So before the time change this is what it looked like coming home. That is one of the entrances to our neighborhood. The clouds were always so pretty! But now I come home in the dark, its awful! :(
We are in the process of making a few modifications. Work has already started on site. Yesterday I worked from home and a bunch of trees came down! It was so cool to see how quickly they worked :)
The other giant thing that happened was us getting window treatments. Its really fun to see all the new and interesting things we have been doing with the house. We decided on getting these dual cellular shades for most of the main living areas. They are really cool in the sense that they have a shear material on the top part and a dark chocolate on the bottom. You can choose to have the whole window shear or the whole window chocolate or halfway like we have here or anything in between, or you could have the whole shade up. We are loving the decision since I still really like being able to see out during the day but still wanted privacy. Its the best of both worlds! Here are some photos:
So these last week few weeks have been pretty exciting!
We finally got out front door converted by Door Conversions . We had a solid wood door before and it was really nice, but our front entryway is pretty dark. So we decided to hire this company that comes out and fits your door for glass and wrought iron. It turned out wonderful and Bryan and I are so thrilled. It really does make it feel more airy in our entry way. We love it. Our front door is really tall, that is why it looks so skinny. It is actually a pretty wide door.
Bryan is officially done with training. He got his desk yesterday. He really is enjoying his job, especially since he gets to work with some pretty cool people. I should make him blog about this… because I do a horrible job. But long story short he is enjoying work, he will be getting assigned to a region starting November 1st. He has some accounts now but won’t be getting assigned any big fish until Novemeber.
Tanya and I went to this thing called WoffStock . It was way fun. There were vendors and tons of people. I met some people with Huskies and of course everyone was like “ oh what kind of dog is that”. I don’t really mind because I like telling people about Kumo, but the questions they ask are always the same, how old is he, is he full grows, can he pull a mini sled, do they run away like Siberians….blahblahblah. Anyhow Tanya and I had a blast. Kumo and Duke did too. Kumo was so tired when he got home, here are pictures of his exhaustion. Tanya in the spirit of WoffStock got Duke a tattoo!
Bryan and I decided to get out front and backyard landscaped. The front yard was already landscaped but it needs a lot of love. We decided to take out the grass and put in a fountain. As for the backyard we are having a large grass area and an outdoor living space with a water feature and fire place. We finalized plans with our landscaper on Friday. We should have work starting at our house in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait for it to be done since we have no landscaping in the backyard as of now.
Other random stuff
My friend Cara got me an orchid and this is what it looked like a couple of weeks ago. It is having a hard time and so I asked out landscaping guy and he said to spritz it with water in the mornings and it will get better. We will see. So far three flowers have fallen off L I made some potstickers the other night and they were yummy so I took a picture of them and sent it to Bryans brother Trevor who had been living in Japan the last two years.
So last week I got an email about decompression the cubicles in my building. I didn’t think much of it since I am new. I figured there is no way the new hires are going to get bigger cubes. My cube right now it fairly big. It’s about 6X9. I currently have my computer set up in the elbow to allow two separate work areas for me. The setup has worked great. My floor is kind of bare, and I don’t sit next to the rest of my team since they are all on floor 2. Floor 3 is mainly a couple of other teams and a bunch of new hires. Well I guess it’s my lucky day because since we have the room Intel is decompressing our cubes. Here is what is going to happen. See the photo below (grey is floor space, blue is desk space and the entrance is the opening on the top left). So I will have two options of where to set up my computer. Everyone I have talked to is going to put their computer up by the entrance to their cube for privacy. I am way excited. I guess this is going to happen within the next couple of weeks!
So this last weekend we went out to visit Bryans family. His younger brother Trevor had just come home from a two year mission in Japan. It was so awesome to see him! I didn’t realize how much I missed him until this weekend. He has come back to the States a man with such confidence, its awesome! He has some awesome stories and insight to the Japanese culture. I love sushi and so I was loving everything he could tell me about Japan and the food and the culture. Bryans Aunt and Uncle from Texas came as well and brought their three kids. I haven’t seen them since the wedding so it was nice to spend time with them. Bryans Dad’s side of the family came into town on Sunday for Trevor’s talk in church and for lunch afterwards. Trevor’s talk was awesome; it was so nice to see him so happy and smiling. I wish the weekend was longer, but Bryan and I headed back to Sac late Sunday night.
On a side note, my phone crapped out of me yesterday. I was already sleepy from traveling until late in the night and on top of that my phone dies. I did a system update and it wouldn’t turn back on. Well since I have the droid they didn’t have any in stock, and they later found they didn’t have any in the warehouse either. So long story short I will not be getting another phone until Wednesday or Thursday after work L I didn’t realize how much I use my phone and not for phone calls or texts. I use it for directions and the big ticket item is the alarm clock. I take naps in my car during lunch when I am sleepy and I couldn’t yesterday because I had no alarm clock. Silly me didn’t realize this until I was parked under a shaded tree with the seat back and the windows rolled…. So I didn’t get a nap L
and on top of it 52 degrees. I hurried into work and put on my sweater I have at my desk...
So I have been re-connecting with a bunch of High School friends. It has been great! I have lived away from the Sacramento area for 7 years and coming home to all my friends has been amazing. Some of them I haven’t seen since graduation while others I have seen over Christmases and school breaks. It really is nice to have girls nights again and have people to shoot the breeze with. It’s also nice to catch up and see where everyone is at in their lives. We are all starting to feel like adults!
This weekend we are going out to visit Bryan’s family. I am so excited. I haven’t seen his family since we moved into our house in July. Bryan’s brother Trevor is finally home! He served a two year mission in Sapporo Japan and came home last Friday. We are traveling out to Roosevelt Utah on Friday and staying until Sunday. I wish we could stay longer! We are going to their place for Christmas this year and I am excited, this will be my first Christmas with the Todds!!! Here is a picture from the last time I saw Trevor! We went to an amusement park in August 2008.
So Bryan started at HP last week and he is loving it! He gets to work with people close to his age. He is going to be going inside Sales at HP and I am so proud of him! He really is enjoying work and will be in training for a while. He will get an account, meaning start real work on Nov 1st. He is hoping for an eastern account so that he can start work at 6am and get off at 3pm! I am just so happy that both of us have jobs that we love!
So work has been going really good. I think my body is slowly adjusting to being at work 9 hours a day. I am definitely not having a hard time sleeping anymore. Have I told you how much I love Intel. Let me see, the benefits, the 401k matching, the working from home option, the free drinks, the free fruit, the casual dress, and the fun stuff I get to do at work every day. I am learning a ton. I wish I could learn quicker so I could be more of a help to my team, but there is so much to learn… In a nutshell I love it. Here is a picture of my desk....
The house has been amazing. We have been doing lots of things and all our projects seem to be going well. Our next major project is the landscaping. We basically have a lack of landscaping all over our property. We can’t wait to finalize plans and get started. It will take about 12 weeks to finish and I can’t wait to start enjoying our yard! One of the other things we got installed is a whole house fan, I know I blogged about it before but it is amazing. I mean it has been getting so cool at night here that we are running it every night and we haven’t turned our air conditioner on for days. I mean this morning I woke up and it was 64 degrees in the house! Bryan rolled over this morning and told me he was cold so I gave him a blanket! Can you believe that, summer and we are cold. Awesome! Here are some photos of the house, our new bed and new fans!!!
I know all of you love my nail posts, but I have to share this amazing color with all of you. It’s called OPI ink and it is amazing. It is basically blue in sunlight and purple indoors. Here are two pictures: Ps- these are not my nails, I just steal pictures from google!
So I have majorly fallen down on picture taking. I don’t even know where my little camera is at the moment. Moving has kind of turned things upside down. I scrapbooked Bryan and I’s first year of marriage and stopped there. I need to start up again and it makes me sad I really feel down on the job the last year and half. When you see me next ask me how my scrapbooking is going so I feel bad and pick it up again, okay? I really need to transfer the program along with all the clipart from the computer I used in Salt Lake. We had it in our office at the apartment and both Bryan and I used it. Well now that we both have our own offices at home, Bryan set it up in his office. I figure I got a computer from work and I could just use that for my office. Well I totally forgot about the scrapbook thing and now I am kind of confused at what I should do….
So things have been hectic! I started my job on the 30th of June. I am going to be working on the Display side of Intel 3D graphics. So the position usually takes about 2-3 months to get trained. Well they are short handed with people being on sabbatical and vacation that they are going to be training me in 3-4 weeks. I am very excited. I always have something to do and I am really enjoying work. My training buddy and mentor are very nice. They are both very helpful. I have set up my cube with pictures and stuff. They gave me a laptop and docking station with a GIANT monitor and keyboard. I have my own phone so call me during work hours 8am-5pm on it if you want to get a hold of me.
So Bryan finally arrived Sunday evening. He and Keven made the long haul from Salt Lake to here with a Uhaul, trailer and our other car. I couldn’t wait for them to show up. I have been doing stuff with the house for weeks. We have officially had keys since July 7th. I have gotten a lot of things done since then, but there was only so much I could do without the furniture and Bryan! So now that he is home, the official moving in has begun. Last night the Todd’s and my parents, Keven, Bryan and I unloaded the Uhaul. It went really fast with 8 people carting things in the house. We got everything in the garage and moved a few things into the house. There is tons more to do, but we at least have everything in one state now. I am so thankful for the Todds and my parents for helping us. It got done so fast, I was amazed!
So here are some photos for your viewing pleasure.
Another bit of news that happened this week was about a house. When Bryan came out for his interview on June 3rd, we decided to start putting in an offer on a home. It has also been three weeks of back and forth negotiating on the price. Well we finally settled on a purchase price on Thursday! Bryan and I were so happy the process was over and were thrilled we got it for a good price. We were still apprehensive since Bryan hadn't been extended an offer, but figured we would have 17 days from Thursday to get him one. Well to our surprise he got one the very next day!!!!!!! The 17 days is the closing period when we need to get all the home/roof/landscape/pest inspections done. So if all goes well we will have the keys on July 7th!