Good Morning! Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s Monday already! This weekend flew by so quick. I apologize for my lack of updates this weekend. I had all intentions of posting yesterday while I came into work however once I got here, I noticed how much work I had to get done before I left and there was just no way for me to blog. So I promise I will update you on everything today. I hope all of you had a great weekend! What did you do? Anything fun? I’ll fill you in on my weekend. Let’s get started.
On Friday, when I got home from work I was so tired. I think it was because I kept over-sleeping and not getting up when my alarm cock went off. It was catching up with me. I really didn’t feel like cooking. Earlier on in the day, I saw on a coupon blog that Ruby Tuesday was offering a free burger if you liked them on Facebook. They would send you a coupon to print out. So I figured I might as well do it in case we wanted to go there for dinner. At least one of our meals would be free. Before going out to dinner, we stopped at Best Buy so Mike could pick up his new phone. He broke his phone last month and it was sent away to try to fix it so he was carrying around a loaner phone. They couldn’t fix it so they gave him a brand new phone. Lucky him!
After he got his new phone, we went to Ruby Tuesday for dinner.
I thought my meal was just okay. The chicken had way too much paprika and some other really spicy flavor on it that I didn’t like. My favorite part of the meal was the broccoli and the roasted string beans. They tasted great! I think I prefer the old Ruby Tuesday menu that they used to have so many years ago. That used to be the place where my friend, Courtney and I would always go for dinner growing up. I miss what they used to have on the menu. We were both so tired after dinner, that we went home and watched some shows on the DVR before calling it a night.
Saturday morning, we woke up early to get ready to go to our top choice wedding venue. I was feeling nervous, excited, and anxious all at the same time. I knew that this was going to be one of the most important decisions that we make in regarding a wedding and where we want to officially become husband and wife. When Mike and I walked up to the Country Club, we got that feeling that we got when we first went to look at the place. We knew that this was ”the one.”
We were quickly brought to a table which had been set up for us to do a tasting. Our consultant greeted us with champagne and brought out everything for us to try!
Let me tell you, Mike and I were SO impressed by the food! Everything was excellent! I couldn’t find anything wrong with any of the dishes. I was very pleased and relieved that the food tasted good. I was very worried about that. She graciously wrapped up all of the leftovers for us to bring home! The thing that really drew me to this place is the fact that they include so many things in their packages. I really bargained with the woman to include certain things and take things away that we didn’t want. We are getting everything and more that we could have asked for. I am so happy about that!
We were given a tray of a selection of cakes from a bakery that we will be using for our wedding cake. I was in cake heaven. Just look at all of these cakes.
Our ceremony will be outside on their deck overlooking the golf course. It is a stunning view and a beautiful deck! The best part is that if it rains, we will still be able to have our wedding outside! They will just inclose the deck with draping and we will be good to go! One less thing to worry about on my wedding day! The cocktail hour will be partial outside on the deck as well as in a ballroom. So our guests will have the option to be outside or inside during the hour. Our reception will be held in the beautiful ballroom.
My goal for this wedding is when people open up the door and walk in, for their jaws to drop. I want the “wow factor.” I am a certified wedding planner and an excessive planner at that. I focus on every single detail. I want everything perfect. I feel as though our wedding is my big debut. It’s my chance to prove to everyone, I actually can do it! I am so excited. On August 17th, 2012, I will officially become Mike’s wife. This has been almost 6 years in the making and I am more than ready! We are exactly 13 months away, as of yesterday.
As of right now, we have a makeup artist, florist, and bakery for the wedding cake. I’ve started contacting photographers, videographer, DJ, hair stylist, officiant and a string quartet. I want to get all of the venders at the very beginning so I can focus on everything else that I need to accomplish. I am crazy organized like that. Everything needs to be done so I feel like I can focus.
We are meeting with an officiant tomorrow night. I’m a little nervous. He is VERY expensive. I’m waiting to hear back from two other people. I’m hoping they are more reasonable. He also requires six hours of premarital counseling which I think could be beneficial. So yay! Enough about the wedding talk.
After our exciting morning/afternoon, we decided to run some errands and then go home and just relax. For dinner, we decided to make Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken from Trader Joe’s. I’ve never tried this before.
All you do is dump the contents of the bag into a skillet which has been sprayed with cooking spray. You let it cook down for about 10 minutes and dinner is complete.
This was SO disappointing! Take my advice and save your money! Do not buy this. When I took my first bite, I noticed a strange seasoning. I knew it was one that I didn’t like. Then Mike said, do you taste a strange seasoning. I said yeah I do. I checked the bag and sure enough it was Nutmeg! I HATE nutmeg! I cannot use that spice. I hate the way it tastes and smells. I hate everything about it! So that completely ruined this pasta for me. Unless you are a nutmeg fan, save your money and don’t buy this! Ick! From now on I will be checking the ingredient list!
After dinner, we went over to Mike’s parents house for a little while to catch up with them. I was so exhausted from everything that I fell right to sleep as soon as we got home.
Yesterday I woke up early to come into work. I ended up getting a decent amount of work done. Once I left, I went over to Melissa and my mom’s house. We went out to run some errands together and went food shopping together. I love going food shopping with them. I end up saving money because Mike isn’t there to throw things in the cart when I’m not looking! Haha. Plus, Melissa is so good with couponing that I end up saving so much! I had a really nice afternoon spending time with Melissa and my mom. Oh and of course Oliver too! I can’t forget him. He was a very happy pup yesterday! I don’t think he will be so happy when he realizes how hot it’s going to be this week.
After a while, I went home and Mike and I decided to make one of our favorites for dinner. Eggplant Parm! I usually cut the eggplant into medallions but Mike said to try cutting it into long strips instead. It actually turned out a lot better!
Although this takes forever to make, it’s definitely worth it in the end! It came out delicious! I love eggplant parm. I also bake it so it’s much healthier than frying it. After dinner, we watched Big Brother and just relaxed. We were both really tired.
Now here I am today. That brings you up on speed to my life. Well I better get back to work now. Have a good Monday!
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