Monday, November 30, 2009

My Thansgiving

Since I unfortunantly don't have any pictures from Thursday, I thought I would post about that day first.

We got a late start on Thanksgiving because we were both tired and after I got out of bed, I moved to the couch and took a nap. Low energy that day from a bad couple nights of sleep. So we didn't get to Jon's families house until around lunch time. After we got there, we sat around for a while trying to decide what to do for lunch. Because it was only Jon's parents and Jon's sister-who- eats- almost- nothing at home that year, they skipped having the traditional meal. We were going to order pizza until we found that the pizza shops were closed. Well, randomly during the discussion I mentioned how 7-11 hotdogs and Slurpee sounded good. Yes, I am disgusting and love hotdogs from 7-11. I didn't mention it thinking anybody would listen or want it. But when we couldn't figure out what to eat or where to go, Jon randomly mentioned that I mentioned it. I was embarrassed but it was only seconds later that it was being considered seriously by everyone. The sister-who-eats-almost-nothing loves the same thing, their dad likes them, Jon likes them, and the mom would be kind enough to go along with it. So, a few minutes later, knowing how crazy we were being, we got into the car to go to Safeway (for drinks and soup) and 7-11. The guy working at 7-11 was soo excited about us being there. He was saying things like "we have the best chilli in town," and "we should have gotten turkey dogs." He was laughing and joking the whole time. We then went home with our dogs (Hot dogs or chili dogs depending on who you were. Three of us put lots of chili and cheese on it and hence had chili dogs.) and Slurpees and ate while watching Star Trek. I do like that movie but I tried to catch up on my sleep during it because I was just that tired. But may I say, MY CHILI DOG WAS AMAZING AND TOTALLY MADE MY THANKSGIVING.

Next, we went to my families house for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner that was so oh dilicious (bean casserole and fruit salad are my favorites...oh yum) . And the evening was spent eating, making fun of each other (a huge ongoing family tradition), and visiting our old neighbors who now live a half hour away. Speaking of which, at their house I got the chance to hang out with my old best friend and her boyfriend. I mention this not because I love her so much and miss hanging out with her, which is the case, but because her boyfriend seems like an amazing guy. Evidence being: he took out her families trash with out being asked and he made her a flower arrangment based on a picture he saw in a magazine. What guy does that? I am soo happy for her and hope it all works out for the best.

I am already looking forward to next years Thanksiving and hope it includes a chili dog again...maybe it's the start of a unique family tradition...I am hoping so.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

First Things First

I have so much to post about so there will probably be many postings in the next few days.

But, first things first, I want to tell you what my plans are for the coming weeks.

1. Go to New York with my honey and our friends for a few days. It will be cold but just imagine the Christmas spirit that will be felt there. It already makes me giddy.

2. Decorate this fake tree we bought:
Putting the tree together!

Yes we got a fake. Yes, we are a lame newly wed couple.

3. Make a Snowstorm for one or two of the windows

4. Write those thank you cards for the gifts received at the wedding. I wanted them done a lot sooner but with all that has been going on and my health issues it just has not happened.

5. Make a bag advent calendar filled with goodies. Kind of like this one. I am actually only going to do it for the 12 days before Christmas sinse that will probably be about the time I finish it.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I love getting makeovers and in the spirit of that, I am giving my blog a makeover. Changes will be made over time. Going from white to green is change number one. I began to hate the green and white is a welcome relief. I think I will stay white for a very long time.

As for me getting a makeover, I need to do one soon. I need to get a new license and actually want to look decent for the picture that many a stranger sees.

I Am

Watching Are You Afraid of the Dark.

what are you doing right now?

Monday, November 23, 2009

You Know What I Hate?

When my eye twitches from lack of sleep. It's annoying and makes me feel silly.

You know what I love: CHRISTMAS!!!! I am sooo excited. Christmas music is already out. And I told the hubby we can't wait to put up a tree until the week before Christmas like my lazy family does because for once I am actually excited to decorate.

P.S. I think I'm going to do a makeover on my blog soon and possibly a giveaway. Stay tuned....

Friday, November 20, 2009


Everyday I still have moments where I am shocked and amazed that I am married, almost like I forgot it for a while. I had two of those moments yesterday. First when Jon texted me to see when I would be home and secondly, when we were laying next to each other in bed. Sometimes I feel like I am a bit to immature and lame for this whole marriage thing. But really, I am not, and marriage is fun. I wonder if those moments of remembrance and surprise will ever end....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Kitchen Accessories

I really want an apron for when I cook as I have already had to do laundry multiple times just because I dirtied my clothes while cooking. No Fun!!! Gotta hate grease stains. I randomly did a Google search today and look what I found from one Etsy seller named Sassy Apron:

These almost seem a bit too nice to cook in but I kinda really want one. But which one and how would I ever choose?

And how about these by Boojiboo:

Friday, November 13, 2009

You Know

you have mental issues when you stay up way late having a bathroom related conversation with you husband and when you laugh at jokes and conversations that scroll through your head that you refuse to tell your husband because you know he would be grossed out. You know your even crazier when your tired the next day and you still don't regret staying up late talking about bathroom related things the least bit. You know your husband is awesome when he lets you have this conversation with him even when it grosses him out and hes just wants to sleep. Love you hubby. I don't remember much about the conversation but it was great.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Hey It's That Blogger

I had my first real life spotting of a blogger whose blog I read moment. So random! I was in Ikea, waiting for my hubby to get his wallet from the car so we could pay for our finds. I was just chilling in the section where you pick up the large items of furniture you want, kinda near the cash registers. I saw this guy and within a second my train of thought went as follows:

"I recognize that guy"
"He looks like that bloggers husband"
"She looks like the blogger:
"Shes pregnant"
"Its so that blogger...weird"
"I feel like a stalker"

Jon asked me what I would think if someone came up to me because they recognized me from following my blog. I said it would be cool to which he responded then maybe you should go say something to her. But I didn't see them after that, nor would I have had the guts to say anything.

And I will forgo mentioning what blogger it is because its one of those blogs you follow for no good reason. She is a friend of a friend of a friend or something strange like that whose life just seemed interesting to me. And that's my story and I am a creep.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

My Perfect Couch

My perfect couch would be rather large. It would be wide so when I sit it swallows me up and I don't feel like I am slipping off. It would be way comfy and soft. No hard cushions for me. And it would be dark blue or purple.

We bought a couch yesterday. It's soft but perhaps not wide enough for me. Oh and it's dark brown... It was the best we could fine though and I am sure I will learn to love it. And really, I am just so super excited to finally have a couch I can chill on.

What is your perfect couch?

Sophomore year couch. The nastiest most comfortablest thing ever and holds a lot of great napping memories. Doesnt hurt that it holds lots of lovely shopping bags either :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Last Blog About Honeymoon

I just wanted to do a few reviews of places in Boston before moving on from the Honeymoon.

First, is the Ramada Boston. We choose the Ramada for the last half of the honeymoon because it was a great great price and we knew we didn't need to spoil ourselves the whole time. It ended up being perfect. It wasn't within walking distance to their metro (D.C. term I know but I stick to it) but they had a shuttle that ran constantly. The metro itself was pretty darn cheap and easy to take. They also had breakfast every morning, a shuttle to the airport, and most important, the shuttle would also take you to the hospital. They had a good relationship with Enterprise so when we rented a car it was easy to get a hold of. They dropped the car off then we just had to leave the keys with the hotel when we were done. I give it 5 stars for being cheap, convenient, clean, and friendly. Go Ramada.

Oh the Ramada also owns, or has a good relationship with (not exactly sure if they own all the places around them), a few restaurants right beside it. We tried their main restaurant, don't know the name of it, but it was pretty good. Better than I expected. About a 3.5 out of 5. Their fun center, with bowling, an arcade, and lots of food, was soo fun. One night when we wanted to relax and have some fun so we just went over, got an ice, and bowled a few games. I won and for those of you who know me well, know that that's a good thing. The one thing in life I hate to lose at is bowling.

Finally, I wanted to write a quick review about the Italian restaurant we ate at after seeing the USS Constitution. We randomly chose it and did not know what to expect. It's name was Filippo Ristorante, with the owner being Filippo Frattaroli. Jon and I, for the first time ever, ordered the same exact thing. The Spezzatino all'Abruzzese. It was Chicken in a butter and cheese sauce with penne. Jon ate all of his but I could not. It was way to salty for me. Not only was it just salty, but I had been basically living off of Saltine Crackers for a few days and did not need more salt. I ate a side salad instead which was really delicious as the dressing was soo good. The problem with the food could have just been with our particular dish, as we did not try any others so I do not hold it against them too much. The waiter was very friendly and talkative and we got some of our best service at this restaurant (at many other places the service blew hard core). She also, knowing we were on a trip, gave us a copy of the menu to take home with us. Lucky for her, or I never would have been able to write this review. Haha. I would have never remembered the name of the restaurant. Anyways, I give this place a 4 out of a 5 and would consider going back if we went to Boston again.

P.S. The tour we took in Boston was called the Haunted Boston Ghost Tours. I highly recommend it. One guy on the tour, from North or South Carolina, had been on it multiple times.

Jon and I tried to use one of those photobooths. This was the outcome. Not exactly what we meant to do, we are amatures at such things, but it still makes me laugh with joy.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I Have Become A Cry Baby

Tomorrow I will try and do my last post about my honeymoon but for now I have a random thought. Sometimes I feel like I am going to cry during really lame things. For example, I am watching Ghost Whisperer right now, and I keep feeling like I'm going to cry my eyes out. Who cries during Ghost Whisperer? Anyways, I can usually stop myself from doing it, but I can't stop myself from feeling lame.

Do you ever have that problem?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blast From the Past: I am what??

Because I am now sharing an apartment with another person, my hubby of course, I have finally been forced to go through papers. Papers meaning years and years of papers and stuff I have collected, either because I thought it was important or that it contained a memory. It has and will continue to be a long and painful process.

But the point of this post is the following quote I found, which I assume was written down by someone at church:
Liz is great at making everyone feel better with her silly anecdotes. Although everyone says she's annoying but we all love it, despite the denial. She has the most stories EVER :)
How am I suppose to take that? Should I be happy I don't remember who wrote that?

Boston Visit

We went back to Boston on Wednesday and left on Sunday. Because this time including our health issues, like I have said previously, we didn't do as much as we would have liked. We spent a lot of time resting and chilling. But we loved what we did do.

On Thursday, we chilled near Beacon Hill. We went to the Boston Commons and the Boston Public Gardens and it was all very pretty. After dinner, we went on another ghost tour. This one was a little more ghost focused than the one in Salem and very enjoyable. I will try and find out the name of the group that does it later. I have no idea who did it because Jon made the reservations. One of my favorite stories on the ghost tour was the following :

James Allen was your basic early 19th-century burglar and highwayman. In 1833, he tried robbing John Fenno, Jr. of Springfield on the Salem Turnpike. Fenno resisted and Allen shot him - but Fenno lived because the bullet was deflected by a suspender buckle.

Allen was eventually caught and sent to jail, where he wrote an account of his life called ''The Highwayman.'' Allen admired Fenno's bravery in standing up to him and decided that on his death, Fenno should get a copy - bound in his skin. When Allen died in 1837, his body was brought to Massachusetts General Hospital, where enough skin to cover a book was cut off and then delivered to a bookbinder, who died it gray and added some gilding before shipping it to Fenno. Later, a Fenno descendant donated the volume to the Athenaeum.

Friday, we walked across the bridge to see the USS Constitution. It was really cold and a long walk so that's all we did. Kind of a mistake because of how much time it took but not really a mistake because it felt cool standing on the oldest commissioned ship in the world.

Saturday, we rented a car and drove to the coast. I recommend doing this because it was gorgeous, even on a rainy day. We wanted to go see Nantucket but it was pretty expensive and timely to do that so we just drove around. During the drive, we ran into the Korean War memorial and the JFK memorial. They were small and only short stops but still nice to see. After that, we went to the Arnold Arboretum. I give this a thousand thumbs up, especially in the fall. Its a really big park where you can go on long walks and it was sooo beautiful. So many pretty trees. The visitor center closes around 4 p.m. but the park itself stays open into the night. It's not too far from Boston and well worth the visit.

Sunday, before we flew home, we went back into the city. Our first stop was the New England Aquarium. Anyone from VA/MD knows that one of the best aquariums is in Baltimore, but the New England one wasn't too bad. I actually really enjoyed it. I got to see penguins and lots of cool creatures that the Baltimore one does not have. It wasn't quite as big but I still loved it. We then went and tried to find food. Somehow we didn't realize that all the open restaurants were just around the corner to our right and we just started walking and walking and walking. We ended up settling for Japanese which was good but not exactly what we wanted. We later found out how dumb we were.

We walked around the city randomly after that and ended up visiting the Old South Meeting House. It is sort of where the Boston Tea Party started. I enjoyed the visit, the building is gorgeous and alive with history, but after that we were museumed out so we didn't go into any of the other old buildings on the Freedom Trail. After wondering around some more and getting donuts, we randomly ran into the alive part of town called Faneuil Hall Marketplace. This is the part of town where the good shops are, the street performers, and ahhhh the restaurants. The sad part was we only had about 20 minuets to enjoy it before we had to leave. It was one of our biggest regrets as it all looked fun, and of course, I love my shopping. If you ever go to Boston, remember the Marketplace and the Aquarium are right across the street from each other.

At the park in the city

Arnold Arboretum

The Coast

At the aquarium

My Love

Monday, November 2, 2009

Unforeseen Circumstances

So what were the unforeseen circumstances that I have been alluding to in the previous posts. Well I will tell you in this post so you don't have to wonder anymore.

Tuesday morning, our last full day in Salem, Jon wakes up with a cold. I then get into the shower and find a rather large bump on my butt (or rather in my crack. sorry not sure how else to put it). Rather large meaning most likely not a zit. This worried me so I called my mom. She said we should probably go into the doctors. So then we called Jon's brother who is a eye surgeon. He said its most likely an abscess. We could either let it take its course, or take care of it ourselves, but our best bet would be to see a doctor so they could take care of it and ease the pain. Well it wasn't too painful yet so we decided to wait a day. Later that day we ended up having to come back to the Inn for a nap as I was also starting to feel sick and got really tired and Jon was also exhausted and sick. Needless to say I was catching Jon's cold.

The next day I wake up hurting and a bit sick. By the time we make it to the bus stop, take the ride to Boston, and get to our hotel, I am exhausted and we take another nap. By then everything was painful to do. So upon waking up, we make the decision that I need to see a doctor. It was too late then to make an appointment with a family practice so we take the gamble with my insurance and the cost of it and go to the ER. Thankfully we did not have to wait too long to be seen but we waited a long time after getting in. By the end 3-4 people saw me, including the head surgeon. They even considered taking me to the surgery floor because of where the abscess was and how much it was hurting me. And they wanted to try and decrease the chances of me having side effects from the surgery. Well the head surgeon said to just do it where I was at. They cut it open and drained it. The needle in the butt was the worst part honestly. Ouch!!! I were given prescriptions to get pain killers and they made an check up appointment that was optional and which we did not go through. I was then released.

The pain wasn't too bad when I kept up on my pills and after about 3 days I didn't need to take the pain killers anymore. Only the next night did I have problems. We went touring Boston and went on a Ghost Tour and by the end of it, it was hard to walk and my butt was in pain. After that all was good, we just had to wait for it to heal. The only other issue I had was nauseousness. I felt soo nauseous the night of and the next morning. Luckily, when the nauseousness came back the next few days, it wasn't as bad as the first few times. Not sure if this was due to lack of food or the medication or both but it was noo fun. Oh well!!

Overall, a very unpleasant and unexpected experience. We thought, after taking pictures in the rain on our wedding day and being around sick people, we might end up sick. And we did. But I never expected having to get quick surgery to drain an abscess. No fun at all on a honeymoon. Poor hubby. Being tested so soon in a marriage. But he passed. He was great. He stayed with me and helped me out a lot. And was sooo patient with me. He let me take my time in the morning and usually into the afternoon and never pushed me out the door to do things. Thank you Jon.

The hospital visit was rather interesting. The secretaries were not nice or patient at all. The doctors were nice but I felt like they thought the thing was rather funny. Here we are on our honeymoon and I have an abscess. Okay it was rather funny actually. We laughed about it a lot. I just wish they had not taken so long, passed me around so much, taken so long to make a decision about what to do, but at least it was done and the pain eased.

I think something bad happens to almost every couple on their honeymoon. If nothing bad happened to you, you are lucky. But to all out there planning a honeymoon: don't expect everything to go perfectly. If it does, awesome. If it doesn't, do not let the bad bog you down. Take everything in stride and make the best of all circumstances. You are with your hubby, that is all that matters. This trip won't go down in our book as the most amazing trip ever but it was certainly memorable and still fun and for that I am thankful.