Tuesday, April 26, 2011

5 Days

Time is flying by now that we're getting so close. I leave tomorrow morning for a fun-filled family drive to Georgia. Today, it's all about packing the last minute stuff and tying up loose ends.

I don't know how much I'll post after today but I'll be sure to re-join you during the week of May 9....with wedding/honeymoon pictures galore!

Monday, April 25, 2011

6 Days

I wanted - and we needed - rain. And we got it.

It's stormed for two nights straight, making sleep for extended periods impossible. So, six days out from the wedding, I'm exhausted. Great. I have one more night of possible real sleep before I have to get up at an insanely early hour to start our family road trip east. I really hope the skies calm tonight so sleep is an option!

The weekend was spent packing (I'll be gone for about two weeks!) and finishing up wedding crafts. I accomplished all I wanted to, but Easter came and went with no festivities. Mr. Higgins and I are both trying to keep the weight off before the Big Day, so we've been counting - well, watching - our calories.

The weather forecast for the wedding is in and it looks perfect - high 70s and sunny. Awesome!

Two mornings from now, I'll be on my way. I can't believe it.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

10 Days and a Problem

A light came on in my Honda Civic a few weeks ago. An airbag light. I didn't think much of it....but then it stayed on.

I was scheduled to take my car in for some service and asked the guy to check it out. Of course, it costs $100 just to hook it up to the computer to see what's wrong. Arrrrg!

After a few hours, they came back. Something was wrong with the electrical system controlling the airbags. The airbags were not working, as a result. To repair this problem, they have to take the seats out and go under the floor board to repair the problem. The guy said it would cost $900.

I was stunned, as you can imagine. I didn't think this was a real problem. The guy said I should contact Honda because the airbags should not have problems on such a relatively young car. Then he said, he'd talk to Honda for me. He came back and said Honda would cover all but $250 of the repair. Looking at a wedding and honeymoon on the horizon, this was still a lot of money for me, not to mention the money spent on service that day.

Still stunned, I went home. I asked my dad what he thought. My dad is a car guy but isn't really a safety guy; he could care less. But even he thought it was prudent to get it fixed. In the end, I agreed. Fate does funny things and I could see getting hit by a drunk driver, two weeks after my wedding, when I have no airbags.

So, on top of everything else, ten days before my wedding, my car is getting taken apart and put back together - well, the inside of it, at least. Great. As if I need more stresses at the moment!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

11 Days

A week from today, I'll be leaving for Georgia and the wedding. Whoa. 11 days until the wedding.

My check-list is getting smaller but my packing list is getting longer! There are just so many details involved in a destination wedding! And then a honeymoon!

In other wedding news, my bridal portraits are up for proofing. I haven't received my disc of all the images or I would post a few teasers here. They're really good. I'm amazed at how well they turned out. Anyone who can make me look pretty deserves a medal! The photographer is a guy I knew in high school who does this kind of stuff on the side. I'm already trying to angle to get family portraits done with him next year!

And that's all I've got today.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Good-Bye

As if life wasn't busy enough....

We had two retirement celebrations for my boss yesterday, both of which I had to help with. It made for a long day, after a very long weekend, and I'm tired.

This retirement, and the festivities, came as no surprise but I still found myself tearing up last night at the dinner. It didn't help that my boss was visibly moved by the toasts in his honor. I guess, as with so many other things, I take him for granted. But he's been a mentor, a friend, an unfailing advocate....and he'll perform my wedding ceremony (in less than two weeks!).

The next year at work will be one of transition. Thankfully, my boss will still be around, in an unofficial capacity. That should help ease both of us into a daily life without each other.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Saturday was an extremely difficult day for me. It began early, with Syb in the car.

I've never met a cat who likes to ride in the car, and Sybella is no exception. She cried almost the entire time. Mr. Higgins and I would go very long stretches without talking, hoping she would take a nap. She didn't.

Usually, on a long car ride, I let her out of her carrier. This time, however, we had to go through stressful traffic and Mr. Higgins and I decided to keep her in the crate to minimize distractions.....though her crying was distracting enough! An hour into the ride, we smelled urine. In Sybella's defense, she hadn't been awake very long and probably hadn't made her morning trip to the litterbox. Suffice it to say, this was not at all a pleasant trip.

After 2 1/2 hours in the car, we finally arrived at my parents'. I got Syb out of her carrier and gave her a half-bath, as her haunches had been sitting in urine. (No wonder the poor girl was crying!) We let her calm down - and bathe - for a few hours before we took her to her new parents.

I can't tell you how hard this was for me. But her new parents had already gone out to buy her a scratching post and cat tree. Clearly, they were excited to have her. I think they wanted a pet to love and spoil; Syb will definitely enjoy all the attention!

I know she'll be happy. And, despite my sadness, that's what matters most.

Friday, April 15, 2011

A Bit of Reading

I don't think I could have picked a better time to read Jane Eyre. It's taking me a while to get through it - I'm halfway through - but it's a nice change of pace and diversion in these crazy times.

And it's so much better than Wuthering Heights!

Hopefully I'll have time to finish it in the next two weeks as I'd like to start something different for the wedding and honeymoon. Who knows what that will be!

And when we get back from the honeymoon, Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) will be waiting for me! Yay!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sybella the Cat

I'm both happy and sad. I've found my darling Sybella a new home. She'll leave me on Saturday, for good.

This hurts more than I thought it would. The logical part of my brain is happy, so very happy, that she'll have a good home with two people who are there to love her, everyday. She can go wild and crazy in a place that's all her own. But the thought of not seeing her precious face, of hearing her loud purring, literally brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it. She's been my home through two moves. She was always there, always my anchor, and she always brought a smile to my face.

Mr. Higgins is now my anchor. And I love that.

But I'm losing a friend. And it hurts, more than I can say.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Mr. Higgins surprised me yesterday by taking me out to one of our favorite restaurants for our 64th Wednesday in a row. He's so sweet! It wasn't healthy and we've been trying to eat well before the wedding... But it was worth it. Sometimes you just have to have a fun day, without dreading the consequences. Living in the moment, and all that - which I'm so very bad at!

And I'm going to try, very hard, to live in the moment during the wedding and honeymoon. No looking forward to future days or dreading events.... I'm going to try to enjoy it all! I'll savor every moment!

But there's so much to do beforehand! I was glad to have a day "off" yesterday with Mr. Higgins, without worrying about getting projects finished. You need times like those to keep your sanity!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

OCD-ness and a Wedding

Three weeks from today we'll be driving to Georgia for the wedding. And I'm finally feeling productive after tying up some loose ends..

I'm working on some craft projects for the reception at home and the wedding weekend. It's fun working on these at my new craft desk. And I had an epiphany last night regarding place cards. It's a great thing when that happens and one wonders, "why didn't I think of that before?"

Packing lists are being contemplated and schedules are being formulated. There's so much to do - most of it fun! - over the wedding weekend that I can hardly keep it straight. And if I, the bride, can't keep it straight, I'm sure others (like the groom!) can't keep it straight either. So he, and the parents, will get a schedule from me. Ha! That way everyone is in the right place at the right time.

Yes, I'm OCD. But this may work to my advantage during the craziest - most amazing - two weeks of my life!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Abortion and Social Security

I don't generally watch many comedies on TV. Thankfully, I don't need to watch comedies for laughs. Instead, all I need to do is watch a recap of political soundbites.

Like this one. Abortion is the reason social security is dying a slow death. Really, how many morons does Rick Santorum have working for him? It has to take quite a few to come up with something so idiotic. As John Stewart pointed out... If more people in the baby boomers' generation had used abortion, there would be no social security problem at present.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Some Random Things

A bit of randomness....

-I'd never read Jane Eyre before and am extremely relieved to find it easier to deal with than Wuthering Heights. The only way I got through WH was because it was with a reading group.

-A month from today, I'll be getting married!

-I've been informed that my boss' retirement party will be during the honeymoon. I'm extremely displeased. Normally, I let such things slide but not this time. I'm tired of being treated like a third-class citizen at work. They have no idea what kind of fury I possess....but they're about to find out.

-Somehow, I've gotten down to the lowest weight I've been since....well, I can't remember when I've weighed so little! My diet this week hasn't really changed much so I'm at a loss as to what caused this. Hopefully it'll continue until and through the wedding, though! Awesome!