Five Life Truths

by Holly on June 13, 2011

in dinner,friends,life,Minnesota,weekend

I have five weddings this summer. Seven if you count the ones I can’t make it to. Nine including my sister’s wedding reception earlier this year and my friend Diana’s wedding in London this upcoming November.


That’s nine people in my life getting married.

That’s nine nights of booty dancing until my hamstrings can’t hold me up any long.

That’s nine weekends I get to overanalyze my life and worry I am doing something seriously wrong for I could not be farther from marriage. Or kids. Or even a non-emotionally defunct boyfriend. Apparently, those are hard to come by (douchebaggery is really trendy right now, for the record).

This past weekend was wedding #1 of the summer.

Here is what my overanalyzing self discovered about my overanalyzed life:

(1) Happy hours are the best. Especially when beer, greasy bar food and cute male baseball teams are involved. And if they last 7 1/2 hours like mine did on Thursday, all the better. Sometimes, 10pm bedtimes have to wait.

(2) Love is contagious. Don’t believe me? Ask the 60-year-old man I grinded with on the dance floor Saturday night. Or the four groomsman I perhaps sexually assaulted at some point (sorry Nolan!). They’ll tell you they felt the love.

(3) Dancing is the BEST workout. In fact, my quads are still sore from breaking it down on Saturday night. It’s cardio. It’s muscle building. It’s Electric Sliding. It’s flexibility AND balance. I mean, look at the exquisite bend in my Everythingtarian back.

Who do you want to teach you how to Bernie?

Adam’s has more style. Mine is bendier.

Take your pick.

(4) Even if you don’t like cake, you still have to eat wedding cake. I don’t like cake as I much prefer a big ol’ dish of ice cream. But somehow I find myself scarfing down one – if not two – slices of cake at every wedding I go to.

This time, I wanted seven but somehow rationalized I could drink more beer if I stuck with one.

Balance, people.

(5) Friends = life (the rest is just details). Well, family = life too, but for the purpose of this post, let’s just stick with my favorite non-related people in my life.

Your turn! Give me one life truth you’ve discovered lately. Sharing is caring!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I totally agree with the dancing at weddings. I am a dancing whore – once I start, I just can’t stop!

Pure2raw twins June 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm

haha love the pics of you and your girls!! nothing beats weddings…some great memories…lots of drinking and dancing

Megan June 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm

i love you more than life. and i think we’ve found you future husband, so thats exciting. until we meet again!

Jessica June 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Weddings are the greatest even if they do make you overanalyze your own life. I’m in the midst of this myself with all the weddings I’m attending.

One truth I’m in the middle of is the realization that you cannot pack too many pairs of gladiators for vacation. Not. Even. Possible.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

You don’t like CAKE?! That’s un-American. Not to worry – if we are ever in the same place with cake, I will gladly eat your slice.

Truth: I will swear off shots, but the second the Absolut promo people walk around with free schwag I’ll buy the whole table a round and down mine like a champ.

Claire June 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm

It’s super easy to be jealous of the beautiful people in your life who seem to have everything, (who then get proposed to and promoted – more than one person no less!) but it’s way more fun to celebrate with them.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm

You and all your friends look gorgeous in the photos!!!

9 weddings, whoa. I havent been to that many in a decade, combined! That’s what happens when you move 3000 miles away from h.s. and college friends, you just dont fly back with your kid in tow to go to their weddings. whoops!

“(douchebaggery is really trendy right now, for the record).”– I always tell Scott that had he not robbed the cradle and married me when I was uber young, I’d probably be single b/c there are sooo many tools and losers and db’s out there!

Hang in there :)

dana @ my little celebration June 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Ha, you did the Bernie on your blog. Yet another reason why I love you. I did the dougie at the last wedding I went to. Oh, white people.

One truth I’ve learned lately? Trying to run two blogs is a lot of work. And I mean a lot. (more details on this to come later : ).

Friend? I think we’re destined to be friends in real life. Thoughts?

Coco aka Opera Girl June 13, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Truth — love happens when you least expect it. I thought I was done with love, and then a month ago it whomped me over the head.

Jennifer@ knackfornutrition June 13, 2011 at 11:08 pm

4 people I know got married last weekend! 4! In 1 freaking weekend!! It utterly ridiculous. And apparently I missed the memo because I too could not be farther from all of that right now.

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] June 14, 2011 at 1:19 am

Ya just gotta find the non-db! I am still looking for mine. I love your friend’s wedding dress so pretty! that is a lot of weddings for one years. LOTS! My first friend to get married is next year…i don’t know if my hamstrings are ready for all of this

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport June 14, 2011 at 2:46 am

I can’t come up with anything better than Friends + Family = Life. Nail on the head.

As for wedding dancing… I can attest to no matter what country you are in, and whether you speak the language or not… wedding dancing just might be worth the self-analyzing.

And you never know who you are going to meet at that London wedding! :)

Erica June 14, 2011 at 5:45 am

Our last few summers were SMASHED with weddings. This year, we have 0. It kind of feels glorious. Now us and 6 of our friends are having babies haha. I guess it comes in waves? Anyways- this wedding looks like fun! Love your dress.

Lauren June 14, 2011 at 5:58 am

Haha, I can totally picture you grinding with a 60 year old man. LoL, is that weird? :)

sofia June 14, 2011 at 6:12 am

dude. that’s a lot of weddings. and dresses. and dancing with old dudes. and looking stunna with friends. this is a fun post. i dig weddings when good people are involved. give me an open bar and good music (ie oldies – i’m a weirdy) and i’m a happy lady.

Hillary June 14, 2011 at 7:10 am

This post was fantastic. And don’t worry—not everyone is that close to marriage, kids, and a picket fence (even if it seems like everyone around you is. That’s just a small sampling, I promise).

Life truths? Nutella tastes just as good for breakfast as it does for dessert. Special occasion dinners taste better when you linger over them (for more than two hours). No matter how much you plan for something to happen, it’s inevitable that life is going to step in, slap you in the face, and laugh. True ‘dat!

Evan June 14, 2011 at 7:13 am

Oh my god can we please just Bernie and overanalyze our relationship arrested development together?! I love this post.

Life truths. That I need to go to culinary school. That’s the biggie I’ve discovered lately…which also means I’ll have to take out student loans, after all.

Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy June 14, 2011 at 8:36 am

Ah yes, the “wedding years” when you can’t make it from May – November without shelling out hundreds of dollars in white sparkly cards, one weekend at a time. They are fun though, and any excuse to drink free booze and dance for hours with your friends is almost worth it. Also I contributed to that trend by getting married last year, but hey at least we had an open bar :)

Emily June 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

You look like so much fun :)

Kacy June 14, 2011 at 10:11 am

I have just discovered Happy Hour and truly love it. I’ve lived here three weeks and done about 7 happy hours.
Douchbaggery is seriously at an all-time high. When will it stop?

brandi June 14, 2011 at 10:50 am

love this, Holly :)

One truth I’ve found lately: wishing for something doesn’t make it happen.

Lauren @ WWoB June 14, 2011 at 10:51 am

9 weddings? Holy moly that has got to be a record of some sort. I haven’t entered the wedding years yet and I am half dreading half anxiously awaiting them. It should be coming very very soon… I foresee lots of drunk dancing and a couple emotional break downs in my future. Typical?

jeri June 14, 2011 at 11:00 am

how’s this for truth: we live in a small assed world. I went to college with Jeff, Adam, and Nolan. Second truth: I knew it was Adam based on the Bernie alone. Bahahahah.

Gillian June 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

That is one lucky 60-year-old man.

And life lessons, agreed. This weekend I realized that eating and drinking, and celebrating life with the people you love is the truest form of happiness.

Katie June 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm

So fun!! I want to go to nine weddings, but none of my friends are even the tiniest bit close to getting married – or having kids – and I want them all to, desperately. Mostly so I can dance the night away and eat wedding cake…but it would be fun to have some married friends, too. And some babies for Adrienne to play with. :-)

Megan (Braise the Roof) June 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Gosh darn, girl that’s a lot of weddings! I like your moves, I’d pick you as my teacher any day. One thing I’ve learned is that street fests are worth the price of admission (even if it seems like a rip-off) any day of the week.

Katie June 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

That’s it. I’m bringing Bernie to the karaoke bar.

amanda June 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm

first thing first…your killing it with that red hair. ow, ow, ow! do red’s have more fun?? do tell…

and ahem, NINE WEDDINGS? that’s sick. and expensive. i’d be a. so pumped to boogie the night away with friends and family. {and pumped to enjoy free booze} b. so depressed over still being single and not having a ring on my finger. {because i dwell on this fact on the daily-sigh!} c. downright frantic about forking up all the money. {because it ain’t cheap, yo}

BUTTTTT…weddings are joyous. and i have an obsession with them. so i’m also slightly jellin’ over all of them. i hope you document each one that you attend. and perhaps you’ll snag up a super cute single stud. or at least share a room for the night…..


amanda June 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

oh! and my life truth…mmm.

weekends: sometimes, i’d really rather just hang out with my family then go out drinking with my friends.

i’m a really old 26 year old. eek.

Maren June 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I enjoy drinking wine…like every night. And it helps me stay sane :)

I danced the night away this past weekend, too! Looks like you had a blast! Totally true about dancing. I was literally DRENCHED in sweat. My hair was soaking wet! So gross, but so worth it!!

Maren June 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm

p.s. I dominated some cake in the hallway of the reception on Saturday. It was

EmilyK June 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I am a very love/hate relationships with weddings!! Mostly I do love them. I oddly don’t have many this summer.
My truth for the day is that it is IMPOSSIBLE to go to Target and NOT spend over 50 bucks! I needed ONE ITEM…

Tamar June 15, 2011 at 10:58 am

Not a very deep truth, but: expensive fake tanner (St. Tropez bronzing mousse) is worth every penny. :) I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to discover this.

Shannon June 15, 2011 at 11:28 am

My life truth is that I need a life and some friends would be nice too! I need to socialize and there’s no one to do that with (outside of work, and my own age!) here in Sacramento…

Lauren June 15, 2011 at 11:38 am

Life truth: The kitchen, is always home!

Oh and now that I am cooking for a catering company that is in full on wedding season overload, I dislike weddings less than I used to. I used to hate weddings but watching people eat good food and generally be happy… makes me almost like them. I said almost :)

Have a great wedding season!!!

Lauren June 15, 2011 at 11:43 am

OH yeah… I thought you might like this link :)

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby June 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm

“That’s nine nights of booty dancing until my hamstrings can’t hold me up any long.”

homegirl, i like the way you think. also, LOOKIN’ GORGE, GIRL. as usual :) sending you lots of love from boston, soulsister!

Teri [a foodie stays fit] June 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Life truth: Following your heart and soul truth often isn’t the easy path. Usually it’s not actually.

Whenever I read your blog, it reminds me that life should be FUN and full of laughter! And I need that right now! xoxo

Cait's Plate June 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

Aw, I loved this post (and I’m obsessed with your header!! did you design it?!). One truth I’ve learned about life is not to take everything so seriously! It’s good to just have fun every once in a while and have faith that everything will turn out as it’s supposed to :)

Tori (Fresh Fruition) June 16, 2011 at 10:15 am

I’ve discovered that family is the most important thing!

And I love this post. Hilarious! And it looks like heck-a fun :D

Maggie June 16, 2011 at 10:24 am

Looks like a great weekend, Holly! I love your blog. Your posts always make me smile :)

One life truth I’ve come across lately — there is nothing better than blasting music you love and dancing around by yourself to cure a stressful day. Except perhaps eating a massive bowl of ice cream afterwards.

Evan Thomas June 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I want to go to a wedding in London in November. Tell me you checked the +1. I’ll have the fish.

Jessica June 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm

9 weddings?! Ooooh my goodness miss holls, you are going to have so much fun! I remember when my older bros started entering that time where literally all their friends were getting married! After a few years into yo’ twenties it never stops! Two of my three bros have gotten married while i’ve been in college, and i literally look back on both with sooo much love and good times! Dancing + dranks + good food + friends/fam= the best way to celebrate! And how fun is it to see your closest friends absolutely sh!t faced? Or that random relative, perhaps?? hahah

And don’t tell me you haven’t seen sex and the citaaay ?! A majority of those homegirls were single to their late thirties and eventually… found their prince charming! Work it sista. Enjoy the single years ;) And your curls are adorable!

Okay, here’s some truth for your friday: you have approximately two days to be as drunk/lazy/active/flirty/productive/gluttonous/scandalous as you want before another work week starts! hahahah enjoy it! MUAH!

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