This past weekend, my future mother in law threw me a bridal shower! I really had no idea what to expect going into it, as it was a “traditional Polish shower” including polka dancing with every guest, a grand march, sitting under a lit up archway with paper flowers, and a ton of Polish food that I don’t really eat.
But you know what they say, when in Rome…
The prosecco was flowing, and after a few too many glasses my bridesmaids and I became champions of the polka dance
I could’ve sworn I had polka’d for 30 minutes, but my friends told me it was more like 5…
I really was floored by the beautiful gifts that we received. I couldn’t wait to bring them home and put them into good use.
Ryan’s godmother picked out such a delicious cake. It was definitely a big hit.
If you asked me a few years ago, this wouldn’t have been the shower I envisioned myself having. I don’t even think my imagination could’ve thought it up. But, I had a great time. It was very thoughtful of my future mother in law. And it was another reminder of how amazing my friends are. My bridesmaids (with the help of Ryan’s dad’s girlfriend who is a crafting genius) tried so hard to make the shower more me. They brought in cute decorations and props, helped with the set up and clean up, and all traveled hours to be there for me. I really am lucky to have found such a great group of girls to call my own.
We had a really nice Valentine’s Day weekend, if that’s what you want to call it.
It started the day before Valentine’s Day (Thursday). We both had a snow day. This doesn’t really require further explanation because that obviously is a good start to the almost-weekend.
On the actual day of Valentine’s Day, we decided to stay in. Valentine’s Day price-fixed menu, over-crowded restaurants just aren’t our scene. Ryan cooked one of my favorite meals (chicken francaise), we made chocolate covered strawberries, we exchanged small gifts (I gave him snow boots, talk about romantic!), and went to bed early because both of us felt like we were coming down with colds.
This is really just a gratuitous picture of my paintings with my Valentine’s Day flowers in the front. I really impressed myself when I managed to hang these in a semi-straight line. My mom was equally impressed.
Just looking at the picture is making me hungry. I love ALL things lemony. Except lemon baked goods.
Saturday brought us more snow, surprise surprise! We actually took care of chores and got our grocery shopping done early! Score for team Ryan & Jen!
I have to say that the lightly-snow blanketed roads near our house look like they come out of a storybook.
I started reciting Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost (if your last name is Frost how can you not write poetry about snow!) as we drove, and Ryan was in disbelief that I still had the poem committed to memory.
What would a weekend be without a requisite #selfie?
Ryan was very quickly selfied out.
We then made our way to the Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges. I was really excited when this restaurant opened up a few weeks ago because it’s a Jean-Georges restaurant in our neighborhood.
It was actually quite funny - because of the snow, the restaurant had a serious valet parking backup. The backup actually caused a full traffic jam on both sides of the road, requiring the assistance of three angry police officers. The sleepy town of Pound Ridge is definitely getting a wake up call with the crowds of people going to this new restaurant and as a native Manhattanite, I was thoroughly amused.
The food was REALLY good, and the atmosphere was a little more NYC than the typical Westchester crowd. I actually spotted some individuals who were in our 5-year age range which was nice for a change.
We completed the meal with a cookie plate which I loved because I love dessert and the cookies were delicious. I am already planning on what I want to order for our next meal there. And on the way out, I paid compliments to Jean-George himself who was standing outside in the cold trying to help the valet direct traffic. Talk about a class act!
To My Valentine -
(this is about to get real sappy, mind the break)
It’s supposed to snow 10-14 inches in Northern Westchester tomororw. This winter is really fucking us all.