Yesterday was another exciting day for Clayton and me.  It was CELL PHONE DAY!  Yeah, I know it's not nearly as exciting as COMIC BOOK DAY.  We got new cell phones, and in the process got off our parents' plans.  Clayton's phone has been so quiet lately, that even when he's shouting into the receiver, the person on the other end can barely hear what he's saying.  Most disturbing lately, though, it wasn't receiving texts from people.  You're probably thinking "But Brianna, I thought you hated texting?" and you would be right.  However, the guys Clayton works with prefer to text important things to each other, instead of calling.  If Clayton missed a text, it could be really bad.  Then there's the part where we forced ourselves to be grownups and learn about cell phone plans.

We ended up getting a plan with not a lot of minutes, with some other feature that allows you to call favorite numbers for free anyway.  Then a data plan, because the non-smartphones are becoming an endangered species with little support.  Clayton's number is still the same, and his new phone is a mid-level model that is supposed to be more durable than the others.  It isn't branded as indestructible, just a bit tougher and waterproof.  Mine is adorable, wider than a normal phone, which makes it look a little more like a baby tablet.  Also, the phone itself only cost $.99!  
 Clayton took out his debit card to buy my phone, and I made him put it away to pay for it with cash (the guy behind the counter had trouble getting his change drawer open).  I'm trying to get us to use cash more often, to remove the psychological distance between us and our money.  You should see the looks we get in the store when we tell the cashiers we don't have any credit cards, and never plan on getting one.  It's like we've got two heads- each!

Regarding my last blog post, all I can say is WOW!  You people really like homemade jelly!  Between the website hits and the comments,  I was really taken by surprise.  I cook other things, too.  Would you all like to hear more about the other things I'm making, or only if I'm giving some away?  Anyway, thanks for reading!  Come back soon!

Edit: Added pictures of our phones from their manufacturers' websites.
 
 
Dear Clayton's Family,

You left almost an entire box of wine in my fridge.  You also left a few bottles of wine in the garage (but we didn't touch that).  This box wine happens to be the exact same "Chillable Red" as Clayton had already planted in our fridge.  If you've been counting along, you realize this means I have two (2) large boxes of one type of wine in my fridge.  I would like to use my fridge for food.  Right now, it's a wine cooler with a little extra room for food.  

On a completely different note, I'm making LOTS of wine jelly today.  Anyone want some?

Lots of love,
Brianna

P.S.  One double-batch later, I still have one whole box and one nearly (but not entirely) empty box in my fridge.  I hope you're happy. :P
 
 
So tonight the kitchen was due for a deep cleaning.  Once it was done, I figured I should take the chance to document it in its ideal state, to share it with you all.  After you read this, head over to pictures and check it out.  We really can't paint the walls, so the kitchen (like every other room in the house) has to derive its color from the objects we put into it.  To make the room feel at once warm and calming, I'm trying to use green and red wherever possible.  Also, to answer your inevitable question: yes, those are left over napkins from our wedding.  Anyway, if you want to comment on the kitchen, feel free to leave a note here.  Thanks for looking around!
 
 
This was another great week with my husband!  On Monday, when Clayton got home from work, we went for a long walk/run.  That is, it was long to me.  It was fun and felt good, so we'll be doing that more often from now on.  Wednesday was COMIC BOOK DAY!  I should mention that almost every time I say "COMIC BOOK DAY!" I jump in the air with a huge grin on my face.  I predict that by next month, I'll have Clayton doing it, too.  COMIC BOOK DAY! comes once a month, when we venture forth to our new comic book store and purchase our favorite periodicals.  Clayton reads Flash Gordon at the moment, and I read Batman and Batgirl from the New 52 series.  
 In case this sounds profoundly strange to you so far, I should probably explain that the fun of COMIC BOOK DAY! is not just in the comics.  Not only have I not read my comics yet (more about that in a moment), but it really doesn't take that long to actually pick up our comics.  However, after purchasing our comic books, we usually go to an antique store or furniture store, which is actually very fun.  Altogether, COMIC BOOK DAY! is always just a great day.

So the next weird thing is bugging you now.  Despite what you might guess, I do not rush home and plop down with a cup of tea and my newest comic books.  You see, if I read them both right away, I'll have a whole month to wait before I get more.  In order to make the joys of COMIC BOOK DAY! last as long as possible, I put off reading my comic books for as long as possible.  Most likely, I'll read about the adventures of Batgirl next week or so.  When I want to learn something or entertain myself, it has been entirely too easy lately.  I actually do remember a time before email, certainly a time before Google, let alone a time before Facebook.  Back then, we couldn't have things instantly.  The few computer games I had were not flash games, they were challenging puzzles.  If I wanted to learn, I had to find books and think about it, not summon up the almighties, Google and Wikipedia.  So as part of my own small efforts to delay gratification, I will not see beyond the cover of Batgirl for at least another week.

Does anyone else practice tiny exercises in restraint?  What do you think of our culture of instant gratification?  If you haven't delayed enjoying anything in the last decade, now- the season of Lent- is as good a time to try it out as any.  And hey, maybe you think I'm nuts for putting off anything I could enjoy now.  Carpe diem is a valid point of view.  Feel free to let me know just what you think of this.  Thanks for stopping in!
 
 
(Just kidding!  We aren't experts!  Just DIY network junkies and thrift store frequenters.)  Now that I have the Christmas pictures up in an organized fashion, I feel that there's one important point to make about them.  We had just moved in when those pictures were taken, and as a result, had almost no furniture!  It's been three months (omg time flies!) since Clayton's mother and I took those pictures.  Now, we have put our books on the shelves, bought some couches and coffee tables and sundry other things which have really made this formerly large, empty room quite cozy.  There are just a few more things I want to do to the living room, and then I will declare it done!  So within a few weeks, I'll be posting pictures of the downstairs rooms.  The kitchen is pretty well done for now, so some pictures of it might appear a little sooner.  

The weather here has been getting warm.  In the long term I'm worried, because I still keenly remember getting terribly heat sick in the climes of South Carolina, and I can't imagine North Carolina will be much better.  However, I put myself in the best position possible to gradually acclimate, by moving down here during December.  So hopefully I'll be quite used to the climate down here by the time it really starts getting hot.  Short of that, my house is air conditioned.   In the short term, though, I'm excited by the idea that I can start planting a garden long before I normally could in New York.  We're thinking of doing some vegetables in the backyard and some flowers and decorative plants in the front yard.  If our gardens end up looking pretty respectable, I'll be sure to post some pictures of them, as well.  That's all for now.  Thanks for popping in.
 
 
Sorry I didn't get back to you all as soon as I'd said, but I'm here now!  Clayton and I have settled into our house and are making it into a cozy little home.  I'm getting pictures together so you all can see what we've been up to.  So far, we hosted Clayton's parents and sister (and our friends' dog) at Christmas when we moved in, my grandparents the weekend of the Super Bowl, and several small dinners with friends.  I've been keeping the house and hunting for a good job.  Clayton goes to work each night and comes home to watch a movie with me.  

Things have been going great for us down here.  I still get thrown by the heat some days, and apparently am allergic to some plant that only lives down here and not back North.  Other than that, I'm finding the South to be over all quite pleasant.  As far as Clayton's concerned, I'm pretty sure he's so glad to be out of the barracks that he's willing to put up with all of my quirks.  We're so glad to be together at last, that it has made living together for the first time relatively easy.  Oh, there has still been a lot of adjusting going on, certainly; but as I said, we're so excited to be together that it has made it all so much easier, indeed, more interesting.  

I'll keep updating this from now on.  Now that things are settling out and we're falling into routines, maintaining the website should get easier.  Thanks for stopping in!