Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer is coming to an end

I really only have about two more weeks of summer vacation at home.  I really should be working on the house and hanging some of the decorative gifts we received as wedding presents.  Yesterday I did clear the kitchen of the excess boxes and clutter – meaning I threw boxes in the garage and just took the gifts upstairs.  The garage looks like boxes have been breeding in there.  We are slowly recycling them, but there are so many and our recycling is only picked up once a week.  I’ll take a few of the sturdier boxes with me to school for packing up textbooks that are going out of adoption this year. 

I’ve just wanted to be completely lazy the last few days.  I’ve done a pretty good job of it though I did get out of the house for a little while yesterday.  I had to go to the bank to cash a couple of checks we got as wedding gifts.  We are saving all the money to use on our honeymoon trip.  It looks like we may not need to use any of our own money for food or excursions.  I then went to Target looking for new bath towels to buy with some gift cards.  I couldn’t make up my mind.  The colors I wanted didn’t have enough towels for me to buy so I guess I’ll keep looking.  I then went to Walmart for groceries. 

Josh is coming home this weekend and bringing a girl who isn’t quite a girlfriend, but is someone he hangs out with a lot.  He wanted to go to Fiesta Texas so we are going to go on Sunday.  It’s going to be hot.  Amazingly we have not yet reached 100 degrees in SA yet, but it’s getting close as we’re in the high 90’s each day. 

Yesterday I goofed around on Pinterest a lot.  I was saving ideas for my library and for teaching a Scrabble class next year.  I’m going to focus on a lot of spelling rules, word lists, and vocabulary. 

This morning I think I’ll head up to the school and take some leftover food from the second reception.  There’s only so much cake I can eat.

Friday, July 18, 2014

7 Quick Takes – Post Wedding

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I’ve spent most of this week writing thank you cards.  I don’t know if that is considered an old fashioned practice any more, but I do feel obligated to thank those that have given us wedding gifts.  Of course I’m so verbose that I can’t just have a three line thank you.  I have the fill the card.  Yesterday I finished writing 42 cards and I put them in the mail today. 

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I’m having a hard time figuring out what to do about a wedding cake for our second reception.  Matt and I balked at one bakery that wanted $700 for a custom Scrabble cake.  We thought we would just do a photo cake at Sam’s but they wouldn’t do it because of copyright.  I think I might just order a plain sheet cake and put a scrabble board on it. 

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I need to start the process of getting my name change stuff done, but have to wait for the official marriage license to be returned.  I hope I don’t have to wait in lines forever at the Social Security and Driver’s license offices.  I guess it’s good that I have a Kindle – that should keep me busy when I’m there. 

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We had some big storms roll through here last night.  A local hotel was hit by lightning and an apartment complex lost a good portion of its roof.  I’ve found that by wearing earplugs, I’m not as bothered by storms when they come through for the most part.  This one kept me up for a little while, but only about 15 minutes or so. 

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My kitchen is full of boxes.  I’ve been unpacking gift items – most of which belong in the kitchen.  Matt brought home three new boxes of dishes yesterday.  His coworkers purchased the remaining five sets of dishes that was on our registry.  We’ll get the other two sets soon and then have a complete set of matching dishes!  The only thing we didn’t get is a set of four cereal bowls but we have enough from gift cards that we can buy those.

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Our second reception is this Sunday.  I decided to just get the same stuff that we had at our wedding.  I ordered sandwich and pinwheel trays from Walmart and fruit and cheese trays from the local grocery store.  We still have to decide on the cake though.  We are having the reception at the downtown library.  I have no idea how many people will come, but hopefully we’ll have enough food for everyone.  I’m going to be smart and get some food before everyone else this time.   

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I think I might need to schedule regular manicures.  I got a manicure and a facial on the Friday before the wedding.  It has been well over 15 years since I’ve had a manicure.  I had fake nails once, but I couldn’t get used to them and hated how they messed up my real nails when I decided to get rid of them.  I have fairly thin nails and usually can’t keep them long, but I love how they are shaped after the manicure.  I can’t wear colored polish because I am fairly rough with my hands.  I planned on just getting clear gloss, but went with glittery polish.  Maybe now that I’m a married grown up, I can splurge on girly stuff once in a while.   

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

So I got married this weekend…

I have to say that all in all, it was quite perfect.  There were things that didn’t happen – like I wanted to have programs, but didn’t have time to get them done, but overall it was a beautiful ceremony and wonderful reception.  The only time I teared up was when I heard Josh’s music that he wrote for the wedding.  He used one of my favorite hymns and it got to me.  I held it together since I was sitting in front of everyone, but it was just beautiful. 

The pictures are just taken with phones as the photographer is still putting together the album. 

Front of my dress

IMG_0537The back


Bridal Party


Groom and Groomsmen


Me and Josh


Flower Girls – my brother’s daughter and my cousin’s daughter.


We walked down the aisle together.  I bucked all the traditions – no bouquet throwing or cake feeding.


Saying our vows


Exchange of rings.  Matt couldn’t figure out where he was supposed to place his hand and it made the priest laugh.


After the ceremony


The wedding cake turned out more perfect than I could imagine!  I couldn’t have been more happy with the results.  Titles were a twist on some of our favorite books/authors. 

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I created a timeline with Scrabble boards and had bookmarks as wedding favors.  It was a big hit. 


My decorators used old books and Scrabble tiles for decorations on the tables.

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The next day the car was completely full of luggage, table decorations, and gifts!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

I’m getting married today!

Sorry there was no quick takes post yesterday.  It was a whirlwind of activity.  I still feel like something is still left undone, but I’m getting married today in spite of that.  I intended to sleep in this morning, but was awake by 5:30.  I finally gave up and got out of bed around 6:00.  I have my hair and makeup person coming at 8:00 this morning.  I’m not sure if I will be able to eat anything for breakfast, but I probably should try since I won’t get to eat again until the reception.   I’ll try to post some pictures of the wedding in the next few days. 

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Back in the Panhandle

We were able to get Josh some new tires first thing yesterday morning in Abilene.  The rest of the drive was thankfully uneventful.  I headed to my friend Pam’s house to drop off some stuff to her.  I had chocolate items for the wedding and I knew that I would be running around town and didn’t want to leave them in my car where they would melt.  After that I headed back to Canyon to scope out band camp for a flute player.  Luckily I ran into the high school band director.  (He was also my junior high boyfriend and first kiss in the 8th grade.)  I asked him if he could recommend someone to play flute and he introduced me to his son’s girlfriend.  She agreed to play so I gave her the music and the details.  So that’s one less thing to worry about.  After that I ordered fruit and cheese trays for the wedding from the local grocery story.  Next I went to Taco Villa for lunch, but was surprisingly disappointed.  I didn’t order my standard meal since I figured I would be eating there multiple times.  I ordered the chicken fajita salad, but for some strange reason they put BEANS on it.  Every time I have ever ordered it before, it has not had beans.  Yuck.  I ate the top layer and just left the icky beans.  My next stop was a craft store in search of some wedding items.  I also picked up some gift cards for the people that are singing in the wedding.  I finally headed to my brother’s house where I’m staying this week.  I was actually able to get to sleep fairly easily last night.  (Probably because I’m not worrying about flute player any more.)   I woke briefly around 3  a.m. and then went back to sleep.  I got up around 7:15 to see my brother and his wife off to work.  I may doze a bit longer and then head out to do more stuff. 

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Road Trip Drama

joshtire So Josh and I headed out from San Antonio this morning a little after 11:00 a.m. on our way up to the Panhandle.  Everything seemed to be going fine until Josh blew a tire just outside of Kerrville.  Luckily he made it to a safe area, but I didn’t see him until it was too late to exit.  It took me about 20 minutes to get back to him because I couldn’t readily find an exit and then went too far back.  I called him and he was about ready to jack the car up, but I reminded him to loosen the lug nuts before he jacked the car.  After the tire was changed, we turned around and took a back road into Kerrville to a Discount Tire which was closed.  We then went to the Walmart next door and the automotive place there was also closed.  It seems that on a Sunday if you need a new tire in Kerrville, you’re simply out of luck.  I tried calling other towns nearby and it was the same situation.  So we had to decide whether to go back to San Antonio (an hour away) or move forward and stay in another town over night.  We opted to head up to Abilene and stay the night.  Since the spare is just the donut sized wheel, we only drove about 60 mph.  On one of the pit stops I booked a hotel through Priceline.  So we have an appointment at Discount Tire tomorrow morning and then we will hit the road.  I’m now half a day behind, but Josh may have some leads for a flute player. 

Friday, July 04, 2014

Seven quick takes – July 4 Edition

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My wedding crafting is still slow going, but I am making progress.  Today I printed out a bunch of timeline photos and text to use for a Scrabble board collage.  Now I just have to glue everything down.  I didn’t get as much done as I’d planned, but it will have to do.  I still have some mason jars to decorate and then I’ll be finished.    

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I picked up my wedding dress today after it was altered.  The sleeves have now been sewn in place so there should be no worries about them coming unsnapped.  I didn’t get a chance to try it on again yet, but will do that when I get to Amarillo next week.   

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It has been a relatively uneventful 4th of July so far.  After sleeping in, I did some house cleaning and crafting.  Matt watched the hotdog eating contest while I went to pick up my dress and go to the grocery store.  Matt grilled hotdogs and I made some pasta salad.  Now Matt is watching soccer (boring) and I tried to take a nap but couldn’t fall asleep.  I guess I continue crafting or cleaning shortly.

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Tomorrow Matt and I are going to confession at the Cathedral.  It’s still my least favorite thing about being Catholic, but it must be done before we get married.  It will be good to start with a clean slate so to speak.  

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Josh and I will be heading up to Canyon on Sunday in separate cars.  He has things he wants to do while there and will need access to his own vehicle.  He will follow me up there so I can fill his tank with gas as needed. I’ll be staying at my brother’s most of the week until Friday when I’ll be in the hotel in Canyon and Matt will be at my brother’s.  We’re having a bachelorette party of sorts that evening – but no male strippers thank goodness!  I just wanted some wine and desserts.     

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I’ve been wearing contacts every other day this past week trying to get my eyes used to wearing them again.  I still had two pair left that I’d never worn and they are set to “expire” this month.  I plan to wear contacts during the wedding.  I just hope I don’t have to read anything because I won’t be able to without reading glasses when I have my contacts in.  I think I’m going to look into getting some of the new bifocal contacts they have out right now. 

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Can you believe a week from tomorrow that I’ll be married??  It’s been a long road.  I just realized a few days ago that I missed a fairly significant blogging anniversary.  I’ve had this blog for 10 years as of May 25.  My how time flies and things have changed.  Let’s see, we have dealt with Richard, Marty, Patrick, Steve, Brian, Thomas, Michael, and finally the man I’m going to marry, Matt (aka Library Guy).  I guess I had to kiss a lot of frogs to find my prince!   

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

It’s coming fast

As much as I am trying to get everything done, time is moving too fast.  I have just three more days to get my crafts done before I head up to the Panhandle.  I missed a full day of doing stuff as I had to take a trip to Houston to deliver a washer and dryer to Josh.  He and his roommate moved into another house and got two more roommates.  It’s a much nicer and bigger place, but they didn’t have a washer and dryer.  Luckily we still had Matt’s units in the garage, but wasn’t sure how to get them to him.  I rented a pickup truck on Monday and we drove out there.  It cost more for the gas than it did to rent the truck.  But he’s set up and can do laundry now.  After we got them delivered, we headed to lunch with Matt’s friend Kristi and Josh.  After we dropped Josh off, we went to IKEA since neither of us had ever been to one before.  It’s pretty overwhelming.  I did find some inexpensive magazine holders that I could use for my library so I picked several packages of those up.  We had to deal with Houston traffic for a while as we headed out.  We got in around 10:30 p.m. 

We took the truck back the next morning and then went to a cake shop to see how much it would cost to order a custom Scrabble cake.  The bakery quoted us a price of almost $700.  That was outrageous.  We decided we would order a photo sheet cake from Sam’s Club for $40 instead.  The book cake I’m having made in Canyon is only going to be around $200. 

Although I’m supposed to be focusing on the crafts that need to be completed for the wedding, I keep getting distracted by other things.  My aunt called me yesterday and said that she was going to order me some of the dishes from my registry and told me that there were not any left.  I’ve only received three sets so far so I’m not sure who else has bought the others, but it’s exciting.  So yesterday evening I reorganized all my kitchen cabinets in preparation for all the new kitchen stuff that we’re getting. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

7 Quick Takes

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I’ve been a big fan of Hotwire for a while.  I’ve usually gotten some pretty good deals and sometimes I can even figure out which hotel I’ll get before I make my purchase.  I’ve noticed, however, that the extra fees I’ve been paying are much higher than they are on Priceline.  When the cost of the one decent hotel in Canyon kept going up on the hotwire site, I tried Priceline and was able to get it for a better rate.  So yesterday I was looking for a honeymoon hotel for when Matt and I head up to Buffalo.  On a whim I tried putting in $75 a night for a 2 1/2 star hotel or above.  Surprisingly, my bid was accepted for a 3 star hotel.  I guess Matt and I should get our airfare arranged soon.
logo_1 I couldn’t see what the big deal about Pinterest was at first.  I signed up for it a while back, but I found it most helpful for my wedding planning.  (Although it almost caused me to spill the beans about being engaged early.)  I’ve posted a bunch of library and scrabble themed ideas that I’m trying to incorporate into my wedding decor.  Lately I’m working on this:
Unfortunately, cutting the book is not as easy as it looks and mine will not be even remotely straight as it appears in this photo, but I think it’s a cool idea for my ring bearer.
I’m still trying to come up with Scrabble board scrapbook ideas, but haven’t found my inspiration on that yet. 
I also have some old books I’ve been incorporating into decorations and plan on creating a table runner.
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Matt and I found wedding rings last weekend.  We headed up to the outlet stores in San Marcos which is only an hour away.  We checked out Kay Jewelers, Zales, Helzberg, and Jared Vault.  Zales was too pricey and Helzberg had a limited selection.  We found my ring at Kay.  It was a little more difficult since my engagement ring is so unique, but we found a diamond band with an antiqued look with the beading similar to my ring.  We found Matt’s ring at the Jared Vault.  It was similar to one we liked at Zales, but was $400 less.  It is a little more fancy that Matt probably wanted, but I thought it matched my ring fairly well.
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Josh has moved into a new place in Houston.  He and his roommate decided to get two more roommates and have rented a 4 bedroom house.  They still need a washer and dryer and we happen to have an extra one.  The problem is finding a way to get it to him.  I may have rent a pick up truck for a day and drive it over to him.   
Matt and I still don’t know if his mother is coming to the wedding.  He refuses to call her, but has an intermediary at least.  His friend Kristi has been friends with his mother for several years and has a good relationship with her.  She is going to see if she can find out anything.  We won’t be surprised if she chooses not to come, but I know it will hurt Matt’s feelings – even though he won’t really admit to that.   
Matt and I got this storage bench as a wedding present yesterday.
I spent yesterday evening sorting through the numerous t-shirts that Matt has been keeping in baskets and bins in his closet and sorted them into drawers and this nice storage bench.  Matt was kind of indifferent about it, but he has a nice closet where he can keep his laundry bin in it and actually close the door now. 
I ordered my bridesmaids gifts the other day and three of them arrived this morning.  The fourth is probably in my mailbox at the moment.  I thought these were perfect for my friends:
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sonic for dinner and the NBA draft

What has happened to me that I’m watching the NBA draft?  It must be that there isn’t anything good on t.v.  I don’t know any of these players, I don’t even get how this draft thing works with trades and such.  I’m just curious as to who the Spurs will pick when it’s their turn. 

I have to give a shout out to my friend Andrew who inspired my dinner choice for tonight.  I couldn’t think of anything I really wanted and he keeps mentioning the Asiago Chicken sandwiches from Sonic.  So I headed out and picked up a combo with tots and a root beer.  I also added a caramel oreo shake which was quite good.  Now I’m fairly stuffed.  The sandwich was very good but I thought I’d ordered the club sandwich but there wasn’t any bacon. 

I’m going to keep this short and sweet for tonight.  Be on the lookup for my seven quick takes post tomorrow.