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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My Creations

My pottery lessons are now done. I had six of them and managed to miss one. There were some successes and there were some failures. I ended up with a weird looking bowl (not pictured), a nice bowl, a little bowl for my boyfriend, a platter, and a mug and dish made by my teacher. The piece I am most proud of is my big bowl (the brown one). I had a really nice mug that took me three hours to make but it broke… hence the teacher making me a mug. It was awesome and I’m hoping to do a few drop ends before the end of winter/2015. If you’ve a chance to learn pottery do it if you a chance to learn from Denise Hughes do it. Take a look at my pictures and please don’t laugh at my mistakes… 
  
  

Artsy Fartsy

For YEARS I have wanted to take pottery lessons and the stars have never aligned…until now. The original plan was to take a throwing class (a.k.a learn to use the wheel) but when I went to sign up the class was full. So, on to the waiting list I went. I got a call a few days later informing me that another throwing class was added and I. WAS. IN! Yahooooo!
I showed up to class and the group of 6 had realized that half thought I was throwing and half thought it was hand building….so we decided to stick with hand building. Originally, I was bummed out but I knew this would be really fun. AND IT IS SO MUCH FUN!

So, it’s nothing like the movie Ghost and here are some things I have been working on. Keep in mind that I still need to “bisque” and glaze them. 

…..Each items gets better and better (phew).

   
    
 

Putt Putt

Putt Putt is what I used to call my friend Sarah. It’s a name the was born after we rode a quad around Corfu and that is what we did…..we putt putted around. Last night the word “putt” took on new meaning for me.

It was my 3rd golf lesson and I was so excited to use the irons at the diriving range. I have been so busy with work and travel that I have not had any time to practice so when Wade, the teacher, told us we were going to the greens to learn to putt, I was a little disappointed. I wanted to hit balls on the driving range. After we got into etiquette and theory, I’m GLAD we had this lesson. Here are some of the things that I leant:

  • If you make a hole with you ball, fix it. You can get the fixy things at the first hole. These tools also double as ball markers.
  • How to mark a ball.
  • Putting is all about the senses: look and feel.
  • The goal is to have 2 or less putts on the greens.
  • You can use your putter on the greens and about 20 feet (max.) surrounding the greens.
  • I hit the ball too hard…..
  • You can line up the stripes on the ball with the hole.
  • Wipe the mud off your ball if it’s on the greens (have a half wet towel with you).
  • What to do if your ball is in the way of another ball.
  • These skills will help my mini golf game.
  • Tiger woods fixes his own ball marks.
  • You can practice on the greens for FREE (everywhere).
  • There are less rules for holding the club, when on the greens.

I know that I need a heck of a lot of practice. Sadly, I’m missing my next lesson and our last lesson was pushed back 2 weeks so I WILL have plenty of time to practice. My goal is to get to the driving range at least 3 times in the next 2 weeks so please, hold me accountable! Shayne said it’s almost impossible to get the ball in the hole, on the greens, in 2 or less putts. Wade said that that is what the great golfers do. Will I ever get that good? I guess practice makes perfect (or at least better than Shayne).

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It’s All in the Hips

My physio therapist always tells me I’m “loose goosey” which is something that shows when I play golf. This means I’m overly flexible and have very little control overt movements (but I’m not a flailing weirdo, I swear). I just finished golf lesson number two and it was a wet one. It was sunny this morning but after work it was soggy out so I bought a $20 rain jacket (that ripped) and a sweet new hat (on sale).

This week we worked on posture and my biggest struggle was everything to do with posture. I did a lot of things wrong like stiffing up my arms and hitting the ground with the club. I was also bending weird. My arms will be sore tomorrow. Very sore. I was too loose.

By the end of the lesson I got the hang of it. It’s all in the hips. I was holding the club right, I was moving my arms (almost) right and I was hitting the ball. I even had the back leg- tippy toe thing happening. I was actually hitting the ball far-ish.

This week’s lesson reminded me a lot of the Simpsons episode where Bart is really good at mini golf. You know the one? If not, here is a reminder (coming soon).

Anyways, I look forward to practicing but sadly, I will have to wait a week because of a business trip I am going on. I need to practice…..I need a lot of practice.

My new hat:

 

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Wet balls:

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More wet balls:

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The gloom:

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MY FACE HURTS

Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m getting older or that I living in the mountains, away from the rainforest, but I am now the lucky person who gets eczema! It is always shows up on my face . Awesome. It only shows up in the winter and had gotten progressively worse over the past few years.

According to WebMDEczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an often inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.

Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children in the U.S. Most infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their tenth birthday, while some people continue to have symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease often can be controlled.

I have asthma. Stupid asthma.

I woke up yesterday and looked like Hitch ( you know, when he has an allergic reaction!):20140319-130336.jpg

So, I went to the doctor and got given a prescription for Betaderm and Hyderm. I also had to switch my face wash and was told to use this magical cream called Glaxal Base.

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According to the doctor, when using this cream I will have amazing skin and it’s the lotion that most seniors use to look young. I’m 28 so does that mean I will look 13? I’m also going back to no wheat or dairy products which is soooo hard because I love CHEESE! Not looking like Hitch is more important than cheese, so that is okay. I’m also working on drinking more water and hydrating from the inside out.

Do you have any tips on how to keep myself hydrated and fresh?

 

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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