Monday, January 26, 2015

Love/Don't Love

1. I had such a relaxing weekend. I ran, I lounged, I saw friends, I drank beer. It was awesome. Love. 
2. Even though I started my job 3 weeks ago (today!), I wasn't scheduled for Orientation until this week. Today was a long day. Informative, but so, so long! Don't Love. 
3. Despite all of that, it's a pretty short week for me. Adventure awaits. Love.

Can you guess?
{image via Fodors}
4. I finally finished listening to Serial and my biggest question never got answered. If Hae was missing for three weeks (in the middle of the winter), how could they possibly narrow down her time of death to 26ish minutes? What if she wasn't actually killed until two weeks later? Then, the whole trial is irrelevant. Don't Love. 
5. My office got a fancy new coffee machine today and it makes the best hot chocolate. I'm also pretty stoked because the old one dispensed approximately 4 oz of coffee...because that's enough to make you function. Not.  Love. 
6. I ran four times last week for a grand total of 16 miles. It was awesome. I haven't had a week like that since November. Best part? I had a running buddy for every mile! Once with Andrea, twice with my wedding photographer/new bff, and once with The Pilot...who also signed up for DC Rock & Roll this weekend. Love.

7. I also did yoga three times last week...for the second week in a row! I'm seriously loving these Yoga with Adrienne videos and how they're helping me build a practice. My goal is to keep practicing 3 times per week (minimum) and then increase it, and eventually do that 30 Day Challenge that I never finished when I hurt my knee! Love. 

That's what's going on in my corner of the world!
What about yours?

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Feeling... Tired, achy and sore. Between Tuesday night's yoga session and yesterday's tackle of Capitol Hill, my body is aching. It feels so good to be back at it, but man oh man, when my alarm went off this morning for yoga, I definitely went back to bed.

Reading... Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I picked it up at an adorable little "Take a book, leave a book" stand outside someone's house and started it on the Metro this morning. So far, I love it. It made my commute fly by. I've also had this book on my Amazon Wish List for awhile, so I'm excited I picked it up.

Listening to... "Hey Jude" on repeat. I've always loved The Beatles, but oddly, I had never heard this song until the movie Across the Universe came out. I love it. Side note, the cover of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" from that movie is my favorite cover of all time.

Watching... We still haven't gotten our cable hook up in our apartment so I have no idea what's on television right now. This week, I caught up on New Girl and Mindy Project on Fox, but when you have to watch those shows on the network's site, you can't watch last week's episode until after this week's episode, leaving you perpetually a week behind. No big deal, but I also need to catch up on Downton Abbey because Slate may or may not have tweeted a giant spoiler this week.

Thinking about... Serial. I finally finished it and can't stop thinking about it.

Working on... my training schedule for the Rock 'n' Roll Half. I signed up last week and started training on Monday...without a training plan. That was definitely one of my New Year's Resolutions, so that's something I need to work on this week.

Loving... work. Almost two weeks in and I'm still really happy. Things are starting to get busy too! Also, that this is my 700th blog post. I love that I've kept up this blog for almost 5 years!

Needing... to get our bedroom in shape. Our apartment is really starting to shape up nicely, and our living room is almost done but the bedroom is in bad shape. Our closet is finally finished, but there are still piles of stuff in the bedroom and no art on the walls. I guess that will be this weekend's project. Maybe I wouldn't feel so pressured to get things in order if we were in a house...the fact that we're renting, just makes me want to get it done as quickly as possible.

Excited about... weddings! I love weddings. We went from having one this year to three and I'm pretty pumped about it. Time to break out my dancing shoes!

That's what's going on in my world this week.
What about you?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wedding Pictures: The Ceremony

When I left the hotel for the church, it was pouring...that seemingly endless kind of downpour that looks like it's going to last for days.

My mom and I rode to the church together and when we got there, she went inside and I just waited outside for a little bit watching the rain pour down and not so calmly waiting to make my way into the church.

My brother and my cousin Chris stood by the door and handed out programs. They also blocked the doors once they were closed so that no one could see me in the vestibule!

Luckily, our church was small, only about 14 pews deep so the procession moved pretty quickly. We started with grandparents, then parents, then the bridesmaids, escorted by the groomsmen, followed by the ring bearer and flower girl.

I stayed in the car, right until my little nephew walked down carrying his "Has anyone seen the rings?" sign (which I made!) and then it was time to get married!

The Pilot was waiting for me at the end of the aisle, and unfortunately we couldn't see each other since the Best Man was standing right in front of him! I pretty much ran down the aisle because I was so eager to see him.

My dad walked me down the aisle and my mom met us at the top of the aisle and my parents gave us their blessing.

As per Catholic tradition, we started the ceremony with the priest asking us if we freely and willingly came to this church to get married.

Our ceremony was exactly an hour long, which was great. Catholic weddings tend to go pretty long! Two of my sisters and The Pilot's sister all did readings and the music was beautiful. I grew up going to Catholic school so all of the songs that were sung had a special meaning to me.

After the readings and the gospel, we said our vows and exchanged rings.

And then, we were married!

As we were walking out of the church, the first thing I noticed was that it wasn't raining anymore!

A quick..."We're married!" moment.
I really didn't want a lot of formal photos in the church, but we snapped a few and were in and out of there in 10 minutes...

 ...and on our way to the National Mall for outdoor photos!

It was really important to both of us that we had a Catholic wedding. The Pilot and I were both raised Catholic and our faith is really important to both of us. Our ceremony was beautiful and I'm so happy that we were able to include so many of our family in the wedding through the ceremony. We laughed through it, we cried through it, and we enjoyed it, and once it was over, it was time to have some serious fun!

Come back next week to see my favorite photos...our formal portraits around the DC monuments!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Recipe: Cheddar and Brie Pasta Bake

Pasta and cheese are easily at the top of the list of my favorite foods. Recently, I've discovered pasta bakes as easy meals to make for dinner that reheat really nicely for lunch the next day. I've made this cherry tomato, spinach and garlic mozzarella bake a bunch of times and absolutely love it. It's cheesy, garlicky, and really filling.

A few nights ago, I decided to make it but realized that I was out of mozzarella. Instead, I had brie. So, I made a few simple adjustments to the recipe, and it turned out delicious!

 Here's what you'll need.

1 box rigatoni
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 handful fresh spinach
2 cloves garlic
1 cup brie, torn into pieces
1/2 cup of cheddar

1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a baking dish with olive oil
2. Set pasta to boil and cook al dente. (You don't want the noodles to be too soft since they'll bake again in the oven.)
3. While pasta is cooking, prep spinach, shred cheddar cheese and tear brie into small pieces.

4. When pasta is finished, strain and pour into casserole dish, add whole cherry tomatoes, and brie.

5. Add garlic to casserole dish, drizzle with olive oil, add a few pinches salt and pepper.

6. Mix everything together and pour cheddar on top.

7. Bake 20-25 minutes.

8. Serve immediately with a side of garlic bread, wine optional.

To reheat, put into a microwave-safe container, lift the lid slightly and microwave for 90 seconds.


Friday, January 16, 2015

5 Things I'm Thankful For

Hi there! I'm taking a page out of Holly's book today to list five things I'm thankful for this Friday!

1. My New Job - I have never felt so welcomed at a job before. All I've heard all week from everyone is how excited my team is to have me...even from people who aren't on my team. My new Director even brought cupcakes to our staff meeting to celebrate my first week. I know it's early, but things are off to an incredible start.

2. Yoga - I've done yoga in my living room the last too much and I've forgotten how incredible it is to just breathe. Two years ago, I was regularly practicing yoga and I hate that I stopped. It was more because of money than anything, but this year, I'm recommitting.

I can't do this anymore...but I will!
3. Flight Benefits - I'm really fortunate that I have flight benefits from The Pilot. This week, because of some changes happening with The Pilot's job (good changes!) and because of the uncertainties of flying standby in the middle of the winter, I had to book a flight. The simple experience of purchasing air travel has never been so complicated and it was insanely frustrating. In the end, I got my flights and I'm excited to take off somewhere fun soon!

4. Three Day Weekends - Starting a new job the week before a long weekend is awesome. I'm so excited to have the weekend to unwind. Most of my week was filled with HR stuff, and I didn't really dive into things related to my position until today. I'm excited to come back after the long weekend and really hit the ground running!

5. Our Marriage - Marriage is pretty awesome. It's a whole new adventure and I love it.

That's what I've got for you. 
What are you thankful for this week?
Happy Friday!