Where have ya been?! // Wedding!!!

sunflower rings

Oh, hey!! Long time – no chat. All with good reason as it has been nutsss around here. Not in the blogshere but in my life. In sum – Garrett and I got married, went on an amazingggg adventure-moon, Garrett graduated medical school and we relocated to south Florida for his residency!!! . All within 30 days. What. A. World. Wind.

SO I have SO much to catch up on!! … Also – there are some fun things I am going to start on here. *!!!* all in due time. 😉

First things first being, well, the nuptials. We had a storybook wedding that was absolutely perfect. I love this man so much!! We went for a rustic chic south of France kinda theme fitted with sunflowers and lotsa white candles. We wrote our own vows – although I could barely choke mine out – and danced into the wee hours. I can’t believe I get to spend the rest of my life building a life with this man. ☺

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Oh and – ahem – it’s our one-month anniversary!! Whoop whoop!

xoxox.

photos by Cassie Peech & Co.

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on the farm

farm cows

Hola! For the Saturday before Easter, Garrett and I drove down to Tampa to visit my dad and stepfamily at my stepsister’s home. It was great to see everyone especially since her daughter, Chloe, is now walkin and talkin like a boss! Heh. We went on a walk in the afternoon and my stepsister was like “let’s walk to the farm!” which sort of threw us off because we are in the middle of South Tampa. An area not exactly known for sprawling space let alone a farm.

farm boots

farm fresh eggs

farm cooler

farm payment drop

But there it was! Equipped with an adorable sign that encouraged “buzz on in!” It was pretty awesome to get so close to the animals and see where all the eggs, milk and honey were coming from that they sold.

farm bubble bee

Garrett was definitely the one taking the bee pictures…

farm bee hives

The whole experience made me yearn even more to own a home and have some chickens in the backyard. Ugh, the life of an apartment dweller. I just have to keep reminding myself that we are saving money and it will happen some day! (just not today…wah.)

farm gate

 

xoxo

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t-minus 4 minutes

night sky rocket

Rambles on rambles on rambles………

On Tuesday around 9:30 PM Garrett and I loaded up and took the mini out East. By “out East” I mean an hour towards the beach and to what has been dubbed “the Space Coast”. All in good spirits to see my first rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center! I know – I am pretty much the worst implanted-Floridian (implant because I am just shy of being native having moved here in elementary school and worst because most people go see things like this within this first 20 years of living in FL… butttt yeah).

To be completely frank, I didn’t want to go. Not because it wouldn’t be cool but because it was a school night and apparently I am elderly. But then I had a comin’ to Jesus and realize HELLO KATE – YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE! So that was that.

 

Side-cut story time!:: While we were driving I tried to capture a picture — in the dark, in a vehicle moving at around 70mph… — of the sign that indicated we were entering space travel zone. I took like 10 as we zoomed under the sign because that is what you do when you are moving fast and trying to get a decent picture. I had just ONE semi-good one. Then moments later we were at a fork in the road and by all accounts it appears as though we should go left but GPS Siri begged to differ and in the commotion of the conundrum I ACCIDENTALLY DELETED THE PICTURE. It was quite devastating and utterly hilarious all at the same time.

 

I am so glad we went and not to sound like a complete nerd or anything but it was a really really cool experience. All the fire and blasting, earth shaking and rumbling, people cheering and saying “ohhhh!!” – yep, it was a Blast. – see what I did there? haha. It was also pretty amusing to hear some fellow American’s shouting “MERICA” when it was a Russian rocket but hey, who’s counting!?

In real talk though, it was pretty brilliant to not just see this “tiny” (by comparison) rocket going into the atmosphere, but to visually see just how tiny we are in comparison to it. The sheer magnitude of it was memorizing. The science that must go into all that is pretty breath-taking as well.

Another thing that caught my attention were the fish. (yep Hubble, this is for you.) So we were headed East with all intention of going to the designated viewing area for the rockets but then prior to crossing the bridge, the hubble realized everyone was just pulling off to the side of the road to watch and once you climbed past a little brush, you were on a small piece of beach. Prime real estate for rocket watching. With the exception of the fish smell. Dead fish erraywhere. It was sort of ridiculous and I found out on the news this morning that some brown algae is to blame but even more than being grossed out, I was amused at how interested the tourists were. Taking pictures with said fish, moving the fish around, … it was just all very odd. Oh – and I hope they clear up this algae situation because fishies wanna survive!

Okay – I think that’s enough here of random mid-week adventure. too-da-loo friends!

 

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Birthdays

birthday blog

So here is a little not-quite-a-secret for ya! Garrett and I were born just six days apart. Thank means that we get to share birthdays!! (anddd it means that I don’t have my own birthday week to myself… it’s okay… I’ve gotten over it…. maybe..) Anyways.

During the commotion and stress that was our last week – I definitely forgot to share our mini-celebrations. Let’s be real. We had way too much going on in “real” life to do anything spectacular (more on all that later) but we did do some wining and dining.  Solo picture above. haha.

But FIRST, Happy Happy Birthday to the love of my life, Mr. Gar-Bear.

Then SECOND, I can’t believe I am 27. Twenty. Seven. I am not really sure at what age I thought I would have it all together but now that I am here, I kind of guess I always thought it would be by 27. A solid number. Twenty-five sounds too young and thirty sounds like you are cutting yourself a little slack. So do I have it all together? Absolutely not.

Don’t get me wrong. I have it sorta kinda together. That career thing is going well and I am getting married in two months. It just doesn’t feel complete yet though. I understand that children will help round that circle but I still feel like I, myself, still has sumthin missing. It reminds me of when I used to do puzzles as a kid (boy did I love puzzles…) and I would have a piece that fit, but not really fityet I would still try to ram it into that place it didn’t quite belong. In the back of my head I knew it wasn’t right but I just told myself it would do. Maybe that is what I am doing here? But will this life ever feel like a perfectly completely puzzle?

Maybe I am over-analyzing all this. (over-analyzing? who? me?!) I am just kind of curious of if I will always want more. (in a fun, upbeat sorta way 😉 )

Birthday Girl- out.

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Sista, Sista

4 farmers market

Ello! First lemme just say that this week has been crayyy-z so far. Between work and things going on in the hubble’s life, I am feeling pretty bug-eyed. BUT this past weekend my sister came up for a brief visit! We didn’t do anything crazy – helloooo Netflix – but we did get to hit the local farmers market on Sunday. I just love the fresh, cheap, local, perfect, splendid veggies. 😉 So without further a-do, here are some pics of our adventure!

 

1 fruits lemon stand

2 hotdog stand market

6 palm trees flag

7 sky line market

yeah, I don’t actually know these ladies….

5 market orchids

8 swan lake market

oh me gosh, I actually snapped this right after I was eye balling a swan that was further away (my yorkie was on the ground going poddy) and I turn and this one was right next to me!!! ahh! while so pretty, swans can be very vicious… and I am happy to report that no yorkies were harmed in the taking of this picture!

9 farmers market 2

10 fresh veggies market

11 coconut juice

12 travel orlando

 

ahhh, Orlando in the winter.

 

xo

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residency woos

flowers photo

Since we are a week away from “Match Week” (that flowers and rainbows week during your last year of medical school where you find out if anyone will take you as a resident and if so where you will be for the next 4ish years of your life) I am feeling a little anxious.

I know. My anxiety can nowhere near compare to that of the hubble’s since he is the one on the hot seat but it will affect both of us. My mind is and has been flooded with all the possibilities and it seems as though father time has slowed his arms. It is pretty bizarre to me that such a grandiose determination is just spit out at you in an impersonal email. Super weird also that you are only accepted to one place. That is it. Not just one place because no one else wants ya, but because that is how “matching” works. I was pretty dumbfounded when it was explained to me but I am relieved when I explain the process to friends and family and they have the similar “wahh??!” expression I had.

So Garrett may match anywhere in the nation and that brings about it’s own implications. My inner planner is having an ish show and my five-year-plan is like “hola, lady! ya forget about me?!” but all we can really do right now is wait. Yay!! haha.

ANYWAY. Big things and changes are a comin’. Hopefully this is just the anxious feeling as you climb a high dive. Inching your way up, nervous as heck, but when you swan dive off the feels engulf you and it is pure lovely bliss that awaits you.

Let this be a swan dive. We are at your mercy Match Week.

 

 

 

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life lately and dog festivals

dog fest garrett pookie

Last Saturday – sick of wedding planning and not in the mood for cleaning – we packed up the Pooka, stopped at Tako Cheena and headed east towards the dog fest! We had no idea it was going on until hubble stumbled upon it on the interwebs but it was right in our neck of the woods and a pretty fabulous time.

taco cheena

thai peanut tofu tacos – sooo yum!

wheelborrow

pookie dog fest

dog fest view 2

pookie dog hurdle

pooka sayin “I don’t think so!”

pond

italian ice options

sharing italian ice

mango (rules) and scoop froggie frog (idk? but the pooka and the hubble seem to really enjoy it. >>)

dog fest pookie ice

dog fest view

dog fest dogs

pond

dog fest head

dog fest band

once again – I would prefer a dog’s life. kthx.

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yyerrrr, ya gonna drink that coffee?

pookie yorkie dog

This is Pooka. Pooka decided to climb atop the mountain of pillows that have found themselves on the floor (since hubble was remaking the bed) and taunt her momma for having to go to work on this glorious Monday. I have no shame in admitting I am more than a wee bitters jels bells of her. This chick lives the life.

 

Anyways… here are some things I’m lovin on lately…

Ronald and Nancy’s love story for the ages.

Leonard DiCaprio being ah-mazing.

This stylistic piece of real issues in the land o’ the rich&famous. >> (….actually I don’t really like this one but more the message it is sendin`)

Kate & the Prince take the Alps.

 

that is all for the monday moods.

// Kate

 

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honeymoon hoopla

hoenymoon maui

Howdy y’all! These last few weeks (months???) have been completely consumed with wedding planning. Contrary to the idea my Pinterest board entitled “weddding” – crafty, ehh? – gives I have not been crazy about it. It is just so so much time consuming work. For a day. no – no. For a night.  So I have not been letting the little things get to me and I have been crazy extra super decisive with the whole ordeal. Beige or off-white?! who cares! just pick one. Designing the programs is getting to be too difficult? Nix the idea! Everyone for sers tosses them in the garbage anyway.

The only struggle, and boy do I mean struggle, is with the two things Garrett has come to be in charge of. That would beeeee  – menswear (duh…) and the honeymoon. I am not really sure how Garrett became the corporal for the honeymoon mission but at least he is taking the role seriously. Maybe a little too seriously? Garrett’s first choice has been Switzerland. But I am over here like ummm Switzerland? I can’t even knock it too hard right now because truth be told, I haven’t really done any research on it. The flowers and fields are pretty and that’s about all I got. It is just not the honeymoon I thought we would go on. Next option? Caribbean cruise! For obvious reasons this sounds like a winner. Food and drink included, no driving or having to really plan anything, and we live in Flo-re-dah so easy access to the ports! We were already looking at options, and picking which one we preferred based off destinations… Then. There I was. Sitting in my office. It was like a little lighterbulb literally illuminated atop my head – WE CANNOT GO TO THE CARIBBEAN.  (that is my text to Gar-bear). I had completely forgotten about the Zika. SO back to the drawing board.

This story is really interesting, eh?

Alaska was assessed. It had the same cruise options and perks but boyyy do they get price-say! Alaskan cruises are a little too rich for our blood so there went that.

So. As of right now (haha) the winner is …. Hawaii!!! (I suppose the picture above already spilled the beans…)

That is how I felt too. “Garrett – we didn’t even discuss Hawaii??” Next thing I knew he was going to Barnes and Noble to get a book about Maui and calling hotels to determine availability. He tried to convince me that we have to do the Stairway to Heaven hike but upon further investigation I made the discovery that that sucker is condemned, has been closed for over thirty (30!) years, and it is illegal to climb. Is he trying to have me killed and/or arrested the first week of our married life!?

Anyway. I am feeling super excited about the idea since for a while there we had pretty much decided that no honeymoon would be happening.

vacation antartica

On a related note: how awesome is this postcard Garrett’s parents sent us from Antarctica?!! Literally mile zero – the bottom of the whole earth! Take that Key West. 😉

xo-Kate

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status: swooning

photo bagel

First and foremost- bagels.

I walked into my office as I always do on all Tuesdays (yayyyy) but this morning I was greeted by one of the managers peeked her head into my office and saying “there are bagels in there (pointing discretely to the break room) but I am letting you know first because there isn’t enough for everyone!!” haha. I am so very glad she thought of me. 😉 Apparently Einsteins brought us bagels because my workplace is such a loyal customer. I am not even really a bagel person per se but free is for me!! ya know what I mean?!

Secondly, I finally watching my boyfriend’s – I mean Leo’sacceptance speech. I know – a little late but that is what happens when you roll sans cable. But ermigoshhhh.  Does it get any better than Leo? Such a well-spoken tree huggin’ hawty. He had to have pre-written that speech with all those big words that flowed together so perfectly. Okay. I’ll stop gushing.

Kate

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