30 before 30 Recap: 12 & 14 with a touch of #9

Though Technically I haven’t accomplished #9 yet (Do something artistic with our road trip postcards), I do have a brilliant plan for them. We are going to have our wedding guests write us notes on them and then put them in a photo album as a guest book. I’m pretty sure we have plenty postcards (I collected at least 2 per state) and if not we can pick some local ones up to fill in the gaps. The problem is that they are different sizes, so I’m not sure what kind of photo album I’ll be able to use yet. Also, we want to be able to see both the front and back of the postcard. I’ll keep you posted when it’s done!

#12 Go to Water Country

Water Country in New Hampshire is one of my favorite water parks. I’m not sure if it’s just because I went there a lot as a child or if it really is just that awesome, but I love it. I blogged about the vacation in general here. It was a lot of fun to bring Matt to one of my childhood haunts, although it was a bit strange too.

#14 See Movies at a Drive-In Movie Theater

Another item from my childhood. When I was a kid and went camping with my parents we visited a couple drive-ins. I remember, in particular, watching a movie with my headphones out the back window of the car while my parents watched a different movie from the front. Matt and I first went to Mansfield Drive-In to see Captain America and had a blast. We’ve since been back for Brave and Men in Black 3 and I’m sure we’ll go again. They also have a great big flea market every Sunday in the Summer and I can’t wait to go visit some lazy Sunday. I originally blogged about this here.

The recap will continue with 16 and 17 next week. In the meantime, I really should choose my next number to tackle since I’ve extended this list for another year.


30 before 30 Recap: Success and Failure aka #’s 6 and 8

Number 6 was “Be Promoted”, which I was. I was promoted at my job and there really isn’t much more to say about it. It was a good move to make and I’m happy.

Number 8 was a fail. We had wanted to design and send Holiday Cards, but we never got our act together. We did have cute illustration that Matt had done, but the computer it was on sort of died. However, since I’m adding a year hopefully we can get it done for Christmas 2012 – especially since we’ve accessed the files from the dead computer!

Stay tuned for number 12 and 14 later in the week!


30 Before 30 Update on the Due Date


Today I am 30. I know it looks like a big number, but I don’t feel much different yet. This has been a busy year filled with a job promotion, wedding planning, side business updating and lots of photography. My year of 29 was filled with so much love and happiness and I can only hope that my year of 30 will be the same.

I did not finish the projects on my 30 before 30 list. However, since I got engaged three months into my year of 29, wedding planning sort of took over my life. Because of this I’m tagging “Plan Wedding” as number 31 and giving myself another year to finish. During the rest of the month I’ll take the items I did finish and talk about them a couple at a time. I’ll also talk about the goals that are left and what I most look forward to accomplishing.

Although they weren’t intended for any particular order, today I’ll talk about numbers 1 and 3 from my list.

1. One of the biggest thing to happen in the past year was Matt and I finally moving into a place of our own. It is small, but it is home and it was a move that helped me feel like more of an adult. It’s amazing to think that we have been in this apartment for almost a year. Most of the walls are still very empty. Maybe another goal for this year will be to hang more art.

3. For years I’ve been talking about putting red highlights in my dark brown hair. Over the past year I did and … it wasn’t an epic failure, but it didn’t go as well as hoped. The red sort of blended in and was not as visible as I would have liked. After the wedding I’m thinking about giving it another try with a brighter color red.

Meetup: April Goals

I must say that I’m glad April is here. March wasn’t as rainy as it usually is, so I’m expecting more rain for April. But I’m Okay with that. As long as the temperature continues to go above 45 degrees every day. 🙂 Oh, wait, goals? Right…. This was March:

Wedding: send Save the Dates, finish menu decisions, cupcake tastings, bridesmaid dresses, continue brainstorming centerpieces, register at two stores, order favor supplies, research hair ideas.

Home: Winter Dusting/Cleaning

365: Double up and catch up!

fallenpeach: promote more, try to find new ways to promote my work.

custompeach: list digital paintings and other work

health: read 2 more Nutrition book chapters. Do at least Yoga twice a week, try to relax more and not get so stressed out.

March was actually fairly productive in the Wedding department, which makes all the rest of my slacking okay. We did (Candy 🙂 ) have cupcake tastings which were super delicious. We’ve decided to go with a place called NORA Cupcake Company out of Middletown CT. The woman in charge already has some great unique ideas for Road Trip theme cupcakes like possibly a Coca Cola flavor. We also sent out our Save the Dates – see them above? Aren’t they awesome? We designed them ourselves, and Matt came up with the poem based on those old Burma Shave ads that used to be on Route 66. As you can see we did a bunch of other things as well including FINALLY coming up with a brilliant centerpiece idea (more details later).

I’m excited for April, but also feel overwhelmed with all that we have left to do. So, although I will be continuing to promote and do some fallenpeach stuff,  my goals are going to be wedding-centric for the next couple months.

APRIL Wedding Goals

Finalize Menu

Book hotel

Order favor making stuff

Scout hair salons, make test appointment.

Also – research hair and accessories – decide on something.

Start working on our ceremony

Get serious about music selection

Research bouquets and rings, make decision and find out when we have to order them by.

Plot honeymoon more specifically, make reservations for Disney sit down restaurants.

AND I think that is quite enough. How was your March?

OH AND I finally get to cross ” Get Promoted” off of my 30 before 30 list. Which makes me even busier, but happier.

The Meetup is led by Liz over at Athena Dreams, for more information click here.

30 before 30: Rocky & the Godfather

One movie related item on my 30 before 30 list was to watch 5 movies that I feel I should have seen before now – including both Rocky and The Godfather. How I had managed to not see either of these movies is totally beyond me since they are on TV all the time.

First up: Rocky.

I can finally say I’ve seen Rocky (er, rather, all of them… how can you stop after just one Rocky?) and I really enjoyed most of them, though the first is definitely the best. A full and beautifully written script by Stallone combined with his unique acting style really brought Rocky to life with more dimensions than I expected. Rocky is not just a boxing movie. It’s a movie that happens to have boxing in it, and that is why I like it. Not that I don’t occasionally dig the sports movies but rather this one was so much more than that which makes it special.

The rest of the Rocky movies were okay, only one was really absolutely terrible, but until the last one they don’t really hit the same tone of the original.

Next: The Godfather.

So far I have only seen the first Godfather, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I kept recognizing actors that i previously had no idea were in this movie and quickly was pulled into the drama of it all. Great acting, interesting story and great characters.. watching Michael’s character arc throughout the movie was intriguing and well done. Several people have told me that the second is even better, so I’m looking forward to adding that to our Blockbuster que and continuing the Godfather adventure.

Over all I’m glad I’ve finally seen these movies and I think I liked Rocky more than Godfather, but enjoyed both. Movies still on the “should have seen by now” list are : Blade Runner, Alien and Annie Hall. Stay tuned!

30 before 30: An Update for the New Year

Although I haven’t been posting about it lately, I have been trying to keep up with my 30 before 30 list.

For example, just before Christmas I had red highlights put in my hair. The problem is that they are barely visible. My hairdresser wasn’t sure if I would like it (I’ve known her most of my life) and my budget was small. So, I crossed it off the list but I’m determined to try again with a more noticeable result post wedding.

I’ve also been crossing George Clooney movies off my list piece by piece. The last one we watch was probably one of the worst, Batman and Robin. That was painful.

For the Five Movies I Should Have Seen By Now, I’ve watched two: Some Like it Hot and Rocky (and now we are working through all the Rocky movies). I really enjoyed both and am amazed that it took me this long to see them. I’ve decided on the rest of the movies for this list as well – Godfather, Alien, Blade Runner and Annie Hall. I’ll let you know what I think of them!

My first 365 I decided to stop. I was so far behind and I wanted to start fresh with the new year. I’m stumbling at the beginning of my second one, but hopefully this weekend I can catch up and come up with creative ways to keep the energy flowing.

I’ve also tried one of three new foods: Pineapple, which was tasty.

And on that note, I think you are officially updated on my 30 before 30 progress.


30 Before 30: Watching Peacemaker

AND I’M BACK on my 30 Before 30 Adventure! This past weekend we continued watching George Clooney movies with Peacemaker, a movie neither of us had seen before. I wasn’t expecting this to be one of the good ones, but it was actually a pretty good movie.

From IMDB: “A US Army colonel and a civilian woman supervising him must track down stolen Russian nuclear weapons before they’re used by terrorists. “

That’s a pretty simplified explanation, but in a nutshell – yes. George Clooney takes risks that Nicole Kidman doesn’t want him to, and tension ensues – but what’s great about this movie is that the tension is not necessarily romantic.

Things I liked about this movie: the acting, the dialogue, the fact that they stayed away from the “romantic entanglements” that we both expected to be front and center, and there were some pretty good action sequences.

Things I didn’t like: The plot was bit confusing. I also believe that the movie makers assumed knowledge of the war in Bosnia that  I was a bit to young at the time to really retain. Watching this movie years later, I wish they had taken a moment or a line or two to put in some context for the “villain” past a small flashback.

Ultimately, though, a fun action movie with twists and turns and snappy dialogue.

Have you seen it? What George Clooney movie should we watch next?