I’m Back!

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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!

I Don’t Want to Adult Today

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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

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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).

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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!

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Currently, Vol. 4

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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)!

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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!

My Life in Fours

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Four Nicknames I’ve Had:

  1. Ayin (pronounced Ay-in). This one mostly came about because my brother couldn’t pronounce the “r” in my name when he was little. So he called me E-in. Which resulted in my mom calling my Ayin.
  2. Ernski – I really have no idea where this came from.
  3. Ernie – Again, I have no idea. Moral of the story, it’s not easy to come up with legitimate nicknames for the name Erin.
  4. Darlin’. I guess this could be considered a nickname. It’s what my mom always calls me.

Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once:

  1. Pitch Perfect (because it’s my favorite ever)
  2. Bridesmaids (because it’s my other favorite)
  3. A Lot Like Love
  4. The Jungle Book – This might seem like an odd one to include, but I once babysat for a kiddo who made us watch it Every.Single.Day.

Four Jobs I’ve Had:

  1. Staffer in the State Assembly
  2. Waitress
  3. Bartender
  4. Gas Station Cashier

Four Things In My Purse:

  1. Food – I swear, I am constantly hungry and in need of a snack. I usually have a small package of cookies in my purse!
  2. Planner – I carry my daily planner almost everywhere!
  3. Receipts – This isn’t intentional, I just always have a pile of receipts at the bottom of my purse waiting to be thrown out.
  4. Chapstick – I keep one tube of chapstick everywhere; one at my desk, one in the bathroom, one near my bed, and one in my purse.

Four Places I’ve Lived:

  1. Madison, Wisconsin
  2. Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  3. Amherst, Wisconsin
  4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Four Places I’ve Visited (You can read about these in my reverse travel bucket list!):

  1. Pipa, Brazil
  2. Berlin, Germany
  3. London, England
  4. Edinburgh, Scotland and Melrose, Scotland (Counting them together since they’re in the same country!)

Four Places On My Travel Bucket List (You can read about these in my travel bucket list!):

  1. New Zealand
  2. Paris, France
  3. Alaska
  4. Australia

Four Things I Don’t Eat:

  1. Beets
  2. I think that might be it! I can’t think of any other food that I really hate and won’t eat if it’s in front of me!

Four TV Shows I Watch (You can read about some of my other favorite TV shows here!):

  1. Criminal Minds – My most recent TV obsession!
  2. Grey’s Anatomy – I’ve been a loyal viewer since the beginning, but I am NOT happy about what happened last week!
  3. Mad Men – I started this one late, but it’s been one of my favorites for the last several years. I’m so sad it’s coming ot an end this spring!
  4. The Walking Dead – It’s not my typical kind of show, but Dave got me hooked!

Four Cars I’ve Driven (Starting from my current car and working backward):

  1. Dodge Avenger
  2. Buick Skylark
  3. Pontiac Grand Am
  4. Dodge Neon

Four Things I Look Forward To In 2015:

  1. Getting Married!! This is definitely the biggest one!
  2. Going to Ireland for my honeymoon. I’ve never been. I know it’s going to be an amazing experience.
  3. Major Blog Changes – My blog is just over 7 months old and has grown SO much. To achieve the growth I’d like this year, I’m going to be making some major changes when we get back from the honeymoon 🙂
  4. Spending Frivolously – Okay, not quite frivolously. But we’ve been in save-mode for the wedding for TWO YEARS! It will be nice not to be putting every spare penny toward the wedding.

Currently, Vol. 3

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Watching: Most recently, Mad Men! The final season started last weekend and it’s so bittersweet! I’m so glad the season finally started, but so sad that it’s so close to being over! Mad Men is amazing and I’m going to miss it. Anyone else been watching so far?

I’m also finally catching up on some of the shows I’ve been neglecting the last couple of months, like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

Reading: I’ve been reading so much lately! I’m currently read The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. This book has been highly recommended to me. I just barely started though, so I can’t speak much on it yet!

I recently finished Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham. I knew right away when I heard of it that I wanted to read it, because I love Laurent Graham. The book was awesome, but the ending was SO. FRUSTRATING. I feel like you don’t really find out what happens.

Before that I read Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. This is the second book of hers that I’ve read and I was completely hooked on both. I literally read it in one evening. I’m planning to read Landline by Rowell soon and then I’ll do one post where I review all three!

Listening: To potential wedding music! We have to get our music lists to the DJ soon, so I’m been listening nonstop to music to potentially use for the ceremony, dinner, reception etc. Any music gurus out there? I’d love some suggestions! 🙂

Planning: I’ve been doing a lot of planning for things I want to accomplish in the months after the wedding. Since we’re so close to the big day, the wedding is virtually done being planned. I am planning to make some major changes to the blog this summer, as well as work on a few other projects. I’m so excited to put more work into them and share them in June!

Making: I’ve been on a huge smoothie kick lately, and I’ve been making them for Dave and I every morning for breakfast. I’m thinking of doing a post soon with all of my favorite smoothie recipes!

Loving: Watching the RSVP cards slowly trickle in! It’s so amazing to see that so many of our friends and family and willing to travel long distances to be there on our wedding day. We are incredible lucky. 

Dressing: For spring! I literally haven’t worn pants to work in weeks, and there’s no greater feeling than that.