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We’re Married!

So i’ve been gone for a while… 🙂

The wedding was so fun! It was beautiful. It was a whirlwind.

The honeymoon was wonderful – A week in Hawaii.

Now were elbow deep in boxes and packing material, pulling everything out of boxes. Getting rid of old kitchen stuff. Cooking food with new appliances and gadgets.

And with such generous friends and family, we have a huge stack thank you notes to write. and really, it’s almost disheartening to think that our small little thank you notes will even come close to expressing how thankful we are for our incredible friends and family.


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78 Days!

Labor Day weekend is a few hours away.  On Labor Day – I’m flying out to DC for a trip I’ve always wanted to go on.

It became even better a few months back when it worked out for JJ to come too.  We’re meeting up with my parents and will be seeing the sites.

It will hopefully be a lovely break from the wedding planning.

On that front – I’m taking the dress in for an estimate on alterations today. check another thing off the list.
We are still working out honeymoon plans, and waiting to pick up the printed invites. Once those two are take care of (hopefully before DC/right after) we’ll be on to thinks like photography, attendents atire, and decorations.

Some of the ‘smaller detailed’ items… I feel like things are coming together and on the other side of DC, we still have a little over 2 months to get everything else in place. (like securing a hotel with rooms reserved for out of town guests).

All in good time… for the moment, I look forward to a great trip in the next week.

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wow. burnout?

It’s been a while. I don’t know if I have had a longer ‘no post’ time in the last 5 years…

Not too much happening here. Or rather, too much happening here.

Lets see. Here’s a list of what’s been going on:

*Search for the Shake ended for 2010. We’ll pick it up again in 2011

*I’ve been playing lots of games, Settlers, Speed Scrabble, Ticket to Ride, Puerto Rico, and just learned a new one today Carcassonne. Oh, and I purchased ‘Bang!’ (a mafia type card game) on ebay.

*Got two new tires for the front wheels of my car.

*Enjoying the final season of LOST.

*My roomie & I planted a garden. Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Snow Peas, Dill, Chives, & Basil. (also strawberries, but no luck with them yet).

*Went to two Dallas Stars Games.  One happened to be an Oilers game, and we were 12 rows up from the glass.

*Started up the grill. Corn, broccoli, chicken, salmon, steak, hot links, brats, potatoes, green beans, kabobs, peppers. Yummy!

*Started a one month trial of Netflix. 2 weeks, four movies watched.

*A friend from Wa State came for a visit. We took a road trip to San Antonio.

*Saw the Alamo. (3/6/1836 – & 10 years later Texas became a state.)

*Said Friend from Wa State, myself, and my roomie went to see the Mariners play on 4/11. They got beat pretty badly, but it was fun to see them play during opening week.

*Also on 4/11 we celebrated “Happy to be Alive” day – the 27th anniversary of my open heart surgery.

*Tried Nutella.

*Accidentally left the sun roof of my car open just a crack all night – while it rained. I was fortunate to not have any water in the car the next morning.

*Learned that people like to talk about PB & J on facebook & twitter

*Learned I’m a “terrible tour guide” which resulted in a driving tour of my neighborhood and surrounding area.

*Stayed up way too late past my bed time on numerous occasions (tonight being a prime example)

*I’m sure there is more but because of the item right above this… I can’t remember. 🙂

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Pretty in Pink (or at least I would have been)

A dear friend of mine was getting married in Portland. Because of the importance of this wedding, I invested time prior to the trip to find the most amazing outfit to wear. While looking for a sweater to spruce up an older dress, I came across the most amazing, cute, affordable, pretty dress I have ever seen. I don’t typically buy dresses, but this one was incredible.

And to top it off, I found the perfect pair of matching shoes.

We got ready for the wedding at my parents house, me wearing the dress, and set out for the three hour trip to Portland.

Two hours into our trip, we stopped at a rest stop to take a quick break and switch drivers. As I got back into the vehicle, I noticed that my slightly snug dress was less snug than it was a second ago. I did not hear it rip, but fear still gripped me as I turned around for my mom to look at it. The nylon zipper had pulled apart! Not just a little, and not just “slide the zipper down past the breakage point and it will fix itself.” NO the entire length of the back of the dress had split open along the zipper. After several minutes trying to fix it, and even fearing that we would have to rip the dress so I could get out of it, the zipper completely separated from one side of the dress. Here we were, 40 minutes to our destination with the wedding starting in jus t under 2 hours, and I no longer had anything to wear but some ratty old clothes I brought for the ride home.

It was all so surreal. Does this really happen to people in real life? I mean seriously, I can see it as a scene in a movie, but in real life??? Apparently, in my life, it does.

After several panicked phone calls to friends who had computer access, we located some outlet stores near our final destination. If there was ever a fashion emergency, this was it. We arrived at the stores and it was “go” time power-shopping like I had never done before! I went to 3 stores, tried on two shirts, one dress, one pair of pants, all within 30 minutes. Upon entering each store, we cut off the employee from their typical “what’s on sale” spiel to say, “look, I am an hour away from a wedding and my dress just broke, what do you have?”

I had people pulling things off the rack for me, creating possible outfit options, even telling me to check the store down the way because as much as they wanted my business, they all wanted me to find a perfect replacement outfit as fast as possible. I had one lady come track me down in a different store because after I left they found the “perfect dress.” I was heading into the changing room to so my mom ran interference for me and headed back to the old store to check out the dress. After going to Van Heusen, Liz Claiborne, Dress barn, I finally found what would work at the Gap.

I snagged a pair of dark blue jeans and turned around to find a lovely brown sweater. After putting them on in the fitting room, I made a decision that “this was it” knowing that in a west coast wedding, a decent pair of jeans would be acceptable. Because of our hurry, I walked quickly to the register, ripping off tags and size stickers as I went. We handed the tags over, paid, and I walked out of the store wearing the new outfit.

We made it to the wedding on time and at the end of the night, I was kind of thankful that I got to wear comfy jeans rather than a dress, even if the dress was amazing.


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So I am in Washington with very limited internet access, so I will make this quick. It has been a great trip so far. There have been some hilarious, even unbelievable “movie-esque” type stories which I will share at a future date.

A dear friend got married yesterday evening and it was a lovely occasion. I have seen tons of friends and had a chance to catch up with people I have not seen in years.

And to top of today, the clouds cleared just enough for me to be able to see Mount Rainier.

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33 hours until take off

I am taking a quick trip to the Pacific Northwest and my plane takes off in 33 hours. Between now and then, I will work one full day, get the keys to my new apartment, and start setting up my kitchen.

I have been packing like a maniac tonight. One suitcase for the trip, one small bag for the apartment, as well as boxes to be taken over tomorrow, and now I am sitting here waiting for the dyer to finish up so I can stick my one load in tonight. Its all the clothes for my trip. SO, I may be getting up early tomorrow to pack some more. I am fading now so I don’t think I will wait up until this load is also done drying.

after I get back, (really late sunday) I have a full work week and then I move everything else on saturday. It should be interesting. I hope I don’t get too run down and get sick. Yuck!

Just went to look for a spiral notebook so I can do some writing while I travel and I ran across my pro/con list for moving from January. I am glad the pro list for moving to Texas won (even though the other two options actually had more pros).

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Things I am looking forward to

If you are wondering if I fell off the face of the earth again, I have not. It has been an exhausting couple of weeks. Whatever it is about the 40 hr work week wears me out! With a commute that I wish was shorter, I get home at the end of the day, eat a fantastic dinner (much thanks to Katie) and then zone out or go to sleep or (in the case of the last few days) watch the Olympics. That being said, this should change in the next few weeks.

Things I am looking forward to:
1. Moving closer to work and church. I am currently looking for an apartment.
2. Getting a new hair cut. I have an appointment set for early September
3. Getting new glasses. Only because mine broke on Monday and the temporary fix is driving me nuts. I have an apt tomorrow.
4. Going to Washington for the first time in over 14 months. I will be back for a very quick trip in early October.
5. Attending a dear friend’s wedding in Portland during my trip home.

I think that’s it.


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