I’m Back…

Dear followers (or people who read secretly and never comment..*cough* LIZ *cough*)

It has come to my attention that my absence has been noted in the “blogosphere”. I brushed this aside and merely explained that I was no longer into blogging, however after the 4th or 5th mention (I know…so many fans) I decided that for each person who actually commented or told me they read, there are probably at least 2 or 3 others who don’t say anything. Writing about my life here in Italy for 10 people who may be interested or even find this of use is enough for me. So here are some brief updates before hopefully getting back into the swing of things (I’m hoping for weekly posts or so..but no promises).

Livio and I just returned from our honeymoon in Peter Island (in the British Virgin Islands… you can see it’s location here.) Suffice it to say, it was all a honeymoon should be. Pure relaxation and privacy.

Little place where we went snorkeling on our private sail

Our little friend who came begging for crumbs every morning while we had breakfast on the terrace

The beautiful pool at the spa…this was in the middle of the day, as you can see, we literally felt like we were the only ones there sometimes. That is Livio walking next to the pool

Livio in the palm trees

The tiny little plane that we took over to Beef Island Airport (the closest airport to Peter Island in the BVIs). It was an 8-seater prop jet!

It is a great resort for a honeymoon because it is the only resort on the island and so it seems like you have the whole island to yourself, not to mention the great food and drink, beaches and spa. *Sigh* I wish we could honeymoon once a year…

After our week in paradise, we returned to the US for the week.  The main purpose of this was for the beautiful and *super* fun wedding of my brother Gordon and Annie (hi sis-in-law!). It was an awesome way to finish off our trip back to the US and I could not be happier for the couple.

first dance. Photo credit: http://kylelaferriere.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/annie-gordon-macmillan/

They had an amazing beach-themed wedding and my sister Lars and I were bridesmaids.

Here we are…boogieing with our dad

I know I need to finish up my wedding series here on the ol’ blog. Are people interested in hearing about my wedding planning still or shall I just move on with life? Anyone who reads this, let me know, any feedback or advice would be appreciated.

We are now back in Italy and after the usual week of adjusting and jet lag we are back to normal here. Normal meaning our weekly pizza dinner.

This pizzeria is one of our favorites in our area. It is called pizzeria la pace and I highly recommend it if you are ever in the Veneto region. They specialize in these huge pizzas al panaro, which are basically maxi-pizzas with several different topping sections (on the bigger ones up to 8). Those in the photo above, by the way, are considered just “individual pizzas”. Here is their site.

Well that is all for now. Please any feedback would be appreciated (even if just to say hi and that you read the blog!). A presto!

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Pizza and Dance Lessons!

Whew! What a day!

This afternoon we ran some more errands, picked up Livio’s tux and discussed logistics with his parents. I then came home and took a shower while Livio picked up some pizzas for dinner. I have basically eliminated gluten from my diet however one thing that I do eat still is Pizza, but only if the crust is made from Kamut. It is an ancient grain, and a derivative of wheat, however the gluten content is much, much lower, and if you’re not severely reactive to gluten, it shouldn’t cause any problems. It is actually becoming quite common in Italy to find!

I chose a pizza with sausage, bell peppers and onions.

Livio chose one with just salami! He also drank a corona =)

Livio can eat an entire pizza!!!

After dinner, Alice, who is a very good dancer, came over to give us some pointers on our first dance for the wedding. Fabio also came over to join in on the lesson!

We learned the basics, then threw in a few dips!

Then things got a little strange…

All in all it was a very busy, but also really fun! I must go to bed now because tomorrow I will wake up early to run and then we have another day full of wedding things to do!

Buona notte 🙂