It feels like a while since I've done a recent recap--a lot sure has happened! First, there was a lot of packing.
Then, we headed to Nova Scotia for my husband's cousin's wedding, which I mentioned briefly in my review on American Born Chinese. My husband's family is from Canada so, though it was a long drive, it was really fun to see everyone and also to see more of Canada. It felt like a mini-vacation from all the packing and stress of preparing to move. Plus, we got donairs! If you don't know what a donair is, first, welcome, and, second, it is a sub ( kind of like a philly cheese steak ) that has shaved meat and a sauce. Unlike the cheese steak though, the sauce is tangy and sweet (and not, you know, cheese). The first time I had one I wasn't into it. It's a very unique food in my opinion and it took some getting used to but I love them now.
We ended up getting donair sandwiches, pizzas, and fries throughout the trip. When we weren't eating donairs, we were eating at Tim Horton's for the most part. I was super happy to find an awesome farmer's market in the downtown of where were staying for the wedding, win!
We ended up with some carrots, cherries, and vietnamese food and everything was delicious. We tried to make the carrots and cherries road snacks but they didn't last very long.
Of course, we also enjoyed some Canadian candy which was really fun and reminded us both of trips to Canada from when we were younger. Coffee Crisp for life.
The wedding was fabulous. The bride and groom are both teachers and so the wedding had a teacher theme to it which I obviously adored. Plus, they are just the nicest people who know how to throw a great party. We loved their photo booth setup, of course.
I also made sure to get in a few good workouts where I could. Don't worry; we're just posing here but I really did get up early the morning of our long drive back to get in a 5k. Gotta do what you gotta do!
About 14 hours after we got back from Nova Scotia, I had to be at my poetry class. At first, because of this, I was overwhelmed by the thought of taking this class but it actually become a super nice break from the packing, closing, moving, chaos and it was really nice to have time at my parents' and connect with them. Plus, a few days spent talking about and writing poetry was actually way more fun than I had imagined--and I put my wedding favor to good use!
I prepped these Mediterranean salads to have for lunch the whole week so I could focus on my work. Three credits in three days? THE BEST. Plus, I ended up writing some poetry that I'm super proud of, so yay to that.
A day and a half after I got home from my graduate class, we closed on our house! So, dinner looked like this most nights. . . #notcomplaining!
Guess what the first thing I moved into our house was?
We have this super awesome walk-in closet that is off of our master suite and I'm in love, obviously.
We closed on a Friday, moved in two car loads that night and then, with the help of the world's best family and friends, packed up our uhaul and moved into our new place all day on Saturday. There was lots of pizza and water at the end of it and oh dear God were we tired. So. Much. Stuff. I'm thinking of becoming a minimalist. On the up side, we have a pizza place a mile from us that makes the best pizza I've ever had.
Of course, not to slow down or anything, the next morning we woke up early and started working. We decided that the week following our move we would do all the major projects before moving our things in. So, all of our stuff is in boxes in the basement and in our bedroom/bathroom while we paint two rooms and all the kitchen cabinets. In hindsight, this is one of the worst ideas I've ever had. Did I really think moving ALL our stuff and the next day painting and working for a week was a good idea? Yes, yes I did.
To be honest, the first room went great. We taped, picked out color, painted the walls and trim, and we were done in a day-- boom! It felt amazing and we're in love with that room. The paint is called Smoky Blue from Sherwin Williams and I'm pretty obsessed with it. It's going to be a dining room, we hope, but right now it's still just a room on the way to other rooms. A real "after" shot will come much later.
After we were done our "dining room," it became our mobile kitchen. We are going on about 2+ weeks of not having a kitchen to cook in. So, dinner is still looking like this.
I also had the genius idea to defrost some chicken breasts and throw them in a crockpot with some BBQ sauce so we had BBQ chicken cups for dinner one night. YES. Also, we only have silverware out at this point. Maybe some day I'll have a kitchen with plates and cups.. . .
I'll write a post about the whole house reno project soon but for now, we're also painting the living room walls and trim and painting our kitchen cabinets. We're hoping to be done in just a few more days. . . . For now I'll be staring at the flowers the previous owners left us. I'm going to have to learn to garden soon.
We are psyched to have a house and can't wait to have people over and have a real space that is ours and that we can host people in. Hope you're all having a great week!