This was the first year that I held a Christmas get-together with my friends Emily and Bronwyn. I cooked my legendary wiener schnitzel, along with a kale salad and mashed potatoes. Emily brought this amazing bouquet from Bering Flowers which replaced the original flowers that I had on the table. I was so grateful for such a beautiful gift! As everyone who follows my instagram knows, I LOVE fresh flowers. Bronwyn baked the most AMAZING gingerbread cake which was absolutely delicious! Nick and I ate that cake for the entire weekend. So grateful for such a wonderful dessert! Great food, great flowers, and great friends!
As for the decorations, I got everything from Marks and Spencer (unfortunately it all went out of stock the day after Christmas.) The dessert plates, the matching platter, the tablecloth, napkins, even the cute little Christmas water glasses…all from England. I bought most of it in Edinburgh and carried it all back in the suitcase, but when I got home I ordered the tablecloth, napkins, and a second platter (it’s just so cute…I needed a back-up in case it breaks!) I’m so happy with my new Christmas table setting!
We have two cats…Mr. Red and Mrs. Grey. But Mr. Red is the cat who stands still for photos…so…of course…he gets featured all the time!
Nick did stand-up at Comedy Zoo in early December. I was the proud wife sitting in the front row laughing a bit too loud at every joke. It was a great evening and I can’t wait for Nick to get the chance to perform at the venue again!
I ONLY buy sweaters when they are on sale. I never pay full price. I got this sweater from Tommy Hilfiger at Macy’s for $30 last January. But I forgot about it! So the other day I was going through my box of sweaters and found it, and it’s so gorgeous. So now I have a cheap new sweater to get me through a bit of the Copenhagen cold. This sweater needs to become a ‘House Sweater’, aka a sweater I wear curled up around the house. $30 is my price point for ‘House Clothes’ or clothes that will get ruined by cats and cooking. But right now, it’s still so new and so nice I haven’t worn it around the cats yet.
Always judge people on their actions.
Remember, most people are liars (even good people lie to protect themselves), so never take words at face value.
A man knows within 90 days of the beginning of a relationship EXACTLY where the relationship will go. He has it already planned out. He knows if you’re his wife, he knows if you’re his ‘stringer girl’, he knows if you’re one of his side plates, etc etc. He has even picked out the reason for dumping you (men will choose a woman with a flaw…just to use that flaw later on in the relationship as an escape route…make no mistake…they chose you precisely for this flaw so they wouldn’t have to commit.)
If he hasn’t mentioned marriage within 90 days of the first date…RUN.
My Dad proposed to my Mom after 3 months. She refused, broke up with him, and ran off to Germany. He waited until she got back, then married her.
When a man wants to marry you, he will marry you.
After the second date, Nick would regularly plan out his wedding speech based upon our silly email conversations. I figured since he had the wedding speech written by our 4th date, there was going to be a wedding.
They always know.
If a man says ‘Ha! I’m never getting married!’ Then you simply walk away and leave him to his life of pathetic loneliness. And laugh 🙂 Always laugh 🙂
There’s a few ‘Black Swan’ exceptions to this rule—Autistic dudes…but even the exceptions to this Rule can EASILY be dragged to the alter. You just have to tell them ‘We’re getting married’ and then it’s fine.
I’ve heard stories…mythical stories…of men who live with women for years upon end and have kids and live like married couples without being actually married.
Well…I say these stories are ‘Mythical’ because I’ve known some of these couples:
Couple A: was actually married, before the kids, before two years a dating, they just didn’t tell anyone. Why? I don’t know. Well they told me so, I guess a lot of people knew. But if you asked her on the street she would say ‘No, we’re not married.’
Couple B: Man was cheating on his wife/girlfriend/whatever, and they essentially had an open-marriage. 3 Kids, totally cheating. I’m not sure she knew…but my hunch was that she does know and is totally cool with it.
Couple C: Old Hippy couple, both not particularly attractive. And this leads to my one and only Exception to the Rule:
The only time you can stay years and years with a guy and have kids with him and pretend to be married without being married…is if….*drumroll*
He’s not attractive enough to get anyone else.
That is the only time I’ve seen those relationships work. If the couple is just not that physically attractive…then they tend to stick together because…What other options do they have? No one else is going to fuck them!
But I think we all have higher aspirations than that. So get married.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Yupp! Well said, Bible!
I bought this entire set (bunny cups, plates, mugs, and a tablecloth) from Laura Ashley in London when Nick and I went all the way back in May? June? I don’t remember! Finally I held a small brunch to use them. You will see much more of the bunny plates come Spring, as now it is November and I’m switching over to my Christmas plates 😉 But I wanted to put these photos up before I forget.
I got this entire outfit at the Designers Remix Sample Sale in Copenhagen! The sweater was 400DKK and the pants 250DKK. It was a great deal, especially when you consider how expensive things are in Scandinavia. It’s a super ‘cozy’ look. I won’t lie, I haven’t worn the pants since I took these photos. But I have worn the sweater 6 times in the past 2 weeks. My friend, blogger Luxury Underpass, has a post up on wearing an item at least 30 times. Well, this sweater is currently at 8 and I bought it beginning of October. I love the entire look and I will wear the pants some more!