Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekend in Puerto Rico for #PuertoDRO

This past weekend, Nick and I headed down to El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico for Chris and Jeannie's wedding (#PuertoDRO). Tropical Storm/Hurricane Danny was brewing out at sea and we (well mostly me) were unsure of what the weather would be like and if flights would be affected at all. Luckily, from the beginning, it was forecasted to take affect a few days after the wedding. It also dissipated before turning into anything ominous. But it did make for a great conversation starter and an excuse to drink hurricanes!

Nick and I arrived on Thursday evening. Some friends arrived earlier so we were able to join the festivities at Bella Vista, the pool restaurant.

Friday, Nick and Brian went out golfing early in the morning. Liz and I had an easy morning (I even made it to the gym - high five!) and then went out to Palomino Island, which is a part of the El Conquistador Resort we were staying at. The day of was low key and relaxing. Ran into a bunch of our friends on the island. Nick and Brian met us there after their golf round. Nick, Peter, and Chris even did a little open water swimming to another small island. That evening, we had dinner with the Voeklers and LaCrosses' at Bella Vista and then met up with the rest of the crew for drinks at Chop.

Saturday started with a wonderful ladies massage/spa day coordinated by Jeannie's matron of honor (and Chris's sister) Danielle. The Delt WAGS got massages and then chatted over wine and cheese for an hour to start our morning/afternoon. Thank you Jeannie and Danielle for organizing! It was a great way to spend some time with the bride before wedding madness began.

The ceremony started at 4 in the Garden overlooking the ocean and the night ended with a midnight pool (and pizza) party. Congratulations Chris and Jeannie!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wedding Mania Weekend

Let me tell you a little secret: I LOVE WEDDINGS! I love everything about them (well, except for when it came to planning my own. But that is a whole different story for another time). As a guest, weddings are the best! Celebrating love and commitment, meeting friends' family and friends from different parts of their life, seeing old friends, eating cake, dancing all night... I mean, what isn't there to love about weddings? Also, knowing how much it meant to me and Nick to have our family and friends come to our wedding and celebrate with us, we make an effort to go to as many of our friends' weddings that we can. Even if it means multiple weddings in a weekend.... in different states.  

I wish I had been better at blogging so that I could have a record of all the weddings Nick and I had been fortunate enough to attend. Better to start now than never, right?

This past weekend, Nick and I went to Perryn and Brendan's wedding in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday and Bob & Susie's wedding in Audubon, Pennsylvania on Sunday. We had such a good time at both weddings and I'm excited that I can relive them in this post. 

*Warning: This will be very picture heavy*

Friday, June 12
After work, Nick and I flew from LGA to Birmingham. There was a mechanical issue on the plane so our 8:45pm departure turned into a 10:30pm departure. We landed a little before 1:00am and got into our hotel, The Yellowhammer Inn, at about 2:30am. 

Saturday, June 13: Perryn & Brendan's Wedding Day
It was my first time really in the "Deep South" (Florida doesn't count, right?). Nick and I were really excited for some Southern food so we ventured out to find some good Southern food. We stumbled upon Another Broken Egg Cafe (thanks Yelp!) and feasted on Shrimp & Grits, Biscuits & Gravy and Fried Green Tomatoes. YUM!

The wedding started at 4:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa.

Doesn't Perryn make such a beautiful bride?! Brendan, you didn't look too bad yourself. The service was very intimate as it was their friend Aaron, who is a pastor, that was their officiant. Since he knew them personally, he was able to incorporate little things about them as individuals and as a couple into his homily. 

The reception was at The Historic L & N Station. There were so many cute personal touches. My favorite was that Perryn and Brendan shipped cookies from Levain Bakery and their favorite ice cream flavors from Ample Hills.  It was so delicious and I'm glad that the South got to taste some of the bride's favorite desserts from NYC. Nick and I were excited that we got to catch up with Kyo and Tim. Even though they live in NYC, they moved to Brooklyn recently and between Nick's BSchool schedule and Tim's test schedule, it has been hard to find time for the four of us to get together. It only took a trip to Tuscaloosa to make it happen :) 

Sunday, June 14: Bob & Susie's Wedding Day
Even though we would have loved to spend more time in Tuscaloosa, we had a 6:30am flight to catch back to LGA. We got home, changed, had a quick lunch, and then drove to Audubon, PA. 

The ceremony began at 4:00 at John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. They started serving cocktails at 3:15 which was a nice and refreshing treat. 

Bob was in the same fraternity as Nick in college so there were a lot of his college friends in attendance. Since many of them are spread out over Boston, NYC, and Chicago, we don't get to see them as much as we would like. I've become close to many of their wives so not sure if it was more of a reunion for me or for Nick.

Delts wives! These ladies are some of my favorite people

The Chicago crew!

Big Bro & Little Bro

We miss these two SO MUCH!

Table 3 with the bride and groom

Delts + Susie

We had such a great weekend celebrating two amazing couples. I wish every weekend could be this much fun.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ringing in 2015

I know... I know... We are almost a month into 2015 but I figured better late than never. Especially since it gives me a moment to relive such a fun weekend. And since I am currently "snowed in" because of the Snowpocalypse that never was.

Nick and I drove up from NYC to Stowe, VT after work on Wednesday, Dec 31st with a couple of friends. We (along with 13 of our friends) rented this Stowe cabin for a few days. We made it just in time to ring in the new year.

After staying up way too late, we started off 2015 taking it easy. The girls made spa appointments at the Spa at Snowflake Inn while the boys (minus Nick, who had to drive back to NYC due to work the next day) stayed at the cabin working on puzzles. It was my second time at the Spa at Snowflake Inn and it was as good as I remembered. They have a pool area that has a hot water pool and a waterfall pool. There is also an outside jacuzzi but I never made it out there because it is not conveniently located near the spa area. I got a deep tissue massage and it was one of the best messages I have had. The  reviews of the aromatherapy massage and the well-being massage were equally positive. 

On Friday, most of the group decided to go skiing. Since I was planning on skiing with Nick the next day, I decided to hang back and hang out with Jenn and Sam. We spent most of the afternoon at Black Cap Coffee. That evening, a fierce game of Settlers of Catan ensued.

Our last full day of skiing, Nick and I skied with Brian and Liz (and Alvin, Rebecca and Ruby) while the other half went snow shoeing and Ben and Jerry factory touring. 

It was such a fun weekend with some of my favorite people. Hoping to make this a tradition for many years to come!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Poor Puppy

Brady got neutered yesterday. His vet requires a mandatory overnight stay so I picked him up this morning. It's been all sorts of hilarious and heartbreaking this afternoon.

Friday, May 23, 2014

5 on Friday

1) Pretty excited that I was able to get my Johannesburg & Victoria Falls recap posted. If you missed it, click here.


THIS PICTURE! Every time I see it, it cracks me up. Nick and I are in the process of teaching Brady how to walk off leash without accosting every stranger begging for a pet. He has been doing pretty well. On Wednesday night, as we were finishing up our walk and heading home, out of nowhere, Brady decides that he is going to run after a jogger. Needless to say, he was put in timeout as evident by this picture. Look at his face! He looks so dejected. Poor puppy!

3) This week, I discovered this blog: Best of Intentions by Kay. She is a born and bred Hoosier that works at a CPA office as well as for IU Athletics. She talks make up, sports (mostly IU sports), books, DIY projects, and TV. Her blog is very personable and after spending many hours reading every blog post, I feel like she and I could be best friends. Check her out!

4) MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! Nick and I decided to do a staycation this year since we are still recovering from our South Africa trip. As embarrassing as it is to admit, we still haven't fully settled into our apartment (don't even ask me when we moved in.... #forshame). So I am really excited to tackle some of our home apt improvement projects that we have been putting on the back burner.


So excited for this movie. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of the X-Men movies. Nick has never really gotten into them so I'm thinking that maybe an X-men movie marathon could be in order... Regardless of whether that happens or not... I am hoping to drag him to this because I AM SO EXCITED for it!

Have a great (long) weekend!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

South Africa - Part 1: Johannesburg & Victoria Falls

It's been a little over a week since Nick and I came back from South Africa and we are still going through major withdrawal. I will do the best that I can to recap our trip and share some "I wish I knew this before I came" and "Things I would do again" tips.

A litte background: We made this trip because Nick had a class he had to take in Cape Town for his EMBA program. There were 14 people from Nick's program in the class and most of them brought their SOs. About half of the group met up a week before the class started to do a little bit of traveling outside of Cape Town and the other half traveled after the program. Nick and I joined the first group and met up with Matt, Courtney, Kashif, Hana, Becca, Scott, Syed and Amina in Johannesburg. We spent 2 days in Joburg. Then, Nick and I flew out to Zimbabwe to visit Victoria Falls (the rest of the group went on safari at Lukimbi Lodge in Kruger National Park). Since we did a safari for our honeymoon in Kenya & Tanzania at the Masai Mara National Park and Serengeti, we wanted to do something a little different. But if you have never been on safari, GO! We met up with Roddy, Garret, and Robin at Victoria Falls. After 3 days in Zimbabwe, we headed for Cape Town and stayed there for about 8 days. Here is the basic itinerary for our trip:

Sunday, April 27 Leave NYC for Johannesburg (Nick and I opted to take the BA flight which had a layover in London. Everyone else chose to take the South Africa Air direct flight).
Monday, April 28 Arrive in Joburg and wonder around Melville and Mandela Square. We stayed at the Courtyard Rosewood. It was a nice and clean hotel which was perfect for our purposes. They had a delicious complimentary breakfast buffet every morning.
Tuesday, April 29 Tour of Soweto, Mandela House, and Apartheid Museum

Wednesday, April 30 Head to Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls. We stayed at the Victoria Falls Hotel  This hotel is AWESOME! I kept telling Nick that I felt like I was in a Cary Grant movie. We were pretty beat up when we arrived so we decided to take it pretty easy and do a sunset cruise down the Zambezi River.

Thursday, May 1: We woke up early in the morning to go on a tour of the Falls. In the afternoon, we went to Lion Encounter to walk with lions. Lion Encounter is a conservation program that attempts to re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild. While it was a little touristy and I do not love the idea of humanizing the mother lions, it is a way to increase awareness of endangered African Lions. And if this program is successful, it will be a great breakthrough to helping not only the African lion but also animals like the cheetah, leopard, etc...

My Thoughts on Victoria Falls: 

  • We booked the tour of Victoria Falls when we were in NYC and didn't realize that we could walk to the Falls from our hotel. While it was nice not to be bombarded by vendors and to meet some of the other people who were staying at the hotel, I would do a self guided tour and save the money. 
  • The Falls were absolutely breathtaking. We decided to visit Victoria Falls based on a recommendation from one of Nick's coworkers who is South African. Because Zimbabwe is coming out of its winter/rainy season, Nick's coworker said it would be a great time of year to visit the Falls because they would be very full. While it was awesome to see the Falls in all of its glory, I would actually recommend visiting in September (dry season). Because there was so much spray, it was a bit difficult to see and enjoy the views. Also, because the currents were too strong, we weren't able to go white water rafting or visit Devil's Pool.
  • Nick and I agree that we would absolutely go back at some point in our lives. The Victoria Falls Hotel was so relaxing and quaint. We will def make sure to go during the dry season though because there is a lot more to do and it will be interesting to see the difference from the wet season.
Part 2: Cape Town will be up next week!