I was inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, and thought that maybe it would be a nice addition to our bedroom. See what a great job they did!Since I was just curious to see how it would turn out, I wasn't as precise as I definitely should have been. I'm decidedly not a perfectionist and at the end of the project, I just sort of nailed holes in the wall and hoped for the best. With that in consideration, I think that the collage turned out pretty well. However, I realize that it is most definitely lopsided. I also realized that I probably picked the wrong place to hang the pictures up, but I didn't realize this until after I had nine holes in the wall. Oh, well! Despite the glaring imperfections, it's really nice to have a few wedding photos up to remind us about our day.
I stopped by Pier 1 and noticed these gold polka dot cups. I think that they are so cute and would be really fun for a dinner party. Since I don't have dinner parties I had no reason to get them and they stayed at the store. I'm also too cheap to spend four dollars on a glass when I have plenty at home. And when I say "I'm too cheap" I mean my husband is, and would not be happy. But I have to point out that these little cups look very close to Kate Spade's newest "Ticker Tape" line. I guess even Kate Spade doesn't have the monopoly over polka dots! What do you think of polka dots? Do you love them or just wish they'd go away?
As usual, my trip to Target meant groceries and then some. I picked up a Yankee Candle Pumpkin Cream Pie marked down for four dollars and it smells really good. Even through my stuffy nose, it's making our apartment smell delicious. I also picked up Lipton's Blackberry and Pomegranate tea, which is a nice change from the mango flavor I always get (and love). Both made our bedroom seem even cozier! I hope everyone's Monday is off to a good start!
The next step that makes a tremendous difference for some bridesmaids is cost, especially if the attendants are in college/just graduated. In the first wedding I was in, the bride found dresses on sale that fit her color requirements (yellow). The dress itself wasn't fabulous, but it was only 35 dollars and whatever dress she chose in yellow wouldn't look so great on me. The wedding that I'm going to be in this July, the bride chose J.Crew dresses on sale for 36 dollars and is buying them for each of her girls as part of her gift to us. And aren't they cute? I did the same thing for her when I was the bride and she was the bridesmaid, and it's so nice to have the same consideration paid to me.
*Image taken by my wedding photographer, Celeste Ainsworth, dress from J.Crew.com
I know just looking at a few images make me feel calm!
And maybe I'll have an office like this someday!
All images from House Beautiful
As my wife may have mentioned, we have been trying our hands at cooking for the past few weeks. She has been attempting to cook Vegetarian Pad Thai which has usually ended in disaster. I think she’s tried on three occasions to cook this meal and all three have ended in barely edible noodle dishes that scarcely resemble Pad Thai. By contrast, my foray into cooking has been a resounding success. My dish of choice is the French donut called a beignet!
This past Sunday, my wife and I thought it would be a good couple’s activity to fry a few beignets. Neither my wife nor I had ever attempted to fry anything. Given that this was our first attempt at frying, both of us were very concerned that we would either set the townhouse on fire or burn ourselves. As a result, we decided not to turn the oil up to a very high temperature. The result was that our beignets ended up being quite a bit flatter than we had hoped. Instead of being light and puffy, the beignets ended up being very similar to a piece of fried dough. Moreover, I put WAY too much flour in the beignets which made the “beignets” taste more like flour than a donut.
Undeterred, this past Tuesday I made my second batch of beignets. Unlike the first attempt, I decided to be brave and turn the oil up to a reasonable temperature and put a bit less flour on the cutting board. The second attempt was a triumph! My donuts actually puffed up and tasted like beignets! Both my wife and I enjoyed our powdery fried treat that didn’t taste at all like flour. While neither my wife nor I are the next Rachel Ray, I was happy that I was the first person to make an edible meal.
(For those of you unfamiliar with the delightful treat, this is a beignet.)
In addition to French donuts, I have been quite intrigued with the donut known as a spudnut. A spudnut is essentially a donut that is made out of potato dough instead of regular dough. About a year ago I watched a Travel Channel show about donuts and became aware that there were a few chains that made donuts out of potato dough. At the time I didn’t think anything of it, but later it came to my attention that there was a Spudnuts located nearby (Spudnuts chains appear to be popular on the West Coast but quite rare on the East Coast).
After learning of the nearby Spudnuts, it has been my goal to try one of these elusive donuts. On two occasions over the past month I have stopped by the Spudnuts location, which is about thirty minutes from our house, but on both trips the donut shop has been closed. Thus, it became my objective to make a trip to Spudnuts and try the potato donut. For the past week, I have told my wife that I was going to stop by Spudnuts in the morning and pick up a donut, but each time I have slept too late or felt too lazy to make the 30 minute drive to Spudnuts (Classes have not started for law school, and thus, I have no excuse for sleeping too late). Hopefully, I’ll make this trip within the next week or two and will be able to update you all on my adventures.
If you have any thoughts about easy recipes for my wife or I, please let us know. Also, if you have tried a Spudnut, let me know if it’s worth the trip!
First up, seven things about me:
1. I'm a teacher and I love my job (despite its challenges)!
2. I hate exercise, but am trying to make it through Jillian Michael's 30 day Shred
3. I love to read, and am currently reading Cry, the Beloved Country
4. I love anything with polka dots on it. Especially pink polka dots.
5. I have a weird obsession with home decorating/design, considering I don't own a house.
6. I'm slightly obsessed with weddings, even now that mine is over. I still sometimes check out wedding blogs.
7. I'm from Virginia and I'd be quite happy if I never left the state.
And now, the fun part! I give this award to a few of my favorite new blogs:
Luv Red and White
Northern Girl with a Southern Heart
Positively Preppy in Pink
Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage!
Just another day in our midwest paradise
A Smile on Fire
Mindless Musings on my Average Life
If you get a chance, you should check out some of those blogs! They are all wonderful, fun, stylish reads.
*Image from our wedding photographer, Celeste Ainsworth
Have any of you read Lunch in Paris? It got really good reviews, so I think I might have to put it on my list! Either way, I can't wait to give it to her and celebrate her birthday.
One of the items I've wanted for awhile is a jacket to wear to school, because I really think that a jacket lends a bit of polish. I wandered over to Talbots and ended picking up this one in pink. I hesitated to purchase it, since it was final sale. All in all, I can't wait to wear it with a dark pink top and brown pants. I think it will be great because the fit is very comfortablel, and in fact, is probably a little too big. I've had jackets too tight, and then they end up not being very flattering. Have any of you been able to do a little sale shopping?
The lack of respect that some students show towards current teachers has caused me to develop a strong dislike of my wife’s students. While my view of the students is almost certainly unfair given that I most likely only hear the worst stories, I feel this way nonetheless.
A while back I read a story about how a teacher who had taught for over twenty years had a meltdown and began flipping desks. After reading this story, I felt terrible for the teacher who obviously had been pushed over the edge by a group of unruly students. In fact, most reader comments about the story sided with the teacher. I’m not sure if current high schoolers are more disrespectful or if the school systems simply don’t punish trouble students, but this seems to be a moderately significant problem in today’s schools.
Given that I am a bit disconnected from today’s public schools, any thoughts or comments would be appreciated!
Anyways, when I arrived to school after Winter Break, there was a mass email announcing that we had run out of paper! The timing (right before final exams and the major state tests) was less than ideal. And really, that's kind of the last thing you want to deal with after a break. Ultimately we were able to scrounge up a bit of paper later on, but incidents like these always make me thankful for the modern technology that my students don't usually have to write everything by hand.
First, I've begun tagging posts. This means that if you want to read only about my wedding posts, you can just click on the wedding label at the bottom of the post. Second, I will be posting a weekly Wednesday wedding post. Even though my own wedding is over, I think that weddings are fun and a bit of escape sometimes. Most of my wedding posts will probably focus on the projects that a good maid of honor should help out with, so there will be lots about the parties that I'll be hosting! Finally, I have coerced my new husband into making a weekly guest post on Fridays (because he thinks it'd be fun, for some odd reason). His posts will likely relate to law school, sports, his point of view about our newlywed life, or whatever else strikes his fancy. With these posts, I hope to post a little bit more regularly too. So, if you've found my blog, do you have any thoughts for how I could improve? I'd love for you to leave a comment!