Tuesday, April 27, 2010

We are now 39 days away until the big event. We still need to figure out the cake and a few, very small details. We're very close to a decision on a car -- we know what type we just don't know which one. We wouldn't mind traveling in order to buy one.

There are times when I'm nervous about the wedding... but that has more to do with hoping that everyone has fun and the number of people coming. We initally thought it would be very small but it turns out that most of the geek's very large family is going to be able to make it. I'm excited though, very excited. I can't wait to be Mrs. Geek. Every day I can't wait until he gets off work and comes home to me. I feel so comfortable with him and love just being in his arms. It's a feeling that I can't figure out how to explain but I love it. I'm excited about what the future will bring. We've been talking a lot about that lately and it feels great to do so.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Wedding planning has commenced!

With just about 3 months of planning we realized we had to get on it right away. I have less than 2 months left and a lot of things done.

1. The colors were picked out and will be black, white, and silver. It lends to a much more formal wedding than I had originally thought of. I always figured I'd have a jp and minimal everything to do with a wedding. Guess I was wrong.

2. The dress has been picked out and is currently having alterations done.

3. After much deliberation we decided on a hotel where we received a nice package deal. It was a little pricey but not bad all in all. We'll use one convention room for the ceremony and another for the reception. We also get a room for the rehearsal dinner, morning after brunch, and bridal shower if we wish. Plus, it comes with a very nice honeymoon suite with jacuzzi. They'll also butler the champagne toast, which is really nice.

4. Because we're having it at the hotel we need to use their catering. However they have experience with gluten free so I'm much more relieved. The entire meal will be gf so that I can enjoy the day and not worry about an accidental gluten.

5. That led to a very difficult search for a gluten free cake. There are a couple of places in town that are willing to deal with it though. One was completely booked up and from the other I just picked up the sample pieces. She didn't even charge me for them which made me super happy. Because the geek and I both play games together we're considering an unsual cake topper by Paul Pape. His website is at http://www.paulpapedesigns.com. On the one hand my fiancee likes the Little Big Planet topper because of the expressions on the faces (sad for groom and happy for bride) but we also like the world of warcraft idea. Since we both play girl toons (characters) and druids we're thinking we might do the shapeshifted versions: a moonkin (or boomkin or owldeerbear for balance spec) and the tree form (for resto spec). We both happen to be dual-specced that way so it would work. My mother hates the idea but we think it kinda reflects us so it would be fun.

6. Passport paperwork has been turned in and so hopefully we'll receive that soon so that'll be one less worry.

7. I met with the florist and put in for what we want and have it set temporarily so that if our numbers change I can alter what we're ordering. There are going to be anenomes (white with black centers), calla lillies, roses, and stepenotis.

8. We got a really nifty guest book from the Guest book store. We were able to personalize the pages and everyone can write in advice and things. It's so cute.

9. We've had a few snafus along the way. We went to the local party store that decorated my sister's wedding and ordered lots of balloon decorations, the cake server set, a nifty goblet set, and invitations. The cake server was back ordered and won't be available in time and we replaced that, no big deal. Our invites came in today but had an oopsie in the address area. The owner called up that company and they'll start production today. Which means that as soon as we get them we need to get them out since people will have about a week or so to RSVP. It's not the end of the world since everyone invited already knows anyways. I'll have address labels printed and we'll fold, label, stamp, and send within 2 days.

I figure that almost anything can go wrong and it'll be okay. As long as the geek and I show up as well as our officiant, we'll be married and all will be right with my world.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Engagement

On March 11, my boyfriend and I got engaged! The weekend before that everything had suddenly hit me and I'd become a little panicked. He gave me a beautiful emerald necklace that was supposed to be part of my anniversary gift and told me that he wanted to spend a lot more time with me and not to worry. A week later, he proposed with the matching ring. He had wanted to do that on our anniversary but unfortunetly everyone knew and he was worried someone would spill the beans. He even asked my Dad's permission!

Our date is June 5th of this year. We're going to marry before leaving for Alaska so that my family can see and his family is going to try and make it down here. So, I've been even busier with planning this. We've actually got quite a few of the details worked out already. Today we're going to go get our passports and I'm going to find out about my blood test for the marriage license.

I can't tell you how excited and happy I am. My Dad and I will dance to What a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong and he and his mom will waltz. We want our first dance to be a Frank Sinatra song and the other day he made me tear up because he was singing one. He's got such a nice voice! We'll even be taking dance lessons starting in a few weeks.

Monday, March 08, 2010

How's it going?

Wow have I been busy! My geek and I (no I still haven't found the right blog nickname for him) have been getting ready to move to Alaska. It looks like we'll be moving the beginning of June. I'm super excited and a bit nervous. I've also been studying for my A+ exam and am nearly done with the first book and am almost ready to start with the practice exams.

So in getting ready to move I've been cleaning out my old apartment and throwing out, packing up, and donating a lot of stuff. We've also been having a bunch of fun looking at vehicles. I've sold my car and we're working on selling one of his cars. The other one will be traded in when we buy a vehicle. Our cars were old and not good enough to move 2500 miles, an of course, will not pull a trailer. We haven't figured out if we want a truck, SUV, or a crossover but I think the Geek has fallen in love with a Lincoln MKX (the nicer version of a Ford Edge). We, being geeks, like the Microsoft Sync, voice navigation, and other nifty little gadgets.

Monday, February 01, 2010

How lucky I am

Sometimes, especially lately, I tend to get down on myself. Things have been hard with trying to find a job and such, but I can't believe how lucky I am. My boyfriend has been extremely supportive and so reassuring with everything. He's been helping me study and encouraging with that. Tonight he's going to help me rework my resume for a job in Alaska.

Such a short post, but I just wanted to air how happy and lucky I am to have found him.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pork tenderloin w/ sauce

This is actually my BF's brainchild, but it was super-yummy. We picked up a 2-pack of giant pork tenderloins from Costco and made one tonight.

He put the tenderloin on a pan, wrapped in foil for about an hour at 350 degrees. Then I pulled it out and placed it into a cake pan and made up the sauce on the stovetop. I used a jar of Classico Alfredo sauce and about 1/4 of a jar of Vodka sauce (bertolli maybe?, BF doesn't like tomatoes so if you do you could add more), and a can of diced potatoes. I also added some italian seasoning and then poured the sauce over the tenderloin. We baked it for about 45 minutes or so (I'm guessing since I put it on for 30 and then kept checking after that) and it was oh so yummy. It came to me after that I shoulda made some instant mashed potatoes and so I've added them to the grocery list.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What's been up?

A lot actually.

Work-- I got laid off, found a job, and then got fired... so I'm back on unemployment. I got fired for being late on a day when most people around the city were late because of the weather and because the owner felt I didn't take my job seriously and I acted as though I thought everything should be fun. All in all I guess I don't really want to work someplace where I'm not allowed to enjoy myself. So my bf posed the question... what do I want to do? So I started thinking long and hard and while I haven't made any firm decisions or totally narrowed it down, but I do think I want to do something with computers. It's what I'm good at and what I enjoy.

So... with that in mind I am studying for my A+ certification which is a basic certification that can help me land quite a few computer jobs.

The problem is that the jobs aren't very plentiful around here, which led my BF and I to discussing moving. His whole family has moved from MT to Alaska, which ironically is where I was born. The more that we talk about it the more excited I get. His folks are coming down to get some of their stuff sometime in the early summer and we're thinking of joining them. It would be the perfect time and we wouldn't have to make the long truck up there by ourselves. I can't say that I wouldn't miss my family and the state of MT, I am very excited for so many reasons. The prospects for the future, a beautiful state, and everything that goes along with that.

Friday, January 01, 2010

New Year’s Resolutions 2010

So we begin with a look back at 2009’s resolutions:

1.  Take lunch to work at least 3 times a week.  This will save money and force me to cook/prepare stuff at home and mean that I'll eat healthier there as well.  This worked for awhile, actually quite a ways into the year and then… I stopped spending much time cooking at home or even being home. 

2.  Karate at least once a week through May.  I quit in March due to expenses. 

3.  Organize my place and learn to keep it clean and organized.  This means I need to create some kind of a workable schedule.  Yeah, not so much.

4.  $50 a paycheck goes into savings.  Yeah, same with karate this had to be given up when expenses got too much.

5.  Things I would accomplish knitting wise this year: spring forward socks, rainbow faux-fair-isle socks, Grandma's Mother's Day/Birthday gift, coworker's hat, finish Mom's sock, cup cozy, throw for my couch, scarf to match hat and coat, Gap cable scarf.  I got the hat for my co-worker done and didn’t get much else knit.

6.  I would like to go on an overnight vacation this year, whether that is to Sock Summit, Las Vegas with my friend J, or even just an overnight in MT or WY somewhere.  I have wanted to vacation for years and haven't had a real one.  Even if it turns out all I can afford to do is go to Red Lodge or Bozeman and stay the night, I should.  It's recharging the batteries.  I had a very nice, relaxing camping trip this year and I’m counting this as a vacation.

7.  I need to have an intended goal for yarn that I buy.  I need to be able to look at 3 skeins of cashmere (just an example) and say that will be a scarf for Mom, not oh that bag of 10 Cascade 220 is a good price and maybe I could start a sweater someday.  I actually did this very well this year and didn’t overspend the yarn budget in the slightest.

8.  For every yarn that I buy, a yarn must leave the stash.  I can sell it, trade it, or use it, but I shouldn't double my stash this year.  There are exceptions: gift knitting (which goes back to number 7) since I don't always have in stash what I need, or money people give me towards yarn.  Again, this worked out very well. 

9.  Go through my storage.  If I haven't seen some of that stuff in 4 years or even longer... ask myself why am I keeping it and get rid of that.  I have side storage that runs the length of my apartment (about 60 feet if I remember correctly) and is probably 3 feet wide on both sides.  One side is full (sorta since the roof slants) and the other has quite a bit of stuff.  I got rid of quilting stuff… and that’s it.

10.  TRY with people.  Try to get along, try to apologize when I know I've been hurtful, and try to help more.  Try to respect myself when something isn't my fault by not apologizing or stepping in and taking on too much to make things better, putting myself down, or beating myself up long after something has gone awry and it is my fault, or by taking all of the blame when it wasn't just my fault.  I know what I need to do to make things a little better at work, so I just need to get off my duff and do it.   This will be expanded upon in 2010 because I really need to work on this.

 

2010

1.  A vacation for recharging the batteries would be nice and I think it should be a goal for every year.

2.   TRY with people.  Try to get along, try to apologize when I know I've been hurtful, and try to help more.  Try to respect myself when something isn't my fault by not apologizing or stepping in and taking on too much to make things better, putting myself down, or beating myself up long after something has gone awry and it is my fault, or by taking all of the blame when it wasn't just my fault.  I know what I need to do to make things a little better at work, so I just need to get off my duff and do it.  I want to become more bold and not be a doormat to anyone.  If I say no… then I need to mean NO and stick with it. 

3.  I really need to work on the savings account and the $50 a paycheck should definitely be more than doable with my new salary. 

4.  I had more and will fix this when I remember them. 

Saturday, December 05, 2009

What I've been doing



I've been busy playing world of warcraft. The first toon at the top is Tuffi, my gnome warlock, level 20 that I play on Draenor with the Dropped Stitches guild that I've met up with from Ravelry. The second is Kaderra, my night elf druid that I play on Cenarius. I have other toons but these two are my faves. Tuffi is cute and Kaderra isn't so squishy.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tomato Chickpea pasta soup

I intended for this to be soup, but it turned out very thick. It also turned out yummy!

1 quart of chicken broth
1 small onion
Lots of garlic
Tuscan seasoning
Dried parsley
Dried oregano
Cumin
1 package of thin spaghetti noodles (I used orgran which is 13.5 oz)
1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes (with juices)
1 15 oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed)
Small amount of olive oil
Shredded cheese (Optional, I used taco seasoned)

In a big pot, saute the onion and garlic using the olive oil. Add the chicken broth, slowly, and then the can of diced tomatoes. Season as desired. Let this come to a boil and add the bag of noodles. Cook on high for about 5 minutes or so and then add the chickpeas. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the noodles are soft. Allow to sit for a few minutes. When dishing, stir in some cheese and enjoy.

Monday, October 26, 2009

To appease the viewer...

I'm not really sure how many people actually read this, but I know my Mom does and she's been asking when I'm going to post again.

Like everyone else, my job is loosey-goosey. Work has been getting slower and slower and the bad part is that it isn't all due to the economy. Of course with most of my job having to do with printing blueprints the economy has taken a huge bite out of my job since there just isn't as much construction. However, the other thing is that technology, while a great benefit to what I do, is also killing me. More and more companies are distributing plans via CD or FTP site and there is a lesser need for printing. There are programs that will basically read a .pdf (or other generic file) and do take-offs for the contractor. So, we've been cutting hours and talking about possible lay-offs.

On the other hand, I fear looking for a job right now since as of today's paper there was one general job and it was for a lumber jack in WY and everything else was specialized. I have no real marketable skills. However, I am seriously considering changing that. There are several thoughts to this: tech school instead of the 5 year degree program I had originally looked at and going into something that I used to be awesome at and still have an interest in: computers or maybe try to relearn some of my old skills on the side.

After all the hard work that my Mom did to try and change me from a geek to a girl... I seem to be heading right back to that direction. Whereas the only games I had been playing were on my Nintendo DS, now I've been getting into computer games again. This time they aren't only turn-based like Heroes of Might and Magic, but also things that are hack and slash (totally not something I thought I would go for) like Diablo. I totally blame my bf in this. I am actually looking forward to the new Diablo coming out next year because the graphics look soooo cool. Obviously I hadn't been playing a lot of PC games and didn't know how much better they looked then they used to. Bf has been trying to get me to play world of warcraft and has even set up a character already. I'm losing my hold on non-geekedness.

Unfortunetly it's almost the end of October and I really, really have to get to finishing some knitting for Christmas. I should be going to knitting night I suppose but I just haven't felt comfortable there in awhile and end up leaving quite a bit earlier than I used to.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Online dating

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. Life has been fun and interesting. Where to start?

I'm trying online dating. It's rather interesting. The ones that amuse me are the guys who are 33 and are looking for a woman who is 18-34, or sometimes they are even more blatant and say 18-32. Oh, come on. Although, I must admit, I am a lot like them, though I don't come out and say it. I'd rather go older than I, than younger. I'm 27 and I wouldn't have an issue with someone who was, maybe 24 or 25, but I wouldn't feel comfortable dating someone who wasn't even legal to drink. I don't know why, but that's how it is. So when an 18 year-olds profile comes up, I click no. Another thing that makes me click no: lack of grammar or bad spelling. I can ignore some mistakes, because that can be normal. However, in this case: "I am the modern day cattle driver so it will take a its all or nothing will for me to find my cowgirl so don't be afraid just enjoy the ride i just want someone that will want to be cared about an when the storms of life come at u theres someone to say i got youre back ", I'm not even sure what he's saying. Then this e-mail: "how ya doin i guess rembering a bday wud b a good thing u can reach me". Yikes. He has no picture and doesn't even give eye color, height, hair color, etc. The only thing he does give out is his income. Odd. However, there are lots of nice, sane people out there. I've had a successful first date already.

I know lots of people who have tried online dating. Some of those people have long, long term relationships or have even got married. This brings up the question: what did people, like me, do before online dating? I don't have much of a social life outside of my few friends and my knitting group. I volunteer, though I don't think that taking dogs for walks will lead me to meeting any nice guys. I have in the past met guys through work, but almost all of them where I work are married and in a small business it's not really a good idea to date your co-workers.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Puppies

For the past several months I have really been wanting to get a dog, but I live in a different town than the one I work in. This means that I can't get home at lunch to let him/her out. Plus, there are the issues of breed or size restrictions in other apartments. The other day I was looking at http://www.montanapets.org and found Rex. He's a German Shorthaired Pointer/Lab mix. Unfortunetly, I dreamed about him all night that night. Baron was a GSP.

The solution to the problem that I've been thinking of for the past few weeks is volunteering at the animal shelter. So, I did. My job is to cuddle the kitties and take the dogs for walks or play with them. It's fun! There are rooms for strays, adoptables, violent intakes, a cat isolation room, and a room where the non-violent animal control intakes or post-surgical animals are. There was a poor cat who had a broken jaw, though she'd already been adopted. Also, in the same latter room was an 8 week-old puppy who was a police hold. She'd been left in a hot car and so she was evidence. How could you forget that you had a puppy that cute and little? Oh, did I mention that she was a GSP/Lab mix? I wonder how they determine what breeds these mixes are. All I saw in her (or Rex) was their GSP side. So, the lady at the shelter humored me and let me carry her around and to take her out last and play with her the longest. Oh my gosh she was cute. Since she's a police hold she has to stay until the end of the trial. I can't ever let her off leash just in case she'd get away, but she could be there for several months.

There was also a mother and her tiny, tiny kittens that were maybe 2 weeks old, if that. Their cage was in the office, where it turns out I'll spend some time since they asked if I was good with numbers and I laughed and said, yep I have a weird thing for numbers. I think that when I go in on Sunday I'll take a picture of my favorite.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Cupcakes, riding

Yummy, yummy! I used a new GF Betty Crocker mix in devil's food and a Rich and Creamy milk chocolate frosting. These made 12 brownies and left extra frosting. The batter had a off taste, but the cupcakes were moist and delicious. I just need to find a cupcake holder for taking them to work.
I've been riding a bike a lot lately. I wanted to buy one but I found out that nice bikes cost a nice amount of money. My Dad has his brother's bike just sitting and collecting dust. We fixed it up a little and I bought a woman's seat for it. I'm still getting very sore in the rear but I hope that will be better by the time I ride in the Velo Bella ride, which is 15 miles. It's a mountain bike which means I'll have to work twice as hard during the ride, but I hope I can do it. I think that the Trek bike I fell in love with will go on the Christmas list. It's a hybrid so it would be a lot easier for me to ride around on the streets.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Hello life

Locally, we've started a celiac support group. It's great. I'm learning new things and meeting people who have been at this way longer than I have. We're going to start having a recipe exchange, which will be great, though a lot of the way I cook is throw some of this and throw some of that in without really measuring things out. At our next meeting we will be having a naturopath. Future plans include having a GI doctor and a nutrionist. Next Saturday there is supposed to be a gluten free products booth at our local farmer's market and coming up at the end of August there will be a state-wide meeting in Bozeman.

I've also decided to start my own "bucket list". I should have a lot of time to do everything on it, but it's always good to have an idea of where I'm going.