Becoming Put Together

I usually think I dress fairly well. I’m the best dressed person at my office (which doesn’t really count, I suppose, since the other women I work with are more than 10 years older than me), but when I compare myself to other people my age I feel more self conscious. And, I find myself in a pattern where I wear the same things week to week.

So, to try to get myself out of my usual rotation and think of new ways to mix and match my clothes, I’ve decided to participate in Mission: Put Together — Fall Edition. There was a spring edition earlie this year, and those girlies really are put together! I’m getting kind of excited to share my outfits with the rest of the group and see what kinds of ideas I can come up with for new combinations.

Card Exchange

It’s that time of year again. I’m working on my holiday card list so I can (hopefully) get my cards done much earlier than last year. Working on them at the last minute wasn’t really what I consider fun. Plus, that will free up my time to work on other orders. I exchanged cards with several of you last year, which was a lot of fun. If you’d like to exchange holiday cards this year, leave me a comment or send me an email so we can swap addresses!

Weekly Winners 09/21/08-09/27/08

This week’s post contains some of the pictures I took in Amish Country during our Ohio trip.

Outside the county courthouse

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Ohio Weekend, Part 3: The Wedding

Saturday was the main event: Jon and Michelle’s wedding. We woke up tired after being awakened at 1 a.m. by the groom in another wedding party having a *very* loud party in the room next door. It was so bad that Joe had to call the front desk and have them call the room and ask them to be quiet. It turns out we weren’t the only ones bothered by them. The next morning, Joe heard people talking about it in the hall, and Jon said he was downstairs complaining at the same time Joe called. It was ridiculous.

The wedding, though, went off perfectly. Jon was a little nervous, but surprisingly enough, that seemed to fade as the wedding grew closer.

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The wedding was held outside behind the hotel, and it was very simple and very pretty. I was quite impressed.

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After the ceremony, the guests mingled at cocktail hour while the pictures were taken. I think the photographer took them all over the property and golf course to shoot them and the wedding party!

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Then it was time to party. The reception was a blast, and the dj they hired was *awesome*. He had so much energy, and he got out on the dance floor with everyone from time to time. He even got Jon’s grandmother out on the dance floor and they both sat in chairs and danced. It was hilarious. I wish I had gotten pictures.

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Joe gave a fabulous speech. I was pretty proud of him. 🙂

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And, we spent the night dancing. I actually got out there and danced, which was very unlike me because I can’t dance. But, the other members of the wedding party were so much fun that I just couldn’t help myself.

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Oh, and did I mentioned that they did the hustle?? It was the wedding party dance and, judging from the rehearsal the night before, we didn’t think it would go very well. Yeah, that’s how bad it was. It was hilarious. And now I have a video to use as blackmail. 🙂

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And, of course, I can’t leave out pictures of the cutest couple ever! Haha. 🙂

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Party mouth, inspired by Sarah!

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Up next: Amish country, two hall of fame visits (and extending our streak of visiting but not going inside) and Cleveland.

Ohio Weekend, Part 2: Seeing Family History

We headed out of Cincinnati early Friday morning bound for Warren. We stopped in Kettering, though, so I could see Kettering College of Medical Arts, where my mom went to nursing school. I know our visit there meant a lot to my mom, but it meant a lot to me also. It was so neat to see where she spent her college years.

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The three-story building there on the left is the old building which housed entire school. The dorm rooms were on the top two floors, and the classrooms were on the first floor and in the basement. I believe my mom’s room was the first one on the second floor.

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In the new building, there are pictures from past years, including one of my mom and her friends. She’s the one on the right in the back. And yes, I look really rough in this picture. Please ignore how tired I was. There is also a uniform hanging that is similar to the ones my mom and her classmates wore.

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After leaving Kettering, we settled in for our long ride to Warren, although we did stop once more at an outlet mall (which was really disappointing). It was kind of neat though as it had a train theme. There was a train you could ride around the mall. It would be really cool for little kids.

We arrived in Warren with just two hours before the rehearsal, which went quite smoothly. The rehearsal dinner, though, was another story. We had a private room at The Chophouse, the restaurant associated with the hotel, and it was a *very* nice restaurant. However, the service was not. I felt *so* bad for Jon and Michelle. We all paid for our own drinks, and every time someone ordered one, the waitress would bring out a check and make comments every time she came around about how we could pay any time we were ready. Jon got *really* mad and actually went and talked to a manager about it. He really didn’t want checks being brought out constantly during dinner.

It was literally 30 minutes or so before they took our orders, and then it was another 45 minutes before our salads were brought out. I realize there were 25 of us but really, how long does it take to throw lettuce and 2 tomato slices in a bowl? The guy sitting next to me mentioned that he had forgotten all about the salads.

Despite the service, the food was excellent. I think everyone thought so. Everyone except the bride, that is, because they forgot to make her dinner. In the words of her sister, the maid of honor, how do you forget the bride’s food? She’s the most important person there!

It may not have been the best rehearsal dinner ever, but we all had a lot of fun hanging out and, hey, it sure makes for some great stories!

Up next: the wedding!

Fall is in the Air

According to the calendar, fall is upon us.

It’s too bad Mother Nature doesn’t seem to realize that. Here it is, the end of September, and our temperatures are still in the high-70s and low-80s. It makes me sad. I’m so over summer. I’ve been over the blazing hot days for a while. I yearn for cool weather and wearing my comfy, cute sweaters.

But, no matter what, I’m celebrating fall. I pulled out my Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin scents (yes, I base my scents on the seasons — I’m a dork like that), and every day I feel more fallish. I wish it could be fall all year long because I love that scent. And, I’m ordering a bag of Pumpkin Spice coffee that the awesome Lisanne mentioned on her blog the other day. It may still be summer-like outside, but it’s fall in my house.