Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Brides should not have access to futurecast

Last Thursday I began stalking the weather forecast for my wedding day. That was the first day the 31st was included in the ultimate tease of a forecast that is the 10-day. I was absolutely thrilled when I saw a high of 84 and sunny...and then I logged on to Weather.com again the next day and nearly screamed when it said thunderstorms and 60% chance of precipitation!

At that point Rob told me to stop checking the weather reports until a day or two before the wedding, or it was going to be a long week. But of course I didn't stop, I logged on to AccuWeather.com to see what they had to say. 74 degrees and cloudy...what!? It was then that I thought of changing the Boston zip code I had selected and trying another one...but I'm not that crazy, so I stopped and went to bed.

In between then and now, I don't know how many times I have gone to Weather.com, typed in 02215+enter, thought wishful good thoughts, and scrolled down to Saturday July 31st on the extended forecast. But today I am happy to report to you, that as of right now, the forecast is partly cloudy, high of 79 degrees, with 10% chance of precipitation! Fingers crossed it stays that way.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Birds

Rob hates birds. He will avoid the bird houses at the zoo, physically dodge pigeons on the street, and doesn't even laugh when I tell him I'm going to get a pet bird someday- not even the cute talking parrots, he hates those too. And today, the seagulls invaded our beach. It was the perfect beach day on the Cape, and considering it was my last Cape beach day with Rob for the year, we were pretty lucky to have such nice weather. There were more kids on our beach than normal today, and with 90% of them being little boys, of course they were up to no good. At first the seagulls were circling because of the mess of food crumbs the kids had left all over the beach. Next thing we know, the kids are baiting the birds- throwing them chips, and then wailing rocks and wiffle balls at them when they tried to eat the chips.

The more birds the kids attracted, the more concerned Rob became. Our first thought was, Ok kids enough. Our second was, where are these kids parents and why aren't they telling them not to feed the birds?! Eventually the kids lost interest, but the birds were still pretty interested in the food scattered around us. At this point I am looking at Rob and wondering what he could be reacting to. He is sitting facing the birds, staring, mouth partially opened, looking so serious. I turn around to see a gang of seagulls walking towards us, and next thing I know, Rob throws his towels to the ground (one covering his legs, the other his head) and jumps out of his beach chair. My cousin Ashely asks what Rob is doing, as he yells that he hates birds and sprints full force at the seagulls trying to chase them away. I just shook my head, laughed and said yes, that's my future husband waging war on the birds.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Going to the Chapel and we're, gonna get married...

I have to say I love that I can sing that song and it makes complete sense, because we ARE getting married at a Chapel... IN 10 DAYS!!

Even though it feels as if there are so many things left to do before the big day, we have crossed many things off of our list this past week and it feels so good.

For starters, Rob saved the day in the programs department. Designing, typing up, printing out, buying, doing anything with wedding programs at this point just felt like an impossible task, so I was ready to say forget the programs. Well, my wonderful soon-to-be hubby thought that was ridiculous, and took care of the programs himself. And I trust him so much that I didn't even request to see the hard copy proof before submitting it for printing.

Another item on the list I did not want to be responsible for? The name cards. Luckily my Mom stepped up to the plate and volunteered to help with that one. She is also getting us our unity candle this week, which completely slipped my mind.

The seating chart is done and table numbers have been assigned! Though it started out as a headache, it really came out just fine. I have also figured out what I'm doing for table numbers and have #1-9 completed.

My final dress fitting was today, and...it fits! I know I should not have been as concerned about the dress fitting as I was for the past 9 months, but I couldn't help it. The woman at the dress shop telling me that "in this dress, even 5 pounds will make a difference" kept replaying in my head. Luckily I have not gained any weight since last October, and it fits like a glove. Sadly, they would not let me take the dress home with me today because it still needs to be steamed, but that just means my Mom and sister will be here with me to drive back to Danvers to pick it up next week.

Nail appointments? Check
Final meeting with florist? Check
Dress for rehearsal dinner? Check
Formal photos check list for photographer? Check
Purchase new luggage and bathing suit for Hawaii? Check!!

The wedding of the summer is right around the corner folks!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The final countdown

We're less than 2 weeks away from the wedding now, and while it is one of the most exciting times throughout this whole planning process, it is also one of the most stressful! You get engaged, you take some time to celebrate, and then you tell yourself you must get down to business. You tell yourself you will get as much done ahead of time as possible so that you can just enjoy the last 3 weeks before your wedding day. And before you know it, you realize you are the procrastinating, stressed out bride.

It's not just me who is feeling the stress either, Rob is right there with me! I won't lie, there has been a little tension lately. It's really nothing more than an argument over the seating chart and a minor freak out about whether we will have wedding programs or not, but still, more tension than we are use to.

Today Rob said, 'I don't know why I'm stressing out, you've been doing wedding stuff for the past year - I just started!' Good point babe ;) It feels like crunch time, but in less than 2 weeks we won't even remember what we were stressed out about. The wedding will go on, programs or no programs, and we are going to enjoy every minute of it. I can't wait.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I wonder how long it will take me to stop writing Atlanta, MA?

Our visit, my introduction, to Atlanta this past weekend was a success. Rob and I navigated our way on MARTA (aka the T, but not as nice) together and separately with no problem. We were briefly introduced to the hot Atlanta weather, though the recent rain made it not as bad as it could have been. We drove through Georgia State so Rob could at least get an idea of where he will be attending grad school next month.

We found Granite's sales office which Rob will be working out of once in Atlanta, and discovered there is a Chik-fil-a right around the corner! Rob says he will continue to bring his own lunch to work, though I know that Chick-fil-a will be tempting him for at least the first year. After we spotted that Chick-fil-a we drove about 10 minutes to see his brother Tom's current/almost finished building he has been working on, and then ate at a different Chick-fil-a. Rob was happy.

We saw Piedmont Park and ate at the Tavern with Tom and Linnea, and discovered their '$1beers when it rains' deal. We got a tour of Georgia Tech, Tom and Linnea's alma mater. We got to visit with Rob's mom and John and their dog Bailey. We ate dinner at Ted's Montana Grill where I had bison short ribs, and I got to meet Mrs. Copp for the first time (Rob's best friend's Mom).

And last but certainly not least, we found ourselves an apartment!! We looked at 4 different apartment complexes on Saturday and while all were nice, we think we decided on the one that was the best location/deal for us. It has 2 bedrooms, a washer/dryer in the unit (!), a separate eating area off of the kitchen, a good sized living room, a pantry in the kitchen, a balcony, off street gated parking, a salt water pool, work out equipment, a common grill area, and we are pretty excited about all of those things as we do not have any of them right now! Did I mention we will be 5 minutes down the road from Tom, and that our rent will be a little more than 1/2 of what we pay now in Boston? Because those are pretty great too.

I will leave our Atlanta trip re-cap at that, because should I go on to tell you anything that happened on Monday, I would most likely go into a I hate Delta Airlines rant because they changed the time of my flight 8 times before ultimately cancelling it at 11:30PM and luckily I had Tom and Linnea to come rescue me from the airport at midnight, because I would not be returning to Boston until 9:30PM the next day ahh! In case you were wondering, Delta has already received one of my infamous angry/disgusted/I expected more from your company letters. The least they can do is give me some bonus airline miles.

PS...I'm getting married in 15 days

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

It's going to be 98*F in Atlanta tomorrow

I'm in for a big change, and I know it. The weather has been uncontrollably hot in Boston this week. Even in our small apartment, the AC and 2 fans are barely getting the job done. But before I can even start to complain about the heat, I have to stop and remind myself that hello- you are moving to Atlanta and you better get use to what you think is the heat, because it's only going to get hotter!! Maybe this weather was intended to break me in before my first trip to Atlanta this weekend. Thank you, Mother Nature, for the preview.

Rob was showing me the different apartment complexes online that we are going to look at this weekend, and I have to say it got me pretty excited! The whole idea of apartment complexes, newer, modern buildings, with free parking, some with pools and exercise equipment. None of those things sound at all like Boston, unless you are a BU student living in the Student Village, in which case you do not fully appreciate your living quarters until you move out and pay rent in Allston. And I wouldn't want Boston to be those things anyway. I wouldn't have had the same wonderful post-college experience that I have had. But now I'm ready for a style of living change. More space for less money? Yes, I'm ready for that! Stay tuned for updates...this time next week we should have an apartment!