Archive for March, 2011

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Music – Take Two

March 31, 2011

I’m typically sawing logs by now, but I’m not even close to tired.

I wonder if it has anything to do with the extra caffeine I consumed this week? The head honcho is overseas, so there was no reason to make the typical pot of half-caff. As a consequence, I made good use of a Starbucks gift card every day. 😉

With sleep alluding me, I decided to explore other father-daughter dance song options.

I e-mailed my dad links to the two songs I liked, but I don’t think he was wowed by them. As is typical in our family, difficult situations are often deflected with joking and laughter. So I wasn’t surprised when he responded he’d prefer “this song”:

However, I think I surprised him when I wrote back, “I’m game!!”

I never got a reply. 😛

At that point I figured I was on my own with the song selection. I came across this one tonight – and I think it’s now the frontrunner:

I do love me some Elton. I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before!

Not only am I choosing our song, I also need to suggest songs for Randy and his mom. Our conversation went something like this:

Me: We really need to make decisions on music. Are you going to dance with your mom?

Him: Are you dancing with your dad?

Me: Uhh … yeah.

Him: Okay. Then I guess I’m dancing with my mom.

Me: Okie dokie. What song do you have in mind?

Him: I guess whatever song you’re dancing to.

Me: Huh?

Him: We’ll be on the floor at the same time, right?

Me: Nooo … Two separate dances.

Him: Oh.

Me: You’ll need to talk to your mom about a song. <crickets> Or do you want me to suggest some for you?

Him: You can suggest some for me.

Crap. Ha!

I’ve decided this will be my first one:

Heart this song! And Oxford for allowing me to use “heart” in that context. 😉 If Randy and his mom don’t want it, I may move it to my list. LOL!

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Jewelry, dresses and dinner … oh my!

March 31, 2011

I have to leave Randy to his own devices as he finishes our cardbox or there’s  going to be a knockdown, drag out fight. 😉

I’ll simply take this opportunity to show you a potential necklace, flower girl jewelry and some other random updates.

As I mentioned before, I couldn’t decide on what kind of jewelry to wear. Since my dress is strapless, I feel like I need something more than a simple pendant. Thought I’d give this two-strand necklace from Alwaysabridesmade at try:

I really like it. In fact, I like it a lot. I didn’t think about one potential problem before ordering it … Constantly needing to rearrange or straighten the layers. What a pain in the butt that would be. I’ll have to mull it over.

I’m still waiting on my earrings, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they show up tomorrow.

As for the flower girls, I bought them necklaces and earrings at Claire’s:

I finally ordered their dresses as well:

Let’s see … What else?

I got the schedule for our hair and makeup today as well:

I also finalized our rehearsal dinner venue, menu and designed a simple invitation.

Whew! Sometimes this all seems surreal. I am, slowly but surely, getting more and more excited. 😀

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Present!

March 30, 2011

Edit: I notice this post has been extremely popular during the last week. I neglected to mention where I purchased my present (bad blogger!), so here is the info … VirginiaGeigerJewels on Etsy. 😀

I gotz a prezent in the mail todayz!

*happy dance*

Can you guess what it is??

No? Good. Because I couldn’t either. At first I thought it was a piece of jewelry, but low and behold …

It’s my beautiful hair flower!!

I’m in love. I want to wear it everywhere. I even took it to work this afternoon to show it off. 😉

*swoon* 😀

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Much ado about hair

March 29, 2011

Hey! Two posts in one day … What do you know? 😉

Remember my meltdown after meeting with the caterer the first time?

Well, today, my co-workers  almost witnessed another one when I realized I’d waited too long to make our hair appointments.

Maybe my latest dream was foreshadowing? *shrug*

My stylist left Spa Roma last year for Tuscan Sun Spa in Fairmont. I’ve been with her for at least six years – and I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing my hair for our wedding – so I vowed to travel the 20 miles to get my hair cut.

Yes, I love her that much.

Besides knowing me (and my hair) well, she’s just a very sweet and caring person. I came to call her my friend, not just my hair stylist.

Even though I was concerned about travel time to and from the salon, I was hellbent on having our hair and makeup done there for the wedding.

Sadly, it was not meant to be.

I called today to schedule a hair and makeup trial, as well as our appointments for the day of. The consultant told me they already have a bridal party scheduled for June 25. The earliest I could be seen was 11 a.m. My bridesmaids? 1 p.m.

Not.gonna.work.

I hung up the phone and put my head down on the desk. My cheeks were hot. My heart began to race.

If a salon in Fairmont is already booked, what are my chances of finding a place in Morgantown?

The panic left almost as quickly as it arrived, thankfully. Why get upset when I hadn’t called any other salons?

I fired off an e-mail to Bridesmaid Alicia and posted a message on Facebook asking for salon suggestions.

Before I could get a response, I decided to call Spa Roma – even if I felt like it was a long shot.

And, believe it or not, they weren’t booked! Even the consultant seemed surprised when she told me. What are the chances?

After booking everything I breathed a sigh of relief. Crisis averted. Even though I’m bummed my stylist won’t be doing my hair, it’s a relief to know we’ll be staying in Morgantown that day. I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I was obviously more worried about the extra travel time than I thought.

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In the moment

March 29, 2011

Hey yooouuuu guys!

(Man, I love The Goonies ;-))

So, my awesome photographer posted this link on my Facebook page last night:

http://www.momentjunkie.com

They post a new wedding picture at 11 a.m. every day. Some are h.i.l.a.r.i.o.u.s (March 26 and 15)! Some are tearjerkers (March 27). Some are just too cute for words (March 7).

Even if you aren’t planning a wedding, make sure to explore the site. If nothing else, you can live vicariously through these captured moments.

Enjoy!

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A hefty situation ;-)

March 28, 2011

I have a slight problem, guys …

My wedding dress doesn’t fit.

It’s not terribly tight; however, I would prefer to breathe on my wedding day. And not look like a stuffed sausage, of course. 😉

Like I posted before, I learned a long time ago to accept that I’ll never be a size two (heck, not even a size 12) or have great abs; however, I would work to be the best and healthiest me I could be.

I have to tell you, it SUCKED realizing the once-too-big dress is now too small. And not because I’m worried about being self-conscious, but because I feel like I let myself down.

I really concentrated on eating right and exercising last year. Although I didn’t lose a lot of weight (more toning than anything), I could tell a difference. I even managed to continue a steady workout regimen when I began my part-time job.

Until basketball season started that is. It wasn’t just one Saturday a week occupying my time; it was often two-three-four days every week. For anyone who has worked two jobs (or have kids … or is a care-giver … or any number of activities that extend beyond 40 hours a week), you understand how physically and emotionally draining it can be.

What were once priorities (eating right and exercising) quickly took a back seat to everything else.

While I was able to maintain my weight between Nov. and Feb.  (even losing four pounds at one point), I lost what muscle tone I had acquired. After basketball season ended, however, I quickly gained those four pounds (and then some) back.

Now, with less than 40 days (YIKES!!) until my first fitting, I’m scrambling to get back on the bandwagon. I’m making a late New Year’s resolution … or Lent resolution (considering not cussing didn’t work out so well) … whatever strikes your fancy:

  • I will make sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.
  • I will log everything I eat in my food journal.
  • I will exercise at least five days a week – be it walking on the trail with Randy, Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, or Power 90.

We’ll see what happens! I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

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Part 1: Making of a cardbox

March 26, 2011

Some of my early ideas survived two years of wedding planning – some did not.

I can now add a spinning picture frame card box to the “Survived” list.

I provided the creative support – picking out frames and fabric, finding an online tutorial, and narrowing down the pictures. Otherwise, given it involves brackets, measuring, cutting, screwdrivers (sadly, not the drink) and a drill, this DIY project is ALL Randy. Everything is much safer with me behind the camera lens snapping pictures.

We used this tutorial on Road to the Aisle as a guide.

First, a supply list:

  • Four 8.5×11 picture frames (Michaels)
  • Four pictures of your choice
    • Ours are 8.5×11; however, you could use matting and 5×7 pictures
  • 16 3/4 x 1/2 brackets (Lowe’s)
  • 8 x 1/2 Screws (Lowe’s)
  • Lazy Susan
  • Drill with 5/64 bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Thick cardboard
    • The other supply list uses foam board. Randy figured a thick cardboard would work the same
  • Nice fabric (1 yard is more than enough)
    • I bought a diamond white satin from WalMart
  • Batting (Michaels)
  • Exacto knife
  • Ruler, pencil and scissors

Step 1: Measure and mark all sides where brackets will be:

Note: You will only need one centered bracket for the top and bottom of all four frames. Only two frames will need brackets on the right and left sides.

Step 2: Drill small “starter” (like my technical term?) holes using a drill and 5/64 bit

Is there something different about the picture on the right? Why, yes, there is!

At some point during this step Randy decided he needed his “geek” light:

And then he realized I was getting annoyed because it was affecting the pictures, so he covered it up:

Step 3: Screw the  brackets in place:

Done! Or so we thought.

Then Randy realized he only needed one bracket on the bottom – not two. He took them off, re-measured, and drilled a new hole. That’s when this happened:

The perfectionist in me briefly wigged out, but then I told myself, “No one will notice but me.” You can hardly see it under the fluorescent lights in our kitchen, so I doubt anyone will see it in the dimly lit reception hall.

Repeat Steps 1-3 (minus our mistakes ;-)) for all four frames.

Here is what a frame with just the top and bottom brackets looks like:

Step 4: Place one frame without side brackets face down on the table; line it up with one of the side bracket frames; use screws to attach them. Repeat for one other side. Make sure your pictures are all facing the same direction!

Step 5: Measure the inside, bottom of the cube to get dimensions for the cardboard. Measure and cut the card (or foam) board. Our square was 11 1/4 inches:

Step 6: Insert cardboard cutout into the bottom of the cube. Also, Randy noticed the board didn’t sit flush so he notched out spots for the brackets.

Step 7: Attach final frame:

Step 8: Celebrate! The toughest part is over.

Part 2 coming next week (I hope)!