So bit of a crazy day…

This morning my Facebook feed had an unexpected surprise for me. Several friends had been tagged in an album from their 10 year high school class reunion. First of all, this means that next year is my 10 year high school class reunion, which is just unreal. Secondly, the first guy I ever really loved attended and he hasn’t changed a bit. Except for the whole acquiring a wife and new baby bit. Never, in a million years did I see that coming.

He wasn’t that kind of guy back when I knew him. But at 28, I can see a lot of people deciding to settle down and start families. (Thank god the one I chose is not of the “Let’s start a family” persuasion.) And while it was odd, I’m glad to see that he’s so happy and has a wonderful little family.

Second bit of craziness for the day – I finished the first Twilight book. Yes, while at work. Technically it was a work assignment, so… there. Anyway, while Nicole was right and the whole “sparkly vampire” thing doesn’t sit well with me, a long ago die hard Anne Rice fan, it was an easy read and captured the whole “I’m young and in love for the first time” thing pretty well I thought. (You know, the part where you fall for someone who’s a complete asshat and tries to control you, but at the time you don’t see that he’s an asshat. And no, I’m not talking about the same guy from above. He was awesome, just not the long term relationship type back in high school… I digress…)

Anyway… It made me think about being an old married person now. No more first kisses or first dates. No more wondering “Does he like me?” (I’m pretty sure the answer is yes, at least most of the time.) In fact, no more sparks of excitement when our arms accidentally brush each other… While I love the comfort of coming home to him and knowing that our future is together… I miss the electricity and newness of a new relationship. Yes, we’ve only been married less than 3 weeks, but we’ve been together for nearly 8 years, there aren’t a lot of secrets left.

It’s not a bad thing, but it does make me feel fantastically old. Older than I think I’d feel if I were still single. But of course, I don’t know since I haven’t been single in eons. And, the tire around my stomach from “happy weight” could have a lot to do with it too… I don’t know. But I look at my one friend, who’s at the start of a really awesome relationship and envy her. (Of course, she said she envied how happy I looked on my wedding day. But it’s a different kind of happy.)

There’s plenty going on in my life to keep me busy, but lately my mind keeps drifting back to a conversation I had last week – When we’re young, we wish to be older and have more responsibility and money and freedom. We obsess over every pimple, every hair out of place. And we have no idea how good we have it.

Whew. It’s all over, thank god! We are finally married! And without any major catastrophes, only small ones.

Friday we had to clear the road to the cabin with the help of a friendly lumberjack. (No joke.) A storm had dropped three large trees across the road that we and our guests needed to use to get to our reception location. I wish we had pictures! Josh and I hoped out of the car and moved the chunks of tree out of the way as the lumberjack cut them up with his handy chainsaw. (And the big shocker is – the lumberjack was not part of my family! Dad and the brother-in-law left their chainsaws at home for the weekend.) 20-some years of working in a saw mill paid off as I moved logs wearing a skirt and a strapless bra. I am SuperBride!

Saturday brought lots of rain and the possibility of no outdoor wedding for us. But Josh decided that it was ok if I got wet and we held it outside anyway. Luckily, my Little League experience paid off and I got control of the weather just long enough to hold a ceremony, take some photos and get away in our boat.

Now that the wedding has stopped taking over my life, I’ll be back with more posts I hope!

Dear Uninvited Family and Friends,

Please understand that the reason you didn’t get invited to our wedding isn’t because we don’t like you or didn’t want you there. We wanted a small wedding. It has nothing to do with you personally.

And please don’t put my fiance’ on the spot, for the world to see and then call our wedding pathetic. It’s really not helping your case.

Also, while we are not made of money, we do make “enough” but why should we have to spend our hard earned money trying to impress family and friends who are supposed to like and love us anyway?

When you get married and have to plan the wedding of your dreams, I hope that it’s just as hard for you to come up with your perfect day and then pick and choose who there is room for. Because trust me, it’s not easy. And while, if you’re lucky, most of your univited family and friends will be understanding, I do hope that you have to deal with someone who isn’t. Just so that you can know how bad it feels to have someone complain, even though you already felt bad that you couldn’t invite them.

So for now, just be happy that you don’t have to waste your Saturday driving to my pathetic wedding and trying to hold your tongue about the trillion other things that you would have done differently if it were your wedding. We don’t even want a gift! So enjoy your free Saturday and whatever blender/toaster combo you thought would be great to get for us, even though we didn’t register for it.

Love,

The Happy Couple.

But only when it comes to blogging. On this blog. And my variety of other blogs.

But we’re officially less than 60 days from the wedding, which means that technically, we could go get our marriage license now. But we’ll wait. Because we’re like that. Plus if we have to take an afternoon off, we might as well spend it jet skiing once we pick up our piece of paper.

Invites are on their way to us from the printer! I’m so incredibly excited! And I have a long weekend of work ahead of me, putting them all together, printing directions, tracking down addresses… fun.

Of course, the stamps I wanted weren’t available at the post office. So I had to pay shipping to get stamps. How pathetic is that?

Once everything is in the mail and I’m sure that everyone has received their invite, I’ll post pictures!

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Love, love, love Vocalpoint. I’ve been getting free samples from them for a while now, including Kashi cereal, Olay face moisturizer and a few other things, but Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner? Yes, please! They usually send full sized packages of things, or coupons for free full sized packages in the case of the cereals (along with a sample size). It’s given me the chance to try a lot of things and I actually really like a couple of the Kashi cereals and buy them now. And honestly, I never would have otherwise…

So Mr. Brilliant thought it would be a great idea to get another jet ski this winter. Fine. That required getting a new double jet ski trailer and selling the two old single ones. Fine. Two weekends ago we spent the entire weekend replacing rusted bolts on the “new” jet ski trailer, and building stands for both jet skis since the double trailer won’t fit in a regular garage bay.

I’m done. I don’t even really enjoy jet skiing that much. I’m making plans to head to the Farmer’s Market Saturday morning and spend a nice weekend getting stuff done, only to be informed that we have to take the jet skis to Raystown to test the newest one out before the warranty is up. Oh, and I’ll have to don a wet suit and go with him on my ski, because the no-wake zones are miles long and I won’t be able to see from shore if he breaks down. Ugh.

The deal was that I was not going to have to be a crazy person and drive a jet ski in March. And now I will have to or risk something terrible happening to a man I love very much. (I have to keep reminding myself of that today…)

And since we will both be on jet skis and the air temp will be like 70*, it’s too hot to leave Bentley in the car while we test them, so he can’t go with us. Argh! And while the air will hopefully be nice and warm, the water, I’m sure, will not be.

I hate jet skis.

So I spent hours last night working on finding my office again. I got almost all of the laundry done and cleaned the clothes out of the closet. That left me with a big bag of stuff to donate to Goodwill. There’s a store near my office, so I took the donation there over lunch. And then, felt the need to look around and see what other junk people had left there. And I found this:

Total price = $1.97. Oh yeah.

It needs film, but seems to be in great working order. I can’t wait to pick up some film tonight! And hell, even if it doesn’t work, it will fit in great with my new office decor.

The current plan is to paint like a fiend and turn everything either gray or white. Accent pieces can be shades of blue and black.  I haven’t really found an inspiration board that works for me yet, but I’m working on it. I have also been scouring Craigslist looking for cheap bookcases and chairs/loveseats as seating up there. With my PR company working on a couple of clients (and a third big one possibly on the way) I plan to spend a lot more time up there. I’m also going to make Bentley a bed for the office. Josh isn’t sure about him being upstairs yet, but… too bad. I want my dog with my when I’m at home.

I haven’t posted any pictures of Bentley to this blog lately so, here you go.

Look how cute he is!

I took this quiz that I found on a home decor blog and took it for fun. Not shockingly it pointed out that I’m in a great profession for my tastes…

Best Occupational Category

You’re a CREATOR

Keywords Nonconforming, Impulsive, Expressive, Romantic, Intuitive, Sensitive, and Emotional These original types place a high value on aesthetic qualities and have a great need for self-expression. They enjoy working independently, being creative, using their imagination, and constantly learning something new. Fields of interest are art, drama, music, and writing or places where they can express, assemble, or implement creative ideas.

CREATOR OCCUPATIONS

Suggested careers are Advertising Executive, Architect, Web Designer, Creative Director, Public Relations, Fine or Commercial Artist, Interior Decorator, Lawyer, Librarian, Musician, Reporter, Art Teacher, Broadcaster, Technical Writer, English Teacher, Architect, Photographer, Medical Illustrator, Corporate Trainer, Author, Editor, Landscape Architect, Exhibit Builder, and Package Designer.

CREATOR WORKPLACES

Consider workplaces where you can create and improve beauty and aesthetic qualities. Unstructured, flexible organizations that allow self-expression work best with your free-spirited nature. Suggested Creator workplaces are advertising, public relations, and interior decorating firms; artistic studios, theaters and concert halls; institutions that teach crafts, universities, music, and dance schools. Other workplaces to consider are art institutes, museums, libraries, and galleries.

I’m also going through a major nesting phase right now… which of course is derailing me from making all sorts of cute things for the wedding. Oh well. More to come on this later. Possibly, even today.

So, it’s not that I totally forgot that I had a blog… it’s just that I keep forgetting to update it.

We’re less than 4 months from the wedding and things are getting exciting.

My wedding band was delivered today and I can’t wait to see it after work. It took me a long time to find something that was just right. Nice and thin, but still sparkly! I can’t wait to wear it around the house. Let’s face it, we all know that I’m going to!

Things with Bentley are going really well. He and Josh are buddies most of the time. Well, except for Valentine’s Day. We left to get something for breakfast and came back and B had peed all over his crate. He had just been outside before we left… So I did some research and that, combined with some other small things I have been noticing lately lead me to believe that B might have some slight separation anxiety. It happens often in rescued dogs once they have really bonded to their families. And a change in schedule can really set them off. Between working auto shows in January and February, and then the freak snow we’ve had, our schedules have been anything but normal. In fact, B stopped eating in the morning because he knew that once he was done, he had to go in the crate and I would leave. We’re taking some steps to make things easier on him and we start obedience classes in March.

However, I did also come across a posting on Craigslist near my parents of someone who had to find a new home for her 7 month old Scottie girl. She had a new job that required traveling pretty much all of the time and was looking for a great home for her. I emailed her out of curiosity and she was really hoping that Eva (the Scottie girl) had found a home with us, as was I. But Josh said no to another dog for now. I was hoping that having a playmate would help Bentley’s SA. And I would have loved to have another Scottie. But we’re holding at one for now… So I guess that just means that Bentley will continue to be as spoiled rotten as possible!

But I’m finally excited about wedding planning again! Maybe because it’s now 2010 and things don’t seem so far away. Maybe because this morning I called and reserved the picnic shelter we are using for the ceremony. Or maybe because at our second meeting with our officiant yesterday we got a book to help us build our ceremony and I’m giddy finding readings and wordings that will make our ceremony perfect for us.

Of course, Bentley still is the center of my world and I wouldn’t have it any other way, so his blog will still probably get updated more often than mine, but be aware – this baby’s about to take off again!

Happy 2010 Everyone!

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