fitness goals, december 2010: death by yoga

So, I know I haven’t updated in a while, but this may be goodbye. Mike is my benefactor, so he gets Delancey, all of my shoes and clothes,* and my How I Met Your Mother DVDs.

You see, yours truly has to have an initial wedding dress fitting after the new year. Which means that if I’m going to strut down the aisle with even more awesome than usual, I’ve got to be a little more… compact. Crap.

The Goals:

  • Finish Couch to 5K, finally.
  • Do Body by Bethenny yoga for 30 days. (This was originally going to be 30 Day Shred, but I’m not quite there yet.)
  • Lose 5lbs

Totally doable for a schlub like me, yes?

So basically, yes, I’ve turned into the stereotypical bride-to-be, save for the obsessing over napkins.** Daily cuticle oil, weekly deep conditioning treatments, upping the facials and mani-pedis, planning the hair color for the big day, being hyper-organized. But hey, we’re going to have fun and so will our guests, and we love the crap out of each other, and that’s what really matters, right?


*Clearly if you want my stilettos and cardigans, you’re welcome to them.

**Paper? I mean we’re having barbecue, I don’t know.

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apologies in advance…

…but I’ll be talking about wedding stuff here so as not to drive our friends and loved ones insane on Facebook and Twitter.

For example: I got my new Social Security card today with my new name (YAY!) and ordered my new casual stationery and our formal stationery last night. And yeah, I’m completely, nerdily* excited about that.

*New word?

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so this whole marriage thing.

Not only do I get to be married to the raddest dude ever, but I get to go balls-to-the-wall girly and plan a wedding, and people want to buy us presents.

This wedding thing is pretty awesome.

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Yeah, I’m definitely the oddball of my extended family.

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when two (nerds) become one (mega-nerd?)

So, the rumors are true, we’re Facebook official, etc. Mike and I are married!

An explanation, in bullet form:

  • Yes, this was planned. We just didn’t tell anyone. We’d talked about getting hitched pretty much right from the start. We’d decided we wanted to have a ceremony for just the two of us, then have a wedding with family and friends later on. We’d originally talked about getting married in Puerto Rico later this year, but decided that we’d rather save that for our honeymoon or another vacation. I found out I was going to Vegas for work, and M had vacation time, so he came with me. Barring all catastrophe, the plan was to get married in Vegas, and so we did. I guess we didn’t technically elope, though it probably seems that way!
  • Because I know you’re probably thinking it – no, this was not a shotgun wedding!

  • Yes, our parents know. My parents were surprised that we actually went through with it, but were kind of suspecting this would happen. They’re very happy and love M very much, and now my mom gets to email all the family with “So… guess what!” and help plan a wedding, and Dad gets a son-in-law. Win-win. M’s parents were shocked but happy – they sent me a sweet text and email, which was a pleasant surprise! I absolutely love my in-laws and am so happy to be a part of his family!
  • We had Elvis. That was also part of the plan. And he was rad. The minister was great, the vows were lovely, and Jon Bon Jovi was married at the same chapel, so I figured that was a good sign. And no, Mama, JBJ hasn’t been married 3-4 times, he married his high school sweetheart here and have been married since! Plus he’s hot, sang “Livin’ on a Prayer” and was in “Sex and the City.” C’mon.
  • What we wore: M was in a grey suit, blue shirt and tie and holy hell, my husband is gorgeous. I wore a grey pencil skirt, black heels and a black sweater. Elvis wore a black leather jumpsuit with red and gold studs.
  • After the wedding, we went to Hyanumi in Caesars Palace for some sushi and champagne.
  • Our first cute marital activity was indoor skydiving! Next Saturday, we’re running a 5k together, though mine will likely involve lots of walking.
  • Yes, we will be having another wedding in Austin later this year. We haven’t started working on those details yet, aside from the fact that it will be a Catholic ceremony and casual reception. I told M I still want a proper proposal and engagement, so we’ll start planning once he pops the question 😉 Many, many thanks in advance to my parents, who have agreed to pay for their only daughter’s second wedding.

  • I’m converting to Catholicism. I know I don’t have to in order to be married to M, but for my own reasons, I’d already decided to do so if/when we got married. Unfortunately, it seems like most RCIA classes around Dallas have already started, so I’d have to start in 2011.
  • About the name change? Though I love my two middle names, I’m using my maiden name for the middle and taking M’s last name. Professionally, I’ll go by all three; personally, I’ll go by my first and his last.
  • Yes, I’m still in Dallas and he’s still in Austin, for the time being.

  • No, we’re not having kids any time soon!
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hi there.

I’m working on new content. Apparently an awesome job (that happens to be busy during October AHEM) plus an awesome boyfriend plus a pain in the ass (but very cute) kitten equals lack of blogging time.

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super easy summer salad

When most people think of salad, they probably don’t think “this salad is good but it is filling!”* FALSE. I throw together this salad when I run home to lunch from the office and usually bring it back with me; it’s so satisfying, I’m set until dinner!

You’ll need:

  • Small mixing bowl
  • Two handfuls of greens (I happened to have some organic mixed greens in the fridge)
  • Strawberries, cut up (I used 7 medium)
  • 4 oz chicken or steak
  • 2 T walnut pieces
  • 2 T Gorgonzola cheese
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Homemade croutons (optional)

Mix all together in the mixing bowl. For the olive oil, pour one-Mississippi, two-Mississippi. For the balsamic, pour one-Mississippi (or, if you’re like me and love balsamic, two). Super easy, healthy, flavorful, and filling!

*Apologies to the writers of Anchorman

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