Author: Emma

#85 New Light

After church, we finished up our very first lighting install successfully! I love the way the chandelier looks and that it makes the room so much brighter than the old one. As much as I’d like to spend all our money and finish everything at once, I’m trying to value the incremental progress!  Advertisements

#84 Shopping

Today we went to IKEA for lunch and to check out some couches I had my eye on. We weren’t super impressed, but did leave with some assorted other items (of course)! After, we went to West Elm, sat on a few couches, and bought some pillow shams that were on sale. We also started to put up a new chandelier in the dining room, but got cut short when we needed a longer screw for the ceiling mount. Hopefully that’ll get finished tomorrow!

#83 Football & a Movie

Tonight was another Ridgewood football game. We were both starving when we got there, so as soon as the pizza arrived (Santonis!), we were at the concessions ordering four slices! We played Bergen Tech, and were up by quite a bit at halftime, so we opted to leave. At home, we watched The Big Sick. It was cute, but I didn’t think it was as awesome as it had been reviewed. At least now I can say I’ve seen it!

#82 Eating Out

Today was the perfect cool fall temperature in New York. I probably could have dressed a little warmer, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Tonight, Ryan and I shared fajitas and a skillet cookie with ice cream at Chili’s. Now, I’m full & happy watching the Nationals play the Cubs. Crossing my fingers!

#80 Great Feedback

I felt very successful at work today. I was efficient and focused and got a lot done. Near the end of the day, Mia forwarded me an email from Haylie Duff’s team saying that they loved the cover feature I designed, and I saw she even shared the cover on her Instagram! 

#79 The Man at the Train Station

There is a man at the Secaucus train station that I have been trying to figure out for a while. Almost every morning, he gives a loud and gregarious speech, but because I only hear about 5 seconds of it clearly as I pass him on my way to the escalator, I couldn’t figure out what exactly he was talking so passionately about. At first, his cadence made me think he might be lecturing as a professor would, but then again, I thought, maybe he was preaching.  I finally started putting the pieces together last week and decided that he is indeed giving a sermon on these mornings. I don’t usually make eye contact with strangers as I walk to the train (bad habit or good habit, I don’t know), but I did make eye contact with the man this morning as he was saying something about God having a purpose for us. He looked right at me and said, “Be the better person at work today.” I nodded and gave him a slight smile, …

#78 Tidying Up

While Ryan was speaking at Bloomsburg, I took the morning and early afternoon to get the house organized for another week. I hadn’t done laundry in two weeks, so that was much needed! When Ryan got home, he cleaned the bathroom (🙌🏼), and then we relaxed on the couch to watch last night’s Saturday Night Live. I just wish the weekend were a little longer! 

#77 Pumpkin Patch

Today we took a trip to a local pumpkin patch, and left at least 92 pounds heavier! Although it’s so quintessentially fall, I don’t think I’ve ever actually gone to a farm to pick out a pumpkin. The apple cider and donuts made the experience super sweet, and I quickly added on some magenta mums as we were checking out. I may have gone a little overboard, but I do love looking at our festive stoop!  We ended the day in the city at a dinner with some new friends. Tori is s church member attending Pratt that we’ve hung out with before, and her family was in town visiting. I really had a great time, and the gelato at the end of the night didn’t hurt either!

#76 Big Steps

Today, I left work a few hours early to meet up with Ryan for his commissioning ceremony! Ryan has decided to join the Navy as a Chaplain after his seminary studies are over. I’ll admit that I was hesitant about this decision and asked about a million questions (sometimes repeatedly) throughout the process. Ryan patiently answered them, and I felt confident watching him take this step today. I have no idea what this journey will bring, but I am proud! We ended the night at our first Ridgewood home game. They won!