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).

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.

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!

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. ;-)

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.”?


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.

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.

I <3 Easter Candy

I’ve been holding back, but Easter morning is tomorrow, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to control myself around all they yummy, sugary goodness that is Easter candy. mmm….

Ryan and I are down at his parents’ house for the weekend. We are hanging out, playing games, watching the UMD Women’s Hockey team win the championship game vs Wisconsin (GO BULLDOGS!), etc. Good times. They got about 4-5 inches of snow down here yesterday, though. That was definitely not fun to come down to (there was hardly any snow left in Duluth when we left town). But the 40 degree temps tomorrow should take care of it, hopefully.

I (obviously) don’t have much to say today. I’m really enjoying relaxing and visiting with Ryan’s family, since we haven’t seen them in about a month. So I’ll keep it short. I did want to point out that the links on the left (under my name) are some sites that I like reading. And if I like reading them, it must be good stuff, right? So go check ‘em out if you get a chance. I’ll probably be adding to the list (I actually read A LOT of blogs…it’s like a hobby or something), but those were my favorites so far.

Well, back to watching old movies. We got The Wizard of Oz down, and The Bad and The Beautiful is in progress. And no, I don’t know what it’s about. I’ve been typing on the blog. Obviously.

Happy Easter, everyone. Oh, and because I liked this feature on xanga, I’m carrying it over here.

Currently reading: For Women Only, by Shaunti Feldhahn. It was recommended (with the sister (or is it brother?) book, For Men Only) by the people at the engaged couples retreat we attended at church. Interesting stuff. I’ll elaborate once I’m done.

Something new and different

So Ryan and I decided that since we are “starting our life together” in a couple of months we should consider starting a joint blog. I have had my xanga blog for years now, and I have to admit that the idea of moving somewhere else was both frightening (how will people find me?! Will I have things to say?! (HA! Like that’s ever a problem.)), and exhilarating. I’m excited to start something new, and I think this will be good for us. Based on past blogging activity I think I can say confidently that there will be a lot more “Becky content” on here than “Ryan content.” But he has important things to say too, and putting it on a blog that people will keep reading (hopefully) because we keep it updated (hopefully) will help make sure that it gets seen (hopefully).

I’m sure that as time goes by this blog will develop. Maybe we will get ambitious and do some awesome formatting. Maybe it will become popular (but probably not). Who knows.

For those that are wondering, the totally serial name is kind of an inside joke around our house (although it was a very public show that first used the phrase). To keep the explanation simple and short, let’s just say that we are fans of South Park, and Al Gore was parodied on the show and kept saying “totally serial” instead of “totally serious.” For some reason, Ryan, Sam and I have picked it up as a joking way to say that we are telling the truth or are serious about something. When Ryan and I were thinking about titles for a website (we are hoping to have more than just the blog, eventually), the phrase occurred to us. We liked the double-meaning (get it; “serial” – like blog entries?? We are dorks, we know.), and we like the funny aspect. Plus it was available (no small thing, that is).

So, that is the story of the site. And now, here we are.

And after all that, I need some ice cream. Doesn’t DQ deliver? ;-)