With This Ring…

Ta-Da!!!

Here’s my wedding band:

Wedding band and engagement ring

Wedding band

I am so in love with it!

It’s not too flashy, and definitly unique because I’ve yet to find a ring, anywhere, that is similar!!

Oh!! I can’t wait until Greg puts that ring on my finger as he and I become husband and wife.

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I’m Still Here

We’ve been pretty busy this week… although we haven’t really done anything.

Monday we did our grocery shopping and then went out to dinner.

Tuesday we went to the airport park and then to the mall to window shop for wedding bands and ended up having an… misunderstanding (which I will elaborate more in a bit), which took us nearly an hour to clear (as we were in the parking lot).

Wednesday was cleaning night, Top Chef, and late night sex (which, I might add, was something amazing and new)

Tonight, Thursday, Lisa and I had crabs for dinner. She had a gift certificate for a local restaurant, SeaSide, that was about to expire so we ordered two dozen crabs and ate them at my place. She just left about 25 minutes ago (it’s 9:33 as I type this). We were done eating the crabs by 8:00 and we just sat and talked, and talked, and talked. Mostly, we talked about people that we used to work with and some of the people that we currently work with. Lisa is one of the few (and my few I mean like one of two people) that I know I can talk to and she won’t say shit behind my back (especially if we talk about co-workers). It’s rare to find someone, that you work with, like that.

Tomorrow, Friday, we might see a movie since we haven’t seen one since The Simpsons back in July.

Saturday is the air show, which Greg is planning on spending all day there (to test out his new camera) and then we’re probably going to get a hotel room somewhere in the area. There is something about staying in a hotel and hotel sex that is so exciting.

Sunday we bring Amelia back home. Gosh, I miss Amelia. I talk to her, on the phone, at least twice a day. She’s saying new words and so much more. My Mom was telling me the other day that Amelia is enthralled with Lucy (the horse) and wants to follow her, Lucy, all around the yard and imitates Lucy’s … snot blowing (I can’t think of a better description, but that’s what Lucy is doing). After Mom told me all that, the first thing I said was “Oh great. Pretty soon Amelia will be telling you she wants a pony and you’re going to get her one.” My Mom’s reply “Damn straight. If my Baby wants a pony, she’s going to get one.” Yeah, and she isn’t joking. My Mom is going to seriously spoil her granddaughter.

This afternoon I started a book, Addicted , that a co-worker handed off to me. I read the bookfrom 1:30 until 6:00 and nearly finished it (either I’m a fast reader, or I had very few interruptions). I don’t know how I feel about the book. It’s written ok, nothing spectacular. The story is interesting (but that could be due to my raging hormones) and it does have me reading for more as it’s a borderline (erotic) graphic novel. But, the book isn’t stimulating my brain; it doesn’t cause me to think about the story. Generally, that’s why I don’t read “romance novels”, it’s just fluff to me. But, I guess in this case, I’m bored at work (obviously if I nearly read the whole book in 4.5 hours) and willing to read something that don’t interest me.

So, about the ‘misunderstanding’ Greg (and I) had. I’ve been showing the type of wedding bands that I want and have told him how I want something unique and different and NOT a solid band. Greg felt that I wanted something flashy and show-off-ish, which isn’t why I wanted something other than a solid band. So, we were looking at a few bands (yes, I have pictures, just too lazy to get the camera and upload) and apparently Greg misunderstood the questions I was asking the sales clerk (when I would ask about the total carat weight, etc) because he thought I would want something bigger, when in fact I was making sure it wasn’t too big. Yadda Yadda Yadda… nearly and hour later I told Greg that I am going to leave it up to him to find, and buy, my wedding band. Initially, he said he wanted to do this, the wedding band shopping, together, but I told him I am going to leave it up to him. And, so far, he’s taken this ‘challenge’ seriously and showed me some things he likes to get my feedback and such. But, we’ll see what happens.

This time next week I’ll be in Michigan! I am bummed, though, because Greg and I, along with 5 other people, will not be attending a Tigers game as we had anticipated. Why? Because ‘scalpers’, also known as company season ticket holders, bought a lot of the seats (in the bench seat section) and are charging nearly 5x’s the face value. Basically, aside from the “obstructed view” seats, there isn’t any place left where we could buy seven seats. Greg was looking on StubHub and said, between two sellers, alone, they had a combined 44 seats in the bench seat section. The tickets in that section generally range between $15-$18 a seat and these two holders were asking $55 a seat! I am pretty bummed about not going to a game, as is Greg. I just hope we’ll be able to go to a game something this season!

While we’re in Michigan, we’re going to head over to the Toldeo Zoo, probably on Saturday. Greg is excited about the zoo because they have alpaca’s. Of all things to be tickled pink about, it’s the alpaca. He’s so weird. Also, while we’re in Michigan, we plan on visiting a park on the lake. I don’t know the name of the park or anything. Actually, I don’t know much of what’s going on during the trip and I’m a little hesitant. Not that I’m an ‘control freak’ when it comes to trips or anything, I just like to know what’s going on because I hate to waste time when I’m somewhere new.

 

Oh, and get this. I am starting to get sick. How great is that? Yesterday, I noticed a pressure feeling (as if someone had there thumb pressing into the side of my neck) as if my thyroid was swollen or inflamed (as it has done so in the past). Thought nothing of it as it usually goes away. Well, as the day progressed, a cough developed (ever so slightly) and then a sore throat feeling started. Now, as of today, the throat is all sorts of itchy and irritated. The cough is still here (and painful) and I don’t think the symptoms are going to go away – at least anytime soon. Fuck.

 

Wedding Happenings

I spent nearly all day researching where to elope.

I have found the location and now I am waiting, again, for a reply to my request. The other places that I contact are not ‘user friendly’, so to speak.

So, since our ‘wedding (don’t know if I should call it a ‘wedding’ if we’re actually eloping) planning’ is now in full swing and I am over the top with joy and have begun to ‘bunker down’ with choices and decisions, such as my wedding band! Previously, I reviewed five wedding bands that I was considering, with this one being top choice:

Top Contender

 

I went to Blue Nile and Tiffany’s (yes, Tiffany’s) for more ideas or inspiration. I Like this ring from Tiffany’s, but I haven’t found much else. I am really liking the ring above (and the Tiffany ring but I know that’s out of the picture).

We’re planning to do some wedding band shopping the week Mom has Amelia (as well as take Lisa out for crabs as a “Thank You” for watching Amelia all the times she has). We’re probably going to visit the chain stores, Jared, Reeds, Whitehall, Kay, etc. for our bands, rather than going with an independent jewelery store (due to time constraints and costs).

Oh! I can’t wait until we start shopping! I am getting so freaking excited.

As for a dress, I am looking for something reusable and different. I still like the last dress from this post, but I want something with a little more color. I am really  liking this dress:

Possibly The Dress

I love the hint of color (wild orchid) and how simple, yet elegant, it is. Plus, it’s something that I could re-wear to a nice dinner or to any future weddings or family events. I am totally digging this dress, based on the look. Now, I just need to set an appointment with David’s Bridal to try it on.

Here are some other styles of dresses (not the color) that I am looking into:

Style A

Style B

Style C

Style D

Style E

It’s kinda hard to choose between the styles; at least right now. What I need to do is go try them on, which I am hoping to do mid May, when my Mom has Amelia. The best thing about the dresses, aside from the many style options, is that the highest price dress is $135! Totally affordable.

Alas, it’s after 10 and I am up past my bedtime.

 

Ring Ring (& Other Things)

This afternoon my engagement ring had a boo-boo so it’s now at the jewelers being repaired (I knew it would only be a matter of time before I ‘broke’ some part of the ring), and while they were at it I asked them to resize the ring as it was slightly too big, so we went down half a size (though now I’m paranoid about my fingers getting fatter in the future – say by the time we buy our wedding bands!!)

While the jeweler was filling out the paper work for the repair order, Greg and I started to look at wedding bands (for me of course – he already knows what he wants). I want something unique but not too flashy or gaudy. Also, the band has to ‘fit’ the engagement ring by setting type (channel vs. pave), so it was a little more challenging to find what I liked (as we’re more than likely going to go to the same jeweler to purchase our wedding bands). The one ring that I thought was unique enough (for me, though Greg didn’t care too much for it) was about a half carat in weight and set in platinum (which they could order in which gold). Here’s a picture similar to the one I liked:

Option 1

I made the picture big so all can be seen.

Greg wasn’t too big on this one and he wouldn’t give a valid reason. So, we looked at others and this is my second consideration:

Option Two

This one isn’t all that unique (by my standards at least) but it almost matches the begets on my engagement ring. Again, these two rings are not the exact ones from the jewelers; these are from Blue Nile.

Either way, I have plenty of time to pick out the perfect ring.

In other news…

I was bored today and decided to clean out my cell phone contact list. There were over 50 numbers of people that I haven’t talked to in over a year, so I deleted them. But, there were a few that I had a split second of hesitation about deleting; one of them being RD. I don’t know why I saved his phone number. I haven’t called him in about two years (nor have we exchanged any emails or messages online). I guess keeping his number was a ‘token’ or reminder of him and the feelings I had. And I thought to myself why I kept his number and I didn’t have a reason; I have no desire to know what happened between us; how’s he’s doing or any of the sort (I know I’ve mentioned that when I lived in Pasadena, I was within a mile of his house and we never ran into each other – not that I was hoping it would happen). It took a few weeks to get over him even though there wasn’t actually anything between us. He was just one of those people I really connected with and it’s so rare to feel a connection as strong as we did (until I met Greg), so I was a little depressed when he, out of the blue, stopped talking to me (in January 2006). Greg knew about RD (as we were friends at the time) and he helped console me when I was blue and we continued our growing friendship and eventually I rarely thought about RD. Then I came to Cop’sphone number; we haven’t seen each other in over a year and a half and he is married (and had a baby this past summer). Cop was someone fun (back then) and he told me he felt a connection with me and asked me if I wanted to leave his wife (they were having problems) so we could be together (as Cop and I only chatted when he was working (6pm to 2am or 2am to 10am; or we would text each other throughout the day and we only got to see each other maybe twice a month due to conflicting times and schedules). I told him no (but when I told this to Greg (aka CopyGuy) he felt a little jealousy). I liked Cop, but it was just physical. I didn’t see him as someone I could really be with. Then there was one other person that I haven’t really thought about, much less talked to, since 2005 – Lee. I’ve never mentioned him in any of the blogs I’ve started (and there are about five). Lee and I go back to 1996!! Just when the internet was becoming insanely popular with chatrooms and the sorts, Lee and I met and our friendship grew over the years. We would chat on the phone and email hourly! Lee is a native American Indian and was living in Arizona and New Mexico (for school) and he had an accent that reminded me of Ed from Northern Exposure (I loved that show). Lee was amazing and I felt that if we ever met in person (and we talked about it) we probably would have been together. Mind you, this was over 10 years ago. Around 2004, Lee found my email address and contacted me! Our friendship rekindled and there were a few sparks going off, but given our schedules and time zone differences (and the fact he was still taking classes part time), we weren’t able to really catch-up and eventually we faded apart… again. I deleted his phone number as well.

Surprisingly, deleting those numbers wasn’t as hard as I thought it could have been. Yes, there was a slight hesitation but no second thoughts after I did it. And thinking about it now, as I write this all out, I don’t have any feelings of “maybe I shouldn’t have deleted his number…”; my future is with Greg and theres no second guessing that; if I were with anyone else (for example, Adam) I would be feeling completely different and probably have a few more new numbers in the phone book. Greg has changed my life. For the better. And it’s great.

While cleaning out my phone book, I came across a number from a guy that I met at Weis. He was a customer that would come in with his Mom and we totally hit it off and exchanged phone numbers. Yeah, the dude is gay so there were no romantic sparks or anything. The guys name is Tony and he was a riot! When ever he came to the store we would gossip about people neither of us knew and talk about so many things! We drifted apart after I left Weis. This evening I sent him a text message and he replied! So we exchanged a few texts and I told him that I would call him tomorrow night to catch-up. I can’t wait to chat with Tony!

Anyway, it’s way past my bed time (12:22am!!) and I should go to bed…

Here It Is – Friday!

This day flew by!

I had an two hour meeting from 12-2 and I believe that is the perfect time of day to hold a meeting. To me, it makes the rest of the afternoon zoom.

I am very thankful that it was slow enough that I was able to read a good chunk of Airframe. The book is pretty good; and that’s a high rating from me considering my low attention span and even more so considering this book is pretty much about an airplane and all it’s parts and components and history. Surprisingly, I’m able to follow it and understand all the descriptions. Weird, I know.

Damn! I just remembered that I wanted to call the court house to follow up on the mailing of the order of default and divorce papers! D’oh!

Last night, Greg was acting all weird. Around 8pm, as the fire started to pick up (in the fireplace) Greg moved the coffee table – I thought he was moving it to the computer to put the printer, that I am borrowing from Lisa, on it and give it a test drive. I was wrong. Then , he comes out with the blue fuzzy blanket and lays it on the floor… ???… I am confused as to what he’s got up his sleeve. Then, he turns off the tv, walks around and turns off all the lights. Now, it’s completely dark except for the light provided from the fire. What is Greg up to?? I ask him what’s he planning (a proposal maybe?) and he says nothing. Then he grabs my hand and lures me to the floor, on top of the blanket, and we start to make out and before you know it… I’m sure you can let your imagination finish the rest. It was a very passionate moment; with the fire in the fireplace, seeing each other only in the light from the fire – very nice indeed.

Well, I’ve got the pictures from JC Penny! They turned out great! And, I paid the $14.95 for the other three sheets and they turned out pretty good too (one is a calendar with Amelia’s picture being the main; another is a picture in various sizes with a winter themed border; and the third sheet of various sizes without a border). Mom is going to be so excited with the results of the picture. I was getting so many compliments from the other parents, who were waiting in line, on the way Amelia’s pictures turned out. I’m collecting a mailing list, if you’d like a card just send me an email (I’m surprised at how many have sent me an email)!

I’ve got the laundry going; washing all of Amelia’s clothes, bibs, and anything else she might need while at my Mom’s. I’ve packed her food and bottles and everything else in between. Amelia has begun saying actual words, though I don’t know, for certain, if she’s associating  the words with people or objects. She can, and will, say “Dad” a lot. It is a little freakish to hear Amelia saying “Dad” as we walk around Target or as soon as she sees Greg pop around the corner. Amelia will also call the bottle “Bob” on occasion. Amelia has begun to mimic the sounds that I make; such as if I say owe (usually because she’s pulling on my hair), she’ll mimic the sound I made, though it doesn’t sound exactly like she said owe but its more the pitch and such. Also, when Greg and I say “Uh-Oh” she’ll respond with a ‘Ack-Oh”, kinda like a small cough (ack) and then oh. So freaking adorable. Seriously. I should try and record her for ya’ll to see.

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY; dropping Amelia off with Mom until Thanksgiving. I will miss Amelia. I will feel guilty by not having her here and enjoying the ability to sleep in (if I can) and get up and go without her. But, Greg and I need this time off from work and being parents. We’re going to spend three solid days alone and together. I don’t think we’ve spent that much time, alone and together ever. Well, the three solid days that is. I think.

Oh, while I was at the mall picking up Amelia’s pictures, I stopped at one of the jewelry stores (the one Greg was at when Mom and I ‘found’ him) and I was looking at their rings and I saw one that I like. It’s unique and not in the ‘gawdy’ way, yet elegant. The band wasn’t thick and the setting wasn’t ultra high. Basically, all the things I’m looking for in a ring where there. When I got home I told Greg about it and handed him the business card (with the tag number off the ring) that I got from the store. Let’s see if he follows my hint…

Well, it’s about 10:40 and I’m heading to bed. Night.