A decade

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

As of Monday, Dayv and I have officially been together for ten years.  TEN YEARS.  Since I was just a little naive 18 year old and he was a super mature and amazingly cool 20 year old.  I thought it would be fun to look at our first decade of life together and all the things we went through to make us the couple we are today.

2004| We kissed in my 1996 red Buick Skylark and it was magical.  Our favorite things to do included going to the movies, walking around the mall, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on multi-grain bread, and splitting a banana split at Friendly's. 

2005| I transferred from community college to a four year university.  I quickly realized that it wasn't an environment that I thrived in, and craved the one on one interaction with teachers I was used to in private school and community college.  But, I stuck it out and, consequently, was the most difficult year of my life.  On the bright side, I learned a lot about myself that year and wouldn't take back the experience.  I also became vegan.

2006| Dayv was homeless (because he didn't move 100 miles away with his family) from June to November and lived with my family.  He got his first grown-up job, and moved into his own apartment.

2007| I graduated from college with a Bachelors in Art History.  It was extremely difficult to get a job.  Then, I got really sick from August to November and the doctors didn't know what was wrong with me.  I went gluten-free and got better immediately.  Dayv bought his first new car and no longer had to drive his dad's Oldsmobile from the 1980's.

2008| Dayv was in back to back weddings in May and July.  It was then that I decided I was ready to get married.  He just looked so handsome in a tux!

2009| Dayv proposed to me on my 24th birthday at my favorite restaurant.  A month later, I got shingles which impeded my ability to go dress shopping for a month.  Then, I somehow contracted cellulitis.  I also developed insomnia.  This was the second most difficult time in my life.  On a happy note, I got a new and exciting job that relieved a lot of my anxiety.

2010| A great year.  We moved into our apartment.  We had a perfect wedding and went on a perfect two week honeymoon to Greece.  We got Mina.  I bought a new car.  Dayv became vegan. 

2011| I started The Vegan Chickpea.  I got a membership at the local gym and became obsessed with Zumba. Dayv got an amazing promotion at work.

2012| I became a certified Zumba instructor.  We bought a house.

2013| I began pursuing my Master's degree.  Dayv started making video games

2014| Dayv released his first video game.  I got an amazing internship.  We are both working really hard to make our dreams come true and are each other's biggest cheerleader.  Our favorite things to do include going to Broadway musicals, eating at fine dining vegan restaurants, occasionally splurging on the movie theater, and watching television series on Netflix.

It's crazy to think I've been with Dayv since I was only 18 years old.  But, I never regret not dating more or starting our relationship so young.  You have no control who you fall in love with, or when, and I find comfort and acceptance in the man I have grown up with.  He knows me better than anyone and is my best friend.

From the Weekend | Easter Weekend

Monday, April 21, 2014

I'm not an Easter person.  But, I am a person who is all for three day weekends and accomplishing as much as possible within that time frame.  Although the majority of the weekend was spent writing a 15 page research paper, I was still able to sneak in a little fun.  Some highlights include:

1| Having lunch with my dad on Friday.
2| Putting all my plants in the beautiful pots I ordered from West Elm.  
3| Talking to Lora on the phone for an hour on Saturday.
4| Watching Sherlock with Dayv during dinner.
5| Secretly putting together Dayv's Easter basket for him to be surprised with when he woke up on Sunday.
6| Long walks in the sunshine with Mina.
7| My parents stopping by after having Easter dinner with my family (Dayv and I didn't attend), and surprising us with an "Easter basket" (aka a small Whole Foods brown paper bag) with Silver Linings Playbook bluray and a "grow your own sunflower" pot.  I had been telling my mom for months that I wanted to watch/own Silver Linings Playbook, so she definitely picked the perfect movie.  And I can't wait to grow my own sunflower- they are my most favorite flower.

Happy Monday!

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, April 18, 2014

I recently discovered this blogger and have been obsessed with her podcasts. I listened to them all in two days!

Men still make more than women, and this is why (or one of the reasons why).

I decided I'm flying out to Seattle, not to visit my brother, but to have Richa make me this perfection.

Kristy's roundup of dishes from last year still totally applies to this Sunday. (Even if you aren't into Easter.  I'm not.)

I am so excited for this movie and hope it's released to a theater near me so I can see it as soon as it comes out!

Have a great weekend!

Art Museum Style | 02

Thursday, April 17, 2014

(I don't know how fashion bloggers model so casually, post after post.  I need to take lessons from this lady.)

This is the dress that started it all.  I call it my Laura Petrie dress.  I purchased it two winters ago and thought about how fun it would be to wear for work.  Since then, I've only worn it on a handful of occasions, two of them being at work.  Although this is definitely a dress for the winter, I felt it was appropriate to wear this morning since it snowed last night and was only about 30 degrees outside.  

Yesterday, my internship was vastly different than the high paced day last week.  I spent the majority of the day researching and writing, which was a nice change of pace.  I love to write, but have yet to do so in a work-related environment.  Finally, my chance has arrived and I've got the dress to do it in!

Nail polish | LVX in Cliquot

FYI: White House Black Market did not sponsor this post and, except for the employees at the Willow Grove and King of Prussia stores, do not even know I exist.

Healthy Spring Vegetable "Fried" Rice

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If I'm being completely honest with you, creating interesting dinners for myself has not one of my priorities lately.  In fact, I made nutritional yeast roasted vegetables served on a bed of spinach with lentils every night for the last two weeks.  It fulfilled my main requirement- get as many veggies into my body as possible.  That's my rule.

But, on Sunday, I was ever so slightly inspired by the open windows and beautiful weather outside that I wanted to mix it up a little.  And by a little, I mean that it couldn't take more than 45 minutes to make, must fulfill my veggie requirements, and had to highlight my newest favorite spring vegetable- asparagus.  

I threw together this healthy spring vegetable brown rice and immediately fell in love with how all the different vegetables came together so perfectly to create such a simple, but incredibly healthy and hearty dish.  It may not be everyone's definition of a fancy dinner, but compared to my other meals of late, I felt as if I was eating like a queen.  My favorite part was that I chopped all of the vegetables small enough to eat it with a spoon.  It's the little things.

Healthy spring vegetable "fried" rice
serves one to two
1/2 c water
1/4 c uncooked brown rice
1/2 tsp olive oil (or toasted sesame seed oil)
1/4 sweet onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1/4 c zucchini, diced
4 stalks of asparagus, woody ends removed and chopped
4 brussels sprouts, sliced
1/2 small head of broccoli, chopped
1/2 c cauliflower, chopped
2 tbsp-1/4 c frozen peas
ume plum vinegar (or tamari), to serve

In a small pot, bring water to boil.  Add rice, cover, and reduce heat to low.  Cook for 35 minutes, then turn off heat.  Allow rice to cool and come to room temperature.  If time allows, chill in refrigerator.

Preheat cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Add oil, and saute onion and garlic until transparent.  Add mushrooms, carrot, and zucchini, and continue to saute until mushrooms release their moisture.  Add asparagus and brussels sprouts and saute for 3-5 minutes longer.  Add broccoli and cauliflower and continue to saute until broccoli turns bright green and is tender.  Toss in peas and brown rice and stir until rice is evenly distributed throughout vegetables and is warmed through.  Remove from heat and serve with several generous shakes of ume plum vinegar (or tamari).  Enjoy!

From the Weekend | The windows are open and I'm feeling fine

Monday, April 14, 2014

This weekend, we officially turned off the heater and opened the windows.  It was glorious!  There is nothing more magical than fresh, warm air blowing into your home after nearly seven months of having the windows locked and heater on.  It put me in a superb mood, even though I was cooped up in the house for the majority of the weekend, working on a research paper.  I could smell and feel the amazing spring air, and that's all that mattered.

On Sunday, it was 80 degrees, so I couldn't help but take two walks during the day.  The first walk was mid afternoon with Mina.  We strolled around the neighborhood for an hour, and watched our neighbors enjoying the warmth and sunshine, as well.  After dinner, Dayv, Mina, and I took a half hour family walk, which is pretty much my favorite thing ever.  

I also put my anniversary gift to Dayv on the window ledges in the kitchen.  Four year anniversaries are traditionally the year of fruit and flowers.  I got him fruit snacks and cacti (I was trying to be clever).  I've already spotted the pots I want to transfer them into, but am waiting for either a sale or free shipping.

Happy Monday!

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, April 11, 2014

SeaWorld made it into the final four.  I think they should have won.  Have you seen the court documents?

I always love a good Creationist/Scientific debate.  If you have 2.5 hours, watch this gem (with Bill Nye!).

This is such a great reminder, as I am constantly in the process of decorating my home.

Do you make these five habits a priority in your life so you can be your happiest?

This is always a needed reminder for me.

Have a great weekend!
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