…and a big NAH-NAH to my Husband

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SO, about a week ago, I suggested to my Husband that I get a road ID.  it was during my run that I begun to think, “hmmmm what if something happens to me?  like maybe I pass out from low bloos sugar (totally valid), or get hit by a car, or worse…”  I don’t carry ANYTHING on me when I run, and I read Caitlin’s blog often, www.healthytippingpoint.com who talks of hers often.  Husband sort of shunned me a bit, saying “I don’t like to think of those things happening to you.”  Although, I think he doesn’t take me seriously sometimes (not that I can blame his, as I have trouble taking MYSEL seriuosly sometimes)… ANYWAY, today on Caitlin’s blog, she talked about the importance of ROAD ID (please Santa!!!????):


“Why carry ID while exercising, you may ask?

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reports that in the United States, over 1,000,000 people a year enter the ER unconscious or are otherwise unable to provide any information, such as: 

  • Who they are
  • Who to contact
  • Blood type
  • Allergies
  • Medical conditions
  • Medications
  • Whether they have health insurance


It takes hospitals, on average, over 6 hours to find this information when a John or Jane Doe arrives at the hospital!  As a result, hospitals waste time when they could be providing treatment.

I’m a HUGE proponent of wearing and/or carrying identification on your person while running. ”

Done and done.  So there, Husband 😉



So, the Shenanagans actually went down in April (the 25th to be precise) but the two people who read my blog 😉 wanted a recap!  And…well, let’s just say I am A-OK providing this (any excuse to look through pics again!)

So, here is how it all went down.  Friday, Ian and I actually got married legally in the Judge’s chambers. Due to the Judge (who Ian clerked for and is so wonderful) being in NJ, we had to actually get married before the real ceremony (the next day). This was supposed to be a surprise (but we all know how wonderful I am at keeping surprises).  Here are some pics:  

Almost married…

MARRIED!  haha!  i roped him in!  😉

PS:  how do you like my “Carrie-style” (SITC) white suit and blue patent shoes!??!?!  With Husband’s family

and my family

“New” sister-in-law Ali and I trying to get the rehearsal started!  Do you like my 40 dollar dress for the rehearsal and dinner!??!  Always a bargain!  I was channeling June Cleaver 😉

Reharsal dinner was AMAZING and out-of-control!  The Downeses TRULY know how to party!  The partay was at the Independence Seaport Museum-we got the WHOLE museum to ourselves!  The night was anchored by KARAOKE!  It was SOOOO fun! Thanks again, Papa Jim and Mama Sue!

Future Husband and I were having a moment 😉

Ian’s besties from Cali- we are STILL trying to figure out what is growing out of Mike’s beard!  hahaha

And yes, this is me on the table- please remember- I had not a DROP of alch in my system!  BTW, that is not a guest, but a security guard making sure to cover his ass 😉  heehee

OK, moving on…So the next day was the BIG event!  Here are the handsome men the morning of the wedding in front of our house

Here are my pretty girls on Broad Street right after the ceremony (from right to left- Stephie, sister in law Ali, Kristin, bestie from WAY back Kelly, sissy Sara and Brianna)

…and my adorable ring bearer (cousin Dylan with his Mom- coolest mom ever, by the way- Trish has 3 kiddos already- how beautiful is she?!?!?)

Here was me walking down the aisle 😉  (such memories!)

With my “new family”

OMG what a tool I am!

Let the “dragging the Husband” begin!

THE RECEPTION!  (and some details I was proud of ’cause I designed them!)

Centerpieces and table numbers (I wanted a grassy organic field, as my reception took place atop the Kimmel Center in the Garden which resembles a greeenhouse-you can see the domed glass ceiling in the picture below and when you are standing in the Garden you can see ALL of Philadelphia and into New Jersey!)

The menu and favor- personalized wine!  LOVE it!  Still drinking it 😉

MAAAAAN I wish I had a pic of the candy bar! It was probably the best part of the wedding!  There were MANY different brown and green candies (our colors, duh) in beautiful apothecary jars, and guests could scoop their own. IT was AWESOME!

The girls’ bouquet

The cake- YUMMMM!

SERIOUSLY Rocking out (and about to have a wardrobe malfunction!)

Me with my boy’s boys 😉

Dancing with my Dad

And our first dance

The obligatory chair dance

Taking a break with the girls

And finally…The AFTER PARTY!  (It was indoor/outdoor at the bar in the Kimmel Center- great view of Broad Street below)

Wardrobe change- my sissy had gotten this dress for 20 bucks at Daffy’s or something the morning of!  hahah

Limo-ing it back to the HO-TEL 😉

OH WHAT A NIGHT!  The new Mr and Mrs!

Hmmmm…a shame we can’t do it again 😉  BUT, I will say that planning that special event was the most amazing time ever and maybe in my future career I will be an event planner (on a budget of course ;-)) you never know!

Hopw you enjoyed the recap!  Maybe a Honeymoon one will come soon!

Peace love and all of those good things



Feeling Good! Booo-yah! And another great gift idea!


Although I am a bit sore, I am a LOT proud!  I ran a nice 5-miler today!  That’s huge for me because I have only done that distance a handful of times.  Anyway, here it is…my picture proof 🙂

I know I’m SUCH a dork!  I take pictures of the dumbest stuff!  hahah!  Anyway, moving on… Just look at my girl, Jessica Simps.  I’ve always loved her and always will.  I’ll admit it.  TEAM JESS all the way!

OK, so here is another GREAT gift idea I forgot to put in part one of my “20 great gifts” post…A SCARF WITH POCKETS!  Yes, people, you heard me!  When you are finished buying yourself one, it would be a great gift!

Here is the story behind it:

Last winter, Kristen and Sarah were at a club in downtown New York (They’re still not sure why). The coat check was expensive and the dance floor was hot and sweaty, so Kristen stashed her jacket in a dark corner somewhere in the vicinity of the DJ booth, praying nothing would be stolen out of the pockets, while Sarah kept accidentally whacking people on the dance floor with her gigantic purse. Determined to avoid this in the future, Kristen designed a scarf that functioned as a small tote so that someone could shed his or her coat or bag but still keep valuable items safe and close.  Thus, the Julian Scarf was born.  

– lightweight 100% rodeo cotton flannel outershell
– water resistant 100% nylon ripstop pockets
– invisible YKK zippers
– Remay label and wash tag
– subtle and vivid pocket options for each pattern

8″H 80″W (Pockets: 7″D 7″W)

They retail for only $30.00!  And come in all sorts of cute fabrics!  Check these babies out at https://www.wintercheckfactory.com/shop/1166-JULIAN-SCARF

YUUMMMM munching on Baby Ruth mini bars (my fav!) rotting my teeth before bed…nice.  Nighties!