1. The decor at the Philadelphia Airport- you know you are in a Pennsylvania when they are decorating with dead stuff. I love it. I mean, I just love when I know I am getting so close to back home (though Philly is quite a back track).
2. French Creek- Even though the majority of the week was wedding oriented, my Dad and I did get the chance to go for a walk by the river together. I know people love California, but where we live is just beautiful too. Its a great time of year in Franklin, though it was stinking hot and humid the whole time!
3. The Blue Canoe Brewery in Titusville- Ok, the service was super slow, but it was 2 o clock on Saturday, so I am willing to bet they weren't prepared for the giant group of 15 that came in. I got the spicy pasta thing, and it was soooo good. Everyone kept talking about how great their sandwiches were too, so I think it was way worth the wait. Delicious, and the ambiance is very cool, without being too fussy for where it is at.
4. This child. My niece is the sassiest child in the history of the world, and I adore her. This picture cracks me up!
5. Watching my friend Melissa officiate her first wedding- It was so cool that she married Pam and Carlo, because I got to be there for her first wedding. And she did a fantastic job. And, to add a little humor to it, Pam kept getting compliments on how hot the priest was! Yay Melissa! Spiritual, a great leader, loving in super panicky moments, and hot! She is the perfect priest!
Bonus Love- Mr. Alfeo dancing to the YMCA. I could watch him dance to that about a million times. That reception was fun!
3. Shane Co- We went to buy our wedding rings there, and it took about 20 minutes. Which seems like the perfect amount of time to spend picking out two plain bands. No one tried to upsell us or talk us into diamonds and doo dads of all kinds. That made me happy.
4. Oreo Milkshakes- did you know there are 960 calories in one of those things? You better love them, because essentially they are more than half the calories you should consume in an entire day. These are the things I am learning on my way to healthiness. Some junk food really gets that reputation for a reason. Why God made it so delicious, I do not know.
Bonus! 2 Things I definitely do NOT love this week-
1. Root canals. My face hurts. It hurts differently than before I got the root canal, but I would prefer no hurt at all. Plus, they gave me like 6 shots of Novocaine and it took forever to get feeling back in my face yesterday. Grossness all around.
2. Old men who give weird creepy super sexist talks before classic movies- anyone who thinks its ok to talk about how a 40 something year old man wanted to "possess" an 18 year old girl is a creeper. Let's just all decide collectively that "possess"ing should stay a thing of the past. It is not a polite way to refer to sex. It's 10 times grosser.
Shelly posted this of my Aunt Ann and her new haircut today. I think she looks so beautiful and way cooler than pretty much anyone else. A bunch of my classmates' hipster girlfriends have a similar haircut, so you know it must be the coolest. Seriously though, this makes me smile!
Every moment in life is one of a kind. Filling it with spirit, meaning, beauty, purpose, use and sense is important. Growing and getting better, and helping others do the same, is most of what we are made for." -Peter Greene 5/22
by balfeo - Friday, May 18, 2012
This week The Boy and I went to our first baseball game. This isn't our first professional game individually- both of us have gone to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play, but it is a slightly different experience since the Giants actually win sometimes. The other thing that makes it pretty cool is that the Giants' stadium is right on the Bay, and it is absolutely beautiful.
We went with my cousin Ben, who is here visiting another Pennsylvania transplant. After we watched the first inning, we walked around the perimeter of the stadium to understand it's full glory. It was really windy and cold. On the train to the game, we noticed a lot of people brought blankets, and I can now fully endorse that strategy.
To stay warm, we got hot chocolate. Not just any hot chocolate, but the kind Ghiradelli's makes! This makes it super delicious, but also 6 dollars. The stadium really does have great food, but I think I would still encourage you don't rely totally on the food there. Because you will lose all your cash moneys. Still, the hot chocolate is definitely worth the investment, because it is delicious and our walk around the stadium was actually cozy because I was warm inside.
This is the view on the lower side of the stadium. The coolest thing about it, actually, is that when foul balls are hit over the wall, there are people waiting in kayaks to pick it up. Kind of a fun way to spend your Tuesday night.
All the boys. Ben's friend Tim was rocking all Penn State gear. It is amazing how happy that sight makes me now. Also, notice they have a fake streetcar up there.
Anyway, the walk was fun, and we started getting food. The Boy and I got hot sausage sandwiches that he really liked. My big regret is that we didn't also go for the garlic fries. Because garlic fries are an essential northern california food! This picture is supposed to show the guys combing the sand, which seemed like a fun job to me.
We also got Ben a churro, because he had never had one. It was not the best churro, to be honest, and the guy yelling kept calling them hot and steamy. I didn't see any steam.
Ok, it must be clear by now that the most fun part of the night was the crazy amount of food options and cool stuff to see. But I actually enjoyed watching the baseball too!It was pretty exciting because it was neck and neck all night.
As Ben explained to me, baseball has a lot of "down time" but they put up mildly hilarious pictures of the players on the big screen. This guy was my favorite.
So all in all, even if you aren't a sports person, I would highly recommend going to a Giants game, because really is super fun. At the end, they got three home runs with one batter guy and everyone got so excited. There is also lots of cute dancing and old ladies on the jumbo tron. All cute stuff.
Ok, I have collected a lot of extra photographs over the last year of things, and now that decisions are mostly made (my dress came in this week!), I have a bunch of cool inspiration and nothing to do with it. So I thought I would share.
I still think about this dress sometimes. If I were just marrying myself, I think this is the kind of dress I might wear. Would be perfect for a creative outdoorsy wedding.
Love this sort of Deco look, but you have to be super freaking skinny to pull it off. Not sure about the Hamlet reference.
Just love the cap sleeve.
This is one of my favorite brides. I just love the whole look and it shows her off.
Another one of the best ones ever. I adore the dress and the bangs together, and her makeup is really working.
A great vintage look. I love the cap sleeve for sure.
I so thought this is the dress I would end up with. Still beautiful, in my opinion.
I'm not crazy about the shoe/ sock combo, but this dress is amazing. I love the straps.
My favorite Amsale dress. The sleeves are so sweet and I like the plainess everywhere else that balances it out.
Love these straps too, though this clearly is a model not a real bride.
I think the thing i like the best about this bride is her expression actually! She looks super cute.
Just a good example of picking a dress and hairstyle that really compliments your already existing look. She looks beautiful, but it's all her, not the dress, if that makes sense.
Adorable retro bride. It is a great trend but it takes something special to really pull it off.
So there you have it! A bunch of bridal looks that I love and have very little to do with how I will look! Hope you had fun poking through them!
One of the big missions we have been taking on this week is making our first set timeline for all of the wedding events. This whole thing is scary to me, not only because I am never on time, but because it really makes me realize how short these days are!
The first thing this makes me realize is how little time we have to spend with people. I am glad that we are scheduling in extra events like bowling on Friday night (which solves a number of problems of who goes where as well) and the brunch Sunday. At the same time, you start to realize the number of hours you are expecting from your nearest and dearest, and you have to worry you aren't giving them enough time to chill. You don't want to push them too hard! People need a break!
Building a timeline also makes me notice that you don't really get a ton of time to decorate, so now I am trying to scale back some of my vision in terms of what can be decorated in 7 hours. I also worry no one will come help us decorate, but that is just silliness. These are the two things that I can't help but notice as coming up as the timeline solidifies.
The trickier part, in terms of just not knowing what the heck we are doing, is planning what the Day of is supposed to look like. I have been looking up lots of timelines that are first look specific, and they mostly look like this:
11:45 Photographer Arrives
12:00 – 12:45 Capture Groom Getting Ready, Details, & Groomsmen Shots
1:00 – 1:30 Bride details & Finishing of Hair and Make Up
1:30 – 2:00 Get into dress & Bridal Portraits
2:00 – 2:15 First Look
2:15 – 3:00 Couple Portraits
3:10 – 4:00 Bridal Party & Family Portraits
4:00 – 4:30 Shoot Ceremony Details & Guests Arriving
4:30 – 5:00 Ceremony
5:00 – 6:00 Shoot Cocktail Hour and Reception Details
6:00 – 9:00 – Reception
One challenge is that none of them take travel time into account. I mean, the truth is that it is slightly disappointing how much of the day is taken up by photography. It is also stressful that with a larger wedding party, you spend way too much of the day getting hair done. These things really bug me, but what can you do? I also have a dream where we could actually be at some chunk of our cocktail hour, but I think I am kidding myself. The only thing I know we will do that will help is move some of the family portraits to be taken there, rather than in our dark church. I also need to email our photographers so I can get some straightforward feedback about what other things we can do to keep things moving along (one big plus is that we have two photographers, so some of this stuff can happen simultaneously). I think part of the deal is that we will just have to scale back photos, asking hard questions about what we really need versus how these things can get overblown.
I think we have just hit that turn in the road where reality starts to hit, and I think that is all good as long as you can keep your priorities in check and think in terms of problem solving rather than stress. Do people have any tips for how to keep the day moving/ focused on the things that really matter?
2. Livestrong's website- I was looking for information on what exercises I can do with a broken toe (God's punishment for my gossiping, I think), and I found this website, where you can track your eating and exercise. Not sure how it will go, but it seems like a cool tool, so I am going to go for it and see how it goes. If nothing else, it makes me way more aware of how I am actually doing on the eating thing, not to mention how bad I do on drinking the amount of water I am supposed to have everyday. That is the toughest part for me because water has no taste! It is the worst! Anyway, the goal is to be constantly learning to actually like those healthy habits, so that is what I am working on currently.
3. Fruit salad- It is about the only thing in the world that is so sweet and delicious and is actually good for you. We need to be on like a constant fruit salad diet.
5. I was a Male War Bride- Yes, I am on a serious Howard Hawks kick. This one is on Netflix, so you should definitely watch it. I also watched 49 and Up yesterday, which was really crushing and wonderful, so I am looking forward to watching that series, which is also on Netflix.