7 quick takes: big events edition

Friday, November 18, 2016

Linking up with Kelly today to talk about all the big things that have been going on lately! 

1. Ryan and I got MARRIED!  There is a longer post to follow, but it was the most magical day.  And the entire weekend was perfect from start to finish.  The rehearsal was hectic (as I imagine they always are) but the rehearsal dinner was delicious and the venue was gorgeous.  My sister also made me the most amazing bow bouquet!  (If you are in need of a MOH extraordinaire, she's your girl)!

2. The wedding day was gorgeous!  It was everything I dreamed about and more.  It was so much fun to spend the day celebrating with all of our favorite people.  One of my very favorite parts was watching (and dancing with) both of our families dancing together.  I love that the people I love...love the people I love (can you tell I was an English major?)!

3.  The honeymoon was absolutely breathtaking.  We stayed at the absolute most gorgeous resort on Maui and had the best time.  I was glad that we did a nice balance of relaxing activities and exploring, but if we get to go back two weeks would definitely be necessary to do it all :)

4.  My little sister is having a ...GIRL!  Ryan and I are so excited, but our bank account is not!  We can't wait to spoil that little princess.

5. RYAN PASSED THE BAR EXAM! We found out the Tuesday after the honeymoon and it was so incredibly exciting.  I already knew he was going to pass, but he wasn't nearly as confident so I know he was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief when he found out.  We went out that night to celebrate and I just can't even explain how proud of him I am.  He is such an incredibly hard worker and absolutely the smartest (and most humble) man I know.

6. We had our first DC visitor (other than when Ashley and I stayed the night before our OCMD trip)!  My friend Becca came to see us last weekend and we had so much fun.  We went out in Old Town, saw the monuments, laughed our butts off, got blowouts, had way too many mimosas at bottomless mimosa brunch, and had some great meals! Love that girl so much!

7. And in upcoming important events...first ever married family holiday is next week!  We are spending Thanksgiving with my family this year and I am so excited (and trying not to think about the fact that this means I will be spending Christmas without them...)!

Have a great weekend everyone!!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

I thought I would take the opportunity to finally post since Ryan just darted from the kitchen table to go catch a rare pokemon in the neighborhood...my future husband is a total (cute) nerd.  I have been keeping a list in my phone of a million different blog posts to write and instead of writing separate ones they are going to get all smooshed together.

  • My parents celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary on the 22nd!  (A large part of why Ryan and I are getting married on the 22nd of October).  And every year that their anniversary rolls around I am reminded of all the wonderful things they taught my siblings and I about love, happiness, how to raise a family, and the important values we have always had.  Incredibly grateful for their wonderful example of a loving marriage that works truly as a team!
  • Ryan and I are getting married IN LESS THAN A MONTH.  Cue the nervousness and anxiety!  Happy to report that I am not anything but over the moon excited to marry Ryan...I am just worried that we haven't thought and planned for everything as well as we think we have.  So, I am hoping for the best!
  • Not only do we get married in a month, we move in 6 days!  So today, we spent the majority of our afternoon going everything we have at this house and deciding what to donate/throw away.  So now I am stuck with almost a bed full of stuff that I guess I take to good will tomorrow?  I have never done that before and ...cue anxiety again :)
  • Speaking of anxiety, I finally saw a psychiatrist after months of Ryan wanting me to for my anxiety and got put on some medication that seems to be helping.  I worry and get anxious about, what other people think, are the weirdest things.  And describing them all to my doctor was incredibly embarrassing.  But, alas, I did it and have now joined the anti-anxiety medication club.
  • I watched This Is Us on Thursday and I AM SO GLAD IT LIVED UP TO/EXCEEDED THE HYPE. I can't wait to see what they do with the series and I am so happy about it.
  • I ran a 5K.  That's right.  You read that correctly.  I. RAN. It was a miracle beyond miracles.  My friend Becky and I trained (as much as we could) with the C25K app.  We each slipped up motivationally at a few points during the prep but we both ran ALMOST the whole race.  And we immediately signed up for another one in November the next day.  I know people say that running outside is so much better than running on a treadmill. but I definitely didn't think that out weighted having to run outside/people seeing me.  And then I ran that 5K and HOLY CRAP it was amazing.  It was on the highway which was kind of bad ass and it was so exhilarating running outside.  Who knows, maybe there's a runner in me at last!
  • Update: Ryan caught the pokemon.
Okay! There we go :) I hope everyone has a great weekend! We are eating a frozen pizza and enjoying doing nothing as we mentally prepare for the chaos that is the next four weekends!

Richmond: Brunching and Massages

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Last weekend, Ryan and I drove to Richmond to spend Labor Day with his family.  He has an aunt and uncle there as well as his grandpa and since his grandpa isn't able to travel for the wedding, we decided to visit them for the weekend.  His aunt and uncle that live about an hour away from us, their daughter, and his parents ended up coming into town for the weekend as well. 

I'll tell you one thing, there are a million wonderful things about marrying Ryan, his family is right up there on the top of the list.  I absolutely loved getting to spend the entire weekend with them.  We drove to Richmond on Saturday afternoon and ended up staying at the Hilton next to the coolest mall ever.   And as a follow up to my last post, I do not have a shopping problem.  I just love to shop :)...that's all!  We went straight to his Aunt Mel's house and hung out for the evening.  Ryan's parents flew in that night and we ended up stopping by the mall for some fam time shopping.  After we left and headed back to the hotel, we had a night cap with Ryan's parents that...turned into being up until 1 am and way more glasses of white wine than anticipated! 
The lovely ladies at brunch!

Ryan's Aunt Val made me this adorable cake!
On Sunday, Ryan's mom and aunts threw me a mini bridal shower.  We met for brunch at the cutest place.  We all had amazing meals and when we were finished, we went back to the hotel for a spa day.  Let me tell you, best way to celebrate a new aunts is robes, massages, mimosas, and chocolate covered strawberries!  After the spa, we joined the guys for dinner back at his aunt's house and to watch the ND game.  By watch, I definitely mean I stared at the TV and pretended to pay attention.  But, the very best part of the weekend was laying on the floor next to his aunt surrounded by his family watching the game and feeling so happily part of his family.  You know that feeling you get when you are relaxed after a great day with your extended family and you are all just sitting around and you're so happy?  Maybe I'm the only one.  But, that feeling meant so much to me.  I never anticipated feeling that so soon, let alone before marrying Ryan, and I am so incredibly happy to feel so welcomed into his family.  They are the best!

On Monday, Ryan and I went to head home and...dundunduhhhh flat tire.  So, our trip home was a little delayed.  But, must better than a flat tire on the side of the road!  It was fixed fairly quickly and we headed home/to the outlet mall.  :)
love me a top notch c-store

perfect road trip snack

It was such a great weekend that just made me so grateful for Ryan's family!!  I am definitely hitting the in law jackpot!


Fall Favorites

Even though it doesn't quite feel like fall in DC (note even a little bit) my closet is starting to slowly transition and I am (im)patiently waiting to start wearing some new fall favorite pieces I have picked up over the past month or so.  My favorite two seasons to dress for are definitely fall and summer and it is absolutely because my fashion sense for those two seasons has stayed remotely the same for the past five or so years.  I like skinny comfy jeans, a loose pretty top, and something with a little bit of a flare.  (and in the summer, dresses...all of the dresses...my wallet is still upset over the lilly pulitzer after party sale).

My old faithful, Loft, always always has the perfect fall items for me!  Especially when I am looking for pieces that are good staples, but also have a little pizzazz.  And I have found that when a certain trend doesn't fit right one year, they find a way the next year to make it work (they must be doing it because of me).  My romper this summer was a perfect example and apparently this fall, it's the peplum! 

I picked up this gorgeous peplum top on sale today and I am obsessed.  I have never found a structured peplum top that worked for me and I am so glad I tried it on.

I also am loving their different takes on peplum and have picked these two (one and two) beauties up as well for the fall. 

On Ryan and I's drive back from Richmond over Labor Day, we stopped at the outlets to get him some swimsuits for the honeymoon and I couldn't help myself and popped in to the jcrew outlet.  That labor day 50% off gets me every time.  And since I used to go with my girlfriends, I was feeling friend/homesick and took that as an excuse to buy something.  I also didn't buy another vest so I took that as a win when it comes to self control (HA).  I got this flannel that I love (the colors are gorgeous) and this popover!  Popovers aren't typically my style but I can see myself wearing this a lot. 

I definitely feel like I have the best of both worlds as I currently hope and pray for fall weather.  I can't wait to wear my fall clothes, but like I mentioned above, I got a couple of really great items from the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale that I haven't had a chance to wear...what perfect timing for a Hawaii honeymoon right at the end of October :)

Hope you guys are having a great weekend!


7QT: hobbies post wedding!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Linking up with Kelly today for 7qt!  Happy Friday!  About two weeks ago, Ryan and I decided that I am going to continue nannying the twins for another complete year rather than stopping at the new year!  I swear one day I will use my school counseling masters, but at the time being we just can't imagine our lives without the sweet babies !  And I absolutely love my job.  But, when the wedding planning is over it will leave me with a lot of free time.  When the babies sleep, I work on wedding stuff typically and after work I make dinner, paint my nails, and stare at my wedding to do list.  (isn't my life so exciting--I actually love it).  With the wedding FIFTY days away (holy cow) I've been thinking about how I am going to fill my time!

1. First option, dabble in calligraphy.  I would absolutely love to learn the skill and just be able to use it in my personal life (anyone need wedding invitations addressed in 6-12 months?). 

2. Hair bows!  I follow so many hair bow shops on Instagram and have always always loved hair bows!  I am really thinking about starting to make my own bows and possibly start selling them. Definitely a long term goal--but I would love to at least start making them for the girls I nanny and any future nieces. 

I know that etsy shops take so much more work than people assume, but I think I would really enjoy it!  And for any future daughters or nieces, I think it would be pretty convenient :)

3. Crocheting.  I definitely am going to learn how to crochet soon--I can't make baby quilts anymore because my major helper (and sewing machine) were in Milwaukee and there will definitely be more nieces and nephews in the future.  So, I thought the next best thing would be crocheting some baby blankets instead!  I wish I could keep making baby quilts, but hopefully crocheted baby blankets will look just as adorable.  If you have any go to crochet tutorials or any tips, feel free to let me know!  I can use all the help I can get.

4. Cake decorating!  My Aunt Vickie bakes and decorates amazing cakes and I have always been a fan of them.  As a shower gift last month, my aunt gave me an amazing box filled with everything you need to be a master cake decorator (and all of her recipes, too)!  I am going to take a class at Michael's in November and get the ball rolling :)  I think I will really enjoy it!  And, I love cake so even if they don't look beautiful, I will eat them...good bye wedding diet!

5. Snapchat photographer.  I mean check out my beautiful selfies.

6. A professional chip eater.  That is a hobby I already am pretty great at.  So, maybe I'll leave that alone.  At some point, I need to stop eating chips for dinner on the reg.

7. Okay, but in all serious, if any of you have advice on the cake decorating, crocheting, and/or hair bow making I would love it!  Those are definitely three hobbies that will be pursued and I could use all the tips I can get! 

Happy Friday!  Enjoy your long weekends :)


Friday, August 19, 2016

So, seven years ago, I was 20 and had a blog in college and I thought I was hilarious.  I just remembered this blog existed and poor Ryan because I made him read almost all of it.  To share the love, here is a beautiful post I wrote seven years ago (and still completely stand by) all about why nail polish is a better predictor than a horoscope.  And, yes, the name of my blog was plaidglitterdino.  Which makes so much sense.  Enjoy!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

some people use horoscopes, i refer to nail polish

The idea of a blog is so intimidating.  Or, at least it was until I realized very few people will actually be reading this.  This is purely for my personal enjoyment and those few close friends who find my sense of humor as endearing as my grandpa always likes to inform all of his closest friends.

I realize with that introduction I have put an incredible amount of pressure on my shoulders. Similar to the Nemo's dad, just because he's a clown fish doesn't mean his jokes have the best delivery or that anyone else really enjoys them.  Just because one seventy-something year old man finds me and my "wit" so wonderful does not mean that you will.  But, just humor me, for self esteem's sake. 

I've discovered today that I can predict my very own future even more accurately than any horoscope or psychic (and believe me, I've tried them both.  According to the psychic at Universal Studios, when I am 50 something tragic is going to happen in my life, that idea will haunt me until my 51st birthday).  Apparently my nail polish color does this all on its own.  To have the best day, with the best luck, go with a nice sparkler.  It's not necessarily what Seventeen Magazine will tell you what is "in" for the summer but they're not always right either!  Glitter automatically puts you in a better mood (and if it doesn't have that effect on you then stop reading this right now because I automatically don't like you).  A dark shade, depending on the outfit, can really make you feel complete.  For example, if you're wearing an outfit with some black accents and don't mind that the "Chanel Black Nail Polish" isn't the hottest color on the market these days (funny fact: the only reason I ever even knew that was because of my own dad) some shiny black finger nails can really pull your outfit together.   

I have one more color theory.  For me, nail polish works like a tiara works for a little girl.  That tiara can make a little girl a princess.  To onlookers that little girl looks cute and adorable in her tiara but, no one else is picturing her in a castle in a far away land waiting for her prince charming like she is.  Although I don't walk around wearing a tiara (I just watched the Princess Diaries and I honestly wish it was socially acceptable to do this in public other than on your birthday ((&even then its a little much)) or on halloween) I do, however, have a teal nail polish that literally makes me feel like a mermaid.  It doesn't matter what happens to me on those days but I look down at my nails and imagine myself ten years ago at the local pool swimming underwater with my little sister letting our imaginations transform us into mermaids, dolphins, and even sharks (when we felt a little rebellious).

Mind you, I am no "fashionista" or girl obsessed with my clothes and nails, it's just a simple way, I've discovered, that I can make my day and it is much cheaper than therapy or even a nice bar of dark chocolate (this, also without fail, will always make you happier).

If you're reading this, I probably love you, and hopefully you aren't surprised by my in depth analysis of nail polish colors.  I promise you, that from here on out these posts will get better... or at least more entertaining :) And if you still disagree or think I'm weird, I don't like you anyways. hmph.

[Breakfast, Lunch, and] Dinner in Denver

Monday, August 8, 2016

When Ryan was signing up for the bar exam, everyone at work recommended he go on a vacation after the exam and before starting his associate position. We played around with the idea of Disney world (but didn't want to spend more than we would on a honeymoon). Then we planned to go to Nashville to see Ryan's parents but they were out of town for the weekend. And since we will be able to go to Nashville plenty of times, we decided to save that!

Ryan had talked about going to Denver with me since we first started dating. We had both been to Colorado as kids and had really fond memories of those trips so that's what we decided on! 

Since we didn't rent a car and were only there for about 30ish hours, we weren't able to do much exploring outside of downtown so we will be back! We essentially ate our way through the city.  We started at The Fractured Prune! I was so stinking happy that my favorite donut place in Ocean City was also randomly in  Denver! They are made to order and melt in your mouth. They are a donut lover (like myself)'s dream come true. I got the carnival donut and the strawberry princess.  And let's just say, that after our visit there, Ryan not only wants to visit Ocean City but he would be happy to move there!
After the donuts, we decided to stop at the Denver Botanical Gardens on our walk to the hotel and it just so happened to be the day the corpse flower bloomed! I don't pretend that I knew this was a thing before last week but it was pretty amazing (and smelled pretty bad).  We also saw some breathtaking gardens. I've never seen lily pads that looked so picturesque before.

On our walk back to the hotel, we stumbled across VooDoo Doughnuts. You can't walk by that place and not go in! So we figured donuts for BREAKFAST and LUNCH seemed like the perfect way to spend vacation. If you were wondering, they definitely couldn't be compared to The Fractured Prune BUT they were equally delicious. 
After VooDoo, we walked back to the hotel to rest and watch the olympics. We ended up out for pizza at Patxi's per another blogger's recommendation and we loved it. Then, we took a LITTLE nap before meeting Ryan's friend from college and his girlfriend at PeaksLounge  (supposedly the best view of Denver). We had delicious drinks and then crashed hard right after. Apparently, all that delicious food is exhausting!

Sunday was already our last day so we took the morning easy, just soaking in the fact that it was our first true vacation together, and then went out to brunch (of course).  We ended up at the Denver Biscuit Co. where I had the most insane biscuit bacon cinnamon roll. I've never eaten anything like that before and will definitely be drooling over these pictures often.
We had such a great (and way too short) weekend! We are so excited for our next vacation (HONEYMOON)!  This week could potentially be a big one---Ryan is going to look at an apartment today that I fell in love with on Friday! Wish us luck!!

7 quick life updates...again

Friday, August 5, 2016

Remember the good old days (10 months ago) when I had creative 7QT posts?  Me neither.  Life lately has been all sorts of fun and all sorts of crazy and I am linking up with Kelly to fill you in!

1. Two weeks ago, I was home in Omaha for an entire week because the family I nanny for went on vacation.  My mom, Em, and I spent a good chunk of the week getting a lot of wedding stuff done and spending quality time together!  And also, lots of JM snuggles!  I love nothing more than spending a week in Omaha--especially when my parents will be moving soon.  We hit all the best places and even got to spend a day at the pool (heaven).

2. Last weekend, Em threw me THE BEST bachelorette party of all time!  Who wouldn't love a party when the theme was "Sip Sip Hooray, It's Megan's Day!"  Total winner.  She thought of absolutely everything.  It was one of the greatest weekends I've ever had.  There was a little anxiety leading up to the trip because a lot of my friends aren't also all friends with each other, but everyone got along great and had a lot of fun!  I'm stressed excited for the big day coming up and for us all to be together again!

3.  And moving on to other big life updates, Ryan and I began the apartment hunt yesterday (see what I did there, so funny).  We looked at an amazing place in DC right by union station, but I think we will end up in Alexandria.  We realized that with our apartment budget we can get double the space in Virginia and once I mentioned to Ryan that he could have his own office, I don't think there's any going back.  We are touring a place today that is only 2 miles from my work and less than 2 miles from Old Town so I am pretty hopeful this could be the one (also super not in the mood to tour a million places). 

4. How is it possible that I am 27, have moved 11 times in the past 9 years--that's insane--and I have never actually had to look for an apartment?  Let me tell you, if I had 5 moves ago I would have stopped moving.  I don't know why it's so stressful to me?  But it is.  So, here's hoping that Ryan and I love this place today so much we don't want to look anywhere else (and we are signing a 2 year lease---thank goodness)!

5.  The wedding/shower gifts have started arriving!  And even though I know your not supposed to check your registries, I'm breaking the rule and doing it anyways.  Most fun mail of all time.  Ryan is a little less thrilled than I am about all of the fiestware (SO MUCH FIESTAWARE) and serving dishes but he had his moment with the coffee maker so I don't feel too bad.

6.  We are headed to Denver this weekend for about...30 hours tomorrow for a mini vacation!  We are essentially going to quickly eat our way through Denver and then head right back!

7.  Last but not least, I quickly bought Grace's nail polish recommendation last week and I am loving it!

Have an amazing weekend, guys!!! If you have any last minute Denver recommendations, send them my way!!


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