Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sharing Sweet Lyrics

Train "Marry Me"

Forever can never be long enough for me
Feel like I've had long enough with you
Forget the world now we won't let them see
But there's one thing left to do

Now that the weight has lifted
Love has surely shifted my way
Marry Me
Today and every day
Marry Me
If I ever get the nerve to say
Hello in this cafe
Say you will
Mm-hmm
Say you will
Mm-hmm

Together can never be close enough for me
Feel like I am close enough to you
You wear white and I'll wear out the words I love
And you're beautiful
Now that the wait is over
And love and has finally shown her my way
Marry me
Today and every day
Marry me
If I ever get the nerve to say hello in this cafe
Say you will
Mm-hmm
Say you will
Mm-hmm

Promise me
You'll always be
Happy by my side
I promise to
Sing to you
When all the music dies

And marry me
Today and everyday
Marry me
If I ever get the nerve to say hello in this cafe
Say you will
Mm-hmm
Say you will
Marry me
Mm-hmm



SUCH AN AMAZING SONG.
LOVE FALLING ASLEEP TO THIS.
GOONIGHT Y'ALL... SWEET DREAMS ♥ ♥

30 Day Blog Challege: Day 13

Day 13: Goals

This blog comes at such a perfect time, New Years Resolution time. I have a few goals that I'm going to try and stick too next year and few goals from the past I'm going to try and continue.

1) Eat healthier. Michael and I (with the exception of this week) have been eating gluten free, skipping out on fast food, and overall choosing better ingredients for our diet. I'd like to continue that for a healthier lifestyle.

2) Work out. Period. We're fortunate enough to pretty much have a personal LA Fitness in our home. And I never use it. So, next year, a new goal of mine is to get my booty off the couch and into the gym at least once a week. That may sound like a piece of cake to you, but for me, that's going to be a real challenge.

3) Two years ago, my New Year's resolution was to take more photos. I did really good that year but this year kind of slacked, so I want to try and be better at that.

4) Another new goal of mine is to learn/try to be more patient. One of the reasons I say I'm not ready for kids right now is because I have such a short fuse. I definitely need to try and build more patience.

5) I need to try and not sweat the small stuff.

6) Another goal I'm setting for myself is to learn French.

7) This is kind of a quadruple goal. I need to learn some self control, not to splurge and to cut back on spending and save more. I have developed a habit about getting on my computer, immediately going to nordstrom.com to see what new stuff they've added and not thinking twice before purchasing. It's very silly. And needs to stop.

8) Lastly for 2011, begin researching and working towards a certificate in event planning.

Monday, December 27, 2010

30 Day Blog Challege: Day 12

Day 12: What you believe

I believe in God.

I believe good triumphs over evil.

I believe in the sacrament of marriage.

I believe all dogs go to Heaven. Corny as it sounds... I really do :-)

I believe my husband has a lot to prove in his industry. And I believe there are great things in store for him/us.

I believe honesty is the best policy.

I believe what goes around comes around.

I believe love conquers all.

I believe in stopping to smell the roses.

I believe in "if it sounds to good to be true, it usually is."

I believe music and laughter (and wine) can heal the soul.

I believe food is meant to be enjoyed.

I believe I have been blessed with the most amazingly family ever.

I believe true friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget.

I believe the Steelers are the greatest football time of all time.

I believe nice guys do finish last.

I believe life isn't easy.

I believe in doing unto others.

I believe a smile goes a long way.

I believe in happily ever afters.

....

I believe in a lot.

30 Day Blog Challege: Day 8, 9, 10 & 11

Day 8: A place I've traveled to
I definitely have been very fortunate to have traveled to a lot of really cool places. I'm from a very cultured family so my parents have shown me "my roots" taking me to Vietnam (and Singapore that trip) and to Italy. My mom's 3 sisters now live in France/Switzerland so I've been blessed to travel there a few times too. Michael's Australian so of course we've done
a few trips to his homeland as well... and New Zealand since it's so close. I've also been fortunate to see England twice too. They're ALL way to cool to narrow it down to just one place.

Day 9: A picture of your friends!
Michael always makes fun of me for having "a million best friends" because I do consider most of my friends best friends. I'd rather have a few amazing ones than a million semi-ones. This is a picture of my bridesmaids and I. All whom I consider best friends. I wouldn't have chosen them to stand beside me on my wedding day unless they were totally awesome.

Day 10: Something I'm afraid of...
Hahaha what am I not afraid of? Last time I was forced to watch a scary movie I stayed up 48 hours straight... and that was in high school. It wasn't fun walking into 1st period looking like death because I sat up in bed all night with my lights on.

Day 11: Favorite TV Shows
Such an easy one. Vampire Diaries, of course, because I need my weekly fill of sexy, blood-sucking romantics. Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, Greys, Private Practice, The Nanny, Regis & Kelly, Hellcats and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are set to record weekly as well.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Er'body!

Hoping everyone had a wonderful day! I definitely was spoiled. It's been a blessing being able to share the holiday with my family... in the warmer weather! :-) It was around 70 degrees today! After going 7 days straight I've totally slacked on my 30 Day Blog Challenge. But I'll resume again and catch up sometime tomorrow!

XOXO

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

30 Day Blog Challege: Day 7

Day 7: Favorite Movies

Oh I love movies! It's like one of my favorite things! Nothing beats snuggling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn (or glass of wine depending on the company) and laughing 'til you cry or crying 'til your husband looks over at you and laughs.

It's hard to narrow it down, so these are ones that come to mind straight away (random order):

Who didn't love "The Little Rascals!"
"Dear Darla, I hate hate your stinkin guts. You make me vomit. You're the sccuuuummm between my toes. Love, Alphalfa."

"Eclipse"
If I had to choose ONE Twilight movie, it'd have to be Eclipse. It was my favorite book and the acting just keeps getting better and better, thank goodness. Love me some Edward and Jacob too!

"A Walk to Remember"
This one is definitely a classic in my book. I remember my best friend and I in high school would watch this EVERY day the summer it came out on DVD. And I loved to go around the house and sing Mandy Moore's song "Only Hope" too.

Disney's "Aladdin"
I am so not ashamed to admit that now in my 20's, I still love to watch Disney movies. Mainly the older ones. I haven't yet seen "Tangled" but it's on the to-do list. It was really a tie between this, "Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast" because I LOVED these movies + the soundtracks when I was younger. I still could probably sing the majority of the songs to this day.

"Pretty Woman"
I mean, it's probably against the rules of chick flicks to not love this movie, right? My crush on Richard Gere began with this movie, and Julia Roberts, let's not kid ourselves. She's gorgey. Although Richard was recently replaced by Jason Statham (the HottieMcHottie from Transporter.)

"50 First Dates"
This is one of my feel good go-to movies. It's romantic and funny and there's the loveable Walrus Jocko. What more could you ask for?

Ghost, A League of Their Own, The Godfather, Sister Act, The Body Guard, The Wedding Planner, Australia - "Misses Boss" - Loved when he says that!, The Green Mile, Turner & Hooch and K-9, and Cruel Intentions would make my list of favorites too!

Done Done Done

YAY! Officially, as of 9:48 today, done with Christmas shopping! Crazy that we cut waaayy back this year on our Christmas list but yet it still took me longer than years past to finish all the shopping!

Either way, glad it's all done. Now for a cup of hot chocolate!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

30 Day Blog Challege: Day 6

Day 6: A Picture of Something that Makes You Happy

This is kind of a tough one. Lots of pictures make me smile. Pictures of Michael and I, me with my friends, pictures of my friends' kids, pictures of puppies and kitties, my dogs... yeah, definitely pictures of my dogs... the list could go on and on.

But for 2011, I'm really looking forward to seeing more of these kind of pictures:

(2nd place @ Southwick National 2009)

Michael back on the podium! These kind of photos REALLY make me smile. Not only is it a huge accomplishment, its capturing all of Michael's hard work paying off and being rewarded for it. Getting to see him on the podium makes me more than smile! It even makes me shed tears of joy!

Monday, December 20, 2010

30 Day Blog Challege: Day 5

Day 5: Your Sibling

My brother and I the night of his 21st birthday bash.

I have one sibling, my baby brother Mickey. Michael Jr. I sometimes call him "Looch."
(Yes, my father's Michael, brother's Michael and husband's Michael.)

Mickey will be turning 23 on Christmas Eve. Currently a biology major at KSU. He's probably the best story teller I know. I've always said he'd be damn good at standup comedy. He also is one of the most loyal people I have ever met. Loyal to his family and his friends. No matter what, I know he always has my back. He has a hard exterior, doesn't smile much and is probably misjudged by strangers a lot because of his style... but when it comes down to it, he's just a big teddy bear with a really good heart :-). He most definitely has done a lot for Michael and I the last few years. I hope he knows that we've really appreciated it. One of the saddest parts of moving to Florida was that I wouldn't be able to see him as often as I was used to. He was at our house at least once a week, if not more than that, and I loved having him around.

Oh! And he can break it down on the dance floor. But it's a very RARE occurrence these days so you're lucky if you actually catch him busting a move. I recommend a few shots of Patron to warm him up, then you're chances of seeing him come out of "dancing retirement" increase a lot. I actually used to consider him my best party trick because if I begged and pleaded enough he'd dance and then everyone would usually think it was the best thing ever! LOL I guess he still is my best party trick because I still haven't stopped the begging and pleading (and bribing LOL)

And because he's the baby of the family, and still babied even though he and my parents may deny it, I do give him a hard time a lot about growing up, being more responsible and cracking down on his studies. Mainly because I think of myself as his #1 fan (aside from Mom and Dad) so I believe I have the right to also be his harshest critic. Love sometimes means tough love, right? I just know he's WAAYY smarter than he gives himself credit for. Definitely more book smart than me... always has been. So if I could survive college, I know he damn-well can too! And I really just want him to hurry up and do it... put a little more pep in his step and apply himself!

When it comes down to it I just really love my little brother and couldn't live without him. Although recently it's been more of a love/hate relationship, I wouldn't change a thing. And I'm lucky to have such a unique person in my life.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

30 Day Blog Challege: Day 4

Day 4: Your Parents

My parents and I on my wedding day

I don't even know where to begin with my mom and dad, Michael and Windy D'Itri. Of course I'm sure everyone says they have the best parents ever... well, I REALLY do. My parents are loving, caring, hard working, proud, supportive, wise, forgiving, protective, well, the list could go on and on. They've been married for 26 years and still manage to have such a romantic relationship.

True story on how amazingly romantic my dad is for a man in his 50's: For my parents' 25th anniversary they decided they would spend it in Hawaii. They had planned the trip for nearly a year. Well, my dad being the creative lush he is, had much more in store for their trip than my mom knew about. Little did she know, that my dad (without out the help of anyone including me) went out and bought a new engagement ring for my mom... a super gorgeous, beautiful three diamond in a platinum setting... and had organized to have their vows renewed on their anniversary. When the day came on their vacation, my dad got down on one knee on the beach and re-proposed to my mom. A Hawaiian minister, or Kahuna, remarried them in a private ceremony on the beach with the traditional leis and all. My mom had no idea! SO CUTE! I mean really, how sweet is that???? MICHAEL - I hope you're paying attention to how good my dad treats my mom! She is spoiled! But for good reason :-) she deserves it...

I only hope Michael and I can having such a full, fun, lasting and loving marriage like my parents have.

From a child's perspective I didn't always have the coolest parents. There were so many times when I was younger that I just didn't get them. And I'm sure a lot of you can relate. They were "mean, and unfair and too strict and just didn't understand!!", common words from a teenager. But man, do I thank them daily now for being the parents they were. I look at a lot of young kids now and am floored at how disobedient, rude, spoiled and just plain appalling they can be. I realized one I hit my 20's that my parents were just forming me into becoming a woman who would be able to raise her children right because I have good morals and values instilled in me. And because of their hard work raising me, they can trust me as an adult living on my own to make the right choices.

I can't really put into words the love, respect and adoration I have for my mommy and daddy. They just are amazing REAL people with such a good American story of working hard, putting themselves through college, and living out their dreams. I mean, my mom came to this country young, on her own, barely speaking English... teaching herself the ways of this county, working 100 jobs through college and is now one of the most successful women I know. And she did it all on her own and continued the hard work (both of my parents did) to give my brother and I the best life possible they good give. Including giving me the wedding of my dreams. Literally. Probably more of a wedding than they should have given me. It was wonderful, magical... just every little girls' fairy-tale wedding. I am just so grateful for them.

I could go on and on, I really could. But I think you get the picture! LOL

Love you Mom and Dad!!!!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 3

Day 3: Your first love...

Does this count?
Erik von Detten

In 1998, Disney came out with a made for TV movie called "Brink." And that started my love affair with Erik von Detten. I bought every teeny bopper magazine I could find that him in it. Our love affair was only short lived though because soon I found...


*N SYNC

I would switch back and forth between who I loved more, JC and Chris, but it was mainly Chris. I guess I loved a Soprano back then! LOL And I loved *N SYNC obsessively for years and years. Still kinda do. They once did a 2 day stop in Pittsburgh and I went to both concerts back to back. My bedroom walls were plastered with their 5 beautiful faces, I taped - yes taped - everything and anything of them on tv, and over played their CD daily.

But my love now, of course is my amazing, wonderful, gorgeous husband Michael Byrne :)


This picture was taken March 11, 2006 the day after we met at the same place we met... Razzle's Nightclub in Daytona Beach, FL. Yes, I actually met my husband in a bar. Believe it or not, it can happen. There was an immediate spark between us and we basically have been together since the moment we met. After a 6 month long distance relationship, MB in SoCal and I in Kennesaw, GA he bought a house and some land in Newnan, GA and we started living together. I coin the cheesy phrase Michael completes me, because he really does. We've definitely had our fair share of fights, who hasn't, but it's always 10x better after each one. Our love in unconditional and we probably couldn't function without one another anymore! I love him so much and so excited to see what life has in store for us as we begin our journey as husband and wife ♥.

Friday, December 17, 2010

What's for dinner?

I thought I'd share a recipe with you guys tonight. It's one of Michael's most requested meals and is super simple and easy! I got it from Martha's "Everyday Food" mag a while ago. You may find, depending on your oven, that you'll need to cook the chicken an extra 20-30 minutes. And for the wilted greens we add a little extra vinegar! For GF, I just leave out the bread crumbs :( but pre-GF we loved making them! You'll probably fall in love too...

Roasted Chicken with Croutons and Wilted Greens

Ingredients
1 whole chicken (3 1/2-4 pounds), rinsed and patted dry
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
Coarse salt and ground pepper to taste
1 lemon, halved
1 loaf crusty white bread (8 ounces), torn into chunks
1 bunch arugula (12 ounces), cleaned and dried
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

Directions
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place chicken on a rimmed baking sheet; rub with 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Squeeze lemon into cavity; place inside. Roast chicken until juices run clear when pierced between breast and leg or an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a thigh (avoiding bone) registers 165 degrees. Around 45 minutes. Transfer to a rimmed platter.

Place bread on sheet; toss with cooking juices. Season with salt. Bake until croutons are golden, 7 minutes. Pour any accumulated juices from platter into a bowl; add croutons, arugula, 1 tablespoon oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and toss. Carve chicken and serve with croutons and greens.

Hope you enjoy! Let me know how yours turned out if you give it a try.

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 2

Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name

I already mentioned the meaning behind my blog name in Day 1's blog. I named this blog "adenimjunkie" because I have a disorder which compels me to buy and buy and buy jeans. I don't discriminate brands. I own/love Rock & Republics, Paige, J Brand (my pair I bought on Monday were J Brands), G Star, True Religion, Sevens, Citizens, Hudsons, Chip and Pepper, and William Rast. I think that's all the brands I own?

At least I admit I have a problem. And I mean, it could be worse. It could be a purse problem or a shoe problem. Michael probably thanks the Heavens for that!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

30 Day Blog Challege: Day 1

Ahh what the heck. I meant to try it out a while ago. Better late than never so here goes nothing...

Day 1: Share a recent photo and 15 facts

(Zeusy and I during our Christmas card "photo shoot")

one My husband, Michael, and I were just married on September 17th.

two Michael has a sexy Australian accent.

three I am a stay at home wife for now.

four I never thought I'd actually be a stay-at-home wife. When I was younger I always thought I'd be ruling the business world by now.

five I have an OCD with things having to match

six I am always cold

seven I'm obsessed with Vampire Diaries and The Twilight Saga.

eight I have two chihuahuas... The Zeus and Nina. They seriously make me SO happy.

nine Food is a passion of mine.

ten I named my blog adenimjunkie because I own (sadly) close to 30 pairs of jeans

eleven My favorite wine is called Beverino from Ponte Winery in Temecula, CA

twelve I blog from an Apple Air

thirteen I love good ole couch days, in my comfy koozies, drinking teas and watching tv.

fourteen At night before I go to bed I usually have to watch The Nanny

fifteen I moved from Pittsburgh to Atlanta when I was 14 and from Atlanta to Tampa when I was 25. The only way I'll move again is if it's back to Atlanta. Although I do love the sunshine in the sunshine state!

Until tomorrow! Goodnight folks!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fighting Against the Grain

In an attempt to live a healthier lifestyle Michael and I decided to try a gluten free diet. If you know me well enough you know the Italian in me is a strong characteristic in my cooking. So lots of breads and pastas. But I just love food. I love cooking food, eating food, serving it and reading/talking about it. I often say that the Food Network should just give me a show where I go to restaurants and just try the food so people can watch me eat it and talk about it. Needless to say, it hasn't been easy cutting out so many of my favorite things. But back to GF...

We're going on 8 days now and it really hasn't been THAT bad. We found a decent GF bread and pasta that I approve of. And apparently, after having done a lot of research I've found that almost everyone is allergic to gluten, it just affects us all differently. I've also found that this "lifestyle" isn't easy and very expensive. My grocery bill has pretty much doubled, at least. I really don't know how people do it unless they have a money tree they water in their backyard. There is gluten in so many things, and you probably would never realize unless you tried out the diet. Gluten is hidden in the simplest everyday things like deli meat, shredded cheese, jarred tomato sauce, marinades and salad dressings, soup, sour cream, vinegars even in icecream! And so much more. Luckily, Publix Greenwise sections have been pretty helpful. I hopefully will only have to make 1 or 2 trips a month to WholeFoods for certain things.

Does it make you feel different? A lot of people have said it will give us more energy and we'll overall feel better. Well... I can't say I've noticed a difference but I do think I need to give it a little more time. The challenge has actually made me go out of my comfort zone with cooking so that part of it is cool. Usually for vegetables I'd just throw a nice salad on the table. Now I find myself cooking a lot more veggies as sides since I can't do the normal garlic bread, croissants, or pasta side.

What have I made lately? Well, since it's been chilly I've done homemade veggie soup twice so far. You have to be careful with broth though, even that has gluten hidden in it. We did pizza one night which was fun just using GF frozen pizza bread. My favorite so far has been the sesame teriyaki chicken I cooked 2 nights ago. Marinated the chicken in the GF marinade I found at Whole Foods. Then cooked and served it on a bed of white rice with steamed broccoli and cauliflower on the side. Not gonna lie, it was pretty darn good! Then last night I made a spaghetti bolognese, only I added cooked carrots, broccoli and cauliflower (left over from the night before) to the GF tomato sauce I found. It was really good! I even found GF baguettes that I spread some butter, parsley and chopped garlic on. It didn't really absorb the butter like normal bread, but it will do.

Luckily, even my favorite restaurant Roy's has a decent GF menu. So we've gone there once. Sucks my sushi roll and favorite entree aren't on the GF menu but at least my chocolate souffle IS! WOOHOO that certainly was a treat :) And Outback, where we ate on Saturday night has a good GF menu too.

As the grocery bill grows, Michael and I decided we'll will keep trying this out for a few more weeks, but eventually to save some money we won't strictly be GF. Kind of defeats the purpose but it's just way to expensive of a lifestyle. A little gluten in shredded cheese and BBQ sauce isn't going to kill us, right? And who knows, the scales don't lie... if I happen to loose some weight maybe I'll sacrifice a few trips to Nordys to keep up this diet!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Coming up for air

Since our return from Paris, it kinda feels like Michael and I have been going like the energizer bunny and just now starting to slow down. It's pretty scary as an athlete to have surgery done by a stranger you have no relationship and no trust in. So since we've been home, other than a fantastic weekend in Atlanta with my family for Thanksgiving, it's been all about making sure the surgeon in France did a good job.

We went to Jacksonville to see the team doctor and have x-rays done and that doc said everything was all good. Then earlier this week we were able to see a hand specialist in Orlando, thanks to our friend Fritz who got us in, and that doc (who spoke French and was able to actually read MB's post-op report) said we were in the clear and that yes, the surgeon did a good job. It's a frightening thing when the doctors and nurses in France because of the language barrier are saying "hopefully you will be able to ride again" and stuff. Maybe they didn't understand the level of competition Michael races in. Maybe they didn't mean to keep saying it like that. But we pretty much took it as a possible career ender which was the scariest/stressful/nightmare-ish thing that could ever happen. Now knowing Michael's going to be ALL GOOD is such a relief.

Now everything is all about the holidays! And we have to much to look forward too! This coming weekend I get to go home for a Christmas dinner with all my girls and I can't wait to see them! After I get back to Florida I'll be getting our house ready for my parents and brother to head down for Christmas. SO happy they finally get to see our new place. We've got a trip planned for Islands of Adventure and Animal Kingdom too so can't wait for that! AND THEN as if it couldn't get any better my BFF Heather and her boyfriend Caleb are going to head down for a little NYE party. ♥ ♥ Things were going pretty crappy for a while but there's always a light at the end of the tunnel!

Christmas shopping is pretty much all done. One of the coolest things was wrapping presents for Michael's side of the family because he has 6 nieces and nephews and I actually get to write "from Aunt Dani" on the gifts now! haha It's the little things....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Back on the DL


Oh Paris, how I wish I could say you were betterto us. And how I wish I had bought Rosetta Stone six months earlier.

Our trip started off pretty darn good. In our first 2 days there we were able to knock out the Louvre which was so overwhelmingly awesome and the next day the Eiffel tower.

Note to self: If you too believed the Eiffel Tower was a gift from the US to France thanking them for the Statue of Liberty, you're wrong. I could have sworn this was true. That I had been taught this in my younger years in school. But in the hotel lobby one night drinking with friends, including our Frenchman friend Sorby, I was proven wrong and that the Eiffel tower was apparently built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. Even my mom, who is fluent in French and lived there for a few years thought that same as I did.

But back to the Louvre... It was so awesome. So big. You can easily spend days in there. I had been there before, but never made it inside. Apparently it's closed on Tuesdays and that was the one day we had planned to go. So when Michael was invited to race Bercy SX I was super excited knowing I'd finally get to plan my attack on the Louvre. It would have been even better if I was with someone who appreciated the things we saw as much as I did. Bringing a dirt bike rider and his mechanic along probably wasn't the smartest idea... apparently the Mona Lisa isn't a big deal because it's a "small" painting. I guess because da Vinci painted it doesn't matter! LOL But I have to give them credit, they were good sports and walked up and down a thousands stairs all day with me.

With my electronic guide. Total tourist and I love it.

Michel and I in front of the Mona Lisa.

One of the coolest parts of the Louvre, I think, was Napoleon III apartments. Here was the 46 seater dining room table.

The inverted pyramid.

Outside the Louvre.

The second day, after we overslept until noon... Oops... we just hung out in Bercy for the day and then when our friends GL and Chelsey arrived we headed out. They aren't the touristy types so I was excited to drag them out with us on an adventure! We took the smelly metro to a mall to look around and then went to the the Eiffel Tower. It was perfect timing for photos because the tower started twinkling just when we started taking pictures. Then after photo-ops we journeyed to the top of the top. By elevator that is. No way were we walking the stairs.

Michael and I at the twinkling Eiffel Tower.

My girlfriend Chelsey and I.

So then Friday rolled around which meant game-time. The first of 3 nights racing. I was really anxious earlier in the day and during Michael's practices but after he killed it on his hot lap in the pre-show I was really at ease. Then came the elimination races which meant the riders would race 3x. The first time 5 laps and the bottom 5 riders would be dropped, then 4 laps and the bottom 3 riders would be dropped and so on and so forth. In the first set he almost had the hole shot, which means almost 1st into the 1st turn, and finished 3rd the first set of 5 laps only getting passed on the last lap. He was riding awesome! The 2nd elimination race started and he was 2nd into the 1st turn again and was riding so strong. On a jump about to pass for 3rd into a turn is where it all went wrong. Upon landing he clipped a tough-block and pretty much did a cart-wheel in the air before hitting the ground pretty hard :-( So not cool. Not the night we were looking for. Michael had been training so hard and looked better than I had seen him riding in a long time. But once again, bad luck plagues us and we're injured again.

I say "we" because I really feel for him when we has to go through these injuries and I go through them with him. It affects me just as much as him, mainly because I know he doesn't deserve it... he's an amazing rider. And it it weren't for so many injuries I know Michael would have already accomplished so much more. So it's back to rehab and when that's over I know God has really big things in store for him!!!

Anywho, after he crashed we were rushed to the ER in Paris. Not fun. Especially because no one at the first hospital spoke a lick of English. Even worse was that we had a translator with us, but the doctors kept kicking him out and then would just ramble on in French when they knew we didn't understand them. Not trusting the ER doctor we declined having surgery that night and got in contact with our surgeon in CA. But he told us the dislocated wrist couldn't wait until we came home and he recommended we have surgery in Paris. Michael had surgery the next day in a different hospital and they kept him for observations for 2 nights. It sucked leaving him every night to go back to the hotel. Between trying to speak with the doctors and nurses and getting to and from the hotel by taxi knowing more French would have totally come in handy. Now, with 6-8 on the DL ahead of us I'll have plenty of time to learn.

Funny story about our horrific experience... Michael's hospital roommate preferred to hang out commando while he laid in bed. And sometimes wasn't covered by his blanks (EWW) And wasn't shy to pass gas... really loud.

The 3 pins put in...

Now we're home... kissed the ground when we landed... and have begun therapy to get back to 100%... more updates to come...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bragging Wife

Just thought I'd share this photo of Michael in FLMX Mag this month! Pretty sick!

Friday, November 12, 2010

New Obession

I'm loving the Axxium nails from OPI. Went with my girlfriend yesterday and tried it out. For the first time ever, I've come home with a manicure and color on my nails and it hasn't chipped or smudged! Amazing. Officially addicted.

Because we're going to France next week, and its supposed to last for 2 weeks, I choose the "Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not" color hehehe

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Another way I manage to spend money...

I am super excited to be blogging about my recent Barnes & Nobles purchase!

As I mentioned a little bit ago, Michael and I get to go to France really soon. And if you've ever been there before you know not all French are that keen on English speaking tourists so I humored myself my buying the Level 1 of French Rosetta Stone. I know I'm not going to learn the language in the whole 10 or so days before we leave but I still want to give it a try. I had been meaning to buy it for awhile considering my mom's whole family speaks French plus the fact I took classes in high school and have all but forgotten "Hi my name is Danielle." Sheesh. These things aren't cheap either! I was planning on buying 1, 2, and 3 together but wasn't willing to pay $550 so I bought level 1 and told myself if I actually really get through it I'll consider paying an arm and a leg for the rest.

And because I probably won't even learn past "Hi my name is Danielle" before we leave I bought a handy dandy little French phrase book to keep in my purse at all times. When we went to Milan last year I had the Italian version and I was pretty impressed with myself at how many times I actually used it and how often it really helped! Especially when we were asking for directions or trying to read dinner menus! So, if you're traveling out of the country I highly suggest you invest in a Frommer's PhraseFinder & Dictionary book!

But MOST importantly!!! I finally got Stephenie Meyers lastest book/novella (whatevs)!!!! I'm hoping The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is just the Twilight fix I need right about now. I know, I know... where have I been? It's been out for forever... well, I was moving, planning a wedding, getting married etc etc and barely had time to sleep let alone read a book. So I will for sure be packing this along with me to France. This and another book because it's probably only going to get me through the plane ride there. Any suggestions for my 10 hours home?

K, gotta get back to cleaning! Angel, the rottie we've been watching, sheds like a mofo!

☮ Out

Friday, November 5, 2010

changing it up

doing a little nip and tucks to my blog. so sorry if you notice my extreme wishy-washyness.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Birds in a nest

One of the many reason I love my Husband (gosh I just love saying that!) is because every morning he gets out of bed (usually before me), turns on the kettle for my morning tea and he cooks me breakfast. Unless I'm at a buffet where I can sample one of everything, which is the perfect setup for me because I suffer from food envy, I usually always prefer a "birds in a nest" breakfast. What is that you ask? Why it's this...


A simple hole cut out of the middle of a piece of bread with an egg cooked in the middle. Add a cup of English Breakfast... one tsp of sugar and a splash of milk... and I'm set!

Yep, so there's my random post for the day. Happy Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Oh!

And Happy November!

Nous allons à la France!

Translation: We're going to France!

It was confirmed today that Michael will be racing in the Paris Supercross race November 19-21st! I am SO excited for him and for me because I get to tag along :-). And if you don't know me very well... I LOVE to travel! It's probably among my top 5 favorite things along with food and shopping so that's a pretty BIG. I've been to France a few times already but Michael and I have never been there together so I'm really excited to drag him to the Louvre so I can stop complaining about how I've tried numerous times to see the Mona Lisa and it's always a failed mission.

More details later... I gotta go cook some dinner! Tonight's menu... Perogies!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The DIY in Me

This is basically a bragging post on myself. hehe. (Get ready for photo overload.)

One of the major headaches of a wedding, I think, is choosing the perfect wedding invitation. I really struggled trying to find perfect stationary at the right price. And because "perfect" is hard to come by and everything I loved was way out of my price range (go figure), I took it upon myself to design our own wedding invitations. (Side note: A lot of my decision stemmed from my invitation-envy I got when I received my girlfriend Sheena's invite a year before... she did an amazing job on hers!) I must have designed 5 different invites before I was completely satisfied. I started with striped, evolved to bubbles, and ended up with swirls as my vision for our wedding slowly transformed into a whimsical, romantic wedding theme. Figured I'd share the finished product now that our wedding is over and the invitees have already received them...





I also found some pieces of the bubble invites I did. I was initially inspired by this photo...


Which led me to these invites...


Pretty cute, huh?

Then after the invitations were shipped I got a little carried away with DIYing. And I ended up creating our own guestbook, table number cards, escort wine bottles, seating cards, stickers for our cookie boxes and a sign for the cookie table! Ha! ... I think that's all?

Luckily the photographer was able to capture most of that stuff!

I went with a unique idea for a guestbook... along with our engraved photo frame, we did Madlibs! And I got some pretty interesting submissions! LOL


I made the table numbers match all of the stationary.


My wine bottle idea was a pretty big hit! I used magnum wine bottles instead of individual escort cards. They were placed on a round table so guests just walked around until they found their name and table. A few guests left with their bottles as keepsakes.


When they got to their table inside, this is what their place card looked like.


Of course my family understood why there was a cookie table at our wedding, but majority of our guests didn't so I have a little sign that explain the significance to our ode to Pittsburgh.

And I couldn't find a close-up of the cookie box stickers but they said "Sweet Dreams, Love, Danielle and Michael" on them! :)

I've always had a passion for event planning but finally getting to plan one and be involved in the details of a wedding really helped me turn my dreams/ideas into reality! I've been researching into getting certified in event planning... and hoping some of my friends get hitched soon so I can design their wedding invitations!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I love a good live singer...

I dragged Michael up to Orlando with me on Tuesday for the Sara Bareilles concert at the House of Blues. I saw her in Atlanta last year with some of my girls and all of us were blown away at how amazing she is live. The girl can sing! I was a fan before but after that concert I kind of grew into super fan. Not to mention her stage presence and personality made me wanna be her new BFF. You know those celebrities you see on television doing interviews and you say to yourself, "I could totally be friends with them..." yeah, she's one of those people.

One of my most favoritist songs of her's (and I think everyone elses too) is "Gravity" and my fav part of the song towards the end when she just belts out the most amazing note ever is goosebump worthy. It gives you the chills. Hearing this live is just amazing. It never get's old. My video isn't the clearest but you can kinda get what I'm saying.

video


Here's a few more pictures too:

Poor Michael, I made him stand in line for over an hour before the concert with me so we could get a good spot because it was general admission and no seats. Thanks for being a good sport babe!


Opening song




Being her rad self.


Highlight of the night was during the encore when she sang "Kaleidoscope Heart"



If you ever have the opportunity to see her in concert, it's worth every penny. Pinky promise.

P.S. As I blog this I'm listening to her music... and I just heard MB quietly singing along in the kitchen. Even he's a fan. But don't tell.