Sunday, December 10, 2017

HO3-- WEEK 23


This week..
-- was fairly festive! We started with a Mannheim Steamroller concert Thursday night (tickets were courtesy of T's Mom's Boss - and were in their cooperate box! Plush seats. Free Drinks. And no cost to us!) The concert was exactly as you would imagine - complex scores of mostly Christmas music with intense lights, dramatic video, extreme volume, and heavy on the harpsichord. The best part was watching the two percussionists who played an insane number of instruments in each arrangement. 
-- we also had T's Christmas Party for work (of which he was volun-told to be on the party planning committee and was in charge of the party bus!) It was at a new venue in Grand Island with drinks, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, an open bar, and entertainment including a team karaoke contest, raffle prizes, and a professional musician. We even had party favors (Christmas ornaments!). This bank definitely has more holiday cheer (and allotted budget) compared to T's last job where they had a catered lunch as their celebration! We've been total scrooges this year missing most of my work Christmas Parties and with minimal decorations at home (some are already in storage at the new house!) so these were welcomed events!
-- we can officially call the garage complete! (Aren't you glad to be done with weekly updates!) We have one bill left from the electrician and then we can finally regroup and see what we may or may not have left for any furnishings or window coverings at the new house. We can both be pretty type-A, especially when it comes to finances, so we both feel relieved to have a final invoice.

xo,
Krista

Sunday, December 3, 2017

HO3-- WEEK 22


This week..
-- we have another garage update! (You're probably as anxious as we are for it to be DONE) They've finished the siding and both doors are in place! Unfortunately, the exterior lights we had shipped arrived cracked so this weekend we found ourselves in Omaha buying replacements. Once the shutters and exterior lights are hung - the project will be officially finished! (Technically, we have a couple of future projects we will do once we get there - paint the foundation, paint the floor, and insulate/drywall the interior) I've only seen pictures since it was framed, so I am excited to see it in person (and to get the final invoice behind us!)
-- began a new month so a new rotation! I am spending the month in Saint Paul, NE (about 30 minutes from Grand Island) where I'll be working in the clinic and the ER. I imagine I will see mostly acute-care visits (coughs, colds, aches & pains, etc) but only time will tell! I also bit the bullet and registered for my board exam this week. Last month I jokingly called it "No-spend November" and I tried to keep unnecessary purchases to a minimum. Well, I kicked December off with a bang by spending over $2,000 between the test and study materials. Yuck. But I suppose it is worth it to be considered a board-certified family physician! I'll take the test the 2nd week of April so I'm not in the thick of studying... yet.

xo,
Krista

Sunday, November 26, 2017

HO3-- WEEK 21

This week..
-- we celebrated Thanksgiving with our families! (My family's holiday is the only one pictured because my mom is so great at documenting everything!) We spent Thursday in Omaha where T started the day with a Turkey Bowl with some friends from high school. We came home to no power! Thankfully, it only lasted a couple hours and then we were back to meal prep! We had a smaller crowd as none of my siblings were able to travel. But, after the meal and the annual Wind Symphony Holiday Concert at the Holland, we ended the day with the highlight - video chatting each of my siblings! Friday we were back to Grand Island as I was on-call. Of course it was a night when I was needed at the hospital from 2-7am. But we still made our plans to be on the road to Lincoln Saturday morning. We had another feast in Lincoln with T's family (prime rib! green bean casserole! cornbread dressing! cranberry salad! and our contribution - my family's pumpkin pie!). We couldn't have asked for a better weekend with our families! Now, time to get in the Christmas Spirit!

xo,
Krista

Sunday, November 19, 2017

HO3-- WEEK 20

See the garage back there! It's sans siding - but it won't be for long!
This week..
-- we met with the electrician at the new house to talk wiring for the garage! I have SO MUCH respect for people who truly design a home from scratch. T and I *thought* we had considered every possibility (lighting, outlets near floor, outlets above future workbench, outdoor outlet, future heater, future Tesla!) but we still have about thirty decisions to make on the fly. The only complication was we wanted the ability to control the garage lights from the house and it would have been a huge ordeal to add that at this stage of the game due to a tiny crawlspace and an essentially full panel in the house. So we got creative! We found a wifi wall switch so we will be able to just use our phones! Those switches and our exterior lights are en route thanks to online shopping (the in-city options were pretty lame). T is thrilled we're past this stage because he was totally over it.
-- we're spending this afternoon get stoked for Thanksgiving! We're pouring over old recipes, new recipes, and trying to stay realistic as we are celebrating twice (with each of our families!) with a call shift sandwiched in the middle. Life is always borderline crazy around these parts but we love it!

xo,
Krista