Tuesday, September 25, 2012

First Day

Yesterday was our first day being the coolest UW graduate school couple around (Self-given title). Will had his first day of farm school.  He described it as "boring." My first day was also completely uneventful. I pretty much walked back into the same classroom that I have every class in with the same 16 people that are in my cohort, with the same four teachers that teach all my classes and felt like I had never left for summer break.  It's going to be a stressful quarter, but that's not unusual either.

(This is my apartment building btw.  I know...there are no words)

As much as I complain, and as much I'm already feeling anxious to the max, it feels good to be back to school, and I love having Will being a fellow husky.  
So many Ave happy hours are going to be hit. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

My Summer in Books

The freedom for reading during summer time has always been one of my favorite aspects of the season.  When the summer begins my reading list is endless.  There's the new books I've heard are good (1Q84), the books I've been meaning to read for years (Middlesex), the books that have movies coming out (Life of Pi), the books I've been dying to read all year but knew I didn't have the time for (Game of Thrones), and the classics I always promise will get included into the fray (Only ONE actually got read this summer, but I loved it--Edith Wharton never disapoints). Oh yeah, and the terrible crime novels I sometimes turn to in desperation during vacations when I don't pack enough books.  Will always has a terrible crime novel on hand it seems.
Anyways, I decided to chronicle my reading list this summer, because I realized that going through my past reading list is always the best way to jog up old, small perfect memories of summer.  Like The Age of Miracles reminds me of eating homemade cookies on the ferry to Orcas Island, or the terrible book Gone Girl does happily stir up memories of laying out after a Greenlake picnic.  It's easy to remember the big things of summer--the birthdays, holidays and major vacations.  But it's the little, every day sunshine and fresh air enjoyment that really makes summer cherishable. Additionally, I'm always on the hunt for the perfect book, as I know my sister and lots of friends are as well.  So if you're hunting here is a list of 14 books that I purposefully or accidentally stumbled across this summer.
The astricks go to the ones I greatly enjoyed reading, and the double astrick goes to books that I loved so much I will talk to you about them for an hour if you'll listen.)

 My Summer Reading List--June-September, 2012
In order of completion
**The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreight
  (The girl who wrote this is only 25--and it's AMAZING)
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
 (He wrote The English Patient which I LOVE. This book? Not so much)
*Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Phillip Connors
**Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 
(Ugh--this book is so long, and so weird--it starts out with such promise too. Double ugh. Don't get me started)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
(This book got raves. I hated it. Girly crime novels--not my thing)
**The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides 
Faithful Place by Tana French
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
*A Dance with Dragons by Geoerge R. R. Martin
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker  
**The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
(Oh the angst brought on by societal pressures!)
*Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward 
(This book is intense.  Not recommended for the squeamish)
**Life of Pi by Yann Martel

In summary: Only one repeated author, two coincidental title similarities, two terrible crime novels, one non-fiction, one very long fantasy, and a summer book-ended (pun intended) with stories about tigers.
Summer reading...I'll miss you. What was a favorite on your summer reading list?  I'm starting to list build for Christmas and I would love to hear recommendations! 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Blue Moon

I've been wanting to make this post for over a week now, but the camera with the pictures was no where to be found. Until it was...under the couch cushions...oops.
Fall has semi-arrived to Seattle and I love it. I'm already having to control myself against buying every soft cozy sweater I see.  Will and I are gearing up for school to start, and also trying to get some wedding plans solidified before homework takes over our lives. I'm pretty worried about my back-to-school brain in general. In the past two days I lost my wallet AND my sunglasses, in two different locations (but found them again thanks to honest good folk), PLUS--ready for the most embarrassing story?---I tried on a dress that I could NOT GET OFF. Literally. I sat trying and stressing and almost crying in a dressing room for 20 minutes before I finally sheepishly had to walk out and ask the sales girl to help me. So mortifying. And the moral of that story is NEVER GO SHOPPING ALONE!!!!

Overall, things are pretty great and simple around here. Last Friday we both had some of the evening off due to the new cool weather, so we took a walk around the neighborhood, stopping to pick blackberries, and then snapped a few shots of the blue moon on our way to Trader Joes.  Obviously the freeway overpass is always the best place to take pictures.  

We also got to take a mini-trip to Yakima to discuss wedding plans. The event is officially going to take place in William's backyard, which makes me the luckiest girl ever because his backyard looks like this:

August 3rd, 2013 cannot come soon enough!