Friday, June 24, 2005

Postponed Post

We're gone for another vacation. Well work for the hubby but a vacation for me. I'm about half done with the wedding day entry. It'll have to wait until we're back. In the meantime, enjoy your Fourth of July holiday!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Pre-Wedding

To say that the last week was wonderful would be an understatement. It was simply fantastic! Out-of-this world amazing! We left for California the Saturday before last which was about a week before our wedding. We had some obligations before the wedding and we also had to take care of some wedding business. Our week went like this:

Arrived in LA Saturday (June 11) evening and after waiting for the bus from the car rental agency (note to self, use a major agency that doesn't stop running their busses after 7 p.m. making you have to call them for one), we got ourselves a PT Crusier. Negotiating the freeways and streets of LA in the evening in a car with no maplight (yes, no maplight in that rental) is not fun but we made it to our hotel tired and hungry. We ordered room service and promptly fell asleep. The next morning we attended church services at the church our marrying minister is at. He requested us to do so and we agreed without any hesitation. It was truly a wonderful Sunday service and his congregation was warm and welcoming to us. Then we drove over to my relatives where my mom was staying to visit with them a bit. That evening we had dinner together.

Monday morning our first wedding business task was to get our marriage license. If you ever want to marry in LA, it's pretty easy to obtain a license. You simply must fill out an application that doesn't ask you any complicated question, show a valid picture ID, pay $70, and wait approximately one hour. Once you verify they entered the information correct into the computer, you are asked to swear the information is true and just like that you can get married. No blood test required.

Since we were traveling to our wedding destination, we mailed a few wedding things to my aunt so that we didn't have to take as much with us on the airplane. We picked those up and worked on completing our wedding favors and such. Tuesday was my birthday and rather lowkey. But I was equally glad for that since I wanted to relax. We spent the morning at the Japanese American National Museum and the afternoon in Santa Monica. You gotta love LA with all its culture and diversity. Of course, the fiance (now hubby) gave me a sterling silver Tiffany heart ID tag bracelet. I had be wanting one for awhile. He said he'd like to add charms in the future with our children's names on them (heart melt commence).

Wednesday morning we met up with my future in-laws (now my in-laws officially) and the hubby's brother and sis-in-law to see the LaBrea Tar Pits. I had been there many times but none of his family had. They thoroughly enjoyed it and I always have. I would say the major pre-wedding activities didn't begin until that evening when we took our parents out to dinner so that they could meet for the first time. Everyone got along wonderfully.

Thursday was our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. It was a nice way to relax and for everyone of meet together. At our dinner there was about 17 of us in the "Pope Room" at the Santa Monica Buca di Beppo. The service and food was just spectacular, and so was the conversations. It was the way I had hoped to spend the night before my wedding and I did.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

I Now Pronounce You...

The hubby and I are home now. The wedding was simply beautiful according to all our family and friends. I was floating on a cloud throughout the ceremony and reception. More details later as we are so darn tired...

Friday, June 10, 2005

Gone Fishing... Coming Back With A Catch

I haven't had much time to write lately because I am finishing up last minute wedding stuff. Yes, I always leave stuff to the last minute. We leave for sunny California tomorrow afternoon. About this time next week I will be getting ready for my wedding. I really can't believe it's here and, to top it off, I am a June bride! Next time I post, I'll be a married woman!

Monday, June 06, 2005

Signs of Aging

I remember when I turned 30 my then boss said to me things will never be the same. The first evidence came when I played tennis or some other sport and did not properly warm up. Yep, ouch. I strained a muscle in my leg that took several days to get back to normal. Of course, the real reason is that I don't partake in any real exercise regime so my muscles are rarely ever over used or well used. Unfortunately, exercise and sports are not part of my lifestyle like they should be. Now that I am in my mid-30s, I realize how much aging can take a toll on your body. The last few days I haven't been feeling my best and I'm sure some of it has to do with hidden wedding stress. On the other hand, the fiance, usually a rather spry fellow himself, suffered a back spasm which didn't completely immobilize him but left him aching. The first sign that aging isn't pretty or smells pleasant is when you go to bed with someone smelling like menthol. Okay, it's not that bad but I didn't think I would be smelling menthol until I was well into my late 50s or even 60s. Fortunately it seems like he is recovering well and just in time for our wedded bliss next week. Even if I had to endure the pleasant odor of mentol on our wedding night, I'd be a very happy woman knowing that I have the love of my life right beside me. After all, I did agree to take him as my husband "in sickness and in health" right?

Friday, June 03, 2005

Nosy

The fiance says I am quite nosy. Yes, I must admit that I have this "need to know" gene in me. Fortunately, I am not a snooper. My "need to know" only applies to things such as gifts and surprises (it's my reporter instinct). So you know when it comes to our wedding and gifts, well, I am always excited to know when something is bought for us. Everyday brings new and wonderful surprises that add to our booty of loot we already received. The whole concept of registering for gifts coupled with the Internet is simply amazing. I can see what we will get before we get it! The surprise for me is knowing that we will soon receive a number of gifts (even though I already know what they are). Too bad someone can't come up with a better concept for birthday and Christmas gifts instead of the numerous "wish list" type of services the 'net provides. What I mean is that you actually register for birthday and Christmas gifts just like you would for wedding gifts. I know some of you probably don't see the humor in such a service but for me it would be a great idea! Now if I can only get the fiance to tell me what he is or will buy me for my birthday...