This weekend was one of my favorites of late. I really enjoyed everything about my life. How often does that happen, right? I am one lucky lady. When I stop focusing on everything that “isn’t” and instead focus on everything that “is”, everything just feels better. I feel immediately blessed. This little shift in thinking changes everything. So this weekend I decided to indulge in my life and put my long list of to-do’s in a drawer for a few days. On Friday afternoon Brian and I played hookie and took advantage of the incredibly warm summer weather by having a long lazy lunch overlooking the ocean at Blue Plate Oysterette. We filled our tummies with chilled seafood plates and crisp white wine. This is my idea of what heaven would look like. Then we did a little shopping at West Elm and bought a Chartreuse colored bath mat and a few tiny bowls. Domestication at its finest. Then we headed to The Bungalow to meet my girlfriend Katie for happy hour drinks. Katie is a seriously good time and having her finally meet Brian was great to watch…they got along famously. The venue wasn’t to shabby either. It’s like being transported to a fancy beach bungalow that comes equipped with delicious margarita’s. After a few rounds of drinks we were feeling warm and giggly and we’re ready to call it a night. This is one of the joys of being in your thirties- you feel no shame about going home on a friday night at 8pm. When we got home we filled our bellies once again but this time with Vegan Thai food and then watched “Grey’s Anatomy”. You’re probably feeling bad for Brian right about now but I swear he likes Vegan Thai and Grey’s anatomy. Really, he does.
On Saturday, I went with Taline and Rachel to get their bridesmaid dresses for my wedding! It was such a lovely morning with my best girlfriends, complete with pink champagne at ten am. By the way, I really like this part about wedding dress shopping…they always offer pink champagne. It was so exciting to see them in their dresses. It kinda made my heart burst. These two woman have been through so much with me and I can’t wait to have them stand next to me when I say “I do”. Every step of this wedding planning process is such fun. I can totally understand why people say it’s one of the best times in one’s life because really it is. On Saturday afternoon Brian, Rachel and I went to a birthday pool party at the Viceroy Hotel to celebrate the birth of our dear friend Sophie. She is such a big, bright, bubbly light and celebrating her birthday was a joy. I was again reminded how lucky I am to have such fabulous girlfriends in my life. After a few overly priced cocktails and many laughs we packed up and headed home and BBQ, which is fast becoming my favorite way to spend a Saturday night. Great food, friends, warm sun, pretty sunsets, fabulous wine and laughs…is there a better way to spend a Saturday night? On Sunday (which also happened to be our third anniversary) I woke up to a gift from Brian- a tiny, gold, French Bulldog shaped necklace. Does the guy know me or what??? After we went to Brian’s grandparents house to celebrate Russian Orthodox easter which was great and again reminded me how grateful I am to be marrying into such a fabulous, warm, generous, funny and kind family.
I am one lucky lady.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” – Oprah Winfrey