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Happy Easter!


photo credit to Mom

Happy Easter! May your day be filled with love, family, sunshine and…

tulips! Have a good one! ūüôā¬†

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We Wear Our Sunglasses At Night

The best part of wedding planning has definitely been the time I get to spend with my friends. We all live in different towns all of these extra wedding-related visits have been pretty awesome.

Last night, Lindsey and Stef came up and we hit the happening town of Occoquan.

We have fun everywhere we go. We drank. We danced. We wore our sunglasses at night.

This morning, Sam arrived and we met mom at David’s Bridal for Bridesmaids’ dress shopping. I had four dresses in mind and wanted to narrow¬†it down to two.

The girls tried on various dresses of similar styles to my top picks. We decided on the David’s Bridal one shoulder dress for Lindsey, my matron of honor.

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My other three girls¬†(Maeghen¬†couldn’t make this trip) will be wearing this strapless David’s Bridal dress. The best part about this dress? The pockets! I love them!

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All of the dresses will come in truffle which is a really rich chocolate brown. My dress will include a ribbon of brown that matches, and the Groomsmen will be wearing vests in the same color.

The bouquets of gerbera daisies will add nice, bright pops of fall color.

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I originally wanted to find burnt orange shoes for the girls, but had a hard time finding shoes in the right color of orange. So I may do a more neutral color to stay with the fall palate.

I’m getting these shoes for myself.

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They also come in ivory. I think they would be pretty with the brown dresses and bright flowers. Plus they match my shoes, which would make for cute pictures.

But I may just let the girls pick whatever shoes they want. They all have good style and excellent judgement, so I know they will look great.

I loved having my friends here and being able to share in the wedding planning with them. They all looked so pretty in their dresses. It made the wedding a little more real and got us one step closer the big day!

We are making some big progress with the wedding. I hope it continues to go smoothly. I am enjoying crossing things off my list and watching the plan slowly come together. Six more months until we say, “I do!” ūüôā¬†

Stop the Presses

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Wine lovers rejoice! Trader Joe’s now sells boxed wine. It comes with a nifty hand slot and spigot for easy wine pourage. It comes in red and white. I was lucky enough to get a box of red this morning. They were almost sold out! I love you, Trader Joe’s. You never disappoint!

The Games of Hunger

Mom and I went to the midnight showing of Hunger Games last night. Is anyone surprised?¬†We¬†see every major, awesome movie on their opening nights- Pirates of the Caribbean, Twilight, Harry Potter…

We both read the Hunger Games trilogy last year and have been hooked ever since. And I am happy to report that the movie did not disappoint! The book was better, of course. But I was super happy with how the movie turned out. They stayed pretty true to the book and added lots of little details that would only really make sense if you knew the books.

I wish there was a little more relationship development. In the books,¬†I love Katniss’ relationships with Prim and Gale and her will¬†to do anything for her family. I also love Katniss and Rue’s friendship, and that was a bit rushed. But it was a 2 hour and 20 minute movie. They only had so much time. Going into the movie, I was Team Peeta¬†all the way…I still am after the movie! Josh Hutcherson¬†is such a cutie!

I also thought Jennifer Lawrence did awesome as Katniss. Katniss¬†is kind of a hard character to like because of her social awkwardness and inability to connect with most people.¬†Lawrence did a good job at being¬†protective and strong but also a little hard to love. I can’t wait for Catching Fire!

In other news, this is how DC looks in the spring. Such an impressive city!

Mom took these pictures of the cherry blossoms. Aren’t they amazing?

My best friend’s wedding shower is tomorrow. I can’t wait to see everyone! Have a fab weekend! ūüôā

Rock n Roll USA Half Marathon – Race Recap

Another half marathon is in the books. Looking back on it, I had fun. But honestly, it was the first race that ever made me question why I run. I was pretty much miserable the whole race. Everything that could be off, was off – my head, my legs, my stomach. It was a text book bad run.

All I have to say, is thank goodness for Sam. She kept me going through so many times moments when I was struggling. She was a rock star and powered through the whole 13.1 miles – even the crazy rolling hills.

But bad run (on my part) aside, it really was an awesome race. I was skeptical. Rock n Roll is notorious for overselling races and really just being in the business to make money. I knew it would be crowded. I knew the Metro would be a mess. I knew we would need to be patient.

Rock n Roll ended up pulling it out. The crowd control was great. The corrals allowed for a decent, wave start.  Yes, there were lots and lots of runners. But I think it was a very well put together race, especially for being ran completely in DC. That meant lots of closed roads, lots of police and volunteers, and lots of logistics and planning.

Our day started nice and early. In order to get to the Metro right when it opened at 6, we left my house at 5:30. The Metro ride was long since we got on at the first stop of the Blue line. By the time we got to the Stadium Armory stop, the Metro trains were packed to the last inch with runners.

As soon as we got off the Metro, we got in line for the porta potties. There was a lot of waiting that morning. While a wave start is good for crowd control, it also means we didn’t cross the Start line until 8:30.

My race was bad but everything else was great – the course, the support, the volunteers. There was never a time that there weren’t people cheering us on and there was always something interesting to look at. I have never run a race with such an exciting course. I am a total nerd for DC so it was so fun to run through neighborhoods and see lots of awesome¬†architecture¬†up close.

There were lots of water stations, plenty of volunteers, and every runner I encountered was super nice. The best part of the race was running through the tunnels and neighborhoods. There were SO many people cheering, giving out high fives, pouring beer for the runners, and blaring music. At some moments it felt like we were running a legit race, like it was the New York Marathon or something.

I wish my run matched the atmosphere. That would have made it the perfect race. But some runs are bad and some are good. I snagged a PR, ran with my best friend, and at the end of the day, I still love running.

The finisher’s chute was pretty amazing. They had LOTS of food for the runners and the band, Switchfoot, was rocking and rolling. I was majorly dehydrated (it was an unseasonably warm day for March, almost too warm for a spring run), and we were both starving, so we made our way back to Springfield and¬†immediately drove to Chipotle. ¬†It was the perfect ending to our morning of running.

After the endorphins set in, all I could think about was the next race. Next up is the George Washington Parkway Classic in April and the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in May. All of these races are getting me prepared for the big daddy of em all – Marine Corps Marathon in October. This race showed me that I have a long way to go. Fortunately, I have a few months to train and lots of races in between.

I will definitely run Rock n Roll USA again. Hopefully, Rock n Roll Virginia Beach in September will be just as organized and fun.

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Rock n Roll USA complete. It was a great race made even better because I ran it with my best friend. Recap to come tomorrow.

Oh yeah, Bill had fun too!

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14 Miles and a Wedding Dress

I took a mini blogging hiatus. The past few days have been busy with leaving my old job and getting ready for my new one – lots going on!

I had Friday off as a little break between jobs. So mom and I made plans for lunch and shopping in Old Town. After doing some damage at the Gap Outlet, we went for a light lunch and coffee at a cute little place called Bread & Chocolate.

As usual, our conversation centered around wedding talk. Mom mentioned the wedding dress store down the street. I told her it was close and we could walk there if we wanted to. After we finished our lunch, we walk about three blocks north to Ellie’s Bridal. We figured that we could browse around at the very least and just look.

Since we didn’t have an appointment, I didn’t even think I would be able to try on dresses. When we walked in there were no other customers. A very nice sales lady named Tamera helped us right away. She told us I could try on dresses if I wanted and asked what I was looking for.

I had a vague idea of what I liked in my head, but didn’t want to out right eliminate anything because you never know. Dresses look completely different on the hanger than they do on your body, so we pulled lots of dresses of all different types.

After about 10 minutes of browsing, and lots of dresses waiting for me in the dressing room, I decided to start changing. I tried on one dress. I can’t even tell you what it looked like. I came out of the room and said, eh then moved onto the next one. The next two I didn’t even put on all the way. I just looked at them off of the hanger and said, eh.

Then I pulled on the next dress. I stepped out of the dressing room and Tamera helped with the back of the dress. As she was fixing the back, mom started to get a look on her face. When the dress was fully on, I stepped on the stage and looked in the mirror. I looked at it from all angles. As I kept looking, I started smiling. Mom said, “it this it?” I said, “I think this is it.” The dress had everything ¬†I wanted and more. There was nothing about the dress that was lacking. It was perfect.

Just like that, I found my wedding dress. It only took two dresses and a few minutes of browsing and I found it. Mom started to cry and I got super red. It was so weird to try on a dress and find “the one.”

I didn’t even plan to start looking at dresses until the end of the month. Truthfully, it was the part of the wedding planning that I was least looking forward to. But this dress was just too perfect to pass up.

So now I have my wedding dress – one more big piece of the planning is complete! I can’t wait for it to come in so we can get to altering!

If that wasn’t enough, I went on a 14 mile run this morning. Nothing motivates you to run your furthest distance ever than buying your wedding dress! Whenever I started to feel a little unmotivated I just started thinking about our wedding and the dress and the fact that I wanted to look like a rock star on our day and I just kept running.

14 miles was only one mile further than a half marathon (ignoring that silly .1) but I was proud of myself for running my furthest distance ever. Now I am even more motivated to increase my distance. After my next half in two weeks, I’m going for a new record – 16 miles!

Marcus picked me up after my run and we went to Moe’s for lunch. Nothing like stuffing your face with cheesy, spicy nachos after 14 miles. It was awesome!

Another awesome thing? I saw my eagle friend, Martha. She was in her perch, overlooking the Potomac, but close enough to her nest to watch for any trouble.

What an amazing few days! Now I just hope that the new job starts off just as great! ūüôā