A gathering of ideas, rants, reflections leading up to the big day

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Home on a Tuesday

I've been tagged by Linda from Silly Little Mischief!

Make a list of things you can see without getting up:my lunch bowl, the tv, Christmas cards I have yet to take down.

What were you like when you were five? Obnoxious

What are you wearing now? purple socks, my monkey pants, a blue hoodie. I took the afternoon off.

What story/book/novel have you read over and over again in your life? Lonesome Dove, Love Story, Harry Potter series

What’s the last thing you read/are currently reading?

Do you nap a lot? You betcha!

Who was the last person you hugged? D$

What’s your current fandom/obsession/addiction? Slumdog Millionaire. If you haven't seen it...run.

What was the last thing you ate today? left over Chinese noodles.

What was the last thing you said aloud? Hello? I answered the phone to find a telemarketer.

What websites do you always visit when you go online? Facebook, Google Reader, email

What was the last thing you bought? Lunch for me and Brenda yesterday.

What are you listening to right now? All My Children

What movie are (or were!) you most excited to show your kids? I've never thought about this, but I guess all the Disney movies I love so much, and of course Annie.

If you could have any super power, what would it be? I'd like the power to follow my passions.

What is your favorite weather, and why? Tucson winter.

What time do you usually get up? oh sheesh...not till 7:45 most mornings.

What is your most challenging goal right now? energy. hence the afternoon off.

Say something to the person who tagged you: Linda, I love your "Currently" series and the recipes you find!

If you could have a house–totally paid for, fully furnished–anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be? the University area here in Tucson.

Favorite vacation spot? the beach.

What is your favorite children’s book? Morris the Moose has a cold. I have a copy if you'd like to borrow it!

Name one thing you just can’t resist no matter how bad it is for you: a few weeks ago I would have said a cigarette, but now I'll say: Mexican food!

If you could meet anyone famous - dead or alive - who would it be? The Obamas...but like I'd want to chill with them not just meet them for the sake of meeting them.

TAGGED: Blablover, Golightly, Jenn, K.D. (At least I tagged some people!)

THE RULES:Step 1: respond and rework—answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.

Step 2: tag—eight other un-tagged people will be tagged.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Sometimes all you gotta do is get to the other side to find your common ground.

My MIL do not have the worst relationship, we just don't have the best. We love and care for each other, I just think she is flighty and sometimes careless and I am sure she thinks I am harsh and critical.

Today I received an email from her. D$'s cousin is getting married and let me just say the wedding planning is a fiasco. They sent out save the dates for the April wedding in Dallas that we are excited to attend. We have friends (waving at Golightly!) and other family in Dallas too, so we were pumped to go. Um, they don't have a reception site. The church double booked them. They have no dress. No invites. No nothing. Looks like they have to change the date.

So my MIL emailed to fill me in. I emailed back how excited I am that we are all done and aren't we glad it is over!?! She emailed back a lovely response of yes and no...that she would love to go back and relive the day all over, it was so much fun.

Ahem. Did you read that?! My MIL who hasn't made one comment about my wedding since my wedding said she had fun! And that she liked it!

So today, I see the glass half full. Sometimes you just have to get to the other side.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Check in...

Today is the day that 90% of new year resolutions fail. You give it the two week college try, then fail...fall of the wagon, slip up, forget...whatever.

So I thought to keep me (and maybe you?) on track, I'd check in and tell you how far I have come (literally) and how I've been doing. As a reminder, here is my original post.

Resolution 1, to run at least a mile everyday to qualify for the US Running Streak Association.

Check! I have run at least a mile everyday, sometimes by the skin of my teeth. But so far I have logged over 29 miles in 12 days ( I haven't run yet today, but have running group at 6pm). Sunday was hard, I had to run after a victory beer after the Steelers win. I was a little more burpy than normal and sluggish, but I did it! I didn't think I would make it past day 3 and 4, as my hip flexors were really painful and every part of me was sore. But I pushed through (do not follow this advice if you are new to running) and have made it! whew.

Resolution 2,to be less of a Debbie Downer

semi-check....this is a work in progress and not to measured as the running resolution. I have my good days and my bad days. I heard two great pieces of wisdom on Sunday: 1. Always leave the door open. This an prove to be hard if you are negative and leave a sour impression. 2. Make your mistake, learn from it and drop it. I am a dweller. I dwell on the small stuff. This turns my thoughts negative. Dwell no more, shall I. Bottom line: I am working on this everyday.

Resolution 3, to finish my knitting project.

No check. I haven't even touched the socks. But I have a trip planned to the knitting shop for a few supplies before I start.

And as for my quitting smoking?! HUGE CHECK. I haven't smoked in 13 days and counting. So far so good. I haven't really missed it or wanted to smoke. I know this will be life long struggle, but I feel pretty confident in how I have done so far.

So, if you have been doing well on your resolutions, make sure to follow through today!

Friday, January 9, 2009

One word Meme

I stole this from Linda- it seemed so fun!

Yourself: Fierce
Your partner: Kind
Your hair: Dyed
Your Mother: Slipping
Your Father: Whirlwind
Your Favorite Item: books
Your dream last night: Dark
Your Favorite Drink: Beer
Your Dream Car: efficient
Your Dream Home: owned
The Room You Are In: office
Your Ex: farmer
Your fear: instability
Where you Want to be in Ten Years? happy
Who you hung out with last night: D$
What You're Not: quiet
Muffins: no
One of Your Wish List Items: togetherness
Time: morning
The Last Thing You Did: run
What You Are Wearing: jeans
Your favorite weather: beautiful
Your Favorite Book: Saturday
Last thing you ate: oatmeal
Your Life: evolving
Your mood: anxious
Your Best Friends: kind
What are you thinking about right now: career
Your car: silver
What are you doing at the moment: procrastinating
Your summer: fast
Relationship status: Married
What is on your tv: news
What is the weather like: sunny
When is the last time you laughed: yesterday

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I am sooo happy to be done.

Being a bride is competitive business. Either you are practical or designer, DIY or purchased, budget or expensive.

I did not fit in to any of these bride categories.

Yes I spent money on my wedding. Yes I spent a lot on food, photographer and location. But this made me happy. My food was amazing, my pictures make me smile and I wouldn't have had my wedding any where else. Does this make my wedding Expensive?

I made my own centerpieces, skipped wedding cake for cheaper and yummier cookies, didn't have favors and bought our own booze. Does this make my wedding Budget?

We hired a hot dog cart, a Mariachi band in addition to the DJ AND a bagpiper. I had our invitations custom designed. Does this make me un-practical?

My friend was my wedding coordinator, my uncle performed the ceremony and the bridesmaids picked out their own dresses. Does this make us DIY and eclectic?

We refused to do a cake-cutting, bouquet toss, garter toss or money dance. Does this make us anti-establishment?

We had a father-daughter dance, we read from Corinthians and didn't write our own vows. Does this make us cookie-cutter?


This makes it MY wedding. (Okay OUR wedding.)

Seriously brides...take an effing breathe and stop trying to pigeon hole each other. If you believe that by only inviting 900 people you are being practical-then you ARE being practical. Do what you want, have the wedding you want and live the life you want.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Wedding photo

A friend of a friend was married a week before me in Washington. Like our buddies over at Our United State they had a ceremony for themselves..with no legal ramifications. Which makes it seem more romantic, right?! If you are going to go through the pain and discomfort of planning a wedding just for THE Commitment to your love....well then, that's love (cause I did it just for the marriage license!!).

Anywhoo...I saw this simple photo and it knocked me over.

I thought it was sweet and underestimated and beautiful.

Friday, January 2, 2009

stomps feet and pouts.

I am going to a bridal shower tomorrow. In fact I am helping to host it. But, I will not be the center of attention. hmpfhh.
Normally (i.e. before my own engagement) I would have just been honored to help and to be invited...now I am feeling a little, well jealous and not ready for MY time to be over. Which is silly. But still, I am a little miffed about having to go to someone else's shower. This is another first, another turning point...other people got married before me and well, people will get married after me.

It just feels a bit odd that I am all done. You wait your whole adult life for these rituals and then, in a flash they are over and it is no longer your turn.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

My '08 top 10 in photos

Here are ten of my favorite moments represented in photos that I had in '08.

1. My first half marathon I ran in March!

2. Also in March, my first time on a horse!

3. In May, some time on the beach in Florida.

4. In June, riding around Mexico City on a bike!

5. In July- some time spent outdoors (in the Mountains) with good friends!

6. In September, my last bridal shower! (However, let this picture be a representation of the many celebrations I had!)

7. In October, getting to be with my oldest friend Amy over my wedding weekend!

8. 10/11/08, Groovin' with my mama..AT MY WEDDING.

9. Laughing with my soul mate, husband and rock on our Honeymoon!

10. Just last week, celebrating our first married Christmas together with our tree Harvey.

happy new year!

Happy and Healthy new year everyone! We had a great night and I just enjoyed my last cigarette. Seriously. I flushed the remaining pack,threw out my lighters and vowed that I am done. I wish me and everyone else luck on their resolutions to improve themselves!