Thursday, November 24, 2011

We Are Thankful For...

Our newest family member, who will be making his/her debut in early June.

We are so very excited!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I Don't Stand a Chance

BD and I love to play board games. Recently we've been playing a lot of Yahtzee. He always beats me, which drives my competitive spirit crazy! I keep playing because I'm convinced that one day I'm going to beat him. (I AM.)

The other day, he took the winning to a new level. On the second play of the game he rolls this.

Yahtzee with 6's

A few plays later he rolls this.

Yahtzee with 4's

He beat me by at least 200 points this game. There may have been a tantrum thrown and declarations of "I'm never playing this game with you again!!"

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fall Wreath

 Over the weekend I went to a local craft fair with some friends. I bought a new fall wreath for our front door.

I love how it's a mix of ribbons, florals, and beads. The metallic orange pumpkin (bottom center) is my favorite part.

She also had some gorgeous Christmas wreaths in the booth, but they were already sold. She's going to custom make one for me, and it will be ready in a few weeks. The wreaths were really reasonably priced.

If you're local (Durham-area), email me if you'd like her contact info.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The First (Home) Game of the Season

For most people, when it starts getting into late fall, their thoughts start turning to the upcoming holidays. Unless you're BD, then your thoughts turn to counting down the days until the first home Carolina basketball game.

I'm just kidding.

He's been counting down to this day since the end of last season.

The day finally arrived today. Carolina had an afternoon home game against Mississippi Valley State University. (Me: Against who? I've never even heard of that team.)

Our new house is only about 15 minutes from our parking spot; that makes it a lot more convenient since BD likes to get to the games before the Smith center doors are unlocked we like to get to the games early.

We got there in plenty of time to see all the warm-ups and watch the players' introductions.

I shot this video to capture how Leslie McDonald likes to dance on the sidelines before tip-off. (He's in a suit because he's injured.) Sorry, it gets a little blurry when I zoomed in on him.

After tip-off I was too busy reading the program watching the game to get any more pictures. But the game was the usual first-home-game-barn-burner, where Carolina won 101-75, and all the bench warmers were in for the last 5 minutes of the game.

Friday, November 18, 2011

My Co-Workers are Animals

I snapped these pictures of the balcony that's right by my desk at work. I took these pictures while sitting in my desk chair; that's how close these guys are to me. 

The glass on the windows is mirrored, so they peck at the glass with their beaks. Sometimes they get really feisty and fling their entire body into the glass - repeatedly.

It's about as conducive to concentrating on work as it sounds.

They are buzzards - I think Turkey Buzzards(?), and there are usually at least 2 of them on the balcony during the sunny part of the day. We've seen up to 6 of them at a time out there.

Building maintanance has put up these little solar powered whirligig things that have metallic streamers on each end to scare off the birds. As you can see, they are really frightened off by it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

House Portrait

As BD and I started packing up our old house to move, we started talking about taking something with us as a memento of our first house. We have loved this little house and made lots of great memories in it; we knew we couldn't move on without taking a piece of it with us.

I found this Etsy shop and knew that a custom house portrait is exactly what we wanted.

I sent the artist a couple of photos of our house, like this one:

And in a few weeks, we received this 8x10 watercolor image:

We could not be more pleased! The artist did a phenomenal job. She captured all the little details about the house that made it ours -- right down to the garden flag I had in the flowerbed.

I can't wait to have this framed and hung in a place of honor in our new house.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tales of the Tail: Fenced In

Kip's new backyard fence was finished last week. You have never seen a dog so happy about being off-leash; I wish I had a video of him. He bounded around the yard and sniffed every square inch and then raced around the perimeter as fast as he could.

The fence at our other house was wooden so he couldn't see out, so this is like a whole new world for him.

The side of the fence that attached to the house and faces the road is black ornamental aluminum.

The sides and back are black vinyl coated chain link.

The black blends in so well with the wooded lot that you probably have to look pretty closely to see it in these pictures.

The fenced in square footage is a little bigger than at our old house, but because the fence doesn't interrupt the line of sight, it seems way bigger.

Here's Kip christening his new yard.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Windows of Death

So the new house has lots of big windows, especially in the den; it's one of the reasons we bought this house.

What I didn't realize is that these are actually windows of death. Bluebird death, specifically. They keep flying into the big windows; I guess they are defending their territory from what they don't realize is their own reflection in the window.

Luckily they are usually just stunned, not dead, and they recover and fly off in a few minutes.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Tales of the Tail: The New House

We weren't sure how Kip was going to react to moving to the new house. He is getting old (10.5!) and set in his ways, so we were expecting him to take a while to adjust to his new surroundings.

The first couple of days, he followed us around more than usual and wanted to be right under our feet. We did our best to make him feel comfortable - his bowls and beds and toy bin were all in similar places as the old house. We made it a point to not leave him here by himself for long periods of time.

It didn't take him long to get brave enough to start exploring his new surroundings. It turns out that I'm not the only one who can appreciate the benefits of a soaker tub!

After a few days, he realized that bigger house + lots of windows = more sunny places to nap! Who needs a dog bed when there's a sunny spot on the rug?!

These days I'd say he's pretty comfortable here at the new house. As soon as we get his new fence built, I don't think he'll even remember that he's only lived here a few weeks.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Getting Settled

We are slowly but surely getting settled in our new house. For the first several days, most rooms looked like a box factory had exploded and left cardboard boxes scattered everywhere.

I think Kip was wondering what strange planet he had landed on.

We are nowhere close to being fully settled but little by little we have more rooms that look like actual people live here. And not people that have a box hoarding problem.