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61 Days-Suspenders, Wedding Workouts, and a Realization

11 Apr

Jeremy wore suspenders to church yesterday. Have I mentioned before that I have the COOLEST fiancé that has ever existed?  It’s true.

I’m not sure if Ryan Gosling wore suspenders over his white button up in The Notebook, but he should have.  That’s what Jeremy reminded me of today, except way more handsome.

I’m so excited for Jeremy and the groomsmen to sport their suspenders at the wedding!!!

Did I mention that renting suspenders from Men’s Wearhouse is free? Free! Awesome!

I know I said I’d write about my new workout buddy on Friday, but I just didn’t set time aside for that.  Sorry!

I need to make a confession: I’ve been getting bored with P-90X.

I’m just so used to changing things around and running more than anything else that working out in my bedroom or living room to the same 10 videos week-in and week-out has bored me.  So, I decided I would find someone to run with.  Since one set of neighbors scream at each other in the backyard and the other set is well… special… I don’t think I’ll ask either of those ladies to run, but I NEED to work out.

I am leash training Jeremy’s and my Australian Shepherd who doesn’t get enough exercise as it is… His big problem is tugging and if we’re running that problem should no longer exist. Good idea, right?  I’ll let you decide.

First 3 minutes: Lincoln runs into the road, zig zags in front of me and almost trips me 4 times.

3-6 minutes: We run north on the sidewalk & Lincoln tries to chase cars going south.

6-9 minutes: Lincoln clotheslines himself, sideways, on a stop sign.  Since he didn’t even yelp, I laughed, pretty hard.

9-12 minutes: Lincoln tries to Hoover vacuum leaves into his mouth as we run.

12-15 minutes: A tree is trapped between Lincoln and me by the leash and abruptly brings us to a halt.  Time to walk.

Next day: I try to walk Lincoln to the mailbox and he tries to run. Leash training ruined. *Head in palm*

Oh well, he’s cute, right?

On another note, today I had a humbling realization.  I believe I’m pretty blessed: I live in a free country, a have a phenomenal (suspender wearing) fiancé, a loving family, a college degree, a home, health, and most of life’s basic conveniences.

I’m pretty blessed.

Today I thought for the first time I realize that lacking something bodily or mentally is not a curse, and it’s not something evil God has done. Sight, use of my limbs, and being disease free are blessings.

We live in a country of people who feel pretty entitled to life’s comforts.  Who decided that we deserved these things?  Who decided that lacking in any area was a wrong to us?

If I see a child who is born blind I’m devastated for them and wonder, why?  Shouldn’t my thought instead be: How blessed I am to have this extra gift?

I need to treasure what I have and never grumble if there is a “lack” I never earned it or deserved it in the first place.  All the good that I have is a gift.

This certainly brightens my perspective on life.

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News Flash: We still need to figure out music and the wedding cake!  GAH!

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Suspender Photo Credits:

Top left and bottom right: http://www.mywedding.com/blog/real-couples/real-weddings/cassandra-joshuas-farm-wedding-from-forget-me-knot-weddings/

Top Right: http://onadaphotography.net/blog/wedding-sarah-tim/

Bottom Left: http://greenweddingshoes.com/real-wedding-andrea-wes-san-diego-wedding/

Center: http://weheartit.com/tag/groomsmen

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68 Days-New Invitations, New Tuxes, and Being Too Sentimental

4 Apr

On Saturday we managed to accomplish a ridiculous amount, I worked, and we went to my girlfriend’s out-of-town wedding (which was stunning) all before the wedding planning began.

Remember our invitations?

Our wedding colors were entirely unheard of 14 months ago so finding them on anything was rather exciting. The fact that the invitations looked more like something that should say “Come Celebrate Bobby’s Fifth Birthday at the Howbowkentown Carnival” didn’t seem to cross our minds.

Plus, they came on cheap cardstock. Cardstock!!!

Classy.

To add some pizzazz Jeremy designed cards with our wedding website to match the invitations. At Fed-Ex we discovered this purchase might be a little more than we were hoping for, that our printed sample came out a gillion shades darker than the invitations, plus they were printed on better quality paper than the invitations. Joy.

At this point I am working very hard to take even breaths to avoid hyperventilation or a panic attack.

In the midst of our frustration the truth came out:

One of us hinted at not loving the invitations,

I mentioned the cheap paper they were printed on,

Jeremy teased about the childish design,

and I finally said I was embarrassed to send them out.

That did it for him; Jeremy decided we needed to go to Target to look at nice paper and said he would design invitations. The man is paid to produce graphic design work for other people, why on earth did he not design our invitations in the first place? Why were we so sentimental about those stupid Etsy invitations?????

At Target we found affordable, classy, invitation sets. Even better, the money we were going to spend on business cards and stamps for the other invitations was almost exactly the same as what we’d spend on the new ones. Excellent.

Next, we went to a new Men’s Wearhouse and Jeremy let them know we had sort of been coerced into ordering all of the bells and whistles at another Men’s Wearhouse and were hoping for a better experience. Excellent approach.

The lady was immediately ready to prove how much better their Men’s Wearhouse was and ended up putting together a package for our groomsmen for under $80! That’s HALF of what we were originally going to spend.

Sunday afternoon we explored Michael’s to find ribbon to add color to our new invitations. Michael’s is AMAZING. They have TONS of ultra-affordable wedding items.

Why did no one tell us about these stores??

Along with ribbon we found red wax to make monogrammed seals. Unfortunately, wax seals are not easy to produce.

Something tells me that drops of red wax on white paper and incomplete seals are not going to fit the classy look we hoped for! Plan B: wrap ribbon around to add a subtle burst of color.

Before evening church I cut ribbon, failed at making seals, and Jeremy worked on putting together the designs for our invitations. He’s the best. We only solidly decided on 2 songs. Haha You may be hearing about that to-do in a future post.

After our evening service I spent FOREVER wrapping ribbons around each invitation sleeve. If you don’t know me well, I sleep at night so staying up is a struggle.  To my delight, I woke up LONG before daylight to hail I thought was going to shatter my window! Special.

On the bright side:

I spent a ton of time with the love of my life. 

Jeremy saved the day. He comforted me and took over when I was stressed and emotional. 🙂

We have elegant invitations now!

Advice: Don’t spend hundreds on invitations: go to Target, Michael’s, or Hobby Lobby first!

Day 89-Wedding Ready and Workout Routines

14 Mar

Less than 90 days!!! YAY!  This countdown may cause me to burst into moments of hysteria periodically as I become aware of how quickly our wedding day approaches.  In fact, I dreamed that we were married last night but instead of driving to the airport for our cruise, Jeremy wanted to stay and hang out at my parent’s house…. Awkward.

Anyhoo!  If you’ve been keeping up with the blog I have been faithfully devoted to P90X in the hopes of having a rockin’ bod come Honeymoon time. My college roommate came to town for the weekend so I needed to fit in my workout Friday because I knew we wouldn’t be running on Saturday, instead we got pedicures and went shopping.  Please don’t judge me and assume I’m some uppity city-girl with a complete disregard for budgeting; this is only the 3rd pedicure I’ve had done in my entire life and I didn’t even buy anything when we went shopping!  Plus, I have a pretty intense budget that the pedicures were factored into! 🙂 Also, we shopped at the mildly-sketchy, pot-scented, ultra-cheap, Entertainmart.  It’s fantastic! They have thousands of ultra-low priced movies!  As I was looking at various workout videos I found this:

 

BAHAHAHAHA!  I just can’t express to you how grossed I get when I see guys that are anywhere near this buff.  It’s a little bit nauseating to be entirely honest.  Don’t get my wrong, I love that Jeremy is SO much stronger than me and I love that the man is muscular, but I also like that he has a neck, can touch his elbows together, and doesn’t walk around like an ape. Even the main guy on P90X is a little much for me. 

Back to my workout routine:  Friday I had planned to do Cardio X but it was a BEAUTIFUL day and I haven’t been running in ages.  Through college I had developed a pretty consistent running schedule and worked my way up to about 6 miles.  I know that’s not a ton, but it was an accomplishment for me.  Towards the end of last year my sister and I had decided we were going to train for a ½ Marathon in January.  But I was just not feeling well and in November I was sick of being tired and weak all the time so I finally went to the Doctor. After over a thousand dollars in lab work and a small cancer scare, I discovered that I was in the end stages of Mono and the Dr. could do nothing to help.  So glad I paid you for this.  His advice, “Sleep and stop running your body can’t handle it.”

I’m sorry, WHAT

 So, I haven’t been running since November.  Friday that all changed, I figured I’d do a 30 minute run.  My neighborhood isn’t unsafe but it’s also not free of crime, so armed with my cell and some pepper spray, I set off!

DANG!  30 minutes is a LOT when you haven’t run in almost 5 months!!!   Truly, I probably only ran 25 minutes because I stopped at one of those outdoor-workout-station-things that my townhouse managers conveniently hid at the very back of one of the units.  I have to say, I felt SO much better after that run than I typically do after a P90X video.  There is something oddly gratifying about post-workout soreness. 🙂 Aside from one sketchy guy, a ridiculous teenager who shouted out his window (I’m sure hoping that I would hear his absurd remarks, then turn adoringly and notice his attempt at a beard, eco-friendly car, hear his “indie” music, and fall in love), and a paper hand with the name “Timothy” on the back, it was a pretty safe and uneventful run.

Conclusion, no exercise beats a good run.  Unfortunately, it’s now dark in the mornings (thank you time change) so I guess I’ll have to keep up with my P90X. 🙂  Honeymoon body, here I come!

100 Days-Booked the Honeymoon Cruise!

3 Mar

 I woke up and almost died doing P90X this morning.  GAH!  Legs and back was hard enough but they weren’t being facetious when they named “Ab Ripper X”.  There were literally times that I felt my abs were RIPPING.  BUT, it’s worth it.  Why??  Because I am going to have a hot bod by the time my honeymoon is here.  Bring it P90X!

After my intense workout I spent an HOUR on the phone with Priceline trying to book our Honeymoon and flights!  Jeremy had tried online but discovered some sketchy options. He had to go, so I went ahead and called.  Seriously though, an hour?  RIDICULOUS! We already had everything determined, down to the exact room number and deck, I thought that MAYBE it would take me 20 minutes.  Oh my heavens it took ages.  But I’m glad I booked everything over the phone, even if it made me 30 minutes late to work this morning!!

The “special” online deals to receive a free hotel night don’t actually work online, which is why we went with Priceline in the first place.  Fortunately, over the phone I was able to ask specific questions about travel insurance, meal times, and payment options.  They read me the small print and then e-mailed it. 

Be so careful if you book online, there are far too many loopholes and unknowns!  I remedied some potentially serious problems by discussing things over the phone, PLUS we received the “Honeymoon” package for FREE which was not an online option. (Maybe everyone gets this, but humor me because I was pretty excited!)

After the long phone call and very professional business transaction I wanted to SCREAM!  Not because I was mad but because I was SOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOOO excited!  We booked our first vacation as a married couple!  We will board the ship as Mr. and Mrs. McNair.  YES! Oh my goodness I can’t wait! 

100 Days, 100 Days, 100 Days!!!  WOO HOO!

These are my last 100 days of being single.  The last 100 days of saying goodnight and watching him walk out the door.  The last 100 days of calling him my fiancé. The final 100 days of intense P90X workouts. The final 100 days before I’m Jeremy’s wife. The last 100 days before my signature is forever changed.  The last 100 Days before I’m a McNair.

Now for passport cards and new drivers licenses!