Date Night Recap

Hi!

Did you have a good weekend?

Brendan and I had our date on Saturday. Almost everything went wrong, but it was wonderful. I guess part of being in a new city is getting lost half of the time. Even with our GPS, we drove around  searching for this Thai place in Washington Township. Finally we found it, and luckily it was not at all crowded at all (a bad sign?).  The food was okay, but the conversation was good, and sitting next to each other in a new place, knowing that Brendan thought I looked pretty from the way that he looked at me- it was a good feeling.

Oh, here is a picture of Brendan’s  dinner:

The rice is heart-shaped.. Appropriate, non?

After dinner we headed out to a movie theater…Or what we thought was a movie theater… Which actually was a movie theater, just not the right one.  So we got back in the car and drove…And drove…And drove. Finally we got there, and the movie we had wanted to see had almost started and the line to buy tickets was HUGE. Bummer.

We stood in line for about three minutes and decided to get ice cream and  watch a movie at home. We watched this Bollywood movie that had a hindi name, and laughed and practiced our Indian dance moves…Okay, I practiced my dance moves.

It was a wonderful night. Probably one of the best dates we’ve had in a while just because we were together and focusing on each other.

xoxo,

Katie

Snow Doggy

This morning we woke up to snow.  This is the second time it has snowed here in South Jersey, so I figured I would take the opportunity to figure out how to take pictures with Brendan’s camera.

Action shot. How adorable are his floppy ears?It's always nicer inside.

It is so much better inside

Have a good weekend! See you Monday!

xoxo,

Katie

Reasons Why I Want My Husband and I to Take Dance Lessons

I will be honest with you.  My dance skills are almost non-existant.  I never really felt at home on the dance floor.  Of course I love to dance at home in private, and even in public, but I’m more like Elaine

Than Cyd (bt dubs, the dance sequence with Gene Kelly and Cyd Charice is one of my all time favorites)..

Despite my lack of fluidity I still have always wanted to be able to actually dance.  I took a salsa class with my Mom last year and we loved it.  We danced with each other and practiced our moves  together and had a good time.  Naturally after Brendan proposed to me I thought it would be a nice thing for us to take dance lessons for our first dance instead of awkwardly swaying in place to the beat of the music- something I definitely did at high school dances.

So B and I took five dance lessons and had so much fun- but I have to say the pressure of preparing to dance in front of everyone you know at event where there would be video evidence of the  number was a tad bit stressful.  Or, I suppose I should say that it was stressful for me because I can be perhaps at times a little….errr.. obnoxiously Type A at times, and so it was hard for me to let go and have fun toward the end of our lessons.  When I was able to relax we had such  a good time. I loved being able to learn something together and work together to make it happen. So that’s why I want to take dance lessons with Brendan… That and I am mildly obsessed with Gene Kelly, I mean seriously, look at this man go:

Would I love to reinact this dance scene? Yes, yes I would.  I was totally enthralled the first time I saw this movie.  Gene Kelly is so masculine and strong. Wonderful.  There is something undeniably sexy about this dance, and I want to do be able to dance like that, dang it.

So there you have it. I’m not sure how convincing my argument is, and something tells me showing Brendan my “American in Paris” clip and explaining to him why I heart Gene Kelly won’t work… Maybe I’ll stick with the whole bonding together time  thing and leave Gene (yes, we are on a first name basis) out of it.

xoxo

Katie

Meet my Family

I figured that it was time for you to meet my family officially.  We are a small family, just myself, Brendan my husband, and Dexter the Dog. Here we are below:

Before Brendan and I got married (three and half months ago) and moved to New Jersey, I made him promise me that we would get a puppy, so that I wouldn’t miss my parent’s dog quite so much.  We found Dex through SOS Beagle Rescue, a great non-profit that operates out of Southern NJ, Alabama and Tennessee.  We could not have been luckier with Dexter, he has been a source of great joy and entertainment.

Look at that face!!

This dog is such a little love. Very playful, loving, and naughty in the extreme.

Here is an example of how naughty this dog is:

  Poor Dexter, I guess he can’t resist my rain boots…After being fussed at, he moved on to Brendan’s flip flops… The beagle loves shoes- yet another characteristic that let’s me know that he fits in well here.

Dexy is the best dog ever, you should come over and pet him- you will agree. You don’t live in New Jersey? I’m very sorry for you. He is the best.

Brendan is an Economics professor at a local college in South Jersey, and is so far loving his job, which he just started four months ago.  He is an exceedingly excellent educator who cares about his students- even as he yells at them to really learn how to graph.  He has the best sense of humor, and can always make me laugh. He is kind, generous, and helps me take myself a little less seriously. He’s my best friend.

Brendan and I met in college as he was finishing his Ph.D. and I was an undergrad.  I will share our love story some other time, but suffice to say, we became friends, and after a few years of friendship, and after telling him, “no,” a few times, our relationship grew and flourished into a beautiful love story. There is nothing quite so wonderful as falling asleep at night holding hands with your best friend.

Here is a picture from our wedding.  In case you are wondering, these pictures were taken by Lauren Button of ElleBee Photography .  If you live in the Southwest, Arizona area and need pictures, Lauren is your girl!

And this is me, Katie. I am a lover of fashion, film, and cooking. I love 1960’s french pop, and La Nouvelle Vauge. I am tad bit obsessed with Pinterest, and I love surfing the interwebs for beautiful things.  I love Anthropologie, and anthropology. I spent the last five years of my life in college soaking up information on Native Americans of the Southwest, evolutionary forces that shaped women’s bodies, and have a deep and abiding love for Greek and Roman art and architecture.  I’m the kind of person who cries (just a little bit) when I see something beautiful, and often laughs at inappropriate things.  Love The Smiths, and indie films…That is me in a nutshell.

Tell me about yourself? I’d love to meet you, too. : )

xoxo,

Katie