Seattle Fabulousness!

Last week, J and I traveled to Seattle for a dear friend’s wedding.  Neither J nor I had ever been to the Pacific Northwest, so it was new for both of us, which was nice.  As is typical with our travel, the trip started off with a bang…

We flew out of Indiana, and our connection was in Chicago.  We normally connect through Chicago because we usually fly with United (all of J’s trips to Japan really helps us build up airline frequent flyer miles).  The first flight was easy, no trouble at all.  We had a brief layover in Chicago…enough time to grab a quick bite and get moving…and then we boarded our plane for the next, longer leg of the trip (ORD to SEA-TAC).  And we sat.  And sat.  And sat some more.  Finally, the captain of the plane came over the loud-speaker and informed us all that there was a “security incident” that was being handled, but that we weren’t able to take off just yet until all the questions had been resolved.  Which…ok…I already have a small amount of flight anxiety (it used to be MUCH worse, but I’ve learned a lot of tricks to handle it), and then you start talking about “security incidents” and “multiple-agency involvement” and I start to get a little concerned.  Then they remove a gentleman from the plane, and all his luggage.  Again…slightly concerning, but not too bad.  Then…they start checking his seat!  Umm…check please…I’m done.  At this point, we’d been sitting on the tarmac for nearly two hours while they were sorting out the issue.  The captain came back on over the speakers and informed us that they were nearly finished, and that, if any of the passengers wanted, they were free to leave the plane and take a later flight.  I was tempted, I won’t lie…but we stuck around.  At about 2 hours past when we were supposed to take off, we were on our way to Seattle, finally.  The flight itself was remarkably quick and smooth, so it was a nice change from the crazy that happened prior to take-off.

Once we got to Seattle, it was a mixture of a small amount of sight-seeing and a lot of wedding, which was absolutely fabulous.  I got to spend several days with my best girl, and get to see a new city!  Overall, it was a blast, and good lord did I eat!  Seriously, every restaurant we visited was better than the last, and I definitely got my fill of fish!  We spent one morning at Pike’s Place Market, an afternoon driving around Mt. Rainier, and an afternoon checking out the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum.  Also, J and I traveled to the lodge the day prior to checking in to our room, to get a couple’s massage and see the area.  The Lodge and Spa was gorgeous, and the massage was WELL needed.  Blissful!

Saturday was wedding festivities.  R and I had our hair done, then we raced off to Nordstrom to pick up undergarments for her dress (she had accidentally forgot them in Ohio).  After that, all her family, J and I, and our friends (many of the guests knew each other prior and were all friends) met up for a delicious lunch.  I had prawn and lobster macaroni and cheese, and it was delicious!  Once finished, we went back to the Lodge to get ready and prep for the big moment!  Make-up, photos, and getting into the dress all happened, and then we were on our way.

The wedding was gorgeous.  Simple and classic (totally R’s style), and nothing short of perfect.  It was a small wedding, and incorporated parts of her Jewish faith and his Slovenian heritage, and it was perfect for them.  After the ceremony (complete with the glass breaking), there were some more photos taken, and then it was time for dinner!  And oh lordy, was it a dinner to remember.  Seven courses, all more amazing than the last.  Mother of the Bride managed to snag me the recipe for the white truffle cauliflower soup, so I can’t wait to make that!  Plus, the wedding cake was stunning (and delicious to boot!).

Overall, the trip was fantastic.  We had a good mixture of fun and friend time, and getting wedding stuff accomplished, and getting to spend time with R and other friends was worth it a million times over!  I’ll  do a more in-depth travel review of the lodge and restaurants on my other site, and I’ll be sure to throw in some photos when I get them back from J’s camera.  But, for now, here’s one of J and I from the wedding!

J and I

Much love,

Six Years! Happy Anniversary, J!

Six years ago, at this time, I was sitting with my girls at the hotel, munching on goodies and drinking champagne before leaving for our hair appointments, and blissfully happy.  Everyone said that the day of our wedding would fly by, and looking back, they definitely weren’t lying.  I wasn’t nervous, but I was excited.  Excited to get the day underway, excited to leave for Hawaii the next day and enjoy 10 days of glorious relaxation, and excited for kicking off our married life together!

Our wedding wasn’t without hiccups.  The groomsmen were drunk before the ceremony even started, my father-in-law has a bad back and had downed one too many pain meds to keep his pain at bay, and my photographer was (unbeknownst to me) in the midst of a very messy divorce, and would later skip town, my wedding photographs in hand, never to be seen again.  But, six years later, none of that matters now.  This morning, I woke up next to the love of my life, and was (again) blissfully happy!  He has stood by my side (as I have stood by his) over the past eight years:  we’ve lived on 3 different continents, made job changes and weathered school graduations, opened our hearts to three adorable cats, and generally loved each other a lot over these past eight years.  It’s been a wild ride, but incredibly worth it, and I can’t think of a better man who I want to stand next to for the rest of my days.

J – I love you.  You are truly the peanut butter to my jelly, and I can’t imagine my life without you.  Here’s to many, many more years together, and to the adventure of a lifetime.

anniversary pic

Much love,

On why my housewifery skills need work.

Normally, I am on top of things.  Ok…let’s be honest…SOMETIMES I am on top of things.  But lately?  Lately, I have sucked.  The house hasn’t been getting clean, the laundry is piling up, and I can’t remember the last time I cooked a proper meal.  Work has been rough, but that’s no excuse.  In reality, I’ve been lazy.  I’ve let things slip and it’s become harder to get going.

But…I’m trying to turn over a new leaf.  This past weekend, I deep cleaned the entire house (including the basement…woohoo!), and managed to get all the laundry finished.  I would like to eat the majority of our meals at home this week…and I’ve even managed to eat both breakfast and lunch from home today (this is actually a big deal for me…don’t judge).  Dinner tonight is being cooked by J, so that’ll be nice.  I’ve been trying to work out ways to be more organized at home, and I’ve broken up the house into “zones” in order to focus my cleaning.  I figure, a little bit each day is far better than hours spent on the weekend, so I’m going to work on that.

Then, this weekend, is our anniversary dinner!  On Friday, J and I will have been married for six years.  I have planned a dinner for us at Fogo de Chao on Saturday.  As many of you know, I am primarily vegetarian, but every now and then I’ll eat meat.  I’d say 97% of the time I eat a vegetarian diet, and even when I eat meat, it’s sparingly.  However, J has been wanting to go to this restaurant for ages, and I’d like to try it out too, so I figure…what the hell…let’s do it!

After that, next week we leave for Seattle for vacation!  I am so excited to see a new city and spend time with R and her fiancé, S.  We’re also going to meet up with some friends that moved out to Seattle from our little slice of Midwest heaven, whom we haven’t seen in nearly five years.  It’ll be great!  Plus…a wedding being held at a spa…can anyone say massage??  Super excited there!

So, that’s about it.  Life continues to be busy, and I’m struggling to play “catch-up”, but I’ll get there eventually.  I think, overall, I just need a break.  Hopefully after our vacation, I’ll come back rejuvenated and ready to tackle the house again (including the massive bathroom remodel).  For the most part, I’m just holding out until next week!

Much love,

I’m calling it. Updated!

As of today, I am calling it.  After nearly 11 long months of weight loss (I started my first tracked “highest weight” on June 27, 2013), I have FINALLY hit my goal weight!  As of today, I weighed in at 140 pounds, which is a weight I never anticipated being able to reach again.  To put it into perspective, I haven’t been this weight since my first year of law school, which was NINE years ago!  Realistically, I know that my journey isn’t over, it’s only begun…and now the hard work of keeping the weight off has started.  But, I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am and how thrilled I am with the results of several months of hard work.  I honestly feel like I haven’t dieted, but have truly made a life change, and I’m excited to move forward from here!

So, to break it down:


Starting Weight – 192.7
Ending weight – 140.4

Total weight lost – 52.3 pounds!!!

I have a photo that I took showing a “before,” and tomorrow I’ll take an “after” shot.  I ran out of time this morning while I was racing to get ready to go to work.  For now, here is one that shows my progress as of a few days ago.  Thoughts?

before and after





As promised, here is a photo of the before/after shot.  The “before” photo was taken as I was shopping for a bathing suit prior to our trip to Hawaii last year (5th year anniversary trip), and the “after” was taken this morning…24 hours after hitting my goal weight.



Much love,