Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Just Married

I should have written this blog post it seems like forever ago, but now I've found some time after I've eating my last piece of lasagna for lunch and before my next conference call...

Rob & Shelly got married!  WooHoo!! They are two of my favorite people and on March, 19th they officially became Mr. & Mrs. Kenney!  

I don't even know where to start with recapping so instead I'll just throw up some pics and say that I loved the weather (Sunny & 85), the festivities were unbelievable and it would be nothing without the people.  I love Shelly's friends & family (they've pretty much adopted me & I them) and I cherish the moments I get to spend with them.

Without further ado...  

Rehearsal Dinner After Party:
Shelly & Jon Stier

Me & My Philly Husband

Melissa, Shelly, Shannon & Me

Me & the Groom
Me, Hayley & Melissa

Pat showing what will happen to Rob if he mistreats Shelly

Shelly, 'Rob' & Pat

The Wedding Reception:
First Dance
Alyssa & Melissa
I don't think I would have survived my first year in NYC if it weren't for Becky & Shelly.  I love these two ladies as if they were sisters!  I felt blessed to be able to celebrate this special day with them.
Becky, Shelly & Alyssa
And then the camera went into my bag so I could P.A.R.T.Y....

And here is my blog shout out to Melissa, whose husband is jumping the table in the video below!!

A ton more pics

Facebook Album: The People Make the Party... And This was a PARTY

Sunday, March 20, 2011

It was an AWESOME weekend!

A full recap of the Stier-Kenney wedding weekend to come, but for the time being I thought I would share this....

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Its Lent!

Welcome to Lent.

Like any good Catholic, I should have gotten my ashes this morning and if work doesn't take over I'll use my lunch break to get a smudge on my forehead that will somewhat look like the cross.  The beginning of Lent always reminds me of Catechism, making alpha & omega candles in pink and purple, walking the Stations of the Cross and all the other fun stuff we use to do in class.  Then we would take some time to reflect on our relationship with God and make a determination to "give something up" for 40 days just like Jesus gave up food and fasted in the wilderness.  When I was younger I would give up chocolate, in high school it would be giving up my foul mouth (which I'm sure my Mother would love for that one to come back) and college the ultimate - fast food.  

These days I really have to think about what my relationship is with God.  I know I need to get back to Church.  I do enjoy going but something always seems to prevent me from attending; its the Lifetime movie that's so bad its good, its the casserole in the oven and for some sad reason its the fact I have to 'dress up' when I love wearing sweats & a t-shirt.  Its not like I think God really cares what you wear to Church as long as you show up, but I have a feeling other parishioners do care if you're wearing sweats.  And Church seems to be costing more money than usual, over the Summer my Church was getting all my cash leaving me penny-less for the week with two offerings per mass, taking my $5 for the first offering and stealing my secret $20 for the second.  But this Lent I've decided instead of giving up something (besides the standard meat on Friday's, that's a given) I'm going to do something instead.  I'm going to go to Church (sweats or no sweats) and reestablish my relationship with God.  I seem to always walk out of mass happier (even when I'm down an extra $20 than expected) than when I entered and I think there is something about that 45 minutes in Church reconnecting with God and my Faith that really does something for the soul.  So that's my Lentil promise to God this year, He'll be seeing more often.

Ash Wednesday: Mortality, Humanity and Humility

Sorry God, I'm starting off Lent like a real winner.  I had lasagna with meat sauce for lunch and I've made chicken with prosciutto for dinner.  I promise tomorrow I'll be better.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Very Productive 3 Days...

I've had a very productive past 3 days...

Woke up bright and early, rented a car and nearly flew to Jersey.  I picked up my Zip car on the UES at 8:30am, was in Trenton by 9:30am and was at the Cherry Hill Nordstrom by 10:15am.  I made some quick returns and one awesome purchase.  Then I headed up to Florence to spend the day with the Fam (and pick up my new TV) and had an awesome home cooked dinner made by my Aunt Dawn.  Then I "helped" Jonathan with his Math project, but really I got a little more involved.  You can say I got a little too excited about picking the crayon colors and coloring in little boxes.  My Aunt said my eyes lit up when I found the gel crayons.  What can I say, I've always liked to color.  Then I jumped back into the car with my new passenger Toshiba) and headed back to the city.  And just like heading South it was just as fast going North, I was in Hoboken by 9:00pm and home by 9:30pm (it was a little rough getting through mid-town).
Then I set up my new TV, which is much better than the tiny thing that once lived in my living room.

A very long and successful day of SHOPPING!!  My friend Tanya was such a dear to be my personal shopper for the day and help me find a dress for the two upcoming weddings I will be attending this Spring.  First stop was L&T finding 4 options, then Bloomingdales who had 3 solid options and finally a tempo with the winner!  A cute 1-shoulder, short, black satin dress with pockets!  We rewarded ourselves with a cupcake, which I think was fitting since I'm sure I burned a lot of calories trying on, zipping up, and doing a twirl.  Next step - accessories!  But out of some of the solid options are dresses I'm going to put in my closet anyway.

Usually I have cases of the Mondays, but today I apparently didn't.  After work I had a brow wax/tint because a girl needs eyebrows especially if they are naturally blonde.  With a quick trip to Eli Zabar's to pick up ingredients for Wednesday's dinner I headed home to make lasagna.  I made two bread-pan loaves of the yummy goodness; one for lunch tomorrow and later this week and one for the freezer.  I then thought, why not prep all the ingredients for Wednesday's dinner with Mike & Jean.  Then why not check a few more things off my list while I'm at it... and so I did.  Now I'm updating my blog then hole punching all my handouts from my NYU classes for my uber organized binder I'm putting together.  Woah, I'm exhausted...

my first attempt lasagna sans father's help

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This is what happens when you forget to buy cotton balls at Target

1. You think the day's going pretty good.  Leave work on time, went to Target, saved 5% opening a Target RedCard.  So far, so good.

2. Chatting with Mom on the walk to the express bus stop was productive but back was starting to hurt from carrying two bags on one side.  Hang up phone & put into side pocket of bag.

3. Get express bus ticket, set down bag & pull phone out to check email & social media feed.

4. Phone slips out of hand and drops splat on its face.  It cracks.

5. Phone now looks like this...

View 1

Weather is not updated...
If there wasn't a finger print screen protector it would be totally fucked.  (So thanks Uncle Mark for the screen protector).

6. Call Mom & inform her of travesty.  Get guilt trip for not having a case on the phone.  Reiterate it was an accident.  Mom finally understanding & I still feel like shit because my phone looks like this.

7. If I only remembered cotton balls.