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October 2015

Denton

Doing Denton: The Addams Family

Greetings, Gentle Readers, 

As I may have mentioned before, I live in the Denton, Texas area that we lovingly like to call “Lil’ D” since we are Dallas’s neighbor to the north. Denton is artsy with small-town charm and a mix of older people with college kids. There are always events and festivals going on in the area, which means there is always something to do.

Last Saturday my friend, Julia, and I went to a community theater play at The Campus Theater off the Denton Square to see The Addams Family. It was a week before Halloween and everyone was starting to get into the spirit. Earlier that day on the Square was a Day of the Dead Festival (that I sadly had to miss). There were still some characters walking around the square by the time I showed up on the scene. Gotta love that sugar skull makeup!

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The Campus Theater always brings back great memories for me. As a small child I was very interested in theater and becoming a star (and maybe as an adult too….). My mother signed me up for this theater program for children at that very same theater. I spent many hours working on stage presence and getting over my stage fright. It’s been YEARS since I’ve been back, but Julia and I are always looking for something fun and different to do in the area on the cheap and seeing a play fit the ticket (excuse the pun).

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This version of The Addams Family was one I had never seen before. I was more into The Munsters as a child, but ya gotta love a catchy theme song with dance moves. *snap snap*

The whole audience was very into the snapping aspect of the play, which of course I had to join. In this reincarnation of the story, it’s several years later and Wednesday is in LOVE. *gasp*. Homeboy is extremely normal, from Ohio, and the engagement is a secret. Gomez (who was easily the best in the show) finds out and is instructed to keep it a secret from Mortica until after dinner with Homeboy’s parents.

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Yada yada yada, everything works out. For a community theater production, it was pretty good. There were definitely some rough spots, but as a theater veteran, nothing is ever going to be perfect in any production whether I notice it or not. It was a good time and it is right by Beth Marie’s Ice Cream Parlour so that is alway a plus.

Some random stuff:

Made Jewish Mac and Cheese

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Throwback to little Savvy circa 1993. I was Tinkerbell for Halloween and my Fall Dance Recital

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Happy Reading!

-Savvy

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The Real Life “27 Dresses”

AKA: Katherine Heigl is my Spirit Animal

I’m assuming all of you ladies (and certain gentlemen) out there remember that Katherine Heigl movie that came out a few years ago called entitle “27 Dresses

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For those of you who have been living under a rock or have otherwise forgotten, the gist of the movie is that KH is everyone’s best friend and is the quintessential “bridesmaid, but never a bride”. Long story short, this reporter does a story about her and her many bridesmaids dresses in the shadow of her little sister’s wedding to KH’s boss. La la la…. the girl gets the guy (spoiler.. or not because let’s be honest, this is a chick flick) and end scene.

While it all ends well and good for KH, let’s bring it back to me (the way it should be). 😉

While I may not have been in 27 weddings, I have been in quite a few. By living in the South and going to a fairly conservative southern university, I am probably one of the only 24 year olds who has more married friends than single ones. I can literally count the number of single friends on one hand. In addition to being in more weddings than normal 24 year olds, I have also attended and/or helped with many others.

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Stephanie: The college roommate/bff. March 2014

Please also watch this funny video where my girl-crush Mindy Kaling explains the difference in bridesmaid and groomsmen duties.

Shoutout to Mindy: I totally agree, also can you, me, and Amy Schumer form a new #GirlSquad? Kthanksbye

Let’s face it, being asked to be bridesmaid is a (generally) awesome feeling. Not only are you invited to partake in one of the most special days of your friend’s life, you get like a backstage pass to the whole event, almost a VIP. However, as you can see from Mindy’s video, actually you are asked to be a slave to the wedding.

  • You buy your own dress
    • (unless your employer aka the bride decides that it fits into the wedding budget)
  • You fly or drive to the location
  • Often times you are asked to pay to get your hair and makeup done so you don’t look like a crazy in the wedding pictures
  • There is generally a bachelorette/bridal shower/wedding shower that you must attend
  • There are always other hidden costs of wedding attendance
    • Examples: different shoes, rental car, food/drinks, hotel rooms, gas, etc…

don’t even want to quote you how much I have spent on not only being in weddings, but also attending weddings in the past few years. (hint: I could have bought my house a lot faster).

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Alicia: Lifelong friend. October 2013 Please excuse the weird expression on my face. I had managed to scratch my eye with my mascara wand several days prior and could only see out of one eye.

I don’t want to sound ungrateful for all of the wonderful memories and happiness being a bridesmaid has brought me. Several of these weddings were actually very low cost for me and a few were in my town, which made getting there fairly easy (one was only 10 minutes away!). However, this is not just about me and my personal experience. This is to bring awareness to the fact that the much beloved Pinterest has made poor little college girls think that they have to have this fairy-tale wedding even if they are in school-debit (or personal debt) up to their eyeballs and their future husband is in a similar situation. What happened until waiting to get married when you’re financially stable? What happened to using that $30,0000, the average cost of a wedding in America, as a substantial downpayment on your future home?

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Andrea: Other college roommate and bff. September 2013

So then there is the point of view “well our parents are paying for it”. That’s awesome. I’m glad that they have the financial ability to gift you this amazing wedding. However, please realize what you are asking your friends who are in similar financial situations as you to expend potentially a thousand dollars to help you out for this one day. How important is it that they be there for this momentous occasion? I’m not saying don’t invite them, but maybe don’t guilt them into flying halfway across the country on their own dime (shoutout to my dad’s air miles for saving my butt more than once) to stand up for 30 minutes while the preacher makes some weird jokes and gets your name wrong. Maybe think about chipping into the budget to help these people that are apparently so important to you make that journey.

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Megan. Lifelong friend. March 2014 (the week before Stephanie’s wedding)

Another suggestion: buy their dress or pick a dress that they can wear again. David’s Bridal is great for many reasons, such as no matter where you are in the country, there is a store within driving distance that will have the exact dress you need. However, there are plenty of department stores that can do the exact same thing for usually half the cost and it will be something I will actually get to wear to another function. Despite my previous naive thoughts, no one on eBay wants to buy my once-worn bridesmaid dress in the color peacock. I graduated college in May 2013. By the time May 2014 rolled around I had been participated in/attended 6 weddings and had turned down several others. Of those 6 I was actually in 4 of them, helped greatly with 1 (that was in another state), and just attended the remaining 1. For a recent college graduate just starting out in the working world that is a LARGE financial obligation not to mention that when you start a new job, generally you don’t get Paid Time Off right off the bat. Many of the days that I was traveling to attend weddings went unpaid since my PTO hadn’t started.

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Melissa and Brian’s wedding. I was the flower girl! August 2014

So you go to this wedding. It’s beautiful. You’ve spent a lot of money to be there and see these people. Then they leave to go on their honeymoon and you don’t hear from them for months. Maybe you don’t like their spouse, maybe their spouse doesn’t like you. Whatever the case may be, realize that someone has just spent a large amount of time, money, and energy to make it to your wedding and you can’t even send your thank you cards at all (never mind that traditional time limit suggestion). Cool you’re in wedded bliss adjusting to your new life. I’ll give you 6 months in la la land, 1 year if I feel generous. However, after that 1 year mark is up I need you to snap out of wedding brain and get back to the real world. This is one of the reasons I feel like people drift apart: latent anger. People may wax nostalgic and think “Oh, we just drifted apart after awhile”. No. You were secretly angry at them for making you go through this extensive and expensive exit interview on being your friend. No judgement, I get completely understand.

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Lauren: Lifelong friend. May 2015

I could rant about this for a very long time, but I will leave you with this thought: Go ahead. Make those expensive decisions for your friends; just realize that when and if I someday get married you will all be wearing Kate Spade and I want to go to Napa for my bachelorette party.

Disclaimer: I am very happy to have been a bridesmaid/involved for all of these previous weddings and hope that this blog post does not in fact discourage other friends from choosing me for their future weddings. Through the expensive exit interview process I still love you all. 

Happy Reading

-Savvy

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About Me….

I sort of started this blog without giving a really great introduction of myself so here it goes… 

What is your name?: My name is Savannah Victoria, but you can call me Savvy. I feel like we are on that level 😉

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Where are you from?: I am originally from Dana Point, California. I moved with my family to the Dallas, Texas area when I was younger and I grew up here. I ended up moving back after college and so far it’s working out pretty well.

Tell us about your family: I have my Mom (Sarah) and my dad (Marc) and my sister (Tara). Mom and Dad live about 20 minutes from me and my sister goes to college where I went in Virginia. She is my little baby hippy. She is 21 and a vegan yoga instructor. If there were ever two opposite people, that would be us. We are the Yin and Yang of the household.

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Do you have any pets:? Yes, I have Karma. She is my rescued French Bulldog and the love of my life. I don’t know what I would do without her.

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What are your hobbies:? I love to travel, read, cook, write, hang with friends, chill with Karma, watch movies, and shop!

Where did you go to college?: I went to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. It was the best and worst four years of my life and I would go back in a heartbeat if I could. I do go back to visit from time to time since a number of my friends still live in that general area. Even though I am always going to be a West Coast girl I have a soft spot in my heart for the East Coast prepsters.

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Do you have any hidden talents?: I can do a mean Cher impression at karaoke!

What do you do for work?: Ironically, I work for a finance company. I am actually terribleeeee at math so it was and continues to be rather hilarious to me that I was hired. However, my job does not actually entail any math so I lucked out on that one.

What are some of your goals?: I made it a goal last year to do the Turkey Trot 5k in Dallas this Thanksgiving. I ended up hurting myself back in January on the very first day of training (another story for another day). I am just now realizing that it is almost the end of October, which means I need to get running! I will most likely end up walking a good portion of the 5k, but at least I made the effort! Another few goals off the top of my head: traveling more in the next year, getting promoted at work, losing the rest of my weight (30 pounds down!), writing more in the blog and for other projects, reading more, and generally focusing on really enjoying my 20s. In April I will be 25 and I just really want to get the most out of life.

What are some of your greatest accomplishments?: I would say finishing college (almost) on time would definitely be near the top of the list. My mom took like 10 years to finish and my dad never had the money to finish so for me to do it the way I did made me really proud. I started college being a nursing major and after three semesters basically had to start all over. I finished with a double major in Marketing and Human Resource Management. I never had a summer break those four years. I was taking classes all of the time in order to catch up to where I was supposed to be. I graduated in May 2013 with two outstanding classes (LU allows you to take those post-commencement) which was exactly 4 years.

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Well that’s probably more than you ever wanted to know about my life. However, if you do have any questions write them in the comments! If you also have any ideas for a blog post you want to read about, let me know!

I LOVE CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK!

Happy Reading!

-Savvy

Dallas

Puppy Pawty! Oktoberfest! Food Trucks!

Good Evening, Gentle Readers…

Several of you may know how much I love my dog. Karma is the light of my life and my greatest sadness is that I haven’t had the job of being her human her entire life. I adopted her 2 years ago through one of my friends and she is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I am NOT an animal person, but she is the best ever. I had to celebrate her adoptive birthday in a special way this year.

PetCo had a puppy party (pawty) package you can buy with all of the things you could ever need to celebrate your pup’s life. Hats, streamers, bowls, invitation, and a banner all for $10. What could be better?

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The birthday pup!

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Puppy Pawty!

For her birthday present I got her a Halloween Costume!

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Karma is Yoda!

 

Since this is more of a life update here are some things I have been up to lately:

 

Oktoberfest in Southlake with Julia for her Birthday

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Seeing Ruthie for a few hours while she was in Dallas

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Food Truck night in Denton a few weeks ago with Julia

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In the next few weeks hopefully there will be many other activities to document!

Until then,

-Savvy