mellymell: (rainbow at island in the sky)
I'm still kind of buzzing from the overwhelming energy of Saturday. So much joy and love was in the air. It truly was an amazing experience! As I told Chris Saturday night, I was prepared for the event, but not for the experience. Thanks to everyone who was a part of it!

Friday was a hectic day for sure. By 10:30am when I showed up at the bridesmaids' luncheon, I had already been all over town. The luncheon was so much more than I was expecting. Pat and Janie really went all out. My pictures are here, and my sister-in-law, Amy's pictures are here. The ladies in the aprons are Pat on the left and Janie on the right. All of the food was delicious and so wonderfully presented! I'm sure there are more pictures on the way.

Much chaos ensued after the luncheon until the rehearsal dinner. Chris went out and ran more errands and I stayed home trying to pack up everything we'd need for the wedding. I had to sit down at one point and breathe. I had been running at top speed since 8:30am and really just needed to rest for a second.

While we were running around in chaos, my oldest brother, Mike and his son Matthew and wife Amy went to my mother's grave site. They got some great pictures there.

Here are Mike's pictures of the rehearsal dinner at Green Hills Grille. Again, I'm sure more pictures will arrive.

And then there was Saturday. . . )

There was a very brief "now what" feeling yesterday, but really, I've got my next major work already cut out for me.


May. 2nd, 2006 10:15 pm
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So, I'm reading through a bunch of sample ceremonies that Marilyn sent and I come to a Wiccan/Pagan declaration of intent. It starts like:
HP/S: What is your name?
(Answer with legal and/or Craft name).
HP/S: And what is your desire?
Answer: To join with s/he whom I love.

I was so disappointed when the third question wasn't, "what is your favorite color?"
mellymell: (looking up)
New icon is one of the many petunias I've been planting for the wedding. Centerpieces are an asparagus fern surrounded by three of these petunias in a 6" pot. Then, four 3" pots with a begonia in each one (two white, two pink) spaced evenly around the center pot and in between those 4 amber colored glass votive holders (dollar store, 2/$1). I set it up on our dining room table the other day to see how it looks. Granted our table is quite a bit smaller than the ones we'll be using at the lodge, but it gives me an idea of height and spacing and such. I think it's going to work nicely. Not so high you can't talk to the person across the table from you, but high enough so it's not completely missed and pointless. I think we managed to do this for under $5/table. Take that florist that wanted to charge me $200 for a hurricane with a pillar and some greenery!

I got 6 of the 16 beaded strands done on the headpiece the week after it came in. Then, I had to put it away to finish long overdue invitations (that should have gone out a month ago but are going out today, D'OH!). I noticed on the first looping strand I did, one side is the length I want and the other side is about an inch shorter. S'ok, I'll just pull the beaded drop off and make a new longer one to go there and use the one that's already there for the next shorter one. It's weird though. I beaded the shorter one first and used it as a guide for the one that wound up longer. Not sure how it wound up about an inch longer but it did. Oh well.

I picked up beading the trim for the neckline of my gown yesterday. I should have that done by the end of the week. Not nearly as insane a project as [ profile] belluthien is undertaking, but still, just a bit tedious. Sometimes, I can just fly through it, but right now, I think I'm just not feeling like doing it so it feels more like a task. Might get better as I get into it more.

That's about all that's been going on with me. 26 days until the wedding and it's pretty much all I'm working on. When I get bored with beading, I go plant some more flowers. The ones for the wedding are almost all planted (still need more 6" pots), but I still have several flats of begonias and petunias that I can plant just for the house. Not to mention the tomato and pepper plants we got yesterday. I still would like to get some purple or red salvia and some snapdragons to go in some of the mixed containers for like buffet tables and stuff for the wedding. I think that would go nicely with what we have already and the Ipomoea batatas (sweet potato vine) we got yesterday as well, one of the lime green ones and one of the blackish purple ones.

I've got everything all lined up on the deck banister and as we left this morning, Chris glanced up and said, "we have a ton of plants right now" and I said, "yep, it makes me happy." ;] He said it makes him happy, too.
mellymell: (me at arches 2005)
[ profile] baka_san summed up the trip pretty well already. While it wasn't horrible and I'm glad for having gone, I don't think I'll be doing any backpacking in sub-freezing temperatures again or without having hiked in over 6 months for that matter. I have a problem with not being able to get warm. I can handle cold as long as I have a way to get warm, even if for just brief moments. To keep warm, we had to walk, but you get tired and sore and want to stop, so you do and then you get cold. Vicious cycle. But fun trip, and we ate really well for backpacking too! Mmm, salmon and asparagus cooked over a campfire. *drool* The dogs finally recovered yesterday I think. I've got a couple of sore toes still and once in a while will get a shooting pain through my shins. But hey, I haven't exercised since September really, so it's to be expected. The dogs seem so happy to have gotten to go, I might take them on a short hike this weekend. Even if it's just in the back yard up Little Mountain and back down. Overall they did pretty good too, especially once they got tired. Sunflower has to learn to deal with her boredom a little better than she does (whining and digging). Jimi needs to freakin' eat (he's done better since he got home). I was enjoying their sleepiness the past couple of days though. We'll have to wear them out more often (they're a lot more quiet that way, heh).

Here are pics.

Martha and Pat went up to the lodge yesterday with one of the candelabras we got at Hobby Lobby last week. They were testing out theories on mantle decor. Those are two really large mantles to fill and you want to make sure your decorating efforts aren't wasted and that people's eyes are drawn to them. They came up with some really good solutions I think and I guess we'll just work from that.

My headpiece should be shipping today. I can't wait to see it in person! Here are some pics she sent me of it while she was working. I'm expecting it in either Friday or Saturday.

Went to order the shirts for the rest of the groomsmen and damn it if they weren't out of two of the three sizes we need. Apparently they're discontinuing this shirt. Guess we'll have to find something else that will work similarly.

I'm considering at least getting phase two of my tattoo finished before the wedding. Since my dress will show it, I'd like for it to be more than just an outline. Now to find my drawing of phase two (I'm almost certain I know where it is). I suppose if I'm going to do that, it should be done in the next week or two. Certainly wouldn't want it to still be healing. Let's see, I'm about to turn 25, I got it when I was 18. . . it's only taken me 7 years to get the next phase done. The sad part is, phase two has been drawn out and ready to go since right after phase one was finished. Phase three will be color. I suppose I could get it completely finished so it doesn't take me another 7 years to do that much.

Other than that, all I have to say is. . . I hate my job. I can't wait until it's over! When I was downtown to meet with Gatehouse, I saw the "coming soon House of Brews cafe/pub" sign and got excited. Speaking of, I had a weird dream about House of Brews, Brandy, Donna and I the other night (think it was Sunday or Monday night). It was quite a fun dream. The three of us kept running around to restaurants downtown ordering stuff, trying it and saying, "House of Brews is better", then running back to HoB. Silliness ensued.

Oh, and I talked to Holly last night. She's doing reasonably well. Sounds happy despite a lot of bad luck (monetarily speaking). They not only have the baby now, but they also have Jodi's son, Marco from a "previous" marriage (I won't get into why there are quotes around that). But they seem to be in good health and spirits. Her mom is doing a lot better now. Apparently a lot of her dementia and memory loss was due to her Prilosec prescription. Damn drugs. Not to mention being back up on the mountain has her in better spirits.

And while I made the call I've been meaning to make for a month, I totally forgot to make the call I've been planning for a month, determined to not miss the date. My dad's birthday was yesterday, D'OH! I don't know how many times I either wrote or made note of 3/28, but it didn't occur to me until this morning. It was my first thought when I woke up today. I still don't know what to get him. He's so difficult to shop for!
mellymell: (me at hangover 2001)
GG's came back astronomically expensive, as I expected. So, I immediately called Gatehouse back, put the deposit on my card and reserved the date. Yippee! One more thing to cross off my list. BTW, I still haven't heard back from Flowers of the Valley and it's been 8 days now. No big loss I'm assuming. Surely it doesn't take that long to put together a quote. Especially when you tell someone you'll get back to them in "a couple of days".

Yep, I bought it. Here it is, all plain and as is. I plan on using my trim on it still and replacing the 8 cloth covered buttons with something a little more elaborate. Don't get to work on it until Monday at the earliest though because. . .

We're going backpacking this weekend. My first trip out since I hurt my back in September. Taking it easy, carrying a light pack and hoping for the best. I guess it's good that before I spend the next 5 weeks enveloped in wedding planning that I get out in the woods, relax and clear my head.

Have a good weekend everyone!
mellymell: (me at arches 2005)
Last night I went out with Chris' mom and her friend Pat who's been helping me a great deal with ideas and such.

Heh, squeely "old" women )
mellymell: (the purpose of kansas)
Met with the last florist yesterday. Glad that's all over.

My experience with four local florists. . . )

So, now that it's all said and done, even though I'm still waiting for two quotes, I think I'm just going to go ahead and call Gatehouse back and book them. It's been almost a week since I've heard from Flowers of the Valley, and that kind of tells me they might be unreliable, or too busy, one of the two (but they sure didn't seem that busy). And yah! Moss cake! I know it sounds weird, but it's really neat looking!
mellymell: (wedding gown)
Channel someone who gives a damn. )
mellymell: (Default)
There are only a handful of machines and desks left in the room. My little corner seems so populated now. There's a chair with a huge pile of [ profile] baka_san's origami projects, some of which are in pieces (we discussed how no one here is skilled enough to maintain them, heh). There are three programmers with machines at a building that has no working network (oops, lol). I've managed to go through Sandy's old filing cabinet and break it down to about 1/8th of the content it had when I started. I just keep switching from conversion work to going through stuff to get rid of. Good way to break up the monotony.

I'm hoping I get to move next week sometime, so I'm just preparing to go any day. I'll probably go shop for some office plants this weekend. I already know what I want, just need to find a couple of healthy specimens and pots to put them in (I might have a couple of pots on hand actually). I've got a 10.5x8.9 space to fill. Not a ton of space, but not bad. They've sealed off the door on my hallway that goes to the training room, so even though I share a wall with them, I don't share a hallway. I'll just have to be sure I put my dart board on that wall muwahahahahaha!!

In other news. . . It really baffles people when a) you refuse to pick a "color theme" for your wedding and b) you will let your bridesmaids wear practically whatever they want. Florists are especially baffled. She didn't quite see that I like sunflowers and daisies, but I want mostly blues, purples and greens for the rest of the flowers. I'll work with her though. Still one more florist to meet with before I make a choice. She should have a quote for me next week sometime.
mellymell: (the purpose of kansas)
Cake is done. Just dropped off the deposit and booked the date. We need to give her a call soon with a definite time of when the ceremony/reception is to be and our flavors and setup choices.

Tomorrow, we'll head to All Needz to hopefully get rentals squared away. Chris' mom is scouting out tablecloths at their church to see if they've got some we can use. She called right before lunch and said it didn't look promising and to go ahead and look into renting them. Looking at the price list again though, they're not as expensive as I thought. I didn't see the "banquet" length ones (90" round) on their list when I looked before and those are only $7 each instead of $11.

After that, tomorrow afternoon we'll head to Fayetteville to check out Sir's Fabrics (looking for brocades for groomsmen vests) and a beer store hopefully to get some Double Bastard.

Over the weekend, I'll be looking at the pics I took and the floor plan and thinking about flowers and decor. And next week I'll start the search for florists. I've got five on my list to consult with and I'll leave it at that.
mellymell: (me under calf creek falls 2005)
The highlights )
mellymell: (rainbow at island in the sky)
On the way to the lodge earlier, I saw blue sky. But all over town, I keep running into patches of rain. It was pouring while we were at the lodge. It's like it wants to rain really bad, but it's just too tired to do much of anything.

Roomba is handling some spring cleaning for us, heh.

Venues and cakes )
mellymell: (me at arches 2005)
Pouring rain as if it were March or April. The daffodils and irises are even starting to peak out of the ground. So much for the chance at a real winter. I guess we could still get some surprises. I swear, we move out to the woods where it would be really neat to get some snow, even just enough to cover the ground, and it hasn't snowed in three winters!

Poured a 16oz. travel cup of coffee this morning and left it at home without taking so much as a sip. *sigh* These are the days when a caffeine addiction sucks. Trying to drink the coffee at work, but it's just not doing much for me.

After work last night, I went to Hobby Lobby and Michael's because Chris' mom and friends have been keeping me up to date on all the decor sales there this week. I wandered through both stores and about the only things that caught my eye for the wedding were some silk ivy garlands and crystal vases. The crystal vases were 50% off, which was fantastic for what they were (could have gotten a few at $10 each). But I decided if it comes down to it, I can probably find regular glass ones for much cheaper than that. Candles weren't expensive per se, but they were more than I wanted to pay and hard to find unscented ones. Tealights were the same price as they always are, so I'm not going to bother yet. So yeah, kind of a waste, but not entirely. I should probably go ahead and start the online shopping for things of this nature.

I did pick up some embroidery thread, a spool of silver and one of "pearl" (iridescent white) both fine braid, at Michael's. I went home and started a row of chain stitching on my beaded armband. I like how it's looking, though I probably could have gone with the very fine braid. I'm going to keep going with the beading and embroidery for now. At the end of March if I'm not done, I'll order an alternative trim. I've got two in mind right now that would be lovely. Both are far nicer than anything I could do, but they run around $20-$40/yd. One of them may or may not still be available. The ebay seller is in India right now visiting family and won't return for another couple of weeks. Still need to baste the bodice mockup together and fit it to me (right now it's fitted to the dress form which is slightly larger than me, especially across the shoulders).

That's about it. Life is pretty boring when all you do is work and sit at home, sewing and thinking about wedding stuff.


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