Hello there! So I realize last week’s plan for regular blogging didn’t quite go as I’d hoped, but I’m back today with a fun little video to make up for it. Brian and I spent both Memorial Day weekend and this past weekend in Cleveland so I thought it’d be nice to put together a home video highlighting what the city has to offer.
Believe it or not, one of the most common reactions I get when I tell people I’m getting married in Cleveland is, “Ugh! Why?” I get it. Cleveland doesn’t have the best reputation, but I hope this video shines a new light on Brian’s beloved city that I’ve come to know and love myself. We’re really excited to be getting married there (exactly two months from today!) and hope our guests will feel the same way.
P.S. I apologize in advance for my horrible moon-walk attempt.
I hope this Tuesday finds you well. Here are some of my many current distractions.
1. This time of year is when I start obsessing about not getting tan and wearing sunscreen, but I also hate the greasiness and smell of sunscreen. Here are some great options for similarly torn people. (Glamour)
2. How to eat healthy meals at restaurants. It’s something I still struggle with. (New York Times)
3. I don’t love overly sappy cards with pre-written messages. I’m all about the blank, simple ones that I can write in myself. These cards designed by a cancer survivor with direct, honest messages that she wishes she’d received from friends and family, I can appreciate. (Slate)
4. Why are you still washing your clothes in warm water? (io9)
5. Test your major cities’ skyline knowledge. I scored a 14/16. (Washington Post)
6. This video of an engaged couple seeing themselves transformed by makeup artists from their 20s to their 90s, had me in tears. (Next Avenue)
7. It’s pie season! Here’s the only formula you need to make fruit-pie filling. (Bon Appetit)
8. Read this one for yourself. (Mic.)
Well, well, well. Look who decided to show up on her own blog again after going AWOL for six weeks. The nerve.
Gulp. Six weeks. I can’t believe it’s been that long since I last posted, but I really needed the time away. Because as great of a multitasker as I’d like to think I am, between moving to a new city, adjusting to a new job, planning for a wedding (almost two months away, ah!), getting in shape for said wedding (two months! what was I doing earlier?!), house hunting, and traveling nearly every weekend, my plate’s been beyond full. Those first two weeks after I moved, when I tried to stay on top of blogging, this little corner of the internet that I’ve spent so long making my own started to feel more like a burden than a blessing. That was when I knew I needed a break, cold-turkey style.
Truth be told, I don’t feel any more organized or together than I did at the start of my hiatus. In fact, our apartment is in an even bigger mess than it ever was before (thank you, wedding invitations that still need stuffing). But I’ve stayed away long enough and found myself missing sharing the little details and recipes that get me going. That’s when I knew it was time to come back, so here I am again. Let’s give this another shot.
To mark my return, I’m excited to share a look at the better-late-than-never engagement session Brian and I had with our wedding photographer Kayla when we were in Cleveland last weekend. It felt a little silly taking these pictures so late in the game, but when we tried taking them last fall, I discovered that “fall” in Cleveland is the dead of winter anywhere else, so last weekend it was. Kayla’s beautiful handiwork after the jump.
Any chance I had of posting things on time went out the window when a mountain of projects and a day-trip to New York were added to my schedule. New York was great (try the Grand Central Oyster Bar if you like seafood). In a nutshell, loving Atlanta life (especially the pizza at Antico’s) and can’t wait to experience the rest this city has to offer!
I hope this Tuesday finds you well. Here are just some of my many current distractions.
1. I follow most of the “it” girls on Instagram, and one thing I’ve learned is that they’re all either friends or frenemies, and it’s all quite fascinating. Turns out, I’m not the only one and here’s a handy dandy Celebrity Friend Guide to help you keep everything straight. (Refinery29)
2. You know how I love my matcha, so you can imagine my excitement when both Mashable and the Huffington Post included my Green Tea Sugar Cookies in their roundups of great matcha desserts. I can’t wait to try out the others and am so happy this matcha mania is finally going mainstream.
3. One of my silly mottos is “New city, new keychain.” It’s a fun and easy change to mark a special occasion. Well, after a few weeks of searching, I finally found the one and my new white (to match my car!) tassel keychain is on its way to me. (Banana Republic)
4. Also new, my Hello Kitty license plate frame! I love it so much, but am still waiting for my actual plate to come in, so Hello Kitty will have to wait a little while longer. Brian was so disappointed when I purchased it, because he insists that I’m an adult with an adult car, but I’ve got to be true to me, you know? Plus it’s definitely the most subtle of the options. And besides, if he can have Cleveland Browns on his car (let’s be real – a team that’s far from serious), surely I can have Hello Kitty on mine. (Amazon)
5. Well it’s official, Hillary Clinton is running for President. There are a lot of candidate profiles out there, but this one is my favorite. (The Onion)
6. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s HRC’s announcement video. I love it and have rewatched it more times than I’d like to admit. The vignettes at the top are so nice and really make me proud to be an American. (YouTube)
7. All of that said, I’m not a fan of her campaign logo, and professional designers seem to be feel the same way. (Vox)
8. Speaking of H logos, I’ve been on Brian’s case to read the Harry Potter books. Can you believe the poor guy hasn’t read them? Tragic. Anyway, reading the series is now a prerequisite for marriage, and because I can’t let him be the only one having all the fun, I’m rereading the books too! After Gryffindor, I always thought I’d be in Ravenclaw, but according to this quiz, I’m more Hufflepuff! I don’t want to believe it, but you know how scientific these quizzes are. (BuzzFeed)
A recipe post! Finally. And to mark the occasion and my first food post as a Georgia resident, I made something with peaches, because of course. The peach part was easy. The challenge was making something not horribly bad for us (we ate a lot of great food over the weekend and I know I’ll be paying the price on the scale this week), and something that wouldn’t take too much effort (we had enough other housework to keep us busy). So, with the above criteria in mind, the idea for an easy, portion-controlled peach crisp for two was born. The results were quite satisfying, but the real accomplishment here is that I actually pulled off blogging about it. High fives all around.