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Josh and I went to his, possibly, last tae kwon do class with Hawkeye Tae Kwon Do. There weren’t many people there, about 10 I think, and we didn’t do anything terrible exciting though I was sweating like crazy due to the ~85F temp and Christy’s leadership. I am pleasantly sore due to our somewhat forced hiatus from tae kwon do these past months and my run on Tuesday morning. I hope we can find a club or school in MN that we like. I have found one that intrigues me. They don’t have tae kwon do, but a bunch of other things and you can take them all for about $100, which is a bit steep for me right now.

Josh starts his new job on Monday so we are moving most of our stuff this weekend. We are loading almost everything Friday afternoon and evening, which won’t be fun with the predicted 100F heat index, though Saturday should be cooler. We are going to have quite the caravan head to our new place with Josh’s parents and their truck and trailer as well as my mom joining us at Eldora, Josh’s truck and my car. Josh’s new employer has offered three times to send a guy or two over to help us unload. I think I like these people all ready.

I will be sticking around until the end of the month in my mostly empty apartment. At least I will be left with a TV, DVD player, laptop, yarn and an air mattress as well as my kitchen and a few essentials. The first thing I thought of besides missing Josh, was the food I would be able to make with out considering what Josh would eat. What does that say about me?

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This moving to a different state has been a bit expensive. Luckily we have not had to add any hotel expenses (though, that would have been cheaper than paying two rents this month) since the gas for our trips north increased our credit card bill by almost $300 more than we usually spend. We also ate out more because we were out of town or just too busy/tired to grocery shop or cook. We put all our bills and other expenses on this card because we get a percentage back on whatever we spend. Everything is getting more expensive, and we are starting to feel it. I guess its good that only one of us will be coming back this weekend. Of course, I will be driving the vehicle that has a gas tank which holds about 8 more gallons and gets 50 miles less out of each tank of gas.

Groceries are more expensive, so I have tried to cut down on our expenses there as well. I started making granola for Josh because he eats so much of it. I should start making yogurt too since that is what he usually eats with his granola. I have also been purchasing more bone-in chicken because it is significantly cheaper and doesn’t require much work if I want to remove the bone myself. I have made pizza instead of ordering it, but I am not so sure it is much cheaper than getting one from Papa Murphy’s especially if you have a coupon. I plan to at least make some of our bread because I love baking bread, and I keep making cookie dough but not cookies. I figure I am saving on energy costs that way.

I also knit my own socks. Wait, I don’t think that is saving me much money, but at least I am entertaining myself. Does saving $10 on two skeins of yarn for a sweater count? I decided I wanted to use nicer yarn for this sweater so I am slowly accumulating the yarn for it and hoping the dye lots are close enough that I can just alternate skeins. The yarn is the aran weight version of the yarn I used for the Poms. It’s even the same color so I could have a matching sweater and sock set. Actually the socks may be going to my mom if she likes them and they fit her which means I would need to make another pair for myself. The sacrifices I make for my family…

My sister is in China for the next three weeks, and so far, it doesn’t sound like she has lost any luggage or missed a connecting flight which is usually what happens to her when she travels. Let’s hope this trend continues.

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Hello 2008

Happy New Year! I hope you did something exciting last night. I was in bed by 9:00 and asleep by 10:30, but I am not complaining.

I got back from Chicago late Sunday night. It was almost Monday actually. We had a great time. We went to the Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and a performance of Wicked. You can see pics from the museums here.

I didn’t finish Wicked for Wicked due to some sleeve issues. They were huge, well they were when I followed the pattern. Just a few inches on one sleeve and it should be done.

I think I may bake some bread today. Maybe that will help me decide what I want for dinner. I took some more pics of the ring in natural light.

Josh’s sister invited us to stay for a weekend at her and her boyfriend’s place. I don’t think I have talked to his sister in over a year and he hasn’t talked to her much more than that. We had a little bit of a falling out about 2 years ago when she decided that we were getting in her way which ended with Josh practically moving in with me almost two months before we moved to our current place and pretty much ended all personal contact with her. She has barely looked at me when we have spent time together usually in the company of their parents. We are thinking about spending one night there, but not the whole weekend. I still feel so angry towards her sometimes and Josh hasn’t been happy with her lately either mostly due to how she has spent the holidays away from their parents. I don’t usually feel this much resentment towards a person for so long, but I can’t seem to get past it this time.

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If, for whatever reason, I am not regularly going to work, I tend to completely lose track of the days. I was completely convinced that I would be leaving for Chicago today until I woke up this morning and realized that is not the case at all. I really thought today was going to be Friday until I realized that is not possible. Oh well, extra day for me! I guess I can get the cleaning and knitting done that hasn’t yet, or I could just play my new video games.

Ok, so my goals today are to finish the sleeves of Wicked and block it so I can wear it to Wicked. I also want to get my cousin’s and uncle’s hats done, which wouldn’t be a problem if I could just seam them correctly. I had to rip both of them out already. I also need to clean the kitchen, living room, and bathroom, which shouldn’t be too bad, so Josh doesn’t get stuck with a dirty apartment and company coming over. OUr place has been a mess the last couple of weeks and we have been lazy. Not a good combination.

Just so you aren’t completely without pictures of my holidays.


I took this picture after we had a laughing fit while my mom was trying to take a picture of us to send to my aunt. She’s making a calendar of the grandkids for my grandma. This was the best pic we got. According to my mom we kept making weird faces.

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If, for whatever reason, I am not regularly going to work, I tend to completely lose track of the days. I was completely convinced that I would be leaving for Chicago today until I woke up this morning and realized that is not the case at all. I really thought today was going to be Friday until I realized that is not possible. Oh well, extra day for me! I guess I can get the cleaning and knitting done that hasn’t yet, or I could just play my new video games.

Ok, so my goals today are to finish the sleeves of Wicked and block it so I can wear it to Wicked. I also want to get my cousin’s and uncle’s hats done, which wouldn’t be a problem if I could just seam them correctly. I had to rip both of them out already. I also need to clean the kitchen, living room, and bathroom, which shouldn’t be too bad, so Josh doesn’t get stuck with a dirty apartment and company coming over. OUr place has been a mess the last couple of weeks and we have been lazy. Not a good combination.

Just so you aren’t completely without pictures of my holidays.


I took this picture after we had a laughing fit while my mom was trying to take a picture of us to send to my aunt. She’s making a calendar of the grandkids for my grandma. This was the best pic we got. According to my mom we kept making weird faces.

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and then I am leaving again. I like that. We got back Tuesday night and spent yesterday recovering. I was so exhausted from all the driving and not sleeping well in uncomfortable beds that I needed a vacation day after my vacation.

It was nice to see our friends again. While there we played video games, watched movies, played with puppies, got engaged, had fondue, and went to an aquarium. It was fun if exhausting. I also did quite a bit of knitting and reading and playing with my new computer.

Did I mention Josh and I are engaged? He completely surprised me with it and he is very proud of that fact. I will give him credit since he took one of my rings to a jeweler to get it sized while I was out of town and spent several months doing research. I will go into more details later which may include a pic of the ring if I can get a decent one. Now I have to do some work.

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