Tuesday, July 27, 2010

a little help from friends

"What would you think if I sang out of tune,
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song,
And I'll try not to sing out of key.

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends."

I'm not going to lie, I almost did not blog today because I am exhausted, irritated, and just plain stressed. However, I knew you would all give me a little bloggie love if I told you about my day.

First of all, I'm so glad you all liked my stuffed tomatoes from last night! I have one hanging out in my fridge to make an appearnace sometime tomorrow!

I think my problem with today started when I woke up at 5:30 and couldn't fall back asleep. I got out of bed around 6 and decided to take my time with breakfast this morning.

whipped banana oats with oodles of toppings, monkey cup coffee, h20

i realized this breakfast would be perfect for the 4th of july!

cherries (red), coconut (white), and blueberries (blue) - of course topped with cinnamon and peanut butter

I left my house pretty early to go over to my parents where the dining room table is wedding central! Before I went, I got in a strength training session over at the gym. It was only 9:30 when my stomach started rumbling - I guess that's good and it must mean my muscles needed to be repaired! It also may have had something to do with the fact I ate breakfast at 6. I snacked on this bad boy:

delicious, but i'll take my cashew cookie bar over this one any day
I had no idea how intense the place card making would be. It took me probably three hours to do all of the following:
  • print out
  • tear apart
  • put into table groups to make sure no one accidently got left out
  • put into A-Z groups
  • Alphabetize

My printer really didn't like these - I swear at a couple of points my printer literally SPIT them out at me. They FLEW out of the printer. It was kind of weird, but had me laughing nonetheless.

I also cut our favor cards as well. We are doing a donation instead of a traditional favor, so those will go in place of a menu card. At about noon, I picked up my mom and we went on some errands and to my favorite lunch place: Chipotle!

Chipotle is almost the only "fast food" place I can go to eat. I love the quality of the food, and I also love the morals of the company. Chipotle strives to use the best ingredients - I absolutely love it. You really can't see my burrito bol underneath that pile of lettuce - I always get extra!

Just so you're aware, however, I had black beans, fajita veggies, a plethara of salsas, guac, and lettuce

From here on out, I apologize for the fact that my picture taking was really lacking today. I had a really stressful afternoon. First, mommasita and I went to Costco to get sooo many lemons and clementines for my centerpieces. When I got home, I started to continue on my wedding duties when I got a call from the country club where we're getting married at and having our reception. I went in there yesterday to make our final payment and was sooo happy to finally have that past us. I got a call today from the accountant saying they made a mistake and forgot to charge us sales tax! I looked at the recepts, and sure enough.. they did.

Now, here's the thing: it was their mistake. Their mistake is costing us another $700. Something seems a little wrong with that. It would have been one thing if they were nice about it and didn't sound accusing (yes, she made it seem like I was TRYING to get away with not paying.. seriously?), but the woman was rude, very aggressive, and just not nice. She was not very sympathetic to the fact that that amount of money is a really big deal to a young couple who are paying for a wedding and just renovated a house. I was hysterical, FH was livid, but in the end... we have to pay if we want to get married. It is so frustrating.

After that whole debacle, I went to go pick up my wedding dress from the woman who steamed it. She is a friend of someone I know, and she did a great job putting my bustles on. However, when you walk into her house, you can definitely tell it is a house with smokers. The room she uses as her sewing room is totally smoke free, and the last time I dropped my dress off and picked it up, it was totally fine. Today, however, when I picked it up, it was hanging out in the living room. I took it home, unwrapped it as she instructed me, and my entire bedroom reeked of smoke. MY WEDDING DRESS SMELLS LIKE A BOWLING ALLEY. I am so unbelievably mad it is not even funny. Needless to say, hysterical again, I called mommasita. She assured me it would get better before Friday, but I am so angry about it. I even called the seamstress to tell her about it and she "just can't believe" it happened. Well, DUH lady! If you smoke in the house and leave my dress hanging in a smoke infested room, my dress is definitely going to smell like smoke.

At this point, I had given myself a stomachache from all the stress and was just done with the day. I had to meet FH, his brother, and sister in law for dinner though. His brother is marrying us and wanted to go over the final details of the ceremony. I am glad I went because I had a great time catching up with them. I didn't get a pic of my food, but I want you to picture a chopped salad with tomatoes, cukes, onions, olives, and mushrooms. There was also a homemade vinagrette on the salad. I wish I could have had something else, but we were at a pizza joint so there weren't very many options.

When I got home, FH put together the bed for our guest room and I put in a load of laundry. Guess what we found out!! Our washer is leaking. You've got to be kidding me. Looks like I will be doing laundry at Mommasita and Big Daddy Wayne's before the honeymoon.

I wnated to calm down so at about 9:30, I pulled oat (I meant to write OUT, but hey... Fruedian slip, right?) some blueberry muffin crunch cereal to make me feel better about my life.

Nice job muffin man, nice job. You did your job.

I know a lot of you are commenting about how calm I seem 3 days before my wedding, but I'm really not! I'm a crazy wreck.

In retrospect though, if the only bad thing that happens is my dress is a little smelly and I have to dish out more cash than I expected, so be it.

My bestie comes tomorrow (not the one who was featured on here before... I can have two okay?)!! I'm so pumped!

Question: Can you give me some words of encouragement for the days ahead? I would really appreciate it! I love reading everyone's comments. They keep me going for sure!


  1. Ok, this is coming from the girl who's been a bridesmaid five times and will be again two more in the next year. The small things that are going wrong now will fall into place. I promise. Do not stress! You sound like you have a great support system around you and they will help make sure this happens as well.

    Take a few deep breaths! You're in the home stretch!

  2. Oh, hun, I'm so sorry about your dress and the fact that you have to pay extra because of the place's stupid screw up... but like you said, those things really aren't THAT horrible... unpleasant, yes, but they won't break your wedding. You'll be too happy to notice the smell of your dress (if it even still smells), and too busy having fun to remember that you had to pay a little bit extra. It's common for everyone to freak out prior to their wedding because they want everything to go perfectly, but just remember that no matter what happens, it WILL be perfect because you'll be marrying the one that you love :)

  3. Oh, Chelsey! Today is officially the first day of my SECOND year of marriage. Here's what I advise for your wedding day:

    -RELAX and ENJOY yourself. All the little things that might go wrong? You and your mom will be the only ones who notice. I promise.
    -Talk to as many of your guests as you can, even if it means you don't get to eat dinner (guilty!).
    -At least once, pause, look around you, and TAKE IT ALL IN. Your pictures will be beautiful, but I most remember the moments that I was intentional about noticing.

    I'm sorry today was a bummer, but it will all be worth it in 3 days!

  4. You are a beautiful woman and you're about to marry the man of your dreams. I promise, your dress will air out in time, and nobody will notice. You are about to become a Mrs. and that's so wonderful! You're doing a fantastic job holding yourself together, and the next couple days will just fly by and before you know it, you'll be blissfully wed!

    -lots of hugs- <3

  5. Sorry to hear things have been so crazy! But just think in a few days you will be all ready and pretty and with your hubby :) I know it will be stressful leading up to that point but once it is here it will be all worth it!

  6. You have great taste...my centre pieces were lemons and limes cut up and stacked in vases with floating tea lights on top.

    Just know that everything WILL fall into place. It always seems a little overwhelming, but when the times comes things will just come together.
    Try not to stress over the small details; it's not worth it in the end...take a breather and start enjoying every minute of it because before you know it, it will pass you buy. Soak it all in. It's an amazing time in your life!

  7. This will all be worth it in the end and soon enough these mishaps will be funny stories you tell at Christmas! The seamstress thing was ridiculous and WRONG though...so icky! Your mom is right though, it'll smell normal by Friday :)

  8. sorry to hear it's been a stressful day - I feel like wedding planning wouldn't be complete without all the little unpredictable "surprises" that make you appreciate the day and how it all comes together so much more!

  9. Awww so sorry to hear about your stressful day. :(
    I've never been married, but I'm a stress-management expert ;) haha and I've planned many events and in my experience nothing ever goes off "perfectly". There are always hiccups along the way but it sounds like you are handling them like a champ so just keep going one step at a time. Keep your chin up, keep smiling and allow yourself to get caught up in the moment- you're getting married to a wonderful man who will love you and cherish you for the rest of your life! Don't worry about the things you can't control, focus on what you can control :) You're doing an awesome job!

  10. Gah! I feel like I might have jinxed you when I said "I hope your days ahead will be as good as this one" in your last post! SO SO SO sorry! :(

    I won't say anymore here now for fear I might jinx you again. Oats and muffins make everything better :)

  11. cool I'm excited about your lemon/clementime centerpieces..that sounds awesome!!! I'm sure everything will turn out..even though you see all the ''flaws''(that probably aren't even there) weddings are always awesome and beautiful!!! it will be great..I'm hoping your going to share some pictures. :)

  12. Oh honey!! sounds terribly stressful.. But you know what.. once everything is over with, it will be so worth it.. a wedding, your love, you in your gown (spritz your favorite perfume everywhere).. just breath.. surround yourself with positive things, like nature, yummy muffin bowls, flowers, and positive words :)

  13. that just stinks : ( I am sorry but it will all flow together! Breath, relax, and remember the reason your getting married ...the guy : ) he will never notice!
    YUMMM that food looks great!

    friday is last day for my giveaway (its jewelry) that might put a small smile on your face : )

  14. I'm so sorry to hear about all your stress! $700 sales tax?! That's insane! Just picture your life in a year... or a few months even... you will be married and HAPPY!

  15. So sorry to hear that things have been stressful! They will get better! Everything will fall into place and your day will be perfect!!! Every little thing that is going wrong will be soon forgotten when you see how wonderful and beautiful your wedding day will be! It's going to be GREAT!!! Enjoy the next few days!!