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2014 BNP Year in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to an end. It has been a crazy, challenging, amazing year. I started Brown is the New Pink (BNP) back in late April, and I love being able to look back on everything that’s happened this year. For my final post of 2014 I am reviewing all of the major events of the year. Cheers to 2015!


January 

  • Celebrated the New Year in Kentucky
  • Took engagement pictures

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  • Started my last semester of graduate school
  • Found our townhouse and signed the lease for me and Derek’s first home together

February

  • Celebrated my 24th birthday
  • Pole danced and celebrated with friends at my bachelorette party 🙂

March (Holy cow, March was crazy.)

  • Moved into our townhouse
  • Married the love of my life!!! (Wedding Recap Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

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  • Gave a big presentation at my internship at the VA
  • Interviewed for my first “real” full-time job
  • Accepted my first “real” job offer!

April

May

  • Graduated with my Master’s of Social Work

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June

  • Started my first job!
  • Derek took the USMLE Step 1 (HUGE test for medical students)

July

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August 

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September

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October

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November

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December

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  • Hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party

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What. A. Year. Wishing you health and happiness in 2015!!

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Wedding Weekend #2 and This Week’s Meal/Snack Plan

Hope you had a great Halloween! Derek and I had another fun, busy weekend that included another wedding. I guess we’re at that age now? Weird.

My parents and brother came into town on Friday afternoon to go to a family friend’s wedding on Saturday. My brother Jared was the best man in the wedding, so he headed straight to the rehearsal, but my parents came over for dinner. We caught up and ate Chinese food while we waited for trick-or-treaters. We only ended up getting one trick-or-treater, but it was a nice, relaxing way to spend Friday night.

The next day we headed to the wedding ceremony, which was at Duke Chapel. Duke Chapel is absolutely stunning and definite must-see if you visit Durham.

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One of the stain glass windows inside Duke Chapel.

It was a sweet ceremony, and everything looked beautiful.

The reception was at Angus Barn in Raleigh. There were floating candles on all the tables, gorgeous rose and hydrangea flower arrangements, and a roaring fire in the fireplace.

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Inside the Angus Barn’s pavilion. Isn’t it gorgeous?

It was oh-so-cozy. As one can expect from Angus Barn, the food was delicious as well. We had a blast dancing, and Jared did a great job with his best man speech.

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My mom and me.

I’m definitely a romantic so I love weddings, but I especially enjoyed this one. I’m also thankful for another chance to spend time with my family. Can’t wait to see them at Christmas!

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Love my family. From left to right: Jared, my mom, Derek, me, and my dad.

Anyway, onto this week’s meal plan! As I mentioned in my last confessions post, I am trying to incorporate more snacks to keep me from getting too hungry. I’ve listed a few of my snack ideas for this week below the meal plan.


Meal Plan- Week of 11/3

Monday: White Chili + Raw Veggies with Ranch Dip

Tuesday: Turkey Meatballs + Sweet Potato Tots + Salad

Wednesday: Maple Glazed Salmon + Couscous + Broccoli

Thursday: Curry Chicken + Brown Rice + Green Beans

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Brunswick Stew + Bread

Sunday: Meat Loaf “Muffins” + Red Potatoes + Salad

Snacks

  • Cottage cheese and oranges
  • Raw broccoli and baby carrots with ranch dressing or hummus
  • Peanut butter and an apple
  • Crackers with cheese and an apple slice

Another Whirlwind Weekend {Weekend Recap}

Whew! It was another whirlwind weekend.

I stayed late at work on Friday to facilitate a family meeting about goals of care and potentially transitioning to hospice. It went quite well considering the circumstances. It’s bizarre that I can have literal life-and-death conversations and then be laughing about something silly with Derek an hour later. I care deeply about my patients and stay in the moment with them, but I’m glad that I can leave some of those thoughts and emotions behind when I finish the workday. I’m definitely developing that fine balance between caring about my patients without letting it interfere too much with my life outside of work.

After work I went home and changed to go out to dinner. Rather than our typical takeout or casual Friday dinner out, Derek and I got dressed up and went out on a real date. (Hooray for married people dates!) One of my sweet coworkers gave us a Groupon for dinner at Maximillian’s Grill in Cary a few months ago, and we decided it was a good time to use it. We’ve been so busy with work, med school, and family events that it seemed like the perfect time to have a date night and spend uninterrupted time together.

Dinner was absolutely delicious! I wanted to take some pictures, but the lighting was too dim in the restaurant. Derek got the braised short rib, and I got phyllo-wrapped salmon. Both of the dishes were great, but the salmon was AMAZING. The service and atmosphere of the restaurant were also excellent. Maximillian’s is definitely out of our normal price range, but the prices were reasonable considering the quality and portions of the food. With the Groupon, it was affordable for us. Groupon for the win!

We woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to head to Wilkesboro, NC (Derek’s hometown). Wilkesboro is in the foothills of the mountains, located about 30 minutes from Boone.

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On the road again.

On our way to Wilkesboro we stopped in Kernersville for my youngest sister-in-law’s cross-country meet. I’m glad we got to see her run! She did great, and it was fun to reminisce about my high school cross-country days.

After the race, we got some lunch and then continued on to Wilkesboro. We spent the rest of the day hanging out with Derek’s family.  I only have an older brother, so I love that I inherited two younger sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law (who lives out in California). It’s been really cool to see them all growing up over the past 3 years that I’ve been with Derek.

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The view from the house’s front porch.

We headed to church on Sunday morning with the whole family, including Derek’s grandfather. After church we ate lunch and then rested up for the main event of the weekend: Derek’s cousin’s wedding.

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Pre-ceremony selfies.

The wedding was at Rendezvous Mountain, which is only a 30 minute drive away. The foliage was gorgeous, and you couldn’t ask for better weather.

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The leaves were seriously stunning.

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We are no longer the newest newlyweds in the family!

It was a sweet, intimate ceremony, and Derek’s grandpa even served as the officiant.

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Gotta love the “Pastor Grandpa” sign.

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The Mr. & Mrs.!

After the ceremony we headed back into town for the reception, which was held at a local restaurant. I stupidly forgot to take a picture, but Derek’s aunt did a great job decorating. There were candles in mason jars that had been wrapped in burlap and lace and beautiful fall flower arrangements. I’m a big sunflower fan, so it was right up my alley.

We ate, we toasted, and most importantly we celebrated the bride and groom. It was a beautiful beginning to what I’m sure will be a wonderful marriage. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Derek and I unfortunately had to leave the reception right after the cake cutting so that we could head back home.  Just like last week we didn’t make it home until after 9pm. By the time we got settled in and changed, it was already time to go to bed. Yet another crazy weekend that ended too soon.

Now we’re trying to get all of our normal weekend chores done and then some. My parents are coming into town this weekend for another wedding we’re attending, so we really need to get the house in working order again. Onto another exciting week and weekend in the Pinkerton household!

Why I Love Blogging {100th Post}

I was going to write about something else, but then I noticed that this is my 100th post! I started Brown is the New Pink back at the end of April, and it’s crazy to think that I’ve been blogging for almost 6 months already. It’s been a fun, insightful experience thus far, and I’m excited to continue my blogging journey.

Since it is my 100th post, I want to share a few reasons why I love blogging.

  • Blogging is my creative outlet. After I stopped writing papers and developing projects for grad school I realized that I needed to find new ways to be creative. Cooking is definitely my art, but I also missed writing. What better way to combine my love of cooking and writing than through blogging?
  • Brown is the New Pink serves as a journal for me. Like most people in their mid-20s, my life is changing all the time. I think it will be really neat to look back on this blog and see snapshots of my life.
  • Blogging creates another opportunity to connect with people. I’ve corresponded with a few different readers about living in Chapel Hill, social work, wedding planning, and what it’s like to be married to a med student. It’s fun to connect with people who have common interests, especially because it’s unlikely that I would meet them otherwise.
  • Blogging helps me leave work at work. As I’ve mentioned in a few of my Fun Friday posts, I use Brown is the New Pink to separate myself from work. Burnout is common in social work, but finding ways to leave the stress at work makes it less likely to happen to me. My hope is that some of those posts help other people, too.
  • It encourages me to continue learning and sharing what I learn. Researching for social justice posts keeps me updated on issues as well as new, innovative solutions. I’m in a direct practice role at work, so it’s easy to get caught up in the details and forget about the big picture. Brown is the New Pink keeps my macro skills sharp.

Whether you’re a regular reader or you’re stopping by Brown is the New Pink for the first time, thank you for reading! I blog because I enjoy it, but the fact that other people enjoy Brown is the New Pink or learn something from it definitely makes it even better. 🙂

Never Miss A Chance to Celebrate Life

Instead of sharing a quote, this week I want to share a story from our wedding that continues to inspire me. Hands down, the best part of our wedding was having all of our family and friends in the same room. The amount of love and support we felt that day is something that I will never forget. There were many memorable moments with our guests, but one interaction in particular has stuck with me.

One of Derek’s dad’s friends, we’ll call him Mr. G, traveled from Boca Raton, Florida to Lexington, Kentucky for the wedding. We were pleasantly surprised that he and his wife could make it, given the lengthy trip. When we talked to Mr. G, he gave us the best, most touching advice. Derek and I told him how happy we were that he and Mrs. G made the trip to be a part of our special day. Mr. G then told us that his sister passed away from breast cancer at a young age, and now he never misses an opportunity to celebrate life and love. He was grateful that he could be there to witness that beginning of our marriage.

Our encounter with Mr. G reminds me to appreciate every moment. It reminds me that there will be hard, dark times in my life, but I still need to choose to celebrate life. It reminds me that every day is a gift, but especially those days when we get to celebrate love, friendship, and new life.

 

Favorite Posts: July 2014

Wow, July flew by! I’m finally getting into a groove at work now that I’m 2 months in, and Derek’s been in Wilmington on his OBGYN rotation for 4 weeks now (2 more to go!). I also started my first of 12 weeks of half marathon training. Next month will be a busy one, too. I take my licensing exam, we’re going to celebrate Derek’s birthday, we have friends visiting from out-of-town, and Derek will start his family medicine rotation. We may also have an announcement on Saturday. 🙂  Never a dull moment here.

Here are my favorite posts from July 2014:

Character Cannot Be Developed In Ease and Quiet (technically June, but I didn’t get to include it on my last favorites post)

There Is A Sacredness In Tears

Wilmington Weekend Recap

5 Questions

Take Along the Tarter Sauce {Fun Friday}

Wedding {Part 3}: The Reception

 

P.S. For all my nerds out there, today is Harry Potter’s 34th birthday. Just thought you should know.

Wedding {Part 3}: The Reception

It’s time for the final wedding recap post! If you haven’t already seen them, Part 1 covers getting ready and a few bride and groom portraits, and Part 2 covers the first look and ceremony.

After we hopped in the 1954 Bentley, we took a brief drive around downtown Lexington before arriving at the reception location. Lexington was hosting its own Comic-Con, and we received well wishes people dressed in some crazy costumes as we rode around.  We had a blast driving around, and it gave Derek and I the opportunity to be alone and take a breather before the reception.

Our reception was at the Historic Round Barn at the Red Mile. The Red Mile is a harness racing track, and the barn was built in the late 1800s. Our gifts were actually collected and put into one of the historic horse carriages that they have on site.

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Historic Round Barn at the Red Mile

We took pictures with the entire wedding party and as an officially married couple when we got there.

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The beautiful ladies.

My bridesmaids looked absolutely gorgeous! From left to right: Logan, Elisa (Derek’s sister), Amy (my cousin), Katy, Jenna (Maid of Honor), and Randi (Derek’s sister).

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The handsome gents.

The guys were looking pretty fly, too. From left to right: Patrick, Stephen, Jesse, Will (my cousin), Josh (Derek’s brother and Best Man), Garrin, Evan, and Jared (my brother).

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As my friend Katy put it, “America’s Next Top Bridal Party.”

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After the pictures, we headed into the reception space. We paired up our bridal party (including the always entertaining pairing of Stephen and Garrin) and sent them into the reception dancing to “Bring Em Out” by T.I. (which not-so-coincidentally happens to be the music used at UNC basketball games :)).

It was awesome to see all the months of planning come together at the reception. The barn and the decorations were stunning!

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Can you believe our family friend Ms. Kim made this cake? She did an amazing job!

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Bride and groom champagne glasses.

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We used coral hydrangeas in large mint julep cups for our centerpieces. (Another Kentucky touch.)

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We put out coozies and soft drinks for favors. We had Ale-8-One from Kentucky and Cheerwine from North Carolina.

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Ale-8-One

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Instead of a regular guest book, we had everyone sign a bourbon barrel head. We have it on display in our house now.

After introductions, we had a buffet with a Southern menu. We started out with mini hot browns and beer cheese with veggies and crackers as a passed appetizers during the cocktail hour. The main dishes at dinner were shrimp ‘n’ grits and beef brisket. Sides included broccoli salad, mixed green salad, macaroni and cheese, and green beans. NOM. Bayou Bluegrass Catering provided our food for the evening, and they were fantastic. The food was delicious. People are still telling me how much they enjoyed it.

After dinner, we did toasts and cake cutting. Jenna is not a fan of public speaking, but she powered through the nerves. Her speech was incredibly touching. I cried then, and it makes me tear up thinking about it now. We may not be blood-related, but she’s my sister.

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Jenna giving her maid of honor toast.

Josh’s toast was the perfect mix of humor and heart. It meant a lot to both of us, and I’m excited to have another brother!

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Josh giving his best man speech.

Derek decided to stuff the cake in my face instead of being nice, and I retaliated. It resulted in one of my favorite pictures of the night.

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Vengeance is mine!

After toasts and cake, it was time to dance and party!! Derek and I danced to “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes. The song was one of Derek’s few requests for the wedding and it was perfect.

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My dad and I danced to one of our favorites, “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (what a name!).  For both the father-daughter and mother-son dances, we asked other fathers and daughters and mothers and sons to join us on the dance floor after the first minute or so.

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Derek and his mom danced to Luther Vandross’ song “Always and Forever.”

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We got everyone dancing after that!

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My parents were dancing machines.

After much dancing, we took a brief break for the bouquet and garter toss. Katy, one of my bridesmaids and oldest friends, caught the bouquet. Her reaction was priceless!

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The garter toss was equally entertaining. The looks of devastation/disbelief on the guys’ faces are hilarious.

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We danced for a while longer, and then wrapped things up with James Taylor’s classic “Carolina In My Mind.” 

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We hopped on a party bus with our wedding party and headed out to bars downtown until 2am. It was an exhausting, wonderful, amazing day. Marrying Derek made it the best day of my life, but the celebration with our friends and family is something that I will treasure forever.

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