Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I need some new shoes I guess. Gosh, I hate when that happens, when you have to wear the same pair of flats too many days in a row and then they get ruined! And especially in the summer, and especially being outside for maybe 45% of the time you are wearing them, getting in and out of the car and such, or even traveling in the car when it's hot!

I don't know about your car air conditioner, but when I turn it on panel and floor, it's so much less powerful because it's dividing the air and it really does nothing to help me. But if I do just feet most of the cold air somehow gets lost. So I can't cool down my feet! And then they smell. NOT GOOD.

Today was Tuesday, which means it was a court day, which means I learned about legal things and heard a variety of cases and such. I kind of like going to court. I'm supposed to present in court on one of our cases whenever one finally shows up and actually, I don't think it would be too hard or nerve wracking. Especially since I've been in the various courtrooms (on the first floor anyways) for hours and hours these past two weeks and a few of the referees are recognizing me now and even chatting with me. Some of the prosecutors too. It's kind of cool; makes me feel like a real adult, haha. I am kind of interested in whatever job the prosecutors do. So far what I'm getting out of it is that they are the ones that testify on behalf of the people (everyone), and I'm not sure what else. It seems like it would be a very interesting job.

My dieting (yes, after the trillion times that I have always SAID I'm going to diet I'm really trying now) has been going decently, but not today. I woke up too late to pack my lunch and now I'm drinking a very large Coke and there's just no way to salvage it. Today will be my cheating day I guess. And cheat I shall - Arby's for lunch, pizza for dinner?

There's a Caseworker's picnic this Friday at 3 and one of the other caseworker's intern, Kim, wants me to go because she doesn't want to be the only intern. I don't know if I want to go. But everybody is really funny so it might be fun to go and get some free food in the process. Maybe I will after all.

Sincerely, Samantha

Saturday, July 25, 2009

really getting somewhere!

I have to say, I am about the happiest person ever right now. Last night Mark and I went to Tina's Country House to try the food there and it was REALLY good. We were sold. In fact we aren't even planning on going to visit anywhere else, especially because this place has a gorgeous garden like I've been wanting. So now all we have to do is A) figure out our budget/how much parents will be contributing and B) set the date! depending on what they say.

Now originally I have been all for this June 2011 wedding and I would still be happy with that BUT if we could make it even sooner - I can't even explain my excitement. Especially because we could do something on Labor Day weekend 2010 which is when we met each other in 2007 and had our first date and I think that would be very cute. But it really all depends on what kind of money we'll have. If we don't have enough for that soon, then we'll have to hold back until June 12, 2011 like was my originally set date. Or we may compromise on the last Sunday of August 2010 because Mark is worried about the weather for some reason (like a week would make any difference).

Plus if you book a Sunday in 2010 you get a free upgrade to premium bar, and any date booked in 2010 you get a free champagne toast for all guests, which is good incentive I think.

I am just so excited I can't stand it! I need to calm down though. There's going to be a lot to do once we decide a day and I don't want to be all stressing myself out already!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

not looking forward to this week.

This week is going to be absolutely horrendous. Not only am I already in freak-out-mode where I can't think about anything besides planning out my life, but I'm working almost 50 hours over the course of this week at DQ and the courthouse. Which is kind of good because I'll actually have money leftover once all the bills are paid, but I'm going to be so exhausted I know it. And super crabby.

Today I looked at a bunch of wedding stuff as usual; started looking up photographers and prices and wow... expensive. Like half the cost of the entire ceremony and reception. Not to mention a DJ is going to be equally as expensive. And I still want to rent a photobooth so that'll be another chunk of money. I haven't looked at flower prices AT ALL yet, and not really invitations either.

Then I was budgeting around figuring out what I have and what I need and blah blah blah. Then Mark came home from work and we went to Murray's to get some stuff for his car so he can fix all the thousand things that are wrong with it tomorrow. And I went to work, which was interesting because all the managers were gone but really not that much different than a usual day because no one that is all that new was working. So I don't really see what the big deal was that people were going to be gone: we're not incompetent or anything. We know what we need to do. It kind of annoys me a lot how little I am trusted/valued at that place. I just keep telling myself that this is definitely not a forever thing - soon I'll be graduating and going to grad school and getting more internships and a real job!!!!!! A real live career. Ahhhhhh I can't wait (seriously).

I'm just looking forward to going to taste food at Tina's Country House. I'm unsure where else I want to look at before making a final decision on a reception venue. I guess I should talk to my church soon and see about getting a pastor to do the ceremony and such?

OKAY SHUT UP ABOUT THIS WEDDING. It's so far away. Maybe we'll be able to make the date sooner, like August or September 2010. That'd be awesome! Although June is the month I really want most of all but I'd still be content with either of the others.

But seriously I might die of exhaustion this week. I have one day off. One day down, five more days in a row of working to go before a day off.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Saw some venues!!! :)

Yes that's right, I finally dragged my man out with me to check out a couple ceremony+reception sites that I was interested in. I have a huge leaning towards having a garden wedding and an indoor reception, as well as having the ceremony and reception at the same place, so I decided to go ahead and look at two different places, Rivercrest in Rochester, MI and Tina's Country House in Macomb, MI.

Rivercrest was the first stop, and they were in the middle of setting up for a wedding so we didn't see the place to it's full potential BUT the outside of the building had us a little bit taken aback. Mark actually wanted to turn around and leave and not even go inside! It just looked like an average office building, even less attractive than average, with some extra trees around the back where I could tell the garden area would be. However, the prices and the ceremony site intrigued me and so I forced him to go inside despite the lackluster first impression.

The day before I had been e-mailing back and forth with a woman and told her that I would like to come in sometime before noon, maybe around 11:30. The man that greeted us, after an introduction where I said that I had been e-mailing this girl, proceeded to say something like, "Oh yes this was supposed to be that 11:00 appointment" in kind of a dismissing manner like "Oh yeah you were supposed to be here earlier and now you're arriving late" which I wasn't. I may be young, and look young, but I am not irresponsible and he just gave off that vibe that I didn't appreciate. But we continued with the tour anyway. There were two rooms, and a very small (I thought) patio area to conduct the ceremony. A patch of garden across the way and a river running through the back. Good prices, but the place just didn't feel like there had been much newness of upkeep. Maybe I would have felt differently if it was TOTALLY set up, but the second room was set up pretty much all except chair covers.

I tried to be open-minded and optimistic, even though FH was totally turned off by this place. I tried reasoning that we should keep it open as an option, given the good prices and the nice garden (I didn't realize how small it was at the time).

Next we went to Tina's Country House. Wow. Totally different vibe. Although there is a run-down tavern out front, the gorgeous garden and quaint, beautiful hall make up for it totally. The place was very well kept, the woman showing us around was nice but not overbearing - she didn't say much and she didn't need to, the place spoke for itself. Prices are fantastic and so much is included. I should probably look at more places but I feel like my heart is set on that one...

Friday, July 3, 2009


As usual, I am busy as a bee working and working at my internship. However today is the last day that I'm working and then it's off to Silver Lake with Mark and his family for an entire week! I am excited and yet don't know really what to expect...last summer Mark and I went alone and tent camped for a few days. I should be packing right now but I still have some time.

As usual, I am also just as obsessed with wedding stuff as ever. I can't imagine what I would be like if I was actually getting married NEXT year as opposed to two years from now. My brain probably would have overloaded. I feel that it's kind of natural though, being engaged for around 6 months and moving in with your fiance SHOULD erupt some cravings for wedding bliss, right? Right.

So this is my latest find, two latest finds actually. One is a ceremony site only, and one is a ceremony and reception site, although you could have just the reception if you wanted to.

Ceremony: http://www.whitehouseweddingchapel.com/index2.html
Ceremony and/or Reception: http://www.rivercrestcatering.com/index.php

I don't know about pricing for that wedding chapel but they have packages which INCLUDE a certain amount of time for pictures, which I assume means a photographer is included in the package but I'm not sure. The second one I priced out and it's about 1,000-2,000 dollars cheaper than Cherry Creek and is very pretty/gardeny on the outside and nice on the inside (from what I can tell in pictures).

I should really go pack though. I am just so excited about this whole thing. I can hardly stand it!