Thursday, August 29, 2013

summer travelogue: the cleveland botanical garden


in july we traveled to josh's parent's home in the cleveland, ohio area. we headed to the university circle area including the cleveland museum of art, natural history museum and the botanical garden for a large dose of arts and culture. these are pictures we took on one of the hottest days of the summer. each plant has it's own idiosyncrasies that are so powerful and complex. i could stare at the details for hours.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

the return ferry ride from monhegan island

the best part of the hour long ferry ride back from monhegan island was when the captain decided to take us by the island where a herd of seals lived. the girls are still talking about it. the seals are seriously the. cutest. things. 

oh,  and on the trip to monhegan island i got a little sea sick. first trimester of pregnancy with twins revisited. someone suggested i stand and look towards the horizon and that's what i did on the ride back and i felt fine. phew. green is not a becoming color.

you know you are in the middle of a move when...

 1. PODS delivers the wrong POD. seriously. 

2. you drag your tongue across your teeth and it's the slimiest, pastiest thing you have ever felt.

3. your best friends are the guys that work at the transfer station.

4. your to do list contains 'do laundry' and it never gets crossed off.

5. you crave vodka in the a.m. and coffee in the p.m. 

6. a sit down meal at mcdonalds is a worthwhile option.

7. when the move-in cleaning lady slides the girl's playroom window off it's track and it falls two stories to it's demise. 

8. when a 3 a.m. thud is your daughter falling out of her new twin bed.

9. washer and dryer not included in the sale of the house-sad. 
washer and dryer are still in house for closing inspection-happy.
dryer squeaks like a mouse and the washer sounds like someone is having animal sex-sad.

10. the largest colony of daddy long legs decides to inhabit the house between the previous owners and new occupants.

11. you decide to order internet extreme instead of basic internet only to find out that streaming netflix is still buffering and freezing at the same rate as before.

12. you realize that your book collecting habit is a disease when you see the towers o' books on the floor.

13. there is no convenient electrical outlet by the kitchen counter top so you resort to plugging in the coffee grinder  and blender in an outlet on the kitchen floor.

14. when you actually consider getting rid of everything you own.

15. when you wonder what that awful smell is and realize it's coming from your own armpit region.

*these were written by my husband, josh tompkins, and i after a stressful day of moving:)

*** and the pictures above are of our new house is maine. the original part of the house was built in 1820 as you can see in the first picture. the rest of the pictures show the additions that have been made. it is zoned for commercial and residential so we have long term plans of opening up a business out of the cedar shingle siding portion. hope you want to follow our little adventure of updating and making cosmetic changes to the interior and exterior.