Archive for September, 2010

Goodbye, Wedding Dress {sniff, sniff}

September 24, 2010

Ever since before I got married, I’ve always been one of the few who were on the fence about keeping or selling their wedding dress after the big day. I thought that after I found the perfect dress and wore it for the wedding, surely my mind would be changed and I would never want to let it go. But that didn’t happen; even though I absolutely LOVE my dress, I just couldn’t quite justify its eternal existence in my closet.

So I waited…and waited; and waited some more. I posted it on Craigslist a couple of times but never got any hits. I just kept hoping that I could convince myself to keep it forever.

But alas, my minimalist/organized side won out and 9 months after the fact I took my dress to a consignment shop. It hurt my heart a little when the lady behind the counter told me the highest amount she would sell it for and the percentage I would get. I almost pulled out right then and there but I just kept telling myself that some lucky girl was going to get a gorgeous dress at an amazing price thanks to my charity. I teared up a little walking out the door, leaving my dress behind.

Each month I would call the shop to see if it had sold and month after month it never did. So when I called a few days ago {the last month it had to sell before I would have to take it back} part of me hoped that it was still there and I would have no choice but to keep it. No such luck; it finally sold. I try not to think about the dollar amount written on that check made out to me, it’s just too depressing.

I realize that I’m definitely the minority in thinking this but I’m glad I didn’t keep the dress. I don’t need a physical thing to remind me of the way I felt that day, the day that I married my best friend. After all, that’s what loving my husband is for, right? Having a ton of great pictures helps too!


The First of Many

September 20, 2010

One year ago yesterday we were saying our vows and celebrating our new marriage surrounded by family and friends. It’s hard to believe how quickly the past 365 days have flown by, yet looking back it has been a very full year.

There was our trip to St. Louis for Thanksgiving and then Christmas in Rogers with my family; Mark was offered his dream job at Apple in January and has been loving it ever since; we dove deep into budgeting and eventually paid off our student loans; in July I finally had the pleasure of visiting Boston and Maine with Mark and his family; and through it all we’ve been exploring the great city of Austin, trying different restaurants, experiencing the culture and loving every minute of it.

Wanting to further submerse ourselves in the ways of an Austinite, we stayed in a hotel this past weekend and spent a couple of days enjoying downtown minus the driving. Saturday we woke up early and went for a walk; we ended up at the capitol where there was a tea party rally being held on the front steps. While wandering around inside we met an interesting character, Greg, stationed in the Senate chamber who, after finding out it was our first anniversary, wrote “Happy Paper Anniversary Rands!” on a blank sheet of paper and suggested we go downstairs to get the state seal stamped on it to commemorate the day. On our way to the office we discovered the Texas Agriculture Museum within the capitol, it had a neat collection of everything grown in the state complete with an entire chest full of canned goods from okra to peaches.

After getting our paper gift stamped we headed down to the farmer’s market on 5th and Guadalupe. We’ve been a few times, never to buy anything really but rather to people-watch and ogle at all the cute dogs {everyone who’s anyone brings their dog to the farmer’s market}. Then we made our way to the lake where we tried out paddle boarding for the first time, also referred to as SUP {stand up paddle board}. We paddled under the Congress bridge and smelled heard all of the bats roosting beneath it. The wind was blowing along the lake so we figured it would be best to paddle against the wind first then drift on the way back once we were tired…well, as soon as we turned around, so did the wind! We made it back though, it’s definitely a great balancing workout.

We grabbed lunch at Torchy’s Tacos, one of the many food trailers in south Austin, and just as we were about to begin our tour around south Congress it started to pour. So instead we headed out to the mall to waste time before dinner.

Mark’s mom was gracious enough to give us a gift card to one of our favorite restaurants downtown, Perry’s Steakhouse. It’s such a nice treat to go there, the atmosphere is perfect with it’s live piano music, the food is always top notch and the service is excellent. We probably had 5 or 6 people tell us happy anniversary from the time we arrived and our table was adorned with fresh rose petals. We spent the evening reminiscing about the past year, and excitedly dreaming about what lies ahead. The best part of the entire meal was definitely dessert; picture this: a large ball of Amy’s Mexican vanilla ice cream, rolled in sliced almonds, topped with white chocolate in a bowl that’s drizzled with a Bailey’s/chocolate mixture. Then the cook made brown sugar caramelized pecans and flambeed them with a little brandy table-side and poured it all on top. Heaven. in. my. mouth. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

Sunday I had a soccer game at 1 and nothing worthwhile opened until noon so we checked out of the hotel and stopped at Whole Foods on our way back home. That place is so amazing, I wish we could afford to regularly shop there. Literally 3/4 of the entire store is fresh produce, meats, breads, etc. whereas a typical grocery store is maybe 1/3. Of course I know that they create such a welcoming environment complete with lovely music and dim lighting to entice people such as myself into wanting to shop there, I realize that. Bravo, Whole Foods, your store is prettier than the one I shop at, haha.

On our way out we passed by hay bale upon hay bale stacked with pumpkins and gourds. They had a big section of these Mosque de Provence pumpkins which we had grown for the wedding, I’ll have to go back and buy one to decorate our new apartment with!

Our anniversary weekend ended with Mark cooking dinner for the two of us. It was the perfect weekend spent with my favorite person in the world, I can’t wait for the rest of our lives to unfold together!

Is that you, Fall?

September 3, 2010

We just had a big thunderstorm roll through Austin last night; I slept through most of it and when I woke up this morning the air was nice and cool {aka: it was 70 instead of 90}. Although I know this is just Texas weather trying to trick us into thinking that fall is here, It sure feels nice. I even opened up the windows to let a little fresh air in.

Now that it’s officially September, that means I can start at least thinking about the third season, right? No? I just can’t help myself…after all, I spent literally months last year perusing fall decor because my wedding was fall-inspired. These pumpkin pictures make me happy :)

I just love this idea for carving a pumpkin; just use a drill with different sized bits to make perfectly round holes in different designs. Genius!