getting closer . . .

the wedding seems so much more real now. we received our first wedding present last week. nana, joe’s grandmother, bought us eight settings of our casual china. i’m so excited! it’s really pretty. in a few weeks we’ll be picking up my parents’ china cabinet, which they don’t use anymore. hopefully we’ll be getting our formal china as well. πŸ™‚

now that rachel’s wedding is over, the focus is all on us now. i spent some time after the wedding on saturday night talking with my flower girl’s mother about her dress and how she’s going to do her hair. she’s really cute. i can’t wait to see her in the dress i picked out. all of joe’s relatives were asking us about our wedding and telling us they’re marking the date in their calendars. it’s making me even more excited!

and yesterday we bought our baskets for the yarmulkes and programs. i love them. i also bought white and royal blue ribbons to decorate them with. now the next step is to sit down with the people at the chapel and give them our menu. we also still need to meet with our photographer and d.j. man, five months is going to go by so fast!

let’s go thrashers, let’s go!

i went to my first hockey game last night.

the cold air, whooshing of the players as they skated by and the slams as players knocked each other into the plexiglass walls was exhilirating. the tens of thousands of fans jumped and yelled as they banged their inflatable hockey sticks together when the thrashers scored or the rangers got a penalty, and the arena reverberated with boos when the opposite occured. it was the same as other sporting games i’ve attended, but the speed made it much, much different.

our friend jon with his inflatable hockey sticks.

we sat about six rows from the ice right by one of the goals, which was fantastic when the action was on our end but not so great when they players were on the other side because the plexiglass distorts your view.

the game was 2-2 near the end, and the crowd was on its feet willing the thrashers to score. they didn’t, and it was onto overtime.

joe’s friend brandon, who also went with us.

after a scoreless overtime the game went into a shootout. i’ve never even seen a shootout on tv, but it was pretty cool, and, surprisingly enough, both teams scored two points.

it was down to one team scoring and the other team not. rangers shoot and miss. thrashers shoot and SCORE!

that’s the winning shot by hossa.

oh, and we can’t forget a shot of the thrasher’s mascot, thrash.

and of course one of us. πŸ™‚

the boys’ wild night

let me just say that our girl’s night out was *much* tamer than the night the boys had in athens. first, dave was fitted with a “bachelor gone wild” t-shirt. all night, the boys stopped people (read: women) everywhere and anywhere — on the street, in the restaurant and bars, etc. — to write marital advice on the shirt. dave also wore a nice little pink sombrero, had some fake “bling” around his neck and walked with a cane. oh yes, and let’s not forget the ball and chain joe bought him that he attached to his leg.

i wish i had seen them walking down the streets of athens. joe said that most people moved over to the other side of the street to walk around them. haha.

the first stop of the night was an italian restaurant where the boys were saddened to find that they had the only male server (poor, poor babies). then it was off to a bar for shots and drinks, and then on to a strip club. from what i’ve heard there were more attractive women at the club *we* went to than theirs. joe said he spent a lot of his time there standing in the hallway talking with another guy at the party (good boy). after the strip club (which they weren’t at for long, surprisingly) it was off to two more bars and then to a diner to add some food to the alcohol in their systems.

then it was off to bed. oh what a night.

night with the girls

there was no breakfast this morning, and there was no bridal day at belk for us. we were exhausted from our nights out on the town (although ours was a bit tamer than the boys’).

joe dropped me off at rachel’s early, and he headed to athens with his dad, dave and dave’s friend. rachel and i spent the afternoon getting to know each other better, which was really nice since we’re going to be related soon. two of her friends, the other bridesmaids, picked us up, and off we went to the cheesecake factory for dinner. a long dinner. a cold dinner. we were seated on the heated patio, which really wasn’t very heated. and our waitress sucked. she came to take our drink orders, and we told her we were ready to order our food.

“i’ll take those when i bring your drinks,” she said.

20 cold minutes later — no joke — she brought our drinks. “are you ready to order now or do you need more time?”

ummm…what part of “can we go ahead and order our meals now?” did she not understand 20 minutes earlier?

that’s how it went all night. but we had fun as we shivered and gabe and danielle held their hot drinks in their hands to warm them. we played games. we gave rachel lingerie. well, mine was more fun. we bought her some gag gifts from an adult store…everyone loved them.

then it was off to wild bills. now, joe and i thought this was a strip club, so we were ok with the fact that each of us would be going to one. neither of us are comfortable with them, but we were going to go for rachel and dave (and yes, joe really does not like them). ours was just a club. cool with me. we bought rachel a jello shooter and headed out to the dance floor. we each had candy necklaces adorning our wrists as part of a game to see who could get the most candy eaten by guys, but we ended up just getting guys to eat rachel’s candy. we danced together. she danced with a guy, and then threw him over to dance with me. she danced with another guy. it was a really fun night.

oh, and i got hit in the eye. the charlie daniel’s band was performing, and charlie daniels was throwing mardi gras beads out to people on the dance floor. rachel said, “man, that’s going to hit someone,” and just then i felt something whack me in the eye. beads. fabulous. at least i got to keep the beads. hehe.

by 1:30 a.m. i was ready to go. we weren’t even really dancing anymore, just standing on the dance floor. hehe. we left about 2 a.m., the same time the boys’ party broke up in athens. i really missed joe, especially during the slow songs when all the couples were dancing. by the end of the night, danielle and i were both texting our men. hehe. joe and i talked and passed out around 3 a.m. or so, and by 9 a.m. he was back to pick me up. so after lunch at a mexican restaurant and grocery shopping, we passed out and woke up just in time to watch transporter 2 (fabulous movie) the oscars. man, jon stewart is hilarious.

now i’m off to watch along came polly, which joe, surprisingly, wants to see. it’s such a funny movie.

so who wants to know what the boys did?? πŸ˜‰

gearing up for tonight

man, i had a nice, relaxing morning. joe was gone by 6 a.m. to head to macon for a kiwanis seminar. i, on the other hand, slept until about 10. i rolled out of bed and chatted with my brothers for a little while instant messanger, and then got back into bed and read while the cats snuggled next to me and slept. now i’m trying to get up the energy to get ready for tonight, although i’m not really motivated. hehe.

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚