Sunday, July 20, 2008

Here's what's going on in my life right now:

1. Ben is over in the Middle East for 3 very long weeks (specifically Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Damascus, some others)
2. I'm desperately trying to find a venue for my wedding before the Memorial Day weekend is all booked up!!
3. I'm still working. I still hate it.

So I have decided that I will not experience another relaxing summer until at least 2011. This summer has basically sucked (well, not sucked--but definitely not been relaxing) with Physics (ugh--but did I tell anyone I got a B+...with the sincere help of my brother, my fiance, and my bff), work, wedding, and other enjoyable things. So if you have not heard from me except through this blog, believe me that I apologize. Just know that you are not alone and that I still love you.

Anyway, so Ben left on Wednesday for his long flight over to Jordan (he's visiting his older brother Albert who he hasn't seen in a year!! Albert is in the Peace Corps over there)--and let me mention one thing: I HAVE NOT HEARD FROM HIM. No I am not worried, just annoyed. I hope he knows, though, that this experience of going just 5 days without hearing a word from him or his whereabouts only deepens my feelings against his being involved in any kind of navy job involving submarines. "Sorry Charlie, no subs for you!" I'm going a little bit crazy. Boy needs to learn how to type a quick email.

So anyway he won't be back until the 8th so that leaves me free to plan as much of our wedding as possible. Let us call these next 2 weeks: crunch time. And crunch time shall not be enjoyable. It is only after this time of crunching that I can take a chill pill.

I think it is obvious from my style of writing tonight that I'm feeling the pressure already. Perhaps that's because 2 of my venues have told me tonight that Memorial Day weekend is already booked for them. But mom and I are going to visit at least one place on Tuesday, so hopefully that will work out. Hope everyone's having a great week.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Our Engagement Photos!

This weekend Ben and I found a wonderful photographer to take our engagement photos: Katherine Klegin!! Who knew she had so much talent behind the lens of her new Canon Rebel xti?? We went to Mount Vernon (upon Ben's suggestion--and might I say the idea was fabulous as the scenery was beautiful) and were struck by how many good sights there were to take pictures. So we pretty much used all of them in little more than 300 pictures. Below are just a few of my favorites. It was so nice of Katherine to do this for us and she never even got tired of walking all around Mount Vernon!! I really think she's talented and definitely has a future in the photography world. Now that she has started on a portfolio perhaps we will be seeing more of her work in the future... But as I mentioned before here are just a few of the fabulous pictures Katherine turned out for us:

And finally, here is the picture you will be seeing in the Washington Post. We don't know when it will run yet, but I'll be sure to let everyone know so they can grab a copy.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

It's a big one! (TWSS)

I just saw the new Sex and the City movie. I went with Courtney, my best friend since (middle school??) And I realized something: I miss blogging. I really do, it's crazy because this whole time I've been thinking I just don't have time for this anymore. But I realized I like writing and I like hearing that other people are reading it. So much has happened since I last wrote I can't even believe it has been this long. So to bring my readers up to speed (in case they didn't already know--subtext: unlikely since I've come to the realization that my sister and I have the same readers) But no worries: here is my sum-up of the last two weeks.

Saturday--the day before we left for the beach--Mama asked me if I would like to just go look at the wedding dresses in Ann's Boutique. Sure, I said, never wanting to miss an opportunity to try on some fabulous dresses on a day I knew would be all about me. So we went and it was perfect; the whole time I never expected to find anything I liked enough to buy on the spot, but to maybe keep browsing. I tried on five or six dresses and narrowed it down to two. Two completely different dresses that I seemed to love equally. Each one gave off a different vibe and mom and I liked both of them on me. So we called for a little help. Shon and Katherine dropped by to give me their vote. After a quick answer from Shon and an encouraging smile from Katherine, I looked at me in the dress, looked at Mom, and said yes. I know I made the right choice now. Even though the other dress was absolutely gorgeous, it was just not right.

The next week my family and I went to the beach. Daddy, Mama, Tom, Julie, Shon, Katherine, Ben, and myself squeezed into one house and had a wonderful week in the Carolina sunshine. We went mini-golfing and kayaking--our adventurous trip for the week--and enjoyed bathing in the sun, getting sun-poisoning (for some people--not including this white writer!! a-thank you) and regular visits to dairy queen. Of course, the big announcement of the week was the pregnancy of my brother Tom and his wife Julie. We knew already but they made it official when they decided to tell the rest of our family that week. The baby is due in January and I couldn't be more excited for them.

We got back from the beach and quickly realized the vacation was over. It was back to work for all of us. Well, except for mom and Julie, who both chose the brilliant, summer-friendly profession of being teachers. Anyone who knows me knows that I am also heading down that beautiful career path. I cannot wait for the day when I no longer have to walk into a bank as an employee and can instead wake up in the morning and actually want to go to my job because I love teaching little kids. I will be so happy. Anyway, so the next week passed with much regularity in the bank. Nothing much to tell, there were some good days, there were some bad people, but generally the days were not too terrible except that, oh, I still hate my job. On top of that I've realized that touching money all day is making my hands so dry that they are cracked and not at all nice-looking anymore. I can't even grow out my nails. This needs to change ASAP. So let's skip the boring, drama-filled week and move on to the anticipation of every monday: the weekend!!

Friday night the Klegins, Ben, and I travelled to DC super early to catch the fireworks at the Washington Monument for the 4th of July. It was raining most of the trip downtown and even a little while we were there. I figured most of the people would cancel their trips and it would be less crowded--but I way underestimated how many people actually attend that thing annually. Anyway, beautiful fireworks aside, the exciting part is that we had to run back to the metro station in order to have any chance to catch a train within the hour. Once underground in the metro station, we quickly realized the possibility of us getting on to the same train became less and less likely. The place was completely packed, I was sure someone was going to get pushed into the tracks accidentally. Luckily, no such thing happened, and miracle upon miracles, we all got on the same train--the first one that came!!

So the next night Ben's parents had invited my family and some of their family-friends over for an engagement party for me and Ben. It was such a great time--the food was really good, the house was sweetly decorated with a poster and pictures of "Benoline" as everyone likes to call us, and it was just another step towards the altar for us. It's so exciting to be planning my wedding to a man I love, but like Katherine said, it's weird, too, to think that I'm even old enough to be getting married. But I guess these days girls are getting married much earlier (probably because they're all getting pregnant, but hey whatever works for ya).

I have a lot more I could tell about what's happened since I've last written but I think I'm going to go to bed soon in order to wake up super-early for my dreaded job. Oh and this is probably written way too late but I have to say: if you watched Sex and the City (the tv show) at all or even just love fashion (like someone we all know and love) you must see the movie. I really loved it and thought it ended the series with all strings tied. But even better--go see it with your best friend. It totally re-awakened my love for writing--or blogging in this case.

And tonight I will leave you with just one thought that I came across tonight on my endless search for inspiration on

"It is by loving and not by being loved that one can come nearest to the soul of another."
-George MacDonald