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Monday, June 18, 2012


Isn't this a gorgeous photo? The gown is beautiful, but I actually love all the clutter–it's so honest and intimate. 


A review of this weekend falls short without a quick update on the week that proceeded it–with our great friends in town, there was more adventure packed into every evening than we usually see all weekend! Baseball games, craft beer flights and warm weather were all on hand, and I was enjoying myself immensely until a violent but blessedly brief bit of food poisoning left me curled up in the bathroom on Wednesday night and laying in bed on Thursday. I took it easy on Friday, but after such a rough few days, I simply wasn't in the mood for our customary Indian feast. Instead, John very sweetly enjoyed Dino nuggets and flat ginger ale with me while we watched The Dilemma and turned in early. 

After close to twelve hours of sleep, I woke up feeling close to myself on Saturday morning–but was still slow to get excited about eating! I made a poached egg on white toast, while John dug into a much more interesting vegan scramble, and I cautiously drank a little tea and freshly squeezed orange juice. While John practiced, I caught up on all the lovely things I'd missed this week, and eventually we decided to break for a little nap–one of the things John doesn't mind indulging in when I don't feel well. A little while later our friend Mark came over for afternoon cocktails, and after he and John threw back a few gin favorites (the classic Martini, a Corpse Reviver No. 2, a Mississippi Mule and a Bee's Knees), I was finally ready for my favorite Indian dishes. We settled in with takeout and started catching up on Mad Men–we have at least a half dozen episodes left to watch! 

John was up early for a brunch shift at Zero Zero; I decided to take it easy until he called to let me know he was actually there 8 hours early, and would be working that evening! I jumped into a pair of jeans and met him in Hayes Valley for croissants and caffeine in the parklet outside Arlequin. We headed back to John's favorite studio so that he could practice and I could get a little work done, and eventually I decided to make the most of my recent stomach troubles by going swimsuit shopping! I headed to the Patagonia store, braving Hyde's wild hills, and snagged a black bikini perfect for activities a bit more strenuous than sunbathing. Then I headed home to practice a little yoga, clean up and put things in order before the new week.


Tell me, what were you up to this weekend? And what are you reading so far this summer? I've already started loading my Kindle with new books for our vacation, and I'd absolutely love your advice!


29 comments:

  1. I can't stop staring at the dress. It's is beautiful <3

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  2. Oh gosh, food poisoning is the worst. I have yet to get it (knock on wood), but my dormmate got sick with it our freshman year and it was crazy how sick she got. Ugh. Happy to hear you are feeling better and got to enjoy some Indian food :) I have so many books to recommend but I dont really know what you gravitate towards reading wise so I'll give a couple light reads:

    Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith
    Emma Brown by Clare Boylan

    I guess those are really "light" reads but they are good :)

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  3. Love that gown, and love Adam Barnes' photography!
    So sorry to hear that you've been so sick :( Though I'm glad you're doing better and made the best of it. I hope you keep taking it easy for a few days!
    As for books, you know I'm going to suggest Mrs. Kennedy and Me! I can't speak about it highly enough :)

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  4. Yikes! Glad you're feeling better (and what a wise woman, to go swimsuit shopping after being dehydrated! lol)

    My weekend was expensive. I had a bad week last week, and partook in a bit of retail therapy. :]

    I'm thinking about reading The Law of Dreams again when school is out, but my summer reading list include Rules of Civility and The Host. (don't judge!)

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  5. I started reading I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson on the beach yesterday & it's a great read. Have a fabulous week~

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  6. Oh no! Your bout of food poisoning sounds awful. But I'm glad you turned it into a positive by going swimsuit shopping at the end. Ha! Love that. As for reading, I'm almost finished with The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It's good--thought-provoking, motivating, interesting. A good summer read for sure.

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  7. what a gorgeous dress. glad you found the perfect black bikini! I'm not a big reader but Ed just finished up Good to Great and gave it 2 thumbs up.

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  8. I hate food poisoning (who doesn't) it always seems to hit at the wrong time! As for books, have you ever read prodigal summer by Barbara Kingsolver? One of my all time favorites (and it follows the summer season, so it makes a great fair-weather read).

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  9. Glad you're feeling better, Lena!

    That is a BEAUTIFUL photo!

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  10. Urgh. So sorry. I hope you're one hundred percent soon.

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  11. glad you made the best of the whole wrong shift situation-

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  12. Ugh so sorry you got food poisoning Lena. It just has to be the worst of things I'm sure of it. Glad you are feeling better though!

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  13. Please let me know what you're putting on your Kindle for vacation! We leave for the beach on Saturday and getting books for my Nook needs to happen so I have plenty of beach reading :)

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  14. Oh goodness, food poisoning is the worst - glad you're feeling better!

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  15. sorry you were sick this weekend! dino nuggets make everything better ;)

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  16. Ugh. Sorry to hear about the food poisoning my dear. Always such an exhausting thing on the body. Glad to hear you're all rested up and feeling better. John sounds like the sweetest.

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  17. Food poisoning is the pits - so not fun. On the other hand, the dress photo is beautiful and yes, love how it is in a "real" setting - very cute!

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  18. Oh no- hope you are feeling better now! xo

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  19. As far as summer reads go (for your upcoming vaca and all), I really enjoyed Something Borrowed. Maybe you've read it, I'm not sure. I know they made a movie about it not too long ago with Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin. I loved it and I think it's the perfect, light beach read!

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  20. Whoa...that dress is a stunner. I've always loved dress shots!

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  21. I absolutely love that dress!

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  22. Ooh sorry you've been feeling so bad... no fun at all. Glad you're feeling better, though... and that there was a little bit of a silver lining!

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  23. Food poisoning, yikes! So sorry my dear. Glad you are feeling better though. I'm such a baby with stomach nausea--I likely would have been strung out for a solid week!

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  24. oh no! so sorry to hear about your bout with food poisoning - hope you're feeling close to back to normal now!

    i was thinking of you today, wondering how your wedding plans are going. we should get together for cocktails soon!

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  25. ok maybe THIS is the dress i love. haha. ahh i love mississippi mules!!

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  26. Sorry t hear you weren't well! Hopefully you're 100% again now.

    I've been a little absent from blogland lately as my work, theatre studies etc have been consuming my every moment. I'm trying to make the time for more blogging again!!

    ~ Clare x

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  27. I love this photo! So pretty!

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