Monday, April 27, 2009

4 classes and 4 exams left until graduation in 11 days.

And then what? your guess is as good as mine.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


There is nothing like a life-altering event to make you realize that little wedding details are unimportant.

Found the love of your life? Hold on tight, cause he (or she) is what's important.

I'm sure I will go back to thinking about tiny wedding stuff. In a while. When the shock wears off and a new sense of normalcy is established.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I have major stress and drama going on right now

but let's not talk about that, ok? How about something light and really inconsequential?

This is my save the date inspiration. I apologize to whoever on the knot I took it from a long time ago for not having a source.
and this is what I have so far:

The question of the day is: does the photo I chose work ok? I searched and could not find a suitable picture (that includes our heads) to fit in the required space. I really think that one of the key beautiful things about the inspiration picture is the white date over the b/w picture.

I'm also on the fence about using the quote in the original (which I love) or the quote I put on ours (which was part of Doug's proposal, but hardly anyone knows about).

Tell me what you think, please! I believe, though, what I am really looking for is support to justify another e-pic session for Doug and I, so anyone who wants to lean their advice towards that solution is especially encouraged. :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

My incredible attention to detail

I am totally wearing two different socks today. While they are both light blue, one has dogs on it and one has Tinkerbell.

Good thing I'm going to be an accountant.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

If I make it to Friday

I think that graduation (a simultaneously exciting and terrifying event happening in less than 4 weeks) will begin to seem close.

My internship will hopefully be ending sooner (since April 15th is Wednesday), after which if I never see a sign here sticker again, it will be too soon.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I just almost spent $75 on a new pair of Asics even though I have a perfectly good pair at home. But.... this pair is in the wedding colors! Cherry pink, gray, and white!

I am by no means ruling out the possibility of going back for them when I get a bit stronger cash flow going, being a broke student is no fun.

Either way, what a gorgeous day for a good run!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Letter S

was assigned to me by Maria of When in Rome for the alphabet game.

And so commences my 10 favorite things that start with S in no particular order.

1. Scholarship - I was lucky enough to have won a full academic scholarship. This has given me more opportunities than I ever could have imagined, far beyond graduating soon with almost no debt. I had the privilege of having breakfast last Friday with the extremely generous man who financed my scholarship and I could barely even begin to thank him enough. He is the man without a jacket on in this picture from the Post-Dispatch. He and his wife are truly great, caring individuals.
2. Sepia - This represents my love of photography. I could read photography blogs all day, that is, of course, when I am not behind the lens of my own camera or editing. As far as sepia itself goes, I particularly liked what Jessica did to one of her wedding pictures.3. Stephanie and Stonewolf - I am also lucky enough to have found the man I want to spend the rest of my life with. These two S's represent the planning of my wedding to him. Stephanie keeps me sane while everything in our planning seems to be a battle and Stonewolf is where our reception will be in a little more than a year from now. I apologize to the owner of this photograph, as I can't remember where it came from.
4. Southwestern, IL - Yes, I grew up in a town with less than 10,000 people, but I know that I wouldn't be the same person if I hadn't. As many flaws as you might find in my hometown, I wouldn't have chosen any other place to grow up. I hope my kids are lucky enough to be raised in an equally great environment. Go Bulldogs!

5. Spaghetti - Whether its from Maggiano's or just some cooked for me by Doug, I heart spaghetti. Add some garlic or other bread and there is no better meal. My favorite sauce from a jar is Prego. I thought nothing about typing that into a google image search and laughed when only one result was sauce and not a picture of various women ready to give birth.

6. St Louis Cardinals - (and the Blues but it's not hockey season anymore) I already posted about this earlier in the week, but I am so excited that baseball is back!

7. Singing in the car - If I'm alone in my car and its a gorgeous day, you would definitely see me singing at the top of my lungs as I drove by (because let's face it, I will be passing you by in the fast lane). I love almost all music, but in the car I definitely lean toward something rocky (see #9) or something funky. My most frequently played is probably Edwin McCain. He has a funky sarcasm that I can relate to and killer vocals that speak to me.

8. Spring - I am tired of winter from about the first day after it begins. Spring is so exciting because it is the end of winter. I love blooming flowers and being able to wear a hoodie and be perfectly comfortable. Plus, it is a great time to work on "S" #2. This is one of my favorite taken-in-the-spring pictures. An assignment at the Missouri Botanical Gardens for my freshman honors seminar "Plants and Society."

9. Styx - You might ask, why does someone born in the mid-eighties love Styx? Well, the answer would be my father. Growing up, I listened to whatever my dad had on. But, my connection with Styx extends far beyond that of their music. My dad and I have seen them in concert every year since they started touring with REO Speedwagon (who my dad opened for when they were a $150/night band, btw) and the bonding time with my dad is more special than any band. And let me tell you, we have seen them all. I absolutely adore this picture of my family by the lovely Trisha of Seelen Photography because it captures perfectly my dad's personality.

10. Sarah and Sprague - My two best (non-Doug) friends first and last name start with "S," how convenient of them to be named as such! I have the pleasure of spending mucho amounts of time with Miss Sprague, as we have three classes together this semester. Unfortunately, do to my internship I do not spend nearly as much time with Sarah as I would like (we met and spent most of our time together at my other job.) Every little bit of time I have gotten to spend with her recently, however, has reminded me how much I miss her and what a great friend she is. I do not have pictures with either of these girls, mostly because of my refusal to be on the appropriate side of the camera for taking some, but thanks to my five-minute photoshop talent I can provide you with an idea of just how awesome we are. The picture on the left is what Miss Sprague and I would have looked like if we had ever been sailing together. The picture on the right shows you how Sarah and I would kick ass as penguins.

Wow, that was a bit exhausting, but fun. If anyone hasn't joined in on the game yet and wants to, let me know and I will think of a letter!

Monday, April 6, 2009

This girl could not be more excited

Cardinal Baseball is back!

Doug has a friend coming in for the weekend and I was
thrilled to use it as an excuse to get some tickets.

And don't forget...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Cat

I have just spent at least an hour looking at posts on Ihasahotdog. Pictures of puppies with hilarious captions always make me happy. This particular one struck a chord with me because our cat is the reason that I can't have a dog.

When I met Doug's cat Ace, (although all we call him is cat) I think I, being a major dog fan, was somewhat predisposed not to like him. And for a long time I didn't. He didn't appreciate my presence in his house and was pretty grumpy. I didn't like that he wasn't interested in any sort of bonding activity. Cats just aren't friendly like dogs are, and for a lifelong dog owner, this was hard for me to accept.

In the last three years, we have developed a relationship of tolerance and sometimes affection. We had him front declawed so that I no longer get hurt when he decides he is in a fighting mood. And I have even come to accept the fact that the times he chooses to be affectionate will never be at a time convenient to the humans.

So, that just leaves one thing. He hates dogs. Near Memorial Day last year, we went to the local humane society (Please opt to adopt) and got a beagle mix who ended up only spending one night with us. When the cat met the dog, a completely different side of our sleeps-22-hours-a-day feline was revealed. We honestly thought that, if given the chance, the cat would kill. Their first interaction included the cat going straight for the poor dog's neck with his teeth and claws. We kept them separated and returned the dog the next day. We just didn't have the time then to properly deal with getting it to work between them. I think I cried almost that whole day.

Since then I have been reading about how to acclimate dogs and cats and have been working on a plan. We have agreed to wait for a second try until we are able to move to a bigger house with a fenced in yard so that each animal will be able to have plenty of space. However, that has unfortunately not stopped me from pining with every adorable dog I see.

Dear crazy out-of-control subconsious,

I know that I am working you overtime in this insane try to graduate, find a job, plan a wedding, and deal with real life plan I've got going right now, but I just can't keep having so many nightmares. It is unacceptable for you to continue.

I promise to give you a little break after April 15th and an even bigger break after May 8th. (that is, of course, until operation study for the CPA exam commences shortly after, but let's just not think about that, ok?)

So, ya... no more nightmares, ok? Because the lack of sleep is only hurting the both of us.

Thanks, Jamie

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