>Updated post wedding to-do list


  1. Create and order photobooks for bridesmaids & groomsmen. I’m thinking 4×6 Snapbooks from Shutterfly.
  2. Change my name with billers. (bank, DMV, and SS are all done!)
  3. Make Disney honeymoon scrapbook.
  4. Formally change my name at work.
  5. Figure out what I want to do with my dress.
  6. Sell some wedding-related items.
  7. Write more wedding day recaps and start on honeymoon recaps.

All thank yous are written and sent, I’ve written thank yous to my bridesmaids, and I found a 4×6 silk photo album on sale at Kohl’s (seriously one of my favorite stores ever!) for the 250 4x6s that came with our photography package. More than likely I will order 50 more from Shutterfly to fill out the whole album. I also made a password-protected Shutterfly share site for friends and family to view photos and order prints.

I’m opting not to get a professional scrapbook-style album made right now (Like these). My photographer charges $500+ for those types of albums. I already dropped a lot of cash on bouquet preservation and that is more important to me. Honestly, if I brushed up some more with Photoshop, I could order some collage templates from eBay and design it all myself! Plus I have ALL the photos on DVD and that leaves a lot of options open for the future.

I am still waiting for my preserved bouquet to arrive in the mail, along with our wedding video. I am thinking about inviting all our local friends and family over for a wedding video viewing party. Is that a pretentious thing to do? But I’ve had a lot of friends ask about the video and if they can see it, including friends who couldn’t make the wedding. It would probably be the only chance for them to see it. So what do y’all think?

The Rusty Nail


This is what ruined my Saturday. A rusty nail.

First off, I slept in too late and didn’t make my hair appointment, so no bobbed hair just yet. I’m going to reschedule for this week or next.

So…the nail. Brian is working on replacing windows in our laundry room, which overlooks the backyard. They’re the old louvered glass windows and we’re putting in regular glass panes, which put in a lot more light, allow us a better view of th backyard (and Mango’s antics in it) and it will help save a lot on heating/cooling costs.

So anyway, Brian had pulled out the old windows an the wood framing. I was working on getting the wood up to the front yard for the garbage truck to pick up. Luckily in our town you can throw pretty much anything next to the road — tree trimmings, wood, whatever — and a special garbage truck with a big claw comes by to pick everything up once a week. This is in addition to the twice-weekly regular garbage service.

I took some of the wood to the front yard for pickup, but it was getting nasty after a couple trips because some of the wood was rotted. So I asked Brian where his work gloves were. He tossed his car keys down to me (our laundry room sits up a little high) because his work gloves were in his truck. I went and got the work gloves, put them on, and tossed his keys back up to him but barely missed getting them over the edge. I went to get the keys and somehow misstepped onto a piece of wood that had come from the window framing. Blam! A rusty nail goes through my shoe and into my foot.

We went to the local urgent care and I got a tetanus shot right away. I got x-rays and luckily they didn’t see that any rubber from my shoe had gone up there. As a precaution, they numbed my foot –which was totally the worst part — the numbing injection hurt like hell — and the doctor explored the area and irrigated my foot. They gave me prescriptions for antibiotics and generic Lortab.

So that was my Saturday. I hope your Saturday rated better than mine!

Now I am at home with Brian eating a late dinner and watching The Wrestler. He has taken great care of me and did a great job of calming me down and making me laugh all day. Husbands rock.

The wife chop!

Well, tomorrow at 10 a.m. is the big day…I’m getting my hair chopped! We’re going to the water park Sunday and I wanted to have it done before then for sure.I’m going for the look of one of these:

Well, tomorrow at 10 a.m. is the big day…I’m getting my hair chopped! We’re going to the water park Sunday and I wanted to have it done before then for sure.

I’m going for the look of one of these:





I will be sure to take before and after photos!

>45 life lessons and 5 to grow on


I got a variation of this column in an e-mail from my mom this morning. The e-mail claimed that Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Regina Brett is 90 years old, but in fact she just turned 50 in 2007. I always check out all e-mail forwards that I get to see if they are true or not…guess it is the journalist in me.

I need to really follow so many of these life lessons. I struggle with several of these on a daily basis. The original column can be found here.

Regina Brett’s 45 life lessons and 5 to grow on

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.

It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here’s an update:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

>’PWD’ and Find Your Spot

>Without fail, I always have a tough time on Monday mornings. Pulling into work, I literally felt like I could fall asleep right then and there.

I am feeling very blessed today because the hubby got his work schedule changed! He was working from 4 p.m. til close (which is 10 p.m.) M-Th at his restaurant, which amounted to about 26 hours per week. Now he is working noon-8 p.m. M-F giving him a full 40 hours a week. Now we can actually eat a late dinner together and spend some time together in the evenings. The only downside is that Mango is alone for about 6.5 hours in the afternoon now. She is still crated because she is still a chewer, but I hope in the next year that she can be let out of the crate when we are gone.

PWD: Like the Broke-Ass Bride, I have been experiencing a little PWD (Post-Wedding Depression). I’ve completely fallen off the fitness wagon but have been easing myself back into it with some Wii Fit and walks with Mango. I am most likely going to cancel our YMCA membership to save money and instead embrace the Wii, my workout DVDs, and more walks with the pup, who is always happy to oblige. I also have a Tony Little Gazelle that has never been used. It’s tough to be active in the South during the summer. The humidity makes me want to curl up somewhere soft, cool and dark and take a nap after work every day.

Find Your Spot: Hubby and I are thinking seriously about changes we want to make in our lives. We are making our careers a priority and so because of that, we are fairly certain that our future may not include Birmingham. I took the FindYourSpot.com quiz and here are the results. I designated only the Southeast plus Arizona, Nevada and California as places I am interested in living. I also designated medium and large cities — no small towns.

1. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2. Austin, Texas
3. Houston, Texas
4. Little Rock, Arkansas
5. Memphis, Tennessee
6. Charleston, South Carolina
7. San Antonio, Texas
8. Fort Worth, Texas
9. Orlando, Florida
10. Augusta, Georgia
11. Tampa, Florida
12. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
13. El Paso, Texas
14. Jacksonville, Florida
15. Las Vegas, Nevada
16. Phoenix, Arizona
17. Nashville, Tennessee
18. Dallas, Texas
19. West Palm Beach, Florida
20. Alexandria, Louisiana
21. Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
22. Bryan-College Station, Texas
23. Brownsville, Texas
24. Ocala, Florida

Haha, notice how the list is totally dominated by Texas and Florida, both states I have previously lived in. And no Alabama cities! lol. Is your city on this list? What do you love or hate about it?