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.
We put a down payment on a lot in Herriman… and then changed our minds.
We bought a Subaru.
Ben graduated with his Bachelor Degree.
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…
I cut and dyed my hair
We went camping multiple times.
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.
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.
We went to PAX in Seattle and did lots of nerdy things and ate lots of amazing food.
We went to the first ever Salt Lake City Comic Con!
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!
My brother left on an LDS mission.
Ben decided it was funny to try on my clothes.
Ben started taking piano lessons from my mom.
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.
We bought and set up a tree for the first time in our lives together (4 years now).
We hosted Thanksgiving
We went to Disneyland.
We played WAY too much League of Legends…
And now we’re both level 30 and playing ranked games.
Ben’s poem was published in Touchstones Journal and he won first place poetry.
We hosted Christmas.
We saw John Rhys Davies recite A Christmas Carol.
We hosted a million board game/Pathfinder/LAN parties.
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!
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 😀
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!
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!
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.