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Coming back up for air…

May 13, 2008

Finals are finally over and I am back home once again! I spent Friday night and Saturday morning with my lovely aunts and their daughters in upstate New York and then flew back home Saturday evening. All and all an uneventful evening.

One thing that is eventful is my best friend’s upcoming wedding shower, which is this Saturday. I gave her the option of picking the theme by sending her these two polyvore collages:

She obviously is awesome cause she chose the first one. I’m planning spicy, girly, and fun with just a kick of naughty. I’ve put the rest of the info under the cut, because I know she reads this and I want to keep it a secret.

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A Love Story (but not mine)…

May 2, 2008

As promised, a post about the planning of my best friend’s wedding shower, but first I wanted to give you a bit of background on the happy couple. First of all, she has been my best friend since third grade. We met in our homeroom class and became best friends over my parent’s divorce. If I were home, I could show you some sweet embarrassing pictures of the two of us in matching outfits at renaissance fairs and Sea World. We’ve been together through everything, from father daughter dances to first kisses (hers at least a year before mine) to first true loves to first heartbreaks to (now) a marriage. She is one of the most brave, sweet, loving, genuine and hilarious people I know. And quite a looker:

She met her boy at a church retreat right before our senior year. He is really nice and makes her so happy, which is really all I could ask for in my best friend’s partner. Aren’t they cute:

Anyways, they started dating the summer before our senior year of high school and have been pretty much inseparable since. He joined the Air Force last fall and is in training in Florida. They had a quick-y courthouse wedding when he was on Christmas break with just family and me and the boy present. They’re planning on doing a more formal church ceremony and reception. In honor of that event and in celebration of their new life together, I’m throwing her a shower with our friends.

And to leave you, here they are in the most adorable e-pic ever:

So, hopefully sometime this weekend I’ll take a break from my finals studying to post about the wonderful shower I’m sooo excited to be planning for her.

P.S. All the picks came from her facebook, natch.

Update…

April 24, 2008

Earlier this week I had a great post planned out. I’m pretty sure it was about the wedding shower I’m planning for my best friend. However, on Tuesday afternoon, I had an anaphylactic reaction and spent 7 hours in the emergency room. There is something in chemistry labs that gives me a severe allergic reaction. Anyways, I’m still alive. I’ll be back sometime next week when I’m feeling better. Also MlleChampagne is an amazing friend. She came to get me at the hospital, bringing my computer and blanket, even after I told her she didn’t need to. She also kept my mom and the boy updated since my phone had no service and the meds I was on made me pass out. I love having such amazing friends.

Shopping, cupcakes and Easter…oh my!

March 27, 2008

So I’ve been back from spring break since way late Sunday night, but am just now getting some time to post about the rest of break.

Friday my mom and I spent the afternoon at the outlet malls shopping and was reminded how much I love shopping with my mom. We both always have so much fun. It’s really our only time to hang out relaxed together. I got two really cute Banana Republic tops, both cotton tanks with a gorgeous rose pattern, one in peach and one in brown, a whole bunch of basic tees and tanks from J. Crew, a gorgeous chocolate brown skirt with cream embroidery from BCBG, and the crown jewel, a blue embroidered cotton BCBG strapless dress that ties in the back. The funny thing is that I fell in love with this dress last summer, but wasn’t willing to spend $250 on a day dress. I was about to leave the BCBG outlet and I spotted it. It needs a few alterations, so I won’t be wearing it until summer, but I am super excited.

Saturday morning my brother and I baked lemon curd filled cupcakes with lemon and raspberry-lemon glaze, which turned out amazing. I used this recipe from Chockylit for the cupcake and the curd and this recipe from Bon Appétit for the glaze. If you decide to make them, I would recommend having extra lemon juice on hand for the glaze. The Bon Appétit recipe made glaze that just kind of clumped into a ball and was unworkable. It was fine with a bit more moisture, but I think they may have their ratios off or I messed something up. Here are some pictures:

Hanging out at our house during the endeavor was my mom’s friend’s new Bichon Frise, Julio. The only dog I have ever had was a Bichon Frise named Buttons, who very sadly died in February 2007 of cancer at the age of 8. I may be a little biased, but Bichons are probably the best dogs in existence. They are so intelligent and expressive, even if they can be a bit mischievous at times. If you want a smart pet with a lot of energy who will definitely make himself part of your family, Bichons are the way to go.* I still have my two cats, KC and Rose, but I am honestly much more of a dog person. Probably the first thing the boy and I do when we move in together is get a dog. Here are some pictures of Julio the cutie, who looks like a 13 lb. lighter version of my baby.

Sunday morning we had Easter brunch with my godparents, my dad and my mom’s friend. As you can see from the pictures below, my mom goes crazy about holiday decorations. The cupcakes were a huge hit.

And to leave you, my Easter outfit:

*Small disclaimer/public announcement: Bichons have gotten really popular in the last few years. Be really careful about finding a good breeder. Also Small Paws Rescue and your local animal shelter are amazing places to get a rescue Bichon if you can’t afford the often high price tag of a Bichon from a reputable breeder.

Spring Break Update…

March 21, 2008

So, the reason I’ve been a bit incommunicado is that I’m on (duh, duh, duh) SPRING BREAK! Now, I am not the type to go join wet t-shirt contests at MTV spring break, or even to do jello shots in dubious out of the country bars. My spring break has run a significantly more nerdy course.

The boy and I spent last weekend in Cambridge, due to a mix up regarding when his dorms opened (his spring break was last week) versus when mine closed. Long story short, we got to spend two nights in a pretty sweet hotel thanks to his wonderful parents. I’ve been to Cambridge many a time since my entire mom’s side of the family lives there, but this was my first time there for more than a day without the goal of seeing relatives.

Friday night we discovered the most amazing tapas restaurant called Small Plates. They had a pie of the day that was some sort of banana cream with chocolate and a graham cracker crust. Think a grown up version of banana pudding with nilla wafers, one of my childhood favorites. Saturday’s highlight was the Harvard Natural Science Museum, which has amazing fossils and animal specimens. The boy, who is a conservation biology major, and I, who grew up in science museums, had a lot of fun looking at the animals. Unfortunately, my camera died while we were having lunch at Bartley’s (which you absolutely must go to if you are ever in Cambridge), so I don’t have any pictures.

Sunday we went for dim sum on our way back to the boy’s and ran into the insanity that is the Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade. Now, you need to know that I am 3/4 Irish and have what is probably more than my fair share of Irish pride, thanks to my mom’s giant Irish Catholic family. However, this was insane. The entire Park Street T station was packed with people in approximately 50,000 shades of green and glitter and drunk. We’re talking open bottles of Guinness on the T. We eventually made it to dim sum and then back to the boy’s place, where I hung out and played way more Smash Bros. Brawl than any girlfriend can ever really be expected to play.

Yesterday, I made the arduous (15 hour) journey home, thanks to my mom’s immense desire to see me for what she is sure will be my last Easter at home. Now, you may say that there is no reason why getting from New England to Texas should take 15 hours, but then you would clearly not now my travel history. I have possibly the worst travel luck on the planet. I have yet to pull off getting to or from college without a hitch. Flying up to school for the first time, my plane literally caught ON FIRE in midair and had to be turned around. That is the level of my bad luck traveling.

Yesterday wasn’t so bad, I just got stuck in DFW for 3 more hours than I should have, because, get this, they couldn’t find a pilot! I eventually got home at 9, after leaving the boy’s at 6:30 am eastern time, which means 5:30 am home time.

Today, therefore, was made up mostly of dealing with stuff that my mom and I wanted to do yesterday, like running errands and figuring out the rest of the week. I don’t mind this though, because much of my mom and I’s relationship is based upon shopping trips. Every Sunday I’m home in the summer I join her in going grocery shopping and we talk. It’s fun and gets me free food!

We also went to a benefit today for the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, which had tons of delicious local food for a 10$ donation, plus great live music and a cool booksigning. Afterwards, I went to my dad’s and had dinner with my dad, my little brother and my dad’s best friend. It’s sad to say, but I much prefer my dad’s home cooking to my mom’s, if only because my dad doesn’t really understand the concept of low fat or low sodium.

And to end this post on the topic of cooking, my brother and I are going to try to make these delicious lemon curd filled cupcakes with this raspberry and lemon frosting for Easter brunch. I’ll let you know how it goes!