Thursday, February 16, 2012

Awkward invitations. So awkward.

When most brides talk about invitations that get very misty eyed and start saying nonsense words like "letterpress" and "gauzy insert." I'm not entirely sure what a "gauzy insert" is but it sounds very kinky or like a medical euphemism. Not something I want associated with my invitations.

To me, invitations are just expensive pieces of paper that tell you pretty much what my save the dates said.

Namely, that you and maybe your family is invited to our wedding, please check our website. It might include a few more details, but that's pretty much it. I got our invitations at Michaels and used 40% off coupons. If I remember correctly, the cashier very kindly let us use the same coupon like three times as my mom,sister, and I each bought a box. (This is highly unusual as all Michaels employees are known to fall into one of three categories: judgy bitch, superior senior, and unhelpful teenager.)

Anyways, I refuse to spend a chunk of my budget on paper that people will probably just throw out. (Recycle them please!!!) I don't think people will look at my invitations and wedding decor and say "how those greens don't match exactly" nor do I think that my guests will receive the invitation and immediately think "what!? An invitation with me gauzy insert! I'm not going to this cheapass wedding!"

The worst part of invitations is deciding what they say. I copied the standard text from the example invitation on the front of the box, but that was quickly nixed. Because I don't care why they say I'll let the parents decide this one. This is a pick-your-battles type of situation and since I simply couldn't care less what variation of "please come to our wedding, have a great dinner and enjoy the lawn games and open bar" gets slapped on these knock-offs from Michaels say, I'm happy to let some one else pick.

PS: One of the greatest benefits of a family style meal is not needing to keep track of who ordered what. It follows the same rule my childhood family dinners did: eat what's one your plate or go hungry. No delicious cupcake or candy buffet favors for you.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Walking Dead

Yeah I was going to write a blog post tonight, but then I found a website that's live streaming the new episode of the Walking Dead.  I. Love. Technology.

Here's a list of TV shows I watch:

-The Walking Dead Watch it.  Terrifyingly great.  You'll become obsessed despite the nightmares.

-Downton Abbey Both seasons in one week.  Can you say addict?

-Teen Mom (2)  I know you're judging

-Grey's Anatomy  Yeah, I still watch this.

-30 Rock Funniest Show on TV.  If you don't agree, we're not really friends.

-Modern Family  I just got into this so I'm catching up.  Second funniest show on TV

-Nurse Jackie Black humor awesomeness

-Weeds Will this show ever end?  I just want to know if you-know-what happened to you-know-who

-Mad Man  I'm struggling to get through the boring seasons.  

-Game of Thrones  It's so nerdy and awesome. 

I rarely actually watch any of the shows when they air.  DVR, iTunes, and etc. are my enablers.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Double Digits

We're finally in double digits y'all!!!  

Have a cupcake to celebrate

And then breathe into a paper bag so you don't hyperventilate and die.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I promise this isn't from my iPhone

... you know... because I have one of those now!  (PS someone please suggest a great cover/case that is not an otterbox.  Mine broke and I want something fun.)   If you haven't been enjoying my sporadic, post-bar mobile phone, have no fear - regular posting is back.

I went through a wonderful (snicker) period of time where I just couldn't focus on anything wedding related.  In the past few months I've changed jobs, finished three classes, completed my graduate seminar, started my last class, been invited to present my graduate seminar project with my group at a conference, celebrated all the standard winter holidays, moved, furnished our apartment, and tried to decorate and organize and reorganize again.  My time simply disappeared into a vortex of change.

Just as a heads up - this is not the way to do things.  I really, honestly thought that I had things under control and that everything would get done and it would all be fine.

And then the universe overheard that mantra playing in my head and decided to have a little fun at my expense.

A few tears, a cupcake, and a KILLER pair of new shoes later, I think I'm ready to take some serious steps forward.  Considering my new shoes look like this:
Those are some serious steps!  

The first thing was to start my new job.  I worked for about two weeks, then spent two weeks with some fabulous people at my graduate seminar (HI GROUP 4!!) and then had to come back to work and relearn everything.  But I love it.  Working for my dream organization with awesome coworkers? And I get paid? WIN.

Next, I started working on our apartment.  We stole permanently borrowed these chairs:

Invested in some 50% off frames and free pilot's instruction manual from the 1960's to improve the bedroom:

Bought some $2 Urban Outfitters plates for the kitchen.  Decided we're having a RED kitchen for at least the next 50 years.  

Bought a nasty $20 craigslist dining room set that looked like this:

Refinished the chairs with $15 worth of Ikea fabric so they look like this now:

Most importantly, I 100% embraced the fact that I am my mother's daughter and hung what feels like a million hearts for Valentine's Day.  

Ironically my sister posted this photo of her apartment's decorations on the same day:
Greiner Women <3  

I'd show you more of our apartment, but there's not really much more to it!  Making our apartment feel like our home has been incredibly helpful.  I love having something that's ours (even if its rented!) 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Omg omg omg

Where did the time go? My friend just Posted a link to my blog in her recent post and I was suddenly reminded that I actually have a blog. That really needs to be updated.

You should entertain yourself with the Wordpress blog I kept for school: while I frantically write some posts and upload pictures.

...I'm do bad at this.