Wednesday, April 28, 2010

One other thought

There was one other thing that I realized after having our engagement pictures taken that I forgot to talk about before. And I pretty much knew this already, but it just confirmed it for me regarding how I think I'll be at the wedding.

B is so much more calm than I am in certain situations*. Especially at the beginning of the shoot I would just start to laugh for no particular reason (which I realize is a much better random reaction to have when getting one's picture taken, then, say, frowning or crying). But Kat would tell us to hug or sit in a particular way, and I would just giggle. Luckily, B was so good about being calm and laid back and he really helped me relax throughout the day. It was really nice to have my suspicions confirmed that he would be the calm and collected one on our wedding day while I would be the slightly crazy and neurotic goofball.

Anyone else figure out through wedding planning who was the calm member of the relationship?

*Um, let's be honest - he's really much calmer than I am in just about every situation. But for some reason I thought I'd handle the engagement shoot better than him. Absolutely no basis for that thought, just something I had assumed. Completely and totally wrong.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Increasing the Number of Books on My "To Read" List

Anyone who knows my Dad knows that while he loves tech gadgets, he's not always an early adopter of new toys when they come out. One thing that he was an early adopter of was the Kindle. My father has more books than any other person I've ever met. His library is absolutely gigantic (he's been using LibraryThing to categorize his books, and I think he was really disappointed when he discovered he didn't actually have the biggest library on their site).

One of his favorite things about the Kindle was the ability to bring many books on his business trips without breaking his back. He's always reading several different books at once (usually because he finishes them so quickly), and the Kindle made that much simpler.

But did you know that the Kindle has had several iterations since it came out? Each one kept getting better and better - which means that I am now the lucky recipient of getting to borrow his original Kindle for the time being. Even better part about that is that it comes with all the books that he's ordered that I now get to read - my list of books to read has just grown exponentially!

However, something happened that has threatened his love of the Kindle. And that something is the iPad. Due to his lack of early adopting (especially when it comes to Apple products), I was not expecting to get an e-mail from him telling us all what he liked and disliked about the new iPad as soon as it came out last month. There are definitely some quirks with it, but I think he really likes reading on it including flipping pages with a finger swipe rather than pressing a button.

Now I just have to see which one of us he'll be pawning off this iPad to if he decides to get the 3G model when it comes out... until then, I'll enjoy my new found library on the Kindle. I love that I have access to so many more books in one place, but I just wish that I had more time to read them. Pretty sure that until I no longer have to work a full time job, I will never be able to have as much time to read as I would like. Ah well, a girl can always dream about a future after winning the lottery in which there is all the time in the world to read!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Engagement Pictures!

Kat from Persimmon Images (and Mrs. Cherry Pie from Weddingbee) spent nearly 6 hours taking pictures of yours truly and B on Saturday afternoon. I'm still a little bit in shock by how generous she and her husband Justin were with their time that day!

A few months back Kat announced that she was giving away free engagement sessions to three lucky readers. I thought about everything that I would love to have for an engagement shoot, sent her an e-mail describing it and crossed my fingers. I told her that my ideal shoot was to take pictures in Pike Place Market or along the waterfront in Seattle, then take the ferry to Bainbridge Island for some ferry pics, and then waterfront pictures on the island. I heard back a few days later that I won! (I never win anything - this was big for me!) We were able to do all of those shots that I wanted, and Kat and Justin even came back to my parents' house on the island so that we could get some pictures with our puppy, Cody.

The fantastic part about the whole thing was that honestly, if I hadn't won and she hadn't been so willing to work with us on scheduling issues and everything else, I'm not sure that we ever would have done engagement pictures. I've always liked the idea, but I think this falls under the not really necessary, sort of silly idea in B's head. But he couldn't argue with free - all he had to do was show up and kiss me a few times :)


I'll write more about the shoot when we get the pictures back, but I have to tell this one story. We started in Pike Place Market and shot in a bunch of different locations - including the famous gum wall which I'd never actually been to before. We saw another wedding party taking portraits there also - and I have to say, I can't imagine being next to that wall (or heck, even in Post Alley) in my wedding dress! I know I'll be getting married in the woods (well, sort of), but I'll take nature's dirt over what was in that alley any day. I accidentally brushed up against the wall at one point and I think I need to dry clean my jacket now...

Until we get our pics back, I highly suggest heading over to Kat's site to see her work. She had a ton of great ideas over the course of the shoot (as did Justin - including getting a great shot of my hair going crazy on the ferry.) Can't wait to see how the rest of them came out!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

iPad

I'm writing this on my dad's iPad and I'm fascinated by the whole thing. And apparently I cant type it in the compose section so I'm in a random part of the blog that I don't often mess with. So if anyone sees mistakes it's not my fault. I blame it on the keyboard.

B is also asking why I haven't written any posts in a week. Work has been busy, lots of things going on and I just haven't felt like blogging. But I have lots of things that I want to talk about, so I should be writing lots more posts soon. I promise! Specifically posts on the Masters, our venue, a beautiful dress that I've found (but haven't bought yet because my mom hasn't seen it on me yet) and our engagement pictures! Kat and Justin from Persimmon Images spent nearly 6 hours with us today between Seattle, the ferry and Bainbridge Island taking who knows how many pictures! I cant wait to see them!

Now it's back to enjoying wine with my parents. Best part of being in Seattle is partaking of my parents' wine. Coming home is so much more fun now that I can drink the wine! (and in case anyone was curious, yes the picture in the corner is a picture of glasses from one of my dad's glass tastings. He should really be a sales rep for Reidel. Maybe some day.)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups

I really want to make these. They sound absolutely delicious. Actually, I nearly made them last night but realized I don't have cocoa powder or brown sugar and I had no desire to go to the store again give that we spent $200 between Costco and Winco today (but we now have at least a month's worth of meat and plenty of other goodies!). So I haven't made them yet. But don't they look fantastic?


Source

So if I ever get around to actually getting the ingredients I need, I'll post how they turn out... until then, I'll eat my fruit for dessert and wish I had these instead...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sometimes you have one of those days...

Do you ever have days when you feel like regressing to childhood? Today has been one of those days for me - and so instead of doing anything useful (like unpacking various boxes around the apartment that still need to be unpacked, or helping B make dinner on our new grill), I've been reading some of my books from back in middle school. Yeah, I'm that girl who's kept a lot of these books for no other reason than nostalgia purposes (though the Babysitter Club books that I have I totally kept for future daughters - who, let's face it, are probably going to want nothing to do with them, but hey, I tried).

So every so often, I just need my little dose of Nancy Drew Case Files or the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Super Thrillers... or some good ol' Babysitters Club or Sweet Valley High. All ridiculous, yes, but sometimes necessary for clearing out my head. So I'm going to go back to them and maybe I can write something slightly more grown up tomorrow (oooh, and I found my dress! At least, I found a dress that I love and that my mom will see in a few weeks and hopefully she will love also!).

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm So Excited!

Marie and I saw Dooce when she came to town last year, and now we get to go see the Pioneer Woman! These were two of the first blogs that I started reading. I love how well each of them have done and I can't wait to see Ree next week!



And now I have her cookbook to make tasty tasty dishes (you know, if I actually end up cooking ever), except that I've noticed she uses a lot of butter. So I might have to institute an extra exercise policy for days that I eat dishes out of her book...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

There are no words...

Really KFC? Really?? B sent me this earlier and I have no words. Except - REALLY???

One Sandwich to Kill Them All:

Monday, April 12, 2010

My nose

My nose is completely stuffed up and I don't feel well. I kept telling myself that it was allergies from being at the golf course all day on Friday (even though I've never had allergies before...). But I don't think I can deny it any longer. I'm sick. Lame.

But I will have more about my trip to Augusta National shortly - it was a fantastic weekend of seeing an incredible sporting event (one that I'll likely never have an opportunity to go to again) and getting to spend some time with my family. Good times all around. But tonight I'm going to catch up on some tv shows and relax on the couch.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Grammar Rock*

So I just found Dead Flowers' blog recently (I've been following her on Weddingbee) and I had to share this post as it illustrates so many grammar pet peeves that I also share! Go and read it because it's so true!

But I also have to add in the ever popular pet peeves of:

They're/their/there

and

You're/your

Really people. Come on.

They're going to need to fix their grammar problems before they get there.

You're able to demonstrate your command of the English language if you use words correctly.

Ok, I'm done. Those two are my big ones, but Dead Flowers has some ones that everyone should know, too. (Ha, that's another one! Two/too/to). Ok, really. Stopping now.

(except for one more - can I complain for two seconds about how much I hate when people use "text speak" in e-mails or blog posts or really in anything other than a text or on twitter? U dn't nd 2 shrten wrds n e-mlz).

*Yes, I understand that not everything someone writes is perfect, and there are probably mistakes in this blog post, but I just wanted to bring attention to some of my biggest pet peeves. Plus I hear stories from my English teacher friends about the writing they see from their students and it's just painful!

Also, Schoolhouse Rock is awesome. Conjunction Junction anyone??

Friday, April 9, 2010

I have to pinch myself

I get to see this today for the first (and let's face it, probably only) time in my life:




Pretty cool. My grandmother gifted her tickets to my parents this year and my parents are generously giving my siblings and me a chance to go to the tournament this year. My dad and my brother are going Thursday, my sister and I get Friday and my parents will be there Saturday and Sunday. My cousin will also be there and will be giving us the grand tour. Kind of can't believe I get a chance to go to something like this, but so excited and can't wait to share more when I get back.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I'm leaving...

on a jet plane! There's something about plane rides that make me simultaneously giddy and exhausted. Probably because I get super excited at the thought of going somewhere new and different, but I also get exhausted just thinking about how long the trip will take and potential stressers that might arise. Yeah, I'm that girl who stresses about anything and everything that might come up (and no, I don't necessarily DO anything about the stressful situations I dream up, I just stew about them. Probably why my blood pressure is currently bordering on the not healthy range).

Anyway - hope everyone has a great few days! I'll try to post while I'm gone, but if not, I'll have lots of stories for when I get back!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Married at Sea?

B sent me this earlier today - Saving By Tying the Knot at Sea.



We put our deposit down on our venue already, so we obviously won't be getting married on a cruise ship, but it's an interesting idea... and from the amounts quoted in the article, much less expensive than a lot of venues (well, in some respects - but much more expensive for guests). But I guess I'd be worried about feeling trapped on the boat with everyone who was there. I mean, I know my whole point with our wedding is that I want to spend time with everyone who comes to celebrate with us, but I'm wondering if this would be too much for me? I've also never been on a cruise though, so that might be part of it. And I would wonder how many people would actually be able to come.

Our wedding will require some amount of travel for just about all of our guests (except my immediate family and my friends who live in Seattle), but it doesn't really feel like a destination wedding to me because it's in my hometown and very close to my parents' house. And many members of my extended family have specifically said how they haven't visited the NW because they were waiting for a wedding as an excuse to come. But I think if we were having an actual destination wedding somewhere besides the Seattle area, a lot more people either wouldn't or couldn't come. And that negates the whole "time with people" aspect that I'm trying to hard to create.


In the end, I'm so excited about our wedding, but even at this stage there already some "what ifs"... though I guess that's probably going to be the case throughout this whole process, huh?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lame

Apparently I'm falling apart. Not cool. This past weekend we moved and while we had lots of help from friends, we ended up leaving a fair amount of stuff at the old place for various reasons which we've now been having to transport to the new place over the last few days. Which means I'm sore. Going up and down a lot of stairs has done something to my left knee - the outside of it has been really painful walking up or down stairs (not while walking flat though, so at least that's something). Arms are incredibly sore from boxes. Back is no good in general (old injuries from swimming and water polo tend to show up in times like this). And today while walking several blocks from meetings to lunch, I discovered that my left hip does not want to cooperate. Lame.

As a side note, the fact that this is all on my left side is funny to me, as growing up whenever I injured myself it was always on the left side. Among other things, I broke my left wrist, left ankle, left collar bone and chipped half my left front tooth off (which resulted in an abscess and emergency root canal surgery when I was in the second grade while on a family vacation in Hawaii. Shockingly enough, dentist appointments are not easy to come by on late Friday afternoon in Oahu. Who knew?).

So yeah. I wouldn't care quite as much if this were a normal week because I'd just take it easy (or as easy as I could given that we still need to move stuff), but I leave Thursday morning to fly to the East Coast for a quick trip to see family and go to the Masters. I get one of the badges for Friday's round with my sister (so excited! Will post more about it all when I get back) and my cousin, who will be showing us the ropes. But it means a long flight Thursday and being on my feet all day Friday. Which will be awesome and as I said, I can't wait - but I wish I were feeling better. So here's hoping the knee and hip feel better by Friday (or at least tolerated by Advil...)!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Random, but Awesome

B sent me this last night:




How freaking cool is that?? I kind of want to make it... but I wonder how it would be dripping wet getting out of the shower... and would the corks mildew after awhile? I have no idea... thoughts?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

We're here!

We're in! (BIG thanks to Marie and Justin and E and M for helping us move!!) We're unpacked (sort of)! We're done (haha, not really). Seriously though, does anyone else find that moving locally feels so much more stressful than moving towns? I mean, when I moved states to go to law school, I had to get everything I wanted into the truck and moved. I wasn't going to be driving multiple 5 hour trips to come back for things. This time though, the new place is about 10-15 minutes from the old place. So we got all of the furniture and most of the boxes into the truck yesterday, but it was feeling like a lot of stuff, and it was raining and we were tired, and so we just closed up the truck and hauled our stuff over. Unfortunately, there's still all the other random crap left behind (some of which may or may not have been all the clothes in my closet that I couldn't figure out how I wanted to pack because I really didn't want to take them off the hangers, fold them, pack them, then put them back on the hangars in the new place. Luckily B had a good solution - giant blue Ikea bags!).

So yeah. We aren't done yet. Still have some furniture that needs to get listed on Craigslist or given to Goodwill (did anyone else know that they do pickups? I had no idea and thought we'd have to cart the stuff to Goodwill ourselves. Which is not happening in a Corolla). Still have to clean (Cody sheds a lot and wow was there a lot of dirt and hair underneath our couches. Apparently I should clean under there more often). And then still have to figure out where to put everything else in the new place.

But! I'm actually really happy with the way that things have seemed to find a place (I wasn't sure it was going to happen). We have a lot of books (I stopped counting at 20 boxes), and they've managed to find homes. We have a lot of DVDs (actually, I think our collection isn't that big, especially since we watch a lot of Netflix now and I can't remember the last time I bought a DVD - but still, have to put them somewhere). And of course, I have a lot of other random crap (I specifically used the first person singular there because let's face it, I'm the pack rat of the two of us and keep far too many things for sentimental reasons... starting to realize that it's ok if memories are all I have left of something and I don't need physical reminders of everything that's happened in my life).

So yeah. We're getting there. And it's looking good. And our new place has so much more light in the apartment and it makes us both much happier.

Next thing to unpack - the wine! I'm hoping to talk more about the wines that we drink here and what we like, but that's for another post. Now it's late and I have to go to work in the morning (but it's a 3 day week for a really freaking awesome reason! More on that later too).

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Moving

So... yeah. I really hate moving. I'm pretty sure that's not a secret from anyone who knows me. I think the problem is that as much as I hate to admit it, I take after my mom whose favorite saying is "I'm flexible as long as you don't change anything."

Yeah, did I mention we're moving this weekend? Luckily B has been fantastic and picking up all the slack and basically has packed up our apartment and has been the one getting us ready to go. Yeah he's pretty fabulous. (I rallied the troops to help us move this weekend though - so I did do something!) But I think it's just the stress of it all even when I'm not literally the one putting everything in boxes. Sigh. I hate moving.

Law school was great because I lived in the same place for three years. Since then I've been moving every year (if not even less than that)... I can't wait to buy a house and get to live there for a long time (or at least more than a year). Sadly due to lots of factors that is not in the cards for a couple of years (probably). But a girl can dream!

And now I'm back to cleaning out closets and packing boxes...
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