Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy? Chappy House

So some have asked why there hasn't been a blog post in a while from the Happy Chappy House. The Reason: For a while there things weren't very Happy. The simple truth is that I have been dealing with a dangerously unhealthy amount of stress lately that has not only warranted visits with medical professionals but has (not surprisingly) put a significant amount of strain on our relationship. I won't go into detail about what's put me into a funk (job, school, weather, finances, uncertainties...) because what's really important is that I'm working my way through it and have plenty to look forward to.

And now on to the fun stuff -

Last week we had our friend Trey over for a night of Fringe and microscope fun. Trey had stopped by my office for some chit chat a few days prior and we got to talking about Astronomy Picture of the Day and photography. Then somehow we got to talking about microscopes and how fun it would be to try photographing through one. Well, as it happens, Trey has a microscope and I have a pretty badass camera. One thing led to another and Trey ended up buying a microscope adapter for my camera. It took us a while to figure out a good shutter speed but after several unsuccessful shots (some completely black, some completely white!) we got a handle on it.
A tiny piece of a feather we looked at in Trey's microscope -

We were actually able to look at it closer through the microscope (we think we even saw a mite!) but had to zoom out a bit to get a good focus with the camera. We're still working out the kinks but hopefully some time in the future we will be able to dazzle you with rotifers, insect wings, and other fun stuff. (More pics on Erica's facebook)

It's a good thing Trey brought the microscope for entertainment because we were all pretty disappointed with Friday's episode of Fringe! Later we had Chinese take-out while watching Flight of the Navigator. Pretty fun night.

Some things we are looking forward to -

Totally Psyched 5K in Denton (April). John and I are both going to participate in this 5K for my birthday. My sister is majoring in Psychology at UNT and this 5K is being put on by their Department of Psychology. It will be nice to see family and run in an event that is supposed to help support their education! We also might head to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival that weekend!

My Best Friend's Wedding.
I am going to be a bridesmaid in my amiga's wedding at the beginning of March. This is the bridesmaid's dress. It is SO her. I love it.

For those of you who know Jackie (YES! Jackie Smith is getting married!!!) she is registered at Macy's. The wedding is in Florida. I haven't been there since I was 2 years old, so this should be an adventure!

The New Kitchen!
After over a year of trying to do it ourselves, we have finally made the decision to just rip out the kitchen and let pros put in a new one. We feel good about it. Just having cabinets that we can put things in should make living sooo much easier. (Photos of the rip out on John's Facebook.)


  1. I LOVE FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR! That's in my top five favorite movies ever!! EVER EVER!

  2. I'm glad your busy putting the "Happy" back in the "Happy Chappy House." This is a tough time of the year for most people, so you're not alone in your struggles. Can't wait to see the new kitchen!

  3. “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

    Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864);

    PS. Flight of the Navigator, yes!