Monday, February 21, 2011

Yoga, a Dress, and German-style Bread

Most random blog title ever?  Possibly-- but I will explain!

Slightly out of order:

Saturday was my appointment to try on dresses at David's Bridal.  Three hours in and only a few of the dresses I had eyed before were matching up to what I pictured... and still not completely.  Mom and Sisters saw a fake-baked chicka in a dress they loved-- all I saw was the fake-baked chicka.  Ew.  

So, I tried on the dress.  At first, I just couldn't shake fake-baked chicka from my mind.  But luckily, we had potentially the worst saleswoman in the shop.  She kept walking off and gave me a good 15 minutes in the gown, during which time I realized that I really did like the dress!  It is pretty perfect for my venue-- a bit vintage and classic elegance.  It's nothing like the dresses I dog-eared in the catalog, I actually skipped right past the page each time, but it's just exactly right!  

After leaving David's Bridal, I ran by Target and proceeded to buy my first Yoga mat and a new Yoga DVD.  When I was in Austria, I did Yoga twice a week and loved it.  So, today -- thank you Presidents' Day -- I rolled out my mat and relaxed.  Oh, Yoga, how I love thee.

Last but not least, I am spending my Presidents' Day trying to bake bread -- German-style.  Another thing I love, love, loved in Austria was the bread (Semmel, Brötchen).  They're a bit harder than all of the American-style soft mush that we call bread. However, I am not chef.  How long do you knead the dough?  What's it supposed to look like?  Questions I should have googled BEFORE that step in the process.  

UPDATE:  Other than some awkward shapes (and too small..) my rolls turned out lovely!  Tasty-- perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside!  Hooray!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Alles Liebe

I think Valentine's Day is a Hallmark holiday.  But I would be lying if I didn't admit that a part of me would be bummed if the day went off without any hurrah.  

After a weekend get-away (read, my first win at a casino!) to Kansas City, I wasn't sure that there would be any excitement.  But The Fiancé is not to be underestimated.  

I have what some may consider an unfortunate allergy-- roses make my face swell like a balloon.  Not pretty.  But The Fiancé  brought me a single rose (the fewer, the less likely a reaction!), and a box of chocolate covered strawberries.  Yum...

I did not give The Fiancé a personalized German Valentine's Card like I did last year... but I figured the KC trip was better and a store-bought card should do.  Hope he agrees!  

So, in lieu of a German Valentine's Card for everyone, here's my simple wish:

 Alles Liebe zum Valentinstag!!