Sunday, June 14, 2009

purple background and flowers?

So... As Erin mentioned we are not the greatest at blogging and I am definitely the worse of the two. So I recently looked out our blog and found a purple background and flowers. I had not minded previously since we had just gotten married and it "matched" the theme or whatever, but purple backgrounds and flowers? Seriously? So I made a slight change to make it more masculine without going over the top. I guess this is just my way of trying to delay the life and style makeover that is inevitable. Good luck all you men with blogging wives. Hope you like pink bunnies.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We move in 9 days!

That's right folks, the Justin and Erin Badger clan are moving out in 9 days... crazy how time flies!?!

Well, by now you've figured out that we're not very good bloggers. I attribute this to a lot of things. Here's my list of excuses:
1- Busy! I know you all agree that life gets busy and blogging falls down the list of things to do.
2- We don't have the internet at our apartment. Therefore, when we're doing nothing but watching the Food Network late at night, we can't blog at the same time. So when we do have the internet is when we're at work and should be doing other things.
3- We don't have the internet. Meaning that it's a pain to get pictures posted. And let's be honest- blogs are best with pictures.
4- We haven't even loaded our pictures onto our laptops. So even if we had internet, we wouldn't have pictures to post.
5- I'm finishing my thesis. Meaning that I'm losing my mind. And my eyesight. Staring at a computer screen for 7 or 8 hours a day isn't exactly healthy in my opinion.
6- Justin's working and applying for jobs. Another 7 or 8 hours on the computer for him. Ditto.
7- I tried using our local public library to post on our blog, but they don't have blog access. As in the library blocks it. So a lazy day at home can't translate into a day to catch up on blogs.
8- Once you get so far behind, you reach the stage where you think "what's the point? Might as well not try to catch up now..."
9- I wish I could come up with other fun, cute reasons why we haven't been blogging. To be honest, we're not very good journal writers either. We definitely do want to improve though.
10- what would any kind of list be without a number 10? And for the excuse that is number 10- we don't really have one.

Here's a reader's digest version of what's been going on in our lives since the last post, and we'll just put a bunch of pictures up later:

We've now been married for almost 2 1/2 months. Man does time fly! We LOVE being married and definitely recommend it to anyone seeking fun and adventure.

Speaking of adventure - remember the fun we had moving into our cute little basement apartment? Well, we have a spider problem. A major spider problem. As in we've caught over 100 in the past month. We have two basic varieties: skinny yellow ones that are on the walls/ceiling for the most part, and thicker black ones that can get to quarter-plus size. Justin killed a black one on Monday that was larger than the circle of touching the tip of your thumb to the tip of your pointer finger. LARGER than that. GROSS. Now we've started seeing a more disturbing variety that are red. It's like they're the devil's personal spider assistants. They're really disgusting. Yesterday morning Justin killed one that was slightly smaller than that one humongous black one. I'm getting really tired of them. We're getting more and more excited to move out.

We've taken to sleeping in the living room. We dragged our mattress out there one day about 5 weeks ago to have a slumber party in front of the beautiful, massive flat screen in our apartment (not ours, the place came furnished), and we've taken up a permanent residence there. It's away from most of the spiders, it comes with a huge tv and a fan. The fan is the kicker, as it's started getting hot and our apartment doesn't have it's own a/c. So to sleep at night, we crank it up really high and just don't think our room could get as cool.

So that's our adventure. We're spider-fighting, slumber-partying animals.

In other news, I defended my thesis in May, passed with revisions, and am on the verge of being done. I'm getting really tired of it and just want to be done so I can move on with my life. Especially since we're moving next week, it'll be a huge push to finish before we go, but I think it's possible. I hope.

We're getting VERY excited to go to Disney World for our official honeymoon, which is more of a 3-month anniversary/first vacation than a honeymoon since it's so far past the wedding. But we're excited anyways. And it worked out perfectly that we'll be going over Justin's birthday (July 2), which is fun b/c this year you get in free on your birthday! So we'll be there for 5 1/2 days, will go to two parks, one water park, and have the rest for lazy days in the sun. We will DEFINITELY post pictures of that. Look for the after the 4th of July.

We've decided that moving is very bittersweet. We're excited to leave our spider-colonized apartment, looking forward to actually getting our own apartment where we'll be for an indefinite amount of time, wanting to break in to our wedding presents (most of them we actually haven't touched yet), thrilled to be going to WDW, anxious about starting new jobs and making new friends... But we're also realizing that we're leaving a lot behind us. Utah has been Justin's home for his whole life. It's been mine for the last 6 years. There are so many people that have been such an important part of our lives, and now we don't get to see them. Yes, we know that the most important ones will keep in touch, and we'll see the ones we make an effort to see, but it's been AWESOME having so many family members so close, and having so many friends that we love. It will just be a little more sad without being able to call friends and play or talk or go out to lunch or shopping or camping or whatever... And yes, we know we'll make new friends that we can do all that stuff with, but this is a shoutout to our friends in utah that we love dearly and will miss very much. Thank you for being such a part of our lives. You've helped define who we are as individuals and as a couple. We've had so many wonderful, amazing experiences with you and we are so grateful to have had you in our lives. We're anxious to continue friendships as we move forward in life, and hope to be Christmas Card friends, cruise buddies, and Disney maniacs with you!

We don't actually know where we'll be living, but for the first little while we'll be living in my parent's basement. So our mailing address will be 180 Jefferson Woods Dr, Peachtree City GA 30269. We still have our same cell phones until further notice.

Moving plans: our target departure day/hour is next Friday, June 19, at 8:00 am. We'll get the uhaul trailer (attached to Justin's car) the day before, have all our stuff boxed up so we can load it on Thursday and clean the apartment Thursday, so all we do on Friday is roll out of bed and go. We're planning on getting almost to Omaha (11 hours-ish) on Friday. Then Saturday we'll go the rest of the way to the Badger's house (Justin's parents/family) in Willard, MO (just outside Springfield - SW corner). We'll spend a few days with them and then probably make the 12-hour drive to Peachtree City on Wednesday. We'll be at my parent's house for a few days then leave for Disney World. We'll check in on Sunday afternoon (june 28th) and check out Friday a noon-ish. We'll be back to PTC just in time to wake up early on Saturday for the 4th of July parade. We'll definitely post pictures of that, if only for pure evidence of the sheer number of golf carts that actually exist in PTC. Some family friends will be driving my car from Utah to GA as their daughter just finished college and is moving back to GA. We definitely lucked out with travel plans!

That's all for now. We might not get to post again until after everything settles down (aka after July 4th). If so, we appologize. Know that we love reading your posts and ours will eventually get to a once-a-week basis. Or almost once-a-week. :)