Breaking in our Backyard


I'm baaaaack! 

It's been almost a month since I last posted, but this little house has been keeping me very occupied. I painted almost every room of our house, including some of the ceilings, until I actually couldn't hold a paint brush anymore because my hands hurt so much. I stopped short of one bathroom. My friend (who also happens to be a physical therapist) told me to lay off the painting. So I'm going to take her medical advice and go easy for a few weeks. I'll post photos of the house later.

I unpacked most of the boxes we had stored at our parents' houses before we left to Singapore. It was weird going through boxes of things we had packed away two years ago. I forgot about a lot of things I owned and had learned to live without. I also found a lot of sentimental things, like photos, art, and other mementos I didn't want to get rid of. 

We also had a housewarming party/Jeff's birthday party this past weekend and got some good use out of our backyard. Part of the reason why I was so busy setting up house is because I wanted it to look somewhat presentable for our guests. I think our party was a success; people stayed until almost midnight. It made me feel good that people didn't want to leave. That's a sign of an inviting house, right? 

Here are some photos of the party (and party people): 
I bought a bunch of toys to keep the kids at our barbecue busy, including a pack of mustaches. Some of the adults ended up using them instead. I think they enjoyed them way more than the kids would have.  
The kids were really digging my pet tortoise, Napoleon. He just walked around the backyard checking out all the action. It's not everyday you visit a house with a pet tortoise.
My cousin Gabby and her husband Tommy brought over this delicious burnt almond cake. It was so good. I ate some for breakfast today (I'm a grown up now, I do what I want. Including eating cake for breakfast)
I love this photo. Stanley really wanted to kiss the baby. 
Stan was loving all the attention at the barbecue. Good dog, Stan. 
Now that the party is over I feel like I can relax a bit and actually start to enjoy the house and backyard. I've got a lot of DIY projects to keep me busy for the rest of the summer. Hopefully these won't keep me so distracted that I forget to blog for another month. 

San Francisco International Beer Festival 2012 (Or, How We Celebrated Buying a House)


Last weekend was one of the best weekends I've had in a long time. Partly because we bought a house (that's kind of a big deal), and partly because we had friends come into town to celebrate with. It's not everyday that Jeff and I put on our grown-up pants and do something sensible like buying a house. So of course, we had to celebrate the best way we know how: with good friends and good beer. 
San Francisco International Beer Festival is one of the best beer events we've ever been to (this was our third year). It's well-organized and despite the thousands of people all in one place, everyone is happy and friendly. It's kind of hard not to be in a good mood when there is so much good food and beer in one place. Tickets sold out in less than an hour this year. 
Jess was plotting her beer-tasting agenda on the maps provided for festival goers while we were waiting in line. There are more than a hundred brewers that come from far and wide to serve their beers at SF BeerFest. Jess just moved down to San Jose from Seattle with her fiance, Nick (Jeff's cousin). 
Jeff's friend Scott also joined us at SF BeerFest. These two have been friends since their freshman year in college and Scott was in our wedding. He's also our real estate agent and helped us buy our house! 
Besides the good beer and good company, there were great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz from Fort Mason, where the event was held. 

SF BeerFest is always fun for us, but this time it was even better because we had a good reason to celebrate. I think we convinced our friends to come back next year. I'm already looking forward to it. 

This Old House (Is Ours)


For those of you that don't follow me on Instagram*, here's some big news: Jeff and I got the keys to our new house last Friday!

I'm pretty sure we set a new record for fastest house-hunting, because it only took us about a month to find it. Sometimes being impulsive can be a good thing. We didn't think we'd actually get the house when we put in our offer for it, but it's ours now and we are pretty excited about it.  

The new house is keeping me busy these days. I'm dealing with all kinds of things I never had to worry about while living in rentals for most of my life: termites, broken gates, appliance shopping, and more lava rock than I know what to do with. But as with all new things we encounter, we see this little old house as another adventure to look forward to. Home sweet home.

Here's a photo of the living room from earlier today when I was painting. I have a lot more work to do! 

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