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I don’t like to make New Years Resolutions. I like to make goals. Resolutions are so definite. Goals are something to shoot for. Mainly these goals that are listed are from my bucket list (click the link below the blog banner to see that).
Hopefully this year, the bucket list will have lots more items crossed off!!
I broke mine down into categories because I’m cuckoo.
* Go To Europe
* Ski out west again
* Create a new visual arts curriculum
* Teach a graphic design unit in my 7/8 portfolio class
* Start my master’s degree
* Sell my FSL Boutique accessories in a local shop
*Create “social zones” in our living room
*New vanity in master bath and downstairs bath
* Get or make a kitchen island
*Repaint kitchen & bathrooms
*Be able to ski a mountain without stopping at all and not have my legs burn
* Switch primary care physician
*Walk on the beach with little to no jiggle *fingers crossed*
*Take a vitamin supplement every day
* Switch to self hosted site
* Make my home page more visually appealing
A few of these goals are already in the works. I have an appointment today for a physical wellness visit with my new doctor (it’s Mr. FSL’s doc too), I’ve been taking vitamins every day since January 1st, and our ski trip is booked for February break.
What are your goals for 2012?
Do you have any suggestions to help me reach any of my goals?
It’s no secret that Anthony Bourdain is my personal hero. The guy has the best gig going. He’s paid to travel all over the world, eat and sight see like the locals do, bypassing the tourist traps and cutting straight to the good stuff. He’s the host of No Reservations.
Oh yeah, he’s a pretty cool guy too. He’s not just a man who gets paid to have this amazing job. He’s paid his dues. He was a chef in NYC for years, he’s written books that made the Best Seller lists, he hangs with celebrities like Christpher Walken and Bill Murray, he’s not afraid to speak his mind, drop the occasional F*bomb, and unapologetically drinks on camera. He’s hit rock bottom and came back with a vengeance (who doesn’t love an underdog?!). So yeah, like I said, he’s pretty darn cool.
I have seen him on his tour last year. Click here to hear all about how rocking that was. The link will send you to my review of his show and how Bourdain is breaking boundaries between the elitist foodie crowd and local street vendors as to what constitutes great food. More specifically, how food brings people together, surpassing the language barrier and social status.
A month ago, my mom surprised me with tickets to his latest tour. The day of the show, she called me with news that she bought the wrong tickets. My heart sank! I’ve been looking forward to the show. She told me she accidentally bought VIP tickets and we would be sitting in the 5th row & get to attend the “Meet & Greet” book signing after party. I immediately freak out when I hear the news!
The next day came, and I scooped my mom up from work early so we can make our 5:30 reservations at a local restaurant.
That’s my mom digging into her apple crisp dessert. I had the chocolate pate.
It tasted better than it looked!
We went to the pre-show wine tasting. Man! This guy knows how to throw a party! We tried a fresh prosecco and a dry merlot. Really nice.
We made our way all the way down to our seats. I am clearly very excited about our up close and personal seats!
The theater was beautiful. Here’s a shot of the elaborate ceiling.
The show was great. Bourdain had some really crazy video clips he shared with the audience about the not-so-glamorous side of his job. Food poisoning, a certain bone-crushing Turkish massage, and atomic wedgies! The Zero Point Zero video and cinematography crew (super talented people) get basically the same experience as he does. Lucky dogs!
He keeps the discussion down to earth. He develops a relationship with the audience, as a good speaker naturally does.
When the show was over, I hopped in line with my hardcover copy of Medium Raw in hand.
I snapped a photo of my mom with him. She looks buff!
As she posed for the photo, my heart was pounding out of my chest! He looked so cool sipping his beer.
He signed my book 😉
I had made a mental list of things I wanted to ask and say to him if I ever got the chance to meet him.
Okay, here I go!
I walk up to his table and go completely blank. Doh! Worst case scenario 😦 I told him about my list and how I forgot it all. He laughed and we smiled for this picture that will be framed in my kitchen (for good luck!).
At least I didn’t blink 🙂
Picking up from the “To Be Continued…” The reception! This was the most fun part of the whole event! The party! The ceremony was a bit more serious and very romantic, but it was nice to let our hair down after all of the planning, stress, and anticipation.
So much researching and decision making goes into this one day, and it all goes by so quickly in a blur of camera flashes and kisses. I am so thankful that our photographers (See their blog here! They are truly amazing!!) got so many pictures of the details that I surely missed during all of the confusion and happy chaos.
Here’s where our guests “signed in”. My husband and I are very fortunate to be able to say that both of our parents are still together. We thought it would be a nice touch to have their wedding photos displayed.
To hold cards or gifts we used a birdcage that we decorated with some flowers & tulle. The ornament is from Lisa Leonard Designs.
Instead of a guest book we did this…
And the stones sit in decorative bowls in our living room. They are always a conversation piece. I didn’t want a book that just collected dust, plus it’s more fun to write on a stone 😀
Instead of buying favors that everyone most likely will throw out, we opted to make a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. and my mom really wanted matches
because she’s a kook.
I thought it was a fun idea to have baloons with long ribbons all along the dance floor (it reminded me of the prom scene in the 80’s flick “She’s Out Of Control” which was a favorite by the way).
I found these in TJMaxx for like 2 bucks and printed our names on them.
We didn’t go for the traditional cake topper, or even the funny bride dragging the groom. We got these monograms & I’m making some sort of wall art with them soon 😉
We cut our cake to the song ” I wanna grow old with you” from The Wedding Singer, fun &goofy, but still sweet. If you’ve never heard it…
I thought I’d surprise him with a fun groom’s cake. Since he is an avid skier, the cake looked like a ski boot 🙂
The banquet hall just installed uplighting literally the day before our wedding and they were excited to try it out, so they threw it into our package for free! It really made the room feel festive and romantic. Plus there is a warm pink glow in all of the photos.
Here’s what each table looked like…
At 11:00 my grandparents kissed us goodbye for the night. I couldn’t believe how fast the day flew by! We were so busy taking photos and thanking people for coming that I only had a couple of bites of food, and drank nothing but the toast. We only had 1 hour left to party. So that’s exactly what we did.
When it came time for the bouquet & garter toss, Mr. FSL had a little trick up his sleeve (literally)! Instead of pulling the garter, he pulled out a pair of huuuuge granny panties! It was so funny! Did I mention he put them on his head??! LOL!
The rest of the night was filled with dancing & fun!
I think a great party is all about the fun details! Thank you guys for stooping by to relive our wedding with us! If you are planning your own wedding, I hope this little series helped to spark your imagination a little! If you’ve already said “I do”, what details were your favorites at your wedding?
Love you guys