Sunday, May 23, 2010

Gorgeous Day!

Today Mark and I had our engagement pictures taken at Meadowbrook gardens and around the grounds. It was BEAUTIFUL outside, super sunny and very warm. I was really stressing out about it at first and things felt a little awkward in the beginning, but after the first few shots it was very comfortable and SO much fun. Our photographer, Amy, is great - very personable and had some really fun and cute ideas. I can hardly contain my excitement to see them!

We had never been to Meadowbrook before (and still didn't go inside) but it is definitely a goal of mine now. I can't believe how amazing it is there. So beautiful and, well, historic. In fact, Amy talked to us about having her ceremony there and now I am extremely tempted to check things out and maybe switch our ceremony site. I don't know how big of a problem it would be; right now our ceremony and reception are both at Tina's Country House and we would definitely keep our reception there, but would it be breaking contract to change ceremony locations? And would our budget allow for us to use Meadowbrook? And is the date even available? I won't get my hopes up about that right now. I'll just continue being excited about our pictures, and I can't wait to choose one for save-the-dates!

Next weekend is moving weekend, so there is still a lot to pack and so much work to be done, not to mention some homework I've been neglecting.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Very excited!

So after our original troubles in finding a place to live, Mark and I recently checked out another house and it is the one. It's super cute and tiny but very new inside and in a great location - just a mile or two from main street in downtown Royal Oak. It has two bedrooms, one bath, a spacious attic, a newly remodeled kitchen with newer appliances, and a laundry room with a FULL SIZE (not stackable like we have now) washer and dryer. And a backyard with a shed. And we were able to talk them down a little for the rent. And there are CEILING FANS which I am thrilled about. It's a very fair location too because it is about 20 minutes for each of us to get to school, me going north and he going south. It's very close to Best Buy for Mark but not so close to either of my workplaces, though the internship will be over soon and then it'll be just me and DQ. I will probably start looking for a new job, though I'd prefer an internship and then you never know how much you are paid (if it all) so this will be a little challenging. I'm a bit nervous about it but I know everything will work out in the end.

Tricks is fully healed from his neutering and the lack of testosterone has not seemed to calm his craziness one bit. I guess he just has a boisterous kitten-like personality, but he does seem to be warming a little bit more and will occasionally cuddle up with us.

My summer class has started and so far it's alright. I've had this professor before so I knew more of what to expect with her. So far we're reading from an anthology and for whatever reason I've read a lot of the stories already. I'm more excited to get on with my other summer class, which is a psychology class that I'm hoping I can get some info about an internship I've heard pairs with it. We'll see what happens with that.

Wedding planning is at a standstill for the time being as I am just a little unmotivated about it. I don't have a whole lot more to do but I'm sure when we hit the one-year mark I'll feel more apt to kick myself into gear about it. I have all the major plans set so I'm not concerned. In two weeks we'll have engagement pictures so that's something I guess. I'll need to get my hair cut and figure out some outfits coming up here soon!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

busy weekend!

Well, after that last post things didn't really go so well as far as eating healthy and exercising. Once I finally didn't have anything official to do with school, I hopped aboard the lazy-train and have been riding it ever since. Sad. I have technically been eating less though. Since a few days ago I've been feeling kind of nauseous & having stomach aches after I eat. The first day it threw me off but I'm kind of getting used to it now. I still have some lingering drainage from my cold a few weeks ago so maybe I'm just slow to recover.

This weekend has been very busy for us. Tricks had to go to the vet yesterday and get neutered, so Mark and I dropped him off pretty early in the morning and were supposed to pick him up around 3 or 4 but he was still groggy from the anesthesia and so he had to stay at the vet until 6:30 PM. We dropped him off at like 8:30 AM, so that was a long time to be without my little kitty! In between that, Mark and I went house/apartment hunting which was absolutely miserable. All of the cheap apartments we found were really spaced out from each other and we somehow were stuck in traffic the ENTIRE time (mostly from construction). The first apartments we found were cheap and really nice but didn't allow pets. The second place we went to we had so much trouble finding because the address when put into google maps wasn't coming up right. By the time we got there we found that they have too many stipulations for us, such as proof of making 3 times the rent per month, and only had a few apartments available that were smaller for more money. So that was out.

We tried going to my college to see if there were any recommendations for off-campus housing which there weren't. I bought my books for one of my summer classes which totaled $77! Ugh! And those were novels! I should have went to the library, but I like collecting non textbooks so I guess I shouldn't complain too much.

By the end of the day we were so irritated with the apartment search that we called a real estate agent and had her search for some houses for rent. There was only two on the list that she pulled up in our price range, and we visited one today which was just terrible on the inside. Crossing our fingers that number two will look much better!

On top of all that, I went out to Ann Arbor today for Alyse's graduation party and for some reason, though we weren't there for too long, I just feel exhausted now. I work tomorrow at 4 so I plan on relaxing for the beginning of the day in my sweats :)

I'll spare the rest of the details of the weekend as this post is already getting awfully long.