(Almost) Two Year Wedding Anniversary

Mine and Jon’s 2 year anniversary is coming up! It’s this Sunday, the 24th. If you care to read about our one year anniversary or our entire (very long) love story, I’ll post a link below.

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Christmas in Iraq, 2008. Also, that cot behind Jon is where we had our first kiss *fireworks* Haha.

One year anniversary

The last post of our love story (the other links are in this one)

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Savannah trip with my parents in late 2009.

I was laying in bed this morning with Tom, excited for Jon to come home tonight! And then I remembered he won’t be home tonight and I probably won’t see him tomorrow night either since I’ll be at my parent’s house. And then I just so totally in love with him randomly and remembered that our two year anniversary is coming up this weekend!

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Fall 2010.

There are definitely days where Jon drives me crazy. Just last weekend I was convinced that I married the wrong person and that there is no way our marriage is ever going to last because we can’t communicate! And really, I think that periodically anyway, especially since being pregnant. I’m a real treat to be married to ūüôā But you know what? No marriage is perfect. I knew when we got married that there would be times where one of us is just completely over our marriage and wants to be done with it. We have an entire life together. It’s naive to think that we’re both going to be happy for the entire marriage.

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Valentine’s Weekend, 2011.

But really, I love him. I’ve known he was “the one” since we first started dating in Iraq in 2008. Even through our break ups, with the longest being over a year, I still never stopped feeling that about him even when I didn’t have any kind of “romantic feelings” for him at all. I just always had a feeling that part of my life was missing, and that part of my life was him.

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Back together again! Braves game in 2013.

Jon really is a man who knows how to love unconditionally. Even when I’m telling him that our marriage will never work, he always reassures me that he didn’t marry me to leave me. He always still shows me the same love. He has always been honest with me and I’ve never had to question him. He takes care of me and loves providing and being the “man of the house.” (Even though I run the house.) He is always supportive of me and my decisions, even when they involve taking a gigantic pay cut just so I could try and get other experience in nursing, in a job that I’m not even planning on staying at.

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The night we got engaged, December 23, 2013.

I’m so grateful to have met him, and especially grateful that we were in Iraq when we met, cause I don’t think our personalities would have ever meshed had we met outside of our deployment! I was far too crazy and too much of a mess before our deployment! When we’re walking along the road and he moves me away from the road or he rubs my back and feet when they hurt, it just reminds me why I love him so much.

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Cabin trip around our wedding, May 2014. (We got courthouse married in January 2014, which is what we actually celebrate as our anniversary.)

Jon really is my rock. I feel like together, we can accomplish anything (well, except for me becoming a world traveling nurse, cause he likes his wife to be at home with him- what’s that all about?!). He really is my other half and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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One of my favorite wedding photos that my brother took of us. That’s my mom in the left side of the photo! I also absolutely loved the photos my brother got of our wedding, even though he wasn’t our photographer. May 24, 2014.

I hope we manage to love each other for the rest of our lives and grow old and saggy together. Although I’m nervous about the changes coming up in our marriage with the addition of a new baby, I also can’t wait for one of Jon’s biggest dreams in life to come true this year: being a father.

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Christmas 2015.

 

 

The Love of a Husband and Wife

I changed my mind for this post but I can do that cause¬†it’s my blog!¬†But really… I did make it through the pictures I wanted to get through and will post them soon.

Today I went to New Hampshire with ehvid. We had planned on some hiking or whatever but mostly just drove around the White Mountains and did some sightseeing! I’m absolutely loving all the sightseeing up here! Amazing sights! After I dropped her back off, I stopped by Whole Foods and was so excited to find that it was the one that Jon and I went to that had fried plantains and strawberry shortcake! So of course, I ate my dinner!

But I was just lonely tonight. I don’t know if my two days of exploring without him got to me. I’ve always been very independent and have always taken trips without him and we used to be long distance! We even broke up for over a year! I knew that I’d miss him terribly while I’m traveling for work, but I think I’m surprised at how much. It’s hard for me to really define what I mean by “missing” him. I don’t miss him like I’ve missed him or my ex boyfriends in the past. I miss him in an entirely different way.

I still am grateful to be living this life that I have. This is what I¬†love¬†to do. I love to travel. I love seeing new places and exploring new things. I never cared about getting married but I have wanted to see the world since I took my first trip to Italy in 2007. If there is one thing I’m passionate about, this would be it. I believe that marriage is making sure your partner fulfills his goals (I’m using his cause I feel this way about Jon) and that he doesn’t grow old wishing he had done something differently or feel that his marriage held him back.

Tonight Jon told me that this is what I chose to do, so missing him was basically my choice. Was it? Absolutely. I did choose this. I chose to continue down the path that I wanted for my life, knowing that at the end of this fork in the road, the roads will meet back up. I knew I’d be leaving my husband at home while I work in other cities. I know that everything you do in life is technically a choice, but I also think that what you love sometimes just presents itself. I was never raised in a family that travels and I never really cared to travel much growing up. But, on a whim, my friend asked me if I wanted to go to Italy with her before I deployed and I said yes. I was hooked. If I take one trip, I’m hungry for another. It’s what I absolutely love. Would I rather enjoy painting? Yes. Traveling breaks the bank and it takes a lot of time from work. It’s hard to do with a big girl job and big girl bills. But I can’t make myself want to just stay at home and stop exploring.

When he was telling me that I chose this (and I believe he said that it was hard to be supportive of me missing him), I know he wasn’t being angry or harsh or anything, but it just seems careless. I have always supported his dreams of med school (though he isn’t there), and know that if I still have my house or just get a new job, I will be staying in Georgia while he goes to med school. It’s the sacrifice that I feel you make in a marriage to ensure than your spouse is happy in their life too. But Jon and I do have very different views of marriage because we were raised with very different examples of what a marriage should be (maybe another post- maybe not).

Anyway, to get back on topic… I really just missed him. I wanted to drive home and see him and just hang out at home with him and the cats and watch a movie together. I wanted to be in a familiar place and go get dinner together. When I think about this week or next week without him, it’s fine. But when I think about having another 8 weeks or more before I see him, it’s a long time. And then I know that I’ll be packing up again to go across the country without him to do this all over again. (Plans may change.) Life just isn’t the same without him here.

The love I have for him as my husband is completely different than the love I had for him as my boyfriend. I can’t explain why, but it is. And I’m sure if we had kids, the love I’d have for him as the father of my children would be different too. But we may never make it there!

Washington DC, Red Sox, Plymouth

Jon and I had an AWESOME trip together (honeymoon trip? saying goodbye trip? road trip?)! I haven’t traveled much inside the US since I tend to go out of the country when I have the time/funds to travel (all you non-married readers- go travel while single with a friend when you can split the costs- traveling when you have to pay for two people from the same bank account is a bit more depressing), but I am so glad we did this trip.

We started out trip out early on the morning of the 12th (after staying up way too late watching Orange is the New Black). I drove for the first three hours and slept the entire rest of the drive (that’s an entire day of sleeping really, don’t ask me how I did it), aside from a quick stop we made in DC. I loved DC! Unfortunately, it was dreary and I was in my road trip clothes, but whatever. We saw all the monuments in The Mall within a few hours before getting back in the car. My personal favorite was the Potomac River there.

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Sorry, no descriptions. Those are major monuments and the river. I’m sure you can all figure it out. We ended up getting to Beacon, NY that night and staying with Jon’s friend, Paul. We didn’t end up getting in till around midnight and we were exhausted after spending the whole day in the car! We had breakfast at a diner early in the morning and then went back to Paul’s to shower and pack our things.

The next stop was Boston! We got into our hotel and I was already feeling sick from eating out for the last two days and sitting in the car for so long, so Jon and I walked a total of 2 miles in the rain for some deli meat and fruit and veggies. He loves me. Then it was time for a Red Sox game! We took a two mile walk there…

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We enjoyed some scenery on our walk. We were totally in love with Boston! However, I must say that the insane roads (who has three roads to one intersection) and the traffic made me so thankful that I am¬†not living in Boston for the next three months! But still amazed at how pretty this city is! Anyway, so we made it to Fenway Park for the game. I have to be honest here… Red Sox games suck. I’ve only ever been to Braves games because they’re awesome, but the crowd at a Braves game is so much more fun! We tomahawk chop and chant and clap and stand up and cheer and the camera is constantly on the crowd and the 7th inning stretch is interactive! At Fenway, the 7th inning stretch is just long enough for a quick Take Me Out to the Ballgame and that’s it. I was seriously disappointed. No fun cameras, obviously no tomahawk chopping, nothing. I did learn what the Green Monster was though (see green wall below).

The next morning, we went to a Fenway tour. It was decent. Not my favorite, since I’m really only a Braves fan and don’t even care about any other baseball, but I was fairly entertained throughout the tour. I do have a ridiculously hard time understanding people over a speaker though, so I only caught about half of what the guy was saying (not his fault- I always have a hard time hearing people on any type of tour).

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After our thrilling tour, we headed down to Plymouth to tour the area a bit before meeting up with Diane, the woman I’ll be living with. We drove by and saw my new place of employment and enjoyed Marylou’s Coffee. Guys, BEST COFFEE EVER! I am already dreading having to leave this area because there will be no more Marylou’s! It was like instant love with my pink cup of delicious coffee! And I loved the little beach we found!

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After our exploring, we went over to my new place to meet Diane! Jon and I really enjoyed meeting her! It’s such a perfect fit for my first travel assignment! I loved both rooms that she has available (Jessica will take the other room)! Also, she lives on an awesome pond!

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Seriously. AMAZING. Jon and I spent about an hour talking to Diane and then we brought all of my stuff in and unpacked a bit. We decided to head down to Cape Cod since we’re so close, but it was almost dark when we got there. We had some dinner and then made it back to Diane’s to sleep around 11pm. We got up early (the sun rises at like, 4:45 here!) the next morning to head up to Portland, Maine!

I haven’t made it to going through any other pictures yet, so the rest will be to come! Besides, the rest of the trip was what I loved so much, so more to look forward to now! This was long enough! I’m headed off to run since I have time to kill and don’t feel like exploring anything else since we just finished such a long trip!

Last Day in Georgia!

Tomorrow is leaving day! Woohoo! I’m finally all packed except for a few things! I am a bit bummed (maybe that’s an understatement) because Jon rerouted our trip to get to Beacon, NY on Thursday evening which takes us through the mountains instead of up 95. I was really excited about driving up 95 because it’s closer to the coast and goes through DC and New York. I was really hoping to stop and do some sightseeing and I’m just going to admit it- I am totally being a brat and wanted this trip to explore- not to rush up to spend time with¬†his¬†friend (this is one of his few friends that I’m not also friends with). I mean, the point of me traveling is to see the US. Not to rush to hang out with people I don’t care to see. See, I told you all that I’m being a brat. Cause I am. But I’m not coming home for who knows how long, so I’m just going to say that I’m allowed. And then later, I’ll decide that I need to work on not being such a bratty wife. (It may take my whole life to accomplish this goal. I’m the youngest child. I was born this way.)

I am beyond excited to get settled at a new CrossFit gym! I’m looking at one in Plymouth and it has 10:30 classes! This is my dream! 10:30 classes! I have been wanting 10-10:30 classes at CrossFit for the entire last 5 years and none of the gyms I’ve ever gone to offer them! Since I’ll be working 3p-11p, I actually think 10:30 is perfect, as long as I can drag my tired/lazy ass out of bed in the mornings after probably not falling asleep till 1am-ish. I’ve been looking at a bit of the programming on there and while I don’t know yet that it’s really top notch programming and I definitely have no idea of how capable the coaches actually are, the WODs actually look pretty fun. A lot of partner WODs which I actually really like now that I don’t care¬†at all about being competitive.

Today was my “last day” at work (I use quotation marks because I’ll be back eventually). One of my favorite murses (male nurses) brought my Sara Donuts this morning and I was ecstatic! Little did he know, but that is my favorite donut place! And then he traded my assignments so I got to go to my favorite assignment, greeter. It’s the little things. I don’t think it has set in yet that I won’t be returning for quite some time, but I’m sure I’ll miss it. It felt weird to be brining my bag home with me- I never take my stethoscope out of the hospital! I am incredibly grateful for my awesome coworkers though. I’ve learned so much from them in the last 4 years and feel right at home with them. I definitely got lucky with my first job out of nursing school and I actually am excited for my next few shifts, whenever that may be (probably August).

Alrighty, well I’m off. I really want to watch Orange is the New Black, but Jon is watching baseball and since I’ve been pretty demanding all night (because he has been trying to watch the Braves all night long when we have tons of packing/cleaning to do) so I figured I’d wait to ask him for something else.

I think I’ll just go hang out with my cats. I’m going to be so sad to go so long without seeing their cute little faces. I seriously get so excited to see them after just coming home from a weekend in Jacksonville, so I can’t imagine 2 months without these little fur balls.

 

List for Sunday

A list because I’m lazy.

1. This past week, I went to the cabin with my sister, brother-in-law, and Jon. I already mentioned it. We stopped by Vogel State Park for a quick waterfall sighting and then spent the night playing Scrabble (I won) and listening to the boys talk about football. Boring.

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2. I bought a new computer! I got a MacBook Air. It’s the same computer than Jon has and I really wanted to hold off because I’m feeling like money is just going down the drain lately (wedding time is expensive time- trust me- money just disappears), but I wanted some time to get acquainted with my computer before heading off to MA. I need to be able to Skype with Jon while I’m gone and keep everybody updated.

3. I’m dying to get back to the gym. I had a nice week off but now, my arms are feeling small again and I just want to be active. Between my insane work schedule coming up and needing to spend time with Jon, I’m putting it off till I get settled in my new home.

4. After today, I have one full week and one weekend between me and leaving! Every night when I get in bed, I snuggle up to Jon (I am NOT ¬†a cuddler in bed) because I’m going to miss him! And my cats! I don’t know what Kitty is going to do without me for so long! I’m worried it’ll stress her out and she’ll start eating the fur out of her back again. She’s such a mommy’s girl. But really, I’m going to miss my own house, my own kitchen and food, my cats, and Jon like crazy. I feel like I’m preparing for a deployment because I have no idea when I’ll be able to fly back. I may end up having to go two full assignment without coming home (26 weeks).

5. My brother posted some wedding photos online!

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I do wish my sister had put the ring bearer pillow down for the photos!

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He got some really good ones of the ceremony. I’m looking forward to getting our professional ones back, but I may not see them until I come home next time around since I don’t think they’ll be done in time for me to leave. I wish I could just have a million wedding days over and over again. It’s such a fun day! Minus all the planning.

6. I have started planning my trip to Maine with Jon and decided I want to go to Nova Scotia. I don’t think it’ll work in our time frame (it’s 13 hours from Boston to Nova Scotia) and I’m bummed! We COULD make it work, but it’s too long in the car. Also, people at work freaked me out thinking I would have to change my name on my passport. But if I’m not driving, I don’t see why. My passport is a valid form of ID, and if I ever fly out of the country, I would think I could just book my ticket under my old last name, since they never see my driver’s license either. I’ll probably still send my passport in soon for a name change, but it doesn’t seem necessary.

7. I am going to go make some breakfast and start a day full of errands. We have groceries to be bought and food to be made. And other things.

Wedding Weekend! I’m a married woman!

I’m finally back! Woohoo! I’m ¬†a married woman! This past week has been insanely crazy! Who knew getting married took so much time?! Friday morning rolled around and I knew we were getting close! I woke up and got my nails done, picked up my car (I ran over a nail just in time for the weekend), and then headed out to our rehearsal!

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Jon showed up in that cute tank top! All his groomsmen had on gray ones. Cute.

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Practicing our ceremony! Oddly enough, that is our friend Danny, who we were in the Army with. Since Jon and I aren’t religious, we were brainstorming who could actually perform our ceremony. I mentioned Danny and we laughed about it for awhile and then finally one day, we were both like, “No, but really, that would be awesome.” He’s well spoken, well organized, and it was an honor to have a person we both know stand up there with us to marry us. This was the first wedding he did and it went off without a hitch. Amazing job.

Friday night we spent the evening at my parent’s house having dinner with Jon’s family and the wedding party. My aunts and uncles came in and it was so nice to see everybody! I had really wanted to stay later, but left around 8pm since Jon and I were checking into the Westin downtown. When we got down to the Westin, we decided to run up to the Sundial Cafe to see the city, and we happened to run in to quite a few people who were in town on Jon’s side of the wedding. We stayed out till midnight with them and headed back to the wedding!

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Saturday morning (after barely sleeping all night), I went over to Gina’s parent’s condo to get ready with the girls. My hairdresser, Malcolm, met us over there to start on my hair! It was so fun having my hair professionally done up like that! Jessie did my makeup (not done in the photo below) and we listened to that I’m so Fancy song about a million times since Jessie and I had been singing it all week long. #weddingsong #wesofancy (I hashtag cause I’m cool.)

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We got there are 10am and thought we’d have tons and tons of time, but when the alarm went off at 1 for us to pack up, it had come really fast! We rode out to Lake Allatoona Inn¬†for our ceremony!

When we got there, we had plenty of time to go! We got there early for me to change, but my mom wasn’t there yet and the photographer wanted to photograph me getting dressed. So we hung our in the room until Mom was ready to get me in my dress! Luckily, we were able to get it zipped.

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Also luckily, although it’s the end of May in Georgia, the weather was really not too bad! It was a little humid out, as always, but really, in my wedding dress, I wasn’t nearly as hot as I had expected. The girls and my family took our pictures and Jon and his guys and his family took theirs. Then it was 4:30 and I was shut back in the bridal room till the ceremony!

I started getting a little nervous at this point. Well, not nervous, but my stomach started feeling a little off. I sucked it up, loosened my dress for a bit, and then just kept hanging out. Right before the girls walked down the aisle, Laura came back in and we had a moment. This is the only time I cried! I managed to get it together and then went out for my dad to walk me down the aisle!

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For me, this is really the part of the wedding I was so excited about! I couldn’t wait for Jon to finally see me in my wedding dress! I almost cried twice walking down the aisle, but then at the end, my dad (who hadn’t come to the rehearsal), my dad forgot to hug me and just walked away after he said “Her mother and I and the whole damn family” were giving me away, so I had to call him back and that made me laugh. Once I got up next to Jon, I didn’t even come close to crying (total surprise for me- I thought I’d cry for the entire ceremony).

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It was really awesome standing up there next to him. I could tell the ceremony was going smoothly and aside from a few small things, it was perfect (I forgot to repeat Danny, Jon’s hand was swollen from his broken elbow and I had to visibly force his ring on, etc.)

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The ceremony lasted 19 minutes total (Jon said), and that was with a train that came through. At the end, Jon Rick Rolled me. His vows totally ended with the Never Gonna Give You Up song. It got a good laugh from the audience.

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After the ceremony, we did all of our family pictures while the guests had cocktail hour. Then we were announced, Jon and I shoved our faces with barbecue that we got tons of compliments on (it’s my favorite place- Cue), and then had our cake cutting.

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Right after the cake cutting, Jon and I left to do our pictures by ourselves. Since Jon had smeared cake all over my face, I’m hoping the icing isn’t visible in the photos after that! We came back in to music playing and guests dancing, and then Jon and I did our toasts and then our first dances (we did this out of a traditional order so that people wouldn’t be sitting around during our photos). Kassie and Adam gave our toasts and they did a great job! I was really impressed! And then Jon and I finally had some time to enjoy our wedding! We danced for over an hour and then we did our getaway in the Jeep!

Jon and I headed down to our house to swap out cars and headed back down to the Westin since we were staying there. A bunch of guests came out to Meehan’s downtown to meet us for drinks.

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Although Jon and I didn’t get to sleep until 3am, we both finally slept so good! I hadn’t slept all week so I was so excited! We met Jon’s family for breakfast on Sunday morning at Cracker Barrel and then headed over to my mom and dad’s house to hang out with my family. We got there just in time to see my aunts and uncles for about an hour before they headed out. Jon and I headed home after that and finally had a chance to relax! After cleaning up a bit (we had 9 people stay in our house all weekend), we sat down to watch a movie and then ended up falling sleeping not even halfway into it.

Jon and I talked about our wedding pretty much the entire day on Sunday. First of all, we got so many compliments on our wedding. When Jon and I looked at the venue in the winter, we picked it because it was in our budget and it had the dates we needed available. But everybody absolutely loved in. People liked the mix of the indoor and outdoor area, there are horses on the land that the kids liked to look at, there’s a big driveway to hang out in. Not to mention there is nice shade there and there is just so much greenery! It ended up being really pretty! Tons of people said that it was really simple and that it was laid back (our goal). We were told it moved along well and didn’t seem to last forever (which is really important if you go to a lot of weddings). Second of all, Jessie hands down made our day! I don’t even have a picture with her, but she coordinated the entire day! She was the go to woman. She told everybody when to walk during the ceremony, handled the DJ and bartender before and after the ceremony, cued the DJ for the bouquet toss and first songs. Although she has never coordinated a wedding (but I think she said she has now gone to 22 weddings or some crazy number, and she’s had her own) she really could have been a professional. She made our day! So, Jon and I were extremely happy with our wedding and really loved everything about it.

Anyway, that’s the end of the weekend. I have more to talk about, like my new job as a travel nurse (it’s official, guys!), but I’ll do that tomorrow. By the way, almost all of the photos above (except for the one of my mom and me) were taken on phones. Laura had a camera but I haven’t gotten her photos, and all my others are still on my flash drive and I’m not skilled on Jon’s computer, so that’s just the mix of Instagram and Facebook photos.

#100happydays

I’m just going to avoid talking about exercise in this post because that’s what I’m doing with it in my life.

I worked 7p-3a last night. I made the mistake of drinking coffee at 4pm and 6pm after my two hour long nap in preparation for working till 3am. I fell asleep around 8 this morning. Holy balls. Talk about a struggle to get out of bed. It felt like my eyes were made of sandpaper. So much for being productive, going to the gym, and getting my paper written today. #lifefail #fwork (Yup, I just hashtagged.)

I’m participating in #100happydays on Instragram. If you sign up at 100happydays.com, they will send you a book if you complete the challenge of posting one picture every day, hashtagged 100happydays. So I’m giving it a go. And realizing how boring and mundane my life really is right now. What happened to the days of having fun and hanging out 5 days a week with friends?!¬†Why¬†did I ever think being an adult would be fun?!

Just kidding. It is kind of fun sometimes. I get to hang out with my two cats and I have a fiance that really is pretty cool that I get to live with. But I do miss having an abundance of time to spend with my other favorite people.

I apologize (but not really) for this blog having absolutely no direction. I really set it up to be mostly about working out and schtuffs, but I just don’t work out as much as I’d like these days. But I still like blogging for myself- not really for other people. So I just write whatever I want. Speaking of why I like to blog, I googled my old AOL screen name, totally forgetting that I ever had a live journal with the same name. And the live journal chronicles my life from about 2004-2007. I read a few pages of posts and got to relive what an absolute, depressed, whiny little disaster I was at that age. So even if my blog about #100happydays and the other boring stuff in my life is no fun for you, it’s still fun for me to look back at how far I’ve grown in life.

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I made these beauties the other day. Banana/plantain pancakes. Sadly, I only had two plantains and too many bananas. I prefer my pancakes with no bananas and all plantains. Ingredients include: canned coconut milk, plantains, bananas, coconut flour, almond butter, cinnamon, eggs, vanilla. I’m going to try these with sweet potatoes next. I bet I could melt goat cheese on them for breakfast if they were made from sweet potatoes and that would be even more heavenly. And these take so many eggs to make that I’m getting all that protein too. Side note: If you eat anything other than pure maple syrup, you are missing out.

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Shopping with Crista. I didn’t buy much. I can’t afford much. (Who has 72 hours of work in March?! This girl. My WHOLE month of pay will be what I normally make in one check. Womp womb x100.) Also, during this trip, I became aggravated again at my size. I accept that I’m the size of a child. I do not accept the fact that people don’t make clothes for me. With the reception dinner coming up and knowing I should probably have a dress for our engagement photos, it just bums me out to realize that in order to find an adult dress that looks good on me, it¬†will¬†cost close to the $100 range. For a dress. And while I can occasionally find a good dress for cheaper in the juniors section, I don’t feel like the dresses I find are really appropriate for the things that you do in your late 20s. My favorite store ever is Banana Republic (I go to the outlet) because their PXXS fits me for perfectly. But Banana Republic is failing me on dresses right now, so Crista and I browsed through some at Nordstrom and found some really cute ones for really not cheap. I want something I feel good in though, so that’s next up on my list. And I know other people have issues finding clothes to fit their body type, but it is frustrating feeling like, as an adult, I can only find clothes that make me look like a child. (I don’t buy those clothes- I do dress like an adult- but don’t get me started on shorts.) Side note: This picture makes my roots really obvious. I don’t even know the last time I dyed my hair.

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My handsome man at Mexican. I worked all weekend and Saturday night was set to be my study night, but Jon proposed Mexican. He only offered me Mexican because he knows I don’t ever say no to Mexican food. I am falling more and more in love every day with him, as cheesy as that sounds. I can’t even put into words how happy I am to be with him and how awesome it is to know that he will be with me as I grow old and my boobs start approaching my waistline.

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End the post with those faces. Who can get enough of those two?! Not me. The good thing about having pets as opposed to babies is that pets stay just as cute for their whole lives. Granted, they’re cuter when they’re kittens (or puppies), but they’re also so obnoxious at that stage that I’d gladly take my adult cats over little kittens. Also, because you all are dying to know, Tom (the orange one) turns one this month.

Time to go at least pretend to work on my paper. I told my lab partner I’d bring the finished paper to class tonight but I have to shower in an hour to go to class, so that won’t be happening. I’m glad I graduate this semester cause my motivation is at 0%.

The Love Story Part 5: Back together!

The Love Story: Part 1

The Love Story: Part 2

The Love Story: Part 3

The Love Story: Part 4

After Jon and I had began spending a decent amount of time together, I brought up going to Italy together. I had already planned a trip to go see Adam and Jessie (Adam has been Jon’s best friend since childhood, but Jessie and I remained friends after Jon and I broke up) since they were living out there. At first it was just a random suggestion about how cool it would be to surprise Adam for his 30th birthday by bringing Jon with me! But then I Skyped Jessie about it and we wanted it to happen.

Throughout the Italy “planning,” Jon and I were having a bit of a rough spot. I was starting to have feelings for him again and we were having so much fun and it felt like we were best friends. He said he had feelings for me but still didn’t want ¬†a girlfriend, which I understood. But it was becoming a situation with a lot of gray area and I didn’t like it. We were starting to have some longer “discussions” about where our friendship was going.

At this point, Italy was starting to become a reality. We were already going together and we were getting close to leaving. I had a feeling that Italy may be the end of our friendship. I was getting too drained and had told myself ahead of time that if I was becoming unhappy in our friendship, that I still gave it a fair shot and things just weren’t meant to work out.

Very shortly before I left for Croatia (I went to Croatia first and met Jon in Italy), Jon and I had a big conversation where he said he actually was open to dating me. At this point (like today- February 2014), I can’t remember all the details of that conversation, but it was the first time he said he just wanted to get back in school and then he thought he’d feel ready. Also just before leaving for Croatia, I bought my condo and moved into it, which is very close to Jon’s work and much closer to downtown than where I was previously living.

I was already kind of over everything at this point. So off to Croatia I went. Fortunately, Jon was staying in my house to watch the cats until he came to Italy.

When I arrived and met Jon in Italy, things were very different. He was acting like my boyfriend! I was a little thrown off and also feeling a little distanced because of how things had been over the last few months (remember- we first hung out at the end of February, and we went to Italy at the end of June). But over the trip, things started to feel a little more real. He was definitely acting very okay with beginning another relationship.

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That is not a boxing glove that I’m wearing. That’s my thumb splint that I wore for 3 months from my overuse injury.

We came home from Italy and he never went home. He often talked about how he wanted to go home, and I totally supported him spending more time at his own place. But things were still going really well with us, we just didn’t want to rush into anything. He also didn’t see a point in labeling the relationship, but I was somewhat frustrated with that because he spent every night at my house so it didn’t even make sense not to. The actual change in our relationship status was done on Facebook. I thought the whole thing was stupid so just changed that. And after about a week, it just kind of seemed normal again to have a boyfriend.

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While Jon was still talking about spending more time at home, he went down to Florida for a weekend. He had a talk with his parents that basically encouraged him to take our relationship to the next level if I was as supportive as he said. And this is where it all changed.

Jon came back and we started talking about marriage. And he was totally fine with it. He decided to get rid of the room he was still paying for at his house (that he hadn’t stayed in for months) and move in with me officially. Things continued going well and then we got engaged!

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And that’s the end of our love story! Well, or it’s to be continued since we’re planning our wedding now, but I finally (months later) caught you guys up on the rest of our love story, for those who are interested.

Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! It ended up being a pretty good weekend over here! Jon and I went to Brio for our Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday night.

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The food really wasn’t anything that special but Jon and I had a good time anyway.

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We were planning on riding the ferris wheel in Atlanta but the line was so long and it also started to rain as soon as we drove up to it! So we came home instead and I crashed early!

We woke up Saturday morning with big plans to go hiking, but then I started cleaning and got ready really slowly and I wanted to go buy my wedding band… So no hiking happened at all! I did, however, buy my wedding band (for like $300 more than I was expecting! shocker) as well as three new shirts from the outlet mall. Definitely not what I need while saving for a wedding.

After that, Jon and I decided to head up to join my parents at the cabin for the rest of the afternoon.

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We saw some snow capped “mountains” on the way! We actually had thought about going up that mountain, which is Brasstown Bald but I figured it’d be closed because of the snow. We hung out with my parents for a bit and then Jon and I decided to head out and go for a drive and hang out for a bit in town.

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We stopped along our drive to get a picture of one of our favorite views! Apparently I deleted most of the pictures already off my phone though! Oh well! Once we finished that, we stopped to pick up some barbecue to take back to the a cabin for  dinner with my mom and dad. We ended our night with a game of Scrabble (that I won!) and then Jon and I stopped to pick up my resized wedding band and headed home!

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This morning I was going to wake up early and go to yoga but I could not fall asleep for the life of me last night! And Tom woke me up all night and so did Jon snoring! So I got up, studied for my test and then took my test (it’s online), and then headed out for a run! It was pretty warm out and although I actually wanted to go to speed work at LA Fitness, I decided I better take advantage of the weather when possible!

I ran 4 miles and felt like dying! I also went a different route than usual and one road was really hilly and then my third mile was almost entirely up hill. One road is 95% up hill and I hated every minute of it. I didn’t notice any knee pain at all though, but my left ankle was feeling it, as always. At least that pain immediately goes away when I stop running. I finished in 37:13 and all my miles were between 9:06 and 9:29, so really not very good. I’ll take it though since I haven’t been running in so long!

I got home and had planned on going to the gym for a leg day but it was just way too nice out! Jon said he’d go to Stone Mountain so we headed over there. It was really packed, so we decided to walk some trails instead of walking up the mountain.

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We grocery shopped after that and now we’re home! I’ve been putting off a lot of biology since we’ve been out of class so much lately. It’s so hard to stay on track with so many snow days! The test I finished today was supposed to be taken 3 weeks ago but has been delayed! So tonight I’ll be studying and heading to bed early. Doesn’t feel like tomorrow is Monday! Waaah!

Have a good night!

Happy Valentine’s Day

I was hoping to have an extremely productive day, full of studying for biology and taking my test online! Well, and I was going to go to CrossFit at noon. Instead I ended up calling USAA to switch over my car insurance and my condo insurance and spent a good hour on the phone with them! By the time I finished, it was 11:45 and I didn’t have time to change and get to CrossFit. I decided to head to LA Fitness!

On my way to LA Fitness, I decided it was too nice out and that I wanted to go to Stone Mountain to hike instead. If I do a quick hike, I can end up sweaty and definitely feeling like I worked out! However, today the mountain was closed because of ice! I decided to brave it anyway and I’m really glad I did cause it was pretty, but it was a fairly slow hike cause of how icy some parts were!

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Despite how snowy it was on the mountain, it was still a beautiful day outside! I was planning on heading to LA Fitness after to go for a run and do some legs but I was starving since I barely ate anything this morning (I had planned on being done working at by 1pm and it was already 2:30 when I left Stone Mountain).

On my way home, I decided to make a Valentine’s Day collage for Jon (anybody notice how much I didn’t want to study?). So I put together this little beauty of pictures from our last 5 years together and then had it printed at CVS and bought a little card to go with it:

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Once I did that, I finally came home to eat! And now I’m back on the phone with USAA trying to get my condo insurance settled (this makes 1 1/2 hours on the phone with USAA so far- but I’m on hold to get conferenced in with my mortgage lender so they’re taking care of everything!).

Anybody who has ever bought a house- the agony apparently never ends. I actually have put switching my insurance company off for months now because I didn’t know how to do it. Come to find out, it’s easy, you just spend a lot of time on hold.

Enough of boring house stuff. I was having a conversation with myself on my hike today because I was feeling like I really needed to lift weights. I don’t want to get to a point where I do all the same exercise. I only did CrossFit for over 4 years. But I found that I actually do enjoy running now, and I know that I should do yoga to work on my flexibility, plus it’s nice being able to use LA Fitness sometimes and do other classes. And on days where I hike, I need to just enjoy hiking and not worry if I’m not lifting weights and running and all kinds of other mess! (By the way, just finished all my insurance stuff! WOOHOO!!) I really want to make sure that being active and healthy is permanent in mine and Jon’s lifestyle and making it to the gym every day just won’t be possible, just as it won’t always be possible to go outside and run. Besides, I’m not working on any specific goals (other than to run a 1/2 marathon sometime this year) so I have some flexibility with the type of workouts that I do.

As my last note for the day: Although Jon doesn’t read my blog, I feel incredibly lucky to have him in my life. Sometimes I probably need to remind myself of that. I can be very trying at times and also completely bitchy, but in our time apart and in our time back together, I really think we’ve learned how to have a much better balance. Even when I’m not exactly acting the most appreciative, I still know how much I love him and how grateful I am for him. I really do feel lucky to have him and can tell a huge difference in our relationship this time around. I know that he loves me unconditionally. One of my biggest goals in our relationship is to always put him first. Not that I’m not important because I clearly am (duh), but if both of us strive to put the other first, the other person will always¬†want¬†to do that. Who doesn’t want to do nice things for the man who treats them so well?! I notice a huge change in our interactions when I make the effort to really make him happy instead of just nagging him for the things he’s not doing (like the laundry‚Ķ or dishes‚Ķ or cleaning up after himself‚Ķ haha). And when I try to make him happy and stop nagging, magically he starts making more of an effort to do the laundry and dishes and cleaning up after himself! Anyway, this blog doesn’t go into much in the way of our relationship, but I’m just feeling immensely grateful for having such an amazing man by my side every single day, and also for the rest of my life! Hard to believe that he still had another girlfriend at this time last year, huh?

And just to reminisce, here was my Valentine’s Day date last year! Crista and I went to Two Urban Licks downtown and we were the hottest couple of the night ūüôā

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On that note, I’ll be off to shower seeing as it is now 4:30 (I feel like this was such a wasted day!). No clue what Jon and I have in store for us tonight, but probably nothing fancy since we didn’t make plans ahead of time! I think tomorrow we may go hiking and just enjoy spending the day together! And we may go buy my wedding band too since I’m definitely going to need that for our wedding!

Have a great day, everybody!