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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

 Bogart just loves getting dressed up! 
Cant you tell!?!?
Tonight Brian and I are both working but I intend on rushing home to see all the cute trick or treaters. 
Poor things are going to have to brave the snow this year. Its so weird. I'll be dressing up when I get to work today. Perks of working with kids is I always get to celebrate fun days like this.

HAPPY
HALLOWEEN 
EVERYONE!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Anniversary...

Yeah well it was pretty much a huge stinker.
(This is not the most cheery post. If your not in the mood for a rant I suggest you stop reading here. It pretty much goes down hill after this.)

Ideally it would have looked something like this...

- B arrives home from work with, I don't know??? A card, flowers? 
(Disclaimer, beer and wine were purchased)

- I would have worn my new, short, sexy, one shoulder dress I bought to show off my new kickboxing arms. Especially excited over this one because it was on sale for $10. Its the first off the shoulder dress I've ever purchased. Paired with some really cute grey tights and black over the knee boots.

- Maybe a nice dinner? Or the ability to go out for any dinner?

Did you picture it? I did! Looked nice and romantic, right???


Instead it that looked a little more like this:

Oh yeah its October 29th not January.
We got snowed in! 
So excited he slept through most of it.
Then played The Sims.
Pretty rad. 

Snow covered pumpkin. 


Super sexy?!?!
Socks, blanket, coffee and my Mac.
Can't you feel the romance in the air?
There may or may not have been a very large argument too.

On a positive note I am thankful for the white wine. I intend to drink the whole thing. Also the one head of iceberg lettuce, salsa and chicken patty. It was a good dinner. We still have power. Im over heating the house just in case we lose it. I'm sweating.

Merry Halloween!
HUMBURG!

Friday, October 28, 2011

FOLLOW FEST

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I always love joining linking up. I love finding new blogger friends with stories to tell and inspiration to share. The 4 amazing hostesses of this weekend's HUGE follow fest are hoping the participants share something interesting about Halloween, Fall or an introduction. So here goes:



I'm Kristina, a 30 something NY/NJ girl. I grew up in NYC, moved to the burbs in my teens and then ventured to the awesomely tacky state of NJ and bought a house with my now fiance. I work as a program director for a non profit in NY that specifically works with children and adults with Autism. Bride to be getting married 6 months from tomorrow. I come from a fantastic family. We put the "FUN" in DysFUNctional!!!  I've got a great guy by my side and can't wait to be his Mrs. Our anniversary is today. Animal lover, shopoholic,  Essie nail polish fanatic, softball player, NY sports lover, music and live show addict. I enjoy a good red wine and a nice dark beer. Always up for trying new food, especially sushi. Nickname is Rottweiller.  Although this was origianally a wedding prep blog I find myself just rambling on about my everyday life, weight loss struggles, stress, newest obsessions and fun. I have met some amazing blogger friends and I hope to get to know a bunch more through this link up.

Welcome and thanks for stopping by.
Happy Halloween weekend!
xoxo
K

3 years ago...

Brian asked me to be his girlfriend. It was about 2 weeks after our first date. I was asked over the phone. I can remember feeling so 5th grade. It was silly but thats exactly the way he is and we are together. The best part of that night is when he told me he couldn't see himself with anyone else besides me. I must admit I kinda knew I wanted to marry him by our 3rd date.  I can't believe how 3 years has passed.
I love him more every darn day.  Just a few memory lane pictures.

Our second date and very first picture. We were at Fright Festival.
Like our 3D glasses? 

Bowling with friends. We had been drinking heavily.
Again this is the silly I love so much about him.

Our first Christmas at Rockefellar Center.
I am so happy in this picture so I can ignore B's weirdo look.

Before B played softball with me he would wake up super early and come to cheer for me. 

First vacation together.
Disney World

Love this picture of us. This is very early on in our relationship.
I believe our first Halloween. 

Another Disney shot
Happy Anniversary darling. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Its OK

I am super lucky to have today off since I worked a Saturday a few weeks back. I'm hoping to get out of this house and actually get some wedding stuff accomplished. I was so proud of myself for sleeping past 7 am. Its felt good!!! Today I'm going to look for wedding fabric to put under our centerpieces. Its only 6 months until the big day. I am feeling a crazy sort of rush about the whole thing. Most everything is accomplished. I am having trouble getting all of our groomsmen together to pick out their darn suits. That has been frustrating but so is life. 


Today I'm linking up with Neely and participating in It's OK Thursday


Its Ok Thursdays



Its OK:


-To be freaked out all Halloween movies and Michael Myers no matter how many times I watch.
-To already have wedding nightmares? Well maybe not.
-To really want to dress up and spend Halloween at a party.
-To hope for an awesome anniversary surprise from Brian. Tomorrow is our 3 year anniversary. 
- To be angry at my new neighbors for moving in friends who have taken my parking spots but really like them because they rescued the cutest darn dog I've ever seen. 
- To not want to invite one of Brian's female friends to our wedding because she has always been a super b*tch to me. 
- To be really craving unhealthy Chinese food! 
- To hope work does not have any major or even small issues and bother me today. 
- To want to purchase some new clothes although its not really in the budget for the next few months. 
-To declutter my blog and twitter lists. Purging always makes me feel good! 
- To be a little ticked that we may get snow tonight!!! Ridiculous, its only OCTOBER!!!!!! 


Happy Thursday!!!
Enjoy
xoxo




Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oh How Pinteresting-Halloween

I just LOVE Halloween. I love that I live in an awesome development, the only one in our town so all the kids in town pour into our development. Its not fun on our wallets because that darn candy is expensive! I just love checking out the costumes. Even the dogs dress up in this town so we are sure to have dog treats on hand too!

Today I'm linking up with The Vintage Apple 


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Here are some of my Halloween pins this season!




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Happy Halloween a little early!
What are you guys doing to celebrate?
ENJOY

Monday, October 24, 2011

Being In The Right Place At The Right TIme

Source: None via Baca on Pinterest



Yesterday something crazy happened. On the way home from softball B and I witnessed a motorcycle accident. YIKES, so scary. We watched as a car hit two men on two bikes. What happened next was kinda crazy but I jumped into action, took off out of the car and ran to help. Stupid move, because I did not even look before I crossed the highway. I don't remember thinking. I have been CPR and First Aid certified for 10 years and just did my recertification Wednesday. When I got to the two guys one was ok. I couldn't believe how calm he was because his leg was BROKEN! Oh it looked terrible. The other guy was not doing as well he moving around and screaming in pain. I wanted to stabilize his neck because he was able to tell me he had upper body pain. I used my sweatshirt and another responder's sweatshirt to stabilize his neck into place. I calmed him down the best I could. We talked until everyone arrived to help. He told me his name was Mike and it was the first ride since his bike was in an Irene flood.

Another gentleman ran over to ask if I was EMS, (nope)! I cant deny it because I did feel really good when he told me I was doing great and all the right things. When the police and EMS arrived I was lucky to continue helping Mike. I could definitely tell he had a dislocated shoulder and his elbow and arm were clearly broken. His screaming made me so nauseous. Its so terrible to hear someone in such pain. They took Mike and his friend to a local hospital. We spoke with the police afterward and made our report. He made a point to say that he is always grateful to people who are there to respond in emergencies. He said most officers he knows are not good with any type of first aid or even comforting others. As we left Mike's friends thanked us and that was a great feeling.

I probably won't ever see the two men I helped yesterday but I'm happy to know they will be ok! Being able to participate in helping some one is a really awesome feeling. It was definitely an adrenaline rush. There were a lot of good people there yesterday willing to help a complete stranger. I hope if anything were to happen to anyone I love there would be good people like that to help them.

Sending healing wishes to Mike and his friend!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fill in the Blank Friday!

Happy Friday!

This week has been has been a bit drama filled but also I had some really great moments. Kickboxing has changed my body for the better and it feels fantastic. Even my jeans felt a little bigger this week!!! I am glad to put this week to rest but I wish October would move just a bit slower. Next week is the end already. Kinda happy because our anniversary is a week from today and that is always a special time! I love the feeling I get when I think back to the first few weeks we started dating. It may be why I LOVE October. Such happy moments!

I think this might be my favorite Fill in the Blanks so far.

Linking up with Lauren



1.   Nothing says fall like      pumpkin spice! Pumpkin candles, coffee, cakes, pies, pumpkin beer. Yes please.

2.   My favorite autumnal tradition is   going apple picking. We go every year to the same orchard. Lots of memories there. If you read my blog often you would know our first date and engagement took place there. I can't wait to have kiddies and bring them there   .

3.  My favorite fall treat is   pumpkin spice coffee!  .

4. Fall makes me think of    Love    because    my happiest love moments with B took place in October and November. I remember that fantastic nervous feeling of our first few dates and remember thinking I loved him the day after Halloween .

5.  Autumn free form word association, go!    colors, leaves, pumpkin carving, trick or treating, Fall softball, apples, traffic (my home town is the biggest apple town in NY), Sam Adam's Oktoberfest.

6.  My go-to outfit in the fall is     jeans, scarf, sweater or my vintage denim jacket, with my distressed boots! 

7.  My favorite fall holiday is (Halloween or Thanksgiving)    Thanksgiving. I love Halloween but I love getting together with the family for Thanksgiving. We started a family tradition with B's fan last year and now we all go hiking Thanksgiving morning. We then get together with my family for the dinner and all the goodies. Can't forget to sweet potato pie! 

Enjoy your weekend! 
Anything fun planned?
xoxo 
K

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's OK Thursday

Its been a tough week for our friend Neely and trust me I know how she feels so make sure you stop over and give her a bit of love. She needs a little extra lovin!!! 



Its Ok Thursdays



It's OK-


  • To be a bit upset when you get constant calls from staff calling out or calling to tell me they are running late on your day off. All I ask is for one day of stress free peace and quiet.
  • To be REALLY, REALLY ANGRY about what took place in Ohio yesterday. Shame on every one who was aware of that animal "sanctuary" All of those beautiful animals gone forever. Makes me really sad.  
  • To really not want to wake up at 5am for a trip to the gym.
  • To really miss getting raises! The down side of non profit workings. I could really use more cash wedding planning.
  • To have absolutely NO IDEA where to go on our honeymoon. (It's not ok to be terrified of flying!!)
  • Change your wedding registry items about 100 times.
  • To procrastinate on everything wedding lately. (not really we are getting close to the 6 month mark)
  • To spend one day of the weekend cuddled up in pj's watching football.
  • To feel a bit obsessed about taking kickboxing classes. 
  • To still be upset about something that took place this weekend. 
  • To feel sad and unloved when some one I care about is dishonest with me. 
  • To announce on FB that my once tight jeans were feeling pretty loose yesterday!!!
  • To put my hair up in a pony tail for a few weeks until I can get my roots done. 
  • To want October to slow down!!! The leaves are flying off the trees so fast! I want the pretty to last longer.
  • To wish it were already Saturday so I can spend the day with my momma getting our nails done.
Lets try and make today a great one!
xoxo

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Oh How Pinteresting

Ugh I need a break my what seems like a crazy and overly dramatic week. I am so glad I have the opportunity to blog and this crap off my chest. I'm really appreciative to everyone how shared their feelings with me. Although I have only been blogging for a handful of months I have met some amazing people who truly have impacted my life!

Lets get onto something fun... PINTEREST!


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Linking up with Michelle



CHRIS FARLEY, I MISS YOU!!! LOL



Its true this is what I look like after/during cardio kickboxing.



Keep thinking this!



Nothing makes me happier then a doggie!



LOVE



This is fantastic






I think think of anything that is more beautiful.



SERIOUSLY!



This never gets old!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday Tunes with an Update and Thank You!

Whenever I feel down in the dumps I listen to music. Sometimes it picks me up and sometimes its a good outlet to just let me cry and feel ok about it. 

Here are a few I'm listening to today. 

Coldplay- Fix You


Emiliana Torrini- Today Has Been Ok

(Sorry no real video but its beautiful)

Look After You- The Fray

Oceans Away- The Fray 


Brooke Valentine- Girlfight
(Perfect intro to what I'm about to say)

I really need to thank some of you lovely ladies for the support and comments from my post yesterday.
Everything was greatly appreciated.

Sadly an update wasn't what I expected. Early this AM I turned B's cell phone alarm off so I turned it off and (not proud of this) checked his texts. I actually assumed there would be a conversation between him and his friend. There was. I was stupid enough to think that there would be something said about how embarrassed his sister was. DEAD WRONG!!!!
Instead I see:
Friend: (Insert sister's name here) wants to date you.
B: What happened to (her boyfriends name here)
Friend: Quoting sister"As soon as you get rid of Kristina I'll get rid of boyfriend"
B: Not gonna happen

WOW, now clearly it wasn't just the alcohol talking yesterday morning.
WOW, I have the greatest guy on the planet!!!
Thats all that matters, right?
Am I taking this to far?
Stressing over nothing?
Maybe it was a joke?
I'm not laughing!
Is it bad to feel  nervous around them?
Full story here


Monday, October 17, 2011

Getting serious for a bit...

So I'm usually as positive as I can allow myself especially in the blog world. I don't necessarily think or know if readers want to hear about other people and their struggles all the time. I know we all have our personal struggles. I don't know why I feel the need to share this but its something that I have been having an internal battle with. I guess I'm hoping that by releasing it I will feel better? Or maybe my faithful readers have some inspiration or support to make me feel better or even tell me I'm being an over reactive idiot. Today, I am struggling with the right words. I also struggle with hitting the publish post button. Should I say this? Keep it as a draft? Post and delete later?



(I don't want to use any names. Sorry for the descriptives. Hope its not to confusing)
Over the weekend B and I were invited to a bonfire by one of his very good friends. I was actually looking forward to it. We haven't seen his friend since the summer and I LOVE bonfires! The evening was going well. Lots of laughter and funny stories. Friend's much younger sister, 19, was intoxicated (the only one who had been drinking) and was acting silly but harming no one. At one point several people had to move their vehicles to let some one out of the driveway. B was one of them. Friend's drunk sis and sober sis also went along. Sober sis returns but drunk sis and B were not back yet. Friend asked sober sis where drunk sis was and she responded saying she jumped in B's car as he was moving it. (They were concerned and didn't want her sneaking anymore to drink) Sober sis left her with B because she knew he would make sure that didn't take place. Upon their arrival back drunk sis looks at me and says "Kristina, You have such a good fiance. I tried making out with him and he wouldn't have it".  WOW, I can't even explain the feelings going through my head. Even sober sis patted me on the shoulder to make sure I was ok. Everyone there was shocked. I know B is a great man and he wouldn't have it but still. It was like a kick in the stomach. I didn't know how to react to something like that. I was hurt, shocked and sad. I also didn't want to say anything because her brother is B's best friend and she was drunk. I ignored it but inside I felt pretty disgusted but more embarrassed than anything else. Later that night while B was adding wood to the fire she grabbed his behind and hugged him. Yet again even more embarrassed.

I guess I'm feeling down because I'm not 19, beautiful, and perky. I know I should be grateful that B did not accept any of her advances. I should just brush it off as a young girl who had to much to drink acting silly but I can't. I should focus how great a guy B really is and that I'm lucky enough to marry some one who is so good. Deep down it hits a cord. I usually feel not good enough and have serious self esteem I deal with pretty often. Plain and simple it just hurts. Before dating B I had been cheated on by an ex numberous times and that feeling of inadequacy still ligers from time to time. I actually feel like I'm over reacting but friends tell me I didn't react enough! I wish I knew the right way to feel.

Five for Fall and a Blog Award

I am super lucky to have been tagged by Julie from Run, Dream, Cook to join in on Five for Fall.

I definitely need start setting some new goals for myself so this is perfect.
Here we go:

Hit the gym at 5am or late at night. I have to stop hating that alarm clock so much and get my chubby behind to the gym!

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Get back my softball swing. I have a few more weeks to start hitting like I used to. I'm dropping my elbow and getting to in front of the ball. Its just a matter of relaxing at the plate.

Let go of the stress. I've talked about this before and its a major issue in my life. This is more of a long term goal but its been so bad lately my hair is still falling out. It makes me really sad :(

Source: None via Laura on Pinterest


Wedding planning! Must find the suits and ties for our groomsmen and fast.

Go to Zumba or Cardio Kickboxing at least once a week.



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The very awesome Erin has presented me with the Liebster Award. Erin's blog is full of fashion, food, fun and most importantly 3 of the cutest dogs I have ever seen! Also she hosts some amazing giveaways. I should know I was the lucky recipient of her Fall/Halloween giveaway! Check her blog out. I'm sure you'll be hooked like me. 

The Liebster blog award is given to amazing bloggers with less than 200 followers (I hope to get there very soon!) to get them exposure and allow them to make more connections! Thanks again!!! Now all I have to do is pick  3 fabulous bloggers to give the award to.

Julie

Ms. C

Michelle


Award recipients must remember to:

1. Show your appreciation to your award giver by linking back to them.

2. Comment on the blogs that you have chosen, so they are aware of the award you have given them.

3.And finally proudly post the award to your blog!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fill in the Blank Friday!

Happy Friday lovelies!
This month seems like its flying by.
I'm kinda sad about that. I love October.



1.   The most selfless thing I've ever done was     leaving my winning softball team for a team that isn't so great so that Brian could also play with me. On our winning team Brian didn't play half as much as the other guys on the team. I miss playing with all of my friends but happy with my decision.

2.   When it comes to working out    I absolutely HATE it but I know I have to do it. My gym is such a meat head gym with all the grunting and weight dropping. It makes me uncomfortable. I do work out and the entire time I think "I hate this. I hate this"   

3.  A woman should always   be comfortable in her own skin. The lack of confidence in girls/women can effect the way other people treat them. I never had confidence and I still struggle with my looks, my weight and not being good enough. It directly effects the way I allow people to treat me  .

4. I wish I could    drop about 20 pounds    and then I'd    not be so stressed about the way I look in my wedding gown. 

5.  A best friend is    some one who loves you no matter what you've done or said. My best friend is more like my sister.

6.  I can't get enough of     fun, fall activities. 

7.  This weekend I am    working on Saturday, softball on Sunday and maybe a little something fun added in.


What are your weekend plans?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The winner is....

Thanks to all the lovely brides to be and friends of brides who entered my first ever giveaway.
I really enjoyed reading your responses and what you are all looking forward to.

The thing I am most looking forward to is seeing the look on my fianc├ęs face when he sees me for the first time. Like any bride I really want to WOW him. You know, completely knock his socks off.
Well as of today I have 199 days til I become Mrs. G!

And our winner is...
Number 8
Rhain


(I used Random.org)
Congratulations.
Please email me kristinaj2380@yahoo.com so I can get your info and send out your new garter!
Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oh How Pinteresting-I'm feeling a Bit Silly

Happy Wednesday Peeps!

Today I'm linking up with The Vintage Apple




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Check out my week in pins:













Haha, its so true. Popcorn all the time.


Scary big sister


One of the best pins ever!!!



Man I wish I had done this back in the day where I had oh so many pieces of shit in my phone.


I'm the person yelling at this guy a llll the time.



Isn't that the truth?!?



Indeed!



lol, If you only knew the inside joke.


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HAHA!
Source: 9gag.com via Kristina on Pinterest

I swear this is really how I look. I probably sweat a bit more.


"She's pretty much my soulmate"

Apparently I had a huge case of the sillies this week.


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