Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Drama, Drama, Drama

Well, now that the dust is mostly settled - let me tell you about the wedding drama that unfolded the last week of 2015! Let's start with a little background:

January 2015:
The hunt for a wedding venue was in full force! We were excited to start planning after the holidays had ended and were open to all the options and dates in 2015, and possibly 2016! We came across The Lake House, and thought it was a great fit. They had grand plans to renovate, and we liked what they had planned. Scott's brother and wife picked a venue that was not built yet when they got married and it worked out great! We'd be fine. We loved what the Lake House offered, and signed a contract for a May 2016 wedding.

July 2015:
Knowing that the venue planned to open in Sept. 2015, we drove by to see the construction progress. There was none. 
We called the manager, who let us know that they had to rebid the job and were planning to open April 2016. Construction would now be done in December.

Scott was skeptical, but I kept saying we'd be fine. However. Where there is smoke, there is fire...

December 2015:
We drove by on 12/28, almost 5 months out from the wedding. We drove into the parking lot and saw -- a pile of rocks and half a wall. Shocked, frustrated, and disappointed, we reached out to the manager and asked for information. A few hours later, a phone call confirmed our event was cancelled. Happy New Year! 

On the upside, I am so lucky to have the best sister, bridesmaids, and friends who swiftly called around to find some options for venues with the date open. It was such a relief to know we could keep our wedding date!! 

January 2016:
Jan 1 and 2 - we visited three venues, and picked a new spot!  
We are so excited to start planning the details of our wedding at The North House! 

While the biggest stress was not knowing if we had to change our date, we would have worked through it.  This is just one bump in the road for us, and we came out on top. The most important thing is the guy at the end of the aisle and our future together! 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Weekend Update | Pixar, Rain, and the Hateful Eight

2016 is in full swing! After so much down time over the holidays, it was rough to be at work for a full week. We ended the week with a fun dinner out with Lauren and Jerry at a local fave- The Publick House.  

Saturday - we got our butts in gear with an AM workout. Scott went for a run and I did a Tone It Up workout at home. After that - we headed out to the Museum of Science. They have had a Behind the scenes of Pixar exhibit since summer. Naturally we waited until the last weekend it was in town. Ha!

The exhibit was really cool. The HUGE downside was that it was so crowded. It was a weekend, so I expected it, but I think they over fill it to make $$$. Sad, because its hard to enjoy all the awesome videos and interactive pieces because there are so many people. 

This interactive piece let you play with lighting to see how subtle changes altered the look and feel of the room. 

Clay models are one step in the animation process. 

Pixar is an amazing machine that produces awesome films. SO MUCH WORK goes into everything they put out!  It is insane to think that such a rough sketch turns into a polished piece of digital animation. 

There were a ton of models of characters, but I love this little lady's presence. She doesn't take $hit from anyone, and is clearly the master of her craft.  

More interactive stations where you learn about how 3D shapes are used to make objects in films.

After the museum, we took the T a few stops over to Haymarket. We checked out the new Public Market in town, and it is AWESOME. It smelled so good and has a ton of great vendors from around the state, RI and even VT. 

Craft beer! 

Q's Nuts! 

A sampling of the variety of vendors

This place smelled the best - they were making cider donuts! yummmmm. 

We ended the afternoon with a drink downtown before heading over to Cambridge to meet up with a former co worker of Scott's who was in town visiting family. 

Sunday: what a rainy, dreary day. 
We hit the ground running (cycling) with a workout date with Lauren at The Handle Bar. 
There are a ton of indoor cycling studios to pick from - soul cycle, flywheel, etc. But Handle Bar is the best in town. The instructor is so full of energy and really pumps you up to give it all you got, and make the most of the class. It's definitely a challenge and you sweat a TON. We are hooked, and looking at buying a 10 class passes. (Any amount of classes is a great gift idea!) 

After the Handle Bar, we chilled at home before I got motivated to go grocery shopping. Bad timing, since it was literally raining sideways as I walked from the car to the store. Whoops. 

Next up - an afternoon movie. We had heard that The Hateful Eight was good - if you like Quentin Tarantino. Ever since Inglourious Basterds , I've had an appreciation for Tarantino's style. It is graphic and sometimes disgusting, but he has an interesting way of bringing comedy to a death scene.  If you like Tarantino - I'd recommend checking it out!