T minus 10, 9, 8…

Alright, we’re 10 days out. I’m sitting around waiting to leave for my flight back to Decatur for the wedding.

We’re all moved in to our apartment in Plano. Andy’s going to be occupying his time this next week getting our apartment organized and pulled back together the rest of the way. Good luck to him!

I’ve updated the Photographs page with three new albums. The contain the pictures I’ve taken in the past month or so.

Gotta go, the airport awaits!

Anticipation

I’m not stressed. I keep telling myself that. Instead, I’ve settled into a slightly insomniac state.

I blame this on the coffee. I don’t have to get up early, and my brain doesn’t need to perform complex tasks right off the bat, yet I have my pot of coffee every morning. And I nurse it all morning. I look at it as calorie-free comfort food. Of course, there’s decaf, but I’ve already packed the decaf. So 100% Columbian it is.

The dreams have started. I don’t get them every night, and they all revolve around the wedding. I’m actually glad my brain is ignoring the cross-country move for now. The wedding dreams are all unique in their own way, but they all entail the same premise. I am not aware that it’s my wedding day.

In fact, in the last one, I was sitting in the sanctuary in my pink bathrobe when the guests started to arrive. One of the bridesmaids had to tap me on the shoulder to tell me to put my dress on. Forget that I’ve just crawled out of bed and haven’t done my hair or makeup. While I’m in the dressing room, trying to get the dress over my head, I hear the wedding processional start. So I proceed to run down the aisle, covered head to toe in my wedding dress since I couldn’t find the hole to put my head through.

My days consist entirely of a mixture of one of two activities: packing my apartment and finishing the wedding programs. This time next week, our move to Texas will be in full swing. Andy and I leave Illinois next Wednesday morning and arrive in Texas on Thursday night. I can safely say that I’m ready to be done with all this preparation, and I’m ready to get on with the next step!

Ahem.

Andy and I will be wed exactly one month from today. (Yay!)

That is all. You may now return to your normal daily activities!

The Wedding Shower

What an awesome weekend! I came home on Friday afternoon and had lunch with the parents. We spent the afternoon shopping, and Mom and I ended up finding a guestbook for the wedding. Mark another one off the list! Andy, who has completely lost interest in work, took a sick day and drove down to Decatur to meet us for dinner. We were able to visit Ben and Beth at their new house that night before we met up with Andy’s parents and little brother Michael when they arrived in town.

Saturday was the big day. After lunch, Mom and I got all dressed up and drove over to the hotel to pick up Susan (Andy’s mom). Off to the shower!

Let me tell you a little bit about said shower. It was the brainchild of my amazing bridesmaids, and it was held at my friend’s mother’s house. We had a Mad Hatter Tea Party theme. The invitations, which were printed on jumbo playing cards, instructed guests to appear in their “maddest hats” and their “finest wear” so it was a blast to see what people thought up. We had straw hats, vintage hats, hats adorned with flowers and feathers, a cowboy hat, and a sombrero (to name a few). Some came dressed up in their normal dressy clothes. Others took it a step further. Lynett, Jodi’s (one of the bridesmaids) mom, came in a pink skirt suit with tea gloves that she’d made herself. Carol Cox, a friend of my mom’s from church, came complete with a pillbox hat and shawl. The cake was a topsy turvy mad hatter-style cake and some of the hors d’oeuvres sandwiches were cut into the shape of hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades. How could you not have a great time?! Since I wasn’t taking pictures, it’s going to take a couple days to get the pictures collected so I can put them on my “Photographs” page. As always, I’ll send up a signal when the pictures are posted.

The next day I went out to breakfast with the Fischers before they took off for home. Andy stayed until midafternoon, and I stayed at the house through dinner. After dinner, it took quite awhile to pack up the gifts and get them into the car. I even took the wedding gifts we’ve received so far so that we can get as much as possible moved down to Texas before the wedding.

And as far as the wedding goes: we’re four weeks out. And today I can finally say that the wedding is next month. We’re getting there! Woohoo!

April Showers

It’s late, actually… it’s tomorrow. But a favorite movie started playing on TBS, my one channel of interest in my meager basic cable package, and it started storming. I love listening to the rain through my open windows. So I figured now would be a good time to post some updates just to let everybody know what’s going on!

First off, I deposited my thesis last Friday. For those who aren’t familiar, when you finish your thesis, you have to defend it in front of your thesis committee. For me, that was three professors. Then, once they signed off, I had to take it to a departmental revisor so they can check that the format is correct. Then you have to take it to the graduate college office to undergo another format check. Once you’ve made your revisions, then you can deposit, otherwise known as turning in your manuscripts to the graduate college. After that point, the thesis is finished. Woohoo! Done!

Now Andy and I have been busy coordinating our big move to Texas. We’d like to get a moving company to move us, so we’re busy getting people out to the apartment to perform surveys and prepare quotes. We’ll be moving after my graduation in mid-May, so we’re getting closer and closer!

Mom and I went to the bridal shop today to have my second dress fitting. It was amazing to put on the dress and have it fit. I didn’t have massive clips holding the excess fabric in the back, and the skirt was hemmed enough to walk around in without tripping. Whoa baby! The wedding day is definitely sneaking up!