Saturday, April 30, 2011

Royal Wedding Obsession


Meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Married yesterday at around 11:20 London time, 6:20 our time.

My alarm sounded around 4:45 yesterday morning to signal the start of the royal wedding for me. Turning on the tv, Prince William was starting to make his way to Westminster Abbey with Harry riding along with him.  Their entrance into the church, chatting with guests along the way.

Cozied in my bed, I watched the procession of cars and then it was finally time for Kate Middleton to make her appearance. Glimpsing her in her veil in the car, it looked like a delicate lace top of her wedding dress. That ride seemed even longer than the others as the anticipation of whether she had a train or no train and other details of the dress ate away.

Emerging from the car amongst cheers and hollers from the crowd, Kate Middleton dazzled in a low cut white dress with lace sleeves followed by an 8 foot train. There it was. The dress we had all been waiting for. Gorgeous.

The moment I was waiting the most for was almost there. I wanted to see William when he saw Kate for the first time. Turns out tradition in England is that he is allowed to see her once she makes her way down the aisle and is to the alter. There he turned toward her and said (or so I gather from my lip reading skills.)"You look beautiful." Aww so precious.

For the next 10 minutes they exchanged vows where they promised to love each other until death do them part. And William placed a ring on Kte's finger but his was visibly missing. turns out William will not be wearing a wedding ring which is quite interesting. They were pronounced husband and wife, without a kiss. Because as we all knew the kiss was coming at 8:25. Wonder how that was waiting two hours to kiss your new wife/husband. 

I then took a brief nap around 6:20 until 6:50 as the rest of the ceremony finished. I awoke just in time to see them emerge from the chambers and make their way back down the aisle as husband and wife. Kate was as poised as ever and beaming. William had a brief smile here and there. 

They were then taken by carriage  to Buckingham Palace through the streets of England. All the well wishers were lining the streets cheering on the newly married couple.  

There was a brief hiatus as the couple took their official photographs inside the palace where I chose this time to hurridly get through my pre-work routine so that I would not miss that kiss. 

At exactly 8:25 Kate and William emerged onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace to millions of onlookers prompting Kate to be visibly seen saying, "Oh wow." The Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Harry, Pippa, the Middleton's and the rest of the wedding party sauntered out behind the couple. I was anticipating the kiss and then in a flash, it happened. I say flash because it was a simple quick peck on the lips. It was a weak kiss but the news casters set the stage for that all too brief kiss.

London coorespondants were just explaining a few minutes before how much William detested PDA. That is why you rarely see them kissing in public or even holding hands. He prefers that kind of affection behind closed doors without cameras. So bets were placed just how short the kiss would seeing as there were not just a few people watching but literally millions. The largest bets were on the one second kiss, which seems was the big winner.

The crowd pleaded for more though and the couple willing complied. A second kiss! This time at least 2 or 3 seconds and afterwards both look giddy and love struck. One of the best shots of the day. 

This is what made the Royal Wedding so fascinating. They are both clearly so in love with each other and so ready to be married. It was apparent in their faces all day and the way they looked at each other. (Clearly, I love love :))

It was also shown with the two kisses that they are actually quite normal. William knows he has some royal duties but also knows what he wants and is his own person. Kate is the same way. It was a very relaxed wedding where she chose the flowers on display and they both chose their own vows and music. And to even further the point of how young, in love and just like the everyday newlyweds they truly are, William and Kate left Buckingham Palace in a convertible covered with just married paraphanalia. The kind you or I would have as we drove off from our wedding. 


They then had their receptions later in the night with close friends and family. They slipped out of their formal royal wedding attire and into more comfortable outifts. I'm sure it allowed them to get their "funk" on. (Reference to a London newscaster that said "How does the US say it? Get your funk on?") 

I haven't stopped reading/watching/thinking about the Royal Wedding and Kate and William. They are just so cute and everyone loves a good fairytale. Especially me. PEOPLE, US WEEKLY, RADARONLINE, 20/20, E!, TLC. You name it, I've watched it or read it. JUST. CANT. GET. ENOUGH.

Now to see where they go on their honeymoon... 




Thursday, April 28, 2011

Modern Fairytale



So if you haven't turned on the news or basically been living in a cave then you wouldn't know what I am talking about. But chances are you do know what I'm talking about.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

It all started back in November when the engagement rumors started. They stepped out at a friends wedding looking as happy as ever and were secretly engaged. Then a week later, their engagement was annouced where Kate showed off the same engagement ring Princess Diana was given.

Then came the speculation about a date. Then the date was announced and the countdown was on. Souvenirs were made that included mugs, erasers, hats and even the quirky. Case in point: refridgerator display. Who wouldn't want the engagement picture of Kate and William across their fridge?

Every news station and talk show has shared their tidbits of information, glimpses of flowers or dresses that might appear at the wedding. The past week started the takeover of London as prepartions were finalized. We know what Kate and William have been doing their last week as bachelor/bachelorette. Spent Easter together, practied wedding variances and went their separate ways the eve before their wedding.

Tomorrow is the day. Tomorrow, Kate Middleton becomes a princess. SO. JEALOUS.


She is living every little girl's dream. Of growing up and finding their prince, getting married and becoming a princess. For the rest of the million women across the world this doesn't exist or happen. For Kate Middleton, she gets to be the one in a million when she marries a prince tomorrow morning. And I am almost certain the title of Queen will only be a few years off. 



This is basically what every Disney movie is made of. Maybe that explains why I am so caught up in this. And I am not afraid to admit it.

I want to know what dress she's wearing, the guest list and every other detail that has to do with the royal wedding. I will most definitely be one of the crazy people up at 5 am tomorrow morning just so I can watch it. I think this is such a great fairytale story and wish everyone would get up caught up in the simple joy of this wedding. The royal wedding.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bunnies, Candy, Eggs!


Happy Easter!

Some of my Easter activities occured on the eve of Easter...





FINISHED PRODUCT!!



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Mom


Today is my mom's birthday. She would have been the young age of 54. She would love nothing more for me to post all these pictures here for all to see ;)

Little Donna Rush


The children

the 3 of us
50th birthday

It still hurts she spends her birthdays in Heaven now. And to think it's only the 3rd of many birthdays I wil be wishing I could call her to wish her a happy birthday. Continuation of many birthday flowers not sent, but placed on a grave.  But I will always give her a happy birthday because I know she's listening and looking down. In between her birthday drinks and dancing of course.

So Mom,
I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday in Heaven.

Enjoy your ice cream cake and pretending it isn't your birthday.

You were always so good at that.

And have an extra drink for me.

I love you everyday and miss you everyday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!




Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Alpha Xi Delta Weekend!!


Friday night: Dinner and Bowling with a few sister.

me bowling.

Saturday:
ALPHA XI DELTA FOUNDER'S DAY!


The alumni

Me and my big

Went to the movies and saw Arthur: hilarious.
recoveened for dinner and fun.


We became groupies. Jess was our new best friend.


Seriously so thankful for my AXID fam.


And on Sunday, my weekend ended as follows...
Seeing this guy.

and getting this kitty to love me again because I left her for 2 days.


It was such a great weekend and nice to be away with some great sister :)



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Feline Rules


I stumble upon the most random things sometimes. Yesterday, I found this. It so fits my spoiled kitties life.

 FELINE RULES OF LIFE (read here)

Some of my favorites:

DOORS: Do not allow closed doors in any room. To get door opened, stand on hind legs and hammer with forepaws. Once door is opened, it is not necessary to use it. After you have ordered an outside door opened, stand halfway in and out and think about several things. This is particularly important during very cold weather, rain, snow or mosquito season. Swinging doors must be avoided at all costs.

BATHROOMS: Always accompany guests to the bathroom. It is not necessary to do anything. Just sit and stare.


RULES OF HAMPERING:

A: When supervising cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the cook. You cannot be seen and thereby stand a better chance of being stepped on and then being picked up and comforted.

C: For knitting projects or paperwork, lie on the work in the most appropriate manner so as to obscure as much of the work or at least the most important part. Pretend to doze, but every so often reach out and slap a pencil or knitting needle. The worker may try to distract you; ignore it; remember, the aim is to hamper work. Embroidery and needlepoint projects make great hammocks in spite of what humans may tell you

WALKING: As often as possible, dart quickly and as close as possible in front of the human, especially on stairs, when they have something in their arms, in the dark, and when they first get up in the morning. This will help their coordination skills.


If you own a cat, you too will find this easy to understand and equally funny. Because it is SO TRUE. Love my Lily but it's true, she runs the house. The queen.


~These aren't my thoughts, they're my cat walking on the keyboard.~




Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Song of the Day


Definitely a perfect song for the icky, rainy day today. Also, it is definitely majority of what I will be doing today :)


 



Sunday, April 10, 2011

Restless


Lately, I have been so restless. As if I was in a cage and want out. Ever feel that way?

I'm not sure if I have just been stuck in a rut for awhile or what it is. But I want to rememdy this ASAP. It's just not a good feeling. Maybe I need some new hair. My hair has changed quite frequently since about 8th grade. My mom blessed me with some highlights and the obsession never stopped. 

Every so often I get a new hairstyle and switch it up. I also switch up the hair color. Colors of hair I have had : red, blonde, platinum blonde (yea I won't be revisiting that one) black, dark brown, light brown. Hmmm. I'm sure there are others. Short hair, long hair, layers, no layers, side bangs, straight bangs, no bangs. I have had it all. 

So maybe it's the hair that needs to be changed. Or maybe I need to switch states? I mean I have lived in the same one for 24 years, maybe it's time to experience a new one. One with sun and warm air. Moving anywhere in general could also be the fix. I have been in limbo on this for awhile so I guess it just needs to happen.

Then again it could be the endless winter we are experience that is making me feel this way. Come on Mother Nature, it IS April. 40 degree weather just isn't cutting it anymore. Bring on the 50s and 60s please. 

Then I am back to who knows. No one I guess. 

Now that I have been all over the place with this post, I will leave it with a quote that might describe my feeling.




"Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, "Why me?", then a voice answers "Nothing personal, your name just happened to come up."-Charles M. Schulz



Friday, April 8, 2011

Let's Go Yankees!


Proud to be a born and raised New York Yankees fan :)
And I am super excited baseball season is back in action!

Tuesday night was my first game of the season and let me tell you, it was a chilly one. And even if they lost in the last few innings....it was a great start to baseball season.

It was my cousin, Heather's, first Yankees game and I am so glad we have brought another Yankee fan into the family. She really enjoyed the game despite the freezing temps. So much so we already have tickets for another game in May. Free Yankee flower pot included. Look at her all excited!


We arrived even before gates opened so many pictures were taken.


A visit to monument park was a must. 


Once we took our seats it was apparent I wasn't going to get through this 3 hour game without some extra layers. Commence blanket/glove searching. Here was my savior for the night.

See ya May 24!

~The essence of the Yankees is that they win. From in front or from behind, they win. And that's why the history of the New York Yankees is virtually the history of baseball~