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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Shower thy Sister

My sister is getting married in August to the boy next door (literally).  The engaged couple has been together forever and I am so happy that they are finally able to be living in the same city and planning out a future together.

Being the Maid of Honor, I hate the word Matron, I get to plan the bridal shower.  Planning is usually my forte – see blog name, but planning from 12 hours away and only arriving a day in advance isn’t easy.
Tara sitting under a bridal banner.

The Urge to Purge

Gross title, but it’s not what you think. I am the opposite of a hoarder, I love to get rid of items.

I am not a very sentimental girl.  I don’t keep old movie stubs, I don’t keep awards I earned throughout my school years, and I most certainly don’t keep anything I don’t like just because someone gave it to me as a gift.  But I am not completely heartless.  I do enjoy photographs, I hold on to books I’ve enjoyed and will definitely read again, and I’ve kept every romantic card/letter Alex has ever written me.  I take pride in the fact that I am cutthroat when it comes to making decisions and I know many people who could benefit from my purging skills.

Healthy Habits

Since the start of the year I have really made an effort to establish better habits for a couple of reasons. One, I have a lot of areas of improvement to work on. Since I am a few months away from my 30s I have noticed that my metabolism is drastically slowing down and my problem areas are increasing in number. Secondly, I just need to start being a more responsible adult because if I don’t start these habits now when will I? Lastly, I have a lot of time on my hands. I have no baby to take care of and all my friends have babies and/or are pregnant so my social life has slowed considerably.

I have found that introducing one new healthy habit a month has worked for me because I can just focus for four weeks on incorporating that one new habit and by the end of the month I don’t really need to think about it any more . . . a healthy habit has formed.

Women exercising

Life Lessons Not Learned

There are a few things I just can’t seem to remember. I learn these life lessons over and over but they just don’t stick.

Do NOT try out new recipes on guests.

Why I decide to make something new each time I have people over for a meal is beyond me. The recipe always ends up taking longer than it should. Often, the result isn’t what I wanted. When I make a recipe the first time I almost always have changes that I would make to it the next time, that is if I don’t decide to nix it completely. As a former Home Ec teacher it is quite embarrassing when I am a disaster in the kitchen. Why don’t I just stick to recipes I love and I know I make great when I am trying to make a good impression?

Pinterest fail
Not one of my actual fails but you get the idea.

Date Nights and a Dirty Thirty

The bar scene in the movie makes me laugh so hard!

One of the only benefits of not having the infant we so desperately yearn for is that Alex and I can go on date nights any time we want.

For Valentine’s Day, Alex was so sweet to buy us tickets to one of my all-time favorite movies “Yours, Mine, and Ours” (the original of course – I hate remakes).  The movie was being shown downtown at the Elks Movie Theater as part of the Nostalgia Night Film Series.  I have to admit we were probably the youngest couple in the theater but I just love the movie and the theater even provided a special program giving historical facts about the movie.  I had no idea the film was based on a true story.   I really enjoy learning the history and fun little tidbits about films.