Friday, October 4, 2013

A date written in stone

We ordered invitations today. And table cloths. So there will officially be a wedding come April 26th.

I found an amazing groupon for invitations. For invitations, envelope seals, and address labels we paid the big fat sum of $42 (including shipping). Way under my budget. To be fair, I'm an over budgeter, big time. Mostly, because running out of money at the last minute is my nightmare. Once I get them in and check them out, I'll share the company and my experience.

I will say choosing the invitations and the wording went smoothly. We quickly agreed on a template, and the website had great examples for wording. In the end we may have jacked our phrasing from an invitation we found on Google, but I'll neeeeever teeeeeell.

Another great deal came with our table cloths. Not $40 great, but well within budget. We had already ordered one size of table cloths from Amazon, and we loved them so we went ahead with ordering the same type for the dinner tables. When I started pricing the wedding, the cost of table cloths was one of the most shocking moments. Thank God for the internet and for not feeling the need to be all fancy pants.

I'm very into getting the random details ironed out as soon as possible. So the table cloths may not be very romantic or special, but having them here will help me breathe a little easier.

Two more items checked off from my wedding binder...the one without out a cover and that is free of magazine clippings, or fabric swatches, or dream dresses. Being a bride that is happy with spreadsheets and random scratching makes me feel happy and stress free. And when I really need to wedding-out, there's always Pinterest (unfortunately).

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The way this guy sleeps...

That's what weekend s are made of.

I got a chance to go to the sold out John Mayer show Friday. And I was happy to take my little ass down to Lakewood and check it out.

It wasn't the best JM show I've been to, but I know he is still recovering from his throat stuff so I'll give him a pass. The highlight for me was definitely Slow Dancing In a Burning Room. I'd post a video, but I'm on my phone, and I'm not quite sure how to to insert one from here. The weather was perfection. The music was sustaining. Life was lived. Happiest happies.

Saturday night was make-up fireworks night. The Fourth of July came to September, and it didn't disappoint. I wish the fireworks would rain out every year from here on out. An early fall night is much more conducive to outdoor enjoyments in Georgia.

Today B and I had lunch and split a caramel milkshake. Then I made it through Sunday afternoon grocery shopping with out murdering someone, coupons and all.

Now it's all cheese and crackers for dinner and DVR clean-up. Maybe do some wedding stuff if I get the itch.

Life is good when you let it be.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Brunch & Munch

Sunday mornings are great. Brunch is great. Having someone else make the brunch is more than great. But when you make it yourself, you can get a little extended couple time in while cooking. Not to mention a typical brunch out is gonna run us $20-$30 while we spent less than $5. If I'd planned ahead, we could've had bottomless mimosas and still saved a boatload. The only thing missing is a patio table so we could've eaten outside and really took advantage of this amazeballs weather.

Still, we did get to crank my new copy of Physical Graffiti while we cooked. Probably not gonna get much Zeppelin at the local brunch buffet.

I made pan fried potatoes. These are my nightmare. I've never quite mastered getting them good and done on inside without being too crunchy on the outside. Any tips?? I'd love some input.

Otherwise we kept it simple with English muffins and cheese eggs. B did the eggs, and while I can admit having him in the kitchen stresses me a little it's worth it in the end.  

Eventually we'll get our grove down. Adjusting to living together is a little rough when you've been living on your own for so long. Somehow I think we'll survive. Next brunch I wanna go a little fancier. I've got a small iron skillet so it'd be fun to re-create some of the skillet plates that seem to be so popular at brunch places. Wish me luck.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gettin' Domestic.

While I've been moving in and settling down, wedding planning has been on a hard pause. But I've been cooking up a storm....okay, maybe a light drizzle, but you get the idea. I would always see live alone folks cooking these great meals for themselves, but I just couldn't ever get there. Most of my single life meals came from the freezer or a bag. Cooking for two is just a little more fun really. Plus the pressure to polish off the left overs isn't so bad when you are sharing it with a boy.

So, I full on grocery shop now. Not just for turkey burgers and Lean Cuisines. And I check for what's on sale. Yep. And I've actually used a few coupons. Yikes. Anywho, pork loin was on mega sale this week so I picked one up. Four pounds of pork, what in the world was I gonna do with that?? Google like mad until I found something that sounded yummy and most importantly not TOO intimidating, that's what. Trusty Google (she knows everything) found me this: Maple Baked Pork Loin. Here went nothing.

My trusty test subjects

The goodies

The process 

I also made mashed taters (and steam in the bag peas, lest my head began to get too big).

 The finished product

Y'all it may be douchy to say, but this dinner was amazing. I couldn't be more proud of myself. And B and I both have dinner/lunch for today. And there is tons left for sandwiches or whatever. If only I'd been this brave in the kitchen before!! But I'm sure B is happy to come around just in time to reap the benefits. Anybody and everybody I'd love to hear some tried and trues from your kitchen. I promise to try it out and let you know how it goes! Happy Thursday!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Water water everyehere.

I read somewhere recently a tip on eating healthy.

Drink water.

Duh, right?

But what they were saying is that when you have a junk food pig out, what do you usually wash it down with? A big ole bottle of water? Probably not.

A lot of foods just seem to go hand in hand with junky drinks. And as I sit here snacking on a bag of chips left  over from my munchkin sleepover I'm realizing this idea holds some weight. I'd give my right boob for a Coke right now. Or at the very least some apple juice.

Don't drink your calories. Don't drink your calories. Don't drink your calories.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Meow, baby.

I've been a lazy, lazy girl. But vacation starts tomorrow, and post-vacation bliss is always a good time for a ctrl/alt/delete.

Wedding planning it's going great. Early planning will be the preventative for stress. Lots of details on lockdown!

Plus I'm now a cat co-owner so that's been exciting. Check back for kitty updates and to see if I get my sorry ass back in the gym.