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Monday, April 30, 2007
I just bought tickets for Dan and me to see The Barber of Seville at the Sydney Opera House on July 10th! It was the only performance during the four days we're going to be in Australia. In fact, our flight back to Los Angeles is the next day. I'm just glad we get a chance to see an opera at the famous Australian landmark while we're there. This is the first part of our honeymoon that we've planned besides the plane flights to and from Auckland. Exciting!
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Saturday, April 28, 2007
Dan got back from DC last night. Right now he's on his way to Friar Tux to look for a tux for the wedding. I made lasagna for dinner that I'll put in the oven to bake when he gets home. There's also some broccoli salad in the fridge that I made earlier and I'll slice up some strawberries too. I love cooking when I'm not in a rush. Until Dan gets back I'll be scouring the internet for an ivory wrap of some kind for the wedding. It gets chilly at night in California and I would like to be comfortable at the recption. Plus, I think this situation calls for something a bit more formal than my Gator sweatshirt!
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Friday, April 27, 2007
My second wedding dress fitting went really well this afternoon. The dress still fit, even after I had a sausage sandwich for lunch! The hem wasn't finished since I don't have the right shoes yet, but I was still hoping to get some great pictures of myself in the dress. The boutique was really busy while I was there so I had to take the photos myself (again), but they didn't turn out too badly this time. You can actually tell what the dress looks like! Again, for the sake of keeping the dress as much of a secret as possible, I won't post the pictures here. Email me if you want to know where to find them. I love the dress more every time I see it so I know I made the right decision. It's beautiful and I can't wait to wear it on my wedding day!
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My second wedding dress fitting is at 1 PM this afternoon. Maybe I should have thought about that when I planned to go to lunch at the Chicago-style hot dog place.
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Thursday, April 26, 2007
At my lesson tonight I managed to step on my own foot while swing dancing. And with Dan on the other side of the country I only had myself to blame! I can't wait until the narrow ballroom dance shoes I ordered arrive. When I got home, though, I was thrilled to discover that my new passport had been delivered! Since Dan and I are going to New Zealand and Australia on our honeymoon right after the wedding, I had to expedite my passport renewal to make sure I had it in time. Now I'm ready for international travel! Plus, I can cross that item off my wedding to do list.
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At Disneyland on Sunday - GO GATORS!
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I have a tendency to get fixated on one particular thing and obsess about it for the entire day. Yesterday it was finding shoes for the wedding. Today it was searching for a wedding cake design to let the bakery know what we want. Let me tell you, it wasn't easy! I looked through a thousand pictures on The Knot and didn't quite what I was looking for. I guess that means our wedding cake will be unique. I'll have to send several cake pictures to the bakery and specify which aspects we want to combine to make our own. The cake is just one item on my very long list of wedding things to do and I'll be glad to have it checked off. The shoes, on the other hand, will be considerably more difficult to take care of. Curse my narrow feet!
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Shoe update: I ordered these from shoes.com last night. We'll see how they work!
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Before I finish my next sequential post (March 18&19), let me just say that I am desperate to find shoes for the wedding. Dan bought me some gorgeous Jimmy Choo sandals for my birthday that would be perfect except that they have three and a half inch heels. They won't be comfortable enough to wear for the entire day, plus I tried dancing in them and it just isn't going to work. (I will be wearing them for the rehearsal, though, because they go great with my dress.) I've been looking for another pair of wedding shoes for a week now, but since my feet are annoyingly narrow I can't find anything that fits. The reason I'm so worried about not having shoes for the wedding is because I need to have my gown hemmed to the right length at my next fitting. My plan is to do some more shopping, both online and in person, while Dan is out of town this week. I'm running out of time!
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Monday, April 23, 2007
Dan and I bought our wedding bands on Saturday!
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Friday, April 20, 2007
I got to work early this morning to prepare for an 8 AM meeting, and when I checked my email I was very happy to see a message from Amazon with the subject, "You Will Receive Harry Potter on the Day of Release!" So sometime on the morning of July 21st my copy of Deathly Hallows will be delivered to my door. That makes me happy.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
March 17, 2007
My alarm went off at 4 AM because I needed to call the cab company an hour later in order to have enough time to get to the airport. The sidewalk outside Sam and Dave's house was icy and I had to be careful dragging my suitcase down the steps to the taxi. I hadn't expected the dramatic change in the weather (it had been 85 deg when I arrived two days earlier!), so my suitcase didn't contain much in the way of warm clothes. The best I could do was my St. Patrick's Day t-shirt (which was appropriate that day), a cardigan sweater, and my fleece jacket. I was still cold. When I got to the airport I discovered that the two earlier flights to Atlanta had both been cancelled, but mine looked like it was still scheduled to leave on time. Much to my surprise, we boarded the plane as usual around 7:30 AM, but that didn't mean that we were going to take off as planned. The de-icing process took two hours since the plane had been sitting at the airport all night, and after a while the pilot took pity on us and put on a movie. It was the same movie I had watched on flight east, but it was better than nothing. We finally took off more than two hours late, and after a very turbulent flight we arrived in Atlanta where the temperature was thankfully above freezing (in the 40s).

I was sure I had missed my connection to Phoenix because of our late arrival in Atlanta, but as it turned out, mechanical problems had delayed that flight as well. It was a strange coincidence considering that the latest "problem" worked in my favor, but at that point I wasn't questioning my good fortune. I got to Phoenix uneventfully that afternoon, but unfortunately I was three hours too late to go to the Cubs game. Dan had gone without me so at least the tickets didn't go to waste. I was really looking forward to the baseball game on St. Patrick's Day, but I was glad to arrive in Phoenix (with its warm weather) in one piece. To be continued...
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Well, I did go to aerobics yesterday and fortunately it wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. I will be back there again this afternoon. Dan and I have a ballroom dance class at 8:30 PM and a lesson at 9:15 PM so this promises to be a busy evening. To continue the story of my trip from DC to Phoenix I wrote about March 17th last night, but our internet at home wasn't working so I couldn't post it. I'll try again tonight.
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Monday, April 16, 2007
In ten minutes I'm off to the gym! I haven't been to aerobics in two weeks so it will probably be pretty difficult. But with only about two months left until the wedding I need to get serious about my diet and exercise. I'll post more later.
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Sunday, April 15, 2007
In an effort to get caught up on the events of the last month I'm going to take them one day at a time. I wrote about my trip out to the East Cost on March 15th, but I never got around to writing about what happened on my trip back. As much trouble was it was getting to DC, the return trip was ten times more difficult. Here are the events of March 16th.

March 16, 2007
I was sitting in the Baltimore airport, drinking a Coke and watching a basketball game, when the 3 PM flight to Atlanta took off. It was cold and raining at the time, but the weather wasn't causing any delay for the airlines. My flight to Atlanta was scheduled to leave at 4:20 PM. We boarded the plane and prepared for takeoff as usual, but at some point during that time the rain began to transition into sleet. Around the time we should have been pushing away from the gate, the pilot announced that due to the cold weather and the ice mixed in with the rain, the plane needed to be de-iced before we could leave. Then, as soon as the de-icing process was complete, the weather had deteriorated enough that it prevented us from taking off at all. Apparently planes can take off in rain or snow, but it was sleeting so we were out of luck. Much to our dismay we were told that we had to get off the plane and wait around the gate area to see what would happen next. Less than an hour later our flight was cancelled because the weather seemed to only be getting worse. So I was stuck in Baltimore during a winter storm (temperatures in the lower 30s) when I should have been on my way to Phoenix for Spring Training (temperatures in the upper 90s).

While standing in a very long line to get my flight to Phoenix rescheduled, I discovered that every local hotel was already full because of the flight cancellations earlier in the day. So instead of trying to find a room an hour away, I called Sam and asked if it would be all right if I stayed with her and Dave for the night. Fortunately for me she agreed. By the time I was booked on a flight to Atlanta the next morning at 8 AM it was snowing outside. I didn't want Sam or Dave to have to pick me up at the airport in that awful weather so I took Supershuttle instead. While on the van I was able to admire how beautiful the snow really was. I'm sure it was all the more beautiful because I wasn't driving! It took a couple of hours, but Supershuttle finally dropped me off at Sam and Dave's house sometime after 9 PM. Having a home cooked meal and a warm bed for the night was wonderful after the nightmare at the airport that afternoon. Thanks again, Sam and Dave! I fell asleep sometime around 1 AM with my cell phone alarm clock set to go off at 4 AM. To be continued...
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Thursday, April 12, 2007
Me, Kathe, and Meghan in Tallahassee

One of the best parts of going to Tallahassee for the weekend was seeing my friends Kathe and Meghan. The last time I saw the two of them was December 2005, just a few days before Dan and I got engaged. Kathe is my maid of honor so I was very glad to get to see her before the wedding craziness begins. I'll see if I can find a picture of the three of us from high school for comparison. And then maybe I'll get around to writing about the events of the last month!
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Thursday, April 05, 2007
GO GATORS! It's been a busy week. Tomorrow I'm flying to Tallahassee to spend the weekend with my family. I'll write more when I'm there.
Posted at 10:38 PM, 2 Comments

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