Uncle Matthew got to spend some quality time with little Niece Evelyn who is such a big girl now that she sits up by herself and "talks" up a storm. In fact, as this picture was being taken I think she was trying to say "Uncle Matthew, your hair looks sort of goofy."
Matthew and I are in the midst of a cross country drive on our way back to Wisconsin to get married. We are currently in Santa Fe, where we will be living by the end of August. We spent the last three days seeing 10 different possible future homes. Since we are no longer foolish kids who don't mind where we live, we had a lengthy list of amenities we wanted: we wanted to be close to the plaza (under a mile) so that M could walk to work, a washer and dryer were a must (a luxury we have become dependent on), we really wanted a dishwasher (it makes our life together much happier), we needed a two bedroom for all the guests that will be coming to visit us, and we needed a dog friendly house, which made things difficult, AND we had to be able to afford it. I am happy to say that after much searching and a little freaking out we found THE place for us. It is a half mile to the plaza and right next door to the farmer's market and a shopping center with a grocery store, movie theater, community center, and of course, starbucks. The house has been newly remodeled and has a HUGE new kitchen with tons of counter and cabinet space and two lovely new bathrooms all with gorgeous marble counters (from a local marble quarry). The master bath even has double sinks! I am afraid we may have to add another luxury item to our must haves in the future. The best part is that our landlords seem really great. The man who we will be renting from was even a clerk for the supreme court just like Matthew is going to be! We are really excited to live there and even more excited to have all of our friends and family (that's you folks) come and visit us.
In other news, we have been camping at a KOA just outside of Santa Fe and met some really great new friends named Elena and Jonathan who are embarking on a massive cross country adventure. We hung out and made smores around the campfire and enjoyed an authentic New Mexican dinner compete with Margaritas and Sopapillas (a local specialty that is basically fried dough, mmm fried dough) at a restaurant called Maria's. Other than that we have been eating sandwiches and hard boiled eggs out of our car and roughing it pretty good. Tomorrow we will leave and head to Oklahoma to see M's family before heading to my mom's house on Friday.
My dad sent me pictures from my shower that was on May 27th (my mom's wedding anniversary). My sisters (with the help of my lovely step-mother Debbie) hosted the shower with my dear friend Jessica Malisch. The event took place in the Malisch's gorgeous backyard here in Rivercity USA and a good time was had by all.
Matthew came for support (and present opening). We have already filled the pitcher with yummy pomegranate margaritas, thanks Tia Maria! All the lovely friends, from left Caroline, Jessica, Me, Jasmine All the lovely family, from left: Courtney, Maria, Peggy, Me, Grandma, Debbie, Heather Sisters and Brideswomen:
So, the moment has arrived! I am officially a Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. I advanced to Candidacy this morning after passing my prospectus (dissertation proposal) defense. I think the defense went really well and I received tons of helpful feedback.
This means that I am now ABD (All But Dissertation), which is actually a term used regularly to describe a graduate student who has completed all of their requirements but is still writing their dissertation. In fact job postings will often say things like "PhD preferred, ABD considered." That's right people - I am considered! Oh yeah.
One of my very favorite knitting fibers is alpaca. It is a hollow fiber so it is very, very warm and it is as soft as cashmere but very, very affordable. You can buy it in natural colors, as I did recently. (For my birthday my mommy bought me 900 yards of yarn spun from an alpaca named Francis. Francis is going to become a sweater later this year.) You can also get alpaca dyed any color of the rainbow. I made my sister, Heather a cabled hat in a gorgeous blue/green heather (no pun intended) for her graduation.
Although I am a city girl at heart, if I ever found myself living in the country I think I would have to get some little alpaca friends of my own. Have I mentioned they are adorable? And here is a baby - awe it's so cute: Apparently they are also well behaved live stock who don't damage their environment and make great fertilizer. You can read all about alpacas here.
I am so excited! As you know, we are moving to Santa Fe, NM at the end of August/ beginning of September and I cannot wait. Not only is the area full of fun outdoor stuff to do and the city one of the top tourist destinations in the US, but its a great place to be a knitter! Ever since we decided to mover there I am always browsing the internet for information on "knitting and santa fe." Through a blog I love I learned of the Wool Festival at Taos. This is like Disneyland for knitters. While Matthew may not be a knitter and doesn't like festivals, I suspect even he'll have a good time. There are booths selling fabulous local yarns, various demonstrations, and a "Fiber Critters Showcase"! There will be cute little sheep, adorable alpacas and llamas, goats, and even angaora bunnies! And the best part is - we can take our pooch! I wonder what the pup will think of alpacas.
I have neglected my little blog, but I feel I am justified, as I am busy preparing to defend my dissertation proposal, getting married in a little over a month, moving by the end of summer, and a totally obsessed knitter.
Anyways, Matthew and I went to one of those large book stores adjacent to a mall looking for guide books for our upcoming honeymoon to Montreal and Quebec City, which is now officially all booked. We were able to use our frequent flier miles and are staying in an awesome condo that used to be a church while in Quebec City and at a nifty little B&B in Montreal. Needless to say, we are pretty excited. However, we failed to purchase said guidebook because the big box bookstore is lame. I also browsed the knitting books, but decided to come home and order one from the internet. But we couldn't leave empty handed and so we decided to peruse the pet literature and brought home two books! We think the second book, in addition to being very informative, is just adorable. We are so excited about expanding our little family later this summer we can hardly wait, but we know that traveling for almost 6 weeks is not good for a new pooch and so we are patiently waiting to adopt the newest member of the Silverstein/Pinix household until we return to California this August. We know there will be some perfect little girl or guy just waiting for us at the RHS when we get back.