1. 90s music
I’m not just talking about Backstreet Boys (although I love it too), I’m talking about Lisa Loeb, Oasis, and Better than Ezra. You seriously can’t go wrong. Our local radio station used to have a 90s weekend where they would play nothing but 90s. I LOVED it.
2. Road trips
With 90s music, of course. I grew up spending holidays traveling from Texas to Georgia and back, so a long time in a car with car games and a good book feels like home to me. Of course, our trip last week was a little different, but I enjoyed it for the most part.
3. My Little Pony
I bet you didn’t see that coming! I can’t help it. The ponies are just perfect. A few weeks ago I saw a MLP Monopoly game at Barnes & Noble and I jumped up and down in excitement. It was pretty tempting, but
Tim said no I managed to control myself.
4. Blog comments
I don’t think there’s any blogger (except maybe the bigger ones who end up with hundreds) who don’t get excited about seeing some comments on their blog. It’s nice to find out that someone’s reading, maybe even enjoying, your posts.
5. Snapchat notifications
I don’t even like snapchat that much, but it’s kind of fun to get one from a friend. That stupid little ghost makes me smile too big.
6. Target $1 spot
Isn’t it the greatest? I can get wrapping paper and all kinds of things for much cheaper than I’d find anywhere else. Except, you know, the dollar store. But we don’t have a good one around here. So I’ll stick to Target.
What do you get too excited about?
I mentioned before that Tim and I were traveling from Atlanta to New Hampshire, and back home, in the Tesla Model S. This is particularly significant because we’re driving an all electric car, with an ideal range of 300 miles, much further than 300 miles. It’s tricky, but doable, and that’s what we’ve proved this past week. We were like pioneers on an electric Oregon Trail or something.
When Tim first mentioned driving to New Hampshire, my jaw dropped. I had been stressed out enough just driving to Savannah back in March, and that was only 260 miles. But after he explained his strategy, I agreed, and decided that even when things might not be ideal, I’d be as positive and patient as I could manage to be (if you know me well, you might know I don’t actually have a lot of patience). He also opted to post the trip real-time on his website (which included tweets and instagrams from us).
ONE Monday night, we started our trip to New Hampshire for Thanksgiving with Tim’s side of the family. If you didn’t know, we drove the Tesla Model S, an all electric car. We used the Supercharger network to travel up the east coast. We had a bit of ”range anxiety”, but we made it to The Dorrs’ house on Wednesday morning with 12 miles to spare and a bit of sleep deprivation.
Starting out Tuesday morning
TWO We have the best house sitter this week. I’ve gotten snapchats of the animals, and I feel so much better knowing that someone is there with my particularly high maintenance dog. Thanks, Nicole!
THREE Thanksgiving was great! I’ll probably be blogging our hope trip in more detail later, but I hope all y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your families (or with your favorite football team like Sarah).
FOUR We’re heading home tomorrow. But this time, we’ll be stopping twice along the way to sleep. If you’re interested in how traveling in an electric vehicle is, you can follow along here on this fancy website Tim has built (which streams certain tweets and instagrams from us).
FIVE I mentioned before that I’d been looking for a blog planner that was simple, and that I could actually print out (for FREE), and had no luck. So I solved my own problem and made my own. I thought I’d share that with ya’ll, along with a blank recipe card and a meal planner (because these are things I use in my home regularly). Just click the link below the preview and print it out!
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Hope you enjoy them as much as I have!
Last year, Tim and I started trading off holidays with our families. Because the year before, he had spent Christmas with me in the hospital, we spent Christmas with his family. This is the first year that I will be spending Thanksgiving with his side of the family. I know that some people have a really hard time spending holidays away from their family when they get married, but honestly Christmas wasn’t that hard for me. It was different, sure, but I was glad to be spending time with my new family (the only hard part was that I was missing Finley’s first Christmas).
Most families have their little traditions, even if they aren’t a big deal. My family, because we spent ten years in Texas, used to spend Thanksgiving with just the four of us. The day after, we would always decorate the Christmas tree. That is a tradition that has, for the most part, continued.
When we moved to Georgia, the first couple of Thanksgivings, my mom hosted and had both sides of the family come over. So we had (I’m guessing) around thirty people joining us. We had to borrow tables and chairs from dad’s office. My parents were so excited to finally spend the holiday with extended family.
After a couple of years, it died down and we just had my mom’s side of the family over for Thanksgiving. She hosted it every year until 2011. Since Finley is here now, and Candence’s parents are nearby (and my cousins are creating little families of their own), holidays have changed. So I’m not sad that I’m trading off holidays – we’re all growing up and they’re different anyway. It’s time for everyone to start new traditions.
Without fail though, every year my side of the family has macaroni and cheese (crock pot — I usually make it, but I hear my brother is trying it this year), ham, chex mix (with m&ms), and watch the Dallas Cowboys.
What Thanksgiving traditions does your family have?
If you’ve ever been a bride, a bridesmaid, or even considered being either, you’ve probably seen all sorts of ideas for bridesmaids’ gifts. I know that sometimes brides give their bridesmaids things that they will be wearing in the wedding (shoes, dresses, paying for the updos or makeup, jewelry), but since I was pretty much telling them to choose these things on their own (I actually didn’t want them all to look alike), I decided to give them some more fun things. You know, things that were fun for me to give them. :)
Note: Speaking as someone who has been a bridesmaid a few times, it is totally a nice thing for a bride to give her bridesmaids those things. Especially if she is asking them to spend a lot of money on a dress or buy shoes they’ll never wear again. Or if your bridesmaids are in college.
I decided that since they were spending the night with me downtown the night before, I should get them dedicated wedding duffle bags, because trust me, you want everything you need for wedding day in one place. In the bags, I included a monogrammed waffle robe, a monogrammed hanger (because that’s totally one of those things you would never buy for yourself), and a grumpy cat makeup bag (yes you just read that), which I stuffed with random “emergency kit” things.
Bridesmaids’ Weekender Bags
Monogrammed waffle robes
Monogrammed wooden hanger
Grumpy cat makeup bag/emergency kit
- Bobby pins (Target)
- Sewing kit (Hobby Lobby)
- EOS lip balm
- EOS hand lotion
- CHI travel size Helmet Head spray
- Travel size Kleenex
- Travel size Dove deoderant
- Compact mirror – Ulta
What have you received or given for a bridesmaid’s gift? What do you think you would appreciate getting?