I’m Back!

11038081_10205644103853797_2534954773770058307_n

In the 9 months I’ve been writing this blog, it has absolutely become a part of my everyday life. Between writing and scheduling posts, interacting on social media, editing pictures, etc, there is always something to do. For the past two weeks, I’ve been totally disconnected from the blogging world. Now, I had a good excuse.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that two weeks ago I did this kind of awesome thing – got married! On May 24 Dave and I officially got hitched, had one heck of a wedding reception, then jetted off to Ireland the next day for our ten-day honeymoon. So needless to say, the blog was pushed aside for a few weeks. I’ve missed it though, and I’m super excited to be back!

Since you all have become an everyday part of my life, I’m dying to tell you all about the wedding and the honeymoon. As much as I would love to share all the excitement that has been the last two weeks, there is no way I can talk about my dream wedding and ten entire days across the country of Ireland in one blog post. I’ll catch you all up eventually, but it’s probably going to take a few posts!

Mostly, I just wanted to check in today to let you all know that I’m back, I’m sorry for the crickets the last few weeks, and I promise I’m going to be upping my blogging game from here on out.

On that note, I’ll use this excuse to segue into some very exciting news! I’ve mentioned more than a few times that I’ve been working on migrating my blog to self-hosted WordPress and completely revamping my blog design. I started working on the design ages ago, knowing I wouldn’t have the time to completely make the transition until after the wedding. Well, we’re passed the wedding and now I have time! If everything goes according to plan, you’ll be seeing a brand-spanking-new blog when you visit Very Erin next time this week! Of course, that’s if everything goes according to plan.

I’m so excited for this change! And so ready! Plus I’ve already changed my marital status and last name in the last month, so I might as well keep them coming!

June Goals

June Goals

First, let’s take a look at my May Goals and see how I did. I’m warning you, it’s sad. I’m rationalizing by telling my self real-world May was only 22 days for me, since everything after was wedding weekend and honeymoon.

+Get Married. (Probably? I’m writing this post BEFORE the wedding so I can schedule it ahead of time, so I can’t say for sure. I guess, let’s go with yes.)

+Create to-do lists for wedding planning so I’m not saving it all for the last minute. (I actually think I did okay here. All the big things I had left to do were finished at least a week before, so the final week was just little things).

+Follow a meal plan. (Nope. Failed so bad.)

+Finish new blog design. (I didn’t finish it, but I made a TON of progress! It was hard to get to it much because my priorities had to be wedding, then blog, then new design. And obviously my real job squeezed somewhere in there.)

+Schedule posts and social media for two weeks I’ll be gone. (Yes! I was really worried it was going to go dark for two weeks, which is like two years in social media time. Thanks goodness that didn’t happen).

+Take more frequent walks. (Sadly, this one is a no as well. But definitely next month!)

June Goals

+Follow a meal plan for real. I’m serious this time. I actually wrote the meal plan and shopping list before leaving for the wedding/honeymoon so I can just go grocery shopping without much preparation when we get back. That way we don’t have a week of fast food while we transition back into the real world.

+Take more frequent walks and take Leia to the dog park! My best friend is getting a puppy, so he/she will obviously be best friends with Leia and they can play together at the dog park 🙂

+Relaunch the blog with a new design. I’ve been talking about this relaunch forever, but it’s really happening this month!

+Unpack and do honeymoon laundry in a timely manner. I’m not saying it has to be done the day we get back, but it better not still be there by the time I’m writing my July goals

Hopefully I do a little better this month! What are some of your goals for June?

I Don’t Want to Adult Today

I Don't Want to Adult Today

Let’s be honest. We all have those days where we wake up in the morning and don’t want to adult. At all. Or maybe I’m being too generous. Really, there are probably several days at a time, or a week, where I don’t want to adult at all. Or maybe you’re just one of those people who has never really grasped the concept of being an adult at all. There are definitely times when I feel like that.

I’m having one of those days today. I just don’t want to adult today. I have to, because I AM an adult and have an adult job to go to so I can make an adult paycheck and pay my adult rent. Unless someone wants to take care of that for me? Didn’t think so.

Physically, I’m at work today. Mentally, not even close.

Mentally I’m still wearing my pajamas. I haven’t left my house, since Dave took the dog out. My mom probably stopped by and made me pancakes with chocolate chips and blueberries. Obviously I slept super late too.

I’m sure as heck not checking my email in my hypothetical day. My job can wait. Forever. I’m definitely not cleaning. Laundry? Dishes? What? Nope. I’m certainly not cooking, because that’s way too adult of a thing to do. And I don’t want to adult today. Definitely ordering a pizza.

I’m getting married this weekend. That’s a pretty adult thing to do. In real life, I have plenty of things I could and should be doing. In my hypothetical world where I’m giving adulthood the middle finger, I’m not doing any of those things.

The day is fulled with Netflix and naps and it’s a great one. One for the books. If there are books about the laziest day ever.

Unfortunately, that’s not how my day will really go. I’ll get up and shower (bleh), put on real clothes, and go to my adult job.

Weekend Recap: A Graduation

Weekend Recap Graduation 4

I don’t typically do weekend recap posts. I figure that I already talk enough about my life in my daily posts, you probably don’t care exactly what I do with my time each weekend. Well, this weekend was particularly special. On Saturday, my brother graduated with a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin. It was a day we never thought would come (just kidding).

Weekend Recap Graduation 3

The weekend was filled with excitement, including two fantastic dinners and the graduation ceremony at the infamous Camp Randall stadium. We braved the humidity to watch over 6,000 graduates receive their diplomas and Katie Couric give a rousing speech.

It’s hard to believe that two years ago already that was me wearing that cap and gown, walking across the stage and having no idea what I was going to do with my life. It’s an exciting time, but it can also be an anxiety-ridden one.

If you, like my brother, are one of those lucky ones to be graduating this year, enjoy it! You don’t have to have a great job in your career the day you graduate, or even the month you graduate. I certainly didn’t. That will come with time and plenty of energy writing, rewriting, and circulating your resume. Whatever happens, just remember. You’ve already done something awesome. You’ve already accomplished something great. You’re a college graduate!

Weekend Recap Graduation 2

Weekend Recap Graduation

Weekend Recap Graduation 1

Currently, Vol. 4

currently

Watching: I’ve honestly barely been watching TV at all (gasp!). I know, it’s so unlike me! I’ve mostly just had HGTV playing in the background as I get stuff done that, it turns out, is more important than watching TV.

Reading: I have had SO little time for reading lately! I really try, but I just never end up making the time. I started reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I’m very interested in it, so I’m definitely going to finish it. I’d love to say I’ll finish it before the wedding, but that seems unlikely!

I’m still reading The Kite Runner as well. I only got a few chapters into that one, but plan to pick it up again when I have more free time. In like a month and a half.

Listening: I’ve spent the last week tirelessly listening to music for the wedding playlist. I just finalized the songs for the ceremony, grand march, etc a few days ago, so now I’m working more on a reception playlist. 

Planning: We’re less than two weeks from the big day, but all of my planning energy revolves 100% around the wedding. I was hoping to be devoting more time to planning my new blog design, but so far it’s just been unrealistic to finalize the wedding, keep up with my blog, and continue working on my new design. 

As far as the wedding goes, I’m definitely behind where I wanted to be for planning! I’m hoping to work my butt off this week and get just about everything done so I can relax the last few days before the wedding!

Loving: Honeymoon plans! We aren’t creating a strict itinerary for the entire time we’re there, but our plans are really starting to come together for the things we are planning. Some tidbits involve staying in a castle, drinking Guinness, and going for a horse back ride! 🙂

Dreading: The amount of stuff I have to get done at work to prepare the office for my two week vacation. I’m the only staffer in my office, so it leaves a big hole!

Two Years Ago

Two years ago I graduated from college. After four years of hard work, I finally put on the cap and gown and walked across the stage. That day two years ago was one of the best days of my life, but not because I graduated college. Yes, that was awesome. But something even better happened.

After the graduation ceremony, Dave and I had a joint graduation party with out friends and family. We rented a small building at a park and got a ton of food. Early on during the party Dave said he thought we should stand up and thank everyone for coming. He got about three words in when a good friend of ours walked up to me with a small note card. In the past, Dave had made me scavenger hunts for birthdays and holidays, making me search for my gift. I assumed he was doing so again. So I followed the clues which led me to different friends and family members at the party. Finally, the last clue led me to Dave. And when I turned around, he was down on one knee with a ring (exactly the ring I wanted, in fact)!

981116_10200649161583459_1168798186_o

It was perfect and surreal. Being able to share that experience with many of the people I love most was awesome, and it made the rest of the party so much more exciting! In fact, it probably would have been kind of a boring party otherwise!

Hearing about the day pre-proposal from Dave is actually really funny now. The poor guy sat through the entire graduation ceremony with the ring in his pocket, nervous as can be. The surprise was almost spoiled once earlier in the day by his Grandma over speaker phone, and his dad promptly hung up on her when she was mid-sentence. Dave was sure she had given it away. I didn’t even notice.

It’s crazy to think that day is already two years ago. I’ve honestly never known two years to go by so fast. And after two years of wedding planning, we’ll be getting married in LESS than two weeks!

The last two years have brought Dave and I so many major milestones and huge life events including graduating college, getting engaged, moving to a different city and getting our first big kid jobs, and now, getting married. As amazing as these last two years have been, I can’t wait to see what the first two years of marriage look like!

Instagram Lately

I’ve said before on here that one of the parts of blogging I struggle with most is posting regularly on my Instagram. Sometimes I’ll do really well and post days in a row. Sometimes I’ll go a week or two without posting, or without even hopping on Instagram. I didn’t do great in the month of April, but here are some of the posts you guys enjoyed over the past month!

2015-05-02_1430584679

Last weekend Dave and I had the opportunity to spend time with some friends we haven’t seen in far too long. Part of the weekend was an afternoon spent at a park on the lake.

2015-04-03_1428069068

My hair hardly ever holds a curl, so I felt it was important to document it when it did!

2015-04-04_1428113153

Leia has perfected her stare for when Dave or I are eating and she wants some of our food. If I’m being honest, she usually ends up getting some.

2015-04-10_1428683381

In April was National Siblings Day, so I shared this picture of two of my brothers and I.

2015-04-13_1428967657

Dave doesn’t make it on to the blog very often! But he sure was excited for an impromptu date night.

2015-04-17_1429308588

Every year my family goes together to University of Madison marching band concert. It’s always a great night and I made sure to show my Badger pride!

2015-04-19_1429413981

My bachelorette party was in April! It was absolutely one of the best nights I’ve had, and my bridesmaid definitely spoiled me!

2015-04-25_1429992453

Dave and I took a trip to see my dad a couple of weeks ago for his birthday. Dave helped him out around the house while I was able to curl up with a book next to the wood stove.