I am sorry for the silence around here. I feel like I often get stuck in a blogging rut where instead of pushing through I just give up. When it comes to my personal life and hobbies I have a real problem getting motivated enough to get things done. I am also horrible when it comes to prioritizing. Two equally bad traits that makes for a bad blogger. However, I will say that taking this time away from blogging while planning a wedding, trying to sell a house and working harder in my professional life as still allowed me time to enjoy the summer. I have been riding my bike more, maybe not nearly as much as I should, but I have the motivation to at least ride 1-2 times a week.

Will and I have been spending a lot of quality time together. We've been discussing a lot of plans for the wedding honeymoon and what we both want are wedding to be. Having a small, intimate wedding is something we both agree on strongly, but once we started to write out the guest list we realize that it will be more difficult to achieve. I try to keep mum about the planning when talking to most people because we are trying to have a smaller wedding, but it's a little delicate when others ask me how the planning is coming, or outrightly asking if they are invited...awkward! After reading and asking other brides advice I am just going to have to come with terms that there WILL be hurt feelings.

My family and I are selling our investment property in Eugene and Will and I will be buying our first home very soon. It is a very scary and exciting time for us. I am just keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly with the sale of our home and that we are able to close soon. I can't wait for us to move into our dream home and for "ever after to begin."

I have been reading a ton this summer and there is a pile of wine books I need to get cracking on. This fall I will be embarking on a new journey with my career by taking the International Sommelier Guild Diploma course. In short a Sommelier is a trained wine professional whose knowledge stretches from wines, regions, storing, pairings (I could go on), but for a more detailed synopsis please visit Wiki. I am excited and nervous because it has been a couple years when I first started taking classes. With some industry friends we will start a tasting group, which will be a fun and proactive way to get back into things.

Thank you all for being understanding and supporting me and my endeavors to be a better blogger. Tomorrow I look forward to bringing you super tasty roasted salsa verde recipe...and did I mention it's crazy easy!


  1. It sounds like there is a lot of good and exciting stuff going on in your life right now Kate! Blogging (consistently!) is something that I'm always working on.

    I can totally relate to wanting to have a small wedding. When my husband Zac and I had our wedding in June, we set the max number of guests at 40. This meant that we could invite our immediate families and that we each had 13 friends that we could invite. I didn't have any aunts/uncles/cousins attend because I didn't want to invite anyone unless I could invite them all (big family). It was really tough to make the guest list, but we told people that we were keeping it small and paying for the wedding ourselves. Everyone seemed to understand and support us. Our wedding was intimate and close-knit and I'm so happy we did things that way because it allowed us to have time with each guest and savor the experience.

    Crossing my fingers for you on the house stuff :o) That is so exciting!!!

  2. @Linnea Paulina
    Wow! I would love to have a guest list of 40. I am sure it was a really sweet and intimate experience. Both Will and I have large families too! We're shooting for 75 guests, but will be happy if it's less than 100. :)

  3. I'm glad to see a little update from you. Those are always fun. It sounds like you're prioritizing the right things.

    I'm so impressed with you keeping true to the desire for a small wedding even with a large families. It was not question for me that I wanted to invite all family but I would have love a small, intimate wedding. May I recommend checking out the A Practical Wedding website. Lots of good advice there!

    Yay for buying your first house and for your new course too!


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