Monday, April 14, 2014

Today is the day!

So, today is the day I've been waiting.. and waiting for- it's settlement day. The house and I said our goodbyes a few weeks ago and i'm feeling great. Aside from the stress this process has caused. 

This week is going to be a great week, here are some of the reasons why:

  • Settlement day
  • Short work week
  • Great weather
  • Elopement on Friday
  • Pool Day in Las Vegas 
  • Honeymoon! 
Of course, there are a ton of things that have to be completed before vacation starts but that will keep me busy until Thursday. I am so looking forward to getting away with Mr. B. 

This weekend, we went on a warm-up hike to get ready for the lots and lots of hiking we are planning to do next week. Also, I had to break in my new hiking boots. It was really nice to spend the day outdoors with Mr. B. This was his first work-free weekend since December. Below is a picture from Saturday, the weather was gorgeous.


Friday, April 4, 2014

The Cloudy Tops Have Passed...

Last week might have been one of the worst weeks in recent history but.. no pain no gain right? I'm glad to say that everything is look up for now. Let me break down my last two weeks for you:

1. The last time we spoke, I was making home repairs for the borough in hopes for a 3/31 settlement on my house sale. Well.. I still own the house. After two more inspections and MORE repairs, the house finally passed the inspection. For anyone who isn't aware of what an range anti-tip bracket is.. take a look. In my borough, you must have this exact bracket, no if, ands or buts! Trust me, the one place around that sells this piece was closed at the time so Mr. B developed an alternative and it failed. 

2. Once all of the repairs were made and the house passed the borough inspection, I found out that settlement needed to be delayed. We are hoping for a 4/9 settlement, I won't hold my breath. 

3. On top of these items, my car decided it needed a 'spa' day. I walked out of the office last Thursday to two flat tires. Mr. B to the rescue- he brought over his air compressor and put enough air in the tires to take it over to the mechanic. The next day, my friends at Firestone Complete Auto Care called and reminded me that I needed an inspection by the end of the week. I was kind of glad that they called because it had totally slipped my mind. So Sooba Steve got 4 new kicks, an inspection, oil change and alignment. :-) 
Aside from these minor road blocks, things are on their way. Mr. B and I are getting married in two weeks and I couldn't be happier. We are eloping atop the Stratosphere in Las Vegas then heading to Arizona and Utah for some hiking. I've been really lucky that Mr. B. has planned the entire adventure. Last week I was accessory shopping and found a great pair of shoes and a few necklace options at Charming Charlie

Another really great thing that happened this week was that I was featured on Amanda's blog, Merry Mint in her Chat with a Caregiver series. I really enjoyed being able to share a few thoughts about the time that I spent as Ryan's caregiver. It was really special. Amanda and I met a few weeks ago via Facebook and I am so excited to have a blog friend! Honestly, spend a few minutes checking out her blog, I know you'll love it as much as I do. 

It's time for me to go and be productive. Have a wonderful weekend! 

Today, I Am Thankful For: Friday, Spring, Settlement, Upcoming Nuptuals :-) 

Melanoma Fact Of The Day: Regular total-body skin exams cut melanoma deaths by more than 50%. <-- get your skin checked, I finally did!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Almost There.. Almost

I spent most of my weekend finishing up things at the house before settlement next week. The house passed the home inspection with flying colors but the borough U&O inspection did't go so well. There were several things on the list, thanks to my family and Mr. B, we were able to accomplish 'most' of the list. Below are a few images from my weekend power plunge home repairs. 

 Starting with a little coffee.

 A Trip To Lowe's. 

Thankful for the sunshine to help dry the deck after it was washed. 

First round of paint 

This too. 

This was Mr. B's domain 

And fixing this... 

 A little Beagle snuggle on Sunday morning.

After much hard work, a finished product on Sunday.
Don't look too close, it's a full on Monet.

Let's hope Mr. Borough Inspector passes the work. 


Today, I am Thankful For: Help from the fam and Mr. B. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

New Projects and Party Planning!

With all of the talk about the move and the house selling thing, I neglected to also mention that I've been planning a birthday party for my mom (It's a milestone but i'm not going to saw which. ) and we have been very busy crafting up a storm. I even splurged and got my own Walking Foot. For those of you who aren't into sewing quilts, you probably won't care but for those of you who do, hopefully you know that this is a huge deal!

(Quick plug for Amazon Smile, if you didn't know, Amazon Smile is an automatic way to help support a charity that you love! It's not much of a donation but the more you buy, the more help your charity receives. I have mine set up to help benefit the Melanoma International Foundation. They are the ones who host the Safe From The Sun 5k walk/run, that I talk about here.) 

Anyway, I really REALLY want to share our new projects but I simply cannot yet. Between our friends and families, this year is going to be babypalooza and mom and I have been quilting like mad women. I have to toot our own horn's a bit and say I am SO pleased with how the new projects are coming along and cannot wait to share. Hang in there, soon enough you can see too. 

So not only do I have baby quilts that I can't share, I'm not able to share the DIY part decorations for mom's birthday. I can tell you that the party is wine themed, and if you check out my pinterest page, you might be able to get some ideas on what I've been up to. 

We'll catch up later! 

Today, I Am Thankful For: Yesterday being the first day of Spring and our wedding and honeymoon plans have been coming along nicely. (Thanks completely to Mr. B.)

Melanoma Fact Of The Day: Nearly half of all Americans who live to the age of 65 will have skin cancer at least once. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Moving Out.. Of Pottstown

Isn't it funny how things are always changing? I guess that's the way of the world right? So on to what I want to talk about: Moving... out of Pottstown

Things with the sale of my home have been going well, for the most part. For some reason it seems like this month is dragging and dragging and dragging. Perhaps it's because my home is at the end of the month and there is so excitement in April that I'm just getting ants in my pants.

I remember the excitement of moving into the house. I absolutely detested the home buying process. I kind of threw my hands in the air and let Ryan take care of the process. At the time, I tried to keep my eye on the prize. I was 23 and wrapped up in the happy existence that was my post college graduate, first real job ... kind of sort of adult. Interestingly enough, Ryan was first diagnosed with Melanoma during this time period but with the excitement of the new home and then our engagement, it kind of softened the blow a bit.

The selling process has been perhaps just as frustrating. I don't think that the frustration comes from the actual real estate part, more from the emotional side. I don't think that I was really ready to let go of the house, the life etc  in the early stages of the selling process. Now i'm ready to say sayonara. Not so much to the life that I had there, more so to the actual house and town. I wish it was as easy as saying good bye to just a material thing and not having to say good bye to that time in my life.

When I think back about the person I was when we bought the house, I don't think I would recognize that girl if I ran into her on the street. I know that if I could go back and ask myself where I thought that I would be now, my response would be nowhere close to where I actually am. I don't see this as a bad thing. It's just a little reminder that you never know where your life journey will take you. 

So the next time that you find your journey taking you somewhere you hadn't expected, remember this:  


Monday, March 10, 2014

Reflection and Purging

This weekend was the house purge and move. I spent some time alone last weekend getting things organized for the move. I used that time to not only sort through the material items in the house but also to sort through some of my emotions. It's so hard to remember what it felt like to live there everyday. I know it was not even a year ago since that time but it feels like a lifetime ago. Maybe that's because it kind of is. I spent much of last week sorting out emotions. 

This weekend was about the physical move. My parents and Mr. B. were there to help. I set aside things for Ryan's family, for myself and for the donation center. I ended up with two trucks full of donation items, a truck and my car for myself and the rest went to the trash. It's funny how quickly we accumulate 'things.' Some things hold emotional value and others don't. I really hate clutter to begin with but sometimes you just have to hoard. haha I'm sure I have a very different idea of what hoarding is compared to some. With this movie, I made a conscious decision to hoard memories and not material items. I'm feeling good about it. 

 I brought this stuff home, to be sorted and put away. I ended up keeping only 4 bins.

A bunch of empty bins and one left to sort. 

The thing about this move is that i'm not sure that it's completely sunk in yet. I sold the furniture to the new buyer so there is still evidence of the life that once was. The happy and tragic memories that will live in my memory and even a few memories that I'm choosing to leave behind. Although we had the house for just 4 years, a lot of life happened there. This is the closing of a giant unforgettable, dramatic chapter in the novel of my life. Thinking about this brings tears to my eyes. I cannot tell if they are happy tears, sad tears or a mix of both. It's such a sad/happy/?? time. 

Before the move, I spent sometime with baby Michael. He dressed up for my visit. 

Today, I am thankful for: A successful move thanks to my parents and Mr. B. Oh and a happy baby wearing a bow tie. 

Melanoma fact of the day: One person in our country dies every hour from Melanoma.  

Friday, March 7, 2014

Yesterday Was The Day...

That I finally went to see a dermatologist to get my skin checked. I know, I know, I've been living my life telling Ryan's Melanoma story and talking about Melanoma since 2010 and I have never gotten my skin checked. 

Since I didn't have a dermatologist, I called Ryan's to set up an appointment. Ryan thought very highlight of Dr. S. so I had no reason not to visit him. My appointment started with the practitioner who introduced her self. She asked me a few questions about my skin then started talking to me about Melanoma and skin cancer. I was curious what she had to say so I let her continue without telling her that I unfortunately knew the disease well. She was very informative! I feel good knowing that they are doing a good job explaining the diseases to young patient. 

When I told her about Ryan she insisted that Dr. S. come in for to say hello. (I had only been to meet Dr. S. a few times so I wasn't even really sure he would recognize me.) So she did the exam and everything was great. I don't have many spots on my skin so it was quick and easy.  

Enter Dr. S. He gave me a big hug and of course there were tears. We talked about Ryan and what i'm up to now. He was happy to see me. It was a really nice visit. I'm so glad that he remembers Ryan because Ryan really liked him. Then I went back to work and carried on the day like a normal Thursday. 

Just a nice memory that I thought I would share. 


Melanoma Fact Of The Day: Get you skin checked by a dermatologist at least once per year. 

Today, I am Thankful For: All of the positive changes happening now and soon.