Archive for December, 2009

December 28, 2009

Something old…

Whew! After a whirlwind of family dinners, too many Christmas gifts, and one very rainy day in NYC, we’re home! And pooped! If I didn’t have to be at work today, I’d still be in bed. Even Kiley refused to get up. But what a great Christmas :)

Thanks to Jon and his wonderful Christmas gift, I’ve decided on the “something old / something new / something borrowed / something blue” parts of my wedding attire.  Here they are:

Something old

I’d been eying vintage pocket watches on etsy and ebay for a while now, but with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I put off my search in December. So imagine how surprised and delighted I was when I opened up my Christmas gift from Jon and inside was this:

An 1886 Waltham ladies pocket watch. !!! [Is it sad that the best way to express myself when it comes to this pocket watch is a bunch of exclamation points?] It is beautiful. And is in perfect working order. And ticks, as long as you remember to wind it! I love love love it. Thank goodness my wedding dress has pockets!

Something new

I suppose the dress I just bought is something new, but I think wedding dresses are excluded from this old saying, so I’ll go with another new purchase I’ve made recently: shoes! And not just any shoes–super cute and surprisingly comfy Kate Spade shoes! They aren’t your typical bridal shoes, so traditionalists, brace yourselves at the wedding! I’m trying to keep these a secret, so I won’t post a photo online (for now, anyway!)

When I tried them on with my dress at the fitting, the seamstress LOVED them. She made me parade around the shop and show her coworkers. How funny!

Something borrowed

Earlier I was considering wearing three strands of Indian pearls my MOH offered, but when my mom offered to let me wear a necklace-and-earring set I’ve ogled since childhood, I knew I had to wear that! I still haven’t had a chance to try them on with the dress, but I think it’s going to look lovely together. Each stud earring and the pendant on the necklace is one big pearl, nested by two delicate ruby “leaves,” which delightfully match the color of my shoes! I have no idea who made them or how old they are, but they are sublime.

Something blue

Maybe this is cheating, but I’m planning on sewing a blue ribbon with our initials into the lining of my dress at the waistline. It will be my little secret from the rest of the guests. Blue symbolizes love and fidelity, so I think  I will keep it close to my heart on my wedding day.

But I also might wear blue undies. ;)

December 22, 2009

K&P's engagement session

Ms. Keylime and her fiance finally got their engagement photos done (after having them postponed because of inclement weather and a wind chill of something like -10 degrees…oh Minnesota…). They are stunning! So I had to ask to share a link to them on my blog. This one is my favorite:

Now I am all for artsy and weird engagement shoots (see Caroline Ghetes’ stuff here), but there is NOTHING better than a photo of a couple that captures true love, like this one here. It’s like they’ve forgotten the world around them and all they see is each other. No props, no distractions, just the two of them together. :) I’m so happy for you guys!

You can see more of K&P’s photos at Graddy Photography’s blog.

So congrats again, K&P! I can’t wait to see what your photographer does with your wedding!

December 20, 2009

Finally ready for Christmas!

Today I realized that it’s five…that’s FIVE…days until Christmas. Wow! Where did the time go? Only two days of work and then we’re off to Connecticut to spend the holiday with Jon’s family. Fun!

In between Christmas shopping and wedding planning, I’ve been spending some time–scratch that, LOTS of time–on creating something fun for my bridesmaids. 

I realized that they might not all know all the dates for which we’ve planned events, so I decided to send them a “Will you be my bridesmaid?” card (even though I’ve already informally asked them) with the dates they’ll need to be around. I didn’t think that was enough, so I created some chain paper dolls (an idea I saw on someone else’s blog once) and decorated them to match each bridesmaid. The cards are going in the mail tomorrow, but I’ll give you a peek now:


I think they’re cute. :) I hope the girls like them!

On another note, I took these pictures on the camera that Jon’s mom sent to him for his birthday. We’re still trying to learn how it works, but manual focus is amazing! I loved how it turned out in the photo above.

And in case you need a laugh, here’s another photo we took…

I wonder how long that will stay up before I’m asked to take it down. ;) Ciao for now!

December 18, 2009

Oh Starbucks…how I miss you…

In case you didn’t know, I worked at Starbucks before AND after I worked in France, and while in music school. And I probably did a lot of complaining about it (especially when I had to open the place at 4:45 a.m. or when that guy stole a handful of cds), but for the most part, it was actually a fun workplace. And it was filled with really great people! Except for the venti 3x blended frappucino guy…ugh.

So even though I rarely go into a Starbucks nowadays (yes, it IS a ripoff for people who can afford a $5 coffee), I still love the ideas and practices that the company is built on. Some people think it’s all a show and we should hate corporate America together, but honestly, after working for the company and with some great coworkers, I can say it’s not a show, and I truly respect the philanthropy and goodwill behind Starbucks’ mission.

And that was reinforced this morning when I saw the Starbucks Love Project website.

I heart the idea behind this (it reminds me of Matt–and if you haven’t seen him before, check it out!), but what’s even better is Starbucks will donate 5 cents for each submission (song or drawing) to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. Amazing.

I left this drawing in their gallery:

December 17, 2009

Pre-cana…what does that even mean?

Well my friends, last weekend we  survived pre-cana (i.e. drivers’ ed for engaged Catholic–or half-Catholic–couples).  No one bothered to tell us what that translated too, but today’s google search informed me that the name derives from John 2:1-12, the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee, where Jesus turned water into wine.

No one turned water into wine at pre-cana.

Instead we sat with almost 50 other young couples who were about as happy as we were to be spending all day Saturday at St. Matthew’s.

We started with the FOCCUS, and I have no idea what that stands for either, but it’s just a questionnaire that asks your preferences on general things and you state “agree,” “disagree,” or “uncertain.” My favorites include “My future spouse watches too much television” and “I worry about the homosexual tendencies of my future spouse.”

After that we introduced ourselves to the two couples at our table (one of which may or may not have been a green-card marriage, as he told us he proposed right before he was about to be shipped back to Britain because he couldn’t find a job here).  From there we sat through several long talks about communication, conflict resolution, finances, and, of course, the infamous natural family planning (I especially enjoyed watching the woman at the next table, who kept rolling her eyes and shaking her head at that part). 

For all the time we spent there, I don’t feel like we really learned anything. For the most part, it was common sense. I think I was expecting more, some secret sacred knowledge of the Catholics that had been passed down by generations…but nope, it was just a long seminar based on “facts” and “research” from the same two “scientists” these speakers loved. And everything was so absolute! It’s like these speakers couldn’t imagine a world where things weren’t black and white. My favorite part was when one speaker asked, “If you’re in an interfaith relationship, which religion will you teach your children?” Um, you can’t teach both? They seemed so misguided.

But the strangest part of the whole thing was that every one of the speakers was a convert. EVERY ONE. Could they not find any homegrown Catholics willing to waste a Saturday for this thing? I don’t get it.

Well, there’s your update. Our Catholic marriage workshop is over and done with, and it really wasn’t so bad. And at least no one asked if we were living together.

 K & P, enjoy your pre-cana! I found out that some people have to go to a weekend-long retreat…yikes! I hope that’s not you guys!