Saturday, November 29, 2008
Tania: "Hi, how are you today?"
Robert: "I'm fat and sassy! How are you?"
I laughed my ass off!!!! I told him that I was going to tell that to my father-in-law because it so sounds like something he would say. I'm still giggling about it!
Sometimes, I love my job! But very rarely.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
We had a feast of turkey, stuffing, green bean cassarole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrot salad, and corn bread. Mmmmm so much good food. We also had dessert of pumpkin pie, cherry pie, and chocolate chip cookie and cream tort. (See post below for recipe.)
We ate about 2:15 and were finished and had everything cleaned up by 3:45. Then, everybody just sat and relaxed for a while.
I decided to test TN waters one day and this picture greets me on their home page.
Looks scrumptious right? Ya, I thought so too.
We normally have a chocolate pie on Thanksgiving, since not all people like pumpkin pie, me included. So, I decided to try this as the alternative to pumpkin pie. It turned out pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. And my aunt, who is an avid chocolate lover, loved it also and I have now been commissioned to make it for Christmas.
It's been pretty tense over here the last couple days. Both sets of parents have offered the directions on how to prepare a turkey. My mom as even taken the time to come here and drop off stuffing and offer directions. After listening to her, Drew calls his parents for what they have to say about it. Drew has been in this "I'm gonna figure out what to do and do it" type of attitude all week and refuses to listen to what me or my family have to say to him. So, I'm letting him figure it out for himself. This will be good for him.
So, wish us luck! I'll post how everything goes later.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Confession: I was very nervous going into the wedding about photography. Very. But, understandably I think. I had never met Brad, the only thing I knew was that he was Drew's cousin, and that he was a photographer. Drew said that he's shot for Sports Illustrated and National Geographic. Ok, fear struck me at that point. Those are not wedding!! Not even the slightest!!!
Reality: I had absolutely nothing to worry about!
As I posted before, Brad opened up our online gallery on Saturday. I spent hours on Saturday night and Sunday morning looking through them. And I looked through them more today. I have been in awe for hours.
I have started sharing the link with family and friends. There are hundreds and hundreds of pictures. And I have to narrow it down to 100. Ya, right!!! I have asked everybody who looks at them to jot down their favorite numbers to help me out. I like it because then everybody will be a part of making our album. Neat, right?!?
Once I get the disks of photos from Brad, I'll upload and begin posting. I promise!
I couldn't believe that it's already been 30 days! I thought it was tomorrow, so I wasn't going to say anything to Drew, but I forgot that October had 31 days.
So, we've officially made it one month! Woo for us!!!
(We have made it longer than Heidi and Spencer from The Hills, who reportedly eloped and got married, will. What a joke! I imagine their marriage being like most Hollywood marriages, as sad as that is.)
Drew and I didn't do anything exciting tonight. He made a dinner, like usual, of tortellini and bread. Ya, we celebrate by doing it big, what can I say.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
And I didn't even really expect a timely email. Most people have better things to do on a Friday night than sit around the house. But, I'm lame and usually do that. (Strike that, I'm not lame, I prefer the term homebody.) I checked my email before going to bed, like I usually do every night and Drew made a sad statement about no email. And I told him that Brad probably had better things to do on a Friday night than our pictures and emailing me.
Well, apparently he didn't. I got an email, which my inbox timed at 1:24 AM. Guess what??
OUR PICTURES ARE UP!!!!
I only had just a few minutes to look at them before I had to get ready for work. I told Drew this morning that they were up and he wanted to see them too. But.... I made him promise that he wouldn't look until we could do it together. That also means that I can't look either. Darn me for making that promise. And, we have a wedding to go to today, so that means that it's going to be much later tonight until we can look at them.
Must.... not.... cheat....
P.S. Yes, I'll post pictures but I don't know when. I may wait until I get the disk which could be a few more weeks.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I ran downstairs to use the restroom and as I'm washing my hands, I was checking out my hair in the mirror. That's when it happened!!
Where the hell did those come from??
My first thought was, "Oh, it's just the light, maybe if I move this way. No. Ok, what about this way? No. Well crap!!"
::Sigh:: I'm too young for this!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
As soon as I closed the door after her, I popped the DVD in and settled down to watch it. I don't think I was more than 4 minutes into it before I was crying. It was awesome to be able to watch what I couldn't see during the day. I watched the girls as they walked down the aisle. They all looked so beautiful!!! There was an awesome shot of Drew as I was walking down the aisle and he was trying so hard not to cry. I loved being able to listen to us say our vows.
I loved the DVD! A LOT!!!
Anybody out there that reads this that is getting married, hire a videographer. Work your budget so you can. You won't regret it, I promise!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
I graduated from school in May. Before graduation, I worked and went to school full time. I was a busy girl. Once graduation came, I immediately went into wedding planning full time. I had 5 months until the wedding and needed to focus on all the things that needed to get done. The wedding quickly consumed my life. I was never overwhelmed. I'll admit, there were times when I got stressed, but I was never overwhelmed.
I was so excited when the wedding finally arrived. The last couple weeks were torture. I was just so ready to be done with the planning and waiting and just wanted to be married already.
It's so true what everybody says; your wedding day flies by. It didn't feel like it at the time though. I remember being dressed and taking pictures in the Cathedral before the ceremony. After the pictures, all of us girls went to go wait in a room for the ceremony to start. Seriously... longest half hour of my life!! Looking back, I wish we had had some cards or something. I remember saying that I wished I had my iPod. The ceremony went very quickly. I hardly remember it. The reception was quick too. But it wasn't quick while I was in it. Does that make sense? I was so tired, and all I really wanted to do was go to bed with my new husband. Sleep that is, go to sleep with my new husband.
Do you want to know what my first thought was when Drew and I walked out of the American Center to go to the hotel. It's over!!! 10 months of planning, stress, tears, hard work, it was all over. I was no longer a bride. I had to take off my dress and let down my hair and I would never get to be that beautiful bride again. I just wanted to cry. In fact, I still find myself wanting to cry and it's been over for over three weeks.
Now that it's over, I just want it back! I want to go back and have that final week before my wedding again. I want to have my wedding day again.
So, obviously that's not going to happen. But I do want something. I need something. I need to find something to do.
Drew and I went grocery shopping last night and got home about 7. We started dinner and then went to go relax for a little bit while it cooked. I stood in the middle of the living room and just looked around. I wanted something to do. I need something that is going to keep me busy. If I could draw, I would be all over that. But I can't, not even a little. I'd love it even more if I could find something that I was good at and make some money at. Like making something and selling it. But, I have no idea what that something is. I'll let you know when I find it!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Yep, Brad, our wedding photographer, had emailed some teasers. Ok, "some" is an understatement. He sent me about 60. I heart him; big, puffy, red heart him! And I'm going to be stingy and only show you about 10. I know, I'm so cruel.
That was the first picture that I opened up and it brought tears to my eyes. I had no idea that this happened. And that, is why I love Brad. And photography in general. This was at the rehearsal.
After Brad had photographed the guys in the Cathedral, he came downstairs to photo me getting dressed. After that, us girls headed upstairs to take pictures in the Cathedral.
Yes, that is Drew buried in my dress! I love the expression on Daughtry's and my face. Adorable, right?
Ok, so I officially can't wait to see them all. Thanks, Brad, for sending me the teasers. You rock!!
1. Go to Target (or some equal store) and just buy some. I like this idea because it's cheapish and easy. Easy being the biggest priority. Plus, Drew and I (well, let's be honest, me) could get them cranked out by this weekend. I don't like this idea because it's kinda impersonal. I have already sent thank you's for shower gifts and those were just general thank you notes. I kinda wanted something a little more personal for our wedding thank you's. Most of our guests traveled and they were all so generous. I know that the front of the card doesn't matter so much, but at least a little presentation would be nice.
2. Order the thank you's that match our invitations. I like this idea because it ties the theme together. We didn't do STD (save the dates) because by the time we actually set the date, there were only about 8 months until the wedding. By the time we had finalized a guest list, ordered STDs and sent them, there probably would have only been about 6 months and then it was only a matter of 3 or 4 months until invites went out. It seemed like a waste of money at that point. By doing matching thank you's to our invites, I feel like it ties up the wedding very nicely. On the other hand, how many of our guests do you think actually remember what our invite looked like? I'm willing to bet that most everybody threw the invitation away, if not the day of, the day after. But I loved our invitations oh so much, so I might just order the thank you's so that I can look at them a little longer.
3. Use our favorite wedding picture(s) to make thank you's from a printing company like VistaPrint. I really like this idea because we can a) make some personalized thank you's for our fantastic guests and b) share with each of our guests a couple of our wedding photos. The downside to this is that I have to actually wait for Brad to send us some photos. Then, I have to design the thank you and order them. Then, wait. And wait. And wait. It could take a week or two for the thank you's to come in. Then, I have to write them. So really, it could be at least another month before any of our guests get a thank you. I know that etiquette says that we have something like 6 months to send thank you's. Crazy!!! I don't want these things hanging over my head for that long.
Do you see the dilemma I'm dealing with here?!? I just have no idea what to do. I really, really want to do some photo ones, but I really, really don't want to wait that long. Another option is that I could just send some generic ones now and order holiday cards using our wedding photos. But then I'm having to mail a load of stuff twice. Boo!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
I did scan the pictures from our swim with the dolphins. I'm sure you've all been anxious to see those. If you remember me saying, I had looked forward to this day for a long, long time!
I'm actually very proud of Drew. He does have a fear of big fish (what a baby, right?) and he took the whole experience like a champ. He didn't really act too nervous but I could tell that he was. These pictures were all taken by staff at the Dolphin Swim Experience place and I'm sure that if they find them on here I'd get sued or something. But seriously, we paid $100 for these so whatever. At least I said who you were.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Drew still had the day off of work. (Oh, what I wouldn't give to have a cool boss like that! His work, I'm sure, was stoked to have him take so much time off since they've been pretty slow anyways.) Drew took care of some more things that needed to get done around here.
Our dryer sucks, a lot. The final straw was yesterday. I did a load of towels and had to run the dryer 3 (!!!) times to get them dry. Actually, 3 times got them most of the way dry. I think that I actually did 3 1/2 times. Seriously though, that's ridiculous. Drew called the landlord today and they came over and put some new vents or something or another in and according to Drew, the fixed dryer dried his work uniforms in 20 minutes. I find that hard to believe. I'll believe it probably tomorrow when I resume doing laundry.
And, at this point in time, I am very sick of laundry!! Vacations are fun until you have to come home and wash all of the laundry. Plus, add in work clothes and towels, and that's a ton of stuff to wash. I have not been a fan of doing the laundry because of that stupid dryer. So, maybe now it won't be so bad.
Drew also went down to the county clerk's office and picked up some copies of our marriage certificate. Now, I can officially begin the process of changing my name. I'm pretty excited. I'm anxious to have this process over. I know that it's going to take some time. It's tough being in such a state of limbo. I'm not sure whether to be Tania Oldlastname or Tania Newlastname. I feel like I don't really have a name right now. Can I just be Tania? Without a last name? And, it's probably going to get a little worse before it gets better. Think, I'm going to go on Wednesday and change my social security card and my drivers license. Then, I have to call and change all of my credit cards, insurance, bank stuff, debit cards, bills, everything. I'm going to be this person with two different last names for probably at least 2 more months.
We're heading upstairs to play some games with the neighbors. Good times!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Drew had never been to IKEA... until yesterday. That excited me so much!! I was so shocked when he came to me and told me that he wanted to go. My jaw kinda dropped and I looked at him like he was crazy. He obviously had no idea what he was getting himself into. My darling husband, the man who hates shopping, wanted to go to a home goods shopping mecca!! I wanted to squeal.
We got to IKEA at about 11:00 AM. We went straight up to the the top (3rd level) and began wandering around. We found a bunch of pieces that we liked and wrote them down and took pictures. After walking around the entire 3rd level, it was about noon, so we decided to grab some lunch.
After lunch, we went down to the 2nd level and began wandering around there. We found some more stuff that we liked and wrote those down too.
Then, it was time to make some decisions. We ultimately decided to purchase:
* a bookshelf
* a table for behind our oversized loveseat
* 3 shelves
* a BIG picture for the dining room
* some curtains
After struggling to get all of those items in Drew's car, (Ya, that wasn't very bright. We didn't actually think about how we were going to get everything home. But then again, I don't think we thought that we'd buy so much either.) and discovering that we picked the wrong color in one piece and one piece was damaged so that led to exchanging them, we headed back home.
We got home somewhere around 5 and promptly began putting things together. We put the bookshelf together, the table together, assembled the picture, and began hanging the curtains. We also organized the kitchen too. Drew and I didn't go to bed until after 3 AM!!! We both just want to bring some organization back to our home. We've been living in chaos for months because of the wedding and now, it feels so good to make our place feel like home.
As soon as I finish this post, I'm going to go get Drew out of bed so that we can begin work today. We don't have too much left, but we've still got a full day of work. Plus, I need to finish laundry. Boo!!!
Oh, and I'm sure you're wondering about pictures right? Well, I'm not posting any!!! Haha!!! Now, I'm forcing all of you to come over and see our new homey home in person. Ya, I'm evil like that!!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
And I don't think Simon has ever been so happy to see us. I have missed my little baby so much. He has been so lovey lately. Especially this morning when we woke up. He's normally quite affectionate in the morning, but this morning was particularly excessive.
Drew and I had a busy day today. We woke up and made some breakfast. I can't tell you how good it was to eat some normal, good tasting food. We got ready and made a list of things that we wanted to do today.
Our first stop was to go vote. Somehow, my voter's card found me, at our new address, but Drew was still registered under his parent's address. So, we had to vote in two different places. I voted first, then Drew did.
After voting, we went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I have been looking forward to this day since we registered. I have wanted (and we've needed) new silverware for a while. We made a beeline to the silverware, purchased it, and my day was complete!!!
However, we had a TON of gift cards to Target, so we ran there next. We quickly filled our cart with things that we both wanted and needed and left that store in quite the excited mood.
Drew and I then came home and began unboxing and putting away all of our new stuff. Now, we live in an apartment and this apartment doesn't have the biggest kitchen. Ya, all these new toys really make me want a house with a huge kitchen!!
We only got about halfway done and we'll probably finish the rest tomorrow. We want to go to IKEA and will either do that tomorrow or Thursday. My vote is for tomorrow, but Drew seems to want to go Thursday. I'll let you know how that goes.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
It's a chocolate eclair and is for the music lover in all of us I suppose. I thought it was pretty cute.