Monday, January 30, 2012


It's been a couple of weeks ago at this point but things have been crazy busy and this is the first chance I've had to sit down at my computer for something non-work related, but our trip to Chicago for my cousin's wedding was great!  His wife coordinated everything so perfectly and had everything planned down to the smallest detail.  They did a love bird and love notes theme and everything was beautiful!
converse sneakers for dancing
With my brother--this is the best picture I got of the decor at the reception.

baseball groom's cake at rehearsal dinner
We also had lots of chances to brave the cold and explore the city.  It was freezing but probably the only time we'll see snow this year so we got out and explored as much as we could.

Northwestern--beautiful campus!
And of course we had to try some Chicago style pizza.  We may or may not have waited outside the door of a place for it to open in hopes of a greasy cure from riding the train backwards the night after the rehearsal dinner/after party at the hotel bar...

Speaking of fun the night of the rehearsal dinner, I was a major star-struck goober and snagged a picture with one of my cousin's friends who played Felton Norris in True Blood.  I'm a self proclaimed addict, it was bound to happen :-)

Aside from catching the stomach flu the night before we flew home (on top of having an extreme fear of being trapped sick on a plane) which led to me sobbing in the airport begging Dan not to make me get on the plane...which of course led to them pulling me out of security for being absolutely c-r-a-z-y we had an awesome weekend.  It was so great to leave work, school and planning for our own wedding behind for a few days and have fun with everyone celebrating!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My name is Anna and I'm a True Blood Addict

In general I'm a pretty big sissy when it comes to anything remotely scary--I'm talking nightmares from movies as tame as Pearl Harbor.  I also stayed far away from the Twilight craze, mainly because I was super obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer back in the day and the two just didn't line up.  I mean, since when do vampires sparkle in the sunlight?  They die when exposed to sunlight, duh.

After explaining my reservations to a friend of mine who was also all about Buffy she let me know True Blood followed the original vampire rules and urged me to try reading just one book.  I was hooked.  

After flying through all the available books (next one to be released May 2012!!) I gave the TV show a shot as well.  I have to say it's by far the goriest thing I've ever seen and yet somehow I'm not only able to watch it I can't stop watching.  As I'm nearing the end of the most recent season and approaching not having any new books or shows to feed my addiction until the book in May and Season 5 this summer I'm not even able to slow down and try to drag them out a little.  Maybe it has something to do with finally getting to the Sookie/Eric hookup.  

I know in real life she's married to Bill and I know it's supposed to be all Sookie and Bill drama but I'm so team Eric.  Kind of reminds me of another not-so-cheered for couple...

And one more...

Do we see a theme here? I believe so.  

Monday, January 9, 2012


I saw this story over on Southern in Love and it's so cute I had to share...

Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband.. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.

Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny.
He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value. A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see.. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this? 'Look at it,' he said. 'Read what it says.' She read the words ' United States of America ..' 'No, not that; read further.'
'One cent?' 'No, keep reading.'
'In God we Trust?' 'Yes!' 'And... ?'

He explained, 'And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him. Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as my response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful! '

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, 'In God We Trust,' and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Resolution Time

Happy New Year everyone!  We rang in the New Year in a very low-key way-home watching TV, nursing a cold and making some yummy food.  I'm not usually one to make resolutions but with 2012 being such a big year decided to give it a go this time around.  First and foremost Dan and I have made a joint resolution to celebrate every holiday this year, big or small.  We get so busy that we let things like Valentine's Day, Halloween, etc slip by unnoticed but this year we're going to make an effort to fit some more enjoyable things in our busy schedule.

I'm also making the typical be healthy resolution that everyone makes.  Dan got me personal training sessions for Christmas (don't worry, I asked for them so it's not insulting haha) and I think that will do wonders for keeping me motivated once the excitement of a new year wears off.  I'm meeting with him once per week for the next 12 weeks.  I'm also going to try to go to the gym at least 5 days a week, doing at least 40 minutes of cardio each day and try some classes out.  Eating at home more often will be a must as well.

Finally, I'm going to be a much better blogger!  So much passed by this year without me writing about it and the whole point was supposed to be to document things to be able to look back on last year.  I hope to do much better now, so send me encouragement if you see I'm failing at this!

I hope everyone gets a happy and productive start to the year.  I have one final day off tomorrow before fulling getting back into gear when work starts back on Tuesday, so I hope I can shake this cold before then to hit the ground running!
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