Weekend Roundup!

21 04 2009

Sadly, another weekend has come and gone. I hate seeing them go, they’re always far too short. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind working 10 hour days if it meant I could get an extra day off.

Friday’s plans included drinks with friends and seeing a local band, I Fight Dragons at the Cubby Bear. It was my first time seeing them live and they were A-MAZING!! I never dance in public, and I was dancing my ASS off with my friends (yes, alcohol helped). My fiancé and friend Thomas pulled the plug on the night before I got too crazy. (side note: is it weird that I hang out with my personal trainer outside of training?)

Saturday’s agenda: Baking with Jamie, Emily, and Brittainy. First, can I please tell you I now have 15 pounds of fondant in my refrigerator right now? FIFTEEN POUNDS!!!  I ordered four. But whatever, I only paid $20 for it, and it will probably last me through the next 6 months. Who has a birthday coming up?? Anyone..?? Bueller..??

Anyway, we made some little red velvet cupcake things, and a 3 layer cake:

Now I’m a bit biased, but I think its quite lovely!! 3 yummy layers of yellow and red velvet cake. And it was our first time experimenting with fondant.

Those flowers? Yep, we made those out of fondant too. Although I wouldn’t recommend eating them. Think sugary play-doh. If that’s your kinda thing though, have at it.

Jamie will probably hate me for posting this but she covered that little guy in fondant and made the heart. SO CUTE (and tasty)!

Even though Sunday was only yesterday it feels like a billion years ago. The only thing I remember doing was going to personal training. I still feel like a lazy fool. Maybe it was all the cake.

So, how was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? Consume any goodies? Make a fool of yourself?


Today’s points of discovery

17 04 2009

I hate days like today when you come to realize you’re more grown up than you thought and you have no clue how you got there. For example:

  • Finding your own doctors. Never in my life had I had to find my own doctors. Back home, I went to the same PCP and GYN for years, and I found a GI specialist only because he worked in the same hospital and had a rep for being the best. I basically had to rely on the advice of friends and acquaintances to find new doctors here in Chicago. I have appointments set up, now just to meet with them and hopefully like them. If not, it’s back to square one.
  • I’ve come to the realization that once you love someone they’re basically stuck in your heart. Forever. No matter what. It sucks, but I guess that’s reality. Which brings me to:
  • I’m getting married…MARRIED! I don’t know about you, but I still feel like a kid inside. It seems like just yesterday I was in high school, and as a friend pointed out  its been FIVE years.
  • With age comes pain. No really, like bone aches and crap. I listen to my patients day in and day out complain: “I don’t know what I did, but one day my (insert joint/body part) just started hurting” and now I realize OH WOW that’s me. I think at least 3 out of 5 days this week I spent complaining about my shoulder and how much it hurts. I don’t remember doing anything to it either!! This is like the worst version of Karma ever.
  • Icy Hot has become my new perfume this week. It also makes your ears tingle if you happen to accidentally apply it where it’s not needed.
  • My birthday is in about a month. While I’ve been on the verge of a quarter life crisis since I entered my 20’s, the fact that my 24th is just around the corner is giving me a little nudge over the edge.

On the other hand, I’m seriously considering folding to my impulses and booking a trip to Vegas to hang with Jamie, Allie, Jess, and some other fabulous bloggers for the weekend. Some parts of me are thinking “Maggie, you should really be saving your money for your wedding” but the other part of me that’s winning is saying “When will you ever get a chance to do this again!?” Jury’s still out. Verdict to be announced hopefully by the end of the weekend.

How’d you spend your Easter?

13 04 2009

To sum mine up: 2 planes, 2 hours in the air, 3ish hours in the aiport, 5 hours with my family, and 1 big surprise.

I don’t know about you guys, but Easter is just another excuse for my family to throw a party. Naturally, I was disappointed when I was missing yet another family function because I live here in Chicago and they all live in Pittsburgh.

I miss the food, the gossip, and the all around chaos that comes with being around my family. I missed out on Christmas because I spent it with Chris’ family. So facing another holiday away from them (and even worse: by myself ) was really depressing.

Needless to say, after spending most of friday and saturday moping Chris bought me a plane ticket so I could spend the day with my family. He tried to convince me to leave Saturday night, but I was having dinner with Jamie and I didn’t want to miss out on that. I booked the first flight out and the last flight home.

The best part: no one except my brother knew I was coming in. My mom was utterly stunned. My family was ecstatic. I have video of their reactions, it’s awesome. I can’t wait to post the video.

So how was your Easter? Did you overindulge in the festive food and candy?

Happy Easter Weekend!

11 04 2009

Easter bunnies

Spring has finally sprung!!! (I think)

Enjoy the flowers, sunshine, and company.

Wishing everyone a colourful, happy weekend!

Adventures Elsewhere

9 04 2009

Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere.

I am, however, guest blogging over at Free and Flawed today. Jenn sent out an offer for someone to blog for her the other day, and I jumped at the opportunity. For FREE!! (Aren’t I nice?)

So read my guest post here. Because really, you should be reading her blog anyway. She’s awesome.

Now go!

Now please excuse me while I go inflict an easter candy induced coma on myself.

Things I could do without this week

9 04 2009

Seriously, it’s only Wednesday??

Last week flew by for me, and this one is dragging like a 3 year old throwing a temper tantrum at the mall. Not to mention a few sucky things happened. I could’ve done without these:

  • the lack of sleep, thanks to tossing & turning. I am very in love with my bed and sleeping, thank you very much. I get very sad when I don’t get enough sleep.
  • freaky dreams. Again, I like my sleep. Can’t I have nice dreams about kittens? Or winning the lottery?
  • being lied to. I caught my fiancé in a lie yesterday. Yep, that sucked. In fact, it tops the “This Sucks” list. At least for this week.
  • Event Coordinators. Especially when they don’t return your calls/emails. Wedding planning is frustrating and stressful enough. Thanks lady for making it just a little bit more miserable.

The weekend is in sight though! Friday I have a half-day at work, and then I’m getting new glasses. I can’t wait to not be nearly blind anymore, as it has hindered my Left4Dead skills.

Then, Easter! I can’t wait to see what the Easter bunny (a.k.a Chris) is bringing me.

What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Are there any traditions you look forward to this time of year?

PS. Happy Passover!!

The Long & Short of It (my Pittsburgh trip, that is)

6 04 2009

Last weekend I took a trip back home to Pittsburgh to get the ball rolling on the wedding plans. I’ve been engaged for, oh, 3 months now and have yet to make a single decision on one of the most important days in my life. I’m kind of a procrastinator.

First thing on the agenda: Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall. I was impressed. It was in a word, grand. Literally. It used to be a church that was converted into a banquet hall so there is this enormous pipe organ in the balcony, and stunning stained glass windows. My dad of course, saw all the dollar signs. Leave it to me to pick the most expensive place in Pittsburgh to have a wedding. While it’s still an option for a venue, I’m currently looking into other options. Right now I’m seriously considering Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Second (and perhaps most important) on the agenda: dress shopping!! I rounded up my mother, maid of honor/best friend/cousin, grandmother, and a couple of my aunts for a day at the dress shop. Poor Chris was left to spend the afternoon with my father. After trying on pretty much anything and everything, I narrowed my choices down to 3 dresses. At first I thought for sure my heart was set on one dress, but dress #2 was growing on me. The longer I had it on the more I loved it. It was settled, that was the dress. I am so excited and dying to reveal it, but I can’t post a picture for fear Chris would see the dress I chose.

Last but not least, I had scheduled a hair appointment with my friend Ashley. I still have have yet to find a hair salon here in Chicago, so my hair was in desperate need of TLC. As soon as I sat in the chair and took my hair out of the ponytail, I commanded to Ashley: “cut it off”. Ashley’s semi stunned response: “Are you sure??”. I was. 7 inches were lopped off. It felt so liberating!!

(ps. I hate smiling in pictures)

Basically, I’m exactly where I started–still looking for a venue, still struggling to set a date, and still debating on eloping. At least I picked a dress.

Pittsburgh brides (or brides in general really)–any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated. How did you settle on some of the bigger choices in planning a wedding?