The days are flying, and I had my bridal shower this past Saturday!

My Beautiful Bridesmaids!
From left to right: Brittany, Lori, Kendra, me, Tara, Bree.

It’s all becoming very surreal. I had a party to celebrate that I’m going to be a wife! It also really allowed me to kind of reflect on my friends and family.

Brittany I’ve only known a couple years. We became friends when her (now) husband became friends with Justin. We all work together and get to bitch and complain to one another about our wonderful job. Her’s was one of the weddings I was just in recently.

Lori I’ve known a couple years longer than Brittany. In case you’re just tuning in, she’s Justin’s sister-in-law, married to his older brother. Lori and I hit it off right away long before Justin and I got together, and she helped get us together and get him away from someone that didn’t treat him as well as he deserves.  It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 5 years since I’ve met her!

Kendra and I formally met while we were in 5th grade and we were taking out Iowa Basics tests (standardized testing for grade school-ers here in PA) She and I basically put each other through some hardcore high school hell, but we always found each other again. We expierienced a lot of our “firsts” together. First boyfriend, first kiss, first dance, etc. We’ve really gone down the road together. And then I watched her son be born, that was kind of a life changer, seriously.

Tara is my longest running friendship. We met in third grade and found a common ground in Goosebump books. We practically lived at each others houses as kids. We started to grow apart a little in junior high, then came back together when we found common ground again in show choir and high school musicals (you know, before high school musical. Did I really just go there? Anyway…) She’s one of those friends where you don’t talk for months, then pick up a phone or meet for lunch and pick up right where you left off. It’s pretty awesome.

Finally, Bree!. We first met while I was in third grade, but we didn’t really become friends until high school. Like Kendra and Tara we all went to school together, but Bree is a year older than us. We have a funny history together that involves a boy that we love to laugh about now, but obviously back then it was serious business, haha. We basically hit it off during my freshman year when our school put on the production of Grease. Ever since then we have been friends, and both share a love of cooking and being boring old ladies. She has also been my go-to complainee with wedding related stress. Poor her! haha. She just got married a couple months ago too.

So there you have it, my formal introduction to my oldest and closest friends! One of the best parts about this whole wedding expierience is that they all are in one place at one time! All my friends are pretty laid back, so I think they all clicked very well!

Presents! The whole shower was a stunning success. Lori did a great job organizing the whole thing, although everyone kept telling me how nice it was. I didn’t do a thing besides show up! Lori definitely outdid herself. I’m very lucky to have her!
The shower was a lot like those birthday parties you have when you’re younger. You play some games, eat a lot, and then everyone watches you open presents. The one big difference is that I picked all the gifts ahead of time in the form of a registry, haha. I’m not one for surprises.

August 8th is my bachelorette party. I’m pretty excited to go out with all my friends, I just hope it doesn’t get carried away too much. I’m honestly the type of person who would be happy to go out to dinner with everyone and grab some drinks. I’m not much for the club scene or anything real crazy. We are going to a dueling piano bar, which I am seriously excited about. However, if any of my friends think I’m getting up on stage and getting myself humiliated, I guess they don’t know me that well! I’ll be a stick in the mud about some things, but I’m just not the center of attention type. I hope everyone understands that! no penis crowns for me, thanks. haha.

I do have the most awesome friends though, I’m a lucky girl 🙂

My Girls =)

Heh. Why is the rum always gone?

Anyway, enough Pirates of the Caribbean references. Tara, Lori and I went to do more bridesmaid dress shopping yesterday. Tara bought This one, which looks stunning on her. Lori, my Matron of Honor, chose This one, which suites her really well, it’s a little longer than the other ones and has a bit more design on the bottom, kind of setting her apart since she’s the MOH. Bree ordered hers a few weeks ago, this one, and it’s in already. So now I just need Kendra and Brittany ordered and I’ll be done with the dresses..hopefully. I still need to figure out what the flower girl is going to wear. I found some amazingly cute things at David’s Bridal that I’ll probably actually make myself, most of their dresses are very nicely priced, but their accessories are a bit much.

There are so many little details to a wedding. stuff that when you think about it you have to immediately jot it down somewhere or you’ll forget about it until it’s too late. haha. I’m looking at some music suggestions now. There are a few we’ve decided on, so here we go!

  • My best Friend – Tim McGraw. Our First Dance.
    I don’t know where I’d be
    Without you here with me
    Life with you makes perfect sense
    You’re my best friend
  • After All These Years – Journey. Married Couples Song.
    A faded wedding photograph
    You and me in our first dance
    Our eyes are closed
    We’re lost in one sweet embrace
    Since those days our world has changed
    Our love remains the same
    God knows we’ve had our share of saving grace
  • I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Dirty Dancing. Bridal Party Dance.
    I’ve had the time of my life
    No I never felt this way before
    Yes I swear it’s the truth
    And I owe it all to you
  • Little Miss Magic – Jimmy Buffet Father/Daughter Dance
    I see a little more of me everyday
    I catch a little more moustache turning grey
    Your mother is the only other woman for me
    Little Miss Magic what you gonna be?
  • There are a couple ideas I have here and there for other songs (Adam Sandler!) haha. But you get the general idea. There’s still so much shopping to do! That’s what has me very excited. I can’t wait to go on a massive shopping spree in Pat Catan’s.

    What? I like to shop! This is going to be the biggest party of our lives and I can’t wait!

    I’ve found another song to be obsessed with. John Mellencamp – Cherry Bomb
    Thats when a smoke was a smoke
    And groovin’ was groovin’
    and dancin’ meant everything
    We were young and we were improvin’
    laughin’ laughin’ with our friends
    Holding hands meant somethin’ baby
    Outside the club cherry bomb
    Where our hearts were really thumpin’

    Seriously, awesome beat, it just talks about being young and carefree.

    In other news, congrats to Bree, my first close friend to graduate from college! Not me though, I into me second week as a senior. It kind of sucks.

    The first week started off slow enough. I don’t have class on Monday, and only one class on Tuesday. That class I drove there, he handed out the sylibus, and I drove back. What a waste of gas. Wednesday I don’t have class.

    I really don’t mind school, I really don’t. I think in another life I would love this limbo I’m in right now. I would go out to parties and drink my 21st year into a vague blur. I might have pledged a sorority and made some really great friends, or not. I would hit the bar every night I did not have an 8am the next morning (actually, the 8am would just be an inconvenience) And I’d live happily ever after, or at least live 4 years, on grant money, raman noodles, and cheap beer. But I did not choose that life. Or maybe that life did not choose me.

    I’ve always been the type of person to want to grow up faster than the speed life is going. I hate that I’m engaged to the most wonderful man in the world and cannot marry him for two more years. That really wears thin on my very little patience. I have no emotional attachments to Slippery Rock like some college grads do for their alma mater. I would be so happy to never step foot on Slippery Rock ground again.

    I’ve been in the social work program for 2 years now, and my adviser has been switched four times. four times. That’s so infuriating I can’t even tell you. I haven’t had a one on one meeting with an adviser since I was a sophomore. I have been scheduling blind for two years and am at least a half semester behind where I should be. I will most likely be there another full year unless I can intern next summer, which would be great. I just want to move on. I also, for whatever reason, was talked into double-majoring in social work and criminology. Granted, the criminology B.A. will not take me much, if any, more time to complete along with the b.A. in social work. It’s kind of weird…I’ll have two Bachelor degrees! I’m hoping that will open up some doors, I haven’t really researched what all I can do with a B.A. in crim, but I’m crossing my fingers for some cushy government job. I wish there was a site, like Monster.com that you pop in all your qualifications and search available jobs that way, but I’m not having any luck. Any suggestions?
    I am so sick of being at this point in my life. It’s killing me to be at such a different point of my life than Justin is. I want the 9-5 job that frees up my evenings and weekends. I’m sick of class in the morning, work at night, work on the weekends. I feel bad that Justin gave up his nice 9-5 just because my schedule is the exact opposite. He’ll be going back to daylight and I’m happy for him, but miserable I can’t find my own job for that.

    I had a great bitchout with Tara the other day. I’m glad I’m not the only one who is getting jerked around, and I’m glad she was feeling the same way I am. I just feel like I’m so alone in this battle for my degree. It’s awful to feel this alone, and the person whose job it is to help you gets changed so much they don’t even know who you are. Who do you turn to then?