Wedding Extravaganza: A New Year's Day Wedding

My brother is getting married on New Year's day! I have to say that I'm pretty excited; our family loves his fiancee and couldn't be happier about this new addition. This weekend will be filled with helping with the set up and logistics of their wedding day, but it's certainly an eventful way to spend New Years. This celebration also reminds me of my biggest blessing in 2010; my own marriage to my kind husband.

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Day, as our family celebrates one more new beginning!

*Image from Martha Stewart

Matron of Honor to Be: Bridal Shower Invitations!

As some of you may know, one of my good friend's from college asked me to be the matron of honor at her wedding which will take place this summer. Given my love of shopping and with the Christmas fesivities over, I decided to take advantage of my day off to browse a few stores. While I didn't end up buying too much, my trip to TJ Maxx proved quite eventful. At TJ Maxx I spent a few minutes browsing and I found the perfect invitations for my friend's shower that I'll be throwing this summer. While it is very early, I couldn't resist buying these. Yellow is a really pretty color, but it isn't very popular in invitation colors.

She's chosen yellow and navy blue as her color scheme, so I think the invites will look great and all I have to do is print the wording in navy blue. I love the yellow polka dot lining on the envelope. Since the invites are technically wedding invites, the set also comes with reply cards. I'm thinking of using the reply cards (which have a yellow polka dot border!) for recipe cards or a door prize activity for the guests.

Married Life: Our First Married Christmas!

Our first married Christmas is actually a lot different than I thought it would be; it's my first Christmas with my husband and my first Christmas away from my family (because of a bad cold that is circulating through my parents). Fortunately, my sister was still in town (she lives where my husband's parents live), so I got to spend Christmas with the two people who really make my Christmas. I do miss my parents, brother, grandma and home, but it's interesting to see how my husband spends his Christmas. The presents have been unwrapped, I've successfully made two pumpkin pies, and dinner is cooking. So, merry Christmas to you, and all the best wishes in 2011!

Married Life: Christmas with the In-laws

Now that break has officially begun, the husband and I are set to leave in a few hours for his parents, and then we'll celebrate Christmas with my family. Because my mom came down with a bad cold a few days ago that seems to be moving through the rest of the household, we switched our plans at the last minute. We're trying to stay/get well, because my brother is getting married on New Year's Day! So this will be a pretty busy Christmas season for our family. I'm so excited to be spending my first Christmas with my husband, and since my sister goes to school where my husband's parents' live, I'll get to spend Christmas day with her too. So just a little cleaning and packing, and we will be hitting the road!

Literary Christmas Activities

It's the last day of school before break, and it's pretty much like holding wild horses back! Since we're ahead of schedule and studying "Romeo and Juliet", I'm teaching my students about Elizabethian England Christmas traditions, which is actually kind of neat. Did you know that one of the activities they had during Christmas time involved lighting brandy on fire and then picking out raisins and eating them? People would bet on how many raisins a person could get. So today, I'm regaling my students with those stories in an attempt to hold their interest.

When trying to think of activities for today, I realized there are so many wonderful pieces of literature related to Christmas time, besides the Christmas Story. For instance, "The Night Before Christmas," "A Christmas Carol," "Twelfth Night," Milton's "On Christ's Nativity", "The Gift of the Magi" and one I just recently read with my class "A Christmas Memory" by Capote. I've been reading a few of these with my students, and they really get me in the Christmas spirit. I hope that everyone's breaks are starting soon and that you get a chance to rejoice in the season!

*Image from Real Simple

Christmas Outfits

Christmas Outfits
Christmas Outfits by lwyat1oz featuring cashmere tops

Today is a lazy day, so I thought I'd get a head start on throwing a few outfits in my bag for the Christmas holidays. I know they're nice and simple, but I love the Christmas colors. I don't own a lot of red and green, so I supplemented the colors with some neutrals.

What I saw on my trip to Anthropologie

For some reason, I really enjoy walking around Anthropologie every once in awhile. When my friend came up this weekend, we stopped there on a whim. I know everyone has talked about the new cloth bound Penguin books, but one of the children's books really caught my eye. If I were close to a 12 year old girl, I don't think I could resist buying this. I loved Anne of Green Gables as a child, and still have all my L.M. Montgomery books stashed at home. I spent so much time reading these stories, and I just love the charming new cover. If it ever goes on sale, I think I won't be able to resist. They also have beautifully bound copies of Little Women, A Christmas Carol, and Emma. My friend and I walked away, since we're both trying to be good about spending...but it was hard.
I ended picking up a candle for seven dollars for part of a friend's birthday gift in January, but otherwise, my friend and I left Anthropologie unscathed. Although, I was tempted by these little alphabet ornaments. I think they are really cute to put on top of present's, and personalize the gift a little bit more. Fortunately for me, the initials I wanted were sold out, so I didn't fall completely off the bandwagon.

*All images from Anthropologie's Website

Wrapping up the week!

The snow on Thursday was enough to get out of school today, so that meant a nice long weekend for me! My husband finished exams and papers yesterday, after pulling an all nighter, so today has been a quiet day. I think I'm finished buying (and even more importantly, wrapping) Christmas presents for everyone, Christmas cards have been mailed, and I've cleaned the house up a bit. I feel that this year Christmas presents will be a little more low key; we're so blessed to have everything we need (and plenty more).

Tomorrow, two of our friends are going to come visit, and we'll celebrate Christmas with them. Then, I have just three days of school, and it'll be time to celebrate Christmas with our families.

Crafts I've tried and failed

I have a love hate relationship with crafts. The love bit is that I really like the idea of making something beautiful and meaningful for someone you care about. The hate part is that I'm horrible at them and I feel at the end they just waste money and your time.
On today's snow day, I was going to attempt to make peppermint bark. I was inspired by this blog post from the Preppy Wedding. It's really easy, so I figured, why not? I went to the store, bought the ingredients, got home and realized I'd purchased fruit flavored candy canes. How in the world does one manage to buy that flavor in a sea of mint? I found a way, that's for sure.
Anyways, it's snowing pretty hard, and I don't think my beetle really can make another trip. So that gives me time to think about all of the crafts I've failed at...and then I'm going to clean the apartment. In no particular order, I have tried and failed at the following:
1. Knitting (I can make a scarf, but that's it, and it definitely looks homemade)
2. Cross-stitch and needlepoint (I didn't get very far at needlepoint. Cross-stitch I can do, but again, what I make no one in their right mind would want)
3. Scrapbooking (I'm not necessarily bad at scrapbooking, but with Shutterfly's existence, why bother?)
4. Glass etching. This is my latest endeavor, and it most definitely crashed and burned. I cheaped out and bought the wrong stencils, and you definitely need to be precise with the etching cream.
I'm also bad at decorating (although I love looking at home decorating magazines) and don't really cook. I'm decidedly not a domestic diva. Despite all these disappointments, I still find myself browsing Martha Stewart's webpage today. At least you can say that my failures certainly aren't for lack of trying. So, maybe I'll get around to making that peppermint bark after all!

*Image from

Wishes for ending this year well!

It's the end of the semester for my husband, so it means lots of exams and a paper. He's been working hard these past few days, so I want to wish him luck on his last few.

My students are also wrapping up the semester. Our high school is on a semester schedule, so I will be getting new students in a few weeks. The change can sometimes make things more intense, but it's also really nice. Even though others' lives aren't dominated by a semester schedule, I always feel like we get a new start with the new year.

In other news, the weather has been freezing! My diesel bug hasn't been very happy about the weather, and a little light has popped on. It showed up last week when it was cold too, and I'm hoping it will go away and warm up. The cold makes me so lazy. When I get home, I just want to curl up under a blanket and not do anything. I'm hoping that this afternoon I'll have enough warmth to tidy our apartment up, and maybe run by the grocery store to pick up bread and milk.

Their stockings were hung...

This weekend, my husband was busy studying for his exams, so I spent Saturday running a few errands and cleaning the house a bit. We've been gone quite a few weekends in a row, and it was great to have time to clean the kitchen floor! On Sunday, I went to my parent's for my brother's fiancee's bridal shower, and it was a good time. I was happy to see my parents. I also got to bring back some warm winter sweaters and our Christmas stockings that I'd had in storage.By the way, I know there is a bit of clutter on the mantle. I kept the same things on the mantle that I usually do, and the husband pointed out that it seemed a bit cluttery. I'll admit that we have quite a hodge podge of belongings, so he does have a point. Regardless, seeing the stockings hung up on our mantle makes me so happy. I bought them last year on sale and have been looking forward to using them; they make our first Christmas seem real! What Christmas rituals make you feel that the season is really upon us?

Christmas Presents for...the elegant grandmother

The boy's grandmother is a lovely lady who travels a bit and likes nice things (oh, don't we all!). She's pretty low-key, but I thought that it would be nice to send her a little something to show that we are thinking of her.
In my opinion, Talbots is usually a pretty good place to go for traditional and beautiful things. However, Talbots has been getting a bit trendier lately. So much so, that a trip to Talbots resulted in the buying of some chandelier earrings for a friend and I was sorely tempted to buy another pair of earrings for myself. Nonetheless, I ended up finding some silver hoops for my husband's grandmother. They're a bit more bling than she usually wears, but maybe some extra sparkle is good for the holidays. Regardless, she has a gift receipt and can return them if I missed the mark completely.I also found this little jewelry roll at TJ Maxx, which I really like. I think it'd be perfect for her travels and also seems refined like her. So with those purchases, my husband's grandmother's present is off in the mail!

Christmas Presents for the Christmas Angel!

Our school SCA tries really hard to do a few things to reach out to the community during Christmas time, namely a food drive and the Christmas mother. This year, my husband and I had the pleasure of buying gifts for a ten year old girl. Sadly, I always choose a girl, because I know it will be easier to buy for.

There is nothing more fun than shopping for a ten year old girl!We found a pretty warm jacket from Old Navy and gloves. I also picked up some lip smackers (I remember those being a hot commodity), stickers and fun school supplies, a little pink Christmas tree, hot cocoa mugs, hot cocoa, and a teddy bear. I also found some of the ever popular shape bracelets, some clothes, and a little fleece pullover. What gifts do you remember loving when you were ten?

*Image from Old Navy

Christmas Cards are in the mail!

On Monday I received my Shutterfly Christmas cards and I was extremely pleased with the product! I was expecting the card to be more of a photo, but I was pleased that they were actual cards on cardstock.

Despite my headache, I began addressing cards and getting ready to send them out. I'm pleased that I've finished them up and they are in the mail! Even though Christmas cards are a little extra work, and a lot of people don't bother sending them, I really love sending letters. I think there is nothing better than getting a little note from a loved one, and I was so happy to be able to send out such beautiful cards from our wedding day.


Lately, I've just been really grateful. My students have been pretty crazy, and it makes me so happy to just come home to my caring husband, vent to my sister, and have a place to sleep at night and rest.

I mentioned that my sister and I finally got around to watching "Sex and the City 2." Besides lacking a legitimate plot and having some cultural insensitivities, the thing that really got me was the complete lack of gratefulness on the part of Carrie. She throws a fit when Mr. Big arrives home with takeout and is too tired to go out. I guess I just sympathize too much with being exhausted at the end of the day, but if I were her, I would be so excited about delicious food that I didn't have to make. Sometimes, it's just the simplest caring acts that make such a difference. I'm always amazed how just a change in my tone or a smile can change a student's reaction. I guess it's just a matter of perspective, but as we approach Christmas time, I realize just how blessed I am (even when I'm stressed)!

Christmas Presents for...the boy's favorite aunt!

Preparations for Christmas are heating up a bit; I only have a few more things to pick up and wrap. True, I'm not wrapping up for a huge family or little kids, but it's amazing how just buying a few gifts for a few people takes a decent amount of time! I love buying gifts for people, so I know that I also make things a bigger deal than they have to be.

I was very excited to arrive home yesterday, because my Shutterfly cards that I ordered arrived, along with this cosmetics case and the personalized ornament that I ordered for a friend!

With that said, this is what I came up with for my husband's aunt. She's a really lovely person, so I wanted to make sure that she got something especially nice. I ended up buying this monogrammed cosmetics bag from Pottery Barn, and filling it up with black raspberry vanilla lotion and shower gel. I was pleasantly suprised that the bag was so big. It easily fit the lotion, gel and candle. Sometimes I feel that lotions are very generic, but at the same time, I think that they are a little indulgence. I topped the gift off with a nice candle, and am looking forward to packing it up with the other gifts for my new extended family. Are there any gifts that you've given a favorite aunt that they've especially liked? I'm still trying to figure out a nice gift for my husband's grandma.

Weekend Recap: A Snowy Saturday!

This weekend, my husband and I ventured to western Virginia, so my husband could drive down to a Tech game with his dad and I could visit my sister. Fortunately, we had an easy drive both ways, and VA Tech won! I could care less who wins, but their victory means that Christmas travel will be a bit easier and is finally all worked out!

Saturday, my sister and I ran some errands and I ended up getting some really delicious smelling candles and earrings for gifts. We also ran over to Michael's, and got materials to make her a wreath and some small ornaments to put in vases as decor. Since it was starting to snow rather heavily, we headed back home and spent our evening watching "Sex and the City 2" and "Eat, Pray, Love." I wish I could say that the movies were good, but "Sex and the City 2" was pretty abysmal, and I felt that "Eat, Pray, Love" was kind of annoying too. Nonetheless, it was fun to just hang out and enjoy being inside as the snow came down.

Sunday was a pretty lazy day. My husband and I drove back home and I ran my errands for the week and got all of my grading done. The boy watched a basketball game, and I wrapped up some more of our Christmas presents.

Amazingly enough, our Shutterfly albums all arrived (they turned out really great), so I was able to get some of our parent's gifts all finished. I'm still waiting on our Shutterfly Christmas cards, so I figured it'd be wise not to procrastinate on the wrapping. I hope everyone had a great weekend, as we are in the midst of the holiday season!

Our humble Christmas decor

A lot of other bloggers have displayed their decorations for Christmas on their blog, and I thought that I would jump on the bandwagon. My husband and I have definitely stepped it up a little bit, compared to what our decor was in our single apartments. For some reason, it's really special to be celebrating our first Christmas together.

Obviously, the main event of our Christmas decor is our tree. Our apartment is already filled to the brim with furniture and the joining of all of our things, so finding a place for the Christmas tree was a bit tough. We moved a few things around though, and the tree is now situated in our living room, right next to the tv (where we both spend a fair amount of time). My ornaments that I usually use are still at my parents' house (so I'm missing a topper), but at least we have a tree with lights and a few decorations! I know our tree is a little sad; however, it's kind of just exciting to have one!

My husband's mom gave us a lovely keepsake ornament for our engagement last year, and I can't wait for us to go pick out an ornament together this year. As you can see, we have a few presents under the tree already. I've done quite a bit of buying and wrapping already, but I left a few bags of gifts at my parents' over Thanksgiving. My husbands' mom loves peace signs, so a few of her gifts are bedecked with peace sign ornaments.

In our bedroom, I put out a little tinsel Christmas tree that I got at Pier 1 a few years ago. It's a little tacky, but I love the silver and blues. I'm pretty sure my husband isn't terribly amused by it; fortunately, he tolerates my lack of taste.

The only other touches of festivity are ornaments in vases. I have them perched in whatever horizontal spaces I can find in our apartment; right now that's the top of the fridge. Even though our place is small, it's nice to take out our decorations and make our apartment a little more special this time of year. We still have a little bit more decorating to do (our stockings need to be hung!), but it's starting to look like Christmas around here.

Shutterfly Christmas Cards!

It's hard to believe that it is Wednesday (although I can't wait until Friday). Thanksgiving Break was wonderful; it was really nice to have some time off from my students. I was really lucky because our photographer gave us the cd and prints from our wedding, so I spent a lot of time working on photo books at Shutterfly and picking out our Christmas card. Both sets of our parents are getting albums for Christmas, so designing the different ones took awhile. I also had a hard time choosing a Christmas card design. I ended up choosing this design, which I really like. If I'd had my way, I would have picked polka dots, but my husband really hated how girly it was. Either way, I can't wait until our photo books and cards arrive!

On Sunday, my husband surprised me by setting up our tree, and we've already started to decorate our apartment a little. As soon as I find my camera, I'll take a few pictures of the Christmas festivities.

Christmas Presents for the newly engaged

As I've mentioned, one of my good friends just got engaged. So, I want to make sure that her Christmas gifts reflect the excitement of the occassion.

First up, I'm purchasing her a subscription to Bride's magazine. I think magazines are a great gift; it's kind of exciting to get something new in the mail each month. She also loves magazines too, so I think she will enjoy the gift.

I'm also going to buy her an ornament with her name and her fiance's name engraved, along with the engagement date. My mother-in-law bought my husband and I an ornament with our names and engagement date on it last year, and we both really liked it (and can't wait to hang it up on our tree!). Things Remembered has some nice ornaments, but you can also buy some cute ones online. Either way, I think she will like her wedding themed Christmas gifts! Have any of you newlyweds received something really lovely right after you got engaged?

Christmas Gifts for the college roommate who likes to entertain

For my friend who loved to have our friends over to our room to hang out, I bought her a few supplies to continue her entertaining in style for Christmas this year. She just recently moved to Michigan, so I thought she might want thoughts of warmer weather this winter. Hence, the Sex on the Beach Demeter spray. I also picked up a cute shaker with her initial on it at Target. And then to complete the gift, I bought her a book on cocktails. It's always fun to try new recipes, even though a cocktail book isn't something that you'd necessarily pick up on your own. I love the shaker at Target; it was the impetus to start the theme, and was very reasonably priced at 15 dollars. The cocktail book was also relatively inexpensive, because I was able to get it on clearance at TJ Maxx. So all in all, she has a themed gift that fits her perfectly, and also doesn't destroy my budget!

Potential Favor's for my brother's wedding

As I've mentioned before, my brother will be getting married on New Year's! Our family is obviously very excited, but we're trying not to get too involved. My brother's fiance is pretty young and finishing up school, and my brother is really busy with work and fixing up his *new* house! As a result, our help is welcome. Since I just went through the wedding process a few months ago, I'm really hoping that some of the things I spent so much time thinking about will be useful for someone else.

So when my lovely sister came to visit me last weekend, we spent a hot Saturday night tying ribbons around bubbles and working on favors. My sister is a saint with this wedding stuff, btw. With all these weddings, I don't know how my sister doesn't keep from hurting these crazy brides. Sometimes enough with the ribbon and tulle, right?!

Anyways, my brother said that he and his fiancee were stumped about favors and too overwhelmed right now to even figure it out. They knew they wanted to have them, but weren't exactly sure what to have. The boy and I did a simple box of candy with ribbon and a label, but with our weddings so close together, it'd be nice to do something at least a little different. Because they're having a winter wedding, I found some brides who did cute hot cocoa favors. I made up a prototype of a potential favor for them, which I will show them over Thanksgiving break. Hopefully, we will be able to work on the programs and such when we're all together.

A new week and some exciting news!

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start! I had a great weekend. My sister came up to visit me, and we did a little early Christmas shopping and just enjoyed hanging out. I was so happy to see my sister. We're about 2 and a half hours apart, and it's really awesome to visit with her. We got a few good things. I bought her a cardigan at Banana Republic (which I will give her for Christmas), taking advantage of the "Give and Get" program. I attempted to buy some things for my husband, but he didn't seem interested in anything I picked out. Fortunately for our finances, he is very frugal.

On Sunday, my husband and I drove up to see two of our friends from college and they had very exciting news! They just got engaged! We were really excited, because we've been friends with them for such a long time and have really gotten to see their relationship grow. My husband roomed with the guy for three years in college and he was his best man at his wedding. We're both really honored because I'm going to be the matron of honor and my husband will be a groomsmen! I'm so elated, and am already thinking about the shower. The engagement just happened, so we went out and I bought the bride-to-be wedding magazines and then we even went to the J.Crew clearance store so she could try on a few wedding gowns. It was definitely really great to be there during this happy time!

Fridays are sweet and the weekends are sweeter!

The halls are hectic, and I have a feeling that today is going to be a very long day. The kids are always hyper on Fridays, so here's a bit of beauty via wordle. I just want to sleep, get some work done on my car, and hang out with the husband, friends, and maybe my sister. Wishing you all a happy Friday and weekend!

Veteran's Day

I'm not very close to anyone in the military, but I do appreciate that on Veteran's Day we can pause and remember to say thank you. I really can't imagine all the sacrifice that our soldiers make and have made.

Save a word!

Driving home today, on NPR I heard about . While the idea is a little silly, I am a fan of improving vocabulary (even with rather obscure words). The boy and I are "adopting" the word circuland. I think this will be a fun site to share with my kiddos. In the midst of lists of vocabulary words, it's nice to see a playful take on "endangered" words.

A Kate Spade Home Collection?

Is it really true? This bed looks perfect for my sister, who loves yellow! I hope Macy's will carry the line, because then I can use our giftcards that we saved from the wedding!

I don't think the husband would like the Kate Spade collection, because it is so bright (he's more of an earthtones person). I love calming colors (especially blue), but bright yellows and greens are just such a cheerful atmosphere. Kate Spade will also be out of my price range, but at least I can look at the pretty pictures! I can't wait to see all of the designs.

Success at last with winter coats!

My husband is very picky about winter coats for some reason. I've literally spent years trying to find him a winter jacket. He has a winter coat, by the way, but it just doesn't look very professional. He came to this realization his senior year of undergrad, and the search has been on since. That first year, I literally spent a whole day walking around the mall with him, in an attempt to find a jacket. We bought one, then when we got home, he decided he didn't like it. So back it went! The last two years, I've bought him jackets from the Gap and J.Crew, but he didn't like those either. I've also made him look at countless jackets at other stores. This weekend, I stopped by Old Navy to return some things, and I saw their jackets were pretty cheap. While they aren't going to last forever, I was hopeful that maybe my husband would be convinced to keep one of them until we can find him a nice winter jacket that he loves.

Well, I was shocked to discover that he liked them both! After years of searching for a jacket for him, there was no way that I was going to return either of these. So he has two winter jackets for 65 dollars! I'll still be searching for a nice jacket, but the designs of these are pretty classic, even if they don't last forever.

A happy Halloween weekend to you!

I hope that everyone's Halloween weekend is off to a good start. My sister is going to come down and visit me for the weekend, which will be good. My husband will spend the day watching football and then has quite a bit of work for law school.

In other news, this NYT article confirms what I already knew: sisters increase your happiness! I know that my sister certainly increases mine. While good friends can do the same, I'm so lucky that my sister truly is my best friend and she's always been a part of my life. I think in terms of listening me drone on about tedious subjects, my sister has definitely heard more than her fair share. It's so great to be able to talk to someone about things that my husband couldn't care less about, but subjects that I really want to talk about!

*Image from Kate Spade Calendar 2009-2010

Some flowers for Halloween!

Halloween isn't one of those holidays that I get terribly excited about. I love fall, but I feel that after about twelve Halloween is a bummer. Free candy is no more, and you can only look at the little kids taking candy(they are really cute, though). On Sunday, the boy suggested that we carve pumpkins. I haven't done that since middle school, but I picked up some pumpkins for us to carve. At the very least, we can keep them through Thanksgiving for our fall decor. While I was at the grocery store, I somehow found myself putting flowers in my basket. Even though I can no longer get free candy, I can still have some Halloween eye candy in my kitchen! It's really funny how something so small can make me so happy.

On Thursday, the husband and I are going to a pot luck. I'm going to attempt to make cinnamon crumb cupcakes and lemon bars. I bought some "trick-or-treat" cupcake wrappers, so I'm looking forward to seeing how my culinary pursuits turn out! In the meantime, I've been slogging through papers, since my kiddos final grades are due tomorrow. I'm one tired teacher right now, but am looking forward to a teacher workday on Friday. :)

And somehow it's already Friday!

This week has been a busy one, and I'm excited about the weekend already! The husband and I are going to Blacksburg for the weekend, so he can go to the Tech game and we'll see his parents.
On the other hand, I get to spend some time with my lovely sister. I'm hoping that I can make a return to Ann Taylor Loft. I'm also hoping that we can go to Macy's (there isn't one around me), and I can make a return there too.
Honestly, I'll just be content to see her and relax at her apartment for awhile. In the meantime, I need to get to work creating some sort of midterm for my kiddos to take next week!

What I love right now...

This week is going by pretty quickly, even though I didn't have Monday off. I find that there is rarely a dull moment at school. However, it's that time of year where the kids get antsy and real problems start to set in, so I thought I'd mention a few things that I DO love about this week!

1. The smell of the pumpkin candle that my mom sent me; it's officially fall and so calming!
2. The evening jogs that my husband and I have started taking. Even though we don't go far, it's great that we've accomplished something and that we're exercising.
3. The couples' Bible study that we're starting today; I think it's a good step for us to make!
4. My Kate Spade Twirl rollerball. I really enjoy putting on a bit of perfume in the morning, and am excited about a new scent.
5. Drinking a cup of tea in the morning for a caffeine kick.
6. Sweaters, especially the very reasonably priced ones that my sister and I picked up at Ann Taylor Loft last weekend.
7. Nightly phone conversations with my fabulous sister.
8. The fact that I'm relatively caught up with lesson plans and grading for least for this morning.
9. The fact that I had time for a quick post!

What's up for the weekend!

As I've written a little bit about before, the planning of a bachelorette party for my friend is a bit stressful. She wanted a party bus for a winery tour, which is pretty much out of my comfort zone in price. The husband wasn't amused, but another bridesmaid and I set it all up anyways. I made little party bags for all of the guests last weekend that had snacks, etc. Then the friends and family that we invited started to say that they couldn't come (after they said they could), and we had to change our plans. Obviously, we lost our deposit, but at least we were able to cancel.

I think that it will work out better in the long run; we're going to a spa for a massage and then dinner at the National Harbor. After all the planning, I'm sure the bride will need it. Then we're going to crash at a friend's house and watch some movies and just relax. Hopefully, it will be a good time.

In other news, my sister is coming up tonight and tomorrow morning! I'm so excited because I haven't seen her for awhile. I'm thinking we can watch a girly movie, go to dinner, and catch up!

A month of marriage!

It's been a month since I've been married! That's not a terribly long time, but I have to say that it's been great. It's really nice to be living with the boy. I go home and I really feel like I'm home. It doesn't hurt that the boy has spent his fall break organizing our apartment, and when I go home I find clean laundry or the dishes put away. While I know that will all change next year, it still is nice now. I loved our wedding, but it really is just the beginning. I can't wait to see what the next months and years bring.