Monday, March 15, 2010


I am loyal reader of New York Times' Vows column and found a recent column to be particularly moving. So, sit back, relax and enjoy! 
March 11, 2010

Elizabeth Greig and Jason Extein

ELIZABETH GREIG and Jason Extein’s first date, in December 2006, occurred the night before she left for what until then had been her chief passion: improving medical care in Haiti.
So Mr. Extein, 28, was not at all surprised in January when Ms. Greig, 31, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Miami, abandoned preparations for their wedding and went to Port-au-Prince after the earthquake on Jan 12.
He had sensed her dedication from the beginning, and over the course of their relationship had entered medical school himself (he is now in his third year at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York).
“There were other people to work on the wedding, and Liz had so much to offer,” he said. “I told her if there ever was a time to go to Haiti, it is now. I expected nothing less from her.”
Ms. Greig, who grew up in Philadelphia and London and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, became interested in global health after working as a consultant to hospitals and colleges.
She took pre-med classes at the University of Miami before enrolling in the medical school, and as a medical student joined Project Medishare, a joint venture of the university and Haiti’s Ministry of Health. She made several trips to Haiti, and at the time of the earthquake had completed a 70-page disaster plan and was about to test it.
Mr. Extein grew up in Boca Raton, Fla. After graduating from Princeton he became a teaching fellow in New York and received a master’s in mathematics from St. John’s. But his father is a psychiatrist, and he began thinking about a medical career.
Mr. Extein had moved back to Florida when a childhood friend, Jonathan Neimand, invited him to a party at Ms. Greig’s Miami apartment in 2006. He was applying to medical schools and looking for a research job in the meantime.
“Liz was tall, beautiful, and I could tell right away she was an unusual person who had her act together,” Mr. Extein said. “And she made me laugh.”
After the party, he e-mailed her for job contacts but soon found a position on his own — at the University of Miami.
After gradually learning, as he put it, that they “had a lot of ridiculous things to say to entertain each other,” they had their first date, at a South Beach bookstore. At dinner later that evening, they discovered they shared more than a sense of humor. He had played soccer at Princeton; she was on the water polo team at Penn. And they both wanted to devote their lives to helping others.
When Mr. Extein’s Miami lease was up in June 2007, they agreed to live together until he started medical school. She said that when he left, she felt as if she had lost her sidekick, someone she could joke with after long, hard days of study.
They managed to see each other every couple of weeks, in New York or Florida. He proposed last April.
"From the beginning, there was no question in my mind that Liz was the right woman for me,” he said. “I never considered dating others after we met.”
She calls him “my family.”
“Every major step in my life, from becoming a doctor, to soon doing my residency in New York, to continue working in Haiti, is made around him,” she said.
She was in New York for residency interviews on Jan. 12. She hurried back to Miami and the following week was on a charter flight to Port-au-Prince with Dr. Barth A. Green, the chairman of the University of Miami’s department of neurological surgery and a founder of Project Medishare. “It was pretty surreal,” she said.
She added that while she felt a bit guilty about leaving the wedding plans to her mother, Margaret Greig, “I had an investment in Haiti before the earthquake, and my mom was an enthusiastic planner, so I was actually glad to divorce myself from the wedding process.”
She became Medishare’s chief administrative officer at its field hospital in Port-au-Prince, where she said there were enormous tents that looked like “big circus or wedding tents with cots and patients everywhere, 100 deep, awaiting services.”
Despite his wholehearted support, Mr. Extein admitted that he was worried about her.
“The day Liz headed down to Haiti, the 6.1 aftershock happened,” he said. “A few hours later, the news showed a few clips of guys walking down the street with machetes.”
He could not reach her for several days, and their conversations were very brief for some time after that.
“You could go 24 hours without stopping to eat or sit down, so I had time for only cold two-minute showers,” she said. She lost 15 pounds before her return and had to be refitted for her gown.
(The dress seemed to have an easier time. It had its own seat, next to a family friend, on a flight from Chicago to Miami.)
The couple was married Feb. 20 near the old Vanderbilt Mansion on Fisher Island off Miami Beach. Chris Sarquis, a Miami notary, conducted a short ceremony. In the mansion’s ballroom, Mr. Neimand, the only member of the wedding party (he called himself “best man of honor”), made the toast:
“Even though Liz and Jason are incredibly accomplished and giving, I think they will agree that their greatest success was finding each other. I am excited to see what they will do together.”
And after a brief wedding trip to St. Bart’s, they went to Haiti.
Rosalie R. Radomsky contributed reporting from New York.
Source: New York Times

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Words of Wisdom.


 This is something I need to do more often. 

Source: Weddingbee

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

STD Lust.

I just love these cute little save-the-dates (yes, that's what "STD" stands for) originally featured on Green Wedding Shoes.

Vintage-vibe: check. Amazing photo: check. Beautiful colors: check.

I'm planning to design our STDs using a photo from our engagement session, and this postcard is a great source of inspiration. Unless, of course, I find something I like better before that time -- which, for all those who know me will agree, is entirely possible. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Spring is Coming.


In less than 10 days, spring will officially be here. I can already feel it. My running layers are getting lighter, I've stopped wearing a hat and gloves every day, and birds chirp on my way to the el. Daylight savings time is about to begin -- a bit of a shame, since the morning light makes morning runs less daunting, but a sign of summer, no less -- and the 20s are once again considered cold.  

Within a matter of weeks, we'll trade boots for flats, followed closely by flip flops. Sunglasses will replace down jackets, and we'll sweat outside vs. shiver.
It's almost here. Hang in there!

Photo Source: Chicagoist

Beautiful Bunches.



Here are a few blooms from my flower file. Aren't they gorg? 

I have yet to find our perfect florist, but meanwhile, I'm lusting after the bunches and bunches of winter-white flowers with a peek of greens and shimmery, silver dusty miller leaves. Its slightly vintage, offbeat look combine for the perfect winter bouquet. Sigh...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Love Always.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hump Day Inspiration


 Just a little tidbit to help you get through the week. Happy Hump Day!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

To Pair... or Not to Pair

Like most couples, there are a few fundamental things Big and I disagree on. I'm going to let you in on one of them.


Big believes socks should be paired. I do not. Houston, we have a problem. 

First of all, I only wear white ankle-length athletic socks. No exceptions. So to me, what's the point? Why should it matter if one ankle sock is Target brand and the other is Hanes? Therefore, I save myself the time and anxiety of pairing socks. It's incredibly frustrating to take the time to pair socks to only have one missing. Where does it go? Was it lost before it went in the wash? It did the laundry gremlins eat it? To me, the angst isn't worth it. I'd rather fish through a drawer to find a "match" or just wear two slightly different but very similar socks.
Big and I occasionally help each other fold our respective laundry. Until this point, I've sat with my fingers crossed and told him I wouldn't pair his socks until we're married. As a dutiful "wife in training" -- as I like to call myself -- I've softened a teensy bit. For example: just yesterday, I helped him with the dreaded task while I recovered from an 18-mile run on his couch. But he'll never get me to cross to the dark side. 

What are the silly things you and your significant other disagree on?  

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Adventures in Invitations

Please allow me me preface this post with the following:
  • I know they are just pieces of paper. 
  • I know most will end up in a wadded ball in the trash. 
  • I know guests will attend regardless of how they look. 
Still, I'm having the most difficult time finding invitations that matches the look and feel of our wedding and is the price I want to pay -- especially since we're planning to max capacity at our venue (250 persons), i.e., we'll need at least 100 invitation sets.

Read between the lines: everything I like is hilariously expensive.

See Exhibit A:


Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

(Whoa blurry picture. Click here)

Exhibit D:
 (Source: Wedding Paper Divas)

I found myself feeling a lot like Goldilocks. Too much of this, not enough of that. Nothing that was quite right. Things were getting out of control. And Big kept saying some form of the following: "Are you STILL looking at wedding invitations" or "You've been looking at invitations for the past two hours?!"

I started to think, am I talented enough to design my own? Likely not. Could I find and afford a graphic designer and have them printed on my own? Probably, but where to start?

Enter Etsy. Oh, Etsy. How I love thee.

While perusing Etsy a few days ago, I noticed the "Custom" tab at the top of the page that directed me to "Alchemy." I present:

Alchemy is a space on Etsy where buyers can post requests for custom items. Sellers then bid on the opportunity to make the item and win the sale. It's your opportunity to collaborate with a crafter or artisan to get exactly what you're seeking. Buyers can even make private requests to a specific seller within a shop.

Oui! Oui! Oui!  

I can pick an "inspiration design," have an Etsy artist create the knock off and have them printed and cut it for pennies at the InstaPrinting store on the first floor of my building (yes, this has been confirmed!). Joy!

I'm feeling pretty smug about the solution I've found... and the money we'll save (slash transfer to other areas of the wedding)!

Which of the above invites do you like best? Or, if you have a suggestion for a professional and affordable graphic designer, I'm all ears!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Engagement Photos Inspiration: Part I

We're taking our engagement photos in Chicago this spring.... and I. can't. wait!

I've slowly been collecting visual inspiration. So gather round, for installment numbero uno of Chicago engagement photo eye candy: the skyline. Seriously, how could we leave this iconic view out of the shot list?

Let's start with the facts. It's 100% gorg. The breaktaking view of the ever-so-dominant John Hancock Building, with the Drake Hotel peeking out just in front of it, never ceases to amaze me. Add your pick of crashing waves or a sea of glass, sunshine or night sky and leaves or bare trees, and what have ya got? The perfect backdrop for romance, no?


No worries. My head is spinning with other ideas for our photos. I'll be back with stop #2 on this journey before long!

In the meantime, feel free to leave your suggestions...!

Sources: Photos #1-2 from Amy Carroll Photography;  Photos #3-7 from Wedding Story Studio; Photo #8 from Angel Eyes Photography

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Sisters, My World

"If I paid for my friends, I sure didn't pay enough." - Anonymous

(personal photo)

I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with ten sorority sisters from college. I'm fortunate enough to have two living just down the road, but the rest are scattered across the country. One friend flew in from Maryland; another took a plane from Ohio. The rest drove or trained in from Michigan. It was one of the first times we've all been together without husbands, fiances and boyfriends in years.

Gone are the days when we lived in our house together or saw each other multiple times per week. I miss waking up to a sister eating breakfast in the kitchen, gathering in another sister's bed for a marathon TV session and the getting-ready-for-a-night-out craziness that occurred at least twice a weekend. (Note: Weekend = Thursday to Sunday.) This weekend, we ate, we shopped, we drank, we gossiped and traded notes on other college friends, we ate and drank some more and just spent time being silly together. It was divine and fabulous, and I'm going to be upset next weekend when six of my sisters aren't sitting on my bed while another curls her hair or rummages through my closet and the rest blare music from the living room. The weekend came at a time when I desperately needed quality girl time and a fun night out, and I'm incredibly thankful for it.

So much of our lives we spend waiting. I "couldn't wait" for this weekend. I vividly remember not being able to "wait" to move out of the sorority house, being anxious to graduate. Now, I would give my left arm to for our Thursday night routine: IM-ing with other sorority sisters about where we'd "predrink," finding the perfect outfit from someone's closet, heading over to a sister's apartment for pre-bar fun, calling 779-TAXI for a ride to the "The Pub" just before 11 p.m. -- and, once there, immediately purchasing three Long Island Ice Teas before the special ended -- closing the night out at "The Stone" and then making the very difficult decision to eat Jimmy John's or Papa John's. (Ok, that's a little drastic, but you get my point.)

I guess what I'm trying to say is... carpe diem! I personally need to stop saying, "I can't wait to get married" or "I can't wait until this work project is done" or "I can't wait until next weekend" and enjoy the very moment I'm living. As I head into another crazy busy, freezing cold week of work, marathon training, volunteering, wedding planning and so on, that's my goal.

Who's with me?  

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

No Mo' Pizza


Big and I have been eating a lot of pizza lately. I won't quantify the quantity or cost. It's way too embarrassing. 

So it was decided. No pizza for Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, today. Domino's (we use and love the pizza tracker), Sarpino's and Fogo 2 Go are really going to miss us.

Why do Catholics do this? In Lent, it's traditional to give up something(s) that we do a lot of and that we find pleasure in. This giving up or fasting is done for thrice reasons:
  1. A discipline for learning self-control, to free our minds from the chase after material things
  2. To identify with Christ's sufferings
  3. Serve as an act of sorrow for our wrongdoings

Sometimes we don't notice how certain things we do have gained power over us and dictate our actions; through Lent fasts, we discover these things and give them up so that God can be in charge. (Source: Spirit Home). I usually fair miserably at my Lenten offering, but I'm hopeful this year. My faith is stronger than it has been for awhile, and I feel a renewed commitment to make this sacrifice for the Lord. Furthermore, I'm not alone on my quest. 

What are you giving up for Lent?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Let's Get Organized!

The day after Big and I got engaged, I limped (remember, I had run 26.2 the day before) to Borders and dropped a whopping $27 on wedding magazines. (Naturally.)

My mom (MOB) was just as bad, but more economical. With a bachelorette party in Michigan the following weekend, I'd previously planned to be home the weekend after our engagement -- three cheers to showing off the bling to family and friends! By Friday night, she'd rented eight library books on weddings/wedding planning

I mentioned everyone is really excited, right?

One book that she checked out from the library stuck: Emily Post's Wedding Planner. From the Web site: "a step by step guide helps couples set priorities, track details and smooth the way. An efficient, hands-on organizer, Emily Post’s Wedding Planner has space for jotting notes on cost estimates, meetings, gift lists, and registry information and handy pockets for filing receipts, invoices, menu samples, business cards, proposals and mementos from bridal showers and parties." MOB gave it to me for my birthday.

I'm using the book as more of a guide than the "hands-on organizer" it's meant to be. Still, I've found the timeline and questions for vendors (like I know what to ask a photographer) helpful and enjoyed crossing things of our pre-made to-do list!

I also recommend Real Simple Weddings.


It's a cross between a magazine and a planning guide, as it features advice, as well as pretty pictures of weddings/wedding things. One of the best pages in that book is a flower guide that includes the most popular wedding flowers, their colors, how they are best used and when they are in season. This is uber-helpful to me, as I know I'll need to be creative with blooms given our December nuptials!

In addition, I picked up a larger-than-average accordion folder to organize contracts, business cards, photos, inspiration, etc. Tabs include wedding/pre-cana, ceremony, wedding party, bride (!), photography/videography, etc. etc. It "lives" in my closet in an oversized purse where I stow other wedding treats, a legal pad, etc.
Finally, I have a few fancy, high-tech bookmarking systems: 
  1. Starred" posts in my Google Reader
  2. "Wedding" Bookmark folder... one at home, and one at work
  3. "Wedding" Tag in my Gmail account for correspondence with friends and family, as well as vendors
  4. Dog-earred pages in magazines
What do you think (other than I'm a freak)? Thus far, I haven't had any problems and been able to locate information easily and, for the most part, maintained my sanity.

How are you/did you stay organized for the big day? What advice do you have? I/we need all the help we can get!

Monday, February 15, 2010

HOLY @#$%^&*!?!!!!

Big the other night:

HOLY @#$%^&* you read a lot of wedding blogs!

Guilty as charged. The ever-growing list is to the right.

But for those with limited time and interest, here's the short list, aka the creme de 'la creme, based on four-plus months of market research:

Style Me Pretty
The ultimate wedding blog. That it is. Wedding eye candy to the max, multiple updates per day. Swoon!

etsy wedding
Links to extraordinary finds on (Love, love etsy....)

Green Wedding Shoes
So-Cal wedding inspiration. Buckets of inspiration and loads of beautiful photography.
Jessica Cornman Photography
Our photog. Seeing her works on a regular basis makes me even more excited to see the photos from our big day!

A massive blog written by real brides from around the country planning the big day. My one complaint? It's impossible to read them all! To streamline things, I skim through my reader and cherry pick for what I need/am looking for using the tabs. However, I always, always read every post by my favorite bloggers, Miss Buttons and Miss Ribbons. I've "starred" posts featuring DIY projects, hairstyles, Web links and other wedding inspiration from all brides on this site.

I'd also like to toss an honorable mention to Pearls Events Blog. A Michigan-based wedding planner, the site features wedding inspiration from the mitten state. I'm always excited to see what insight and advice she has to share!

Sure, there are a lot of wedding blogs in the uni-sphere. But these are my favs. 

What's on your "must-read" blog list?


I decided to change the name of my blog again. Why? Just because.

Third time's a charm, no? I think I finally have it right this time.

Enjoy! <3

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Our Love


"How did you meet?" A common question. You know the answer.
"When did you know he was the one?" Hmmmmm. Good one!

I could tell Big was a good one out of the gates. In fact, I remember the first date report including the words "actually really impressed."

Still, I struggle to think of the exact moment I knew Big was "the one." I do, however, remember the first time we discussed marriage. I was 20 years old and Big was 22 years old. We had been dating for two years (in college years, eternity). It was the day final exams of spring semester ended, and Big and I were both moving home for the summer that afternoon.

While hanging out in his room, Big blurts, "Do you think we're going to get married?"

Me: I don't know, what do you think?

Big: Yeah, probably.

Me: Yea, me too.

End of discussion. No big deal, just like everything with Big (one of my favorite things about him). Henceforth, the "plan" was to stay together.

Conversations on this subject continued, but increased in severity and frequency this year.

Our relationship was in a really good place. We'd always discussed waiting to get engaged/married until we were established in our careers. This occurred: I was really hitting my stride at work, and Big's career path was solid. Moreover, he'd just been accepted into grad school.

We both grew up.

We became more responsible with our finances, and less frequently changed into our party shoes. We found and maintained a balance that makes us both happier, healthier human beings. We learned how to make time for friends, family and personal hobbies/passions, as well as "QT" with one another. We support one another and share the same goals, values and priorities. Yes, we bicker, but we apologize and make up. We love, trust and respect each other. We are best friends.

I am proud of our relationship. Through the course of five-plus years, we've transitioned from a summer fling to a functional, non-dramatic college relationship, to a grown-up, meaningful partnership that has the backing of friends, family and, as far as I know, the Big Guy upstairs.

So no, for us, there wasn't one "A-ha!" moment; rather, a steady, balanced, happy relationship that grew -- and continues to grow -- over time.

What about you? Did you have an "aha"-love moment? Or was your experience more similar to mine?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Winter Wedding Love

Yes. I'm little crazy for planning a winter wedding in Michigan.

But you see, Big is in grad school year round, so we had... approximately three weekends... of the year we could get married AND go on a honeymoon right after. So, it was decided: December 18th it is! Yay! 

Luckily, I've wanted a winter wedding for quite some time, and Big is pretty agreeable. It's different than spring, summer and fall weddings, and with so many friends and family members also getting married this year, we thought it'd be nice to give everyone a break from the wedding circuit.

I'd be lying if I said I haven't wished our wedding was sooner or at another time of the year. December seems incredibly far away, and maybe I shouldn't have taken such a gamble on the weather?

But then, I see a wedding like this one from Michigan wedding planner Pearls Events and feel 100% satisfied with our choice. This wedding has it all: beautiful, natural decorations, gorgeous snow-covered streets, romantic winter candlelight, a wedding party decked out in black and white, wintry white flowers and a rustic/foresty feel. A look and feel that I hope know will be worth the wait.

I'm in lust... and crossing my fingers that our December 18th wedding is as gorgeous as this couple's wedding at the same time last year!

Anyone else out there having second thoughts about the day or time of their wedding?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ed & Jillian!

I was lucky enough to have a friend that passed shares a similar love for weddings and reality TV, namely ABC's Bachelor/Bachelorette. You can imagine how excited we were upon finding Ed and Jillian's engagement photos today!

Say what you want about this Chicago couple, but these photos are nothing but gorgeous! The lighting, their expressions, the adorable attire (loving her boots and hat!)... feast your eyes upon a few of my favorites: 


 Be sure to stop by Wedded Bliss Photography for more gorgeous photos of this couple and others!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010



For a good handful of days, I haven't quite been my happy-go-lucky self. I've been slightly grumpy. Tired. Annoyed. Irritable.

I'm sure most of this is due to the stress of planning a wedding and the life changes that come with it. But other factor are surely to blame. Could it be my demanding career and extra-curricular schedule that involves double-digit mile runs every weekend? What's more, it could be a few silent frustrations, general annoyances about people in my life, places and things, that I let crawl too far under my skin. As always, I could chalk my melancholy up to the weather, though I feel as patient as ever for spring. Either way, I've got that overall "off" feeling that's unfamiliar and unwelcome.

So what have I been doing about it? For one, spending a lot more time in the gym, burning agression during intense spinning classes or marathon sessions on the stair climber. Slowly working my way through a bottle of malbec. Thinking. Praying. Holding tight to my best friendships. For I know this too shall pass and, alas, it is. I'm starting to feel more like myself and sleeping better at night. Taking it easier on Big. Venting less, "letting it go" more. Seeing the silver lining. 

I have much in life to be thankful for -- beyond the basic food, shelter and warmth I take far too for granted -- I have loving friends and family. And I have faith.

Today, as always, that is enough.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

What are you going to do for flowers?

I have no idea.

But, I do love peonies: they're dainty, elegant and beautiful, and whole mess of them is quite extraordinary. Would it be weird if we went with a "summery" flower for a "wintry" wedding?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Training Notes

With the Boston Marathon less than three months away, I'm well into my training program and definitely feeling like it. Read: It's totally deja vu from the summer. Lately, I've been seeing/feeling/experiencing:
  • An obnoxiously persistent hunger, and the astronomical grocery bills that go with it
  • Blisters
  • Body Glide
  • Everyone asking, "How far are you running tomorrow?"
  • Lots of laundry
  • Low-key, restful Friday nights
  • Obsessively checking the weather, and planning my runs around it
  • Runner's high after a fantastic morning jog
  • Successfully fighting the urge to stay in on Saturday night
  • Toes/feet that don't look... normal? 
  • Tri-Berry and Vanilla Bean Gu
  • Water, water, water

Overall, I'm just a lot more... 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

~*Twist on the Classic*~

Before I share any further details about our engagement and wedding, I feel as thought I owe you a proper introduction of the factoids: Our wedding this December in Michigan, and it is going to be the best wedding ever. Fact. Yup, I said it. Word.

After Big and I got engaged, his sister asked if I was one of those "wedding girls."

Um, yea. I guess you could say that.

I watched TLC's "The Wedding Story" every day in middle school -- even if it was a re-run -- and I've been a member of The Knot for years. Yes, years. Basically, I've been gathering details practically since I could walk.

A lot of weddings these days have themes, so as to ensure everything is tied up in one neat, tidy, put-together package. Kind of like branding. 

While we've yet to officially choose many details of the wedding, the theme I've come up with is (cue drumroll) -- "A Twist on the Classic." Think traditional elements with modern, unique and/or slightly vintage touches that are simple and elegant. It's going to be full of lots of beautifulness...  and be all-around unique. Just like us.  

A few other things you should know:

It will be very personal. I want guests, or anyone viewing our photos, to walk away with a better understanding of who we are and why we make sense as a couple.

It's going to be wintry but not Christmasy. This is a wedding, folks! Not a corporate holiday party. Think lots of white and silver. Think pine cones. Think romantic lighting. Think fireplaces (yes, we have one at our reception venue!). Think... "forest in the winter."

It's going to have some DIY elements. Why? a) I'm a bargain shopper and know this is the most economical way to do things; b) I'm surrounded by some pretty seriously talented crafters; and c) I'm a control freak and don't trust anyone else to do to it "my" way.

It's going to be FUN!

And that's it! I can't wait to share all the details here and journal my journey to the alter!

Was your wedding built around a theme? If so, what was it, and how did you decide?

I Love...

While perusing one of my favorite blogs for wedding eye candy, I stumbled upon this photo:

Um, how FREAKING awesome is her hairpiece? I have since decided I MUST have one when Big and I take our engagement photos in Chicago this spring with our wedding photographer. Isn't her outfit fabulous, too? Just an overall inspiring post...  

Monday, January 18, 2010

Meet Barefoot in Barcelona

Hello. I would like to introduce you to a fabulous new nail polish. Its name is Barefoot in Barcelona and it is completely fabulous. Mauve-ish with a vintage vibe. Perfect for any season. Work-appropriate. Unique, but not over the top. Edge I loves it. Here she is:

What do you think? I dare you to splurge on a $8.50 bottle and give it a go! A very special thank you to one of my best gals, KMS, for spotting this find!

Now, off to catch The Bachelor at the gym!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hi :)

I find/do/learn about/read about/watch stuff fascinating stuff all the time. This blog used to be one way I spread the word about those great things. However, quite honestly, I lost interest in blogging mostly about running, it was nice outside, I was busy at work... etc. etc. etc.

I was itching to write again, and after watching the transformation a fellow blogger/old roommate made to her site, I felt inspired to pound the keyboard and give this blogging stuff another go. So thanks, lady for being so awesome! I'm back, with a fresh new look and feel that I love.

I'm sure most of you are pretty familiar with who I am and my life. But for those who aren't, here's a quick update on what has been happening since I last updated. First and foremost, I did indeed qualify for the Boston Marathon and, with an overall time of 3:37:04, left room to spare! YAY!

Because he is so great, B. took me out for an AH-mazing dinner at Tango Sur, an Argentinean steakhouse in our 'hood, to celebrate. We indulged with tons of red wine and an enormous fillet juicier and more tender than I thought possible. And mashed potatoes, which was kind of random considering I'm more of a roasted potatoes kind of gal. We were both very sad when got in our cab and realized that the leftovers (this steak was a monster!) had been left behind. UGH.

Anyways, we picked up some Amstel Lights and went to my apartment when suddenly, B. reached into his coat pocket and launched into this schpiel about how great the day was and much he loves me and wants to always make me happy ya-da-ya-da-ya-da and down a knee and PROPOSED! Talk about a seriously awesome day. It was the perfect proposal and so us. Here is a pic of my ring, in case you haven't seen it:

Aren't I just the luckiest???? I LOVE IT. It is more sparkly in person, I swear. I will let you try it on if you ask nicely. Ring aside, I truly feel blessed to have found such an amazing person to walk with on the path of life. It's just the coolest feeling. If you haven't already, check out our wedding Web site, where you can learn more about us, our big day and even help create our reception playlist!

Because of this engagement, I have decided that henceforth, I will refer to "B." (which, by the way, was short for boyfriend) as "Big." Just like Carrie Bradshaw. I think this will be quite funny.

Moving forward, what you can expect to read on this blog is simple: everything I love. However, expect heavy doses of wedding updates as I hem and haw over every last detail. Plus, this will reallllllly draw out the process and enable all of you to enjoy small bits of the wedding fun, though of course, we'll keep some things a surprise. 

So go ahead, add this subscription to your Google Reader (if you don't have a gmail account, it's time!) or click on the click on the "follow" icon to the right, and share your feedback with me! It's only fun to blog if people are stalking... err, reading.