Catching Up – Topics

So, as you can see, I haven’t really gotten around to doing individual posts for each of the topics in my “Upcoming Topics” list from a while back. So, I’m just going to do a fast summary post with the list to catch things up.

  • Alan Jackson Concert – It’s not often that you find an artist who sounds JUST AS GOOD live as he/she does on the radio. That’s a pretty rare thing, but let me just tell you that Alan Jackson absolutely does! That man is an ICON of country music, and he still puts on one hell of an amazing concert!
  • Tommy James and the Shondells Concert – This was more of a fun ride-along for us than a purposeful concert trip, but I had a great time. It was wonderful to get to see my Mom fangirling over one of her favorite bands from when she was growing up, and the music was familiar and fun. Tommy James and the Shondells still put on a great, high-energy show, and they’re absolutely worth seeing if you’re into the bubblegum music era.
  • Shanghai Rummy – This is possibly the most addictive (and cutthroat) card game I’ve ever learned to play. We have a fantastic time every time we play, no matter who we’re playing with.
  • Our Babymoon in Manassas, VA/Washington, D.C. & Checking Trenton, NJ Off My Bucket List – As these last few weeks of pregnancy are hitting me (37 Weeks Today!!!), I’m more and more glad that we took this trip when we did.  It was such a fantastic adventure, and we made some great memories in the process. I probably will do a more in-depth separate post about our babymoon because it was just so much fun, and it deserves a post to itself. For now, suffice it to say that deciding to go on that babymoon was one of the best choices we’ve made this pregnancy.
  • Transition Phase? – This will also probably get a post to itself some time in the near future.
  • Adventures In Getting Our House “Baby-Ready” – I actually already did a couple of posts about this one. Go me! ^_^ You can read them HERE and HERE.
  • Baby Shower Plans – All I can say on this front is thank GOD for my cousins Shelby and Jennifer. They made sure that I got the shower I wanted, and things went off without a hitch thanks to them. The shower was beautiful, and I’m in the process of adding pictures from it to River’s Virtual Scrapbook.
  • Racecar-related Shenanigans: I’ll probably catch this up in a separate post soon!
  • Fishing: There will be separate posts about our recent fishing trips, but suffice it to say that we’re not fishing as much as usual with the impending due date getting closer every day!
  • Basically Everything We Do Together That I Feel Y’all Might Find Interesting: This is self-explanatory, and I hope to share more with y’all in the near future!

Finishing River’s Room!

I just want to take a minute to say how proud I am of how far Lake and I have come in getting River’s room ready over the past couple of weeks. River’s room has been cleaned out (a freaking MAMMOTH task in and of itself), painted, the carpet has been shampooed, we’ve built closets, and it seems like there’s still a TON left to do. Still, knowing where the state of that room was a little less than a month ago makes me VERY proud of how far we’ve come.

We’re so close to being done, now! All that’s left to do is move furniture back in there, do some decorating, and find places for all the wonderful gifts we got at his baby shower! (I’m still working on thank-you notes, btw.) I think I may actually have worn myself out on the whole nesting thing because that urge is pretty much gone now. The only real urge I have is to FINISH this project so I can shift my focus to getting ready for labor, delivery, and bringing my little boy home. (^_^)

I’m getting more excited to meet him every day!

Made My Lists Portable!

As you probably know from my last post, I’ve been getting the urge to blog while away from my topic lists A LOT lately. Well, I’ve fixed that problem, guys! How? I made my lists portable, and I keep them in my purse now. So, if you’re wondering what’s up next in my post plans, I can tell you!

Upcoming Post Topics:

  • Alan Jackson Concert
  • Tommy James and the Shondells Concert
  • Shanghai Rummy
  • Our Babymoon in Manassas, VA/Washington, D.C.
  • Transition Phase?
  • Adventures In Getting Our House “Baby-Ready”
  • Baby Shower Plans
  • Racecar-related Shenanigans
  • Fishing
  • Basically Everything We Do Together That I Feel Y’all Might Find Interesting

Yes, half of these bullet points will probably turn out to be actual post titles because I’m creatively drained, at this point.

You may have noticed that I haven’t made many posts on my author blog recently, and there’s a reason for that. I’m not a good marketer/promoter, I’ve been watching my sales dwindle since Frost’s release, and all I want to do every time I look at that blog lately is whine. Whining isn’t productive, so I’m just not going to go there until I’ve got something positive to share.

Anyway, that’s my little victory for today!

Minimizing & Eliminating Clutter

As a part of getting our house baby-ready, I’m in the process of eliminating clutter and minimizing. I know it doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but that’s only true if you don’t know me. I’m a borderline hoarder because I attach way too much emotional importance to inanimate objects. As a result, I’ve held onto a lot of things that aren’t really doing anything in my life besides unnecessarily taking up space.

One way I’m ensuring that I eliminate clutter is through a group I joined on Facebook for the month of February (The Minimalist Game) curated by my friend Courtney. You get rid of a number of items equal to the number of the day of the month, for the entirety of the month. So, you get rid of one thing on the first, two things on the second, etc. Today, I chose to eliminate a piece of clothing that I’m never going to fit into. The two items I choose to get rid of tomorrow will probably follow along those same lines, but we’ll see. At this rate, I’m hoping to have our spare room cleaned out enough that I can keep River’s changing table, dresser, etc. (except his bed because he’ll be sleeping in our room) in there.

More to come with the adventures in minimizing and eliminating clutter a little later on!

What’s Going On?

I think it’s pretty obvious by now that I struggle with consistency in all areas of my life, especially blogging. So, I’ll be taking this post to catch you up on what’s been happening lately, and what’s currently going on in our lives.

What’s been happening?

  • We found out we’re having a baby boy! His name is David River Moye, and we can’t wait to meet him!
  • I took the past few months to focus on finishing, editing, and self-publishing my first novel, Frost, which I’ve been working on for the past 11 years. If you want to hear more about my professional writing life, check out my blog Chelsea Clemmons Moye | Author.
  • I’m working on shifting my focus and rearranging my personal goals and priorities in the wake of achieving my biggest goal for 2017 (releasing Frost). For more information on what my current personal goals are, check out my post “Current Personal Goals” on my personal Chelsea Moye blog.
  • We’ve been doing a lot of “adulting without a manual” (or AWM for short) while I took time off from this blog to focus on publishing Frost. I’ll catch you up on the biggest AWM highlights ASAP.
  • We’ve had a few “adventures” in the meantime, too, and I’ll be catching you up on those, as well.

What’s currently going on?

  • I’ve been out of work since January of 2016, so I’m trying to do a better job of being productive while staying at home.
  • We’re doing our best to get the house baby-ready before River arrives!
  • I’m trying to finish MTE school without having to pay for another program extension.
  • I’m trying to blog more consistently across this blog, as well as the other two mentioned above. So, if you don’t see a post here, check the other two blogs out as well. I may not write a post every day for each blog, but I’m going to try to do at least one post a day between the three of them.
  • We’re trying to keep as active and adventurous as we can right now because we don’t really know how our lifestyle is going to change once River arrives. These adventures include travel, trying new things, etc. (Our so-called “adventures” should provide plenty of post fodder for We’re the Moyes in the meantime.)

I think that’s all I have for you guys for now! I’ll see you around!

Holy Smokes!

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That’s right, guys. Lake and I are having a baby in May! I’m both ecstatic and overwhelmed at this news. It almost feels surreal. I keep hearing the beginning of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in my head every time I think about it.

“Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?”

There are so many thoughts and feelings battling it out inside me right now that Lake and I are having a baby that I don’t even know which way is up or what questions to ask right now. Anybody else have any thoughts/feelings on the matter? If so, please let me know.

Puppy Troubles

Okay, so first note is that I’m not writing this first thing in the morning. I promise I have a good reason for that, though. I’m cleaning my Mom’s house today for extra cash, and I also brought my puppy over here to socialize him with my parents’ dog because he got lost and separated from his litter very early. He doesn’t know how to interact with other dogs, and I’m hoping bringing him to interact with Mom and Dad’s dog will help.

So, the dog that Lake and I have is pretty much still a puppy, and he’s undersocialized. He has no idea of how to interact with other dogs and he likes to play a little too rough. He tends to get too mouthy and nippy because he never had the opportunity to learn better with his mom and littermates.

It’s been going really well, all things considered.

Six Flags!

  
Being an adult is a lot like being a kid, just with more freedom. Today, Lake and I are adulting without a manual at Six Flags over Georgia. Stay tuned for more!

So, I wondered if the season passes we bought were really going to be worth it. I can already say that they are! We’re getting exclusive access to brand new rides today. Love it!

Okay, so coming on opening day had a few unforeseen pitfalls. 

  • Tons of people because it’s opening day makes for LONG lines. 
  • New employees haven’t really found the rhythm of working in a theme park yet. 
  • A lot of the kinks haven’t been worked out of the rides yet. Less working cars means longer wait times. 

On the plus side, though:

  • Roller coasters are always fun! 
  • Good food. 
  • Didn’t have to wait long for the Batman ride. 
  • There is now a hotline where you can report line jumpers. Security finally cracked down on that rampant problem, and it is no longer tolerated. 

What Is This Blog About?

Good question! I decided to start writing this blog because of a conversation I recently had with a friend of mine, Chelsea W.

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This conversation inspired me to create a blog chronicling the adventures Lake and I have together trying to “adult without a manual.” Even though we’ve known each other since kindergarten, Lake and I are very different people and we’re constantly bringing each other into new experiences, and teaching each other new things!

So, basically, this blog is the chronicle of our adventures in married life, some big and some small!

Panini Pete’s – Downtown Mobile – 3/6/16

We decided to come to Mobile with our friends Tori and Luke for a fun day out. We went to the flea market (my very first experience at one), and I loved it. Can’t wait to go back. There’s so much cool stuff you wouldn’t see at a regular store. I especially loved a lot of the antique costume jewelry. It has so much personality! I also saw several brooches that I would love to incorporate into pieces of art, somehow.

After we grab lunch, we’re going to check out the King Tut exhibit at the History Museum of Mobile. Right now, though, I want to focus on Panini Pete’s. I love the Downtown Mobile location’s general aesthetic right off the bat.

I love this chandelier! It hangs above a table decorated with gangster movie art. The place has endless charm.

Enough about the looks of the place, though, right? What about the food? OH. MY. GOD. 

 

I had the Beercheese Burger. It was to die for! Hands-down the best burger I’ve ever eaten in my life. Also, the fries are addictive! Love them. I highly recommend Panini Pete’s if you’re looking for an excellent burger and the best fries you’ll ever eat.

What about the service? The wait staff is VERY attentive! They kept our drinks full, and checked at regular intervals to see if there was anything we needed. My only qualm is that I wish they asked us how we’d like our patties cooked while we were ordering. I tend to like my meat well done, but even so the burger was DELICIOUS.

I highly recommend that you check out Panini Pete’s in Downtown Mobile when you get the chance!