Dangit! I knew I forgot something really, really, really big! It was the visit from the Blattels!! The uber-cool and rock-god-like Mike, the chic and sophisticated Debbie, and the child prodigies Christian and Rehn (the poor child whose name is spelled incorrectly, but that Debbie, while chic and sophisticated, is also very very stubborn.) Oh, what a visit!

Actually, I may sound like I’m jesting (see Mike’s comment from yesterday’s post) but it really was good to see them. And not just so I could show off my sparkly ring yet again. Oh no. So that the next time we go to Houston we can stay at their house. IKEA, here I come… (only kidding, Mike.)

After I posted yesterday, I remembered all sorts of things I forgot to say. But I was too lazy to post again, so here I am today. I forgot to say that I got a new dress. It is black and chiffony and swirly and if I danced (outside of my dance class and the shower) it would be very twirly. But alas. Oh. Is that all I forgot to say? Maybe.

Today I have solved my problem of not having the dreamiest invitations ever for not a ton of money. Is amazing, really. There’s this girl I found online who lives in New Orleans who

does the most incredible invitations. They are very dreamy and just the style I want, but a bit out of my budget, or so I thought. I emailed her to find out prices and she emailed me

back and said she’d do them at cost if I helped write stuff for her website. Yeah! Is very exciting. Now I wish we were getting married in two months instead of twelve. Just so I could mail them out rightnow.

And everyone send Kristina your best good-luck vibes. She had an interview today for a nice job and she really deserves to get a good one. So cross your fingers, etc.

Fun weekend

Ohhh, isn’t the Monday after Thanksgiving the worst? It’s that lovely long weekend, where you get the holiday bit out of the way first and then you have three days to just do nothing if you want. That’s what makes it the best holiday. Hardly any stress (don’t tell my mom or anyone who actually cooks that I said that) and no gift-giving anxiety, just hanging out with your family and eating a lot of delicious food. And not counting points. You can’t count points on Thanksgiving!

Of course, today is the first day since Wednesday that I have counted points, and I might have gone a bit longer without counting points than I should have, but so far the scale really hasn’t shown much of the fallout from Thursday (, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.) So maybe it’s okay. Fingers crossed.

George and I had a lovely Friday. I shopped in the morning, got some presents out of the way, and then we took the ferry across the river, got on the streetcar to City Park and then walked to Whole Foods to get food for our picnic. Yummy, messy sandwiches and salt and vinegar chips. We spread out a blanket and ate and watched the ducks. Then we wandered around the new sculpture garden (it’s huge!) while I made fun of the pretentious people.

(Come on, woman, is it necessary to wear a fedora with a feather and pointy toed stilettos to a park? And does your boyfriend have to wear a fur hat? It’s Louisiana, not Milan, for god’s sake.)

Anyway, back on the streetcar with a brief interlude at an Italian ice cream parlor. Yum.

The rest of the weekend wasn’t nearly as exciting. I saw Finding Neverland (and cried like a baby.) Kristie came in (oh, that was exciting) and we had drinks at the pub and she talked Boston to our friend Matt for a while. Sunday I worked in the yard. Finally mowed it. Way overdue. I’m sure our neighbors are happy.

On Thursday I go to Durham, North Carolina for a work thing. Exciting!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re going to my uncle’s house today, which should be fun and full of food. Polly and I are going running in a little while in an attempted pre-emptive strike against the calories. I hardly think it’ll make a dent, though. But I’m not going to worry too much about points today. It’s hard to, when you’re having a dollop of this and a tiny spoonful of that. Today’s about eating a bunch of food and spending time with family. And boy do I have a lot to be thankful for this year!

Aside from the obvious wonderful friends and family, there’s:

1. 35 lbs gone

2. a new house

3. a new brother-in-law

4. my first niece or nephew on the way

5. a new job that I like and that pays decently

hmmm am I forgetting something?

oh yes…


and the wonderful guy that goes with it!

11/24/04

Oh, so exciting!

As of this morning, my latest weigh-in, I have lost 35.4 lbs! Yes indeedy, I lost 3.2 lbs this week! This is happy news, since it gives me a little bit of leeway to eat lots of turkey and dressing and pumpkin pie and all the other yummy stuff tomorrow.

I was going to do a five mile race tomorrow morning (every year I say I’m going to do this race but I never have) but Kristie’s coming in this afternoon and I hardly think it’s fair to her to go to a race early in the morning. Kind of puts a crimp in tonight’s fun, too, since I’d have to go to bed early. So really I’m not at all disappointed about that.

Believe me, it’s much more exciting to see Kristie, one of my oldest friends (we’ve been friends since we were twelve) who I haven’t seen in a year. And who is going to be a bridesmaid. (I didn’t exactly ask her. I told her. But I think that’s okay. When we got in a huge, several-month-long fight back in college when we were roommates, what I remember most about making up was saying “but you have to be a bridesmaid in my wedding!” Ahh, kids.)

Friday, George and I are going to City Park on the trip we had planned for the day after Halloween but had to be postponed because everything in City Park is closed on Mondays. So I’m excited about that too. And I will relax and I will work on the yard this weekend.

Thanksgiving holiday weekend is definitely my favorite. You get the holiday over with at the beginning of your time off, and you have the rest to just relax and not stress about anything.

Oh, I forgot! I’m supposed to see Mike and Debbie and their kids too, who I haven’t seen since January. And I’ve never met their new daughter, who is five or so and they adopted earlier this year from China. Very exciting! So much Thanksgiving excitement!

Also, I added a few more pictures to the engagement story page. Nothing terribly exciting. I was hoping I would look more glowing in them, but I think maybe I should start wearing concealer under my eyes. Eh, I blame the camera.

November 23, 2004

Ugh. Am tired. Did not sleep last night. Tossed and turned. Is this what I have to look forward to for the next year? My mind was racing. Reception hall…food…dresses…are we going to get yelled at by the church for living together…ugh. I have a feeling I will be taking a lot of Benadryl and Tylenol PM for the forseeable future. Just can’t turn my mind off. Okay, I will try to not get hooked on non-prescription drugs.

On the bright side, I’m pretty sure we have the reception taken care of. We went and visited the hotel in question, it’s nice (if a tad anonymous, but we will make it pretty) and the food looks incredible. No, I haven’t tasted it, but I’ve heard good things about them. But then this morning I heard something bad that may or may not have been true, so I’m a little nervous. But we haven’t signed anything yet. So we’ll see.

I’ll just be glad to have a few days off this week. Must…relax and enjoy engagement. Stop stressing!

11/22/04

Oops. I forgot to fix that link to the church picture. Have to do that at home.

So I went to Baton Rouge this weekend, saw Kettie and Mark and Teresa and Ann. It was very fun. And I tried on dresses (and found one I love that my mom wasn’t thrilled with but then saw a picture of a similar one that we both love, but it won’t be in at the bridal store until early next year for me to try on but that’s okay.)

Saturday night I drank waaaaay too much red wine and paid for it yesterday. We went to Nick and Annie’s for dinner (Annie made homemade bread and this spinach-roasted vegetable-phyllo dough layered casserole type thingy that was insanely delicious) and that’s where the wine massacre started. Then we went to the pub
and I hung out with Terry and continued killing the grapes. My teeth were an oh-so-lovely shade of gray by the end of the night. Ah well, it was fun at least.

I am trying to get an appointment to go look at a hotel this afternoon after work. It looks like a good bet for a reception site. To be honest, I’m not all that concerned about where it is or anything. I just want to have some yummy food, lots of chocolate, and my friends and family there.

11/19/04

Yes. So we got the church. Want to see?



Gorgeous, eh?
Very exciting.

Also very exciting is that I’m having dinner with Teresatonight, who I haven’t seen in ages. And then maybe drinks with Kettie. And am going to see Anne and her mom. And next week, Kristie.

Are six bridesmaids too many?

Okay, enough wedding talk. (Yeah right.) I was excited to see an all-new low weight on the scale this morning. Let’s hope it holds until next week. (Yeah right.) Tomorrow I’m going to try on dresses with my mom (see I told you I couldn’t do it) just for fun, I know it’s early, but I want to get an idea of what size I’m at in wedding dresses.

At Curves yesterday I had my monthly weigh/measure and I lost six pounds and almost five inches. That was exciting. I think the new girl who measured me made the measuring tape a bit tight so it may not have been completely accurate, but who cares? I don’t really go by their numbers anyway. It’s just an ego boost.

11/17/04

Fine. Now I will try to recreate. But this post will never have the same carefree attitude, the same “i’m writing this post and it will get posted, not lost in the bowels of yahoo mail” tone. Hmmph.

Got some new glasses yesterday. Well, ordered them. I made George come along to the appointment, which ended up being a very good idea because we had pizza afterwards. Yum. Pizza from my favorite pizza place that we always order from but have never had at the restaurant. Yum. I think I like my new glasses, but it’s hard to tell because I have to look in the mirror thisclose because I forgot to bring my contacts. But I’m sure they’re better than these which aren’t the most feminine glasses. Though that picture does make me giggle a lot.

Then went to dance class. A girl in my class noticed my ring and asked if I got engaged. Not so strange except that I’m very shy in dance class and I’ve never talked to anyone about my private life. So I’m surprised she noticed the difference. Then again, I never did have this much bling before. Tee hee! Bling!

Then I went to the pub to meet Laurie. She had just gotten back from doing her nursing school thing at the hospital. This involves getting splashed in the face with various bodily fluids, so I can’t even tell you how much I admire Laurie. In spite of this, Laurie is one of those perfect girly girls to chat about your

wedding with because she too bought bridal magazines before she was engaged. And her budget was about the same as ours, so she will be a great resource. Yay Laurie!

Tonight I’m going to see Bridget Jones Diary with some of the girls from the pub. (Even though it’s not playing on the West Bank I told you Lindsay, call me a liar hmmph.) And then I might go catch up with Anne, who is in town for some law thing. (A case. Yes, that’s what that law thing is called.) Or maybe I’ll do that tomorrow night. I don’t know.

Well, don’t you know, I think this post came out maybe better than the cursed one that was lost before. But just in case, I’m going to copy to the clipboard before I send it on its merry way.

11/17/04

Oh, kill me now. I hate Yahoo mail.

I just wrote a nice long post about losing .6, picking out new
glasses, eating pizza, going to dance class, and hanging out
with Laurie and IT’S GONE.

Grrr.

11/16/04

Okay, so I sound like a broken record. Must get back on track. Well, I was doing great this week, until Saturday. 🙂 Okay, that was somewhat extraordinary. And really, I shouldn’t be complaining because I’m only -.5 flex points and today’s my last day. But there was the half bottle of champagne. The drinks purchased for me. And most of all, the IHOP omelette early Sunday morning. Mmm, but that was good. And you only get to have
one first breakfast after you get engaged.

But now, look! I have another goal! Just like I wanted! Excellent. I have approximately one year to lose 25 lbs. Oh wait, that’s not right, is it? When do I have to get a dress? Six months before? So I have about six months to lose 25 lbs? (I think my goal of Feb 18 is a tad unrealistic.) I think I can do 25 lbs in six months if I really work hard and don’t gain a million pounds over the holidays and train for the one or two half marathons I was planning to. I think running a lot is my best plan.

So now I get to come out of the proverbial wedding-planning closet and I can read my Bride’s magazine in front of George without hiding the cover! Now I can tell him when I think of ideas for the reception. It’s all very exciting.