Wednesday, November 26, 2008

If this is autumn...

...then I'm worried about winter! We have had some SUPER cold days in Connecticut and I've been busy trying to adjust my southern self to the freezing temperatures. Now don't get me wrong- we do have cold days down on the Gulf of Mexico. But it's usually not until January or February and it's only about a week or two! That said, I think I'm doing ok. I've learned that corduroy pants are way warmer than jeans, giving your car a good 15 minutes to heat up will prevent frozen fingers, and an electric blanket can make all the difference in the world. Bring it on winter...I'm ready for you!

Cold temperatures apparently also bring in the mice. I'd heard them in the ceiling, but this was my first evidence that they are actually residing in the house.
Brr!! A walk at Huntington Park
Our first snow! Here's the backyard. It was just a teeny bit, but definitely a preview of snow days to come.
Snow on the deck (we need to get patio furniture before next summer!)
A chilly weekend in Kent, CT
Even Bailey needed a sweater!

Meet the Parents

If the Ben Stiller and Robert Deniro movies come to mind when you read the title of this blog, I have to admit I was thinking about them too! Chris and I have been dating for over three years and due to geographic differences, our parents had never met...until a few weeks ago. I knew there was nothing to worry about-our parents are all such wonderful people. But Maine and Arkansas are two VERY different places and I was just hoping they would all have something to talk about! Just as I had hoped, they had a really nice weekend together and there was never a lag in conversation. Chris' parents introduced my parents to all things New England and made them feel so welcome. THANK YOU again Jay and Mary Pat- it was the perfect way for you all to meet.

But let's backtrack a few days to Wednesday when my parents flew into NYC. This was the first time they had ever visited me since I moved away from the South and I couldn't wait to show them around Connecticut and New York City. On Thursday I introduced them to Connecticut. I think they really enjoyed looking at all the fall foliage- Dad took lots of pictures! On Friday Chris took the day off and we drove them (yes, drove, it was a scary experience and I'm glad Chris was behind the wheel) into New York City for their first visit. We walked all over the city, showing them Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Tiffany's, and Central Park. We walked them across the Brooklyn Bridge for authentic NY style pizza at Grimaldi's. After enjoying our much deserved pizza lunch after all the walking that day, we took the subway back to Manhattan and headed back to the car. It was an absolutely beautiful day to be in the city. I don't think my parents would ever want to live there, but I know they enjoyed their visit.

On Saturday we packed into the car and drove up to Maine so that the parents could finally meet! We had a wonderful weekend and my parents loved the beautiful Maine coastline and Portsmouth, New Hampshire where Chris' Dad works. Chris' Mom steamed up some authentic Maine lobsters so my parents could have a true New England dining experience. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend and I'm just so happy that they were all able to meet before the wedding. Thank you Mom and Dad for visiting, and thank you Mary Pat and Jay for hosting them for the weekend. I can't wait to have you all back together in April!

Introducing Mom to risotto and mimosas...delicious!
Radio City Music Hall! Does Mom look a little cold?In front of the CBS morning show, where Pink was performing. We only watched a few minutes. If it had been Josh Groban, according to Mom, we would have stayed ALL day. :)
On a rock in Central Park
On the New York Subway
Portsmouth, NH
Chris and all the parents!

The Cliff Walk in York Harbor

Mom stood on a chair so she could watch how Mary Pat was cooking the lobsters.
Dad and Mom with their lobsters! Those are happy faces. :)

The FOB, MOB, MOG, and FOG at New Castle Beach

The moms! I love this picture

Saturday, November 8, 2008


I can't believe our big day is just over 5 MONTHS away!  We have been busy working on plans for the wedding weekend and we are getting so excited to see everyone down in New Orleans in April!  We've had several guests ask us about things to do in the area so here are a few ideas to get you started (and you can click on the name to take you to the website):

Our wedding weekend falls on the weekend of New Orleans' annual French Quarter Festival.  This neighborhood party began as a festival for locals and has grown to attract visitors from all over the world. It's now the largest free music festival in the South showcasing the best in Louisiana musicians and including an international music stage.  A full schedule can be found on the festival's website.

You can't come to New Orleans without visiting Cafe du Monde! This iconic New Orleans cafe in Jackson Square is open 24 hours a days, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day or when the occasional hurricane passes too close to New Orleans! The coffee is served black or au lait ("au lait" just means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk) and the beignets (square french doughnuts COVERED with powdered sugar) are a real treat. Dining is outside and cash only.

Pat O'Briens is best known for their famous Hurricane Drinks, but we love it for its Piano Bar! The piano bar has two pianos and pianists who seem to know EVERY song every written. You can try to stump them but it never seems to work! Make requests on napkins and drop them off on the pianos to hear your favorite song. As a side note- if you order a drink in a glass container, make sure to return the glass to the bar for a refund. If you think you might forget, ask for your drink in a to-go container.

Chris loves aquariums and he visited New Orleans' aquarium just a few months before Hurricane Katrina hit. Sadly, the aquarium and its population were hit hard by the hurricane and it was closed for several months. Fortunately, it is back open again from 10-5:00 daily.

We booked a block of rooms at the Country Inn and Suites on Magazine Street.  The info has been on our wedding website for several months, but I'll put it here as well. We strongly recommend that people book a room SOON.  While we have a limited number of rooms set aside, the hotel and other hotels in New Orleans are booking up quickly since the wedding weekend is such a busy one in New Orleans.  The hotel information is:

Country Inn and Suites of New Orleans
(504) 324-5400
$163/night (parking is $23/day)
Ask for the Gibson/Hasty wedding block

I can't wait to see each and every one of you in April!  :)

Bucknell Crew Reunion

Chris and I went to his 25th Bucknell Crew Reunion almost a month ago, the first weekend of October.  (I know I'm a little behind with the blogging- I'm going to try and get caught up!)  It was much colder (and windier) than normal for that time of year to be out on the water!  And I think Chris and his former teammates were nervous about their rowing skills after all these years away!  They did great though and took the boats out for nearly an hour on Saturday morning.  Chris and I got the chance to visit and have lunch with 4 of the 7 guys he used to row with and their wives.  It was so exciting for me to have an opportunity to see Chris row after hearing so much about it.  I'm looking forward to the next reunion!

They made the alumni carry their own boats again!

About to push off- Chris is the one in the middle in the gray shirt

After the row!  They all looked tired but happy.  :)