Saturday, July 23, 2011

Yummy Food

I've been really inspired lately to try and eat healthy. I've become obsessed with this blog: It's really helpful to read about how exactly someone stays healthy. I also really like her clothes! In turn, Zach is now inspired by me trying to eat healthy, so it's a group effort. We went shopping yesterday and bought all sorts of yummy foods. For breakfast this morning I had some strawberry and honey flavored greek yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, Quaker cereal and Chia seeds. I've become obsessed with Chia seeds! They're kind of like flax seeds, are super healthy, and yes, are the same seeds that are involved in Chia Pets. I leaned about them from the aforementioned blog, and instantly loved them.

Now time to go see Harry Potter! :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

"How to Survive being Married to a Catholic"

So me and Zach have been having problems trying to find a way to make sure our kids are baptized Catholic because we're not getting married in the church. To me, it seems silly, since we're still getting married in a church, but whatever, apparently Catholic's don't role like that.

 I met with my priest yesterday, and he had the good suggestion that we just get married as planned, then have our marriage blessed by him. That's great! It was a relief to have an answer to the problem, especially one that's not that difficult to do. The new problem is that we now have to do all sorts of marriage prep! Marriage preparation in general, I think is a very good idea. I think it's healthy to sit down at talk about the important stuff. The problem is that I'm not so sure I'm going to like Catholic marriage prep. I have no problem taking time to sit down and plan our future and talk over our issues, I just have a problem with being told that we shouldn't be living together and need to have twenty children. So, we'll see how it goes!

They consider us a "mixed marriage" because Zach's not Catholic. (We both felt that this was a little uncomfortably reminiscent of 1960s racism) They gave him a book to read that's hilariously titled "How to Survive being Married to a Catholic". Unfortunately, the problems they site (me needing to go to church every Sunday, me not wanting to use birth control, me wanting to be a traditional wife) are not the actual problems we'll have (me having large amounts of Catholic guilt, me getting bored at work and following The Pope on Twitter, me spending large amounts of time discussing Catholic churches in Northern Illinois with his cousin Stephanie...).

In other news I'm considering for signing up for some Anthropology classes this semester! I know my life is pretty full at the moment, but it's something that sounds really exciting to me. My mom likes to talk about having "shackles on" or "shackles off" feelings, and this is definitely "shackles off".

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


I'm starting to get really excited about the wedding. Maybe it seems weird that I haven't been more excited before this, but I've been really stressed out by all the planning, and now, finally, everything is starting to come together! Last night I had started working on the invitations when Zach got home from band practice, so he sat down and started helping me. It's a bigger job than I thought it would be! My mom and sister helped a lot with the printing, but I didn't realize what a big job it would be to put them all together and address them. We're planning on putting on a movie tonight and working on them more. If you get an invitation and the hand writing is messy, you can blame Zach. If they're crocked and off center, feel free to blame me. :)

I'm also getting really excited about the wedding shower! Things are going so quickly! I just have to find a dress to wear. I want something that's almost vintage looking, and really flattering. I was going to wear something I owned, but I think I want the excuse to buy another dress.

So enough with wedding talk....I'm also excited to take the GRE. I know that sounds weird, but I've felt pretty stuck with where I am lately, and so it's exciting to be doing something proactive. I think after work I'm going to go to the library and check out some study guides. Because, yes, I'm actually going to study this time.

I'm currently reading The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson. Oh my God! His books are incredible! It's the third one in the series. I highly recommend them to anyone who likes mysteries, and isn't bothered by a little violence. They're pretty graphic, but they're so incredible that in my opinion it's totally worth it.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Good Times

I just got back from dinner at a friend's house, and it was so delicious! Oh my God! Yum. We had pasta with olive oil, yellow and green zucchini, pine nuts, basil, and parmesan cheese. Then, for dessert, we had frozen yogurt with a bunch of different fruits and graham crackers and whipped cream. It was so amazing. The rest of my plans for the night include working on the wedding invitations while watching episodes of Teen Mom. All in all, a pretty good night!


Planning a wedding is hard work. So is taking your GRE and applying to grad school. So is trying to get in better shape and be as healthy as possible. So is possibly buying a house. I'm doing all these things!

In an effort to get more organized and have some accountability, and, let's be honest, complain a bit, I've started this blog. I never thought of myself as a blog person, but it's just like emailing, right?

Let's start with the wedding...Me and my fiance, Zach, are getting married this coming October 1st. It's really coming up fast! Thankfully my mom helped me get really organized this past weekend, so I think I'm in pretty good shape. We're getting married in Madison at Holy Wisdom Monastery, and then having the reception at The Madison Club. I'm super excited about the food. We had our first tasting and it was so delicious! I'm also excited about my dress, which I won't comment on too much in case Zach reads this. He's not going to see it until the wedding.

I'm going to be taking the GRE again one month before the wedding. Smart timing, right? I've applied to med school umpteen times and haven't gotten in, so now I'm looking at grad school. I had an epiphany recently that I don't have to be a biologist! It was really freeing. I'm now considering Anthropology. I've been talking to a woman at the University who's been really helpful, so we'll see where that takes me. I mostly want to retake the GRE so that I have more options, not exactly to specifically apply to anything yet.

I'm also trying to be healthy. Not loose weight, precisely, just be healthier. I'm going to be joining a women's soccer team, so hopefully that will be helpful and not just cause me to have a heart attack on the field. Zach's super pumped about that, seeing as he's played soccer for years and has been trying to get me to for as long as we've known each other pretty much. I'm also considering becoming vegan, like my mom. I've been a vegetarian since I was five, but being vegan sounds scary and hard. Come on, I live in Wisconsin! How can I give up cheese!? So I'm not strictly going to, but I'd like to greatly reduce my cheese intake.

And finally, me and Zach are starting to look at houses. I've been wanting one for so long! I desperately want to be able to paint my walls!

So life is pretty exciting right now! Getting married to the most amazing man, possibly changing careers, becoming the next Hope Solo and finally not planning all of my decorating decisions with the thought of future moving in mind. C'est le bonne vie!