Archive for September, 2008

Things Left To Do in this category…

9 – 24 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

 ANNOUNCE YOUR ENGAGEMENT TO FRIENDS & FAMILY

 

 START PLANNING AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY/CELEBRATION

 

 

 DISCUSS & SET YOUR WEDDING DATE

 

 DISCUSS AND SET A BUDGET & DECIDE HOW EXPENSES WILL BE SHARED

 

 DISCUSS LEVEL OF FORMALITY, # OF GUESTS AND COLOR SCHEME

 

 DISCUSS PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT AND RELATED ISSUES – haha maybe we should discuss this??  You know, for all my wealth that I would want to secure 🙂

 

  MAKE A NEAT FILE FOR CONTRACTS, FORMS, IMPORTANT PAPERS, ETC. – did that the first day

 

 SELECT YOUR BRIDAL PARTY

 

 SELECT READERS FOR CEREMONY

 

 START COMPILING AN INVITATION LIST

 

 ATTEND BRIDAL SHOWS/EXPOS – absolute craziness…I think attending one was enough!

 

 TAKE AN ENGAGEMENT PHOTO

 

 SEND ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT AND PHOTO TO LOCAL NEWSPAPER(S)

 

 CHOOSE AND BOOK YOUR RECEPTION SITE

 

 HIRE A CATERER – MMMMM….Carabbas!!

 

 SELECT A SITE FOR THE CEREMONY

 

 SPEAK TO AND RESERVE AN OFFICIANT

 

 DISCUSS APPAREL FOR THE BRIDE, GROOM AND BRIDAL PARTY

 

 DISCUSS HEADPIECE & OTHER ACCESSORIES FOR THE BRIDE

 

 ORDER BRIDAL GOWN, HEADPIECE AND OTHER ACCESSORIES

 

 ORDER BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES & TUXEDOS

 

 SCHEDULE FITTINGS FOR THE BRIDE, GROOM AND BRIDAL PARTY

 

 SEND THANK YOU NOTES FOR ENGAGEMENT GIFTS

 

 CHOOSE AND HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER

 

 CHOOSE AND HIRE A VIDEOGRAPHER

 

 CHOOSE AND HIRE A DJ/BAND/OTHER ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE RECEPTION

 

 CHOOSE AND HIRE CEREMONY MUSICIAN(S) (optional)

 

Fun, Fun, Fun!!!!!  Lots to do!!!!  We have 12 days until we are only 9 months away!  🙂

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Today’s Thoughts (Completely Random)

Fall is coming.  I drove up to Michigan this weekend and I could see all the colors on the trees start to change.  It gives me this exciting feeling in my stomach and I think about…

 

Mulled Apple Cider.  I love it when I go to my grandmothers and she puts a cinnamon stick in it. 

 

 

Apple picking at McQueens Orchard.  This is my favorite thing to do!  I think this picture is three years ago…we do it every year! 

 

 

Carving pumpkins!  I’m lame and always carve a half moon or something simple like that…the faces are too difficult.

 

 

This is a reason I am thankful to live in a city that has four seasons!  I love to see how God can make any season beautiful; even if that season (fall) leads to winter :).

 

I guess I’m reflecting today on the past and the future.  I had a busy summer.  I took 7 credit hours, worked 30 hours a week, and had knee surgery.  It wasn’t the best summer I’ve had.  But I reflect today on how God used that summer to slow me down; to stop and smell the roses if you will.  And now I have a greater appreciation of what it going on around me.  This weekend, as I was driving up to Michigan, I could see the leaves changing color and it reminded me that I am also changing.  This is the last fall I will see as Courtney Lucas.  Next fall, I’ll be Courtney Simmons :).  How exciting!  I am going to cherish these last seasons of planning, school, another surgery, work, and being with my fiance!  I’m going to embrace the changes that are happening in my life, and live these last seasons to their fullest!  Anyone with me??

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To You From Me

Someday we’ll sit and watch the sun set

On a day that we wore out.

You’ll hold my hand and kiss my closed eyes

And I’ll wish for tomorrow to delay its arrival.

The dusk will be our guide;

The dawn our admirer.

And we will be.

 

~289 days~

🙂

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Honeymoon Registry

I’ve been researching this idea of registering our honeymoon.  I’ve only heard of it recently and Brent and I just might do it…

 

I lived on my own last year for about 9 months, so we already have most of our traditional “household” items.  I think the only thing we NEED is a microwave.  Maybe some hand towels and tupperware, but other than that we are set.  So we think we will register somewhere like Target or Walmart for those little things, but then give people the option to register for our honeymoon.

 

It’s really neat.  You can register for airfare, hotel costs, flowers to be in your room, wine with dinner, scuba diving, and lots of other stuff.  I guess the first thing we need to do is establish where we are going.  We know we want there to be a beach, and since I’m not ecstatic to leave the country, we are pretty sure we will go to Florida…maybe the Keys.

 

If you’re interested in what it’s all about…here are some sights to go to.

http://www.thehoneymoon.com/

http://www.honeymoonwishes.com/

http://www.thebigday.com/

I personally like “the honeymoon” the best.   It’s probably what we’ll use.

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“Single-Issue Voting”

This is the first election that I am old enough to vote in (missed the last Presidential election by 6 months).  Growing up, my grandparents and my mother instilled in me a need to vote.  My grandfather would say, “if you don’t vote, you can’t live under my roof.”  In my family (immediate) my mother always voted, and my father never did.  One of my older brothers doesn’t vote, yet the other one does, and it only recently actively politically involved. 

 

So since I am able to vote in this election, I’ve been doing more research on it then I honestly normally would.  I want to be an educated voter, and not just vote for who my mommy tells me to vote for (not that she does tell me, that was just an example).

 

I’ve read MANY blogs lately, and facebook posts (I guess I don’t consider facebook a blog, but more a way of stalking individuals and hearing the latest gossip??).  Anyways, I’m really tired of hearing people complain about “single issue voters”.   Here’s my reflection…

 

Let’s say someone IS a single issue voter, and I’ll use abortion since if you disagree with abortion, and care about it strongly that automatically makes you a “single issue voter.”  Okay, so an individual is “pro-life,” but what judgemental people who automatically claim that that certain individual is a “single-issue voter” don’t understand is that that ONE issue covers many others at the same time! For instance…

 

If you happen to be that “pro-life” voter it tells you that the candidate respects unborn life, and is morally sound.  It tells the voter that the candidate finds all life precious, not just those who have already been born.  Abortion was legalized by lawmakers.  Therefore is shows that voter that if a candidate is “pro-life” then they are interested in appointing proper, moral judges and encourage moral lawmakers to be appointed.  It also shows the voter that the candidate is willing to stand up for a difficult issue, thus making the candidate trustworthy, that when a difficult issue arises, they will be ready.

 

Do I think that voting is important?  – ABSOLUTELY!!!!!

 

Am I a “single-issue voter?”  – No.

 

Would I rather someone who has a very important issue (maybe something close to home/something they devote their life to) vote just for that issue and still vote?  – Yes.

 

I think it is more important that people are voting. 

 

My brother was listening to a local radio show (I forget which one now) and they went around a university campus asking students who they are voting for.  Their response??

“Obama”

 

When asked why?

 

“He promotes Change” (if they could even give an answer)

 

When asked “what kind of change does he promote?”

 

(silence)

 

Find something you believe in, fight for it, and if it is just that issue…who cares!  It’s not my business to ridicule you for how you vote or what you vote for.  Atleast you’re voting!!!

 

I leave you with this quote from Sarah Palin from the Republican National Convention…

“In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

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This class is for liars?

I’m taking a writing fiction class; a workshop.  The first line of the syllabus reads as follows:

 

“This class is for those who have been (or would like to be) a good liar.”

 

“Well,” I thought, “I dont’ want to be a good liar, and I especially don’t want to practice being a liar.”  I couldn’t believe that she would say that, that our class would revolve around writing lies.  I was disturbed, and as a “wanna-be-poet,” I don’t write very much fiction.  So I decided to take her explination and try to write a story/character without lying.

 

Well I’ve discovered that she wasn’t entirely correct with the statement.  We’ve done numerous assignments, and none of which I have had to lie.  Nor do I think that any of my classmates have had to.  It’s more like making things up, and telling a story.  I don’t say that my characters are real (though I did write about a friend today…and it was what I imagined their life to be like, not a lie about what their life is).  I don’t flaunt my fiction writing around as truth, but as a story because…after all…it’s fiction.

 

What I don’t understand is people who take thier fiction writing and call it “non-fiction.”  It’s not fair.  We will never know if those circumstances happened in their lives, if they are completely making a story up, or if they put just one element of truth in to consider it non-fiction. 

 

This whole fiction thing amazes me.  I’m continuously intrigued, and I participate in the workshop, and put my best work forward…

 

without lying.

 

Maybe I’ll post some of my peotry up on here.   This summer/beginning of school has been a major writing breakthrough for me.  I’ve written so much over the past four months.  I’ll try to be brave enough to put some up…

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Baby Cakes :)

This is what I really want to do for our cake(s).  I was surprised not to see this at the bridal fair.  Most likely, if you come to our wedding you’ll be eating a baby cake!

 

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