Sunday, August 28, 2011

I Heart Hurricanes

Although Hurricane Irene proved to be a pretty lackluster storm in my neck of the woods, the threat of Hurricane Irene proved to be extremely satisfying.

Allow me to explain. The threat of Hurricane Irene led to the Governor declaring a state of emergency for Massachusetts thus resulting in the gym deciding to close today.

That means I can't feel guilty about NOT working out 20 something days out from my wedding because technically I couldn't. No gym. No workout.

In addition, due to the threat of Irene and the urging of officials to stay inside, I really had no choice but to listen. I had no choice but to fold laundry, watch Legends of the Fall (old school Brad Pitt makes me drool profusely), clean bathrooms, get wedding stuff situated and cuddle with the kitties.

Which in my world is an IDEAL way to spend a rainy, windy, yucky Sunday.

My plan to "heed serious hurricane warnings" was almost foiled when at 11:00 am the electricity went out for all of 45 seconds.

ME: "Is the power out?"
Brian: "Yup. This is going to suck."
ME: "How are we going to watch movies all day?"
Brian: "I guess we'll just have to have sex all day."
ME: "No, seriously, what are we going to do about the movies???"

The power returned and it's been Brad Pitt, Bridezillas, Sex & The City, Jersey Shore and numerous other entertaining shows that I love, but that made Brian want to claw his eyes out with the remote.

How did you spend Hurricane Irene?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One Month

On Monday September 25th 2006, Brian and I went on our very first "date." Technically, it wasn't a date to either of us. Technically, it was two friends reconnecting and having dinner and drinks. I remember how cool and collective I was that night. I felt no pressure. I felt at ease. I didn't contemplate the "what ifs" because no "what ifs" existed. It was just a casual night out with a friend.

Neither one of us would have ever imagined that a Monday night get together would result in a marriage.

This is the very first photo we took together as a couple. We were at a cookout sometime in October. I don't remember who took the photo, but I remember being told to "smile." I leaned back and Brian wrapped his arms around my waist, and I remember thinking, "what do I do with my hands???"

If you had told us then that someday we would be getting married, we would have laughed in your face.

It's weird how things happen.

It's weird how the Universe unfolds it's plan to us.

Brian and I weren't supposed to last. We weren't supposed to get married. We were supposed to go out for drinks. We were supposed to casually date each other. We weren't supposed to get serious. We were supposed to be casual. We were supposed to be fun. We were supposed to fill the void until we met that special person to permanently fill the void.

Neither one of us saw this coming.

How does that saying go: "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"

We were busy making other plans, and didn't even notice life unfolding in front of us.

In one month from today, our lives will be officially joined.

I can't believe it's almost here!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Jersey. Sure.

I consider myself a highly intelligent woman.

A highly intelligent woman that thoroughly enjoys watching The Jersey Shore.

Actually, I don't just thoroughly enjoy watching The Jersey Shore, I f*cking love it.

If I weren't marrying the love of my life Brian, I would be hunting down Pauly D, and forcing him to have babies with me.

As much as I want to find his blowout repulsive, his tattoos tacky, and his faux bronzed skin jaundice in nature, I think he is INCREDIBLY sexy. I'm thinking it's the chiseled abs and his taunt little Italian tush.

Relax, Brian knows about my celebrity crush on Pauly D.

If given the opportunity to jump in a time machine, rewind 10 years of my life, and appear on the Jersey Shore, I totally would.

As stupid as the show is, you have to admit, those kids have a rip roaring good time.

And life in suburbia isn't so rip roaring.

Off to watch Vinny and Ronnie soak in the hot tub together.

So entertaining!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Checking In

It's August everyone.

It's officially the last month of the summer.

The back to school ads are everywhere.

Retail stores are slashing prices to make room for new fall apparel.

I'm getting married in 6 weeks.

Holy Bananas!

Things have been a little nuts in my world. I've been trying to juggle work, wedding planning, and everything else while trying to maintain my sanity.

Wait - have I ever been sane?

Rephrase - trying to maintain the appearance of sanity :)

Long list of things to do this week, and I'm hoping to check each action item off by Friday.

Blogging has been sparse and I apologize.

As part of my apology, I leave you this ridiculously adorable video featuring two of my favorite things: a dog and a cat.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Weekend Getaway

With the wedding only 7 weeks away, our spending has come to a screeching halt. We have been living a conservative lifestyle since we started planning the wedding, but are now officially on financial lock down. This summer, although extremely busy, has been rather uneventful. We don't have money at the moment to take any trips, and we don't really go anywhere since gas prices are so high. We have been making the best out of the situation by cooking romantic dinners at home, going for sunset walks with Simon, and enjoying our neighbor's cozy backyard while drinking homemade wine. We've promised ourselves that once the wedding is over we can once again allow ourselves a little financial freedom.

In the meantime, I've been scouring the internet to virtually shop and have been planning imaginary trips by reading reviews on

This particular getup is for our imaginary weekend getaway to Newport, RI. I think I'd look super cute touring the mansions in this little ensemble:

Weekend Getaway

CAMPER ballerina shoes
140 CAD -

ChloƩ square handbag
£595 -

ASOS pin watch
$52 -

Lucky brand jewelry
$35 -

Dita glass shades
$375 -

So apparently playing "make-believe" stretches into adulthood.

Happy Monday :)