A Family Wedding Weekend in CLE

Whew! I am still recovering from this past weekend’s festivities. It was a four-day extravaganza filled with lots of family events. It was B’s brother’s wedding on Friday so the weekend started with a rehearsal and dinner on Thursday, wedding on Friday and a brunch on Sunday. So yeah, I’m pooped but it was all in good fun! Continue reading

Possibly the Best Vacation Ever

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been traveling – or at least posting photos of a tropical location – for the past few weeks. B and I just got back from quite possibly our best vacation ever. Shh, don’t tell him that – I think he would disagree – after all, our honeymoon in Tortola (BVI) was amazing … as was driving around Ireland. But this trip combined pretty much everything I love – good food, good company, good drinks, good weather, the beach, and even some adventures.

I won’t bore you with the day-to-day details of our ten day adventure (I mean you’d probably just get jealous and want to hop a plane to Costa Rica immediately), or write this blog post in Spanish (después de diez días en Costa Rica, mi español ha mejorado mucho. Al fin de nuestro viaje, yo estaba practicando y hablando español con todos los ticos.) But instead, here’s a snapshot of some of what we did (and don’t worry, at least one more post is coming).

The trip started in Guanacaste, along the beach. B and I were in town for the wedding of our friends Ted and Suzanne, which took place along the coast at Sugar Beach. The wedding was probably one of the best I have been too – it was small, the dancing was fun, it was outdoors and the setting was gorgeous!

 

mariachi band at the wedding

mariachi band at the wedding

beach wedding

wedding on the beach!

wedding on the beach!

probably the only picture of me in a bathing suit you'll ever see. This is what renting a catamaran looks like. I'm pretending it's a wild and crazy time.

probably the only picture of me in a bathing suit you’ll ever see. This is what renting a catamaran looks like. I’m pretending it’s a wild and crazy time.

While in Guanacaste, we swam along the beach, and even rented a catamaran with the couples’ friends to go snorkeling and swimming for the day. Best day ever.

After the wedding weekend, B and I were of to Monteverde, a city located in a cloud forest. While there we enjoyed some more awesome meals, a tour of a coffee plantation, ziplining and hiking along hanging bridges in the forest. And no, it wasn’t cloudy at all those days – something I enjoyed very much.

not-so-cloudy at monteverde cloud forest

not-so-cloudy at monteverde cloud forest

grinding my own coffee, the old fashioned way

grinding my own coffee, the old fashioned way

The trip ended with an amazing stay in Arenal. We enjoyed hot baths, awesome views of waterfalls, an amazing hotel (hotel Nayara in Arenal is quite possibly the best hotel I’ve stayed in in my life. Jacuzzis for every room, an amazing spa, happy hour, a nice gym, free cookies at night and an outdoor shower for your private cabana. Look it up and book it immediately!) and some more adventures including spa treatments and massages (does that count as an adventure if I don’t usually do that?) AND canyoneering, rappelling and swinging through waterfalls in the jungle, quite literally.

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canyoneering!

canyoneering! Yes I’m frightened

looking like I know what I'm doing

trying to look like I know what I’m doing

The trip was just what I needed. I read 4ish books, got some sun, relaxed, worked out, and got a few adrenaline rushes. I know people say they NEED a vacation all the time I know, but I NEEDED the vacation. And now I’m sure I’ll need a vacation from my vacation 😉

What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?

Have you ever been to Costa Rica? Yes I went for a high school field trip during our February break. So much fun but this trip with my husband was a lot different 🙂

Do you like ziplining? Rappelling? Canyoneering? Ziplining I love! Rappelling with ropes down the side of cliffs and along waterfalls scared me .. but I ended up loving it.

Do you speak any other languages? Hablo un poco de español. Ahora puedo entender más que yo puedo hablar. 

 

 

That Weekend One of your Best Friends Gets MARRIED

I had a FABULOUS weekend and I am just so excited to share it with you. That’s right – as you probably could tell by the headline (do you read headlines?) – one of my best friends in the whole world got MARRIED this weekend.

blast from the past! Some memories of me and Melgar

blast from the past! Some memories of me and Melgar

Let me tell you a little bit about Melgar. Melgar and I have been friends since 7th grade. Have I told you this before? During locker day, that day when all the soon-to-be seventh graders come to the junior high to try out their lockers and their class schedule, Melgar and I discovered we had lockers next to one another. AND that we had the same first name. Which is why I always called her Melgar – not Melissa. So it only made sense that two short seventh graders, with the same first name and in the same hall, and lockers next to one another, would become friends. Friends we became – and despite going to different colleges, and living oh so far apart, thanks to Skypes, Google Hangouts, and phone calls, we have remained friends to this day. And that’s why I feel so blessed and honored to have been part of her special day – and in my first wedding!

melgar getting ready

beautiful bride getting ready

jane and melissa fruity drinks

post-ceremony cocktail hour at the gorgeous Franklin Plaza

B and me with the newlyweds!

It was a beautiful wedding, a beautiful (and cold) day, and a wonderful weekend – seeing my family (my parents live about 20 minutes away from where the ceremony and reception took place so I stayed with them all weekend!), catching up with old friends (seeing Alisa, who flew in from Finland and Andy who lives in Florida), spending the day getting ready with two of my very best friends Jane and Melgar, and dancing the night away with B.

Celebrating with my favorite ladies after the wedding

Celebrating with my favorite ladies after the wedding

B and me- all dressed up!

B and me- all dressed up!

Hope you had just as glorious a weekend! What did you do?

Some questions:

Have you been in any weddings? What’s your favorite part? I loved all the pre-big day activities! Spending the day with some of my very best friends who I don’t see very often and just getting to to be with Melgar on her special day was so wonderful.

Did you stay on your running schedule this weekend? Whoops. Nope! I was due for a 14 miler on Saturday and 7 miles on Friday. With the wedding and the weather (and any other excuses I can come up with), I only was able to get in 18.8 miles – over the 4 days. BUT I did put in a run each day, so I don’t feel too bad (including 6 miles the day of the wedding and 4 miles early the morning after on very uhh tired feet). 

What are you looking forward to this week? It may sound boring, but sleeping in my own bed! Last week I was traveling for work 3 days and then back in NY for the wedding – and I haven’t slept in my own bed since Sunday. 

A Schroon Lake Wedding – Congrats Mitch and Becca

Phew. Do you ever have those wonderful, fabulous weekends that are tons of fun, yet leave you needing another weekend to recover? Well, this weekend was one of those weekends.

My weekend somehow started on Wednesday. B and I hit the road after work for the long drive to Schroon Lake, where we’d be celebrating the marriage of Mitch, a close college friend, and Becca, who we somehow had not yet met. The 9ish hour drive ended at around 2 a.m., when we woke up Mitch and Becca and decided to hang out and talk about their upcoming wedding and some fun old memories until the wee hours.

Thursday morning I had to work, so I plugged in my laptop and sat outside while the boys (B and Mitch) swam in the lake and went for a boat ride. I couldn’t really complain about missing out – Mitch’s mom had made us an amazing breakfast (eggs over easy, toast, fruit and bacon) and I was able to sit outside and get my work done while enjoying some amazing views.

 Schroon Lake

The view from my office for the day – Schroon Lake

Thursday night, we checked into the B&B where we were staying and then headed to the pre-wedding dinner and met most of Becca’s family and friends. We stayed out at the local bar for a little while before heading back to the B&B and cabins where everyone was staying to hang out until the wee hours of the night (notice a pattern?).

B and I at the “Rehearsal” dinner

the groom and his new wedding/birthday gift – a mini helicopter

Friday morning was the wedding day! Mitch, his friends, B and I hit up downtown Schroon Lake and Pitkin’s, a favorite local diner, for breakfast (me: Western omelet with hash browns; B: 2 pancakes, 2 slices of bacon, 2 sausages). The plan had been to go for a hike or golf during the day with Mitch before the wedding, but right when we decided we’d meet up, it started to downpour. And not just  a little, misty rain – but the skies opened up and Schroon Lake experienced more rain than it had all summer. Two hours before the outdoor wedding was to begin. The rain didn’t stop. The wedding was moved from the gazebo in downtown Schroon Lake to underneath the porch at Mitch’s Lake House – which ended up being perfect and gorgeous! And of course, as soon as they were married, the rain stopped and we were able to enjoy the evening, dancing outside, by the lake, under the stars. After the wedding, we again went back to the cabins to party and I even learned a little ukulele!

Bride and Groom – no more rain!

Schroon Lake wedding day

B and I at the Lake House Wedding

Stalking the family photo – check out the gorgeous backdrop!

Saturday morning, Mitch’s friends again ended up at Pitkin’s for brunch before the full day of celebration (aka Lakefest) was due to begin at 11 a.m. Since the day’s festivities were starting with a BBQ, I convinced B we didn’t need to hit up the diner again, but instead could go for a run. Score! It was hot and humid, and we only ran around the town, but it felt good to get my legs moving before another day of festivities.

Mitch’s Lake House, Decorated for the Wedding

After arriving back at the lake house, B and I enjoyed a pontoon ride, tubing, a speed boat ride, and some swimming before it started pouring again. The rest of the guests were supposed to arrive around dinnertime, and again, like clockwork, as soon as everyone had arrived, the rain stopped. This time, a gorgeous rainbow appeared. We enjoyed dinner, more dancing, corn hole (somehow B and I were the reigning champs?), beer pong, and more made up games back at the cabins until late.

full rainbow!

Back to Pitkin’s – image from Yelp

Sunday morning, B and I woke up early and met up with everyone at Pitkin’s once again. Same order for most of us (yes, another Western omelet), but there was a  bittersweet feeling as most of us had to get on the road for our trips back to our prospective home towns. Nobody was traveling quite as far (most of his friends had stayed close to home, in the Connecticut, NYC area), but we all knew the 4 days of Mitch and Becca’s wedding weekend had come to a close. B and I hit the road after another amazing greasy brunch and were able to even stop by my parents’ house on the way back, who had just returned from their travels abroad to visit my brother in Turkey and Scotland. We didn’t make it back to Cleveland until late, but it was worth it.

Cheers Mitch and Becca – thanks for including us in your special day and we hope to see you soon!

Changes!

You may (or may not have) noticed that I have been seriously lacking in posts lately. What is the reasoning behind this? Well, let’s just say I’ve been a little busy with quite a few other things going on in my life. My personal to do list was starting to look even hairier than my work to do list. Why was this?

  • I got married: B and I tied the knot! And Yes, contrary to popular belief, this does take some time. Apparently you have to plan, budget, prepare for, rehearse, etc. before a wedding. And since I got married in April, and not in Ohio, my April days were a little hectic.
  • I went on a honeymoon: Apparently you also have to plan, budget, prepare for, etc. for a honeymoon too! This also takes some time  away from your schedule … and since I honeymooned on the gorgeous British Virgin Islands, I was basically unplugged for the entire time.
  • I moved: Yup. We decided we were going to move from our spacious duplex on the west side of Lakewood to a tiny, one bedroom apartment in downtown Cleveland. We decided this mid-April, about a week before the wedding/honeymoon and signed our lease three days after we got back. So it was a little rushed.
BUT now that the wedding and honeymoon are over, and we’ve officially moved*, I hope to have some more time. And plan on using that time to share with you my awesome, new life. Life as a 20-something, married, PR professional living in downtown Cleveland.
* I still have about half my stuff back in Lakewood because it doesn’t all fit. We’re working on it. Shh…don’t tell the landlord!