Friday, February 18, 2011

shappy abble earrings and other events

Apparently everyone knows about this but me, but our dear friends at Shabby Apple are giving away earrings if you post (blog, twitter, facebook, etc.) about your favorite dress.  I do love their clothes, it's just too bad they're so dang expensive!

Whisk me away, Garden Isle dress, to a nice beach where I can lean against a rock and look tragically beautiful.

As for updates on the job front, I am starting work at a nice hunter show barn in Poolesville, Maryland.  There is an apartment on the property that we will probably be moving into in a few weeks.

This week, we went on an overnight hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail.  Beau's first time! I believe I have mentioned the AT before... it is a great trail that runs from Georgia to Maryland, covering over 2,000 miles.  There are shelters all along the way and hundreds of people "thru hike" (hike the whole distance) every year.  I dream of being one of those people.

As usual, I didn't take as many pictures as I should have...

Beau enjoying a sammich
I can start the stove all by myself.

And lastly, want to try something fun? Play around with this time waster.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

virginia is for lovers

We are here! Not too much to report on; we're just actively on the job search. I have a few things that may come to pass, so we'll see. I hope that next time I post I will have something to tell about! Here are the photos we've taken recently...

A few of Beau's old roommates had a hard time saying bye as we left Provo.

This is Beau and Guy (his dad) trying to start the car in -10 degree weather.

The car now looks beautiful, a piece of moving art.  As you can see in the picture it is missing its passenger-side fender, and because of the cold, the latch for the hood broke so Beau and his dad had to take off the grill.  The car from the front looks like a smiling hobo.  We're oh so proud of our little Trooper.  We also ended up getting a new battery and were on our way as soon as the storm cleared in the midwest.

Beau felt we needed to document our trip. Or maybe he was just bored. Either way, this must have been in Kansas or something because there is a whole lot of nothing.  We made it from Colorado to Virginia in two days- one 14 hour day to Jefferson City (where we stayed with Ashley's parents-in-law) and then a 16 hour day to Ashburn.

This portrait by Beau makes it seem like I did most of the driving, which was certainly not the case.  I think  I did one "shift" (meaning one tank of gas, as that was the only time we stopped) each day. While Beau was driving I kept him entertained by reading books out loud, talking (I can talk for a long time. About nothing. Maybe that was more boring than entertaining...), napping, and quoting these clips:

"Violence at nbc ge.... com?" "What is the internet, anyway? Is it like a bulletin board?"

Upon arrival in Virginia, we were greeted by warm(er) weather and one thing Utah lacks: trees.  I took a run through some wooded paths next to my house.  How did I not know how great these were while I was younger? Oh right, I hated runnning. Foolish Mackenzie.

The girls were a little taken aback by my hair. When I first saw them early the next morning, Brooklee said "You don't look like Mackenzie...". Adriel keeps asking why I cut it (apparently she's on a Tangled kick) and Dallyn told me I look weird.  Oh well!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

STUCK (but at least we're having fun).

all of our wordly possessions
 This was us, leaving Utah on Saturday afternoon to head to Virginia. The plan was to stop in Colorado and chill with the Parks for a couple days, leave on Tuesday morn, stay in St. Louis that night, and drive many many hours to Ashburn on Wednesday. Then, leave on Friday afternoon (after a job interview that morning) with my dad for North Carolina to see the the Ottos and the babe.

Sounds like a plan. Right?

We got to Colorado fine and dandy, and saw pending snow storms in the next couple days. We decided to push back our departure one day (so, leaving on Wednesday) to avoid it. Now (Tuesday night) it is looking like there is more warning of severe weather tomorrow, road closures, etc. To top things off, Beau went to the car earlier this evening and it does NOT want to start. It is negative 10 degrees, after all, so the oil is probably nice and thick.

While we do enjoy being stuck in Colorado with Beau's family (much much better than a stinky motel or stranded in our car!), it'd be reeeeeally nice to be able to interview for this job and go to North Carolina.  I have already made it to the pro level in Wii tennis and I'm anxious to consume the SunChips that were designated as "car food", so can we get this show on the road??