY!!!

    Happy Merry birthday from the opposing coast. Thanks to you and Kyle for Christmas card. I should write you a windy email some day soon telling you about trees and rain and mountains and the whatnot from Oregon. Or you could just come over here and find out for yourself. Hope you kids are having a good winterage. Good luck with you new works.


  2. What's this??? Closets? Freezers? Bathrooms? How will you ever move back on to the boat? The food looks great as always. I have to ask, though, why so much stuff in the house when you moved in?

  3. That is the second West Coast invite I have gotten in...24 hours.

    The real question is how will I ever clean it all! I clean for an hour on the boat and the whole thing is spotless. I clean for an hour here and maybe half a room is clean. I don't know why the person who moved out neglected to take his things. I am starting to think our landlord killed him.