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DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS

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My face when someone asks about wedding plans

Ugh, I was doing SO GOOD at blogging a few times a week. Then I got all stressed out about  moving and neglected my blog. But I moved back in April, and haven’t gotten back on the blogging horse. Sorry Bloggy Horse!  The new apartment is coming along. We have some furniture arriving soon, which reminds me that I have to call and ask when it’s arriving. 

I always have a bewildered look on my face when I get asked how wedding planning is going. Not that I’m necessarily behind on anything, I  just don’t really know what I’m doing. So I’m just stumbling along like everyone else who has never planned a wedding before. The invites went out last week. So far, only a few people on Andy’s side have responded. Good thing we don’t have a bet going on who gets the most RVSP’s, as I don’t have one single card back from anyone I invited. I guess my friends and families aren’t as eager as Andy’s side? 

 Anyway, last weekend we met with the event coordinator at our wedding venue. We ran through a bunch of items for the wedding. At the end, she said she wished she had more brides as organized as myself. I consider this a huge compliment, since I have no clue what I am doing! All I did was download a checklist by month of what I’m supposed to be doing (according to one of those wedding websites). It’s actually quite handy. 

I moved the checklist to my own Google Keep file.  I wanted the option to customize the list. I should have kept my master list intact, so I could share it with other brides who don’t know what they are doing either and are just stumbling through the wedding planning process. I also had my dress fitting this month. The top of my dress has to be taken in quite a bit, I bought a sample off the rack. It needs to be shortened so my crazy heels can peep through a little.  We did our cake tasting as well. I still dream about the chocolate cake,  I’m sure I’ll be sick of it when I have to take home leftovers.  Worry about that later, I suppose. 

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I’M SORRY, GOOD CHARLOTTE

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So apparently I never gave Good Charlotte enough credit back in the day. I never really listened to much of their songs. But I rediscovered “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” song a few weeks back, and I can’t stop listening to it. Now I feel bad for thinking they were just another lame pop/punk band from the early 2000’s. Touché, Good Charlotte. 

The Superbowl (Super Bowl?) is this weekend. I’ve been calling it the Superb Owl, just to be a smart ass. I’m super nervous about it and I’m not even playing. When the Patriots won in Superbowl 49, I was an anxious mess in my living room. I was jumping around like a mad woman. I was so happy the Patriots pulled off the win. I have no idea if they will win this time around. I mean, I hope they do! I just don’t trust my instincts anymore, especially after the election results. So I’m making no assumptions or predictions at this time. We’re venturing out to watch it. I personally don’t think it’s a good idea, but I’ll play along. 

Busy weekend ahead though. Andy and I doing our food tasting for the wedding, so we can lock down the menu. I also have my friends birthday party. This year, I will not try to be “healthy” and get the seaweed salad. I happened to get sick from it TWICE. I will be sure to order the most unhealthy items on the menu, and hope I won’t get sick. That is how it works, right?! On Sunday we’re going to watch the game at a pub, and I plan on using my Patriots nail wraps. I took Monday off, so I can partake in the iHop all you can eat pancakes deal. I just don’t know if I’ll be eating pancakes, or using them as a pillow to cry in. TBD on that. 

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IF YOU PLAY DEFENDER, I COULD BE YOUR HYPERSPACE

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I had a goal in mind for the weekend, it was to lock down a wedding dress. Not that I had been to a ton of bridal shops trying things on, but I had been deliberating options, and pinning dresses for months. So when I went to my second bridal appointment, I was hoping it would be one of the last appointments. As fun as dress shopping is, it can get stressful. Only because it’s a lot of pressure to find the right gown. The trouble is, I like a lot of dresses. So it was hard for me to say what I did/didn’t like about some of dresses over others. This made it a tad difficult to zero in what exactly I was looking for.

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I had basic parameters. I liked a-line or ball gown, sparkle, and tulle. That lead to so many options! I was also trying to find something different, yet traditional at the same time. So I was scratching my head as to how I would be able to find anything like that?! I also made the mistake of going to look at dresses that were out of budget. I went to a trunk show for a designer I liked. They didn’t list prices on the gowns, so I guess I didn’t think about it too much.

I honestly was just going so I could poke around and see if they had this specific dress I was trying to track down from Fall 2012. Which they didn’t. Instead I tried on some dresses that were the overall silhouette I liked. I fell in love with this amazing glittery dress, and the finding out the price was like getting shot in the face. ROOKIE MOVE. How many times have I watched wedding dress reality shows?! It’s like the cardinal rule of dress shopping, don’t bother with things out of budget. But I did. So I was feeling discouraged with trying other places, because I wasn’t sure I’d find something I liked as much as the expensive glittery one. 

I ended up at Vows over the weekend. It’s outlet bridal shop, that was on the defunct TLC show “I Found the Gown.” My consultant was great! She asked me what I did/didn’t like about certain gowns. Which was tricky, because I felt like I liked a lot of the dresses I tried, and it was difficult to pin point what exactly I didn’t like about them. But she did a great job, and pulled a dress none of us saw.

We missed it because we focused on looking at full skirt styles, prior to my appointment. So we forgot to check out the a-line section. Once I put it on, I knew it was dress for me. We all agreed, including my mom. My mom and I have drastically different tastes. The best part? It was very much under budget. I named my dress Hyperspace, as the design on it, reminds me of when a ship goes into hyperspace in Star Wars. So I thought that was appropriate. Now the title of this post, makes sense, huh?

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IT’LL BE A MONTAGE!

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So I spontaneously made a wedding dress appointment prior to my other appointment. It all started the other day when my friend Erin found this really awesome tinted dress on Google images. After some searching around, we found out the designer and model of the dress. It turns out, it’s an oldie from Fall 2012, so good luck trying to find it. I called a few local bridal shops, and one said they might be able to order it, since it’s still on the designers website. This is good news! So they reached out to the company, and are going to let me know.

In the meantime, I called Nordstrom (they carry that designer as well) and they told me they are having a Lazaro trunk show.  They didn’t have the dress I want on hand anymore, but they said it’s possible it could turn up during the trunk show, but not extremely likely. No matter, I decided to take their very last open appointment during the trunk show, just to sniff it out. I think this appointment will be like the montage scene in The Sweetest Thing, not taking it terribly seriously (sorry Nordstrom employees!), but to scope out options. I’ve already printed out some Lazaro and Hayley Paige dresses I want to try.

Their dresses are over my budget, but it doesn’t hurt to check them out anyway. Who knows, maybe they will have a sale, or I can snag a sample size at a discount or something. Either way, I’m not putting pressure on the appointment. It’s my first one after all, and I’m quite indecisive. So  I’ll end up checking out at least a few shops before settling on something. Also, I still have lots of time to get a dress, I didn’t want to rush and panic-buy a dress. 

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I MYSELF AM STRANGE & UNUSUAL

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I feel like the anti-bride. Not that I don’t want to get married. I could do without the planning part. I almost feel like I’m missing the gene for “extreme bridal enthusiasm since age five.” Surely I can’t be the only bride-to-be that actually doesn’t like wedding planning? I think it has to do with the fact I’m not really into cheesy romantic stuff. I also don’t care what kind of chairs are at the reception. Though, I will draw the line at 1970’s church basement folding chairs. One of my oldest friends (not in age, but in length of time known) got engaged a few months ago. She just got back from a trip overseas scouting wedding venues. She is just simply giddy with excitement and really wants to plan our weddings together. Together, like we’re still having separate weddings. I’m happy that she is getting married, and she seems to really enjoy the planning process.

But it only makes it more obvious to me, that I do not share the mythical wedding planning enthusiasm. Dude, I don’t even like weddings all that much. *audible gasp*  My ceremony is going to be short and sweet. I’d rather get to the fun part of my wedding. I want to have some drinks and dance with my friends + family!

Anyway I’ve got the big strokes done with my wedding. I have the date, venue, food, DJ, flowers, videographer, bridal party, and cake. Oh yeah, I recently asked my brother to be the officiant. He may or may not be using a Darth Vader voice changer. So that part is also done. Andy is working on the photographer part, because his friend is a photographer. But it makes me nervous he hasn’t firmed that up with him yet, apparently you are supposed to book the photographer the minute before you even get engaged. I’m already falling behind, haha.

The saving grace is dress shopping. One of my friends wanted me start that process over the summer, I thought it was too early. So I will likely start in January or February. I’m forcing myself to have a dress in place by mid-March. But I’m most not looking forward to the guest list. We each get 50 people. So I imagine there are going to be a lot of people mad at me. But I’m not having a 3000 people at my wedding so I “don’t offend anyone.” That is lunacy. People will just have to understand I’m having a fairly small wedding. 

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HELLO, BLOG!

A lot has happened the past couple of weeks, and I forgot to blog. Now I don’t know where to begin? I guess we can start with some important news. I set my wedding date and venue. After scouting a bunch of places online for their packages, meal options, and price point, we went with the second place we actually visited. It’s a local hotel that offers some really good deals, that are a good value (as far as weddings go). I’m very happy to have the venue, food, date, DJ, flowers, and cake figured out. It’s all included with the package. That takes most of the major things off the list. I probably won’t do much else in the area of wedding planning for the rest of this year. 

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Anyway, is it sad that I’m still tired from the weekend? On Thursday we went out for dinner and drinks. The pretzels in the picture were sooo good. I just love soft pretzels. I also recall catching a lot of Pokemon in the restaurant parking lot, haha.

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Did I mention it’s been INSANELY hot in Boston for a couple of weeks now? Well Friday was certainly no exception. I met up with some friends at the bar. I decided to walk, thinking it would be cooler out. It wasn’t, dear diary. It was not cooler AT ALL. It was so stinking humid. I thought once I got to the bar, it  would be nice and cool. NOPE.

Turns out, they have the suckiest air conditioning ever. Or maybe it wasn’t working? I honestly don’t remember. I just remember it being really fucking hot, to the point where I went outside every time one of my friends wanted a cigarette just to cool down. I did get a Coronarita, that helped. But the bar refused to open the windows, despite it being cooler outdoors. It was supposed to rain, but it never happened so that’s why they didn’t want to open the windows at first. After the bar, we went to a friends house to enjoy her porch. But I didn’t get to stay long. I had to go to a party down the street, which we could hear from the porch. The party was fun, but it was just too darn hot at their new place. There was typical stuff like beer pong and flip cup.

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So Saturday I had (yet another) party to attend. It was for a friends birthday, he has it every year in his back yard. At least on Saturday it wasn’t really humid. So hanging outside was fine. I was even able to find some Harpoon Camp Wannamango at the liquor store. I took their last 12 pack, yippie! 

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OMG, this is like the blog post that never ends. Sorry, I’m almost done. On Sunday, Andy and I went to a show. We pretty much go every year, the line up was pretty good for Summerland 2016. We saw Sponge, Lit, Sugar Ray, and Everclear. This time only Sponge came out to sign autographs and take pictures. I’ve met Sponge a few times already, they are very nice to their fans. I might edit this post later and drum up some of the pictures I took with Vinnie (the lead singer) from Sponge. In previous years, I met Eve 6, Filter, and Alien Ant Farm as well. The show was very good. Hell, even Mark McGrath made fun of himself for still having highlights. Gotta love the 90s’, amirite? Oh yes, there were lots of people wearing hemp necklaces, bucket hats, and sporting mushroom cuts. It was quite the sight!

 

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OH FUDGE!

I just want to start off by apologizing for the girlishness of this post, and for letting you know that I do in fact have a soul. Ever notice how basically everyone on your Facebook got engaged this month? I sure did! This post is about how I should keep my mouth shut and how Facebook should to. BF was mentioning that his best friend is going on vacation with his girlfriend in Europe, and is going to propose. What do I brazenly blurt out? “So, when are we getting engaged?” Um, hello! A  simple,”oh that’s great, tell him I said congrats” WOULD HAVE SUFFICED!

Oh Fudge!

I was immediately ashamed of myself for well, being a girl for a moment. I mean, we’ve been together… a really really  really long time. So long, that I actually don’t want to tell you because you, like everyone else, will smack me in the face with a phone book. Sorry, I had a weak moment, I guess since I’ll be 27, I’m beginning to wonder when the hell we’ll get married too. I know it will happen, we’ve been talking about it for years now. The problem is, I’m impatient as fuck. But, I also don’t really understand what my sudden rush is. Maybe all my relatives, strangers, coworkers, and hell even my friends, are starting to get to me. All the “So, when are you getting married?” queries are taking their toll on wretched soul.  Who knows?! Oh yes, I’m sure it doesn’t help that we attended a friends wedding this weekend.

Oh life.

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