Wednesday, October 28, 2009

In our world

Things have slowed down for us lately and it Is fine with me. We actually spent the weekend in a very mellow sort of way and had no place to go nor major things to do. So we each cooked for a day. On Saturday, Hubs made chicken stock and then used it for a soup. I made braised short ribs ragu on Sunday. We have tons of leftovers but since our schedule is a bit warped this week, they make perfect dinners.

Last night, the girls ,Diana's mom and I went to a class at the Chopping Block, it was by Dawn Jackson Blatner and it was so good. She made some lovely dishes for the appetizer theme. We got to eat some Indian Samosas with an Indian pesto, goat cheese zucchini rolls, Thai lettuces wraps and chocolate covered grapes! Everything was so good. It will help to know how to make healthy meatless meals since Hubs and I were thinking of adding one meat free meal a week to our diet (one that is not pizza or mac and cheese).

I am quite pleased with how I cut my spending drastically last month. My credit card bill (minus the wedding debt we are still paying off ) was so low. I plan to put some more money in savings. But this month is going to be a killer thanks to my dentist bill that did not meet my deductible. Well you win some and you lose some. I am just glad to know some of our sacrifices are starting to pay off. Next on our list, we are selling some things that we do not need anymore and I am going to clean and sell my wedding dress.

What is on In your world?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Part of the family

This weekend, Hubs and I headed to farm country for his brother's wedding. We spent the weekend with his family and there was a lot of driving. But it was a nice change of pace. The leaves were lovely and the drive was relaxing but, it made me realize how much of a city person I am.

We headed out on Friday afternoon about 45 minutes earlier than our original intention due to the fact that Hubs, forgot to read a portion of the email that mentioned that there was in fact going to be a rehearsal. We did make it to our hotel early but underestimated the distance between the hotel and wedding site, so we ended up being 10 minutes late. It was cold and windy and I had a dress that I bought in Paris and strappy sandals, not my best idea, nor was the cup of tea that I thought was decaf at 9 pm.

Saturday, exhausted and grumpy, I drove the groom and his brothers to the wedding site. It was fun to have them all in the car since they have this history that I get to learn about. Like how two of them picked corn for a summer and that if cows are sitting it meant rain. The ride back to the hotel was not as fun. I headed to the site again with Hubs' aunt and we waited inside for the wedding to start. It was an outside wedding and while I was wearing a cute dress and the same sandals, I was warm….spanx to the rescue. I was holding my soon to be 3 year old niece to prevent her from running up and down the aisle. Hubs told me that I looked like I was holding on to her for dear life but hey she had a down coat and it kept me warm too (that was my real plan)

They had a cute and meaningful ceremony, surrounded by their family and friends in a very pretty outside ceremony. I have never seen Hubs' brother so happy.

The reception was fun, the food was great, the father daughter dance was awesome and the groom and two groomsmen played a song for the bride. We caught up with family and everything was lovely.

Now they are in Paris and I am slightly envious.

It was a lovely time (minus some family drama but, hey what wedding is not void of drama).

***I know I owe you all some wedding photos and I promise they are coming.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

on the up side

It has been getting chilly too fast here. But with fall come some lovely fall activities. The Hubs and I have been more relaxed (for the most part) these past few weeks and it has been what we needed. We have got time to spend together doing nothing. We've been able to be homebodies and spend the weekends doing things that we want to do.

A few weeks ago we went to an apple festival and this past weekend we went to his friend's house for chili. I had an awesome time meeting his friend's wife and sweet kids. Their son called me a princess and we were fast buddies when we played with his Batman toys. They had such a simple and clean house that has inspired me to start getting rid of clutter that has plagued us for the past few months. (does anyone need unbleached tote bags, I have about 12 of them)

this weekend we have a wedding, Hub's brother is getting married. We are glad to be guests and that we may actually eat. However, we have been both dragged into some family drama but, Hubs and I have talked about it and we've decided to stay out of it.

I have been making some beaded necklaces ever since I took a beading class. I am hoping to sell a few of them but I first have to build my inventory. So I have been working on that the past few days during my free time.

So things are looking up….

Monday, October 12, 2009


It was a year ago today and we went for a long walk along the lakeshore. It was in the high 70s and sunny. The lake was the green grey blue colors and the leaves were red, orange amber and yellow.

You got down on your knee and asked me to marry you...and we did.