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The Past Two Weeks = [Trying+Stressful+Dramatic+Relentless]

In almost entirely unrelated news, The Wedding = < 5 months away.

The list of things I have to do between now and then = Really Freakin' Long.


The good news here is that I completed a very important task after I emerged from my 2 weeks of hell, and that was creating a prototype of the invitation and response card wording, complete with lovely font and perfect size/spacing.
I still would like to create an alternate version, and then pick one.  But it is a huge feat to have one done, done, done.  Because even if I didn't create an alternate, this one would work.  

This is also an important step because it signifies my re-entrance into wedding planning.  I had done nothing wedding-related from January-April (aka Tax Season aka When We Have No Life) other than the occasional day-dream and invitation-wording-tinkering.  Then, suddenly it was May, the wedding was a mere 5 months away, and I needed to get in gear!

Here's hoping that from here on out, I will be "on a roll."

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This week(end)/next week will be our road trip to visit friends, relatives and inlaws.  In our path is our former home of Pittsburgh.  There will be haunt-visiting and reminiscing and surreal-ness by the truck load.

Hopefully in our travels there will also be a healthy dose of rest and relaxation, quality time, snuggling, and romance.  Yes, along with the friends and family and in-laws.  No, I'm not crazy.  Just optimistic.

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I'm debuting my new John Legend icon. There's more where that came from! And I predict new Tori ones as well because her new album, American Doll Posse is so freakin' fantastic!!!!

And:
Remember the cute white pumps I posted last time? Well I ordered them. They arrived. And they had some weird raised design all over them that was HI-DE-OUS!!!!! Had to return 'em. I felt dejected. The search continues.

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Drum roll, please.... 


I think I have found them!


Thank you Nine West and Zappos.com! Now I just need to get up the nerve to bite the bullet and spend the money because I finally found them after so much searching and the odds of me finding yet another pair that I like just as much for less money are slim. 


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In other news, I have Spring Fever! Yesterday, it was over 80 degrees in the city (shut up!), and I wore a springy skirt and wedge sandals. Today, it's due to be in the 70s and I am wearing my brand-dandy-new H&M spring ensemble which is comprised of my hot-hot-pink skirt with the ruffle at the bottom and my sheer mini-floral print top with a white tee, and I am feelin' fabulous in it!

I am counting down the days to the weekend when C and I are taking our little weekend getaway!!! Just two nights outside of town, but I'm crossing my fingers for more glorious weather, and it will just be so nice to get away and spend over 48 straight hours of quality time together! 


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Also, I still have not been able to get myself to stop listening to John Legend!
You can read my blog entry about the concert here.

It was just such a fantastic show, and John is so fantastically wonderful. I'm madly in love with this music. Listening to it day and in and day out since the concert, I have not come even close to getting sick of it. He is now, and I really think will remain one of my tippity-top favorite artists. 


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That's all for now...
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So today I have decided to get proactive. I will not let boredom take me down!! I have had some work to do, which has helped. But mostly I've been entertaining myself by keeping the music pumping, and updating profiles and whatnots on some of my online accounts (livejournal, afterellen, the knot, etc).

And now, I will talk about television shows.


American Idol
Well, it kinda sucks this year.
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I like Lakisha. I love Melinda. But neither of them is going to win. Out of the two of them, I would like Melinda to win -- but she won't. And I don't think she would have much success if she did. She's probably go the adult-contemporary route...which is basically a dead end. Look at Taylor Hicks.
At this point, I'm feeling like the only person who could, would and should win -- and would then do well for him/herself -- is Jordin Sparks.
She proved last night that she can do something other than corny ballads. She was a pop star last night. Was she wearing a ridiculous outfit? Yes. Was it a flawless performance? No. But the judges had a good point, which is that she has really improved over the course of the show and is showing versatility. And she is absolutely marketable. So I think maybe I'll be putting my support behind her. We'll see.

If it were up to me, tonight Chris, Chris, Blake, Sanjaya and Haley would all go home. They all either bore me to tears, just plain suck or both -- except for Sanjaya, he doesn't suck, he's just nowhere near good enough and has no chance of being a successful pop star. I would normally include Phil Stacey in that list -- but he was actually good last night, so I'd let him stay one more week.

I almost don't know why I'm still watching. I guess it's because I just can't wait to see how it's all going to play out -- Who will go home when? How super-gay will Blake be? Will Melinda ever hit a sour note? What practical joke is the hair department going to play on Sanjaya this week? Will Gina ever wear an outfit that isn't a total disaster? How short will Haley's outfits get?

Anyway, who I think will actually go home tonight... I think the bottom 3 could be: Chris Sligh, Haley, Lakisha/theOtherChris. And I think Chris Sligh is going home. Or maybe Haley.



The L-Word
So the season finale was this week. And I really enjoyed it!
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I think that Phyllis and Max probably won't be back. I'm totally cool with Phyllis leaving - she came, she had her story line, she's done now (maybe she'll have fun future cameos a la Joyce Wischnia). Max I have mixed feelings about. I love having an FTM character on the show, and Grace and Max together are totally hot, but.... I really feel like the writers dropped the ball on Max. It all felt completely forced and contrived. And Daniela Sea's performance left a lot to be desired for me. So if there's no more Max, I'm cool with that. Besides...

WE NEED LESS STORY LINES!

The seasons are only 12 episodes long... There simply isn't enough time for all these story lines!!!

Anyway, back to the finale -- I really liked it because they didn't do what they did last year: big jaw-dropping shockers that they then took the easy way out of in the next season. It's a cheap trick, and insulting to the audience. I hated Bette kidnapping Angelica, just for her and Tina to resolve their custody issues in a 2 minute scene at the start of Season 4. STUPID. I hated Kit being pregnant. She just got an abortion. It turned to be, like, a non-issue. It was just used as an excuse to talk about abortion rights for 1.5 seconds. A note to L-Word writers: you don't have to discuss every single women's issue under the sun...you're only one show!!
So I was really glad to see that the season finale wasn't filled with wild stunts. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next season with Helena stealing Katherine's cash (and hope we never have to see annoying Katherine again). And I love Jenny Lost At Sea -- as long as next season doesn't open up with her being washed up on some desert shore, with voice-overs of her talking all "writer-y" about evisceration and loneliness and pariahs.

I loved Paige and Shane in this episode (and um, the love scene was beyond hot), and I would be really looking forward to them figuring out their relationship (it seemed like Paige was having MAJOR second thoughts), and possible having a nice mature break-up....but from what I hear, Kristanna Loken is not coming back next season. So this makes me wonder if it will be some afterthought, like "Hey, Paige and I broke up" ...and onto the next thing!

Kit and Angus make me mad. I love Kit and I loved that this season she had actual scenes and dialogue in which she said things other than "Hey Girl!!," but I just don't like what they've done with this story line! Why have Angus cheat on her unless you're gonna get rid of him? Why not have Kit handle the break-up like the strong, kick-ass woman she is instead of having her fall back into addiction and need to be saved by Angus, the loser who cheated on her???

Papi - I hope next season we can have less Papi and more Eva Torres. And she looks gorgeous with her hair loose instead of in braids. She could grow on me.

Tasha - she cannot die. I mean, seriously! Are we really going to have TWO of Alice's ladies die??? Not cool. I would like to see her maybe get injured and come home. That I can deal with. And I really don't want to see her get discharged for being a 'mo becasue then she'll spend all of season 5 being angsty and depressed and I like her better when she's happy and cute and sexy :)

Alice - I just love her. When she got stuck on that thing on the roof and called out "Leave me! Save yourselves!" I could have peed. Hilarious. And adorable.

Tina - Go ahead, sleep with Kate Arden if you really want. I just don't care about this storyline and therefore don't want to see any of it on my screen.

But it seems clear that we are headed for a Tina & Bette reunion...

I'm cool with that, as long as things with Bette & Jodi have time to take a natural course. And my dream would be that Jodi stays on as a regular cast member and became part of the group. I was really bummed this season when she barely interacted with anyone but Bette.

And....I guess that's everything??

Oh, except: Dana. I was not one of these people who thought that killing off Dana last season was the worst possible thing that The L-Word could have done. I was sad to see her go, and I cried like a baby, but I was okay with it. Seeing her come back made me realize what an asset she was to the show, what a great actress Erin Daniels is, and how GORGEOUS she is. But I liked how they brought her back. I think it made sense, and it worked.



That was fun :)
And I have successfully used up a good chunk of time.

After work, C and I going to pick up our new car!! So very exciting! We will no longer be carless!

Okay, back to "work"
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At work. Killing some time before lunch to build up my hunger.

Weekend wrap-up:
-- Finally tried Thai restaurant in our neighborhood. Tasty. World's most awkward waiter. Inexpensive. People watching? PRICELESS
-- Had major public transit issues trying to get to my class (and midterm) Saturday morning. The line of the T I take to class was down, and replaced by shuttle buses -- which were fine....if you could FIND THEM.
-- WE BOUGHT A CAR! It's so cute and almost brand new and we got a great deal!!! We pick it up tomorrow, and I can't wait!
-- Went out to eat with C and my dad, where the waitress was hot for my dad. Endless amusement.
-- I didn't get my super-fun patent leather shoes, but I DID start buidling an absolutely fabulous spring wardrobe at H&M. Got GREAT stuff. Felt elated.
-- Got to stroll through the city in some lovely weather with C.


This week Cecilia is working more normal hours, which is AMAZING and allows us to spend much more time together.
We watched the season finale of The L-Word last night, which I mostly thoroughly enjoyed. I was glad to see that they did not do a repeat of last year and end with a ton of ridiculous over-the top cliffhangers. I am really looking forward to the next season!
After the show, I gave Cecilia a surprise I've been harboring for a while (waiting for the right moment!) - an autographed picture of Jennifer Beals. She was THRILLED and I felt like a million bucks. It's hard to come up with gifts for Cecilia that she will be over the moon about -- and I found one!!!! So that was fun.

I will end with these random notes:
-- I bought Amy Winehouse - Back to Black. And I'm in love. There are one or two songs I'm not nuts about, but overall love love it.
-- I want to go on vacation.
-- Work is boring.
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So it seems as though I've come down with some sort of cold.... What a bunch of crap.

The spring weather still has not managed to pull through, and I am getting anxious. It's time!!!

I ordered some really gorgeous shoes for the wedding that I'm really in love with, but I'm worried that they may fit weird and not be comfortable... I'm going to have to wear them around the house to test them out. I will be really sad if they're not comfy and thus have to be returned. Because they're beautiful. I love them.

....and also because I have already spent most of the money that I put aside in the "Wedding Shoe Fund" hahahaha. See, I had starting putting a little bit of money aside here and there in case I found the perfect wedding shoes and they ended up being like $300. But then I found the shoes that I ordered -- and they were only $52! So the little bit of money that I had already put aside started burning a hole in my pocket.... And I spent $125 on two really fabulous purses....
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So I really just want the shoes to work out.

And I also want to splurge on some fun-colored patent leather shoes for spring. Because that is one trend that I am in love with. I don't do trends unless I really dig them, and I am all over this bright colored patent leather thing!

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In other news, we are going to try to buy a car this weekend. Which should be interesting. Could be stressful. Hopefully this cold-thing won't get worse. I can't imagine it would make car shopping any more fun.
I'm still kind of in disbelief that our car is dead dead dead, and that we have to buy a new one. Crazy stuff.

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I just found out that Tori Amos is releasing a new album May 1st. It's called American Doll Posse. I am crossing my fingers and saying a silent prayer that it's going to be fantastic. Her last album.....I have never actually been able to listen to every single the whole way through. I just plain didn't like it. So I'm really hoping this will be Tori "I've still got it!" album. The song titles sound very promising. It also has like 20something songs!!
She's announced European & UK tour dates....hopefully she'll come to the states after!!!! I would LOVE to see her again, and Cecilia has never seen her, so that would be amazing.

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I guess that's the news for now. I just sat here staring at the screen for a moment, trying to think if I had anything else to share....but I don't think I do.
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Over a month since my last post

...oops.


It's March, aka my least favorite month. It's a depressing time. The weather is wacky, I'm sick of winter and Cecilia works constantly.

Our Monday-Fridays have been tough lately with Cecilia working, work being boring as hell for me, and with me feeling down-in-the-dumbs due to March and all that it brings.

But there has been lots of good stuff too!

A couple weeks ago we spent a whole Saturday out and about in the city with no plans, just the intention to have fun. And we succeeded!! It was a really great day.
We've really been taking time out on the weekends to spend time together and have fun.

And we can allllmost see the light at the end of the tax season/winter tunnel!!


But the latest news is....
Our car has died. Deader than a door nail. Dead.
So now we have to buy a new car.....which is not exactly in the budget....but luckily we will be able to pull it off.
This happened yesterday.
It was a rough day...

We both took a personal day, dealt with car mess, hit up the liquor store, and hunkered down for the big snow storm!! And big it was! Lots of snow out there right now. Sooo crazy since early this week it hit 70 degrees. If we could be back to 70 degrees by this time next week, I'd really appreciate that.
K? Thanks.
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I have new musical love.

John Legend.

I had heard/loved a couple of his songs, but now I've gone purchased his albums. They are really fantastic. I'm so in love with this music!


And I just found out that he is coming to Boston on tour with Corinne Bailey Rae!!!! I almost can't contain my excitement!!! Two artists I adore in one concert -- I've never actually been to a concert where both the opening act and headliner were artists that I'm a huge fan of, so I'm really looking forward to it. And what a great match up! I'm hoping they'll collaborate on a couple tunes...

Cecilia has been working very long hours, and lots on the weekends. It's hard, but we are adjusting. It's helpful for me to have my class on Saturday morning. Keeps me occupied for a few hours that I would otherwise be at home alone.

The class is going very well, too. I really like it.

Work is more of the same. I'm not sure if I already posted about it, but I got my review...it was excellent and I got a raise! Not much, but every little bit helps :)

This Friday night...Ra Ra Riot concert! We'll get to boogie down with Miguelito, which will be exciting.


Oh, and...John Mayer won Grammys and his performance of "Gravity" made me weak in the knees..... Three of my favorite artists all on one stage together -- it was almost too much! hahaha.

Happy Valentine's, everyone :)
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It's Sunday morning, and I am in a fantastic mood!

Had a great class yesterday morning. Cecilia and I snuggled on the couch and watched movies and tv all last night. And I made a bunch of nifty new livejournal user pictures!!

I am still awaiting the arrival of my Vera lunchbox I won on ebay, but I did get the shawl in, and I really like it! I still have to try it on with the dress, and I might have to take of some of the fringe (it's a crocheted shawl to explain "fringe"), but I think it might be end up being perfect for the wedding!!!

Just a quick update...

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Updates, updates....

Today is quite possibly the longest, most boring day in history. I feel like I have been at work forEVER.


In good news, I won a shawl that I bid on on ebay in hopes of wearing it for the wedding. It was shipped out today, so I might get it tomorrow :) I cannot wait to see it! Hopefully it will be perfect.

I also won a Vera Bradley lunch box that I'm super excited about. Yay for winning on ebay!!


The weekend was pretty good. Had my first class, which went really well. And it looks like I will definitely enjoy it.

Visited with the family and got invitation supplies which had been delivered to my mom -- they are BEAUTIFUL, so I'm really happy about that. Soon I'll start working on the invitation prototype!

In other assorted news.... I already feel ready for Spring. I'm tired. Cecilia having to work late sucks. I have discovered a love of cooked broccoli. I want to buy shoes. I can't stop eating today.

End, day. Please fucking end!!!!!
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