Monthly Archives: September 2017

My Wedding Binder!

I like this filming videos thing! What takes a long time is the editing! Ah well, what are you gonna do? This week’s Friday post is a tour of my wedding binder (the one I talked about in my first coffee talk video). I take you guys through each of the tabs and what I’m using them for. I hope you enjoy the video!

UPDATE: The first time I posted this video, it cut off after eight minutes. So, I have re-uploaded it, and it should be the full 18-and-some-odd-minute length now. Clicking on the video above will still work. I hope you guys enjoy the other ten minutes!

Rehobeth Beach!!

I’ve always wanted to be a beach bum. To lay out on the beach all day and get gloriously tanned sounds like a pretty awesome way to spend a summer. Plus, I would get to eat all of the Thrasher’s Boardwalk Fries and funnel cake that I could possibly want (providing that I get paid to lay out on the beach). If you feel like I do about the beach, then you should try out Delaware’s beaches.

There’s pretty much something for everyone at Delaware beaches. The main beach (and the one that I’ll be focusing on in today’s post) is Rehobeth Beach. But the smaller beaches dotting Delaware’s coastline are really nice for those who want to get away. Lewes, Delaware has its fair share of beachfront properties that are really pretty. There’s also this restaurant there called Surf Bagel that serves up the best bagels I have ever tasted. (They put like a mountain of house-made cream cheese on those things, and it is fabulous.) Cape Henlopen is known for its easy parking and a shorefront that isn’t dotted with those hard sea rocks that can be pretty annoying. If you go to the Cape, you know you’re going to be swimming on pretty soft shores. There are other beaches here and there that are a bit more secluded if you’re looking to get the on-the-beach experience without the crowds.

Now, on to the good stuff – the pictures!

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Like I mentioned already, in this post I’m going to be focusing on Rehobeth Beach. This is the beach that offers that truly beach-y vibe, what with the boardwalk and strip of beach-themed stores and restaurants. I’m just going to say that the Rehobeth boardwalk is pretty good. (It’s no Ocean City, Maryland, but it’s alright for a Delaware attraction.)

When Ben and I went to Rehobeth, it was raining and there was lots of Memorial Day-weekend traffic, but these hurdles only made the trip more of an adventure! We didn’t get to do a lot of the stuff we would have had it been nice and sunny outside. But I still had a lot of fun (because I mean, come on, who doesn’t have fun at the beach?). I’ll just let the pictures in that slideshow up there do the talking from now on.

The Last of Things

 

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The last of anything is always so sad. I bet you’re wondering what I mean. I’m talking about the last book in a series, the last episode of a TV show, the last movie in a saga, etc. The list of endings goes on and on. Lately, I’ve been really interested in the lasts.

I recently watched the last movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Aside from all of the great moments in that movie – Sam killing the giant spider, Legolas acting out all of his brilliant stunts, Aragorn’s “not this day” speech, etc. – it pretty much sucks. Because at the end of all of it, after they’ve saved the whole freaking world from certain doom, Frodo and Gandalf leave with the elves. The fellowship is broken once again, and loving friendships come to an end.

Endings happen all the time in movies and TV shows and books. I can’t seem to start any new shows on Netflix because I’m always so ready to jump back in to watching “Friends” or “Charmed” or “How I Met Your Mother.” I might start a new show every now and then to see how far I can get before switching back to the ol’ faithfuls. The only reason those shows are old faithfuls is because there’s a whole bunch of seasons before you get to the endings. Of course, every time I see the end to any of those series, I ball my eyes out like a baby. I guess I continue to rewatch them because I don’t want Monica moving away, Piper having grandchildren, or Ted and Robin maybe getting back together to be the last things that I see from those characters. So I rewatch the shows, knowing that even though it ended, I can always go back to when it first began.

Like I said, lately I’ve been very into watching the ends of things. I cry for hours afterwards… Okay, days – I cry for days afterwards. But it makes me feel like I’m not alone in my experiences. A lot of things are ending in my life right now. I graduated today. I’ve already seen a lot of my friends for the last time (maybe not the last time ever, but for a long while anyway). I’ll never have another English class with Jessie or eat another meal at the dining hall with Steven and Tyler. I’ll never live in a dorm room again or borrow a book from the school library to do research. I have to take summer classes to get my degree, but I’m essentially done at the University of Delaware. I’m moving on.

Today was the last of this journey.

But I think I’m also realizing that it’s the beginning of the next one… Listening to today’s commencement speakers and reflecting on my college career and the choices I’ve made, I finally started to understand that this is a bigger deal than I originally thought it was. I’m not saying that because it’s the end of my college career. I’m saying that because it’s the beginning to the rest of my life. I’m getting married in less than a year. I’ll be getting a full-time job soon and moving on to start a family in a few years. And I couldn’t be more excited!

I guess sometimes the ends of things become the beginnings of other things…

Riverfront Beer Garden

Delaware is a strange state. There are little Easter eggs of things to do hiding in the strangest places. Wilmington might seem like a strange place to hang out. People who have only ever been to the more run-down parts of the city will think you’re crazy if you tell them you spent an entire evening there. But the Wilmington Riverfront is neither run-down nor strange. It is a beautiful place to be in our small state. This weekend, I had the opportunity to go to the Riverfront Beer Garden – Constitution Yards, as it formally named.

Honestly, this place is amazing. I’m not normally one to go to places like this, but my fiancé and his friend invited me to tag along to celebrate my fiancé’s last day of working at his part-time job. You might think a “beer garden” is only fun if you can drink. Well, I went as his designated driver, but it was still so much fun!

This is what the beer garden looks like from the front sidewalk. It was a little cloudy on this day, but the place was still breathtaking. They have pingpong lights strung up everywhere to create ambiance for the nighttime, and it gets really pretty when it’s dark out. The aesthetic for this place is pretty rustic with a modern twist. They hollow out those storage tanks you’re seeing, and they put chairs inside of them so that you can sit inside if it rains or if you just want a break from the sun and wind.

Although it is the main attraction, drinking isn’t the only thing you can do at the beer garden. In fact, they encourage you to play around while you have a drink. There are a bunch of different games set up around this place; there’s corn-hole, bocce (BAH-chee), giant Jenga, and badminton. There are also a couple of giant “sandboxes” in which you can make sandcastles (they even provide the supplies). I saw a bunch of little kids there just playing in the sand, which proves that you don’t have to drink to have fun at this place!

Of course, because my friends and I were there to celebrate my fiancé, there was a little bit of drinking. This place has a large selection of new craft beers, and they’re constantly updating it. Ben had a sour beer (which I didn’t even know existed) from Dogfish Head that was really good! And of course, we played badminton, bocce, and Jenga (which I won, by the way). And then we just sat around talking. It was honestly a lot of fun.

Constitution Yards is a really fun place. If you haven’t been there (or to the Riverfront in general, for that matter), I would definitely suggest going. You can even take the kids and make a day of all of the Riverfront fun!

BuJo Set-Up

Anyone who truly knows me knows that I love to plan and organize my life. It makes me feel like I have everything under control, and as a type A person, I definitely enjoy that feeling.

I used to switch between planners so often that I started to mentally hurt one of my best friends, Jessie, every time she saw me with a new one open on my desk. She would ask “Sierra, didn’t you just say how much you loved that other planner? What are you doing to yourself?” I don’t know! I couldn’t help it! I was out of control! I loved the aesthetic of some planners more than others, but then I would think that the setup of one planner was more geared towards my lifestyle than the pretty one I just bought. I had a serious problem.

But then I discovered the solution to every planner problem I previously had: the bullet journal. A bullet journal allows you to set up your planning in whatever style you choose – because you create each page. Below, you’ll see the picture of my bullet journal cover.

Most bullet journals are housed in dot-grid or graph-paper notebooks, but I didn’t have the money to spend on one of those. So, with the help of my future mother-in-law, I crafted my own packet of dot-grid pages. I just found a dot-grid picture on Google and copied it into Microsoft Word to change the layout and sizing. Then we printed out a bunch of double-sided copies of the page, cut them in half, and used my ARC hole puncher to make the pages suitable for my ARC system cover. Now, I have this beautiful bullet journal (with pages that I can customize and move around within the book however I please!).

The first few pages of my bullet journal are what are called my “collections” – pages of annual stuff I need to remember, different shows I want to watch, restaurants I want to try, etc. These are helpful for when I want to brain-dump all of that kind of information in a place where I won’t forget it but where I can also look back on it all and see which ones I’ve actually followed up on.

After the collections pages, we get to the real meat and potatoes of the journal – the monthly/weekly/daily pages.

 

My monthly setup for May has changed quite a bit from those of March and April. I used to draw out the month’s calendar on two pages so that I could write in every event I had that month in each square of the calendar. But there weren’t enough events to fill up the whole calendar, and it ended up using a lot of unnecessary space. Now, I have the calendar drawn smaller with a space underneath where I can write out my events and color-code them. I write out what few events I have that month and then draw in the appropriately colored circle in that square of the calendar. (I’m realizing now how crazy this all sounds, but what can I say? I’m an organization freak.)

Next, we have the daily pages. I used to plan out my days for the entire week (using a week-on-two-pages spread). But that wasn’t giving me enough space to write out each task I had to do that day. So for the month of May, I’ve been using daily pages so that I have as much space as I need. I actually set up my daily pages with a schedule at the top (split up by time – morning, afternoon, evening/night), a space for my tasks and to-dos underneath, and my meal and water trackers underneath that.

Here’s how I set up today, Friday, May 12.

I know that not everyone is into organizing their life this way. And quite frankly, it did take a lot of time to set up all of my pages – pretty cover pages, collections, monthly, weekly, etc. But now that I’m in the swing of bullet journaling, it takes me five minutes to get the layout of the page ready, and then I just write down what I have going on that day. All in all, the process takes 10-15 minutes a day. And I don’t always use my bullet journal. Sometimes I go back to my digital planner (calendar and reminder apps on my Mac and iPhone). I can write a separate post about my digital planning some other time.

I need to have a plan for each day. That’s just the way I am. And now that I’ve been using the bullet journal system for three months, I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ll ever switch back to the other types of on-paper planners I used in the past. I have finally found a space where I can customize my day the way I want to.

Old New Castle

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This week, I decided I wanted to take a little trip outside this time. So, I went to Old New Castle!

“Historic New Castle” – as it is formally called – is a land of cobblestone streets, brick buildings, deceptively large businesses, and historic landmarks. And the best part is: you can get to it fairly easily if you take Route 13!

There are a plethora of things to do in this little town. You can visit one of the quaint shops (that are larger than they first appear on the outside). I’ve been to a few of them, and they offer some really cool finds for those of us searching for the more unique pieces. There’s a bookstore in one of the buildings that has the nicest atmosphere for creative types (like me) looking to snag a great deal on a good book.

You can also visit one of the restaurants around town. There are three that I know of – Jessop’s Tavern (which serves traditional colonial foods), Penn’s Place (which serves coffee drinks and bistro foods), and a cajun place (which I can’t remember the name of but which serves pretty self-explanatory foods).

There’s also Battery Park, a state park known for the fact that there’s a historic town right next door… Okay, so Battery Park really isn’t anything special itself, but when you want to walk around a town and see the sights and historic landmarks, you can go to Old New Castle and then sit on a bench in Battery Park.

I honestly love this place. The food at Penn’s Place is so delicious! I also really love the atmosphere of the small town – everyone knows everyone, and everyone is so friendly. I would honestly love to live in this little community! If I see any houses for sale, I’ll be moving!