milking up the relaxation

because it all ends tomorrow. rachel, joe’s sister, is getting married a week from saturday. tim, joe’s friend, gets married two weeks later (on my birthday, coincidentally), so the chaos is about to ensue. let me share with you a glimpse of what will be known as the month from hell. 🙂

tomorrow night is rachel and dave’s blessing at their synagogue. on saturday night, joe will be in athens with the boys and i in atlanta with the girls for the bachelor and bachelorette parties. *note: must pick up bachelorette party items*

then on sunday it’s breakfast at the original pancake house in atlanta, hopefully with wendy and her boyfriend, and then heading back here for bridal day at belk. we’ve already got everything planned, but we figure we’ll get some fun free things. 🙂

next friday we have to be in duluth, about an hour from here, for rachel’s wedding rehearsal at 4 p.m. yes, you read that correctly, four in the afternoon. sigh. that seems like a terrible time for a rehearsal. luckily i’ll be able to leave work around 2, which means *loooooong* hours the rest of the week. at 6:30 we all head over to the rehearsal dinner, followed by dessert at the hotel.

saturday night is the wedding, a nice 6 p.m. affair, followed by a four hour reception. let me just say that joe and i will *not* be at our reception for four hours. hehehe. we’ve decided two hours tops. 🙂

on sunday, we’ll wake up bright and early for a wedding brunch, and then head home. home! relaxation!

we have one weekend off before the wedding cycle hits us again. joe at some point will be heading off with tim and his friends for tim’s bachelor party, which joe is planning. tim’s rehearsal is scheduled for saturday morning at 8. 8?? seriously, *what* was his fiancee thinking. we don’t even get up that early when we go to church! so joe will be leaving here a little before seven and heading to dallas, about an hour away, where he will practice walking in a straight line. then he will rush back here to pick me up and head to my parents’ house, which is about an hour and a half away, for my birthday lunch. we always do birthday lunches the sabbath before a birthday. i’m excited. 🙂

then on sunday, back to dallas we go for the next set of nuptuals.

sigh. we have so much to do in the next few weeks! i think the weekend after tim’s wedding will be spent vegetating on the couch with a stack of movies and the phones turned off. sounds good to me. 🙂

dried seaweed, anyone?

we had such a busy, yet fun sunday. we were *supposed* to have our engagement pictures taken, but it was snowing, so our photographer wanted to postpone it. that afternoon, we met rachel in gwinnett county, about an hour from here, to shop for her bridesmaid dress for the wedding. for the next week the dresses are marked down from $110 to $79.99, plus a $20 bridesmaid discount on top of that. none of my friends are wanting to let that deal slip by! hehe.

after ordering rachel’s dress, the three of us went to lunch at ledo’s pizza. this was definitely my choice. ledo’s is a maryland chain that has started to expand. it is *the best* pizza in the world. it’s made in the shape of a rectangle, so all the pieces are square, and it has the lightest, flakiest crust ever. it’s not oily, so it doesn’t weigh you down as much as pizza from places like pizza hut and dominoes. joe has never had ledo’s, so i was excited to share it with him. he *loved* it. and it was fun just hanging out with my future sister-in-law.

after lunch, we headed to the super h mart, which is basically an asian walmart. it was really cool. i saw things i’ve never seen at a grocery store before, like dried seaweed, rice pops and containers of blood. they also had neat things like chinese and japanese cookies. i wanted to get a box of japanese cookies for my grandpa, since he and my grandma lived in japan when my dad and uncle were young, but i couldn’t tell which was which! hehe. it was a really neat experience though.

and then we came home and collapsed. ah, the weekend. 🙂

lazy afternoons

all three cats and one fiance are sleeping. i am bored. and so i blog.

tomorrow we are hosting a superbowl party. somehow we always get stuck hosting, although that means i don’t have to go to someone else’s house, so there is a bright side. tomorrow also is the day i am going wedding dress shopping and we are going to scout out our wedding location, so it will probably be a rushed trip (*sigh*) as joe’s friends are always early. i will be coming home to a testosterone-filled house. maybe i will curl up in the bedroom with some girly movies.

on a happy note, I’M GOING WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING! hehe. i’m excited. my mom and grandma are going with me, so it should be fun. hopefully i won’t feel too fat. i have several picked out that i’m going to look for. hopefully i’ll find the one i have in mind.

last night as we were leaving after service’s at joe’s temple, his future brother-in-law hugged me and said, “bye sis.” then he said, “wow. i’m going to have a sister. i’ve never had one before. this is so cool!” i thought that was neat. i told him sisters are way better than brothers. and of course, i’m right. i always am. i’m marrying into a fun family. i can’t wait. 🙂

i want a chip and dip server. i found one i liked at mikasa, but i can’t find it online. that means i have to go back up to the store. *sigh* which leads me to my next question: why are only selected items put online? for instance, i was looking for dinnerware we liked in a lighter color, but i couldn’t find that online either. blah.

i want to write a book. i’ve always dreamed of being a published author, but no matter how i try i can never come up with a decent plot.

i’m addicted to joe’s poker game for the xbox. i feel like i’m getting good. now i have the urge to go to vegas. i love vegas. i love the fact that you can go down to the casino in the middle of the night and play. it’s fabulous. and the free drinks aren’t bad either.

i wish i could design webpages. i want a new one for for after we get married, but i pretty much suck at designing.

i came up with *very cool* favors for our wedding. i’m making them myself. i can’t wait to see how they turn out. they’re totally “us,” which makes it even better.

it *really* annoys me when people park in the handicapped spaces here. granted, i don’t think there are any handicapped people live here, but it’s the principle. you don’t park in handicapped spaces. i feel like calling the sheriff’s office and having the cars ticketed. are they really so lazy that they can’t park a few more spaces away?

countdown to next weekend

i hate two-day weekends. i never want them to end. this weekend was no different. it was so relaxing. joe came up friday night, and i made vegetable soup from scratch and low-cal crescent rolls. it was really good. we read for a while and then went to bed.

on saturday, joe went running in the morning, and then we went to church and to my parents’ for lunch. it was fun seeing my parents and grandparents and one of my brothers. it’s always nice hanging out with them. joe fits in quite well. 🙂

joe spent sunday morning watching the thrashers game he had taped saturday, and i watched a couple episodes of sex and the city before making our breakfast: chocolate chip pancakes, vegetarian sausage links and hot apple cider. after breakfast we went to the park so joe could run and i walked. then it was off to walmart to get copies of my house key made, the dollar tree because i absolutely love that store, blockbuster to rent some movies, and cicis to pick up a pizza for lunch. we spent the afternoon/evening watching a movie, napping and watching tv.

sigh. i didn’t want the weekend to end. now we have next weekend to look forward to. on tap, the meeting of our parents.

can’t get full!

i have been so hungry lately. i don’t know if it could be attributed to the medicine my doctor prescribed me or what, but i feel like a pig. anyone know any filling, low-cal foods i can snack on?

the bar mitzvah

i have never gone to anything like zach’s bar mitzvah before. we hit the road around 8 or 9 p.m. and arrived in columbia, s.c. well after midnight.

Saturday morning was the bar mitzvah service. It’s just like a typical church service, joe told me. it was interesting for me to see a service, hear the torah readings in hebrew, etc. after two hours, joe and i left for a bathroom break. from the hall we could hear zach talking. it’s almost over, joe said.

an hour later, the service ended. conservative services normally last a lot longer than reform services, but it was still very interesting to me.

we went back to our hotel room, snacked (there wasn’t much at the lunch) and took a quick nap. then we were up and getting ready for the party. or should i say i was getting ready for the party. for once joe’s sister was done before me, but i attribute that to the fact that i decided to curl my hair.

it was quite the party — very, very fancy. a professional photographer was there taking family pictures, and she took one of me and joe as well. we all stood out in the foyer of the convention center mingling and finally were allowed into the dining hall. it was absolutely gorgeous. the lights were low and there were circular tables throughout the room around the dance floor. food stations were situated in each corner. in italy we could choose from pesto pasta, marinara pasta and fettucine alfredo. china had eggrolls and a few other dishes. in new york, there was green beans, roasted potatoes and meat. it was amazing. joe’s sister, rachel, and i told the server at the italy station that we’d just move our table over to him.

here’s a picture of me and joe. i seem to blend into the background.

and here is rachel and her fiance, dave.

joe and i bought strobe light rings for the four of us, and we wore them all night. we call them our power rings. dave and rachel took a picture, which i will post when i get it.