Friday, February 28, 2014

Favorites from Carnevale

Yesterday I showed you the unexpected costumes from Carnivale. Today I give you the expected. From minimalist to extravagant to renaissance. I would have happily worn any of the pretty outfits. I think I like the full face masks the best. I love the mystery. I like the idea of the huge fluffy dresses, but I can't imagine trying to maneuver the crowded streets in those.


Carnevale in Venice
Carnevale in Venice
Carnevale in Venice
Carnevale in Venice
Carnevale in Venice
Carnevale in Venice

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Carnevale or Halloween?

In my mind, everyone was going to be wearing renaissance clothing or fancy dress at Carnevale. Yes, there were people dressed like that. But there were people in onesies...like pajama onesies. I saw an Easter bunny with a little lady bug. It was almost like Halloween with all the different costumes. Here are some of my favorite unexpected Carnevale outfits:
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The cardinal and the nun...there were tons of pairs like this one on the bridge. We ran into several groups of slutty nuns throughout the day.

Carnevale in Venice

This Eeyore kid was my favorite. He was over it and just wanted to lie down. So he did. In the middle of Piazza San Marco. He gave no shits about anyone around him and refused to budge when his parents tried to get him to move. I almost stepped on him, and I wasn't the only one to do a little hop dance to avoid him. Eventually his brother sat next to him. Maybe to give him a pep talk. Maybe to join him in taking a break.

Carnevale in Venice

These Three Musketeers were running around all crazy, but they were surprisingly patient when posing for pictures.

Carnevale in Venice

I was literally ducking between legs to get a picture of his Eskimo ice fishing in the middle of the piazza. She noticed me and posed for me when the crowds parted. Everyone loved her! Even a beautifully dressed masked woman being stalked by dozens of photographers stopped to get a shot with the fisherwoman.

Carnevale in Venice

These angels were so stinking cute! They were dancing around and throwing confetti up in the air.
Carnevale in Venice

I told Rachel that The Bear would fit in just fine here!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Carnevale Couples in Venice

I think my favorite part of Carnevale were the couples costumes. If the mister is here next year, and not off on some military adventure, we want to dress up. Between now and then we're on a mission to find awesome masks and capes. I already have a cool idea in mind for what we'd wear.

Anyway, here are my favorite couples that we saw. There were tons more I wish I could have gotten, but it's a challenge to capture pictures between all the crowds and pushy photographers.

Carnevale
Carnevale
Carnevale
Carnevale
Carnevale

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Carnevale in Venezia

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If you follow us on Twitter or Instagram, you already know what this post is about...CARNEVALE!

We drove to the Venezia Mestre train station and caught the train over to the main island. Unfortunately the first train to arrive ended up getting cleared off for some reason...I'm assuming mechanical issues. Everyone ran from that train to the one a few tracks over and packed it full. And I mean PACKED. Will and I wiggled onto one and it was wall to wall people. I was starting to panic, but the doors closed so I sucked it up. Suddenly they opened again and three more people jumped on. I seriously panicked right then. One lady hooked her arm around Will's and hoisted herself up and mashed into us. I was starting to really freak out from claustrophobia and I was pissed that she was holding onto my husband. So I un-pried her hand from my husband's arm and pushed her backwards. She just grinned and wiggled into the crowd on the train. Will wrapped his arm around me and had to keep me calm during the ride.

Carnevale

Once we got to Venice, it was a little better in terms of personal space...but it was no less crowded. Right outside the station there were dozens of face painters set up and a good amount of them were busy with customers. Boys, girls, women, men...everyone was getting masks painted on.

Carnevale
Carnevale

It took forever to get to Piazza San Marco. The polizia were trying to do some crowd control and kept closing off streets to the square for periods of time to keep the congestion down. Everyone kept getting herded around, it was frustrating! Eventually we made it through. When we entered the square, it was like being in the center of a fantastic circus. There were gorgeous costumed people in every direction, a band on the stage, and a drum group marching around the square. At one point Captain Jack Sparrow ran by us and two scantily clad Assassin Creed girls were chasing after him.

Carnevale
Carnevale
The main stage in Piazza San Marco
Carnevale
Basilica San Marco
Carnevale
Flag bearer for the drummers

I love how festive the whole city was. Decorations hanging off buildings and confetti all over the place. I had a blast! We might try to go back again next weekend. But we might try to check out some of the nearby towns too.

Carnevale
Carnevale
Carnevale
The waters were busy with boats and gondolas

Monday, February 24, 2014

Castelo Leiria

Castelo Leiria

Will rounded up a couple of friends and made the trek up to the town castle. As usual, he didn't have much to say about it other than, "It was cool". He neglected to get any pictures of the castle, but he got lots of pictures of the pretty views from it.

Castelo Leiria
Castelo Leiria
Estádio Municipal de Leiria
Estádio Municipal de Leiria: host of the UEFA Euro 2004 finals

Oh, and they made a friend. They named him Eduardo and cried out in anguish when he flew away. (So glad I wasn't there for that.)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Lodging Planning

I'm planning an extravagant...and by extravagant I mean the opposite...road trip for us this summer. Obviously with our trip back to the US funds will be lower than low, so I've been comparing prices for accommodations. Not fun, but necessary.

Hotels
I found some really great hotels, but the ones in our price range weren't optimal for sightseeing by foot. I know public transportation is great in Europe, but we have a hard time figuring out stops when everything is in a foreign language or not announced.

Hostels
I've been dying to stay in more hostels, and I found some amazing sounding ones. One even had a free family dinner every night. Can you imagine? A free home cooked meal every night! All of the ones I found were in perfect locations for sightseeing and weren't horribly expensive...as long as we were willing to do it in dorms instead of private rooms. I'm fine with that, but the mister doesn't like the idea.

Airbnb
We've never tried it before so first time jitters are a factor. But all the places I have found so far sound like a dream. My main filter when searching was finding a place with parking. That's where it got a little tricky. A lot of places listed parking on the premises when they mean "there's parking on the street in front". Nope, I'm not taking chances with our vehicle. I made sure to find places with parking accommodations in the descriptions. If they didn't bother to mention parking, then I assumed they don't have an assigned spot or lot nearby.

We'll probably do a combination of all three. I found pros and cons with each in different cities so it's just a matter of putting the puzzle together to make a good fit for us.

I'm not going to say where we're going yet because we're still trying to figure it out. We have so many options. Southern Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia....the list goes on and on.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The News is...Meh

I met with my doctor yesterday to see how my cervix is healing and to talk about the pathology report from the tissue taken. When I say the news is "meh"...it's really the best way I can explain it.

The dysplasia (abnormal) was present in the deeper tissue of the chunks taken out. That's not good news.

But it isn't cancer. Whew. I know the chances were slim that it would be, but I kind of felt like I was holding my breath until I heard the results.

So basically I'm kind of in the same place that I was before. Wait and see.

If we had our kids and were done, I'd go in for another cut. But since the procedure would shorten (and weaken) that part of the cervix even more, I decided to wait. We'll reassess in a year with a Pap smear between now and then.

Thank you for all your kind words, support, and prayers. You don't even know how much it means to me!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Travel Tuesdays: Nazaré, Portugal

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Will made it to the town of Nazaré to see the beach. As usual...he had very few words to say about it. The waves were big and it was cool.

Nazaré, Portugal
Nazaré, Portugal
Nazaré, Portugal

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Booked!

We booked our first trip to the US together! This may not seem like a big deal, but it kind of is. We have both traveled back to the home country since we moved to Italy, but not with each other. We've been planning and talking about this trip since last year (he put in for leave before he deployed) so it's great to finally buy our tickets.

First, we're going to Oregon for one of my best friend's wedding. I'm so excited to be her bridesmaid! Will missed another of my best friend's wedding last year, so it'll be great to have him there for this one.


The next weekend, we're going to Florida for Will's sister's wedding. She asked me to be a bridesmaid and her fiance asked Will to be a groomsman. I haven't been to Florida since before Will and I got married and he hasn't been back since right before we moved to Italy. So it's a long overdue trip for us.


Crazy right? Two important couples in our lives are getting married within a week of each other! We're so excited for both days and this trip can't come soon enough.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Travel Tuesdays: Portugal

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I got Will to talk a little about Portugal and his experiences and I got pictures out him too! This is the first time he's actively trying to document and talk about his travels without me, so I'm really excited!

Portugal
The town square and castle

The first thing he told me was that he wanted to visit the castle. He snapped the above picture while walking around town and has been trying recruit exploration buddies to go with him. It's been tough finding the time because of his busy work schedule, but he wants to make sure to visit before he leaves. He'll definitely be sending more pictures when he gets over there.

Portugal
A river running through the town he was exploring.

In his words: "It seems really cool here so far. It's a beautiful place and the people seem pretty nice. The weather hasn't been very good though...really rainy and windy." He hasn't tried any Portuguese food yet, but it's his mission to try some and he'll report back. However, he tried sangria for the first time and it's something he'd enjoy drinking again.

FYI, the Air Force has publicized the TDY on both the Aviano AB website and on Facebook and Instagram.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Laughs

This has been showing up all over my Facebook feed:

I was reading it while Skyping with Will and I burst out laughing at the last two lines. Of course he wants to know..."What are you looking at? Why are you laughing? What's going on?" So I read it to him and kept an eye on his reaction.

No joke when I got to the penis and thumb line, he gets a curious look on his face. Then he holds up his thumb and stares at it for the rest of the time I'm reading.

I'm pretty sure he didn't hear anything after that line. I was laughing so hard my stomach hurt. Boys...so predictable.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ech's Love for Football

From my past posts, it may come off like I've been a football fan my entire life. Couldn't be farther from the truth. Ten years ago, I could not care less about the game.

Powder Puff
Terrible picture, but me and a friend after we won the game.

Senior year in high school, I played in Juniors vs Seniors Powder Puff game. The senior football players taught us everything we needed to know. Practices were long and intense. Everyone took it really seriously. That's how I learned the basic rules of the game. Trial by fire. I had a blast playing in that game and the rest of high school football games that year were so much more fun to go to because I kind of understood what was going on.

Go Hawks

But it wasn't until my sophomore year in university that I learned to love the game and the Seahawks. It all started with a cute boy on the first floor of my dorm. He is a die hard Seahawks fan. Like born and raised on the Seahawks. Like paints his face for the games. He's mild mannered and quiet...until the game comes on. It's a total transformation. It's amazing. That year he had season tickets with his family so he was at all the home games, but I sat with him in his room for the away games. He patiently explained all the rules and penalties to me as they popped up. None of my friends before or since then has ever taken the time to teach me like that.

[I wish I had a picture of us, but my computer keeled over at the end of my sophomore year and I lost ALL my pictures]

Go Hawks

As you all know, Will deployed last year. I needed a distraction and the Seahawks were perfect for that. I read articles during the off season and got amped on all the pre-season hype surrounding them. I followed some of the players' Twitters, read the articles they posted, and followed the links they put up. I looked into their charities and their back stories. I watched their locker room videos, which are hilarious and good for hours of entertainment. I was heavily invested in my team by the time the season started. Normally I just watch the games and that's it. But now I watch the games, the press conferences, and the interviews. You can imagine the binge reading/watching I've been doing since the huge Super Bowl win.

So that's the progression of my love for the Seahawks. It's been so much fun following them and I can't wait until next season! I think it's something like 262 days left until preseason.


PS - My husband can now recognize more players on my team than his. Success!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

No Words

I've basically been spending all my time watching highlights, press conferences, and analyses of the Super Bowl. It's been a dream since the huge win.

I thought about writing a lengthy post about how much I love my team and how amazing the game was, but it's kind of redundant if you follow my blog or Twitter feed. Plus there's nothing I can write or say that hasn't been drilled home by now. My team is amazing.

Go Hawks

This was a couple hours before the game. The game started at 12:30 am Italy time so I planned on taking a nap at some point during the day. But I was so excited I couldn't sit still...there's no way I was going to be able to sleep.

Go Hawks

This was as the game was ending. I was setting up to take a super happy celebratory selfie, but I got distracted by what was happening on the screen. It got all kinds of emotional. They were overlooked and underestimated and they proved everyone wrong. I'm so proud of my team.

Go Hawks

Like I said, the game started at 12:30 am. I didn't fall asleep until past 7 am. I was so hyped it just wasn't going to happen.

But you know what the media hasn't showed or played up? We have players who have their priorities right. This happened in the locker room after the game.