Friday, April 24, 2015

A New York Wedding

Hal's little brother got married in New York earlier in April. We were pretty happy they decided to do it in New York since it's just a short bus ride away, and we love any excuse to spend time in a fun place with people we love. It was most of Hal's family's first time in New York, so it was SO fun to see it all with them.

In true New York fashion the pizza place they wanted to use for the rehearsal dinner was over crowded, so we got the pizza to go, and legit ate it on a street corner. That was probably my favorite part, because it was so memorable.
The next day we were up bright and early for their ceremony at the Manhattan LDS temple. The wind made it a bit chilly, but the sun came out and it ended up being a lovely day.
We had such a good time in New York with Hal's family. It was seriously a blast hanging out with them all day. And I'm ashamed I didn't get any pictures with his family. I was too busy enjoying myself to take anything more than a selfie with Hal. 
Hal's parents threw the most adorable luncheon in Central Park you've ever seen. No joke. They had these adorable little bagged lunches with mini baguette sandwiches in them. And when you have a wedding luncheon picnic in Central Park, not just the photographer is taking pictures of you. 
If you're looking for the perfect wedding skirt, I'd highly recommend this skirt by Chichwish. It will take a while to get to you, but I had tons of compliments on it, and it's perfect for spring and summer weddings.
Right before I left my boss gave me some recommendations for places to try near where we were staying in Chelsea. I can't stress what amazing recommendations they were. Go to the Donut Plant. Go. Run. And order a creme brulee donut and it will melt away all stress that exists in your life with it's deliciousness

And if you're ever near the flat ion building GO to Eataly. It's this amazing collection of foods from Italy, and restaurants that cook all that delicious food. We ate at Le Verdure, their vegetarian restaurant. It was one of the best meals I've ever had. Everyone loved what they ate, and the flavors were out of this world. Our family loved it so much, they went back on Sunday after we left New York. It's that good. And get the gelato, because let's be real, dessert is where it's at.
Congrats Dane and Kellie!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Charleston & Savannah

Over Easter weekend Hal and I decided to have a quick little getaway. He took his third CPA exam on April 1st, and I was off the medicine that makes me really sick, so we saw it as the perfect excuse to head out of town.

We started the getaway in Charleston, but we didn't end up giving ourselves enough time to actually see the city. But we did go to the Magnolia Plantation
We didn't have much time there, but we got to see a bit of the gardens, the slave quarters, and the swamp. I'd love to go back and do the tour of the slaves quarters.

We found a Groupon from Seamonkey Water Sports to try kayaking for the first time. We headed out on a double kayak and had such a blast. It took a while to get it down, but we finally got in the swing of things and had a good time out on the river. The owner was super duper nice, and we'd definitely use them again.
It was our plan to head to the beach since we were already on Hilton Head, but my blasted antibiotic makes me photo sensitive, and the hour we spent on the water burned me through the sun screen, so we headed directly to Savannah instead.
So many people told us how much they loved Savannah before we went, and now I see why. The city was wonderful. It's just full of nice people, old oak trees, spanish moss, and the most beautiful victorian and antebellum houses.

We did a free walking tour by Free Savannah Walking Tours, and I would highly recommend using them if you're in town. Our tour was way better than the others we saw people on while we were there. And it's donation based, so if you loved your guide, you can give accordingly.
 
I almost got Hal to do a ghost tour with me, since Savannah is America's #1 haunted city. Instead we ended up at the square where Tom Hanks sat on the bench in Forrest Gump. Apparently the city won't allow the actual bench to be there, because it causes major traffic problems.

We ate such delicious food while we were there. Seriously delicious. I'd recommend Zunzi's South African food, but the portions are huge, so definitely think about sharing. We also loved Sweet Potato Kitchen. We had great service, and apparently they were on Man vs Food. PJ Thai Cuisine was delicious. Thank you Yelp.
We loved visiting the south for the first time and fell in love with it's charm. Spring hasn't hit DC yet, so the weather and all the blossoms were such a breath of fresh air. 

And the perfect ending to our trip? We stopped at a grocery store in Benson, North Carolina where the friendly cashier asked where we were from, and said he knew we weren't from there because, and I quote "because you don't smell like gravy."

So there you have it. I guess we're northerners. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Holi Holi

Hal and I had some friends invite us to George Mason's Color Festival. If you haven't ever been to a Holi festival, you're seriously missing out.

We started out so clean and pretty, but it didn't last very long
We had such a blast and would highly recommend seeing if a Holi festival is going on near you, or to keep an eye out for them next year.  Be sure to brush off all color before you wash your clothes or self. I may have ended up with a now colorful sweater, and Hal may have ended up with a pink scalp. Also, bald heads are the best canvases for color.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Valentines's Day and Lancaster, PA

Valentines day was so long ago, but life be cray, so I'm finally blogging about it now.

My valentine's week was over taken by birth. More than once I went in the middle of the night to my client who labored for 4 days, with back labor. Yikes.
 Well, at about 3:30am on Valentine's day, a wide awake beautiful girl was born into the world. And after about 27 hours straight with the family, I finally got home at about 5:30 in the morning. I stumbled inside and plopped right into bed. When I woke up, I woke up to this.
 Now funny story. The dress in that picture had been on my modcloth wishlist for months. I was so bummed Hal didn't get it for my for Christmas, and then it was sold out. Well, one day I was randomly looking at my wishlist and saw they had one dress, in my size in stock. I immediately messaged Hal to see if I could get it. But by the time he answered me the dress was gone. I was SO bummed. Little did I know, it was Hal who had bought the dress to surprise me. That was one of the best surprises ever. Homeboy knows I love surprises.

We don't usually do much for Valentine's day, but Hal's busy season of 80 hour weeks and no days off finally ended that week, so we made plans to go to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and I bought Hal a you survived busy season/ passed your second CPA exam/valentines pair of Clark's shoes that he's now obsessed with.
We got such a late start on the 2 hour drive to Lancaster that we didn't arrive until early evening. Thank goodness I can sleep in the car! We checked into the hotel and started to see where we wanted to go to dinner. When lo and behold we found Khom's Eggroll Paradise on Yelp. It said it was Cambodian food, so dinner was decided.
If you're ever in Lancaster. GO. It was pretty legit. We got their Sweet and sour rice noodles which is "nom bai jok" and their chicken egg rolls, both were delicious. Hal actually hated nom bai jok in Cambodia, but he loved Khom's version. We even got to speak a little Khmer with the owner. It's a tiny little restaurant, but we'll definitely be back.
 By the time we came out it was really coming down with snow. It felt so magical. Like it does when it snows in the movies. The next morning there was a windchill of -20 or so degrees, and we were dumb enough not to realize ahead of time that everything would be closed on a Sunday, so we went for a long and winding drive through Amish country on our way home. And apparently I only took one actual picture of a buggy, and like 8,000 snap chats instead.
Guys, I'm not gonna lie. I was like a kid in a candy store with all the buggies we saw. I've seen Breaking Amish, and while I'm sure that isn't a great representation of the Amish, it's made me fascinated with their culture.
Even though we didn't get to eat any of the famous Amish baked goods or go to their farmers market, it just gives us a reason to go back, when it's not freeze your hair cold outside.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Receiving Service

My sister in law sent me an article that kind of culminated something I've been thinking a lot about lately. I'm sorry for all the Lyme disease posts, but it's kind of taken over my life, and therefore my blog. And sorry for the cat pictures, but this post needed something.

Service, and learning to accept it is hard.

Generally I'm a really independent person. I like to not have to depend on anyone but Hal for what I need done. I don't like to feel like I'm making someone else's life harder by asking / letting them do something for me.
But some days lately I literally can't take care of myself. The new medication I'm on hits hard and fast for two weeks, and my two weeks off of it I spend recuperating from it, right as I have to go back on it. I've never had to rely on the people around me more than I have in the last month. And I feel terrible. I hate every time I have to ask my managers if I can work from home because all the sudden out of no where I feel like I have the flu, or I'm so nauseous I can't sit at my desk, or any other all encompassing symptom. I hate having to message Hal and tell him I'm going home sick again because then he comes home to take care of me instead of staying at work to study. I hate having to ask co-workers to cover for me on things because I have to work from home because I can't get out of bed.
But lately I've been humbled. I realized something important. People want to serve each other.

We spent some time with someone recently who kept turning us down every time we asked if they wanted something, or if they'd like to do something. And it made me realize  I've always done the same thing. I turn people down all the time because I don't want to inconvenience them, but generally, it's not an inconvenience. People want to feel like they're helping.
The last birth I did, the mother of my client kept asking me if I wanted this or that and I kept saying no. I always come prepared with what I need. Well as the birth took much longer than expected, I accepted her offer for a sugar pick me up and she said "finally, something I can do for you." That experience coupled with watching someone blow us off, just like I often do, I realized people want to serve one another, because that's how humans connect with one another.

So maybe I just need to accept help graciously and be thankful that my life is full of people who are so willing to cover for me, to take care of me, and to be so accommodating with what I'm experiencing instead of worrying that I'm inconveniencing them. Maybe I don't always have to be the one doing service, maybe this is my time to accept service. I have so many kind, thoughtful people in my life that have been so helpful; if even just hanging out with me to take my mind off how I'm feeling. I really am so grateful for it all.

And I'm grateful to you all, for all of your kind comments on these posts that are more of me just chronicling my journey, they really do help buoy my spirits, so thank you. 
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