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Friday, March 28, 2008

Bridesmaid's Dresses

I was just looking at dresses I like - not dresses for the actual wedding. : )
Bill Levkoff #276

Bill Levkoff #620

Vineyard Collection #1409

Jim Hjelm Occasions #5824

Jim Hjelm Occasions #5818

Watters & Watters #2708

Thursday, March 27, 2008

From The Beautiful Kleinfeld Collection

I think the headpiece may be too much. : /
They actually do sell these - they've shown it on the show, probably because people don't believe it.

It looks like a feather pillow exploded and she was wearing fly paper.

That sexy look on her face is totally wasted. Woah.

Sophia Tolli Dresses

I am into dresses that aren't completely white. I like them a lot actually. I just found out about this designer. Some of her stuff is ok, but some of it is not.

I like these, but I'm not sure if they're me.

Madonna? Is that you?

Like A Virgin?

I don't even have words.

Weight Loss Issues

I have an incredibly hard time seeing my own size. I have no idea what I actually look like. I saw a magazine article sometime last year where they gave these girls life-size pieces of blank paper and a marker and told them to draw an outline what they thought their body size and shape were. After the girls drew themselves, they had to stand in front of their drawing and have their picture taken. It was AMAZING how much bigger these women thought they really were. It was incredible. I know I would do the exact same thing. When we first got engaged and I first started seriously working out I had another identity crisis (yes, another). I started wondering what the hell I look like. I look at myself in the mirror everyday but its never next to anyone. I started looking at girl's bios on The Knot and most of them have already tried on, if not bought their dresses and they all have pictures up of them in these dresses. So one night I was looking and Josh happened to be sitting there and I asked him if I was the same size as the girl whose bio I was looking at. He laughed at me. Then he told me that this girl was the size of a certain girl I used to be friends with in high school but as of recently am not friends with anymore. So a few days later I did the same thing with my mom except I was looking at a different girl - and she said just about the same thing. So I have no idea what I really look like.

And to make matters worse, I went clothes shopping today. Ok, let me back up. Last Friday, Josh and I went shopping so that he could get something to wear to my baptism and to church on Easter. Shopping with Joshua is one of the few things in life that makes me homicidal. The thing about my wonderfully loving and fantastic fiance is that he has the biggest legs in the world, and a waist, that until recently, was close to the same size as mine. I love him to death and I think he's incredibly hot, I wouldn't want him to look any different at all, but he makes me want to scream when we go shopping. It's not his attitude, it is the fact that NOTHING fits him. So we got to JC Penney around 5:30 and shopped. And shopped, and shopped, and shopped. And I waited, and waited, and waited. I wanted to go upstairs to look at the workout clothes because I have nothing to wear anymore to the Y. Well he finally found a few pair of pants around 7. So I mentioned that I wanted to go upstairs and he said "well we need to get going so we can get to the Y." And I got pissed. I never in my life thought I would be depressed about my clothes not fitting because they are too big. I was honestly feeling awful about myself because nothing fits me. So today I went shopping on my lunch break and got three new pair of work pants. I got three pair because now I'm down to the same size as my mom and she can have them when they no longer fit me. I'm proud to announce that I'm wearing a SIZE 10! YAY! I'm so excited. I weighed myself last night at the Y and I've lost a total of 22lbs. I'm so proud of myself. : ) I also went yesterday and got a corset so I have the right undergarments to try on dresses this weekend! I'm so excited about it.

"The world will turn even when we're gone
The earth will host many souls to come"
-Sheryl Crow, Peace Be Upon Us

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Dress Shopping!

I am going dress shopping this weekend, for the first time. I'm nervous. My mom and I decided today that we are going to go Saturday. Lisa is supposed to go too. I made an appointment at David's Bridal for 1:00pm. I'm sure they're going to be swamped. So, in my nervousness, I felt like I should ask my fellow Knotties (I'm not sure why we're called Knotties, but whatever) if I needed any tips before I went. Here they are:

From: adobratzadobratz Last active: 3/26/2008 4:40:11 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 12:32 PM

Make sure you are comfortable in your undergarments...almost everyone there will see you in them.

From: aravis227 Last active: 3/26/2008 6:58:40 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 12:50 PM

I know this is a basic one, but so, so important. Take someone with you who will tell you how beautiful you are when you look good, but will also tell you when you look bad. If you don't have someone who can do both, take two people. :)

From: Darling Joie Last active: 3/26/2008 4:06:04 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 1:26 PM

Don't have on a ton of makeup.. .but enough to kind of mimic what you are going to wear on the day.. also if you are planning on having your up or down... wear it that way at the salon and this will give you a better idea for the day of... I've had so many friends and a few clients (I was a personal shopper) come in with sopping hair, or no makeup, or right from the gym and it just makes things more dissappointing sometimes. Have fun though! How exciting!

From: kriistinuh Last active: 3/26/2008 4:10:57 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 1:40 PM

I went for the first time about a month ago, didn't find "the one" but I do have one piece of advice for you... try on all types of styles! You never know what may look good until you try it on. Good luck!


From: 2BJCustodio2009 Last active: 3/26/2008 4:32:26 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 1:49 PM

Here I go again.....

1. WEAR FULL COVERAGE UNDIES!!!! You're going to have to come out and be zipped, tied, clipped/stuffed into all kinds of sizes.

2. Go in with pics of dresses you like and critic HARD! Tell clerk to being you a VARIETY of styles and kinds - dont stick to just one. You may think you would look bad in a style and end up looking AMAZING in it.

3. After you determine the styles/cuts you like, GET PICKY! Don't worry about hurting the sales clerks feelings. It is their job to say you look great in every dress and try to get you to buy it. Tell them, I like this, but not this, then ask the next dress they bring you to have/not have as you just stated. This will keep whittling down to the dress that is most ideal for you.

4. If you have your shoes already, bring them. Otherwise, something with a heel/look close to what you want. It will give you a better idea of hems, etc.

5. DANCE IN THE DRESS! If you are feeling the dress, bust a move! If you can't dance in it, you are going to be a wall flower or constantly falling over on the dance floor - and shoot after DJ prices, I am going to loose 100 lbs shaking my grove thing - even if I hate the song!

6. Check the temperature. Look online and see what the weather was on the day of you planned wedding as well as that weekend (ie, 2nd weekend of May) for your area. What are they predicting this year? What is the temperature in the bridal shop? This will help you compare as to how you will feel day of. If it is 60 in shop, and they average 80 your wedding day - you know you will be hotter, so if your legs are sweating now, think then.

7. TRUST YOUR GUT! If everyone says it is great and your ehh on it, NEXT!

8. DONT BUY THAT DAY! Get the # and style (and ignore fake warnings of being discontinued) and the price they will sell for. Go to other shops (repeating above). If you still think of this one, now price compare. Cheaper through online, will shop price-match? And don't be ashamed to say that you are going to price compare on them....they may try dropping the price then/offering discounts on BM dresses (norm in my area is 15% off if bought from same store). STILL PRICE SHOP THEM. Many shops offer the BM discount, so don't be tricked. Whatever their final offer/discounts are write it on the card with the style #. This way you can go back and request their offer if you cannot beat it.


From: db2882 Last active: 3/26/2008 2:05:57 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 2:05 PM

I agree with everyone and wanted to add bring a camera! If they allow you to takes pictures, try to get a few... front back and any details that really floor you. It'll help you keep everything in mind later. Some of the ones I thought I loved in the store, I ended up hating once I saw the pictures at home on the computer.

I also want to re-stress trying on all styles. When the consultant pulled one of the dresses off the rack, I said, "Are you KIDDING me?!" But then I put it on and was absolutely floored! Now I'm just lokking for the best price.

From: Jenniferk08 Last active: 3/26/2008 3:54:55 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 2:15 PM

most important.. SIT DOWN IN THE DRESS.. you want to be able to breath and you want to make sure it won't leave you with a wrinkled butt should you sit for a few seconds.. camera is very imporant. you want to know just what people will be looking at for an hour..

also bring clippings from magazines of dresses you like. when i went to David's bridal i had everything picked out. i handed Nathalee the book and she brought out all the dresses i wanted to try on.

never feel pressured to buy.. would you buy a car the first time you saw it or would you think about it.. with dresses starting at over 500 it's a big purchase.. don't buy on impulse.. it will be there tomorrow..

From: ohthtgrlohthtgrl Last active: 3/26/2008 4:50:36 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 3:15 PM

be polite, but be honest with the sales people, if you don't tell them you HATE a dress that you truly hate, they'll still bring similar ones for you to try on. don't worry about hurting their feelings, they didn't make the dress. and they really do want to find exactly what you want.

See. They can be helpful. : )

You Are Going To Be THRILLED

I am so excited. I have finally found the index pages for all of The Knot lingo!! I'm in the know. FINALLY. Here it is, better read up:

Abbreviation Meaning
BC, BCP Birth Control, Birth Control Pills
BF Boyfriend or Best Friend
BM Bridesmaid or Best Man
BP Bridal Party
BTW By The Way
C&P Copy and Paste
DD Dirty Delete
DF Dear Fiance
DH Darling Husband
DW Destination Wedding
E-ring Engagement Ring
E-party Engagement Party
FG Flower Girl
FI Fiance
FIL Father-In-Law
FILs Future In-Laws
FBIL Future Brother-In-Law
FFIL Future Father-In-Law
FMIL Future Mother-In-Law
FSIL Future Sister-In-Law
GF Girlfriend
GM Groomsmen
GTG Knottie Get Together
HM Honeymoon
HTH Hope This Helps
IHO In Honor Of
ILs In-Laws
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion
JK Just Kidding/Joking
JP Justice of the Peace
LOL Laughing Out Loud
LTBM Living Together Before Marriage
MIL Mother-In-Law
MOH Maid/Matron of Honor
MUD Made-Up Drama
NFT No Further Text
NH New Husband
NWR Not Wedding Related
OMG Oh My God!
OOT Out of Town
P&E Planning and Etiquette Board
PIB Pictures In Bio
PSA Public Service Announcement
RB Ring Bearer
RD Rehearsal Dinner
RP Repost
ROTFL Rolling On The Floor Laughing
SAHM Stay-At-Home Mom
SAHW Stay-At-Home Wife
SAHD Stay-At-Home Dad
STDs Save-The-Date Cards
TIA Thanks In Advance
TMI Too Much Information
TY Thank You
WP Wedding Party


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Smart Car

Josh complained about the picture of the Smart Car because he couldn't tell how small it was because there was nothing to compare it to. So here ya go. It's tiny.

Just Another Day At Good Ol' B & M.

Yes, I work in an office where the abbreviated initials are B & M. I think its hilarious, but people seriously call it that. I only call it that because its so funny.

Every once in a while we have staff meetings. They are usually a joke, just a reason to get everyone in the same room and eat food. We always hear, last year was great, lets keep it up for this year, please make sure you're dressing appropriately, blah, blah, blah. I guess the point wasn't getting across or something, because today they brought in a speaker from "Professional Courtesy" to speak with us about dress code and dress professionalism in the work place. Here are a few tips that you can carry on to your own professional environment:

-Be as physically attractive as you can. (I wake up in the morning and try to make myself look ugly.)
-Look like the position you want (The position I want is at home, laying in bed. Can I wear my sweats to work?)

-Wear subtle make-up and maintain a well-groomed hairstyle. (We have a few in the office who do their make-up in the dark.)
-Dress appropriately for all occasions and your age. (Very important to those who are my grandmother's age but shop in my stores.)
-Purchase the highest quality clothes and accessories you can affors, even if you have to buy less. (I would love to go flat broke to buy a $400.00 purse, I can afford it, but I can't afford anything else. And of course I'd love to have one outfit to wear because I couldn't afford more.)
-Always have the basics. (If you can afford the basics, if not, buy less.)
-Always complete the outfit with accessories. (Like an ambulance for when you realize how stupid you were to spend so much on the best you can afford.)
-Always wear properly fitted garments. (No kidding.)

-Bring your sex appeal to the office. (No problem. Like I'd waste it on these people anyway.) -Set yourself apart as though you were better than your peers. (What if my peers can't afford as much as I can?)
-Appear unkempt. (So no bed head? Damn.)
-Dress trendy of too young. (I believe I've heard this before.)
-Wear heavy make-up or purchase clothes to have more. (Ok, I know we're repeating ourselves..the DO list must have been longer.)
-Scrimp on a few quality accessories. (Like a $400 bag??)
-Wear clothes the fit too tightly or too loosely. (Which won't be a problem when we all get our personal tailors.)

FYI: "Do not wear flats if you are less than 5'10" in height." Interesting.

My personal favorite is this woman's personal slogan:
"If you want to wear the pants in the office do not wear pants to the office!"
Please note, she gave her presentation, in pants.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Cutest Thing EVER.

Ok, not EVER. But it is still really cute. I'd hate to have to drive it though, it's so tiny! You'd pretty much be screwed if you got into an accident, but think of the gas milage! AND, if you had two, you could share a meter!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I'm Going Shopping!

Just got home from the Y...and I have lost 20 lbs!!! Yay! Those last few pounds were killers, but now I get to go shopping! I'm so excited!

"Got no reason to bitch
Ain't no parties I've missed
Got to have it that way
'Cause baby I got…MOTIVATION"
-Sheryl Crow, Motivation

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Diary of a Mad Bride


Not the best book I've read recently. If anyone is going to complain about their wedding, its going to be me.

Just kidding, you can all complain to me about your weddings. There is just something about reading fictional complaining about a fictional wedding that just doesn't quite do it for me. Now that I think of it, I'm not actually sure why I bought the book.

Until next time! : )

Just things.

I try to not be a dramatic person, well I don't try that hard, I just prefer to avoid it. I don't think I'm a dramatic person, sure I exaggerate a lot but I don't start things for the sake of creating drama. I think what I'm trying to say is that the only real drama I have is with myself. Perhaps I am more dramatic than I originally thought. I like to keep peace. I don't like to argue and I don't like to attack people, because I know how it feels, and its not nice. I'm not going into details here because I'm aware that this could be found, and its not worth it. I've said what I want and I'm letting it go. I hope.

With that in mind - I hate liars. This is about a completely different situation than the one I was talking about in the previous paragraph. I have a serious issue with people who are unable to tell the truth. Why is it so hard? I tell people the truth. When people lie to me I feel like they are purposely disrespecting my intelligence by thinking I'm stupid enough to believe their bullshit, and sometimes I am, but only because I know I tell people the truth and I expect them to do the same to me. We are adults now. Grow up. I don't have room in my life anymore for people who feel the need to lie to me, I'm better than that.

On a happier note, I love Josh. And thats all that matters.

"All I really know for certain, babe
Is that love is all there is.
It's all there is."
-Sheryl Crow, Love Is All There Is

Friday, March 14, 2008

Unsolicited Marriage Advice.

Now that I'm engaged, I'm realizing, every single person I've ever met has advice to give me on marriage. EVERYONE. And I'm getting more than a little tired of it, basically because almost all of it is negative. An attorney I work with is a huge advocate of staying single, and he won't leave me alone about it. He knows a few of my family members and has talked to them about it too. I'm starting to get annoyed, at first it wasn't a big deal, I just figured, hey, he just got through a divorce, he's speaking from experience. Now, its becoming more than I can listen to anymore. Today we had a conversation about it, or rather, he told me not to get married. He says I'm too young and I have too many things to do left in my school career and in my life. He says that Josh and I won't be able to handle the stress of law school because I'll be so busy. He says Josh won't stick with me because we'll never spend time together. He tells me stories about how his friends from high school got married at 19 and their marriages failed miserably. Not to mention that just recently his own marriage failed miserably. And he also says I can't use my parents as a representation of Josh and I because my parents are from a different generation and didn't attend college. I asked him if anyone has ever told him he's a pessimist. He told me he is a realist. He asked me what would happen if I decided I wanted to go backpacking in Europe for three months. I told him that Josh would be thrilled. He was then surprised that we share common interests. I mean come on now. He told me that he talked to my mom about it and she agreed with him. And I called him out on that because I know my mom didn't agree with him. How could she? She got married when she was 20, there is no way that when I'm 23 I'll be too young to get married. I told him that I knew my mom didn't agree with him and he said that he may have persuaded her to agree with him, so that means she has no idea she really agreed with what he said. Stupid attorneys. Supposedly my aunt agrees with him, but that doesn't surprise me. It's like if you're in the Failed Marriage Club you have the right to trash the entire institution of marriage. I am sick of listening to this crap. The hilarious thing is after I called my mom to make sure she didn't say any of that one of her friends came in who she used to work with. Mom was telling her friend the story about how he was giving me a hard time about it and her friend asked where I work. She told her and immediately her friend knew who this attorney was. Turns out, they dated. For six years. And she followed him to law school. And they made it FINE through law school. Just after the fifth year they were together things started to change, around the time he started working as an attorney. I wonder if she didn't want to go backpacking in Europe for three months....

This afternoon a man came in to pay his attorney fees. He was a very nice older guy and I helped him understand his bill and how much he owed. He started telling me about his wife, and how they've been married for 47 years. He said she is the most wonderful person he has ever known. It was so sweet, and it was a great thing to listen to. He asked me how long I've been married and I told him that I'm getting married next year. He said he noticed my ring and thought we were already married. He told me to have a great day and he walked out the door. I went to put the receipt book away and when I looked up again he was coming back in the door. And he said: "Let me tell you something, sometime in the next five years, you're going to want to leave that man. Don't. Let me tell you why. We're all the same, just with different faces. And you'll probably do something that will make him want to leave you as well. He's the one who truly makes you happy and you'll make it through anything. Good luck to you both and I hope you make it 47 years. God Bless." Now tell me why there aren't more people like that man on this earth? He was so sweet, it made my entire day so much better. I'm tired of being doubted for what I want. I want to be with Josh forever, why isn't that enough for everyone else?

It just came to me!

If you read my previous post about the acronyms and how I don't get them, you'll understand how exciting this is for me! I THINK that "NWR" means "non-wedding related". Don't worry, I'm patting myself on the back right now. I'll probably go find out thats not what it means at all. Ha ha.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


I was watching this show last night on WE (I think it stands for Women's Entertainment. We have this new cable and a million new channels that I've never heard of before. There is a possibility we had them with our old cable, I just never watched TV before.) and I think it was called High School Confidential - I'm not for sure though. It is this show where they follow girls all the way through their high school years. I've never seen it before and only caught this one last night. Anyway, this one girl found out that she had a brain tumor and it showed the whole process she went though, from her anxiety and her fears getting to be so hard on her that she couldn't sleep by herself, she had to go into her parents room in the middle of the night. It followed her through her appointments and stuff like that. I sat and cried through the whole thing. I can't imagine. She finally had to get the tumor out, and thankfully it was benign.

Ugh. I had a fun day off today, but it's back to work tomorrow. 7:30AM. YUCK!

I'm in the middle of reading Diary of A Mad Bride. I took it to the Y and it was the longest hour I have ever walked on the treadmill. So far it puts me in a bad mood. I have to finish it though. We'll see how it turns out.

"Like she ain't got enough of her own business
Now she's got to go mindin' mine"
-Joe Nichols, It Ain't No Crime

Monday, March 10, 2008

Hanging out.

In Cleveland with mom. Woo hoo. (That was sarcastic...fyi) Here's a photo of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame which I am currently sitting in a hotel room in which I can see this building and the beautiful/frozen/snow-covered Lake Erie. I do not know who took this picture.

Will write more when I return home.

Friday, March 7, 2008

This is it.

I just found this cake on The Knot and I absolutely love it. You know, not green though. And round, not square. Ok so all I like about it is the setup. This is what I've been picturing but hadn't seen a picture to go with the image in my head. Originally I wanted the six tier-I'm gonna topple over on you-cake. But this is what I want. I'm really excited. I'm always excited lately! I guess thats better than not being excited, right? : )

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Weight Loss Update.

I went to the Y tonight, and I haven't been weighing myself lately. I had a bad workout week last week, I ended up gaining a few pounds back but I've been hitting it hard again this week and being much more serious about it. So I weighed myself tonight and I'm down 19 pounds! I was so excited I almost started jumping up and down on the scale!! I don't know if I mentioned it in this blog or not, but every ten pounds I lose I buy myself some new workout clothes..so one more pound it is. : ) This ten pounds has been harder to get off than the first ten. I guess you'll have that. So thats my good news : )

" Gonna sell my house and cross the border
'Cause somebody told me dreams live in Mexico
Gonna sell my house I got to lose ten pounds
And cross the border
And make sweet love upon the white sandy shore."
-Sara Bareilles, Vegas

Alfred Angelo

I love this dress right now. I'm not sure if I want white or ivory (still) but I really like this one.

Not too sure how I feel about the flowers at the hip, but I definitely want to try this one on. It's an Alfred Angelo, I love their dresses.

I don't know how the sweetheart neckline will look on me.... I have to admit, I hate the corset back, but I'll try it on for this dress. I'm not sure what it is that I love so much about it. We'll see.

Yay for Josh!

I realize that I should be working on my paper right now, you know, the big one, but I'm not. I got on here to e-mail a professor with a question and then, well, here I am. It always seems to happen that way with me. I wish tomorrow were Friday. Ugh.

Anyway, the REAL reason why I got on here is because I am so excited for Josh. He found out today that he got a transfer to orderfilling at his job. Which orderfilling isn't the most exciting or fun thing to do, but now he'll be working full time which he's been trying to get for a long time. : ) Those big trucks don't seem to pay for themselves, ha ha. I am so happy for him though. I hope he's happy and I hope this helps him.

I got the sample invitation in the mail the other day. I like it a lot!

This is the invitation closed. I ordered this sample from cardsandpockets.com. They are SO reasonable. The color is called "Candy Apple". I am planning on doing the whole melt the wax and seal thing, do you know what I'm talking about? I'm not sure if I put a "T" for Terry or an "H" for Herr, I think it's "H" because the invitations are from my parents...So anyway, whichever letter it is, I'll seal it with silver wax.

This is the invitation open. The pocket on the right holds the info about directions to the church, accommodations for out of town guests, directions to the reception, and the RSVP cards. The center is where our invitation will be printed. It may be hard to see, but behind the cream sheet is a gold mat. I am going to change this to silver. Silver is going to be our accent color, since the lanterns are silver, that made the decision easier.

Close up of where the invitation will be printed. I need to try it out on my computer...but then I need to get a program first. Ahhh...its getting real now, little scary : )

Close up of the whole invitation again. You can see the gold mat better in this one, again, changing to silver. I can't wait to see what they look like, and they are going to be at such a great price! I'm so excited! ha ha, I say that A LOT.

"Oh oh everybody's making love
cause love is free"
-Sheryl Crow, Love Is Free

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Return of the Nightmare Bride...

First of all, I have to start with this. I just remembered and think it's hilarious. Last night I feel asleep around 11:45. I heard my phone going off and started to get up and get ready, turns out it was only a message from Josh and not my alarm. It was only 12! ha ha, I was going to get up for the day with fifteen minutes of sleep. It was pretty funny, I guess you just had to be there. I had this dream last night/this morning that I was at work and I tried on my wedding dress. And it was red, with all the meringue folds that I don't like. I think I saw one like it yesterday or something but I don't really remember. But anyway, I was walking around work with it on and everyone was telling me how pretty it was. I was walking around with the dress on and then a tshirt over it. So weird. So then I went in the bathroom and was trying to go but there were tons of people in there and somehow there was an extra toilet that normally isn't there. The floor was cement and had puddles on it and I kept stepping in them with my dress on. A few minutes later our maintenance guy came in and told me there were some boxes he needed me to move right then. So I went out of the restroom and looked down at my dress and it was filthy. The entire bottom was horribly dirty. I was so upset. I walked past a closet that happened to be open and saw some stain stick in there but thought I better not use it in case it ruined my dress. And then I woke up. I'm tired of having these dreams. My wedding is not a nightmare.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Book Club

I'm working and I'm sort of busy, kind of off and on. So I figured I'd do another episode of "The Angi Only Bookclub". I thought I would go ahead and high light my favorite series/trilogy that I've read. Originally I only found out about this because Megan gave them to me to read...now I've read the whole series more times that I can remember.

From BarnesandNoble.com: "Maddy, Christine, and Amy find that an old college roommate has written about them in her new self-help book-and they're furious that she's used them as examples of how women screw up their lives. And the worst part is, it's sort of true. Together they make a pact: they'll face down their fears-and maybe show Miss Perfect a thing or two!

Maddy rejected her high school sweetheart's marriage proposal for art school years ago. Now her friends challenge her to rediscover her lost passion for arts. In doing so, she crosses paths with her old flame, Joe, at an art camp. Perhaps it's about time that Maddy reignites another old passion."

Ok, so the review doesn't tell you crap about the book. Here is what you need to know: It rocks. Read it.

This is the second book in the trilogy. Not my favorite, but I'm pretty sure it's Megan's favorite. I'm not much of an outdoors person, so maybe thats why this isn't my fav.

From BarnesandNoble.com: "A beautiful novice skiier tries to overcome her fear of heights-and love-when she meets a hunky instructor on the slopes."

Yeah, the Barnes and Noble description is disappointing. Dang. Anyway, its about a girl who always tries to live up to her dads expectations. She has to face her fear of heights to meet her challenge among her three friends.

This one is my favorite of the three. I love this one.

From BarnesandNoble.com: "Ortolon's enjoyable final novel in her Perfect trilogy (Almost Perfect; Just Perfect) spins a good, old-fashioned contemporary fairy tale, but conscious suspension of disbelief is required. It's time for nurturing, curvy, Texas-bred Amy Baker to face her ultimate fear-traveling alone. She plans a working vacation cruise as a nanny, but gets fired and stranded on the Caribbean island of St. Barts before the trip begins. Determined to finish her challenge, Amy takes a job as a housekeeper for Guy Gaspar, a disfigured man who lives in his extravagant fort's tower and never shows his face. Or so she's told by his jolly French assistant. In reality, the lone tenant is sexy Hollywood golden boy Byron Parks, who seeks anonymity from the paparazzi. In an Oscar-worthy performance, Byron plays both assistant and "beast," and Amy falls in love with "Guy" over the fort's intercom. In this novel's case, the title is right on: the fanciful plot twists are fun, but Amy's character reads juvenile, and Byron is too sensitive for a playboy, even one with a heart. "

Ok, that review is better. Yeah, it is TOO perfect. All of the books are too good to be true, so don't read them if you want something serious and realistic. Because they aren't. But they are good. I started Almost Perfect again last night on the treadmill. They are so entertaining, the time flies.

Thank you for joining me for this edition of the Angi Only Book Club. I hope you enjoyed.


I think it is a bit ridiculous to spend a lot of money on things like cake servers and champane flutes, but my mom insists. These are the ones I picked out that I like, which I don't feel are necessary to have, but whatever.


I know I said I wasn't obsessed with the wedding. But I am. I realized yesterday when I was planning anything and everything in my head. It was bad. I'm meeting with a potential photographer next week : ). Very exciting.

The rain is falling on my window pane
But we are hiding in a safer place
Under covers staying dry and warm
You give me feelings that I adore
-Colbie Calliat, Bubbly

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Remember Me?

I LOVE THIS BOOK. It was SO GOOD. I'll read it again. Here is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble:

With the same wicked humor and delicious charm that have won her millions of devoted fans, Sophie Kinsella, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Shopaholic & Baby, returns with an irresistible new novel and a fresh new heroine who finds herself in a life-changing and utterly hilarious predicament….

When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed.

Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all.

Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

Sophie Kinsella is one of my new favorite authors. Her books are hilarious and she makes you fall in love with her main character. Also check out, The Undomestic Goddess.

Disappointed Bride.

I went to Michigan yesterday and spent the whole day with Sarah, Sarah's Mom, and Ben. We went to IKEA, which was amazing. It was absolutely gigantic. I've never been anywhere so big! It was so much fun. So I got one of the lanterns that I'm absolutely in LOVE with for our wedding. Sarah loves them for her wedding too. ***ALERT*** THIS SECTION WILL BE BORING TO THOSE WHO DON'T CARE ABOUT PEWS, PEW DECORATIONS, OR COMPLAINING*** Well I went to church today and was checking out the pews (its interesting to think of all the things you never notice until it specifically matters to you) and I don't think they'll work how I need them to. On the end of the pew where one would normally loop a ribbon around the top so there wouldn't be a use for tape or things, isn't designed how I need it to be. I need the back of the pew to stop shorter than the side of the pew that faces the aisle so that I can loop a large ribbon over so the lanterns rest nicely on the sides. But the back of the pew (where your back rests while you're sitting) goes up to the top of the piece on the side that faces the aisle. I could loop the ribbon over the side diagonally, but I don't know. I'm going to guess that none of that made sense to anyone who is reading it. See picture in previous blog post for how I want them to look.

So last night in the car (yes, I do believe I'm dwelling on this too long) Sarah commented on how Ben is obsessed with Mustangs. Then Ben said Sarah is obsessed with scrap booking. And of course, being me I thought too much into it. I haven't come up with a thing yet that I'm obsessed with, hopefully I can work it out soon. Its like everything I've thought of so far I realize that I'm not that obsessed with, and then I get even more critical and wonder if I care about anything at all. The first thing I thought of was, "oh, I'm obsessed with Starbucks. Oh, wait, I'm not." I haven't had caffeine in five weeks. So then I was "Ok, I'm obsessed with Coach. Oh, wait, I'm not." I'm not all that into it anymore. Then, "Oh yeah, I'm obsessed with celebrity gossip. Oh, wait, I'm not". I haven't kept up on it since probably the end of the year. "Ok, I'm obsessed with our wedding. Oh, wait, I'm not." I'm really excited about it, but I don't think I'm obsessed...I'm sure others would disagree with me. I am really not freaking out as much as I was in January. Its just about us. It's not about the lanterns, it's about our love. Ok, back to me. I suppose I could say I'm obsessed with getting fit and looking how I want. Thats not something fun to be obsessed with. Geez. I need a

"The taste of sugar sure reminds me of your kiss
I like the way that they
Both linger on my lips"
- Jamie O'Neil,
When I Think About Angels


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