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there are no words…

to describe how I feel about this.

But I am pretty darn excited about this.

More from my travels later… it’s time for me to do some science!

August 16, 2008 at 9:46 am 1 comment

filling you in.

So much has been going on this week!  I thought I’d fill you in on a few things.

1.  This weekend begins my month-of-travels. Which means that I will either have charming travel stories to entertain you with, or (possibly more likely) the blog may fall silent.  A lot.  This weekend’s adventures bring JT and I to Philadelphia for some quality time with the Ross’ – and for a meeting of the ‘rents.  Yep, that’s right.  Our parents and families will be meeting this weekend.  Kind of a big deal, right?  And, Jason’s sweet Aunt is throwing us a wedding shower!  Should be lots of fun!  I will head to Boston for a conference next Wednesday through Sunday.  The subsequent 3 weekends will find me in Milwaukee, San Francisco, and back in Milwaukee again.

2.  My friend from college, Justin, was just featured on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. And I missed it.  (Mandy!  I’m so bummed that I missed it!)  But his episode will air again in September, and I hope to catch it at my parent’s house since they have cable.  Yay cable.

3.  I’ve begun seriously church hunting. And I even talked JT into going with me, even though I’m heading out to Lutheran churches.  The past 2 weeks, I attended Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church.  My friend and bridesmaid, Sarah, introduced me to this church a few years ago – her grandfather helped build the church, and she’s gone there forever.  It’s nice, and the people are nice.  The congregation must be huge – there are 4 services and the huge church was packed at the one we went to.  So the upside is that there are a lot of resources in the church (they even have a young married people group).  The downside?  Church lasted 35 minutes, which means we spent more time driving there and back than we did actually sitting in the church.  Maybe this would be a good deal if we had fidgety kids or something, but I can’t help but feel like it’s a bit rushed.  We (I?) plan to check out a church a few blocks away when the month-of-travels is over.

4.  Monday was my dad’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad!  I swear, I’m definitely not cutting your hair in this picture.  And even if I was, how would you know?

August 7, 2008 at 7:35 pm 1 comment

2 months to go!

Eeek! Exactly 2 months until our big day!

To celebrate, I took a little trip to the post office today. Our invites arrived last week, and I love them! Andrea and I addressed most of the envelopes Friday night (after a delicious sushi dinner) using what we like to refer to as “fauxligraphy” because it’s like calligraphy, only, we have no clue what we’re doing.

Andrea and I show off our Fauxligraphy.

Fauxligraphy in action.

Jason helped me stuff the envelopes on Saturday.

JT double checks the Fauxligraphy.

And, Barley helped seal them. (we figured it was the *perfect* job for a dog with such a big tongue)

No dogs were harmed in the making of our wedding invitations.

It’s good to have them sent off, although a little anti-climatic.  All of this work just to send them off with the postman…

But – I can’t wait until we start receiving the reply cards!!  (I’m finding that one of the *best* things about the wedding is all of the mail and packages we’ve been getting – even if most of it is stuff that I ordered online.)

August 4, 2008 at 8:08 pm 2 comments

new sidewalks!

Last week, we were the lucky recipients of brand-spanking-new sidewalks. Yipee! (If only we didn’t have to pay for them… remember how I already whined about this? Paying for new sidewalks when the old ones are perfectly good is, apparently, one of the joys of homeownership… just one of the lessons we’ve learned re: homeownership in the last couple of months.)

Anyways, I give you the old sidewalks:

And now, the new ones:

The only problem is… now the walkway leading from the sidewalk to the front door looks old and sad. Guess we should have ripped up that concrete and replaced it with brick pavers also… oops. Another project for another summer, I suspect.

August 3, 2008 at 7:12 pm 3 comments


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