Today was my 36th birthday! It’s a bit scary, but as I said to my girlfriend when she turned 30…’Unless you are a Victoria’s Secret model whose job depends upon youth’…it doesn’t really matter. Well it does, but only when it comes to having children. Nick and I are working on having children, but for some couples it is just difficult. But we have a plan, and it is just a matter of implementing that plan and I think we will be fine. So 36 will be a good year!
I woke up and staggered downstairs where Nick had a wonderful surprise for me!
I am so spoiled!
I can’t tell you how nice it was for Nick to get me all of those wonderful presents. Nick got me a pan for making omelettes (I think that was more of a gift for himself than for me as he loves my brie and blueberry omelette!) Then he got me a super surprise that I didn’t see coming at all…A Kahler Termokand! Nick had asked me the other day what I wanted for the wedding registry and this was the only thing I could think of. What I didn’t realize was that it was all a con-job to find out what I wanted for my birthday! I LOVE the Kahler Termokande. It is a work of art. I would go to Bahne just to say hello to this white thermos. Next up, Nick got me a cute wooden bench for outside the house. My plan is to put flowers on either side and also use it as seating for the wedding reception. Nick told me there was one more surprise for my birthday but it hadn’t arrived in the mail yet.
After breakfast, Nick worked very very hard at putting together the bench. We put it outside and it looked perfect.
The first stop on my birthday day was lunch at a small cafe. It was so perfect! They had fresh peonies on all of the tables, and the smell was delicious. I just sat at the table with my nose embedded in the petals. I had a trout open-faced sandwich with a beet root smoothie while Nick had a green smoothie with a beet-root open-faced sandwich. Nick kept stealing my smoothie because it tasted better. For dessert we had an amazing frozen cheesecake. Truly delicious!
After lunch, we went on a trip to Plantorama! What a funny name…’Plantorama.’ I want to buy a lot of flowers for the church garden and plant them so I’m always looking for plant sales. We went specifically looking for this small pink flower, but they were all sold out! I did find two cute ‘fluffle’ trees that I want to put on either side of the cake table.
We bought some plant food and then headed off for the airport! My mother was arriving at Copenhagen Airport and we needed to pick her up. Unfortunately on our way we got notified that the plane was delayed. So we stopped off at Flyvegrillen and had a hamburger and some soda. Flyvegrillen is a fun hamburger stand for kids and adults overlooking Kaastrup Airport. There’s a little playground and a raised platform so that you have a great view of the airport runway. After watching planes take off, we were notified that my mom’s plane was even more delayed! So we decided to continue our day and stop off at Dragor!
This was the first time in our relationship that Nick and I had gone to Dragor together. We parked the car and walked hand-in-hand around the small village. Then we made our way over to my ‘secret beach’ that was mentioned in Nordic Nights. Fortunately or unfortunately, the ‘secret beach’ at Dragor is now a very large public beach with a swimming area. But it’s still wonderful and I love it! We sat in the sand together and chatted before heading back to the car. We drove the airport, parked and went to Burger King for more soda as we waited for my mom to arrive from the United States.
We found my mom, gathered everything up in the car, and took her to Statement Coffee in Copenhagen where we had veggie bowls and chatted. Now the time zone difference really hit my mom, so we took her home. At home I was able to go through my suitcase and look at all the awesome stuff I got from the U.S.
I tried on both of my wedding dresses and one of them fit perfectly!!! Nick saw it and immediately said ‘That’s the one!’
So exciting and such a relief!
After the excitement of wedding dresses, we all went to bed…it had been a long day…but a wonderful birthday. A huge thanks to the most wonderful husband in the world for all of the wonderful gifts, food, and of course his love!
Today I went to work in the morning. The waitress at worked saw the horrible rash on my hand, arm, and neck. She immediately identified it and told me that sulphur would get rid of it. Ironically, I wash my face with Sulphur soap to get rid of my acne which explains why the redness cleared up around my eyes, eyelids, mouth, and hairline. (Yeah, I was covered in fungus)
Enough about fungus (a fungus caused by a decrease in my immune system!) After work I ran home and put on my new dress from Ivy & Oak and makeup. I didn’t have time to do my hair. I also got to wear my Gianvanito Rossi heels for the first time (unfortunately not pictured.) Me and Nick went to Dag’s 40th birthday. The food was fabulous! Salmon, meat, dressing, ice cream for dessert. Why didn’t I take any photos? I should go online and steal some from other people…
At first I wasn’t so friendly, but by the end of the party I had several very good conversations with people. Nick and I have been having Joking Arguments about the concept of ‘Self-Soothing’ a baby. Nick thinks it’s child abuse and I think it’s a great idea. I want my kids to be disciplined. So Nick and I had two conversations with girls who had children and the girls were just thinking I was crazy over my obsession with self-soothing. It was really funny though. After talking with the ladies, I will definitely try self-soothing with my child but I think training your child with a peaceful night time routine is very important.
We had lots of good conversations at the party from whether to baptise a child, to self-soothing, to just silly stuff. It was a great party and we had a lot of fun!
My mother and I headed into Copenhagen this morning to try my dress on with the veil we found at Casa Lezar. Unfortunately, the dress and the veil did not match. My dress is a white-white and the veil was ‘white’ but had a bit of ivory in it. So it was a no-go. Very unfortunate! I did try on some wedding shoes though…nice satin ones that were very comfy but insanely pricey considering they would only be worn once.
The only thing I bought was a dress bag for my wedding dress. Afterwards, my mom and I headed to Copenhagen Central Station to get her a rejeskort, convert money, and get her on her train to Moen. Just as we were looking around to see which track she should go on, I spotted the train! It was just waiting for her…so in less than 5 seconds she was on the train. Very fast and very unexpected. We waved goodbye and my mom was off.
Then I headed to Magasin where I had a soda and walked around a bit. Then I came home and began looking for a ‘Diamond White’ veil. I found some but for over 250 dollars! So expensive.
I also continued my choir bargaining over email…we still haven’t solved the choir crisis of 2018! Then I went to bed early because I had work the next day and Dag’s birthday party at night.
Today my mother and I went into Copenhagen to see the church, Magasin, and go veil shopping. We stopped by Skt. Ansgar’s Cathedral and it was beautiful as always. Then I had an idea…we were just a few streets away from the florist, Lars Jons, and this was the perfect opportunity to stop on by! So I dragged my mother over to his shop. We met with Lars Jons and his wonderful assistant and discussed several options for wedding flowers.
He said he would go and see the church and provide a list of options for us, so that will be very exciting!
At the florist I saw a few table arrangements that he had done…one was very clever…a glass cylinder with a potted plant inside…I think it was a small herb…and then a rose embedded into the green leaves of the live plant. It looked beautiful! I went home and tried to copy it…but failed miserably. This is why you hire a florist.
Next stop was Magasin! We went to the very top floor to have lunch. My mom wasn’t very enthused as it had changed and her little lunch area was gone. So we settled for some very uninspired smorrebrod. But that’s ok…not everything can be perfect all the time!
By now both my mom and I were pretty worn out but we still had one thing left on our agenda…Veil Shopping!
So we headed to Casa Lezar, near Norreport, and took a looksie at their veils. They had one that appeared perfect! I made an appointment to come back the next day.
Then my mother and I headed home. We both fell asleep until dinner. I went to Burn & Build, my new killer workout class. And Nick was kind enough to pick me up at Vanlose.
Nick made a very tasty traditional danish meat dish…meat patties, white sauce, with carrots and peas. Nick is an amazing cook!
Then Nick had one more birthday surprise for me. The other day he asked me ‘What is your dress size and favorite brand from Zalando?’ and I said Str. 38 and Ivy & Oak.
Nick bought me a gorgeous navy off-the-shoulder midi dress that fit perfectly and looked amazing with my Gianvito Rossi shoes! I tried it on for him and my mom and both were very impressed.
After that we headed off to bed to get ready for another long day.
In the morning I found some ‘Mother of the Bride’ dresses for my mom…My two favorite being…
But they are VERY PRICEY…the first one is $280 and the second $500. I’m also scanning Ebay.
I didn’t do much throughout the day….I worked on ‘Dublin Diaries,’ I made ravioli, two smoothies for dinner (blueberry and peanut butter/date) and then I attended ‘Burn and Build’ at 8 pm. Nick had to practically hold my hand before I left…but it went surprisingly well…
Before Burn and Build
After Burn and Build
Then I went for a walk…
And met a cat…
Who scratched the shit out of me!
Then I came home, had a freak-out over the cost of the wedding with Nick (Yeah…I’m hiring a choir…)
And that was my day!!!
How many days until the wedding? I don’t update my blog enough to keep track! Oh well…so what did I do today….
I woke up. I made Nick his daily ‘Horror Juice’ and today I added extra Horror! What is horror juice you may wonder? Horror juice is one half of a lemon juice, Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, all in hot-ish water (I boil water and add it to cold water.) The ‘extra’ horror is when I put a full lemon’s juice in the cup and a bit more Bragg’s apple cider than unusual. Then I give Nick a spoonful of apricot butter.
After that I goofed off. Then I went out on the town with my friend Emily! We had this lovely lunch…
I was able to say ‘No’ to my favorite donuts…
During lunch we talked girl stuff…then we wandered over to the park and sat on the grass and continued chatting. Today is the start of ‘Distortion’ which is a Copenhagen music festival where they play really loud techno music in the streets. Kids were swarming everywhere…some of the girls were wearing embarrassingly skimpy outfits (garter belt with undies.) It’s pretty sad actually because really…what is the outcome for most of these girls? Though all societal stigma on all lifestyles has been removed…that doesn’t change the fact that not all lifestyles lead to equal amounts of contentment, fulfillment and long-term happiness. But I digress…
Then I went home…cleaned a bit…harassed Nick…and now my quiche just beeped from the oven. So it’s time for dinner and I will probably continue watching ‘Northern Lights’ with Leann and Eddie on youtube. It’s not a bad movie.
I’m back from dinner and I hung out with a cat outside and then took selfies with facebook 🙂 🙂
This was Nick’s message to me early in the morning. He is saying ‘scale’ and that’s because I’m trying to lose weight. Ok, I’m not trying very hard…at all. So he was teasing me. Good video though! I love it 🙂 🙂
In the morning I went to the church to see if my flowers were still alive…and they were! Some were thriving…only one died and he dried out the other week so no surprise that he didn’t make it.
Then I proceeded to decorate the church room…
That is my grandmother’s tablecloth and it looks good everywhere! I am going to try to find more on etsy and ebay…but it’s not looking good. So I ordered 10 white tablecloths last night from Amazon and will haul them to Denmark before the wedding in a giant suitcase.
Rosa, the church office lady, she was very nice and gave me some hints that this Saturday there are two weddings in the church and I should come by and check out the decor they used. So I will do that!
What else did I do…I came home. Nick and I had ravioli, broccoli salad, and blueberry smoothies for dinner. I got an airbnb room for my videographers. Then I electrocuted my face with Suzanne Somer’s FaceMaster (I call I the FaceMonster) while watching Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian in ‘Northern Lights’ the Nora Roberts book-movie that’s on youtube. And that’s it…then Nick and I went to sleep.
Nick and I woke up bright and early. We headed into Copenhagen to see the church and check on my plants and do more ‘flower color’ tests. Unfortunately….no one was at church! We have no idea what was going on…but the coffee and cookie room that everyone goes to was locked. So our plan was squashed. I will admit though that it was fun driving in the car with Nick early Sunday morning. I can’t remember what we talked about but we had a fun time.
We stopped by Kirsten’s bakery and got bread and a chocolate croissant.
There was a little flea market outside the house. So while Nick ate breakfast, I dashed in and out like a little bug buying things from the flea market. I paid 40 kroner for a vintage teacup. I’m such a sucker!!!! The woman was nice and pregnant and I couldn’t say no! Why did I do such a stupid thing? But you know…I think I made someone happy! I just won’t go to Starbucks one day. The other people were very nice and I got an old silver mirror that would be perfect for wedding decor, 2 tealights (they have a matching set at the red cross up the street which I will go pick up), 2 very nice flower bud tealights that look so good they are sitting on the living room table, and two giant Cognac Glasses which I don’t know why I bought…but I have them and I will use them for flower arrangements around the bar area.
I also bought two ‘drommekage’ from the little girls sitting outside for me and Nick to enjoy.
Then what did we do….I can’t remember!! It was hot…but it’s always hot…I think I just sat in bed in the darkness and relaxed for the rest of the day.
I may have attempted to clean my room…key word ‘attempted’ as it’s still dirty.
I woke up bright and early at 4:30 am. It’s not that hard though because it’s sunny outside so it feels like I’m going out in the afternoon! It’s better to be awake early in the morning than mid-day when it’s so hot. I broke my pants. Nick had a ‘man day’ and was out with his manly man friends. They waterboarded, went to a restaurant, ate at McDonald’s and then watched a football match in a bar. I was supposed to go out with a friend, but something was a bit wrong with me and I fell asleep from 1 pm to 7:10 pm. Then I knew I was in trouble so I avoided the phone (I also wasn’t feeling well enough to go downstairs.) So I sat in bed and looked at flowers from Afloral.com while watching Hallmark Channel movies for several hours until Nick came home.
Since I didn’t do anything, I’ll post photos from Nick’s Man Day.
Very uneventful day! But I did start to understand more about making a floral arrangements with fake flowers after spending hours of Afloral’s website.
Today was truly a lazy Sunday! I slept in until 11, and Nick slept in until 1:30 pm!! We were both very tired, and stayed up way too late on Saturday. While Nick slept I bought a ton of stuff off of Amazon, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus: Crest whitestrips, NYX PBTaupe11 for contouring my nose, Lancome Color Design lipstick in Fashion Icon, Lancome powder, YSL highlighter, DiorShow Brow Liner etc etc. I also splurged and bought this lovely hat from Coolibar for only $12.95! California girl and all, I have to protect my skin…even though I’m spending the summer in Denmark…it can get just as hot as in California. I have to have everything I need for the wedding by June 4th which is my deadline for getting the suitcase ready to take to Denmark.
When Nick woke up we had a lovely breakfast downstairs…well it wasn’t that lovely…it is way too sunny downstairs at this time of year. We really need an awning to protect ourselves from the heat and sun! You can’t even watch television because of the glare off of the screen. Modernistic large glass windows look cool but are so impractical.
I then continued my obsession over choirs from 3-5pm.
I finally wrote an email to a professional choir where each member costs $250 dollars. I sent them a list of the songs I want sung at the wedding and asked ‘Can you do it?’
I really want to walk in to the church to ‘Northern Lights’ by Ola Gjeilo…that’s why the obsession with church choirs.
I also said yes to our Soprano who will sing Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus. She is again, $250 dollars.
While I was obsessing over choirs, Nick would occasionally walk into my room and rehearse his second stand-up set.
At 5pm I stopped obsessing over the wedding and began getting ready for Nick’s Stand-Up Comedy. His set was about the guy who took a shit on the floor of my workplace the other week. I thought it was very funny…the audience on the other hand didn’t seem interested in bathroom humor. Their loss!
I wore my black sleeveless dress from Karen Millen and black heels. I overdress to the comedy club, but I think it’s fine because it reflects well upon Nick to always have a wife who dresses to the nines when she is out with him.
So yeah, I was the well-dressed supportive wife at the comedy club…and I recorded Nick’s set on my camera so he could come home and watch it. The audience wasn’t so great last night and a lot of the other comedians felt a bit stressed. Afterwords we hit up the grocery store and bought ice cream and potato salad. Nick made paninis and I goofed off in bed…I have no idea what I did last night…but I didn’t go to sleep until 2 am again…bad Christine….
So that was the day!