Thursday, February 23, 2012

Weekend in Charlotte

I’m posting here to announce the BEST WEEKEND EVER in Charlotte. How I
ever drove away on Monday afternoon is beyond me.  That guy is
something else.  That’s probably why I’m marrying him. In 51 DAYS!

It is a strange thing walking into your future apartment and being
allowed to hang stuff on walls and move furniture and having very
important conversations about whether that ‘thing’ is a rug or a
tapestry and does it belong on the wall or the floor.

By the way, I think it’s best as a tapestry, and I assure you would
look great on the wall. Danny does not agree. See below.

Tapestry? (Danny painfully agrees to demonstrate).

Rug? (I painfully agree to lay the small tapestry at a slight diagonal
under the table to demonstrate its use as a rug).

To be honest, it will NOT remain in either location, but it was a fun
exercise in decorating together.

While he may not be on the tapestry train, he does have quite good
taste, and I look forward to hopefully making our space a cozy
reflection of our combined aesthetic. {I’ve been reading too many
design magazines.}

Our weekend also involved a belated Valentine date to the Liberty
(yummy!) and the movie “The Vow”.

I have this thing where I really fight crying at movies. I just find
it awkward to walk around with puddles of mascara under my eyes in a
public place. I made it about ¾ of the way through “Courageous”, but
that movie really wore me down! I was pleased that I had actually made
it all the way through “The Vow” with no crying, but alas there was
some serious tear duct build-up. And then, an abundance of crying and
hugging in the car. Needless to say, I really liked the movie. And I
really like my fiancé.

Other things we did during my visit included brunch, red velvet
waffles for dessert, a rotisserie chicken joint, more brunch, two
Insanity workouts (I'm still alive!), and a dance lesson! You can
add to the list of his noncritical but awesome qualities that
D has rhythm and is a fast learner.

And that is our weekend in a very big nutshell.

I love D.C., but I am so excited to get myself down to Charlotte to
start our life together!

P.S. I am really hoping to revamp this blog soon and begin posting
more often. It’s on my post-wedding ‘list’. So stay tuned . .

Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine Wishes

Valentine's Day is just five short days away, and I have been spotting a number of love-ly gifts that I would be oh so happy to receive. Of course, all I really want is dinner, a movie ("The Vow" please) and cuddle time with D . . and I am set to have it, if even a few days after the holiday.

But I thought, for fun, I'd still share the things I've been eyeing / craving this week. They may not be all red or romantic, but they have one thing in common - I'm loving them!

First up, Gorjana Love Ring Set. I don't have the longest fingers, so these dainty rings would be perfect.
Source: via Laura on Pinterest

#2. Asos Pink Patent Watch. A pop of pink is always appropriate.
Source: via Laura on Pinterest

#3. Crosley iSolo Radio. How cute is this guy? He doesn't just play the radio, he plays your iPod/iPhone, and streams Pandora.
Source: via Laura on Pinterest

#4. Another watch! Dying over this beauty. Nixon's Time Teller Watch.

#5. Kate Spade 'Mrs' Necklace. How appropriate is this? Well, maybe not for a couple more months.

#6. Handwoven Turkish Beach Towel. Can you tell I'm dreaming about my honeymoon already? I want the aqua color! Or the pink!
Source: via Laura on Pinterest

#7. Coral Kate Spade Studs. I could never have too much coral! {It's one of my wedding colors.}

#8. A very cool D.C./Maryland map.
Source: via Laura on Pinterest

#9. Candy, of course! I am always craving some cinnamon bears.
#10. And finally and completely cliche . . CHOCOLATE! To be specific, I'd love some dark chocolate wafers.
Hope your Valentine's Day is high calorie and full of fun!

On the actual holiday, I will be fiance-less and curled up on a couch with my girlfriends re-watching a series we LOVE - "Friday Night Lights". I think chocolate and wine will most definitely be involved.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hiding Place

Ok . . I’m going to write a post with no pictures. Just say no to picture pressure. It’s part of why I rarely blog anymore. That, and this blog ain’t pretty. But I’m doing this for me. I know I have very few readers anymore, but is that really why I blogged in the first place? I lost sight of why I began blogging, but I want to come back.

I know I’ve said it before but long-distance wedding planning + a wedding workout plan + pre-marital reading and counseling + a long-distance relationship + a full-time job + job-hunting + an upcoming move + a gazillion expenses = A LOT.  There are normally a million thoughts running through my brain, but now? It’s a little out of control.

The importance of silence cannot be underestimated. I absolutely need those times where I get quiet, mentally put each and every thought on the shelf, sit before the Lord and say “I’m ALL Yours. Talk to me.”

That list up there is all important, but He’s the most important. He loves me, AND He’s got it all under control.

I could plan my wedding down to the last detail, but what matters is the covenant I will make before the Lord that day and preparing my heart for that.  

I could work out every day and be the healthiest I’ve ever been, but my identity and beauty is in Him.

I could read a million books and talk to a dozen people about marriage, but above all, I will need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and receive His grace on a daily basis If I’m to be a godly wife.

I could apply for a hundred jobs, but He knows which one is right for me and when to open that door.

I could save as much as possible to pay for the honeymoon, the ring, furniture, moving, and more, but why stress when He is my provider, and He will give me everything I need?

And you know what? This wedding and this life isn’t all about me. In the midst of the busyness, I want to love God and love people.

So life may be busy and crazy, but sitting at His feet each day . . that’s where it’s at! It’s not busy and crazy there. It’s sweet, it’s peaceful, . . my very own hiding place with my very best friend. All else just fades away. . .

Psalm 143:8 "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life."

2 Samuel 22:31 “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.”

Psalm 91:1 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Mark 1:35  “It was very early in the morning and still dark. Jesus got up and left the house. He went to a place where he could be alone. There he prayed.”

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmassy New York

New York was a b-last last week, but as soon as I said goodbye to D, I was ready to click my heels and return to DC, NOT spend a lonely night at my hotel. Also, sleeping on the 5th floor is not the best, and honking horns awakened me just five hours after going to bed.  This is why I waver on my feelings for that city.  One minute I am in love with her, and the next I am ready to go.

But back to my trip . .

The first order of business on a very cold Tuesday was to get a cup of hot cocoa in my hands.  I got off at Columbus Circle and enjoyed a teensy one from Grom.  It was super delicious, but I was a little disappointed they were out of dark chocolate. 


I wandered through the Holiday Market on the corner of Central Park and then headed to cookies. I mean, heading to lunch would’ve made more since, given the time of day, but this is me, you know.

The one reason I was glad to have booked a hotel in Upper West was Levain Bakery. I probably would not have made it had I been staying in another part of town.  It was a little awkward lugging my suitcase and tote and purse down those itty bitty steps into that teensy weensy bakery and back out again, but those cookies are worth all that trouble. Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever! And the Chocolate Peanut Butter is possibly even better.  I cannot – or will not - eat them without milk, however, so as I’ve done in the past, I saved them for home.  Warmed in the microwave with ice cold milk.  Perfection.


After checking into my room, it was time to get party-ready. Minus my hair. For that, I headed to the Flatiron District and pampered myself with a blowout at Drybar. While it was a fun experience, I wish my stylist had given a better scalp massage, and the Cosmopolitan style didn’t take very well with my hair – a shocker, since my hair holds curl extremely well. I love the vibe, the interior and the offering of champagne, and I would recommend it as a fun, inexpensive way to treat yourself sometime.


Let me now make a suggestion as to what NOT to do in NYC and that is walk a mile in 4 ½ inch heels that you have yet to break in, and you have wide feet. Oh wait, that’s me. Let’s just say that I wore flat boots to the Christmas party and didn’t care one bit that they weren’t so stylish. New shoes broken in, feet broken.

After said torturous walk, I was at the Empire State Building to meet my man.  He was working on the 38th floor for the day, and he came down to meet me, get me a building pass and escort me to the TOP. 


He flashed the office executive pass to every guard we met, and they replied “Excuse me, right this way”.  We even had our very own elevator for part of the ascent.  Perfect for making out in. Just kidding. Sort of. For those few minutes up, I was feelin’ like a Very Important Person.

It was insanely windy up there and coooold, which made taking eleventy pictures of a stranger feel like it took an hour.  But it was still romantic and such a cool experience.  I had never been to the top, but I would encourage anyone to pay the $22 it costs for a ticket. And go at night – although your pictures might not turn out very well.  And that is the basis upon which every decision should be made, am I right? 


Moving on. The holiday party was fun, and I was shocked by just how welcoming and friendly all of his colleagues were – New Yorkers and Charlotteans alike. We ate Italian food, drank wine, and watched as each person gave out a superlative award and gift.

D and I ended the night strolling down 5th Avenue past a couple of department store windows . . . 



. . ending up at Rock Center to see the tree, which was NOT LIT UP. How dare they? And before midnight? That makes twice we have seen the tree unlit. Ah well. Maybe next year?

 Rock Center

And that was the end of the trip. I might be leaving out the part where I cried dramatically when he dropped me off at my hotel, but I like to focus on the positive. And starting Friday, I will see him for eleven consecutive days! Wheee! And Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A NYC Reunion

- on the train en route to NYC -

It's been just over 2 weeks since I left D in Charlotte. There have been plenty of texts and lots of evening Skype chats, some in which he 'tucks me in', and he is the last person I talk to and pray with before turning over and going to sleep.

Today I'm taking the train up to New York City to attend his company's holiday party and hold his hand. It is an expensive 22 hour trip when you take the train and hotel room into consideration . . but it's already worth it. I just wish I didn't have to share him with all his colleagues, many of which he'll be meeting for the first time (as the company is based in NYC).

I plan to treat myself to my favorite cookies and a blowout before the party. Levain Bakery and Drybar, here I come. If you're going to New York, you've gotta do it right.

I don't think I've ever been so excited on a Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


*My Thanksgiving Meal with D's Family*

There is so much to say.

For starters, I will do a belated Thanksgiving shout-out (although giving thanks could never be belated).

I have a pretty sweet set-up in life right now, and I am thankful for it every day. It’s true that my fiancé just moved about 350 miles away from me and my job has become so dull and boring, but in the midst of that, there is so much to be thankful for that I hardly notice the negative.

My boss has given me so much flexibility. He knows I’m looking for work in Charlotte. He’s cool with me tele-working whenever the need may arise. And he will look the other way if my resume happens to be up on my screen – or a wedding website, of course.  I do struggle with feeling guilty about this lack of work to do, but I’ve concluded that I have to consider it a blessing and enjoy it while it lasts.

I am only three days into this long distance thing, so I can’t give it a proper assessment, but I will say that it has already brought even more anticipation for the future.  I know the holidays will fly by, and then we will be left with only 100 days of waiting. I am thankful for Skype. And I am thankful for Priceline, through which I just I booked a hotel in New York.  In two weeks, D’s company is having their Christmas party there, and I get to go! I can't wait! Nevermind that seeing him for a whole 6 hours will be the biggest tease. At least I get to see him.

I am thankful for my future in-laws, and I am thankful for my own family and friends.  I am thankful my grandma’s chemo treatments are said to be working, and I am thankful that last week’s car repair cost me a few hundred less than expected (even if it was still a very painful bill).

This weekend, my cousin Erica is visiting, and I’m glad to have a guest for the first weekend away from D. We have some dinner reservations and a trip to Mount Vernon planned.  Hopefully I don’t wear her pregnant self out!
*Me and D at the Capitol on Thanksgiving Morning*

I am so very thankful for him. He is caring, patient, fun, godly, talented and hot! And he is my perfect complement. I love you, babe!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

One Month

I've been engaged for a month now, and on top of productive, it has been a sweet and exciting month. I'm looking forward to our wedding day, but everyone was right about the engagement period - it is really special and a time to enjoy, not rush through. 

We've set our date for April 14th, 2012.  That is six months away from this Friday! Just enough time to plan the wedding and get pre-marital counseling. Why wait any longer?

This month, we . . booked our venues, had our first pre-marital counseling session, opened our registries (just), decided on colors, chose bridesmaid dresses, looked at invitations, and did lots of brainstorming.

And this past weekend, I found my dress!

Through all of these things, we are really just so excited to start our life together.

I feel so blessed that I get to marry my very best friend. He is perfect!!! (for me)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

In case you care to see . .

My Ring and Other Happenings . .

Oh, LIFE. Life is good. And super busy these days.

After two trips to the jeweler, my ring finally fits!  It’s true what they say – having a ring on your finger really kills your productivity.  I’d rather wave it around and watch it sparkle than respond to emails.

I am so, so glad I didn’t pick it out or even tell him what I wanted.  D did an awesome job, and I love it.  It’s so much more special to me knowing that he didn’t just fulfill a request.  

It’s also been fun to have him involved in the planning process thus far, as he wants to discuss every part of it and share his opinions.  The opinion-sharing is valued, but I won’t say we agree on everything either. Let’s just say it’s facilitating some more discovery of who each of us are, haha.

The next month looks especially crazy for us, and we’re trying to take it all day by day.  Tonight we drive to Charlotte for an entire not-even-day to discover if the Queen City will be our future home.  On the one hand, it’s incredibly exciting, but I think we’re still in process mode wondering what it will be like leaving a city that has become my, and has always been his home.  I love it here so much . . but I love my fiancé way more.

In other exciting news, my mom will be here in just one week to shop for my gown, and the following weekend I have the honor of being a bridesmaid in a dear friend’s wedding in Hilton Head.  I will most definitely need to post pictures of the event, along with my visit to HH and Savannah!

Let's get started, October! :)

Friday, September 02, 2011

Five Happy Things

I’m in the middle of an ‘end of summer’ post. Maybe it will make up for my delinquency these past few months?

In the meantime, here are some things bringing me a little happiness lately:

1. Peach fro-yo with coconut shavings. Oh, Yogen Fruz. (I am ordering everything peach these days, because the season is almost over - sob.)

2. My PNC Virtual Wallet bank account. You may question my sanity when I say I’ve spent a few hours this week ‘playing’ with my new bank account. But, this account set-up rocks. It gives me 3 accounts for spending, short-term savings (set-aside money), and long-term (no touch) savings. Instead of remembering how many withdrawals are pending or which bills are coming up, I can set money aside in advance and always know exactly how much I have to spend. It’s also an easy way to save more.

3. Allegra, Nasonex, and eye drops. My throat, eyes, nose, and ears are thanking me.

4. Pinterest. Oh my. I was slow in signing onto this new craze, but if you follow me, you know about my obsession these days. It’s a fun and easy way to catalogue pretty images that inspire me and help me to narrow down my style. I already had a gazillion posts starred on Google Reader, so now I can go back and pin the photos I love.

5. The upcoming 3-day weekend, of course. We’re spending a day in Charlottesville, Virginia, and I can’t wait to discover a new, pretty place and eat some good food.

Happy Labor Day!