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Hi, friends.  Honestly, there is not much to report today.  I ate a turkey sandwich and yogurt and trail mix for lunch again.  I quit my old gym officially and have the paperwork all filled out and ready to go for the new one, but it was raining and cold so I didn’t feel like walking it over on my lunch break.  It is still rainy and cold and Milhouse gets mad when we take him outside to pee.

So…in the spirit of Fat Talk Free Week, which is going on this week, I am going to talk about various things I love about my body and why!  I have signed the pledge to eliminate fat talk and encourage you all to do the same.

  • My body is perfectly proportioned.  My bust and hip measurements are exactly the same and my waist is exactly ten inches smaller.  I have a great hourglass figure!
  • Weightlifting has made my shoulders firm and muscled.  NOT bulky.
  • I always used to complain about how big my thighs were.  But that was until I discovered that that’s because I have awesomely strong quads and hamstrings.  I can lift crazy amounts of weight with my legs!  I can make my quad muscle jump out of my leg in a freakish way that makes T go, “What IS that?!?!” and that’s fun.
  • My hair is very healthy and pretty and thick.
  • I have gigantic hands and feet.  This was useful in middle and high school, when I played several musical instruments and could access the keys very easily!

Also, a few awesome announcements.  My super incredible florist, Kristen (who is now a blog reader), wanted me to alert any other Chicago brides to these two cool upcoming events!

These make me sad that I’m not in Chicago, because I’d love to go to both of these!

I’m back! Part two


Sunday was a lot of fun.  T and I randomly woke up early, and we didn’t have to be anywhere until 12:30, so of course what does my mind automatically go to?  Grocery shopping, of course!  Chicago has Trader Joe’s, my absolute favorite place to buy groceries, but Kansas City doesn’t.  So, we stopped at Starbucks for a quick breakfast and then headed out to TJ’s.  My mission?  ALMOND BUTTER.  It’s $9.99 for a small jar here, and $4.99 for a big jar there.  I stocked up! Here’s my “I love grocery shopping” face:

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Here’s the loot:

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I ended up with:

  • TJ’s low sodium creamy tomato soup (SO good)
  • Pecan praline granola
  • four jars of almond butter
  • two jars of peanut butter
  • a Clif white chocolate macadamia bar (haven’t seen this flavor around here)
  • “Just a handful” of cashews, cherries, and almonds trail mix

That’s it.  I tried to behave!

Then we went to Petsmart, where we bought a harness and leash and tags for our dog, because we thought we’d be picking him up today at 4:15.  😦  Long story short–our rental agent represented one thing to us, our lease says another, and ultimately the property owner will decide if we get him or not.  We offered to extend our lease for a year if they allow him, which we think is a pretty appealing offer, so we are just waiting (on pins and needles) to find out what the decision is.  Hopefully we will have something to fill the harness and collar soon…but anyway.  Sorry for the tangent.

After getting lost all over the place, we met with our awesome florist!  I am so, so excited about our floral stuff now.  She is incredible and creative and modern–I just love her.  Here’s the rundown of what we’re getting:

  • My bouquet: White peonies with white and pink dutch tulips and white and pink ranunculus, round and fluffy shape, hand-tied, handle wrapped in champagne satin with ivory or white organza criss-cross overlay and pearl details, skinny ivory plumage around rim
  • Bridesmaids: Mostly light & medium pink and some white dutch tulips hand-tied and simple, with lace accent around handle. Handle tied in champagne satin.
  • T’s bout: white ranunculus w/premium greens, stems wrapped in black with gold wire wrap
  • Groomsmen: light pink ranunculus w/premium foliage, stems wrapped in black with gold wire wrap
  • Altarpieces (reused at reception): tall and showy hurricane-shaped vase, curly willow, white hydrangea, cream french tulips, peach stock, light pink snapdragons, pink and white peonies, minimal foliage
  • Centerpieces for reception: short & full mixed arrangement in square vase with mixture of white hydrangea, white and light pink peonies, and white and light pink tulips; ribbon wrapped around vase in aqua and aqua stones in bottom of vases
  • Plus, assorted flowers for parents, grandparents, petals for the flower girl, and peonies for atop our cake!

I’m really excited about the flowers now.  I never thought I would be, but it’s going to be springy and lush and full of texture.  Our awesome florist thanked us a few times for not using roses (apparently she’s sick of them), and laughed at T a little bit because he is very insistent about his ranunculus for the boutonnieres.

THEN, we did a little shopping (and I got a great black leather bag for work) and headed to our cake tasting, also known as HEAVEN.

T and I picked our cake design almost immediately.  We love the unique shape of the tiers and the awesome piping:

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However, there was some consternation about the color.  I was concerned about an all-blue cake, but I thought an ivory cake with blue piping would look like a sink with toothpaste in it (yes, I’m weird).  Then we thought about a white cake with pink piping, but we didn’t think we’d get the contrast we wanted on that.  Eventually, we saw an ACTUAL blue cake and I was satisfied that it will not look like the Cookie Monster, so we are going with blue fondant and ivory piping.  Like this cake, but in the design above:

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Then, the tasting.  Also known as the happiest day of my life:

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Can I just say how much I wanted to stick my face in that plate of frosting?

We tried all the cakes first and immediately ruled a few out (carrot, banana, plain white).  T and I had the same two favorites, so that was pretty easy–we both loved the red velvet cake and the vanilla chiffon.  Normally, I’m not a white cake person, but the vanilla cake is very french vanilla-y and rich.

Then we tried all the frostings.  There were a few immediate vetos (lemon, mocha, jams) and we pretty quickly decided on the classic red velvet cake with cream cheese icing for two of the tiers.  I was infatuated with their strawberry mousse (it tasted like strawberry ice cream) and T loved the chocolate mousse.  So…we had the genius idea to make a Neapolitan cake!  Two tiers will have vanilla chiffon cake, with two layers of strawberry mousse filling and one layer of chocolate mousse.  Taken all together, it really does taste like Neapolitan ice cream!  Yum.  (The mousses are the big fluffy piles of frosting on the bottom of the picture.)

After the cake tasting was done, we drove to my aunt and uncle’s house and had a lovely dinner with them, my cousin and her husband and son, their friend and their dog.  Steaks, asparagus, and potatoes were on the menu and we brought a cake for dessert.  So good!

Then we rented Marley & Me in anticipation of getting our dog today (sigh) and I snotty ugly cried through the last half of it.


Today, we got up at  6 a.m. to leave Chicago and drive home because we were supposed to be picking up our dog at 4:15 until the shelter called and revealed all this with our rental place.  So, it was a very stressful drive home and now we’re waiting on pins and needles to find out what the owner’s decision is.  My fingers are crossed so very hard.

And that is my weekend in review!  How was yours?  I hope you enjoyed Leah and Susan‘s guest posts!  Aren’t they fabulous?

Wedding floral inspiration

Let me preface this with: I know very little about flowers.  I know what I like, and what I don’t like, and that’s about it.  We picked our florist because of her awesomely extensive online portfolio and recommendations.  (Seriously, her flickr is full of incredible inspiration for brides-to-be!)  When we were e-mailing back and forth, she wanted to know my definitely floral loves and hates.  This is what I came up with (harder than I thought, considering I’d…never? thought this long and hard about flowers before)

What I hate: roses (boooring), sunflowers, anything fall-related, stargazer lilies, baby’s breath, all white bouquets, fake colored flowers

What I love: tulips, peonies, ranunculus, anything springy

If our wedding has a theme besides wedding, it’s, well, “spring wedding.”  I want everything to be light and fresh and bright.  So, because my florist is wonderful and creative, she came up with a very detailed quote for us.  My bouquet will be made of white and pink peonies, ranunculus, and French tulips.  A quick google comes up with it looking something like this:

It looks like there’s some stephanotis in that, which mine won’t have, and I may ask her to add a few ostrich feathers at the base to make it look ultra-luxurious.

For the bridesmaids, this is exactly what I want, but with a lighter pink tulip.  I love the shoots of green in it:

Our table centerpieces will be low tulip arrangements:

I didn’t think T would care about flowers, but he very specifically requested a ranunculus boutonniere.  I’m not sure if it’ll have a feather or not, but it will be something like this, but probably white:

I’m overall just hoping to achieve an elegant, natural, bright springy feel.  My florist is incredible, so I feel 100% safe that everything’s going to go great!

I’m off to donate platelets–I will be back this afternoon to tell the tale of my morning run (eek).

Wedding trends I hate

I will begin this post with a disclaimer.  If something makes YOU happy and you like it, that’s awesome and you should absolutely do it, provided it does not break with common wedding courtesy.

The following wedding trends, however, drive me nuts.

1.  Birdcage veils

I will begin this with another disclaimer: this does not apply to birdcage veils worn with actual vintage dresses created during an era in which birdcage veils made sense.  I absolutely loathe that it seems like every bride-to-be on the Internet wants to wear a birdcage veil with a dress that is in no way vintage.  It looks strange to me.  Furthermore, I think most birdcages cut people off at a weird place on their face and they look creepy.

This is a birdcage veil, if you don’t know what they are:

2.  Pickup wedding dresses.  I will skip the obvious frosted cupcake metaphor, but as Tim Gunn would say, “It’s just not aesthetically pleasing.”  They scream “TREND! TREND!  You will regret this in five years!” to me.

3.  Those Alfred Angelo dresses with the color on them

I am not opposed to some color, when done right, on a wedding gown.  I think it can look nice.  But I really dislike the Alfred Angelo “Dream in Color” dresses.  It’s just so obvious, and last time I checked, brides (and all women, really) wanted to avoid getting giant blood red streaks down the back of their white dresses.

Just to show that I’m not totally against color in wedding dresses, here is one I think is gorgeous (Blue by Enzoani, “Andover” in Ice Blue):

4.  Non-floral bouquets

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  I am all for incorporating non-floral elements in a floral bouquet (I am considering adding a few feathers to my bouquet), but I think this trend has gone way too far.  Some can be cute, but a lot of the time it just seems to me like, “look how alternative and cool I am!  I don’t need flowers!”  This one in particular reminds me of a preschool craft project I did that involved stringing buttons into a necklace:

What about you?  What don’t you like?

Blush and Bashful

I figure I’ll post one fitness/food related post and one wedding-related post every day, at least until I get you all caught up on wedding stuff we’ve already planned.  Any objections, put ’em in the comments.

(above photos from Style Me Pretty blog)

So.  You met Ronda.  Now…our “colors,” although that word used in conjunction always makes me want to drawl, “Mah cullahs are buh-lush and baaashful.”   I don’t exactly want to call it a theme, either, because theme parties make me get a little hivey in anticipation of maybe having to wear a strange costume.  (T and I decided that if a wedding vendor asked what our ‘theme’ was one more time, we were going to answer, straight-faced, either “squirrels” or “dinosaurs.”  But I digress.)  Inspiration works for me.  So, here’s our inspiration, as it were.

Our color scheme is aqua blue, shades of pink, and champagne gold, and we’re going for a very light, springy, slightly vintage feel.  Flowers-wise, we’re using lots of tulips, peonies, and ranunculus.  Most of our paper stuff (invites, menus, escort cards) will be aqua with gold accents and embossing, and we’re bringing the pink in with flowers.  Hopefully it won’t look too dumb.  I put a bunch of pictures of stuff I have/like in a PowerPoint slide once and it didn’t look too bad:

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So, that’s our theme/colors/inspiration.  Hopefully it will all come together somehow.

BONUS ROUND: Check out Bride on a Budget’s super cute ring dish giveaway here: