Friday, February 27, 2009


Well, we took Chloe over to my Mom's tonight to see if all the kitties would get along and it went WAY better than I expected!! They did a lot of growling and a little hissing at first but Chloe relaxed very quickly and fell asleep on my Mom's couch! My Mom's cats were a bit more unsure but started to warm up slightly after a few hours. I think they will adapt and acclimate to each other just fine after a few days. So - the decision is final. We turned in our 60 day notice to the apartments and the last weekend in April, we are moving in with my Mom. I feel really good about this decision because we are helping her out, and it will help us out too.

On a "cutie Chloe" note - On the ride home from my Mom's Chloe was meowing and meowing in her crate so I let her out [I'm so bad, I know] and she hopped up in my lap and stared out the window the rest of the ride home! She is such a dog-cat.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Well, we are back from our honeymoon. We got back last week but I hadn't felt motivated to blog. Our trip was...OK. We have fun about 40% of the trip. For one, I didn't feel 100% from having the flu until like the very last day [which we spent mostly in the airport] and for two, it rained EVERY SINGLE DAY. We had about 3 hours of clear skies one day and that is it! So, we are already starting to plan Honeymoon Take 2 for 2010. [By the way 2010 feels strange to type...]

We took Chloe to the vet last night because she's been licking this one spot on her hip bald and it's gotten really bad. We searched online and there are a list of things that an cause it, so we decided to seek professional help. You are all going to laugh to know, the vet is 99% sure it's a condition called Psychogenic Alopecia. In other words, I have a neurotic cat. How very fitting. They gave her some meds and hopefully she will improve. Sigh.

Ryan & I also made a really, really big decision. Saying it out loud is gonna be weird but...we have decided to move in with my Mom for a year. Yup. You read that right. Here is why:
1- My Mom is having some financial struggles right now and if we help her with her mortgage/bills she won't have to sell her house in this market. [Sorry Mom, if you want me to take this off I will...]
2- Splitting my Mom's expenses will allow us to live totally off my paycheck, which means we can save EVERYTHING Ryan makes for that year. This means we will have the down payment for our own house in one years time, instead of the 5 years it would take with our current expenses.
3- We will also have the means for Ryan to finally go back to school. This is HUGE for us and will open soooo many doors for my wonderful husband.

It might be a bit crowded until we all get used to it, but I think it will be a win/win for all in the end. The thought of owning a home in a year feels so amazing. We have one final test before we finalize the decision and that's to make sure Chloe and my Mom's 2 cats will all get along. They are all very sweet, laid back kitties, so I am sure they will adjust to it but we are gonna have a test run on Friday. Wish us luck!! I love my Mom's cats [I rescued them off the side of 35!] and she loves Chloe...let's just hope they all love each other!!

Ok - that's enough rambling for today!! :)


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Flu & Honeymooning

I've been sick since Saturday, which was Ryan's birthday. I starting feeling puny Friday night and was in bed by 8:30. I woke up Saturday with the full blown flu. Sunday and Monday were the worst. My sweet husband had to take his big Cedia exam Monday [which he PASSED!!!] and then he took the rest of the day off and took me to the doctor, where they confirmed....flu. Ryan was soooo good to me while I was sick. He got me whatever I needed. I looked really, really bad [REALLY bad] and I kept saying "I don't know how you can even look at me." [Pity party, much?] and he just kept telling me "You're my wifey. I love you." I guess I tested that "For better or worse, in sickness and health" stuff. He passed that test too. ;)

Anyway, today is my first day at work this week...and my last before we leave for our honeymoon in San Francisco tomorrow. I am excited for the trip, but I still don't feel 100% so, I told Ryan, don't be surprised if I sleep through the first day. Now, I just have to survive the plane ride with a head full of congestion and pressure. Wish me luck.

I'll post pictures of our trip when we get back. :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My Sweet Husband!

So, my last blog was me b!tching about Ryan traveling too much. Neither of us like it, but it's required for his job. Tough beans.

Anyway, a week or so ago I had been telling Ryan how I wish I could justify spending the money to get a manicure & pedicure before our San Francisco honeymoon next week. I figured it fell on deaf ears.

Well, Monday when I got home from work Ryan was out running last minute errands for his trip. I walked into the bed room, and on the bed there were two boxes of candy [one Russell Stover's, one big *Reese's heart] AND a gift certificate to my nail spa!! On the envelope he wrote "Sorry I've been gone so much. Enjoy a mani & pedi for our honeymoon. I love you! Your Husband - Ryan". And, this won't surprise a lot of you, I totally burst into tears!! I thought it was so thoughtful of him AND it meant he really was listening to me. Haha.

He's so sweet :)

*Disclaimer - I DID check the recall list to be sure Reese's do not contain salmonella. The Hershey's website says : No products made by The Hershey Company, including items and brands in the iconic Reese's franchise, are affected by the recall of items produced by the Peanut Corporation of America. Hershey does not purchase any peanut butter, peanuts or peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America. Peanut butter for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is made in Hershey facilities under the most stringent safety and quality standards.
All of our products with peanuts or peanut butter are safe to consume, including Hershey's, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Reese's Big Cup, Reese's Fast Break, Reese's Crispy Crunchy, Reese's Whipps, Reese's Sticks, Reese's Clusters, Reese's Pieces, Nutrageous, Hershey's Kisses with Peanut Butter, Hershey's Miniatures, Mr. Goodbar, Payday, Take 5 and 5th Avenue. This includes all seasonal treats and items sold to other food companies and used as ingredients in other products.
Cool. I ate some last night and live to blog another day. ;)

xoxo - Rach

Monday, February 2, 2009

Just a vent

I am going to use today's blog to vent. Ryan has been traveling so much lately and I hate it. Last week he was gone Mon-Thurs. This week he will be gone Tues-Fri. Next week he will be gone Mon-Thurs then we leave Friday morning for our Honeymoon in San Francisco. He is not even going to want to go, he will be so sick of traveling!!! UGH!!! I'm sure it's cause we are newlywed's. I bet if we'd been married for 20 years I'd been fine with it. But I freaking miss him when he's gone!!

But - on the plus side, we DO leave for San Francisco in 11 days and we will have 10 days [7 days in Cali, 10 days off work] together, no work, no interruptions. Just us. It will be the first trip we've ever been on, just the two of us. I just hope he's not too pooped to enjoy it!!