Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Review

I kept telling myself I would blog this week but things got kind of crazy when my sweet neighbor went into labor early Wednesday morning.  This matters because both her and her husband don't have family close by and they asked me to let the dogs out when her time came.  Cue me being pretty late leaving for work through Friday morning. Thankfully we are still in summer traffic season here in Atlanta so I wasn't actually late for work any day.   Had a pretty chill work week but felt stressed and irritable for some reason so that will explain the giant photo of Pinkberry lunch below.  It just seemed totally necessary for survival by Friday afternoon. 




Gus and Gizmo.  My babies for the week! I pretty much want to steal that little black pug.  Not even going to lie. 



Originally planned for a Saturday lunch with Elise but after looking at the rain report we decided to run up to JCT Bar after work Friday night for some angry mussels and fries.  We had long chats over rosé and walked around Westside Provisions and even had our first Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams treat.  


We walked around Star Provisions to window shop and peeked into that pesky Bacchanalia which killed me a lot inside because GOOD LORD I want to eat there so badly! It was a super nice evening and not too crowded I think because there was a 30% chance of rain -- which of course meant a nice breeze on the patio.  It did rain but we were there early enough to get one of the tables under cover on the back patio of the bar.  It was a super night with my wonderful friend.  She makes me laugh hysterically on the reg.  I only wish my wit were as sharp as hers. 


I'm still really trying to save money but finally gave in to replacing two of my throw pillows because the yellow and gray silky ones from Target were full of coffee/drink spills and dog drool.  I couldn't take it anymore.  I kind of feel like Chevron is played out but these were pretty much my only option after several trips to Homegoods the last few weeks.  It's not like Domino Mag is coming to shoot my town home anytime soon so I just bit the bullet in the name of cleanliness.  Also - don't look too closely at the Ikea sofa that so clearly needs to be replaced judging from the ALL THE STAINS on the cushions.  Le sigh. 



This morning Matt and I actually slept until 7:30.  I walked the dogs and then got back in bed to watch The Open with him under the covers until we dragged ourselves downstairs around 9 to make breakfast and coffee.  This NEVER happens.  It was soooooo nice.  I never allow myself to lay in bed -- there just always seems like there is too much on my list to complete before heading back to work. 

As far as the photo -- I know you like that butter wrapper in the pic right? It's Sunday -- my preferred cooking/baking day of the week so I jumped up and made some blackberry scones this morning.  Wow.  I could sit down and slowly eat through all of them today alone.  Grabbed the recipe here -- note I cook everything with almond milk these days so I subbed that in where the recipe called for regular milk.  Also, don't freak out about smushed blackberries because hey -- what can you really do about that when trying to roll out your dough? 

Happy Sunday! What are you up to? Baking? Reading? Nothing? 

~the engaged gal~






Monday, July 14, 2014

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, Right?




I'm back and interrupting regularly scheduled programming -- oh wait -- that would mean we have been blogging regularly.  (Jokes. I got 'em.)  Lucky for y'all I'm nursing a weird summer cold and decided to skip the gym since I sat at my desk with a hacking cough all day.  Clearly, the main reason for our scheduled interruption is to introduce you to our new family member and get you up to speed on my ever dwindling last year officially filing taxes as "single".  How is it that we are 5 months away from wedding day?! I need to register!!! 

Ok. Without further adieu I give you Arnold "Arnie" Palmer.  



Matt and I had a lot of discussions about another dog.  How long we should wait, what kind; etc.  Long talks at night.  Sometimes hard talks.  Clearly we can't bring back our beloved Hogan.  But after a lot of discussion and looking around we did decide that when we got another dog we would be adopting another boxer.  We have just had such a wonderful, wonderful experience with the breed.  We did go through Atlanta Boxer Rescue and we were really pleased with their organization and happy to contribute our adoption fee.  Many thanks to Arnie's foster mom -- she was completely amazing.  Note if you are interested in a boxer also check out their facebook page - it gets updated much more often and has lots of great info! 


I'm not going to mention any names...but someone has been a little bit sad about not being an only dog child anymore.  But it's only been a week and we have high hopes for our boys.  Arnie is incredibly sweet and well mannered.  Always a nice contrast to our loving yet sometimes high strung Rocky. 


In case you miss all my instagrams.  Trying to spice up office wear.  Mainly wondering if I could pass for a carnival worker or make it into an office meeting with this one? We have all the colors. 


We had a lovely 4th of July weekend and spent Sunday morning at E's house with babies for champagne and Wimbledon.  Housewife is the ultimate multi-tasker, no? 


Who can resist a baby in a bubble dress with a stuffed animal? 


After a super serious nap 4th of July weekend Matt and I managed to rouse ourselves, shower and get our asses out for dinner.  We had a fabulous dinner at our fave Vin 25 and the weather was just so perfect we walked down to Roswell Provisions for a tiny dessert. 


I've also been working super hard to make a neighborhood friend! The sweet girl down the street also has a pug -- Gizmo and we went on a double date to the food truck alley in Alpharetta last Thursday! 


Sad face because I vacuumed a lot on Saturday.  Apparently someone does not appreciate that since he got scared and had his first accident in the house on my watch.  


Made my first quiche this weekend! I loved it. I had 3 pieces today. 


We ended Sunday with a lot of patio hanging and grilling up some chicken as weekday dinner prep. 


I know that was a lot.  I'll try not to be gone so long. I think I'm finally getting a bit used to my new schedule, am a full-fledged audio book addict, got my last few save the date cards mailed and I've managed to get the house back under control and cleaned up.  July has been a success so far.  

Love you. Mean it! 

the engaged gal

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Five [ In Pictures ]

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No. 1 and Turtle at a Birthday party 

Disturbing the peace at the library 

My beloved black ceiling in my front room

Lake Days with Grandpa and Grammie 

Fleeting moments of sisterly love 

How is your summer going? I feel like it's going by too fast, that it's going to be gone before I know it. We're planning a fun weekend trip and I have a girls trip or two (one with the twins) which should be loads of fun. Summer mantra: I will have fun. I will have fun. :) 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Meet the Parents

Well we finally have Matt's mom back from her trip and since both his parents are here now we are about to embark on a meet the family whirlwind weekend. Matt's mom has already met my mom, step mom, and The Housewife but we haven't been able to do the real deal meet and greet with both. As my parents are divorced this is a full blown weekend activity. 

I know everything will be fine. Surely...

The house is still kind of a disaster. I'm trying to let that go. Note to self - it's not the best idea to jet out of town the weekend before you have big company. But hey -- YOLO, right? 

We don't get much company so it's been a nice June with lots of visitors. But we are taking our calendar back in July and working to keep it super empty. We will be welcoming home our new boxer boy Arnie that we adopted through Atlanta Boxer Rescue once he is done with heartworm treatment in July so we really want to be home as much as possible at the end of the month to help him settle in. I will update and do a post on our adoption as soon as I can! 

Happy Saturday readers! Looking forward to catching up on posts in July!! 

-the engaged gal-

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Five: Fourth of July

Every year the Fourth of July comes and I feel that I'm lacking enough Americana in my wardrobe, the the kids too. Some fun things I've seen. 

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1. Freshly Picked Moccasins in Born in The USA
The twins will be getting some of these adorable moccasins in a different color in the fall for sure. I think about them all the time, especially when the rip their toes out of their SunSan Sandals all the damn time. 

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2. Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace in Cobalt
I have this in white and I love it. Perfect way to add something special to your barbecue outfits. 

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This is on sale for 50% off right now. This picture is very blurry for some reason so I linked this up above. I should really just go buy this right now I like it so much. 




4. Hilfiger ASOS American Flag Tank
Sadly, sold out. This was my favorite and why you should always plan ahead for your patriotic holidays. I'm sure the World Cup has something to do with this out of stock business too. This is what I should be wearing, with cutoffs, because all I will be doing is running around after little people sweating to death. 

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5. Cotton Snaps The President
I just got some of these in a different pattern. These could be cool for your man to wear. 

Hope you are all making fabulous and fun Fourth plans! Turtle will be running the Peachtree Road Race on Friday....you know, in one of those fast groups that go out right behind the Elite runners. He will be heading down with his sister and brother-in-law. I suppose I'll just stay home with the rug rats and make pancakes and watch it on TV. 

The Housewife

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Five on Saturday

1. We're having Kid Free Weekend 2014 this weekend. We were going to plan a trip but honestly we have so many things around the house that need to be done, that never get done, we decided to stay. We need to move No. 1 to a new room so we can separate the twins. We are doing some painting and cleaning some things out as well. 

2. I've discussed my cubital tunnel with my physical therapist some more and at this point she is not sure how much more she can help me without the surgery. Sigh. My follow up with the doctor is on July 2nd, and I will probably try to schedule surgery ASAP. My baby sitter whom I love is back home from college and if I can get in soon she can help me during the tough weeks. My PT does think I will recover quickly so fingers crossed. I'd rather give birth again. 

3. I painted my sitting room ceiling black and I LOVE it. I used Sherwin Williams Black Magic and it looks wonderful. Get it in flat finish. I'm painting the walls white and the room has some good crown molding. When I say that I painted it, I mean my sweet husband painted it. 

4. The Single Gal has been reading Nasty Gal's book #GIRLBOSS. She says it's a great read about how she started out and it's definitely going on my to-read list.

Okay, so maybe just four today. Hopefully I will have some pictures for you next week. The Single Gal and Em took off for a weekend in Savannah with Little A. I miss them dearly and wish I could have gone. There's always next time.

Going to enjoy some relaxing Saturday morning coffee....alone!!!

The Housewife 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mainly a Whine About Busy June but a Little Wedding Wednesday in the Middle

Holy busy June. I knew it would be crazy and busy and I tried to prepare myself to be okay with being so busy. It's still really hard.  Especially because all the activities are happy and lovely things so I don't want to be stressed and overwhelmed about good stuff -- it's just that there are SO many good activities.  I'm feeling really stressed today about the state of the house. And maybe I could be cool with letting stuff slide but Matt's parents are in and out of town all month and I would at least like the house to be nice while we have family here. 

 I'm feeling stressed about my fitness because we are hanging with guests and obviously that doesn't create a lot of light dinner/cereal for dinner situations.  I'm a little stressed about wedding stuff -- just that it is something else that needs to get done and while my actual meeting with my florist this week was nice it sucked super hard to sit in a shitton of rush hour traffic to get there and then make my way home much later than normal after sustaining my hunger pangs with bad things like M&Ms and full fat Cheese Itz. Also, flowers be expensive (cue Beyoncé arm gesture). 

On top of this after a lot of long talks with Matt about our loss of Hogan and a lonely pug (and fiancé) we are going through the process of being approved to adopt a boxer with Atlanta Boxer Rescue.  Actually we got our "approved!" Email early this week after our home interview this past Sunday.  We don't know if a boxer that is right for us is with the organization right now or if it will be later when we are matched.  I think at first it will be hard to have the same breed but after a lot of discussion we still love the breed and the characteristics of a boxer and decided to stick with another   boxer. I keep thinking "now isn't a great time" but lately I feel like for life in general if I were to go around waiting for the right time it would never seem to present itself. 

Someone please tell me how overwhelming your June is and make me feel better. 

-love you mean it-
TSG