Wedding bands!

First things first!   The randomly chosen winner of the Oikos yogurt giveaway is comment #8, Grace, who says:

“My favorite is a Greek yogurt parfait… a layer of greek yogurt, then bananas, then yogurt again, then topped with granola and ground flax.”

Grace, e-mail me at thefitbride at gmail dot com to claim your prize!

Moving right along…it is so good to be home.  I miss T and the animals so much when I travel!

We both slept in pretty late today.  I had some toast with almond butter and then went upstairs to do Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zones DVD.  I did about half–that DVD just turns me into jelly!  I’m sure I’ll be feeling it tomorrow.  My shoulders and abs were mush by the time I stopped.  Then I took a shower and we went to pick up our wedding bands!

I am a sucker for jewelry.  I’m also kind of a snob–I just feel weird wearing cheap costume jewelry on a daily basis, so instead I’ve asked for nice jewelry for various holidays and gotten it.  I wear the same pair of simple pearl earrings every day, plus my engagement ring and about half the time, a necklace with a pearl pendant T got me last Christmas.  So, needless to say, I’m excited to add another item to my jewelry wardrobe!  They didn’t let me take any pictures in the store, so I went a little crazy when we got home.

All together:

Just mine:

One of the things that bothered me about a lot of wedding bands is that they were flat against my finger.  My engagement ring is a small cathedral setting, meaning it raises up from my finger a little bit, and I finally found a band that’s raised on top and thinner on the bottom too.  I’m a little OCD and having the two different would bother me.

T’s ring is a classic yellow gold band.  I love it–it’s very him and will never go out of style.

(Like the camera reflection?)

Anyway, I’m happy we have these checked off our list and totally paid for.  I love mine and I want to start wearing it now…but unfortunately I’ll have to wait.  Sigh.  Just a little over five months to go..

Have a great Saturday everyone!

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On the road again…

I have to say, almost one month in, I really really like my job.  The people are nice, and aside from the very cold office, it’s a great place to be.  My work is interesting and challenging but not particularly stressful and the benefits are great.

Tomorrow I’m starting kind of a new facet of work.  I’m officially entering the world of the business traveler!  Part of my job will be traveling around random parts of the U.S., promoting our school and meeting with interested students.  I have to say, I am really excited to start this.  I’ve always been kind of a solitary worker, and the idea of getting paid for two days to drive around the countryside is really appealing.  Bonus:  I’ll probably work the equivalent of two and a half workdays in just two calendar days, and my employer wants me to avoid overtime, so I’m going to take a half day on Friday!

That said, there’s a whole host of challenges that come with this.  Staying in hotels, being tired on the road, having to eat out…who’s to say what it will do to me?  I’m trying to go in with a plan–pack healthy snacks, use hotel gyms, keep equipment-free workout DVDs loaded on my laptop–but honestly, who knows.

To get in the spirit, tonight I did a new workout–Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zones.  I am a big fan of Jillian’s and saw great results when I did the 30 Day Shred in August 2008.   The bonus of working out at home?  You don’t have to wash a workout shirt, because sports bras are a-okay!

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And you need minimal space.  Yoga mat not even required.

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As all of Jillian’s workouts are (which is why I’m a fan), this was HARD!  I did abotu 35 minutes and then had to stop.  I theoretically could have done more, but my stomach was rumbling since it was right before dinner.  I know I’ll be sore tomorrow!  I’m planning to do her weight-free new DVD tomorrow in my hotel room, or maybe hit up the hotel gym if it’s nice.  Who knows?

In other news, I bought new wedding earrings.  Thoughts?

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I’m not TOTALLY sold on them, but they match well and I think I like them.

What are your on the road fitness tips?

6 months to go!

Today is November 8, 2009.  On May 8, 2010, we’re getting married, so by my calculations…that means we have 6 months to go.

Wow.  In less than half a year, I’ll be married!  Scary.

So, this is what we have to do in the next 6 months:

  • Buy wedding bands.  (Next weekend!   Probably.)
  • Print, cut, and assemble the invitations.
  • Mail the invitations!  (We’re probably sending them March 8, so 4 months until invitations go out.  Whoa.)
  • Buy gifts for the bridesmaids and groomsmen.  (Any ideas?)
  • Pick out a flower girl dress and order it.
  • Pick up the bridesmaid’s dresses and deliver them to the girls.
  • Set up an account for tuxes for the guys.
  • Book musicians for the ceremony.
  • Book rehearsal dinner site (will probably do this next week–hopefully.)
  • Plan and book the honeymoon.
  • Get my dress altered.
  • Figure out favors.
  • A million more tiny, annoying things that have to be done.

Phew.  That’s a scary list.

Anyway, let me show you exactly how un-glamorous wedding planning is.  See all those little curlicues?  Those are STICKERS, that I had to hand-pick off of 50 sheets of vellum.  Fun Saturday night, y’all!

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Wedding planning tip: have a spare room that you are willing to shut the door to and let wedding plans vomit all over it for the year leading up to the wedding.  Like when you need to let 50 inkjet-printed vellum invitations dry:

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In slightly more interesting wedding news, I bought wedding jewelry!  The bad news?  I have to return half of it.  I bought this beautiful pair of Eliot Danori earrings off Macy’s website and found a bracelet by the same designer I loved.

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But when they came, the pearls on the bracelet were definitely ivory, and the earrings were definitely white.  Normally I wouldn’t care, but this was pretty obvious.  Since my dress is ivory, I’m keeping the bracelet and taking the earrings back hopefully today.  I’m going to look there and see if I find anything else I like, but if not, back to the drawing board.

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Someone please tell me the next six months will fly by!  I think this is the part when wedding planning actually gets pretty busy and active, but hopefully fun, too.  My sister and maid of honor just mentioned a bachelorette party in the works for March, so that should be fun!   Eeep!