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Salsa time!

Ryan has gotten into making salsa recently.  He’s pretty good at it, too!  Last night he made a great cilantro-lime salsa to enter into the 2008 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival.  Here’s a look at the salsa in progress in the food processor:

He has perfected this recipe after several weeks.  It’s a tasty, classic, fresh salsa that won’t last long because it doesn’t have any preservatives.  On the other hand, it doesn’t last long anyway… because it’s oh, so good.

The sad part is that we had to give away a whole pint of the stuff when Ryan entered it into the contest this morning.  We’ll have to make some more soon!!

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Austin bound

After a whirlwind courtship, I have been offered – and have accepted – a job at KVUE in Austin.  I’m excited to get back under the Belo umbrella, and also to work as part of a larger department in a more focused role.  I think that the job opportunity is incredible, and I’m also excited that Ryan and I will get to return to Central Texas and live closer to some of our dear friends.

Of course, I am sad to leave Sherman and my folks, but it’s still closer than Seguin, Joplin, or San Antonio.  I will miss getting together with them at Cellarman’s and seeing them at church.  But I think, after living back here for nearly a year and a half, that I am past the Sherman time in my life.  It was nice to reconnect with my hometown and have Ryan get to know my family better.

Now, we are getting into the time in our lives when we’re thinking about our long-term future.  We’re thinking about starting a family (not immediately, but not too far into the future), and about where we want to be for the foreseeable future.  Austin is a great place for us, geographically, because it’s right in the middle of all of the people we love.  It’s close to TLU, so maybe instead of opening those alumni emails with a little twinge of sadness, we can actually participate in a few of the events that happen on campus.

Living in Austin will also be a totally new experience for me.  I’ve never lived there, and I have only visited (as opposed to driven through) a few times.  I am not impressed with I-35, but I know that there’s more to the city than that.  The people I know who live there or who have lived there really love it, and I know that we will love it there, too.

My first day at work will be May 27th, which is coming up really, really quick.  I basically had just enough time after accepting the job Friday morning to give my current employer two weeks’ notice.  It’s been a fast decision, but even with all of the listmaking and overthinking, it came down to going with our guts and just trusting that this is going to be a wonderful opportunity for both of us.  Keep us both in your prayers as we try to find a place to live and sell our current house, and as Ryan continues to search for a new job!

Spring hailstorm

This was part of the short, intense hailstorm that we had last night around 6:15. It was over in about 5 minutes.

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Clipped, trimmed and swept

The yard is all neat and tidy, thanks to Ryan’s hard work!  He was really busy today, mowing the lawn, getting the weedeater fixed, running the weedeater, trimming branches that threatened to take out my head in the front yard (and I’m short), etc.  I helped a little… I swept the sidewalks and the patio and pointed at branches that needed to be trimmed.  After all of the yard work, we ate dinner, watched “The Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met Your Mother,” and then went in the back yard to have some wine.

We had a nice chat on the swing, sitting by the chiminea and talking about the future.  We talked about plans for the house, and how much we love our house, and about how the studio/shed/garage in the back yard would be the coolest slumber party site ever.  It was just a nice way to wind down the day and relax together.

Now I’m chilling out in the den, watching Craig Ferguson and thinking about how I need to take the garbage out and hit the hay, and how I need not get sucked into the rest of the show… but it’s so darned hard, because CF is my favorite talk show host!  I even watched CSPAN to see his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night.  I’m a big nerd.

My family got some good news this week!  As some of you may know, my brother has been in prison for several months for a probation violation.  He’s getting out today… well, later today.  I’m excited for him to start the next phase of his life and to get back to his wife.  But he’d better not have kids before Ryan and I do.  🙂

Living the change

Today went by slowly, and I spent all day in anticipation of going to the gym to run the week 2 workout for Couch to 5K.  I just could not wait to get off work so I could go home, change into my workout clothes, and start my workout.  That all went as planned, and I made it to the gym by 5:45 (after taking care of a few things at home) but as soon as I ran my first speed interval, I knew it was going to be a tough workout.  I had done it twice already in the past week, and it seemed like the second time it got a little easier.  But this third attempt was going to take gritted-teeth determination to get through.So I turned up the music, tuned out the noise of the gym around me, and listened to the constant monologue in my head of “You can do this, you’ve done it before.  Just 90 seconds.  Just 60 seconds.  Just 30 seconds.  Now rest and walk for 2 whole minutes.”  And repeat 5 more times.  By the time I got to the cooldown, I was red and dripping with sweat, and my legs were already starting to get sore.  I was so tired I completely forgot to stretch after I got off the treadmill, which only made things worse.

When I got home, my legs were really starting to tighten up.  But Ryan had already started dinner and we kept it low-key, watching some TV and bottling beer until we sat down in the den to eat.  I took a Motrin, negotiated a leg rub-down in exchange for a foot- and neck-rub, and cashed in.  I’m still a little sore but it’s starting to subside, which is a good sign.  Hopefully my legs aren’t saving it up for tomorrow.

But, you know… I am really proud of myself.  Today was a good day.  I made good food choices, I stuck to my plan, I didn’t veer off into tempting territory.  I was actually excited about going to the gym, and when it didn’t live up to my fun expectations, I got through it anyway.  I whined like a child when I got home, but I took care of myself.  So no matter what the scale says tomorrow, I know that I am doing good for my body and my future health.  I am living the changes that I have made.

Of course, if I lose a pound and break 40 lost, I will be ecstatic!

Another snowy day

I posted some video earlier of the snow soon after it started falling around midday.  But it continued through the afternoon, and we got several inches of snow.  I left work around 3:30pm and it took me about half an hour to get home.  It usually takes 12 minutes!  I’m not excited about getting up and going in to work in the morning, but mama’s gotta get paid.

It was nice to come home early… it gave Ryan and I some time to take a nap together, talk, and relax.  We slept for about an hour and a half, we had dinner, we watched the American Idol results show, and just chilled out.  And he started a Texas wine blog which you should DEFINITELY check out!  I’m really excited about it!

This weekend looks to be pretty low-key… nothing on the agenda, and if the roads don’t improve we’ll probably be doing a lot of staying in.  And that’s fine with me!

A snowy evening

It’s snowing in Sherman! We’ve gotten several inches of snow so far – at least on our picnic table – and so we went outside to check it out. Ryan took some pictures and I took a couple of (dark) videos with my cell phone, and we had a good time letting the dogs chase snowballs and frolic in the backyard. What’s a little melted snow on the kitchen floor compared with the memories?

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