Wow, it’s been a long time since we posted. Eight months in fact! Now that things have calmed down just a tiny bit I really want to start posting again. SO I decided I should do a quick run-down of the last eight months to get everyone up to speed. Make sure you read (or at least scroll) all the way to the end! There is a surprise!
Let’s see… we went to Iceland! It was AMAZING. I’m really sad I never posted about it because I’ve already forgotten so much… but it was really fantastic. I have a ton more photos on our Facebook, but here’s a small taste. Iceland is an amazing place. The food was good and though we mostly fended for ourselves since we were driving around the island and to some pretty rural areas the restaurants we did eat in were great. It was a lot easier to be vegan in Iceland than I thought and the health food stores in Reykjavik were well-stocked. So much hiking, sightseeing, and waterfalls! I’ll never forget it.
Ben with some Icelandic ponies (they’re so tiny compared to him!)
Me in front of Gullfoss
Us in front of Svartifoss
Drinks in The Blue Lagoon
Us in front of Jökulsárlón (glacier lagoon)
Out puffin watching
We put a down payment on a lot in Herriman… and then changed our minds.
That would have been our house
We bought a Subaru.
Ben graduated with his Bachelor Degree.
Ben and I have the same degree from the same university :)
I moved to a different department at my same company and started a whole new career as a project manager. Which means I work a lot of long hours…
My car… alone… in the work parking lot
I cut and dyed my hair
Ooo la la
We went camping multiple times.
We took all of my sisters to Goblin Valley
Bridal Veil Falls
I seriously love this picture… this is up Provo canyon
Ben got a job here as a technical writer pretty much right after graduating. He got hired as an intern and then was brought on full-time. We are now DINKs (double income, no kids) and it’s SO WOW.
It’s a R&D factory and it’s pretty interesting stuff
My sister left on an LDS mission… I miss her :(
My brother got married in California. I was the first child to get married in my family so this second wedding was a pretty big deal. We love our new sister-in-law! We combined the wedding trip to California with some amazing food in San Diego.
My cute family
Ben looked handsome the whole time
We went to PAX in Seattle and did lots of nerdy things and ate lots of amazing food.
I met Jessica Nigri!
We went to the first ever Salt Lake City Comic Con!
Us with John De Lancie!!! (He is Q in Star Trek TNG)
We met up with some nerdy cosplay friends
(Ben is dressed as Naked Snake from MGS)
We moved to a beautiful 2-bdr flat in Lehi less than 5 minutes from my office (we’re renting). It was brand new and has granite counter tops, wood flooring, vaulted ceilings, and a garage. We love it!
Molly settled in nicely
My brother left on an LDS mission.
Ben decided it was funny to try on my clothes.
The man’s got some legs
Ben started taking piano lessons from my mom.
He’s doing great!
I got myself possibly the best present I’ve ever gotten… this beautiful ragdoll kitten. I named her Winry (from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) and she is the love of my life.
My little precious!
We bought and set up a tree for the first time in our lives together (4 years now).
The pets helped
We hosted Thanksgiving
Our beautiful table and tree
It was as delicious as it looks
Winry is just a delight
We went to Disneyland.
Lights in California Adventure
Iron Man exhibit
Ben discovered SnapChat and I discovered Ben’s ability draw amazing penises. It’s been an interesting couple of months.
I will not say who that poor man is
We played WAY too much League of Legends…
Winry thinks it’s interesting… but it’s not really her thing
And now we’re both level 30 and playing ranked games.
Should I be proud? Or embarrassed?
Ben’s poem was published in Touchstones Journal and he won first place poetry.
It’s really good
We hosted Christmas.
Winry playing in the presents
Winry is so tolerant… she didn’t even struggle
We made Christmas brunch… mmm
We saw John Rhys Davies recite A Christmas Carol.
He was great!
We hosted a million board game/Pathfinder/LAN parties.
Winry attended most of them
The Game… of Thrones
We went on an adorable winter/Valentine’s Day trip to Midway/Heber/Park City. Ben planned the whole thing to help me get away from work stress and it was the week before Valentine’s so it worked out great! It was SO amazing! and SO relaxing! Ben over-nighted the Dr Cow’s tasting set of cheeses and some chocolates to our hotel so I had no idea!
The Midway Ice Castles
Swimming in the Homestead Crater
Skiing in Deer Valley
Dr Cow’s cheese! Wine! Allison’s Gourmet chocolates! Fireplace!
I started actually guiding trails in Heber on the weekends. I was a guide down in Zion National Park for a few years back in the day and hated how they treated the horses and just their whole philosophy. I finally found an amazing woman up in Heber that takes such amazing care of her horses and really understands horse psychology. I started riding up there in August and now am actually guiding trails for her. I love bringing horses to people and helping people understand horses! Plus I love to ride :D
Picking our way up a sagebrush hill
Winry is now 8 months old and is the same weight as our other cat, Idunn. They are both 7.5 lbs. Winry will probably be about 16 lbs when full grown. Idunn is 3 so she won’t be growing any more. Crazy!
I took this the other day while I was working from home… in bed
And last… but currently the most exciting to me… we’re going to Japan in 36 days!!!! WHAT?? Yes! It’s true! We’ve been planning this trip since December and I’m so FREAKING excited. I think Ben is more excited though. He’s always wanted to go back since he lived there about 6 years ago and we’re finally are going. We’re going to Tokyo, Fuji 5 Lakes, Takayama, Hakone, Kyoto, and Mt Koya. I will do a whole post about it soon! With pictures!
Torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto
Aaaand I’m amazed you made it this far. This post was way longer than I thought it would be… I didn’t realize we had done so much in only 8 months! Hopefully I will post again very soon now that I’m all caught up.