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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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