Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Club: The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

Has it been forever since I wrote a book review? Oh it's because I've picked up several terrible books and had to put them down because they couldn't keep my attention. Finally I found one that I could get through! 

This book is about Tess, an aspiring seamstress who takes a chance on herself and boldly makes a case for herself to board the Titanic in the company of a world famous designer, Lady Duff Gordon. While on board she meets a kind sailor who defends her when she makes a small misstep which turns into a huge embarrassment for her and Lady Duff Gordon. She also meets an eccentric businessman from Chicago who dazzles her with stories of America. On the fourth day disaster strikes and Tess has to make quick choices that will either save her life or send her to the freezing water. Thanks to her quick thinking she is able to save herself and a few others and once safe on land she catches the eye of a New York reporter who wants to find out what really happened on Lady Duff Gordon's life boat. 

Back on dry land Tess has to decide on her loyalty for Lady Duff Gordon, how she feels about the sailor and the business man and how she is going to survive in this new world. 

I liked this book, I didn't learn until the end that it was based on true events. Of course I knew about the Titanic but I didn't know Lady Duff Gordon was a real person and there were many questions about her life boat in particular. There were parts int eh book I didn't really care for or felt too unrealistic and took me out of my book dream. But this is such a quick read if you don't like it you've probably already finished it! 

I also found it interesting that if you want to look for more books by Kate Alcott you'll have to look under Patricia O'Brien. Ms. O'Brien has written several other books but couldn't get The Dressmaker picked up, she changed her name to Kate Alcott and it got picked up in 3 days! 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekend Update

I had a whole post ready to go but it's pretty wordy and probably boring so basically it can all be summed up with: We went to Charlotte so Chris could help with the MOM Clinic in Gastonia and I got to spend a lot of quality time with Parker, Jackson and Noelle. It drizzled the entire weekend but that's fine because: 


Hope you had a wonderful weekend! :)

Friday, September 25, 2015


I've been a little off the grid the past couple weeks mostly because...

1. Parker Munoz Pruett woke me up at 1:30am to tell me she was on her way! Chris had taken our car for the weekend so I got up, called an Uber, ordered a rental car, took the Uber to the airport, grabbed my rental, went home, threw stuff in a duffle, grabbed a sleeping Kona and headed down to Charlotte at around 3:15am. I was just past Mebane when I got a text that she was born at 3:34am!

Mom and baby are doing great and are home with Dad and Brother!

2. While I was in Charlotte I got to spend a little time with Heather Lee, it's her birthday on Sunday and I won't see her so we got drinks at Paco's Tacos in between fawning over Parker. 

3. I've been feeling a little off these past couple months and I'm starting to feel a bit more like myself. Have you guys ever had just off months? Sometimes just forcing yourself to do the normal things helps but sometimes it takes a long time to get back in the swing of things. I don't know what threw me off but boy it feels good to feel more like myself again!

4. I've been cleaning out our closets lately and slowly finding pieces that I really like. I have been wanting to remove most of my closet because I KNOW I don't wear a lot of the things in there and it's nice to just have room. Speaking of making room Dr. Chris finally got my trays for my teeth! I know my teeth are pretty straight but my laterals drive me crazy since they have migrated from facing out to straight forward. We'll see how it goes in 10 weeks! Until then I'll have an awesome lisp! :) It's pretty cool to see the difference Dr. Chris makes! He's taken off several sets of braces for patients he's started and it's pretty incredible the difference it makes. Hopefully they dont loose their retainers like me!!

5. I'm going back to Charlotte this weekend to see Ms. Parker and I'm so excited for Chris to finally be able to meet her! He has seen about a thousand pictures of her but you just can't capture the full extent of her cuteness!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Lake Weekend

What a weekend! Chris and I had a lovely secluded weekend to ourselves. The nice thing about going up to the lake is there is already almost no one there but this weekend we only saw about four people total. It was just a great time to spend one on one time with just each other.

We went up on Friday night, made ourselves at home, had dinner and talked the night away. The next day since Chris, Dad, and Jeremy had cleaned the place out the previous weekend Chris and I made iced coffee the night before. Neither of us had tried this experiment before and luckily it worked out! We then got everything ready for our adventure for the day. We kayaked for most of the day and had captain Kona at our steer and bow. He finally seemed to get more comfortable with the water. It was perfect weather for us, warm and overcast but no rain! Before we went in for dinner we saw some friends on their boat and of course they asked about baby girl Pruett, who is still in hiding!

We enjoyed dinner and quiet time together. It's interesting how when you're by yourselves with no outside stimulation the topics that come up. Of course we listened to music and a couple podcasts but without the normal disturbances we got a chance to just be together in a way we don't normally get.

We went out again on Sunday, it was much sunnier but way more windy and chilly!! Definitely had our first taste of fall up there! We only paddled for a couple hours before we were ready to warm up and head home. I'm so grateful Chris and I got this weekend to connect and be super active together.

Hope you all had a great one too!

Friday, September 11, 2015


Finally it's Friday!! Why are short weeks the longest?? Here's my five on Friday!

1. Chris and I are headed to the lake this weekend solo. We really need some alone time away from our house. The lake is perfect since it is so secluded we can get to hang out by ourselves!

2. Thankfully it's not so secluded that we can now get a phone signal up there in case baby girl Pruett decided to make her debut a little early!

3. I made a couple orders over the past few weeks and like a dummy I changed my billing address but didn't change my mailing address and had to run by our old place yesterday. It was so weird to see how someone else would decorate it! But I got this awesome rug that I am really pumped to have in our kitchen!


4. Why is this so hilarious and amazing? Sad to say it makes me want to get drunk with Chris and recount the very very beginning of our relationship because being in high school adds a whole other arena of drama and hilarity.

5. Finally this song is how I will welcome my weekend! If you've been around for a while you'll know I am obsessed with the Paralympics and even though they don't focus on that directly I think it's awesome they put a spotlight on people with different abilities and their athleticism. Welcome to the weekend!

p.s. my thoughts on today are ever changing, here's how I felt and my experience from 2011

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

What's Hap-Pinning!?

After a little hiatus I'm back! Last week I was in the thralls of Sorority Recruitment and was trying to help figure out which of the roughly 800 women coming through would be a Chi Omega. I think we found some great women and all their hard work was definitely worth it!!

This weekend however was all about my girls! Some of mine and Heather Lee's friends from DC came down for the first time and we did it up right!! We had many brunches starting at Tupelo Honey.

We went to visit Ms. Heather Lee's work at ESPNU, which is so crazy cool. I couldn't be more proud of her! Plus we got to go all around behind the scenes!

{with Brendan Fitzgerald and Kevin Carter}

p.s. dont you love how Kevin Cater sitting down is just about as tall as me, Heather and Lisa?

While Heather worked I took the girls up to The National White Water Center and we rode the waves! So much fun! Luckily none of our crew popped out! 

Thanks to our guide Dan's friend for the pic! This was his last run of the season!

After exhausting ourselves we had a chill dinner to get ready for the next day! More brunching at 5 Church, this time with a very pregnant Noelle. Somehow she still looks tiny! Only one more week!!

Noelle and I broke off for some sister time before the boys came back home and the ladies went to breweries. We ending the weekend with yet another brunch at home and then everyone headed out. 

Whew! I think that's the quickest update I could have done! Glad to get back in the swing of things!

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