MIMM #3: WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

Happy Monday! It's a rainy, dreary one over here in NYC but I think it's going to be a great week so I'm in a good mood despite the gloomy skies. I'm linking up with Healthy Diva Eats to share the Marvelous In My Monday and Her Heartland Soul for her Weekend Snapshots link-up. Which is really a recap of the past few days. :)

- Paying bills. This sounds like a weird highlight, I realize, but one of my goals for this year/next year is to enter into marriage with zero personal debt. I'm not in the black yet, but I'm getting there, which is gratifying. My mom would be proud. :) (She loved to shop and spend, but she always worked hard, had near-perfect credit and was an excellent saver.)

- We opted for an early dinner out and a movie at home on Saturday night. We picked Jersey Boys, because I loved the Broadway show and was eager to see the film version. I have to say I was disappointed... the movie is really uneven and choppy. I wish they had provided subtitles of dates/places for many of the scenes - would've been much easier to follow. But the music is phenomenal and worth the watch alone. Of course the two songs that are my favorites/I was most looking forward to were the last two songs. And then they do a bonus performance while the credits roll, which is always a fun surprise.

- Brunch at The Smith with my fiancé & sister. That place is just so good. Bonus: gratis cocktail with any brunch entree. And not your standard watered down mimosa, either. 

- My new Nike Blazer High-Top Sneakers. Perfect for running around the city in fall/winter (when snow boots aren't required). I initially saw these online but loved them even more in the store. The burgundy color is much richer than the website leads on. It's my favorite shade for this time of year and the patent material gives it such a lovely sheen. I don't know, can sneakers be beautiful? Because these certainly are.

- I scored this cute striped turtleneck at Old Navy yesterday for ten bucks. It's like J.Crew's tissue version, but a third of the price. (Use code "CHEER" to get 35% off & free 2-day shipping today & tomorrow.)

- Father of The Bride on TV yesterday. My dad took me to see it in the theaters in the early nineties when I was just 5 or 6. When Steve Martin does the whole George Banks monologue at the beginning of the movie, my dad turned to me whispered "Doesn't he remind me of you?" and I've never forgotten that. As I've grown older the movie has meant more and more to me, and I can't get through it without crying. Now that I'm actually getting married, forget it. The scene when they're on the basketball court and it starts snowing came on and I had to turn the TV off. I was sobbing. (And putting on my makeup to get ready to head out, so crying in the moment was inconvenient.) Sad tears, bittersweet tears, and happy tears, too. And now I'm tearing up just writing this. Okay, I'm done!

What's marvelous in your Monday?