Thursday, April 29, 2010

Going to the chapel...

Corbin and Tyler get married this weekend! Yay!
Can't wait to celebrate the big day (couple of days, really) with them both. It is going to be a wonderful time, and I am so excited to be a part of their union.

Ahhh, love. :o)

The Hills/City

Oh how I love MTV's The Hills and The City! Thank goodness that my dose of drama is back on the air and in no way disappointed on Monday night. Let's start with The Hills:

Heidi, Heidi, Heidi- are you serious? It is scary that you can't talk or show any expression. I do think mom was a little harsh when she asked if she should "put [Heidi's] burger in a blender for her" so she could eat it... yikes.
Since when have Lo/Audrina/Stephanie been friends with Kristin? I guess MTV has told them that they all have to play nice so the show can go on. Kristin is really slipping, though. Things are not looking good for her.

The City on the other hand-

Is less about drugs, alcohol and plastic surgery and more about "professional" catfights. Whitney's new line appeared to be well received and it looks like it will be a great season. It will be interesting to see what Olivia has to say when Whitney confronts her. Ahh, the drama. I can't help it- I am on the edge of my seat.

Monday, April 26, 2010

First things first...

I have learned a lot about decorating from my mom's fabulous interior designer, Mark. He is amazing and although I would L.O.V.E him to come and whip our new house into decoration perfection in a few short weeks when we move, I am going to have to do this one with only the lessons that I learned from him. :o)
The first thing he did for my mom was hunt down the perfect area rugs for her house. So... I have been hunting. Since we have hardwoods on both up and downstairs, we need quite a few.
Five in fact.
Last night I found two, yes two perfect rugs that I love, love, love. We decided on green for the living room and something calming and spa-like for our bedroom.

I am so excited to now find the perfect shade of paint for each of the spaces. Tonight we are going to Benjamin Moore to check some out.
Our big plan is to have the house painted after closing before we actually move in! Sounds simple, but we have a couple of other things going on that add complexity to the mix.
Small things like, oh, graduation from dental school and taking the third and final CFA exam and weddings and bachelorette parties. It is all great stuff, and it's all happening at once!
We are excited and I am super stoked about all of the upcoming decorating and home projects. Can't wait!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tuna Burgers... as good as they look

Friday night, we gave the tuna burgers a test run. They were a crowd pleaser!

We decided on the menu of:
Tuna burgers topped with aoli sauce on ciabatta bread
Strawberry and pecan salad (with Courtney's amazing homemade dressing!)&
Orzo, grape tomato, black olive and feta pasta salad

It was all delicious! And we both decided that it was pretty simple to make everything- an added bonus. The group consensus was that this was the perfect light, fresh spring meal and everyone ended the night content and happy.

Of course it is always a blast to spend the evening on (you guessed it) Courtney and Jeff's back deck. It is so fun to get together with them, because it is such a team effort when we grill out! Usually, Courtney and I prepare things and the guys do an amazing job with the grill. And it turns out scrumptious, every time. We can't wait to have them over to our back yard patio in just a few short weeks.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Dr. Bobbio

Happy Birthday to one of my best friends, Jenni!

Jenni, I hope you are having a blast today (and tonight) spending time with your family, Ryan, Chloe and friends. I am sure that it has been a great weekend for you and I am SUPER excited to celebrate your big day later this week. This year is going to be the best one yet- with graduation, your wedding and beginning your residency and your career as a dentist, the upcoming year is going to be filled with fun and excitement. Can't wait to celebrate all of your happy moments with you! Yay!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My kind of burger

Look at this Bobby Flay recipe that I stumbled upon. Anyone who knows me knows that (much to Steve's dismay) I am a vegetarian. However, this is one "burger" I would love to eat! I love seafood, especially tuna steak, and this sounds scrumptious.
I am invisioning the first cookout in our new backyard now...

For the Tuna Burgers:
1 1/2 pounds fresh tuna steaks, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chipotle pepper puree
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
4 ciabatta rolls or French bread

For the tapenade aioli:
1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
2 tablespoons capers, drained
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 lemon, zested
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup prepared mayonnaise
Freshly ground black pepper
Combine the tuna, Dijon, chipotle, oil, honey and green onion in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Shape the chopped tuna firmly into 8 round uniform patties about 1 1/2 inches thick. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. (The burgers must be very cold to hold their shape when cooking.)

Grill burgers for 3 minutes on each side for medium doneness.

For the tapenade aioli:
Combine olives, capers, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. Add the mayonnaise and process until smooth, season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Serve burgers with ciabatta rolls and aioli. Garnish with watercress.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Scores are in!

Yay! Congrats to me!
I passed all sections of the Southern Regional Testing Agency dental lisensure exam. What a huge relief to have all of that complete and finished. Next up... graduation!
Looking forward to our family coming to celebrate the exciting accomplishment with us.

Danielle Ryan, DDS

Looks good, if I do say so myself!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Happy Birthday to The Ryans!

This past week was my birthday (April 15) and Steve's birthday (April 17.) It is fun that our special days are so close together because celebrating together makes them extra special.

However, this year, my birthday was spent getting organized and mentally preparing myself to take the clinical portion of the dental licensure exam on Friday, April 16th. It was a stressful day (in general) but everything went smoothly and I was happy with my work. We will find out the results on Monday! It is the last hurdle standing between me and graduating as a DDS, so finishing on Friday evening was a huge relief. Which, we celebrated by heading straight to Sine' Irish Pub with classmates and having a nice cold Margarita!

Posing with the flowers and card Steve gave me for my birthday

Saturday morning I spent at Courtney's with the DG girls from Virginia Tech at Lizzy's baby shower! It was so much fun to see everyone and celebrate another little one that will be here this summer. I am excited to meet little Beckham Poole, he is going to be one handsome, well dressed, nicely snuggled, happy with his toys little man. :o)

Saturday evening Steve and I finally got a chance to celebrate our birthday's together! After a stroll down the chalk filled streets of Carytown, we found a quite little table on the patio of New York Deli and sat down to have a yummy dinner... or so we thought. Unfortunately, there was a loud, obnoxious table of "happy hour-ers" behind us and the service and food at NYD was pretty poor. Despite our decision to never go back there after the long and tortuous dinner, we had a wonderful time exploring Carytown, window shopping and then ending the evening at the Byrd Theater to see Avatar! We LOVE the movie and couldn't resist going to see it again when we noticed it was playing at the Byrd Theater. This time, even though it was not in 3D and IMAX, we still looooooooved it. After the movie, we had completely lost ourselves in the world of the Navi People and left The Fan feeling happy and content. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our first married birthday's.

In line waiting to get tickets to Avatar

Pretty amazing chalk drawn sidewalk art

Excited for the movie to start

Birthday cards and flowers

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Who else is obsessed with HGTV? I don't know if it is just that we are in the process of buying our first home (yes, that's right, we have found "the one" and we are working towards closing- more on this soon!) but I am just absolutely addicted to all shows on HGTV.

It is hard to narrow it down, but these are the thirteen that I love, love, love:

Color Splash
David is so great and I love his original art in every room

Sarah's House
I think Sarah is funny and I like how she usually goes over her budget to get the things she wants. It cracks me up- Steve says that I should not watch it anymore...

Holmes on Homes
Mike is AMAZING. There is really no other word to describe what he does. The only thing I would change about the show is that I think they should post the names of terrible contractors who do the shady work so that they don't get any more business.

Curb Appeal
Love getting ideas from this one. Plus they make it all look soooo easy.

Divine Design
Candice... what a quirky chic. She is so funky, but it's endearing. Does it seem to anyone else that she always takes on lofts and huge spaces?

Designed to Sell
It is unfair that they have all the expert labor just waiting to make an amazing dresser or perfect headboard. I have a list of things that look easy I am just itching to try my hand at. Oh and Monica is my favorite designer.

The Unsellables
Very cool. Most of the time, I think that the people should stay in their house after the crew gets finished.

My First Place
Go figure this show's webpage is swimming with shameless plugs from the National Association of Realtors... Can't help it- I still love it.

Property Virgins
Oh Sandra... you sure don't sugar coat it do you? Give them a brake- they are first timers! Even the name of the show is in your face. But, can I tear myself away before they have decided if they can afford the house or not? Heck no.

Income Property
Option 1 or Option 2? Scott always comes up with great designs and manages to deliver a great rental price and renters. He has a really clean, streamlined style. Me likey.

Get it Sold
Sabrina Soto is my favorite. For sure. I like her style, I like her designs, I like her "get my hands dirty" work ethic, I even like how she talks with her hands. Sabrina is just great and always has cool tips that she shares. Love it.

House Hunters
Suzanne, which one do they choose!? House #1, with the large back yard? House #2, with the great master suite? or House #3, slightly above budget but finished basement? You can be sure I will never change the channel until I know the answer! Even though I never pick the one they buy, it is great to see so many houses.

House Hunters International

Everything from House Hunters, but tropical! Even though it makes me green with envy, I love this show. Steve and I ALWAYS turn to each other and say, "Let's just move there!" Ah, heaven...

Monday, April 12, 2010

hi honey, i'm home...

The two best things in the world were waiting for me when I got home from my week of travels...

My little family :o)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

DC Bachelorette!

Doing Corbin's Bachelorette party in Washington, DC was a blast!
From champagne happy hour and dancing all night to admiring the cherry blossoms and a delicious dinner at Jaleo- it was so fun to spend one last weekend with Corbin "single" status. Here are some pictures of the festivities for your viewing pleasure!
Friday night at Churchkey

Lunch at the pier

Girls on the Cherry Blossom Cruise

Sightseeing from the boat cruise down the Potomac

Cherry blossoms

Danielle and Corbin in front of the cherry blossoms

Girls and the beautiful bachelorette!

Love you, Corbin.
I am so excited for you and can't wait until May 1st when you become Mrs. Franklin!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Saltville, VA- Here I Come

Today I leave for Saltville, VA, population 2,204. It is a real place (I am sure some of you are skeptical) in Southwest Virginia.
It even has a website.
And a Wiki page.
I will be there this week on a dental rotation. This is a "new" rotation for dental students that was added this year. Unfortunately, the dental clinic has not been completed yet, so the word around the school is that we work with local dentists in their offices. It will be fun to see a new part of the state.
I am also looking forward to this weekend... It is Corbin's Bachelorette party! So, Thursday evening, I will be making the 6 hour drive from Saltville to Montross to stay with Corbin and leave for DC on Friday, sheww! It is going to be a busy but exciting week.

Looking forward to the festivities this weekend, Corbin!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Our amaryllis bloomed and it is breathtakingly beautiful. Thank you Mason for gifting this bulb to me 4 years ago- it has blossomed every year. I always look forward to the blooms, they are just gorgeous!


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