I TOOK SUMMER VERY SERIOUSLY…

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Sorry guys, gotta run home to watch Sailor Moon

As a kid, I took summer very seriously. It was a time for TV, ice cream trucks, running through sprinklers, riding bikes, playing Legend of Zelda or the Home Alone game on my trusty Game Boy, and eating too many Pringles. TV was the key component for me, as my dad would be at work so I had the TV all to myself! SWEET GLORY BE!

Seeing as summer is a sacred time when you’re a kid, I had to figure out a TV schedule. This was back in the day when you had to turn to the TV Guide channel or consult an actual TV Guide to figure out what time/channel a show was on. So I would use the TV Guide and a notebook to outline the times and channels of the best “day time” TV. Options were limited, as day time TV is generally boring. I mostly relied on Nickelodeon, PBS, Disney Channel (when it became available with normal cable packages, my parents wouldn’t pay for the channel outright), and Cartoon Network. I relied on my notebook to tell me what I could watch during the day. I even threw in some This old House, Aleene’s Craft Show, and Keeping up Appearances. 

After lunch I would usually hang out with my friends outside. We built a really rickety tree fort. It was miraculous nobody fell off and broke a bone while using it. I also started up a Harriet the Spy club at some point. It mostly consisted of tracking peoples whereabouts, and notes on where to catch the best frogs and caterpillars. But I knew as soon as 5pm hit I had to run home to catch Sailor Moon. I would just dip out  and watch Sailor Moon. After that it was dinner time!

Oh yeah, I usually chased down the ice cream man on the odd chance I had money. When I got older, my friend and I had a crush on the ice cream man, so we used to peek out the window when he drove past to get a good look at him, for our Harriet the Spy notes. Fun times! Now my summers are filled with the same exact thing I do during all the other seasons, work 40 hours a week. 

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NO SLEEP TILL…?

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So to make an update on my post about the new glasses I bought in May, the company did let me exchange them for a new pair! I made sure to pick out a pair from the site that didn’t have metal along the temple tip. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but they are blue. I really like them! They sent me a return label for the old pair and I sent them back this week. Phew, now I can wear my new glasses.

It’s now Thursday and I’m starting to feel more normal. It’s pretty sad that it took me 4 days to recover from my bachelorette weekend. But I guess that means I had a really good time! My issue was more related to lack of sleep. I went to bed kinda late and it took me a couple hours to fall asleep each night. I tried (and failed) to go to bed a little earlier this week to re-coup. But at least I’m starting to feel human again. 

This weekend will be the same issue, I don’t have time to sleep. I have relatives visiting from Michigan. Saturday I have an early morning appointment with the florist for the wedding. in the afternoon I have my hair and makeup trials. After that, my friends have a night in the town planned.

On Sunday, I am getting up early again for my friends bachelorette party at a spa and pool. I can’t stay the whole time, because I have dinner plans with the visiting relatives. The following weekend will be busy with Comic Con. I’ll sleep when I’m dead, I suppose!

 

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IT’S LIKE WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S, BUT WITH ACTUAL BEARS

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We encountered a real bear on Saturday morning, as he ran into the woods!

This post is about my awesome bachelorette party weekend. There were tons of penis decorations, which I was fine with. I just didn’t want a REAL stripper, and thankfully there wasn’t one! The house we rented in the White Mountains of New Hampshire was awesome! It has 5 bedrooms and fire pit area outside. We did a lot of fun things. One of my favorites was decorating our sashes for a night in the town. 

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We spent the first day by the pool and did some light shopping. After I got back, my friends decorated the house and it looked awesome! We stayed by the fire that night, and we named our inflatable man Bernie. Thus began weekend at Bernie’s! 

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On Saturday, we were supposed to go do the ropes course and zip-lining. But a lot of us were feeling a bit under the weather, so we decorated our sashes and decided to the sky gondola ride at the ski resort. The ride involved getting into these pods that brought us up the mountain. Once we got to the top, there were a bunch of things to check out. Apparently there was a wedding happening at the ampitheater area, which looked seriously awesome! The only draw back to getting married up there, is your guests would need to take a 15 minute gondola ride up each way. My relatives would freak out. Anyway, the only thing I didn’t like was the caves. They looked more like rock formations, not caves. Also, too many freaking stairs. No thanks!

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That night, we went out to dinner and annoyed the guests at a local Mexican restaurant. We got all decked out in our bachelorette swag and hit the mountain town. We brought Bernie along to the restaurant. He was a hoot! A kid at a neighboring table was fascinated with Bern-Man, they were the same height. When we told his parents his name is Bernie, they definitely picked up on the movie reference. SCORE! 

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After scaring away all the patrons at the restaurant, we went to a brewery/inn/bar. It was a happening place with an 80s cover band and good brews. I made some friends, and I may need a restraining order from this woman that was fine at first, but then wouldn’t leave me alone. But that’s a tale for another time. It was such a great weekend, and I love my friends for making this the best weekend ever. Now I’m aboard the struggle bus from being tired. 

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ACTUAL FOOTAGE OF ME ZIP-LINING

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This will be me during the weekend

I am very excited/scared for my bachelorette party this weekend. We rented a big house in New Hampshire. We’re going to be doing some zip-lining and ropes course at a local ski area. It should be fun! I have never done any of these activities, so it should be interesting to say the least. I have no idea what else we are doing, but I’m sure it will be fun!

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I’m going to make a video of the weekend to the Jersey Shore theme song. Gonna G-T-L ALL WEEKEND LONG! Actually, I won’t be. Nobody wants to go to the gym, go tanning, or do laundry during their bachelorette weekend. If those were my only options I’d go with laundry only. GOD I KNOW, I AM SO LAME.

I’ll have to remember to bring along my talking Pauly D Jersey Shore pen I bought at 2:30am at a 7/11 in Boston. This was several years back when the show was still on. I hope my pen still works! I made it a point to move with it, as I like to regale Andy with “CABS ARE HEAH!!” and the beloved, “T-SHIRT TIMEEEEE!”

Lord knows why that poor guys wants to marry me.

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CUT YOUR HAIR!

Not that anyone remembers, but I made a post about this song I was trying to find without luck. The odd thing, I was just thinking about this song again last week and how I was pretty sure I’ll encounter it again someday. I’m mildly psychic about irrelevant things. I should start up a 1-800 line about giving out psychic readings for irrelevant life events. I think you’ll find that missing sock within the next three weeks! Anyway, I was thinking “someday” as in, maybe a in a few years I’ll find this song. I definitely was not thinking DAYS. 

I decided to start watching the Netflix series “Friends from College.” Boom, first episode the opening song is THE ONE I’VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND FOREVER BUT COULDN’T REMEMBER ANY LYRICS! Without further adieu, the song is “Cut your Hair” by Pavement. Which doesn’t have anything to do with an anchorman or weatherman, like I had previously blogged about. I must be thinking of another song from my college days? Regardless, I am just thrilled I finally found this song. 

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TICK TOCK

Ugh, sorry guys it’s another post about my upcoming wedding. I know, SO ANNOYING! I purposely have not been keeping track of how many days away the wedding is. But we’ve passed the two month mark. That’s even scarier than finding out Lena Dunham is going to be on season 7 of AHS! Anyway, I managed to lock down a photographer. So the photographer crisis for 2017 is over. I even negotiated a sweet deal! I went with the photographer that is a preferred vendor for our venue. It turns out they’ve also done 2 of my friends weddings. So I already know they are good. Bonus, they have a pretty quick turn-around after the wedding. 

But the downside is we got the quote back for my wedding ring, and it’s definitely more than we were anticipating. We don’t have much choice though, so you win some and you lose some. I also had my second dress fitting this weekend and it went well. She just has to do the bustle part, then I think we’re about done (I HOPE).  

Much to my relief, it looks like we won’t be over the capacity of the ballroom we booked, even if the remaining people all say “yes” (which I hope they don’t).  I already know most of my relatives in Europe won’t make it, but I still need a firm answer. We’re missing slightly less than 50% response cards right now, and we’re about 3 weeks out until we need the final count. So people still have time reply. According the bride group I’m in, people not responding at all is pretty common and also RUDE. So as kind reminder, be sure to always send your RSVP cards back for weddings or parties. Don’t be a jerk! 

My friend helped me put my wedding stickers onto the light saber favors I got for the wedding. They have six different light modes to choose. So guests can be “dark side” or “light side”. I will be picking the rainbow mode, not sure what side that is? I just hope I don’t need to buy extra, but that all depends on the final count. Ok, that is enough wedding talk for now. My eye is starting to twitch. I don’t know why people enjoy wedding planning, it’s about as fun as slamming your face into a wall of nails. I’ll be sure to post my weekend recap soon, I did do some non-wedding stuff I swear!

 

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CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP

…stressing. So I have to find a new wedding photographer. Initially we were going to use Andy’s former co-worker. He said he would give us a “deal.” I didn’t know what said “deal” would be, or what it would include. But since the upcoming nuptials are a tad over two months away, I had Andy get some more details from his friend. Without going into specifics, the “deal” is more expensive than any other photographer I’ve been forced to reach out to. So needless to say, we don’t have that kind of budget. Thankfully Andy already spoke with him, and they are fine with us using a different photographer. Thank Goodness, I don’t want to create any awkwardness. 

 I’ve been scrambling the last 5 days to find a new photographer. I managed to find some that are available that day. But I would prefer to use the photographer my friend had for her wedding. Thus far, she has the most reasonable prices for what we’re looking for. I am waiting to get more package option info back, after talking with her. I won’t be able to relax until we have a contract signed with a photographer. I am on pins and needles waiting to hear back, but I don’t want to be a stalker. hahaha! I also don’t want to harass people either. So until then, I’m trying to play it cool. Which is impossible for the anxious mind. Also, I’m not cool. So trying to act cool is rather comical. So if you need me, I’ll be hyperventilating in a corner somewhere. 

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