Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

On holidays like Memorial Day and Veterans Day and the like, I think that we often take for granted the day off from work/school and miss the point of reflecting on those people whom we should remember - those brave men and women who fought and died for our country. I hope we all take a few moments today to reflect on the sacrifices made for our country and for us.
I had to work for the vast majority of this weekend, but today I have the day off - which means time to get things done (like blogging?).

I never really got around to buying gifts for my bridal party yet, so I plan to do that today. I just finished all of my bridal shower thank you cards, but of course I ran out of stamps AGAIN, so I'll have to stop by Meijer and pick some up. I also need to go grocery shopping and plan meals for the week (we haven't been very good about cooking dinner at home lately).

Mark is working until around 4, so when he gets off we'll be heading over to my parents' house for a good old fashioned barbecue. They have a hot tub now and I'm thinking I might want to test it out. It is supposed to finally be nice out today and not rain! Gasp! I thought it was going to rain every day for the rest of my life.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

1 MONTH

Sorry for my rather weird post last night. I was in one of the moods, you know. Plus I felt guilty deleting a post, so I wanted to put something in its place. (Yes, I am a post deleter. I have the power).

But in other news, we are ONE MONTH AWAY today. From the wedding. With a gigantic to-do list looming overhead.

{HA HA. When I first typed that sentence I actually put "guest list" which shows you all where my mind is right now. Waiting on an absurd amount of RSVPs when the date to return them is in two days...that's where}

Here's what we plan to accomplish for the rest of this week:
*Return a few bridal shower gifts
*Pick up a guest book and thank you cards
*Pick up my birth certificate
*Mail out a random lost invite (sigh)
*Apply for our marriage license
*Pick up my dress
*Buy gifts for the bridal party
*Buy accessories for myself (possibly including a veil?)
*Work on our music selections
*Write and hopefully send out thank yous from the shower

I can tell now that Mark is finally starting to feel the pressure. He gets this all excited face going on and makes comments like "Tomorrow we're going to sign my life away." (as in apply for the marriage license). He's funny. It's interesting to me how much longer it takes for men to get excited for things. I've been counting down the days until this wedding for like 2 years!

Who are you!?

Lately I've been extremely preoccupied with social media, as is the whole world it seems. I've been checking the stats on my blog a lot lately to see who has been reading it, and I've noticed that a lot of the time I've been getting hits from facebook. In an effort not to seem too self absorbed, I've tried to downplay my blogging with people that I actually know by just leaving the link to my blog in the info section of my facebook profile. I do not believe that I have ever linked it from my status or on anyone's wall.

At least in my opinion, the info section of a facebook page is not somewhere that I frequent often. So it is really intriguing to me that people have been, as it seems, seeking out my blog to read it! I have some cyber stalkers! I guess I shouldn't be too surprised - I cyber stalk people all the time. I even cyber stalk people that I don't really care about at all. Somehow I find myself wasting minutes of my life looking through random person A's pictures and directing me to random person B's wall and finding interesting tidbits about their random day spent going to the mall and eating cheese and slamming their head against the wall because they have a 20 page paper to write.

It does make me curious though (obviously, since I'm apparently so preoccupied with people who are preoccupied with me that I'm writing a post about said preoccupation). Most of my followers are not people that I know "in real life," so who the heck is reading my blog? Is it people that genuinely care about what's happening in my life, or people that just like to cyber stalk and be nosy? And if I'm writing a blog, should I really be worried about nosy people since I myself am nosy and enjoy reading a multitude of blogs, both of people I do and don't know, simply because I enjoy hearing about other people's lives? Not to mention the fact that writing a blog means giving up whatever privacy I would have had, had I not shared X event in my life or Y thought that I just had the other day?

The interwebz makes everything in life so complex.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bridal Shower part 2

I had my second bridal shower over the weekend and I am sad to say that I am officially finished with being showered. This means that very few wedding related parties remain before the actual wedding itself. I could not be more ready for the wedding to get here!

The bridal shower turned out great. My mom had a huge hand in planning just about everything, with the help of my sister (who is my maid of honor) and my aunt. Another aunt also had a hand I believe as a sort of liaison, because she works at the restaurant that we had the shower at. I am so grateful and they did a wonderful job.

Me and my sister/maid-of-honor
The cake - courtesy of my mom
Opening the 3rd blender of the day - still curious as to how that happened, thanks Target registry!
My two sisters, my mom, and me!

I may have more pictures to come, we'll see! Note the hair and make-up in these pictures, by the way. I had my hair and make-up trial done the morning of the shower. The only thing that needs to be changed is for the curls in my hair to be a bit tighter at first so that they don't fall out throughout the day. So far I am only wearing the flower in my hair but I've been thinking that I really might want to add a veil in their too, just a smaller one that hangs from the back.

33 days to go!
Wow.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Here I come!

To graduate school, that is!

I got my letter officially this week that I am "contingently" accepted as long as I submit proof of my degree before classes start in September. I already signed up for my first semester and will shortly be signing up for the second, just not sure exactly which courses I want to take. The first semester was pretty easy to sign up for because everyone takes the same classes, but in the second you take an intro to either community/agency counseling or school counseling and I'm still slightly undecided in that department.

In my hopeful and optimistic state, I made sure that I enrolled in night classes ONLY, just in case I might have a full time job that would interfere with any morning or afternoon courses *wink wink.* Cart before the horse a little bit there, but I'd rather be prepared. And if the time comes with no job and an afternoon class still open, I might switch over. We'll see. I might be stuck waitressing for longer than I hoped to. It's not SO terrible really. It's annoying, but I do make quite a bit of money depending on my schedule. I worked a lot this weekend and was paid handsomely in tips for that. So I really shouldn't complain.

I'll make sure to update on wedding stuff later this week (we're about to 5 weeks now, and my last shower is on Saturday, eek!). It's getting to the point where I'm over being excited and have entered into a surreal-feeling stage. It doesn't really feel like we're getting married so soon. I am having a hard time believing that almost everything is done as far as planning goes. Now it's up to the vendors we've chosen to put on their game faces. And for our guests to mail back the RSVP cards! The deadline is May 27. So a little over a week. Come on people!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

6 weeks to go and wedding-ed OUT.

Well, we've reached 6 weeks until our wedding - we're exactly a month and a half out as of today. I am officially sick of hearing about weddings, talking about weddings, planning wedding related things, and so on. I think the issue might really be because I've lived and breathed weddings for the past few weeks and I really just need a break from thinking about it. Luckily I don't have much planned for this week. We're meeting with our venue tomorrow to go over details and choose our menu. Otherwise, I think I'm going to just sit back, relax, and hope that we get more RSVPs back than we have so far (slim to none apart from one really good day where we got 8!).

I'm sure that by next week I'll be refreshed and ready to hop back into wedding planning. Next Saturday is my second (and final) bridal shower with my side of the family, so that should be a good time. I know my mom said she was putting some finishing touches on menu, and I believe tomorrow is the last day to RSVP for that. It'll be nice to see everyone and to celebrate. I feel like I haven't seen much of my extended family lately.

I'll leave you all with a picture of my sweet little kitty. He's been super hilarious lately now that it's warm outside and we've been opening the windows. He basically has been sitting on the windowsill ALL DAY, and meows and cries if either Mark or I go outside and live him indoors. I'm having some trouble teaching him to stay in our yard and to not run away from me when we do try to let him go outside. I think we need to get him a collar and name tag, just in case he takes off one day and we're unable to catch him.
Those eyes say it all! "Pleaseeeeee let me outside, meeeeeoawwwww"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

7 week to-do list

We're seven weeks away from the wedding as of this Saturday. I accomplished *almost* everything on my last to-do list, and there is more to come this week!

1. Dress Fitting - I'm going to get my dress fitted TOMORROW! I'm pretty nervous but also excited. I'll probably be purchasing my crinoline and possibly a veil. My plan is to just wear a flower hairpiece but I'm not ruling out a veil just yet. Sorry, no pictures will be posted :) You'll just have to wait for the wedding day like everybody else!

2. Ceremony - we've edited our ceremony, now we just need to read through it a couple more times before we submit it to our officiant. Yesterday we decided to delete the sand ceremony. We aren't going to have any type of ceremony at all at this point, aside from exchanging of the rings.

This week I also plan to seek out and order a guest book, maybe a card box, and decide if I'm going to make ceremony programs. I also plan on calling the Better Business Bureau about our ex-florist (sigh). We sent in our deposit to our new florist and I am thoroughly excited about that, though!

I've also been doing some back and forth e-mailing with our venue and photographer to start figuring out the smaller details and timeline of the day. Frankly, I'm freaking out over here. I'm not worried about finishing everything on time, I just CANNOT believe the day is finally almost here! This wedding is officially consuming 99% of my thoughts.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

College graduate

I did it! Yesterday was my graduation. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Hooray!

Me and Mark pre graduation.
"Oh hey guys!"
Looking smugly like a graduate.

It was an early and pretty chilly morning. My shoes got all wet from standing in the grass and I was just a few minutes away from my toes falling off, but I had a really lovely day with my family and I'm so glad that undergrad is over! It feels very surreal - I feel like these past four years really flew by. I'm also kind of bored already. I'm so used to spending my spare time studying! Now I don't know what to do with myself.

All that's left is to wait on my graduate school decision and to find a "real" job!