Friday, November 21, 2014

A few of my favorite things

1. These marbled clay dishes. I have been obsessed with them ever since I saw them on A Beautiful Mess and they'll be on the agenda for my very first craft night hosted in our new house. Don't you think they'd make some great Christmas gifts?

2. Saying the word husband.
"I made a sweet potato casserole for my husband's work party."
"My husband is taking me to see the new Hunger Games movie!!"
"I cannot believe how much laundry detergent I use now that I have a husband."

3 & 4. Grandma sweaters and new glasses. Especially when I get to use them at the same time. I bought my very first pair of Firmoo glasses about three years ago and now I'm on my fourth pair. These are the ones I wear the most but now I have another pair to rotate in! I love all of the versatile styles but I ESPECIALLY love that they're affordable enough to have multiple pairs.

Glasses c/o Firmoo // Grandma Sweater - Francesca's (old) (similar) // Polka-dot Jeans - Target (also old)

5. This picture from our wedding.
Actually, any picture from the wedding. I know I keep talking about them, but they are seriously the best. I just want to keep looking at them and replaying the day over and over again.
6. The fact that I get to see my family this weekend! I haven't seen them since the wedding and since I'll be working on Thanksgiving, we'll be having our Thanksgiving lunch on Sunday (yay for accommodating families). I can't wait! Most importantly, I'm glad I'll be seeing them, but second most importantly, I will get to stuff my face with some good food like sweet potato casserole and broccoli & cheese casserole. Or just any casserole in general, they're all delicious. 
What's your favorite dish for Thanksgiving?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Our Wedding: The First Look

I got all of my wedding pictures back over the weekend and ever since, I can't stop staring at them constantly. So I thought I'd share a few of them with you all. Derek and I did decide to do a first look, and although there are good things and bad things about it, the pros won out for us.
-Your hair, makeup, and outfits are fresh
-You can get rid of any pre wedding jitters with just you and your groom
-You have the opportunity for MORE pictures
-You  will probably be able to actually enjoy your cocktail hour
-You miss out on the tradition of waiting to see each other
-You will have to be ready earlier - which can possibly mean a rush for time depending on what time the ceremony starts
-Walking down the aisle may seem "anticlimactic"
Our biggest factor in choosing to see each other before the ceremony was time. We knew the sun would be setting soon after we said "I do" and we wanted to be able to take pictures without rushing. In addition, our ceremony and reception was in the exact same location - so there really wasn't a true cocktail hour. We did save a few pictures for after - mainly pictures with extended family since we didn't want to make everyone get there early.
I'm really glad we decided to do the first look - I was very specific in that I didn't want anyone there but me, Derek, and our photographers. I had one of my bridesmaids drop me off at the location then she left. It was nice being able to see Derek for the first time without wondering what anyone else was thinking. It was just the two of us and, per usual, we were able to act as silly as we wanted to get rid of any nerves. Oh, and it most definitely did NOT make walking down the aisle any less special.
So without any further adieu, a few of my favorites:

Derek is normally very reserved and doesn't get emotional. That, along with the fact that he doesn't enjoy taking pictures, makes this photo awesome. It may not seem like much but for him, it's basically the equivalent of falling to his knees with tears in his eyes.

Did you have a first look at your wedding - or if you're planning one, will you have one?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If we were out for coffee...

My most favorite owl mug.

If we were out for coffee, we'd go to Starbucks, because honestly I don't think there's any other coffee shops near me. I'd be too indecisive when ordering and finally just get a caramel macchiato because I know I'll like it. If I've been good, I may even get a croissant or a pretzel.

If we were out for coffee, I'd say (probably more than once) how excited I am to finally be moving out of our apartment and into a house. Even though it's up in the air of how long we'll actually be staying there - it could be one month, it could be one year - it is infinitely better than having to share such a tiny space that I'm in now.

If we were out for coffee, I'd ask if you had any Christmas decorating tips. Where to get the best bang for my buck, where to find the prettiest stockings, and which candles are the best to burn. Being that I've only ever been in an apartment, my Christmas decor is limited to ornaments for the tree and a few twinkle lights.

If we were out for coffee, I'd admit to being slightly unhappy with my work. Not my job, but my work. I'd say that I didn't feel like I was giving it my all, because giving it my all is so hard. I can say that I do try, but some days trying isn't enough and I go home exhausted and unhappy with myself.

If we were out for coffee, I'd say that I'm not in to pumpkin spice, like I feel like everyone else is.

If we were out for coffee, I'd say that after a month of marriage, we are still learning. There are disagreements, big and small. From who does the dishes to how many bank accounts we'll have. Day by day, it gets a little easier, but it's still hard. I can say that we've learned to love each other better, more efficiently after discovering our opposing personalities and love languages (and that you should do that too, if you haven't already).

If we were out for coffee, I'd tell you that I'm finally at a happy place with my blog. I feel like I'm not doing too much (to the point of exhaustion) or too little (to the point of wondering if it is even enough) but that it's juuussst right! After quite the hiatus, I'm opening up my sponsorship options again - new and revamped - and I'm excited about it. I feel like I'm turning over a new (slower paced, more honest, less content) leaf and right now, that's all I need.

If we were out for coffee, I'd ask you what is new in your life? What are you most excited about, what scares you, and what are your goals for the next month? I'd try to get to know you a little better so that our relationship could be like my favorie sweater - warm and cozy and ready at a moments notice, fore any occasion.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Things about my Town for which I'm Thankful

How do you like that grammatically correct title? Did you know that it's considered to end a sentence with a preposition? For a while, I did not and now that I know, I can't un-know it and now I'm that asshole person correcting everyone for saying "Things I'm thankful for." Whoops. 

Anyway, back to the original point of this post. My town. Montgomery (Alabama), in case you didn't know. Sometimes it's hard to remember to be thankful for things, especially when there are certain things you resent about those things for which we should be thankful. Does that make sense? No? Okay let me explain: I never wanted to live in central Alabama. All through high school and most of college, it was my plan to move to the beach after I graduated nursing school. There were so many perks: I'd still be close to my parents, there was great shopping everywhere, and the BEACH, duh. 

But then girl meets boy and blah blah blah, I find myself living in the State Capitol. So it's not that I don't like the home or friend's I've made here, there's just a teeny part of me that still wishes I could be living at the beach year round. 

Thanfully, there are a few things that I do enjoy about living here.
Firstly (and most importantly) there's the river. If there's one thing Derek and I agree on 100% of the time, it's that we both love being on the water (hence our reasoning for needing a lake house). 

While there are different aspects that we each enjoy (for him, fishing and jet-skiing; for me, reading and basking in the sun) it is something you can find us doing with 90% of our free time, weather permitting. 

In addition to the river and all the endless possibilities for having fun that it provides, I'm also thankful for my job. Yes, I would be thankful for any job, but I truly believe God placed me here in Montgomery to find this particular work family. 

I was lucky getting my job, in that I "knew somebody who knew somebody" but that most definitely did not mean I was privilaged. He got me an interview, from there it has been blood, sweat, and literal tears to get me to the position I'm in today. To quote Drake, started from the bottom, now I'm here. I love what I do, I love who I work with, and even though you'll find me complaining about it when I get home some days, I really wouldn't trade my job for anything. 

So tell me, what do you love about your town?

Linking up with Nichole for Tell me about Your Town.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Goals and other things

Today I'm taking the easy way out and writing lists. I love lists because you can talk about so many different things but it doesn't get too wordy or scatterbrained. Especially when the lists are categorized. Enjoy!

Five goals I have for the month: 
1. Come up with an eating plan and stick to it. 

2. Pack up our apartment and MOVE INTO OUR HOUSE (read more about it here

3. Start on our wedding photo book. I got a great Groupon for a hardcover photo book and I can't wait to put all of our wedding photos in it. 

4. Drink two liters of water a day. I know this isn't really a "monthly" so much as a "daily" goal, but it's still a goal. 

5. Read two books. I've downloaded Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (at the recommendation of Amber) but I haven't gotten the chance to start it yet. I'm looking forward to it, because I've heard great things. Any thoughts on what my second book for the month should be? 

 Four of my favorite movies of all time: 

Any HP movie - any LOTR movie - The Little Mermaid - Fried Green Tomatoes

Three new things I tried last month
1. I started getting Skimm'd. If you don't know what I'm talking about then you should try it here. Basically its a short and sweet version of the news that's sent to your email every morning. If you're like me, and don't have time to read/watch the news in the morning but still want to be up to date on all the big happenings - The Skimm is what you need. 

2. Sumo squats at the gym. All I'm going to say about that is: ouch. 

3. Getting up earlier. Derek has to be at work an hour before I do, so naturally he wakes up earlier than me to go to the gym. I started getting up and going at the same time as him because (1) we can carpool and (2) it's going to wake me up when he gets up anyway, so why not? It gives me a little more time to get things accomplished - like washing dishes or folding a load of laundry. I know it sounds crazy but I am much more productive in the mornings! When I come home from work all I want to do is put on my comfy clothes and lay around. 

Two things that really aggravate me:
1. When people don't pay attention to me when I'm talking 
2. Slow internet 

One picture taken this week:

I have no idea what is going on but this makes me laugh probably more than I should.