What’s Been Going On

19 06 2012

Last week I did a lot of cleaning, painting and final stuff for the house.  The guy finished painting the back addition, and we organized some closets.

I celebrated my former roomie’s  successful taking of stage 1 of her boards (for medical school).  We gathered together to eat salad and catch up and celebrate a really awesome accomplishment.

I started off the weekend by going out to Urban Chestnut for ladies night, it was great to see some old friends that I don’t get to see often enough and just relax.  Saturday the guy was riding home from work and his bike got a flat, so I went to pick him up in his truck and thought a lot about partnership and being there for each other.  It made me really excited to be married. It’s been hot here, so we had a lazy weekend, we ate out, went to see a movie (Rock of Ages), we had father’s day brunch at his parents house, and went to the heritage beer festival.  We finished off the weekend by watching one of my favorite movies Disney’s The Three Musketeers. All in all, pretty great stuff.



This I Know

18 06 2012

Things I’ve learned this week- they happened to be discovered in one conversation about weddings so they are a bit narrow in focus, but hilarious and awesome.

The best man position originated in the primitive days of marriage by capture, when a man called his friends in to assist to “lift” or kidnap the bride, or from the need to defend the bride from would-be kidnappers.  The best man was the best man with a sword, literally the best man.

The bride stands to the left of the groom on the wedding because the right arm was considered the sword arm of most fighting men. If a man had to protect his bride, he would hold her with his left hand, and fight off attackers with his right arm.

Traditionally you are suppose to say best wishes to a newly engaged woman and congratulations to the newly engaged man.  Apparently the reason behind it is that  “Congratulations” implies winning something, and so the old etiquette did not want to imply that the bride had “won” the groom, but that the groom had “won” the bride.
FYI the guy and I both feel as though we’ve won each other so congrats is/was just fine 🙂

Be Happy

14 06 2012

On Tuesday  my dear friend the Rockstar, turned in her dissertation draft to her committee!  AWESOME!  That does make me happy, but what makes me happier is this.

Within a month of meeting this amazing woman, I told my mom I thought I’d found a good life role model.  She had taken some time off between under grad and grad school, gotten married in her early 30’s, was about to become a mom to an ADORABLE little girl, and managed to be a funny, hip, cool, awesome and sassy lady through it all.  I immediately stalked her into being my friend (and it worked, yay!).  So when I got her email, sent at 5:23 am, I knew I wanted to do something to celebrate her accomplishment.  We get our hair cut at the same place, and I knew she was going in that day, so I called to pay for her appointment in advance.  Her happy thank you was the BEST thing ever.  Random acts of kindness are the bomb!

So I share this not in an effort to toot my own horn, but rather to remind myself (and maybe you), that sometimes doing something to make someone else’s day  will in fact make your own.

What’s Been Going On

13 06 2012

Life is really busy lately, but I’m struggling to remember if I did anything notable  last week.

Wednesday night I went to jazz at the Saint Louis Botanical Gardens with my small group from church.  It was a lovely day to sit outside, listen to some music, eat some food and enjoy the company of some awesome women, I will miss them a lot when we leave.  One other thing I will miss about STL is all the awesome free stuff there is to do.  Every Wednesday night you can hang out in the garden and listen to some music.  It’s very popular, and the weather has been cooperating, hurray!

Thursday I got my haircut and went to dinner with the boy and coach at Lily’s Mexican restaurant.  Coach is one of  the boy’s best friends and is a teacher and coaches soccer at a local school.  Lily’s is one of my fav spots in the Lou.  I used to live about half a block from there and I have found memories of walking there and eating after my long runs.  Salsa bar, family run, awesome dad who makes your margaritas, what more could you want?  So great! Good food, good people, good times.

This weekend was spent painting the guest room, the back porch, and cleaning to get ready for the pictures that will go up online when the house is on the market.  Yesterday the boy and I went to Llywelyn’s for a nice break from all the house stuff.  It’s amazing how much a nice meal, good company and getting a little dressed up can reset your mood.  Lovely.

This I Know

9 06 2012

Three things I’ve learned this week.

1.  Weddings are suppose to have colors, apparently.  See I didn’t know that before, now I do.  I will likely do absolutely nothing with this information, but prior to this week (actually probably a little before, but it’s the first week of this segment, so I’m stretching it) was unaware that weddings were supposed to have specific colors, I thought you just you know picked stuff you liked and voila!

2. Getting a house ready to go on the market is a pain.  And a lot of work.  See, I KNEW this, but I this week I learned it.  In other news, does anyone want to buy a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath in St. Louis???  ‘Cause I know a really cute one!

3.  Sleep is really important.  Apparently the older you get the more likely this lack of sleep will impact how you feel and your ability to operate the next day.  Let’s hope that after the open house on Thursday my sleep patterns can return to normal.  At least until school starts again.

Hey Girl, I Think I Want to Marry You

7 06 2012

As previously mentioned, I got engaged a couple weeks ago.  Here is the whole story.

It was my birthday and the boy (guess he needs a new nickname now) told me earlier that he had plans for the day.  So we went to brunch at our favorite spot.  Then we went to Oak Knoll Park where we had one of our first dates.  As we were walking around the park he kept pointing out things, “Do you remember walking here and talking about whether we were exclusive?” and ” Do you remember sitting and talking on that bench in the garden?” (Both answers were yes.)  Anyway we walked down near the pond and he pulled out the scrabble board.  He reminded me of when I got sick about 6 or 7 weeks into us dating and he brought over soup and scrabble to cheer me up.  This was the first of our many scrabble/words with friends bouts.  FYI I still beat him that first time, even with a 101 degree fever.  But I digress.  He pull out the board and said we should play.  On his turn he played marry me, and then got down on one knee and asked.  Awwwww.

You’ll notice that one of the pictures has an extra word in it.  Well that’s because I drew getting to go first and so I played pants (for 20 points!) and he played off of mine.  Perhaps his new blog name should be Pants Lover, (Note: not Pants’ lover).

And yes, he cheated and had the letters pocketed all morning!

Be Happy

6 06 2012

This is the youtube video making me happy this week!

Awesome happy video