Monday, September 29, 2014


Two years. Two whole years of marriage.

Is it appropriate to say HOLY SHIT? Because that's kind of how I feel about the fact that I have been married for two years.

Some days it feels like it happened last week.

Some days it feels like it's been at least 5 years.

 But either way, those 2 years have been an amazing ride. We bought a house. We adopted our first pet. There have been laughs and fights and smiles and tears. We've talked about our future. We've hosted parties and family gatherings. We've gone on roadtrips and vacations. And we've done it all side by side.

So tonight? I'll go home and make dinner. The same as I do every other night.

But we'll also reminisce about our amazing wedding day and the fabulous two years that we've had. Oh and of course our favorite topic as of late- our future, our plans, our dreams.

Dougface- I love you as much as I did the day we met. Well actually a lot more since we spent that first meeting screaming at each other over a game of beer pong.  I cannot wait to see what our future has in store for us. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Favorites

Friday! I'm so happy you're here. This week has lasted for wayyy...and it's not even over since I have a work event until 9:00 tonight. Lame.

Anywho- here are some of my favorite things right now!

1. Yesterday, I finally emailed the travel agent that a few of our friends have used to book vacations in the past about booking our all inclusive for January or February! I basically told her we want to spend a week some place warm where we can just relax and escape what I assume will be a shitty Cleveland winter. And I am SO EXCITED!!

Because this looks so much better than the freezing cold-ness that I expect in February in Cleveland...
2. I got my dress for the Gala!! I decided that instead of going with Rent the Runway, I would check out Nordstrom Rack to see if I could find one for a decent price. And whaddya know- $65 later, I walked out with a stunning dress. And since I own it, my mom can shorten it for me- making it much more convenient to wear flats with. Which is also a perfect excuse to wear these beauties again. So ignore my goofy ass face- and just look at the pretttty dress.

3. These shrimp and grits from How Sweet It Is. Shrimp sizzling in butter. An obscene amount of cheese mixed in with the grits. Holy awesomeness. Plus- if you're looking for some good recipes- check her site out! Everything is to die for...and you can bet her cookbook is on my Christmas list!

4. Shoes. And more shoes. Well more boots. But whatever. Zulily was the downfall of my bank account last week. Two pairs of Toms. A new pair of boots. And all for such an amazing deal. Those black flats are the only ones I've received...and damn do they make my feet happy.

5. Monday is our two year anniversary. Can we say holy shit?? I guess one of these days I'm going to have to stop calling myself a newlywed...but it's hard when I feel like we just got married yesterday! More on Monday.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

All Aboard the (Baby) Crazy Train!

So remember that one time I wrote a post about how I was baby crazy?? That was almost 1 year ago.

And not much has changed. I still change my mind about whether I'm ready to be a mom on a daily basis. But a lot of my hesitations from a year ago aren't even a point of concern now. I didn't want a baby in an apartment...we bought a house. We like to go out of town on the weekends or out after work or to spend the night at friends houses...getting a dog has already changed that one.

Not to mention the fact that within the last week- two of our close college friends had babies; another a few months before that. And yet another is due on Thanksgiving. Not to mention the adorable babies floating around blogland (Seriously...have you seen how stinking cute little  Amelia and Clara Jane are???).

I'm back on the baby crazy train.

And it's bad. I also don't think it's going away any time soon. least not until I actually have a baby.

I'm absolutely terrified...because the whole growing and birthing and raising a tiny person is scary. But I don't know if I'll ever feel overly confident until it happens. My best friend and her husband just had the same talk. And he made a great analogy.

"It's like jumping into a pond. (Side note: He's a major redneck. I almost changed pond to pool...but it is just so much better) You are scared to do it because you know it will be cold. But once you're in? You're good to go."

And damnit, he's right.

But I'm at least going to wait until after we go on our all-inclusive vacation. Because let's be one wants to do that and not be able to drink all the delicious drinks.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I feel like a bit of a broken record because I know I keep saying this. But I can't help it. I love my job.

But beyond the fact that I love my job, I love how proud my parents are of me. When I first told them I was applying for this job, they called me daily to ask if I had heard back. While this is normal parent behavior, I could tell their excitement

My parents are both born and raised Clevelanders. They met here. They were married here. Both my brother and I were born here. And I love the tie I have to them, now that I'm really settling into Cleveland and into a job I love.

When they first met and got married (pre-kids days), they attended Orchestra concerts together all the time. The last time my dad stopped by to say hi and see my office, he took me into the hall and pointed out the seats they used to sit in- way at the top because he said those were the only seats they could afford. Both of them have come to multiple concerts with me this summer so far- and can't wait for more, starting next month. Oh right...starting in October...bye bye life. 

I've heard both my mom and dad bragging to different people about how their daughter works for a world class orchestra. It's not that they haven't been proud of me in the past. But I love how incredibly excited they are for me. And let's be honest- for themselves too. Free tickets yo!

Just one more thing to love about my job :) 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall in Holmes County

I just have to take a minute to brag a little about where I grew up. I've always known it was gorgeous, especially in the fall. Heck- that's a big reason we decided to get married there in the fall.

Case in point: This picture of me and my fabulous bridesmaids in my parents front yard.
This was early fall and it's still drop dead gorgeous.

But now?? Everyone knows it.

Because National Geographic just named Holmes County, Ohio as the #3 place in the world to see autumn leaves. It tops a list with places like Portugal and Russia and Japan. My rural little hometown. Just makes me happy :)

Photo from here
Gorgeous! Except now I'm sad because I don't think we have a free weekend at all this fall for me to go visit my parents and see the breathtaking views.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Healthy Challenge Challenges

Last week, I participated in a fitness challenge which involved daily workouts and clean eating (healthier foods, portion control, etc...).

And I have to say- it was seriously a challenge for me. That being said, I'm really happy I did it and was thrilled with the results. While I haven't stepped foot on a scale in months (those things suck- I refuse to even own one)- I could definitely see and feel the difference.

During the 5 days of the challenge- there were some things that definitely didn't surprise me at all (hello, I missed wine. Duh) but there were other things that did shock me a little. So here is a list of what I learned about myself.

1. Even though I'm not a huge sweets person, when I know I can't have a candy bar- it's ALL I can think about.

2. If I'm challenged to something, I look at it as a competition. Which means that losing (or failing) is 100% not an option. So even though all I wanted all week was a giant glass of red wine and a damn Snickers bar, I rocked it and stuck to the diet.

3. Green tea may be good for you. And I don't totally hate it. But starting my morning was rough without my earl grey loaded with milk and sugar. I also haven't had a Chai tea latte in over a week. Guess where you'll find me around 2:30 today!

hahaha Grumpy Cat.
 4. I use a lot of salt. I didn't think I did until I wasn't using it at all. It's my go to for basically every meal I make. I had to find creative ways to season things when I couldn't use salt. Hello LOTS of garlic, chilli powder and cayenne.

5. Starting a workout that is only going to take you 10 minutes, you think "Oh. This will be easy." Trust me. It won't  be. Especially because 20 seconds of hill climbers actually feels like forever.

6. I didn't struggle at all during the day. I mean, sure I occasionally wanted a piece of chocolate or something. But my yogurt/berries, snacks and salad for lunch did a surprisingly great job of tiding me over. It's when I got home that I struggled. Mostly because I wanted wine. So while I think I might actually stick to the healthy daytime routine, I'm not going be giving up wine for a long time.

7. Getting my workout done in the morning is THE BEST THING EVER. Seriously. When I got home from work and knew that I didn't have to think about a workout? It was awesome. So while I'm still struggling with my 5:45am workout classes- it really is the best option for me. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Leave it to me to attend an absolutely stunning wedding on Saturday and take exactly one picture. However- that one picture is perfect. And I'm so so happy for my beautiful Little!! Her wedding day was perfection- from the venue to the food trucks (including Jeni's ice cream!) to the amazing music.

Of course we're drinking beers. Because college.
Dress from Oakleigh Rose. I'm mildly obsessed.
We ended up driving home on Saturday night (Doug drove...not me after a few beers at the wedding) so we could pick Lucy up first thing on Sunday morning. The rest of my day consisted of snuggles with the pooch, jumping up and down on my couch screaming at the TV (welcome to football season!) and prepping for the End of Summer Shape-Up challenge I'm doing with Ashten and some other lovely bloggers.

ALL the vegetables.
Doug is eating healthy with me- so I doubled up on what I bought!
Oh AND my fantasy football team is WINNING!! After a 3-11 season last year, I'm pretty pumped about that. And considering ALL of my teams lost this weekend...I'm glad I have my fantasy team to cheer for!