Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Random Thoughts.

I love my new background.

I've been to the gym two days in a row! WOO.

The Maids

We have decided on a bridesmaid dress for my wedding (dress subject to change- ha).

I found this dress online and I fell in love! I want it for myself to be quite honest.

I was originally going for something V-neck with tank straps, but this is much nicer and much classier.

Yesterday afternoon, two of my bridesmaids and I were on a mission to find this dress and to see it in person. Dress shop number one was closed on Mondays. Dress shop number two didn't actually carry the dress, even though they said that they did on their website.

Today, I smartened up and called before visiting. The dress shopped that was closed on Monday laughed at me when I requested the dress. She said, "We carry the line, but we didn't purchase that dress. Who actually wants to wear box pleats?"

Well you big biatch, I obviously like the box pleats considering the fact that I requested the see the dress.

I called one more place and I finally got lucky. They had the dress. The same two bridesmaids and I scrambled over on our lunch break to try it on (yay to no kids).

It's actually super cute on!



It's going to be this color (aubergine), but the sash is most likely going to be in latte (a champagne color) instead of black. I didn't want anything too formal (i.e. long) but the wedding has taken a turn to the fancy side (i.e. ballroom and in the evening) so I wanted something that was fun, cute, but still formal.

I've been torn about the dress color for the last two months. Espresso brown would go better with our fall color scheme, but I've been a fan of the color purple since I stepped (or fell, rather) out of the womb.

After much deliberation, mom and I decided that we would give our pumpkin centerpieces a gold crackle glaze to tone them down and find a way to incorporate the purple through the flowers and decor.

I think that with some bronze/light gold shoes, that this dress is going to be bangin'

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy Post Holidays!

Whew, it was a whirlwind- but a fabulous holiday week.

The fiance and I started our Christmas celebration early and opened our gifts to one another on December 23rd. We lit a fire, drank some champagne, and celebrated. Due to our upcoming wedding, we were on a tight budget this year, but I managed to pick up some pretty good deals. I bought the fiance some snow boots for our upcoming ski vacation, two new games for the wii, a redskins tshirt and a UMD terps tshirt. The fiance bought me the cutest new (PINK) camera and a new board game (I love games).

On Christmas eve, we traveled to my parents, who live about an hour away. We had more champagne, feasted on shrimp, lobster, crab, mussels, clams and scallops and played sing star into the wee hours of the night. On Christmas morning we woke up and opened some presents (I got some sweet new clothes and more games) and feasted on a fabulous breakfast quiche.

At around 12, we left my parents and headed to the fiance's house about 40 minutes from my parents. At his parents we opened our gifts (we got a new 42 inch flat screen T.V. as a combo engagement/Christmas present YAY) and then ate a lot and celebrated with his extended family.

Before we knew it, Christmas was over. It went by incredibly fast, but we had the best time. I love spending time with my family and I get along really well with his family. It was a little weird to have to leave to go elsewhere on Christmas (my first Christmas having to share) and I was sad at first, but I guess that's what happens when you are an adult.

I'll try to get around to posting pictures sometime this week! I hope you all enjoyed your holiday as much as I did.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Kitty Santas Pictures, Images and Photos

Love,
Ashley, The Fiance, Oh Snap and Sage

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sage: 1 ----- Petmate: 0

It took Sage approximately 12 hours to figure out how to remove the top of the petmate automatic feeder and stick her head in the hole for an all you can eat buffet.

I mean, they always say, like mother- like daughter so I know where she gets it.

Unfortunately, I was hoping to outsmart her for at least a week.

I hate to do this (b/c it's going to look tacky and I'm all about keeping a nice house), but I may need to employ a little duct tape.

I wish my cat's IQ wasn't 180. I get the feeling that the duct tape isn't going to stop her either.

I'm getting Married...

I'm getting married to the most fabulous, funniest, & cutest best friend in the whole wide world in 10 months.

Actually, make that 297 days.

Yes, I'm still excited.

and yes, 297 days feels like forever.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Root Canal Update!

In case you were wondering-- penicillin is incredible and my tooth feels better than ever!

I'd like to hear a hell yeah for drugs, please!

Cat Week

Wow, this has been a cat filled week..

as in, I've posted about my cats waaaaaay too much.

However, I recently purchased one of those Pet mate automatic feeders for the kitties.

Why? (you may be thinking)

1. Because I was sick of Snap licking my head on the weekends at 7am.

2. Because I'll feel better leaving for Christmas knowing that they have food being delivered at a specific time.

So far, so good. It looks nice, it works nice, the cats are actually responding to it and eating from it.

However, I think they are responding to it a little too well.

Sage is trying (very very hard) to get more food. I can see the wheels turning in her head --- "But Ashley (mom), I can see all of that food in that big tub, why isn't it coming out?"

She's sticking her paws up the slot, she's pushing the entire thing around the kitchen with her nose (quite annoyingly) and she's doing whatever she can to get some more food.

Now I'm a little nervous about leaving her home this week with an unattended automatic feeder.

My Giveaway

You may remember that I hosted a Bloggerversary Giveaway a few weeks ago. A.D. from The Cat's Pajamas opened her gift and reported about it- so here's what she got....



1. Bonne Bell Lip Smackers in Dr. Pepper. First, Dr. Pepper is my favorite soda and secondly, I'm obsessed with lip gloss. In fact, I'm addicted to it (bonne bell only and bonne bell in particular). It's actually quite pathetic, but my lips flip if I leave home without it.

2. Cat toys! Duh, I love cats and lobster and crab are my favorite foods (If the winner wasn't a cat owner, I was going to keep them for myself =).

3. Trashy magazines. Enough said.

4. Thank-you notes. I love sending and receiving mail.

5. My favorite candies- Swedish fish and Sour Patch Kids

6. A magnet for every mood. I'm a psychologist, it's what we do.

I wanted to include other things in my swap package, but things became (work, life, etc) hectic, seeing as though it's almost Christmas and vacation time.

I may or may not have had one giant bag of Utz Crab Chips (they are fabulous)- direct from Maryland-- to include in the package. My fiance's best friend may or may not have opened the crab chips the night before I sent the package to help him sober up.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snap Felt Left Out

Not to be outdone by his sister, here's a little about Oh Snap



1. My full name is Oh Snap. Mom usually only calls me Oh Snap when I get into trouble. Usually, it's just Snap, or Snip-Snap, or Snippy, or Snappy, or Snippy Snap. Or, dad's particular favorite, Snnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnap.

2. Everyone and I mean everyone thinks that I'm the sister. Just because I'm smaller than Sage and am Orange/White doesn't mean I'm a chick.

3. I am outgoing, I'm the first to greet you and anyone else at the door, but I only tolerate cuddling for 3 minutes-- tops-- unless it's under my conditions.

4. Although I don't sleep with mom and dad very often (unless it's by their feet), I like to wake mom up at about 7 each morning by purring very, very loudly in her ear while licking her hair. For some reason, I let dad sleep.

5. I have the loudest purr in America. Seriously, it's ridiculous.

6. I'm super cute, I'm the runt, and I'm a daddy's boy-- except when I punk out, which I do quite often. Mostly recently, I am scared of the automatic water dish mom bought us.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Oh Snap (not my cat)!

I didn't realize that you could import people into your blog roll via google reader.

What an invention.

I was doing it manually and not very often at all, b/c lets be realistic it was manual labor and I figured-- who reads blogs by actually visiting the blog?

It's all about the reader.


ETA: wait.. that makes me wonder... what is the point of having a blog roll if no one visits my actual blog?

Kitty Tag

Gwen, ahem, I mean her cat Fritz tagged Sage for this meme.

Here are the rules...
1. Link to the person that tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

For your viewing pleasure, here's Sage and Mom about 1.5 years ago. What a sweet little kitten.


1. My name is Sage and I answer to Sage, but mom also calls me a million other names including, but not limited to, Sagey Muffin, Muffin, Muff, Muffy, and Sassy Sage Pants. The fiance a.k.a. "Dad" hates when mom calls me Muff and often imitates her in a sing song voice.

2. I enjoy taking up at least half of the bed, while cuddling with mom- ensuring that dad has about 1 square inch of space each night.

3. I'm obsessed with food and I love to eat popcorn. In fact, if you keep my cat food in a cabinet, I'm bound to open it up, find the bag and tear into it.

4. Everyone thinks I'm a sassy, except for mom. I usually am a bitch, to everyone except mom. I like people that ignore mom and don't talk to her. Anyone that tries to steal her attention is on my shit list (that includes my brother).

5. When mom isn't sleeping, I can usually be found sleeping at the very top of mom's closet. I like to leave hair all over her sweaters-- so she'll remember me all day long-- every time she picks a hair off.

6. I have mitten hands-- everyone thinks they are so cute, and I love when mom cuts my nails (seriously, can you believe that?!?!)

Okay, Sage tags.....


Blue from The Cat's Pajamas

Mason from Darth Mama

Zoey from My Mid Mid Life Crisis

Mittens from Framboise

Sorry, I know it's not 6, but she doesn't get out much.

Wedding Shoes

Before I got engaged, I used to imagine my wedding- bot obsessively or anything, but the event crossed my mind every once in awhile.
 
I thought that I would be funky.  I scoffed at traditional things- I wanted a snow cone machine and I could not imagine wearing traditional wedding shoes.  My imaginary bride-self always wore red shoes.
 
But now i'm torn.  The snow cone machine is no longer appealing, and I'm kinda down with the ivory shoes.
 
Do I want traditional wedding shoes (my dress is quite fancy)?...
 
or do I want something funky that matches the bridesmaid dresses?
 
Someone weigh in here....

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Biggest Loser

No spoiler here.....

but I'm so glad that you know who won the biggest loser!

It almost motivates me to get off my ass and remove the Cheetos from my mouth.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Super Sweet Camera Pics

Look what came in the mail today!

I love them- they are sage green with the cutest little pink monogram.

However, am I supposed to wait until after the wedding to use them? I would assume so since that's not really my name.



Unfortunately, my wedding is still 10 months away.


...and now, the anorexic Christmas tree.



That's what you get when you buy a $24 dollar tree at Target.

So, I lied.

The root canal itself-- a breeze.

The aftermath of said root canal-- sheer hell.

I can't decide if my mouth sucked worse before or after the root canal.

Before: Sharp nerve-like/ish pains radiating throughout my entire mouth. Not localized in any way. Woke me up in the middle of the night. Sucked a$$.

After: Localized dull ache in the upper right hand corner of my mouth. Very localized in every way. Can't chew without dull ache. Wakes me up in the middle of the night. Sucks ass.

See, it's hard to determine. Both suck-- and both are totally different pain-- yet equally excruciating.

Of course I read all about it, and they say that if your mouth hurt before your root canal, it sure as shit was going to hurt after it (excuse my french- I've been on advil for about a month now).

I felt crappy (tooth related) all weekend and considered calling my dental surgeon. I didn't- I felt bad about screwing up his weekend.

I finally called today and they are starting me on a round of penicillin. I get to take four today. Sweet. I haven't taken an antibiotic in about 15 yrs, so lets hope this goes well.

In other news, despite the shiteous tooth, I did manage to enjoy my weekend. On Friday, the fiance decided to be super romantic and forego wings and beer for a trip to the Christmas tree shop.

We had a tough time deciding between real or fake (we both prefer real- we just live in a small apartment inhabited by two wire-eating cats). We went with the fake, came home, ordered in chinese food, put together our tree and cuddled. It was marvelous.

On Saturday, we headed down to Northern Va to party like one-year-olds for his goddaughter's first birthday. We bought her a huge bouncy castle which was quite the hit.

We finished off the afternoon at the mall (sheer hell- nothing is worse than the mall during Christmas).

We were supposed to go to a party on Saturday night, but my tooth was aching worse than ever and we decided to stay in and watch a movie.

Sunday, we watched football, all the livelong day. I'd like to congratulate my other boyfriend's for winning the AFC North. You go boys.

I'll try to post pictures of the tree soon, but my camera appears to have taken a turn for the worse and every picture comes up looking fuzzy and/or dark.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sup Yo

Root canals are surprisingly painless.

All that hype and and it was nothing. In fact, it hurt less than a filling.

I went in, laid back back in the chair, numbed up, and was out within half an hour.

When I got home my tooth felt fabulous! Then the Novocaine and pain killers wore off.. but still, it was nothing compared to the pain that I was experiencing pre-root canal. Unfortunately, my temporary filling fell out sometime last night, so today was not quite so enjoyable (I swear, can anyone have worse tooth luck?), but I swung by the dentist on the way home to have it patched up.


The lady doctor on the other hand was not quite as easy as the root canal. In fact, I had to spend an hour in the waiting room anxiously awaiting the moment that I would have to drop trou.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

M.I.A.

I know that I've been M.I.A. for a few days (ha 2, but that's a lot for someone who posts A LOT)... but my tooth hurts like a @#$%#$@&^%&#$^@$ and I'm popping Advil at an alarming level.

Tomorrow is D-day. As in dirty dismal dipshit day. The day of the lady appointment and the root canal. Wish me luck.

In other news, we should find out if the photographer we want is available on our wedding date tomorrow! We went to a showcase tonight and found someone that is fabulous and super affordable (considering the fact that we live in the DC metro area).

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Input Please!

I have a request for all of my married lady readers...

As you all know, I've been actively researching photographers, videographers, florists, bakers etc! Although it's super fun, I'm still trying to determine what I actually need, and what I should focus on.

If you've been married, please answer these few questions....

1. What did you do that you could have lived without?

2. What would you do differently if you could relive the day?

3. What would refuse to compromise on?

4. Any other planning/wedding advice?

Thanks in advance!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Perfect Timing

Mari just sent me a picture from last night, taken immediately after they opened their cards.

Here's Mari (holding hers), Noelle (holding hers), Me, and Alli

The Bridesmaids!

I finally asked all of my bridesmaids to "head" down the aisle with me!

I asked my sister to be my maid of honor the day that we bought my dress.

I asked my best friend from high school (Alex) to be my bridesmaid via mail shortly thereafter.

I asked the fiance's two sisters to be bridesmaids on Thanksgiving.

and last night, I was finally able to get together with the other three girls and asked them over dinner at P.F.Changs.

I spent the few weeks following our engagement trying to figure out a fun and creative way to ask my bridesmaids to be my bridesmaids. I know that some people do cupcakes, some just call them up, and some people do cards. I liked the cards idea, especially since one of my girls lives in Connecticut. However, I didn't want to do a plain card so when I was looking for pictures of me and the girls together, I came up with a plan.

I headed straight to Walmart and picked up all of the newest bridal magazines. Then I went to work finding pictures of a bride and bridesmaid standing next to each other. That task was much more difficult than I had anticipated, but with a little creativity, I was able to find something that would work for each girl.

Next, I designed my own card (with construction paper, ribbon, and glue) and made it pretty, pink, and green.

I pasted one bride and bridesmaid minus the head to the front of my cards, and then cut out a picture of me and my bridesmaids' heads to "attach" to the bodies. It's supposed to look silly, and I think that they turned out fabulously. The girls all loved them and they appeared to be a big hit.

Here are five of them, pictured below...



On the inside of each card, I wrote "Will you head down the aisle with me as my bridesmaid/maid of honor?"

Here's my friends Alli, Noelle, and Alex.

Alli survived internship with me, we applied for jobs together, and we bonded over the summer. She's my shopping partner and I couldn't spend a staff meeting without her.

Noelle has been my neighbor and closest Maryland friend for almost three years. We've spent many nights outside on the patio sipping wine and talking about anything under the sun.

Alex is my best friend from high school. We met when we were 13 and we're still close friends 14 years later. We went to high school together, we babysat together, and we had our first beer together (sorry, mom).



Next up is my friend Mari and my sister, Erinn.

Mari also works with me, she commiserates with me school psychology style, is a frequent lunch/shopping partner, and has been a great friend to me for the last three years. In fact, when I was applying for jobs two years ago, I think Mari wanted it for me more than I did.

And of course my sister- the girl that I've known for 25 years and that I've shared barbies, clothes and drinks with ever since.



Unfortunately, I was waiting for the fiance's mom to provide me with pictures of his sisters and I had to make their cards at my parents house before Thanksgiving. As a result, I don't have pictures of their cards, but they looked exactly like all of the others.

I'm very happy to have my new "sisters" in my wedding! It's especially fun because they are almost as excited about the wedding as I am.

Later, I wrapped them all up in a bow and this is how I presented them to each girl.
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Wedding Shoes

So I've been looking for wedding shoes. I think it's a little premature, but my dress designer says that I need to bring them to my first fitting, which happens to be in January.

I mean, come on, my wedding is 10 months away and I'm a total chick. Committing to shoes ten months ahead of the game is a hard, hard task.

I have managed to find two pairs that I like.

Please weigh in!

The first pair is cute- they have 2 3/4 inch heels (which is a bit much for this flats wearing girl), but I'm sure it's doable.



The second pair has only 2 inch heels.



Both pairs are under 100 dollars. Advice please! Oh, and if you hate them both- feel free to tell me.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Cards and Other Stuff

I ordered photo Christmas cards for the first time in my life about two weeks ago. The fiance was very against them (his family has a thing against people sending pictures in/as Christmas cards- I don't get it), but I actually enjoy when others send pictures.

As a result, when boyfriend (crap- I'm still getting used to this one month later) fiance was in the shower, I got on Snapfish and whipped something up!

Sorry to those of you that are going to receive a card in real life, but here's a little preview for those that may not.



Basically it's this picture, a cute Christmas-y border, and a message from Fiance Last Name and the soon-to-be Mrs. Ashley Fiance's Last Name.

Yeah, Yeah I'm totally cheesy. Don't be jealous.

I actually love that picture of us. It's a tad bit old (last Christmas), and I'm up about 10 pounds, but I'm in the process of remedying that.

In other news, after learning of my horrible, no good gyno/root canal date next Wednesday, the fiance and I decided to take a little trip to Macy's last night for some registering.

I've spent the last month dreaming about running around a department store with a scanner and an on cloud nine look on my face but -let me tell you- this registering business is hard work.

It took us three hours to pick out our CHINA.

Well, actually we picked out our china in about ten minutes, but before you can add it to your registry, the folks at Macy's must make up a table and show us coordinating glasses, flatware, linens etc.

Did you know that the folks at Macy's like to try to convince you that the only glasses that will go with your fine china are the 65 dollar a stem glasses?

She practically vomited all over the desk when I told her we'd stick with something a little simpler (read: more affordable).

After three hours choosing nothing more than stemware, china, and flatware, the lady let us go off on our own with the fun scanner.

The scanner is fun, but trying to pick one of 23234324 different pots and pans can become a little overwhelming. We're going to do a little more research before we pick up the scanner again.

The Winner is Announced!



At 6:00pm we picked a winner for my first annual Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

I took the simple route (read: technologically challenged) and copied all of the names on paper, and then stuck them in a hat.

Disclaimer- sorry it was a Redskins hat, I was too lazy to find one of my much cooler, much more appropriate Steelers hats.



John closed his eyes and picked the winner.



.... and the winner is....










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AD- Please email me your address and I'll mail all of your goodies within a week!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Woe is Me

My tooth has been been hurting, killing, throbbing for the last 4 days.

You may remember all of the Dental Drama that I have endured as of late.

I finally decided that a diet of one Advil every 4 hours isn't that cool, and visited the dentist again.

Guess who needs a root canal?

PICK ME, PICK ME!

It's scheduled for next Wednesday afternoon.

Have I mentioned that I have my annual visit to the lady doctor next Wednesday morning?

WORST. DAY. EVER.

Monday, December 1, 2008

JCrew is a Pain in my A$$

30% off sale for Cyber Monday and your site is down.

Did I mention that your site is down for the 35534534634 time this fall?

Jerks.

Now I must Marry..

I did it. I bought something with my new monogram

(or the monogram that I'll be adopting in October of 2009)

Neiman Marcus is having an incredible sale tonight on their Ralph Lauren Lawton towels.

I just purchased two and I cannot wait to receive them. They monogram for free, so I went with "sweet pea green" towels with a pink monogram.

I just told fiance that he can't get out of the wedding now, I have towels on the way.

In case you want in on the deal as well, THIS is the link and use the code NMSHIP for free shipping! Enjoy

Sweet Christmas!

I finally changed my background!