Weekend Shenanigans!

This past weekend, our friends Jeff & Kristina came down to visit and some shenanigans were had by all.

On Friday, there was bowling and beer:

Saturday, we checked out some houses in the sticks:

Don’t worry, we decided it was a little too country.

Then, there were some pre-baseball game activities:

And, a baseball game:

It’s so nice to have visitors so frequently.  We feel so much love.  :)

City Market and Suburbs

This morning, we wanted to get out and see more of our new town as well as check out some potential areas to live once we’re ready to buy.  We ended up going downtown to the City Market to walk around the shops and restaurants, but honestly, it was a bust in my opinion.  I don’t know if we missed the memo or what, but when arrived at 12:30 it was like a ghost town.  There was nobody around, the restaurants were dead and I was bored out of my skull.  I was so bored that when I saw this across the street, I was actually interested:

Neat.

We walked around downtown, walked through a seriously sketchy park, and then made our way over to the Capitol for some exposure to culture.

Culture experienced in approximately five minutes, y’all.

By the time we had been bored to tears seen City Market and walked to the Capitol, we were hungry and ready for some lunch.  Perhaps our best decision of the day was made when we went to the Raleigh Times Bar.  It was an amazing day, so we sat on the patio, shared a cold, German beer and ate some amazing food (chicken tacos for me, braised short ribs for him).  Loved it.

The rest of our afternoon was spent checking out some areas that we might want to buy a house eventually.  Since we’re new to the area, we need to see what fits “us” and we figured the best way to figure it out was to experience the different towns.  We went to a town just south of Raleigh called Garner, but we weren’t impressed.  It just wasn’t us.  Adjacent to Garner is a town called Holly Springs, which I think we really like.  It’s young and new and up and coming, and it just feels right.  We still have a few other areas to check out, but we’ll keep ya posted!

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Happy weekend!

Highs and Lows

Today sucked.  It was one of those days that seemingly started off well and then went to shit.

I work for a software company and today was Pi Day (March 14th = 3.14 for all of your non-nerds out there) which was filled with quirky and fun activities.  There’s a giant Pi symbol sculpture in front of the newest building on campus that people were taking pictures with, free pie (seven different options) at lunch, pie eating contests, and people walking around without socks as a nod to Einstein (apparently, that was his “thing”).  Pi Day was fun…but then…

Shortly after lunch, we got an e-mail from our realtor that the contract on our house had fallen through.  Poof, just like that, the contract was over and the buyers were gone.  We pulled the house off the market before a scheduled open house because we had accepted their great offer, and now we have to start all over.  Punch me in the face, this sucks.

I’m not gonna lie – I struggled for the rest of the day.  All of my relief of being under contract was gone and I was a complete stress ball filled with anxiety.  Did I mention it sucked?  So now, we start over and hope for the best.  Sigh.

The day did end on a good note, so at least we’ve got that going for us.  We had dinner at my cousins house and did our NCAA brackets (this year I threw caution to the wind and picked 90% of my teams based on which mascot I liked better).  Also, I still love my job, and I’m grateful to have Chris.  Something about that whole “for better or worse” thing is just super comforting during times of uncertainty.  :)

Oh, and then there’s this….it always cheers me up.

Week One: Raleigh

I think second to our wedding, we have likely had the most eventful week in our marriage.  Ahhh, it feels so great!!!

I started my job and L-O-V-E it.  I even said to Chris at one point today, “is it weird that I’m looking forward to going to work on Monday?”  I love what I’m doing, my 10-minute commute is amazing, my coworkers are great and I love having an office.  :)

We’ve had some amazing food this week, too.  We’re getting back into cooking and being healthier tomorrow, but we’ve just enjoyed immersing ourselves into the southern culture and I’m not going to lie, it’s been a tasty few days. I think our favorite spot was The Pit, famous Carolina BBQ.  It’s definitely a place we want to take our friends and family when they come to visit.

We also went to the Mellow Mushroom which we’ll definitely visit again.  The warm pretzels were delish!

Everyday, we’re getting more and more settled in the house, and I’m hoping by tomorrow we’ll have a fully stocked fridge and a finished house.  Check out the kitchen…we love it!

This morning, we took Hunter to an area dog park.  We love taking him to the dog park so he can run around and socialize with other dogs, but it’s unfortunate that his brain never tells him when enough is enough.  After 30 minutes we have to drag him out of the park on a leash before he passes out from exhaustion.  Today was no exception.  He has so much fun, but he can never just chill – he always has to be in the thick of the action, but it’s still fun.  We really liked this park (much larger than the one we used to go to in Virginia), but I’m not sure we’d go back.  It was about a 20 minute drive which seems a bit far – I need to do some more research to find a park a little closer to the house.  There is a great one very close to our house, but you have to pay a $40 annual membership and I don’t know about that.  We’ll see what happens.

After the adventures at the dog park, we finally got around to getting Hunter a new bed, but then this happened:

Yeah, I don’t know.  In the two years Delilah and Hunter have lived together, she has never expressed any interest in his bed, but today, she was all over it.  It’s been a few hours now, and Hunter has happily taken over, so all is right in the world again.  :)

Oh yeah, what else happened this week?  We put our house up for sale on Tuesday and received an offer on Thursday.  TWO DAYS Y’ALL!!  We accepted the offer and are officially under contract!!  So, so, so exciting and I can’t tell you how effing relieved we are.  I swear two days must be some kind of record – we are so excited and have our fingers and toes crossed that all goes smoothly in the next 30 days til closing!

Chris is serious about getting back into coaching swimming and has already been contacted by five swimming teams for either head or assistant coach positions.  Hellooooo, options!  I’m so proud of him for following his passion.  So, so proud.

My friend Emily said it best, it’s really like all of the stars have aligned for this move and life is pretty freaking good right now.  :)