Monthly Archives: April 2009

A (Seriously) Long Engagement

The date is set. The STD’s done (well, almost – if only Travis and my mom could finish the one assignment they’ve been given). The color palette chosen. The wedding website built. The reception location is on the cusp of being chosen. What’s a bride-to-be to do?

Times ticking, ticking, ticking into the future (Thanks Seal)

Time's ticking, ticking, ticking into the future (Thanks Seal)

When we first got engaged our married friends told us that there would be a few months of big decisions, followed by a lull, followed by a sprint of wedding-related business until the big day. I didn’t believe them. Ha! I’ve really had no wedding business to take care of lately. And although I’m busy in so many other ways (work, attempting to lose 40 lbs. , spending time with the fiance and pets, hanging out with my girlfriends, working my butt off on the freelance project) I miss having a wedding task or two.

We chose a long engagement because we wanted to have plenty of time to plan for St. Croix and to give our guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements. We got engaged on January 3 and will marry on July 3, 2010 – making our engagement exactly 18 months. I’m still convinced that was a good idea, but there are days when I wish we were getting married already. I’m antsy.

Any tips on how to make the days go by faster? Or any wedding tasks I’m overlooking?

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Nerd Alert

I went to Reno-Tahoe WordCamp yesterday and had a glorious day of nerdiness. It was such an amazing day with awesome presentations. Going into it, I thought, I sure hope this is worth my Saturday. And it was. Tenfold.

If you understand this we should be friends. Call me.

I’m a nerd, a geek, a dork. I’ve embraced it. I love learning, being challenged, talking about science and code. Yep, I’m pretty much awesome. But not quite as awesome as some of the people that I met yesterday. In my office I am hands down the nerdiest person. I once freaked out on the Marketing Director for not knowing who Nikola Tesla is. What? You don’t know who he is either. Read this. Immediately.

Yesterday, I felt like a novice. In a room of people my age (some younger, a handful older), I pulled out my mini legal notepad to scribble down everything while a lot of the folks around me pulled out Macs, PCs, and iPhones.

Ummm, A) I have a hand-me-down ThinkPad because the technology Gods have not smiled upon me yet (for fear of people asking me what antique store I purchased it at I will not bring it out in public) and B) I still believe in writing (Ms. Handt, my third grade teacher, didn’t teach me cursive for nothing).

I’m not going to apologize for this since I’ve always claimed to be a hybrid. Not a complete web geek. Not a complete snobby marketing person. I’m a little of both. I like trouble shooting code and buying shoes (preferably not at the same time, too much to focus on).

The high I felt yesterday after leaving WordCamp was awesome. Part of me would like to become a WordCamp groupie and follow these around the world. It made me feel connected and excited, part of a community and stoked to go out to the real world and apply everything I had learned.

After a day of having my mind blown, Travis and I had dinner with some friends at Jazz. The food is good, the service is good and if you go make sure to try the Beniets. They are awesome.

I can’t wait to start on the redesign of The Durtty Bride.

Later gators!

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Pay.Weigh.Stay

4232009I went to WW this morning and am down 1.8. I’m happy about this. I lost the vacation gain plus almost half a pound. Still about 5 pounds away from the Cinco de Mayo goal and only 2 weeks to go. Hmmm, another goal adjustment may be in order. The meeting topic was about what makes a successful WW member. The leader gave us this little threesome that pretty much sums it up:

Pay. Weigh. Stay.

Something about paying for a meeting and to get weighed makes us value it more. Weighing keeps us in check. Staying for the meeting gives us motivation for the next week and a sense of camaraderie.

I completely agree with this. I have the past failures to prove it. I’ve tried doing WW myself. I’ve tried doing WW online. But I think I am just the person who needs the extra help and accountability. I know there are people out there who can do it on their own. I’m just not one of them.There is something really liberating about that, knowing WW will be a part of my life for years to come makes me feel good. Like I will always have that to fall back on.

My goal is to lose about 1.5 next week and the week after. That will put me two pounds away from the Cinco de Mayo goal. I think this is reasonable.

Bachelorette
The fiance has been in Wondermucca all week and I can’t wait for him to get home. I go through this pattern every time he leaves town. At first I bask in my new found bachelorettehood. I watch reruns of Law & Order, CSI, crappy reality shows like The Hills. I eat things with onions, tomato sauce and I even eat cereal for dinner. I shop at Trader Joes and buy whatever-i-want. I meet up with my girlfriends. I go to Stitch ‘n Bitch.

Then I hear weird noises in the middle of the night. I forget to leave a light on and have to enter a dark house. Daisy barks at something strange. I roll over and touch nothing but body pillow. By about Day 3 I remember why I’m making the choice to be a better half. I miss him. I miss the annoying little innuendos he comes up with, the way he always makes sure to kiss me goodnight even if I’m dead to the world, and that I always feel safe when he’s with me.

So tonight will be filled with domesticness – cleaning up the pig sty that is our house, cooking a homemade meal for my guy who has been living on fast food all week, and spending some time with him.

Tomorrow I’m off to Reno-Tahoe WordCamp! I am so excited and can’t wait to learn more about WordPress. I’m planning on redesigning The Durtty Bride and will hopefully get the tips I need to make that happen.

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MIA

I know, I know. I’ve been MIA from the world of blogging. It’s been a busy week and hopefully I’ll be able to explain everything that has been keeping me busy soon.

Not a whole lot going on in the wedding planning world. I’ve been working at addressing the STDs (still can’t get over the fact that the wedding blogging community finds it ok to use that acronym, but whatev).  For those of you who are confused right now I’m talking about the Save the Dates. If Travis and my Mom would get on the bus and track down some addresses for me I’d be one day closer to slipping those beauties into the ‘ol blue beautiful USPS box. But alas, apparently I am the only Type A in this threesome. And by Type A I mean gloriously organized, master of Excel.

I’ll post a pic of the STD’s this weekend.

I got the comps back for the wedding invites and I am in love. Matt did an amazing job and I can’t wait to share pics of those eventually.

People keep asking me if we’ve registered anywhere yet. I think it is too soon, but from the amount of questions I keep getting I’m wondering if that isn’t the case? I’d love some feedback on this. Speaking of registering, we are still debating where to register. My girlfriends and co-workers have given me their opinions and there seems to be a few front runners:

Bed Bath and Beyond – Because it has a good selection at a variety of price points

Target – Because it has lower cost items and fun stuff, but bad because of the return policy

Macys – Because you get 5% of every purchase from your registry that is put on a gift card for you to use after the wedding, but bad because of pushy salespeople

Lowes – Because I have a fiance who could be considered an expert Lowes shopper and because we are in the neverending saga of remodeling the condo

Scheels or REI – Because we love the outdoors

Williams Sonoma – Because I love every little expensive, wacky gadget that they have in that place

Anyway, I still think we are a long way out from registering anywhere, but would love your suggestions and opinions. So these are the questions and topics that are keeping my mind busy right now. More to come this weekend. I’m off to Stich ‘n Bitch tonight.

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5k Training

Travis and I are taking the plunge and training for a 5k (about 3 miles). This is a big step for me since I was often the one who would say you should only run if you’re being chased. I’m not sure what has come over me, but I feel ready to challenge myself.

Here is our training plan:

Week Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3
1 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
2 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
3 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
4 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
5 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
6 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
7 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
8 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
9 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

This is from coolrunning.com. We did our first training last night and it wasn’t bad. It felt good to move and be challenged. Our next step is to find a race in June.

While I’m hoping that this will help the weight loss journey I’m also doing this because I want to be in better shape and feel better. And part of me wants to prove to myself that I can do this. I haven’t run since college and I vaguely remember liking it once I got past the pain part. Will keep you posted on the training.

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