Archive | May, 2012

License to Wed

31 May

One online application and $20 later, this duo is one step closer to becoming one ;).

I almost thought that it wasn’t going to happen. When they asked us if we were under the influence of alcohol or drugs (a required question), Jordan said, “Maybe.” He likes to think he’s so funny.

To celebrate our almost-married status, we out for sushi for dinner.

And enjoyed it outside on the restaurant’s patio.

We both started with ginger salads, and then split an order of veggie fried rice and edamame.

To finish off our meal, I had an avocado roll, and he had a crunch roll (crab, veggies, some kind of sauce).

Dinner was great, but our day wouldn’t be complete without something sweet. After walking home from the sushi restaurant, we picked up my sister and went back out for frozen yogurt.

Orange Leaf will be getting too much of my business this summer. You know what I recently learned? A serving size is one ounce. I want to meet the person who only gets one ounce of fro-yo (that’d be less than $0.50). Not me, that’s for sure. I enjoyed all 11 ounces of mine (those toppings weigh a lot) — a perfect ending to a great day.

It’s hard to believe that the only thing standing between Jordan and me and a legal marriage is our pastor’s signature! It’ll be here before we know it.

If you’re married, how soon did you get your marriage license before your wedding?

How many ounces of fro-yo do you get?

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Ready or Not, Here We Go

30 May

When Jordan and I got engaged, we had to begin thinking about where we want to live when we’re married. Being the stubborn person that I am, I was set on renting an apartment. I told Jordan that we needed to experience living in a crappy apartment (maybe I watch too much TV), and that we weren’t ready for the responsibilities that come along with owning a home. He, being more laid back and open-minded, was not convinced that we needed to rent, but we began the search nonetheless. And we searched, and searched, and searched. We quickly found out that renting is expensive. If we wanted to rent and save for a home, we’d only be able to afford a tiny one bedroom, and most of the spaces were small enough to make me want to cry. Jordan kept saying that they reminded him of his college apartment. No, thank you.

After going through many apartment pamphlets, taking tours with overenthusiastic salespeople, and shedding some tears, I realized that we might need get more serious about buying. If I wanted to live in a bigger space with a backyard, it would make much more sense to make an investment. Around this time, Jordan mentioned that his aunt and uncle were going to put their house on the market, and told me that we might as well take a look at it. At first, I was against this idea. I thought it’d be too complicated to buy from family, and I wanted to look around. Until…I started to look at houses online. Many of the houses up for sale in our price range were fixer-uppers. I can look past the cosmetic things, like paint and flooring, but I’m not the type of person who gets super excited about home renovations. We both decided that we wanted a house that was basically move-in ready. At this point, my frustrations were getting to me, and I told Jordan to set up a time for me to check out his aunt and uncle’s house. What did I have to lose?

To make a long story short(er), after touring their home on a sunny winter afternoon, I fell in love. I didn’t want to look at more houses. And so… on June 12, we will begin moving into their our home — the only house that we looked at, and the house that we’re going to buy. That’s less than three weeks away! In less than three weeks, Jordan and I will have own a house! Well, almost. They’re going to let us start painting and updating the flooring before all of the paperwork is finalized at the bank. I guess there are perks that come along with buying from family!

For privacy reasons, I don’t want to post too many pictures online, but our house is a three bedroom, two bathroom ranch, with a nice backyard and plenty of space to start a family (someday).

It’s a starter home, and it’s perfect for us. Since those pictures were last taken, the owners have taken out the swing set, and once we move the fire pit, there will be plenty of room for a pool. Wishful thinking ;). I am excited to buy a patio set and have our families over for cookouts this summer!

If you’re getting ready to move out of your parents’ house, or college apartment, or friend’s basement (it happens), I would say, keep an open mind. You never know what could be perfect for you. Jordan and I will end up spending a couple of hundred dollars less each month because we’re buying rather than renting, and I didn’t know that would be possible.

This weekend, we’re going to pick out paint colors and start pricing furniture. I’m excited to show you the progress on the inside of the house, once we’re able to get in there! It’s a big step for both of us. Ready or not, here we go.

Do you own a home? When did you buy your first home?

Do you enjoy home decorating?

Just Get Rid of Him Already

29 May

Yesterday, I was able to jump back into my workout routine for the first time in over a week. Per Danica’s suggestion, I tried Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meldown, courtesy of YouTube. Normally I’m not a fan of yoga, but this is not your typical yoga routine. Despite it being Level 1, it was fast-paced, challenging, and helped me sweat out some germs. It’s definitely a workout that I will be going back to! I completed my second workout of the week this morning — a one hour cardio kickboxing class. Taking a week off of working out is good for the mind, but hard on the body — I’m going to be sore tomorrow (actually, I’m already kind of feeling it right now). It’s a good thing, though; I was tired of spending my days on the couch. Thank you for all of your sweet comments on Sunday’s post, by the way. It makes me feel better knowing I’m not the only one who’s been in this situation. Now that I’m feeling better, I’m hoping exercise will keep me sane :).

Speaking of staying sane, can you believe that my wedding is less than seven weeks away? Seven weeks! That might seem like a lot in real time, but in “wedding time,” it goes by fast. I feel like I still have so many little things to do, but I’m trying to conquer them one day at a time. Today, for example, I made the final payment on Jordan’s wedding band! It is now in the process of getting sized, and I can pick it up on Friday! We are also planning to get our marriage license this week, which is going to make things feel so much more real. We actually already filled out the majority of the paperwork online — how crazy is that? I feel like it’s almost too easy to married these days, which is probably why people don’t always take it seriously enough. Sad.

This brings me to my next topic (don’t you like my news reporter-like transitions today ;)?), ‘The Bachelorette.’ If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably already know that I follow ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ religiously. When I was working at my old job, it was the highlight of my Monday. And now that ‘Bethenny Ever After’ is over, it will probably be a highlight of my Monday night for the majority of the summer ;).

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This season’s bachelorette is Emily Maynard, America’s sweetheart. She seems perfect — perfect hair, perfect teeth, perfect skin, perfect personality, perfect daughter. I really like her, and I think some guy is going to be lucky to have her. But that guy will not be Kalon.

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In last night’s episode, Kalon had the nerve to tell Emily that he’s always wanted his firstborn child to be his own. Emily already has a daughter, so this is the first sign that they’re not compatible. Then, as they were talking, Emily started to say something, and Kalon said in a condescending tone, “I love it when you talk, but I wish you’d let me finish.” Emily looked like she had been slapped across the face when those words came out of his mouth, and she should have. Who does that when they’re trying to make a good impression? I was hoping she would get rid of him right then and there, but she gave him a rose, meaning he’ll stick around for another week. I’m sure the producers made edits to make it seem like he’s worse than he really is, but my gut is telling me that he’s an arrogant jerk who has no intention of being a good husband, or a good father to Emily’s daughter. Next week, she needs to get rid of him.

Clearly, I am already a little too emotionally involved in ‘The Bachelorette.’ Who’s with me ;)?

Would you stay with a guy if he snapped at you when you wanted to speak?

Do you think it’s too easy to get married? Even though I love watching ‘The Bachelorette’ and ‘The Bachelor,’ I think they are both examples of how relationships aren’t taken seriously enough.

What’s Next?

27 May

I haven’t worked out  in over a week. It’s sort of starting to bother me. I’ve been hopeful that this cold will go away soon, but every morning when I wake up, I have a pounding sinus headache. I’m sure stress is to blame too — there’s no way that it’s speeding up the recovery process.

It just kind of hit me that my wedding is seven weeks away. And that I still have no house to live in. And that I still have a lot to do for the wedding. And no job lined up for the fall. It’s overwhelming, and thinking about everything when I’m sick only makes it worse. Do you feel more anxious when you’re sick? I always do.

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Sometimes I wish I was one of those people who had my life all figured out before I graduated high school. Instead, I spent five years in college with a handful of different majors, and no clear direction in life. Now, one year out of college, I still don’t know what I want to do. I feel like I’m wasting time.

My experience in the 5th grade classroom on Friday went okay. I wasn’t feeling well and it was the kids’ last day of schoolwork (next week is field day and awards), so I spent the day helping them finish projects, take a test and turn in all of their assignments. It was stressful, but it was still much better than the time I used to spend cooped up behind a desk. The frustrating thing is, I feel like I wasted my first year out of college behind that desk. The job that was supposed to help me gain experience and build my portfolio didn’t really help me at all, and now I feel like I have to start all over again. So the question is, what do I do next? I like being in the classroom and working with kids, but do I like it enough to go back to school and earn a second Bachelor’s? That takes time and money. Or do I spend my days applying for random communication positions that I have no real interest in? Or do I pick up a retail job that pays minimum wage and pursue my dream of freelancing on the side? I just don’t know what to do.

I haven’t talked about it too much on the blog, because it’s an issue that only concerns me, but I know I can’t be the only one who has felt this way after college, or in college. I’m not the only one who doesn’t have my career path figured out. Right?

I picked a weird time to quit my job, and it’s only adding to the stress of trying to buy a house and get married. I’m sort of hoping that everything just falls into place when I’m least expecting it — isn’t that how things usually seem to work anyway?

I realize that this post is just a long rant, but it’s something that I needed to get off of my chest. There might be a few more of these as we get closer to the wedding 😉 — there are a lot of upcoming changes in my life!

Hopefully, I’ll feel better tomorrow. Exercise is my biggest stress reliever, and I’ve realized how miserable I am without it! Plus, I think I’ve watched a little too much ‘House Hunters’ and ‘My First Place’ for my own good. Fingers crossed that this is the last day that my butt is parked on the couch.

Tell me about your career path after college. Have you always known what you wanted to do?

How are you with change?

 

Friday Things

25 May

1. The most exercise I’ve gotten this week is a two mile walk around my subdivision — and that was an accomplishment. I was just glad I made it a whole 30 minutes without having to blow my nose.

2. Speaking of blowing my nose, I have officially gone through three boxes of Kleenex in less than one week. I’ve also used my neti pot more times than I can count. If Jordan no longer finds me attractive, I won’t be offended.

3. Today, I am substitute teaching in fifth grade. Quite the opposite of kindergarten, I’d say. My background is in grades K-3, so I’m anxious to see how it goes.

4. I just finished reading this book. I highly recommend it.

5. I plan on starting this book next. It’s written by a blogger, and I just can’t get enough of her family. Read her blog, at least one time. Her photos will make you melt.

6. Sleep and I have not been friends lately. When you agree to substitute teach, you agree to be on-call during early hours of the morning. Waiting for the phone to ring (or not ring) makes me anxious.

7. I recently learned that my fiancé can do a yoga tripod on cue. I, on the other hand, can barely manage downward dog. I mean, really? Life’s not fair ;).

8. Speaking of yoga, I think it might be time to give it another try. I’ve never been a fan, but it’d be a good way for me to strengthen my arms and abs before the wedding, without the added stress that weight training puts on my body. Bethenny Frankel swears by it… maybe (eventually) I will too?


Do you practice yoga?

How often have you worked out this week?

 

 

WIAW #5: Out of Town Eats

23 May

Instead of boring you with my breakfasts, lunches and dinners that look very similar, now that I’ve been spending plenty of time at home, I thought I’d let you in on the food that I ate while I was out of town. I must admit, when I go out of town, I don’t always eat the healthiest food. I like to squeeze in workouts when I can, but I’m much more lenient when it comes to what I eat, especially because I’m usually eating out. I think that I kept a somewhat healthy balance this weekend, but you can be the judge. As always, check out Peas and Crayons if you’d like to participate in WIAW.

Saturday Breakfast (8:30am)

After a 30 minute treadmill workout at the hotel gym, I grabbed breakfast from the breakfast bar. I toasted an English muffin and spread half with jelly, half with peanut butter. On the side, I had some strawberry Activia yogurt, and a cup of hot tea to drink. 

Lunch (1:30pm)

After running around and preparing for the shower, I was more than ready to eat when it was time. I helped myself to big servings of both the kale & Brussels sprout and fruit salads, and finished my plate off with one turkey wrap and a few pieces of sushi. I probably could’ve gone back for more, but brides can’t eat too much I had to save room for a piece of vanilla cake with cheesecake filling.

Dinner (7:30pm)

By the time dinner rolled around, my throat was achy (the beginning signs of my cold), but I was still hungry and knew I needed to eat something besides sugar. Before heading back to the hotel, my sisters, mom and I went to one of my favorite Michigan restaurants, Olga’s. I had the grilled chicken Olga — basically, a pita filled with grilled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and plain Greek yogurt. The yogurt is what makes the sandwich! Curly fries came on the side.

Dessert (8:30pm)

Remember how I said I didn’t need anymore sugar? Well, that thought didn’t last for long. After dinner, my sisters and I were craving something sweet, and I needed something cool to soothe my throat. Since we don’t have one near us at home, we made one last trip to Ritter’s. I had a coconut chocolate chip “Glacier” (similar to a DQ Blizzard, but with frozen custard). Sidenote: If you’ve never tried frozen custard, do it (at least once in your lifetime). It’s good.

Sunday Breakfast (9:30am)

When we went down for breakfast on Sunday morning, the room was packed and the food was picked over, so we decided to check out of the hotel and grab something on the way home. We made a quick stop at Panera, where I ordered a bagel with bacon, egg whites and cheese. I also grabbed a cup of hot tea from the hotel before leaving.

As you can see, it wasn’t the healthiest of weekends, but I was there for a celebration, and I don’t regret my food choices. Now, if I can just get over this cold and back into my workout routine, I will feel better :).

Do you save treats for the weekend?

Do you feel guilty if you indulge too much?

Productivity at Its Finest

22 May

For the past day and a half, my view has looked like this.

My cold has gotten the best of me. I spent yesterday glued to the couch, and though I’m feeling a little better today, I still don’t have the energy to do much. In fact, it’s difficult to do much when I need to have a box of Kleenex by my side at all times. I think all of the recent changes in my life have caught up to me, and this is my body’s way of telling me to slow (my mind) down. So, that’s what I’m trying to do.

Spending time on the couch has allowed me to spend a lot of time on my laptop. Since I’m pretty much in full wedding mode at this point, I’ve spent too much some time looking up fun wedding things.

For the honeymoon… but in white

When my cousin got married, she wore a cute “Bride” sweat suit on the morning of her wedding. In fact, it was the same sweat suit that Bethenny Frankel wore on her wedding day. It’ll be too hot for me to wear sweatpants in July, but I think I can pull off a “Just Married” bikini on our honeymoon. I’ll take the risk of looking cheesy ;).

And then, thank you to CafePress.com, I found these gems.

Believe it or not, I am not being sarcastic. Who doesn’t love a cute/funny t-shirt? Perfect airport attire, I’d say. They might even help us get upgraded to economy plus, you never know ;).

Clearly, I’ve had a productive day.

How do you keep yourself entertained when you’re at home, sick?