Monday, August 10, 2009

In Maryland, Missing Family

I finally found what I was looking for on a candy blog. Although Coconut M&Ms may have been released on a few test markets, they will not be widely available until later in the year (I can't exactly remember when). They also lack real coconut chunks and are merely coconut flavored. Well, I'm still holding out hope. In the meantime, a lack of chocolate will do me good. Since Saturday I've eaten eight fun-packs of peanut M&Ms as well as sampled some of Laura C's homemade no-churn mocha ice cream. I think it's time to go running again!

I haven't really enjoyed much outdoor activity in the past couple of days since it has been entirely too hot. Right now it's after 8 PM, the sun has set, and it's still 87 degrees. Lynn, for the first time I'm beginning to realize what Texas weather must actually be like. Wow.

I did sit out on Laura's deck this evening to play with the two farm kittens. It is so cute to see them come bounding across the yard, over the grass that is almost as tall as they are. One of them likes to jump into my lap and lick my fingers - yes, lick my fingers. I think one time it tasted peanut butter and now keeps looking for more. The other is more distractable and likes to chase lizards and butterflies. They are both outside the sliding glass door right now - the Ooo! I think the active one just pounced on a lizard! Now they're just chewing on each other's tails. They will be good mousers for the barn. Now friendly one is playing with a milk carton and adventerous one is stalking a slit in the boards where a lizard last disappeared. I'll stop boring you, but you really should see them. And I'm not even an animal person.

In other news, I was getting a little discouraged this weekend about the apartment search. I definitely have options, but have been getting kind of overwhelmed with said options and nothing quite perfect. I really just need to prioritize. So far, the front runners are...

1. Furnished bedroom and bathroom (to be shared if/when second bedroom is rented)
Nice family of three - mom, dad, two-year-old - found on Craigslist
20 minutes from school, 5 minutes from church
$550/month including utilities
Almost sold on this except...bedroom walls need painting (could be fun) and can't tell what the family dynamic would be like (they seem nice)

2. Furnished bedroom and bathroom (to be shared if/when second bedroom is rented)
Choir director's home and possibly another girl from church
20 minutes from school, 35 minutes from church
$450/month including utilities
Almost sold on this except...it's rather far from church (hard to get involved) and I wouldn't want to switch churches if I was renting from the choir director!

3. Unfurnished bedroom and private bathroom (house looks beautiful and has hardwood floors)
Single woman found on Craigslist
12 minutes from school, 30 minutes from church
$500/month + 1/2 utilities
Almost sold on this except...it's the most expensive, still a little far from church, and I would need to acquire furniture (although that could also be fun)

This reminds me of last year when Heather was listing her NYC apartment options. That was about a year ago, right?

4 comments:

Lynn said...

psh, 87 degrees?!?? so cool! such a wimp ;)

those kittens sound so cute!

good luck with those living arrangement choices. I guess I would prefer to live close to church, but if you don't mind a long commute, maybe you could still get involved?

I'll say some extra prayers for you! maybe God still has the perfect one in store for you! :)

Katie said...

Okay, maybe, but earlier it was 97. Thanks for the prayers!

Emily J said...

My vote goes to #2. For me, 35 minutes is nothin', and it's church only once a week, not like work every day. And 20 minutes to work is, well, my commute, so I have no sympathy for anyone who would say, "But it's such a loooong driiiive!"

For #1, do the walls really need painting? Are they in bad shape, or do you just not like the color? Because if it's something you can live with, then I'd go with #1.

Also: I caught myself being a classics geek a minute ago when I read your comment on Tessa's blog. You spelled antidote as "antedote" and at first I thought, "Hey, that's misspelled." Then I thought, "Haha, 'ante' means 'before,' while 'anti' generally means 'against' or 'opposite of.' Shouldn't a Latin teacher know this? Is an 'antedote' for an ulcer something you take before you take the 'dote'?" Don't mind me, I'm just being moronic.

Emily J said...

I figured it was just a misspelling. And as for the walls, if they're actually white-ish, you might consider buying some Magic Erasers sold by, I dunno, Mr. Clean I think, instead of painting. Kara got some when we moved out of the apartment and they work rather well.

But wow, Katie, you so did not actually read my post.

Monday, August 10, 2009

In Maryland, Missing Family

I finally found what I was looking for on a candy blog. Although Coconut M&Ms may have been released on a few test markets, they will not be widely available until later in the year (I can't exactly remember when). They also lack real coconut chunks and are merely coconut flavored. Well, I'm still holding out hope. In the meantime, a lack of chocolate will do me good. Since Saturday I've eaten eight fun-packs of peanut M&Ms as well as sampled some of Laura C's homemade no-churn mocha ice cream. I think it's time to go running again!

I haven't really enjoyed much outdoor activity in the past couple of days since it has been entirely too hot. Right now it's after 8 PM, the sun has set, and it's still 87 degrees. Lynn, for the first time I'm beginning to realize what Texas weather must actually be like. Wow.

I did sit out on Laura's deck this evening to play with the two farm kittens. It is so cute to see them come bounding across the yard, over the grass that is almost as tall as they are. One of them likes to jump into my lap and lick my fingers - yes, lick my fingers. I think one time it tasted peanut butter and now keeps looking for more. The other is more distractable and likes to chase lizards and butterflies. They are both outside the sliding glass door right now - the Ooo! I think the active one just pounced on a lizard! Now they're just chewing on each other's tails. They will be good mousers for the barn. Now friendly one is playing with a milk carton and adventerous one is stalking a slit in the boards where a lizard last disappeared. I'll stop boring you, but you really should see them. And I'm not even an animal person.

In other news, I was getting a little discouraged this weekend about the apartment search. I definitely have options, but have been getting kind of overwhelmed with said options and nothing quite perfect. I really just need to prioritize. So far, the front runners are...

1. Furnished bedroom and bathroom (to be shared if/when second bedroom is rented)
Nice family of three - mom, dad, two-year-old - found on Craigslist
20 minutes from school, 5 minutes from church
$550/month including utilities
Almost sold on this except...bedroom walls need painting (could be fun) and can't tell what the family dynamic would be like (they seem nice)

2. Furnished bedroom and bathroom (to be shared if/when second bedroom is rented)
Choir director's home and possibly another girl from church
20 minutes from school, 35 minutes from church
$450/month including utilities
Almost sold on this except...it's rather far from church (hard to get involved) and I wouldn't want to switch churches if I was renting from the choir director!

3. Unfurnished bedroom and private bathroom (house looks beautiful and has hardwood floors)
Single woman found on Craigslist
12 minutes from school, 30 minutes from church
$500/month + 1/2 utilities
Almost sold on this except...it's the most expensive, still a little far from church, and I would need to acquire furniture (although that could also be fun)

This reminds me of last year when Heather was listing her NYC apartment options. That was about a year ago, right?

4 comments:

Lynn said...

psh, 87 degrees?!?? so cool! such a wimp ;)

those kittens sound so cute!

good luck with those living arrangement choices. I guess I would prefer to live close to church, but if you don't mind a long commute, maybe you could still get involved?

I'll say some extra prayers for you! maybe God still has the perfect one in store for you! :)

Katie said...

Okay, maybe, but earlier it was 97. Thanks for the prayers!

Emily J said...

My vote goes to #2. For me, 35 minutes is nothin', and it's church only once a week, not like work every day. And 20 minutes to work is, well, my commute, so I have no sympathy for anyone who would say, "But it's such a loooong driiiive!"

For #1, do the walls really need painting? Are they in bad shape, or do you just not like the color? Because if it's something you can live with, then I'd go with #1.

Also: I caught myself being a classics geek a minute ago when I read your comment on Tessa's blog. You spelled antidote as "antedote" and at first I thought, "Hey, that's misspelled." Then I thought, "Haha, 'ante' means 'before,' while 'anti' generally means 'against' or 'opposite of.' Shouldn't a Latin teacher know this? Is an 'antedote' for an ulcer something you take before you take the 'dote'?" Don't mind me, I'm just being moronic.

Emily J said...

I figured it was just a misspelling. And as for the walls, if they're actually white-ish, you might consider buying some Magic Erasers sold by, I dunno, Mr. Clean I think, instead of painting. Kara got some when we moved out of the apartment and they work rather well.

But wow, Katie, you so did not actually read my post.