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“Things I Love” Thursday | A Personal Post & Nutella

I realize the blog has been a bit slow lately, and I’m sad to say it will continue to be slow for awhile longer.  I’m not one for sharing too much personal stuff, but figured I’d start here:

About 2 and a half weeks ago I had pretty major surgery.  It was something I had been planning for a long time….like 8 months.  Being the short 5 foot none that I am, I was always having really bad back pain especially when I had a wedding or portrait session.  So after years of talking about it, I finally took the plunge and opted for a breast reduction.  I had to wait 8 months until my schedule was clear and I had 6 weeks to recover.  It pained me to turn down wedding inquiries and other business during this 6 week period.  🙁  But the plan is to heal properly and then all my work should be much more enjoyable!

It’s amazing because during a time like this in my life, I really discovered who my true friends are and who I can count on.  I had the surgery over in Jacksonville and stayed with my mom for a week and my best buddy came over to check on me and called a bunch.  A couple friends even texted me at 6:30am as I was waiting to get wheeled back for surgery – Ryan was with me and helped me text them back.  🙂  It was a really scary time, but I knew the end result would be for the best.  The first week actually wasn’t that bad – I couldn’t move like I was used to, but with a husband and mom like I have, my every need was covered.  Ryan went out and acted like my personal shopper – he bought me a bunch of new clothes (including a pink polka dotted Juicy Couture tracksuit that I’ve been LIVING in!), any medical stuff I needed, and possibly the most exciting thing ever….the ENTIRE series of Ally McBeal on DVD!


I’ve been searching for it for years but they only had like 4 episodes available for $30, or the entire series for $400 from some sketchy store on Amazon.  But he found it at Target!  I guess someone finally realized this was a serious oversight and now it’s readily available.  I’ve been watching the whole thing from the beginning and enjoying every second!  (it’s taking me back to my freshman year at UCF which is when I first started watching the show)  There’s actually quite a few episodes I’ve never even seen!  And they have the best guest stars….Lucy Liu, Portia de Rossi (who join the cast permanently), Jon Bon Jovi, Hayden Panettiere, John Ritter, Taye Diggs, Anne Heche, Bruce Willis….and my favorite, Robert Downey Jr.  **sigh**

Another lovely item that I’ve been enjoying is this little jar:


I first had Nutella in Italy 8 years ago, and now that it’s gracing American grocery aisles I had to buy a jar!  It goes perfectly on some cinnamon raisin toast.  And in case you’re wondering, it’s way more like chocolate than hazelnut….

A big thank you to my patient clients through this process.  I got almost all of my wedding albums finished and delivered from spring which was a HUGE relief!  And for those of you still waiting on stuff, I’m slowly working on it.  🙂  I’ve got a busy social calendar coming up, between 2 weddings of close friends, Ryan running a half marathon at Disney, my mom’s 60th birthday, Ryan’s birthday….I better rest up!


  1. Missy says

    Love the post 🙂 Glad to see you back at “work”… well , enjoy some R&R time and heal well!

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