Sunday, November 27, 2011


Ugh is how I feel right now.  For one thing, it's Sunday night after a week off from work.  It's not so much the working part that bothers me, because working isn't an issue.  The issue is that that last few months have been utterly exhausting physically. mentally, and emotionally.  The week off did me good as far as physical tiredness, but not so much in the mental or emotional areas.  Now, I look ahead to the next three weeks of school before winter break (which, admittedly, will go by very fast) with dread.  Again, not because it's work.  But because I know the levels of exhaustion that are potentially facing me and I don't want to go through them again.  My shining light at the end of the tunnel is that there are three weeks of vacation after these next three weeks of work.  My other shining light is that I'm planning/hoping to move back to Irvine in January.  I'm really at my wit's end and my sanity is clinging by a thread.  When I talk to friends about it, I'm comforted to know that they understand and agree with me.  It's not just me.  I have not and will not be doing anything wrong.  I need to believe that, wholeheartedly, and be strong about it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Break

The break started with Nicole's bachelorette party on Saturday morning.  We drove out to Temecula, had a lovely time wine tasting while being chauffeured in a limo, and then went to a country line dancing club called Stampede.  We were a rather sad bachelorette party because we were in bed by 11:30, but no complaints here!  I was pretty pooped because I had gotten up at 5:30 to fit in a 7 mile run.  However, had everyone wanted to stay out I would have sucked it up!  I wasn't dying so it would have been fine either way.

A couple of cute pictures:
It takes two women to hang a banner. 
It was defective.

Gifts for the bride.

We fixed the defectiveness.

The bride's gift opening chair.
The bride in her bride hat.

After we got back on Sunday I hung around Mat's for the rest of the day and stayed for pizza.  Monday was a morning 6 mile run with the usual pb & j and banana for breakfast/lunch and then I did some grading.  Today was an easier 3 miler (I was rather sore/tired during Monday's run) and then I met Diana for breakfast at Mimi's Cafe.  Tonight I went to ballet.

I discovered that cleaning your engagement ring with toothpaste really is as brilliant as people say.  My ring was SPARKLING!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

An Update on Days

Week off for Thanksgiving: 4 days

Vegas for Amanda's birthday: 31 days

Surf City Half Marathon: 82 days

OC Marathon: 173 days

Our wedding: 227 days

And that's not even all of the stuff going on!  There's always something to look ahead to.

After our wedding?  Kelly and Keith's wedding October 13th, John and Brittany's wedding October 27th, and another wedding date TBD.  Crazy!!!

Oh, and probably the Long Beach Marathon or 1/2 Marathon next October also.  :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

More Wedding Stuff

Ever since going shopping for bridesmaid dresses last Sunday, my brain has been consumed (even more than usual) by wedding things.

Friday night I found the perfect wedding favors online.  Today I ordered them.

Yesterday we went bridesmaid dress shopping for Mindy's wedding.  I love love love the dress she chose.  It's flowy and romantic and oh so comfy to wear.  And, we got a discount!  Yippee!

We ordered a couple of other things yesterday.  Like our guestbook.

I started working on the table names.  I still need to find pretty frames for them.

This weekend is Nicole's bridal shower and next weekend is her bachelorette.  And, there are some vacations coming up too: this Friday is Veteran's Day and then the week of the 21st I'm off for Thanksgiving.  Thank couldn't come any sooner!  I'm super pooped!!

In other news: last night I slept a lot due to the glorious time change.  I woke up and just laid in bed with no real reason to get up.  I don't remember the last time I did that.  Once I pulled my butt out of bed and showered, I did basically all of BTSA Module A.  All that's left is to print some things and make copies of things and then put it all together.  Module A is due December 9th.  Go me!

(Note: BTSA Year 2 is much easier than Year 1 because all of the questions are the same as last year...)

Aaaaand, now it's Sunday night and it's raining again.  I hope it isn't raining in the morning because I plan to run regardless.  Running in the dark and rain, while doable, isn't quite as enjoyable, to say the least.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


As of this morning we had 240 days to go.  I guess now it's more like 239.  :)  By the time Amanda's birthday rolls around and we go to Vegas to celebrate we'll be under 200.  :-D

I'm trying to figure out what to do for favors and place cards.  Some options, none of which are mutually exclusive:

1) Coasters that double as place cards.  There are some really cute ones that are photo coasters and you can put the place card in the photo spot for guests to pick up.  Then they can take them home and (hopefully) use them rather than throw them away.

2) Traditional place cards in wine cork holders.  This goes well with our more traditional theme as well as the fact that our centerpieces are going to be wine bottles we've been collecting with flowers and stuff.

3) Milk and cookies bar.  Or at least just the cookie bar.  The cookie bar will happen no matter what we do in the favor/place card department.  The cookies could be the only favor, or they could be an extra dessert.

4) Something else I've yet to think of or find online.

Thoughts anyone?