Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Place I Call Home

There is no better feeling than to wake up and know that your home is in order. The floors may not be scrubbed and there might be a few dishes in the sink, but we have finally gotten our apartment to the point where most everything has a place and each room is functioning as it is supposed to. It is fun to be the Lady of a well kept house. Now, I just need to get in the habit of keeping it a well kept house. ;) I can see my mom rolling her eyes now and thinking of how well I did that living in her house. LOL!

I'm also especially proud to be married to Xan. Yesterday, he found a way to read an Icelandic bit of poetry in a Near Eastern and Mediterranean poetry reading by his professor's request and then showed off his sweet athletic skills by helping our Branch's intramurral football team maintain an undefeated season. He is FAST running down that field. :) Xan is incredibly well-rounded and sometimes irritatingly good at everything he does even if he is a bit of a nerd with all his dungeons and dragons stuff we've uncovered through unpacking. ;) Hopefully, Cornell will continue to appreciate his diversity in his studies and not try to curb his interests into one rigid field as long as he continues to show them that his physics, Scandinavian, and Near Eastern interests really do connect together.

Speaking of Xan and his accomplishments, he has almost finished his natural terrarium. Don't worry, any of you reptile-phobias, there are no reptiles in this photo... yet.

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Kitchen Table!

Craigslist is a grand thing. We found a table this last weekend for a good price. The chairs are cushioned and have a hinge on them so you can lean back on them. We have six of them. Two of them are serving as our temporary couch! It is really nice to have a place to sit down and great to be able to sit at a table with a bowl of cereal.



While having a table is great, its driven us to unpacking the last of the boxes. We now have all the last odds and ends lying around. Just a taste of the evidence is all over the table. :) We also got sick this last week. Nothing serious but enough to slow us down. Thankfully, it was not the Swine Flu, something that is going around Ithaca. We are both doing better and are ready to get back to the ungoing task of settling in. Speaking of which:


More reptiles, I know. Xan found a FANTASTIC deal on a bunch of tanks. We got a 50 gallon, a 29 gallon, a small turtle tank, a couple other kinds of tanks, and a stand that we are going to use as a table next to the door for a whopping $60. This purchase has made it possible for Xan to finally get started on his dart frog terrarium. It will stand up with the right side down on the bottom. We're hoping to have it ready for the frogs in a couple more weeks. There is a local seller with two dart frogs waiting for us. Xan has been really excited in this project.

I also came across all my old art things. To save on money, I'm repainting them to decorate our bare walls (a lot of them are a bit damaged from being stored, let alone most of them were incomplete.) I'm still working on this one below. It looks better in this picture than it does in life, but it's a work in progress. It's really fun to be able to paint again, although its a bit more expensive buying the paint through Michael's than through my high school art teacher who got good discounts. LOL!


Things are changing outside our apartment, too! Autumn time in New England is AMAZING! The colors of the leaves are beginning to change and there are vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges mixed in with the remaining green. I'll have to go out with my camera soon and get some pictures so that I can share it with all of you. Seriously, it is worth coming and seeing for yourselves if any of you haven't been to the East Coast for the Fall.

Soon I'll have the apartment put in order, hopefully be employed, and have some kind of schedule beyond my current one which consists of watching Charmed all day with a few errands fit in between. Not a bad life, mind you, but not one that I would like to keep up for the rest of my life. I am about to finish all 8 seasons of Charmed within a month and a half. Only 5 more episodes to go. The question tomorrow will be which series do I start next? Buffy.... Bones... Scrubs... 24... So many others to choose from. But, I have a few hopeful job trails that might turn something up in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I need to catch up in reading all of your blogs. :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Friday Afternoon Outdoors

Xan and I went out exploring Friday afternoon when his class was cancelled. First stop: Buttermilk Falls State Park.


This is the bottom of the gorge we followed on our excursion.


The whole walk was really pretty!


This is the first cicada I've ever seen. Xan found it and showed it to me.
















I'm lazy and am not adding nearly as much caption as usually. This was towards the top of the trail of the gorge. It was pretty strenuous walking up hill a few times at the steep parts but the views were well worth it!


We took a different trail back down to the parking lot that was a bit further from the river itself.


These last two pictures, above and below, are from another park we visited called Robert H. Treman State Park. Apparently, in the summer, this is a popular swimming spot.


Come visit and we'll take you along! I'd suggest coming Spring, Summer, or Fall for the scenic stuff. The Winters here are supposed to be cold, snowy, and icy. :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Aakash's New Home

Aakash, my pet ball python, arrived back to me Wednesday morning via UPS. While she was being kept in Utah until we could ship her (Again, HUGE thanks to Emily and Mike for taking care of her!) we upgraded her home. She has been moved from her original 20 gallon tank to a 50 gallon tank we found here on Craigslist. It took a while to get it all cleaned up but she has a LOT of space now. :)


She can now stretch all the way out in her cage. We're also going to have room to put more dark places for her to hide in besides her one log.


She's really funny. If you catch her outside of her log during the day, she'll freeze wherever she was and sit there frozen. "If I don't move, they won't be able to see me." You have to sit very still for a couple of minutes before she'll continue on her way.

Update: I am still job-hunting but am really enjoying the Classical Chinese course. Xan is getting back into the swing of classes and homework. We bought two bookshelves last night that we are hoping will hold the rest of our boxes of books. I am the one constructing them so I sure hope they hold! LOL!