July 23, 2010 § 5 Comments

We did it! Finally! Nick and I were married yesterday at Manhattan’s city hall. The entire day was perfect. Thank you to everyone who was there for us and who have ever been there for us. Thank you for all your kind words and congratulations and you will hear all about it, with more photos, when we return from our honeymoon!

So close!

July 20, 2010 § 7 Comments

I just realized how paranoid I am about my wedding.

It’s not that I’m nervous or having second thoughts or doubting our relationship in any way, it’s that everything has been so hard to do for the last three years, not to mention the immigration headaches, that our wedding is two days away and I’m expecting some freak accident to occur to mess it up! It’s taken us so long to get this far and now I find myself asking “really? Can we really be together now?” to someone… perhaps fate.

I know it sounds crazy, but this is how my mind works sometimes. Until then I will be avoiding falling down any open manholes, or eating sketchy takeout food and hopefully my parents’ flight won’t have any problems tomorrow and my dress that I just dropped off to be steamed will return to me unblemished and perfect.

Cross your fingers for me, friends! I just can’t wait until Thursday!

Mad Men Mania

July 18, 2010 § 2 Comments

I’ve been a bit absent lately, and I can’t blame it all on wedding preparations because a good deal of my spare time has been taken up by watching Mad Men all the way from the beginning with Nick. We wanted to get caught up so that when season 4 starts next weekend, we’ll be completely up to speed and in the know! Also, I was joking to Nick the other day that if we’re spending our last unmarried weekend watching Mad Men, we better be taking something from it, and by that I mean learning what NOT to do once we’re married!

In all seriousness though, what an amazing show. I can’t wait to wear my red lipstick and get all done up on Thursday for the wedding and then watch the new episode on our honeymoon.

(Above image: me, playing Joan’s accordion, drinking a beer/coca-cola, doing a presentation via Mad Men Yourself)


July 11, 2010 § 7 Comments

I’m spending my Sunday evening putting the finishing touches on the playlist for our lunch reception. I’ve never been one of those girls who mentally stores ideas, dresses, food, decor, etc. for years leading up to their wedding day, but music is the one thing that I did think about. Since we’re just having a small lunch reception after the ceremony, it’s a lot more laid-back, but there are still certain songs I’ve always wanted played at my wedding and also Nick and I have collected a fair amount of “our songs” over the past three years that we need to play. You can download a taste here. The password is “cnlovesongs”.


  1. Band of Horses “No One’s Gonna Love You” [buy CD on iTunes]
  2. Death Cab For Cutie “I Will Follow You into the Dark” [buy CD on iTunes]
  3. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros “Home” [buy CD on iTunes]
  4. Foo Fighters “Everlong” [buy CD on iTunes]
  5. Jay-Z “Empire State of Mind” [buy CD on iTunes]
  6. Radiohead “All I Need” [buy CD on iTunes]
  7. Sigur Ros “Untitled 4” [buy CD on iTunes]
  8. Smashing Pumpkins “Today” [buy CD on iTunes]
  9. Spiritualized “Ladies and Gentlemen…” [buy CD on iTunes]
  10. Tom Waits “I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love With You” [buy CD on iTunes]

Are you like me – do you have songs you can’t wait to play for your favorite people on your special day? What are they? (Don’t worry, I won’t steal them, I already have too much music as it is! ;)

[Photo above by Max Wanger]

Wedding hair & make-up

July 8, 2010 § 7 Comments

Today I went to Woodley & Bunny for my hair and makeup consultation. I had ideas for the hair, but really no real ideas for the makeup other than I just wanted an enhanced version of myself. After sipping on lemon-cucumber water (yum!) for an hour and a half while Lauren did me up, I was pleasantly surprised that I turned out looking like one of the babes from Mad Men!

I’m not entirely sure about the red lipstick yet, but I was loving it earlier today. It made my teeth appear very white and you should have seen the looks I was getting on my walk home. haha. What do you think – red Betty Draper lipstick or pink gloss?

Manhattan’s Marriage Bureau: you’ve hit the people-watching jackpot

July 6, 2010 § 4 Comments

I went to the marriage bureau at Manhattan’s city hall again today to ask some questions about marriage certificates, greencard applications, etc. and realized that building may be one of my favorite places in New York.

The building itself was built in the 1920s and has marble pillars, long benches, circular help desks, a souvenir stand that sells bouquets of flowers, and a back drop of the building itself, perfect for photos. They perform about 60 marriages a day, Monday to Friday, and since you cannot make an appointment, there are always couples, and sometimes their bridal parties waiting anxiously, for their turn to get hitched.

I love seeing what the brides have chosen to wear – I’ve seen everything from jeans and t-shirts to women’s suits to white dresses – and of course everyone has a smile on their face. I love the idea that I will be able to share my wedding day with a bunch of other happy strangers in love. The environment is very communal, yet still private enough that each couple still gets to have their special day. This building is definitely a people-watching gem, hidden peacefully in the busy City Hall district of Manhattan. I can’t wait til our day and it’s coming up really soon!

America Day Weekend

July 6, 2010 § 1 Comment

I enjoyed my third 4th of July (or as I like to call it, “America Day”)  in a row this past weekend.

The long weekend was great. Nick had four days off so we spent a lot of time together, finalizing wedding plans, watching Mad Men, eating good food, and enjoying our air conditioning on our couch. On Sunday, we were lucky enough to attend the Yankees game where they played the Blue Jays. It was perfect. Much beer was drank (by me) and junk food was eaten. The Jays lost, but they put up a good fight.

That night, Ben invited us to watch the fireworks over the Hudson River from the rooftop of his office building. The view was amazing!

When it comes down to it, Independence Day and Canada Day are pretty similar. Lots of flags, fireworks, BBQs, and over-the-top patriotism. One thing that did stand out to me though was a window display in a liquor store down the street (pictured above) – glass rifles and grenades were filled with vodka and enclosed in a weapons case with an American flag as a backdrop with a poster of Uncle Sam. Yikes.

I finally bought a bike!

July 2, 2010 § 2 Comments

I finally got myself a New York bike Wednesday night.

In Toronto, I’d ride my bike to and from work, to shows, to friends’ houses, to restaurants & bars, basically everywhere I could from April to November, for the past three years or so. I sold my bike last May when I was purging my belongings to move to the U.S. and haven’t had one since, due to being uncertain of how long I’d be anywhere and because it’s just  not easy to get the kind of bike I wanted here. I had been buying the $99 Supercycles from Canadian Tire to deter thieves (the resale value wouldn’t have been worth the crime) and all I could find in Brooklyn was snobby fixed-gear hipster stores.

After a bout of stubborn determinedness, I devised a plan Wednesday – I was going to the city to get myself a helmet and a lock from a sporting goods store, then I’d head to K-Mart at Astor Place to get myself a cheap mountain bike and the plan was a success! I walked/rode the bike home from Manhattan (mostly walked, don’t worry, Mom & Nick!), over the Williamsburg Bridge. It was the perfect ride to get accustomed to riding again, but WOW did my butt hurt yesterday. It’s better today, but still getting used to the seat. Ouch.

I’ve already found biking in Brooklyn to be amazing! There are many quiet side streets and bike lanes on busier streets – it’s very bike-friendly! I am going to have a great summer :)

P.S. I managed to find the cute white helmet from my previous post at Paragon sports! I love its little hat beak!

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