What's Next?

 
 
As I would venture to guess most government spouses do, I have a constant thought in the back of my mind that wonders where we will be stationed next.  What adventures are we going to embark on, what frustrations will we have to deal with, what new things we will be able to explore and try, and what distances will our loved ones have to travel?  Then you mix in all the silly stuff like what its going to look like, will there be enough space, where am I going to run, is it going to be hot, will my furntiture fit, etc. and your head can spin with the possibilities. 
 
Kuwait was an unexpected destination, but every step of it - the good and the bad - felt like our own custom adventure.  Something that was strictly ours to experience.  Sometimes this was lonely because it felt like you could never really explain or convey what you were going through to your friends and family back home. 
 
Coming out of Kuwait, we got our pick of assignments and I like to think we've been doing Colorado justice with all of our exploring.  We've been trying to make the most of every minute!  We still have a lot to do and see, but I feel like we've made a good effort.  As always though, the time goes by too fast and we're already on the downhill side of this assignment and starting to think about the next. 
 
I'm not going to mention what we preferenced for our next assignment, because I am still trying to not get my mind set on one or two destinations.  As soon as I start to think we're going to end up one place, we're bound to end up in the exact opposite.  We have submitted our preferences and now its out of our hands.  All we can do is hope for the best.
 
Where will fate take us next?

Christmas Card Inspiration




{All Photos above courtesy of Tiny Prints}
 
I know its just now Fall, but I am starting to think about what I want our Christmas card to look like this year.  I've made my own the past year or two, and it takes time, so the sooner I start the better!  I was browsing Tiny Prints for some ideas and thought these were pretty cool.  Maybe they'll help inspire you too :)

Camping: Check!

 
 
 
 
 
Well we made it!  We froze though!  It got down to 36 over the night and we just weren't prepared for that kind of weather.  General slept sandwiched between us wrapped in a blanket and a fleece coat.  You know he's cold when he'll stay still to stay under the blanket!  This is the dog that I can't get to sleep on a bed to save his life.
 
 
It was a good experience, but I had forgotten how much work it was and how much stuff you need to go camping!  I consider us somewhat low maintenance - i.e. we both just brought a change of clothes and toothbrushes basically.  Even with that mentality though, we had to stop I swear 5 different places before leaving town for firewood, food, equipment, gas, ice, etc.  It was a lot.  And now everything has to be washed down because it smells like camp fire.  Lots of work!
 
General was a nervous sally most of the trip, he kept eating grass, but his nerves kept him close by our side which I appreciated.  It was fun having him there. 
 
And no bear encouters, thank goodness!
 
I'm seriously wiped out now though.  I think I will sleep like a rock tonight after my shivering sleepless night on the ground last night.

We're Going Camping

 
No bear encounters please.

Photoshop Fun

 
 
 
  
I helped a friend come up with some invitation ideas for her kid's upcoming birthday.  This is what I came up with!  I love doing this stuff.  I wish I had an excuse to do it more often!
 
I'm a wiz on photoshop, but I'm still learning Illustrator.  I was doing online lessons for Illustrator when we first moved to Kuwait when I was unemployed, but then stopped when I found a job.  I might take it up again now that I have some time on my hands.

Photo for Today

{Photo from Marty Hogan}
 
Isn't this photo awesome?  I want to walk in these woods.

Downton Abbey

 
 
I'm bummed that Downton Abbey won't return until January!  They've already started to air in the UK.  Here are some trailers for season 3 that I'll try to help tide me over.

The Shuttle

 
My mom shared this photo with me over the weekend.  Apparently Endeavor flew over Austin recently.  A friend of hers took this photo, so neither of us can take credit, but I wanted to share!

Quiet Weekends

On our walks.

General pulling me up a hill.  He only has one speed.  Its like walking a horse.
 
Does this photo look familiar?  Thanks Megan!

I've become obsessed with caprese and I am on a kick where I pack pearl mozzerella, grape tomatoes, 1 basil leave, and some balsamic in my lunch and mix it up when I'm ready to eat - I LOVE it.


Homemade bread - Impressive, huh?  Its really not hard!  You should try it.  I was given this book for Christmas and have been trying things out of it lately.

Abusing my dog with the camera in my free time.  He looks pleased, huh?

The basement is where I put everything that I don't have a place for or don't know what to do with.  This is my latest attempt to organize before our next move. 
 
Notice the title of the lower box?  Nice. And. Safe. :)

Friday splurges.  I bought the stuff on the right, Habibi bought the blender on the left.
 
Just another day in Boulder (@the Fall Fest).  What kind of guy comes out to a park to practice his juggling in front of strangers?  A Boulderite does, is the answer.


HAPPY FIRST WEEKEND OF FALL!
 
I hope you're having a good weekend!  We've had a pretty unventful past two weekend, but uneventful is good at the moment.  I've been drinking gallons of cinnamon & pumpkin coffee, cooking, cleaning, urging the cooler weather, organizing, running, catching up on some TV, walking the dog, and shopping!  It's been great!
 
My favorite pair of jeans got a hole in them on Friday, so I went out to replace them yesterday but found two replacements that I couldn't live without instead of one - so I'm feeling guilty now.  One of them is a pair of black skinny jeans, I don't know yet if I'm cool enough to pull them off, but I'm going to try!  Now I need to be stingy with my money for a bit, to make up for my recent splurges... We'll see how that goes!
 
I've been really enjoying cooking for us lately.  Its something that I enjoy doing when I have the time, but don't enjoy when I'm tired or stressed.  Its been a nice change to have the time again.  I'm also trying to cook things that can be frozen or last for the week, so that we don't eat out during the day.  Yesterday I made chicken salad for the week, which I was pretty proud of because I didn't have a recipe.  I just used the Tuscan Chicken Salad from Whole Foods in my head as a guideline.  I also made meatballs, because habibi went out and bought 3 packages of ground meat and claimed that he wanted "patties for protein throughout the week".  It was kind of weird rolling these balls of meat up and baking them like cookies, but I think they turned out ok.
 
Tonight I'm going to attempt to make Crab, Avocado, & Cucumber salad like we had when we were in Kuwait.  It was my favorite dish while we were living there and it was from a Japanese restaurant that would deliver right to our door!  I miss it, needless to say.  I've searched the internet for a copy recipe, but couldn't find one, so I'm just going to wing it.  We'll see how it turns out!  I've never worked with crab before.
 
On Friday I took us to a Fall Fest in Boulder, which was supposed to be a festival with food, music, crafts, and lots to walk around and see.  I had this picturesque Fall scene in my head ...it didn't live up to the hype.  It was all the same stuff that's usually on Pearl street, with beer and a BBQ stand added, with some music.  The word "festival" implied so much more in my head!  So we ate our BBQ in the grass, but decided to leave and explore something else in Boulder afterwards.
 
I'm still running quite a bit, but have scaled back a lot since the half marathon.  I've been doing 2-4 miles every other day and just working on my pace.  I can't describe how excited I am for it to finally be cooling off and to have the time to run!
 
We also just booked tickets to Las Vegas in November.  It'll be the first time either of us have been, and we're meeting family there.  I'm excited about our hotel, the Aria, and don't know if I'll ever want to leave! 

Random, I know...

 
 
...but 28 is the number of States I have been to.  This was one of the questions I was asked when I was in Kuwait that stuck with me.  A country with 50 states seems so confusing and huge when you look at it from an outside perspective and I was asked once how many I had been to and I had no idea!  So I finally thought about it today when I was home and could look at a map and count :)

Free Monday Download

{Above Photo from How About Orange & Gluk Fonts}
 
Who doesn't want a cute font for free?  Check out QumpelkaNo12 made by Gluk Fonts.
In addition, since its a Monday, here's how to add fonts to your computer if you don't already know how. This is for Windows users only, unfortunately, you mac users are on your own ;)

My New Fav

{Image from Celestial Seasonings}
 
Celestial Seasonings is made nearby in Boulder.  I've been to their production facility several times and have tried many of their teas.  I've come to appreciate them more as I've tried more and more of their teas, but I have to say that this is my favorite.  Without sweetener or milk, it has a sweet flavor and is that perfect autumn-ish flavor everyone is craving this time of year.  SO if you see some in the store - snag it up! 

Blog Worth Reading

{Above Image from A Ribbon at a Time}
 
A Ribbon at a Time is another blog that I had saved in my long list of favorites, but hadn't looked at in a while.  I spent some time catching up this morning and I have to say it might be one of my new favorites to flip through.  The images and quotes are wonderful.  Here's one that I especially liked.

DIY

{Above Photo from How About Orange}
 
I forget about this website sometimes, but everytime I remember it I'm pleasantly surprised!  How About Orange has tons of cute DIY projects.  I thought this origami business card holder was cool.

I Can Do That

Yes, Yes, my world revolves around food....I'm working on that.....

In the meantime, however, I found these awesome popcicles this weekend at an event.  I'm wondering if I can make some of these flavors at home?  I tried the Banana Pudding pop and it was awesome!  It had a nilla wafer inside.

Also, don't these Banana Bread Churro Bites from SpoonForkBacon look awesome?  They're not allowed in our house, for sure :)

{Above Photo from SpoonForkBacon}

Mmmm....

{Photo from Starbucks.com}

Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back!
 
I think Fall is the new Christmas :)
 
{Photo from WilliamsSonoma.com}

Recent Etsy Finds

After much perusing....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Woohoo!

 
I've been training for the Virginia Beach 1/2 marathon and it finally came and went this past weekend!  I didn't go into the race with as much preparation as I wanted due to a crappy case of shin splints, but I was able to get past it and did well.  I wasn't able to run the entire thing, but came close.  I think with a little more training I'll be able to run it all next time. 

For now I'm nursing my sore body back to health
 
p.s. I'm not in the photo above :)

Red Rocks



We finally got to check out Red Rocks last week.  Mumford and Sons were the perfect band to see play there!  It was awesome.