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Well you’re doing a lot… *bonus wedding dress pics


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Well you’re doing a lot… I heard that today, and I went… no I’m not ;-)

I like to be busy. I only taught one class this semester and now its over. I finished working today by meeting with McKendree and getting another faculty ID and another faculty parking pass. I’ll be teaching at two schools next semester.

SO yes, next semester I will be busy ;-). I am teaching Principles of Organic Chemistry + lab to 9 students, and have one section of a General Chemistry laboratory. I’ve got two sections of Intro Biology for non-majors with labs at Lindenwood too. So three classes + 4 labs. Yay! Working!

But crap – I’m teaching organic! I’ve got four weeks to cram and study and prep slides and lectures and labs! I have to make labs from scratch. I have a manual and can see what the other guys have done in the past, but I get to make my own schedule and pick the labs and make up the materials lists so the supplies can get ordered, and make sure I don’t make it too complicated or too expensive.

I’ve been randomly updating statuses, so if you’ve been following you know I bought a wedding dress. I’m torn between wanting to show EVERYONE and wanting to keep it a secret… you know, wait for the big day when I’m all done up with hair and makeup and bridal glow… but its soooooo preeeeeeetty.

Shopping for it was a ball of stress. I have anxiety over it. Anything that involves my mother gives me stress. She almost didn’t come home in time to leave because getting her nails done was more important than being home in time to go to a dress fitting. *streeeessss*

Also I pinned about 80 dresses on Pinterest. Thought for sure, 100% knew what I wanted. I wanted a tight fitting mermaid that would hug my curves and make me look like Beyonce. I tried them on… they looked okay. I felt like a stuffed sausage… and then none of them worked. I tried on a random blue one… My butt wouldn’t fit in a few… I’m apparently a bridal size 14. That’s okay by me – bridal sizes are crazy. The dresses in the show room were mostly sizes 10 and 12, and I only couldn’t try one dress on because of my hips. I remember a time when I thought I’d never get to do this. I was too fat, the dresses were too small, I was too single… trying on actual wedding dresses in a normal store where they actually fit is a bit of a trip!

So what did I end up buying? A princess ballgown…. *facepalm* I only picked it out after running out of options I liked. It was a “oh what the heck its sparkly” try on… And then I put it on, and literally went, “oh crap.” I didn’t want to like it. It was above my budget, in a style I didn’t want, and not anything like I envisioned wearing on my wedding day. But “oh crap, I really kinda like it.” And it hits at my natural waist, which just so happens to be the smallest part of me… and I don’t have to wear spanx! And it will be easy to pee…. And after an hour of my mom not really having an opinion and going from slight bitch face, to indifference, to boredom, to “oh well do YOU like it” comments – it was a complete 180 of “OOOOOOOH!!!!” and gasps and grins and smiles. AKA – my mom really liked it and didn’t care that it was over budget ;-)

So now my wedding ideas are changing. I ordered a size 14 which will fit if I stay the same weight. My ribcage is pretty prominent, so if I lose weight it will be from my belly/thighs/arms and not really my ribcage…. So I don’t need to lose a lot of weight to fit comfortably in my dress… What I need to do is get muscular. Get MoBama arms and strong shoulders and let my collar bones stick out proudly. BUT I can’t gain weight. That’s a definite. (not that I plan on it)

So there hopefully won’t be any crazy work out bride-o-rexia coming from me in the next few months. Just more of the same old, keep working out, building muscle, trying to eat clean and stay healthy until October. 10 months!

The OCD planner in me wants to get this thing done already, but apparently I have to wait. Can’t do the food until the summer, can’t do the flowers until after X-mas, can’t do the save the dates until March after our photoshoot with our photographer who is going on maternity leave… Bur I do have a venue and a dress and I’m picking up a box of cake to taste on Friday :-D For some reason TJ is REALLY interested in trying cake. He wanted me to go to three bakeries and con them all into free cake… I am not. I found one I like on the list of the three options (the zoo limits who you can use) – and I want to book it and get it outta the way!

On my list of things to do – help sell my parents house. We’re redoing all of the kitchen cabinets. I am off for a month, so my goal is to get all of the cabinets painted, repaint the dining room, and repaint the laundry room… all before X-mas. I may be crazy, but I’m productive dangit! My mom isn’t really doing anything, so its mostly up to my dad and me to get it done and get the house on the market. Their retirement home in Kentucky is being built and should be done in March/April depending on whether or not they can get a roof on it ASAP. The snow in Kentucky is NOT helping that.

So that’s about it… Oh well I just got an e-mail saying there was a potential parent interested in me doing an egg donation cycle next year. TJ is freaked out by it, but I think it’s a really cool process and am going to look for more information on it.

This was my mom's favorite dress for awhile… I was "meh"


Random blue dress!


This one had potential, but was too puffy at the bottom making it hard to walk in


Ditto for this one (also my mom is terrible at taking photos and forgot her reading glasses so everything is slightly out of focus)


The WINNER! It has really pretty lace and a Swarovski crystal belt sew into the dress and every other button down the back has a crystal.
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REDDBETSY 1/12/2014 2:05AM

    You look so incredibly beautiful! I love the one you chose (and the blue one is splendid, too)-- you are so right about the higher waist! It looks almost as sparkly as you!
Egg donation-- ! I think that it is noble and fascinating. I agree with Mystery Mom- tall kids are a good plan. TBH, I would make sure to wait until after the wedding- the hormone regimen has historically been pretty rigorous, and SuperHormones + wedding might be a little complex.
You can do this, girlfriend!

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VTGIRLALUM 1/9/2014 4:43PM

    Two things you must LOVE and not compromise when wedding planning.....your photographer and your DRESS. You look amazing ;) Congratulations! Happy planning!

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STLOUISWOMAN 12/15/2013 4:14PM

    I really thought you looked great in all the dresses. The one you chose is absolutely beautiful. I may cost a little more, but you're worth it!

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B-FLAT 12/15/2013 9:58AM

    Looks like you made the PERFECT choice!! I had a blue wedding dress, so I loved seeing the random blue one!


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GODSCHILD2_2011 12/14/2013 8:16AM

    I absolutely love the dress you pick. It look incredible on you and you look just so beautiful in it.

I soooooooooooo love weddings...When are you getting married?

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LOSINGLISA 12/13/2013 5:44AM

    Gorgeous dress!

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KIKKI-G 12/12/2013 9:31PM

    Love the chosen dress!!! beauty!! you've got it. you have REALISTIC goals & thats ha;f the battle.

ps: i also really dig the random blue one hahaha

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JTAMSYN 12/12/2013 4:15PM

    You look stunning! Look at that tiny waist!!! SMASHING!

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KENDRACARROLL 12/12/2013 4:08PM

    Beautiful! Both you and the dress.

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ARUNNINGKAT 12/12/2013 2:06PM

    Love, love, love the dress you picked! You look so very beautiful - just like a princess!

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CHODGES83 12/12/2013 1:42PM

    I remember when I started planning I was doing everything on the timeline all the magazines said to use, but the vendors in my area weren't used to brides planning "so far" in advance! It was a little frustrating cause I'm the type that wants to get it all planned and be sure that it falls in place without stress on the big day. It went off pretty stress free nonetheless as I'm sure yours will. Don't sweat the small stuff cause it's all downhill after the dress! Congrats on finding a beautiful comfortable one! emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 12/12/2013 1:05PM

    That is DEFINITELY the winner!! You look gorgeous with just bed-head in that dress! COngratulations to you and TJ!!! Please, please, please, wear your hair up and show off those shoulders.

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TIGER_LILY_613 12/12/2013 12:24PM

    Wow, wow, wow, the WINNER dress looks AMAZING !

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MOONCURLZ1 12/12/2013 10:59AM

    Love it!!

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HOOKEMBABY422 12/12/2013 10:45AM

    You look beautiful! I love the one you ended up picking!!

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NIMIRRA137 12/12/2013 8:57AM

    Bridal sizes are evil. I honestly don't know why they do that.

You look amazing in all of them! Love the winner and I do like the random blue one too. Your body looks great and your arms are looking good. I love the style that you chose!

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IAMZBEE 12/12/2013 8:40AM

    Beautiful!!!

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TINKSMOM1 12/12/2013 7:55AM

    That dress is awesome- you look fabulous! weddings can be stressful, and for some reason, there is always one parent that just adds to that-at least in my experience! Hope all goes well with everything on your plate! Enjoy the cake!

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CANES4EVER63 12/12/2013 1:55AM

    Gorgeous dress!!! All of them are winners!

Good luck teaching all the labs, I bet you're an awesome TA. I loved organic - the lab, not so much, but the class was awesome!

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TREP13 12/12/2013 1:22AM

    Love the dress!!!!!!

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AHTRAP 12/12/2013 12:13AM

    with the blue one you could camoflague yourself amidst a stand of lichen clad trees. (I also imagine that's what your spark page's background might look like from a distance)

Good luck remembering everything you once used to know about orgo!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/11/2013 11:12PM

    It is soooooo pretty!! Totally looks perfect for you.

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COCOSMOMMA 12/11/2013 11:10PM

    You look beautiful!!!!!!!

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