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My Monday Brain

14 Jun

Today my brain is full, so I will leave you with some of the random things flowing through it instead of trying to actually piece together a whole post on any one thought.  Maybe tomorrow…

(1)   My sister is married!! Don’t believe me?  Look here.  Told you!  Proof.

(2)   Thank you CMA Fest & Bonnarro for helping our post-flood economy with eager cowboy-hat-wearing and pot-smoking tourists.  Much love.

(3)   I had Mexican food at a total of 4 meals last week.  I’m not afraid to admit that.  And I probably had fried chicken at the remainder of my meals.  Oh… and I had a Pop-Tart for lunch today. Take that, Jillian Michaels.

(4)   I wore SPF 30+ all weekend because I’m grown-up now and care about things like skin cancer.  Whatever…It’s a slow process of convincing my brain that tan is ugly and pretending not to notice how terrible my Jergens skin smells while I sit at my desk every day.

(5)   I painted my nails 3 times last week… because that’s how many times it takes to have 5 straight days of painted nails in my world.  I paint.  I pick.  I peel.  I start over.  I have zero self-control when those babies start to chip… which is why I don’t waste my money on manicures.  (Don’t worry though, pedicures are safe… I don’t pick my feet!)

(6)   My out-of-town-living boyfriend was IN town last Friday on a day that I was also in the city (Nashville) for work meetings.  We got to eat lunch together!  It was totally awesome to live like the rest of the world.  You suckers are lucky.

(7)   My 4-month-old niece, Lyla, told me this weekend that I’m her favorite aunt.  Fine.  Maybe she didn’t actually SPEAK those words, but I can totally read babies and that’s definitely what she was telling me with her big baby eyes and that big gummy grin (Sorry Erika, Katie, and Annie).  Oh… and I’m Marlie’s favorite too, she just has to be all PC when yall are around.

(8)   This weekend I returned an Anthropologie (aka: death valley to Becky’s money supply) dress and then walked away with the dress + $140.  How?  Well that’s what happens when you buy a $178 dress (now’s not the time to judge) for “wedding events” and don’t wear it…. Then revisit death valley to see the dress on a sales rack for $39!! You return the dress, get $178 back, re-buy the dress for $39, and leave a happy girl.  Sweet glory days of magic!

(9)   I get to have Snappy’s tonight.  It’s only my favorite of all pizzas in the state of TN.  And since it happens to be in the hick-town in which my grandmother lives (no offense friends, it’s just what I’ve kindly referred to the town since I was younger… I happen to love the place) and since I happen to be spending the night in that hick-town with her, I will feast on the greasyness I’ve been waiting for all day.  YUM.

Happy End of Monday! 🙂


My Best Friends, Like Sisters.

17 May

I seriously have the best friends.  Don’t even try to argue with me because you know I’ll win.  And not just because I’m such an excellent argue-er, but because they truly are the best.  My mom used to tell me that I was a good judge of character based off the circle of friends that I kept.  At the risk of sounding somewhat arrogant in my friend-finding skillz, I think my friends are living proof of what she meant.  How did I find such awesome people?  How did I get so lucky?  I’d have to say that one of the benefits of being a sit-back-and observe kind of person and not a look-at-me girl is that I have more time to pick up on things, and really see people for who they are.  So maybe that’s how.  Or maybe it was my mom’s good-nature and warm heart that led me to seek out people like her.  I know that God brought them into my life, I’m just glad I was alert enough to realize it in time to snatch them up!

Sure, we’ve all had our “issues” from time to time through the years, no friendship is perfect.  But I know, at the end of the day, these people love me and have my back no matter who or what may come against me.  I’m incredibly lucky to have such a gift.

You may be wondering what got me off on this friend-loving tangent… or you may not care one bit… but either way, here it is:  This past Saturday I threw a lingerie shower/bachelorette party for my sister.  While the attendants included several of her very best friends, 3 of mine happened to be in attendance as well (one of whom was the co-host).  True friends, I tell you.  These girls not only consider my family their own, but love me enough to support me in so many ways.  Yes, all of these girls are sister-like to Katie, and would probably support her on their own, but their presence in the night was a huge show of support to me, and I’m so very grateful.  That’s what friends are for.  I know Katie was grateful for their presence as well, she’s acquired so many big sisters through the years, and I’m sure she feels just as lucky to have them in her life.

Here we are with the bride-to-be;  Me, Niki, Katie, Addie, and Erika.

And, as I laid in our suite on Sunday morning with 2 of these girls… lounging around, talking, and laughing about the night’s hilarities while trying to pull ourselves out of bed… I got this warm, mushy feeling just thinking about how special they were and how precious this little moment was.  I cherish every one of my friends, and would give just about anything to see them more often.  (Sometimes I fathom a world where there were no boys to steal our time together, and we could just live together in a big house on the beach and  be roommates forever… it’s too late for a few of them though).

One of my favorite things about these kind of friends is our ability to pick-up where we left off.  I can go months, years even, without seeing some of these girls and we get together, it’s just like old days.  It’s like we never spent any time apart.  It’s just this peaceful, comfortable feeling being around them.  I love that.

And on that note, a special shout-out to friends not pictured, or even often-seen/conversed with, but whom I love deeply and am also thankful for:  Amber Heffington Kanzelmeyer, Ruthie Hill McClary, and Alisha Yordy (probably-soon-to-be-Page).  I love you all!

The Forecast Called for Showers…

29 Apr

… and it’s not letting up just yet.

WeddingMania.  That’s the only way I can describe my life lately. I’m pretty sure 87% of my thoughts these days are directly related to the upcoming nuptials and the 26million tiny details that will fall (or be forcefully shoved) into place over the next couple weeks.  Did you read that?  WEEKS.  There are only 3 weeks until this shindig and things are about to get crazy.  There are so many things figure out, logistics-wise, that I literally want to curl up in the fetal position in the back of my closet and hide until it’s over sometimes.  Granted, all of the big decisions have been made, vendors have been booked, colors have been selected, blah blah blah.  That’s great and all, but HOW is all of this going to play out on May 22nd?  Let’s hope for something miraculous.  Since my sister has decided not to use a “professional” wedding planner, all of the day-and-weekend-of logistics are going to be delegated out among friends and family (who may have not actually volunteered yet but will be moooooreee than happy to lend a hand, I’m sure 🙂 ).

I plan to put together somewhat of a “dream team” of assistants to make this day run smoothly.  I’d love to be out in the field, fighting battles with my team, but since it’s my little sister getting married, I really would rather spend the day enjoying every moment, and soaking it all in instead of worrying about the cake that just fell to the floor, the location of the photographer, and the grandmother that just fell into the pool. (I’m not hoping for this, just prepared for the worst).  I don’t want the stressful details of the day keep me from enjoying this special event.

SO. If you haven’t been contacted yet, you’ve at least been warned.

On top of trying to tie up all of those loose ends, it’s been a month of showers as well.  The Price family shower and the couples shower are both behind us now, and the Ebel family shower and lingerie/bachelorette festivities are still out ahead.  (The Bachelor party is currently happening as I type, but luckily that’s one I don’t have to worry about).  I think the couple has received some great gifts, and I’m really thankful to all of the people who came out to support them and show them some love!  It’s been so great and we’ve all had so much fun.  I’m even more thankful for those who at least RSVP’d is some way, shape, or form about their attendance.  Seriously, don’t get me started on my newest, and ever-increasing, pet peeve of the moment.  But, back to positivity- I will post some shower pictures as soon as I get a chance… or the motivation.  Don’t hold your breath though.  Like I said… fetal position.

I would love to have been blogging more lately, but unfortunately, I knew if I opened my mouth, a would vomit wedding stories all over you.  I know you don’t want that.  So I’ve spared you until now.

On the wedding list for today: Flower selection with the bride and mother-of, lighting discussions, find a back-up bachelorette/lingerie shower venue since apparently my numero uno doesn’t like to pay their taxes and the state of TN wasn’t OK with that, shipping out a bridesmaid dress to a patiently waiting friend of the bride (at fault of the bridal store, i promise), coordinating the previously mentioned “dream team” and assigning tasks, finding a dress for the Ebel family shower this weekend, finding invitations for the lingerie shower, inviting people to the lingerie shower…  Sleep.  peaceful sleep.

Enough vomit for now. Keep an eye out for some pictures of these fun wedding events soon!

Snow Dazed

29 Jan

It’s Friday night, I’m lounging by the fireplace in the pj’s I’ve been donning since yesterday, and it’s still snowing like crazy outside… I love today.   And since the current un-nashville like conditions outside are going to keep me here for a while,  I guess I’m out of excuses not to blog.  Yeah, that’s what my world has come to- procrastinating my self-given assignments.

While I enjoy sharing my world on here, sometimes at the end of a long day at work, consisting of 8 iwannapokemyeyesout hours of staring at my computer screen, the last thing I want to do it open my laptop.  But I’m back.  (I know this will thrill all 6 of my readers).  So here’s a quick recap of my life in the past couple of weeks…

–  Had a bad day at work (that was inevitably more self-induced and then triggered by someone else than anything) and almost quit.  And then almost moved away.  It’s safe to say that I let my emotions take over from time to time.  It’s also safe to say that I have a hard time separating my emotions from my job.  Yeah yeah, I know.  Girls.  Spare me.

– Visited the bf in Maryland.  Spent quality time hanging out, watching tv, cooking, and going on a movie marathon.  We saw The Blind Side- loved it.  We saw Up in the Air- It was good, clever and simplistic, and had a somewhat annoying ending.  Saw The Lovely Bones- Loved it.  Cried a lot.  Got scarred (Yes, I realize it’s not a “scary movie” but there were a couple intense parts, and I’m a big wimp).  And no, I can’t tell you if the movie is as good as the book…let’s be real, I didn’t read it.  I DID actually buy the book a couple years ago, but anyone who knows me can tell you I didn’t make it past the 1st chapter before putting it down somewhere and forgetting it ever existed.  But, the movie was great.

– Had a couple migraines (aka. life-stoppers).

– Made some progress in the wedding planning department.  Katie not only asked all of her bridesmaids, but she actually picked out and ordered dresses. (And I definitely love them, by the way).  She also selected her photographer.  She’s decided to use a local favorite, Mary Rosenbaum.  I haven’t met her yet, but one thing I know about her, other than her rather big price-tag, is that her pictures are beautiful.  And, as a photography lover myself, I totally approve.  (Her photos realllyyyy make me wanna pick up my camera and start snapping again… that’s what I got it for afterall, right?).

–  Said goodbye to my favorite Tonight Show host, Coco.  It was heart-breaking to see him walking away from his dream, but for a very respectable reason, I must say.  Yes, yes, I do realize that he a quite impressive buyout from NBC, but I don’t think, even for a minute, that he was in this for the money.  He was living his dream and in the end, doing what he felt was right.  And what a wonderfully heart-felt and classy farewell he gave.  He’s off to better things now.  Here’s a pretty good article about the recent late-night drama.

– Did some bloking (blog-stalking).  Some recent favorites;  The Pioneer Woman -Every female in the blog-reading world has probably at least heard of her.  She is both entertaining and educational. I’m still dying to dive into her love story, but you know any reading that requires a dedicated time-slot is generally out of the question. Maybe this snowed-in weekend shall change that.   Bakerella -Doesn’t the name say it all?? Found this little gem from the previously mentioned Pioneer Woman.  Katie and I have both tested out a couple of her sweets which have been VERY well received. The One In Pink -This girl is actually the fiancé of one of Katie and Clint’s good friends.  Katie sent me a link to her blog one day and about an hour of stalking later, I was hooked.  Is this creepy? I don’t care.  Other people’s lives are interesting to me.  And we happen to share a quite interesting nail polish problem. (Guess you’ll have to go read if you want to know what I’m talking about). I’ve got more, but I’ll save those for later.

Wedding Planning

21 Dec

A crash course.

So, my little sister Katie is getting married on May 22nd, 2010. We think. Katie and her fiancé Clint have been engaged since August of this year.  I was unofficially asked to step in as wedding planner.  Although I’m glad to help out (as I love weddings and everything girly)  I can’t make the decisions for her.  And, as of today (exactly 152 days from said wedding date) all that has been planned is the location: our home.  Plenty of other details have been thought about.  I guess that doesn’t count, does it?  Crap.  Her wedding is in 5 months and she doesn’t even have a dress yet.  (I can literally feel the panic I just caused to all of you past brides and wedding enthusiasts out there… I know, I know). 

Katie & Clint have been together for over 4 years now.  Here they are…

My mother and I have been through every checklist,book, blog, and magazine article we could find on wedding planning.  We know what we need to do, we just haven’t done it.  Don’t get me wrong, my sister couldn’t wait to be engaged, and definitely can’t wait to be married… it’s just that whole commit-to-a-date-and-plan-millions-of-little-details thing that she doesn’t much care for.  I can’t really blame her, it’s a LOT of work. I’m sure part of her has just wanted to run off and elope and not have to deal with any of the hassle a wedding can bring (and it may have, once or twice, been suggested by parents and various other family members).  You see, the men in Clint’s family have a history of this “tradition”… Mom was just trying to help them live out a legacy.  Ok, ok, maaayybbe mom is a (normally-sane) nutcase in hostess situations who is totally freaking about the amount of time we have left, and just doesn’t think she can survive the day-of without a anxiety attack.  (She winds herself up into a nervous wreck whenever we just have family coming over… dad likes to say she walks in circles).  We know better than to get in her way.  I can’t even begin to imagine what a couple hundred people, dresses, tuxes, caterers, photographers, and Dad would do to her.  She might have to be heavily medicated.  That, or we can ship her off to a deserted island and let her watch the wedding via live satellite feed?

Just for fun- Let’s take a vote!  “Backyard Wedding vs. Take The Money & Run” 


Well, Needless to say, If this wedding does happen on schedule, we’ve got a long way to go.  And since I’ll be learning as we go… I’ll try to keep everyone posted on the many adventures that are sure to follow, and the many lessons we learn along the way.  And, if anyone would like to share helpful pointers of your own, please do!

I do know this much; one of the most helpful resources I’ve found so far in my wedding research has been Ashley’s Bride Guide.  This website has pretty much everything you could possibly want to know about weddings in Nashville.  I could spend hours browsing through the numerous vendors and stalking other Nashvillians on the “Get Inspired” pages (A GREAT place to go for ideas on everything from location and colors to favors and food). I love it. Even if you don’t live in Nashville, you should really check it out just for the ideas that come with hours of browsing through wedding photos, videos, and such.

In the meantime…

Wish us luck!

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