About that 1st anniversary...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

In an embarrassing, although not all-together shocking turn of events, I'm finally writing about our first anniversary. Two weeks late. Considering the fact that I haven't even posted about our honeymoon, I'm going to consider this a win (ish). 

E had an oddly scheduled, mid-week test, which meant that we had a four-day weekend right before our anniversary. My in-laws were gracious enough to put up with D$ for a few days (Steve and Marilyn, we owe you one!), so we headed to sunny LA to spend some time with with Cass and J. In case you need a refresher, Cass is my former co-worker, Matron of Honor and matchmaker extraordinaire. 

This trip couldn't have come at a better time. I needed a time-out from some impending career decisions and E needed a break from learning about ridiculous crap that he'll never have to know when he's actually a doctor. Here are a couple of snapshots from the trip -- it was, without a doubt, one of the best trips we've ever taken. The only things we had to worry about were: 1) what time happy hour started 2) making my maiden voyage to Pure Barre and 3) snagging some chairs at the pool. 

The only photo of Cass and I from the whole weekend is TERRIBLE (and I'm refusing to post it). Probably because our husbands were too busy taking ridiculous photos of themselves (see below). Or, it could have been because we killed happy hour at Fig. Luckily, I ended up with one slightly-in-focus photo. Of my cocktail. It had a jalapeño. It was delicious, especially when followed up with two bottles of prosecco.

The rest of our trip was filled with hiking, sunbathing at the gym and a happy hour trip to Bouchon in Beverly Hills (home of the world's best grilled cheese and tomato soup). Sidenote: Equinox in Century City is legit. All gyms should have valet parking and a pool where waiters bring beer to your lounge chair. 
We spent Sunday (our actual anniversary and my mother-in-law's birthday) at brunch with E's family and snacking on the top tier of our wedding cake, which miraculously made it half-way across the country and was no worse for the wear. 
C and J, thank you so much for putting up with us -- can't wait for you and Cosmo to head back to the East coast. 

Music Monday: First Aid Kit

Monday, February 20, 2012

So I've left the stay-at-home-wife ranks. For now. I've taken on a three-month, full-time freelance position, which is great. Not so great? I have a brutal commute every day. (Damn you, Schuyklill Expressway.) An hour of gridlock each way, however, means NPR. Lots, and lots of NPR. Which is how I discovered First Aid Kit. So, so good. Happy listening.

Wedding Wednesday

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

You guys! Check it out! We (I?) couldn't be more excited to be a part of Style Me Pretty's Wedding Wednesday (thanks, of course, to Aaron and Heather). Here's a link to the feature.
Apparently the universe was worried about the size of my ego after all of this morning's excitement because my GPS did this on my drive home:
No, I would not like to switch to pedestrian usage mode. I'M ON A MAJOR HIGHWAY. But I appreciate the reminder that I'm driving slower than my dog can walk. 

Renovation Realities: Guest Bathroom

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I can't believe I'm about to type this -- the guest bathroom is finished. Well, finished-ish. Finished enough to be used by people other than us. To say I'm excited would be a massive understatement. It takes all of my self-control to not mention it in every conversation I have. "Oh, I finished renovating our guest bath." "No, I know. All by myself." "What? You weren't asking about that?" "Oh. Well, it looks really nice." 

The whole project was a challenge to myself -- I refused to have anyone come stay until it was updated. My first instinct was to rip the whole thing out and start from scratch. E was having none of it. (It was worth a shot, right?) So we compromised. I could do whatever I wanted to the bathroom as long as I promised spend as little money as possible and to leave the tile and bathroom cabinet in place. Ugh. At this point I took the "nothing I do can possibly make it look worse" approach. Here's a look back at where we started...
In case you're wondering, yes, that's a rocks glass half-full of Jack Daniels. Don't judge me. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

My biggest issues with the room were the countertop and the grout. For whatever reason, the previous homeowners used a dark gray grout, which made the floor and shower look filthy. Knowing that I promised to leave all tiles in place, my only option was to clean out all of the old grout, then re-grout the whole shebang. Let me tell you, this project was not for the feint of heart. Since I've gotten a few questions about how I tackled it, here's what you need to know...

Wedding Photos: The Chicken Wing Edition

So here's the real deal about wedding photos -- you have no idea what you're going to get. I mean, if you work with photographers you love and trust, you know you're going to get something amazing, but you don't actually know what the end result will be until a few weeks later. A few of my very favorite images from the day came when I had no idea the camera were around (i.e. the two below).
My other favorites, however, were shot under a bridge in downtown KCMO. No, really. We were under an overpass right next to the Charles B. Wheeler airport. Everyone who was left to sit in the trolley was very concerned. I could feel it. But the best part of the whole shoot took place when we had to scurry to the side of the underpass to make room for a white panel van that was coming through. Twice. 
The clincher? The driver of said van only had one tooth. AND HE WAS EATING A CHICKEN WING. I have no idea how he did it, but he was making. it. happen. We were dying. So whenever I scroll through these, I always giggle a little. How can you not? Apparently nothing, not even wedding photos, can get in the way of a man and his chicken wing.

Photos? What Wedding Photos?

Friday, January 20, 2012

So tonight my husband made me watch "When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong." (Note: Apparently this is a series? I had no idea until I googled it and tried to post a link.) While I was "watching" I did a quick read through some of my previous posts. Here's what I discovered: 1) I used to be funny and 2) I just realized that I posted a video of our wedding photos, but never actually posted any wedding photos. Epic fail. So, a whopping eight months later, here you go...
Also, one more huge thank you to Aaron and Heather for capturing such beautiful images of our day. I got some super exciting news from Heather during the holidays, so fingers crossed I have some news to share soon.

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