Friday, August 24, 2012

Bike Rain Cape



Bike Rain Cape?!  I think I might need something like this for our upcoming English lifestyle.  Too bad it's $240, which is money I hope to spend on a bike, not just a rain cape! Pretty nifty though, right?

History of the Color Wheel

Here's a pretty sweet post I found on Imprint.Printmag.com via Craft.com about the history of the Color Wheel.  Not only are the images beautiful, the story is interesting too.  Funny to think about a bunch of German scientists arguing about color theory while painting books with pages upon pages of lovely color. Be sure to read Part 2 as well!




Thursday, August 23, 2012

Today in Buena Vista: 8.23.2012

The nights are growing colder here in BV.  Weeks ago we slept with the windows wide open, now we wake up from a cold breeze and close them, snuggling underneath all the covers instead of just the sheet.  Woken up by loud birds or pine cones rattling down the roof.  Coffee, beans ground by hand (Devin), omelet with cheese (Hayley), toast with homemade jam (Thanks Edie!).  A run to town for groceries, some much needed internet based catch-up.  A five-mile hike up into the mountains through aspen groves which give way to a pine forest, a river running in the valley below.  A gentle rain storm caught us at our turn-around point, and grew more steady and heavy all the way home until we were soaked, head to toe.  Dinner of homemade veggie & bean soup with quesadilla, followed by chocolate chip cookies (a new recipe, see below).  Phone calls with friends from the Bay Area, and catching up on the long since completed Olympic games.  These are the days we will remember, the days we live slowly, with intention, paying attention to our breath as we climb the trail, tasting the sweet sugar as you mix the cookie dough.*

*Judging by Devin's smile and guttural noises of gustatory joy, the recipe was a hit!

Gourmet Mom’s High Altitude Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Recipe Credit

Ingredients:

2 sticks Butter (1 cup)
¾ C. Granulated Sugar
¾ C. Brown Sugar
3/4 tsp. Salt
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2 Eggs
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
2 ¾ C. Flour
1 ½ C. Chocolate Chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whip butter until creamy, then add sugar and beat. Add salt, vanilla & egg. Sift flour and soda then add to mixture. Add chocolate chips and stir well. Bake 8-11 minutes (10 min 30 seconds in my oven) until edges are barely brown.






Finding Balance

On July 14th not only did I get married, Devin and I started our Family. (No, I'm not pregnant.)

Our Own Little Unit.  A Team of Two.

Sure, for years we'd been working together toward common goals, bouncing ideas off one another, choosing to compromise on small (and sometimes big) items in our lives, but once we got married we solidified our pact to be Team Devin & Hayley.  Even though we don't have kids, a pet, or at even a home with all our belongings, we have one another and this constitues A Family.  And in my mind this little nugget of home we're creating together must take priority over all outside influences, it is the thing we must protect and treasure first and foremost over other things.

We have 17 short days left before we hop on a plane to England and we've chosen to spend those days in a place we love more than anywhere else.  We invited everyone we know to join us for any and all of our time in this lovely place, some have been able to take us up on the invitation, while others wanted to but couldn't.  Is spending our last couple of weeks in the mountains away from people we love the right thing to do?  Is this a popular decision the hearts and minds of our friends and families?  Shouldn't we be squeezing in every last second with our family and friends instead of in isolation with just one another?  The answer for us, for our new little family was simply, No.

We will never have this time in our lives again, these blessed few weeks together as newly-weds.  This is the time to gather some acorns of serenity and store them away for our upcoming adventure.  It's now that we can build beautiful memories to reflect on when our plane lands across the Atlantic ocean and we're dropped into a foreign land and life.

As soon as we hit the ground in England Devin heads to a new job with a ton of work on his plate, and I'll be pounding the pavement looking for work that I not only like, but hopefully love.  Our family will be tested in ways it's never been tested before, put under new stresses of living in a foreign country, with limited income, with no social network, with 5 - 8 hours of time difference between ourselves and the ones we love.

I have no doubt that in a short few weeks we'll find our new rhythm, make a few friends, and learn our way about town.  But when the English clouds roll in, and the sun eeks low across the horizon in the winter months, and we feel far away from "home", we'll have our new family, fortified with summertime memories to help get us through to spring.





The Wedding - Part 1

Our Wedding:  July 13 & 14, 2012





Thursday, August 16, 2012

Road Trip! CA to CO

Shortly after I met Devin it became clear that we might be in it for the long haul. We spent hours talking on long hikes, and lingered over dinner and drinks discussing our pasts, but mostly our near and distant futures. Devin was a few years out from finishing his PhD, and I had just started my Master's in Art Therapy which would take me at least 2 years to complete.

We both had a sense that once we were done with school we could be ready to leave the Bay Area for professional reasons. Also, after ~8 years in once place we anticipated we might be ready for a change of scenery as well.

The Grand Plan looked something like this:

  • Get jobs elsewhere (In America or Abroad).
  • Take 3 months off before starting jobs.
    • Job in America = Travel abroad for 3 months (Vietnam, Laos, Bali) 
    • Job Abroad = Road trip across the states
  • Move and get back to work.
The Grand Plan in reality was even better:
  • Devin gets job in England
  • Road trip Yosemite
  • Move from Berkeley
  • Road trip across CA, NV, UT, CO
  • Get MARRIED
  • Honeymoon in Buena Vista
  • Visit friends and family in the Mighty Midwest
  • Ship stuff to England
  • Move to England

Here are just a few pictures from our road trip this summer.
June 23 - July 4, 2012




















Thursday, August 2, 2012

Authors

Talk to me people, what do you know about the author Nora Ephron?

I've never read any of her books, but think I've seen a few of the movies she wrote/directed.
Sure, I could go on the interwebs and research her but I'd rather hear from you.

Since I'm on the longest vacation of my life I'm interested in finding some new authors to read. I'd like to add some names to my list of favorites.  Which books have you read again and again, which do you immediately recommend to people when they ask you what your book favorite is?

Along those lines, what activities or hobbies do you wish you had more time for?
Send me your list and I'll send you pictures of me doing the things you do don't have time for.

Lucky You!




The Longest "To Do" List




The months of May, June and part of July 2012 are a complete blur.

So much happened in such a short time that my head still spins when I look back at my calendar.  From August of 2011 until July of 2012 Devin and I have been planning, scheduling, over-working, mega-socializing, and creating the longest "To Do List" of our collective and individual lives.


Just a hint of what this now completed list looked like (I'll spare you the actual lists that existed under each subject heading):
  • Plan Wedding (That deserves another bullet point)
  • PLAN A WEDDING
  • Complete Master's Degree
  • Complete PhD
  • Secure Post-Doc
  • Find place to live in England
  • Deal with health issues
  • Apply for Art Therapy License in UK (TWICE! Thanks for nothing USPO!)
  • Apply for UK Work Visas
  • Move from Berkeley
  • Let's say that again, MOVE!!
  • Close out jobs we've had for 6 years
  • Say goodbye to all our dearest friends & coworkers
  • Attend multiple, amazing parties and celebrations. (That part was SO GREAT!)
  • Plan 9 day road trip
  • GO on 9 day road trip
  • Buy one-way plane tickets to England
  • Reserve and pack crate of belongings for 2.5 years in England
  • Unpack and REpack all of our belongings to fit in crate to England
  • Find a job

And simply for the pure satisfaction of doing it I'm going to do this:
  • Plan Wedding (That deserves another bullet point)
  • PLAN A WEDDING
  • Complete Master's Degree
  • Complete PhD
  • Secure Post-Doc
  • Find place to live in England
  • Deal with health issues
  • Apply for Art Therapy License in UK (TWICE! Thanks for nothing USPO!)
  • Apply for UK Work Visas
  • Move from Berkeley
  • Let's say that again, MOVE!!
  • Close out jobs we've had for 6 years
  • Say goodbye to all our dearest friends & coworkers
  • Attend multiple, amazing parties and celebrations. (That part was SO GREAT!)
  • Plan 9 day road trip
  • GO on 9 day road trip
  • Buy one-way plane tickets to England
  • Reserve and pack crate of belongings for 2.5 years in England

Okay, there are only two things left from the above list that are not yet completed. Come August 13th, the first one get's the line! The second one might take a bit longer, but I'm feeling alright about it.

  • Unpack and REpack all of our belongings to fit into crate for England
  • Find a job (at least I don't have to worry about getting health care coverage!)

What a whirlwind of planning, possessions, emotions, natural beauty, and magical moments. This past year has been more than I'd ever imagined I'd go through in many years, let alone just one. And for the most part, every little thing went smoothly. No flat tires on multiple road trips, no trouble getting Visas for the UK, wonderful friends and family to help with the move, and of course the most amazing wedding ever! 

Thank you to all of you near and far that ha a role in helping make all of the above things happen. Whether you helped us directly with your hands, lent us your ear for our constant stream of stress-filled musings, or simply sent your love and support through the internets and atmosphere, I am so grateful for you.

To all of you I say, promise to come visit in England? 
Our "To Do" list in Europe is much more fun that the one above!