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Finally, life on the blog!

Happy Saturday!

I started this blog with the intention of semi-frequent posts to document life and the first year of being married. Regular semi-frequent posts? Utter fail. Not to be discouraged! Summer went by in a quick whirlwind of travel, work, and good times and I’m heading into a no-so-hectic autumn (fingers crossed). September in the West still feels like summer – I woke up this morning to hear strange sounds outside the window and lo and behold, there was a hot air balloon drifting by the apartment in all its full glory, then another, and another! I could barely make them out through the trees as they headed over the lake outside, so no pictures. But what a cool thing to see on a lovely, lazy Saturday morning.

So! The summer in review…learning to wake board at Lucky Peak; hitting up Seattle with not only one but two Saga-friends and my sister-in-law; Oregon coast weekend; biking the Hiawatha Trail in northern Idaho; the lake; a week-long business trip to Guelph, Canada; and many more adventures. August was certainly a month for travel – photos to come soon!

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Dear June

June has been a whirlwind month for me. Many of you know that my Big Work Event, the kind of thing that you spend 6 or more months planning, happens right in the middle. In fact, sometimes it happens right around my birthday, and I am not cool with that. I’m thankful that this year my Big Work Event took place a week after my birthday, which means I was able to take the day off and doing nothing on it but be lazy and spend it with the husband. My first birthday married to my best friend! Love.

This was followed by a fantastic Father’s Day weekend spend up in the mountains. Jared and I drove up to Cascade, Idaho, on Saturday night to his family’s vacation home, then met his dad, step-mom, and sister and her husband on Sunday to spend the day burning in the sun, er, fishing by the shores of Horsethief Reservoir. I caught the first fish of the day. Not going to lie, I’m a little proud of myself for that, even though it was only a baby-sized fish. Jared, not to be outdone, caught the biggest fish of the day. We flew back to Boise that night for dinner, and my crazy workweek began with more preparation and three days of a fabulous work conference where I made coffee, greeted speakers and musicians, organized volunteers, and ran around the office like a madwoman. Totally worth the experience and enjoyment that my fellow coworkers got out of it.

In case I had any ideas about relaxing over the weekend after the Big Work Event, I decided to fly to Seattle with my sister-in-law Julie to 1. attend the wedding of her highschool friend and 2. hang out with two of my New York friends, both of whom conveniently live near each other in Seattle. We had a cab adventure, got caught in the pouring rain, walked several blocks in 4-inch high heels, laughed a lot, and shared good memories. I’m going to include a plug for Erin – on Sunday, Julie, Liam, and I went to The Center for Wooden Boats on Lake Union, which offers free boat rides on Sundays. Thanks, Erin for sharing such a cool place with us!  Julie and I returned to Boise on Sunday night, and my boss, in his infinite wisdom, told me “stay home on Monday.” So I did. It turns out that it was the perfect opportunity to have our apartment accent wall painted that day, so I am the proud leaser of not one but two avocado-colored walls in my home. Love. Maybe it’s time to move the painting back onto the wall, though…

Dear June, you were lovely and stressfull, all at the same time. Pictures to follow 🙂

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Hello world!

Hello world, and welcome to the Coffee Diaries…a place where family and friends can keep up with what’s been happening in the lives of Ali and Jared. I love sitting down to read a nice long email or some of my favorite blog posts over a delicious cup (or two) of coffee, and I invite you to do the same! Stay tuned for once-a-week posts (fingers crossed) about traveling, boating, lakes, and other fun stuff that happens in the beautiful city of trees.

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