Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's wishing you and yours the best on this lovely morning.

As always this time of year is a moment to reflect on things are hold dear and are thankful for as well as to embellish the typical home-cooked meal (or well catered, depending on how you celebrate). Enjoy yourself today, take a deep breath and breath in all the wonders in the world.

Then get up really early with me tomorrow to go shopping!

Also, if you're feeling extra thankful today, keep my Yellow Jackets in mind on for Saturday and our big game. We'll be playing our ultimate rivals and it's the first year in many years where we might actually step up to the plate.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday Mosaic: pink and navy

1. Pink DS Collection, 2. Old Navy, 3. Pink for the Cure, 4. Moonset, 5. whisper baby pink, 6. Plum Tree and Blossoms in the Night, 7. A dream in pink, 8. Grapes, 9. Day 251/365......think pink

Since I started some wedding talk I figured today's should focus on my colors.
Note that when you type "navy" into the search box on flickr most of the results you get are Navy, as in the armed forces. I managed to find a few that didn't have men and women in uniform or pretty airplanes flying about.

Wedding: thoughts on style

I have been doing a little bit more thinking about wedding plans and etc. I'm trying to really get a feel for the overall style of the wedding. Somehow in my head I keep going back to what a James Bond wedding would look like. Classic, old fashioned, yet with this interesting modern twist. I'm not sure how I've come across the idea. And dots. Polka dots especially seem to be speaking to me.

Honestly I find the whole thing very daunting. I'm nervous I'm going to screw this up. Which is depressing and it lends to me avoiding working on it.

I'm loving these little place cards. Simple, easy to make (obiviously we wouldn't use the asian lanterns stamp, but something similar, perhaps polka dots again). We aren't having a sit down dinner but planning on assigned seating anyway. I also like that this has the couple's names on them (which with a large guest list cuts down on work/an insane number of cards).
I also adore these little lantern lights. I like that in the afternoon they will stand out as being a color and in the evening they can be just lights lights. I'm guessing our reception won't be a short one, esp since there isn't a ton to do in Bowling Green and a large portion of guests will be in from out of town. Not to mention my family rarely sees each other. If my parents' family friends can make a Fourth of July cook out start in the afternoon and last until after dark, a wedding reception should be a snap.

Planning on posting another Tuesday Mosaic this evening, make sure you stop by again for that. I also finsihed my December Daily book that's ready for pictures and journaling throughout the December lead up to Christmas. I'll try and photograph that soon and get photos up as well before the holiday.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mosaic on Tuesday: mood

1. Insight, 2. {اشعل شموع الكون لاحل طاريك, 3. hush, 4. Day 109 - wanting him to come back before anyone notices part of the world has not moved since he left, 5. Seat Of Powerlessness (Mono), 6. Abandoned Love, 7. Lonely Swingers...., 8. i will continue alone, 9. Running ahead of oneself, 10. will you take me with you?, 11. torn, 12. All gone..., 13. Pews, 14. through the bench, 15. عسى نبضة فؤادڪ دايم الدوم ~ تذڪرني , 16. Lost

I've been feeling in the weirdest of moods lately. This mosaic sort of sums it up. It's this weird cross of lonely, empty, lost and missing. Hopefully things will perk up as we get settled in the new place but right now all I want to do is hide under the covers and read or sleep.

As a result a few things are getting neglected (scrapping, writing, unpacking, organizing, wedding planning). I'm trying not to let this bother me and just keep breathing hoping things will perk up sooner or later.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wedding: dress ideas

photo: J. Crew

I love this dress. This is the neckline Mom and I were discussing and I think this has tons of potential. Obviously I want it in white, and but I really love this cut. This dress in particular has a tiny flare out at the bottom and I might go for more of flare out and maybe a tiny bit more of a train. I think I want less of a sleeve too.
And for some reason I'm thinking polka dots (white on white?).

Monday, November 10, 2008

Find: Wedding stamp

I desperately want this personalized stamp by Cox & Cox for the wedding. I want both the name stamp and the address stamp. How completely lovely. It would run me a good chunk of change though (since each stamp runs about 16 pounds and then there's shipping from the UK).

Has anyone seen anything this nice state-side?


Link: Something worth reading

Hubs to be started his own blog. For the most part he babbles about sports, me, music and movies, but he's got a fantastic dry sense of humor which is always welcome. Check him out, or link your hubbys, hubs to bes, and other significant others who might be interested in some guy chatter.

Champs Lounge

I've got some new projects to post soon, then I'm probably taking a small hiatus from posting scrapbooking LOs as we're moving to our new apartment!! I'll post pictures of that as well if people are interested.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

History: no longer just read, but lived

Yesterday (I say yesterday, as I've not been to bed yet and it is still "Wednesday" to me even though the post will be dated "Thursday") was truely historic. Hubs-to-be and I got up early and waited in line to cast our votes that would determine the direction next four years our country would be headed in.

I was so very nervous about the outcome of the election all through work last night. I had up in the background most of the night. Some people in my life (hubs-to-be, my mother, a co worker and friend or two) kept mentioning that Obama's victory was almost a sure deal, but I couldn't help but remember the insane number of people (adults, students and children) with "Jackets for McCain" stickers at the last few football games (we have season tickets to our alma mater). I couldn't shake the man who verbally attacked me and insisted that a loss for McCain would yield a second Civil War. Every electoral vote made me anxious.

I cannot begin to do justice for the feelings that overwhelmed me after hearing (reading) that Obama was called the 44th President-Elect. Relief would be one of the first. Followed closely by hope. Most importantly though, I realized that I was actually experiencing something great, something beyond myself, something monumental. History. Best of all, I knew that I had done my part, early in the morning on very little sleep, in the band/choir room of a high school to contribute to that history.

I watched Mr. Obama's speech last night in awe. After seeing that McCain had already spoke and a blog post from a friend who mentioned staying up to see Obama's speech I quickly started streaming CNN live on the computer so I wouldn't miss a thing. I was amazed at the sheer number of peple waiting in Chicago, well after 11pm Eastern, in the cold to see him speak. I was amazed to see them all singing along to the songs blasted over the loud speakers, dancing, waving flags and cheering. I was shocked to see Oprah in the thick of it (or so it seemed) and not in a cozy warm indoor place that she probably could have been in if she had wanted.

When he did start to speak though, I found myself somewhere else entirely. He spoke of hope and change. He pointed out proudly that the results of the day proved, so decidedly that democracy is still alive and well within our country. He spoke of how things are not where they should be, that people are unemployed, that the economy is a shambles, that we don't have peace amongst ourselves never mind peace elsewhere in the world. But he didn't not leave us there, pointing out what's wrong and how lost we are. He reminded us that as a country, as a people, Amercians have risen above the worst of times and rallied together to come out stronger than before. That what we faced now was not something that would defeat us.

Most importanly he pointed out that in order to survive the trials ahead of us we would need to unite, not just as Democrats but as Democrats and Republicans and remove the barrier between the parties. He congratulated the Dems on the victory but warned them not to get haughty for this was not entirely their win, it was a win for the whole nation.

As embarrassing as it might have been I sat in my cube and cried at the end of his speech, moved to a point where I thought my heart would burst.

Yes our country is in disarry. Yes we are cynical, jaded, frustrated, downtrodden and just about given up. And what's worse, is that this is no longer a time to be complacent, for us to give in and let the government pull us out of the this mess. We, as individuals, need to be motivated to make a difference. To get ourselves in a better place, to get our country in a better place. The man our country elected to be the next President is capable of inspiring people to do just that.

For the first time since I was young, I feel patriotic again. I know my patriotism didn't die as a result of the Bush administration but rather it died over time as I watched politics become a game of who's better, who's morally right and no longer who wants to change things, to make a difference, to improve our way of life. In a wave of relief, I've found that it is not just me, but other friends of mine, feel united with other Americans on the grounds that we are American. It is the tie that binds.

I am so very eager to see where this new found spirit in our leader, our country and our world will take us. There is so much work to be done, but I think we are ready. I knew all along we could handle it, that we could overcome it, but it is wonderous to have a leader who will cheer us on along the way.

I know not everyone agrees with my points, with my beliefs and with the results of the election. It's not a win for deomcrats though, it's a win for democracy. And even more than that, this is a time where we must take matters into our own hands and fix the country. Even if you don't agree with everything he believes in take a moment to let the results inpsire you to take your life, your own personal economy, your own actions and beliefs into your own hands and make a difference.

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