Wedding Planning Part 1

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Our wedding is going to be on August 18th in Whistler which means I have just over 6 months to plan things out. I’m pretty organized and already have my venue, dress, menu, videographer, photographer and a few other things sorted out. I can see how this is stressful and expensive but I’ve learned a few things in the month of planning that I’ve done:

  • Sign up for Wedding Wire. It’s free and it has a budget tracker, list and even an option to create a free website (which I did, obviously). A friend told me about it and I’m so happy with it. It’s an organized person’s dream. I can hook up my guest list with my RSVPs with my seating chart and more! Engaged? DO IT!
  • Don’t go dress shopping alone. I was going to go alone but 2 friends ended up coming with me on a trip to Seattle where I just so happened to try on dresses. I didn’t think I would find my dress on this trip but it was the 5th dress I tried on. I cried. YUP. I also drank champagne from a can with a straw to celebrate.
  • Find a few hotels that offer a discounted rate for guests and let out of towners know. My wedding is during a busy time in Whistler and a lot of people have already booked their rooms (the invites haven’t even gone out yet). I know that they appreciate me being on the ball so they can be on the ball, too.
  • Ask for help if you need help. This goes for everything.
  • Start a Pinterest board with your siblings or best friends. You can make it a secret board or public but it’s a great place to be inspired for all things wedding related.
  • Remember, it’s YOUR wedding so YOU do what YOU want.

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Wedding planning should be fun and if you are organized it shouldn’t be too stressful. Do you have any tips for newly engaged ladies out there? Add them in the comments below!

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Presents

Ah, Valentine’s Day. You know, “that day!” Well, almost every year (until recently) I have been single and now that I’m in a relationship I would like to celebrate. How? I don’t really care as long as thought is put into our celebration.

Dinner, I like going for dinner. Specifically, I like going out for sushi and I would be very happy with Sachi or Sushi Village in Whistler.

Presents are also a great way to celebrate. For me, it’s not about how much money you spent but about the thought that you put into the present. For Shayne (and anyone who ever wants to buy me a present) here is a list of items I would be over the moon to receive:

Lilies
Cheesecake

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Massage
Watch

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ANY Jewelry
Trip to anywhere (even a staycation)

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Pictures/frames
Clothing
Mix Tape/CD        

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A song
A poem
Anything handmade

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Feel free to reference this list when needing inspiration for the ladies in your life (or moi). Want to know what I got my boyfriend this year?

Tickets to Motley Crue and Alice Cooper AND a 6 pack of beer. What did you get your partner?

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Getting Hot and Heavy

This has been a very unusual winter for the Whistler/Pemberton area, so I’m told. There hasn’t been very much (real) snow and it’s be drastically warm and drastically cold. With the “cold” snap upon us (and leaving soon, I hope) I want to share some tips on how to stay warm!

1. Dress Warm

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2.  Put your blankets and pyjamas in the dryer right before bed.

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3. Have a long hot bath or shower (OR hot tub).

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4. Find someone warm to snuggle with.

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5. Have a hot bevy (coffee, tea, soup…..even though it is not a drink).

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6. Eat spicy food and A LOT of it. I don’t know if this will make you warm but it might make you sweat. (Note: This is the “heavy” tip)

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7. Physical activity. This can be alone or with someone else (wink wink).

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8. Socks. Always wear socks.

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9.  Stand under a hot blowdryer. This is also good to blow under your covers.

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10. Last but not least: TRAVEL. Get the ‘eff out of here!

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Hotel Loneliness

One of the perks of my job is that sometimes I get to travel. In the past, I have always traveled with coworkers or have shared hotel rooms or suites with them. The company I work for now believes in privacy, therefor, I got my own hotel room. It is GREAT to have my own space but it can get a little lonely at times. Back home, I’m up before my boyfriend and usually have to comply with his quirks.  Solo time can be very nice…..

So, here are some solo travel tips that came up from this trip to help keep you distracted:

  • If you have 2 beds in the room jump back and forth from bed to bed
  • Order room service and eat breakfast in bed (this will be done on my next trip)
  • Spoon with 1 of your 23 pillows
  • Sleep in the middle of the bed
  • Listen to music while getting ready in the morning (loudly)
  • Talk to yourself
  • Leave your room and solo-dine at a local restaurant
  • Take a long and hot shower
  • Spread your crap all over the counter in the bathroom
  • Build a fort out of pillows and sheets
  • Exhibit single girl behavior (that normally occurs behind closed doors)
  • Facetime with friends, family or significant others
  • Hang out in the hotel lounge and meet strangers (maybe even change your name?)

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I’m sure there will be many more trips. Do you have any tips to add to the list?

Diabetic Alert Dog Guides

As you may or may not know, my boyfriend is a Type 1 diabetic. He found this out at age 10 and has lived with it for 27 years. I have now been with Shayne for just under 2 years and I have done a lot of learning. He wears an insulin pump which  delivers  short-acting insulin 24 hours a day through a catheter placed under the skin. He also has to monitor his blood sugar levels frequently. He needs to make sure he is not too high or low. Both are bad and make him uncomfortable.

When you are low blood sugar it is also called hypoglycaemia. Some of the symptoms of this include: seizures, unconsciousness and dysphoria (most common for Shayne). The worst of it happens while he is asleep, either napping or during the night and it can be very scary for both of us. When this happens, I shut off his pump, (try to) give him sugar and if it is too hard to get his sugar levels up, I call 911.

After doing a lot of research I have learned that there is such a thing as a Diabetic Alert Guide Dog. This is great news! If we get approved, I won’t have to worry about Shayne having low blood sugar and suffering the symptoms, when I’m not around. The dog will be able to sense low blood sugar and alter him or go get help. This is what the website says:

Diabetic Alert Dog Guides assist people aged 10 or older who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness. They are trained to detect sudden drops in their handler’s blood sugar through scent and alert them so that they can ingest something sweet. They can go get help within the home or activate an alert system if needed. Their ability to detect and react to hypoglycemic episodes helps their handler’s avoid loss of consciousness and subsequent life-threatening effects. Ultimately, these specially trained Dog Guides provide increased safety, security and independence. 

Diabetic Alert Dog Guides can be identified by their red harness.

So, we are going to work on an application and hopefully we get approved! It may be a long process. Do you know anyone who has a Diabetic Alert Dog? If so, I’d love to talk to them! Wish us luck!

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I’m a Cheater

I don’t cheat on my man but I sure as heck cheat on my diet. Over a month ago I decided to cut out wheat and dairy. I had a disgusting addiction to cheese and I was feeling blah. I’m talking eating a while package of cheese strings…..Yah, gross, I know!

So, I cut ’em out and I feel great. However, temptation is all around me. I don’t find it hard to cut out the wheat and dairy unless I’m craving sushi or it’s someones birthday. I have decided that if I behave and temptation crosses my path (for good reason) I can have a little taste.  That isn’t so bad, right? I mean, I have hardly had cheese and that IS A HUGE DEAL! Oh yah, I have also cut out coffee (but I have it when I NEED it). What are your trips for staying on track?? Please help!

Here are some tools that help me survive: 

I do have to modify a lot of the recipes but that's easy.

I do have to modify a lot of the recipes but that’s easy.

Almonds

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Quinoa (with vegi soup broth)

Quinoa (with vegi soup broth)

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Hot. Yummy. Teaaaaa

 

Summer is here and I’m learning to bike (better), fish and other Pemberton activities. Follow me on my journey. Check back every Wednesday (ish) to see what I have been up to.

 

 

 

The One Time I’ll Ever Do That

What is “that?” Bungee Jumping. Crazy. Terrifying. Fun. Scary. Painful (after).

I’m glad I did it. It was nuts. I also took along a GoPro.

If you are watching from a computer, look at this:

If you are checking this out on a mobile device, this version is for you:

Also, for some reason, I think bungee should be spelled with a “j”: “bunjee.” I think that if you have it in you, go and jump.

Summer is here and I’m learning to bike (better), fish and other Pemberton activities. Follow me on my journey. Check back every Wednesday (ish) to see what I have been up to.