Monday, July 30, 2012

The final countdown.

There is a mere 11 days until the wedding.  This is the final countdown.

You're welcome for getting that song stuck in your head.  I received my daily email from Project Wedding this morning and it told me there is 11 until days until the Big Day. 

Sean and I have been talking about how we'll be glad to get the wedding over.  While it will be a great, fun, and memorable day, we're also excited to get back to a "normal" routine and back to "normal" life.  I'm especially excited to get the craft projects out of our second bedroom and our apartment can start look "normal" again.  What is this "normal?"  Our apartment and lives have been clouded with wedding projects and things for the better part of six or seven months.  So, maybe what was "normal" isn't really "normal" anymore?  Anyway, I digress.

Two weeks from today I am getting a much needed haircut.  I'm going back to my shoulder length hair, thank goodness.  I'm sick of this long, thick, tangled mop.  It takes too long to blow dry and straighten every morning.  All I do is wash it, comb it, and let it air dry.  I've been growing this out for two years.  It's time for it to go.

Happy Monday everyone!  Enjoy the (hopefully) beautiful day!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The garden last week.

Notice the field of tomatoes in the back. Much larger now.

A perfect sunflower.
Gardening is one of my newest favorite things now.  Just look at that sunflower!  It's beautiful.  Last night, Sean and I saw there are more sunflowers blooming now and it is more beautiful than this.

I can't wait to harvest some tomatoes.  Also, I am looking forward to picking the last tomatoes on a plant and then pulling the plant out of the ground to make more room.  The huge tomato bush (20 tomato plants all leaving on each other and making one collective plant) is getting kind of annoying.  I'm ready to harvest.  Clearly, I'm a little too eager. 

Last night while I was watering, Sean pulled out the last of my pea plants.  He picked all the pods of the plants for me to save for next year's pea crop.  We didn't harvest a ton of peas, mostly because I only planted eight or ten plants.  Next year though, I have big plans for the pea.  I also have big tomato plans, but that's a whole different blog post. 

Please note the bug on the sunflower leaf in the lower left corner of the picture.  So everyone knows, it was a real ladybug and NOT an Asian beetle.  It was beautiful, just like the sunflower.  It was bright red (not brown red or orange tinted).  That ladybug reminded me of visiting Grandma and Grandpa McKenzie during the summer.  Grandma would give me a jar to collect ladybugs and I'm talking real ladybugs, before the Asian beetles.  Anyway, on the north side (I think...) of their house had an area that moss would grow.  In that moss I could also find bright pink colored ladybugs.  They were fantastic.  In the jar I would get from Grandma, someone would help me poke holes in the lid so air could get in there.  I would put leaves, grass, and small twigs in the jar as well.  I don't remember how long the ladybugs would live like that, but this memory is starting to get foggy.  I can't remember if Travis ever collected ladybugs either. 

Anyway, the point of the story was the ladybug I saw last week made me a bit nostalgic.  That is all.
How is your garden doing?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bridal Shower.

Does anyone have pictures from the bridal shower a few weeks ago?  My camera died before I could take any pictures.  Can someone either blog a bunch of them or email some to me?  Becky or Mom?

Thanks.  You ladies rock.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Jillian Michaels kicks my butt.

I've been doing the 30 Day Shred from Jillian Michaels.  Day 4 is in the books.  Level 1 workouts are starting to get easier.

This is going to be short and sweet.  It's difficult to type with a kitty in the way.

Picture taken 5 seconds before being uploaded and posted here.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

36 Days.

The countdown is down to 36 days until the wedding.  Thirty-six days until I marry my best friend and change my last name.  How can the countdown only be 36 days?  The wedding is going to be here before you know it.

About the last name thing... I have no problem changing my last name and knew I would always take my fiance's name when we get married.  But.  I'm kind of going to miss my last name.  I've had it for 24 years.  I know, I'm changing to a more common and easier name.  I know people probably won't misspell it or add other letters to it (a, r, and d are most commonly added).  It feels a little bittersweet to lose it though.  My last name has been a part of my identity my entire life and I can't imagine it without it. 

Obviously, I'm still going to be changing my name, but it will definitely have to take some time getting used to.  It's probably going to be like after the beginning of a new year, I always mess up writing it by writing the previous year for about a month.  Maybe it will be like that?

How did you feel when (or if) you changed your last name?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wedding dress fitting and other stuff.

I'm slacking on the blogging front.  I should be more like Becky and try to blog more. 


Last Friday, I had my first wedding dress fitting.  It was so beautiful.  So white.  The crinoline was so fluffy compared to the sample dress I tried on.  It was so freaking beautiful.  But, I was terrified to try it on.  I was feeling very anxious.  I was afraid it wasn't going to fit at all and not slide up over my hips and butt. 

Alas, it was tight, but it went up.  It is being let out a bit.  As my mom pointed out, the alterations lady didn't say, "Oh my gosh," or panic at all.  She made it seem like it will be an easy fix.  And easy fix I hope it is.  I'm still watching what I eat and working on losing a few pounds.  I go back to try the dress on July 20.  I didn't want to take the dress off. 

It made me really excited about the wedding.  Wedding projects on my to-do list are being crossed off.  I'm going to start designing my programs this week.  I'm going to try to finish the table numbers this week.  Of course, I'm still waiting on RSVPs to figure out how many table numbers I actually need... but that is another story entirely. 

Tonight, Sean and I are going to buy his suit jacket for the wedding.  We need to figure out groomsmen gifts still.  I am working on bridemaids gifts and am just about done, but can't go into detail here since sneaky bridemaids will read about it. 

Bachelorette party is next weekend.  We're going to Valleyfair (work on our bronze) and then going out that night.  I'm so excited. 

What are you up to these days?  How's your summer going thus far?