Busy Little Bee

Busy Little Bee

Y’all, I am so sorry I’ve neglected you this week! Between some sciatic episodes, a sudden torrent of work, and baking 6 dozen cupcakes for the lacrosse boys, I’ve just been worn a little thin since last weekend.

I’ll be back on Sunday with Sharp-Dressed Lady #8 (!), then Monday will see the return of recipes. Until then, please enjoy this picture of a very tired Bueller and have a great weekend!

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900 Days, Stacked

900 Days, Stacked

I begin every workday with a simple ritual that I developed at my first big-girl job in 2009 – I write the day and date at the top of a fresh Steno pad sheet, followed by my on-going projects and daily duties. As the day goes by, I check off things that are accomplished, add newly arisen to-do items, and mark my lunch scan-in-scan-out time to make sure I clock in on time.

Today, I finished up the 15th Steno pad at my current position and began again with a fresh spiral-bound 60 sheets. I have (approximately) 900 pages of daily minutiae recorded and saved on the shelves behind my desk and who knows how many more I’ll rack up here, or during the rest of my life.

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Nine hundred pages, including the day before Bill and I went on our first date.

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The day after Bill asked me to marry him.

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These pages show my rise from unemployment, meeting my husband, falling in love, getting married and celebrating our one year anniversary, all contained within notes to email vendors, design advertisements and track down routing sleeves.

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What does this stack show? The slow grinding of the wheel of time in an oddly mesmerizing and physical way? My information hoarding ways? Or the simple growth of time as we all age? Such a simple collection of objects, yet my mind reels at all it represents.

They aren’t as visual as photographs or as personal as letters, but they are steady and growing as I suppose we all.

Do you have any oddly pedestrian physical reminders of time that you fixate on?

Week One of the new, DINK life

Week One of the new, DINK life

So far, so good my friends! We may not really be double-income-no-kids until Bill gets his first paycheck, but he’s definitely employed : ) His first week at his school is going really, really well; his kids are very well behaved, smart high schoolers and he’s even started as an assistant coach for their varsity lacrosse team! On his third day, Bill told me he couldn’t believe they were paying him to work there, it was just a dream to teach these great kids. After his nightmare school in Virginia and all the other schools that didn’t work out, my lovely fiance definitely deserves a wonderful, supportive school.

He’s going gaga for lacrosse again, now that he’s coaching. We had to buy his first pair of sneakers since college and I haven’t seen him put down his borrowed lacrosse stick since he got it. Plus, he’s super-cute in his Jesuit jersey ; ) His having practices has lit a tiny fire under my tookus to work out a little as well, so that’s definitely nice. Right now it’s just a little 10-minute circuit with jumping jacks, crunches and whatnot, but I’m slowly adding more to it to build up some endurance and freaking physical fitness.

I’m very enthused about his new job because it means we have grown-up activities to attend! There’s a business/formal President’s dinner coming up next month that we’re invited to which means lots of meeting new folks and eating free food and I’m probably way too excited about it. Don’t worry, my social anxiety will kick in the day of and I’ll be my normal awkward self. I’m also pretty enamored of Bill having to get up and go to bed on a normal (adult) schedule too, instead of waking up at 11 after going to bed at 2. The last 2 days he’s had early classes, so I get to sleep while he’s in the shower and it is AWESOME. I don’t mind being the dog-walker on those mornings at all!

In also-good-but-unrelated news, we have somewhere and sometime to get married! Hooray! Unless something goes wrong in the next week before we put down our deposit, Bill and I will be getting married March 10th in La Grange, TX! Yay! (Sorry, that was a lot of exclamation points, but I’m super-psyched) The place we’re getting hitched is super-gorgeous and even has lodging on-site for our family and friends who are coming from far away. There’s obviously still a TON to be done, but it’s nice to have the big honker of when and where checked off the list. Now it’s on to photographer, officiant, food, booze, clothes, etc, etc, etc. Whew! Good thing I have my handy binder to keep me sane. That’s right, color-coordinated, foldered and tabbed wedding binder is keeping me sane : )

On that note, it’s back to the binder (and work) for me! I’ve got people’s addresses and accommodation info to track down (we have to know now if they’re staying with us), as well as all the other things that make this wedding thing tick ; ) I’m so blessed to have wonderfully supportive family, friends and the internet to help us pull this thing together. Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Up to the Midwest

Up to the Midwest

Oh so soon Bill, the puggle, and I are heading up to Springding, home of my alma mater, residence of my best friend, and site of the Kristin/Adam wedding : ) In just 2 days, we’ll pack up everything and head up to my parents’ house, then on to Springfield for Beffie bonding, weddingness, Tulsa time, and then back to Houston once again. I’m praying the weather holds out, that I can see everyone, that Bill and Bef get along, that the puggle doesn’t puke, that I don’t get travel-grump, and that I’m not currently sick enough to hold back the trip (more on that later).

Right now, I’m busy both at work and with trying to get all my travel duckies in a row. The list-making has begun, along with the compulsive weather-checking and time-table-arranging. Maps will be made, agendas will be set, to-do and to-pack lists will be completed, and I will probably lose my mind just a little. Not just because of the travel-crazies, which I get like a nutter-butter, but because I’m super-excited to see Beffie and I’m really excited/proud/confused about this whole Kristin-getting-married thing.

Emily And Kristin: The Story (probably told poorly)
Kristin and I have known each other since our freshman year at Drury where we were suitemates.

Aww, weren’t we cute in 2005?

After surviving the Year of Crazy Heather together with our other suitemate Jayme, the three of us (and a girl named Dani) got one of the 4-person apartments in College Park and made it through another year together. Sophomore year held my leaving the architecture program, Jayme moving in with her now-husband Ryan, Kristin in her most-hippie phase, and my first ice storm, along with various triumphs and failures in love and life and such. Unfortunately, we were residentially separated for our Junior year. I lived with more crazies, she broke up with her then-fiance, she met her almost-now-husband, and we stayed close (of course). Senior year, we missed out on our last chance to live together, but Kristin and I were both on Dance Team so we got to see each other quite a bit. When Jayme and Ryan got engaged, we were both bridesmaids and threw her an awesome bridal shower. Kristin was the first person I went to when Jim broke up with me, she was the one who sat me down sophomore year and told me that I wasn’t allowed to be a bitch 3 weeks out of each month’s 4 and call it PMS, she helped me stay in shape (sometimes), deal with boyfriend’s best friend problems, and was always there for a good talk, workout, or style consultation. She curled my hair for my first date with Jim, for stage managing B-Cab with Beffie at the Gilloiz, for all sorts of things. She lent me the dress I went to the sorority dance in, she taught me to walk in high heels for Jayme’s wedding. Kristin has been one of the best friends I could’ve asked for and she’s just an amazing person. Her gift for music and therapy and joy is simply stunning and I’m so happy she’s found love and joy. The two of us married of our Jayme last March and it’s crazy to marry Kristin off now.

Sewing up her dress for Jayme’s wedding

She’s always been creative and organized with wedding stuff (being fianced or in a relationship for almost all of the 5 years I’ve known her) and I know her wedding will be wonderful. I’m honored to be one of her honorary bridesmaids (only her sister is standing up with her) and I hope I can support and love Kristin, Adam, their marriage and their family for many years to come.

The Other Thing
I’ve had a headache for almost 2 weeks now, not quite constant, but for at least a few hours every day. Sometimes it hits at work, sometimes at home, sometimes with my glasses on, sometimes without. I wrote it off as a pressure headache from the changing hurricane-ish weather for a while, but after a nice clear weekend with no pain abatement and the addition of neck pain to my symptoms, Bill’s starting to get worried. So, if I don’t feel better tomorrow, he’s making me go to the doctor. I’m worried I have the meningitis or brainworms or something else awful, but I hope that it’s just poor posture plus changing weather. With the trip coming up so soon, I keep having visions of being made to stay for tests and missing all the important Missouri things, but I hope and pray that won’t happen.

What’s up recently

  • My good thoughts are going out to Miss Katie on her big move and big future in Colorado Springs this week, as well as Bill’s mom on her annual check up.
  • An aside: I found out last week that Bill’s momma found my blog through his blog. After rereading all I write about I am OK with this, especially since it tattled out Bill’s moving in with me 😉 His mom had no problem with it, but I think it’s funny that how she found out. Also, I’m ok with it because I tend to blab on and on about how much I adore her son on here, which is a good thing for her to hear I suppose. Makes me even more nervous to meet her, though.
  • On that note, Ms. Mercy, you should come visit us! Now, back to the entry…
  • Bill and I had a lovely, uneventful long weekend. I made Baked Ziti Alfredo, Homemade Ice Cream (one strawberry, one Kahlua), and Eclairs. All were delicious, all were consumed.
And I think that’s all! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend if you got one and that all is going well with you! : )
Things I Do When My Busy Day Turns Slow.

Things I Do When My Busy Day Turns Slow.

Make a cute card for Bill’s grad school friend who had a baby! Congratulations to Julia and her husband on baby Olivia : )

Make another cute card! This time for Kristin and Adam for their wedding. Just 1.5 more weeks until we’re in Springding! : )

Also I:

  • Look for recipes at King Arthur Flour and the Pioneer Woman (see sidebar)
  • Read Bill’s opinions on things on his blog
  • Daydream about making cute cards and invitations for a living
  • Try to ignore the giant headache that won’t go away
  • Camp out on weather.com to track this hurricane thingy
  • Try to think of things to blog for y’all

: ) Have a nice day, intertubes!