May 2012

Where is the flour?

I’ve never moved before in my life.

I, Rachel, am 23 years old and have lived in the same house since the day my parents brought me home from the hospital. I guess you could say that technically I have moved, if you count moving from a shared bedroom with my sister into my own bedroom in the same home… a move.

Jason has moved like 17 times in his lifetime.

He has the one-up on me in the moving department, that’s for sure. I actually have no idea what I’m doing when I “move”. I’ve helped my friends move, but… throwing their stuff into a box and placing that said box into their new home for them to deal with is a lot different than packing up your own junk and carrying it into the new home you are responsible for decorating.

I haven’t officially moved. My clothes and desk and bed are all still at my parents house. That’s where I sleep and occasionally pass through for free snacks. But since my almost husband and I have already combined bank accounts and I am half paying for this new house, I spend a lot of my time there.

Most of you have moved before, so … this isn’t new for you. But for someone who is a moving newbie, I am still grasping the complexities of what a move has in store for a person.

First of all, new homes smell weird. I thought that opening the windows for 3 hours would do the trick, but… I have to remember that people actually lived in this house before we got there, so their smells are all over the place. We bought candles and air fresheners, and it’s helping, but it’s a process.

Second of all, new homes don’t come with anything. We’re renting. Renting is also new for me, obviously. Part of me thinks a landlord should stock you up with necessities like toilet paper and paper towels and food. OK, not the food but… it really sucks when you’re in a new house and you’ve forgotten to buy toilet paper or paper towels or napkins or kleenex or any paper products whatsoever. Same goes for cleaning products. That stuff sucks to buy, the owners should just keep the place stocked with cleaning products like, “Hey, here ya go thanks for renting, keep the place clean”.

Thirdly, the food situation is grim for a little while. Here’s the deal, we can go buy a frozen package of chicken and some lettuce but… without spices our chicken will never taste good. Or how about wanting to add salt to your meal? Or maybe sugar to your coffee? Or perhaps you wanted to make a quick batch of cookies? In a new home, you don’t have this stuff, you have to go out and buy it… and that makes your grocery bills expensive.

So I’ve learned over the past few weeks that when you move, you don’t necessarily have all the things that houses are supposed to have. I’ve lived with my parents forever. When we’re out of cinnamon, my mom buys some more cinnamon. When we don’t have snacks, mom buys me snacks. Oh, you need oil for that pan? It’s cool, I got it, because that’s just something you have in a home.

My almost husband and I have to make this new place a home. We bought flour and brown sugar the other day. It was the highlight of our week. We also bought wall decor for our bathroom and I admired it for at least 3 minutes. It’s the little things these days that I’m loving, the things I’ve never really thought about before. In less than 3 weeks I’m going to have a whole new home with a whole new husband and we’re going to start a whole new family. I can’t wait.


Questions Answered

Well The Knot tells me I’m less than a month away from the big day…

I can’t believe it’s all coming up so quickly. It seems like just yesterday Jason was down on one knee. Turns out that was 5 months ago… wow how time flies!

Well with 30 days, Jason and I realize we’re in crunch time. We have meetings to attend, last minute things to buy, decorations to make and details to finalize. A lot of people have been asking us questions so I wanted to answer a few of them on here.

How is it going?

  • It’s all going well. Neither one of us are event planners so, this whole process has stretched us and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t a little tired. We can’t wait for the wedding day because we know it’s going to be amazing and wonderful, but we also can’t wait for it to be over so we can just enjoy being together without any wedding details looming over our heads!

Do you have everything for the wedding done?

  • Mostly. We’ve got the big details figured out, we’re working on finalizing some of the smaller pieces.
Are you stressed?
  • Ya, a little bit… as much as any bride and groom should be. We’re planning the biggest party of our lives, it can be a little nerve racking.
How can I help?
  • Just make sure to RSVP and buy us presents 🙂 Unless you’re in the wedding party, then you have some stuff to do.

How’s the new place?

  • Well, I’m not living there yet but Jason is and the more decorations and furniture we put in there, the more it feels like a home. It’s in an amazing location and it’s a great place so, we’re excited. I’m excited to move in and put some of the final touches on our home with all of our gift card money 😉

I think that answers some of the more frequent questions we get.

Thanks for caring enough about us to ask, your support means the world to us! 30 days!!!!!




Live Long and Prosper

Nothing says “Live Long and Prosper” like a marriage license.

This morning J and I traveled to the whimsical city of Oakland to visit the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder’s office to obtain our marriage license!

The process was quick and painless and we were out of there in 15 minutes, $96 poorer, but that much closer to becoming the legal Mr. and Mrs. Kleist.

We were trying to decide if we should travel into the city for a quick cup of coffee or just head home for some delicious Peets. We went the Peets route, and it’s suffice to say I’m glad we did.

They are filming Star Trek at the Livermore Lab this week and we just happened to run into Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Scottie (Simon Pegg) while we grabbed our coffee.

Chris Pine far left and Simon Pegg far right

They didn’t want their photo taken because they had just come from a workout, but we got a chance to say hi and shake their hands. I’m not a huge trekkie, but I grew up watching it with my mom on occasion and they’re definitely entertaining flicks. Nothing says a good day like obtaining your marriage license and meeting a couple celebrities in your home town!



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