Thursday, January 27, 2011

Planning a Wedding

I’ve been engaged for over a year now and haven’t planned a single thing for my wedding. That’s pretty bad, huh?

I just don’t like planning big events. Small events like a dinner, or a small birthday party are easy. A wedding for 200 people? I’m shaking in my boots!!

I want a simple and easy wedding, but I really don’t know where to start. I have lots of ideas, and I know how I want my wedding to be, but I just can’t figure out what to do first. I’m sure if I just cleared a whole weekend out, I could plan the whole thing. My wedding is going to be that simple. 

For those who have planned a wedding (their own or someone else’s), what was the first thing you did? How long did it take you to plan the whole shindig?

And is it too redneck to have a potluck instead of providing food? It would certainly fit right in with my family, but the other people that we are inviting might not be too keen on the idea.

So many choices! It’s mindboggling!

If you have any advice, I’d be glad to hear it. I just really should get going on planning my wedding!

*All photos taken by Kelly Bailey, my future brother-in-law and my wedding photographer.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mini Calendar

Ever since I was little, I have tried to make journaling a habit. It never stuck, unfortunately. I would buy a brand new, gorgeous notebook to write in, find my favorite pen, sit down to write, and get stuck with a blank page. What do I write? When I was still living at my parent's house, I didn't want to write down anything that would incriminate me. But what else does a 16 year old girl write about? The test that she did really well on? I certainly didn't want that to be all that I wrote about.

So I gave it up for a while. Then, when I started college, I tried again. Did it stick? Nope. Not that anything exciting happened to me while I was at college. I studied, played Rock Band with my dorm neighbors, studied some more, read cookbooks and dreamt of having my own kitchen, but that was about it.

Now that I'm out of school and I have a full time job, my life has gotten even more boring and predictable. So how in the world am I going to write more than a paragraph on my day? Most days, it would read, "Tested more samples today, Dave (the talkative guy in the office) talked too much again, got most of my work done, came home, cooked dinner, cleaned, went to bed."


I'd pretty much given up the notion of trying to keep track of my everyday boringness when I found this.

It's so perfect for me! A little place to write a one liner about the most exciting thing of my day. I can work with that.

Mine of course, doesn't look so amazingly good, but it's getting there. So for you all out there who have trouble keeping a daily journal, try this little mini calendar! I'm sure in like 5 or 10 years, I'm gonna be so glad I made it.


Starting New

Like everyone else, I've got some New Year's Resolutions. Most are the typical exercise more, eat better, sleep more, etc. I've been trying to think of some other good ones, and finally have a small list.

I would like to get outside more. I spend way too much time inside, especially in winter, and I live near such beautiful mountains with skiing for the winter and miles of trails for the summer. There are also beaches and lots of rivers to walk along. There really is no excuse to not be outside! So my New New Year's Resolution #1 is to take advantage of the outdoors.

#2 involves being grateful for everything I have. I'm constantly looking to the future (almost too much) and I tend to wish I had things that I can't afford (like a house!), while forgetting that I have a great job that will someday let me have that house and a wonderful soon-to-be husband who loves me no matter what. I also forget that I am lucky to have most of my family so close and that I get along with everyone in my family.

#3 is going to be a tough one. Ever since I was little, I have always been very shy and quiet. I'm more of a listener than a talker, and I think this has made making new friends really difficult for me. I recently went out on a limb and went to dinner with 4 complete strangers that were part of a group I joined almost 6 months ago but never attended. It's was a little frightening, but in the end, I had fun. I would like to be able to make new friends and open up more. It's gonna take a lot of work, but I think in the end it will be worth it.

What are your unique New Year's resolutions?

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