Thursday, February 26, 2015


Feeling... frustrated. One and half miles into my run this morning, my knee flared up and I had to stop. I took last week off, but this is now the 3rd out of my last 4 runs that have ended with knee pain.

Reading... Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. It's my book club's pick for this month. I was so hooked within the first 15 pages but then I kind of fell off a little bit. It's at times intriguing and other times confusing. This is one where I have no idea how it's going to end, so I'll keep reading.

Watching... "Downton Abbey." I had fallen behind a few episodes and I caught up over the weekend...only to miss the most recent episode due to the Oscars. Let me tell you...we had been considering getting rid of cable, but moving to our new place, getting cable wasn't an option (our basement apartment isn't wired for it) and I don't like it. I haven't watched any of my favorite shows all season. I didn't watch TV around the clock, but I miss not having cable. I think I'm the only person to have ever said that.

Thinking about... our first anniversary trip. We've had a destination in mind since even before our honeymoon, but lately I've talked to some people who have said they didn't love it. Some research is definitely in order.

Working on... touching my toes. After only three classes back in a studio, I can already touch them in seated! I'm excited for what incorporating more yoga is going to do for me!
This was in June of 2013...right in the middle of my 30 Day Yoga Challenge...
which only lasted 19 days because my knee gave out the week this picture was taken.
Needing... to just be able to run. It's been 2 1/2 years since I first injured myself and I just want to be back to myself again. 

Loving... my new yoga studio. My friend Abby and I went there last night and ended up staying after class for 45 minutes talking to the owner, one of the instructors and another student. The studio opened up last week and I adore it. It's such a gorgeous, friendly, welcoming space. It's my new happy place.

Excited about... a possible trip to Ikea this weekend...if it doesn't snow again!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wedding Pictures: The Details

We didn't have wedding colors. We had a theme. I got so tired of everyone always asking "What are your colors?!" because we didn't really have any. There wasn't really anything that fit into a color scheme...sure my flowers had blue accents, and the bridesmaids wore blue, but those were about the only things that matched. I scoured the internet for ideas of how we could incorporate our theme, and to be honest, my searches came up pretty short. So, I had to get creative. 

You've already seen our boarding pass invitations and passport programs, but here they are again: 

My sister, Tatiana, designed our invitations. She designed the logo in the upper right hand corner with our initials. The QR code on the boarding pass actually scanned to our website! Our reception and accommodations card had the same design as the invitations and were stuffed into a little sleeve with a luggage tag as an RSVP card. I loved them so much!

The Pilot wore airplane cufflinks with his tux. We had been searching around for a pair for months, but I finally found some on an Etsy shop

At the ceremony, we stored our passport programs in these adorable little suitcases which I found at Home Goods. Post-wedding, I've even repurposed them into a bar case in our new apartment!

Once the guests walked into the reception, they were greeted with a "Flight Check-In" section. Instead of doing escort cards and table numbers, I made a seating chart and pinned each table to the city in the world where each guest was sitting. The tables were named after cities The Pilot and I had been to. Our table was Greece, our honeymoon destination!

Our card box was another one of the cases we used for the programs.

For a guest book, I blew up one of our engagement photos and had our guests sign around it. It's currently hanging in our apartment, and it's fun to walk past it every day and read the well wishes that our friends and family wrote to us!

I was so happy with the way the tables came out. I didn't want to spend a fortune on floral centerpieces so I made the centerpieces using globes I bought at World Market, with bases we made from PVC.

For the table names, I used vintage airline posters, printed them out on 5x7 postcards and laminated them. This was one of my favorite projects, and I'm looking forward to finding a creative way to use them around the house! The Pilot loves them!

Our San Francisco table
At each table, we included a few Polaroid shots that I printed with Polaroid Foto Bar. I love these! They're about a 1/4 inch thick so they aren't flimsy and everyone loved looking at pictures of us in all of the different places we've traveled to together! These were a ton of fun when "Hey Ya" came on and my sister ran back to the table and everyone started grabbing pictures and shaking the Polaroids on the dance floor!

Our food was phenomenal. Old Ebbitt is, after all, DC's most famous restaurant! To start, they served a Tomato Gazpacho, which was incredible.

The next course was an Apple Salad with arugula, walnuts, and goat cheese.

The entree was roasted chicken with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, snap peas, and roasted carrots.

The food was incredible and everyone loved it! I don't know why everyone kept telling me to make sure I ate. I think I ate more at our wedding than I ever have! After dinner, of course, was the most important part...dessert! We had a full dessert bar with miniature key lime and pecan pies, nutella macarons, chocolate and vanilla cake pops, and oatmeal cream pies.

We even had little to go boxes so that those who were too full could bring some desserts home!

I've already shown you pictures of our miniature cutting cake, which had an adorable little fondant plane flying off the cake, trailing the words "Oh the places we'll go."

The cupcakes were from Georgetown Cupcake, the store featured on DC Cupcakes. They're definitely one of my favorite cupcake shops in DC.

The cake/cupcake stand was one of the more difficult DIY projects I did. My mom definitely saved me on this one. I had bought the stand from Amazon and took an old road map to decoupage it. In the end, I loved the way it looked. It wasn't all that time consuming, but it definitely needed a little TLC from mom when I was finished with it. I loved the little airplane designs they made for us!

So, there you have it! All of the little details of our travel themed wedding here in DC!

If you missed any and want to revisit them, feel free to go back and check them out!

The Dress (that my mama made!)

If you have any questions for me about planning our wedding or anything related to it, I'd be happy to answer them, feel free to leave them in the comments section!

Lastly, I've said this before, but I have to say this again. Our photographer, Chris Zarconi, and his assistant/girlfriend, Abby (my new running buddy) were so much more than photographers. They contributed something to our day, and I'm so happy that we hired them and so grateful for their talent, their skill, and more recently their friendship. If you live in the DC area and are looking for a photographer for any event, I highly recommend Chris. 

Thanks so much for reading along with all of these posts! It has been so fun reliving our wedding day  with you, and your comments have all been so sweet! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Training Update: (Less than) one month to go

This used to be a running blog. Being sidelined by injury for over a year started to change that and I've realized that despite the fact that I'm running more and more, I haven't really talked about my running much here on PTRS.

I'm hoping that changes with this post.

This weekend marked 4 weeks until the DC Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon. One of my New Year's resolutions, or non-resolutions, as I should probably call them, was to actually train for a race with a printed out, taped to the fridge training plan the way I used to.

I haven't done that and I need to. So, with less than 4 weeks to go, it's time to officially start training for this race.

Last week, I ran 7 miles on Monday...and I haven't run since. I took Tuesday off and Wednesday I wasn't feeling great. Thursday, the temperatures were so frigid, and after running in that on Sunday and Monday, I opted for yoga instead. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I was sick.

Whenever I get sick like that, I always like to ease back into things, so last night, I went to yoga at my new favorite place, East Side Yoga. The studio just opened last week in Capitol Hill and I purchased their introductory pass of 3 classes for $15. My friend Abby and I went to a class last Thursday and I went again last night.

{L} The walkway leading up to the studio {R} The practice room, with its firefly sky
It was incredible. This studio is absolutely stunning. It's the most beautiful studio I've ever practiced in. I feel so focused just being there, and Alia, the studio owner is amazing. She's so inviting and friendly that you feel like you're going over to someone's house, rather than to practice yoga.

So, it's good that I'm getting back into yoga, but let's talk about what I'm going to be running this week.

Tuesday (today): 4 miles. I'm not sure if I'm going to do these inside at my office gym (depends how crowded it is after work), or if I can try to tackle them outside. It's so unbelievably icy in my neighborhood right now. Barely anyone shoveled their sidewalks during the weekend snow storm and just walking to the Metro feels like I'm walking across a skating rink.

Wednesday: Back to yoga.

Thursday: 4 miles.

Friday: 4 miles, depending on how I'm feeling. My PT advised me last summer to only run every other day. I've noticed, since I've been back running, that I almost always experience knee pain on days when I run back to back, so we'll see. I just got new shoes, that might help. If I don't run, I might take the day off.

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 8 miles. This is the run I was hoping to do this weekend. Since I didn't get it in, I need to do it this weekend. I was planning on using this week as a step back week anyway, so I'm not really all that concerned about it.

At this point in my training, I'm feeling pretty good, but I'm still really nervous. I felt great about my training going into last year's Nike Women's Half and my knee blew up at Mile 8 after an entirely pain-free training cycle.

My only goal for this race is to finish strong and pain-free, so that I can finally start to feel like a runner again.

I'm hoping that this week brings me the confidence I need to feel like that will happen. 
Are you training for anything this spring?
How's your training going?

Monday, February 23, 2015

10 Random Facts about Me

I was sick this weekend. Saturday involved something that my have been food poisoning and Sunday I woke up with a temperature of 100.1. Needless to say, I slept more than I've ever slept in my life and the most moving I did was from the bedroom to the couch...and even that was a struggle sometimes.

I'm feeling much, much better today. Since I don't have much of a weekend update to give, I thought I'd offer a list of random facts about me...because who doesn't love those.

1. I was a Girl Scout. I love Girl Scout cookies. When I moved to New Jersey and tried to join my school's troop, they wouldn't let me because they were "full" so my mom and another mom took the troop leader training and started a troop for all of the girls that the other troop wouldn't let in. It was kind of awesome...especially because we 'bridged' before them. I wish I had stayed a Girl Scout longer, but I didn't. I get irrationally angry when I see DIY Girl Scout cookie posts on Pinterest. The money goes to a charity. Just buy the cookies.
2. I fell into nonprofit development by accident. It wasn't something I ever wanted to do but I love it and I'm good at it, and I know it's the perfect career path for me to focus on to get to where I ultimately want to be.
3. I harbor fantasies of getting my PhD one day.
4. When I was 5, I used to choreograph roller blading routines to the Aladdin soundtrack and perform them in my driveway.

This was pre-roller blade days, but you get the picture.
5. I also had an imaginary friend named Jamie when I was 5.
6. After grad school, I worked at lululemon for a few months before moving to DC. They made us come up with a list of our goals for the next 1, 5 and 10 years. One of my 1 year goals was to be able to touch my toes. I had to have a "talking to" because that wasn't considered a realistic goal. It's still a goal of mine.
7. I gave up soda for Lent when I was a freshman in high school. I've never looked back...except for when I was in India and it was so unbearably hot that Coke seemed to be the only thing to quench my thirst.
8. I'm not a fan of the peanut butter/chocolate combination.
9. I stopped eating meat the summer after my Freshman year of college. I've gone back and forth with periods where I do and don't eat seafood...but every year, my mom roasts a pork on Christmas and I eat it. We call it lechon. It's tradition.
10. The first concert I ever saw was NSync, BB Mak and Jessica Simpson. I cried when BB Mak came on stage.

Did you miss my post on Friday? This week, The Pilot will be answering your questions about what it's like to be a pilot! You can leave your questions on the comments page of this post.

Whar are some random facts about you?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ask the Pilot

A few years ago, The Pilot agreed to answer some questions about what it's like to be an airline pilot.

It was a fun post to work on together, so I thought I'd put up another one to give you another chance to ask him any and all questions you may have.

Nothing is off limits here, you can ask about his schedules, his routes, favorite airports, getting through security, what it's like being married to me, whatever you want! I'll leave this post open for a week and you can leave your questions in the comments!

I'll post the questions (and answers!) next Friday!
Have a great weekend!