Friday, March 27, 2009
We had a blast with her, wandering around the Financial District and the South Street Seaport on a sunny Saturday morning. We ended up at Trinity Church, one of our favorite Episcopal cathedrals in the city. It was the perfect way to end our session, since our faith is such a unifying bond between the two of us.
Without further ado, here is a little teaser of our session:
You can find the more of our photos on Janine's blog here! I cannot wait to see the rest of the photos when they are ready, and share them with you!
Happy Friday, lovelies!
Monday, March 23, 2009
We capped off the weekend by discovering our new favorite weekend to do-
mixing brunch with real estate hunting! We spent our days trolling the Craigslist no-fee rental listings on my Blackberry while sipping mimosas at some of the local sidewalk cafes. We alternated cocktails and open houses all day, it was the greatest! We met some great people, and saw some AMAZING apartments, including a garden apartment with a 450 square foot private back yard. In Manhattan. Could you *imagine*?!?! We're not looking to move until our lease is up this summer, but it was a great way to see our favorite neighborhood and catch up on life.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
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!
IT. GETS. BETTER.
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:
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!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I've been trying to stay cool and collected, what with the excitement/nerves my first day at work tomorrow is bringing and all. However, I didn't realize until this morning that I leave for my bachelorette party a week from tomorrow!!! Holy major life milestone coming my way! The more I started thinking about my week, I realized that the following will ALL be going down in the next *7 days*:
- First day at my new job
- Our engagement photo session in downtown NYC
- Going to see the taping of Saturday Night Life (I'll let you know what I decide to wear so you can try and spot me! haha)
- The big NYC blogger meet up at Lilly Pulitzer, courtesy of the lovely Hopsy
- Mr. Wonderful's birthday!!!!!
- My big bachelorette party weekend
It BOGGLES my mind to see that so many huge events all happened to align themselves into one 7 day period. I can feel my blood pressure rise just by reading that list, and realizing how many outfits I need to pull together this next week! Ahhhh! Thank goodness for all of your helpful organization tips, I'm going to need ALL of them in the next 7 days!!!
I'm trying to spend my last 24 hours as a housewife in a calm, focused manner (or as calm as I possibly can be, considering the list above). I started off the day by beginning Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred DVD plan, in order to do a little stress busting. I'll let you know how the next 30 days goes! I'll also be finishing the laundry, tidying up our apartment, and cooking my favorite new crock pot recipe - Weight Watchers Zero Point Soup! (you should seriously check it out! I add extra red pepper flakes for a nice zing).
Fingers crossed that my first day goes well! I can't wait to see how it goes!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Needless to say, it has been quite a celebration in our household for the past few days... After landing on my flight back to NYC (more on the Dallas trip soon, it was *beyond* fun and eventful!!), I walked to baggage claim and was surprised by a familiar face- Mr. Wonderful had traveled all the way to the airport to surprise and congratulate me! He was standing at the baggage carousel, an ear-to-ear smile on his face and a bottle of Veuve in his hand. Beyond adorable. We headed home, and went out to a celebratory sushi dinner.
The next morning, I woke up to the smell of breakfast... Mr. W snuck out of the house while I was still asleep, and ran to the corner store for my favorite breakfast sandwich. He surprised me (again!) with breakfast and bellinis in bed. Ladies, I almost died *right there* and went straight to Heaven. I can't tell you how great this man is to me! We rounded out the celebration weekend by ordering the HBO channel for our apartment (SUCH an extravagance for us!), and catching up on one of our favorite shows- Big Love (HIGHLY recommend it!!!).
It dawned on me today, in the middle of room cleaning and laundry folding, that these were my last few days at home full-time! I'm both elated and nervous at the prospect of rejoining Corporate America. I've gotten into such a great routine over the last 5 months, I have an irrational fear that I'll never cook a decent meal or have the laundry done on time again! It feels like the first day of school, all over again!
Here's where you come in, Dear Reader! I would love for you all to share some of your favorite time-management skills!
What helps you manage your career/household /schoolwork/volunteer/church time? I'm talking cleaning schedules, meal planning, packing your lunch the night before work... ANY suggestions would be *greatly* appreciated! Nothing beats a case of the nerves like feeling 100% prepared beforehand... Please help me get there!
Monday, March 2, 2009
I can't even begin to tell you how blessed and relieved I feel to finally be employed again. When I lost my job, I felt like God came out of nowhere and put me through quite a trial- I had no idea how I was going to try to search for a job and plan a long-distance wedding, all while living on 30% of my previous income (in one of the most expensive cities in the world, no less)...
Now that I've finally seen the light at the end of the tunnel, I couldn't be happier to have gone through this trial. I will never again complain about how much I dislike my job or how boring I think it is, because I'll be forever grateful to HAVE a job affording me a steady income and health insurance. I've learned to never take for granted the daily extravagances I can now afford, like body lotion or cable TV.
I've really enjoyed having you on this uncertain path with me, Dear Reader... Let's raise a celebratory class of Veuve, and toast to the next leg of this amazing journey!