Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bowdens Move to Washington pt. 2

Our stuff finally came!

Thursday morning, I got a call from the manager at Uhaul telling me our box arrived. After spending about an hour talking to the Sacramento location and customer service, I got a discount on the services since the pod was so late. We hooked our box up to a rented truck and dragged it to our house. That's right. HOUSE.

Look at this pod! It's here! Also, see that front door? That's our house. :)
Everything we own in a 5x7x8 box.

It took us just over an hour to get everything out of the pod, and then the real fun began. Here is a picture of my adorable kitchen (the only room that is 100% unpacked).

I love this kitchen. There is enough room to cook and do dishes at the same time!

The first dinner we actually cooked in our kitchen with more than a skillet and a flipper spatula.

Lemon Basil Cappellini Pasta with Garlic Butter Chicken

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bowdens Move to Washington pt. 1

Moving out of our apartment in Davis was the easy part. We packed multiple days in advance, we had everything ready to go when moving day came, and we got the truck and the pod on time. With the wonderful help we had, we managed to load up our pod in about 25 minutes. We gave away most of our big pieces of furniture. We had In-N-Out as our last meal in California. We got on the road, and thought to ourselves "Wow, that was so easy!"

We spent a week in Seattle, shopping, watching TV, and playing Sims 2 in the living room. We periodically checked in on our pod full of stuff, and had a relaxing week.

On Saturday morning, we made the journey into Pullman. On the way, Greg called the U-Haul location in Moscow, ID, where we were going to pick up the pod that contained all of our mortal possessions. The man on the phone confirmed that it had been delivered the day before and was all ready for pick-up. We saw our adorable little house, squeed a little over the stairs and multiple bedrooms, and headed into Moscow to get our stuff.

When we got to the U-Haul location, there was a big line of people waiting to rent trucks, return trucks, and get their stuff. Eventually, we made it to the front of the line. That's when the sales associate told us they couldn't find our pod. We sent him out to look again. Still no pod. We asked him to check the online system again. It turns out that the pod had magically "arrived" in Moscow before it had shipped from Sacramento. Not the kind of magic that I like. Basically, nobody knew where our stuff was, or when it was going to arrive.

As you can imagine, this created a number of problems. We had no place for my in-laws to sleep (thankfully, we had bought a bed for the guest room that we could sleep in), we had no kitchen implements, and no extra clothes. We went to Wal-Mart to stock up on foods that could be cooked with one skillet and a spatula; a towel; and some shampoo. Basically we have been camping in our new house for the past four days.

On Sunday, the U-Haul told us they couldn't locate our stuff because the trucking company's office was closed on Sundays. On Monday, they told us that the truck had picked up our pod four days late and there was nothing more they could tell us until the pod arrived. Tuesday, they told us that the truck carrying our stuff had broken down somewhere between California and Idaho. They *think* that our pod may arrive sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

Luckily for us, we had our internet set up on Monday, so we haven't been too bored. We seriously watched the 5th season of Modern Family in its entirety in the last 24 hours while sitting on a blanket in our otherwise empty living room. That's 24 episodes. We put together our new entertainment center. We ate 2 pounds of ravioli. We have been to Wal-Mart 4 times in the last 4 days.

People keep telling us that this story will be funny later.

Here is our guest bedroom that we are currently sleeping in. It will be even cuter when our stuff gets here.

Our first official meal in our new house. Sandwiches: because you don't need anything to cook them.

This is where we watched almost 9 hours of Modern  Family.

Our sweet new entertainment center. The second of two pieces of furniture currently in our house.

We literally ate all this ravioli in one sitting.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fish Museum

Here are a few pictures from our trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! We had a wonderful time, and saw all the fishies!

In front of the Kelp Forest tank. We saw a scuba diver feed all the fish!

Look at this turtle!
I love jellyfish. They are incredibly graceful for creatures who poop out their mouths.

Beautiful and stingy

Tiny stingies.

So cool.

Mushroom cloud of a jellyfish
Squid! The Tentacles exhibit was awesome. I love cephalopods.
Big sleepy octopus.
We got to draw our own jellyfishes that swam across the screen. We only had to fight a few children to get a turn.
Greg really liked the Nautilus.


We attempted to imitate our squid friends.

More squids.

More jellies!
After the Aquarium, we walked around Monterey, had lunch at Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co. and had a lovely day.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

On the road again

Hello there friends and family! The little Bowden family has some exciting news (not the baby-kind of news; sorry, Cindy).

The California Bowdens are becoming Washington Bowdens!

That's right, people. We're moving. Again.

As you all know, we moved to Davis, California, last year so Greg could start his Ph.D in Microbiology at UC Davis. Well, his mentor, Heather, has just scored a directorship at Washington State and has offered Greg three years of funding if he tags along. So, to make a long story short, Greg is going to give up being an Aggie to (once again) become a Cougar.

Now, moving to Pullman, WA, was not something I wanted to do, so Greg did what any loving husband would: he bribed me. Here's the trade: Washington for a puppy. Yes, dear readers, I get a puppy. The promise of a tiny dog baby to love made me more than willing to give up my new friends, pack everything I own into boxes, drive a gas-guzzling U-haul truck 14 hours north, and brave snow every winter for the next three years. Because who needs to live in a place for more than a year, anyway?

Our housing contract here in Davis ends late August, so that's probably when we will be packing up our stuff and making the great trek north. We plan on becoming super-duper-outdoors-y and mega-adventurous during our time in Washington, or watch a Netflix a lot. Maybe a little bit of both. Either way, we are excited for the next step in our lives and ready for a little bit of unemployment, a fur-baby, and a whole lot of adventure.

Okay, now that the big, scary news is out of the way, let's get an update on what the Bowdens have been up to the last few weeks (or months), shall we?

1. I found a wasp in my house and violently beat it to death with my swiffer mop.

This is my dangerous face.
2. I met my parents in Virginia to attend the wedding of my cousin Kevin and his adorable little wife Meredith. It was basically the cutest. While in VA, I also got to spend some time with the Burnett side of the fam. They are also basically the cutest.

Look at those cherry blossoms.

My pretty cousins.

Adorable bride. Handsome groom. Beautiful wedding.
PopPop had never eaten yogurt. Now he has. Victory.

You can see where I get my good looks from.

3.  Greg and I drove to Portland to celebrate the graduation of Greg's older brother, Nick. It was great to spend time with the Bowdens, stay up waaaay past my bedtime, and celebrate one of life's biggest accomplishments with wonderful people.


The Bowden family.

The graduate and his more attractive half.

4. My sister came to visit! Emily flew out here so I could be her chauffeur and take her to her best friend's wedding. We drove from Davis to Reno, Reno to Carson City, Carson City to Davis, all in one day. We also did other fun stuff. Here is photographic evidence of that.

Emily loves cows. Cows love Emily, too.

So much science.
More science.

Sister, and thai food.
Overall, we are doing wonderfully. We love our life, we are working hard, and enjoying it. :)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Birthdays, prison, and dark chocolate.

 Having a January birthday is both awesome and not awesome. Awesome: presents two months in a row! Not awesome: not getting presents for 10 months afterward.
Awesome: Greg and I both have January birthdays. Double awesome: combined birthday outings!
This year for our combined birthday weekend, we went to San Francisco. I had only been once before, and Greg had never been. We walked for miles (and miles and miles), saw Alcatraz (Azkaban, anyone?) and ate fish and chips.
On the ferry to Alcatraz after Greg got checked out by a gay couple. He's taken, dudes.
Look at this guy. So 25.

Golden Gate Bridge

Exercise yard. Apparently inmates like baseball, handball and cigarettes.

I did not like the cell blocks. Claustrophobia and dirty toilets.

Prison life did not suit Greg.

The audio tour was super cool. We saw where and how escape attempts happened, what daily life in Alcatraz looked like, and why we never want to go to prison.

We like outside.

We kept an eye out for Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and missiles.

After Alcatraz, we went for a walk along the Embarcadero. We stopped into the Musee Mechanique to see the old arcade games and machines.

Greg arm-wrestled the creepy machine

Dat concentration


Ghirardelli and an espresso dark chocolate sundae. I think this is what heaven looks like.

After a long day of walking, audio tours, contemplating prison escape attempts, arm-wrestling, walking, fish and chips, sourdough bread, seagulls, walking, and fun, we went home. We said we shouldn't lay down, but we did anyway. We promptly fell asleep for 2 hours and missed dinner. That is what real adventure looks like.