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Mike is starting St. Louis University's urban planning graduate program in the fall! 

September 1 is our official move date, but Mike will be there a couple weeks beforehand to get started.  

I think it's fair to say we're both experiencing some mixed emotions, but we're excited for new things!  

One of Mike's uncle's gave him this shirt for Christmas and I'm pretty sure he wore it for 48 hours straight after he got his acceptance email!

P.S.  Housing options in St. Louis are AMAZING!!!
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Registration

*Karen tells me that is not what I'm supposed to say, but it makes sense in my head...

Saturday I was in San Antonio for work, I did get to hang out with a friend while I was in town so that definitely made the trip better, combined with the fact that the volunteers there are just wonderful.

I knew Sunday was going to be overwhelming before I left on Friday.  I always write lists when I'm overwhelmed, I wrote a list.  (Even though I hardly referenced it on Sunday.)  Just writing it down helps me feel better.

Sunday we registered for at two places, starting at 9am.  When we finished the second one (which we were both dragging ourselves through) it felt like it was time for bed...it was 2pm.  Guys, this experience brought so much clarity to people's registerys.  I would not necessarily say it was a fun experience.  And I am very happy Mike seems to have a vision because we would limit the insane number of options down to a couple options together and then I would say I don'…

We're Engaged!

Mike & I are engaged!  We're pretty excited over here and trying to plan an August wedding.

He proposed at The Robey hotel rooftop and it was perfect.  He wanted a public proposal, I did not.  Somehow we both got what we wanted!
Note:  Mike decided it would be fun to put out our arms, which I followed his instructions.  He then decided it looked silly and did not pass along that decision to me... ;) P.S. Photo credit to my sister!
Just for fun, here are some "fun facts" about Mike:

He did improv at several Chicago places and graduated from iO's program.  One of the reasons we're often going to comedy shows with his friends in them.

He loves chocolate.  Like a lot.  To the point where if there's a sweet without chocolate he doesn't see the point.  This is only really a challenge with birthday cakes because my sister does not like chocolate.

He's a night owl.

He doesn't like yellow cheese.  He will pick around it.

His current favorite video game is grand…

Breakfast

Every morning I fire up a skillet and make kale and eggs.  (I like it.)  Sometimes I will have toast or add some cheese or on special days avocado!

I recently came across this idea for breakfast sandwiches - and I love breakfast sandwiches - on Cup of Jo from the lady behind Smitten Kitchen.  I've jumped in full force the last couple weeks and I love it!

It's super easy and somehow more delicious than my normal kale & eggs.  Maybe it's just the fact of mixing things up a bit.
Add a little water to the egg and beat it before pouring it into the skillet.  Cook briefly before adding the filling.
I'm a big kale for breakfast fan so it's kale for me.  Sometimes I add a little cheese if there's some around. 
Fold it up, right there in the skillet.  Let it cook a bit longer.  This helps my kale wilt a bit and cheese melt.
And done!  Super quick and easy!  I'm a fan of open faced sandwiches so I have a slice of toast at the bottom.

Enjoy!

Society 6

My friend, Rubina, mentioned Society6 in the fall and I really enjoy it.

This is a great way to honestly support artists where there main tagline is "Every Purchase Pays An Artist."  Hundreds of thousands of artists use Society6 as a producer and Society6 prints their art on all kinds of products: t-shirts, blankets, art prints, coffee cups
I love my mug that Karen, my sister, gave me for Christmas.  I get compliments at coffee shops all the time and then I go in to my spiel about Society6...

Check it out!

Date Night

I think I've mentioned here before that my love language is quality time.  I am so glad I know this.  Typically, throughout Mike & my relationship we spend a lot of time together on the weekends.  Then we moved in together in August and I quickly found myself gone almost every weekend for work.  I also found myself annoyed at Mike a lot.  For pretty much no reason.  Except for the fact that we weren't spending as much quality time together as I need.

By the end of the fall we figured out if I'm going to be gone, we have to plan a date night for the week.

So last weekend was my first work weekend trip of this year.  We took ourselves out Thursday night (in the rain) and it made a huge difference.  We went to Reno and Spilt Milk and had a lovely night out (even though our clothes were quite wet at Spilt Milk).

Another Newsletter

We all know newsletters are the new thing.  They range from delivery once a day, once a week, once a month and accross the spectrum, delivered to your inbox.  So, another newsletter you ask.  Yes!  And it's great!

My latest discovery that I really enjoy, maybe you've discovered it too, is Eye Level.  It is a bi-monthly love letter to all things literary.  It's currently in it's third issue and I'm in love with it.

I've added great new reads to my library request list, the wait is long, but it's worth it.

Check out their three issues here!