I’m trying pretty hard to save this book for my honeymoon (the paperback comes out in August), but it’s going to be tough going. Also, word on the street is that the entire trilogy is being developed into a series for HBO. Hell. yes.

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I got to see some dear friends this weekend on a trip to Chicago. My grad school friends and I make it a priority to see each other once a year, something we’ve been doing since we left South Carolina.

I extended my trip one day to spend time with my friend Elizabeth, who I have fallen out of touch with a bit. We just ended up talking a ton, and bonds of friendship were renewed. Her two year old Rosemary also stole my heart!

I feel pretty lucky to have such amazing ladies in my life, and it’s good to know that your friendships can still be there waiting for you to come back to them.

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Selfie outtakes

Turns out the key to a good selfie is this- take one million ridiculous ones and you might get a good one. (I also secretly think that Tyra Banks has been right all along- nothing beats a good smize.)

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Lucas and I had a Brooklyn-y date night last night. We shared pizza and a cheesy polenta dish at Franny’s (unexpected awesomeness- they have wine on tap!), then wandered over to Ample Hills for ice cream. We didn’t set foot in a car or subway train, choosing instead to walk everywhere. It’s finally warm enough that. I’m sure you won’t judge when I tell you we capped off the night by coming home and watching Dateline. Right?

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I am really stoked to be going to this Rufus Wainright concert in a few weeks with my good friend Emilie. (Brunch AND Rufus?! Sign me up!) Fun fact: The last concert I attended was also with Emilie, and it was the day after Lucas and I got engaged. After a day of celebrating with friends, we went to see the band that basically defined our college years, The Postal Service. It felt oddly profound to hear all of this music that had defined much of my 20’s as I was in the midst of stepping into my future with Lucas.

When Emilie asked me to go to this Rufus concert and then we geeked out over how excited we were, I thought about what a simple joy it is to share something with a friend. Just to have people who will be like, “oh, me too.” My friends are pretty good like that.

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Lucas and I have opted to not do engagement photos, but sometimes when I see some good ones I sort of wish that we were. These photos are of my former intern, Michelle, and her fiance Nate. It’s not the photos so much that are impressing me here (although they are lovely), but that I feel like they’ve nailed something that’s so hard to get right- what to wear. They are coordinated without being matchy and Nate doesn’t look like he’s been tied down and styled against his will (or that he just threw on whatever was clean). Having known both of them, these photos seem like a wonderful reflection of who they are as a couple. And I am pretty much on board with engagement photos that involve a puppy, a tutu skirt, and tiger sweatshirt.

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To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I coerced Lucas into doing a scavenger hunt (via Watson Adventures) at the Met. For the hunt, we had two hours to answer 25 questions about pieces scattered throughout the museum. We were directed to a specific gallery, then given a clue about which piece we were to focus on, and then we had to answer a question about that piece. The clues were tricky enough to be challenging, but not so hard as to be impossible. 

Despite having started the day with a spat on the way to the museum- Lucas and I made an excellent team (also I highly recommend scavenger hunts as a way of forgetting how furious you are at your partner). It was fun dashing around the museum and patting each other on the back when we were sure we had gotten the correct answer.

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We finished just under our 2 hour time limit and gathered with the group to hear the results. Out of 25 couples, we were one of two that had gotten every question correct. There was a tie-breaker question (What year was the streaker at the Academy Awards)- which we got within one year of! We WON the whole thing!

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Our prize was… a coupon for another scavenger hunt! Ha. I think we were happy with just the bragging rights. We were pretty proud of ourselves!

After the museum, we decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner. It ended up being such a treat. Buttermilk Channel is one of our faves but we rarely go since it’s a little out of the way. (When I reminded Lucas that Beyonce loves coming here, he was like yea-you’ve told me that a million times). We sat cozily inside while the snow floated down outside and enjoyed our food. The day was capped off by returning home and diving into “House of Cards”- it was perfection.

I told Lucas it was one of those days that makes living in NYC seem like the best thing ever. I’m hoping to plan some more New York adventures for us via How About We (which is how I discovered the scavenger hunt). 

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Remember this song?! I heard it the other night while Lucas and I were watching HBO’s Looking, and spent most of today bopping around at my desk to it. Happy Friday to me. :)

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Chambray bride, via APW.

Chambray bride, via APW.

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This is my choice for book club, which I am hosting this month. I don’t know a lot about this book but it has an awesome title and a delightfully 80s cover, so I was pretty much sold.
Based on the reviews, I get the feeling that it’s a love story that’s not really a love story. I’m not totally sure what that means yet, but I love that idea, and I especially love it in February. 

This is my choice for book club, which I am hosting this month. I don’t know a lot about this book but it has an awesome title and a delightfully 80s cover, so I was pretty much sold.

Based on the reviews, I get the feeling that it’s a love story that’s not really a love story. I’m not totally sure what that means yet, but I love that idea, and I especially love it in February. 

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