Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dealing with Disappointment

I lost an earring the other day. It wasn't an expensive earring or one to which I had attached much sentimental value. It hadn't been a special present or worn on any one particularly memorable occasion. But it was one of my favorite pairs and now half of it is missing.


Why do you, my friends and fellow wedding planners care? Because this small disappointment has stuck with me the past few days. Reappeared when I've reached for those earrings. And it's those small disappointments which have happened during wedding planning that tend to stick with me, too. I haven't had too many big disappointments during this process, and those that have happened I've been able to get over pretty quickly. But the smaller ones that shouldn't really matter? For some reason those have been harder to completely move on from.


You know, how your favorite flowers aren't in season because you picked a winter wedding. Or your good friends who won't be able to come because they are pregnant, or attending another friend's wedding that weekend. Or because it's simply too expensive to travel that far. It's never a simple emotion or feeling, but these have been some of the little disappointments that I've faced while planning our wedding.


I think one of the reasons these little disappointments have stuck with me is because, paradoxically, in the grand scheme of things they shouldn't matter. I'm still getting married to my best friend. Many family members and friends I haven't seen in too long will be able to come. I will still carry beautiful flowers even if they won't be a lush bouquet of peonies or sunflowers like I would have carried in a summer wedding. There will be good food and good drinks and laughter and music and celebration. Little disappointments will not overshadow our wedding or the days leading up to it.


But in the meantime, those little disappointments remain. In the background, waiting to pop up again when you least expect it. Just like when I reached for the citron teardrop earrings only to be reminded yet again that I only have one of them now rather than the pair.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Exciting News!

I've been waiting to share this for what feels like forever and she finally announced it - one of my bridesmaids is pregnant!! She was amazingly sweet about telling me too - she called to let me know and even offered to step down if I thought the look wouldn't be right. Of course I called her out on that immediately and told her that nothing would make me happier than to have her standing up for me, all preggo and awesome!* 


Which means - we get to look for insanely cute black maternity dresses for her! She's not going to buy something until closer to our wedding to make sure that whatever she gets will fit (she's not sure how big she'll be by then), but I wanted to find some contenders for her in the mean time.








I think Bridesmaid C is going to check out what's available when she's home over Christmas. This is just one more reason why I'm so happy I decided to go with black dresses - I think this would have been much more of a pain if we had decided on a dress that had to be special ordered (or at least possibly more expensive with alterations or other costs). There are so many cute black maternity dresses out there, so I know she'll find something she likes! So many friends have announced their pregnancies recently, but Bridesmaid C is one of my oldest friends, and I'm so excited for her and her husband! I just wish they lived a little bit closer so I could help spoil the little one when he or she arrives next year!


*I also made sure to impress upon her the importance of listening to her doctor and if there were any sort of complications I would hate for her to travel to our wedding. Of course she knows that, but she still said she'd do anything in her power to make it. I love that girl!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Weekend rituals

One of my favorite things about fall and winter weekends are lazy Sundays. B and I love to make yummy breakfasts (sometimes together, sometimes one of us makes it if the other is out running or *ahem* sleeping in a bit more...), including bacon, eggs, potatoes and whatever else we have to whip up. When we're at my parent's house grits and homemade cinnamon rolls make an appearance and turn our Northwest table into a little slice of the south. 

After breakfast we curl up on the couch for my second favorite part of lazy Sundays - football! One of the reasons I love living on the West Coast is that we get football all day long on Sunday and can still go to bed early! Throughout the day we'll clean or do laundry as necessary, but we always end up back on the couch in front of whatever game is on. 

Since B has been back in school this fall and wedding errands have kept us busy, we haven't been able to jointly partake in this lazy Sunday ritual as much as we'd both like. But on days like today with my sweats on and down slippers warming my feet as I wait for the Seahawks game to start, it makes me very very thankful for the lazy Sundays that we do get to share together. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

What about Cody?

I've told you about the second love of my life - my furbaby Cody. It's no secret that I treat him like a child - he's the one who lets me give him all the cuddles I want, and his kisses always help cheer me up after a bad day (not to mention when Mr. EB brings Cody to pick me up he goes nuts like he hasn't seen me for years. How can you not love something like that??). And especially when he's all curled up and cozy looking like this:






But alas, Cody will not be around for our wedding day. For one, IslandWood doesn't allow dogs. So it actually made our decision pretty easy. But as much as I would love to have pictures like this on our wedding day:




Or this:




Or this:



I'm pretty sure Cody would be doing his best to jump up and give me puppy kisses, and given the high likelihood of mud that doesn't sound like the best idea to someone who will be wearing a white dress. Or he would attempt to play fetch with the flowers.

But holy cow, seriously, how cute are those pictures???

But the more important reason why I wouldn't have Cody around even if it was allowed is for his own comfort. Cody does really well with Mr. EB and myself, but he can get pretty nervous in crowds. Especially when there are a lot of different people who he doesn't know very well who want to pet him. Cody is a rescue dog and when I first got him he did not like or trust men. It took Mr. EB awhile to gain Cody's trust and convince him that he wasn't a threat. And while Cody does much better meeting strangers now, including men, I still prefer not to put him in situations where he'll be scared or nervous. Especially on a day when I can't give him my full attention.

So Cody will be spending the weekend at the kennel (since all of my friends who would ordinarily dog-sit for me will be at the wedding!). Luckily he'll only have to be there a couple of days and then my parents or friends can watch him when Mr. EB and I take a few days for ourselves after the wedding. Even though I know it's for the best, it still make me a teensy bit sad that we won't be able to get pictures like that. 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Roll Over!

I haven't taught Cody too many tricks beyond the normal obedience commands and shake. But a few days ago I decided that he needed something to show off to Mom and Dad when we went home for Thanksgiving. Roll over it was! (Unfortunately due to the power outage and the change of venue for Thanksgiving, they didn't get to see this in person. But that's why we have video!)


Here he is doing his best impression of a dog who's not entirely certain what the crazy lady wants but really wants the cookie in her hand:

Please pardon the sweats. It's been really cold the last few days. Also the ridiculous voice. Am I the only one who's not a fan of hearing her voice when it's been recorded?

I love teaching him new tricks! I need to do this more often. Even though so far with this one he won't do it unless he knows I have a cookie ready and waiting for him. But he'll figure out the command sans cookie soon enough. 

Any other ideas for puppy tricks? (And no, he's not actually a puppy - he'll actually be six next spring. But he still acts like one, so I keep calling him one!)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm enjoying today with some good food, good wine and my wonderful family. In between turkey, stuffing, football, naps and a good Syrah, I just wanted to mention how thankful I am for everything I have in my life right now.


Not everything has gone right this past year, but a lot of things have been pretty amazing. Somewhat ironically, the same can be said of this week. We were planning on starting to print and assemble our invitations while at my parents' house for Thanksgiving. But due to #snomg 2010 my parents were without power for several days and our Thanksgiving location has changed which means no invitation printing. Nevertheless, we will find time to print everything and mail them eventually. I'm all about rolling with the punches right now. 

And B, I love you and I can't wait to marry you!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The women in my life

I love my mother. And my grandmother. And my best friend's mom who is my second mother. And now with Mr. EB's mom, I get a third mother. And his grandmother as well. And I'd really like to honor them in some way at the ceremony, but I'm not really sure how.


See, from what I understand, the traditional way that those women who are special to the bride and groom are honored is to gift them with corsages. And I don't think we'll be doing that. Both because we're only planning on having fresh flowers in the bouquets (which means no flower boutonnieres or corsages), and because I asked my mom about it and she didn't particularly want one. Which is fine with me, because whenever I see them (particularly wrist corsages) I can only think of prom. And I'd really rather not compare our wedding to prom!




But this doesn't really solve the problem of what we DO want to do... I've heard of giving the moms a single flower that they can carry, but meh, I'm not really sure what I think about that option either. We could go with a nosegay (or tussie mussie - I honestly have no idea what those terms technically refer to, but my understanding is that they are smaller bouquets of flowers that the moms hold):



I guess I'm just not really feeling any of these options, but I still want to do something for the moms. Does anyone have any non-floral options? Or should I just suck it up and get them some flowers already? 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My Wedding Fear

I'm not too worried about most of our wedding. I think it's because no matter what, at the end of the day, Mr. EB and I will get married in front of our friends and families, and we'll throw a kickass party with some amazing food and wine. And if anything happens with any of the details? It's ok - this is the beginning of our life together and new beginnings always have some kinks that need to get worked out.


But the one thing I am worried about? The weather. Specifically, I'm really worried about snow. We can deal with any other weather, but snow jacks up everything in the Northwest. And if the weather goes in two year cycles then this winter we just might be screwed.


Last winter it only snowed once in Portland and I think all Seattle got was a few flurries. Of course that one day came out of nowhere the week after Christmas and turned my normally 25 minute commute into more than 6 hours (including my having to put on chains in nice work slacks and heels. It was awesome, let me tell you). But the year before that both cities got snowed in for over a week and everything shut down. Oh, and did I mention it was the week before Christmas? Mr. EB was snowed in for three days before he could get out of the city and drive to his parents' house, and I didn't even chance driving to my parents' house in my car. My dad made the drive from Seattle to come get me so I wouldn't be stranded by myself for Christmas. 


Growing up on the East Coast I saw how things are supposed to work in snowy areas. People know how to drive in snow. And cities plow the roads regularly. The problem in the NW is that snow for us is still a pretty rare occurrence. Couple that with inexperienced drivers, cities with practically no snowplows and an effing ton of hills, and you get scenes like this:




And this:




Or this, which happened right before Thanksgiving:




So why am I sharing my worries about snow now? We had our first snow day right before Thanksgiving. Or as people on twitter were calling it - #snomg 2010 hit Seattle. And according to weather forecasters, we're facing a La Nina winter which generally means wetter, colder and snowier weather in the Northwest.


Awesome.


I'm really hoping the weather gods gets this out of their system before February. Snow in the Northwest in February is pretty rare, but I'm also worried about the rest of the country since we'll have people flying in from all over. I would hate for anyone to be stuck somewhere and not be able to make it out. But I also know that this is one of those things I have absolutely no control over. We knew that it could be a possible issue when we signed up for a winter wedding. But given that the snow is now falling, my worrying is definitely going to increase.


Taken out our front door. It's so pretty! Also icy.


Any one have tips for dealing with weather-related stress?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Return to Sender

I've been wanting to get a cute return address stamp ever since Mr. EB and I moved in together. Luckily I didn't get one until now, because we've moved three times since our first place together (what, you guys don't move that often?). But since we're (hopefully) not going to be moving again for a little while, and I really didn't want to handwrite our return address on every single wedding invitation, I went looking for a stamp.


I kept looking at different stamps on Etsy - like this one:



And this one:




Oh, and this one, too:




But I just couldn't pull the trigger. Then I thought about using Impress Rubber Stamps to just design my own. But I was lazy and didn't really want to do that. But THEN - I saw this stamp and knew it was the one:




I love the font and I love the casualness of just using our first names. Plus, I can use it as the return address stamp on our wedding invitations since it doesn't have only Mr. EB's last name on it (and since that's not my name yet I'd feel weird using it now), but I can also use it after the wedding without feeling odd that it still had my maiden name on it. 


In any event, it came the other week and I LOVE it! They did a great job and sent me the proof and then the actual stamp incredibly quickly. And it's a great addition to our invitations!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Calm Before the Storm

I've spent the last week gathering supplies.


Material for the clutches I'm making for my girls:




Paper, envelopes, stamps and other supplies for our invitations:




Let the crafting commence!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Why I'm glad our wedding isn't this weekend

Alternative title: Why working out might actually kill me.


I've been doing P90X for a couple of weeks now and so far I really like it. I get a great workout every day, the exercises are challenging, and I love the sore muscles afterwards (yeah, I know I'm weird like that).


Yesterday, however, I learned that I just might end up killing myself if I'm not careful. See, I can't quite do the pull ups yet, so I've been doing the alternative band exercises which meant that I had to find something high up to attach my band to. I had a metal over the door hook which I assumed would be sturdy enough for something like this (I mean, it's metal! Metal doesn't break, right? At least not with the force that I can exert on it? Right? Right??). Ha, yeah. Oops. This is what ended up happening about half way through yesterday's workout:




Yeah. That's what my chest now looks like after the metal hook broke and sling shotted into my chest. At first I thought the band had snapped and I didn't even realize how badly it had scraped down my chest until I looked into a mirror. That was when I realized that the metal had broken in half. So I now have a massive bruise on my collar bone (it's gotten darker since I took that photo yesterday. It looks pretty awesome, let me tell you), and the scrape down the center of my chest. Also, I don't know if you can tell but the whole right collar bone area swelled up hugely after it happened. It's gone down since then, but I really thought I had done something more serious at first. Luckily, it's scarf weather so I don't have to inflict this sight on anyone else, and I have three months for everything to heal before it's time to wear my dress.


But it does make me think that maybe I should try to be more careful when it gets closer to the wedding. I don't mean to hurt myself, but I am pretty good at it (one of the reasons I could never wear a short dress is because my legs are always covered in bruises and scrapes from the random things I do to myself. Luckily all those will be covered so I don't have to worry about that!). Does anyone else have these kinds of klutzy, hurting yourself in weird ways tendencies? Any suggestions for not accidentally killing myself before the wedding?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Other weddings

After our wedding in February I don't have any other weddings that I'm going to (at least not that I know of yet). I'm definitely on the tail end of most of my friends to get married, so that's not too big a shocker. But there is one other wedding in 2011 that I am incredibly excited to see how it comes together -



Yes, I fully admit to being fascinated by the Royal Family. I love the pomp and circumstance that surrounds them, and the incredible history of the monarchy. And when I studied in London I may or may not have had a certain fantasy about how I would run into him somewhere and we'd fall madly in love and get married. Alas, I'm marrying B and he's marrying Kate so it's not meant to be (yeah, that's the ONLY reason it's not meant to be, I know).


I watched the interview that they gave the other day and they just seem so happy and relaxed together. And I love that he proposed with Diana's ring. I've seen a lot of debate on the interwebs over whether or not it's odd given how Diana and Charles' marriage ended, but I think it's incredibly sweet. He wanted his mother to be a part of the excitement, and he wanted to share something special of hers with his soon-to-be wife. I love it.


And can I just say that the dress Kate (or is she Catherine now?) wore during her interview was absolutely phenomenal. I LOVE that color and it works so perfectly for her.


Congrats to Wills and Kate and I can't wait to see how this royal wedding shapes up!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Life will knock you down more times than you can possibly imagine.


Don't knock yourself down.


Yes, this was a quote from Parenthood, but oh it's something I need to remind myself over and over again. I think I need to make this into a sign and keep it by my bed.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Recording the guests

I've never really liked the traditional guestbook. What do you do with a list of names after the wedding is over? I understand that it's meant to be a record of the guests who attended your wedding, and usually people write a little something to go along with their name, but I want something a little bit more than that. Something like Mrs. Hamster's Wishes, Advice and Predictions board:







I love the idea of giving guests a little bit of a prompt and seeing what they'll come up with - wishes, predictions and advice for the future. What more could you ask for?


Except that when I first brought up this idea to my mom she looked a little confused. Like - why don't I want a book for everyone to sign? Well, mainly because I didn't want to think about creating one. Because as I said, I don't want a guestbook that's just lines for people to sign their names. I'd rather make a book with pictures of Mr. EB and me, or maybe of our guests, but I just didn't want to add another project to the list.


But then! I remembered I made a free book with Picaboo when they had a special going a few months ago. I wanted to try out their service, and did I mention it was free? So I made a book that had our favorite engagement photos and I even put our wedding date on the front. Which means, it's the perfect option for a guestbook to go along with the wish jar!










These are just a few of the pages - don't worry, there's a lot more white space where people can sign on the other pages.


I think it's perfect and we can leave them all on the same table so that hopefully people will do both. But this way we'll get to have the wishes and predictions that I want, and we can have a book to collect people's thoughts in as well. I love when things work out without me having to add projects to the list!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tips for Keeping Your Sanity While Playing With Scanners

I also wanted to add in a few tips that I learned from our registry experience:


1. Don't go on an empty stomach. I am not a happy person when I am hungry. I wasn't hungry when we left, but wow was I starving about halfway through. We didn't even end up going to Crate and Barrel because I was about ready to eat the first thing I saw (which would have been the plastic food on the table displays). It's much more fun for both of you if you are calm and relaxed than wondering if your stomach will actually eat itself if you don't give it food.


2. Leave plenty of time for wandering the store. More accurately, don't go at 12:30 on a Sunday when your football team is playing at 1:30 and think that you'll actually have enough time to go to two different stores, finish your registries, and even have time for food in there. Yeah, so not going to happen. Again, one other reason why we didn't go to Crate and Barrel after we were done at Macy's. Luckily, we got to see the second half and the Seahawks beat the Cardinals. Go Hawks!


3. Listen to what your partner wants. There were some things that I didn't particularly care about. For example, I didn't really think about getting nice glasses. We already have nice everyday drinking glasses, and our wine glasses are Riedel so we were just going to register for more of those. So I didn't think we needed to look at that section. But Mr. EB really wanted to register for some nice highball glasses. So we both made a conscious effort to make sure that we were listening to each other about what we wanted to add to the list.


4. Wander the store by yourselves. I'm so happy that all of the consultants were busy with other people when we went in. We already had a pretty good idea of what we wanted, so I was really glad that we didn't have someone following us the whole time.


5. But if you have questions, ask! We didn't have a lot of questions during the process, but it was nice to know that someone was there if we were confused about anything. Plus they did have some nice completion deals and other random gifts (like a free lip gloss from Clinique), so it did pay to listen to them when they're talking about all of the extras that go along with registering.


6. Remember that nothing is permanent, you can always change it later! I think this was the reason that I stayed so calm about the process. We didn't have to figure out how to get the 5 piece place setting scanned with the weird little scanner (or sit there and scan every piece individually). We could just scan one of the plates and know that we could go back and change it online later. So easy!


7. If you love it, add it. This tip came from a friend who commented on my personal blog, and it's something that I agree with completely, yet had a hard time actually following. I do wonder if people will judge me based on what we add to our registry, but as I thought about it more, I realized that most of what we registered for are pieces that will last for a really long time, if not our entire lives. It's ok that we want quality and it's ok that these things cost a bit more. We made sure to add plenty of options in different price ranges, and ultimately, it doesn't matter what other people think. 


So there are my tips for a successful registry outing. Any other tips you would add?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fun With Scanning Guns

One of the things that I've been looking forward to, but also kinda dreading, was creating our registry. I'm pretty sure this is something that you're supposed to do before you get to the less than hundred day mark, but apparently we like to leave things until a little later in the process (and yeah - I now know how much time we have until the wedding because both of our registries have a huge countdown on the front page. Yikes!).

At first I thought that we'd just create an Amazon registry since they have the Universal Registry option, so we could add anything that we wanted to it. But then we realized that there are some people who prefer going to an actual store to pick something out. So we created registries at Macy's and Crate and Barrel along with our Amazon registry. 

We started at Macy's and had entirely too much fun with the scanning gun. Or at least Mr. EB did - he's a big fan of getting to play with any kind of toy. Of course, since we were having so much fun, this is the only picture I ended up getting of the process:

This is Mr. EB's way of telling me to put the camera down already. 

It was actually a pretty fun process - partially because the consultants were busy with other people so we were left to our own devices to wander the store, and partially because it ended up being a lot of fun picking things out. We decided that we really wanted to keep our registry to items that we would love to have but wouldn't necessarily buy for ourselves. Plus, since Mr. EB and I live together we have a lot of things that are in perfectly good condition, like our everyday dishes and flatware. But we did decide we wanted to register for nice china, so we found a pattern that we liked with a price that didn't give me a heart attack.


We also added some new All Clad pots and pans, a larger Le Creuset oval baker and a new tea kettle (because we use ours every day and it's definitely time for a new one). And of course I had to add the ubiquitous Kitchen Aid mixer. I know that it's almost a cliche at this point for being on everyone's registry, but I have put off buying this for myself about three times this year because everyone told me to put it on our registry. I have to admit, I am going to be a teensy bit sad if we don't end up getting this from someone. 

The last thing that I really wanted to register for was silver. I know that this isn't on many people's registries anymore, but I love the idea of having a set of silver to use on special occasions (or even on those non-special days when you just want to make your table a little prettier). I've always loved my mom's set and I just assumed that we'd add silver to our registry and see if anyone wanted to give us some. Unfortunately, I nearly keeled over in shock when I realized just how expensive silver patterns are these days. Some of the patterns are $400 for a four piece setting! There was no way that I could ask someone to shell out nearly $100 per fork for me. Even though I know that registries are just suggestions and that you aren't actually asking anyone to buy anything for you, people still judge. And I had already questioned adding some of the $100 pots to our registry, so no way was $400 silver being added.

But after we got back, I was talking to my mom and I told her that as I was looking at silver patterns, my favorite one was Joan of Arc:


Her reaction? "That's MY pattern!" I just had to start laughing - one of the reasons that I liked it was because it looked similar to hers, but I had no idea I had managed to pick exactly her pattern out of the thousands that are out there! Ultimately we decided to add a link to a site that sold that pattern on our Amazon registry. I'm a little concerned about coming across as greedy for wanting something that's so expensive, but on the other hand, silver is a pretty standard registry addition, so maybe people won't think twice about it?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Whew!

What a weekend! Between an impromptu road trip with my parents on Friday, a full day of wedding errands on Saturday and finally starting our registries today (what, doesn't everyone start their registry with three months to go before their wedding? No? Just us? Oh well, at least we finally got around to it), it's been a full weekend! And don't worry - I'll tell you all about the wedding errands soon. But right now I'm taking some time to veg before meeting my girl friends to celebrate one of my bridesmaid's birthday. 


I need another weekend to recover after this one!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Why not?



Because who doesn't spend their Saturdays picking out carpet for their wedding?

Don't worry, I'll explain. We also spent today picking out trees.



Yes, also for the wedding.

Confused yet?
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Exploring

Gotta love random roadtrips. Especially on days when you drive through this:



In order to get to this:



And then you can also stop by this:





One of the many reasons I love living in the Northwest.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

More Hairflowers


But of course I couldn't leave well enough alone. I had to keep searching other options. And I found some beautiful options. Like this amazing one from SilverPencils' Etsy shop (aka Mrs. Espresso from Weddingbee): 


Or how about these which could be clustered together for a slightly different look?


Or a fuller flower with more petals like this one:


Aaaand now I don't know what I want to do! I haven't purchased the ribbon to make the first flower yet because I can't decide if I want to make that one or buy a different one. Or do I want to buy material and try my hand at making a fuller flower myself? I really can't decide. Did anyone else have this problem? What did you decide to do?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Getting the look together

I've talked before about how I want my hair to be on our wedding day - some sort of low chignon so that my hair is pulled back and out of my face all day. While I love when my hair is down, I know that for a day like our wedding I'm not going to want to have to deal with it at all once it's done. This is still one of my favorite hair-spiration pictures:



I will probably do a smoother look in the front, but I like that the back is just a little messy so it still looks like natural hair rather than hair that's been shellacked to within an inch of its life.

I've also showed you the veil that I will be wearing - as a reminder it's the same veil that my mom, her siblings and my cousins have all worn.



But I also really want a hair flower to complete my look. I'm not planning on wearing the veil for too long after the ceremony because it's so old and delicate and I would hate for anything to happen to it. So including a hair flower in my look means that I still have something pretty in my hair even after the veil comes off.


There have been so many great hair flower tutorials around the web, including this one and this one. As much as I love those two (seriously, seeing Mrs. Buttons' hair flower in action it's so gorgeous!), I wasn't positive that was the type of hair flower I wanted to make for myself. It wasn't until I saw the tutorial from Mrs. Frog showing the flower that her mom made that I realized the type of flower I wanted to make for myself - a chiffon ribbon flower like this one!




This flower actually attached to a sash on Mrs. Frog's dress, but I think I can attach this to a comb and use it in my hair. The airiness of the chiffon is beautiful, and I think something like this could work better with my dress than if I were to create a hair flower like one of the other tutorials.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bring It.

A few months ago I talked about how I really wanted to lose weight and tone up before the wedding. I went to two months of classes at the Bar Method which I really liked - sadly once their special was up I could no longer afford it. Plus I moved and the studio up here is much farther from my place and I just wouldn't be able to make it to classes very often. And then between packing, unpacking, having no money to join a gym or find another class that I liked, I just haven't been motivated to work out at all. So I haven't. I have been eating better, but I know myself - I need to have exercise in my day and that combined with eating better is what will help me lose the weight I want to before the wedding.

But I wasn't sure what I wanted to do that would keep me motivated and stick with it through the wedding. It's getting cold and rainy here in the Northwest, and while I'm slowly learning to like to run, I really hate running in the rain. Like, I absolutely despise it. So there's no way in hell that running outside was going to happen on any sort of regular basis. I looked into a gym membership and my mom even offered to pay for 3 months of a membership as an early Christmas present. But then I started talking with a friend about P90X. She's been doing it for about a month and had some really good things to say about this program and the workout that it gave you, and so after reading other reviews and talking to more friends I decided that I'd rather get this and be able to work out in my living room with a detailed plan to follow for 12 weeks.

I've only had it one day, but I am already feeling it (especially in my quads and hamstrings). And while I'm sore, I freaking love it because I believe that if you aren't sore the next day it means you didn't work out hard enough. I'm pretty sure I'm channeling my old water polo and swim coaches with that train of thought, but it's what keeps me going even when I want to die.

I took some "before" pictures of myself so that I can have some comparison shots after I finish the program, and I wanted to post this one here to increase my own accountability and keep me honest. 

I feel like I look angry in this picture - I blame the angle of the camera and not being prepared for the timer to go off!

Even though my dress fits me now (so I don't actually have to lose anything - in fact I barely need any alterations right now), I really want it to fit me better at the end of the three month program. Ultimately, my goal is not to lose a specific amount of weight (though I do have a target goal in mind), but rather I want to fit into my clothes better and I want to feel good about the way my body looks in the dress. I really want to look back at my wedding and feel great about the way I looked. Vain? Absolutely. But this will likely be the most photographed day of my life and I don't want to look at the pictures and only see flaws. I'd much rather look at the pictures and be able to focus on the love and celebration that I know the day will bring. So, in the words of Tony Horton, P90X trainer extreme, I'm going to bring it and go do today's work out.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Teamwork

So remember last week when I told you about my laptop catastrophe and how I managed to lose some important things even though we have an external hard drive and another computer that serve as our two places to back stuff up?


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Well guess what?? We saved the hard drive from the busted laptop and I got my stuff back!!! Woo hoo!


And of course I'm using "we" extremely loosely here. B was the one who figured out what cord we needed to get, how to break the hard drive out of the laptop (without, you know, actually breaking it) and then how to hook everything up to the new-to-me laptop so that I could copy stuff over. WIN! Now I have the documents that I had forgotten to back up, and the new-to-me laptop is starting to feel like it's my old computer (instead of a loaner - yes, I'm only borrowing it until I can afford a new one, but it's nice to make it feel a little bit more like mine. Except this one turns on. Which is awesome).


Going through all of this has made me realize once again how much I appreciate being part of a team. I spent a good part of my 20s being single and having to depend on myself to solve my own problems. I'm really happy that I had that time to figure things out, but it's still hard for me to admit when I need help sometimes. I also often spend longer on some problems purely because I want to figure out for myself what the answer is or how something works. This often drives B crazy, especially when he knows how to fix what I broke. But I've slowly been learning how to ask for help when I need it, and accept help when it's offered. And remembering that ultimately we're in this thing together and helping each other is part of the deal. 


And when all else fails, a nice bottle of pinot noir helps with anything.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rainy Day




Nothing like a rainy California day and a middle seat on the flight home to let you know that your trip is over. At least we had time for coffee.
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Beautiful Day




Congratulations to B's cousins (who both have the same name which made for some very entertaining vows)! I'm so happy for both of them - it was a beautiful ceremony and now it's time for the reception, complete with home brewed beer, great food and a cake with Hello Kitty and the Green Lantern as the cake toppers.


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Friday, November 5, 2010

Weddings!

Does anyone else love going to weddings now that you're planning your own? I love seeing what other people decide to do - from the invitations they send out, to what her dress is going to look like, to how they've crafted their ceremony... love!


B and I have taken some pretty memorable trips over the past few years, including to the Big Island of Hawaii and Maui for our Bar Trips.




But some of my favorite traveling is to see family and friends - especially when it's for their big day. We drove to California to see our friends C and B tie the knot a year ago. Let's just say that while the wedding was absolutely awesome, neither of us are eager to drive to the Sacramento area very often.


Yeah, we hauled Cody down to Cali on that trip. He got to hang out with my sister while we partied it up in wine country. He liked that a lot more than the 10 hours in the car on the way back up.

Some of my favorite girls together at C's wedding.

Ok, so we didn't have to travel to M's wedding, but I love this photo!

Since we've been planning our own wedding, whenever I go to a friend's wedding I can't help but get even more excited about our own. It's getting closer and it's starting to feel so real - this thing's really gonna happen!

Our next trip is to California for B's cousin's wedding and I'm really excited to spend more time with his family. That and the fact that we don't have to take Cody to California with us this time! And even better? This is the last wedding on our calendar before our own - it's our turn next!
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