June 20, 2011

Things I Wish I Knew

Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 22
1. Don't smoke.

2. If a relationship doesn't feel right, walk away. Run away, if necessary

3. Before you marry, ask yourself if you have any doubts. If you do, then don't. It's not cold feet, it's intuition.

4. Love doesn't always come in a Calvin Klein package, so don't overlook the odd duck who has character. Beauty fades with time, a kind heart doesn't.

5. Take ballet lessons. It gives you poise and balance. The posture you will develop will take years off your appearance, which is a lot cheaper than plastic surgery.

6. Start saving now, and always fully fund your 401K (compound interest works)

7. Always find time to exercise.

8. Buy property as soon as possible. Whenever you can, follow the old dictum, "buy what appreciates, rent what depreciates."

9. Tolerance is a great gift. If you can learn to look at things from other people's perspective, you will seem wiser, have more friends, and fewer fights.

10. Only worry about things you can have an impact upon. You can only learn from the past, you can't change it. Anything beyond that is wasted energy.

11. Finding a job you love is more important than finding one that pays a lot of money. Forty years is a long time to do something you don't like, even if they pay you a lot to do it.

--From a gift I received after my graduation from MSU

June 16, 2011


Woah long lull between blogposts. I apologize to anyone who actually reads this thing.

Alright, so the biggest news of all....

The invites went to print!!

Ahhhhh....there are mixed emotions. Those things are my babies! My blood, my sweat....well you get the idea. Sending them to the printer was a wild mix of relief and scariness all at the same time. I know they're in good hands, but I'm at a point now where I'm so anxious to get them back to see them for myself. And fawn over them. And pet them.    ....anyone who knows me knows I'm not joking.

The other thing that followed this up was the biggo order of envelopes and other paper goodies that go along with the invites. Not a big deal to most, but after eyeing this stuff for literally a year now and finally pulling the trigger, I've suddenly had doubts of "what if I don't like these anymore?" despite the fact that I've ordered paper swatches and samples galore. I know I'll love them, but it's all starting to come together!

Which brings me to our most recent (yet-not-so-recent-anymore-since-I-never-blog) trip up to TC over Memorial Weekend. MAN was that a good weekend! My sister was in town and we took her all over the place to see everything from the rehearsal dinner spot, to the reception site, to the church, to another food tasting (still delicious food, don't you worry), to a couple restaurants that we love up there (Red Ginger for the win!), and even stopped by the hair salon. Yes, we got into that much detail. I felt like a little kid dragging my mom by the wrist around at school being like "Now look at THIS! Now wait, look what we did HERE! Do you like it do you like it??"

Luckily, she ate it all up and was equally (if not more) excitable about the whole situation. We are AMPED! We even fit a little wine tasting up on Old Mission for good measure:

Ahhh... 2 lads :)

The other side effect to our weekend was the realization that we're 3 months away from our wedding. YIKES! We actually have to start making decisions on things, which is a weird concept for us since we've been engaged for almost two years now at this point. Things that people originally were like "Oh you have time to get back to us on that" were now saying to us "So what have you decided on that?"

Oops. Guess this thing is really happening :)

So I have many more updates to share, including my gorgeous shower that happened at the end of May and the fun that's about to happen with invite assembly (including an invite assembly party next weekend - yep, we get kind of crazy around here!). Much, much, MUCH more to come friends!