7QT: Recent DC Activity

Friday, April 29, 2016

Linking up with Kelly on this lovely Friday for 7QT!!  As much as it feels like I am always out of town, lately I have been able to do some great things in DC, too!  And Ryan and I keep working to take advantage of the time that we do have to spend together (guys, in ONE month he will be done with school!)!  So, as a result these are some of my favorite things I have been doing lately.

1. Old Town Alexandria is still by far my favorite place for walking around, going out to dinner, or doing a little shopping.  I LOVE it.  I really can see us living there when we have a family...but I am getting ahead of myself!  Ryan met me at work one Friday to hang out with the babies and then we made our way to Old Town for some tacos, shopping, and popsicles (the ultimate trifecta).

2. We also were able to explore CityCenterDC again the other weekend.  I was in search of the pink lantern 'cherry blossoms' since we didn't make it down to the tidal basin to see them before they fell!  I love CityCenterDC (even though the shopping is incredibly unrealistic for a nanny).  The restaurants are delicious and it is a great little pocket in downtown.

3. Becky and I went out to National Harbor this month in hopes of riding the ferris wheel (Ryan is too afraid to join me)!  We grabbed a bite to eat, did a little window shopping, and finally got to ride the ferris wheel.  Although we didn't opt for the deluxe package ($50 a person...to watch AppleTV while you rode)...why is that a thing?  We had a great time!  I am so lucky to have a few friends here in DC who are up for all of the touristy things I want to do! 

4. A couple of weekends Becky also convinced me that I should try FlyWheel.  My brother has always been a FlyWheel guy and I did not think I would be able to handle it...and I hardly did...but I am glad I tried!  I don't think I will be a regular though!  I walked like a cowboy for two days.  Who knows though!  When they open a location closer I might have to give it another go.
5. This past weekend Ryan and I celebrated six months until the big day at a BBQ place in Georgetown called Old Glory.  I LOVED it for a million reasons.  A few of those reasons were the fact that it was not crowded, it felt like I was back in the Midwest, their fried pickles were perfect, and the beer was cold :)  The brisket was pretty fantastic, too!

6. After Old Glory, we were stuffed but I was determined to go to Sprinkles...I guess I am over being tired of cupcakes after the cake tasting!  Even though there are at least two other cupcake places in Georgetown that people rave about more (and we love them both) I had never been to a Sprinkles!  We got there right before it closed so my choices were limited (did I mention Ryan wasn't even getting dessert?  The wedding diet is going super well) I got the banana chocolate and the black and white mini cupcakes!  And the banana was possibly the best cupcake I have had in a long time (other than the ones we chose for the wedding of course)!

7.  Last, but not least,  I went to the Renwick Art Gallery with my awesome friend Mags on Sunday afternoon.  The exhibits were absolutely breathtaking.  And although we tried to capture it in pictures, they absolutely do not do it justice. 

We were laying on the ground when we captured these.

I have a long list of more DC recommendations, but if you have any more I would love to hear them!

Airport People and Milwaukee Hangs

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

About two weeks ago, I flew to Milwaukee for approx. 30 hours.  Totally worth it.  And my trip started off absolutely amazing because I had the absolute best interactions with people on the plane/in the airport.  When I am in the mood, I live for making friends at the airport.  In fact, my friends gave me a hard time all weekend as I talked about my airport 'pick up line' and how I scout out who to sit by.  It's very ironic because my dad always talked to us about how much he disliked talking to people when he traveled and used to give us advice on how to make ourselves look bigger in our seat and to scowl as people walked by.

But, with me, none of that stuck.  I get giddy just thinking about possible friends I could make.  I have met all kinds of amazing people.  I have also had not quite so good luck--I have oddly sat by a lot of racist people in the past couple of months...I don't understand why they think they can openly talk about that with me.  But things get pretty awkwardly pretty quickly when I tell them my fiancĂ© is biracial.  That's when the headphones come on. 

ANYWAYS! During my trip to Milwaukee, I hit the airport people jackpot.  First, I sat across from a woman at the terminal who was grading papers.  I waited a little while and then made a comment that grading papers were the worst.  That led to a 30 minute conversation about being a teacher, moving to DC, planning a wedding, and ended in us planning her 16 year old son's birthday party together.  So, we pretty much became best friends.

Then, while standing like cattle waiting to board the flight (thank you Southwest) (I actually don't mind the way that they board but that's what everyone always complains about when they stand around me) I complimented a woman's engagement ring next to me and she returned the compliment.  Turns out, her and her fiancĂ© were going to MKE for the same reason I was.  They both lived in DC and were planning a MKE wedding for the summer! 

At that point, I was in such a good mood I would have been happy with those interactions alone...and then it got better.  I sat in an aisle seat with a middle aged man in the window.  I dropped my pick up line, "going home?" to read the vibe and he immediately responded and asked a follow up (first sign that you are about to make a new friend).  The conversation somehow got around to how hard it is to make new friends when you move to a new city, especially one like DC.  So, five minutes later when a woman that seemed about my age sat in the middle seat, he leaned over and gave us two free drink tickets and told us to have one on him.  She then proceeded to tell me she was from the MKE area and had moved to DC about 7 years ago and was going home for a wedding.  Immediately, the man in the window seat popped up behind her and gave me a thumbs up.

We spoke briefly, but (like everyone has asked me) I did not creepily ask for her number or anything.  We did, however, enjoy two free margaritas at 10am together! 

After all of that, I couldn't have been in a better mood when I got into town.  The weekend was an absolute whirlwind filled with cake tastings (I won't be able to eat another cupcake for a while), friend dates, baby showers, and floral appointments!

Whether you are someone who avoids people like the plague at airports or seek out new BFFs like me, I hope you aren't now wishing you never end up next to me on a plane. :)

P.S. Can you tell I am an extrovert?  As much as I love alone time, I get my energy from talking to people!

7QT: non stop wedding plans!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Linking up with Kelly today for 7QT.  Get ready for a wedding planning update :)

PHEW! If this is what wedding planning looks like sixth months out, I can't even imagine what this will be like in four! Hopefully, I am on top of it enough that it will be a steady stream of chaos rather than it happening all at one in a few months. 

I can hardly believe it that we are sixth months (and one week) from our wedding day! In sixth months, I marry my best friend! We are over the moon excited.

1. Wedding videographers.  Holy. Crap. These people make a lot of dough! I completely respect what they do.  Wedding videos are absolutely breathtaking and I watch my sister and brother-in-law's an embarrassing amount of times.  BUT wow, they are pricey!  We finally found one.  And by finally I mean it took three days, but it seems like with wedding planning if I am not able to make a quick decisions it is completely consuming.  I actually lost sleep over this?  Also embarrassed to admit that.  But.  We found the perfect guy so--worth it.

2. Wedding cakes.  Cake tastings are about to be my jam.  This week I am flying to Milwaukee for my friend Emily's baby shower and while I am there I am going to two different cake tastings--I have a feeling this will be my favorite part of the whole thing.  Sadly, Ryan doesn't get to go with me but I am bringing along a friend to each and I have a feeling they are happy to go! 

3. Donuts.  Our wedding favor are donuts from our favorite place in Milwaukee, Cranky Al's and I almost was able to swing a tasting on Sunday but we have to settle with a phone call next week.  Plus, that sounds like a mega sugar coma come Monday morning.  We are so excited about the donuts, especially because my soon to be brother-in-law is designing the stickers for the bags!  I am loving being able to fit in special touches like that throughout the planning.

4. Swimsuits.  I am trying to slowly stock my dresser with some awesome swimsuits for the bachelorette party and honeymoon and just got this adorable suit from J.Crew in the mail yesterday. I love the suit and will hopefully love it on me by the time July comes around!  I want to grab a couple more before the 'moon but don't know which ones quite yet!

5. Flowers!  I am meeting with our florist for the first time this weekend as well.  It is a nerve wracking appointment, mostly because I have no idea what to expect.  I want very minimal color in my bouquets other than cream and blush and of course I want my bouquet to look like everything I see on pinterest so we shall see how realistic that is!

6. Small details. So many small details :)  I seem to add five things to my list for each item I check off!  Frames, bubbles, baskets...it is never ending!

7.The Groom. Oh my sweet, sweet groom.  Every day I fall more in love with the wonderful, patient, and kind man I am about to marry.  I get giddy every time I think about the moment seeing Ryan as I walk down the aisle...and even giddier when I think about a lifetime together!

Have an excellent weekend! AND if you have any wedding planning tips, I am all ears!

Love and wedding bells!

7QT: Easter, c-stores, rooftops, and wedding plans

Friday, April 1, 2016

Linking up today with Kelly today for 7 QT!  Life lately has seemed even more hectic than normal.  The chaos has all been fun, wonderful chaos which has made the beginning of spring incredibly fun.

1. I was in Omaha for Easter this past weekend.  It was so nice spending the quick weekend with my parents.  We were also able to pick up my wedding dress (swoon) and pick out the invitations!  I seriously have the best time when I am with my parents.  We went to a tapas restaurant and drank way too much sangria...so much so that I woke up before the Easter bunny on Sunday morning! 

2. Aside from the normal joy and celebration on Easter Sunday, we got some added joy with visiting a brand new gas station on our way home from mass. (Yea, you read that right, gas station).  I could honestly dedicate an entire post (and most likely will) to the love I have for gas stations.  My dad, who managed one when he was my age, told me that I need to start either calling them convenience stores or c-stores....so now my friends can make fun of my love for them even more! 

I honestly didn't even know it was weird to love c-stores that much until both Ryan and my friends started teasing me about the joy I have when I walk into a store with an awesome variety and wonderful treats!  C-stores are my dream stores because: snacks. I LOVE snacks.  I could eat snacks all day every day and be the happiest girl around.  I hit up certain c-stores when I know they carry my favorite treats and go out of my way to leave for work almost 30 minutes early just to guarantee that no matter the traffic, I have time to stop into 7-11. 

And EVEN if I don't particularly want a treat, I have so many positive memories from my family at c-stores (that seems weird, but it's really not) and QT's in particularly make me miss them so much!  We used to be able to go pick out treats on special occasions and my dad would have little weekly contests--the person who did the most kind acts that week--got to go pick out whatever they wanted at Quik Trip!  I love them and on Easter we went to the best one yet.  I walked away with...2 bags of chips and a very large cherry diet coke!

3. ANYWAYS, back to sounding like a normal person.  I worked a few extra hours the past two weeks at work and on Tuesday when I came into work they had a card, a target gift card, and a really nice bottle of tequila waiting for me.  Then they referred to me as Aunt Megan, so I pretty much have the dream job.

4. Last night, I spent the evening with my friend Becky on her rooftop drinking tequila slammers from these adorable cups and enjoying a gorgeous view of the sitting!  If you like s'mores I highly recommend toasting peeps for an upgrade...which we also did last night!  I swear, every time I do something new in the city I have a new neighborhood I want to live in.  So right now, it's Mt. Vernon.

5. Wedding planning is making me crazy.  Every task is fun BUT there are so many things to do.  A month by month break down to-do list, which I thought would make things easier, has just made the planning even more overwhelming.  But, we're getting there! 

6. Is there anything more fun than buying gifts for other people?  I have a dear friend's baby shower coming up, JM is turning one, and Baby Stephen is being baptized!  I had so much fun ordering special gifts for all of my favorite babies!

7. And last but not least, wish me luck because Ryan's aunts are coming in town this weekend and I have only met them one other time...I'm a little nervous!

Have a great weekend, guys!

P.S. Everyone should go buy this candle!  It is adorable and smells like tropical skittles (yum)!

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