Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Vacation

Last week, Geoff and I, along with my family, traveled down to Georgia for my cousins wedding. We had a great time at the wedding, and while in Atlanta we visited the Georgia Aquarium, and then Geoff and I went down to Savannah for a couple of days.

Geoff and I at the wedding. I felt super southern with my seersucker dress and pearls. All I needed was a monogram somewhere.

The Georgia Aquarium (which happens to be the biggest in the world) was really fun and I would recommend it to anyone who is in the Atlanta area. 

 Here's Geoff and I in the deep sea exhibit where they had whale sharks (the largest fish in captivity). We sat and just watched this tank for about 20 minutes. It was really cool. 

 The jellyfish offered some great photo-ops.
 
This is one of my favorite pictures. This is my mom in front of one of the tropical fish exhibits. She was mesmerized.

After the aquarium, we said goodbye to my family and headed down to Savannah.

 Here's Geoff down on River Street.

A monument in one of the many squares.

 Our hotel was right across the street from Forsyth Park, so I had to get a (very bad) picture of the Park fountain (that was purchased out of a Sears and Roebuck catalog, by the way).

 I love stained glass and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist had it in abundance.






 
We had dinner at The Olde Pink House one night and it was by far our favorite meal in Savannah. If you go, make sure you get the fried green tomato appetizer and the praline brittle basket dessert, AMAZING! And the service was exceptional.



 We also took a trolley tour with Oglethorpe Tours and really enjoyed it. There are about 3-4 different trolley tours in Savannah, but I chose this one because they also offered all-day shuttles to different stops throughout Savannah. During the two days that we used our passes, there was only once that we had to wait longer than 5 minutes for a shuttle.



The only picture of the two of us.
 
We stayed at the Mansion on Forsyth Park which is a Four Diamond luxury hotel. It was nice, but I wasn't completely satisfied with our stay. I would probably recommend staying somewhere more in the heart of the historic district. The Mansion is right on the edge and about a 15-20 minute walk to River Street. But I will say that the staff was very accommodating and friendly and the spa was wonderful.

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All in all, our trip was enjoyable and it was fun to explore the city together, but we were definitely glad to be back home in our own bed!

What about you? Any summer vacation plans?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

101 in 1001 April Update


I'm actually rather impressed with myself with the progress I have made with completing the different things on my list. Of course, I still have a long way to go, but I have been able to cross off a few things already. See my list and the progress I've made so far, here.

1. Read 10 literary classics
I used a Barnes & Noble gift card that I got for Christmas to buy a copy of To Kill and Mockingbird. Emily says that it is her favorite book of all time, and really, you can't get a better recommendation than that! When I think about it, I'm very surprised that I had never read it before since I love southern lit. But I really, really liked it and I'm glad that I can add it to my library.

15. Take an exercise dance class
I was able to buy a LivingSocial deal for 5 classes at an Xtend Barre Studio. It was WAY more intense than I expecting, like I thought I was going to puke. Let me tell you though, I was definitely working some muscles!

37. Have our wedding featured on Southern Weddings
The most exciting thing that has happened since we got married is that our wedding was featured on Southern Weddings! Seriously, I was/am ecstatic! In the next few weeks, I plan to do some posts about our wedding and give you the link to our feature. Stay tuned!

54. Get a new banner for the blog
As you can see, I got a new banner for the blog! I bought it from here, best $15 I've spent in a long while!

86. Subscribe to 5 magazines
Just found out that Amazon sells magazine subscriptions too, who knew? So I had to go ahead and subscribe to two of my faves, Better Homes & Gardens and Country Living.


With the summer coming on, I know there will be a lot more things on the list that I can check off. Specifically:

10. Practice Clean Eating for 2 weeks straight
Trips to the Farmer's Market will be in order to make this happen. Maybe I'll even get some local milk! This site has inspired me.

40. Pick my own fruit at a farm
Strawberry season can't come soon enough! And you know that will lead to....

71. Make some kind of preserves
I'm kind of nervous to attempt this, I've definitely heard some canning horror stories. And who wants to waste all of that glorious fruit!? But I'm working on getting a whole Pinterest board dedicated to just canning, so hopefully I'll learn everything I need to do. Maybe I should just call my Nana, but sometimes I think she's somewhat appalled by the things that her grandchildren don't know how to do. (i.e. make biscuits that aren't from a can).

83. Make a wedding memory box
I'm working on getting all of our components together for this. I'm hoping to do a post about what I'm putting in the box, in the next couple of weeks.

What about you? Any plans now that the summer months are soon upon us?

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter

I apologize for being so negligent lately. I do have updates, specifically about my 101 in 1001 list, but I think that will have to wait. I didn't want this day to go by without some mention about how special this day is, not only to me, but to this world. This song says it all. He is ALIVE!

 
Happy Easter!
 
~Laura


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

TV Time

I'm going to admit something here and I hope you will keep an open mind. I watch a lot of TV. No, for real, I do. I even sometimes plan my schedule around certain TV shows. I wouldn't say I'm obsessed, per se, (because I could stop whenever I wanted) but I do feel emotionally attached to some of my favorite characters (ok, maybe I am obsessed). Here is a list of my favorite TV shows that I am currently watching:


1. New Girl
 
 
I have been told that I am somewhat similar to Jess and I take that as a compliment. I only wish I was as awesome as she is. Truly, this show is hysterical, every character is funny. Schmidt probably makes me laugh the hardest. If you have never watched this show, do yourself a favor and go watch an episode right now! I literally make no plans on Tuesday night so I can watch this show.
 
 
 
 
 
2. The Mindy Project
Another show on Fox (Fox knows what they're doing) that cracks me up. I've also had people tell me that I remind them of the non-Indian version of Mindy, again, taken as a compliment. This show also has a hilarious cast and the writing is hysterical. The following clip had me laughing so hard I was crying. I could totally relate! After watching this clip, I turned to my husband and said "Don't you EVER try on my jeans!"
 
 
 
3. Big Bang Theory
 
 
This show is on it's sixth season and it's still just as good, if not better, than the first. This is the only show that I have all of the seasons on DVD. You don't really get tired of seeing the episodes multiple times, kind of like Friends (which is like the highest compliment I could give a show). Sheldon is my favorite, but isn't he everyone's favorite?
 
 
 
4. Downton Abbey
 
 
This is the only drama I have on my list, but it is soooooo good! The acting is excellent and the set is gorgeous! I know it's super popular right now, but it's popular for a reason! Please, do yourself a favor and start from the beginning. If for no other reason than Dame Maggie Smith as the Dowager.
 
 
 
Of course there are other shows that I love, but these are the ones that I make sure to watch every week. What about you, do you like any of these shows? What is your favorite show to watch?
 



Monday, January 14, 2013

101 in 1001

I've tossed around the idea of creating a 101 in 1001 list for a while now. I was wondering if it should be something I try to undertake seeing as how I'm not particularly known for my follow-through. But I think the combination of list-making, a far-off deadline, and the prospect of trying new things; makes it too irresistible to pass up.

I first got the idea from one of my favorite bloggers found here. I took inspiration from some of her goals and some of the goals found on other people's 101 lists and then some are completely off-the-wall and I take full credit for those. (Yes, I do want to go bird-watching, is there something wrong with that?)




Start date: January 1, 2013
Finish date: September 28, 2015
Goals complete: 0/101
Goals in progress: 3
Last updated: April 17, 2013

Items that are crossed out indicate completion
Items that are in italics are those that are in progress.

For the Mind:
1. Read 10 literary classics (1/10) [To Kill a Mockingbird, 1/13]
2. Attend a symphonic concert
3. Go an entire week without watching TV
4. Memorize a poem
5. Complete my degree
6. Attend a lecture
7. Learn to play a new instrument
8. Make a playlist of my favorite songs
9. Watch 5 classic black and white films that I've never watched before (0/5)


For the Body:
10. Practice Clean Eating for 2 weeks straight
11. Train for and run a 5K
12. Buy a new pair of boots
13. Do a pull-up
14. Drink only water for 14 days straight
15. Take an exercise dance class (preferably ballet)
16. Purchase a high-quality wardrobe staple
17. Find my signature scent
18. Buy a new pair of vision glasses (I'm really digging these)
19. Have a spa day
20. Practice yoga three times a week for three months (0/36)
21. Make my own body scrub


For the Spirit:
22. Attend an Easter sunrise service
23. Memorize a psalm or a prayer
24. Go on a missions trip
25. Celebrate the Lenten season
26. Write in a prayer journal for 40 days (0/40)
27. Write a letter to 3 people who have helped shape my spiritual life (0/3)
28. Do a Beth Moore study every year (1/3) [Revelation, Spring 2013]
29. Get up early enough to do a devotion before work every day for a week
30. Sing in The Messiah at Christmas
31. Attend Mass
32. Read a book by C.S. Lewis that I haven't already read


For the Adventurer in Me:
33. Visit 3 places that I've never been to before (0/3)
34. Try a new cuisine
35. Shoot at a gun range
36. Take a photography class
37. Have our wedding featured on Southern Weddings
38. Go camping
39. Obtain a passport
40. Pick my own fruit at a farm
41. Go on a picnic
42. Visit a National Park
43. Open an etsy store
44. Go zip-lining
45. Go see Mumford and Sons in concert
46. Go legit birdwatching (with binoculars and everything)
47. Take a train ride
48. Send my resume to a wedding coordinator
49. Tailgate at a football game
50. Stay at a bed and breakfast
51. Attend a Cirque du Soleil performance
52. Have a "staycation" (a vacation in our city)
53. Go skiing
54. Get a new banner for the blog


For the Home:
55. Create an art piece to display in our home
56. Plant a vegetable garden
57. Buy 3 coffee table books (0/3)
58. Sew curtains
59. Build something designed by Ana White
60. Make-over a piece of furniture
61. Wash all of the windows in the spring
62. Invest in a piece of art that Geoff and I both love
63. Complete an office/workroom
64. Make my own detergent
65. Build a bird house
66. Make a fresh flower arrangement for every season (0/4)
67. Paint the kitchen cabinets


In the Kitchen:
68. Learn how to make biscuits
69. Host a "grown-up" dinner party
70. Try 101 new recipes (3/101)
71. Make some kind of preserves
72. Bake my own bread
73. Bake a cake from scratch
74. Make a meal plan for 12 weeks (1/12)
75. Take a cooking class
76. Make a recipe book with all of my favorite recipes
77. Buy a cute apron (preferably from Anthropologie)


For the Future:
78. Make a baby quilt
79. Create a wedding album
80. Collect 5 of my favorite childhood books (0/5)
81. Have my wedding dress cleaned and preserved
82. Interview grandparents and record their memories
83. Make a wedding memory box
84. Pay off credit card debt
85. Work on making a new 101 in 1001 list
86. Subscribe to 5 magazines (2/5) [Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living]
87. Make a new friend


For Others:
88. Pack a shoebox every year for Operation Christmas Child (0/3)
89. Create a greeting card collection
90. Send a handwritten letter to 10 friends (0/10)
91. Pay for someone in the drive-thru line behind me
92. Make and take a meal to someone
93. Write 5 emails to report excellent service (0/5)
94. Help plan a wedding
95. Plan and execute 5 special dates with Geoff (0/5)
96. Make a handmade birthday present for each person in my immediate family (0/5)
97. See "the girls" every year (0/3)
98. Use only reusable bags at the grocery store for a month
99. Throw a wedding or baby shower
100. Mail a holiday card to someone different each month for a year (0/12)
101. Take a welcome gift to a new neighbor


Monday, January 7, 2013

New Beginnings



I love beginnings. They're so fresh! So full of promise and hope. Maybe that's why I like to begin projects rather than finish them. I also like the fact that you can start something new at any time, but starting something new at the beginning of a new year makes it that much more special (at least in my humble opinion).

That's why I am hoping to begin blogging. (Starting something at the start of a new year, maybe that means I'll stick with this better? Fingers crossed!) I wish I had been able to chronicle what a great year 2012 was for me. But I was a little busy, so I don't know how much "chronicle-ing" would have happened.
 
2012 was a great year. Actually, great doesn't seem an adequate enough word to describe how amazing the year of 2012 was, so let's break out the Thesaurus! 2012 was exceptional, fantastic, super-duper, and first-class!

In 2012, I:

~got engaged
~vacationed at the beach and the moutains
~saw my little sister graduate high school
~celebrated my 1-year anniversary at my job
~GOT MARRIED
~celebrated our very first married Christmas

With a year like that, you have to describe it as "super-duper"! So while leaving a wonderful year behind me, I look forward with anticipation to what 2013 will bring. I'm hoping that this blog will be a place where I can document the happenings that are to come!


 

 
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