Checking In


It’s been a crazy few weeks over here in the B.A. After making the decision to move three weeks ago, we took a road-trip to Tallahassee to see my grandparents. Then, last weekend we took a trip to see my friend Amy in New York (photos to come!) and yesterday Cody left for a work trip to Japan. Then, as soon as he gets back we’re going to pack up the car and start bringing loads of our stuff to our new place of residence. On top of that, I took on some new freelance work, and put in my two week’s notice at my current job. So, yikes.

I’m the kind of person that tends to get a little overwhelmed by long lists of time-sensitive moving-related chores, so I spent a lot of this weekend procrastinating the packing and address-changing by watching chick-flicks that Cody couldn’t abide (one of the only fun things about Cody being away) and taking Murdock on rides in the car to listen to podcasts about Japanese culture and feminism (separate podcasts – I’m not quite that well-informed). The day before Cody gets back I’ll probably get hopped-up on crystal light energy drinks and do ALL THE CHORES I can think of for the move. That’s my “system” and it sometimes works.

cody's eel and rice dinner

I have also been spending my time nagging Cody for pictures of Japan and especially his food. Last night/this morning (it was 9am here, 10 pm in Japan) he had this bento box with eel and rice which he got through room service at his hotel for the modest price of FIFTY EIGHT DOLLARS. First of all, Cody is not an adventurous eater by any stretch, so he chose eel? Second, that better have been the most delicious smoked sea-snake of all time.

courtney and murdock

So, Murdock and I will be keeping each other company this week. There will be walks if the weather permits, rides in the car if it doesn’t, and probably a shared french fry or two, because what’s a ride in the car without a drive-through snack? Also, don’t I look like Elmyra in this photo? Do you even know who that is? I promise no animals were hurt in the making-of. Murdock loves a vigorous head-massage.

  1. how in the world is that eel?

    Caitlin — April 24, 2013
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  2. It was large, and tasty. They took the eel and split it down the middle, doubling the width. The photo has two pieces stacked on top of each other.

    Cody — April 28, 2013
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Upheaval and Easters

The last few weeks have been sort of eventful for my family. As much as it pains me to remind you, dear readers, (all 12 of you! xoxo) Cody and I are living with my parents at the moment. After a few months of waffling between future locations (Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas) my dad is officially accepting a job in Texas that begins this August, so that means Cody and I are moving too! Not to Texas, just to my grandparent’s house in the DC area for the time being (we’re getting good at imposing on our loved ones). We’ll be in our new digs by the beginning of May to give my parents time to start showing their house without a giant, stinky dog around to scare off buyers.

My family has lived in Bel Air since I was in third grade, so their move is a pretty big deal for us. We’re all making little lists of “must do’s” before we scatter to the four winds, and first on that list was a final Easter visit to Log Cabin candies.

log cabin candies

This place is so adorably small-town kitschy that you can’t help falling in love.

log cabin chocolate bunny

Log cabin makes truffles and candies in lots of flavors, but they’re most famous for their unique collection of chocolate Easter bunny alternatives. This year I chose a turtle and a t-rex to give to my sister and her husband, who so graciously hosted us for dinner on Easter. Those eyes on that turtle are just the best.

log cabin chocolate critters

Another thing they do really well at Log Cabin is toffee. I took these pictures in the car and, as you can see, the toffees didn’t go long in their box undisturbed.

log cabin box of chocolates

I would like to note that the reason I referred to Easter as EasterS in the title is because of Nacho Libre. That movie is so quotable that I can’t even think the word Easter without thinking this:

Also, this weather lately! It has me singing a certain silly (and obnoxiously catchy) song from a certain charming-yet-eye-rollingly-sexist musical. SING ALONG IF YOU KNOW IT!

Spring is a good time for change.

  1. robbie just watched nacho libre last week and i kept catching him laughing like crazy to himself while he was watching it. also i get great amusement out of the recommended videos after that clip—they're all short lego films?? also i want that candy place in my life!

    hannah — April 12, 2013
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  2. I obviously need to see seven brides for seven brothers...

    Caitlin — April 12, 2013
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  3. All the movies by the Hess couple are so silly, but I love them, and I have a feeling the lego films are targeted toward the exact type of people that would seek out that clip - namely 13 year old boys and me. Come to Bel Air and I'll take you to candy and ice cream! And Cait, you have no idea.

    courtney — April 12, 2013
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  4. obviously I raised you right...on candy and corny musicals

    Carrie — May 11, 2013
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