My August Wedding, and Mini-Getaway

It’s been a couple weeks since I truly sat and wrote the goings-on in my life. August has been quite busy, and here’s why:

Wedding!
I finally married the love of my life! It’s been 3 years in the making, and Andy & I feel so blessed that our close friends and family got to share our day with us!

There were stressors of course: some unexpected departures, and last -minute meltdowns (a lot for my 4yr old niece to handle), but my wedding coordinator Anita was a life-saver in guiding me towards patience. I’m so thankful to have hired a wedding coordinator to manage last-minute details (and peace of mind)!

Pics: My lovely friend Jane took the ceremony pic, while my other friend Melinda Prather took the reception pic (plus the cover photo)! Thank you so much!

Mini-Getaway
A couple days after the wedding, Andy and I traveled to Pittsburgh, PA. Since we’re saving up for a extended honeymoon next year, we set aside a couple days to relax and enjoy Pittsburgh for a few days:

Grandview Overlook
We visited the Grandview Avenue Overlook, which has gorgeous views of Pittsburgh and its three rivers. It’s equally breathtaking by day as well! We also went on the Duquesne Incline, but I forgot to take pics!


All the Animals!
We visited The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, where we took the tram to tour the area before enjoying specific sites. My favorite was saying hello to our Polar Bear and Tiger friends!

Go Bucs!
I’m a passionate Mets fan, but I also love me a good Pirates game! Although the Pirates are having a rough season, I still couldn’t wait to check out one of their games, in such a beautiful venue.
And– wouldn’t you know it– they won that night!

Andy took this stunning photo of the ballpark!

‘The Great One’
On our last day in Pittsburgh, we toured The Clemente Museum. Our tour guide Vince gave a wonderful description of Clemente’s professional and personal life. Being Puerto Rican myself, I grew up listening to family stories of Clemente’s lifelong service to Puerto Rico, and passion as a ball player.

So that was my August in a nutshell! Now begins my name-changing process, which I hope won’t be too painful, like the rumors say!

Bookish Note:
I did read this month, which I will post in my wrap-up entry
. I have some exciting news to share!

Sunday Sentence: August 4

I’m participating in David Abrams’s ‘Sunday Sentence‘ project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, ‘out of context and without commentary’.

‘A second mass shooting in 12 hours. Add Dayton to the terrible list. We don’t need to live like this. We don’t need to let our fellow Americans die like this. The House passed gun violence reforms that will help end this epidemic. What more will it take for the Senate to act’?

Adam Schiff, Congressman

August 23, 2018: Weekend Plans, and Positive Change

  • This weekend Andy and I celebrate my niece’s 4th birthday. It will be held in at a park in Rockland County, New York. We attended her party last year at the same location, and we had a wonderful time. I have relatives who live in this area, so it will be nice to go visit this area again.
  • I began reading a new story called ‘The Other Wes Moore’. It is a non-fiction story based in Maryland, about two men with the same name growing up in an inner city neighborhood in Maryland. They were raised a short distance from each other, yet their paths didn’t cross until later in life. I’m only a couple chapters in, and so far I enjoy it.
  • Yesterday there was some encouraging news on the Resistance front! Paul Manafort was found guilty of 8 counts of financial fraud, and Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, pleaded guilty of campaign finance violations. This is clearly a sign that things are finally falling apart for the Trump administration. Will it finally lead to prosecuting our president for illegal crimes? In this current age of hindering justice, no one knows for sure. It’s a positive change in the right direction though.

August 16, 2018: Remembering Aretha Franklin

Back in 2005 I was listening to Aretha Franklin while sitting in a Starbucks in NYC, in the Grammercy Park neighborhood. As I looked out the window, watching the busy city life go about their business, I thought, ‘One day I’m going to live here. I’m going to make it’. Two years later, that dream came true, and it set into motion the life experiences that have directed my life path thus far.

Aretha Franklin was a definite motivator in that goal. As I listened to her strong, melodic voice, I felt empowered. I can achieve whatever I set my mind to, just like her. It may seem very small, but it provided a significant impact in my life thirteen years ago.

Aretha Franklin is gone, and we will never hear her perform live again. Her powerful words will continue to influence our lives for many years to come, much like she influenced mine over a decade ago.

July 7, 2018: Birthdays and Bookstores

Today was spent celebrating a loved one’s birthday. It was Andy’s mom’s birthday, so we had a nice lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse. They always have a good assortment of food. We had strawberry shortcake for the birthday dessert, and that was delicious.

During the meal, Andy’s sister and I talked a little about the details of the wedding. The venue and church dates are finally set in place, so we can finally work on the guest list. Andy and I soon discovered that there were a lot more people than we thought (still suitable for the venue, but a big group). I’m hoping that this process won’t be too chaotic.

In the afternoon, Andy and I went to Doylestown PA. There’s this really cool book store there, and I enjoy walking out with lots of stuff. They also have lots of literary journals. I’m looking forward to visiting there again.