Thursday, August 30, 2007

Everyday Minerals

I need to make a PSA. I want to preface this by saying I've never used this product.

Everyday Minerals: I ran into this site while surfing around for reasonably priced makeup that won't rub off/look shiny/make me break out on my wedding day. EM will actually send you free samples with three shades of foundation, a shade of concealer & a shade of blush to figure out which shade goes best with your skintone. All you have to pay for is shipping. I just put in an order for the free samples and the shipping was just under $4, which is very decent considering how much product they're sending your way.

I hate wearing makeup. I never wear it, but everyone's been making a big fuss about mineral makeup recently and I figure it's best to try it out before jumping in and spending like $60 on the popular brand they sell on tv. Ugh, I've never spent $60 on makeup ever.

In any case, I'll update on it when it finally comes in the mail. =)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cardbox and Traditional Garb

I did buy something for my wedding apart from shoes.

It's a card holder for the reception. All of my side will bring gifts that can fit in envelopes and I think it'd be in bad taste to try and stuff those envelopes messily into whatever purse I have that night. I think it's cute, and it's cardboard so it's easily recyclable once we're done. Liz is recycling a lobster trap from her sister's wedding. She's having a beachy wedding though so it's all part of the theme. They also sell cute birdcage card holders, but I don't think I'd know what to do with a birdcage after the reception is done.

I like random cute stuff as much as the next girl, but realistically, who am I going to pawn an old school birdcage on? I don't even know what to do with the wicker baskets that come along with gift baskets I've gotten. I feel bad throwing that kind of stuff away, but no one needs it littering up their home.

I also IMed my pal Nini today. I miss her a lot, but she'll be in town on the 9th and has asked I come to a BBQ at her parents' house. She'll be bringing her boyfriend as well so it'll be nice to meet him. And of course we can chit chat about weddings since she intends to be engaged this time next year. She was just maid of honor at a friend's wedding in Cali so she's got a lot of Eastern wedding related opinions to share. Kim's the one I go to when I need Western Wedding advice and Nini's my go-to for Vietnamese culture. (Ni's the 2nd from the left.)

She's planning on getting engaged next year and therefore will be in the market for her own wedding things, though I imagine she'll be wed in Cali since that's where she's currently living.

And now I'm reminded of the fact that my mother expects me to be in one of those traditional get ups for my wedding too. Technically, it's called an "Ao Dai." And technically both the bride and groom would be in those sort of outfits, but in this day and age men always favor just wearing their tuxes for a more polished look. Most traditionally a bride would wear a red one because red=good luck. I don't think red works on me that well so I'd opt for a white, gold or pink outfit instead. And since my wedding decor is currently clover green and butter yellow I'd probably opt for yellow just for consistency's sake and so I don't clash with my bridesmaids.

I'll let my mom worry about the details of getting an Ao Dai made for me. I'm not the typical size for a Vietnamese girl so I doubt I could find pre-fab one that wouldn't look like high-waters on me.

Eh...at least I have my wedding gown. Having a secondary dress isn't even a blip on my radar yet but I know my mother cares and as a result she'll be bugging me about it until I do care. Thankfully Trevor's mom doesn't really care, or if she does she's keeping mum about it. I haven't gotten any requests from her about the wedding yet so that's been a nice relief since I've already heard a few people complain about their grooms' moms being very demanding.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Electronic Bargains and Real Estate

A good Male Oriented Bargain site--> http://bensbargains.net Whoever Ben is, he likes computer parts, mp3 players, phone accessories and video game stuff. Because of one of his posts I got my laptop for under $600 after taxes & rebates, so I definitely make it a point to peruse the site on a regular basis when I'm in the market for some electronics.

My dad's in the market for a flat screen monitor. He doesn't have one (clearly) and he's always looking for electronic related advice and tips. He's so cute. It's nice to have the ability to give advice to my dad after him giving me advice for so many years.

I'm busier at work than I imagined I'd be so soon, but it's been good. I've had a positive experience so far managing my plans. In my down time though I try to find my dad a decently priced monitor. I was looking at wedding stuff for a while but it gets me down. lol I don't really want to worry about monogrammed cocktail napkins and ice sculptures...it's so not me and yet something about all the wedding browsing makes you want bigger, grander and sparklier. I suppose it's just human nature to want to "keep up with the Joneses."

Doing the bare minimum to have a nice, fun casual party is all I'm looking for. I just want our guests (and us!) to enjoy it and look back on it as a great time. Trevor says his cousins will expect my dad to join in with them and have some shots. Considering how my father turns beet red after 1 beer I don't know if it's realistic to subject my poor old dad to alcohol poisoning just for some jollies.

In Kim news, she's considering moving in with her bf. (I totally saw this coming.) They've been looking at places for him and her lease is going to be up in October anyhow so...duh. Plus they sleep over like every night anyhow. It'll just make life so much easier if they don't have to pack up their overnight bags every other day. It hasn't been all that long but...hey, it's either going to happen sooner or later, but it's definitely going to happen. They're both in the same place where they want to be committed. And who am I to judge? I wanted to move in with my now fiance by the 3rd month we were together.

And on an entirely selfish note, she'll be just that closer to me if she moves into the apartment they liked ;) Kidding aside, it'll make her closer to her parents and obviously she'll be closer to her boyfriend. I hope her parents don't freak out. (They're Catholic.) I imagine as a parent that they won't be quite as laid back about it as I am. I imagine they'll cross that bridge when they get to it.

I think my parents didn't talk to me for like a month after I moved in with Trevor. But even then I knew that they'd forgive us. At the end of the day they love Trevor and they couldn't be happier about us getting married. The last I heard from my mom pretty much all of her brothers and sisters from all across the US and Canada are making it a point to be in town for my wedding next year. So in spite of a few hiccups I can attest to the fact that even my famously strict, conservative and unreasonable parents came around.

In other real estate news, I guess Trevor & I have a big sign over our heads that says future home buyers. I got this weird call on Sunday about real estate from a woman with a thick Vietnamese accent that said that she heard we were in the market for a home and her son is a realtor that he could help us and take us around. I was a tad weirded out by it but I was 100% sure my mother had something to do with it. Later she said that she ran into a woman at temple that was asking about me (apparently she knows me somehow from years ago) and my parents mentioned the wedding and this lady, Kathy immediately inquired for my cell phone number to find out if I needed help with finding a home. lol

I don't know if I'll have any money to put towards a home after all this wedding stuff. I think it's a stretch of the imagination to think that we can really pull off both of these huge financial endeavors. Of course I'd love it since it'd be so convenient to kick off our lives together with a new home but...it's not like I have some kind of romantic notion about home ownership. I can wait it out. I don't trust the current real estate market; the bubble has definitely begun it's deflation. I don't know if it'll bottom out per say since government and regulators don't want to see that happening...but I think it'll at topple some more given how inflated it became. (Just my two cents.)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Mmmm...Shoes

Ughhhhh my head hurts. I'm having a small fit of allergies & it's a shock to my system to feel so crummy.

Apart from that...it's been a pretty good weekend. It's been a very food-y weekend. They opened up a Price Chopper in Windsor so they've been having opening sales and I stocked up on pretty much the best of everything. We had lobsters for dinner on Friday, Salmon on Saturday and Steaks today. It's not often that we splurge on such good savory foods, but it's also nice because we grilled everything and Trevor had a dominant hand in food prep this time.

I'm a control freak in the kitchen. I'm not a control freak anywhere else really, it's just specifically food and kitchen related. I'm working on it, but I find that I can't help but get anxiety watching Trevor do something in the kitchen...my kitchen.

Anyway...we ate like kings this weekend so I'm sure that I'll kick myself if I'm not healthy all work-week long. Susan's wedding is next Sunday too so clearly there will be much celebration. She's so cute, I got her thank you card this week for the shower gifts. I hope she's doing okay since it's so close...I'm sure I'll be a mess this same time next year.

I'm feeling good so far. I got some cute Unisa shoes this weekend on sale that I intend to use for my wedding. They're really comfy. I'm a notorious shoe addict, but comfort is not something I usually care about when I'm shopping. Clearly it's important that I can enjoy my wedding day without being crippled by my sore feet so I had to try on what feels like a million shoes before finding something I felt 100% comfortable in.

I can't find the exact shoe, but this is very much like it except the straps are a little different and mine are taupe with gold piping instead of white.I feel like I could walk in these all day. The moment I put them on I knew they were good for dancing in. On the other hand I also bought some va-va-va voom Guess? shoes. I think every girl needs a pair of shoes that make her feel hot.

These clearly were not purchased with comfort in mind but I love them. I've worn them around the apartment all weekend. lol

PSA: Wet Seal/Contempo Casuals is having a sale. If you like cheap clothes on sale it worth taking a peek. It's nothing you want to wear to work, but it's good umm...what I'd call disposable tops that are trendy and you know won't survive more than one season.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Free Earrings really came

I admit it, I can't say no to free stuff.

Well, imagine my surprise when I checked my mail the day before yesterday. Living in an apartment I'm not terribly fond of checking the mail since I have to go downstairs and I have to technically leave the building so I have to remember my keys or I'll be locked out. In any case we probably don't check the mail half as often as we should so the box was completely stuffed. Like if they wanted to squeeze even one more envelope it'd be quite a struggle for Mr. Mailman. So after digging out our mail and carrying the armload up to our apartment I finally start to divide it up.

Junk mail....credit card offer...Thank you note from Susan for the shower gifts...tiny manila envelope addressed to me. I looked on the return address and to my dismay it was Pearls Only. I had linked them to my blog some time back & didn't think much of it other than "it couldn't hurt to try it out." Link to their site and get some free earrings? The worst that could happen is that I wouldn't get them. But lo and behold, I did.

So by no means are these earrings I would ever in my life buy. They're slightly blemished pearls but all the blemishes are on the side and not head on so when I tried them on you can hardly notice. They're not round like perfect little marbles...I'd say they're more like a button, rounded on top but flatter where the post is attached. And they have silver posts (for those with allergic reactions) which look sturdy enough for daily use. BUT, considering I didn't invest a single red penny I do feel like it was incredibly kind and generous of them to send me a pair of earrings just for giving them a shout out.

I might buy something off their site or sister site in the future considering how they kept their word.

Trevor bought me a pearl strand for Christmas. It's very simple and it actually surprises me how much I like it. It really adds some class to any outfit I have, particularly the work related ones. It's also very weighty which is a quality that costume jewelery rarely has. It actually stays in place. And though I often find myself twisting my pearl strand necklace whenever I'm feeling bored or stressed out it still manages to stay together. I have broken many necklaces and bracelets in my day.

I want some cool wedding jewels. I don't need to be blinged out like J.Lo or anything, but I'd like to keep it classy & have some nice accessories for my big walk down the aisle. The search begins... lol

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Wet Soggy Dress...Sounds Great

Amanda forwarded me something about Trash The Dress and at the time I thought it was pretty frightening sounding but as I continue thinking about it sounds like a pretty cool idea.

Not that I'd want to do anything too out of this world. I think that after our wedding that it'd be fun to pull on that dress again and drag Trevor out to the Cape for some pictures. He in a button down shirt with the arms rolled up with his jacket flung over his shoulder. Me in my gown, hair down in loose waves barefoot in the sand with the edges of my ivory dress skimming the sandy water. I think it's quite the ideal for me in terms of wedding pictures. Something relaxed where I don't have to worry about wrinkling my dress as though it's the end of the world. Something casual and fun where we can actually enjoy ourselves, like this. It's not as though I ever thought that I'd save my dress for my future daughters; god only knows I'd drop dead before thinking about wearing my mother's 80's gown (shudder). And any of my friends who will be getting wed will inevitably want their own style...and their own size.

It's weird. When you start shopping around about weddings your notion of what is expensive and what is "reasonable" become very warped. In my normal life I would think about a $80 purchase for a real long time because to me that's a lot of dough. In my wedding related life if I could get anything for $80 at this point it'd be a steal. $2,000 could really be much better utilized towards a nice flat screen television.

In any case, I've talked Trevor into frolicking around in wet wedding clothes at the beach. I haven't worked out the when or the who (as in who will be photographing us) but at least he's on board.

I knew there was a reason I loved him. =)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Links

I spent most of my weekend pretty much vegging out.

I wish I had exciting news to share, but since I'm taking some time off from wedding madness there isn't too much on my plate.

I went shopping for a bit Sunday. By the way, Macy's is having 75% off summer sale stuff. I wanted to find suitable dressy shoes for the big day but all the stuff they had was ugly or way too small for my feet. In any case, I bought some cute work clothes. I don't have them that often, but I had an "I have nothing to wear" episode on Saturday and I felt I owed myself a little something since I've spent all my free time on wedding stuff.

On a side note, why not share a few of my favorite links.

http://snatchmycandy.com/ <--A great girlie bargain site. They don't update all the time, but when they do you can find some unbelievable designer and non-designer finds. My favorite is their on-going 20% off Linens & Things online code. (cough...registry...cough) & of course if you're a designer denim junkie like me it's much easier than trolling the entire internet for sales.
http://www.weddingreports.com/
<--One of the most comprehensive wedding related sites I've stumbled across. I like how they have user reviews & some general prices listed so you can narrow down the field...at least the field that exists in CT. Plus you don't have to sign up with a member ID before being able to get relevant info.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

DJ almost officially chosen

Trevor & I had a DJ interview on Monday. Rob from Afterhours in Westfield MA was very nice. Trevor & I felt as though Rob would be a fantastic DJ. He was a referral from my co-worker Liz who had gone to a wedding he DJ-ed. He's a tad pricer than Trevor & I want to go, but he'll personally be doing our wedding along with an assistant and would do 2 set ups. One for the ceremony and one for the reception. And I liked that Rob seemed to have everything taken into account so we wouldn't have to worry about it. He even comes with his own backup generator in case anything happens to the electricity. Trevor is in charge of DJ though I think he'll just go with Rob in lieu of trying to search out an alternative DJ.

We still need a photographer. Photographers are not cheap; some people spend more on the photographer than they do on the wedding. Trevor, having already shown a great deal of sticker shock predictably doesn't think spending $1,000+ on a photographer is warranted. I don't want to spend a ton of money on a photographer when I don't even really want any prints but $1,000 is an entirely low-ball estimate but of course I worry that saying that will result in Trevor's head exploding.

On the plus side, Trevor said Maggie does some amateur photography on the side. On the negative side, since I have absolutely no idea about the quality of her work I don't know how comfortable I feel having a friend do it. The one plus side of having a stranger do it is that if you end up not liking it you can complain to them without compromising your friendship.

I've said it before and I'll say it again...if it costs a little more to not have a heart attack on my wedding day I'll pay more.

We also had dinner at The Mill on The River yesterday. It was pretty good. We had some negatives about the the sushi plate not entirely being up to expectation, but the steak and lobster plate I got was quite good & the salmon Trevor ordered was fine if not slightly over-sweet. The presentation was lovely and the service was very nice and accommodating. I get the feeling that our guests would be pleased overall.

I'm still pretty uninterested in receiving actual wedding gifts in favor of money. I thought maybe that sentiment would change over time but...it really hasn't. As it is I'm trying to weed out things from our apartment to throw away because it's too crowded full of junk that irritates me. I don't want to receive anything else that I need to dust. lol

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Weekend with the Girls

It's felt like a very long weekend already and it's only Saturday.

Friday I spent time with Kim & Ryan after completing 3 loads of laundry, making the bed, folding my clothes & overall tidying up of the apartment. Since I'm a giant shut-in most of the time I'm out like a light on weeknights around 11p.m. but since I was meeting up with Kim we only started to go out around 11 p.m. so needless to say I wasn't in tip top form.

Devin was in town and Trevor wanted to see him so I was on my own. I wanted to see Devin too, but since some of his friends came up to the Cape, plus Trevor and their Boston cousins (plus girlfriends and friends) it was a pretty packed cottage. Plus it was raining all day and very cold out so it wasn't exactly prime Cape weather. So I passed on going in favor of getting a few chores done & planning to see my old college roomie in New Haven Saturday.

In any case Kim and her new man are still going strong. Not like I'm surprised. She's very willing to commit herself to a relationship. Ryan seems nice enough. I'm not really in any position to judge though since I hardly see either of them and most of the time when I've seen him he's been working. Part of me is concerned about her falling too fast and too soon and that it's easier to be crazy over a new guy than it is to pick up the pieces following a difficult breakup. The other part of me just wants to believe in love.

Speaking of love, Jenny & Gio are moved into their new little home in Stratford and they look to be very happy. They're almost nauseatingly cute together. And I don't mean in a kissy kissy way. An example of this being that Jenny and Gio will sing together while Jenny's on the piano and Gio will apparently bang along with a tambourine. Another being that Gio bought Jenny a bouquet of flowers "just 'cuz." They're just too much...but in the best way. They've been living together for just a little over a month now so you can still see how much fun they're having playing house.

Emily's doing pretty good overall too. We had a lot of fun chatting over lunch today and going to Target while waiting to meet up with Jenny. While at Jenny's we took the grand tour of her new pad. It's pretty small, but it's a cute little starter home that fits her and Gio just fine. The two of them should buy some stock in Ikea because the whole house is full of Ikea furniture. The tables, the computer desks, the bureau, the bookshelves, the decorative trees...etc. And all their furniture is therefore also new so it's all uniform and color coordinated...very much like a page out of the Ikea catalogue. Emily & I were amazed at how clean everything was, but again when you just move in you're still acquiring stuff so it may look a bit different a few months from now.

While I love seeing Emily & Jenny I really dislike driving down in that area of CT. The highway system down there is pretty ancient and therefore very confusing. It's like driving in MA. lol There are too many "slight left" and "slight rights" for my liking so I don't make it a habit of visiting as often as I'd like. But Em's in NYC most of the year anyhow so most of the time it's best to simply meet her directly in NYC without worrying about cars.

But for all my small adventures this weekend I missed Trevor immensely. Even though we don't do very much when we are together it's comforting to know where he is and how he's doing. According to Trevor's re-telling of his time at the Cape with his brother it was a very drama filled time as a result of "this fat chick" "these two stupid girls" and "this spoiled little dog" that tagged along. Part of me is glad to have missed the chaos since I'm very anti stupid-girls. Plus since it was so packed this particular weekend I probably would have had to sleep with Trevor in one of the alcove beds (they're smaller than twin beds so you can imagine how comfortable that would be).

For the rest of the weekend we'll probably just chill out. I don't want to drive anywhere after all the driving I did today.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Photobook

I read this interesting article.

"On top of bafflement was the sense that I'd cheated. Gotten out of line and moved to the front."

In a way I feel as though I did skip to the front of the line. There are a lot of couples that have been together longer than Trevor & I have and aren't engaged yet. Though I'm very excited about being the Mrs. to his Mr., part of me feels bad for the girls who yearn for it to be their turn.

The photobook I made on Shutterfly came in today. It's very cute, and I plan to use it as my guest book for next year. It's a little photo collage of from when we met up until we got engaged in Japan. I got the 8x8 book for free since somewhere along the line I registered with David's Bridal and they sent me a promotional code for a free book as long as I paid for shipping. If I was paying for it I probably would have sprung for the bigger book, but for under $10 I certainly can't complain about what I got.

I'm a big fan of online promo codes & sales. (Thus my tons and tons of centerpiece and favors already being purchased.) I'm still trolling around the web trying to find the perfect wedding shoes though. Emily suggested getting blue shoes for them to be my something blue and I think that's a very novel idea but I haven't had much luck finding blue shoes that aren't navy. Pale blue and Tiffany blue are apparently not popular shoe colors. I might just have to settle for ivory shoes or gold shoes.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Possible Photographer?

My parents seem "eh" about the place we booked for our wedding. On the bright side one of my dad's old co-workers is a photographer so dad will be asking him about possibly doing our wedding.

If that's the case then I think it'd be great to get it off my list of things to do. (phew!)

I made Trevor his favorite dinner tonight and somehow burned my elbow on the oven (ouch) but it's so rare that I decide on making seafood lasagna that I don't entirely mind. It's nice to see him so happy. It's truly the little things that bring us together as a couple. I also made a root beer float for us to share and toasted up some nice warm bread along with our meal.

I get the feeling that I probably put a lot more effort into our weekday meals than most other people do, but I think it's nice to be able to sit down and enjoy a meal with my soon-to-be-husband. We're going to be our own little family in the near future and it's good practice ;) Trevor often blames me for his weight gain and I try to take it in stride. I can't help the fact that he can't just have one portion and call it a day.

To be fair, when he was a bachelor he wasn't as readily tempted by food as he is living with me. I can't help but want to stuff all the pantries full of food...you know, just in case. Tomorrow we're having ribs although I don't particularly like BBQ slathered ribs so I'll be doing it like my mom does with lots of garlic.

Devin's in town, sorta. Devin's up at the Cape with some of his Philly friends and Trevor wants to visit him on Friday and go to Boston Saturday to do some fantasy sporty thing. Since he's in town I don't know if I'll make it to Susan's bachelorette party. Since Devin's so far away most of the year I know how important it is to Trevor to see his brother.

It's also important to me to see Emily sometime this summer. I always make it a point to visit her for one long weekend each summer and spend some time wandering NYC with her, reliving our years as college roomies and just being snarky and dorky together. I don't think I've ever gone to NYC and actually gone out at night anywhere; we just go shopping and eat and eat and eat as much as our bellies will allow. I'm a big fan of brunch with Emily. I'm particularly a fan of Eggs Benedict and Bloody Marys/Mimosas. Last time we just stayed in and watched Project Runway reruns and I skimmed through some of Emily's millions of free books. Since she works for a publisher she gets tons of free books; more than she could probably ever read.

In other wedding news I have enlisted the assistance of Trevor's aunt Peggy and his mom with wedding prep. I think I got a handle on invites and favors but I'll probably end up needing help with the bouquets/boutonnières and any day of site decoration. Peggy is currently all over making us a wedding cake. I'd like a raspberry mousse layer and Trevor would like an almond layer. Thankfully those flavors are complimentary.

I'm currently torn between having my hair up or having it down. Since I have a strapless dress and I'm also anti-veil that I'll look very naked without some flowing hair, but it's very traditional to have your hair up. I'm mostly anti veil because I think it'll detract from the beautiful back detail of my gown, which is half of the reason I chose it. Maybe I'll compromise and end up with it half up and half down.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Susan's Shower

Susan's shower yesterday was a lot of fun. Liza brought some shower games for us to play, the food was good and Aunt Deborah apparently put in a lot of hard work putting everything together. Susan got a lot of gifts and seemed to have a lot of fun.

We made toilet paper wedding gowns. I don't have pictures of it yet, but rest assured that there are pictures that exist in the world with me covered in toilet paper.

Trevor and I got a date and put down our deposit. Now all we need to do is find a photographer and DJ that don't cost us an arm and a leg that isn't entirely inept. I suppose I never knew before but apparently photographers feel free to charge up to $4,000 for a day of work. Even if I liked having a million dusty pictures hanging around (which I don't) that's way too much money to spend.

I have a lot more work ahead of me until all the vendor deposits are done and I'm confident that all the t's are crossed and i's dotted, but I feel like we made a lot of progress. Being engaged is incredibly stressful; I don't know if I entirely expected that wedding planning would put such a big stress on mine and Trevor's relationship.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

The Mill it is

We went on a tour of The Mill on the River yesterday and I think that we're probably going to go with that venue for our ceremony/reception. It's been so hard to find a place to do both and we were just so happy to finally see a beautifully manicured lawn, lake and gazebo. Once we walked outside and saw the ceremony site I saw myself walking down that aisle towards Trevor and it was perfect. It was just as I had imagined it should be.

The room where they have the receptions was a tad small and I'll admit that, but I liked the big window overlooking the water and I liked that we had our own separate balcony for our guests to have cocktails on and chat. I imagine many of the younger folks will be spending their time out there.

So I just have to figure out a way to trim my guest list down so it's not uncomfortable. The first to go will probably be children (sorry children). I cannot trim family or anyone my parents invite. First my parents would never forgive me, I would never hear the end of it for the rest of my life and second, those guests are the ones who actually bring worthwhile presents, ie: a generous amount of money. After that I imagine I'll be trimming out friends that I'm not that close to because if I don't hang out with you then much there's no reason for me to spend ~$200 for you and your date to eat. Is it cold-hearted to say? Of course it is, but everyone who has planned a wedding & had to "trim their guestlist" knows the reason for doing it is because it's just too expensive otherwise. Basically I don't want to invite a deadbeat who can't open up their wallet enough to pay at least half the cost of what I'm paying to feed them & their date. Love may not have a price tag, but open bar and prime rib certainly do.

But since Trevor has been very negative about all the over venues I've brought him to, if he likes The Mill on the River then it makes life that much easier. It's just a matter of if we like their food, but pretty much everyone with the exception of Kim has had nothing but good things to say about their menu. And while I love Kim I've noticed we don't agree on food very often. Thankfully the Mill people said they'd be happy to let us do a tasting. Plus they're a restaurant in addition to being a banquet facility so we can always just go to dinner there one night and check it out. The only negative I have about the Mill is that our date is taken. We'd have to work out a different date because every single Saturday evening in September of 2008 is booked solid. Yes, over a year in advance all the good dates are taken. Let that be a lesson to any other brides out there to start scouting as soon as humanly possible. Trevor refuses to do a Friday night because guests will be forced to take a day off to go so we'll probably be doing a Sunday night and since you can pick the hours of your event we'll probably start it around 2 or 3 and it'll end around 9 so people can reasonably call it a night and go home if they didn't get a hotel room.

I finished wrapping my shower gifts for Susan last night. I ran out of paper towards the end, so I did the best I could considering that at midnight there wouldn't be much open and I couldn't get more wrapping paper. Liza said she had a few games for us to play at the shower, which could be a fun or very awkward time. lol I gotta go though, I have to get dressed!