Monday, June 13, 2011

I have no idea what day it is. Probably something around day 130...

Well, I figured it's time to update everyone since we have some legitimate plans finally falling together that are different from what I posted 2 months ago. Plus everything feels more real when I share the plans and I'm not just plotting in my head. Not to mention, a few things have happened in the last 2 months.
First off, I finally settled on a ring... technically I settled on two and then Jake picked which he liked best since I couldn't decide and it was a mystery to which one until I received it. I'm extreeeemely happy with it and everyone should be jealous.
Secondly, I'm on summer break from school and have a new job at Mangos Bar & Grille and I have to say driving 15 mins to work instead of 40 is enough reason for me to like it there.
And finally, we have officially made some decisions wedding-wise. I kept flip flopping with the decision to have some semi-big (like 75 people) wedding next summer, and was constantly changing plans and finally I took that as a sign that I probably didn't actually want one, I just convinced myself I did because I wanted to pick out flowers and a dress and decorations. I knew I'd be stressed and bitchy when it finally came to putting the whole thing together and my cheap ass couldn't justify spending so much money. I also didn't like the idea of planning the whole thing without Jake here to atleast groan about being dragged to pick stuff out. I'm sure he'd participate as much as possible, but theres only so much you can control when you're on the opposite side of the world. And THEN... I came across this video:
and that's what solidified my decision making. So OFFICIALLY, for real, what we are for sure doing is going to the courthouse in December and having a small civil ceremony with close family and a handful of friends, and then celebrating out to dinner some place afterwards. I'll get the small low-key wedding I want, and Jake will get his moment to pretend we live in the 40s. Then, when Jake comes home officially in the summer, we'll probably have a very informal cookout type party that'll be a combo of a welcome home/congratulations/moving away party. The End.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 73?- New Decisions

Well, it's back to Vegas. That's pretty self explanatory. When exactly is all up to the silly Marine Corps (probably next August). We plan on getting officially married in December, when Jake can come home finally since they denied his request for next month... bitches. Obviously I'm bitter, so we won't go into that. We're still discussing details of whether it'll be just us or with guests, or if we'll have some sort of informal reception at home. Those things will all be hammered out eventually, and hopefully soon cause I'm an obnoxious planner and need to know all details. But to give everyone a little clue on what we really wanna do...

FYI, THAT... is the Grand Canyon.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 54-60: Whoopsies

Well, this blog a day thing isn't going as well as I had planned... Needless to say, I've slacked off for a week but there's still not much to update on. Nothing fun atleast. I'll try to recall...
Last week, I finished my babysitting job that was supposed to last all summer. Had the job been a dating relationship, I guess you could say it was a mutual decision to break up. When I started the job I asked if the girl had separation anxiety, cause it seemed no matter what I tried, she was unhappy and crying-- not tears and nose running crying, but more making noises and making sure you were watching her in misery crying... all... day. Well, after a month of trying different things, and experimenting with different friends/family babysitting on days I had school to see if they had the same issue, her mom finally decided she has severe separation anxiety and we ended the gig. What can I say, I'm always right.
Over the weekend I had floorset, which was nothing spectacular, but it was nice to be home during the day to hang out with Beni.
This week has been the least fun so far. My car has not been its best for quite awhile now, and it finally got to the point where my dad didn't feel safe with me driving it. We dropped it off at my cousins shop and found out both my front and rear rotor (sp?) was worn down to basically nothing (oopsies) and I was in desperate need of an alignment. So, I've been stranded bumming rides to and from school this week. How fun. But! its finally ready for pick up today, along with a nice and hefty bill. Lovely.
That being said, I think I'm returning to a picture a day on facebook and maybe this will just turn into a blog for fun wedding stuff.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day 52 &53: I suck at this

I'm really getting terrible at this lol... probably because my life is boring. I'm trying not to obsess over wedding ideas anymore since I have a lot of time to plan and it's distracting me from doing homework, so that leaves me with no fun updates or pictures. Plus since I've been working two jobs plus school, all I want to do in my free time is sleep or play with Beni. I'm actually multitasking taking notes in my Juvenile Delinquency class and writing this right now. We're talking about drugs today and it has me considering going into customs. I honestly can't decide what I wanna do with career-wise cause theres so many interesting options in this field, so every time we have a new topic in one of my classes some other idea comes up! I'm also trying not to get my hopes set on anything since where Jake gets stationed next and his choice of whether to re-enlist in a few years will obviously affect things. I guess I'll figure it out eventually...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 51: Milkshakes & Movies

Since I just took all my exams last week, I decided to skip classes, sleep in and do homework today. And by homework I mean watch 2 of 5 movies I'm required to watch in one of my classes and do some discussion posts about them. What.... and exciting task.
Other than that I've just been watching tv, eating and planning my future all day. I actually just tried a recipe for a peanut butter cup milkshake. Pretty good so far.... could probably use some more peanut butter, but I'd make it again. Now I'm just awaiting the drama-filled Teen Mom 2 reunion with Dr. Drew. Woohoo, my life's exciting.
Oh, but the good news is Jake should be back to base with regular internet and skype access by this weekend. Thank you baby Jesusssss!

Day 51:

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 50: This is more difficult than I thought...

"Help me, Auntie, help me..."

What's more difficult than I thought is posting a daily blog, not childcare. Ah, well, maybe I should've named it a blog most days while you're away....

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Day 48 & 49: Oops

I totally forgot to post yesterday... probably because my day was pretty uninteresting. It rained... I worked... did some laundry... and then watched Beni for a bit while Amanda and Javier went out alone for the first time. I'm also finally in the last stages of this sinus infection thing I've been dealing with I think. Thank God.
Today was just as uneventful, but you can enjoy this picture of Beni smiling earlier... he probably had gas, but I just like to think we've bonded...

And here's a picture of one of the rings I've been eyeing. Everyone should tell Jake how pretty it is lol...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day 47: April Fools

So, I totally didn't even realize today was April Fools Day. Bummer. Anyways, there's not much to update on other than the fact that i just freshly dyed my hair using clairol's new foam stuff which is basically idiot-proof. Thumbs up. Other than that I'm still sick and it's still cold. On the bright-side, Jake should be heading back to Okinawa tomorrow... or maybe it was today. I'm not sure cause the time difference is confusing when the unit writes updates, but either way, he'll be back to his room and regular internet sometime this upcoming week, which means regular phonecalls and skyping, yayyyy!! He's also attempting to get leave sometime soon but I'm not going into detail on that cause I'll probably jinx it. So instead, here are some pics from my sushi date with Sarah B. today...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 46: Blah

Well, I'm finding that this whole blog a day thing is a bad idea to have on crappy days. Today was rainy and cold, which would not have been so miserable if I didn't have some sort of lopsided sinus infection thing and 3 exams in a row on campus. I say lopsided cause my nostrils decided they would play tag with who's going to be clogged. I blame myself for it cause due to bad prioritizing, exams, and work hours I've been averaging around 5 hrs of sleep. Which, anyone who knows me well knows that's about half of what my body prefers/requires. Combine all these factors and you can spell Sara, b-i-t-c-h. This would all have been remedied had I just been able to come home and climb in bed to snuggle and drink hot tea with Jake, but alas... I can't always get what I want. Although, I'm pretty sure that's what I need, and according to the Rolling Stones that means I should get it. But, on a happier note, here's a picture of Beni the frog prince after his bath today...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 45: Ideas I'm Toying With So Far..

So, it's getting extremely difficult to focus on regular things like homework when I'm so excited. I'm a planner. I like to know what to expect, deadlines and being able to envision what something will look like in my head... which is probably why the military drives me so crazy. Anyways, because of this I've been getting ideas together already when I have about a year and half to go. A little crazy, yes, but also fun lol. And in the long run I'll be grateful I was so crazy cause everything will be planned out in as much as advance as possible and I'll have minimal stress. Yayyy-- so I'm smart, not insane. Now that I've gotten the thumbs up from Jake on having a "reception" back at the house, I've been looking at simple, mostly DIY ideas to decorate aka cheap! And I found all these ideas from one website, thanks to Jake's mom, Amy.

I'm obsessed with this cake. I've found a handful that I like, but would probably change some colors or decorations, but this one I love, as is.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 44: Jake Got to Call & Ring Shopping With Kristin

Well, my phone started quacking around 5:30am this morning with an incoming call from an unknown number. And low and behold, it was Jake. There's some pay phones on ship but Jake doesn't have a calling card to use them since before they were sent to help with disaster relief he had a pre-paid international cell phone (which, is obviously out of minutes now). But apparently one of the guys on ship had a calling card he let other guys use. I didn't expect to get a phone call from him until he got back to Okinawa in another month or so, so despite the fact that it was a quick 5 minutes, it was quite a nice surprise-- and one of the few times I didn't mind waking up at 5am. Plus I got to talk to him on Facebook for a quite a while afterwards. God, I'm such a girl these days.
After the nice start to my morning, I begrudgingly trekked to a mediocre day at school, came home for a quick nap and then left to meet Kristin at the mall to ring shop! Pre-engagement, I had no interest in jewelry. I don't wear it, I had no particular "taste" in, and I honestly didn't see much of a point of it-- other than wedding rings of course. So, after researching and browsing online for the past few weeks I found what I like and ventured into the overwhelming stores to see stuff in person. Lord do they make online pictures look bigger and shinier online. I was completely re-educated and found a ring I'm absolutely in love with! Unfortunately, long distance relationships means a couple emails back and forth as a decision-making process and I can't call it mine yet nor depend on it being mine eventually. But trust me, as soon as a decision is made, I'll be showing off whatever it is we decided on.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 43: I'm A Slacker

I've been gone most of the day and am too tired to actually post about what my day has entailed, so that'll be cover tomorrow. But for now check out my awesome block-building skills...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 42: A Miiiiiiillion Ideas, One Jackpot

So, up until now I've never given much thought to what I'd want in a wedding, which i guess is abnormal for a girl but, oh well. But because of my lack of daydreaming or whatever you'd like to call it, I've had a million ideas running through my head this month. I was really heart-set on the idea of going to Vegas for awhile (basically until today). I've always been pretty cheap (I mean, I buy my sheets from Walmart-- which I find completely acceptable and comfortable), so I've been trying to find the option that offers the most bang for our buck. And then today, I fell in love with my newest idea and if Jake does not like it he's going to have one hell of a time convincing me to do something else lol.
I started browsing local options for venues and low and behold calvert county has a vineyard. Who knew? And after seeing pictures I was over the Vegas idea instantly. I guess I can blame the fact that I grew up in south county, so at the end of the day that's where I want to be. So, ceremony location = solved (well, technically I'm still awaiting Jake's approval, but how could you not like this place?). So of course then I started looking at the details of a reception. No matter how hard I try I cannot picture Jake and I at the head of a table with a fine catered meal inside a fancy schmancy venue. Ideally, I think we're outside with beers in our hands. Because of this I just can't seem to justify using the vineyard venue (which only allows their one chosen catering company) for a reception. Maybe it makes me a redneck, but I want a cookout! So, I googled cookout caterer in Maryland and hit the absolute jackpot. We're talking about a variety of delicious cookout food options (some of my favorites, mind you) that average about $15 per person. This also includes all the utensils, napkins, plates, condiments, bread, ice tea, lemonade and sales and labor tax. Yes, yes, yes. The company also does table, chair and tent rentals if needed. So, what better idea suits us than to have a catered cookout in my nice backyard, with a bar, music and simple decorations? Nothing real fancy and traditional. Basically a big, fun party. I'm completely sold on the idea. And I'll close this with some pictures of the vineyard, my backyard.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 41: An Update on Jake

Well, I finally got an email from Jake yesterday, so now I officially know he's still alive, so that's nice lol. He's been keeping busy and apparently is in the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) now. I didn't get many other updates other than that cause he had to go to "stupid class", but he did say that living off the coast of Japan right now sucks. I like to think it's cause he's cut off from me, but I'm sure it has a lot to do with cabin fever, bad weather and an overload of testosterone... Either way, I was real excited to hear from him.. just about as excited as I was going to see Nsync in middle school, so I guess that means I really love him haha.
On another note, Dad's just getting over some sort of flu-bug thing. Hopefully it doesn't take a tole on the entire house. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Also, I decided to include a picture today, cause apparently facebook does "memorable statuses" on your sidebar now, and this was there. How cute lol.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 40: We'll see how long this thing lasts...

Well, I'm running out of ideas of what to take pictures of, so I'm starting a blog instead. I'm sure I'll figure out how on post pics on here anyways.
I just finished watching the season finale of Jersey Shore (womp womp) and I actually have to pee extremely bad so this first one is going to be short. All I did today was clean up, watch TV and look at engagement rings online. What.... a day. And I'm pretty sure I have a cavity. Hopefully I'll have more to say tomorrow or else this thing will be a total failure.