Archive for November, 2002

Nov 23 2002

Wedding Dress

Published by under Wedding

I bought my wedding dress. Well, actually I paid half down and put it in layaway. I have 60 days to pay off the balance and pick it up. The dress is originally $700 marked down to $300 so it is a really good deal. Plus it’s beautiful! I will see if I can explain it, but hopefully I will be able to get a picture up when I retrieve it:

Ivory colored — white would wash me out too much
Full skirt with a small train that can be bustled.
Has a mesh skirt over satin — that means basically that when you look at it the skirt looks as though it is mesh, not satin.
Bodice is satin, with ivory piping from the waist to the bustline.
Bust is cut straight across, not V-necked.
Bodice has ivory and silver embroidery on it.

That description doesn’t really do it justice. I also tried on a veil. The veil was just attatched to a comb so there is no “headpiece”, all you can see is the veil. The one I tried on was REALLY long — about as long as the dress in the back and had a “blusher” on it (that’s the part that goes over your face). It looked really nice so I think that’s what I’ll probably go with.

Now I just have to find a place that will sell the bridesmaids dresses that I want. I found this line that is “mix and match” — you pick out the color and the skirt style and then your bridemaids can choose the top that they feel most comfortable with. I think that will work out the best in the long run.

Now we just have to set a date, get the guest list finalized, find a place to have it, get the invitations, get the cake ordered, and find a caterer. Hum. We are not having dancing or drinking at the wedding (aside from wine) so don’t have to worry about that. I found the photographer I want to use, so I hope he is available to do our wedding. He does beautiful photography. I figure that since I saved so much money on my dress, and since we are saving a lot by not having a DJ or an open bar that we can really splurge on the pictures. Plus we’ve already got our rings bought and paid for so that is another expense out of the way.

I have to kick The Man in the ass so he gives me a guest list. That is what the rest is really hinging on.

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Nov 08 2002

Just another day

Published by under Holiday Magic,Media,Work

I woke up this morning with the most unbelievable sore throat. So, I choked down some Vicks 44M and got in the shower. The good thing is that my throat doesn’t hurt anymore, which is a bonus since I have three classes to train today. The bad thing is that the grogginess has kicked in and now I am fighting for conciousness. Not good. I do not relish the thought of going face down into my keyboard when the workday is not even half over.

I’m trying to get some kind of a Christmas shopping list together. So far, I know what I am getting my stepdad. I just have to call mom and confirm that it’s not something he already owns. As far as anyone else goes, I await the strike of inspiration. I am not worried about shopping for The Man or Vicki, as I am pretty familiar with their tastes and interests, but my brother-in-law is always a trick to buy for. Especially since he asks for obscure things that require the assistance of a salesperson to locate. Not to mention a map and machete. Last year he got a shirt. The most unimangative gift I’ve ever given someone.

Last night me and The Man watched “Escanaba In Da Moonlight”, a tale of some Yoopers (dem are folks dat live in Michigan’s Upper Penisula, for dose of you dat don’t know nuttin’) and the strange things that happen to them at deer camp in 1989. Jeff Daniels, a Michigan native, wrote and directed. I thought it was a pretty funny movie; The Man thought it sucked. I also finished reading “Blackwood Farm”, Anne Rice’s latest Vampire Chronicle. I thought it was a pretty good book. It was also the only book of Anne Rice’s that freaked me out, just a little. I wasn’t really scared, but it gave me a crawly feeling, if you know what I mean. The only thing that bothered me about it was that Mona Mayfair, a main character in Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches books, gets made into a vampire. Ugh. I liked Mona in the Mayfair Witches; I thought that she should have been left there. I am not a huge fan of crossing over main characters. Mona as a vampire doesn’t even seem interesting to me. She was a genius fourteen year old witch with fantastic psychic powers. What is the point in making her a vampire on top of all of that?

I have not been sleeping exceptionally well for the past week. I fall asleep easily, but I am having very strange and vivid dreams that I remember when I wake up, which is pretty unusual. It seems like all of my energy is being poured into these dreams, and when I wake up it’s like I only slept for a couple of hours. Tonight I should probably go to bed earlier and try to get more sleep.

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Nov 01 2002

Happy All Hallows Eve

I really hate the word “Halloween”. What kind of a word is that? It sounds like a bad lollipop. Or a really horrible garage band. I prefer the All Hallows Eve, Samhain, All Saints Eve, or what have you. But around here, if you call October 31 anything except “Halloween” you get looked at funny. . . not that that’s a rare occurrence for me.

So, the Man passed out candy to all the door-to-door hoodlums while I curled up in the office with a book and thought about how sore my throat is. I took some cold medicine (Vicks 44M: horrible taste, awesome results) and am now all groggy, so I will probably be going to bed soon.

Tried to rework my web site to reflect the fact that my journal is now the main attraction (how scary is that) but I got bored so I decided to bang out an entry. The Man, meanwhile, is quizzing me on ancient cities as he scours the web for maps to use in his D&D campaign. If you were a fly on our office wall right now, you would hear keyboard taps and mouse clicks, and then suddenly, I would say “Jericho!” and silence would once again reign. A few minutes later you’d hear me say “Babylon!” and the Man reply “Good one!”. . . and off he’d go to find a map. We lead pretty strange lives, eh?

I’ve been thinking lately about the kind of person I am and how people see me. I’ve been told I am many things, very few of which I agree with. Over the past couple days, I’ve been called pretty, relatively good-looking (I chuckled at that one), friendly, sarcastic, sweet, and funny. That’s quite a range. The only one I really agree with is sarcastic. I have cultivated my sarcastic streak until it no longer qualifies as a “streak”. Now it’s a full-blown personality trait. Where was I going with this? I don’t know. The cold medicine derailed me. Ah yes! I wonder what I am really like to other people. Obviously, I am coming off much better than I believe I do. For instance, a friend and co-worker e-mailed me and told me that I am friendly and always smiling (I’m paraphrasing here). . . I read that e-mail and shook my head in disbelief. I must be a hell of a lot more good-natured than I assume I am. “Friendly and always smiling” are not words that I would have applied to myself, but an objective observer applied them to me. That’s what I find strange. The way I see myself does not jibe with the way others see me. Is that normal? Or is it just me?

This all stems from the fact that I don’t see myself as a very likable person. I have the good fortune to have found a few people who can not only like me, but actually love me. . . something I’m not sure I would be brave enough to do. If I met someone like me, I’d probably kick my ass.

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