Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I posted to my blog 12 times this month. That is a personal record. Thanks for reading! I really enjoy your comments! I've also had this blog now for about a year and I think I'm getting a hang of it so check back frequently for updates!

I bought my dress!

So now things are getting interesting, I bought my first tangible piece of evidence that I'm actually getting married!

I am trying to keep the dress itself somewhat under wraps but there are pictures floating around if you can keep a secret and just really want to see how effing hotttt I'm gonna look on my wedding day! I don't even want to discuss what it looks like on here for fear that my fiance may actually read my blog before the wedding. That would be a major bummer!

Anyways, I went shopping with Maid of Honor, Liz, Sisters/Bridesmaids, Rachael and Sarah, and my Mom! We had an early appointment at David's Bridal and got there before the doors even opened. I'm glad we did because it appeared that they were relatively busy. I walked in there a little nervous but luckily my consultant, Rachel (no second "a" in her name) asked me my bra and pant size in front of everyone, so that breaks the ice.

I tried on 5 dresses in total which makes me wonder what it's like working with one of those brides who tries on like every dress in the store! I watch way too much Say Yes to the Dress to know that people have tried on over 80 dresses before. All of the dresses were pretty except for number 5 which I just tried on for fun which really was more like a comforter than anything else.

The wedding dress was a gift from my mom! She cried a little when she saw me in it and that made ME cry and then it was an all around cute moment :) Now my biggest problem is that I want to wear the dress EVERYWHERE. And second biggest problem is that my dress is too long to hang in the closet so I'm hanging it on the closet door so it's always in view (in a bag). Sigh... I wish that we could just start this party already!

So yes, if anyone wants to see a picture of me in the dress I might send it to you only if you promise to never show my fiance... unless you want to show him after the wedding then that would be ok.

Here are the losers:

Dress 1 - I really liked this, especially the corsette top and the rouching (spelling?)

Dress 2 - this one was fun and elegant but not really me...

Dress 3 - I didn't really like this one at all! Too plain!

Dress 5 - I tried this one on for fun, the mermaid shape... I found it to look too much like a comforter for my taste.

I said yes to dress #4! SO EXCITED!

Monday, November 29, 2010

For Today

I am on the right track! I am honestly feeling really great about how I look. I know that in order to really feel fantastic on our wedding day I need to keep hitting the gym hard, and talking walks during my lunch hour.

Sad news, I won't be working out at the YMCA this winter. The YMCA is located about 1.5 miles from the train station, which in the spring/summer/fall can be a great walk or bike ride. I typically work out best if I go straight from work to the gym and the hurdle that I'm facing is that I won't be able to bike until it gets warmer and there are those in the suburbs who find that shoveling snow is an option instead of a requirement.

Flashback - I was walking home in February of this year and I wasn't familiar with the roads and where sidewalks were located on my walk home. If you asked me on my walk home that due to the nature of the roads and the level of snow, I would have said that there is no sidewalk underneath all of that snow. Basically walking home in snow that is just under the height of my boots is hard, a workout in itself actually. The walk home took about 2 times as long as it should have if there was a clear walkway.

Spring rolls around and imagine how frustrated I was when I found that there were indeed sidewalk underneath the 12"+ of snow. Now that I know where those sidewalks are, you can bet your booty I'm going to call in complaints. (Commence old lady transition.... now)

To make this story have a point, I'm going to bike to the YMCA and put my membership on hold in favor of going to the more expensive, less awesome gym that is right next to the train station. Luckily the Y has a membership hold program that costs either $5 or $25 bucks to hold your membership which I plan to restart in March.
***** EDIT *****
Ok so I'm not going to the new gym because they charge a $99 reinstatement fee. In their words "you have to do the paperwork and get your credit card through the system" so that costs an extra hundy? Sorry HealthQuest Fitness, we're not going to be friends this winter.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Sims 3 for Wii - A Review

I am not an overly critical person. I typically give rave reviews for the things that I know and love:
-The most recent Harry Potter movie
-Any and all episodes of Lost (yes, even the finale)
-Camelbak water bottles, they DON'T spill people!

That being said I highly recommend that you go out and buy The Sims 3 for Wii! At least try it out, especially if you've ever played the PC version.

I haven't played the Sims 2 or 3 on the PC so I don't know how different it is to the current PC versions, but I do really like the fact that you can walk through the entire town. It's very interactive! You can also get "cab rides" to any place you need to go as well.

As with previous versions, you can set a lifetime achievement goal at the creation of your Sim, these goals are diverse including become a rock star, be a jack of all trades, or in my case raise 3 kids to their teens. Let's be honest, it's fun to make the Sims fall in love and procreate. I wish I had some screen shots of my current Sim! She already has 3 kids by 2 different daddies. They were MARRIED too! I live a scandelous virtual life. My problem was the guys I would meet on the street were all married so I figured what the heck, I'll just cause some drama.

I had a fight with the wife of baby daddy #1, and won!

The drama is hilarious, the interaction promts get even more funny when you insult someone's appearance and they get offended and your relationship turns to enemies!

I insist that you buy or rent this game! Make sure you have the nunchuck extention for the Wii controler :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Day 'o Thanks to everyone!

This year I'm thankful for:
-A supportive family
-My fun & wild friends!
-My amazing fiance and our upcoming wedding, especially the fact that we're having it at ISU
-The fact that I get to be with my family on this day (minus Christian who is in Seattle)
-Simple things which I take for granted, for instance, the fact that I always have food, water and shelter, that I have a job/income
-That I paid off my credit cards this year!! (Big accomplishment)
-That I've lost nearly 25 pounds this year!!! (Even bigger accomplishment)


Seating Arrangement Cards

So Fiance and I decided that since we're doing a plated dinner we're going to do assigned seating... now don't be scared, it's not like I'm seating you next to the smelly kid in class like what happened in 3rd grade.

So my point is, how COOL is this idea for a seating arrangment layout!

I seriously LOVE this look, the background is a mosaic of the city which I was thinking would be fun to do of Chicago and really copy this idea. Other ideas of course would be some awesome ISU mosaic but I'm kind of getting nervous that my wedding is going to turn to some ISU orientation or something for incoming freshman... thus I must draw my distinction.

The color of the paper surrounding each picture designates the food preference for that individual which would make things easier for the waitstaff. I honestly love this idea and plan to "borrow" it from Squirrly. Squirrly, if you ever read this, please know that I'm borrowing this idea because I think SO HIGHLY of you :) Your hair was so cute too!

I digress... and much to my future husband's resistance, we will be doing a seating arrangement because dammit I'm the bride(zilla).

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sometimes I'm Bored

Sometimes I get bored and really really want to blog even though I've exhausted my thoughts and opinions for the current time...


This is a hilarious blog, probably my fave since Engrish on the Failblog.org.

Here are some samples:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Wedding Nightmare

I think it's only fair that I extend my nightmares to the blogger community, if not for your amusement but for mine in about 9 months.

Last night I had ANOTHER wedding nightmare, granted these nightmares are few and far between but I'm pretty sure that there's going to be more and more of these to come especially as the wedding date gets closer.

So my dream involved my wedding day and everything going wrong, which is pretty typical. In this instance I was looking everywhere for my dress and I couldn't find it! I guess it was really far away because in my dream I was running and running to find it and my mom told me that it would take "45 days to run there". This is while my reception is going on so my biggest concern is that I'm the host of this party and I'm not even there having fun!

Well also, good 'ol fiance decided that it's appropriate to wear gym shorts and an old college t-shirt to the reception. I begged him to change and he finally did.

It was so dumb. It was really dumb.

Thanks for reading.

I'm gonna give you an STD

I should clarify that STD is my abbreviation for "Save The Date".

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Ok, so I'm no fashionista... or facist (fashist) as Joey Tribiani would call me. But I've gotta start talking about my wedding dress. Here are a few that I really like and would like to try on next weekend.
There is something about this fluffy bottom that I really like... I'm sure that "fluffy bottom" is the exact fashion term for this wedding dress... gown. I don't know why but the word "gown" totally is annoying to me! Wedding DRESS.

Other styles I like but am too tired to look for pictures:
-flowy, no "fluff", but I also dig the fluff
-A-line, something with a little shape I guess
What I don't like are the big poofy Ball Gown (those can be called gowns) cuz they're too, .... (5 minute pause while thinking for the right word) awkward? That doesn't quite capture it. I guess in my mind the ball gown would be awkward to dance in, like how are you supposed to "get low" and "to the window and to the wall" if you've got this like 8 foot diameter dress surrounding you all day?
That's my fashion advice, take it with two grains of salt and call me in the morning.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Guess what I'm doing this weekend?

Harry Pottah

Helloooooooo to the 3 people who read my blog, about 1 of you on a consistant basis.

I HAVE to tell you about this amazing, dare I say it, MAGICAL, night I had last night.

Most of the 3 of you know that I'm quite obsessed with the Harry Potter francise, perhaps having a crush on a certain Daniel Radcliffe, and also wishing that I was ThatWeasley at times... but alas I can only live vicariously though the movies that come out so infrequently, but when they do it always lives up to my expectations.

So let me tell you something that might have you gasp for breath, please take a seat. I have something POSITIVE to say about my job! Ok is everyone calm now? Well ok I'll tell you anyways... I got hooked up with free tickets to an early showing! Most of those muggles who you've seen facebook status updates about how awesome HP 7.1 was had to wait until the midnight showing, but I was given an opportunity to see the moviefilm at 7:00 PM, a full 5 hours before the rest of those loons who I saw waiting in line for the midnight showing at 9:45 pm whilst leaving the theater.

Let me paint you a picture, it's Wednesday and I'm on my lunch break about to grab my phone/ipod things to go for my daily walk (Side note, I will walk every day during my lunch even through winter in order to get a bodacious bod for the wedding that is less than 8 months away) when one of the firm's fixed income traders walks out and asks "Would anyone like to see the Harry Potter premiere tomorrow?". I immediately threw up my hand, like a reflex, it was instinct. I HAD to see it!

I was able to work my "magic" and get my friend Jen in to watch the show too. Not that I wouldn't go to a movie by myself but it's one of those things that's more fun when you're with someone.

Imagine this, you're signing in and they give you SILLY BANDZ (is it with a Z or do they spell it "bands"... I dunno I'm like 80) and a wristbad. We are directed up the escalator to a man in a wizard costume who reminds me very much of Mickey Mouse in Fantasia. What's this you say, he's directing us to our own special concession stand line? Why all of you know that concession prices are outragous so I will walk to my seat and watch the movie. NOT! Bank of America (who sponsored this evening, I almost don't feel mad at them anymore for making me pay all those overdraft fees. ALMOST.) provided all of the treats that we could want. So what does my awesome, self-sabatoging, ass get? LARGE popcorn, LARGE cherry coke, Sour Patch Kids, and Milk Duds... and I didn't have to pay a nickel! It was just plain amazing!

Anyways, it was quite literally a magical evening and I had a blast going with Jen! I highly recommend the movie to all muggles/mudbloods/purebloods/goblins/dementors/and other amazing creatures who's names I can't spell.