Quote of the day

I like this!

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Weekly Random Question Wednesday

 

My perfect day would start out with waking up with my husband in a luxury boutique hotel on the Oregon coast with my hair already done. Room service would bring in a breakfast of eggs benedict, shredded hashbrowns, frothy lattes and TWO daily papers ( to prevent fights with my husband). We would enjoy our breakfast on a private balcony overlooking the foggy ocean.

After we finally got dressed we would wander down to an eclectic coffee shop to grab another coffee and go for a long stroll on the beach. Tony would have to carry a pail just in case we found any shells, driftwood, sea glass, etc.

Once we got back from the beach we would go on to do some wine tastings at local vineyards.

As soon as all the wines started to taste the same we would go to a spa for a glorious hot stone massage and some relaxation time.

By now it would be dinner time so we would dine on seafood with good wine in a 5 star restaurant by the water.

After dinner we go to the theatre, drink wine and eat yummy chocolate confections.

Upon returning to the hotel we would crawl under the 5,000 thread count down duvet and rent a movie.

Clearly, I love luxury, the ocean and wine.

What would you do?

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Daily Insights

I’m loving quotes lately.  Here’s a couple that I really like.

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and finally an ode to Jersey Shore…

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It’s PSL time…. or is it?!

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What the shart?!?

I received an email from Starbucks last week saying that Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back but every time I go to Starbucks I get turned down and the barista looks at me like I’m crazy.

Have you been able to score a PSL yet?

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Details from our wedding – The Invitations

Even though our wedding was more than TWO years ago I still like looking back at all the ‘stuff’ I created for the big day. The thing I loved most about planning my wedding was the possibilities of all the little details that create something completely magical. I spent a year and a half researching and working on the wedding on a daily basis and I LOVED IT!

In my research I found that forums were the best place to get ideas for the wedding as well as the place to get things for a good deal. My favorite forums were the knot and weddingbells. It was on these two websites that I was able to gain so much inspiration while discovering things I’d never even heard of before.

I decided early on that I wanted to have a unique ceremony in a traditional church location and beautiful tent reception.

We’ll start with my invitations. Of course I didn’t want to have regular invitations mailed in envelopes, that would be too normal. Instead I got the idea of having boxed invitations. I bought:

-chocolate colored boxes from Nashville Wraps

- Chocolate & Ivory Satin ribbon from Wal-Mart ( Very nice quality and beautiful color)

- paper from Hobby Lobby

- Swavorski crystals from ebay

- gocco machine ( The love of my life… at the time of making my invitations)

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Each invitation was lovingly made by hand and wrapped with a belly band.
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Just for good measure… Here was our table number… The Shlubbinator!
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What do I want to be when I grow up?

Lately life seems to be flying by at record speeds and my brother’s facebook post of  “we officially run shit!!grade 12!! haha” this morning really solidified this fact. He’s 8 years younger than me and on my graduation day I remember thinking “I’ll be SOOO old by the time he graduates”. And the day has almost come.  His stories of parties also reminds me that I’m not as young as I once was and really, neither is he.  I never really thought that the kid that loves Pokemon would be driving a fancy truck and going to Jersey Shore themed parties, and trying to navigate the same path, of what to be in life, as me

Over the past couple of months I’ve really been contemplating what I plan on doing with my life and my mind continually changes - Finish my Social Work degree then move on to MBA one day, Bachelors of Social Work then Masters of Social Work another. Maybe I should be a teacher? A Lawyer? A psychologist? A writer…? What am I going to be?

I’ve tried logically thinking things through, but what little help that’s been.  When I was about to graduate high school I told my mom that I thought I should take a year off and work before going to University. She told me I had to go right after high school otherwise I wouldn’t go back. So I went and completed my degree. Now, a year and a half after I finished my first degree I’d love to go back to school full time, but with adult life comes bills and other responsibilities that make it difficult to go back to school. She was right – you get used to a certain lifestyle and going back isn’t easy.

I’m also in the midst of a potential career change which is hampering my efforts to complete ( or even begin!) my Social Work Degree. Why can’t I find a job that would allow me to take at least TWO classes  a semester while working and pay me a good wage? Will Social Work even help me with my life goals? I dunno…. maybe… It sure wouldn’t help if I was a lawyer… but that’s beside the point.

In my heart of hearts I’d love to take as many degrees as possible to be fully prepared for whatever I chose to be. I’d love to get a PhD in Social Work or Counselling or something like that. But Tony and I have just started our “Adult” life together and I don’t know if I’m ready to shake that up yet. We’re just getting settled.  I graduated a year ago and he just graduated this past Spring. We’re finally not living the student life. Unfortunately when that starts, the bills start too.

We keep saying “In ten years when we own our house…” In ten years when we have no debt…”  “In ten years…”. Although this is somewhat consoling to know that there is an end in sight; it doesn’t do much for the current situation.

I like goals and paths and knowing where I’m going. Right now I’m in the middle of an open field with no direction and although I know that something will come up to help me decide, I don’t know what to do for the short term.

In the mean time, I’m working on my other life plans. I’m currently learning French, planning our trip to complete the Camino de Santiago in 2012 and focusing my energy on trying not to think about work so much.

What do you want to be when you grow up? If you’re already grown, did you take the risk to become what you really wanted to be?

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Oregon

Recently I’ve been having the urge to write. This rarely happens to me. In University I absolutely loathed writing papers ( Just ask Tony!). But now I’ve been yearning to continue with the blog and explore creative writing. I’m also planning on updating the blog much more often.

Much has happened since I last posted (I’ll fill you in on that later) but I thought I’d start with a recap of our Road Trip down the Oregon Coast, Napa Valley and San Francisco.

We had an absolutely fabulous time and put on about 5400 km on our new Mitsubishi!
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Oregon was beautiful! We’d never been there before and wished we spent more time there. The beaches were vast and life seems so laid back. Dogs are welcome pretty much everywhere, you can drive on the beach and openly have bonfires on the beach.

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We found a piece of drift wood that became a….

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Bazooka

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and a horse!

Then we had an epic stick throwing contest. I clearly won as Tony’s throw was pretty wimpy.
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We found some really pretty houses in Astoria built on a little bay. We’re still scheming to figure out how we can move there.
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We stopped in Bruce’s Candy Kitchen in the cute little tourist town of Cannon Beach and ended up purchasing about two pounds of fresh salt water taffy.
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After hearing so much about Tillamook Cheese I knew we needed to stop at the factory. When we got there it was SOOOOO busy that you could barely move. We took a couple quick pictures, ate some samples and bought a couple loafs (hahaha) of cheese and left.
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As we drove the the redwoods there was a beautiful ethereal glow produced by the fog and sunlight shining through the trees.
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Have you ever been to Oregon? What was your favorite part?

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