Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dress

I bought my wedding dress!!!!!!!!!
Okay, in truth, my Mom purchased my dress for me as a gift. 
Sunday I went to Universal Bridal about an hour and a half away from my house and I couldn't have had a better experience.  They give you free reign of the store to grab dresses yourself and try on as many as you want.  No appointment.  No rush.  No pressure.  I loved it.  I went with my mom, my best friend Courtney (who bless her heart tied and zipped me into dresses until her fingers were red), my mom's best friend (my second mom), and my grandma.  It was sort of a big bunch, but they were not pushy, just wanted to see me happy.
I could not be more happy about my choice.  It is not what I thought I would end up with, but I guess that is how these things are.  I thought I wanted a lace dress with straps and ended up with a strapless, satin beauty.  All I can rememer when I put that dress on was "This is how I want to look on my wedding day" and then I started crying as soon as I put a veil on with it.
I love how the dress looks, how I feel in it, and I'm pretty sure Danial will either cry or faint when he sees me in it.  (I'm hoping for tears.  I think he'd hurt himself if he fell down on concrete.)
The best part is that I got the dress on Sunday and Monday morning in the mail I got an ad for a different bridal salon and MY DRESS was featured on the cover!  I was already in love with my dress and entirely happy with my decision, but I considered this junk mail a sign from the USPS fairy: this is my dress.
How did you feel when you found "the dress?"  Did you cry?  Should I post pictures?  Do you think Dan even looks at my blog? 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Oh Etsy

My birthday was Tuesday and I had a fabulous day.  I worked a half day at "the job" and then came home to Dan (who took the day off for me).  Our first stop was to the North Market (I have pictures to post later) where we walked around for a bit and then I decided on a Belgium waffle with fruit from Taste of Belgium.  All I can say is that this is my new favorite thing and I'm already thinking about having them at one of our wedding events this year.  Dan went to the Best of the Wurst for a deli sandwich.  After a little snack, Danial and I went to our favorite spot in the city, Schiller Park where we sat on a bench and watched people and ducks.  After our sit, we both decided we like ducks better than people.  After a stroll around the park, we headed to Dan's grandma's house where we listened to stories of her past including how a crazy family member burned down her family's "home place" after the first World War. After visiting we headed to one of my favorite places in the city, Surly Girl Saloon.  I really like the atmosphere (everyone looks good in dim lighting) and the food.  Not to mention that they always have my favorite beer on tap and they serve vegetarian friendly food.  There were no fabulous gifts, just time with my favorite person in the world.  I'm not sure it gets better than that.  I think going forward, I prefer no birthday gifts.  A heartfelt card and time together is really all a girl needs. 
While I don't need Danial to buy me a gift, this doesn't mean I can't buy myself a birthday gift.  I have been browsing Etsy the last few days and here are what I have narrowed down for myself:
1) Personalized - Thin Triple Wrap Leather Wristband by leathermadenice
I am thinking about doing this in gold and choosing lyrics from one of our favorite songs to be stamped into the leather.
2) Denim and Cream by monkeyandsquirrel
I can already see this hung in our bedroom.  I thought about trying to make this on my own, but honestly for $28 I'm not sure my frustration or time would be worth try to reproduce something that is already so perfect.
3) ruffle necklace in mustard by prettythingsbymeg
I love mustard yellow.  I love a ruffle.  I saw this and almost died.  I am pretty sure this little necklace is going in my electronic shopping cart as soon as I post this.
4) Brown Stewart the Owl Vintage Inspired Wool Felt Applique Decorative Doll Pillow by Cuore
How cute is this owl?  He matches the colors in our living room and I love that he looks like he is asleep.  I want him really badly.
5) Oatmeal Cup Cozy by natalya1905
I love a scarf and there is no reason that my coffee or tea shouldn't have one as well.
6) Pumpkin Pie Candle by Greenbriar
If I could smell one thing for the rest of my life, it would be a toss up between pumpkin candles and the "new baby smell".  I'm not sure if my favorite part of fall is the cool, crisp weather or the smell of pumpking and cloves. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

362 days

It is official. 
Today marks 1 year until our wedding!  (Technically 362 days.  I'm a little late on this post.)
I know I'm probably a little too excited about this one year mark, but we have been engaged since November 2008 and I am excited that I can officially start implementing our brainstorming and idea gathering. 
We have already booked our venue (the venue does floral, catering, and cake) and our photographers. We have been collecting blue Ball/Mason jars for the last 6 months and I probably will be able to get the remainder of our needed jars over the next few months at flea markets and garage sales.  We also have our wedding party mapped out (we haven't officially asked anyone yet because we are trying to come up with a creative way to do this).  We also already have our wedding pie topper and our pie cutting/serving set. 
I had the day off today, so I spent the morning organizing my wedding binder and started pulling wedding dress ideas since I am going wedding dress shopping on Sunday.  The idea that Danial and I are getting married has really started to set in and I am even more wild about him than usual.  I think he is starting to realize it as well, since he has been extra sweet and generous lately.  (It is really cute to see him like this.  It reminds me of when we first started dating and he just seemed so grateful to have me in his life.)
I am very nervous about going wedding dress shopping.  I'm afraid that I will not be able to find anything to fit since I am oddly proportioned (long torso, short legs, short in general at 5'4''), I want something unique but traditional, modern but vintage.  Also...I am cheap!  I find it ridiculous to pay crazy money for something I am going to wear for about 5-6 hours of my life.  Does anyone have any tips or some things to keep in mind while looking?  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Danial and I are slowly, but surely getting into the swing of wedding planning.  we have already drafted a rough wedding guest list and I have to say that I am really proud of us.  We are under the head count I thought we would be and this suits me just fine.  I really want to have people who are really close with us.  Who know Danial and I very well and who will be happy to share in our day.
As the day gets closer, here are a few things that I am preparing to buy in the upcoming months:
1) Today was a good day, Paper Jam via Felt & Wire
This is our guestbook alternative.  We are planning to have people simply sign their names and then we will frame it to hang in our home after the wedding.
2) Recycled Skateboard Dot Dot Dot Cuff Links by Sevenply via Etsy
Dan has been skateboarding since he was about 12.  When we first met I was so in love that I thought I would learn how to skateboard.  A few lessons and falls later I still am not a skateboarder.  I can stand on a board and turn left or right, but that is it.  I think Dan would appreciate these rather than "traditional" cuff links.  I plan to convo the seller and see if we can get colors that fit with our scheme.
3) Custom Wood Handle Wedding or Address Stamp Nottingham by NoteTrunk via Etsy
We may use these for our wedding invitations, but surely for shower invites and thank you's, not to mention everyday use after the wedding.
4) Wedding button/favors
(photo from here by Buttonhead)
Danial and I are not giving traditional favors to our wedding guests.  Quite honestly, I think traditional favors are silly and most of the time are either thrown away or are redundant.  (No offense to thos brides who go ga-ga over favors.)  We are donating the money that we would traditionally spend on favors to my favorite charity: The Franklin County Animal Shelter.  We adopted Fergus from this shelter about 3 years ago and I started volunteering there about 6-9 months ago.  I am hoping to have a friend or a seller on Etsy design a cute button with Fergus' face on it.  I am also trying to come up with a creative way to display these buttons with our place cards.  (I'm thinking about using these huge frames that my mom snagged at her office for $2/frame and using cotton batting and fabric to use as a memo board.  I found this DIY tutorial via Made By Girl, but I'm thinking if I use cotton batting instead of cork it will be easier to use for my purposes.  My thought is to use shipping tags like these for place cards and maybe do something like this to spiff them up.  Then we will use the Fergus pins through the tag hole to hold them in the frames.  People take their place card and their Fergus pin.  Win-win.)
5) Army Green Hand Grenade Soap by stinkybomb via Etsy
Danial can ALWAYS without fail, but found wearing classic Vans sneakers.  When I first met him he wore the slip on Vans and has since "classed it up" with sneakers with laces.  He is still trying to decide if he will wear sneakers for the wedding.  (It just seams weird to see him wear anything else.)  If he decides to wear sneakers, we plan to buy matching shoes for all the groomsmen as their groomsman gifts.  If Danial decides to go the traditional route and where shiny black shoes, then we will be buying these babies for our groomsmen.  Not only are they local (made right here in Columbus), they are HILARIOUS!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Have a great weekend

This week was crazy at work.  I'm not sure I've ever been so ready for a long weekend.
I have been awake since about 4:30 this morning and I'm afraid this insomnia that has started to plague me has no signs of stopping.  I shared the sunrise with Fergus as we walked around the neighborhood.  It ended up being a long 30-40 minute walk; the downside of having a boy dog is that they have the need to mark EVERYTHING.  I was worried that I was going to have to carry him home because the last 5-10 minutes he was dragging.  Poor fat dog is not used to that sort of exercise.  Gotta change that!
I'm so excited for today because we are eating brunch with Courtney and Caitlyn at Tip Top Kitchen.  Sweet Potato Hash with Blackeyed Peas here I come!  I am so excited I can't stand it!  After brunch Danial and I are headed to Yellow Springs to visit some antique malls.  I'm stocked to try to find some more items for the wedding.  Gallery Hop and the Columbus Greek Festival is also this evening.  Tomorrow we are going kyacking with our friends and then on Monday we are headed to a Hog Roast with our friends.  (This will be difficult because there is nothing for me to eat.  Guess I'll be packing PB&J.)
I can feel it in my bones, this weekend is going to be great.
Music for the weekend is a band local to Columbus, OH.  This song has been in my ear non-stop for the last two weeks.  The band entered a competition to be on the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Soundtrack (hence the video).  Check them out here at their blog and here on CD101.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Won't you [quit] be[ing] my neighbor

Let me preface this post by saying that normally I am totally laid back about neighbors and our *cough* "different styles of living".  I think this comes from living on the OSU campus and generally just getting used to dicks as neighbors.  However...when Danial and I bought our first house two years ago, we never would have thought we'd be living across the street from grown knuckle heads.
Let me start on the list of their transgressions:
1) They had a yard sale two weeks ago and then left the stuff that didn't sell (or take to Goodwill) in the yard for over a week.  Basically everytime we looked out our living room windows we saw two dining room tables and a coffee table strewn across their yard.
2) Their kids are rowdy and do not care about other people's property or space.  They have 5 children that are always in the street and in other people's yards.  (Perhaps this is the country girl coming out in me, but I would NEVER just walk in someone's yard or play in their driveway without first asking if it was okay.)
3) The wife baby sits out of her home and I swear throughout the day there are no less than 10 children coming and going.  Her "client's" drive about 50 mph down the street (which is not good when her kids are always in the street).  If I wanted to live in a commerce district, I would not have moved to the suburbs. 
4) They own 4-5 vehicles and one of them is a make-shift ice cream truck.  (Believe me.  I could not make this shit up if I tried.)  Basically he took an old conversion van and retrofitted a cooler on the inside and placed all sorts of tacky spiderman and ice cream stickers on it.  Did I mention that said van has two windows out of it and are covered with garbage bags.  Their vehicle lineup includes a Hummer, a Solara, mini van, and the ice cream truck.  Danial says that they also have a Audi roadster in their garage.  The roadster doesn't drive because he bought it at a junk yard with a salvage title.  He is always bringing some new vehicle to the house every 3-5 months.  The recent "purchase" is the Solara, it just started showing up last week and currently is sitting in their driveway without any temporary license tags on it.
And finally...this is the one that has us the most pissed of lately....
5) They park right next to or in front of our driveway.  Okay, so we already know they own 4-5 vehicles and they have junk in their garage so they can't park them there.  They pile all the vehicles in their driveway and then the ice cream truck is now always parked on the street (again, right outside our living room windows) and they have now started parking their mini-van in front of our house.  No big deal.  It is a public street.  Where it becomes a big deal, is when they are parking right next to or in front of our driveway.  As I mentioned previously, I used to live on a college campus and after multiple parking tickets, became very familiar with the city's rules of parking.  One of these rules indicates that you need to be four feet from a driveway or an ally.  These people are clearly breaking this rule and at the same time, pissing me off!
Last night was trash day, so I am giving him a passive agressive hint by placing our trash can approximately four feet away from the edge of our driveway.  I'm hoping that when he gets home from his job that he'll see this as a hint.  If this "hint" doesn't work, I will be printing a copy of the street code and placing under his windshield wiper the next time he parks in front of our driveway.  If this doesn't work, I will be filing a complaint with the home owners association and possibly the city police. 
Am I blowing this out of proportion?  I'm not saying that he can't park on the street.  I just don't want him to park in front of my driveway.  There is PLENTY of room to park on the street between our driveway and the next driveway.  He just needs to respect other people's place and property.  See a theme here?  His children are already picking up on how to treat other people.
Have you ever had to put up with jackass neighbors like this?  If so, how did you handle it?  How should we handle this situation? 
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