Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Wait! What?

As I was sitting down, relaxing on the couch today after a long day of errands, working out, and cleaning...I thought to myself, ok now you can relax Bri! The holidays are over, enjoy this time before teaching clinical starts up again in a few weeks. And then I looked at the calendar... annnnd my grad school classes start up again...tomorrow. Whoops. That is the beauty and curse of online schooling, so easy to ignore yet if you want to graduate participating is generally advised ; )
Truth is, I have been doing plenty of relaxing...this past weekend Jason and I did a whole lot of nothing after celebrating our anniversary on Friday night. In fact, I felt like a huge nasty piece of shit today and had to drag myself to boot camp in order to feel like I still had some physical capability left in me (turns out a still had a little). I get kind of depressed and lose track of time when left to my own devices. I mean I did keep busy during the holidays and have been working a decent amount (ok, not that much) but if you compare that busy to my normal psycho busy, it was really nothing. And now here I am, starting up that psycho life all over again.
I can't wait. I look forward to that structure...and it will be here in no time.
In other news, I had so much fun photographing my friend Brittany's new baby this last week...and I am so excited that I have gotten a few more inquiries in the past day that will give me even more cute faces to capture by the end of the month! It is so much fun...I can't even describe it. : ) Thank you to everyone who has given me the chance and trusted me with their memories!

This past weekend, Jason and I celebrated 2 years of marriage. In some ways..it seems like it hasn't been that long, but in others it doesn't seem like enough time to justify all the amazing things we've done/been through together. We have been so lucky to be able to go on trips, have great jobs, relax and be bums together, and embark on many other random adventures together : ). Before we got married, I think we both shared the fear that marriage could cause our relationship to somehow take a negative turn. There was no evidence to back up this fear, but we both had it. Of course, this has not been the case at all and everything we have been through has made us even closer, happier and stronger. I used to think people just said that to save face and say...yeah we are happy...mmhmm. But it's possible, we are very happy. If we can make it through law school, a death of a parent, a summer away from each other for a law clerkship, and other various challenges...I am confident that we can face just about anything together. It doesn't hurt that he is hilarious and awesome. I think we are very complimentary (he is more clean, I am more free-spirited in that department...he is strong, I am emotional...etc, etc) but he thinks we are two peas in a pod (both very obnoxiously strange and hyper at times, love a lot of the same things, have the same general life goals, have no trouble supporting each other to pursue those goals) so I guess that means we are a little of both, and this has worked out well for us : ) We are lucky. We talked at dinner about how we are still in awe that we found each other and how lucky we are to have each other. Not a day goes by that I am not incredibly thankful for him.
Since our anniversary is on New Years Eve it's the perfect time to reflect on our favorite memories of the year and talk about what we want to do next year too. Clearly 2011 is going to be hard to compete with but of course we will try! We recently bought a boat and by far, our top excitement for 2012 is going to be using that baby as much as humanly possible. That has been something we have talked about getting since the first day we started dating I'm pretty sure...so summer cannot come soon enough...heck just the early signs of Spring work for us. 
Anyways, we celebrated our anniversary by going to Pazzaluna which was delicious, they even gave us a free dessert since it was our anniversary and I posted it on facebook : ) We then had some drinks at the St. Paul Grill and spent the night at the St. Paul Hotel. It was such a great night.
However, that day before we went out, I was feeling incredibly sad or something...not attractive mostly...could be hormones, paleness, winter blues, laziness, eating shitty, gaining a few pounds...who knows. But regardless of the cause, (and yes I am aware that none of those things reflect positive self talk...I am working on this) as I was getting ready to go out I looked in the mirror and thought to myself, I need to change something...now! Now, normally I am semi-impulsive at times so this shouldn't surprise me or anyone...but I don't know how I thought picking up a scissors and cutting my bangs was going to turn out even remotely as cute as when my hair stylist does it...but apparently I did. And that's what happened...and they didn't look very cute. Good thing I went to nursing school, I would suck at doing hair. Luckily Jason either actually liked them or saw the panic in my eyes when I came out after cutting them and told me he loved them...so I went with it. I guess I didn't really have a choice. I really need to find a healthier outlet in which to make changes in my life besides always changing my hair style or color. For some reason it is my drug of choice...I guess it could be worse. Hey, I was thinking...should I go back to blond or what?! ; ) One of my goals for 2012 was to figure out my natural hair color (I know how sad that must sound to some of you) and try to let it grow out so I am not dying it so much. Luckily, this goal is at the bottom of my list so if I accidentally forget about it, I can't be too hard on myself.
As for other 2012 goals, that is a whole other post...but I will be posting it because if I put it out there...I figure it's more likely to be accomplished. And don't worry, they aren't all as boring as the one in the previous paragraph : )
I do have a few goals for this week though: work out, eat better. I feel kind of icky after all the junk food and lack of exercise the past week or so...and I'm sure I'm not alone. Simple enough, right?
I hope everyone has a great week!
p.s. I am watching 'Soul Surfer' as I type this post...great movie, I highly recommend it. Simple but great. Makes me want to learn how to surf even more than I already did (minus the whole shark part of course). Looks exhilarating. I need to get myself back to Hawaii one of these years.
Here are a few pictures from our anniversary weekend and maybe one or two flashbacks...way back to 2009 : ) (all the pictures from this last weekend were taken with my point and shoot camera...FYI...I don't lug around that big guy everywhere!)
our free dessert at Pazzaluna

mocha cheesecake

we might be drunk...in between dinner and more drinks...

I guess two peas in a pod makes sense

Rice Park was lit up gorgeously!

always have to get one of Jas contemplating life's big questions...

Rice Park

the snow storm on New Years eve, I love the big chunks plus the streaks in the background...that was an awesome snow!

doesn't even look like snow...looks like long tree branches or hair hanging down (in the background of the big flakes)
Flashback to 2009: seeing each other for the first time : ) me crying...shocker right?!
I just loved my shoes...
One of my favorite pictures of the whole day
or maybe this is my favorite...
or this....
: )
you get the idea...it was super fun!


  1. you cut your bangs...you crazy girl you! but that's why i love you!! looks cute...excited to see you Friday for KN! Woot Woot!

  2. Haha...yeah crazy girl indeed.
    So pumped for Friday!!