Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

eyes are smilin'

My word, it's been a whirlwind 2 1/2 weeks since the wedding...

All of The Hubby's things have been moved in and I'm guessing more than half of it has been put away. That's meant that I go through all the items I own to purge and make room. So far, I've made it through the kitchen (whew), living room, dining room, hall closet, guest bedroom and closet (also whew), guest bath, and office (blech). That leaves the linen closet, our bedroom/bath, the sunroom (nightmare), and garage (not looking forward to it). I'm not gonna lie to you people. Moving him in has been difficult. I've lived here on my own for almost three years. You've seen my house. It's pretty much filled. He doesn't really come with a ton of stuff in comparison but it's been hard for me to change things and hard for us to compromise on where we want to put stuff, etc. Add to that that we're now living together and I haven't been traveling much so we're almost always around each other. A little adjustment time was needed but I'm feeling like we're back on track. What a relief... And, just for the record, even though it was a rocky start I was always glad to have him here. Nice to hear him say "we're home" or that it's "our house."

Also nice? Seeing that ring on his finger. I thought it would take me longer to adjust to my second one but it hasn't.

Last Friday there was a surprise party for one of my best friends. She was surprised so I suppose it was a success. There was also a Disney princess theme (because she fancies herself one). The awesome part is that her grown daughter picked up the cake topped with Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and Belle for her 39-year-old mother. There was good food and drinks and chatting. There was a super cute, well-behaved dog. And there was an indoor bird that danced with me. From inside his cage. I'm not a big fan of indoor birds but whatever.

Sadly, I had to leave the party early because my dance card has been pretty full. On Saturday I co-hosted a baby shower for my lovely Matron of Honor. It was her first shower of any kind. No pressure. There were a couple of hiccups but things turned out well. Again, good food and drink and chatting. And this time I was able to stay for presents. Baby stuff is fun especially when you're super excited that this baby is coming. About two months left! So after the honeymoon, I'll have to help out with the nursery and try to finish it before the baby's done.

On Sunday, The Hubby and I had The Brother and SIL over for some food smoked on our newly-acquired (from them) smoker. It was tasty. I also was able to get a few things out of our overflowing pantry. (That's apparently a weird goal of mine now--it's just a little too cramped to function well.) I also got to set the table with our new dishes, silverware, napkins, and napkin rings and use our new serving dish.

Tomorrow we're off to Ireland. There has been some crammed honeymoon planning the last few days including one pretty big snafu that has allegedly been taken care of. We have a few nights' accommodations taken care of, a few more tentatively planned, and a loose schedule. Should be fun. I'm excited to go. And looking forward to the scenery and time away and cooler weather. All with my honey. Whom I'm mooning apparently.

Okie dokie. I guess that brings us current (with the exception of work but I'm not really ready to go into that yet anyway). I need to go put out the trash, take pictures of the third trapped animal (opossum this time), and call animal control. Good times.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

little criminal

That raccoon that The Husband caught recently?  I'm sure he went to live on a farm or something.  I mean who could harm this little face?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

10 on tuesday (37)

I haven't done a 10 on Tuesday in a LONG time. This week's was particularly applicable so I thought I'd get back in the saddle. This list was taken from my vows (we wrote our own).

10 Thing I Look For in a Romantic Interest
  1. Handsome (listed first only because it was obvious at first site)
  2. Smart (listed second because it was obvious immediately following "handsome")
  3. Funny
  4. Creative
  5. Open to new things
  6. Romantic
  7. Moral
  8. Fun to be with
  9. Loving
  10. A little bit quirky in an endearing way

There were a few others listed in the vows but I'll just stick with 10.

Monday, August 17, 2009

9 days in

We've been married a little over a week. Many folks have asked me how married life is... Well, it's pretty similar to engaged life so far. The Hubby and I didn't live together before marriage. He was a stickler. He did spend weekends here and I'd spend a night or two at his place during the week if my travel schedule permitted. And he's slowly been moving things in for weeks now. We're not leaving for the honeymoon until next Wednesday, and I'm not changing my name until we get back. So I guess that makes for last week looking pretty similar to the ones before.

In addition to me going back to work last week, we had a little leisure time, packed and moved most of his belongings, went through some of my stuff to make trash and garage sale piles, assimilated his stuff, and started planning a baby shower. I also finally got on the Facebook bandwagon. And we caught one of the raccoons that's been ravaging our garden. A little late, I might add. But, you know, we were a bit busy with other things.

This week I'm again trying to get real work done and continue the organizational sweep through the entire house. We're maybe a third done (not including the garage). Sigh... I am happy to have The Hubby here, though. Thanks for moving in with me.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Getting married really takes a lot out of you.  On Saturday night, The Hubby said he had so much running through his head.  I welcomed him to my world.  That's how it's been for weeks.  Finally, though, after sleeping in my own bed and taking a few naps, I'm starting to feel more like my old self.  My old self who is now married.  Crazy.

Before we get to wedding recaps, perhaps I'll share a few parties with you.  I now have pictures from our engagement party (back in the beginning of the year) and two showers (one in June and one in July).  All were fantastic.

Here's the engagement party (our buffet, live guitarist, and end o' evening picture):

Up next?  The family shower, where I learned that you can't take good pictures of me while opening presents...

And the second, friends shower...  There were a few better pictures at this one.

What? You're not satisfied with bad pictures of me? You've been to parties before (although I doubt any thrown by as crafty of ladies)? You want wedding pictures and you want them now? How about the few sneak peeks I got yesterday from my photographer?

Monday, August 10, 2009

the flip side

I really do want to post about the wedding since I want all the details recorded but that may have to wait for a bit.  I'm still so tired.  And, of course, I want to be able to show you some pictures but those won't be done for awhile.  I'll leave you with some pre-wedding stuff.

Here we are (super cheesy and then a little goofy) immediately after getting our marriage license.

Here are some of the flowers before my lovely bridesmaids, friends and I turned them into fabulous bouquets and arrangements.

And here is my frugal husband (whoa) watering our plants (see the watermelon?!) with leftover beer.  If you squint you can see his ring.  More to come...

And I guess I can send you to my photographer's blog post about my bridals.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

it's today

Yeah, so we're getting married today.

That's all I got. :) See ya on the flip side.

Thursday, August 06, 2009


In less than 48 hours I'll be a married woman. Freaky. This last week has been a bit frantic. Last weekend my bridesmaids (minus one) and I all headed to the country. We ate and shopped and did a wine tour/tasting and ate crafted and ate and slept and ate and went home. And I was also gifted some lingerie. Amidst all of that we have some really good conversation. It was so nice to take a break from everything and just run away with some of the people who have meant the most to me over the last several years. Thanks, ladies!

But I tell ya, as soon as we were headed back in the direction of home, the anxiety ramped up again. I had a few projects to finish up but wasn't doubting that that would get done. And they did. On Sunday even. So I haven't had a ton of stuff to do this week. Just last minute organizing and errand running and vow writing and delegating. But it's mostly done. I honestly do have some things I should be working on now but I thought that could wait a few minutes.

Tomorrow the ladies and I are doing our own flowers. I currently have 6 dozen garden roses, 3 dozen dahlias, and 200 stems of ranunculus in my bathroom. The pretty bathroom...prettier due to tons of flowers. The third batch of flowers gets picked up tomorrow. I sure hope the all turn out well. Fingers crossed that all those little guys are at their peak at the right time.

Then we join the boys for lunch (they'll be boating in the morning). And then mani/pedis, a little break, rehearsal, and rehearsal dinner. Then Saturday's the big day!

Honestly, I'm not sure why I've had so much anxiety this week (particularly at the beginning of the week--yesterday's facial worked wonders). I think part of it was that I hadn't gotten my Fiance weekend time. Things were better with him here. And I was having a hard time writing the vows. I was in too productive of a mood and was writing like a man. (No offense, men.) But I think I got that all worked out.

What I'm not nervous about? Marrying The Fiance. Can't wait for the ceremony to be over and for the party to start! Hopefully one that will last us a lifetime.