In case you were wondering…

I upgraded WordPress to the newest version.  I’m sure everyone was terribly concerned.  We’re good to go now ;)

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I got photos from the shower last weekend uploaded to our site. They can be found here.

As I mentioned in the update, the shower was wonderful. Ryan’s family was very kind and generous to us! And I already got thank you notes sent out to everyone! Maybe this wedding is going to be good for my relationship with the post office.

 As you can see in the pictures, I was grinning or making silly faces all day. Apparently I am very frightening when I’m talking. I’m sorry to all of you that know me in real life. ;-) Seriously, though, I’m going to have to work on that whole keeping my eyes open and even before the wedding. I don’t know what the deal is there. Maybe I have one exceptionally strong cheek muscle???

Anyway, it’s almost time to go home. Unfortunately, today is not nearly as beautiful as yesterday was. I was finally able to get out and use my new rollerblades yesterday, which was awesome. Mike and I went the whole Lakewalk and back, and I only fell once (and it had nothing to do with my skating on the trail… Have you ever tried to get in and out of a porta-potty in rollerblades? It’s not easy – let’s just leave it at that.).

Tonight I need to run some errands, possibly start packing (did I mention we are moving…before the wedding??? Bring on the insanity). And then I’m out of town this weekend. Oh, and our landlord asked if we could be out by the 15th…or he told the new people buying the house that it might be a possibility (I don’t really think it is – not for us, and especially not for Sam who won’t have a place until ((hopefully!)) the end of the month). So yah…we’ll see how that all works out.

Gosh I’m rambling a lot. Oh well. Have a great weekend, everyone. And if you have hints on how to fix my eyes, let me know! ;-)

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I’ve got the shakes.

I’m sitting here at Ryan’s parents’ house down by the cities, waiting for him to get ready to head down to his aunt & uncle’s house. Today is my first bridal shower, and I’m super-nervous! I know it will go well – I love Ryan’s family, and my mom and my friend (and personal attendant for the wedding day) Adrienne will be there, so there’s not really anything to be nervous about, other than the fact that this is a party for me. And that means I’ll be the center of attention, at least for a bit. Bring on the uncontrollable shaking! LOL.

On the plus side, I think I look really cute today. And for anyone that knows me, that’s a big thing for me to say. I got my hair cut and styled yesterday, and she did it in a way that would carry over to today. So my hair is cute, and I have a new dress that’s all springy (too bad the weather isn’t agreeing with the whole spring thing). It makes me feel good. Especially since Ryan was obviously a big fan of the look. :) I’ll make sure to post photos online after the party.

I needed a good look today, but not because I’m super-concerned about how I look (although the fact that I’ll want to keep these photos for a long time as wedding memories is in the back of my head). The reason I needed to look good was to make me happy after the stupid SPEEDING TICKET I got this morning. Way to go, Becky. I don’t feel bad for anyone when they get cited for breaking the law, and I don’t make exception to that for myself. It was my own fault. But I am pissed at myself for doing it (and getting caught). So be warned: if you are taking the Taylors Falls exit off of 35N, watch out, because the cops will be waiting to bust you.

On the plus side, the ticket was only for 10 over (he said I was going 65 in a 55 – I honestly don’t know, because I was in the process of slowing down before I even saw the cops). So it won’t show on my drivers record, and it won’t increase my insurance. It would be hard to live that one down, since I work in an insurance agency.

Well, I should get going. Ryan’s friend Trent should be here anytime, and then we will head down to the shower (the guys are going to a Twins game). The day can only get better, so I’m happy about that!

Have a great weekend!

Update: As I knew it would be, the shower was excellent. I love Ryan’s family, and it was nice for my mom and Adrienne to get to meet a bunch of them. Also, I like presents! ;-) Now to work on the thank you notes.

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The procrastination has got to stop.

So I’m kind of a procrastinator. When I was in college and had a big test or paper due, my roommate Alyson would lock me in my room and make surprise visits to make sure I wasn’t chatting online or cleaning (my personal favorite form of procrastination. “Look! I’m being productive!”). I do work well under pressure, and so during school it usually wasn’t a big deal. I don’t think I ever had to actually pull an all-nighter. But a wedding…it’s a little bigger than a paper on the theories of Nietzsche. And so it takes a little bit more in the advanced prep department.

I haven’t been horrible about procrastinating…I mean, the fact that I am VERY VERY happy to be getting married to Ryan is incentive to keep things moving forward for the most part. And the big things are done. We have a church, officiant, reception location, dresses and tuxes, a photographer, and flowers. But there are a lot of little things that are left (like, perhaps, a CAKE??). And that is what I’ve been putting off. It’s not so much that I don’t care about the other stuff. I do. I just got a little overwhelmed with all the phone calls that this is taking (FYI, I really dislike talking to strangers…especially on the phone…especially about things I know nothing about – like wedding cake). And so rather than tackle one small thing at a time, like a normal person would, I’ve kind of let it all go for a couple weeks. I mean, I’ve been looking for ideas and taking mental notes, but I haven’t actually done anything lately.

So I told myself that this week it needed to end. I needed to get my butt in gear. We have just over a month and a half left until the wedding, and there is a lot to do, but it’s not so much that it can’t be done (although if I don’t get a call from the music lady at the church heads are going to roll soon. 3 phone calls – 2 to her home number and 1 to her work number – should be enough for her to give me a call back, don’t you think?). So far this week I have called the church lady again, resent a couple invitations that had the wrong addresses, opened the RSVPs we’ve gotten so far and set them aside to log into the computer, and…um…I don’t know. Cleaned the house? I am planning on testing out an idea I have for escort cards though. Does that count? And I’m getting a haircut before my first shower this weekend! Eek! Oh, and I may have found a foundation to use for the wedding (I don’t normally wear any).

Yah…I’m a slacker, I know. Apparently I need to be locked in my room with no computer access and a stack of wedding projects. :-P

update: Cindy from church called, and we have a meeting on May 11th after the 10:00 Mass. It’s Mother’s Day, I know. But it’s also the first Sunday we will be in town between now and then! Yikes! Now just to find a pianist (or organist).

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Snow Day!

I meant to post that this morning, but I’ve been kind of lazy (although Ryan and I did clean the bedroom, and I’m doing laundry). There were blizzard conditions last night and today, so we’ve been homebound. Good times. I’m all about a 3-day weekend, as long as the snow all melts pretty quickly. It’s supposed to get up to the 50s this week, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Not much to say…I’m hoping to get some more wedding stuff done this weekend…looking over the flower list and making some final decisions, and researching favors online. I also need to start making a couple of phone calls to bakers in the area about cakes. I’m a bit behind the times on that one. :-P I don’t really know what we want…

Have a good weekend, folks.

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And They’re Off!

The invitations have been mailed. It’s now official. No backing out. (Not that either of us would ever want to, right, honey?) What a relief to have them done and mailed. I even came into work a little late just so I could make sure and get them to the post office this morning. Now they are off my mind. I can’t imagine how really creative types do all that DIY stuff. It must take forever! I have the utmost respect for them. Unfortunately, Ryan and I are a little lacking in the “creative” department. We are both more heavily gifted with the “organized” or, as I like to call it, the “it should all look the same…no, we aren’t obsessive!” department.

As you can tell, I didn’t have much follow through on my last post. I got some good suggestions from Shauna from Pickles & Dimes (if you haven’t read their blog, go now! Seriously!). But for some reason we chose a theme that doesn’t let me edit that stuff on the right. And so I will just have to live with it until we pick a new theme and get this all figured out. With the amount of free time we’ve had lately that should be sometime around October.

So, back to work. I’m trying to do up applications for a new business quote, and am having trouble getting some of the information I need from the sales person on the account. I love my coworkers, but sometimes they drive me crazy. I need at least the information requested in my notes, but more is better. Less is not acceptable. Oh well. It will all work out.

ps. My friend Terry from my freshman year of college is supposed to be coming to town tonight! I haven’t seen him in about 8 years, and he’s been overseas in the military most of that time (he just got home from Afghanistan 2 weeks ago). He should have some good stories. Yay for meeting up with old friends!

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A Crash Course

I need a crash course on how to edit the themes on this site. That column on the right is kind of bugging me (I don’t even know what it’s trying to track). Also, I just like to know things.

Any suggestions on a good way to figure out how to edit this stuff? Do I need to know a computer language? I tried looking at the “edit themes” page, and I was a bit overwhelmed, but I’ve read that if you use Firefox as your browser you can get the developer tools from that and use those?? Is that correct?

Help a girl out. ;-)

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Has this ever happened to you?

I had just finished reading a blog on a commercial website and was moving the mouse pointer to close the browser tab when one of the advertisements caught my eye. Unfortunately, before the the little guy in the control center on the left side of my brain could hit the big red “STOP” button, my finger clicked down on the left mouse button just as the pointer reached the “x” on the tab. I opened a new tab and navigated back to the blog page. Of course there was a different advertisement in place of the one I wanted to see.

Over the course of a couple of minutes and several refresh attempts I learned that the site in question has three main ads that come up often and several more that come up sporadically. Of course the ad that I was interested in would not come back up regardless of how many times I hit refresh and I had not seen enough of the ad to be able to find more information via the wonderful world of Google. Somewhat frustrated I decided to share my plight with the world and see if anyone else had suffered so. I did jump back to my other tab a couple of times for a few more refresh attempts. Somehow amazingly the ad I was interested in finally came up attempt #78. Just kidding about the #78, I did not actually count how many tries, but it did finally come up. As one could likely expect, the ad was not nearly as interesting when I read the whole thing. The end.

Am I going to be judged for my use of commas and finishing my post with “The end.”?


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It’s Friday! *doing the happy dance*

I love Fridays.

I am reminded of a Douglas Adams quote. “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” hehehehe

Totally random, I know. But I love Douglas Adams too. Can you see a theme? I love EVERYTHING!

We are getting company this weekend to celebrate Sam’s birthday. He’s going to be a quarter-century old on Monday! Woo hoo! It should be good times.

In other news…I don’t really have other news. I talked to my mom and my maid of honor last night, which was fun. It had been a while since I’ve talked to Mom, so it was good to chat about stuff while she was waiting for her flight at the airport in Minneapolis. PS – you know the state is big when your company will fly you to a different part of it rather than having you drive. Or you are very important. I think my mom is important AND the state is big. ;-)

I got an email from my aunt Marcia (Hi, Aunt Marcia!) today detailing the plans for “Ladies Culture Day 2008” and I am so excited! Jesus Christ Superstar at the Orpheum, with dinner afterward and a shower (bridal, not wet)! It shall be swell. I love my family.

Anyway, I should get going. Work is short-staffed today because Dinny the plague-monkey* got sent home (she really is a plague-monkey – she’s been hacking a lung up since Wednesday and she looked and sounded awful when she came in this morning). I’m sure she was relieved to go home, but she’s such a worrier. It’s cute, but sometimes you just need to let it go and take care of yourself!

*Plague-monkey is a term Ryan came up with for people who are obviously sick, although not necessarily with the plague. But maybe.

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Am I that boring?

Every day I read blogs. There are a few that I read every day (mostly because they update almost daily), and some that I check once in a while (usually because I like them but they don’t update regularly…like me!), and once in a while I will click on a new blog that has been listed by one of my “regulars” as one they read. I figure that if I like what they write about I will probably enjoy what they like reading, right?

My point with all of this is that every time I read these blogs I am struck with how much I like what they have to say. Even if it’s nothing super-exciting, they write it well. And they write like they talk (at least, how I imagine they talk). So my question becomes, how is it that all of these people are so interesting, and I feel as though I am totally boring? I’m not complaining about my life – I have a pretty great life right now, what with the getting married in 2 months and such (2 MONTHS!!! EEK!!!). But I’m never sure what to write about. I don’t know what people want to hear about, and most of the time I feel my life is pretty ordinary.

So yah. That’s where I’m at today. Trying to get the hang of this whole blogging thing (even though I’ve technically been doing it for a couple of years).

On a side-note, I thought I was going to die this morning when I went to get in the shower, my stomach hurt so badly. I took a couple of pills and am feeling a little better now, but how’s that for bizarre? I have no idea what was wrong. Ryan told me to call in sick, but I don’t want to get behind at work so I’m here…obviously working hard (I don’t take smoke breaks, so suck it).

Also, I like Easter candy. In case you missed that memo.

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