Sunday, April 27, 2008

What Happens in Vegas...

I'm sick so I haven't been updating. I don't really even want to get up out of bed let alone write about how miserable I've been.
Vegas was a lot of fun. We didn't go out clubbing. We didn't go to Fremont Street like we wanted, but we still had a lot of fun hanging out together and eating to our heart's content. I loved the buffet at the Bellagio and I went to my first meal at PF Changs, which was also really good. I particularly enjoyed their specialty martinis. The vodka they used (Charbay) was unbelievably smooth.

We also had a "fancy" dinner at Delmonico, but I wasn't really blown away by the food. It met my expectation but it by no means blew me out of the water. My steak felt kinda blah and I know whenever I order steak I always say the same thing but it's so dull. Steak, even the kings of steak like Porterhouse and tenderloin still need some seasoning to be tasty. That being said, the service at Delmonico was really good and I think everyone deserves to be waited on like they're super important and rich. ;)

I am really glad we went, but I couldn't imagine living there. The weather was fantastic when we went but the smoke drove my eyes nuts. I think it also contributed to my getting sick because I was around the smoking so much more than I'm used to. I loved that there was every kind of restaurant you could dream of. I loved that there was always something to see. We caught a Cirque Du Soleil show, Ka, while we were there and it was gorgeous. I'd be silly of me to try and explain it since it's so beyond words, but it's food for your eyes. The colors, the costumes, the music, the all really worked together for a beautiful show. I wouldn't mind seeing another Cirque show one day, but it's certainly not as cheap as seeing a movie and I'm happy to be home where entertainment doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

I was sick on the last day we were in Vegas. I still wouldn't have changed a thing but I'm glad to be feeling slightly better now. I'm also feeling slightly refreshed from the worry that's been building up as the wedding gets closer and things feel that much more urgent. Of course the worry won't disappear until the wedding is done and paid for. lol But it's good to take a break from it and retouch with the person I'm marrying instead of focusing so hard on one day.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

4 months to go!

Trevor's feeling better by the day thankfully and I think that by the time we go to Vegas he'll be feeling up to it. :) I'm really excited; it's not often that we do anything that's out of the ordinary.

Save the Dates are done, Invitations are done, Flower Girl Basket is purchased, and I even helped Kim buy a bridesmaid dress for Cathy's wedding since she was lamenting the cost for the type of dress she really wanted. Cathy let the girls pick their own style as long as they were all in the same shade of Marine Blue and I innocently suggested her checking out ebay. After all, I'm sure there are thousands of bridesmaids in the world who wanted nothing more than to rid themselves of the dresses they were forced to buy for a friend's wedding. (I can only naively hope none of my bridesmaids feel that way, but let's face the truth and admit that there are some wildly ugly bridesmaid dresses in the world.) Lo and behold, the first dress we clicked on was not only the correct color but also the correct size and style. There can be a lot of misses on ebay but if you're lucky you'll stumble upon a handful of treasures.

I'm working on my penmanship now since I find I'm less apt to write on a day to day basis and I think that in spite of the fact that it's not of primary importance that it's always nice to receive a beautiful letter in the mail. And I'd like for my guests to open up their mailbox, peer in, shift through their junk mail, bills and catalogs and stop in their tracks when they realize they received a real letter from a real person. I'm a sucker for visual aesthetics. I might not always care about top of the line this, and popular that, but I crave visual cohesiveness and I'd like my invitations to look nice. They don't have to be gilded in gold and dipped in diamonds or anything...just pleasant looking.

Only a handful of people will be getting save-the-dates since I'm not having a particularly large wedding. I like them a lot. Since it won't ruin the surprise for people getting them since and I won't describe in the slightest bit what they look like, I can disclose that they are in fact little magnets. I know, we're totally jumping on the magnet bandwagon but Trevor was put in charge of them and I think that he did a very good job designing them. After all, it's his wedding too. Believe it or not he is allowed to have some input on our wedding day.

Dad finished the final touches on my invitations and they look very lovely as well. I'm glad to have people who care help me make the things I want instead of settling for pre-fab products because they're more convenient. It makes me feel very loved that people care and want to help.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Registration Day

Registering was fun. I say that with some surprise since I've had such a love/hate relationship with it. Sunday I met up with Kim and picked out some china and stemware, some bedding...etc. I picked all my favorite appliances online already because as a self proclaimed fan of cooking I have a list of dream appliances that I wish I had glistening in my kitchen. I don't honestly expect to receive all the things I registered for, but I'd rather register for a lot and give people an idea of what I like and give them a lot of options. What always happens when I shop for someone who registers is that I don't want to buy them any of the things on their registry because I wait to the last minute to shop and all the good gifts are taken and then I spend 3 times longer in the store walking around in circles trying to find a better alternative.

As it stands I have pretty new appliances, but I'm guilty of buying pretty cheap ones at Walmart & other bargain-y stores moreso out of necessity than any culinary fulfillment since Trevor and I basically bought everything new for our apartment when we moved in together and we couldn't afford to go by the way of William Sonoma. They get the job done, but not always consistently. We did however get relatively sturdy furniture and even years later I love our kitchen table and coordinating coffee table.

I am a bedding fanatic. There is nothing more comforting than falling into bed with nice soft sheets and a fluffy blanket. And being able to do it with Kim made it all that much more fun even though she had to bail out early. I finished up on my own and then bought a few things for my friend Jenny's bridal shower since she had conveniently enough registered at the same place I was at.

More recently Trevor's been feeling really bad, his back was giving him a lot of trouble and he felt searing pain. It always hard when someone you love isn't feeling their best, but it's even worse when you can't really do anything to fix it. At least you know that a cold will pass with enough liquids and chicken noodle soup but it's scary to think there might be something seriously wrong that will require surgery or physical therapy. Thankfully, the doctor told him that it's a sprained back and that he should feel better within a week or so as long as he takes it easy. On the negative side, we're going to Vegas shortly and my hope is that he'll feel better before then so he's not miserable the whole time because it's not as though we're sitting around on a beach sipping daiquiris; there'll be some serious walking going on.

In wedding news, Trevor & I have acquired many more decorating things. My dad has completed the invitations and now I'm working on the final, final, final for real guestlist. I have a psuedo-list but not anything that's solid with names, date-names and addresses. I care, but I kind of always let that part slip because it's no fun. On the bright side, the invitations, while different than my original vision, are really beautiful. Dad did a fantastic job on them and I'm excited to see them go out in the mail...eventually.

I got a wedding book from Emily (Thanks, Emily!!) and it's actually a lot more entertaining a read than the Peggy Post one I got for an engagement present because...let's face it, Peggy Post...Emily like your grandmother's generation of etiquette and it's dry and boring as can be. It's somewhat useful but it'll put you to sleep in about 10 minutes. I've breezed through some of the sections that I'm not too interested in but otherwise find that it's a good general book so I don't end up offending too many of Trevor's family members.

One of the more interesting points in the book is that while you should invite long-standing couples (even if you don't like one of the pair) that for your single friends you should not feel expected to let each of them bring a date, particularly if you don't know who that date will be.

In random shoe related news I have broken down and purchased a pair of crocs. :-O

Don't run away from me yet. I'm not a complete fashion victim, I swear! They actually make more normal looking shoes now. I got a pair of "Malindi" shoes in black (not like, neon orange or purple) but they just look like normal black flats with some holes for ventilation. I don't like how there are no half sizes, so I had to choose the next size up (which always makes me feel like I have gigantic feet). I like them fine, but I don't quite see what all the fuss is about yet. Then again I'm not one of those people who have to be on their feet all day long. I figure they'll be good for honeymooning/my upcoming Vegas trip because while I love flip flops they just don't offer enough support for tons of walking and easily slide off in water and float away.