#Hashtag your wedding

HashtagWe forgot to do a lot of things, the day of our wedding. This is really nothing unique — despite best intentions and checklists — any large event is going to have a detail or two slip through the cracks. You know this, because you are a reasonable person. Right? Well, if you are planning a wedding, I recommend you start reminding yourself of this fact on a regular basis. Some details won’t get done. And NO. ONE. BUT. YOU. will. notice. And yes, when people tell you this, that you are the only one with mental checklists of details, you will silently curse them.

But still. We forgot a few things, the venue forgot a few things (more on that later), and it was a phenomenal day, and no one dared complain. But one notable bummer is that we forgot to put out the cute signage that invited guests to use #SturgisSchubringWedding on any social media images.

Happily, our hashtag still yielded a healthy crop of candid shots from our special day. Why? Because the people who are ON social media — who follow you on Twitter and Instagram, and who know that it’s Facebook and not MyFace — they see you use it, or they follow other guests who know it, and they figure it out. So, cheesy or not, I thoroughly recommend you consider a hashtag. And post it somewhere (tastefully, of course) if you think of it. Because whether you spend big money on a professional photographer or not, you’ll want to see some of the shots from the field.

Trust me on this.

This just in… we’re engaged!

So… a very delayed – and very exciting – announcement. On March 22, 2014, my best friend Josh Schubring asked me to marry him. (I said yes.)

We’re planning a wedding for Fall 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. Details TK!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

This happened… we (finally) moved into our new home! And we remember why people only move when they absolutely have to.. it’s been quite an adventure. We aren’t sure how long this house will be home, but we’re excited for this chapter.

Local friends, a BBQ is in the works. Stay tuned!

Happy first anniversary, Josh

**I starting writing a letter to Josh in late February 2014, with plans to post it in celebration of our first anniversary (March 29, 2014). I’m just now sharing an excerpt, because we’ve been busy celebrating our engagement (March 22, 2014) and also the purchase of our first home (closed on April 29, 2014). Hooray!**


My dearest Josh,

We met exactly one year ago today, on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

We went for grilled cheese sandwiches at Cheesetique.

You were wearing the jacket with the elbow patches.
You looked mysterious and familiar all at once, and also younger than your 36 years.

We talked about ruffles.
And dogs.
And Twitter.
And guns.
And our respective dysfunctional families.

Because of how the sun was shining through the window at Cheesetique, you were glowing, and I had to squint to see you. The main thing I saw when I looked at you was your smile, with a hint of a dimple. You offered to trade seats with me – several times, according to your retelling of the story.

Anyway. You were glowing.

When you came to pick me up on Monday, April 1 for our second date, I opened the door and said, “Oh, that’s what you look like.”

You took me to one of your favorite restaurants.
We both had the house special, pecan chicken.
You sat next to me in the booth so we could review a few dozen pictures, texted from one of my needier friends who was planning a first date of her own.

And I exhaled because I knew, right then in that booth, on our second date, that I had had my final first date… and that everything would be okay… and that things would never be the same.

I love you, J.


Stop and smell the (CostCo) roses

We go to CostCo a lot.

The Crystal City CostCo is considered one of the nicest in the world, but the parking lot and general congestion are a turn-off. Lately we’ve chosen the CostCo in southern Alexandria, 7940 Richmond Hwy.

Josh would like to point out that this CostCo serves a brisket sandwich in its Cafe, whereas the Crystal City location does not.

Sometimes – most times? – Josh will ask, “Do you want flowers?”

To which I reply, “What kind of question is that?”

It’s $16.99 well spent.

The puppies are here! The puppies are here!

T3he puppies are here! The puppies are here!

Josh’s mom Michelle raises ISSR Shiloh Shepherds – think German Shepherds, only healthier and nicer – and a litter was expected on Monday Sept 9. Well, Ginger the mama dog decided she needed to get those babies out, and they were born on Saturday Sept 7.

But wait.

As though puppies aren’t exciting enough, there’s more.


The thing that’s driving me crazy? He won’t pick which one….Until they’re 8 weeks old and their little temperaments are fully developed.

That detail hasn’t stopped him from blogging from the mystery puppy’s perspective and I have to say, it’s pretty darn adorable. Follow along here.

Meanwhile, I want to keep every. single. one.

As should be expected, I’m trying to convince Michelle to raise Pocket Puggles. She’s not thrilled with the idea, but I have a strategic plan that all but guarantees Pocket Puggles in the next chapter.

Stay tuned for updates from the Dog Farm – and for the most access, join the Facebook group.