Clearly, blogging more often was not my new year's resolution.
To be honest, it was the opposite.
This year I want to make this blog a bit more personal, and stop worrying so much about it.
[You might be surprised how bad I can make myself feel knowing I haven't updated this thing in a month! I feel guilty every time I open Google Reader.]
I'm sad that updating this blog has started to feel like a burden. I don't want to feel stressed or obligated to post here [and I know it's all self-imposed]. I want to write and post pictures when I have something to share, but not just for the sake of updating. So, thank you for sticking around if you are still reading. I know this blog has been all over the place in its 2.5 years. I do appreciate you for listening to my rambling and letting me share my inspirations here.
This week has been exhausting.
In addition to several new work projects and wrapping up a few old ones...
I spent over 3 hours at a dental appointment on Tuesday. I volunteered to be a patient for a friend in dental hygiene school. Who knew there was so much paperwork involved? I still have to go back to actually get my teeth cleaned.
Wednesday, we met our wonderful realtor. She has been helping us for about a week now, and I am soooo glad I took the initiative to find an expert and get this ball rolling.
We are really doing this. In the next six months, we will be homeowners. I hope.
It's all a bit scary, and I still feel like we have no idea what we're doing. But I am so ready.
Our first favorite house [on the very short list of options that fit what we're looking for] sold before we could even schedule a showing.
Our second favorite house sold the morning of our scheduled tour.
Our third favorite house [the first we actually got to tour] is a hot mess. It needs so much more work than we originally thought. Yes, we want a fixer-upper, but this thing is out of control. It is an awesome, funky, retro, HUGE house. We both love it. Our agent loves it. But I think we all agree that it's more than we're ready to take on for this first one. And I don't even know if we could get it if we wanted it, because of all its issues. I guess it's still on the list, but I've already forced myself to fall out of love before I get my heart broken.
So it goes. I'm sure this won't be the last of our disappointment with great deals going too quickly, or having to be realistic about what is right for us even when it's not what I want to hear.
I am very glad, and slightly shocked, that Randy and I seem to be on the same page so far. We have had a lot of disagreements in our previous house-buying discussions and often have different taste in just about everything. But somehow, now that we are doing this and not just talking about it, we are totally in it together. Same team. No fighting. I like it.
Wednesday night I finally went bridesmaid dress shopping with my two Tulsa bridesmaids. For awhile I thought we might never find a time we were all available to go. I just wanted to get the darn things ordered! I had such a hard time finding cute dresses in the color I was set on. I finally found a perfect swatch [called Sea Mist] back in December, got my sister and cousin to try on styles over Christmas, and after going with my Tulsa girls yesterday, we finalized the dress.
I had originally thought about mismatched bridesmaid dresses. I love the look. But in the end that was actually more work for everyone involved. So they will match. And all look beautiful, as they always do.
I swear picking bridesmaid dresses was more of an ordeal than finding my dress.
But as of today, they are ordered! I can't tell you how happy I am to cross that off my to-do list.
At least the female half of our wedding party will be dressed. [Don't get me started on the never-ending battle that is choosing the men's attire...I've been told they will decide that the day before the wedding. Ha! Good to know.]
So this is getting crazy long and most of that is just Wednesday. Which might explain why I passed out in bed with my clothes on, the dog sharing my blanket, contacts still in, at 9:30 last night.
Work + Wedding Planning + House-Hunting = Wearing me out. Especially within the same day.
Today [Thursday] we woke up to several inches of snow.
This morning I had big plans to pick up an order from the printer, meet with a client, and pick up the leftover wedding sparklers I'm buying from a 2010 bride.
Because I am a total wuss about driving on snow and ice, I rescheduled my morning plans and stayed home.
I hate winter, but I was grateful for the snow this morning.
It was a nice little break during this busy week.
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