big Moore fam news

Being married is the best. Good and good for you. I really truly enjoy being married, and I’ve been married almost three years, so you have to take my words on marriage as credible. At the very least, you can’t discredit me for “being in the honeymoon phase.” Yes, it’s work–very hard work, sometimes. But it’s the best kind of work, and I’d wish marriage on just about everyone.

Last weekend was one of the greatest weekends of my life because my parents flew me to Minnesota with my husband to see my sister get ENGAGED.

I am so happy for this new season of life in the Moore fam. Cheers! And congrats to Matt and Fain!!! Thank you, parents!!! It was so wonderful. My sister is the absolute best and I can’t think of anyone in the world I’d rather see engaged. And not only that; her fiancé is the FRICKIN BOMB. I couldn’t have dreamt up a better fit for her. I’m so very happy with my bro-in-law-to-be. Matt’s funny, caring, humble, interesting, talented, and seriously genuine. I love the guy, and it’s a relief to know my sister is marrying someone I both enjoy and trust to be a great husband to her.

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things to try

Recently I’ve been running into things I’d like to try, or things I’ve already come aross that I think other people should try. Here come a couple of them.

First, some recipes that look ultra-delicious (click on the links under each photo to see the full recipe from RealSimple.com):

Pappardelle with Beef and Mushroom Ragu

Yum. Jeremy and I have been cooking with mushrooms a lot lately, and we’ve been pasta-lovers for years.

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili with Sweet Potatoes

I already have a delicious veggie-chili recipe, but sweet potatoes sound like a fun twist on chili. Also, a great excuse to use the slow-cooker.

Spicy Asian Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Asian food and Brussels sprouts in one dish? Yes, please. I’m especially excited to try this one.

On a completely unrelated (inedible) note, if you’re looking for a way to be simply delighted in the middle of the day (or any time of day, really), you should visit Jonathan Charles Wright’s blog.

I used to go here every now and then, because Jonathan (who I met through my husband at Biola) is interesting and clever, and writes very well. Jeremy and I think of him as our one friend who will probably actually become a famous writer or something (although he won’t care). Lately I’ve enjoyed reading his blog so much that I just must recommend you go there. It’s more than fun. More than entertaining. Just the best. I’m so happy it exists.

A Tribute to 2010

Last year I started off the New Year looking ahead. I distinctly remember feeling like January 1st, 2010 was a clean fresh start with endless possibilities for new and great things. After revisiting a blog post I wrote in honor of the new year, I couldn’t help but peruse other old blog posts to see how the year had turned out. I think reminiscing is a good and healthy practice that everyone should discipline themselves to do every now and then. And so. Here I write a tribute to the year 2010, in the form of “Things that Happened in the Year 2010:”

We got a motorcycle.

Turns out there’s nothing like owning an old Honda CB350 in LA. I think the thing I miss most about living in a place where the weather is always favorable is being able to go for late afternoon rides anytime of the year.

The World’s Fair Book and Supper Club was born.

Inspired by Matt Smith and dreamt up by my husband and Jonathan Charles Wright, the supper club was (and still is) a huge success. Jeremy and I hosted the first meeting. We made a six-course meal complete with wine pairings and Joseph Conrad’s favorite cocktail, the Singapore Sling.

Wes Anderson brought us The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

The fact that my husband saw this movie in theaters twice is testimony enough that its a best film of 2010. If you still haven’t seen it, you’ve been foolish.

Stories Books and Cafe released the recipe for the worlds most fantastic veggie chili.

I still can’t believe the man behind the counter offered to write his very own self-perfected recipe on a piece of paper for me. Boy oh boy, we’ve reaped the benefits of this one more than once.

I read this book:

And what a great idea it was. Everyone should read George MacDonald’s fairy tales. I recommend reading this entire collection. I have yet to read his longer works. Better add this to my list of things to do in 2011.

We discovered Scoops.

Scoops: the place that made me believe in gelato. Once we found this gem, we went there all the time. What flavors! One of my personal favorites: pear white wine.

I ate artichokes for the first time.

When I lived in LA, I learned of the glory of fresh vegetables. I wish Abundant Harvest could have followed us to Chicago. It was thanks to our CSA these artichokes found their way into our hearts and bellies.

My husband got a masters.

All those long nights at LMU finally paid off. I was very proud.

Jeremy finished his last year at JCMS (Johnny Cochran Middle School) and was hired by Teach for America.

Getting hired by TFA in Chicago was a surprisingly new direction for our lives. We made the decision to leave LA and packed our bags to leave within the next two months.

We said goodbye to our first apartment.

I’m convinced there’s a very real possibility we may never again live in a place as wonderful as 1331 1/2 Laveta Terrace. I loved everything about it.

We drove across the country in a giant Penske truck.

We lost our AC in the middle of the dessert, blew a tire, busted our trailer and still managed to make it to Chicago in one piece.

Chicago became our new home.

Summertime was a great time to come to Chicago. We quickly grew fond of the place and settled right in.

I got a new job.

I was amazed to find a job in a CTICU so quickly after moving to a new city.

I finally convinced Jeremy it would be a good idea to get a dog. Enter William.

What a brilliant idea. We love this little guy.

I discovered Mumford and Sons, and also fell a little bit in love with the music of Sufjan Stevens.

I’m late, yes I know. But boy have these two discoveries added lots of good to my life.

Jeremy and I rode 50 miles on our bikes in Hancock county, Ohio.

My trusty steed made it the whole way in mint condition, but we suffered two bum tires on Jeremy’s bike.

I survived the dreaded GRE.

I never thought I’d have to take this test, but I made it through with no major casualties.

I took up knitting.

Here’s the beginnings of my first project: a scarf.

I became an aunt.

Thanks to two of our favorite people in the whole wide world, we have a baby niece named Mercy in Ethiopia. Josh and Becca finally received news of a baby girl waiting for them to become her legal parents in just over a month!

We dove into wintertime for the first time in seven years.

It’s been a long time since we’ve really known winter. I am now the proud owner of a down parka. My husband has started drinking coffee. Big changes, people.

So there you have it. It’s hard to believe 2010 started out on a motorcycle in sunny California and ended in a down parka on the streets of Chicago. What a great year! I’m so blessed. Here’s to another great year behind us, with high hopes for the year ahead! Happy new year, folks.

holiday times in photogs

BOY did we have a great time in Minnesota for Christmas. The trip was short, but sweet. We made it home just in time for the big Moore Fam Christmas Eve, spent Christmas morning with both our fams, spent Christmas afternoon Yankee-swapping with the Trettels, ate a fancy Christmas dinner at the Manns, and had three days to spare for chill time with our fams. Just a few of the many highlights of our trip:

Driving around Minnesota with the Jer. We made it to the Mann’s from Chicago
in about 6.5 hours. The drive went surprisingly well considering we left after
work on the 23rd. Also considering our dog’s tender constitution. 
My sister’s boyfriend Mathematics (some people call him Matt) made it to
Christmas Eve at Grannie and Grandpa’s. There’s Figs and him wearing the
traditional tissue paper crowns we get inside our crackers.

 

Father Mann on Christmas morn’ in his Christmas head ware. 
Christmas Dinner at the Mann’s. After dinner we sang Christmas
Carols and gave each other tips we had to pass on from the year 2010. 
On our last night we made a big dinner at the Moore’s. Jeremy, ma and
I made this delicious (and impressive-looking) braided sweet bread. Yums.