Friday, November 26, 2010

Final Thanks

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to host my first thanksgiving with JB's fam. We watched football, shared stories, took pics and naps, and everything turned out great!

(the turkey before)


(the whole spread)

We timed everything just right. MIL provided the stuffing and sweet potatoes and we (I) did the rest. Maybe my family can join us next year!

I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday and hugged their loved ones!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Giving Thanks #17

This little note from my boss' wife:

"P.S. You know, Tim thought very highly of you. He was very impressed with your work and maturity for being so young. :-)"

I really respected my boss and I never got to hear those words from him. It means more to me than she knows to hear that. I got her email this morning and started crying in the kitchen.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Giving Thanks #16

Life. Plain and simple. As you may have seen on facebook, my boss passed away this weekend. They believe it was a brain aneurysm. He was 51 years old. He left behind his wife and two kids, one in college and one a senior in high school. So sad. Not to mention all of the people here in our company and in the industry that repected him and looked to him as their mentor.

Apparently the big guy upstairs thinks I need a reminder every so often of how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken away. I can't say there are many people in my life that have passed away simply from old age or are in a better place because they had a terminal illness that kept them suffering for a long period of time. Everyone has just been yanked out from under me.

So today, I am thankful for life. Mine and those that surround me every day. My friends, family, coworkers, etc. I mentioned previously that you never know when someone will be gone so don't take for granted the time you spend with them or assume that they know how you feel.

R.I.P. Boss Man

Weekend Thanks

Sharks! Not the kind that eat other fishies and sometimes humans, but these kind:They have really made our lives better with their awesomeness. With almost half of our 2400 square foot house being tile, these puppies (er, sharks) really come in handy. The vacuum is JB's toy, but it's so much quieter than our old vacuum and the bare floor attachment and setting make my job much easier. The steam mop is mine and it is heaven. Trust this.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Giving Thanks #14

The Pigeons...
Remember when I posted about being thankful for my Honey Bunny? Towards the end of that post I mentioned how

"He surrounds himself with wonderful people much like him and I am glad to now have these people in my life."

Well folks, the guys you see above are the people I am talking about. Sorry girls, they are all taken...well, except the one down there in the middle that looks like JB. Message me if you're interested. :)

They used to simply go by "The Fellas" but somewhere along the way decided that wasn't good enough and figured they were more like a lodge of some sort (i.e. eagles, elks, etc) and figured the pigeon was a respectable bird (???). So, they now refer to their group as The Pigeons. The first Friday of every month is "Pigeon Night" and apparently one of these nights months ago was used to head to Picture People and take these AMAZING photos for Christmas cards.


These guys and their wives are some of the most genuine people I have ever met. The women are all amazing to put up with these guys and with at least two kids each, are some awesome parents to boot. In addition to Pigeon Night, the ladies have the last Friday of the month to get together for "Ladies' Night" (original, no?) and every other month we all get together, including the kids, for Family Night. I feel lucky to be a part of this family and to have access to some great resources when the day comes down the road that we decide to start our own family.

Thanks for brightening my life and especially for kicking the holiday season off right! They should definitely get a prize for being the first holiday card in our mailbox.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Giving Thanks #13

My best coworkers. I think we can all relate to this one. At work you have those one or two peeps that you talk to multiple times a day, share lunches with, and share your "stuff" with. We see these people every single day, more often than our bestest of non-work friends and sometimes we share even more with them. I have gotten some fine words of wisdom and many hours of entertainment from these ladies and they help keep me sane when things get a little crazy within or outside of the office.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Giving Thanks #12

My home. Not just the house we have, which is more amazing than anything I ever thought I would be able to own myself, but the home we are building in that house. I love that we started building our home while our house was being built and that we will be there long enough to make so many memories there and maybe one day have a child that can make their own memories there as well. I am learning more and more that we should be really living in these moments we have right now since we have no one to focus on but ourselves.

I look forward to someday having the money to actually make memories putting in our backyard and filling the walls with pictures of our wedding day and our loving family that has helped us grow into the people we are today.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Giving Thanks #11

My Honey-Bunny-Lover-Face.

This man keeps me sane (while simultaneously driving me nuts)! His laid back approach to life is so different from my uptight, over-scheduled, OCD mess and that is exactly what I need. He really helps me to see that a sudden and unexpected change of plans is not the end of the world. It takes a while to apply that all by myself, but I am working on it. He helps me make time for me and although it goes completely against my nature, he makes me relax and assures me that whatever needs to get done will be there later for me to do.

Every morning he wakes me up by showering me with affection. Some days I find this highly annoying as I am not the easiest person to get out of bed, but I find it endearing none the less. He puts my ring on my finger every morning (that is, if I am up and ready before he leaves for work). He is affectionate and loving and has come leaps and bounds from his natural way of living after being a bachelor for 30 years. I know what this takes and I am very grateful.

Because of him I am better. I love that he is willing to put forth the work that a relationship requires and am so excited to be marrying someone like him. Someday he will be a wonderful father as he is a great teacher and a natural nuturer. He loves his mother and holds his work high on his priority list. He is ambitious and creative and honest. He surrounds himself with wonderful people much like him and I am glad to now have these people in my life.

JB, I am so thankful for you (and now you have this post to refer to when you need to remind me ;)). I love you!

Giving Thanks #10

Jeggings! I posted this on Facebook yesterday, but didn't get a chance to blog it. Because honestly, I can't blog anything on time. Oh well.

"What are jeggings?" you ask. Let's be honest, anyone who is reading my blog probably knows what jeggings (jean leggings) are. They are god's gift to women. Finally someone realized that jeans with an elastic waistband are too wonderful to only be enjoyed by pregnant women around the world. Stretchy denim with an elasitc waistband = comfort + style. Not to mention they hug your ass and fit inside boots quite nicely. I got two pair at Old Navy yesterday and I can't wait for casual Friday so I can wear them to work. They will be my best friend for the holiday dinners I have to attend this year because they will expand with me instead of digging into my waist and causing discomfort.

Jeggings = LOVE

Weekend Thanks

My super central location. It's amazing to live in Sacramento and know that just a couple of hours east is the beautiful Lake Tahoe. People come from all over the country/world to ski there and I can drive there for the weekend. Also, a couple of hours west is San Francisco and Napa. One of the bloggers I follow is from Dallas, TX and she just spent her honeymoon in Napa and SF. I get to go there for the weekend (and sometimes for work). People come from all over the state to go to the state fair (not sure why) and I am just a 20 minute drive away. I live about the same distance from the airport, which makes traveling very convenient. I'm only an hour and forty-five minute flight to Las Vegas and San Diego and Seattle. And just an hour and a half drive from the beautiful little town of Chico where we just spent a lovely weekend.

I really love it here.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Catching Up On Thanks

Whoever would have thought I would fall behind on a daily blog posting? Shocker! So, from Monday to today, here we go:

California weather - where else can you get mid-high 70's all week and then low 60's and rain on a lazy Sunday? Not to mention a winter where I rarely have to wear an actual coat.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes - This is only a recent favorite of mine and I have to get only 2 pumps instead of 4 because it's too sweet for me otherwise (I normally drink Skinny Hazelnut Lattes). It's like drinking a warm cup of fall. :)

Planning and organization skills - This is helping me to keep a level head while planning my own wedding, our winter event for work, my SIL's baby shower, and being a MOH to my good friend, Tiff who is also getting married next year. I love doing this kind of stuff.

Facebook - I know this sounds lame and I know some of my friends have said the same thing while giving thanks, but it really does make it possible for me to keep up with people from all different times in my life. I have reconnected with elementary/middle/high school peeps, as well as being able to keep up with members of my family who are in a different part of the state or country, along with friends in other countries. It really is great.

Okay, I think I am all caught up for the week. I will post a special one tomorrow. It deserves its own post. :)

So Professionale

Got me a sexy new computer bag for work:

On wheels:

Oh yeah, oh yeah!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Wedding Registries

Who is already sick of the wedding posts? Too bad. I have been waiting since July to talk about this stuff on my blog. If I could have done it as we went along it might not seem so obnoxious. Deal with it. :)

So, today JB and I sat down and put together our honeymoon registry. We had this conversation that it feels weird to put together a list of something and tell people, "hey, get us this." In the end, people don't have to get us anything from the list, or anything at all, really. But I know it's helpful for me when shopping for someone else to know what they want so I don't have to guess if they are going to like what I get them.

Still, it feels weird.

So, in addition to the regular registry at Bed, Bath & Beyond, we are doing the one I mentioned above which provides an opportunity for people to take the money they might otherwise just put in a card with a nice note, and attach it to an actual purpose in relation to our honeymoon trip. It's actually quite brilliant, so cheers to whoever thought of it. But, a lot of people are still kind of old school with gifts and others find money impersonal. But really, we have the basic stuff we need for our home, and we can always accumulate those items later as we need it. But we will never get another shot at our post-wedding honeymoon, so why not ask people to help us make it awesome?

Fun fact: I called my grandma to tell her we got engaged and she told me that she had already ordered our wedding gift...

Weekend Thanks

Weekends at home. If you have followed this blog for a while or know anything about me at all, you know that I am often out and about on the weekends. We usually have one or both days packed full of things to do. It's less crazy in the Fall and Winter months, so I am glad that the weather is starting to turn. I can't believe the year is almost over. Anyway, weekends at home give us a chance to take care of household duties and squeeze some rest in between. Mondays don't seem as bad when I have had a whole weekend to myself to catch up.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Giving Thanks #3

Music. I could never get through a day without music. The first thing I do in the morning is turn on the radio while I get ready. I sing at the top of my lungs all the way to work and have a radio/iPod dock on my desk at work. I repeat the top-of-lung singing on the way home from work as well. I can't even get through a workout without music. I NEED IT.

Not only do I love to sing, I also love to dance, so my musical taste is pretty diverse. Okay, according to some people it goes from shitty to shittier, but whatever. To each their own. I really love the stuff I can relate to any time in my life. Music is so emotional for me. Sometimes I am so amazed by songwriters. I can hear a song for the first time and think "How do they do that? They wrote out my life!" Other times I just like to shake my groove thang.

So yeah, that's what I'm thankful for today.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Giving Thanks #1 and 2

I keep seeing everyone's posts on FB about November being the month of thanks and people posting things they are thankful for every day. I started yesterday (better late than never, right?) and am going to post them here as well. I stole the graphic from my buddy, Melissa (she's awesome). Since I didn't put it on here yesterday, you get a two-fer today:

Okay, that one should say yesterday, but she made the graphic and I can't change it. But yesterday I was thankful for my job. As I said in my post on FB, I was not thankful for the things I had to do yesterday (5 layoffs), but I am definitely thankful to be employed. My job definitely doesn't suck. The company has made it pretty well through some really rough economic times and I have been able to stay on board. The people are great and there isn't a lot to complain about aside from the commute, which is my fault since I moved 45 minutes from the office.

Today I am actually thankful for my family and friends. You would think that goes without saying for most, but the truth is, it should NEVER go without saying. Tell the people in your life how important they are to you and tell them often. In the words of Garth Brooks, if tomorrow never comes, will they know how much I love them? And even though sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out, they also make me laugh and feel loved and special. So, thanks for that.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My Wedding Philosophy

I probably lost half my readers with the title alone, but who cares. I have a whole other post to write about that. LOL!

Everyone that knows me knows that I am kind of a control freak and maybe a little OCD. And those are probably understatements. So it's only natural for people to want to label me a bridezilla and possibly be terrified of being involved in any way, shape, or form in my wedding. I think JB was a little scared too, especially since I used to spend my Sundays watching Platinum Weddings marathons on WEtv. Therefore, what I am about to say may shock some of you. My philosophy is simple:

If it doesn't enhance our experience, or the experience of our guests, we don't need it and we sure as hell aren't going to pay for it.

It was hard for me to get to this place, but having to pay for the majority of the wedding ourselves made it much easier. Not to mention the experience I have had with getting in and out of debt in the past. The last thing we want to do is start our marriage off in a big pile of debt that was accrued for one single day, nay, possibly 12 hours, of our lives. If you have parents helping you and their bank account is a bottomless pit, great, you have lots of options and you will probably have some fairytale, dream wedding and I hope your marriage lasts a very long time and you are very happy together.

It makes me very sad when this is not the case and people get in over their heads and are stuck paying for flowers and jordan almonds for years to come. I feel that this is pressure put on us from shows like Platinum Weddings and social networks like facebook where your wedding is basically on parade for everyone to judge. You see someone else's wedding pics and think, "I have to have that, too!" or "What are people going to think about my dress/centerpieces/bridesmaid dresses/flowers when they see my pics on facebook?"

I understand that there is a lot of money to be made in the wedding industry and most women and some men have been planning this day for as long as they can remember, but it seems to me that more often than not, people forget what the day is really about. And as long as you keep the focus on the reason for the day, which is the joing of two hearts/souls for hopefully eternity, it is amazing how much you realize all that other stuff doesn't really matter (this is where my friend Sean would interrupt me to say that all you need for a marriage is two people and someone to marry them, I don't see what all the fuss is about).

Think about the last wedding you went to.

What kind of flowers were in the bride's bouquet? What kind of flowers were in the centerpieces? If not flowers, what were the centerpieces? What were the wedding favors? What flavor was the cake? What did the cake look like? Bridesmaid dresses? Color scheme of the wedding?

At a loss for most of those answers? Exactly.

So when you start to plan your own wedding, you realize that you are really the only person who gives a shit about any of that stuff, and you are paying for it, so you should do what you want. And honestly, if you are worried about what the people you invited to your wedding are going to think of your choices, it's time to cut some people from the guest list. The people you share this day with should only be concerned about your happiness and the journey you are starting together, not what material your dress is made of.

I mentioned this before, but the first thing we did was cut the guest list. It's tough, but after you take out all the judgy mcjudgersons and narrow it down to the meat and potatoes as far as immediate family (you determine what immediate means) and closest friends, you will most likely end up with a fraction of the list you started with.

To me, floral centerpieces are way too expensive to even consider. We are going to use some lovely hand me down votive holders from a friend and sprinkle some rose petals on the table and call it good. I don't really understand the purpose of doing flowers for the family members, since everyone knows who they are, so those are out too. And guys don't need flowers, they're GUYS. Use a colored pocket square to tie them into the color scheme instead. So, as far as flowers go, I need a bouquet for myself and one for each of the bridesmaids, and that's pretty much it. We are getting married in a rose garden, so I can't really justify paying for flowers to be put in a garden full of roses that are included in the deal.

The venue we found is in a retirement community and the residents pay some hefty dues for the golf course which means their main source of revenue is not weddings (aka not obnoxiously priced). We are also getting married on a Sunday because the required minimum number of people is lower. We have a guest list of 70, but if we wanted to get married on a Friday or Saturday, would have to pay for 125 people. Doesn't make much sense.

As far as food and booze goes, the venue luckily has lots of great choices for around $27/person. We assumed a buffet would be cheaper, and some places it is, but not here. You can also go with just drinks and appetizers if you like that idea. May not necessarily be cheaper, but it will add more flow to the evening instead of breaking it up with a sit-down dinner. We are only doing a bar credit, not a full, open bar. I figure the first two drinks are on us, but I am not paying for you to get shit-canned at my wedding. That's on you. :) Also, at $25/bottle we will be forgoing the champagne toast. Because really, you can toast with any kind of glass, even an empty one.

We are not doing wedding favors. If the favor is ever cool enough to bring home, it likely sits in a drawer 360 days out of the year, and that shit ain't cheap. Even a chocolate truffle wrapped in a pretty box or a candy bar adds up, it's all money that could be put elsewhere. Amiright?

We were very fortunate to know people, or know people who know people to get great deals on some of the big ticket items like a photographer and videographer. I even found a dress shop that is owned by a girl who went to my HS and gives alumni brides 15% off EVERYTHING! Score!

Different things are important to different people, but to me the DJ and the photographer are the two things that I don't really want to do wrong. So plan your budget accordingly. Allocate more funds to the important things and maybe skip over some of the things that don't matter as much or that you can do without.

At the end of the day, all you have left to remember the event are your memories, your spouse, some pics and maybe a video.

Nugget Update - Halloween Lobstah

I have so many other things I want to blog about, but had to get this out there for the world to see.

How freaking cute is she??? They put her in a big pot and she just kicked it in there for some pics. Okay, maybe she got a little sketch after a few minutes. She is getting so big!

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