12.27.2008

oh how i hate...

...taking down the tree.

whoopsie.

also, this little guy got his hair cut today. isn't it cute?

12.21.2008

The Big COLD Apple

Hello all, this is Wade, I'm going to be blogging today. How have you been? For a while now, Kali has been wanting to take me to New York and since it is Christmas time we thought this would be the perfect opportunity. We booked our tickets with FUNG WAH bus and hoped for the best... you see, FUNG WAH has a questionable reputation. Some say the buses catch fire, some say they have been known to roll over on the freeway, transport cages full of chickens, and so on. I guess I should mention that the FUNG WAH bus is a Chinatown to Chinatown bus linking all major cities back here. Any way rumor has it that they have made some improvements so we thought we'd give it a try.

We woke at five in the morning.

Oh yeah, we picked to travel after the worst snow storm of the year.

We donned our warmest winter gear and headed out.

We walked to South Station, about a twenty minute walk. Crews were busy shoveling sidewalks, but the snow was everywhere.

A nice man from somewhere in the Middle East could tell we were lost, in broken english he walked us to where the buses were, if not for him we probably wouldn't have made it.

The bus was nice and warm and the four hours to New York wasn't too bad. As far as four hour bus rides go.

We stepped out of the bus and BRRRRR! It was freezing!

We were in Chinatown and the only English we could see were the street signs (if not we would still be wandering around).

Halfway down the block a man approached us and revealed a card with pictures of purses, Kali had already warned me, so I knew what was up. We smiled, but said no thanks. Immediately, a little lady attacked us...

So it wasn't an attack, but she said, "you want purse?" pointing to our right. We shook our heads and tried to tell her we wanted to go left, so she said, "okay, follow me," and started walking. We could have easily run away, but she was going the way we needed to to get to the subway. Also, she kept looking over her shoulder to make sure we were following. I fear that if we tried to get away, she would have caught us.

We followed her to a store and when we got there she opened a secrect door in the wall. A SECRET DOOR. We went into the basement where we found illegal knockoff purses. Kali saw one she liked and the lady noticed us pointing at it, so she pulled it down for Kali. It wasn't exactly what we were looking for so we gave it back. When we tried to leave the lady freaked out. She followed us out and we tried to tell her all we wanted was the subway. Finally, as she followed us she talked to another guy, we told him we wanted the subway, he told her and she was still upset, but we kept walking. YIKES.

We took the train to Times Square and this is what we saw.


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Apparently Kali loves Charmin, so we checked it out. Either that or she had to go really bad.


Here is the picture in the sled like she said
We also got to pose in front of the new year


(hi...kali here. I know it looks like i gained 50 pounds...its really just three coats. promise.)

We then went to Central Park where we had a visit from a new friend.



This Carebear was at first friendly, then awkward, then creepy. He just stood there, and he smelled really, really bad; we rode the carousel anyway.



Enjoy the video:

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Once I watched a movie about a miracle on 34th St. . . . close enough.


We froze our way over to Rockefeller Center


And then up to the Top of the Rock

It was entirely amazing buildings everywhere, the biggest city I'd ever been to. From the Top of the Rock we went back to Times Square.


12.19.2008

snow emergency?

THIS JUST IN!
Boston has received it's first snow.
Two inches...

and the governor declared a "snow emergency"
yes, that's right. emergency.
wade didn't have to go to work.
i got to leave early.
every school in the area closed.

the streets have been deserted.
and we're all "snowed in"
but there's only two inches!
it's quite embarrassing
and I just think, if only utah could see us now.
I walked to school in snow like this everyday.
if everyone in utah stopped going to school
everytime it snowed, we'd all be illiterate.

but hey, i don't have to work, and i'm still getting paid for it.
you're not going to see me complaining.

12.13.2008

zipcar!

oh my heck. we've discovered the greatest invention of all time. you heard me people. OF ALL TIME.

so, as you know...we do not have a car in this insanely crowded city. it would be impossible to park. and very, very, very expensive to keep one in a parking garage (you're looking at 400 a month, for a parking space!) we also happen to be in the poor stage of our newlywed lives, so car payments, insurance, and gas are not on top of our priority list.

as you also know...I HATE THE TRAIN! Especially grocery shopping and lugging everything on a grandma cart through escalators and stairs. Now that it's gotten frostbiting cold outside, its even a more treacherous experience to walk everywhere. I'm not going to lie, I avoided grocery shopping for an entire month because I didn't want to go out in that mess.

Enter the above mentioned greatest invention of all time and suddenly our lives got a whole lot easier! Introducing....THE ZIPCAR!!

All we have to do is get online, reserve a car, walk a block to the parking lot, tap our card to the windshield, it lets us in and we drive away. We just pay 9.25 an hour, and it INCLUDES gas, insurance, and parking. It's screamin' deal if you ask us. And now we get to live like normal people again.

12.02.2008

spiky bones

http://www.lds.org/audio/pdf/ENSN_2008_12_14_BoudTJ_EnergyDrinkEpidemic_02212_eng_017.pdf

I've tried at least 4 times in the past year to quit drinking diet coke. But I've never really had any motivation besides the fact that I was addicted and I got headaches if I didn't drink it. Well, thanks to our lovely Ensign, I am now SCARED of diet coke. I haven't had one since I saw this picture. Thank you, you precious, inspired caffeine article.

Also, you should look at the picture of the spider webs...its like a spider on crack. only...not.
I think I just compared caffeine to crack.

11.25.2008

my current pet peeves

the twilight craze. This is in no way intended to offend, so if you're a Twilight fanatic, you should read no further. Stephenie Meyer is a bad writer. There's just no way around it. Yes, maybe the story is intriguing, but she writes like she's 10. You want to read a good book? Try To Kill a Mockingbird, or The Kite Runner, or The Road, or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, or When the Emporer Was Divine. For heaven's sake, if you're going to read a book, read something good. The series nor the author deserve the credit they are getting. Also, Bella is scandalous. Her lust towards Edward is ridiculous. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't there LITTLE GIRLS who read this book? And we complain about teen pregnancy. Give me a break.
*Disclaimer: I, Kali Poulsen, have read every single last page of this series. So I am the last one to talk. But it's like Pam in The Office when she says, "You know what they say about a car wreck, where it's so awful you can't look away?"
blog stalkers. You know you all do it. I'm the first to admit. For some reason, we like to snoop on other people's lives. But I'm not talking about the casual blog stalkers. I'm talking about the people who actually think it is their duty to scrupulously investigate the lives of complete strangers, and then have the nerve to proclaim to the world the faults they see. Take, for example, my friend Paige, who is an adorable, quite happy and in love newlywed. Is there anything wrong with that? Well, this guy seems to think there is. Um? No one ever asked you, jerk face. You don't even know her. Also, if that isn't enough for you, you can read about Wade's high school friend's wife who wrote something completely innocent about her husband's ex-girlfriend and got attacked by complete strangers here and the comments left here. My point is, it's basically creepy how much other people care about things that don't concern them. Also, they have no lives and must really, really miss junior high.
Tina and Paige, I hope you don't mind me making another public display of your blog :)
my umbrella that flips inside out when I'm walking to work, leaving me soaking wet and looking like a fool who is having a fight with an upside down mushroom. Speaking of umbrellas, let's talk about the man who walked right up next to me and said, "Lift up your umbrella lady, would ya? You got no class." Excuuuuuse me? There I am, walking along the sidewalk, when YOU dart across the street, run up behind me, and bump YOUR head into MY umbrella and I'M the one with no class? Like I should magically know that you're going to run into me and lift my umbrella up higher so you don't walk into it. Here's some tips for your future umbrella run-ins, sir. First, watch where you're going. Second, when you make a mistake, don't blame someone else. Third, work on your own class.
my computer that is so slow I want to throw it out the window. This is my excuse for my lack of blogging lately. I just don't have the patience. Which leads me to wonder...am I so spoiled by technology that I expect everything to be fast, or is my computer really, truly, a piece of junk? (and I'm just going to go ahead and answer that question myself, by the simply telling you that it takes 3 hours to open up my wedding pictures...just the file...I can't even look at them.)

Do I sound angry?
I'm not.
Just irritated.
and annoyed.

10.27.2008

new calling and then some...

Yesterday I was called to be the new ward chorister...which serves me right. As soon as I heard the current ward chorister was moving soon, I immediately started teasing Wade about the fact that they would need a new one and they would probably call him. Weekly, I would say, "Soon that's going to be you up there..." Psh. I don't even know how to lead music.

We finally got a couch, which turned out to be to a ridiculous endeavor. We were confronted with 3 problems.
1-no large transportation (and a couch wouldn't exactly fit on the subway.)
2-tiny winding stairs and hallways
3-lack of time
So we rented a Home Depot truck hourly, drove down to Ikea, got lost 2 times, bought the couch, brought it back to the North End, turned on the hazard lights on our "NO PARKING" street and kept a close eye as to not get towed or ticketed, as we hopelessly tried to get the couch through the building's front door. I'm guessing we were quite the sight, especially since I was whining the whole time, and I quote, "WAAAAADE, its too heavy. I can't do it. I just can't." Poor guy has a wuss for a wife. So we ripped all the cardboard/cushions/lining off the couch, somehow got it up the stairs, only to find that it WOULD NOT fit through the front door. So we left it in the hallway for two hours while we took the truck back and rode the subway home. Good thing we had a genius neighbor who told us how to get it inside. Now we don't have to sit on our kitchen chairs to watch TV! hurrah!

Everything is going well. Except for the fact that Wade tricked me today at the grocery store and traded our 1% milk for Vitamin D. Which disgusts me. Of course I didn't notice until we got home. His punishment? SKIM MILK. FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

Here are some pictures from our recent excursions:

This is our precious home away from home.

This is the pumpkin festival where they had over 30,000 jack-o-lantern's all lit up.
It was amazing!

This is our delicious fried dough...
...at the Head of the Charles Regatta races.
Here we are pretending we know how to play instruments.

This is our new favorite restaurant. Best chips and salsa ever!
This is the fruit my mom bought for us. She went crazy at the farmer's market.
This is at the Old North Church, which just so happens to be right in my backyard. And yet, I still never managed to go over there.
Mike's Pastry, famous for their cannoli's. But personally, I find them to be repulsive.

10.22.2008

official declaration

I have become a city girl. How can I so boldly declare such a thing? Well, today I successfully found my way from the doctor's office (more blood sucking...), to TJ Maxx (I desperately need a pea coat), to the Boston Public Library (I can't wait to start borrowing books!), to the UPS store (fingerprinting for my new job), to the grocery store, and then carried everything home, switching from the Orange Line, to the Red Line, to the Green Line...
all by myself.
without even getting lost!
i know, i know. amazing.

Such newfound success has put me in a good mood, motivating me to tell you that today I am so grateful for...

ikea couches
smart doctors
getting a new job
wade
my grandma
(who calls me on a regular basis to check up on me)
fall weather
space heaters
(due to the fall weather...)
grapes
redbox

Stay tuned. I have much to catch up on. My mom came to visit this past weekend and I saw more in this city than I've seen since the entire time we've lived here. It was fun to have her and her friend Annaleesa here, and we're so glad they could come! We miss them already! We're already counting down the days until Wade's parents come...six to go. We can't wait!

10.20.2008

i finally did it.

I can't really explain why it has taken me so long to do this...
maybe it's because I'm my own harshest critic.
But gosh dang it, I want to be a photographer.
and I've got to start somewhere right?

kalipoulsenphotography.blogspot.com

there's not much on there yet, but I'm hoping to update often.
comments are welcome...and so are criticisms.

I emailed my entire ward out here and told them I wanted to take their family pictures for free to get some good practice in.
Little did I know, I was taking on quite a big job. I am now trying to schedule about 16 families/newborns/kids within the next two weeks before I start my new job. I'm so excited though! The weather has been great and the leaves are starting to turn colors, so I should hopefully be able to get some good ones.

10.05.2008

a review of our first month

We've experienced a few interesting and life threatening things...

the first being the time I almost blew up our apartment. I'm new at the whole gas stove operation. Wade has explained to me many times that I need to always make sure I turn the knob off when I am finished, because gas is still spewing out. Well, somehow as I was doing my wifely duties of cooking dinner, the fire burned out while I had it on low. I just assumed it was off. We ate dinner and then went on a search for a Sears to buy a new vacuum bag. We were gone for maybe 2 hours. When we came home, you can only imagine what our apartment smelled like. Yes...gas. We quickly opened all the windows and turned on the fans. While I was in the other room calling my parents and panicing, Wade did the one thing he wasn't supposed to do, and turned the gas off (which has to bypass the spark before reaching off). We're lucky this place didn't explode.

one day, as we were walking in an unfamiliar part of town, we heard a very loud and obnoxious siren from somewhere up above. Not only did it scare the heck out of us, we also thought that the world was under attack. Seriously, I thought it was the end. Well, it just so happened to be that the ground was just splitting in front of us and raising so a boat could pass through. A BOAT, people. Boats just randomly sail through the roads at their own free will. I can't say that siren won't scare me anymore, but at least I will know that the world is not caving in on us.

We took a journey out to the middle of nowhere on Friday, to the Boston Temple. We quickly learned that being car-less is kind of a problem. We took a taxi from the train station...and then we didn't have enough cash left to get back when we were done with our session. So we bummed a ride from a cute couple, who comes down from New Hampshire twice a month to work in the temple, back to the train station. phew.

After we got off the train from going to the temple we were, of course, dressed in our church clothes. This seemed to attract some unwanted attention. A scary guy stopped and stared at us on the street with an evil look in his eyes and then started walking with Wade, who was behind me. He said, "Hey don't I know you?" Wade was confused and said, "No dude, I don't think so." Then came the reply, "Yeah. You go to Harvard don't you?" Coming from a guy who CLEARLY didn't go to Harvard, Wade realized that this man was giving him a hard time about being dressed like he was and was quite upset about his status in life. We are grateful that nothing else happened and that we were able to get home safely. I was worried that we were going to get robbed. Then I realized that we own nothing worth any value and all he would have gotten was an empty wallet. ha ha.

The most exciting part of our week was a cute package we received in the mail from Miss Jennifer Banks. Oh, how we love her.
After hearing about our lack of grocery stores, she mailed us all our favorite goodies, including rainbow chip cake and frosting, mashed potatoes, cereal, popcorn, brownies, spanish rice and jello.

Inside was a card that was so cute and hilarious, so I'm including what she wrote:

Dear Kali (and Wade of course),

I'm so glad that you made it to Boston safe and that all is well! I absolutely love reading your blog and talking to you and hearing about all of your adventures. I am sorry you have a bug infested apartment and that you don't even have a real grocery store near you. I promise you I no longer take my Walmart runs for granted (I bet you don't hate Walmart as much now, do you Wade? :)) Anyway, since you can't go shopping for real, I just wanted to send you some treats to brighten your day and say I love you and miss you. I can't wait to come and see everything I have heard about. It sounds like so much fun. Good luck with school and finding a job and everything else going on in your lives. I pray for you constantly and hope you will let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you! Love you tons, Jenn

P.S. Please kill all the bugs before I come.

It definitely gave us a much needed boost. I'm so grateful for her thoughtfulness and friendship. Viva! I love you! and I miss you so much!

9.24.2008

my husband is funny.

I came home from work today to find the apartment empty and "Napoleon Dynamite" playing in the DVD player. Apparently Wade had gotten bored while I was gone. I texted him and said,
"So...Napoleon Dynamite huh?"
and he answered,
"I was missing home."
ha ha ha.

Also, I have been quite discouraged with my new job this past week. For some reason, my co-workers find it extremely odd that I don't drink or smoke and that I'm MARRIED. I mean really, who gets MARRIED at your age? (direct quote) Anyway, it sometimes seems like they are ganging up on me and I find myself surrounded by people asking questions about mormons. It's not so much them ganging up on me as them being so absolutely confused and amazed by the way we live. But that is beside the point. This post is about my funny husband. So as I was complaining, he told me that this is a good missionary opportunity because I have that "glow." And I said,
"Why would anyone care about my glow when they think I'm insane?"
and he said,
"Pretty soon they will start to realize that the two go hand-in-hand.
The glow comes from being insane."

I sure love him. :)

9.18.2008

My run this morning

For some particular reason I felt like getting out of our comfy warm bed and go run. Weird, but I did. Nothing too exciting happened, I just had to watch out for the yellow ones, (they don't stop). I did however, find a shortcut to the Boston Commons Park.
The Park was beautiful, the leaves haven't turned yet, but it is cool outside, any way the funniest thing happened. I don't expect you to understand unless you have a close, personal connection with Seinfeld.

As I rounded a corner there was a flock of about thirty or so pigeons.
Automatically I thought of George and how they didn't move out of his way. Honestly, I kinda hoped for this. As expected the pigeons did fly, but not until they were under my feet.
So, there I was in a beautiful park, and it seemed as though in slow motion all of these birds were gracefully flapping around me.
It was beautiful.
And then I saw the flattened rat in the middle of an intersection. Oh well. So much for that.
School is going well, I miss USU.
Over and out
-Wade

9.17.2008

farmer's market

every weekend, there is a farmer's market downtown. Just as we were getting so down in the dumps about grocery store prices, this little produce festival lifted our spirits right up. its just so darn cheap!! and so fun to watch all the crazy, busy people shouting and bagging up fruits and vegetables. we're making it a weekly outing for sure.

we got corn, watermelon, bananas, asparagus, potatoes, nectarines, onions, garlic, and carrots...all for only ten bucks!

9.11.2008

job hunting

my recent job hunt has turned into this:




I guess I like exploring boston and taking pictures more than I like finding a job. :)

9.06.2008

different

I feel as if we have dropped off the face of the planet. Moving across the country will do that to you, I guess. Or...not having the internet. Which I blame for our many wanderings around the city clueless as to where we are going. Don't worry, the comcast man is making an appearance in our apartment on Monday. So while you wait for pictures (which you can't have now, because I'm at the library at Wade's school), here are a few things that make life hard for poor Kali in Boston:

*there are sick, gross, disgusting, large and nasty, creepy crawling things that live in our apartment (don't let that deter you from coming to visit. Wade was a pest control man in his previous life. They will soon be gone.)
*we have hardwood floors, and my feet hurt every day just from walking around the apartment
*milk is 4.79 a gallon
*we have no grocery store, just small "convenient stores" with few items
*our church is an hour away by train, then we hop on a bus, then we walk four blocks. thats far.
*I miss having Walmart on every corner.
*I miss having a car
*I'm scared of the crazy crack-head who screams at everyone on the train

Here are a few things that make life for Wade hard:
*he recently had to carry a microwave on a train and a bus and then walk through downtown with it.
*the next day, he carried shelves on the same route.
(it really is a funny site, but I'm only laughing because I'm not the one that had to do it)
*he has to kill all the gross bugs when he hears shrieking from the next room
*he has to shower 4 times a day because the humidity gets the best of him

But really, we are having so much fun. It's so cool to walk out of our apartment and be in the North End of Boston. It's called Little Italy, so we get to hear little old grandma and grandpas speaking with cute accents and smell italian food all day. We live right by the harbor and we're right in downtown. Also, the old north church is in our backyard. It's so different from Utah life, and there's still a lot to get used to. But how exciting to experience something like this!

8.29.2008

day seven

We are here.

8.28.2008

day six

Today we left Pennsylvania with no major mishaps. I only slept an hour longer today than I was supposed to (I have such a patient husband), so we got a good start. We headed up to Buffalo, New York to see Niagara Falls. It was pouring rain all day, so it was kind of a soggy experience.

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The falls were beautiful. I quite enjoyed it, despite my bad puddle dodging abilities.

After that, we went to Palmyra, New York and saw the Hill Cumorah, the Palmyra temple, and the sacred grove. It's so amazing to finally be seeing all these places that I've wanted to see my whole life. There is such a special spirit at the church sites, especially in the sacred grove. It is such a peaceful and calm place. I tried to imagine what it would have been like to have been there when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared. I'm so grateful to have a husband like Wade, who could recite to me Joseph Smith's experience from memory. It was a really good experience for us to share together.



We drove to Syracuse, NY and went out to dinner to "celebrate" our two month anniversary today. We had mashed potatoes! Such a nice change from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and go-gurts. :) Can you believe we've already been married two whole months? This little road trip of ours has made it feel like 5 years at least (just teasing, husband).

We only have three more hours left until we got to Boston (hurrah!!), so you better believe I'm sleeping in as long as I dang want to tomorrow.

Details:
departure: Erie, PA 10:00 a.m.
old churches: 29
times the wind almost blew wade off the road: 6
tolls paid: $30.60 (lame!)
odd colored houses (and to qualify as "odd" means hot pink, bright yellow, neon green, etc.): 11
puddles kali stepped in: 3
ferris wheels: 3
llamas: 29
longest train: 66
cheapest gas price: 3.79
weirdest town name: Lackawanna and Schenectady
arrival: Albany, New York 11:15 p.m.
Total miles traveled: 461

Also, I am wondering what exactly the staff here at Holiday Inn thought about Wade when he checked in. For some reason, when we got to our room, it said this on our door: