Monday, September 8, 2014

New house

The new house is amaaaazing. I love the vibe and the spaciousness of it. I'm also dedicated to keeping it super clean, and so far I've been holding up quite well. Because it's not cluttered the cleanliness of my house matters more to me. I've even been making the bed everyday! Who'd have known?

My sister... is coming to the States to visit me! She's coming with Thanksgiving and I'm sooo excited to show her around and hang out with her. She's going to love the Thanksgiving, because Michael's family is pretty awesome and very southern like people. My sister likes to immerse her self in the local culture so this is perfect! Of course she is reasonably familiar with it since she lived a year in Florida in her teens, but still! And I can't wait to share all the horsey stuff in my life. We had riding lessons together for 4 years, so it's really a hobby we share.

Job hunting goes on pretty well. I narrowed down what I am really looking, outside job, working with animals, for so now my hesitancy is gone. In my free time I make sure I clean some of the house to keep up and I try to go the barn as much as I can. That usually results in 3 times a week, sometimes 4 if I'm lucky. It's a long drive though, and even though the gas prices in USA are way cheaper than Europe, it's significant for your bank account.

In less than 2 weeks Michael and I have our camping trip! I'm so excited. I'm really hoping Michael will fall in love with hiking and we will do it more often. However, knowing Michael... it won't really be his thing. But I'm already grateful he's willing to try.

Since my life has a pretty good routine going right now I will post some pictures for a more complete overview. You'll notice they are only Doni/Horse pictures, but that's because Michael doesn't really like to be on photo's or take them.

I'm wearing the purple shirt, helping raise jumps

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Things and stuffs

The job hunt is going well. I'm being very picky where I apply and get responses quite quickly! I think it is just a matter of time before I find the right fit for me.

There was a thunder storm here, and I got to enjoy it on our balcony. It was very impressive and I made a video for my Dutch people who I bet will enjoy it as much as I did.

Michael and I have just planned our first holiday together since I moved here! The original plan was a sort of honey moon, but it got delayed and delayed. But finally we got it planned. We will go hiking in the Smoky Mountains in the last week of September. We got all our equipment except Michael's shoes. The tents, the mats, the backpacks, sleeping bags, maps, emergency kit, water filter and pans. Whatever we are missing we have plenty of time to purchase.

I was really pushing Michael for doing a back country trip, where you have to take your gear with you in your backpack instead of doing day-hikes from one location. He wasn't really feeling it, but puppy eyes mixed with glares and reasonable arguments finally convinced him! Woohoo! We will take it really easy, and hike a very low amount of miles each day to ease ourselves into it. The first day is very easy and lovely, with swimming holes and beautiful waterfalls, and almost no ascension. That's about 6 miles and we will get to our lovely camp ground with plenty of day light left. This is mainly to warm us up, and make sure Michael will enjoy the hike. If I'd spring a heavy hike on him immediately, he will not think it is fun at all! Now the second day is a little bit rougher for us beginners. We will have an ascension of 2500 ft and horizontally hike 7 miles. My estimate is that it will take us 8.5 hours with breaks and a leisurely pace. Here we will see if Michael is cut out for back country hiking. I really hope he is, but if it is no fun for him I shall have to accept it.

We will hike to the top of a mountain and camp there. The views are supposed to be amaaaazing. I can't wait. Then the third day is all down hill and a little boring, but gets us back to the car.

right up is our door!
On another note; we just moved! Our apartment is smaller but it feels so much more like home. It's nicer and feels roomier. I will definitely post pictures when we are done decorating, but here are the pictures of when the place was empty.

living room, kitchen and dining area



living room

A thunder storm outside, our balcony is the perfect
place to watch it.

watching the thunder storm