Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wedding Wednesday, Vol. II.

We have officially picked our bridal party! Donny hasn't gotten to ask all of his groomsmen yet, but all of my bridesmaids are confirmed!

Maid of Honor

My best friend, Emily 


My friend, April

Our friend, Rachel

Donny's sister, Kristi

And, what I have come to realize after asking all these ladies to stand beside me is that, with the exception of April, they will not just stand beside me. They will tower over me. They're all super tall!! Thank goodness April will be there to balance me out. :)

Emily and I went to shop for bridesmaid dresses this weekend, and I've found three that I like:

Alfred Angelo

David's Bridal

Vera Wang for David's Bridal

They're all reasonably priced and can be tried on and picked up in both NC and in Texas, which was critical to me. I didn't want Rachel and Kristi to have to send in their measurements and order a dress without being able to try it on. So, all of these fit that bill.

I have a distinct favorite, but I'll keep my opinion to myself for now. Which one I pick will also depend somewhat on the dress I pick for myself. More on that later, though...   :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

More Jillian Michaels Torture.

The other night, I got home pretty late from work and didn't want to head back out to the gym.  And I didn't feel like my usual 30 Day Shred torture.  So, I pulled out Yoga Meltdown.  Let me tell you, "meltdown" is an appropriate term.  One workout is on 30 minutes long (including warm up and cool down) but I had sweat dripping from my face before 15 minutes had passed.  

I liked this workout-- it's much more intense than I had assumed given the word "yoga" in the title, so I felt like I had accomplished something.  My only complaint was that a fair amount of this workout was done in downward-facing dog position, and my wrists and hands are not used to such.  

The next day, I could definitely feel soreness in my tush and arms.  Actually, my neck/shoulders was where I felt it the most, which probably means I was doing the poses incorrectly.  But, it wasn't nearly the total-body soreness that I get with 30 Day Shred.  

Overall, I thought it was good, not great.  I think I'll probably stick with my 30DS and Six Week Six Pack and just toss this one in when I need a change of pace.

You guys have any workout DVDs that you love that I should try??  

Monday, February 27, 2012

Dallas Recap: iPhone Edition.

With all of the excitement from my last trip to Dallas, I forgot to post about the rest of my trip! So, I'm going to recap it in iPhone pictures.

Before & After: 

My yummy Taco Cabana breakfast on Friday-- I love that place and go every time I'm in Dallas.

I went to the Mary Kay headquarters to visit Rachel, and she gave me a tour!  Her office is somewhere up there...

There she is!

Inside Mary Kay's shrine office

The bee has some significance, but I don't remember what it is...

A pink hard hat.

The boardroom is gorgeous!

They were tearing up the parking lot at Donny's apartment, and it woke me up LONG before I was ready.

I asked Donny if he could tell a girl had taken over was staying at his place...

Saturday, I dropped Donny off at school and hung out in downtown Fort Worth, a place I absolutely love. I started out at Starbucks-- aka, the only place downtown open that early in the morning. I was super excited to find out that the pumpkin spice frappuccino was still available!!

This dude was in the store addressing his Hello Kitty valentines to mail.  Yep.

Can you tell I'm in Cowtown??

Lyn seriously needs this hat!

I almost bought this...

I didn't take many other pictures that weekend, but we had Friday night dinner with his dad and stepmom, lunch with some of my awesome friends in Dallas, Sunday night dinner with his lovely mother, sister, and step-family.  And we did a lot of wedding planning.  

All in all, another great weekend in Dallas with my love.  :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Adios, Diet Coke.

I've gone to a Southern Baptist church my whole life, so I've never really done the Lent thing.  But this year, I am participating.  There are a few reasons I've decided to do so:

  1. I feel like my relationship with Christ has kind of taken a back seat recently, and I want to do something intentional to make me focus on Him.  
  2. I need to cultivate some more self-control in my life, and making myself accountable to God for these things is a great way to keep myself on track.  
  3. And, I'm giving up things that need to get away from anyway.
So, I'm giving up all soda (Diet Coke being the primary culprit) and sugar (except wedding cake tastings that are scheduled during Donny's trip here in March).  Y'all-- these are going to be super hard.  But, by focusing on the spiritual aspect of the sacrifice, I know I can handle it.  Plus, by giving up things that are huge parts of my routine, I will be constantly reminded to focus my life on Christ-- which is obviously the whole point of Lent in the first place.

What about you guys-- are you giving up anything for Lent?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wedding Wednesday-- Vol. I

Yep, the wedding planning has begun!!  Since I had an inkling that we'd be engaged soon, I may have done a little pre-engagement planning...  And then, while I was in Dallas, Donny and I actually talked about and picked out a lot of stuff! So, here's what we have so far:

Date: November 10, 2012

Location: This beautiful chapel in my hometown will be the ceremony venue.  And the reception will be at a country club (couldn't find a good picture of it though).

Our Save the Dates:

Honeymoon:  Jamaica!

I can't believe the progress we've made already!  I'm so excited at how things are falling together so far!  

Next on the agenda-- find a photographer.  We're planning to do our engagement photos in Dallas when I'm there in May, so I need to find two photographers.  If any of you Texas people know of good photographers in the D/FW area, I'd love to hear about them!

PS-- My blog now has a facebook page!  :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Roses and Tears.

I know I've talked about how annoying The Bachelor is this season, but I can't help watching!  I always find the hometown dates one of my favorite episodes too.  It's interesting to see how different the girls are (or aren't) around their families and without the other women around.  

Lindzi-- Lindzi comes to meet Ben on horseback (again).  She "opens up to him," and they have a nice chat.  Then they head to meet her family and fur-siblings in a horse-drawn carriage.  To everyone's surprise (except probably The Bachelor producers), it is revealed that Lindzi's parents got married where she and Ben had their first date.  (Um, how did Lindzi not know where her parents got married??)  Then, Lindzi's dad challenges Ben and Lindzi to a carriage race.  (Who has horse-drawn carriages and a race course in their backyard??)  The "old people" win, so Ben and Lindzi have to physically pull them back to the house for dinner.

Mom likes Ben but is worried about heartbreak.  Duh.  Ben seems to really like her family, and they like him.  All went well with no hiccups.  But also, nothing super exciting.  However, Ben thinks he might be falling in love with her.

She gets a rose.

Kacie-- Next stop, Clarksville, Tennessee.  Ben meets arrives at Buster Boguskie Field to a marching band (and I use that term very loosely) and Kacie twirling her baton.  He says he likes her excitement and enthusiasm-- and she definitely has that in spades.  She tells Ben about her grandparents and the wonderful relationship they had that she wants too.  Then she says the words that every potential suitor wants to hear-- "My dad's a federal probation officer."  Ben hears: "He has guns and knows how to use them."  Also, her dad doesn't drink.  Our poor winemaker is starting to get nervous about meeting his polar opposite in Kacie's dad.  And, he should be.

I love how mom has the dinner table set with no chairs on one side so that no one has their back to the camera.  Nicely done, bachelor producers mom.  Kacie tells her sister that Ben is her future husband.  Kacie seems so immature and ridiculous in this episode.  Her parents aren't easy on Ben, but I don't blame them a bit.  However, her mom telling Ben that they wouldn't be okay with Kacie living with him before they get married seems to be jumping the gun a little.

Dad says he wouldn't give his blessing if asked, and Kacie gets upset.  Neither one of them need to worry-- he's not going to pick her.

Nicki-- I totally forgot she was from Texas!  She meets Ben at the Fort Worth Stockyards (which is where Donny and I met, btw...).  Ben absolutely CANNOT pull off a cowboy hat.  But he obviously wore it for a while given his horrible case of hat hair for the rest of the date.  Nicki has been married before, and she doesn't want to get hurt again.  I sense a theme in this episode...

They head to meet her mom, dad, and brother.  Mom apparently drank the kool-aid and is totally on board with Ben & Nicki's relationship.  Dad, however, thinks he "gave her hand in marriage" too soon last time, blaming himself for her divorce, and he doesn't want to do that again.  But, ultimately he gets on board with Ben.  Even her brother likes him.  Nicki pulls Ben aside to tell him that she's in love with him.  And they awkwardly make out some more.

She gets a rose.

Courtney-- Our last stop is Courtney's hometown.  Unlike the others, they go directly to her family's place.  And of course, it's all about Courtney-- SHE's been let down by men, SHE's had her heart broken, Ben won't hurt HER, Ben makes HER feel special... Courtney tells her family that she's "falling for him" more than once.  The perfect guy, according to her mom, is someone who can make Courtney happy.  Wow-- what priorities.  Her family is pretty much on board with Ben with no reservations.

Then Courtney takes Ben to a fake wedding she has apparently set up.  She had rings, a bow tie for him, and they recite vows to each other.  She tells him she loves him, and he's happy.

She gets a rose too.

Bye bye, Kacie B.  After seeing her hometown date, I'm not surprised AT ALL that she's gone.  I liked her until this episode, but I'm not too sad to see her go.

Next week-- the sex overnight dates in Switzerland!  And some drama, of course.

Thoughts?  Complaints?  No spoilers, please!!  :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Recent Reads.

There's nothing like air travel to give you plenty of time to read!  I've recently finished two books:

Synopsis:  In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, three lives intersect as the reality of war invades each aspect of their lives. Young Esther is heartbroken when her father decides to enlist in the army shortly after the death of her mother. Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie's wife is dead, Penny feels she has been given a second chance and offers to care for his children in the hope that he will finally notice her and marry her after the war. And elderly Mr. Mendel, the landlord, waits for the war to end to hear what has happened to his son trapped in war-torn Hungary. But during the long, endless wait for victory overseas, life on the home front will go from bad to worse. Yet these characters will find themselves growing and changing in ways they never expected--and ultimately discovering truths about God's love... even when He is silent.

I liked this book-- didn't love it.  Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors, but this one wasn't her best.  Still worth a read though if you like easy to read, heartwarming (and slightly predictable) stories.

Synopsis: ‘A is for Apple. A bad apple.’ Jack has spent most of his life in juvenile institutions, to be released with a new name, new job, new life. At 24, he is utterly innocent of the world, yet guilty of a monstrous childhood crime. To his new friends, he is a good guy with occasional flashes of unexpected violence. To his new girlfriend, he is strangely inexperienced and unreachable. To his case worker, he’s a victim of the system and of media-driven hysteria. And to himself, Jack is on permanent trial: can he really start from scratch, forget the past, become someone else? Is a new name enough? Can Jack ever truly connect with his new friends while hiding a monstrous secret?

This was a great book-- the story was so original and unique.  Once I got into it, I was completely wrapped up in it.  The story was slightly depressing, but it was definitely worth the couple hours it took me to read (it's only 248 pages).  I highly recommend this book!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thursday Thoughts.

The Bachelor is starting to become uninteresting for me.  Courtney is annoying, Ben is lame, and the other girls are simply too whiny.  Of all of them, I like Kacie B. the best, but kind of only by default.  Talking with a lot of you on twitter, I realize that I'm not the only one who isn't enjoying this season.

My thoughts are almost completely consumed by wedding planning now.  I wish I could turn it off, but I have no idea how.  I had the Carolina basketball game on last night while I was online looking at stuff, and it took more than ten minutes for me to realize the game had ended!!  Is "wedding brain" a thing (kind of like "pregnancy brain")??

Speaking of wedding planning, I bought my Erin Condren wedding planner today!  This is the one I got:
Can't wait for it to get here!!  :)

I've taken over the domestic practice my firm. (It's a fairly limited practice-- separation agreements, pre-nups, uncontested and childless divorces, name changes, and adoptions are about it.  I refuse to get involved in stupid fights over dishes and Hummels, not to mention nasty custody battles.)  And since the beginning of the year, we have gotten at least four new divorce clients a week.  A WEEK!!  Granted, this is good for me-- It's easy work and a good fee. But it makes me sad that this many people are getting divorced!  The worst so far is one couple who was married over 40 years when the husband moved out.  I don't know how much longer I really want to be involved in this...

My DVR has exploded-- I'm at least two weeks behind on every show that I watch (except the Bachelor, of course).  I'm thinking this weekend will be a great time to unwind at home and spend some quality time just me, the couch, and the DVR.  I haven't had a day to myself in a while, so I am very much looking forward to this!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Valentine's Day Adventure.

After my AMAZING weekend in Dallas, I got up yesterday morning and headed for the airport.  Sad--Nothing like leaving your fiance for a month on Valentine's Day. 

Here's what my flight itinerary was supposed to look like:

Dallas to Baltimore-- 8:05am CST (with a quick stop in Oklahoma City where I don't get off the plane)
Baltimore to Raleigh-- 2:25pm ET
Land in Raleigh at 3:30
Home by 5pm

Everything was going smoothly that morning.  There was fog in Dallas, but it was rolling out and the sun coming in, so we were all set.  We boarded the airplane, pulled away from the gate onto the tarmac... and stopped.  

Oklahoma City apparently had gotten a bunch of ice/snow the day before and had a heavy fog that meant there was not sufficient visibility to land there.  So, we sat on the tarmac in Dallas for over an hour before the fog lifts and we can finally take off.  By this time, it was almost 9:30.  

Then, we get close to Oklahoma City, and the pilot makes a sharp turn with the announcement that the fog has rolled back in to OKC, so we're going to fly around for a bit until they can try to "shoot the gap" in the fog.  Awesome.

After hovering and making laps for about 30 minutes, we finally land.  The OKC passengers get on the plane, but we're running REALLY late for my connecting flight.  With all the delays, I'll have all of 15 minutes to land, run through the terminal, and catch my flight before it leaves.  But there's nothing that I can really do, so I sit back, read my book, and doze off as we make our way agonizingly slowly across the country.  

Once we approach Baltimore, we start to descend.  We break through the clouds, buildings start getting bigger, trees grow closer...  And then we head back up.  And I see the runway beneath us-- FAR beneath us.  A few minutes later, the captain comes over the speaker and says that there was a crosswind on our runway, so we have to come back and approach on a different runway.  

By that point, my flight home had already left.  We finally landed, and I got off the plane to hang out in Baltimore for the next flight to Raleigh, which was only 3 1/2 hours later...  Thank goodness that I brought my laptop (which I usually don't) and was able to find some free WiFi.  The Baltimore airport was actually pretty cool, and I got some stuff done.  But, I was just so ready to get home.

I finally made into Raleigh around 7pm.  I've had some great fortune traveling, so I guess it can't always be perfect.  And I'll take getting home late from seeing Donny over being late arriving to see Donny anytime.

Speaking of which-- since he knew I'd spend my Valentine's Day on an airplane and we wouldn't get to be together, Donny sent me these at work today.  Happy VDay to me!  :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Big Announcement and My New Bling!

Last night, I landed at Love Field like like normal. And as I got off the plane, there was Donny (also like normal) except he was all dressed up. As I walked to him, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Um, duh-- YESSSSSS!!

He also presented me with this beauty!

We had talked about getting married, so it wasn't totally out of the blue. But, it was a complete surprise to walk off the airplane to that welcome.  I could not be happier!   :)