Let’s catch up – pt 2

A whole lotta school’s been happening.  For StinkBrain and for me, but mostly Stinkbrain.

The day we got back to DC from vacation is the day we moved to Princeton.  All of our belongs were in storage so all we had to do was pick up Sebastian and Squeaks and boogie on up to Princeton.  The first few weeks were a blur.  There were boxes everywhere, a couple of trips to Costco and IKEA, and we were both trying to figure out this thing that is New Jersey.

Then school started and I had to go back to work and shit got real, quick.  For StinkBrain, it’s grad school, it’s supposed to be challenging, right?  He’s doing great but the workload is heavy and the hours long, I haven’t seen much of him lately.  Thankfully, he’s wrapping up with his midterms now and has a week off, so he’s got some much deserved chill time coming up.


I’ve also gone back to school too!  I’m taking online classes with North Virginia Community College to get some courses required for my Lactation Consultant certification.  I’m currently taking Anatomy/Physiology and Sociology.  I don’t remember online classes being so demanding before, but these classes are needy.  Lots of busy work I don’t think I would have in a traditional class.  But you gotta do what you gotta do.  I’ve been balancing my time working from home with school, in addition to making sure that 3 other living creatures stay alive.  I thought working from home and taking classes would be a breeze, but it’s proving to be otherwise.  Once I get up, get set at my computer, check some emails, drink my coffee, it’s noon. NOON.  I don’t understand this, time never went by this fast when I had to go to an office every morning.  I’ve been trying to schedule and manage my time, but anyone who knows me knows that it’s a fool’s mission.  But fool that I am, I keep trying.  I’ll figure this thing out.

The other thing about being home all the time is that I’m home all the time.  Don’t get me wrong, I love being home.  I’m an antisocial hermit and totally down with that, but I find myself getting bored more often than I would like.  So I’m going to get back into baking.  It’s something I love doing, wish I did more often, is pretty cheap, and is something I can do at home.  Also, I have a willing pool of taste-testers in the form of SB’s classmates.  One reason I didn’t bake much before is that I didn’t want the responsibility of eating all of whatever I made.  Diabetes runs in my family and ain’t nobody got time fo that.  Now, I can simply cut me a slice or two, and give the rest away.  That way, I get to test out some new recipes, practice, and treat the stressed out population around me.

Basically, we’re trying here.


Let’s Catch Up – Pt 1

Vacation pictures! and a quick recap our trip 🙂

In August, StinkBrain and I took a much needed vacation to Seattle, Yosemite, and San Francisco.  With the exception of the horrid dry heat and allergy attack in Yosemite, we had a fantastic time.  In Seattle we explored Capitol Hill and Pike’s Place Market, went whale watching, and ate the best Asian food ever, seriously.  Yosemite was beautiful, yet bone dry.  The second I got off the bus I could feel my sinuses dry and was immediately attacked by nature; pollen, dust, everything.  I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t breathe, and had horrible nosebleeds – I didn’t have the greatest time there.  Once we got to San Francisco, the ocean air fixed me up and I could enjoy the coast.  We took a day trip up to Napa, toured Alcatraz, and again, had some great Asian food.  We likes to eat.

Also, we traveled by train between each stop.  I highly recommend taking an scenic train ride at least once.  Our first leg brought us through Washington, Oregon, and north Cali along the Coastal Starlight route.  We met a couple on holiday from Australia, who were really fun to talk to.  The second leg took us through the Rockies to Colorado.  The views here were gorgeous, besides being mooned a few times (that’s still a thing, apparently).  The train mostly followed the Colorado river and there were plenty of people running, fishing, kayaking, and just hanging out along the river.  That’s what you do in Colorado, and I ain’t even mad.

Overall, the trip was great, but short.  I enjoyed my time with Stinkbrain and got to eat great food and play with my camera. I have no complaints.


Next, I’ll cover everything that’s been happening since we got back and my excuses as to why I haven’t been blogging like I want.


Winding down in DC

We have 9 days left in the DC.

In some ways, it doesn’t feel like we’ve been here for over 3 years, in other ways it feels like we’ve been living here for an eternity.  We’ve made some great friends, done some pretty cool things, and survived the metro.  Not bad.  This isn’t really “goodbye” to DC since we’ll be returning when StinkBrain starts his A-100 class shortly after graduation.  It’s easy to get tired of the politics and the tourists, but that aside, DC is a beautiful city that I’m sure I’ll miss during the next two years.


This summer has been particularly long and eventful, which is why I’ve been so horrible at posting.  We’ve moved most of our stuff to Princeton, SB’s been working on the Hill, I’ve gotten a new assignment working from home, and we haven’t stopped-  I don’t think we’ve had a single day to ourselves since May.  Our activities for this summer include happy hours, BBQs, brunches, trivia nights, a drive in theater, a DC United game, Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park, fireworks at the Capitol, cheering the USWNT, and traveling to Atlanta for my best friend’s baby shower.  We’ve spent this time with some great friends, old and new, and even made time for family.  We’re broke now and that’s ok, these experiences were well worth it.  I’m going to follow up later with some pics I’ve taken.

While I’m glad we got to do all of these things, I’m in need of a break.  In 9 days, SB and I are going on a much needed third honeymoon, stateside this time.  I’ll be deleting my Facebook and GroupMe apps and turning off all notifications, so my iPhone will be getting a break as well (with the exception of Instagram).  SB and I are running away from all responsibility before he starts grad school and I get back to work.  It’s been a while since our last honeymoon and I’m looking forward to seeing another part of the country while eating all the food, reading, and exploring.  If you have any fun book recommendations, holla.



2015 Goals, General

Bye, Credit cards!

credit card

When StinkBrain and I moved in together, we didn’t have any financial support or savings, so credit was an easy way to make sure we had what we needed.  We also had nothing but our clothes and a set of furniture SB got for helping someone move.  So in addition to working and selling whatever we could (including that furniture set), we used credit cards to build a home together.  One thing we can say is that we got everything we have ourselves; no inheritances, no bootstraps, no help.  While we may have established a home, we slowly crept into debt.

Our balances kept on rising even as we were making regular payments so we decided to pay them off completely.  It sucked.  We cut back on things like eating out, reduced our cable and other expenses, used groupons, clipped coupons, and generally tried to spend less whenever possible.  We also stopped using them altogether.  That made it easier to see what our balances were as we paid them off, and got us in the habit of only purchasing what we could afford at the time.

Today, we have 0 credit card debt.  None. Not a penny and we’re pretty damn proud.

dance 2

Also, with a little bit of extra butt hustle, this happened:

Sallie maeWe’ve paid off our first student loan!  We’ve been paying off our student loans like we’re supposed to, but they’re not moving too much.  I have more loans so we’re working on paying mine down, hoping that we can get Brain’s forgiven somehow.  Sallie Mae wasn’t my largest loan, but it had the highest interest, 9%.  So I felt like we were getting nowhere with our payments.  Fortunately, we had some cash after we finished paying off our last two cards to pay this fucker off.  I’m glad that at least one is done.

Now that we don’t have any credit card bills and one less loan to pay off, the money that usually would go to those payments will be saved/invested and some will go towards paying off our remaining loans.  One day, hopefully this year or the next, we’ll be completely debt free.  Then maybe we can consider purchasing a house or two 🙂  Hey, if we can do it, you can do it. One day/credit card at a time.

2015 Goal: Pay off all credit card debt by June 1st



Mica’s Moves

That’s probably what I should call this blog.  Moving is something that I love and hate, that I’ll be doing every 2-3 years for the next two decades.

infinitie box

I better fucking get use to this.

This move is different from the last.  This time, we’re moving almost everything into storage in Princeton, and living in a furnished sublet for the next 2 months.  That means I can’t use the awesome bins that I used last year.  That also means that everything has to be carefully packed into cardboard boxes- no throwing loose items into the car at the last minute or taking multiple trips.

I can do this because I have to.  I keep telling myself that this is the last move that we’ll be doing on our own.  Next time, hopefully, I can point and direct as a team packs and moves all of our belongings.  I’ll be sure to let you know how wonderfully that goes and what I screw up – there undoubtedly be something.

Also, I’m noticing that we have a lot of small boxes, I stumbled upon this delightful gif and I’m now inspired to try this after we unpack.  We’ll see if Stinkbrain goes for this idea or if he spoils my fun.

box maze