One of the few details of the wedding that will be true to the original plan is that my mom and future mother in law are still making the dress. Afterall, we already bought the fabric. The style however will be a little more modern, something that will flatter my figure a bit better than the 1812 dresses do. Today we picked out the pattern. We weren't incredibly keen on the dress as a whole, but I LOVE the way the bodice is shaped, and the nearly square neckline will look great on my figure. It is an empire waist, but then there's a funny ruched section over the belly that would make me look pregnant. We're gonna cut that part out, we can make up our own skirt, that's fairly easy. (Says the girl who will have no part in the sewing...) Wish I could post pics of the process, but Andrew reads this blog, and it wouldn't be proper to let him see the dress before the wedding after all... pics will follow in about a month I promise.
We also got the marriage license today, so once we send out the deposit to our officiant we'll be pretty well sent!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
We've decided to get married before we go.
Yes, I am insane, thank you I'm quite aware. Some of the best people I know are though.
The plans are still kind of forming up, but the idea is to have a really simple, dialed back ceremony at my parent's house. Just our immediate family, our maid of honour and best man. And then afterwards having a drop in type of reception, also at mom and dad's place. Anyone and everyone who wishes to can show up, share their well wishes, stay and enjoy as long as they feel like, we'll have snacks and finger foods out, and folks are welcome to bring their own beverages. We wanted to bring it down to earth, make it affordable, fast and easy, but without having to exclude anybody. It's also a great chance to see all our friends and family one last time before heading up. Our new date is Dec. 29, 2012. Wow...
Saturday, November 24, 2012
*ever notice the hole in a raspberry where the core sat is roughly the shape of a chocolate chip? Push one in, tip side down. They are simply divine.
Friday, November 23, 2012
So, now we start thinking more seriously about how to proceed. It was recommended to us (especially if we end up in moosefactory or moosonee) to bring his truck up. That way, we can load her sky high, drive it onto the train, and then drive it right to our door. Sounds like a nifty idea. It would work in the other communities too, assuming we're comfortable with the idea of driving on the ice roads over cold angry lakes (gulp.). Bring it on. But first, snow tires.
We still don't know if he's getting a full time or part time position or which community we'll end up in, but at the latest we'll know that by the time he goes up for orientation. They'll also discuss the housing situation then, since it's rather different in each community, they'll wait to tell us the details once they know where we're going. Sounds like a good idea to me, though it does make this phase of the game rather difficult. I'm struck by the feeling that there's so very much to do, but can't really proceed with any of it yet. Frustrating! I will tell you this: I am knitting slippers and mittens and hats, and I'm going to have to acquire some actual winter boots, and probably a pair of snow pants. Some more wool socks and a few more pairs of long johns probably wouldn't hurt either. Should I even bother packing my shorts? Well, the optimist in me says yes, we could get something of a summer, even way up there.
I do know we will have a very busy social calendar between now and then. Everybody wants to wish us well and see us one more time before we go up to the wild north. I think Andrew's buddies have offered to take him out for enough drinks to keep him drunk from now until the base hospital date.
My head is spinning... we didn't get a chance to crack into the bottle of champagne I picked up because Andrew had to work tonight, but I might just help myself to a glass... for the good of my nerves!
ps. Woohoo! I'm getting a dog!!! hehehehehe
Sunday, November 18, 2012
* I wrote this on Sunday, but clearly it didn't post properly...*
Friday, November 16, 2012
I have a new way of tricking myself into exercising. It goes like this. I unplug my computer in the morning, fully charged. I get to use it up until the charge is gone, and then that's it, time to get off the couch and do something with my life. This can mean going for a walk, gardening, cleaning, spending time with family and friends... whatever. If, however, I want to use the computer more, I have to hit the treadmill. I set the laptop on the shelf in front of the machine, plug it in, and watch an episode of something while I plug away on the machine. I then get to use whatever battery power has been generated during the 50 minutes or so that I was working out. This serves two goals: I get my butt moving and actually make use of the treadmill, and I don't get sucked down some idiotic wormhole and spend hours and hours with my face in a computer screen, often on stupid websites that I really need to put back in perspective. So what if my virtual pet dies because I didn't feed it 15 times today? Do I really care? Unless the way I treat my virtual pet dictates the way rescue workers treat some starving mutt in a third world country, I have news for my self: it's just dots in cyberspace!
They're not huge changes, but it's something. I'm down 2 lbs since Monday. Its a start.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
However, I'd like to introduce you to the bodum travel press, which continues to blow my mind. It comes with a normal lid if you just want to use it like a plain travel mug, or it comes with a french press lid so you can brew your coffee or loose tea right in your mug. It's great for those times when I'm the only one home/awake/craving coffee, because I just make what I need or want right there in the cup, as fast as I can boil the water. And, I don't have a clue how the thing is constructed, but I made a cup of coffee before heading to work at 1 this afternoon, and when I took my break for dinner at 5 the stuff was still hot. Hot enough to warrant taking small careful sips. Simply amazing. And by the time I'd finished up both work and paperwork at 7:30, it was cooling off because I forgot to flip the lid closed again, but it was still totally in the realm of drinkable. It holds not quite two of my normal, at home coffee mugs worth of coffee, and it fits in the cup holder of my car. I love my bodum.