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Busiest. Week. E-V-E-R!!!

Greetings from sunny Arizona! I'm currently snuggled up in my PJs, taking my first breather in a week! There is SOOOO much I want to catch you ladies up on, I don't know where to start! As you may remember, I had quite a laundry list of milestone events going on these past few days:

- First day at my new job
- Our engagement photo session in downtown NYC
- Going to see the taping of Saturday Night Life
- The big NYC blogger meet up at Lilly Pulitzer, courtesy of the lovely Hopsy
- Mr. Wonderful's birthday!!!!!
- My big bachelorette party weekend
And now, I can also add one more item to the list - my first business trip for the new job, which I am headed to directly after my bachelorette weekend! When all is said and done, I'll be out of town for more than a week straight, Good Gracious!

I'm going to try and do each of these events justice, so I'll start with this past Saturday's big events - our engagement shoot and our Saturday Night Live taping. SO MUCH FUN!! Also, please bear with the length of the recap below, I *promise* that it is worth your while!

Mr. Wonderful and I spent Saturday morning shooting our engagement session in a few of our favorite areas, the Financial District and the South Street Seaport. I haven't seen any of the proofs yet, but will share them with you once we get them!

I know you have all been dying to hear about the big SNL taping, so I'll try to share everything I remember. SNL has been one of my favorite shows since I was a kid... It will forever be in the top 3 best nights of my life (after getting engaged and getting married, of course!). We showed up at the Rockefeller Center to claim our tickets, and were ushered into a special line- the line for floor seats! There are only 38 seats on the studio floor, so we felt like the luckiest people in the world.

Once we were ushered into the studio, we stood in line for about 15 minutes (for those of you SNL fans, it was that notorious backstage hallway they film a lot of skits in). We had people like Andy Samburg and Bill Heder walking past us. Jason Sudeikis was wandering around in KU basketball shorts and a button-down flannel shirt. So funny!

They ushered us in a few minutes before taping, where we were entertained by the opening act- Jason Sudeikis doing a stand up routine, and then Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen singing "One Way Or Another". Kristen is a great singer, and Fred actually played electric guitar! Then, the SNL announcer guy came out to talk to us and practice announcing the names- the guy was so old and adorable! He looked just like my grandpa, which was a real trip. I actually heard that he lives elsewhere, and that they fly him in every week for the evening just to announce! Sounds like a good gig to me!

The beginning of the show was a total whirlwind- we had cameras whizzing over our heads and RIGHT next to Mr. Wonderful, since he was on the aisle. We were seated in the back row, so we could see all the floor action on stage and behind us. I don't think I can even explain how exciting and amazing it was. Cast members were running back and forth right behind us, smiling and saying things like "What's up?!" to us as they ran by. You can tell they were having a great time.

I haven't seen the entire show from start to finish yet, but I know for a fact we were on TV! You can see us in this clip of Ray Lamontagne's first song- The Rock was practically sitting on Mr. Wonderful's shoulder when he introduced Ray! You can see us here! I'm sitting to the right of the blonde lady, and Mr. W is sitting behind the guy in the light blue shirt. How much fun is that!?!

NOW- I'm going to go into what was the BEST part of the entire night for me (and no, it wasn't Justin Timberlake, but bear with me). Right after The Rock introduced Ray (which was maybe the best live performance I've *ever* seen), I started to look around the studio to try and take it all in. I noticed that there were a bunch of people filing in from backstage to watch Ray perform... Suddenly, I glanced a familiar face. OK ladies, imagine this- looking behind you, and realizing that your *favorite actress in the ENTIRE world* is standing right behind you. Just picture it: for you it could be Angelina, Anniston... Whomever. For me, that actress happens to be Jennifer Westfeldt:

She's hands-down my favorite actress, and she was standing just steps away from me.


My brain was trying to compute simultaneously hearing the coolest song ever, seeing some of my favorite SNL cast mates, AND my favorite actress all at the exact same time. Then, it occurred to me- Jennifer Westfeldt has a boyfriend. Who just happens to be VERY VERY VERY FAMOUS RIGHT NOW. I knew he had to be behind me as well, so I took another glance and saw this particular man standing next to her:

Um, HELLO!!!!

To be perfectly honest, to even Justin Timberlake's surprise appearance didn't even phase me when he came out (even the audience didn't know he was coming) - I was on such a sensory overload, that my brain just couldn't compute any more ridiculously awesome celebrity sightings. I did snap out of if for a half of a second to chuckle when Jessica Biel made eye contact and smiled at me as she was leaving the stage after the big "Goodbye, thanks for coming" end piece of the show, since she and I are from the same town and once upon a time she threatened to beat me up freshman year of high school... But that's a different story for a different day! (I know that she didn't actually recognize me in the audience, and was just being friendly to a 'random stranger', but she certainly picked an interesting target!)

My brain is seriously starting to hurt just thinking about all of this, since it was such a sensory overload!!! I'm going to sign off now to grab some food (I can see In N Out from my window! Grilled cheese sandwich from the Secret Menu, here I come!) and then need to catch some sleep (I'm running on nothing but 4 hours of sleep and a ton of Red Bull).

Sweet dreams ladies, can't wait to catch you up on more soon!

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Miss Adventure said...

Wow that sounds like so much fun! And I can't believe you got to see so many celebrities! Lucky girl! You'll have to share that Jessica Biel story! EVERYONE and their mother is going to want to hear that one! Oh and I'm glad to see I have found a fellow grilled cheese lover. INO is the best!

Abbie said...

Oh my goodness! This sounds like!! I am so jealous! I'm loving that I can live vicariously through you!

Preppy 101 said...

I mean that is so great!! I love Mad Men - one of my fave shows of all time. I didn't realize that was his g/f!! So glad it went so well! That is one of the hardest tickets to get! Yay for you!! xoxo

Channa said...

Thats awesome! I love her, I loved the show Notes from the Under Belly. I wish it was still on!

Kate said...

WOW, SNL sounds like so much fun! I would have freaked out for JT. SO cool you saw your fav actress :)

PS-the grilled cheese from the secret menu is my favorite!

Dissolved Girl said...

Wow, it sounds like you had a fantastic time. I think I would have self combusted if I would have been sitting there in the audience. I just love SNL.

Legallyblondemel said...

Hamm? In n Out Secret Menu? Are you trying to kill me here?

Ok, Ok - happy such a blessed week happened to a nice person like you. Really.

Lucky in Love said...

Oh my! It sounds like you had an amazing time!! My husband and I got to see the SNL studio one time last year. One of my friends works for the Today Show so she showed us around. She said that she had never even been able to see a taping though because it was so hard to get in. How on earth did you get tickets!?!

Sweet Bea said...

I want In N' Out :(

High-heel gal said...

So.Much.Fun. I'm waaaaay jealous! And you're on your first business trip already?! Lucky!

Hanako66 said... amazing!!! I LOVE snl..tivo every week so I can catch up later. Lucky girl! Good luck this week:)

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

Oh my goodness! That sounded like soooo much fun!! I'm so glad you had such a great time! And you're in town and we're out of town! Isn't the weather awesome though :) I hope you're doing well! Can't wait to see more pics!

Mojito Maven said...

I am so jealous of your SNL visit!!!!!!

I too love me some grilled cheese!!!

AND have so fun fun at your bach weekend!!!

Jake & Mary said...

your SNL night sounds like an absolute DREAM!! see you in 3 hrs!! party time :) Hope R had a wonderful Bday! Is he doing some Bach festivities? xoxo, Mary

Anonymous said...

What a week - phew!! It will be fund reading all your posts!

Anonymous said...

I L-O-V-E-D this post, Lulu!!!!! Thanks for the wonderful and extremely exciting recap of your week. Can't wait to hear about the biz trip. YAY! Love and a great big hug, nina

Adventures in Newlywed said...

Wow wow wow - how cool!

Kappa Prep said...

What fun you have been having. I feel so blessed that we were able to see one another again last week and I hope you had the time of your life in AZ and that all is well in ATL!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

I hope you're doing well girl! Miss you in blogland =)!

Jackie said...

What an awesome experience! I love SNL too and would love to catch a show!

thepreppyprincess said...

Seriously...?! Jon Hamm/Don Draper in the flesh?

I'm so glad you h ad a great time, thanks for sharing all of the details with us so we can re-live it vicariously!

Have a splendid weekend!

Kaitlyn Rose said...

stumbled upon your blog -- so wonderful!

laurwilk said...

I've been reading your blog for about an hour now (um, sorry work) and absolutely love it! Your enthusiasm and positive attitude are great.

Engagement pictures in the FiDi! That's awesome. I live down here and had never thought of taking pictures (not that I'm engaged - but I could take love pictures instead).

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