Hello and welcome to Two 1/2 Eggs! It’s me, K. See that picture over there on the left? That means I’m the one writing. You’ll see it at the top of all of my posts. It was taken just after hurricane Irene knocked over a tree in our neighborhood. When S is the one writing, you’ll see a different picture there. We’re trying to ward off confusion so that you will all be able to keep track of our twinly ramblings.
S’s picture was taken in Snowdonia, Wales on her honeymoon. She and the Architect climbed all day, and took this photo on top of the world. It looks like this:
Welcome to our new blog, where we will be writing about what is going on in our lives. Our mother taught us to be good storytellers, so we’ll be telling stories as well as writing about craft and home projects we’re working on and interesting books and articles we are reading and thinking about.
I figured I’d start off with a discussion of what’s going on in our lives in general these days.
I’m most of the way done with my MBA program. Only three more weeks! And then I will have so much more free time. These past two years have been pretty stressful while I’ve been working full time and getting an MBA. Pretty soon thereafter I’m going to be moving away from the city I’ve lived in with S and The Architect for the past four years, and then I’ll be living with The Artist! I’m feeling so ready to end five years of long distance. I’m really excited about that!
S has been having fun trying new projects and hobbies lately. She started a worm composting bin, which she is humorously enthusiastic about. I’m sure she’ll post about it eventually, but it’s funny to watch her get excited every time she feeds them. She opens the box and then yells for everyone to come over and see how many worms she has. We know. We’ve seen. They’re wormy. She’s usually at dance rehearsals a lot, but not as much lately. She still dances in the living room all day every day. She’s also, for the time being while I’m so busy, the house cook. And she’s gotten really into taking ugly old clothes and refashioning them into new, cute clothes.
I went to Reno, Nevada over the weekend to go visit the Artist for the Fourth of July. He’s there for three weeks for work. It was really fun! It was my first time there since S and I went when we were little kids to go visit our brother when he lived there. He’s 12 years older than us, and was living there to be near his father. We were probably four years old when we went, and I mostly just remember going to the Circus, Circus casino and throwing darts at balloons to win stuffed animals.
We went tubing down a river, which was really fun! Other tubers were practically throwing alcohol at us. Someone gave The Artist some Captain Morgan, and someone else tossed me a beer. But during one of the whitewater parts of the river, we almost died. The Artist fell off his tube in such a way that he ended up wearing it like a backpack, face down in the water. I tried to pull him out, but I fell off, too. We ended up just tumbling through the water until some guys from the shore came and pulled us out. Thank goodness! Later, we went to eat all you can eat sushi! Yum! We also went to the Circus, Circus casino and found that old dart game I remember playing. It was still there!
For the Fourth, we went to a little mining town called Virginia City. It was really cute, and we watched the fireworks there. What’s funny about it is that it’s a cute historical town, but prostitution is legal there, so there were actual brothels. Also the fireworks didn’t go higher than the mountain. In the distance, we could see the smoke coming off a mountain, which turned out to be the Bison Fire. I said something about it to a guy who lives there, who said he was probably more used to fires than he should be. The West is so crazily low populated though! The fire has burned 21,000 acres and has only destroyed two unoccupied structures.
We went mountain climbing on Mt. Rose the next day. It was an 11 mile hike up an 11,000 foot peak. The views were beautiful, but it was a very long hike and was difficult for me because I’m used to living at an altitude of about two feet above sea level.
The day after that, my legs were so sore I could barely walk. We went swimming in Lake Tahoe, which one of the Artist’s friends said was practically like an ice pack for your sore muscles because the water was so cold. The lake is said to have a monster named Tessie living in it. For dinner, we went to a Mexican restaurant where they give you crayons and paper, and I drew Tessie as a giant crab. And we drank margaritas because electrolytes are good for you.
On my last day in town, we went back to Virginia City, where we went on a tour of the mines. It was weird because the tour guide was very similar to my brother’s dad. Actually, my brother’s dad was present in my mind the whole week. The Artist and all his friends kept saying how cool it was, which is true, but because I’ve always associated Reno with my mom’s ex-husband, these was this weird sense of him the whole time that changed the way I saw the place.
The mining tour was pretty cool. Apparently Virginia City had a huge deposit of silver ore, which was worth millions of back-in-the-day dollars. But the mining was really hard because the ore went down diagonally and got really deep, and the groundwater was 130 degrees. So they kept having to pump out super hot water, but the mines were very hot, and a lot of miners died young because they would snowshoe to work and then work in over a hundred degree heat. It was so hot that when they were working in the deepest part, they had to work for 15 minutes then cool off for 15 minutes. But they made $4.00 per 8 hour shift, which was an unheard of salary at the time.
It was a very fun trip!
And again, welcome to Two 1/2 Eggs! Be sure to come back! We’ll be trying to update weekly.