Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Oodles of randomness

I really don’t have a specific topic in mind, but I knew it was time for another post (okay way past time), so here’s a little randomness from my life lately.

Yesterday was my one year wedding anniversary!! I can’t believe it’s already been a year. This year, I’m so calm, so happy at work, and living a normal, everyday existence; last year at this time I was a hidden bundle of nerves and stress. I was thinking back on the wedding planning process, and I never really got too stressed, which was funny; I was working at my full-time job and filling in for two vacant full-time positions, one of which was a high-profile position working for our board members. I was working late nearly every day, and bringing work home every night. My mom kept calling me and asking if I’d done certain things for the wedding – I had everything all planned out in my mind, but the procrastinator in me just hadn’t gotten around to actually doing it yet. My aunt finally suggested I take off a day a week leading up to the wedding, which ended up being a fantastic idea; my mom and I spent each of those days doing wedding things, and I probably couldn’t have gotten it all done without that time (although I did save writing the ceremony, choosing the music, and making placecards, menus, and other paper items for the night before the ceremony…I seriously do my best work at the last minute).

Today I felt so sad. I don't really know why, but no longer being a newlywed for some reason makes me feel old. It's kind of like the day after the wedding...we went to breakfast with my family, and I didn't want to leave because it meant the wedding was officially over. Later that day I went to the grocery store, and I remember standing at the checkstand, thinking, "No one knows I was a bride yesterday. Nobody thinks I'm special right now; I'm just like everyone else, doing normal, everyday things like going to the grocery store." My friend told me the day after her wedding she sat on her hotel bed and bawled because the wedding was all over; I totally know how she feels.

Sunday it was 107 outside, so Grant and I spent a lazy day inside watching movies. We went out to dinner to celebrate, although we didn’t make it out until almost 8:00 p.m. because of the heat. We had a great dinner, and then Grant had a great day off on Monday, which he told me he took to celebrate our anniversary. By himself, apparently, since I was at work. We broke out our one-year old cake when I got home, had a piece, and then Grant went to school. I spent my anniversary evening helping Renee make invitations for her own wedding this August; I thought it was appropriate to do wedding-related stuff last night.

Here are a few pictures from last year, just for fun!

PDawg, aka my sister-in-law Heather. (And what a good shot of my absolutely-freaking amazingly beautiful bouquet!)

A shot of our candy bar. I wasn't going to do this because I tried to stay away from all things trendy at the wedding, but I'm glad I did it. I didn't have to buy any of the jars because Mom has so many glass containers (her antiques finally came in handy!) and it was a huge hit with all the guests (children and adults alike...and the reception staff).

Me and Grant, being cute, listening to toasts. I need to watch the video because I still don't remember what my dad said, but all my friends said he made them cry.

You may not be able to tell, but that is my cousin under my dress. What is she doing, you might ask? Trying to bustle me. It wasn't easy.

This is me laughing hysterically at my cousin under my dress. You know you are too.

Saturday was Renee's bridal shower, and it was so much fun! I threw it with a few other bridesmaids, and we spent Friday night getting the food ready and making the favors. I was up until 4:00 a.m. Friday night (Saturday morning, I guess), making the stuffing for stuffed mushrooms and making cinnamon & sugar tortilla chips for the fruit salsa (which I may never make again, because they were the bane of my existence that night/morning).

I’ve realized how much I love hosting parties! I like making food, setting it all out on adorable serving platters, and just having people over. I’ve gotten to practice a bit this year – Mom’s retirement party and Renee’s shower – but this Saturday will be my first party at our new house! I can’t wait…we have this great kitchen counter that is HUGE and can hold all the food, and we live on a court so there should be a nice space for fireworks.

If only parties didn’t cost so much, I’d have them all the time! I am beginning a nice collection of serve-ware, so at least I won’t have to buy platters, trays, bowls and the like anymore. I mean, I can, and probably will, but I don’t have to.