She’s a marathoner!! (at Millennium Park)

She’s a marathoner!! (at Millennium Park)

an older man who lives on our street stepped in front of my car from behind a bush while I was driving causing me to brake hard and then yelled at me from the end of the driveway after I pulled into the carport to remind me of the speed limit, tell me he’d intentionally stepped out in front of me and to say that he thinks that we both drive too fast on a dead end street. All I said was that I wasn’t going above the speed limit and I went inside.

then I got pretty heated. He berated me from the street and intentionally stepped out in front of my car. He is not my parent or the police he has no right to do those thing. So I went back outside. He walked back up the street and asked if I had something to say and I told him that if he had an issue with the way we drove then he should have had a conversation with us instead of threateningly stepping out in front of my car and yelling at me from the street. He continued saying the same things that we drive too fast, there are kids on this street blah blah. I told him I wasn’t an irresponsible person, that I’m aware of my surroundings and that I wasn’t speeding. He said you act irresponsibly. I told him that this wasn’t a very warm welcome to the neighborhood and he told me we didn’t drive through the neighborhood like we wanted to be a part of it.

And that’s when I lost it. I was screaming at him screaming at me. I told him to never come near me again and to never speak to me again. He told me the street was public domain and he’d walk where he pleased. And this went on - us screaming at each other in the middle of the cul-de-sac for about 10 minutes until I just walked away and into the house. Where I immediately burst into tears and called Jordan.

I probably shouldn’t have gone back out there but what right did he have to do that. To be so confrontational. He did nothing with the intent of interacting amicably. He did all in a manner of “those pesky kids.” And we have a right to be here and live here just as much as anyone else. I feel sad and a little scared. And I don’t want to feel that way about my home.

somehow got logged out of gmail on my computer, can’t login without two step verification, google isn’t sending me an SMS verification code, can’t add additional verification methods without logging in, need to authenticate to log in, repeat.

cue slow freakout on how reliant I am on my google account.

katie and brooklyn do chicago!

so, katie and I are headed to chicago in three weeks (oct 9-13). katie is running the marathon and I’m going along as moral supporter/carbo loading partner in crime!

we’re staying with one of my high school bffs who moved up there this summer in old town near the chicago history museum. we are taking the day on friday to explore and be awesome. i was kind of thinking we would rent divvy bikes and ride around down to navy pier and millenium park. is that lame should we skip it and do something else? is there somewhere we HAVE to eat? is chicago in october the winter time and we should rule out bike riding and outdoor activities? give me all your recommendations!

also if you wanna hang out we like that too! let’s grab a drink, just tell us which bar to meet you at first.

Adventures in homeownership: before and after! The people who lived here before us installed what were basically pantry shelves in the closet. So one of the first things I bought was a closet system from Lowes. And then it sat on the floor in the hall for 4 months. BUT. Last weekend I finally installed it. And everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. Except the 8+ hours of my life. But look, it’s amazing!

Adventures in homeownership: before and after! The people who lived here before us installed what were basically pantry shelves in the closet. So one of the first things I bought was a closet system from Lowes. And then it sat on the floor in the hall for 4 months. BUT. Last weekend I finally installed it. And everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. Except the 8+ hours of my life. But look, it’s amazing!

Hi! I feel like it’s been a while since we did this. I’m still here. Doing the same old things. Still taking lots of bathroom outfit pics just posting less of them it seems. So, yes, stil here, still reading.
You look nice today, and I’m glad you’re still here too.

Hi! I feel like it’s been a while since we did this. I’m still here. Doing the same old things. Still taking lots of bathroom outfit pics just posting less of them it seems. So, yes, stil here, still reading.

You look nice today, and I’m glad you’re still here too.

"Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen."
Anne Lamott
Me: I just got a little weepy thinking about getting to marry you! Do you get a little weepy when you think about it?
Jordan: Not really.
so, July 11, 2015 we’re getting married at The Trolley Barn in Atlanta!
I agonized over the venue choice. I wanted a place we could bring our own alcohol and had fewer catering restrictions but geez! there are not a lot of places like that. but now that we’ve chosen I feel SO RELIEVED.
and Jordan I only got in two gigantic fights because I was stressed out and I’d told him I would be so cool about this and also he was so smug when he was the one who said all along that we should do the trolley barn and then of course that is where we are doing it and I do not take well to smugness.
and my mom cried on my birthday because I told her not to email anyone else unless I told her to email because she told a caterer that we were having 140 quests and that is 1) not the correct number and 2) not the correct word (though maybe we should have quests instead of guests, that sounds kind of fun) so from now I would like to handle these things, which she did not take well.
but it’s going to get fun, right? I’m going to try on wedding dresses this weekend! and I have a pinterest board full of ideas! and we’re still going to do this thing in a way that is meaningful to us. and at the end we’ll be married. and that is going to be awesome.

so, July 11, 2015 we’re getting married at The Trolley Barn in Atlanta!

I agonized over the venue choice. I wanted a place we could bring our own alcohol and had fewer catering restrictions but geez! there are not a lot of places like that. but now that we’ve chosen I feel SO RELIEVED.

and Jordan I only got in two gigantic fights because I was stressed out and I’d told him I would be so cool about this and also he was so smug when he was the one who said all along that we should do the trolley barn and then of course that is where we are doing it and I do not take well to smugness.

and my mom cried on my birthday because I told her not to email anyone else unless I told her to email because she told a caterer that we were having 140 quests and that is 1) not the correct number and 2) not the correct word (though maybe we should have quests instead of guests, that sounds kind of fun) so from now I would like to handle these things, which she did not take well.

but it’s going to get fun, right? I’m going to try on wedding dresses this weekend! and I have a pinterest board full of ideas! and we’re still going to do this thing in a way that is meaningful to us. and at the end we’ll be married. and that is going to be awesome.

i know i am not the first or only person to ever plan a wedding but i am just having the hardest trying to meet my own expectations of what i’d like this to be as well not spend more money than we would to buy a new car and there seems to be no happy medium and i’m pretty bummed out about it.