A post to recap last week and the weekend.
Monday I had the trial run with the stylist. The make-up looked lovely. Very soft and feminine, she shared some helpful tricks with me, I was impressed. The hair I was a little less impressed with. In her defense, I have very high standards for an updo. I nearly always wear my hair up. I have mastered many different updos on myself so if a professional is going to perform an updo on me I expect them to do better I can. What was done I can do myself. That is not to say it wasn’t nice but what am I paying for really then? I would be paying to not to have think about it the day of and although there is value in that, not over 100.00 worth of value, not for me at least. I did leave pleased overall though. There was a bit of a hiccup after speaking with my girlfriends though. I left the professional hair and make-up application optional for my girls. They are all perfectly capable and always look lovely so if any of them do not want to spend the money I am OK with that. What I did not take into consideration, primarily because I was not aware, is there is a minimum amount you have to spend to book the day. We were not going to meet the minimum so after careful consideration and a trial run with assistance from my mother I have chosen to do my own hair and make-up for my wedding. I am convinced that no one will be able to do an updo on me that I wouldn’t be able to do myself and I feel confident enough in my make-up skills to make this work. I know there are brides out there that would gasp at the thought and think I am crazy but I feel good about this decision and am not giving it further thought.
Wednesday was girls day out with my mother, aunt and my cousin’s girlfriend (my aunt’s future daughter in-law). I have a close-knit family, I see most of these women every weekend for cards and drinks at one of our houses. At Easter we were all talking and realized we had never all gone out for a girls day together and how fun it would be. The timing is perfect as my cousin’s girlfriend has just finished grad school and has some down time and my summer classes have not started yet. We decided on lunch and painting, pottery specifically. I looked forward to it all week. My mother, who is where my artistic abilities come from, and I have done many art projects together over the years but never this. Everyone chose a different piece. I made a wedding mug to drink my tea from.
Tomorrow we will lunch again as a group and go to collect our pieces that have been fired. I get to pick the lunch location tomorrow as we will be on my side of town. I am excited, there are so many locally owned restaurants with unique, delicious menus on our side of town. I haven’t decided which to take them to yet. I am thinking Carmel though. I like their vegetable options and they make amazing cocktails.
Friday Todd was off so we did some house work and then went with Lucy to my parents house in the afternoon. We had tickets, the four of us, to UCF’s baseball game against Rutgers that evening. It was so fun. I will not watch baseball on TV but I love going to games and watching in person. Todd used to play when we first started dating and I LOVED watching him. He is really good, he plays third base. It was so much fun. We always sit behind third base when we go to a baseball game and this particular game had a lot of lefties which meant a lot of balls raining down on us during the game. That is my least favorite part of going to a game, you have to pay attention at all times or you might get hit. This is hard for me, I take a lot of mental pauses to day dream and I have to actively stop myself from doing so at a baseball game. It was a nice night for a game, there was a breeze and no bugs.
Saturday we got up early and went to dealership to get Todd’s car washed. While we were there we looked at the SUVs they had on the lot and talked some more about what we want in the next vehicle. After the dealership we drove over to the Winter Park farmers market to pick up some local honey. While we were there we realized that to our surprise local vegetables are actually decently priced and there is a nice selection. We decided to check our last few receipts and are entertaining the idea of getting our produce from the farmers market going forward. I like this idea because it is locally grown and organic, Todd likes it for the price mainly. As long as we can agree that we like it I don’t much care what our separate reasons are. We had lunch out and then went home where we nearly killed ourselves raking the backyard. To put this in context, this is the tree in our backyard,.
It is a Live Oak and it’s branches span out over 30 feet covering more than four of our neighbor’s backyards. When this thing looses it leaves, watch out! We decided not to rake in the fall and winter, it would have been a fruitless effort. Everyday this tree lost so many leaves we would have been out there every weekend trying in vain to keep up. Instead we decided to wait until it got its new leaves in the spring. Well it was time and it took forever! I actually really enjoy raking, I always have, I find it cathartic and relaxing. So I would rake and Todd would bag my piles. It took us over three hours and 12 large black trash bags to finally have our yard rid of all the leaves. Once finished we took showers and went to my Uncle’s house for cards.
It was a nice week/weekend. Soon I will be back to school and studying so I am relishing in my last free moments. I am trying urgently to finish the book I have been reading in the hope of having time for one more fun read before mandatory reading starts. I am also doing some spring cleaning and clothing purging. I am not sure what to expect yet once classes begin and I want to have things done beforehand to limit my distractions while I work from home.