On A Rainy Spring Day

Saturday Michael and I planned on going hiking. It’s been awhile and I was looking forward to trying a different trail I found near the house. Unfortunately, the so-called “dry” (I use quotes because dry in Oregon means the weather channel is predicting 20% chance of rain) day turned into a downpour pretty much all day. Scratch that hike!

Instead, I went to the gym for the first time in many many Saturdays. I’ve been historically going to the Warrior Room but am currently out of classes and have been too lazy to buy more. I hope to go next week. Anyway, it was kinda nice going back to the gym and doing my own workout at my own pace. I warmed up and then did some weights–incorporating some of the things I learned at the kettle bell gym. I did burpees, two-armed kettle bell swings, one-armed swings, regular squats, pushups and deadlifts. Then I went to the treadmill to do my Couch to 5k plan.

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After the gym we went out to lunch at McMenamin’s (a local restaurant chain) that was near the mall because we were going to Macy’s to register. 🙂 For lunch we split an appetizer of spinach artichoke dip (it was a small enough portion for two) and then we both ordered a salad.

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My salad came with grilled chicken, pickled red onion, toasted hazelnuts and bleu cheese with a raspberry vinaigrette. It was really good! And it wasn’t humongous. Michael got the Cajun chicken salad with bleu cheese and bacon and tomato. I had a bite and his salad was pretty damn tasty.

After lunch we went to Macy’s to register for wedding gifts. I’d already started the process and created a registry with a few things on it just as a placeholder on our wedding website until we got around to doing it for real. I’m glad I did because it made the process much faster. We got checked in with the lady there and we were given a scanner and off we went!

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It’s kind of weird registering for gifts. At our age we already own our house and have most things we need/want. Basically we selected things that have been on our wish list for awhile but haven’t splurged on it (for example: a Keurig coffeemaker, etc). There are things we already have, like Le Creuset, that is just old and beat up. So we registered to replace our less than great cookware.

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I also added a new crockpot to the list. The one I have works great and it’s a good size but it’s old and doesn’t have a timer. I’d LOVE to have a crockpot that you can pre-set and then go to work. There are a lot of recipes (usually chicken recipes) that I don’t do because they don’t need to be cooked for 10 hours…

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I’m pretty happy with what we got on our list, although I will say that Macy’s was lacking some of the things we were looking for. I think Amazon will be the place to go for that. My suggestion for doing a wedding registry right is simple:

  • Eat a meal before hand and bring water with you. Being hungry and cranky is not the way to go.
  • Pre-register online to make the visit easier and quicker. 
  • Dress for shopping–meaning, you’ll probably get hot while walking around the store so don’t wear a big sweater and jacket. The less you have to carry the better. 
  • Have a list or idea of things you want to look for. The store can become really overwhelming and it’s hard to know where to start. But I’d already kind of started a list of things we definitely wanted on the list (like a new kitchen garbage can, a wine rack, etc) and that helped narrow things down.

After an hour we went downstairs to check out the furniture section. Some of those Lazy-Boy chairs were sooo nice! I told Michael we couldn’t get any though because we’d never do anything ever again. We’d just lay back in those chairs….

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We did find one dining room set that we both liked a lot and wasn’t ridiculously expensive (or embarrassing to be add to a wedding registry). We looked at beds and bedding and found some things we liked but things that weren’t EXACTLY what we were looking for so we skipped it. One of the comforter sets we LOVED was this one:

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I scanned it and then we decided to delete it. Even though the red was sexy and the sheets were super soft, I realized that red was probably NOT the color to have in the bedroom when you want to relax and go to sleep. Something soft and gentle is probably better–sage green, creamy yellow, soft blue…Oh well! The search continues.

It was a fun day and the registry only took about two hours. Any longer than that and I think I would have made bad decisions! The nice thing about doing it at the store is that you can touch things and see if it’s really what you want (like towels) and then you can delete things at home after you’ve had time to think about everything.

What were your favorite wedding gifts?

16 Responses

  1. I’ve had red in the bedroom for years. To me, far more relaxing than sage green. But it just depends on one’s personal color palette.

  2. Have you registered at a Lowes or Home Depot yet? Tools and garden stuff might not be your typical wedding gifts, but oh so practical and great to have when you need them!

    1. I looked into that. Neither Lowe’s nor Home Depot have a traditional wedding registry. You can only ask for gift cards. That would be nice because we are remodeling our house and could definitely use stuff for that! But how do you register for bathroom tile, you know?

        1. I spoke to someone at Lowe’s and explained that they were missing out on a big market. They said they were “working on it” but didn’t sound too promising…

  3. We have a wedding ring quilt that my aunt made for us for our wedding with the date embroidered in it. That’s probably my favorite and she has passed away, so it is a good remembrance.

    An FYI for a crockpot – just get a regular crocker, but buy a light timer for like when you go on vacation. You can use that to make yours a programmable crockpot. Plus you can use that time when you go on vacation!
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  4. We registered, but no one has asked us where we are registered! I think we are just going to get money and gift cards (which is fine – we will go and buy off our register). Here in NZ registering for weddings isn’t the done thing so even though it isn’t polite to put the info on the invite I think we should have because no one thinks to ask if we are registered.

    1. I definitely think there are cultural and generational differences. My parent’s generation is very “buy off the registry”. My generation not as much–or they want to do it online (which is why we also registered at Amazon). Me personally, I’d much rather give a couple cash. I know how expensive weddings are and I know they could use cash or gift cards. So that’s what I do!

  5. We had a destination wedding – and only my Mom and daughter and my husbands parents and son were in attendance. I was 32 and my husband was 40 when we got married, so we didn’t even both with registry. It was the perfect wedding – small and intimate!
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  6. A funny wedding registering story – we also were registered at Macys. We only had an old set of everyday dishes (leftover from my starter marriage – had to go!), so we were looking at several different patterns of Noritake dishware. My thoughtful husband shielded me from any on-lookers while I stuck my face in the cereal bowl to make sure it was the right shape for licking ice cream out of without getting any on my nose! Yes, I’m a bowl-licker – no, I didn’t actually lick it! But it’s been a fun story to share with the kids 🙂

    I think Lowes and Home Depot need to get on the ball – that would be a great place to make a wish list!

    1. Hahaha! You had to test the goods before buying, totally understand. 🙂

      I agree, more people getting married are older and probably already homeowners. I think Lowe’s and Home Depot are missing the boat.

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