Monday, April 25, 2011

Guess who is coming to dinner...

Oh the hectic feeling of getting your house & self presentable for the arrival of company. Today I've been rushing around madly cleaning the apartment so it is spic & span. As well as getting myself all dolled up & pretty. This evening my Mom arrives!!!

She will stay in town till Thursday. I have some fun times planned. I rented movies, have some yummy meals planned, we will finally go out & see the movie Hop! As well as other exciting & enjoyable times to be had. Then when the few days of fun is done I will be going back with her to Lockport, NY to do lots of wedding prep since the big day is getting closer & closer each day!

I'm going to miss my family of three (Bill, Cinder Fella, & Honeybee) but the end result of the seperation is a beautiful wedding & the happiness of being married!

(1/3 of my family of three,
my child, little girlie girl Honeybee)

Sweep. Dust. Primp. Open your doors & Welcome family inside.

Hop-py Easter

Did everyone have a pleasant Easter celebration? I hope so.

I had the lovely company of my fiance.
I tried making a new dish for dinner: Vegetarian stuffed peppers.
Verdict: Okay, worth making again. Thought of a few adaptations for the recipe for next time.
We also went to the 10pm showing of 'Water for Elephants'. I'm reading the book. & even though I wasn't quite done with it yet I wanted to go see the movie.

To say I was disappointed is an understatement. They changed key aspects of the story, rearranged the order of events, didn't match the image I created with the casting of the characters, focused way too much on the mistreatment of the circus animals, & overall made it far too magical & fairytale-like for my taste.

I am anxious to finish up the book. Per usual the book is far better than the movie depiction.

Never know until you try. Practice makes perfect - Food adventure.
It is best not to mess with what already works. Judge a movie by its book.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

How are you celebrating your love for Mother Nature today?

April Showers bring May Flowers.
In the end, its all about the Beauty of our Planet.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I hope this luck I have been having with movie viewing continues.
Beyond Amazing.
A Japanese film from '08.
I was reminded of these two songs while watching...

After all this has passed, I still will remain
After I've cried my last, there'll be beauty from pain
- Beauty from Pain by Superchick

If I die young bury me in satin
Lay be down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song
- If I Die Young by The Band Perry

Monday, April 18, 2011

Love is... LOVE.

Movie recently watched: 'I Love You Phillip Morris'

Such a sweet & lovely story.

Brought laughter as well as tears to my eyes.

Love is between two people no matter what gender.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Good Day Entails...

Waking up to the smell of breakfast in bed being delivered to me.
French toast & tea to be exact.

Cleaning the apartment with Jimmy Eat World tunes playing on Pandora.

Bubble Bath (milk & honey!), lavender bath salts, candles...

Random crazy dance at 11pm to 'Hound dog' by Elvis.

Banana chips & Arizona green tea with honey.

Starting a new book.

...& knowing how much you are truly appreciated.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Oh don't worry about Halloween. The pixies won't be out till after midnight."

Yesterday my fiance & I went to the local state theater here in Traverse City, MI. Every Wednesday at 11am they have classic movies for only 25 cents! The movie showing: "Arsenic & Old Lace", one of my absolute favorites.

I don't know what I liked best about the outing, the fact its a great movie, or that it was only 25 cents, or the fact that we were the only couple under 80 years old in the whole theater.

As for the movie - I just love the acting of Cary Grant in this film. His facial expressions are priceless. He doesn't have to say a thing you can read exactly what he's thinking just be looking at his face and eyes. What a great actor.

1944. Classic movies. Acting at its best.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Marry me... & everyday.

Monday, April 11, 2011

June Bride

Dream a little dream

Comfy window seat with a soft cushion & pillows,
Sunlight pouring through the window,
a beautifully crocheted afghan* on my lap,
my two kitties curled up asleep next to me,
a tall stack of books along side ready to be read,
a never-ending mug of tea perhaps vanilla chai,
a day to sit in this splendor & relish every moment,
is my current daydream.

(* afghan preferably made by my talented mother)

head in the clouds. its the place to be.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blissful Sunday

Image to represent my mood for the day...

Sleeping in till noon.

French bistro for brunch - fresh fruit crepe & creme brulee - Amazing!
(also 50% taken off our bill due to our long wait!)

Sunshine & breeze made for an enjoyable walk around town.

Quick stop at the library. Witnessed two men argue about politics outside.
(quite hysterical...)

Grabbed a few goodies (sparkling juice, herbal water, & white tea) at the natural foods store.

Driving around with windows down, sunroof open, & music loud.

No April showers here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Courthouse-style Wedding...

Lately, as I've been getting increasingly overwhelmed & stressed about all the planning & work I still have to do for our upcoming wedding, the more & more I've been wondering if we should have just had a simple courthouse-style wedding ceremony.

While yes, I do enjoy all the fuss of planning, I have found I liked planning all the big aspects (dress, cake, venue, flowers) but not all the little busywork & last minute details.

(courthouse wedding a la sex & the city)

Oh well, everything happens for a reason, right?

In the end its all about Love.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

She will be Loved

Its not about a ring on your finger
Its the look in your eyes
The way you wrap me up
tight in your arms
when I just crumble into pieces
How you think I look cute
in pajamas all unkempt
The song I'll Stand by You
playing in the background
every lyric a reality
each tear shed magically gone
the instant you kiss my hands
I don't need a fairytale
I already have my happy ending

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Feels like Home to Me

It has already been a week! My, oh my...

Sometimes the thought of "playing house" is actually more fun then the reality of the situation. However, chores like doing the dishes, taking out the trash, & cleaning out the kitty litter can be made easier with a couple extra hands. I thoroughly enjoy when my fiance & I tag-team the cleaning of our apartment together. It goes so much faster when you have two people attacking the dirt & germs, not just one. With winter slowly disappearing & the sun shining through the windows spring cleaning is definitely in order to make sure every fleck of dust isn't glaringly obvious.

As a couple we do many things together besides cleaning. Recently we found a nice Presbyterian Church right close to our apartment. We've been eager to find a nearby Church that we could join. While it doesn't feel like "home" yet, the fellow worshipers were very warm & welcoming. They gave us a goodie bag of important information regarding Church activities, & even included a ziploc of oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies! We will be returning this coming Sunday.

Two things I always "fall back on" or hobbies that give me great comfort: reading & crafting. So only natural that I've been finding book clubs & knitting clubs to join here to get involved & meet people. Honestly, I feel like I'm drawn to book clubs because I want to fill the void of not having English classes to go to, I feel the need to submerge myself into a book & then discuss with others themes, symbolism... oh times like this is when I seriously wonder why I wasn't an English major...

Puzzle-making & Netflix movies,
Spaghetti & turkey meatballs,
Cupcakes with Sparkling grape juice,
Bubble Bath & a Massage...

...What to all those lovely things have in common?
Our 2 year Anniversary!
Just yesterday my fiance & I celebrated 2 years of dating. Soon we will be counting years of marriage...
Share responsibilities. Feel that sense of community. Divulge yourself. & Celebrate.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish at Heart

Today my kitty cat turns 1! Happy Birthday, Cinder Fella!

Hope everyone is decked out in green
enjoying some corned beef & cabbage...
I know I am!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Springtime Romance

Even though the weather is still very chilly I've been feeling the glimpses of the spring season. More so, the awakening, rebirth feeling of new life, even love. Something about the warmer weather, it brings out romance.

Yesterday, felt very lazy & kinda blah to be honest, just staying in the house away from the chill of winter. But at the end of the day it was made delightful by my fiance drawing me a hot bath (with milk & honey bubble bath & lavender bath salts!).

Or, today the cozy feeling of sitting next to my fiance eating breakfast at Cracker Barrel & browsing the gift shop & seeing all the spring decor of birds, bees, Easter bunnies.

Even the time by yourself can recharge you & make you feel brand new.

Spring: Growth, Renewal, & Love.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Joy in the Mundane

Isn't it funny how the simplest things can give you the most joy?

Going grocery shopping to fill the fridge & cupboards
Visiting the public library & getting a library card
Signing up for a membership at the local video store
Renting a movie & watching it curled up on the couch
Cooking dinner together
Watching your cats nap & play

Enjoy the small things.

Friday, March 11, 2011

No Day But Today

I can't believe so much time has gone by! Being home I got out of the habit of grabbing my pretty little netbook & blogging about anything & everything. But now, I'm baaaack! Now I must catch you up on all the happenings of the past 11 months, the highlights....

-A bunch of my friends graduated (I miss them very much)
-I turned 22, celebrated with my lovely family.
-Got my first kitty! Cinder Fella!
-Became engaged!
-Was maid of honor at my sister Tiffany's beautiful Wedding!
-Withdrew from college due to health reasons.
-Got tanked up with B12 & iron so I'm good as new.
-Adopted another kitty, a little darling girl, Honeybee!
-Had a wonderful Christmas with family.
-Played Peaseblossom in a local production of A Midsummer Nights Dream!
-Lotsa wedding planning... Wedding date: June 17, 2011!
-Trip to Philadelphia with Mallorie to see our bestie Jill!
-Trip to Albany area to visit Beth!
-Moved all my belongings to Traverse City, Michigan!

Follow me along my future journey of spring weather, another birthday, my bridal shower tea party, my WEDDING, marriage, & other joys & pure bliss...

Never too late to start anew.