My Lovely Bridal Shower: Part 1

Sunday morning, I woke up easily at 6am and put on my running clothes to head out for nice easy run. I ran 16 miles the day before so I was just looking to keep the legs fresh.  So, I went out for an easy 4 miles. I would have gladly done 6-8, but it was hot and I didn’t want to overdo it. When I got home, I showered, worked on some wedding stuff, and did a couple things around the house.  It was barely 8am! I love waking up early and getting things done so early.

I was a little tired, though, so I ran down to Dunkin’ Donuts for my usual: Iced hazelnut coffee with cream and sugar. I went home and debated going to church, but decided that with such a long day ahead of me that I would relax at home, drink my coffee and paint my nails. I even texted my cousin/MOH to tell her “I feel like I just did a dry run of my wedding morning. Up early, run, shower, coffee and then head to the salon to get ready. hahaha lol I’m a crazy person.” Thank God she loves me and deals with my crazy texts.

Not long after I got home from Dunkin’ Donuts, I realized my breathing was getting bad. I had a mini asthma attack last weekend and was having trouble breathing Saturday night, so I was kind of used to it. I remained calm, continued to drink my coffee, took my inhaler and some allergy meds, and waited for something to kick in.

2 hours later, my breathing started to get really bad.  So, I headed to the Urgent Care Center hoping to get a breathing treatment and head to my bridal shower. Luckily, on a Sunday afternoon the place was dead. Of course I was all dressed up for my shower and I told them I was supposed to be there soon. They immediately got my paperwork and got me into a room so the doctor could see me. I was still pretty calm and just concentrating on breathing. I sent out a few texts to let some people know my status and was pretty confident I would be in and out in no time.

The doctor came in and almost immediately got me going on a breathing treatment machine.

IMG_1872I made a joke when I posted this picture on Instagram asking if my hair was ok. I finished the breathing treatment and still was  not breathing any better. This is when the doctor started talking about my options and about going to the E.R. So, I started crying. I don’t even know why I was crying. At this point I couldn’t breathe and wasn’t even concerned about missing the shower. I think I was more concerned in trying to decide if I should go to the E.R. or not. I wasn’t hyperventilating or wheezing but I definitely was not breathing normally and was afraid at any moment it was going to be a full on attack.

Eventually, the doctor decided to give me a steroid shot (in my butt!!! holy ouch!!!) and called in a new inhaler to see if that would work. If it didn’t, I had to go to the E.R. immediately. He even looked up the closest E.R.’s that were close to my shower location so that if I needed to go, I knew where the closest one was. Before I left, I was a mess, and was starting to hyperventilate from crying and breathing. I was told to limit my talking for the day. Ummm yeah, that’s kind of hard when you are the center of attention at a shower. Once they calmed me down, they let me leave, but said they were calling to check on me in a few hours and needed me to answer to give them an update. If I went to the E.R. I needed to call and let them know as well. I think I gave them a pretty good scare.

Is it possible to register for a new set of lungs? I’ll take 2

Immediately when I left the Urgent Care I called Ryan to give him an update. I could already tell by his voice that he was worried. The update wasn’t the greatest but the plan was to remain calm, pick up my inhaler, go home, and wait 20 minutes to see if I calmed down and if I could breathe. I told Ryan to call my Mom to fill her in and fill in my cousin/MOH who was having quite the stressful day. I also was in serious need of fixing my makeup.

The time was now 1:45pm and my lovely shower was slated to start at 2pm…on the other side of town. What had started out as such a nice, normal, relaxing morning had spiraled into complete craziness and a chance that I wouldn’t make my own bridal shower. Going through my mind was: “What happens if I can’t make my own shower?” “Will Ryan take over for me?” “Will Ryan have to meet me at the E.R.?” “Will the guests have lunch, mingle and call it a day?” “Am I the worst bride ever?” “AM I REALLY GOING TO MISS THIS PERFECT BRIDAL SHOWER THAT MY COUSIN/MOH IS THROWING US?”

In the meantime, Ryan was at the shower, greeting guests, attempting to remain calm and told my mother and close friends “My worst nightmare is that she won’t make it and I’ll have to open presents by myself up there.”

To think that days before my only concern was a chance of rain or a thunderstorm that was predicted.


Erie Marathon Training Weeks 1 & 2

Nothing like starting off a new training plan with being sick, having to skip a long run and rearranging your training plan. I’ve combined training weeks 1 and 2 because they were both crazy. I imagined that this would be an interesting training cycle since I am nearing the end of wedding planning, getting married and going on a honeymoon. I didn’t imagine getting sick the first week.

Week 1: Sick and skipped long run 😦

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 30 Minute spin & conditioning
Wednesday: Speedwork, 1 mile WU, 8-400s, 1.5 mile CD. I thought 400s might be easier than 800s and change up my speedwork for a week. I was wrong, they were really hard.
Thursday: 3 miles before work, 4 miles after
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 5K and 1.5 mil WU, ran 2 more miles on the treadmill=6 total for the day

Just about to lose the lead
Just about to lose the lead

Sunday: 6 mile run. Supposed to be a long run and ended up being too sick 😦

Total Mileage: 23.5

Week 2: Sick, spa day and IT band problems

Monday: Rest/slept all day because I thought I had strep throat and was dying
Tuesday: Still sick but ran 5 miles on the treadmill.
Wednesday: Went to the spa after work to use a gift card that was burning a hole in my pocket. Played flag football and didn’t mess up my pedi.
Thursday: 25 min spin before work, 6 mile run, sand vball game.
Friday: 2 mile run in the morning, followed by 3 sets of 10 burpees & 30 second plank. My favorite workout to do last week.

New Workout
New Workout

Saturday: 12 mile run. I wanted to do 14-16 but my IT band was bothering my from mile 4 on so I cut it short instead of making it worse. I followed it up a 2 hour bike ride. We rode our bikes to breakfast on Saturday.

Breakfast at BonBon
Breakfast at BonBon

Sunday: 3.33 mile run by myself, 2.3 mile run with Ryan on some trails, an hour and 20 minute bike ride and lots of kolo dancing. My calves are killing me today!

Kolo Dancing
Kolo Dancing

Total Mileage: 30.63

I’m taking today as a rest day and hopefully making my IT band less cranky and then hitting the track for some speedwork tomorrow. Assuming the IT band behaves itself, I’m planning on running a half marathon this weekend.


Wedding Update: I’ve been a busy girl.

Overall, I am extremely happy with how everything is turning out and how well planned everything is going so far. My plan “get as much as I can done early in the year” plan is working out perfectly. Next weekend will be my 6 week mark, which according to wedding planning sites and timelines, things get kinda crazy. Instead, I have it all under control.

However, instead of stressing out about invitations, assembling, addressing, stamping, etc. I did a little bit here and there and before I knew it I was done! They were completed about a month before they actually needed to go out.

Hiding our last names because I like to make my stalkers work hard.
Hiding our last names because I like to make my stalkers work hard.
The whole invitation set
The whole invitation set

And before anyone thinks I am completely crazy and hole punched a million holes to make the belly band (belly band=thingy that hold the invitation and pieces together). I had this nifty hole puncher and punched it on about 2 inch strips of paper. TaDa!

Nifty hole puncher
Nifty hole puncher

Then they had to sit on the floor for a month because I didn’t want to mail them too early.

That's a lot of invites.
That’s a lot of invites.

Other things that have been completed are:

  • Flower Girl dress ordered and after having to switch vendors. I love the second dress even more.
  • Changed our first dance song but I’ll explain that in another post.
  • Bridesmaids dresses are in! I never really had a chance to see them in person until they were in and I love them. phew! They are pink, obviously, but I didn’t know if they would be hot pink, purply pink or coral pink. They are perfect and exactly what I pictured.
  • Finally, decided on a guest book, one that made my Mother and I both happy. (I really liked the finger print ones but she did not. With over 400 guests it’s kind of hard to do anyways)
  • Ryan and I picked out church music and started picking out “must play” songs for the DJ. Personal favorites are “Shout” and “Footloose”. Although, I talked Ryan into adding “Low” and “Country Grammar”. Hopefully those are played after the Bakas leave.
  • Picked out wedding bands. It was a lot easier than I expected. We both knew exactly what we wanted.
  • I had my first dress fitting and fell in love with my dress all over again. I especially love it bustled and I had no idea how the bustle would look when I ordered the dress. I did discover that the jewelry I planned on wearing didn’t really go. Good thing I took my jewelry with me to try on with my dress.
  • Found a ring bearer pillow! I didn’t want one of the tradition satin pillows and almost didn’t have a pillow instead. After searching on Etsy, I found one that I love! However, I am not going to show you til the wedding. I’m mean like that.
  • I got my shoes. It took me awhile to find a pair I liked and I was very limited. I needed a 2-3/4 length heel because that’s what I was measured in when I ordered my dress. I also needed them to be pink, which I couldn’t find so I had them dyed. They are perfect. Contact Parisxox on Etsy if you want yours done. Very fast turn around. Local shops in the area wanted me to buy their shoes to dye but they didn’t have the heel height I needed.
  • I found a cute mother of the bride and mother of the groom gift also on etsy. Pretty sure the gift will make them both cry but it’s really cute.
  • Garter-Found on Etsy. Think antique/bling.
  • Bridesmaids gifts-parts of them I got on Etsy but can’t give it away because some of my bridesmaids read this!

Are you seeing the Etsy trend here. I found so many great wedding items there. I was looking for some special touches and to make the wedding a little different from a traditional wedding.

Coming up next:

  • Picking out readings for mass and meeting with the priest one last time before the rehearsal.
  • Last dress fitting and hair and make-up trial. I’m doing them on the same day so I’ll have an idea what I’ll look like on our wedding day.
  • Wedding Shower– my cousin/matron of honor is absolutely amazing. If she didn’t have kids of her own I’d owe her my first born.
  • Finishing my “cork project“. Yet another thing I won’t show you til after the wedding but very exciting about this added touch.
  • Adding ribbon to the bubbles. I actually almost forgot about the bubbles! The bubbles were cheaper without ribbons so I bought my own and am tying them on.
  • Ripping out my hair. Oops I mean making the seating chart. Just waiting on all the RSVPs to start that one.
  • Bachelorette Party-Another huge thanks to my MOH for this one. Ashley, if you ever need a kidney, lung or anything else I have a double of, it’s all yours. You Rock!
  • Ceremony Programs-Hoping to start these next week after we meet with the priest.

Am I forgetting anything? I still need my something blue and something borrowed but I’m working on it.

Reception last dance song, fast or slow? I’m thinking fast but what are your favorites.

Disclosure: If you are a Bride and really want to know a specific etsy item, email me and I will gladly share. There will be a lot of blog posts after the wedding. Sorry/your welcome.


My Night Out With Elle Magazine & Wella Hair: Turn Any Light Into The Spotlight

Last night, I traded in my sweaty running clothes, put on a dress and heels to attend an event at the Charles Scott Salon in Rocky River. How else would I taper for a marathon just days away?

From Wella Hair USA Facebook page

I’ve been to Charles Scott Salon many times to get my hair and nails done and I’ve always been mega impressed with their salon and professionalism. When Canopi contacted me to attend an event, hosted by Elle Magazine and Wella Hair Professionals, I jumped at the chance to go.

I was aware that they were doing lite apps, drinks and a D.J. but I did not know they were doing hair, makeup and nails for the attendees! I went back with a stylist to get my hair done and she asked what I wanted to do. I responded “just do whatever”. When it doesn’t involve cutting or coloring my hair, I can be pretty brave.

Hanging with some hotties

My stylist, Christine, gave me some beach waves and I love dthem!!! I wear my hair 3 ways, straight, curly or pony tail. But now I need to get myself a styling wand ASAP, to master beach waves for the summer.

I also had the chance to get my nails done. If you know anything about me, I love getting my nails done. When I do my own nails, it looks like a toddler painted them. When I get them done though, I usually chip them within the first 12 hours. But guess what??? It’s been almost 24 hours and I have yet to chip them!

As I was leaving the event, I was handed a goodie bag with hair products from Wella and an issue of Elle Magazine. Looking forward to testing out their products and kicking back with a girlie magazine.

Swag bag
Swag bag

I’d say the worst part of the night was when it was time to go to bed. I loved my hair and didn’t want to mess it up.

So sad
So sad

I was hoping I would wake up in the morning, my hair would have stayed and I could have gone to work with my beach waves. It did not, so it’s back to straight hair for now but I’m coming back for you beach waves!

What’s your favorite way to wear your hair?


Guess Who’s 2

On this day 2 years ago I started this blog! I had no idea if I would keep up with it or if I would delete it after a few month. It’s been 2 years already and I’m sure it will be around for many more.

Happy Blogiversary to me!

2nd blogiversayMy blog is officially  a toddler and I’m still debating changing the name. Just want to change it to something easy to say and remember. More related to running too. These are the things you should think about before starting a blog oops 🙂


Save The Date

Not long after we got engaged, I had decided on how I wanted our save the dates to look. I didn’t want our engagement pictures on them. Everyone does that and I wanted something a little different. Plus we weren’t didn’t do engagement pictures right away and I wanted to get the save the dates done before I got busy with other wedding stuff. I also wanted the save the dates to be pink (my favorite color and one of our wedding colors) and wanted them to be reflective of a race bib.

Save The Dates
Save The Dates

I scratched out our names to keep our identities a secret in the blog world. Which is pretty dumb because a.) I have a blog, b.)  it would take very little detective work to figure out our last names and c.) if you know us in real life you know our names.

I designed the Save The Dates myself using Microsoft Publisher. One of my favorite programs, I am a dork like that but it’s also fairly easy to use once you play around with it. Then I uploaded my image into VistaPrint and had them printed onto magnets. They do all the printing for you and ship you the magnets and their prices were hard to beat.

For Christmas, my Mom got me a brand new printer so I printed the addresses right onto the envelopes (my handwriting is beyond hideous). I also downloaded a cool font from dafont.com

My "Office"
My “Office”

My office is the dining room table with my mini laptop (pint sized laptop?) and a tasty beer (wish I could remember what I was drinking).

200+ save the dates. wow
200+ save the dates. wow

Then I enlisted the help of my man (Ryan) and my sister (Lisa) to help stuff, stamp and seal the envelopes.

Yes that is a spin bike in my living room.
Yes that is a spin bike in my living room.

Not gonna lie, I had a good time making the save the dates and printing the envelopes. Also, doing my own invitations. (saves tons of money!) Perhaps a new job for me in the future….right after Vanna White retires and I take her job….

P.S. Tomorrow is a big day, do you know what it is? It’s not my birthday, it’s not wedding related, it doesn’t involve running but I may celebrate with cake.