Friday, March 25, 2011

And 3 months? For serious.


We are 3 months away from our wedding. 3 months. 92 days. Double-digit-days remain!

On the agenda for 3 months out:

1. Finish addressing invitations.

2. Details. Yesterday, I finished the majority of our ceremony outline/text (Mark still needs to read through it) and we chose our ceremony songs. Next, I want to get supplies to do some DIY ceremony programs, escort cards, and table numbers. I'm so so so SO not into DIYing anything, but I'd like to go the cheapest route possible and that seems to be it. There's no guarantee that I'll finish that stuff this month, but I at least want to have a plan in motion.

3. Hair & Make-Up. I'm not sure why I've been avoiding this so much. I really need to choose somewhere to get my hair done and set up a trial. I finally got my hair highlighted last night after about 4-5 months, though I still need it cut. I think maybe I've just been embarrassed of my untamed, damaged locks that I've been hiding from the world of bridal styling. There's no time to lose, now.

I'm doubtful that I'll be able to accomplish much else, especially if I'm attempting to do anything DIY related. We have so much to do, and progress still feels kind of slow. I think at the point we are blaming school and finishing up this semester as the major culprit. Lucky for me, next week one of my classes is canceled, meaning I'll only have two classes to attend (wahoo). Although I have a few assignments in lieu of class, that still leaves me a lot more time to get some wedding related things done.

Last night we attended a cupcake tasting event through our bakery. I had been looking forward to this event since we booked her, and it certainly did not disappoint. There were actually quite a lot of attendants and the bakery is pretty small, but the cupcakes were so delicious and I can't wait for our guests to enjoy mini cupcake utopia.

My favorite cupcake flavor was the first one we tried, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. The chocolate was very understated and the peanut butter buttercream was excellent. The cake itself was very moist, for whatever reason it seemed to be more moist than a lot of the other cupcake flavors. I was very tempted to take more than one of those, but I refrained :)

Events like this aren't good for a girl trying to eat healthy. The cupcakes were pretty tiny, but how can I be expected to take just one bite and waste the rest? There were a few circumstances where I may have eaten the whole cupcake, and a bit of a stomach ache may have resulted :/

After much deliberation, I also bought a dress! This is my "multi-functional" dress for the moment that I plan to wear to both showers, the rehearsal dinner, and possibly even my graduation. It's a little bit non-conventional, almost bohemian, but it's white so I figured it fit. I may go back and purchase my second choice dress also, but we'll see where funds lie.

What do you think?



Odds are it will be too cold to wear just the dress itself, so I'd probably pair it with this jacket/sweater thing. It's not a sweater...it's just one of those "things," I don't know what it's called.

And maybe these shoes? They might be too colorful. Excuse the kitty.


Oh Samantha and her eyelet clothing items. Even shoes make an appearance in the collection.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Busy Bee

I figured I would drop in to say hi to the blogging world, and then warn you all that I don't know how much time I will have for blogging in the next few weeks (or month?).

There is so much going on right now and I am trying not to get too overwhelmed. The to-do list for the wedding is looming over my head, and I have no idea when I'll be able to tackle even half of it. I'm busy applying to graduate school, working on my goal statement, and getting recommendation letters. I've been sending out my resume to a few new jobs and have gotten to the next step in the hiring process and one specific youth establishment. That has been stressful too because I'm 90% sure I'll get this job no problem, but it's a 40 minute drive and starts out as on-call work. Definitely not ideal, but I need something career related!

I still have homework and papers, a graduation fair this week to get tickets and all the good stuff, and my house is a HUGE MESS. So...life is a whirlwind of events at present and that worries me. I'm starting to feel like I need more time between graduation and the wedding than I allowed myself, but it's too late for that now.

Prayers for my sanity are always appreciated.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fat Tuesday

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, which means it's that time of year where I need to decide on something to give up for Lent and hopefully NOT fail miserably like I do every year. I normally just give up pop, but since having my tonsils out I haven't been able to drink it anyway (tried it yesterday and my throat burned for nearly 24 hours...I guess that was a bad idea) so I've switched gears and decided to give up fast food. In fact, Mark decided that he'll go ahead and give it up, too. I'm feeling pretty optimistic about it because at least we'll have each other for encouragement and no one in our house to tempt us.

So today was my "last hoorah" as far as fast food is concerned. Is it just human nature to overindulge when you know you're going to be without something for a period of time? I had Burger King for lunch - fries and onion rings, of course, because how can one choose between the two? - and a chicken sandwich. Then after I got off work I just couldn't resist stopping through the Taco Bell drive-thru. Beef or no beef, I couldn't care less. Taco Bell has never disappointed me.

Whatever, it was all the fault of the cash register at work today. Someone's bill rang up as $5.50 and from that point on I kept hearing the chicken flatbread lady's voice over and over again saying "5.50." Cue the horror music - commercials really are brainwashing me!

And now my tummy hurts.

Fat Tuesday indeed.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Wedding Bands!

Yesterday Mark and I headed out to choose and purchase our wedding bands. I was semi-excited about it before we got there, but I didn't realize how real it would make everything feel! I think that this has by far been the one event that has made the wedding feel so close (so far, anyway).

It took a little while to figure out what kind of ring I wanted. I knew that I liked something with small diamonds across the front, but there were a lot of different styles and it was kind of hard to match them up with my ring. In the end I also tried on some different engagement rings as well, and decided that we would go ahead and upgrade my solitaire! Originally when asked if I ever wanted to upgrade I was so insistent that I would never want to, that the ring was too special and sentimental. But when I tried on the next upgrade and it was EXACTLY the same except for bigger and brighter, I couldn't help myself :) I could hardly contain my excitement, in fact. And I'm still in a pretty awesome mood - it's like getting freshly engaged all over again where you can't stop looking at your left hand.

Here's Mark's band (tungsten)
And this one is mine (I think, or at least it looks similar to this).
I basically just went to the website and tried to find picture of what they look like, so I'm not sure if these are the EXACT rings that we picked out, but this is the general idea of what they look like at the very least.

I was very pleased with the service of the jewelry store as well. They had my new engagement ring and my wedding band fitted within two hours, so we just went shopping around the mall while we waited. For Mark's ring they had to order it, which takes 6-8 weeks. I'm really glad we went this weekend because I feel like that is cutting it pretty close when our wedding is about 3 1/2 months away! Not to mention if we plan to send them out to be engraved, which I believe we are going to do.

Here's a question: what do you think of soldering e-ring and band together? I'm a bit torn on that one. One of the ladies in the store told me that about 99% of brides do get the rings soldered, but I'm still on the fence.