Let it Be and Promises for 2014

Ah, New Years Resolutions. Since I’m writing mine nearly 2 weeks into January, I figure that means I either spent a lot of time working on them (I didn’t) or that I’m extremely indecisive (I am).

So I decided to keep it simple, an easy to remember phrase:

LetItBe

I spend too much of my time worrying about things I cannot change or control. The other day, I decided to slice a lemon on our kitchen counter without a cutting board and obviously (stupidly) made a few slice marks into our linoleum counter. I spent the next 3 hours lamenting my stupidity and avoiding the kitchen to try to get my mind off of it, which was mostly unsuccessful. I remember telling Rob repeatedly that I couldn’t get over the fact I made a mistake and I felt the need to punish myself for it by relishing in my own guilt. I just clearly have a control issue.

So my mantra for the year is “Let it Be” so I can remind myself to not only to relinquish some of my control over impossible things but also to forgive myself of the guilt I feel when things don’t go as planned. Hopefully this phrase serves me well in wedding planning too…

In addition to just Let it Be, I have a few promises I made to myself for 2014

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…to try and live a healthier lifestyle but not punish myself when I indulge a little.

…to spend less time on my phone when I’m with the people I love.

…to spend less time talking negative about celebrities because frankly, I really DON’T know them.

…to invest in some adult clothing this year because let’s face it, I’m 25 and forever 21 just doesn’t cut it anymore.

…to spend more time laughing.

…to thank people more often.

And to seal the deal, I’ve pinky promised with myself, which means its basically a law.

Any phrases you want to live by in 2014 or promises you’d like to make yourself?

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Happy (late) New Year!

2014Hi everybody! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. 2013 was full of really great moments but also big challenges I was happy to leave behind. Just for good measure, a little 2013 wrap up:

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There’s A LOT in store for 2014. Specifically, this wedding is going down in less than 6 months so it’s time to put the pedal to the metal.

Ever since Rob and I moved to midtown, it feels like life starting falling into place and I just know this is where we’re meant to be in our mid-20s. So don’t mind if I go missing from the blog once in awhile, I promise I’m still alive, I’m just enjoying myself a little too much! Still, check back once in awhile and watch me slowwwwly lose my marbles over this impending wedding.

I’m working on my resolutions for this year because, let’s face it, I do everyone 8-10 days too late. But what about you? How was your year?! Any resolutions?

Also, as much as I hate to admit it, Rob and I decided to jump on the trendy train and bought a juicer. Share any fab juicing recipes that taste nothing like vegetables because, well you know how Rob is.

Love you, miss you peeps!

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2 Week Wrap Up

I survived ya’ll. My first weekend without Rob. Coming from a 7 person house to sleeping solo in my own apartment for 4 nights was totally an achievement for me.

While Rob was gone, his best bud Branden found out he passed the Bar to be a lawyer so our group of friends went out to celebrate. We got bottle service at a local nightclub and the rest is history. Literally history, no one really remembers what happened that night, ha. But that’s the story of all epic nights right?
BottleServiceThen I brought my sister and brother to my apartment for a siblings sleepover. All 3 of us. In a queen bed. Keep in mind my 13 year old brother is the size of a full grown man so we slept sideways on the bed despite the fact there were 2 perfectly good couches in my living room. We ate late night cake, popped popcorn and drank sparkling cider out of wine glasses.
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While Rob was gone, I was also successful in making my first round of sushi with raw fish! Apparently I’m rather productive without Rob around… hmmm. ;) Now that I know how to make my own sushi, you can bet you’ll be seeing more of that round here.
1stTimeSushiThanksgiving was so good to us this year. First of all, Rob and I decided to forgo presents for each other in exchange for this bad boy, all 60 HD inches of it.

BlackFridayPurchaseSo I have to admit, I’m one of those crazies who always participates in Black Friday. However this year, I was pretty turned off by the idea of shopping during Thanksgiving dinner so we didn’t make any plans to shop. But in between Thanksgiving dinners, Rob and I decided to drive by a local Walmart. We walked in at 5:30 pm to check out the line and by 6:30 pm we were in car with our new toy, driving to our next dinner. After setting it up at 3 am, I went to bed fairly sure the TV was too big for our apartment but after Rob played some Call of Duty to test it out, there’s no way that TV was going back. So as much as I hate to admit it, I race home to watch my shows on our movie screen sized TV in our teeny tiny apartment.

We also made out like a bandit at Target after Thanksgiving (40% off all apparel?!) and I did some online shopping at Old Navy and H&M. Overall, many a deal was had.

Thanksgiving was very full of lots of love, laughter and of course food. Here’s our annual silly Thanksgiving photo, have you ever seen a crazier bunch?

Thanksgiving2013How was your Thanksgiving? Did you score anything on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday?

P.S. I missed you!

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Wedding Progress (sprinkled w/ some humor)

Planning a wedding has been a complete rollercoaster. 17% of the time, I feel excited and in control, the other 83%, I’m terrified and certain that death is approaching.

WeddingCryLol okay this isn’t true, I’ll cry about EVERYTHING but it’s still funny. Source

I was so anxious to get engaged to evade the “So when are you guys getting engaged already?!” question but nothing compares to the anxiousness I feel when someone asks “How’s wedding planning going?”. Not only does a wedding have the pressure of being “the best day of your life” but it’s singlehandedly the most expensive thing Rob and I have ever been responsible for. If that’s not stress, I don’t know what is.

help-me-im-poorFact: This is my favorite moment in the movie. Source

Another Fact: If you hate people who quote Bridesmaids, we officially cannot be friends.

But after 8 months in a state of panic, wedding planning is finally feeling less like impending doom. We’ve learned this whole process goes smoother if I have a glass of wine in my hand. I’m also lucky to have a pretty fabulous bridal party (and my family) in the middle of planning my bridal party. Then I went to mass recently at our church and I got really excited about how beautiful it will be on our big day. But the biggest change has been how incredibly wonderful it is to live with Rob. He’s validated the best part of planning a wedding: the affirmation of our love and life together. Being roommates has shown me how truly lucky I am to have such a thoughtful and giving man in my life. He pours me the wine, what can I say?

funny-man-pouring-wine-glass-girlThis is us in a nutshell. Source

In the past few weeks, we finally signed up for our joint checkings account (to pay for the remainder of wedding expenses), picked out save the dates, and bought Rob’s wedding ring. Do you guys know how affordable mens wedding bands are?!? CRAZY. We took my ring to get cleaned at the jewelry store he bought mine at and while we waited, Rob tried a few rings on just for fun. He liked a few, we asked the price and my jaw DROPPED. I pulled out my card on that spot. I mean, it was just that affordable (or maybe I thought it was in comparison to what I imagine mine was?). Anyways, I’m just glad wedding planning isn’t making me want to crawl into a dark hole anymore but ask me again in a few months.

So for any fellow brides-to-be who don’t feel like sunshine is radiating from your butt during the wedding planning process, join the club. Just know, it gets better (I think) and if not, grab a bottle and bring it over to my place so we get the party started!

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