According to Jennifer

Late twenties. lovely Lawyer. New Yorker. eating and shopping enthusiast. Always laughing. Fitness fan. Lover of life.

Snow in April. This must be a cruel joke.

In non-puppy related news,

We had our big wedding planning meeting where we set our menu, decided on linens. made our choice of alcohol, set the timeline of events and so on. It was a little stressful, but I’m glad to have that taken care of. I think we’re almost on track in the wedding process. Less than 2 months away, can you believe it?

We also had our cake tasting, and opted for a marble cake with chocolate mousse and cannoli layers. Delicious!

Okaaaaaaaay, back to the puppy…

My days have been very consumed with the puppy. Even when I’m not actually involved with her, I’m reading up on how to be a better puppy owner. It’s exhausting! It has, however, been an incredible tool in the wedding diet. Post-Hunter I am down 5.5 lbs. Woooooohooooo! Almost there.

My last exciting news is that I got two extremely reasonable herve leger dresses at the Rent the Runway sample sale. Bachelorette party, here I come (in a few weeks)!

We started a new chapter in our lives: Us + Puppy.

I’ve been pretty MIA from tumblr, and that’s because every waking second has been dedicated to work, taking care of puppy, reading about how to be the best owner to puppy, and cleaning up after puppy. But, I finally have a few minutes - so here she is, our precious little Hunter. Hunter is a golden doodle, and probably will be around 60lbs, give or take a few. She is incredibly soft, loves having her belly rubbed, has a hearty appetite, and hasn’t seen a toy she doesn’t love. She’s incredibly smart and has already learned her name, how to sit, and is starting to get the hang of fetch.

She’s lucky she’s so cute because she’s a true terror. Earning her the nickname of the late Homeland character, Abu Nazir (I don’t know why, but this somehow stuck but it’s not really all that funny…lol). Before getting Hunter, I think I had glorified all the great aspects of having a puppy, and glossed over the more difficult aspects. Having a puppy is so much work. It’s rewarding, but I’m finding that at least in the early days it’s more of a challenge than fun. I know she won’t stay a puppy forever and I’m trying to enjoy it, but after a bad case of the puppy zoomies, a few too many mouthing episodes with those prickly little puppy teeth, and about 10 accidents in under 20 minutes…I was in tears last night.

Today is a new day. I just went home to spend some time with my girl over lunch and she flooded me with little puppy kisses. We plan to enroll her in puppy kindergarten soon, and I look forward to all the joy that Hunter will surely bring to our lives.

Dog owners!!

If you could give me one excellent piece of advice in raising your puppy, what is it?

  • Gap has a sale on jeans and since it’s basically the only store where I purchase jeans, I just took advantage of 3 pairs.
  • I have one of those chipotle stomach aches… does this happen to anyone else? I pretty much eat it knowing I will get a stomach ache…
  • The show Mixology on ABC is actually really cute. Cheesy, but cute.
  • I painted my toe nails for the first time since maybe December? And I’m wearing open toe shoes around the office. Who cares if it 27 degrees? Whatever.
  • Looking forward to Scandal tonight, per usual.
  • It’s the little things, right?
  • I’ve been battling some gross sickness, I don’t want to call it the flu, but it’s sort of flu-like? I’m hoping it’s on its way out…
  • My hair has gotten long, long. Like maybe weird long? I was evaluating the situation yesterday and asked Ryan if it was at a weird long length. He looked at it and said “maybe.”
  • I keep thinking today is Friday. Obviously, it’s not…


 And somehow Jen dragged me into going to a dog show in preparation for getting a Wheaton terrier this summer…

We went to a dog show yesterday - It was pretty amazing. Playing with the pups was definitely the best part!

Sometimes Nordstrom rack can be a magical place.
I’ll play! Prom at the Plaza…2001.

Thank goodness we’re halfway there to the weekend.

I feel like I haven’t had a real weekend in a long time. The past few weekends included working, and lots of running around. This weekend I look forward to trying out my new nespresso (an awesome shower gift from my bridesmaids), lounging a little longer than necessary with my fiancé (who will only continue to be my fiancé for a little over 2 months), a possible bike ride if the weather holds up, cleaning our home and recharging for the new season.


I feel like I MUST try this!

Oh delish!


I feel like I MUST try this!

Oh delish!

Just a few things…

-Work has been insanely hectic. I’ve been working on a very time-consuming NON-BILLABLE assignment that has been keeping me in the office into the late night hours.

-My local bar method studio is running a 15% off promotion, and that’s just the nudge I needed to sign up. I can’t wait to go back!

-Last weekend Ryan had his bachelor party, I’m glad that’s out of the way.

-Like everyone else, I’m so incredibly over these freezing temperatures. Both today and yesterday, the temperature was in the low 20s when I left the house. Spring starts tomorrow and this weather just sucks.

-I’m definitely looking forward to March Madness! I enjoy the tournament every year and it’s pretty much the one time I watch and actually pay attention to sports games.

40 regrets you don’t want to have in 40 years



  1. Spending too little time with the right people. – Sooner or later, you just want to be around the people who make you smile.  So today, spend time with those who help you love yourself more.  And remember, the people you take for granted today may be the only ones you need tomorrow.  Never be too busy to make time for those who matter most.
  2. Not making your loved ones smile more often. – The most beautiful thing is to see a person you love smile, and even more beautiful is knowing that you are the reason behind it.
  3. Not saying what you need to say. – Speak up.  Don’t hide your thoughts and feelings, especially when you can make a difference.  Be brave.  Say what needs to be said.  If you care about someone, tell them.  Hearts are sometimes broken by the words we leave unspoken.
  4. Constantly comparing yourself to everyone else. – Don’t compare your progress in life with that of others.  We all need our own time to travel our own distance.  It’s perfectly OK to be different.  Today, the only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.  Prove yourself to yourself, not others.
  5. Ignoring your intuition for too long. – Sometimes your mind needs more time to accept what your heart already knows.  Breathe.  Be a witness, not a judge.  Listen to your intuition.
  6. Not taking action on meaningful goals. – Instead of complaining about your circumstances, get busy creating new ones.  You either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.  Most of the time, the only difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do.
  7. Letting others talk you out of your dreams. – Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?  Stop living for other people and their opinions.  Be true to YOU.
  8. Vivid memories of wasted time. – There is good reason why you should wake each morning and mindfully consider what and who you will give your day to.  Because unlike other things in life – love, money, respect, good health, hope, opportunities, and many more – time is the one thing you can never get back once it’s gone.
  9. Collecting more excuses than you can count. – If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way.  If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
  10. Waiting, and waiting, and waiting until you’re ready. – Sometimes life seems hard, but we often make it harder than it is.  All you ever have to decide is what to do next. It really is this simple.  You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.  Just do the best you can until you know better.  Once you know better, do better.
  11. Not putting in enough effort. – In life you are either a passenger or a pilot, it’s your choice.  If you want something, work for it.  Do what it takes, not what is easy.  It will hurt.  It will take time.  It will require dedication.  It will require willpower.  You will need to make healthy decisions.  It requires sacrifice.  You will need to push your body to its max.  There will be temptation.  But, I promise you, when you reach your goal, it will be worth it.
  12. Letting solvable problems stop you. – Not everything that’s faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it’s faced.  Problems are not stop signs, they’re guidelines.  If you want it, work for it.  It’s that simple.  Strength doesn’t come from what you can do.  It comes from overcoming the things you couldn’t.
  13. Not taking on enough risk. – Wouldn’t you rather have a life of “OH WELLs” than a life of “WHAT IFs”?  Do what you can while you can.  Don’t be afraid to move out of your comfort zone.  Some of my best life experiences and opportunities came to me only after I dared to lose.
  14. Settling for less than you are capable of. – Remember, growth and change may be painful sometimes, but nothing in life is as painful as staying stuck where you don’t belong.
  15. Putting your own needs and happiness on the back burner. – All jokes aside, your life only comes around once.  This is IT.  So do what makes you happy and be with whoever makes you laugh, often.
  16. Letting impatience govern your decisions and actions. – Patience is not about waiting; it’s the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in.
  17. Giving up too soon. – Forget how many times you’ve broken down.  It’s about how you stand up and move on.  You may have to go through the worst, to get to the best.  Good things take time.  Stay patient and stay positive.  Everything is going to come together; maybe not immediately, but eventually.
  18. Letting someone walk all over you, ad infinitum. – Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.  And walk away from anyone who continually robs you of peace and joy.  Life is too short to waste your time with people who abuse and bully you.
  19. Not helping others when you were able. – If you have a lot, give your wealth.  If you have a little, give your heart.  Just give what you can.  No one has ever become poor by giving.
  20. Ignoring your roots and those who have supported you. – Never forget where you’ve been.  Never lose sight of where you’re going.  And never take for granted the people who travel the journey with you.
  21. Not appreciating what you have when you have it. – We often forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but of deeply appreciating what we do have.  No, you won’t always get exactly what you want.  But remember this: There are lots of people who will never have what you have right now.
  22. Letting your health go. – Your body is the only place you will truly ever live.  If you’re lucky enough to have a body that’s in good health, be wise enough to keep it that way.
  23. Years of struggling to find happiness outside yourself. – Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you.  Too many people depend on others, or outside sources, to gain happiness, but the truth is it always comes from within.
  24. Letting too many plans blind you from the beauty of now. – When life is good, enjoy it.  Don’t go looking for something better.  Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they have.  You must be willing to loosen your grip on the life you have planned so you can enjoy the life that is waiting for you now.
  25. Being too narrow-minded to see the opportunities given to you. – Sometimes life doesn’t give you what you WANT because you NEED something else.  And what you need often comes when you’re not looking for it.
  26. The limitations you put on yourself. – It’s often our own thinking that hurts us.  There’s no reason to imprison yourself.  Don’t think outside the box.  Think like there is no box.
  27. Letting negativity get the best of you. – Remember, true strength is when you have so much to cry and complain about, but you prefer to smile and appreciate your life instead.
  28. Never admitting and growing beyond your mistakes. – You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them.
  29. Not accepting responsibility for life changes you need to make. – If you’ve been asking the same questions for a long time, yet are still stuck, it’s probably not that you haven’t been given the answers, but that you don’t like the answers you were given.  Remember, it takes a great deal of courage to admit that something needs to change, and a lot more courage still, to accept the responsibility for making the change happen.
  30. Seeking too much validation from others. – You are GOOD enough, SMART enough, FINE enough, and STRONG enough.  You don’t need other people to validate you; you’re already valuable.  You are YOU and that’s the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets.
  31. Impressing the wrong people. – Not everyone will appreciate what you do for them.  You have to figure out who’s worth your attention and who’s just taking advantage of you.  Spend more time with those who make you smile and less time with those who you constantly feel pressured to impress.
  32. Time spent on drama and needless arguments. – Life is too short to argue and fight.  Count your blessings, value the people who matter and move on from the drama with your head held high.
  33. Letting a grudge hurt your happiness. – Let it go.  Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.  Holding one is like letting unwanted company live rent free in your head.
  34. Endlessly worrying about things. – Move on.  Stop letting it bother you.  If a problem can be solved, there’s nothing to worry about.  If it can’t be solved, worrying is useless.
  35. Forcing what’s not meant to be. – Never force anything.  Do your best, then let it be.  If it’s meant to be, it will be.  Don’t hold yourself down with things you can’t control.  Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting.  Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned, but just how it’s meant to be.
  36. Getting stuck in the trap of consumerism. – Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t need, to impress folks they don’t even know.  Don’t be one of them.
  37. Never traveling when you had the chance. – Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before.
  38. Not choosing to laugh at life more often. – Life is way better when you’re laughing.  Being positive in a negative situation is not naive, it’s a sign of leadership and strength.
  39. Resisting change instead of rolling with it. – You’re not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago.  You’re always growing.  Experiences don’t stop.  That’s life.
  40. Talking the talk, but never walking the walk. – When it’s all said and done, be sure you haven’t said more than you’ve done.  In the end, actions always speak louder than words.  So work hard in silence, and let your success be your noise.


All true.