Friday, May 28, 2010

Yo Mama's Dress Fitting

That is how I feel about my dress fitting today. I went in and laid the smack down on these bitches and I think hear the wrath of a bride on a mission. After much discussion with my friends I realized I needed to start speaking up for myself. At my last fitting I was not happy with the way the dress was fitting at all. I thought it looked really young and not me at all. I was pissed but I did not know what to say about it. So this time I spoke up and I think it paid off.

The dress is going to be taken in all over. I have to add another fee to my alterations total which is annoying but I had to get this crap taken care of. It was baggy all over and all in all looked like a 19 year old's sorority formal dress only white. I am hoping with the changes I will feel a bit more sexy.

The one thing that went VERY well was the veil. I bought my veil on sale for $43 bucks and I have got to say it was the perfect investment. Worth. Every. Penny. I tell ya! I love it and for the first time got a bit emotional about this whole getting married thing. It kinda just hit me while I was all alone in the dressing room.

I am super excited about the dress now and I am hoping it will all come together!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Baking: FAIL

In preparation for a fabulous night out with girlfriends on Friday for the Sex and the city 2 movie I tried a new baking recipe. I had decided I wanted to bring French Macaroons to the party and color to match the hostess' party decor PINK. Well I knew it was going to be a challenge but man did I underestimate how much of one.

I found my recipe from epicurean.com, they have raspberry chocolate filling and are super cute because they are pink! I thought well I know it will be a challenge but let's do it. So I started with my fabulous new food processor and pulsed together the almonds and confectioner's sugar. I then whipped the egg whites and salt. This is where the issue began. The egg whites never quite got there in terms of fluffiness. No matter how much or how fast I whipped they were not fluffy enough. I then added sugar and they did not get any better just thicker. I thought maybe I was being weird about this so I added the almond mixture and folded it in anyway. Well then it just became a paste that kind of looked like pink glue. SUCKED. So in a moment of panic I just threw it in the pastry bag and went to town trying to get the perfect little circles on my prepped parchment that the recipe said I should make as it kind of oozed out the bag uncontrollably.

Let me paint you a picture as I did not have a camera to document this situation. I have four bowls out, several pastry bags, two racks of cookie sheets and pink frosting all over my face as I tried to make this work. It never got there and the "circles" turned into blobs of paste and ran together all over the parchment. NOT GOOD.

I threw it all out and called it a night at 11:30. I guess the road to becoming a master baker will be filled will situations like this but I did not enjoy it.  I am going to beat these effing cookies if it kills me. Tonight I am going to make cupcakes - I hope I don't eff these up too. DAMN YOU EGG WHITES!!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Weekend Recap

Friday - Movie night with the future hubs. We had our pei wei and watched Invictus. Such a good movie, I really liked Matt Damon in the movie and could not get over how great his accent was. It was like he was a different person. I highly recommend it!

Saturday - We got up and went to the gym. Then headed home to watch TV and hang out for the afternoon. We wanted to go out for dinner and finally decided on Gloria's at the Domain. SOOOO yummy. I have been there for happy hour before but never dinner. It was fairly priced and the food was amazing. We sat outside and drank for a few hours. It was so nice to relax with him and just reflect about the last year. It was the perfect night.

Sunday - We got up and went to church for the first time together. We were then supposed to have our second session of pre-marital counseling. The minister did not show up so that was a bit annoying. We then headed home and hosted a LOST finally party at our house. The event was decorated with Dharma labels on everything and even had a pineapple centerpiece. It was so much fun to have great friends in our home.

The finally was good, but I did feel a bit "lost" at the end. I think the only answered about 5% of the story lines and could have really showed us a bit more. Oh well. I liked it and it was worth it all the way to the end!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday, May 21, 2010

One Year Ago


WF and I got engaged one year ago this weekend. I can not get over how fast went by! In one year we got engaged, moved in together, planned most of our wedding, got him a new job, became an aunt and uncle for the second time and overall just had a blast!

I recently read a post on Survival Guide For The Young and Fabulous Newlywed  and it made me think of how I feel about WF. She said something along the lines of her husband being like her favorite pair of sweatpants. Comfortable, relaxed and the first thing I reach for when I walk in the door from a long day at work. I could not agree with her more. WF is my rock and is always there for me. He makes me feel at home and relaxed and always knows just what to say to make me feel better. I can't express how much he means to me.

Here is to a year of being an engaged couple! Here is to the next three and a half months left of being engaged! And here is too being Mr. and Mrs. "A" for the rest of our lives!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I don't want to look like a science experiment gone wrong


I am considering trying out airbrush tanning for my wedding. I have been working out really hard and have noticed that my arms have begun to tone up a bit. BUT in pictures and such I never see any difference. It is like my arms look like twins of the marshmallow man from Ghostbusters (an American classic BTW).

Months ago I was told I should try airbrush tanning because it will help make me look better (skinner, cus I am vain) on the day of the wedding. I am nervous about this because I don't want to turn out blending in while standing next to WF when he wears hit favorite UT burnt orange t-shirt! All these places assure me that this is perfectly safe for fair skinned people and that they will customize a color that works best for me. I am very skeptical of this. Who is "they" really? Some chick who did not graduate from college is going to customize the perfect tan for me while carving out abs on my stomach with a paint brush? REALLY?

I don't know. I want to try it because I am super desperate to look hot on the wedding day, and for the honeymoon but I just don't know if I can trust it. I am willing to try it out in the next few weeks when no one will be seeing me. Any recommendations? Janet, Amelia and Kelly I am looking at you!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Northern Girl vs. Texas Charmer


Recently in a conversation with my friend Kate, I realized that I have now lived in Austin longer than I lived in Philadelphia. It is strange but true. I am in this weird place where I am starting to identify myself more as a Texan and less and less as a true Philly girl. Honestly it is a bit sad to me that I no longer know all the new hip bars in Philly, or the places to be seen at. That I can't remember all the street names of give people directions to the best cheese steak in town. 

I have two great girlfriends back in Philadelphia and they always make me feel right at home when I come see them. But now I feel more like I am going to visit them than I am going home, you know? I know Austin now and I love Austin. I feel relaxed and at home here if it were up to me we would never move from here. I love wearing cowgirl boots, listening to country music, while saying the occasional y'all and sipping on titos tea. I still love the history and the feel of Philly but I feel like a poser when I say I am from Philadelphia now. Will I ever truly be a Texan? Will I ever really loose my Philadelphia, "I am from Philly and will cut your ass" attitude that I am so famous for? I don't know. 

The other day I was talking to my friend who lives in DC now. She was born and raised a Texan and when she first moved there I knew she what she was going through and gave her some insight. I told her the people on the east coast are harsh and have very tough exteriors but once you get to know them, once you "melt their shell" so to speak you find they are some of the kindest most loyal people ever. I think that she has discovered this and she is so happy now that she has found some friends and made a home for herself there. It immediately made me so homesick. It was like I needed a hit of some rude homeless people, I wanted to walk to work in the fog and rain, or sit on some gum on the subway. (Ahhh how I miss you Philly) 

I feel so torn between both places and know I could be totally happy anywhere I live. I guess I will always have a special place in my heart for Philadelphia, or any other place I lived. I once heard a saying, "Don't let the past dictate who you are, but let it be a part of who you become". I hope that I can always remember my tough girl attitude, and to never let anyone walk all over me while becoming the Texan wife, with fabulous longhorn game day outfits, mother with kids who get the float the river in the summers and friend that knows all the best places to buy great boots I know I want to be. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

Weekend Recap

This weekend I was a mess. It went by so quick and before I knew it Monday was over! I love weekends at home but this weekend I felt like I never was home.

Friday - I went over to Kelly's for dinner with Janet and our friend Kristen. The night started off perfect. Appetizers, dinner, wine and conversation. Somewhere along the line I think it was the blue saphire martini Kelly fixed me, I ended up passed out on Kelly's bed after trying on their bridesmaids dresses for my own wedding. I then proceeded to have WF pick my drunk butt up. I yelled at him for laughing at me for yelling at my clothing in my own closet. (I don't remember any of this by the way) I somehow got myself to bed after brushing my teeth and washing my face. (I found toothpaste all over my sink the next morning)

Saturday - I wanted to die most of the day. I could not move and just sat on the sofa most of the day. What a waste of life I was. We eventually got my ass off the couch and went grocery shopping. That was a mistake  wanted to kill all the screaming kids in the store for making my head hurt. I then took a nap and felt better. So we headed to dinner with Amelia and friends at Max's wine dive. It was so yummy and actually so great to see everyone. I was able to power through and really had a wonderful night out with all of them.

Sunday - We had out first pre-marital counseling session with out minister. That was wonderful and had a really great time talking with him. I am so glad we invested in the sessions. Then we met up with Amelia and friends at Union Park for Sunday funday. We had a great time chatting and hanging out, then headed home to finally pass out!

Now I realized I said I was never home this weekend and I guess I was, maybe it was my drunken rage that made me feel like that. I hope you all had a great weekend!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Carrie Underwood - "Undo It"

I got to go to this show last night. She was amazing! She sings her pants off! Love her new video and secretly might be jamming to it on repeat at my desk today.


Carrie Underwood - "Undo It": "Play On"

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Weight Watchers Wednesday

Last night I weighed in at my official WW goal weight! With clothes on, and after eating! That makes it pretty official.

In honor of me finally hitting a mile stone in my weight loss goals I thought I would share with all of you a bit about how I got there. Want to know the secret to losing 25 or so pounds in a year? (I know my quick weight loss impresses you) Stop eating crap! That is it. I stopped eating mass quantities of queso (as we all know this is not all the time). Stop eating crap ALL THE TIME. How easy is that? Not very if you are someone like me who has stretchy pants for Friday night movie night. I have to say though, I miss so many foods that I love and I thought I would reminiss with you all about my fallen soldiers. 

Queso - God this stuff is so amazing. I have not totally given this stuff up, but I really don't have it in pounds like I use to. It is the nectar of the gods.

Mighty Fine - In the last year I have only had the pleasure of having Mighty Fine once or twice. If you have not had the experience of trying this wonderfulness out you must. One day this will be mine again. And when I do, you bet your ass I will be having the most wonderful delicious chocolate shake ever with it.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches - I used to have one of these every day for lunch. I love them they are amazing and I now have effing healthy turkey sandwiches or a veggie burger on whole wheat bread. Dam you the person who created the PB&J.

Nutella - I would have some of this slathered on toast in the morning and then some more at dinner and after dinner and maybe a late night snack... don't judge.
While searching for Nutella pictures I cam across this stock photo. This is my wet dream. 
Just wait until after the wedding chocolate bath, I will make you my bitch!

Wine - Let's not panic, I have not given this up completely but I have cute WAY back on the drinking. It is very sad to me that I can not come home have have my normal bottle of wine with dinner. And some of you just assumed I meant sharing a bottle of wine with WF, no no ladies, bottle to myself. 
Souce

So ladies, what are some of the things you gave up in the battle of the bulge? Have you found that you miss it as much as I do? 


Monday, May 10, 2010

Confession

I may have tried to make out with this beautiful piece of art last night while unpacking my wedding shower gifts. Seriously there is video of me getting excited about the manual and its new plastic smell.
I have wanted one of these for years now and I am so freaking excited I got one! It is a Cuisinart 9 cup food processor. It is beautiful and a beast! I am going to go through as many recipes as I can to find all the ways to use it. I cant wait to get this bad boy purring. 

PS. I was going to wait to post this until tomorrow but I was THAT excited about it... I am a huge loser. 

Weekend Recap

Friday - WF and I bought his wedding band and then headed over to meet Amelia and friends for a drink at Gloria's. We did not stay long but I have decided that I love sangria and must find a way to make it our house for cheap. We then headed home to wrap hostess gifts, pack and iron our outfits for our wedding shower. So much organizing, I really was in heaven. I then got a big surprise! I am going to Carrie Underwood this week! WF gave me my birthday gift very early! So much fun.

Saturday - We headed to Dallas and attended our first shower. Let me tell you this getting married thing is now officially fun! :) Just kidding it was fun before then but now it is freaking awesome! The ladies threw me the sweetest shower, they are my future MIL's teacher friends. We had a salad luncheon complete with my favorite thing, mimosas! We enjoyed sharing stories of getting married and weddings. We then opened our gifts and had lots of fun laughs! WF was there with me and was able to take video of it all because we got a Flip video camera! We also got some really sweet gifts like a Paellea pan from my MIL who is a Spanish teacher and loves to cook that dish for us. She wants to pass the tradition on. I was touched.

We then headed out to an amazing tapas bar in west Dallas. It was called Cafe Madrid. If any of you have a chance to go there you should check it out. SUPER YUMMY! It was really authentic Spanish tapas though. I even had sweetbread. For those of you that don't know what that is, it is sheep's brain! I was so proud of myself for trying it. I really liked west Dallas, such a cute area.

Sunday - We had breakfast and then headed home with a very full car. We unpacked all of our gifts and played in the kitchen for hours! It was a wonderful weekend.

Friday, May 7, 2010

I am too old for this crap

Last night WF and I headed to the Alamo Draft House to go see Iron Man 2. The only catch was it was at midnight and I had already shared a bottle of prosecco with Kelly at CRU. I was ready for freaking bed at about 9pm. So what do you do when you are tired and must make it through a 2 hour movie in the dark after you drink too much? You drink a bit more and shove your face full of food. So after about an hour of waiting for the movie to start in addition to the two hour movie and 3 million calories I consumed (2 beers, potato skins, the smoky and the bacon and fries, and a $5 milkshake that was heaven in the glass, all totally worth it) I went home and passed out. I am so freaking tired today I could cry.

For those that are interested the movie was awesome. Totally worth going to see. Maybe not a midnight but still. Seriously. I am too old for this crap. I love WF but next time he can go to the midnight showing with his friends.UGH!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Rehearsal Dinner: BOOKED!

After much back and forth about where and when we were going to have our rehearsal dinner we finally picked a place. It came down to several options.

First the lovely Mandola's Winery in Driftwood. I loved the idea of doing this location because it is fantastic Italian food and is also a winery. WF and I love us some wine and we both thought this would be a great location. But then we got their requirements and I was like, "Hell to the no!". They wanted us to have a semi private space for a spending minimum of $2500 and come in at 3 and be out by 6. Ridiculous. We only have like 23 people coming to the rehearsal dinner. Goodness.

So our next choice was the Salt Lick. We both loved that it was Austin-y and fun and laid back. But then the reality of having several vegetarians coming and the idea of smelling like BBQ for the wedding the next day was not appealing. Next on the list was Z-tejas. Loved the private rooms and the cost per person was perfect but neither of us really like Mexican food too much and it was going to be a pain to get the parking dealt with.

So on to the winner! Perry's Steakhouse. I know sounds fancy, but actually they had the best per person cost and a really low spending minimum. The food is amazing there, it is a block from the hotel and best of all they have a MASSIVE wine selection. We are even hosting the dinner in the cellar room. Perfect for WF and I. I am really looking forward to this night as I think it will be a chance for me to really talk to the people I love. And I get to enjoy a fantastic meal! :) Here is a picture of the main dining area:

Monday, May 3, 2010

Weekend Recap

Friday - I went home after a very long doctor's appointment and shoe insert fitting and did nothing. WF and the pup were in Dallas and I had no responsibility. I was feeling really bummed about my injury and decided I just wanted to hang out alone. I had a healthy dinner and desert, watched a movie and a lot of TLC wedding shows and then headed to bed.

Saturday - I went to breakfast at Kerby Lane and then headed to Blush Bridal to help Janet order her wedding dress. She looked absolutely beautiful and I just loved the whole look she put together. The ladies at Blush were so nice and I can tell why she wanted to get her dress there. I then headed up to Dallas to go to a WW2 vet reunion. It was really interesting and moving to hear about all of their stories. WF's grandpa was a fighter pilot over Iwo and flew P 51's. There are only 5 living fighter pilots left from their outfit and it was like talking to living history. We ate BBQ and I got to have super awkward interactions with old men as they flirted with me.

Sunday - We started off with brunch at Blue Mesa and then headed home for a really quiet night of DVR and Pho. I love nights like this when we unwind. I was so tired from diving I don't think I could do much else. I did however go re-water the pants I tried to water Saturday morning at Kelly's house. I managed to not kill everything in her garden, YEAH for me!

On deck for this week - Working out, wedding shower prep, Iron Man 2 midnight showing, and heading back up to Dallas! Oh fun stuff.