Monday, January 31, 2011

I've got that loving feeling

After a stressful day at work and a busy weekend that has left me a little battered and bruised (I thought it would be a good idea to try snowboarding after a few glasses of wine ... turns out it wasn't) I needed a little pick me up.

So I started looking at old emails that people had sent me of neat wedding decorations. If anything can cheer me up it is paper flowers, pinwheels and colorful flags. But I found something even better then that! A slide show that my wonderful bridesmaids Kacie and Allian put together for our engagement party last fall.

It made me so happy to watch it again after not seeing it since it was created a few months ago that I just had to blog it!

Warning: It is a pretty long slideshow AND to all close friends and family, you will make an appearance in this video, and are more then likely obviously intoxicated and gushing love all over me and Dan. You have been warned ...

Now to get a little sappy.

When I watch this video, I feel so happy to have all the awesome friends that I have. I feel so grateful for Mavis, Taylor and Rachel who are the best family a gal could ever ask for and I feel so lucky to be entering the Phipps clan who are just as wonderful. But mostly, the thing I feel when watching this video is deep affection for my best friend and love, Dan.

Ahhhhh ... I know you are all squirming with the blatant PDA I just released on you. BUT it is true.

Not everyone gets to marry someone that lets them act and be so completely themselves, no matter how ridiculous or silly that may be. I am blessed to have found that person. The person who will love me no matter what, who will encourage me to be a better person and chase my dreams, and who is, quite simply, just fun to be around.

I think I may have just wrote my vows. That wasn't so hard!

But I'm sure it won't sound anything like that on the wedding day because I will be bawling to hard.

I cried at the Disney movie Tangled because I was so happy at the end when she found her family, I don't know how and the heck I am going to make it through my wedding without hysterically sobbing the whole way through.

Can't wait :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Boozulator

A wedding is pretty much the biggest party Dan and I have ever thrown. Although I'm sure there were at least 150 people packed into 301 Janie Lane many occasions. Even though I did not live in that apartment I was responsible for throwing a few parties there, and even though the birthday girl sometimes didn't show up all the kegs did get kicked. But how in the world do I figure out how much booze to get for a wedding?

Dan has advocated getting as many kegs of Coors light as possible. I would like a few more wine options. Some people will drink wine some will drink beer. Should we even get liquor? HOW MUCH?

Then we discovered the boozulator or as evite calls it the drink calculator.

This pretty handy little thing lets you put in how many people you are having, what alcohol you will be serving and what kind of drinkers you are expecting, and then magically it pops out a number. Now I don't know how it came out with this number but it seemed in the ball park that we were thinking so I except that as complete truth. Why would the boozulator lie to me?

So we are going with: 3 kegs and 90 bottles of wine. And why not throw in 4 handles of liquor for good measure. (those will go quick)

It still sounds like a tons of alcohol. I think we have too much beer Dan thinks we have too much wine. But then we remember our good friends Josh (stumbling beer man) and Anna (wine mustache queen) and we probably got it just about right.

Come thirsty! (And don't worry not all the kegs will be Coors Light ... we might spring for something really fancy like Yuengling)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jarnagin's Jargon

So I have decided to start a blog.

Why, you ask?

Well, I had contemplated starting one to blog about wedding planning for a while now. I have found so many other people's blogs about wedding stuff really helpful. Plus wedding pictures and ideas are just fun! I suppose some random bride-to-be may stumble across this as she is frantically searching for cheap table number holders and see how I handled it and be grateful. OR she might say how ugly was that girls center pieces .... blahhhh.

Whatever, I'm doing this.

Now for the most important part about this blog. It's name. Jarnagin's Jargon. First, I just want to credit that title to Jeff Coyne. When I was in college and working at the Collegiate Times as a designer, Jeff kept telling me that I should try to get a weekly column for me to just tell bad jokes and talk on about nothing (you know the normal conversation that you would have with me) and call it "Jarnagin's Jargon". Although this was a fantastic idea it never came to fruition because quite simply I can't write or spell or ain't do none of that darn grammar stuff neither. But then I realized the actual definition of Jargon (did I mention that my vocabulary is pretty weak as well) and thought with a title like that I can write terribly about nothing and that would be what my readers (what readers?) would want. Right?!'s definition

Jargon - [jahr-guhn,-gon]–noun
1. the language, esp. the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group: medical jargon.
2. unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.
3. any talk or writing that one does not understand.
5. language that is characterized by uncommon or pretentious vocabulary and convoluted syntax and is often vague in meaning.
I think definitions 2 and 3 pretty much sum up what this will be. 
So Jeff, your dream is now coming true. I hope you enjoy. I know you will (especially) love all the wedding planning stuff. I will try to add other random thoughts that will entertain everyone that does not give a crap about a bride's dilemma's.