Friday's Letters

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Dear Nikes: See?? I told you you wouldn't be lost in my closet abyss forever! You gave me 12 good miles this week and we're practically BFFs again.

Dear Emily aka. The Bachorette: Thank you for getting rid of that douchebag Ryan. Now could you please stop giving roses to Chris? He creeps me out. And let's be honest, my grandmother could throw a tree further than that guy.

Dear Maui: I can't wait to meet you! I'm in love with you already...we're talking internet-stalking-obsessed here. I am so ready to lay on your white sandy beaches and soak up your glorious sunshine (and your tasty adult beverages!) ...3 more weeks! Woot!

Dear people who think its ok to drive below the speed limit in the fast lane when I'm running late for work: Stop it...!! I am at my breaking point and can no longer hold myself responsible for the dirty looks you may see in your rearview.

Dear Hubby: You're pretty good at this whole being married thing: stopping by the auto body shop to take care of my car, dealing with our health insurance, putting the trash cans away after garbage day...you're the best! If only we could get you to stop hoarding coffee mugs...

Happy Friday! Make sure to check out the other awesome links at Adventures of Newlyweds!

Tying the Knot//Vegas Part III

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Our big day began, as the really good ones do, with a Starbuck's latte. (Thank you, thank you MGM for having not one, but three Starbucks in your ginormous lobby!) And then, thank goodness, a hair and makeup appointment at Christophe Salon was next. I don't know about you guys, but when I'm jittery, the last thing I should be wielding is a mascara wand!
If my salon at home served mimosas, I'd probly get my hair done a lot more often...

Isn't my mother-in-law adorable? :-)

All made-up, tied into my corset and waiting for my girls to finish getting ready I was a huge ball of nerves...



But as soon as I saw Travis, I knew everything was going to be fine. We all walked down to the Legacy Chapel (which is really nice, but situated next to the food court--is it just me or is that a little weird??) for the ceremony.


We were so happy and honored that so many of our friends and family were able to make the trip!






Best dad in the world!


The ceremony was just what we wanted: short, but meaningful and sweet. Travis was teary, and in my struggle not to completely lose it, I ended up with a very un-bridelike runny nose. Nothing like sniffling your way through your wedding vows. ;-) 

Never letting this one go...

Hottie bridesmaids and handsome groomsmen

Our wedding package included a quickie studio sesh for some extra photos. Travis and I both have a bad tendency (me especially) to make super awkward faces in pictures...so we were pretty lucky to end up with several that we liked...





To be continued...(yes Erin, there will be a part IV) Lol



                     

Summer Lovin'

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As proof that I married exactly the right man I offer exhibit A, our conversation yesterday morning:

Hubby: "Hey babe, do you want to drive to San Rafael with me today? I want to check out the golf store down there."
Me: "Um...well..."
Hubby: "I'll drop you off at H&M."

Ah, to be so loved and so understood. ;-)

This morning we drove over to the local farmer's market and came home with a bag full of goodies including the sweetest strawberries you've ever tasted, and a loaf of bleu cheese walnut bread I can't wait to try. Oh summer, how I love you! PS, if you've never had lemon pita chips you've got to try them. They are The. Best. Thing. Ever.


A fraction of our haul...


And just in case you need a laugh as the weekend comes to a close.....





What did you do this weekend?

Cheers!/Vegas Part II

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Friday in Vegas was a balmy 108 degrees. My mother-in-law rented a pool cabana (complete with cabana boy, yow!) for an entire day of sun, relaxation and...jello shots, of course! While Travis golfed I had a chance to visit with all the friends and family that were starting to arrive. Did I mention there were jello shots?? .



You can't see it in the picture, but one of the absolute best things about the MGM pool is the lazy river, or as Erin said, "Where's that stupid creek you were talking about?" Admittedly, it was a little Jersey-Shore: lined with gentlemen of the overly Gymed, Tanned and Laundered variety. But even so, given the opportunity, I could happily have spent days floating around and around with a beer in my hand. Like a fish that doesn't swim very well and appreciates alcohol.


Our day of poolside lounging was the perfect diversion from my pre-wedding butterflies. And look, one of the groomsmen rescued a baby bird. That had to be a good sign, right??



We finished Friday evening with a late dinner at Emerils (excellent food, highly recommend) and then retired early for some much-needed beauty sleep before our big day.

Back in Business/Vegas Part One

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Hello?

Is anybody out there?

Holy crap, it's been a long time. How have you all been?? I can't wait to get caught up on all my fave blogs and see what everyone's up to out there in blogland.

In my last post -jeez about a billion years ago now- I had just celebrated the end of singledom at a super fun bachelorette party. Since then, a few things have happened:

1. I got married (Well duh, you're probably saying, and I don't blame you. More on the wedding in a bit.) and spent a fun-filled 5 days in Sin City.
2. I broke not one, but two toes in the space of two weeks. Ouch! I have most certainly not been defying gravity lately, as my friend Chris aptly pointed out.
3. I started the infamous "50 Shades" trilogy, and boy am I feeling ambivalent about it! On the one hand, I feel like the character development is pretty lacking and no amount of steamy love scenes makes up for that, IMO. On the other hand, I'm completely addicted! Go figure.
4. I booked our honeymoon for next month. Woot! Not Costa Rica as originally planned, but since I've never been to Hawaii, Maui should make for a fun adventure.
5. My car was attacked on the way home from work Friday night by a ginormous raccoon who clearly did not look both ways before crossing the road. Poor Ricky didn't make it, and neither did my bumper.




So...Vegas, baby, Vegas! (Please tell me you've seen Swingers?!)  and the wedding of course...what a weekend! We flew over with Travis's family (parents, brother and brother's girlfriend) on the Thursday before our Saturday ceremony. Everyone was in good spirits and everything went smoothly with the airline. Not a single one of our 15+ suitcases and golf bags decided to take a separate flight. Whew! I'll admit, ever since Southwest lost one of my bags a few year ago (briefly, but long enough to give me heart palpitations) I've been a wee bit paranoid at the baggage claim. Ok, a lot bit paranoid. But this time there wasn't even the hint of a problem. From the Vegas airport the six of us hopped into a limo with our thousand pounds of luggage to head on over to the MGM Grand. Now, I may have looked all cool and collected on the outide, but I don't mind telling you that riding in a limo get me all excited and giddy on the inside. Girls, I was homeschooled and I can count the number of times I've been in a limo on one hand.



After checking into our fabulous suite -which I'm pretty sure was larger than the first apartment Travis and I shared- we took another limo to the courthouse to get a marriage license. It took all of 5 minutes. Who knew it was so easy to get married??



Holy cow. Things were finally getting real and I was getting nervous! We ended the evening with a big family dinner (and a cocktail or two) at Smith & Wolensky's Steak House. It was delicious, rowdy and fun. Just what we needed to relax. The view from our suite at night was amazing...



Well, I have lots more to share with you, and lots 'n lots of pics to post, but I think this is a good start. It's great to be back, and now it's my turn to see what you all have been blogging about for the past few weeks!

Ciao for now!


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