Friday, January 29, 2010

There comes a time when inspiration is no longer needed

I think many brides when they first get engaged - hell, some of us don't wait until we're engaged or even have a boyfriend - pour through wedding magazines. Looking through the pictures dreaming of our special day.

And with the Internets and blogs, there are even more pictures to sigh over.

I stopped looking at magazines about a month or so into our engagement. But I've still been soaking up the blogs. (Some of my favorites: Manolo for the Brides, snippet & ink, A Practical Wedding, The Bride's Cafe, Southern Weddings. And that's just a small sample.)

Except my interest in all the pretty pictures has waned quite a bit lately. I think it's because I'm starting to have such a clear picture of our wedding, and these weddings online - though beautiful - are not mine.

I'm less interested in others weddings. And more interested in my own. As it should be. Though I will still look through all the pictures. Because they are so pretty. And they always look so happy.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hump Day Humor: The Late Night War

In light of the Conan/Leno/NBC drama, here's The Late Night War, a Ken Burns mockumentary that aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week. Truly hilarious.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Books

Why did author J.K. Rowling use initials rather than her full name when she launched her Harry Potter series?

She had been told young boys might object to reading a book written by a woman. So Joanne Rowling - who had no middle name - borrowed the K from her late grandmother Kathleen and became J.K. Rowling.

Congratulations to Catizhere for being the first, and only, to get the correct answer.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Books

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Why did author J.K. Rowling use initials rather than her full name when she launched her Harry Potter series?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Please Pass the Lotion

My bridal portraits are this Wednesday. When I scheduled them a couple weeks ago, I realized I had a problem.

Tan lines. I may be a pale person, bu ZOMG the tan lines. They were noticeable.

So as soon as I booked my photographer for the portraits, I started to think about what I could do to get rid of the blasted lines.

Being that it's January and winter and all, my options were some what limited. I decided to give spray tan a try. And I got tan, only it didn't hide the lines like I had hoped. And DF couldn't stand the smell.

Then I turned to the tanning bed. Something I generally don't like but it was my best choice in the short time I had. And it has worked. Mostly. With some side effects though.

I often find myself in public trying to find clever ways to scratch my boobs without notice. And I've got the rosiest cheeks. And I don't mean my face.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Grey's Anatomy S6ep12

Oh Derek. Extorting your wife. For a job. Of course Meredith's not exactly innocent in all this. She's kept Richard's drinking a secret so she could continue her private lessons. That also qualifies as ambition.

No surprise that Cristina chose her career over Owen. She has got to be one of the most intense, narrow-focused characters in this show if not on television. I did love how Owen refused to be pushed aside for a job. Because he's right. People matter. They enrich our lives and help give us something worth living for. Careers, as great as they can be, can never do that.

I don't get why Mark could be so upset with Lexie when he's not exactly known for fidelity. Prepare yourself... I'm going to throw back to an old Friends joke. They broke up. That much was clear last week. So technically she's single. And well within her rights to have sex with whomever she wanted.

Love Arizona and Callie. So cute.

"Best way you can deal is to get drunk and mash your genitals together?" = best description of sex. ever.

"Alex and I had done it before. It's like recycling. It's good for the environment." = best excuse for casual sex. ever.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pet Peeves



Pet peeves. I has em.

In fact there are more than a few, so I'm not going to get into all of them. Because that could take a while. Let's just do the top four, shall we?

4. Vanity plates. One of the most ridiculous, frivolous wastes of money I can think of. Also a very arrogant show of ego (too redundant?) and appropriately named. I don't find them cute or funny. Just annoying. An eyeroll is guaranteed whenever I come across one.

3. Picking/chewing on hands/fingers. Gross. Disgusting.

2. Bouncing/tapping/twitching/shaking of feet and/or legs. I know this is a nervous twitch for many. But this VERY close second on the list of the pet peeve still gets under my skin and drives me crazy. And I can't NOT look at it. So I have to block it from my sight when I can. At my A&M graduation, I slumped down in my chair with my hand up to my temple to block a leg-shaking girl that drove me crazy for three hours. This may be documented photographically that also captured a very pissed off look on my face. There's more than one reason why I sat in the front row all the way to the right in college, and it has everything to do with this pet peeve. And the next one.

1. Gum and the chewing, smacking, popping, etc thereof. This is hands down my biggest pet peeve. Humans are not cows. We don't have four stomachs and have any really need to chew the same thing over and over and over again like cud. It's tacky and disgusting. There are other ways to get fresh breath... mints, mouthwash, BRUSH YOUR TEETH. People who know me well know not to ask if I have any gum. The answer is always NO, but I have Mentos (the Freshmaker!). The worst is when gum is chewed with the mouth open. Didn't we learn as kids to chew with our mouths CLOSED? Shouldn't this apply to our gum chewing like it does to our dinner? If you Man-on-the-Elevator and Girl-in-Starbucks insist on masticating that piece of rubber, please do it with your mouth closed. Thank you.

To be fair, I am well aware that some of my habits are other people's pet peeves. Most notably how I correct people's grammar. Only reason why I haven't been decked for this yet is because I tend to only correct the grammar of people I'm close to. Of course, they're the most likely to hit me so really it's just pure luck.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hump Day Humor: End of Ze World

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Inventions

What was the first use of duct - or duck - tape?

Sealing U.S. Army ammunition boxes to keep moisture out during World War II. Developed for that use in the early 1940s by Johnson & Johnson's Permacel division, the tape was colored Army green and came to be known as duck tape because it repelled water. After the war, when it was being widely used on heating and air-conditioning ducts, the color was changed to silver and it became popularly referred to as duct tape.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Inventions

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What was the first use of duct - or duck - tape?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Grey's Anatomy S6ep11

The best part of this episode was the end. It was emotional. It was real. When Cristina told Teddy she could have Owen, she surprised herself.

Derek playing matchmaker for Miranda was quite sweet.

Other than that I didn't really care too much for this episode.

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On a related note, does anyone like these posts still? I'm thinking about calling the commentary on Grey's quits and am trying to determine if anyone reads them. So if you want them to continue, speak up.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Nerves

Now that we're less than 4 months (have I mentioned GAH?) from the wedding, I often get asked if I'm getting nervous.

Well... no and yes.

I'm actually not nervous in the way people I assume I should be getting nervous... the getting married part of it. One man for the rest of my life. As much as he can sometimes frustrate me, this actually doesn't make me anxious. (I know. What have I been smoking?)

Neither am I really nervous about getting everything done in time. All of the big essential stuff is done. What remains is small stuff that if they don't come together won't really affect the getting married part or the party that comes after.

What I'm nervous about is whether anyone will have any fun. Or at least that's what I originally thought. When I mentioned this specific anxiety to my mom last weekend, her reply was, "They'll have fun if you're having fun."

Which got me to thinking. The anxiety went a little deeper than that. I'm nervous about how the reality of the wedding will be compared to the picture I've been carrying in my head for a while. Sure it was a vague image at first. But it's becoming clearer as I've gone deeper into the planning process.

I know I'm going to have a blast. It's my wedding. To the man I love dearly. My family and closest friends will be with us. There's no way it's NOT going to be fun. The vision I have of the day is awesome and amazing and gorgeous. And I really want the reality to be as incredible.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Science

Hilarious, especially for any of you that watch CSI or similar shows...

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Money

What is the largest denomination of U.S. paper money ever produced?

$100,000. The $100,000 gold certificate was issued to Federal Reserve Banks by the U.S. Treasury in exchange for gold and is used solely in transactions between banks.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Money

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What is the largest denomination of U.S. paper money ever produced?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Book Review: Heaping Spoonful

Heaping Spoonful by Shauna Glenn

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion to do this review.

Heaping Spoonful is about Claire, a woman who finds herself on a path of her life journey she didn't expect to take: a widow raising two young children after her husband dies of cancer. Luckily she's not completely alone as her father and sister give her help and support as well as the people that work at her bakery Heaping Spoonful. Claire struggles to find meaning and her place in a life without her husband as well as learning to love again.

This is a touching story that can have you laughing on one page, and crying on the next. A quick read, one thing I really enjoyed about this book is the writing style. Glenn's writing is straight and to the point. It was a lot like the way I think in the asides Claire made to herself.

Next month: The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

Friday, January 8, 2010

No one likes a tease

I teased last week about a new chapter to my iPod drama. Well, friends, I hate to admit it, but I broke my iPod. It was not the iPod this time. It was definitely me.

A few days before Christmas, I'm out for my morning run through our neighborhood. And I always take my iPod out on my runs. Not so much for listening to music since it's dark outside and I prefer to be aware of my surroundings in such situations, but I take it because I like to time how long I'm running. And I lost my arm holder thingie so I have had to carry it in my hand. Anyway, many houses leave their Christmas lights on all night so as I'm running I'm admiring the light displays. The other thing you should know about our neighborhood is that because it's an older area the sidewalk is not consistently even and smooth due to shifts in the earth.

So I'm running, looking at lights, not paying attention to my feet and the sidewalk. Internet, you're not stupid. You know where this is going. I tripped on some raised sidewalk and immediately dropped the iPod and keys that I had in my hands to catch myself.

That drop must have knocked something loose in my iPod because now it's more of a rattler than a device that plays music. And my warranty has expired. Which means it's time for me to plunk down the coin on a new one. But I have to find the money in the budget first. In case you're keeping track, that was my fifth iPod and my third in 2009. May 2010 be a better year for me and, hopefully only one, iPod.

On a completely unrelated note, apparently my balance sucks as my new and awesome Wii Fit often tells me I'm unbalanced and even asks if I have trouble walking without tripping.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Another Checkpoint

My stress levels have dropped dramatically in the last week or so. As much as I love them, let's face it. The holidays are stressful. And these most recent ones were even more so for me. I mean it's a freakin miracle I made it through with all my hair AND without throwing crap at DF's head.

Now that I've survived the holidays - yes survived. We did nothing, NOTHING, on New Year's Eve but stay home in comfy clothes, drink champagne and play Scrabble. Which was great because it was also a great big SIGH to be done with the holidays. So yes, surviving is exactly how I'd describe how I feel now that the holidays are once again behind us - I can now put the majority of my energy and focus back on the wedding. You know. That event that we're now less than 4 months away from. GAH!

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It's go time. Wedding day. And it's complete chaos. I've missed the entire previous 3+ months of planning so not only do I not remember it, a lot of stuff is not done. I'm at least wearing the right dress, and DF's in a tux, but we're in the wrong place. We decide to go through with the ceremony there, and people are running around in complete confusion trying to get the ceremony started. Everything's wrong. The flowers, the cake, the bridesmaid dresses, even some of the wedding party. We're still putting favors together minutes before the ceremony starts. Finally, we line up and begin. Only it's not the ceremony we've planned out. Speeches are done during the ceremony, and when it's my sister's turn, she starts talking about her own wedding. My mom gets disgusted and walks out. It falls apart from there.

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This craziest of crazy wedding dreams I had the other night was so realistic that in that place between dreaming and awake I really thought it was our wedding day, we were married and I had somehow missed three months of my life.

It was a relief when I realized that it's just my subconscious kicking me in the pants to refocus on the wedding. Not that I needed the reminder. I've been going full tilt on the wedding to do list over the last week or so.

Hair and makeup appointments and photographer booked for bridal portraits? Check. Taken dress in for alterations? Check. Ordered jewelry? Check. Picked readings? Check. Scheduled meeting with minister to go over ceremony details? Check. Invitations? Check check CHECK! Internet, invitations have been printed, envelopes have been lined, stamped and stuffed. All that is left is to seal and stick in the mailbox come March. Say it with me now.... W00T!!!!!!! The last - LAST - big essential item on the list is done done DONE! BIG weight off my shoulders. I'll post pictures eventually but not until they're in the mail.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Man vs. Toddler

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Geography

Which are the only two South American countries that don't share a border with Brazil?

Ecuador and Chile.

Congratulations to rockman for being the first, and only, to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Geography

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer, or best guess, and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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Which are the only two South American countries that don't share a border with Brazil?

Monday, January 4, 2010

A Word for a Year

The end of one year and the beginning of a new one encourage that inevitable list of resolutions, those accomplishments we want to achieve. It's generally accepted that these resolutions are rarely ever kept longer than a month or two; let alone completed.

I'm as guilty as you at this. I like the idea of to-do lists and goal setting. It helps to keep me motivated and going in the right direction. And a new year is a great time for being optimistic about what I can change.

But a resolution tends to be so broad that more often than not I can't reach it. (I did reach one resolution a couple years ago, but it was really hard to make that change. I did it by focusing on the small steps. And it took several years of having the same resolution before I actually made that goal.)

So when I came across the idea that rather than a specific facet of life I want to change - for example, organize my entire house - to focus on a single word, I thought this is something I can do. A word that is meant to be a motivator and remind you of this new year optimism when a few months from now life has got you so busy you drop all of your resolutions like a hot pan you grabbed with a bare hand.

So, my word for 2010 is Serenity.

With the last few months of wedding planning and improvements we want to make on the house, working towards serenity is what's going to keep me sane. At least that's what I'm hoping.

I've written it down in a few places to remind myself of this word throughout the year. I look forward to finding areas that I'll be able to achieve serenity even if it's just a little bit.

So what's your word?