Thursday, April 29, 2010

Paris is always a good idea. - audrey hepburn

We leave tomorrow for Paris! My heart beats wildly just thinking about it!  I even purchased a striped romper just for the occasion ... and I thought i was over rompers but the thought of Paris made me get her.  i mean i had to have something with stripes.  At least I didn't go all out and buy a hat with a black ribbon on it.  although i did think about it... embarrassing.  

Just as I've always dreamed we are going to have a picnic tomorrow morning on the Eiffel Tower's lawn !  I may faint from typing that let alone experiencing it.  If any of y'all have any paris tips I'd soo appreciate them.  
So far our agenda is to expand our waistline by eating cheese,more cheese just in fondu, wine, macaroons, OH-- and go to museums (:  

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Basel in Springtime

Don't you love these things?  Sure sign of spring.  

St. Paulus Church in Basel.  

St. Anthony Church in Basel.  First concrete church in switzerland.  

A few more pictures here.  

Hope you have a happy spring day!!  

Monday, April 26, 2010

I love jewels.  cheap, expensive, loud, soft -- they all make me smile. 
What's really sweet are the stories behind each and every single piece I own.
Here are a few of my faves.  

This is a locket given to me by my namesake - Grandmother Gaila - which was given to her by her namesake, her auntie Gaila.  Inside is a picture of my grampie ... and now one of JB.  
I don't wear it too much but it's my favorite.
The one on the left was given to me by Ashley.  It makes me instantly amazing as soon as I put it on.
The one on the right my little sister Molly gave me for Christmas.  It's beautiful and a great basic. 
I love charms.  Particularly, Helen Ficalora charms gifted to me by my older sister, Brook.
The little diamond in the middle used to be earrings  (the first diamonds my popsicle ever gave mamacita) and then one was lost, made into a charm and now adorns my neck.  

spreading everything out is great for my sanity. 
 Especially since we have a lot of storage space and not a lot of things.  
It's kind of nice.  Actually reeaaally nice.  A simple life is tough to beat.  

what's your fave jewel and does it have a sweet story behind it?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

a cheerful heart is good medicine

Keep him in your prayers (please) ... it is old man Tuckers final week of chemo. 
This guy is my buddy and a total inspiration for anyone battling anything.  He brings new meaning to the Proverb (17:22) "A cheerful heart is good medicine". 
Even still  he never fails to have a smile on his face or have kind words leaving his lips.  
 {Diane and I kissing ole tuckie roll}
 {Here he is with all the men in my life} photo credit : jessica lorren
{Here he is with HVH, kendall, and emily at our rehearsal dinner}
Photo credit: jose m. perez via Em's camera

Hope y'all had a sweet weekend.

Isn't she lovely?

Here's my new (to me) bike.  She's adorable.  Just look at those yellow handle bars and matching wheels!  
I rode from where we were staying to our new apartment all by myself yesterday (JB had a game).  
Everyone is walking or biking here ... not many cars around.  I realize everything in America is somewhat spread out but I was guilty of not walking to my office last year in Oxford, MS.  It's  a somewhat difficult uphill walk but still --  That's just embarrassing that I never did.  I feel like Americans in general are very reluctant to walk, skate, or bike to their destination even if it's not a far trek.  I guess it's just not cool.  We're also convenience driven so much that we rely on our cars even in situations where it is easy to walk.  Another big barrier is the fact that too few cities are walkable.  (Pensacola is- rep it ash)

  I promise I love and miss you America but you need more sidewalks, bike paths, parks. etc.  

go exercise or be a rollie pollie.  

Enough of my psychotic rambling ...

What should I name my little bicicleta?   

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Only a month till Anne and Sean's wedding!

I have butterflies this morning ... b/c everything is booked and set for our trip to Rome in May.

We are heading down south to witness our friends Sean and Anne enter into holy matrimony at... THE VATICAN.  Yes, that's right... The Vatican as in Vatican City, ITALY.  They must have some special pull with the Pope.  (:
can you even imagine getting married there?  truly incredible

via here & here

This is where the reception will be held.  The breathtaking  Casina Valadier... one of the highest points in Rome. 

We feel incredibly blessed to be able to go and cannot wait to see and meet everyone.  
& Afterwards we're flying to Austria & Slovakia ... yay

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Home is wherever i'm with you ...

This is sooo sweet

What a difference a year makes

I can't believe a year ago i was working my tail off at the hospital, in grad school and not staring at this beautiful rock all day long.  What a difference a year makes.  About 11 months ago JB brought me to the beautiful dallas arboretum , got down on one knee , took his hand in mine, and asked me to be his bride. That day definitely competes with my wedding day and to be honest I couldn't pick which one I like better because it was just as sweet as sugar.  Plus there's no stress involved in an engagement ... you just sit back and take the all the love in. When I thought things couldn't get better -- he surprised me with a room at the Ritz in downtown Dallas and as soon as we checked in his parents had sent a sweet note up to our room  with champagne!  We celebrated with family and best friends and began what is still the best meal of my life ... at the Ritz's Fearings private wine room.  Joy joy joy ... i don't think i stopped smiling.  The next day I woke up to a massage at their spa and thought (and still think) how grateful i am for who God put in my life. and how blessed I am to share it with JB Tucker.  
here i am being a ham wondering why JB has sweaty hands.  
dress is aka new york

When all of a sudden he confessed his love and gave me a rock.  

Champagne was in order.  seriously.

Annabelle & I showing off our bling.  
dress is objets trouves by kate linstrom
brother james, jb, & john

and the whole group being craaaazay... i particularly like what JB is up to in 
this pic.  

to view all of the pics from this glorious occasion check them out here.  
Officially sick ...  and I'm such a sissy.  I feel bad that you've had to hear about it for the past couple of days.  It has been so long since i've had this junk.  Last post about it - promise. (:    
Good news:  doctor JB came home with treats to help me out.  
Look closely at the bottle?  not sure what that translates into ...
Yummy sandwich JB made ... turkey, mozzarella, tomato, avocado, fresh bread..mmm

Not pictured:
green tea, what we think to be mucinex, florida orange juice. 
oh and i gargle my throat with salt water obsessively.  

any thing y'all think i should add?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Meatless Monday - Avocado Pesto Stuffed Tomatoes ... yes, please.

I saw this easy recipe on Eat.Drink.Smile and knew it needed to be an appetizer tonight.  These guys are quick, easy to make and you get almost two servings of vegetables.  No worries - there will be more veggies in the meal.  Salad, more avocado (my fave), asparagus and tomato based spaghetti sauce.  Back to this little teaser ... they are delicious!  I've been sneaking a few in before JB gets home.  Since I'm feeling under the weather I know I need to get my Vitamin C in every way possible.  And did you know one serving of cherry tomatoes has 20% of your daily value of C?  I love them even more now.
Here's the Recipe:


30 cherry tomatoes (about 1-1/4 pints)
1/2 medium avocado, pitted, peeled and cut up
2 oz. cream cheese, softened 

2 Tbsp. homemade or purchased basil pesto
1 tsp. lemon juice
Snipped fresh basil

Cut a thin slice from the top of each tomato and a thin slice from the bottoms of the tomatoes so they stand upright. With a small spoon or small lemon baller carefully hollow out the tomatoes. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Invert tomatoes on the towels. Let stand 30 minutes to drain.

Meanwhile, for filling, in a food processor bowl combine avocado, cream cheese, pesto, and lemon juice. Cover; process until smooth. Spoon filling into a pastry bag fitted with a large plain round or open star tip. (if you don't have this, you can also just use a ziploc bag with a snip out of one corner)

Place tomatoes, open sides up, on a serving platter. Pipe filling into the tomato cups. Serve immediately or cover loosely and refrigerate up to 4 hours before serving. Sprinkle with snipped basil before serving. Makes 30 appetizers.

And now my own attempt  ...




It's about that time ...

We are finally moving into our flat ... we have the keys, just need the furniture.  It is going to happen -- this week!  I'm excited although I will miss living on the rhine. As I already told y'all ...  I love the little flat.  It has two bedrooms, a porch, a place for a garden, it's close to anything I would ever need, and recycling is a very short walk.  But I do need a lot of help with actually making it a home.  So any tips, advice, ANYthing would be sweet as pie.  Here are ALL of the pictoras ... 
Our street ... which I cannot pronounce for the life of me.  

keys ... isn't the one in the middle impressive?

kitchen ... stove and furnace are adorable ... but for much shorter people.  

the Loo
37 markircherstras

one piece love

Once upon a time I only wore one pieces ...

Exhibit A
with my sweet sisterson on AMI.  Bathing suit was Anne Klein like a little old lady. 
Exhibit B

(bathing suit from J.crew- blue seersucker)

and I am thinking of retaking this stance due to :
via Anthropologie


via anthropologie

I am also quite taken with the high waisted bathing suits that are making the rounds. 
 What sort of style swim are y'all into?  

Friday, April 16, 2010

Celebrating the best three months of my life in Leymen, France

I love celebrating ... so I couldn't help but make a big deal out of our 3 month wedding anniversary.  1/4 of a year... am I serious?  yep and also in high school apparently.  We rode the tram into France for a sweet 2.50 swiss franc.  We hiked up hill/mountain for about 5 KM to see Chateau Landskron which from what I gather was first inhabited by monks in the 1300's, overtaken by german pirated kind of men and then finally the french took their claim.  It was a great experience but also creepy since: 1. we were the only ones there  2. we climbed the chateau to the top where we passed jail cells 3. a plaque said a man from new orleans died there.  help.  Then we went to have lunch (my favorite to date) and the waiter knew absolutely no english or german or spanish.  just french.  Luckily we figured out what a few things meant and of course he knew what Pinot Noir was.  Thank goodness.  if you are ever in Leymen, France we highly recommend La Couronne D'or.  It was a sweet little day trip from Basel land.

Check out more pictures here.  


Thursday, April 15, 2010

my famous husb ...

on the cover of the newspaper ... again.  sweet little blue eyes