That’s right, folks.

It’s finally here.

And yep, those are fake flowers. Don’t hate.

And yep, that wedding cake cupcake from Gigi’s does look amazing. So amazing that I think I will name it Dinner.

We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of warmer weather (don’t get ahead of yourself, humidity… your time will unfortunately come), flower blossoms, green grass, blue skies, and the excuse to do some good old-fashioned day drinking hands-in-the-dirt gardening.

Ah, piles of fresh basil from our plants last year.  I can't wait until we can have fresh-from-the-garden pesto again!

Ah, piles of fresh basil from our plants last year. I can’t wait until we can have fresh-from-the-garden basil and cashew pesto again!

Today is a sunny and mild 65F — I could certainly get used to this. I’d prefer not to be spending 8 hours cooped up in an office, but such is life.

Rich and I are headed to Wilmington on Saturday to meet with a potential wedding officiant. A little beach relaxation is definitely what the doctor ordered, even if the weather isn’t QUITE at bikini-level yet. I’m just excited to make a dent in the mountain of magazines that has been piling up since last year. I mean seriously, between Food Network, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Food & Wine, and Rachael Ray, I will pretty much have must-try recipes to last me years. Meh, who doesn’t love being on “island time”?

Clouds doing their little dance at sunset on Topsail Island last year.  Oh, the sunsets that I've witnessed on that island... They never cease to amaze me.

Clouds doing their little dance at sunset on Topsail Island last year. Oh, the sunsets that I’ve witnessed on that island… They never cease to amaze me.

With all of the wedding planning going on, I have to stop and remind myself of NON-wedding plans on the horizon!

For example, next weekend, we’re driving up to D.C. for some city shenanigans with my brother, Patrick! It will be a tad early for the prime cherry blossoms, but he’s certainly got some great food and drink spots lined up, a river cruise, and a Busch Gardens visit! Can’t wait. Here is one of the breweries that we’ll be hitting up. Um, a “spiced sweet stout” called Mexican Radio? Count me in. I’ll provide a full-report.

What plans do you have for early Spring?

Gardening? Re-painting your house? Beach trips? Hosting a springtime brunch? Spring cleaning? Wine tastings? All of these? None of these?

I’d love to hear!

xo Cassie