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Tuesday, August 31

I had seen the beautiful pieces The Silver Maple offers before, but today when their jewelry was featured on Fit Bottomed Girls, I fell in love with them all over again.

I'm working on making this true.

I'd love this for bragging rights once I get a few more events under my belt.

Fit Bottomed Girls is also hosting a giveaway of the Running Makes Me Happy necklace above. You should go enter if it's your style.
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Monday, August 30

It's been a while since I've shared what's been going on in our kitchen. Here's what we had for dinner last night; recipe from Real Simple.

Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 20m | Total Time: 45m


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup (about 2 ounces) crumbled Feta


  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Drizzle 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a roasting pan. Remove the zest from the lemon in thin strips; set aside. Thinly slice the lemon. Place half the slices in the pan. 
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry with paper towels. Place it on top of the lemon slices and season with 1/8 teaspoon of the salt.
  3. Slice each zucchini in half lengthwise, then slice each half into 1/4-inch-thick half-moons. In a bowl, combine the zucchini, parsley, pepper, and the remaining oil, lemon slices, and salt; toss. Spread the zucchini mixture around the chicken and sprinkle the Feta over the top.
  4. Roast until the chicken is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer it to a cutting board and cut each piece into thirds. Divide the chicken, zucchini mixture, and lemons among individual plates and sprinkle with the zest.
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Thursday, August 26

Tomorrow, the Mister and I will be attending a memorial service and wake for our dear friend, Jay. He will be truly missed. It's still so shocking that he's gone.

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Monday, August 23

This morning when I got online, I was stunned to learn that a friend had been shot and killed in his home yesterday morning. I've sitting in my office in shock, just trying to process that someone whom I was laughing and making dinner plans with just last week at a party is now no longer with us. The Mister and I were supposed to have this friend over for dinner tomorrow. And no one had any way of knowing, so goodbye wasn't even an option.

I just can't believe this has happened. It's easy to say that life is short and to treasure it, but it's also easy to lose sight of that. Things like this are sharp reminder.
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Wednesday, August 18

'Tis the season of weddings. Aside from our own, the Mister and I will be attending a total of four other weddings this year. The first one took place two weeks ago, and I wanted to share photos of the happy couple, Amy and Patrick. (You  may remember me introducing you to them a year ago.)

Unfortunately, I didn't have the foresight to take pictures of the wedding details. They were married at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and had a beautiful reception at the Capitol City Club. And the evening ended with a candy bar, themed all in blue.

**All photos are personal photos.**
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Over the last few weeks, I've been a pretty lucky lady because I've received these two t-shirts as gifts.

 This one was a gift from my buddy Rob. The chemical symbol is for caffeine; he was making fun of my coffee addiction. I also sent one of these to Miss Kate, as we share a love for Starbucks.

This was a birthday gift from my brother and sister-in-love. (Did I mention that my birthday was Saturday?) Organic cotton and French phrases - they know me too well.
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Tuesday, August 17

Emily and Kate's mom emailed some photos from the trip, so I'm sharing them with all my lovely readers.

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Today marks four months since the wedding. That went by quickly.
Photo by Chi Photography

This has been my favorite love song for us lately:

P.S. Go wish Happy 4 Months to Laura at Happy Hour with a Housewife. She and her husband got married the same day we did.
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Friday, August 13

On Friday afternoon, we went shopping. I don't have photos to show you from shopping, but let's just say we spent a lot of money and went on  search for a very elusive MAC Pro store.
That evening, we all had dinner Katz Deli, which is where Meg Ryan's infamous orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally was filmed. (On a side note, I've never actually seen that movie. I've seen that scene, but not the movie. We determined during the trip that I haven't seen most of the famous New York City movies.)

After dinner, we went to the Empire State Building to see the city from the observation deck. Tip, go at night. I'm sure the view is amazing during the day, but at night it's breath-taking.

By the way, I've mentioned before that we stayed very close to Madison Square Garden, so we walked back to the hotel from the Empire State Building. It was CRAZY through there because Lady Gaga played at Madison Square Garden that evening.
The next morning we visited the Modern Museum of Art before heading off for more shopping.

The was probably my favorite exhibit: Wish Tree by Yoko Ono

After a long day of shopping, we ladies took the subway down to SoHo to walk around. We wound up having dinner at Fanelli's Cafe, which is apparently the 2nd oldest restaurant in New York City. It's been open since1847. We didn't know that when we decided to eat there; we were just hungry.
A really cool thing happened while we were there; we saw Willie Garson, who plays Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City. He was kind of enough to take a photo with me and chat for a few minutes.

After dinner, we finished our sightseeing up by finding Carrie's apartment. I would have loved to get a photo of us girls sitting on the steps, but the building is privately owned, and they had the steps roped off.

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**Unless noted, all photos are personal photos**
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Favorite Fridays

Jen's right in the middle of a move on top of all the other summertime activities; so, this week, she's asking about favorite ways to relax.

For me, this is pretty simple. Since my husband has a massage table and took a form of deep-tissue massage as part of his martial arts training, a massage is my first choice for de-stressing. Unfortunately, he's not always up for breaking out the massage table.

So my second choice a glass of red wine with some good television on DVD. My choice lately has been Grey's Anatomy, which I just started watching last season (I had no idea what I was missing). I have bought seasons 1-3 on DVD so far to get caught up, and I've hinted strongly to my Mister that seasons 4 and 5 would make a great birthday gift.

If you want to play along, click on the button at the top of the page to link up with Jen's blog.
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Thursday, August 12

I've determined that I'm horrible at actually doing the recap posts. I still haven't finished my wedding posts and it's been almost four months. But I wanted to go ahead and finish up the recaps from my New York City trip with the girls.

More views from the double-decker bus tour on Thursday:

On Friday, we walked around Central Park in the morning before taking the Sex and the City On Locations Tour.

Having all that green space right in the middle of the city was surreal. The park was really peaceful. On my next trip to the city, I'd really like to spend more time there.

The tour was a lot of fun, and our guide was very funny. It gave me a new perspective on one of my favorite shows. And the most of the tour is taken on an air-conditioned buses, which was really nice since it was hotter in NYC than at home in South Carolina.

 The Pleasure Chest is where the girls went to buy the infamous Rabbit.

 Inside Budakan, the restaurant where Carrie and Big held their rehearsal dinner in the first movie.

 This is the street that Magnolia Bakery is on. The street itself just reminded me of the show.

Inside of Steve's bar, Scout. The bar itself is actually called Onieals, and it's been open since 1909. The only thing they changed for the show was putting a banner on the sign.

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**Unless noted, all photos are personal photos**
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