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March 31, 2011

Us: Part 4 (Our engagement)

Jake purchased my engagement ring in September of 2008. I found out immediately after the proposal that I was difficult and called out plans before they happened. There was an idea of meeting me at the airport ring in hand. There were many other ideas, but I kept saying 'I bet he'll do this'. Dumb me. Then I kept messing up plans due to Christmas shopping. In the end Jake chose to do things his own way.

On December 23rd. I had scrubbed that day wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants to work and class. It wasn't an attractive look for me, but I am all still all about comfort. Jake met me at my parent's house after voice lesson so that we could go to Barns & Noble to buy a book for Jake's mom's Christmas gift. After Big Sis telling me my sweats made me look like I had a load in them (Yeah she's nice like that), I changed into jeans, grabbed a gift card I had found and we headed out the door.

I have an obsession with books, and the mention of looking for Sense and Sensibility put a skip in my step.

On the way to the store I started complaining about being hungry. Jake didn't want to stop anywhere before hand. I was adamant. 'There is a freakin Panara right next door. I'm going. I'll just get a soup and eat it really quick.' Jake wasn't pleased. But I ignored him as he sat, foodless, texting his brother.

Once I was done we headed next door. I beelined for the classics section and started looking for Jane Austen. It didn't take long, what can I say, I have a gift. As I was looking at all the beautiful books I pulled out a hard cover of Pride and Prejudice and showed it to Jake in a not so subtle hint for Christmas. All the while Jake was doing some searching of his own. After kneeling down and finding the copies of Sense and Sensibility, I turned to ask him whether he wanted to get his mom a hard back or a soft back copy...

My eyes met with a display copy of Pride and Prejudice/Northanger Abbey tied with a big red bow. Jake shoved it closer to my face. I stayed where I was, absentmindedly weighing the pros and cons of playing along with the game. Making up my mind I stood up and took the book. But then I looked at his face. He was dead serious.

'Is this for me?'

'Yep' Looking at the little tag on it that read 'Erin'....

'Oh, seriously? This really is for me?'

'Look inside'

I hesitated, still thinking it was a display book... So, he pulled the ribbon off himself. Needless to say I was confused. Jake isn't normally a overly romantic guy. Doing a gift exchange in the middle of a Barns & Noble, while sweet, isn't his style. I noticed his hand was shaking and everything came to me...

My mind then went completely blank. There, sitting in a little square cut out in the pages of Northanger Abbey, sat my ring. As I held the ring in my hand I dumbly asked 'Really?' Jake just laughed at me and adorably said, 'yeah, but I'm going to need that.' He then got down on one knee. We proceeded to have a conversation, while he was down there, about how he not only had to get on one knee but he also had to place the ring on my finger. He didn't know there was a specific hand... I had to extract my right hand from his grasp and replace it with my left.

Obviously I said 'Yes'. Little did I know, Twin, TOB, SIL and her hubs were all there getting pictures! They had been guarding the book while I forced Jake to Panara. We went looking for them and exchanged hugs. We relived the moment telling them all the funny things about the proposal. They told me that there was a celebration planned at a local restaurant and that I semi-ruined it by eating before hand. It was funny. When we got tho the restaurant everyone was there. I was too happy to feel bad about eating beforehand and had an awesome time talking to everyone.

After eating we planned to head back to Jake's mom's house to tell her the news. (she had knee surgery that day and was contently drugged up at home.) It had started snowing pretty hard while we were eating and on the way back to the house. On the way back Jake lost control of the car and we got into a fender bender with SIL. the front bumper got stuck to their car.

Did I mention it was Jake's mom's car?

It was a typical end to a wonderful night.

March 30, 2011

Us: Dating (Part 3)

Jake took me to see the Incredibles. It was our first date. After the movie, some innocent hand flirting (you know the whole, more-than-just-holding-hands, holding hands) and a drive to a dark park by his grandma's house were finally alone and bored. I was trying to be playful and challenged him to a swinging competition....

After almost tipping the swing set I decided that it was too dangerous and said so as I jumped off the swing and gracefully fell on my butt. I was humiliated but trying to play it off by staying there. Jake jumped off and almost fell as well as I laughed at myself. He came and sat by me to ask me if I was alright. I was, all of a sudden, nervous and decided that it had been years since I had played on a Big Toy playground. I leisurely crossed the chain linked bridge and went to the top slide with Jake following close behind.

'So are we dating' He asked.

'Officially? That's entirely up to you'

'No, it's up to you' (this is a glimpse into our married life)

'No, that's all you buddy.'

'OK then..........' Longest conversational pause ever.

'Go out with me, babe?'

I die.

I might have deflated his ego by laughing at his absurdly adorable wording and told him yes. Then we made out... It was glorious.

After that we were inseparable.

His mom met me when she caught us making out on the couch while we were watching Singing in the rain after school one day. She had adored his ex and was not very happy that I was the reason that they had broken up. She thought Jake needed a little more of an excuse to break up with her other than just having feelings for another girl.

I met his whole family a week after we started dating... That's right, I went to Thanksgiving dinner. Oy Vey! I had never been so overwhelmed in my life. But I made it though. And in return he went to my family's Thanksgiving dinner...

My senior year was amazing. It was like Jake and I had always been together. I had never been so comfortable in my own skin. I knew almost from the beginning that with Jake it was a forever thing. It seems as though he did too because we were never shy about talking about marriage or the children we would have together.

He stuck with me through my transfer from high school to college. I stayed through the thick and thin of his parent's nasty divorce. I even debated with him the pros and cons of joining the military. He shared his hopes and dreams with me and in turn I did the same.

4 years went by feeling like forever and no time at all.

Vanessa Minnillo & Nick Lachey


Shirt - Forever 21, $15.80

Jacket - Forever 21, $26.90

Shoes - Piperlime, $49.99

Jeans - American Eagle, $29.99

Sunglasses - Forever 21, $5.80

The bag is Louis Vuitton....... There's no good replacement for the brown checkered pattern. I'm totally green with envy about it. But any large tote would do as a replacement.

My choice would be this tote from Kohl's. (It has a laptop sleve. perfect for travel.) - $32.40


Um, it looks like he's wearing some old jeans, army combat boots and a half zip... Pretty much something that any American man would have in his closet.

March 29, 2011

Us:Part 2

With the band season in full swing it was bus assignment time. It's was a pretty big deal to get placed on the right bus for the season. I made sure to have the saxophone boys sign up for the same bus as us. We were the upper classman and I may have put their names down when it was my turn to sign up so bestest and I had some of the first seats on the bus of our choice. I found myself seated with or near Jake often.

Soon we became automatic seat partners when everyone else opted to sit with someone else or decide they wanted a seat to themselves. I could have kissed them all. Jake and I were sharing headphones and long bus rides to and from competitions. I may have faked falling asleep once or twice... I know I'm a harlot.

After a while, and after everyone openly questioning our relationship status, I decided to tell Jake that I had a thing for him and that I thought he should break up with his girlfriend. He admitted that he had feelings for me as well... But couldn't justify breaking up with his girlfriend because she had done nothing wrong...

Oh my sweet, innocent, charming, adorable, innocent, thoughtful Jacob......

I was pissed. I wrote some poetry, journaled, and vented his stupidity with the vengeance of a scorned woman... Only he was feeling just as bad about it... We never stopped flirting. It wasn't until after his girlfriend attended a band event more than half way through the season that she, on her own, decided that there was more than an innocent friendship between Jake and I. She was a sophomore, I didn't care what she thought. She told Jake about her suspicions and he admitted the truth. A bold move. But effective.

They only dated a week or two more...

By then the band season was over and I told Jake that I didn't want to be a rebound (I know, I know. You have to be upset about a break up to rebound. I was in high school and had very limited dating experience) So I told him that he couldn't ask me out immediately after he broke up with his ex. I wanted him to think about what and why he had done so. I wanted him to be sure about moving forward with our relationship... I was giving him a chance out...

He stuck it out a whole week before asking me out.

March 28, 2011

Us: Part 1

It was the summer of 2004. (What an awful and snotty way to start a post)

I was, seemingly, on top of the world.
I was going to be a senior. The upper classman of upper classman.
My time was split between marching band practices (don't judge me), choir rehearsals where I was the female soloist, and my college boyfriend. We had been dating for about 3 months.
He was a talented actor and handsome in the non-traditional way. His curly blonde hair and rockin'.... voice caught my attention during the summer musical. (me = in blue standing. D = only male in picture............. No comment)
Everything changed when I went to band practice one day. We were all rushing around, grabbing instruments and running into parade block in order to march, in formation, down to the practice field. (anyone reliving their glory days right about now? No? Just me? Damn.)

I fell into line with Bestest behind some saxophone players, my marching french horn resting on my hip bone. I followed instructions to come to attention like a 3 year old. I continued to talk and marched, in step, with my horn on my hip. I felt like a rebel. After a few minutes everyone else was as relaxed as I was, and talking about their summer.

In front of me I heard snippits of conversation about Ozzy Osbourne and his family's TV show. I butted in, like I do, to offer my opinion on how the show was good and that I adored how real it felt in comparison to other TV shows (naive, I know). I was an upper classman. A senior. My views and opinions held more weight than the year before. I wanted to talk to someone, and with Bestest involved in a conversation with a fellow clarinet player behind her, the juniors in front of me seemed like good candidates.

The 2 male saxophone players turned to include me into their conversation. I preened on the male attention. Even if it was received due to my shameless eavesdropping. One of the boys was a boyfriend of one of the field commanders who graduated the year before. The other was his best friend, a handsome, young, Jacob.

My mind stopped working while I participated in the conversation and laughed with them. This was the kid whose saxophone case I had made a teasing habit of shoving, from under his seat, through his legs, to 2 rows in front of him? (I thought it was hilarious and that I was charming... I'll have to ask Jake about that) This sexy guy, who walked slightly pigeon toed throughout our conversation due to being almost fully turned around while marching, was laughing at my sarcastic jokes? WHAaaaaa? My mind kicked back into gear once we made it to the practice field and were dismissed in order to put down out music binders and take our opening chart positions. Must have more Jake... Jake = water of life. Jake's attention = air to me....

Of course I wasn't consciously thinking that, but all of a sudden my college boyfriend seemed like a distant memory. (I'm exact center horn, covered by flag girl. Jake's saxophone is pictured, but he isn't, far right)

All throughout practice I kept noticing how close the saxophone section was to the horns... Every chart that got marked in our set book, I measured to where the saxophone section was. Ever water break I, conveniently, found someone in line for the water jug that was close to where he was. It was unconscious.... OK, maybe not so much.

But after finding out that Jake was dating a girl from a different school I decided that the flirtation was harmless because we were both attached elsewhere.

The season continued and our flirtations drew questioning glances and some not so quiet comments from friends in the band... Particularly the loud mouthed ones I tended to enjoy hanging out with. (Much love, but we know it's the truth... and we love it.)

To make a uncomfortable story short and to the point, college boy was way more into our relationship than I was and as an older male, expected more out of the relationship than my 17 year old self could grant. In a definite set down I broke up with him and sent him on his way... After 2 creepy phone calls and a few unsettling fears of retaliation later I declared I was done dating guys I hardly knew. I shared the brighter side of the story with friends.

After such an event I started hanging out with the saxophone boys more and more. Bestest was all for male attention, so we decided that the 2 boys would humor us and have to deal with our attention as well. Bestest for the joy of male friends who didn't pay attention to the petty stuff, and me for the chance to be with Jake more (even though he still had a girlfriend.)

Reese Witherspoon Shopping

Handbag - Kohls, $39.99
Jeans - American Eagle, $29.95
Sweater - Forever 21, $13.80
Plaid shirt - American Eagle, $34.50
Shoes - Francesca's, $48.00
Sunglasses - Forever 21, $5.80

March 25, 2011

Paris Hilton Shopping in LA

There was another picture where her shoes were showing.... But this one showed the rest if the outfit. I think it's really relaxed and cute.

Fill in the Blank Friday!

1. My most prized possession is (other than my wedding ring set and bible) My pandora bracelet. The charms are all gifts from my family members and each one has a significance in my life. I always have it on and if I lost it, Jake would probably kill me. But I'd die anyway.

2. If I could be one age for the rest of my life, I would be 23. (this is based on the fact that I'm only 24.) Newlywed bliss. Need I say more?

3. The best way to spend the weekend is doing a movie marathon! Bring on the popcorn!

4. My outlook on life is you've only got one body. There's no use obsessing about others.

5. If you want to annoy me, just sing off key and think your the shiz.

6. I am completely defenseless when it comes to books. But then again you knew that.

7. When dressing for the day, one should be comfortable. There's nothing worse than someone complaining about something they had complete control over.

March 24, 2011

Poll: White Couch

You can't deny the brightness that comes from white. Put it in a room and all the drab, gloominess is gone. For me I get the mixture of a steril enviornment and crisp clean lines.

But is it practical? Does the effect cancel out the concern?

What do you think?

March 23, 2011

Kids N' Pets

After having a puppy, a sick puppy, I take my carpet cleaning solutions seriously.
When we got Maverick we started with Resolve Pet Stain. It was what was recommended to us. I didn't mind scrubbing. It worked.

Then one day Walmart was out of it. I panicked and had to select a new stain remover because the good Lord knows a puppy doesn't stop peeing just because you don't have a stain fighter to chase after him with.

After reading bottle after bottle trying to make sure that products didn't have any harmful ingredients I found the mother of all stain cleaners!!!!

It is recommended by AnimalPlanet. No harsh chemicals. Non-toxic. Biodegradable. Child and pet safe. No cover up perfume. I grabbed that thing an bolted from the cleaning supplies isle.

After a pup accident I lept at the opportunity to clean up the mess. Yes I really did scramble for the Kids N' Pets. I love new things and I was excited to see if the cleaner was as good as they claimed. I'm a nerd like that.

I followed the directions and fell in love. I didn't even have to scrub the dang floor!!! I'm never going back. I've bought this in multiples, which isn't a normal shopping practice of mine, just in case they ever didn't have it at the store.

I've used it on carpet, rugs, clothes (it was an accident, he was a pup), kennel bedding, the kennel tray (that was a bad day), and it took care of everything. I didn't mind squirting some of the cleaning solution into the laundry when I washed pup clothes Mav had peed on. (he couldn't help it that everything was too big for him.)

I love it. I'm a fan for life.

March 22, 2011

Floating Boat

Ever wonder what it would be like to have your very own pirate ship? Steve Khul can build you one...
The rope drops down into the closet.
This bridge can hold an adult, no problem.
And an added bonus..... A jail cell.

I bow down to the master.

Amy Adams

Jeans - American Eagle, $29.95
Shoes - Piperlime.com, $49.99
Bag - Etsy.com, Mirembedesign, $50.00
Sunglasses - Forever21, $5.80
A navy striped poncho is the hardest thing to find. I'm sure it's a vintage piece she has had forever... Or it cost a fortune and no retailer has caught on yet. Also ponchos are a touchy article of clothing. I, personally, wouldn't wear just any old poncho. So here are some links to cute ponchos.
The best thing about ponchos - you can have any old t-shirt under it and no one knows.

Blog it Forward Tueaday

Introducing Blog It Forward Tuesday! A blog hop and giveaway linky hosted by Just Married with Coupons and Sweep Tight.

It's a way to meet new blog friends and send blogging goodness around. I'm really excited and I think it's a really great way to spread some nice.

1.Follow both hosts – Just Married with Coupons and Sweep Tight – via Google Friend Connect. Make sure you leave a comment and they will follow back.
2. Grab our button to spread the word! The more people who know, the more fun!
3.Follow any other blogs that may interest you.
4.Blog it forward! Just one random act of niceness to another blogger can go a long way. If you get a second, give it a try!
5.Don't forget to add your giveaways to the second linky, too!

I hope some of you will participate!

March 21, 2011

Typical Capricorn

Ruled by Saturn
A feminine negative cardinal earth sign

Opposite sign: Cancer
Colors: Dark brown, black and gray

Good traits: Practical, prudent, ambitious, disciplined, patient, careful, humorous, reserved.
Bad traits: pessimistic, fatalistic, miserly, grudging.

Likes: hot, simple food. antiques, history, duties and responsibilities, not being pressured by others having plenty of unconditional love, lots of personal privacy, new books, expensive gemstones.

Dislikes: untidiness and disorder of all kinds, being teased, surprises, new ideas, loneliness, being made to feel useless incompetent, being embarrassed in public

A typical Capricorn has good organizational skills, is neat and tidy, have hardheaded practicality. You have strong work ethic, materialistic tendencies, a conservative streak, conventionality and great respect for authority. You are ambitious, serious and dedicated to duty. You are self-disciplined, responsible and practical but at times, you can wallow in self-pity. Your reasoning ability is excellent and has strong sense of purpose and direction.

A Capricorn may appear somber and reserved in their dealings with others, but once they give the trust, they are a loyal and steadfast friend. Socially oriented, you are willing to work hard for anything you want, and your self-esteem is extremely important to you. You are bright and quick. You are good in detail as well as in insight and conceptual formulation. You are materialistic rather than philosophical. You are capable of falling in love for its own pleasure but love alone will not motivate you to marriage. To you marriage serves a social design.

Star Stone for Capricorn

The beautiful Onyx is your star stone. Onyx is a type of agate that is recognized by the alternating, parallel bands of black and white. If the white layer alternates with a different color then the agate is given different names: if red it's carnelian-onyx, if brown it is sardonyx, and if the second layer is of the pale shades that characterizes common chalcedony it is called chalcedony-onyx. A solid piece of pure black Onyx is dyed. Agates are not always dyed black unless it is called Onyx, (Agate is frequently dyed red, green, blue, etc.)

Capricorn Ruling Planet

Saturn rules the earth sign Capricorn and air sign Aquarius. It plays the role of a taskmaster in the Zodiac. Saturn commands us to get to work and to work hard. Saturn rules time, old age and sobriety. It can bring depression, gloom, jealousy and greed, or serious acceptance of responsibilities out of which success will develop. Learning life's lessons is key to this Planet, in keeping with its role as teacher.

I guess I'm a pretty typical Cap.

What's your sign? (Hahaha... cheesy pickup line! Score!)

March 17, 2011

Silent (Red) Friday

For Japan. Click here for more information.
Also, fridays are now Red Fridays. Wear red to support our troops.

Truth Needed

To my 'Peeps',

I've been trying new things here at Dishes & Wishes. Honesty is needed here. Are you liking the direction? You input is important to me.

What do you think of the fashion posts I've been doing? I'm planning on putting links to the items in the posts so you can find them (and possibly get them for yourself). I will continue to keep things under $50.

How often do you want to see the fashion posts? (I'm trying about once every other day.)

I've decided that I don't like scheduling posts that much and will take breaks on the weekend.


Now for the fun part.

  • I'm taking requests for celeb looks. If you email me a picture of the look you want (celebrity look, TV wardrobe, red carpet outfit), I'll do my best to find everything and post it on my blog for you as well as links to items as well as to your blog.
  • I'm opening my blog up for questions. So post a question for me as well as a link to your blog so I can get to know you as well. You can do this any time. I'll be as honest and candid as possible.

I'm really excited about this and I'm looking to really forward to it!!!

Much Love,


Anti-Theft Lunch Bags

Pure genius!!!!

March 16, 2011

Ashley Greene Grocery Shopping

In heels none the less.

I couldn't see her bracelet so I found this cute one that I liked.

March 15, 2011


For Big Sis' birthday, dad suggested I decided to plan to be at Barnes & Noble for a book signing of The Pioneer Woman - Ree Drummand. (If you aren't a follower of hers, I suggest you check her out.)

I got there late. I thought that because it was later in the day, that people would be dwindling down and I'd get in there, get my book signed, and get out.

This is because I had no idea what it was going to be like. I walked into the doors to find the place over run with women. and a line going around the entire inside of the book store. I asked a nearby woman if she was in line to get her book signed. She said no. She was waiting for the second group to be called to get into line.

Waiting to be called into line?!
More than one group?!

Needless to say I wasn't going to wait around for that. Don't get me wrong, I'm a P-Dub fan, but I just wanted to get a book signed for my sister. I didn't need to hold up the line of people dying to tell her how they've changed their lives when I knew she was probably ready to be done. Plus I'd feel bad telling her that I've dreamed of her house as my own. Only minus her. And that her romantic lifestyle of cows, dirt and children are my own. (Minus the cows..... and the dirt for that matter.)

It's just a little creepy.

Maybe I should have talked to her.

So I bought her book and left it up to someone else to make sure it got signed. (I didn't want to inconvenience her...) I picked it up the next day. And it was properly signed.

Ree is the nicest EVER!

She was at the store for almost 7 hours (or something close to that).... That's way longer than she was planning. You go girl!

She's SO pretty. I mean, seriousally, I hope after 4 kids I look that good.

This is me being kinda stalker-ish and taking a picture of someone else getting her book signed.

March 14, 2011

Rom Com's

So these movies I think are top notch. This is by far my favorite genre. It's the easiest to watch. The feel-goods.

My favorites:
Anything with Meg Ryan; Kate and Leopold, French Kiss, When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail,
Knocked Up
Love Actually
He's Just Not That Into You
The Switch
Wedding Crashers
Date Night
The Ugly Truth
The Proposal
P.S. I Love You
I Love You, Man
The Holiday
The Devil Wears Prada
Pretty Woman
Runaway Bride
Definitely, Maybe
27 Dresses
The Backup Plan
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
She's the Man
The Wedding Singer
50 First Dates
Sweet Home Alabama

Ones I want to see:
Just Go With It
No Strings Attached
You Again
Easy A
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Knight and Day
Letters to Juliet
When In Rome
Leap Year
Yes Man
The Invention of Lying

OK I'll admit. I like MOST all Rom-Com's. I'm a girl. That chromosome makes this all OK.

March 13, 2011

Shower of Babies

Big Sis's baby shower was last weekend. I prepped SIL's casa by bringing all my shitok over and dutifully watching some of season 1 of Glee. She had never seen it and I promised to get her addicted by the end of the night. Success.

Then Sleep time. The party started at 10:30. I ran out to Krispy Kreme to grab some mini doughnuts... cause that was the theme...

Then guests started arriving.

It was a packed house. But tons of fun.

This is C. She's adorable and had me read the books my sister got while she was opening gifts.
It was so cute!

Opening Gifts!!!
This weekend it was SIL's turn. They have a little bit more family then we do.
Can you tell? With the party being boat themed they hung a line and clipped up all the little boy clothes. It was really cute!
(you have to use an actual line for this... Trust me, SIL and I tried to do this before for a cousin and yarn just doesn't do the trick.)

Oh. These are all my prego's...
Pregos in a line!

March 11, 2011

Eva Longoria Out and About

The tunic isn't very close, but I really like the green with the cream bag ,which is $54.00 and over the $50 limit........ (I had to put it up. It's to die for!)

Slipping Through Your Fingers

It's so hard to see something so vital to daily life, like money, being wasted. It's even harder to realize, in retrospect, that you are just as guilty as the next person.

A big problem in my house is eating out. Cooking has been something that I haven't been super into. I'm lazy. Plain and simple. I always go with the wasting time mentality. 'Why waste my time standing in the kitchen, slaving over food my husband could possibly not eat, when I could be doing something else?' My "something else" usually consisted of laundry, online games or reading a book.

Why this semi-panic stricken post, you ask?

It's pay day. I haven't looked at the statement in 2 weeks. To look and see 25 transactions related to fast food and sit down restaurants in 14 days is depressing. By the way, there were only 3 sit down restaurant transactions...

Now, some days the transactions were due to Jake and I both buying lunch at separate times. But 25 is still a staggering number to me in a two week time period.

We can do better than that.

It has to end. I need encouragement and inspiration. I'm not going to be able to do it on my own and any nay-saying will cause me to jump ship.

I'm going shopping Saturday morning. No more wasting money buying fast food. Let the cooking begin.

March 10, 2011

Happy 71st Chuck!

On his birthday, Chuck Norris randomly selects one lucky child to be thrown into the sun.
Chuck Norris has counted to infinity -- Twice.

Chuck Norris CAN believe it's not butter.

Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.

Chuck Norris can divide by zero.

Chuck Norris is the reason why Waldo is hiding.

Chuck Norris knows where Carmen San diego is.

When Chuck norris donates blood he declines the syringe and instead asks for a hand gun and a bucket.

The quickest way to a man's heart is with Chuck Norris' fist.

When Chuck Norris wants popcorn, he breathes into Nebraska.

Chuck Norris can have his cake and eat it too.

Happy Birthday Chuck!