Archive for August, 2003

Mercredi Gras!

That is French for “Fat Wednesday”–which happens to be what I am having. Let me tell you what I’ve eaten today. First, I had a bowl of honey nut cheeries, a piece of bread with peanut butter and jelly (not a lot of peanut butter, but a lot of jelly) and a glass of OJ. Then I couldn’t wait until lunch to have my sandwich, so I ate my PB&J at 10:30a.m. At 12:30 I ate some yogurt. Not too bad. Then at 2:30 I had one regular semisweet chocolate chip cookie from Mr.s fields and 3 small ones! (the itty bitty ones)… What makes this bad is that I am going out to dinner at 7 with some friends at California Pizza Kitchen–one of my most FAVORITE places! GRR!!! I’m just gonna wanna eat everything on the menu. I am going to have to practice some self control!

Other than that, the wedding stuff is going swimmingly. Mom and I are working on our final count. Crazy!!

23 days to go! I can’t wait!

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Tuesday Tuesday

Not a whole lot going on. Work is quiet. It is a nice change from how it used to be–crazy all the time!! πŸ™‚

Only 24 days to go!!!

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BIG Weekend!!

Whew–What a weekend!

Friday Frank and I went to the DuPage County Seat to get our marriage license. The first question they asked (even before they asked us what our names are!) was “Are you related?” WHAT!??!?! Of course not!! EEEEK! Ew ew ew. Frank was so stunned by the question, he couldn’t even come up with a witty comeback. Shocking. So after we did that (we are now fully licensed, woohoo!), Frank went to work and I went shopping for food for Frank’s apartment and then I went home and ran some errands. Later in the afternoon I went for my FINAL fitting at Volle’s. I put on my princess dress and it fit PERFECTLY! OH MY GOSH!! It was awesome. I love my dress. It is beautiful! Mom and I put it in the car (very carefully!) and it is now hanging in the basement, waiting for the big day!

Friday night Frank and I had Jamie and Craig over to Frank’s new pad (soon to be mine!). Frank put together some yummy appetizers and we chatted before going to Fridays for dinner. We had a great time! Craig FINALLY asked Frank to stand up in their wedding and Frank said, “Yes” without much deliberation πŸ˜‰ They also asked me to do a reading in their ceremony–woohoo!!!

Saturday I was up bright and early, in search of the elusive Crate and Barrel. I had a few things I wanted to return and I figured it would be oh-so-easy to find a C&B in Naperville. WRONG. The only C&Bs in Naperville are outlets or furniture stores–not places I could return things to from regular C&Bs. Oh well. Frank and I left for Champaign early in the afternoon for his friend Eric O’s wedding. His bride was stunning in a Maggie Sotero dress. The ceremony was beautiful and both the bride and groom were in tears as they exchanged their vows. After the ceremony, we went to Hawthorne Suites Hotel for the reception. They had lovely quiches and mini-quesadillas–YUM! Dinner was also very good and dessert was tiramisu–YUMYUMYUM! I was quite full! Once dinner was finished, the dance floor was opened up so that we could all “cut a rug.” After we had done some serious dancing, the bride and groom did the traditional bouquet and garter toss. I declined going on the dance floor for the bouquet–I mean, I’m getting married in less than 25 days!!! But Frank decided to have his last hurrah as a single man, and hopped out on the dance floor. The other guys were quite upset that Frank took a front position because of his height, so he wound up in the back of the pack. No matter–Frank STILL caught the garter! That’s my guy!!!! It turns out that Eric, the groom, caught that same garter at his friend’s wedding in June, so we decided to keep the tradition alive and we are using the same garter in our wedding–rah!!!

Sunday afternoon Frank and I had a dance lesson as well as a bridal shower at my friend Erin B’s house in Chicago. The shower was AWESOME!! They had amazing food, it was good to see sorority sisters and the dessert was fabulous! She served tiramisu cake and a chocolate mousse cake and everyone had to try both–YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUM! So good! After that, Frank and I were pretty exhausted.

So that was our weekend! Only 25 days until the BIG DAY!!!

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We received 12 RSVPs today and all but 2 were yes replies! That brings our total up considerably and means that we *probably* do not have to make any phone calls.

Tomorrow I get to try on and hopefully pick up my dress. We are also getting our marriage licenses, engraving our rings, adding FK to my checking account, getting the groomsmen’s gifts, getting my jewelry and all that fun stuff tomorrow. Well, I am using the royal “we” on most of those items–the only things Frank needs to be there for are the marriage license and the checking account. He has to work tomorrow while I get to enjoy another 3 day weekend–yippy!!!

There is still much to do before the wedding, but we are doing all right. Only 29 days to go!!

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I know that I should not leave long voicemails. A simple, “Hey, this is Emily R. Please give me a ring back at this number. Thanks!” should be good enough. But no, I just can’t hang up the phone without babbling on and on. I just left one doozy of a voicemail for a supervisor in a different division. I told her all about a billing problem and how we need to discuss it when she has a free minute, etc. But see, I always leave out one important detail, such as, “By the way, this is for XYZ client” or “This is in reference to estimate 834” or anything that would give the poor listener a point of reference. Instead I probably frustrate and confuse the recipient which could be cause for them to NOT return my phone call–oy!


The couch is in!!! We will be receiving our most comfy sofa-sleeper on Friday, Aug 29th. This is HUGE! πŸ™‚ Well, not quite as huge as the bed was. That was also a very important moment in our soon-to-be married lives, that’s for sure! And to think, we only have 30 days to go! EEEEK!


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Oh good heavens–only one month to go!!! Friday, Frank and I are going to pick up our marriage license, get our rings engraved, buy the groomsmen gifts, etc, etc. BUSY day!! I can hardly believe we only have 31 days until the wedding–I remember back when it was 100 and it seemed eons away!

Must get back to work for now! Cheers!

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The Weekend!

Here goes the recap:

Friday–I left work and went home to do the lovely task of writing thank you notes. Don’t get me wrong–I appreciate everyone’s thoughtful gifts, but these thank you notes take a lot out of ya! I wrote and wrote until about 11 p.m. before crashing. Soooo sleepy!

Saturday–I had my first dress fitting since the dress was too short. THE DRESS IS PERFECT!!!! YAY!!! I was soooo happy, you have no idea. I felt beautiful, like a princess, in my dress!! I love it I love it I love it!! πŸ˜€ After that, I went down to Naperville to do a few things around the apartment before going to see Uptown Girls with Kim, Kate and Dorothy. The movie was very sweet. Due to my overly emotional nature these days (hormonal and otherwise), I was near tears through the whole thing. Eeeek! After the movie we chatted for a while and then the girls left. Frank came home from work shortly after that and we went to the River Walk in downtown Naperville. We had a delicious dinner at the Front Street Cantina and explored some of my favorite shops such as The Gap.

Sunday–I met up with Frank at work and we had a little barbeque with the guys from work. I grilled up some hamburgers and we had a lovely time. Frank’s second flight of the day canceled and we decided to use that time to do some furniture shopping. At Carson’s Home Gallery we found an awesome couch and chair that we both loved. At Target we found a TV stand and then at Circuit City we found a receiver for Frank’s speakers. All in all, a good shopping day! We went back to the apartment and manly-man Frank set up the TV stand while I put together dinner (home-run Inn Pizzas… yum!) After dinner, Frank’s friend and former co-worker Jeff A stopped over. He pledges to be our “Kramer”–staying at our house, answering our phone and eating our food. Delightful! Frank and Jeff left to go do guy stuff (ie. drink at a bar) and I stayed around for a little bit before going home. Yesterday was my dad’s birthday and today is my mom’s so on my way home, I picked up a delicious birthday cake for both of them and we sang happy birthday. YAY!

That’s all for now! Only 32 days to go until the BIG day! πŸ˜€ YAY!!!

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