A Tale of Two Proposals

He asked me to marry him. I said yes. The end! :)

Oh, you wanted more details? Well here is the longer version …

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my two favorite rings

As you know, Christmas is my favorite holiday. I grew up celebrating at my grandparents’ house in Oklahoma and can count on one hand (with fingers to spare) the number of times that I didn’t make it. Now that I live so far away and my parents are divorced, I really cherish the week I usually spend at “home” that time of year. (It may be like a scene out of Four Christmases, but I love our traditions.) So even as Dave and I became more serious, we spent Christmas with our respective families and met up for New Years.

This past year was no different. Dave went to his mom’s with the pups in time for his sister’s birthday on December 21. I stayed in DC until December 23, when I flew to Dallas for Christmas #1 of 5 … Continue reading

Of House and Home: Holiday Table Settings

holiday table setting

When I was a little girl, I set the table for family meals like it was my job. Well, it kind of was my job,  at least for the holidays, but I loved to do it! Eagerly referencing the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook table setting section, I just adored the various setting options ranging from simple to very formal and multiple ways to fold a napkin. (nerd alert)Much to my dismay, that section has pretty much vanished from the cookbook.

While planning our Thanksgiving table this year, I was nostalgic for the yellowed papers of the one owned by my parents since mine is a new version with very clean white pages and only one measly diagram on the topic. Alas, I was very pleased with how our table turned out, even if I forgot to put down the chargers for the meal and never did break out the crystal wine glasses.

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weekend coffee time

Probably like most of you, I live for my weekends. Not that I don’t enjoy my job on most days, but by the time I go to the gym, get home, make and eat dinner … there just isn’t much left for “me” time.

Saturday morning I wake up excited to start the coffeemaker and enjoy a fresh pot cup on the patio or living room couch. Life is peaceful and I have the entire weekend ahead of me to do with as I please (usually). Of course there are the typical errands and chores, but even those seem less tedious because I feel as though I have all the time in the world.

My sister and I used to have Saturday morning phone dates (Resa – we need to get back on those at least once a month!), but our lives have become increasingly busy. She has the little munchkin and we both have growing “to-dos.” Not to mention, as I get older the idea of talking on the phone is just awful. Don’t get me wrong, I love catching up with friends and family who don’t live nearby, but I much prefer face-to-face chats over a glass of wine or cup of coffee.

I do however love to sit down and write on this blog – even if it’s just for me, a way to keep memories in one place for later reflection and moments of nostalgia. It can be difficult sometimes to make the time to post, but I always feel better when I do. (I commented to Beth yesterday that it’s not about finding the time, but instead about making the time, and I believe that goes for anything.)

Since many of my friends and all of my family live in cities that are not DC, I use this blog as a way to fill them in on my life with pictures and stories. In an ideal world I would wake up every day – even during the week – with a cup of coffee and time to jot down a few words. Since I love sleep too much though, weekend coffee time will have to suffice …

So my goal for the rest of the year is to have at least one post a week using my weekend coffee time to write it, even if I publish on a different day. I know, I have set “post frequency” goals before, but this time I mean it. And I hope you, all three regular readers, will keep me in check!

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and wishing us all a swift week!