Saturday, June 21, 2008

Anniversary Celebration Day #1

Yeah, so your anniversary is technically only one day... but when you're livin' it up, might as well make it three, right?

Today was Day #1, and it was fantabulous. Gearry never has a Saturday off, so that alone made the day great. Gearry and I are sitting here just relaxing a bit and drinking water (can you be hungover at 9:41 pm? I think so... too much wine at dinner) and getting ready for bed shortly. Big day tomorrow! This morning I woke up super early (yuke) and biked to the animal shelter to volunteer (yay!). 20 miles of biking and 2 hrs. of dog walking later, I returned and Gearry and I took the motorcycle into town to run an errand and enjoy some ice cream on this gorgeous day. This evening we went to 1875, one of the restaurants at French Lick. Connections are nice, of course, and after a wonderful and very large and very comped meal (well, after wine and tip we still paid $90 but that's way better than $200, right?) we headed home happy and stuffed.

Tomorrow morning we head to Brown County and are really looking forward to the Bloomington Chef's Dinner tomorrow evening. Apparently the theme of the weekend is "food," but for a chef and a foodie, I guess that's a good thing.

On Monday Gearry and I are going to play our first 18 holes of golf here at Eagle Pointe, even though we've lived here for a year now! And, I'm excited/sad to say, it will be my first game of golf EVER. Tonight we just messed around on one of the holes for a bit and I actually hit quite well considering my golfing experience has involved going to the driving range twice and a few scattered games of putt-putt. I have a pretty good idea of what will happen, though. I'm guessing around Hole #4 I will be beyond frustrated with my crapiness and relegate myself to just driving the cart. But, we'll see. My ridiculous competitiveness will likely kick in.

Friday, June 20, 2008

363 Days Later or So...

It is hard to believe that this coming Sunday will mark our first year of marriage. A year! It really seems like it was just recently that I was sweating out every last detail of our upcoming nuptials, so excited about the weekend that lay ahead. Well, now it's unbelievably a year later and I'm also excited about this weekend ahead... our first anniversary celebration.
Because we're planning a bigger trip at the end of August, right before I start school, Gearry and I decided to just do something small and close-by for our anniversary. We're both off Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Saturday evening we are going down to French Lick for some tasty (and free, as usual... whoo hoo!) dinner, per request of Gearry's chef. On Sunday (anniversary day) we are heading to Brown County early to peruse the shops, grab some brunch, do some wine-tasting and check into the cabin we rented for the night. It's just a couple miles outside of Nashville, looks nice and cozy and has a hot tub. Sunday evening we are trucking back to Bloomington to enjoy the 2008 Bloomington Slow Foods Chef's Dinner, a 7-course masterpiece with wine pairings held once a year as a fundraiser for the Bloomington Slow Foods Movement. Each of the seven courses is prepared by a different area chef and paired with wines from area wineries. Gearry knows most of the chefs well, of course, and I have a feeling it is going to be an absolutely delicious and fun way to celebrate the big "1." Then, of course, back to BC for the night. On Monday we don't have any solid plans; probably sleep in at the cabin and enjoy some lunch or something in Nashville before we head back to pick up the furbabies from our parents.
I kind of wish now that we had planned a bigger trip for our anniversary, but it didn't make much sense to me - since I'm going back to school in September - to schedule two big trips for one summer. We're hoping to truck it over the pond to Europe (predominantly Italy) next summer, so I like to think that we're saving up our pennies for that little jaunt with every "little" trip we take, rather than "big" trips.
So, lots to look forward to, but that makes it even more difficult than usual to get through this work day!
And about my potentially exciting developments in school from last post? Ehhh, don't think it's going to happen :( But I'll let you know.
Annnnnnd, my cell phone was pronounced dead on Wednesday morning, apparently the victim of some sort of overheating/explosion/detriment that caused the battery plug-in port to corrode and essentially burn the phone up from the inside out (complete with permanent marks on my formerly beautiful nightstand). There were no dramatic sounds or sights; it just stopped working. I had to order a new cell phone yesterday, which won't be in until Tuesday. So, until, then I'm old-schooling it. It is a weird, weird world to not have a cell. If you desperately need me, call Gearry or shoot me an e-mail.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I made a sweet slide into base last night during my softball game, but sweet comes with a price: For about the hundredth time this season I sliced and diced my left leg to pieces. Now it's burning and oozing and just all around gross, and I'm really tempted to post a picture to show you all my cherished/painful battle scar, but don't fear, I will spare you the disgust. Let's just say it's... ewww.

Aside from my massacred leg, today is absolutely glorious. Gearry had to go into work today for a special event (plating up a catered dinner for 1000 people... something to do with the circus... I don't know) so it's just me and the puppies today. I would rather have Gearry here, of course, but at least the weather is gorgeous (76 and sunny) and there's not much else to complain about.

This morning I went for a nice bike ride, my first since my left knee started acting up about a month ago. I've been working really hard to stretch, ice and rehab it, and it is doing much better. Now, hopefully, I can get back on the triathlon track, since it caused me to miss my planned first one on June 14th. I'm shooting for a sprint tri in Indy on July 19th, I believe, but we'll see what happens. I'm not going to go crazy trying to meet that goal, but at the same time I'd really like to. Mostly I just want to be able to bike, swim and run for fun, which means not screwing up my knee time and again.

After my bike ride (only about 8 miles, I believe) I went straight to the pool and got in about 20 laps in my unisuit. It's definitely heavier than a bathing suit, but I think it's going to work out well for tri purposes.

So, all that is done before noon and now I have the rest of the day to read, lay out, veg and - hopefully - work on my prof's research and a graduate assistantship application that I'm turning in for grad school, although they are requested a doctoral student, not a master's student, so the chances are slim. But there are some other very exciting possibilities looming in regards to grad school (ones I can't really discuss here, as I'm not sure who reads this). I will be sure to update with any news as the summer progresses. No matter what, I'm starting master's studies at IU this fall, but there is a possibility that it could be a really, really interesting opportunity depending on how things go.

Oh, and our beautiful flowers that I posted pictures of all died. Mmm, we didn't really do our research and no NOTHING about flowers, so we weren't aware that they bloom once a year, die, and then don't come back until next year. So now we have some nice green stems on our front porch. Oh well.

And for those of you who still haven't ever been by to see our house, come check it out! Open invitation. Maybe just call me first? Haha. Really, it's so beautiful here this time of year, I absolutely love it. And if I can just break down and finally clean/organize/finish our guest room/office, the house will be perfect.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot...

The ever-trusty and my burning flesh every time I go outside tell me that with the humidity it is 88 degrees and currently feels like it is 92 degrees outside! Yikes. Needless to say, Gearry and I finally broke down and shut our doors and turned the air conditioning on. I'm all about conserving energy, but when you break into the upper 80s, lower 90s, it's just time to start using the man-made wonderfulness that is artificial air.

I mentioned in the last post that Gearry and I had finally found some flowers we liked for our front porch. We're picky, so for the last month or so we've just had empty pots of dirt sitting there waiting until we found the perfect plant accompaniment. They are asiatic lilies and they look great:

I heard so many boats out on the lake this morning when I took the dogs out for a walk. Dad is working, working, working for the next few weeks with no time to bring the boat up, but as soon as July 1st rolls around, he'll probably be up here a ton, and Gearry and I can't wait! It'll be nice to just walk down to Harbour Pointe and hop on the boat! I spent so much time on the boat growing up, and last year was probably the first year of my life that we didn't go out even once, thanks to the boat being jacked up. But the boat is as good as new and I'm ready for another summer of swimming, skiing, cruising and -- with gas prices as crazy as they are -- sitting on the water.

July 1st, for those of you who don't know yet, is my dad's last day at work. Yes, Gary D. Young is officially retiring. I am SO happy for him, and although it is going to be a big adjustment, I'm sure he'll be happy with the decision in the long run. I give him about six months before he gets bored out of his mind and starts his "second career" as is typical for young retirees. But, still, that's great. Life's too short to not do what you love, hence the reason I'm going back to school to get my certification and master's even though I feel like I should be well into my normal non-student life by now. But it's OK; life is a big, crazy, mostly fun or at least interesting adventure, so it seems.

Mom is on her way up to pick me up. We're going to head into town and enjoy the day. Library, a few errands, some shopping and dinner out. It's a little too hot to put poor Bailey and Zoey on the back deck while we're gone, so I think I'm going to (stupidly) let them stay inside. That usually results in disaster... yesterday, they were left alone for 30 minutes and that resulted in the shredded of the insoles of Gearry's work shoes and the continued shredding of our front door mat (they've been working on it for awhile). But, I'll puppy proof as best as I can!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Post #100!

My 100th post... well, technically "our" 100th post since this blog is supposed to be updated by both Gearry and me. Gearry has technically written 2 of the 100 posts, I believe, so I'll give him 2% credit.

Today, like yesterday, was another rainy, very stormy day. Gearry and I were both super grumpy the first half of the day -- not really for any particular reason -- so we canceled plans to go see a movie (we were sitting in the car in the parking lot of the theatre and changed our minds) but, luckily, we both got out of our funk and enjoyed the rest of the day doing a whole lot of nothing. We went grocery shopping, planted some pretty flowers on our front porch (pictures tomorrow... it was too rainy and dark today to get a nice shot), did a bit of house cleaning and baked some whole wheat honey bread.

We're starting to make our own organic bread. I figured I'm already a vegetarian, recycling, outdoor enthusiast, so why not add to my hippieness and start making homemade bread and granola? Honestly, it tastes better than anything you'll find in a store, it's less expensive (even with organic ingredients) and it's probably better for you... whole wheat flour, wheat germ and NO high fructose corn syrup (this is a common ingredient in most store breads). Plus, I sort of have a husband who is a chef and certified in baking and pastry arts, so I felt the need to take advantage of the "baking" part. He made a test loaf this afternoon and it turned out great. As I write he is in the kitchen whipping up enough dough for a few more loaves. We're making four loaves total; enough for one per week for a month (freezing the extras, of course) so Gearry will only have to bake once a month.

Most of the day, though, was spent doing lazing around, wishing it were a bit nicer outside, but enjoying the break.

Gearry and Bailey, watching TV.

Zoey watching TV/napping.