Monday, September 27, 2010

Don't Believe Everything That You Read

My wedding is in 5 days.  Obviously, that means I am stalking  But here's the thing, when I pull up the 10 day forecast it says a high of 81 degrees with a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms, and then when I click on October 2nd to see more detail, it says 92 degrees, sunny and a 0% chance of precipitation.

So clearly is deliberately effing with me.

Oh, and says upper 70s to low 80s with a 0% chance of precipitation.  This is also what our local ABC news says.  Since can't even agree with itself about what the weather will be on our wedding day, I am boycotting that website.  Okay, not really.  I'll still check it but I just won't believe it.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

It's party time, excellent!

My bachelorette party was actually two weekends ago, but we've already established that I'm a slacker blogger so I don't feel bad about just telling y'all about it now.  :)  Part of the reason why I was waiting was that my camera died very early in the evening and was waiting to get some pictures from the other girls, but I never did (probably because I never asked...oops!).  So I'm moving forward anyway!

I decided that I wanted my bachelorette party to be just a Saturday night out with the girls.  I wasn't about road tripping it to Vegas or anything like that.  The Vegas club scene just makes me feel like an old puritan because I can't party until 4 a.m. and don't dress or act like a hoochie.  Plus, I decided I wanted to have my bachelorette party the same weekend the Mister had his bachelor party, and he was going out of town.  Since most of our friends are married couples, us girls going out of town too wasn't really an option because people would have to arrange sitters.  Baby sitters in a few cases, but in our case dog sitters.

So, a plan was hatched to get an early dinner and then head to a local dueling piano bar.  We got a nice booth reserved for our group and were ready to let loose!  If you've never been to a dueling piano bar, you should definitely go.  They are hilarious and a great place if you have a mixed crowd of drinkers and non-drinkers because everyone has fun.  I've been here with the Mister and he enjoyed himself even though he doesn't drink at all and normally hates going to bars because they're "boring."  In this case, my friend Ashley was our DD - and 3 months pregnant - so she wasn't drinking at all, but still had a great time.

Our beloved DD is in the center.  (Okay, I need to digress for a moment to rant about my Nikon Coolpix.  WHAT IS THE POINT OF HAVING A "PARTY" MODE IF YOU CAN'T TAKE A CLEAR PICTURE WITH IT?!?!?!  This camera blows and it's only 1 year old.  You can never take a clear picture unless you use the auto mode.  So you pay all this money to get all the bells and whistles and they don't even work?   Thank god the Mister bought me a new camera for my birthday.  But I let him take it for his bachelor party so I had no choice but to use the crappy Nikon.)

My friend Olivia brought glow sticks that we made into bracelets and necklaces.  I had no idea how bright they were until I got called up on stage to be serenaded / publicly humiliated.  

That's right, I got called up on stage.  I kinda knew it was going to happen when I agreed to have my bachelorette party here.  My camera had died by that point so I don't have any pictures.  But my FSIL got it on video.  Yeah, you're not seeing that.  Let's just say that I was given a beer bottle to demonstrate some of the song's lyrics.  It was a crowd pleaser.  

We left around 12:30 and I was in bed by 1:30.  Just my speed.  As a parting gift, here is the one clear picture I have of myself at my bachelorette party.  Yes, they made we wear a veil and sash, despite the fact that I made it clear I did not want any of that.  Sigh.  The things you do for your friends.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Weather! And a Question

When I woke up this morning and turned on my computer, the first thing I wanted to do was check because today is the first day the 10 day forecast is available for our wedding date!  (I know our countdown says 9 days.  In terms of actual days of the week, it's 10 days away counting today, in terms of actual hours to our wedding, it will be exactly 9 days away at 4:30 this afternoon).  I was delighted when I pulled up the forecast and it read:

High /
Low (°)
Precip. %
Sep 23
Sunny77.0°/48.0°0 %
Sep 24
Sunny84.0°/52.0°0 %
Sep 25
Sunny87.0°/53.0°0 %
Sep 26
Sunny88.0°/55.0°0 %
Sep 27
Sunny89.0°/56.0°0 %
Sep 28
Sunny86.0°/54.0°0 %
Sep 29
Mostly Sunny81.0°/51.0°0 %
Sep 30
Mostly Sunny75.0°/50.0°10 %
Oct 01
Sunny76.0°/49.0°0 %
Oct 02
Sunny76.0°/50.0°0 %
We're getting a heat wave but it will be gone by the time our wedding rolls around.  The forecast couldn't be any more perfect.  It's times like this that I love living in Southern California.

So the question for you all is, with an overnight low of 50 degrees, do you think we should rent heat lamps?  I'm thinking that with this forecast the temperatures throughout the wedding will start in the low 70s and heading down to the low to mid 60s around 10 p.m.  I'm thinking this may be warm enough that heat lamps aren't needed, but I run warm.  Anyone who gets chilly will put on a jacket or sweater anyway, right?  Advice please!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

Throughout most of the wedding planning, our friends and family have been very vocal about how they are more than willing to help.  And now that the wedding is so close, I feel like people are asking me non-stop how they can help.  It's a beautiful thing.

But I'm having a hard time finding things for other people to do.  I go through my list and all I see is stuff that cannot be delegated, or stuff that is so simple that delegating the task isn't worth it.  This weekend, I learned my lesson.  On Saturday, my Mom called and asked what we were doing and if she and her boyfriend could come up and help us out.  I said yes, and they ended up assembling the two patio furniture sets we bought for our lounge area.  It only took the two of them an hour and a half to put everything together, but that's a hour and a half that the Mister and I can now use to do other things.

On Sunday, the Mister's Dad called and asked if there was any way he could help.  The Mister said he could come help stain the bar we built (have I told you about that???) if he wanted but it wouldn't take too long so he didn't have to come over.  Well, he did come over and he ended up working on the bar for several hours.

So when my sister called me on Monday and asked if there was anything she could do, I knew that I could find something for her but I just had to think about it.  So now my sister is in charge of finding nail polish and making our mani/pedi appointments for the day before the wedding.  Again, another little thing that I could do myself and it wouldn't take too much time, but all those little things that don't take too much time add up to a bunch of little things that take a lot of time.

Delegating this task to my sister makes me proud of myself because the type A control freak in the back of my mind says but what if you don't like the nail polish she picks?  What if there's one she doesn't buy that you would have liked more?  But I just laugh at that voice and remind myself IT'S JUST NAIL POLISH!!!  If I can keep that control freak in me in check it will go a long way in terms of preserving my sanity and letting me relax and be present on my wedding day, and I think I'm finally learning how to do it.  Yay me!

Have you had a hard time delegating your wedding tasks?  How have you learned to let go?

Friday, September 17, 2010

I'm Still Alive

I've been a bad, bad blogger.  We are two weeks away from the big day, and somehow blogging is just not that high on my priority list.  Back in the day, every week I'd have one or two new things or ideas to share, and I'd get all excited to blog about them.  Now, there are about 50 different things that I could be blogging about and it's just too much.  I don't know where to start, so I just don't start.

But rest assured, I'm still alive and kicking, and still getting married.  The Mister and I are running around like chickens with our heads cut off on the weekends getting shit done, and this weekend will be no different.  Though to be honest, I'd say that we are busy but not overwhelmed.  I still feel like we can get everything done that needs to get done without having to pull all nighters or anything ridiculous like that.  Maybe my feelings on the subject will change come Monday.  We'll see.

Have you found it tougher to blog as the wedding gets closer?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

At Last!

Remember when I blogged about our engagement session?  No.  That's okay because it was back in MAY!!!  That's right.  May 14th, to be precise.   And finally, FINALLY, we have all of our engagement photos!!!  I've been waiting for these bad boys for so long, and I love them.  Our photographer apologized up and down for taking so long to get them to us; though to be fair, we had talked with her back in July and told her we weren't in a rush and that she should take her time with them.  She's still somewhat of a newbie photographer and has some serious talent, so lots of people (like us) booked her while she was still pricing herself below market to build her portfolio.  As a result, she is a busy, busy lady.

We did our shoot in the mountains, not too far from where we will be getting married.  We weren't into using props or making them super stylized.  We just wanted beautiful photographs of us...and our dogs.  They are our babies, after all.

So I'll leave you with a taste of the yumminess that is our engagement photos.  Me, the Mister, Max (little dog), and Chloe (big dog).  

(photo by Julie Wilson)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Makeup Trial, or Getting Beautified for my 30th Birthday Party

This close to the wedding, I try to kill two birds with one stone whenever I can.  So last Friday (a.k.a. my 30th birthday) I figured since I would be getting all dolled up for the party the Mister was throwing me that evening I might as well have my makeup trial that afternoon.

I'm doing my own makeup on the big day, but decided to schedule a makeover at Sephora so I could have someone show me what I need to do to achieve the look I want and to figure out what products work for me.  I showed my makeup artist some inspiration photos (including this one and this one and this one and this one...and about 5 others.  I went overboard.) and she got to work.

Here's the canvas she was working with.  This picture is horrendous, so I feel the need to explain how I got to look so fugly.  My skin gets really red when I'm hot.  It was 100 degrees outside and I had been at an outdoor mall in a maxi dress for 3 hours.  I got a facial that morning and the esthetician managed to get product in my hair, so the one day I actually blow dried my hair I ended up having to pull it back into a ponytail.  Plus, I stupidly decided to try jeans on just before my trial, so I was a sweaty ass mess by the time I got to Sephora.  Oh, and I had a mojito at lunch (does anyone else get hot sometimes when they drink alcohol?  No, just me? Okay then.  Moving on.)

You ready to see the end product?  We took this picture of me in our backyard right after I got back home from my trial, so my makeup was still nice and fresh.  I took the picture outside because we're having an outside wedding and it's important the sunlight doesn't wash me out.

Not bad, eh?   I wanted a natural look that made my eyes the focus, and I think I got what I asked for.  I may tweak the eye makeup a little to make them a little more dramatic.  I actually had on really thick black eyeliner but you can't tell because I have deep set eyes and they're hooded.*  In person, I was concerned that the bronzer was too much, but I think it photographs really well.  I had the makeup artist write down everything she used on me so I can go back and buy what I decide I want for the final look.   I ended up buying the foundation she used on me (Makeup Forever HD Foundation in #117) but nothing else.  I like the lips, but may play with some more berry colors before I make my final decision.  

Unfortunately, I don't have any close ups of my face from later on in the evening.  I was too busy having fun at my birthday party!  But the makeup held up really well (except for the lipstick, of course).  All in all, I am very pleased with how it turned out and think I can achieve this look (or something close to it) on my own.  What do you think?

*hooded eyes are also called bedroom eyes, but I have yet to find a way to make my eyes look sexy.  Squinty, yes...I've got that one down.  Sexy...not so much.