Thursday, October 20, 2011

13 Days until Halloween!

Well, yesterday was 13 days.  I wanted to post this then, but I was feeling absolutely miserable.  I ended up sleeping all day.  What a bowl of boosauce!

Remember when we anxiously waited to go trick-or-treating?  I recall those days where my brothers and I would race home from school on Halloween.  We would eagerly put on our costumes and rush to head out the door.  Our mother would try to stop us because it would only be 3 in the afternoon.  We had no care though.  The open doors and free candy were our cravings.

One of my favorite costumes as a child was Snow White.  I always found that funny considering my favorite Disney Princess will ALWAYS be Ariel.  Yes, I am a bit obsessed.  :)  But that's a whole different story. 

My family had a Halloween tradition.  We would go trick-or-treating for as long as we could carry our pillowcases around the neighborhood.  A stop at the house to dump the candy was always a must so we could continue to walk around.   My brothers and I would go from house to house until about 8pm or our little feet grew tired.  Finally, we would head back home and finish the night with one of my favorite movies.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  My mother always ordered us food from our favorite pizzeria .  After food and the movie, my brothers and I would dump all of our candy onto the floor.  We would put aside the candy we did not care for and bring it to school for other kids.  Let's just say we were never hurting in "candy land".  There would be three huge spaghetti pots filled with candy between the three of us.  Great times.  Don't you wish you could re-live your childhood memories?  I certainly do.

Well, there's a little update for now.  Not much, but I promise to come back with some of my "comfort food" recipes for next time.  

Thanks for reading!

"Miss Pumpkin Pie"

Thursday, October 13, 2011

365 more days!!

...well, technically it's 366, but that's because of Leap Year!

What an appropriate time to start blogging again.  Today's date has significant meaning to me.  It makes 1 year until I am Mrs. James Heatley.  Time has flown by since he proposed Christmas Eve 2010.  I sit here and wonder how quickly life does really pass us by.   The real whirlwind experience begins.

I apologize for disappearing from the blogging world.  My life has been beyond hectic since the last time I wrote.  I picked up so many hours at work during the summer to help put money into the wedding account.  Personal problems arose.  Those problems were pretty consistent.  It seems as if James and I can't catch a break.  We have stayed strong though.  It has brought us closer together.

A bit of good news is that I have a full time position as a Nurse's Aide now.  I get my health benefits, PTO, and most importantly - a steady income.  The only con to my position is that I am working night hours; three 12 hour shifts a week.  You would think I have enough time during the week to enjoy myself.  Heck no.  I feel so worn out and lazy half the time.  My schedule looks like this: Week #1: Monday, Tuesday, Friday.  Week #2: Saturday, Sunday, Thursday.  Three 12 hour shifts in a row is pretty exhausting.  I know I will get used to eventually though.  It has only been a little over a month.

Now do not mind my rambling and going from on topic to another.  My head is filled with so many updates.  Another piece of good news is that James and I have our own apartment.  We are waiting to move in November 1st.  We were not expecting to move because James still has jobs here and there, but it was a decision that will be the best for the two of us.  The only problem I have is that I had to dig into the wedding account to help fund this move because it was unexpected.  Everyone I have spoken to have said that things work out.  I am hoping this is true.

I have been filled with so many emotions lately.  Between moving and the wedding in a year, I feel very lost, nervous, and scared.  I have expressed these feelings to several people, but no one has seemed to understand.  I get told to relax and things will work out (this is a constant "reminder"), but I do not feel in control sometimes.  I worry that I will not have enough time, money, or energy to pull this all off.  Some days I wish I was superwoman.

Well, I suppose I have written enough for an update.  I can promise you though that I will be back with some new and fresh ideas on my apartment decor once I figure out my couch.  UPDATE: I bought my couch tonight a Value City!  It's so big and comfy. My goodness! There's so much space and enough room for three people.
So much to do, so little time.

Until the next blog,

"Miss Pumpkin Pie"

Friday, April 1, 2011

April showers bring May flowers...

...unfortunately, it is not showering money. :P

I began my search on the damn-near-perfect photographer.  This is going to be an IMPORTANT and HUGE element in my wedding.  I absolutely adore photography.  It is a huge passion of mine.  Well, I found a local company in my hometown.  I decided to send them an e-mail for information.  I received a reply this morning and was shocked.  All seemed great until my eye came across "Premiere signature wedding collections affordably start at $3995." Uhm, say what?!  Please tell me this is an April Fool's joke!  I am still in shock.  I know negotiating is an option, but holy hell!  I am looking elsewhere! Luckily, I have more options thanks to some of the wonderful bees from  You girls are the absolute best.

So, because I am on the subject of photography, let me share a brief story with you.  

Once upon a time, I used to do band photography along with interviews and promotions.  I traveled.  I experienced something that was like no other.  I thought that I found my place in the job world.  Unfortunately, it did not go as I wanted it to.  I decided to go back to school and got off track.  I will forever cherish those memories and photographs.  

And what is a story with no pictures?!
Juliet from Automatic LoveLetter

Tom Delonge from Angels and Airwaves

Angels and Airwaves

Say Anything

Say Anything

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Busy worker bee.

No pun intended.

Sorry for my disappearance!  I picked up extra hours at work so I am able to pay off my credit card.  I was initially going to put the extra paycheck (got paid three times this month! Yay bi-weekly checks), but I decided it would be best to put the money towards paying off my credit card.  I guess I got in the spirit when James was able to pay off his bills today.  How exciting.  Now he just needs a job and we shall be set!  I cannot wait until everything starts coming together even more.  :)  Keep your fingers crossed though.  He has an interview tonight for a part-time job until he HOPEFULLY gets into the union.  

Looking for an update on my venue choice?  Well, read on!  James and I decided to put down a deposit on The Smithville Inn on Sunday, March 13th.  This is helping me figure out all the little details as well.  Now begins the search for photographers.  I have no worries about the food, wedding cake, and ceremony since all three will be taken care of by the inn.  Fantastico!  I am DYING to share pictures with you all.  Soon enough though!  James, his parents, and I are going to go to the Smithville Inn for dinner one night after enjoying the little shops.  I am very excited.  C'mon warm weather!  Grace us with your presence.

Not much else has taken place.  As I mentioned earlier, I've been a busy bee with work.  I am enjoying my 5 days off, but still have household "chores" to accomplish.  Laundry, cleaning, cooking, and grocery shopping are calling my name!  Until next time, dolls.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Oh, how planning and spending is a joy.

I ordered my first wedding related items on February 26th.  I spent $250 on:

  • Fuji Instax 210
  • Film for the camera (five boxes worth)
  • Two ring bearer cameras for my most adorable ring bearer
  • A special day kit for ring bearer
  • Raindrop flutes for both me and James
The Knot's wedding shop also threw in a free "Bride-to-be" tote.  I dig.  

I was so, so, so excited when UPS pulled up to the house today.  I was not expecting them until later in the afternoon.  I did a little dance, skipped, and waited for the delivery man.  The box of goodies was finally in my hands.  I could not get the box opened up fast enough.   I dug through the peanuts and pulled out each item and examined them.  I looked at everything lying on the couch and thought to myself "this is really happening.  This is for MY wedding."  I can only imagine how I will be when I try on the dress.  

So, dear blog followers, please share with me your first wedding items?  How did you feel?  Did reality sink in then or were you still on cloud 9?

Now for a quick update.  I have not been able to update because I was working Friday-Sunday.  I am up by 5 am and home by 3:30 in the afternoon.  By that time, I am usually spent.   So, if you are wondering where I am, my hiatus is most likely due to work.  

Anyways, I was looking forward to going to the Smithville Inn for a bridal show.  I decided the day of that it would not be best for me to go because the drive is about 30 minutes.  The bridal show was at an odd time of night (in my opinion anyways) and I was called to work Friday morning.  I usually lay down in bed by 9 so I get tired and am able to sleep the night.  I am disappointed that it worked out the way that it did, but I know there will be other opportunities as time goes on.  Hooray for bridal season!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

First comes love, then comes marriage. But when does the house come into play?!

This is a post about everything in between.  

James and I are currently living with is parents.  I adore them both.  They have been wonderful to me throughout the past 1.5 years.  I couldn't be thankful enough for having such great and amazing future parents in law.  But let's face it, who DOESN'T want to be on their own?!  

I've been dreaming about James and I having our own place since our relationship became serious.  Which was fast.  We were living about 60 miles away from each other for the first year of our relationship.  It was tough at times, but the distance made our hearts grow fonder.  =P  

I "officially" moved into his parent's house around Christmas time.  We thought we had a few things figured out financially to where we would both stay here a month or two and then be out on our own.  Unfortunately, life throws curveballs and things don't work out as planned. 

I had no problems with this until now.   Even though our wedding isn't until 2012, we are still taking steps here and there with our planning.  I am becoming so excited about everything that I can't even stand myself sometimes.  All of the planning and excitement has me thinking about our future.  This led me to begin looking at houses.  Houses that I can't afford right now.  It's beginning to devastate me!  I know we'll eventually move into our own place, but my worry is when?  

We will most likely start out at an apartment, but will we ever be able to save up the money for a house?  Do we dive right in and start to save for house along for the wedding?  There's so many questions that run through my mind.  It helps motivate me though.  

My major fear is that James and I will never get far into making it on our own for awhile.  Grocery and gas prices keep climbing.  The house market is coming down, but not much.  How will we ever make it on our own?  I know that I would do absolutely anything to get us standing on our own two feet.  I can tell you right now that it's my plan.

I have a dream that will soon become reality.

I had to share this picture because it's just hilarious.