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Another Work Week

I can’t help but be depressed every Sunday night and Monday morning. It’s the same feeling every week. After Monday is over, I am back in the groove, the week flys by, and the weekend, and it starts all over again. It’s a viscious cycle. That’s why I need things to look forward to. Thankfully, this summer I have a lot! I have two weddings (one of which I am a bridesmaid in), a bachelorette party in St. John’s, DMB Caravan in August, and hopefully the Healthy Living Summit if I can get tickets. They go on sale tonight at 8pm. Who else is going? šŸ™‚

Yesterday I attended a Bridal shower of the second wedding I have this summer. It is one of Joe’s best friends, so he is in the bridal party for that wedding. It was a really beautiful shower and the cake was absolutely amazing!

Me with the bride to be and her amazing cake!

The guys all went to see Hangover 2 while we were at the shower, so I just met Joe at home afterwards. We did our usual Sunday routine: ordered pizza and hung out on the couch watching TV. I made him watch Eat Pray Love. I’ve seen it but I just love looking at the food and the scenery in it. I know he wasn’t super excited about watching it initially, but I could tell he secretly liked it! Some red wine was also enjoyed.

Yes, I washed the glass prior and left some water spots

Monday mornings are always hard after a day filled with glutonous eating. Joe had to go into work early this morning so he woke his butt up with me at 5:20 and we hit the gym. We both completed abs and 45 minutes on the treadmill (running and incline walking intervals). I made a quick smoothie to go since somehow I am always late when we are trying to get ready at the same time. But, he also drove me to the train this morning which was nice!

Lunch

IĀ marinatedĀ chicken inĀ olive oil, balsamic vinegar, truffle salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon overnight Saturday and grilled it up yesterday after the shower. I portioned it out with some brussel sprouts and bulgur wheat that I cooked up to make lunch for more than 1 day this week. Woo hoo!

 

I am already over Monday. I have to take my bridesmaids dress to get fitted after work, and then hang out at the restaurant (and have some dinner) while I wait for Joe to get out of work.

Reunion

Last night I met up with my friend Claire, who I met at the Fashion Institute of Technology. We lived together while we were in college and she moved to California after graduation. She came to visit home and NYC for the week. I was so excited to see her!

We went to one of our old favorites, Chat ‘n Chew.

Love this place! First up was drinks. Claire got the flirtini and I ordered a red wine spritzer (Cabernet and diet coke) as the waitress looked at me like I was drunk already. Claire got her usual grilled cheese with sweet potato fries, while I went with the special Taco Fiesta salad. It was actually quite healthy if you didn’t eat the large fried tortilla bowl it came in! I obviously dug in before I got a chance to take a picture of the plating.

This salad consisted of greens, cajun grilled chicken, tomato, avocado, green beans, carrots, shredded cheddar, and crispy tortilla. I subbed the ranch dressing for plain old oil and vinegar, and didn’t eat the tortilla bowl.

I cleaned the rest of my plate though and was super full, but not too full for dessert. We walked over to Pinkberry after dinner.

The problem with this stuff is that I could eat a large in about 5 seconds. Instead, I went with the small original flavor topped with honey almond granola, dark chocolate chip crisps, and mango, and ate it in 3 seconds.

Claire brought me a present from her work. She gets a discount on Current/Elliott and brought me these cute cut off green jean shorts!

I obviously forgot to take a picture and do not have them near me, but I’m sure I’ll be wearing them this weekend. Thank you Claire bear! šŸ™‚

We said goodbye, but only until Friday! I am going to meet her after work again before she leaves to head back to Cali.

Rando hair decided to stick out (on my forehead), but still a good picture of us.

I need to get out to California soon to visit this lady! Anyone have any cheap flight suggestions to Santa Ana or Long Beach airports from NYC/NJ?

Bridal Shower Recap

I have been M.I.A. all weekend, clearly, so I figured I’d recap my friend’s bridal shower. I was gone Friday night through Sunday and unfortunately still haven’t caught up on my sleep due to my boss asking me to come in an hour early to work this morning.

The shower turned out beautiful and we were happy that Carrie enjoyed all of the work we put into it. We each brought a dish and ended up with a great menu consisting of chicken salad with grapes & pecans, asparagus and green beans with lemon basil dip, salad with blackberries, ham biscuits, fruit salad,Ā caprese skewers, and a whole slew of appetizers that I unfortunately forgot to snap a picture of. We had cheese, veggies, crackers, hummus, shrimp cocktail, etc.

Drinks included wine and the lemon basil mojito that I made. I think the picture below is mainly pellegrino being that we all had a few drinks before lunch and switched to water for a bit!

The bride opened her gifts from Pottery Barn & Williams -Sonoma. We also got her a gift from the bridesmaids that included a wine tour on their honeymoon which is an African safari! So cool, right? The theme of the shower was safari chic, so we all wore printed dresses. We also did a “wishing well” where guests brought a bar item to complete the bar in their apartment.

I wish I got a picture of the full spread, there were so many gifts! Her soon to be mother-in-law is a photographer so when she posts all of her photos I will have to give an update! We also made Carrie a bow hat and got her a sash, which she clearly loved.

Me and the Bride to be, Carrie!
We then enjoyed a great spread of desserts including chocolate covered strawberries, lemon tarts, and cake. The cake was an orange flavor and I thought I wasn’t going to like it. I am not one for creamsicle and I normally enjoy chocolate cake, but this was to die for!
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We then headed to the backyard to have some fun on the zipliner!

Bridesmaids – Jamie, Ashley, Kathy (Matron of Honor), Carrie (Bride!), Stacey (Maid of Honor), Kristina, and Me

All guests left with a favor – little bags of chocolate covered pretzels with a cute note.

After the shower, we cleaned up, took a nap, and had leftover food and drinks before heading out. We ended up going to a deck bar with a fun band. We obviously made sure that the bride was pulled up on stage!

We got home after 1 AM and polished off the rest of the cake and leftovers.

Sunday

We woke up early and hit the road after a quick breakfast that included fresh fruit, coffee,Ā and cinnamon toast crunch bagels from Panera Bread (yum!). It was about 2 hours away, so by the time I got home I was starving and met Joe for our usual Sunday pizza. I had a great weekend overall, but just didn’t get enough sleep! Oh well, you’ll have that sometimes! šŸ™‚ I woke up at 4:30 this morning to get in a quick run before having to come into work super early, as mentioned above. Speaking of, I have to get back to that!

Enjoy Monday!