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Renewing Interests & Obnoxious Salespeople June 11, 2011

Filed under: Everyday Monotony,Rambling,Wedding — Mandy Sue @ 6:45 pm

On Wednesday, I went to David’s Bridal with my niece so she could try on wedding dresses for the first time.  It felt almost full-circle for me.  Just over a year ago, Zach and I got married, and I was SO OVER anything wedding related. I deleted a whole bunch of wedding related blogs, and just took a big long break.  Fast forward to this February, and my niece was engaged and planning on a July 2012 date.  I’m so excited for them, and all of a sudden, I’m emerged in wedding detail blogs.  Obviously it’s not MY wedding, but it’s fun to shoot ideas to her, and she’s already asked me to make the invitations, so I’ve been trying to stay in the loop of her planning so that I have a good idea of what she’s going for to make the invitations appear cohesive.

My niece is coincidentally in town for a wedding this weekend, and on my day off this week, along with an entourage of her bridesmaids, we trekked to the infamous DB for her to try on dresses for the first time, and to see what kind of styles she might be looking for.  She tried on dresses in very different styles that she liked.  She didn’t fall in love with any of them, but left with style numbers of her top 5.  I was less than impressed with our “help”.  It seemed that she didn’t understand that since this was her first time trying on dresses, and her wedding is 12+ months away, that she wasn’t interested in actually purchasing a dress TODAY.  Our associate kept saying how we lucked out because there is a SALE going on now, and how she’s not sure how much longer certain styles would be available because their dresses come in and out so much she can’t keep up with them.  Um….excuse me? Isn’t it your JOB to know when a style came in?  Or at least to find out if you don’t know?  This is why I had my dress made for me.  I wasn’t interested in being pressured into something because my associate hadn’t met her quota for the month yet.

At any rate, here’s some eye candy to go along with this post.  I don’t really love DB, but here are a few styles that caught my eye on their website.


#16: Check! June 10, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mandy Sue @ 3:05 pm

I’ve been wanting to create or buy art for above our bed since about the time we got married.  I even made it part of my 101 in 1001 list.  With Zach’s and my first wedding anniversary coming up (the PAPER anniversary) I thought it was appropriate to design something that could kill two birds with one stone.  I created 3 art prints to put above the bed.  I still need to buy the frames for the prints, but I thought I’d share what I designed.

First up, was a simple little saying with our wedding date on it:

Followed by a simplified version of our vows:

And lastly a simplified version of 1 Corinthians 13 (one of my favorite scriptures about love):


Who fell off the face of the earth? June 9, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mandy Sue @ 6:25 pm

Yeah.  So, what happened to me writing every week, a couple times a week?  I got really sick.  I tried to power through it. It didn’t work.  I finally went to the doctor who declared I had strep throat and bronchitis. AT THE SAME TIME.  I was given 3 different medications. The strep cleared up but my cough was not getting better. I went back to the doctor who gave me an inhaler.  3 weeks later I was FINALLY feeling more like myself.  What else has happened in the last few months?  I fell off the blogging wagon, apparently.  Also, I am dreadfully behind on my 101 in 1001 list.  I should have been knocking out those movies while I was stuck in bed!

Work is still….work.  Right now I’m working at a different branch for a few months while they train someone else at my branch.  It’s definitely an adjustment for me, too.  My branch is smaller and doesn’t see nearly as much traffic throughout the day.  There are only four of us, which means we all have more responisbilities to run the branch.  At the branch I am working at now, there are more than ten of us, and the traffic is WAY higher.  There are more of us to shoulder responsibilites, which means that a lot more of my day is spent helping members rather than working on reports.  It’s also a completely different dynamic working with so many people.  I’m still getting used to having to communicate with so many more coworkers about what is going on.

I’m currently counting down the days to vacation.  Exactly one week from today, Zach and I are going on an extended weekend vacation in Portland. I’m so excited I started counting down at a month out!

So that’s my life in a nutshell. Hopefully, I can get back on the wagon and share more about my vacation and getting through my 101 list.