Monthly Archives: October 2016

Wedding Wednesday…On Friday: Wedding Week Prep

Oh right… Wedding Wednesday is supposed to be on a Wednesday… My bad! Actually it’s funny to me how much time it is taking to readjust to being back in the real world after our honeymoon. First of all, people were so generous with gifts and all kinds of decorating help, and so our house is still full of wedding related items. I’ve been trying to go through them, but at the same time, both of C’s parents’ birthdays are this week, his brother and sister-in-law just bought a new house, and I’ve had a ton of doctors appointments to catch up on.

But that’s not why you’re here! Today I want to talk to you about some of the things that went on the week prior to the wedding. We had so much to do the actual day before the wedding, but I was lucky enough to have the Monday off of my wedding week because of a government holiday, and I took off the Thursday and Friday before our wedding as well. And it’s a good thing I did! As much as I thought we had already accomplished, there was still so much to do!

The Favors

First of all, the favors had to be assembled. We gave away mugs that said “Happily Ever After” and inside of them were packets of cappuccino and biscotti. Each of these needed to be wrapped up in cellophane and tied with a bow–this meant that I needed a crack team together who would be willing to go through an assembly line process in order to get all 200 of these compiled as quickly as possible! Because they wouldn’t fit back in the box after we compile them, we had to just put them all over the house. It’s funny, because I’m still finding mugs in places that I had hidden them from the dogs!

The Pumpkins

We had two types of centerpieces on our tables. One of them was flowers with in a white lantern that we got from the florist. The others were flowers inside of white pumpkins. Thank you Pinterest! This meant that we needed to hollow out 12 white pumpkins. Actually, first it meant that we had to find 12 white pumpkins! Luckily, living in a rural community, there was a farm down the street from us that had 12 sizable white pumpkins that we could use for centerpieces. So, my new family rallied together and carved out all the pumpkins! And didn’t they look beautiful?


There are so many other things that we accomplish that week, but these were a couple of my favorites! I can’t wait to keep telling you more details about the wedding as the weeks go on!


Honeymoon Monday: Bistro at The Biltmore

Happy Monday everyone! I’m back from our honeymoon in Asheville, North Carolina, and I’m so excited to be back to the world of blogging! I’ll tell you more about our wedding in this week’s Wedding Wednesday. But I’ve decided to spend the next several Mondays talking about great aspects of our honeymoon. Up first: our first dinner as a married couple at Bistro at The Biltmore!


After driving more than 8 hours to get to Asheville, I knew that we would be famished and wouldn’t want to get back in the car. So after looking at the list of “Must Eat” restaurants provided by two of my friends, I made us reservations at the Bistro.

We started off with drinks and couldn’t have been more pleased. After the wedding, I was still on an apple cider kick, but I didn’t really want anything alcoholic. So I asked if they could make me a hot apple cider without any alcohol, and they did! Plus, they added a delicious ring of cinnamon sugar around the rim! C couldn’t stop at one of his drink of choice: Maker’s Mark, ginger ale, balsamic vinaigrette and a basil leaf. I think it was his favorite drink of the whole trip!

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Then, the food. Sigh, I’m still drooling thinking about this food. First of all, I had eaten VERY little red meat in the past several months because I was afraid I wouldn’t fit in my wedding dress. Full disclosure: I’m logically aware that red meat wouldn’t have been the make-or-break factor, but hey, I figured chicken was safer. Anyhoo, when I saw steak frites and truffle fries on the menu, I practically shouted my order!


Again, not able to totally stray from our wedding menu (I’ll talk more about that in a future post), C was all about the short ribs.


Sadly, I didn’t get a picture of our dessert…because I devoured it too quickly. But it was beignets dipped in an apple cinnamon sauce. Soooooo delicious!

If you’re ever in Asheville, DEFINITELY check out the Bistro! Now please excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my face 😉


Wedding Wednesday: We’re Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday folks! Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but we’re on our honeymoon!! Stayed tuned for new posts starting Monday and the first wedding recap on Wednesday!

Linking up with Nikki!!!


Wedding Wednesday: The Last One Before I Do!

Happy Wedding Wednesday folks! It’s the last one before the big day! I can’t wait to write more next week, as I start to tell you all about the wedding!

In the meantime, feel free to check out some of the past posts, including the proposal, my bridal shower and saying yes to the dress!

I’ll talk to you all when I’m a Mrs!!

Linking up with Nikki and Macy!




Show Us Your Books: September to October

Happy Tuesday! It’s the second Tuesday of the month, so that means I’m linking up with Jana and Steph for Show Us Your Books!

The Assistants by Camille Perri (4 out of 5 Stars)


This is one of those books that got such mixed reviews, so I wasn’t sure what to think. And honestly, the characters aren’t all that likable. But a book about some assistants to high-powered men stealing money to help those in need is compelling, to say the least, and it’s really entertaining! Love all the pop culture references, and even though I’d be way too nervous to take the same paths as these characters, I have to admire their chutzpah.

Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)


Alan Cumming is a marvelous and daring actor, so when I read the title of this book, I figured that it would be about how different he is from his father. Well…I was sort of right, but you should definitely read it to find out more! I highly recommend listening on audiobook because Alan Cumming reads it himself and OH that Scottish brogue.

What have you read this month that’s been great?


Three Songs That Define My Life

With the wedding coming up this weekend, I’m doing my best to think of blog posts, but my mind is filled with, well, wedding stuff. Thank GOODNESS Alyssa started her Back to Blogging Non-Challenge Challenge, which has given me some excellent ideas for prompts! Today I’m going with her first prompt: 3 songs that define my life!


“Somewhere” from West Side Story


My favorite Broadway musical is West Side Story, and I saw it for the first time when I was in the tenth grade. My high school put on a production of this timeless classic, and I immediately fell in love with the music, especially the song “Somewhere.” At the time, I was head over heels for a boy in my grade, but we ran in different circles. Just as I was beginning to find myself become SLIGHTLY more popular (like he was), we moved to Baltimore. In the song “Somewhere,” the actress sings “There’s a place for us…someday, somehow, somewhere.” At the time, I related this to my high school crush, but as I got older, I felt that it referred to my future love…coming someday, somewhere.

“Adelaide’s Lament” from Guys and Dolls


Yes, another Broadway song. I first came across this song in college, when I worked on a production of Guys and Dolls for a local dinner theatre. The song is all about how Adelaide’s boyfriend won’t commit to marrying her, and her anxiety about it gives her “psychosomatic symptoms, difficult to endure” because of it. Let’s get real for a second: this happens to me all the time. When I get anxious, I truly feel as though I’m getting sick or something is wrong with me. Psychosomatic symptoms are frickin real and frickin scary. Luckily for me, sometimes just remembering this song really helps with the symptoms and reminds me that I’m just being anxious.

“I See the Light” from Tangled


About 4 and a half years ago, I went to C’s graduation party. After the party, I was watching Tangled with two of my friends and heard the song “I See the Light.” This song made me think of C and how I was finally “seeing the light”–now that I was looking at him with clear eyes, I knew that I was falling for him. This is why I’m walking down the aisle to this song at our wedding in 5 days 🙂

What songs define your life? I’m linking up with Alyssa!




Five on Friday: So So Sleepy Edition

Happy Friday y’all! You know what starting a new job just a couple weeks before your wedding will do? It’ll make you SUPER sleepy. Because of this, I’m going to do my best to get out five fascinating-ish facts about this week, but please forgive me if they’re laden with spelling/grammatical errors.

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee…No?

If you were ANYWHERE on social media this week, you saw that many coffee shops across the U.S. turned themselves into Luke’s Diners a la Gilmore Girls. As a SUPER GG fan, I was ready to line up and grab myself a cup of joe…except that the line was around the block! Because I knew I would be late for my training, I had to skip it, but I got to live vicariously through several of my fellow bloggers!

Rain Rain Stay Away

I’m thinking happy thoughts for anyone whose life has been rocked by Hurricane Matthew this week. Your blogger world loves you and is here for you!

Kept Up with the Kardashians

Now I’m not the HUGEST fan of the Kardashians (although I do kind of like Kendall, and I’m intrigued by Khloe’s book), but anyone who is saying bad things about Kim this week really just needs to stop. The woman was bound and gagged and put in a bathtub for goodness sake! No one should have to go through that, and she shouldn’t be ridiculed just because she’s a celebrity.


Did you know that today is World Smile Day? Put a great one out to the world!

One Week…

One week from today, I’ll be getting ready for my rehearsal dinner and the wedding day the next day!!

Linking up with these lovely ladies!



Wedding Wednesday: Bachelorette Pics

Hi all! This week has been so insane, and I haven’t been able to blog, but I wanted to share a few pics from my awesome Bachelorette Party! I’ll have details next week, I promise!

And of course, I’m linking up with Macy and Nikki!


Staying Peculiar: Strange Things About Me

Happy Tuesday! If you’ve been on Twitter recently, you may have come across the hashtag #StayPeculiar. This is an advertisement for the new movie Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but it also made me stop and think about my own peculiarities. I, for one, believe that we should all embrace the things that make us unique. So here are a few of mine:

No Cheese, Please


I don’t like cheese. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I only like cheese if it’s melted, but if you start to sprinkle unmelted cheese on a taco or add a slice of cheddar to a sandwich, I will do all I can to remove that bit of dairy from my meal.

I’m Afraid to Ride a Bike


Yes, I know how to ride a bike. It took me a long time to learn how to ride because I was scared that I would fall, but once I learned how to do it, I loved it! That is, until about 7 years ago when I was riding on a trail and someone did not properly signal that they were trying to get around me, and we crashed into each other. The man muttered some choice words to me and pedaled off, unharmed. I, however, had to walk my bike back to my car, as my entire leg was scraped up and bleeding. So, yes, I’m now too scared to ride a bike.

I Do a Mean Cartman


That’s me: a 36 year-old woman who knows all the words to one of Cartman’s most inappropriate songs from Southpark. And yes, I prefer to sing the song in Cartman’s voice.

What makes you peculiar?