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Day 29 – Long Travel Day

November 29, 2011

Today has all revolved around travel, which makes sense because when you calculate my departure time from Goshen to my arrival time to dear ole Hedgehog in Seattle, it is a 14 hour trip. Granted that involved around 2 hours of wandering around downtown Chicago, between the train and the plane, but still a very long day. While I am partially tempted to write about all the annoyances of travel (CTA delays that gave David and I the privilege of waiting 30 minutes in the cold and twice running up and down a flight of stairs carrying my 54lb suitcase, the dehydrating nature of planes, how tired one gets after sitting for so long) in the end I am indeed sitting in a chair in a metal tube flying thousands of feet above the air and this 14 hour “grueling trip” would have taken many times as long only 100 or so short years ago.

My trip home (interestingly enough Chicago, Goshen and even Seattle all feel, to some degree, like they fit that description) was wonderful, all too short, relaxing, tiring, full of furious catch-up sessions with friends and definitely something I feel rather reluctant to return from. While I will get to see Becca and Jess in just a few weeks over New Year’s Day, my plans to see family again aren’t currently set and I won’t be able to get home for Christmas this year. Already I am feeling the pinch of both vacation days (by January I will only have 3.5 to get me through the end of August) and money and other than a possible trip in March don’t know when I will get to see my family again. That makes me sad, but I guess it is also part of the big adventure of moving to the West Coast and that is an adventure I am still excited about.

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Day 27 – Photo Sunday

November 27, 2011

Anne has the best kittens

Yeah for girl friends!

Kate and Joseph

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Day 25 – Random Thought

November 25, 2011

As Thanksgiving usually is, yesterday and today have been full of food, friends, games and even a bit of shopping (but just to the more budget friendly local thrift store). I arrived midday yesterday into Chicago and have been enjoying the chance to catch up with a plethora of friends, many of whom are back in town for the holidays and my friend Kate’s wedding tomorrow! This weekend is making me thankful for the following things:
-sleeping in
-Becca’s crazy good pies!
-homemade stuffing
-blue skies
-playtime with 6 gorgeous kittens
-conversation after conversation with my much missed girlfriends
-the 5th Game of Thrones book to make plane rides go quickly
-the way walking up the steps of my old house makes me feel like I never left
-finding ridiculous faux fur coats in thrift stores
-getting hugs from and trading head rubs with Becca and Jess
-not being at work
-knowing that instead of heading home to Seattle, I get to head on to Goshen to see my wonderful family!

I hope you all are having great times with family and friends!

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Day 24 – Guest Post: Thanksgiving Edition

November 24, 2011

I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful Turkey based day.  Currently I am flying over a good portion of the US, to make it to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving with friends.  So this guest post is brought to you by the wonder of scheduled posts and the awesomeness that is my approximate 18 year friendship with David.  And you can tell we have been friends for so long because a) we feel free to post potentially embarrassing photos of each other from middle school and b) we are soon going to be roommates!  

Abby and I go way back, to grade school when her family moved to Goshen and started attending my church. Her brother Jonathan and I became fast friends when we discovered that both of us were interested in computer programming and constructing strange contraptions to shoot things at rabbits in the yard…but since I was spending so much time at his house I got to know Abby as well. At some point we decided that our relationship could be classified as “budder and frester” (I can’t remember where the terms originated but the idea is almost-but-not-quite brother and sister). Since my guest blog post happens to coincide with Thanksgiving, I’m going to give thanks for my long friendship with Abby by reminiscing over some old photos of good times we’ve had together over the years.

In 2000 our Academic Superbowl social studies team won state!

Hiding out from a storm in a tent in the Boundary Waters, ca. 2002.

We were both in the awesome History of the Southwest class in southwest Colorado in May 2004.

Exploring Seattle during one of Abby's many visits before she finally up and moved here.

Checking out the red floor at the central library in Seattle.

On the Capilano suspension bridge with friends in Vancouver last summer.

By the way Abby and Meryl make awesome water buffalo, at least when they can manage to keep a straight face.

Don’t miss the entire series…go here and press the play button: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davisagli/4925982342/in/set-72157624802951052/lightbox/

And finally, a shot from Abby's parents' recent visit to Seattle. (John is blurry either because of my poor phone-camera skills or because he was starting to grab for the cupcake.)

In case you haven’t heard, Abby and I have just rented an apartment together in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, so I’m looking forward to more adventures together over the next year!

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Day 23 – Outfits

November 23, 2011

Here are three outfits I wore last week, as always click through to Flickr if you want the details and as a bonus, check out Alex’s new Viking look! 🙂

Last Wednesday
Nov 16th - mid-week work outfit

Last Saturday
Nov 19th - Wore this on a Saturday trip to IKEA and a game night with friends

Last Sunday (taken in my new apartment!)
Nov 20th - Wore this to church and a concert

Alex gets in touch with his Norwegian roots!
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Day 19 – Update instead of Books

November 19, 2011

So, I just played the most deviously kind of awesome cloak and dagger board game of my life – Battlestar Galactica.  For those of you unfamiliar with the recent TV series (re-making a much campier version from the 70s) the basic plot revolves around the idea that robots have evolved, are hell-bent on destroying humans and best of all, can appear completely human.

This translates to a highly involved board game in which all players (in this case, Katie, Bryan, Alex, Cory and myself) take on various human roles from the TV series and take on the huge chalenge of leading the beleaguered human fleet away from the attacking Cylons and to the mythical paradise, Kobal.  To make it even better, everyone draws loyalty cards, so you know someone in your group is actually a traitor.  Unfortunately for someone like me, whose main goal is to have everyone stay happy, human and achieve group unity, I was doomed for failure. 🙂

It was an expertly played out game, but unfortunately for the human side (which included myself, Alex and Cory), both Katie and Bryan (who had held the highest human positions President and Admiral respectively) eventually revealed themselves to be Cylons in a huge upset towards the end of the game.  Humans still did end up achieving victory, but only very narrowly.  It was quite the harrowing game and once again I proved myself rather horrible at reading people by thinking that Alex, of all people, was a cylon and completely believing both Katie and Bryan.  Ah, cie la vie, it did end up being a fun evening, even if it will probably take me a some time to trust Katie or Bryan in the game playing context (they are both way too good at avoiding suspicion!). 🙂  But if you feel like playing a high strategy game with shifting loyalties and a continued sense of dread and paranoia, I very highly recommend this one.

 

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Day 17 – Guest Post Thursday

November 17, 2011

Today’s guest post is a pretty awesome one cause I get to introduce my friend Ruth.  While both of us moved away from Chicago this fall, we got to know each other during our 5 years of shared location, similar outlooks to handling social awkwardness, a mutual interest in exploring fashion in cheap thrifted ways, enjoyment of movies, coffee and occasionally a good bout of gossip {or as we like to call it, discussing community bonds}.

Hello Abby’s friends!

After years of casually discussing style with Abby and admiring her wardrobe and fashion sense, I’m excited and flattered that she asked if I’d be willing to write an outfit post.

Outfit: Thrifted cardigan, jeans, shoes; Shirt from sister, scarf old

I moved from Chicago a few months ago and in the midst of figuring out life in a new place with new activities (Grad school! Internship! Job!) I have discovered that the change in roles and social settings has resulted in reconfiguring how I wear clothes. I find myself often wearing unexpected or new outfits as I figure out who I am and where I fit now. This would be one of them. I wore this primary colored, striped outfit to class a few weeks ago and decided it’s the perfect outfit to wear while out with visiting friends. I love stripes in any form, especially when I can wear them with red loafers! An added plus: all the colors make the autumn and impending winter a little more bearable.