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Christin3good to know we're not alone!

well…sort of haha. I’m 4 weeks out myself. It’s just too bad, isn’t it? Just makes us prove and improve ourselves and our relationships. Here’s to us! And good luck to you too!!! 18 months ago

Christin3Heck no!

It’s got wedding stuff and work stuff and boxes everywhere! I’m working on it – promise! 18 months ago


With this crazy weather and being in air conditioning nonstop, my legs are so dry it’s horrible. Awful! And the rest of me too! It’s like winter!! i hate this. My sister hypothesized that I have overactive T-cells in my legs, that are hypersupersensitive to EVERYTHING; and if that’s so, nothing can really be done about it. Really?! ugh! 18 months ago


I am so disgusted with my girls – but I’m mostly over it at this point. Show up on time and look pretty, and that’s all I’m asking at this point. No bridal shower, no bachelorette, no help with planning or dress shopping or anything really – but they’ll show up and help me the day of, gosh darn it, or I may just write them off completely. My other friends and my extended family have been far much more help (FAR much more!!!) than my own family and the girls. I mean, my sister had the audacity to tell me that she can’t wait til my wedding is over – to which I stopped, LOOKED at her, and said, “and what have YOU been doing?!” to which she was quiet. I forgive her; she’s busy, and focused on her own schooling and loans and moving and her own life, as are the other 3 girls. But I mean, really – I wanted to have the attention and love that I gave and saw given to the other brides I know!! Is that so much to ask? And J keeps putting things off, even NOW!! Really pisses me off; I mean, I asked him well in advance, and now it’s at the deadline and it’s not even started!! Well, at least i know who my real friends are, and I’m eternally grateful. I will throw them a party later just to recognize them, I swear it!! But in the meantime…1 month to go and I’m starting to get down to brass tacks, and very nervous about FINISHING ON TIME!! (not about getting married itself – no! Why would I be nervous about that?! People!) It’s to the wire now!! All systems GO GO GO!! 18 months ago

Christin3Holy cow, it's actually going to happen this time!! ha!

Well, it’s official: going to be moving into J’s grandfather’s house. It’s going to be tight, but until we find better jobs/figure out our finances etc, it’s just what’s going to have to happen. The kitchen stuff and hope chest stuff is all going into a storage facility (sheesh! Expensive! But hopefully worth it) so that it’s ready to go whenever we get a “real” place, and in the meantime, it’s fairly accessible (and he can put some of the stuff he doesn’t use out there too!). It will be very very different – living in town, dealing with college students and the noise, no yard or privacy to speak of, but it will be nice to walk places or bike instead of driving, and it will be hopefully fun to have people over a lot, so that I’m not alone. Also of course, I will be with J, and that will be wonderful in itself!! Now we just have to move everything around and get to and through the wedding!! Sheesh! 18 months ago

Christin3Ha! Haha! Hahaha! *siiiiiiiighs

Well – I got another one instead. This wedding is expensive and the storage shed and the phone bill and getting a new laptop and everything!! And honestly, wedding stuff is all for other people, so don’t think I’m just getting a card for myself! Looks like this one will have to wait until August…at least I’m getting points (theoretically) and 0% interest so far. 18 months ago

Christin3almost freaking done!!

Despite all kinds of ridiculousness and crazy and delays and J not getting things done, almost everything has been planned out!! Working feverishly on finalizing the timeline for the wedding party and for those who are helping…but almost there!! Awesome!! 18 months ago


This is a good thing! 20 months ago

Christin3starting to work on this a little more

I asked the bank about help and they happily provided information…it weems a lot of businesses/banks work through LiberyMutual? I don’t know much about them, but they sure pop up a lot! I need something cheap but decent. Don’t know what really fits the bill. 20 months ago

Christin3whoops lol

Just asked for a million books about Joan of Arc and hairstyles, so this ain’t happening! I’m going through them quickly though, so hopefully I’ll be getting them all back soon. I’m telling you – they shoudl be giving MORE money to libraries, considering what a huge huge huge help they’ve been to me with planning my wedding!!! 20 months ago

Christin3definitely getting somewhere now!

My room is messier than before…but my closet is looking better, I completely cleared out one of my clothes dressers, and I’m on my way to getting all my cool weather clothing packed up in boxes for the move! I also started a yard sale bag…I’m sure I’ll have way more than enough for a sale, but I’m going to have it at my fiance’s house just in case (so he can add some of his junk too lol). 20 months ago


Christin3 2 years ago

Christin3more panic, yet more faith

I’ve been listening to radio ministries a lot more lately as I’ve been driving, and they’re quite helpful in restoring my faith and helping me to be a better person. And I’ve been reading a lot about Joan of Arc…for some reason I’ve always been pulled towards her. I think, if I were Catholic, and if it were allowed, I’d pick her as my patron saint. :) 20 months ago

Christin3eating in

I’ve been eating my parents’ food a lot more lately (not like they mind – their leftovers go bad when I don’t) and only eating out at cheap places (the diners) and eating whatever J cooks up (yum!). I’ve also been sticking to getting cheap snacks to tide me over so that I’m not constantly buying food that’s overly expensive and bad for me. More money for other things!! 20 months ago


I’ve been cleaning, organizing, getting all my spring/summer stuff out and prepping my winter stuff for storage, did 4? loads of laundry…and yet my room is even messier than when I started!! sighs So it goes. 20 months ago

Christin3new toothbrush!

Now that I have the proper toothbrush, I am diligently brushing with the whitening toothpaste. Hopefully it works!! 20 months ago

Christin3Better and better - but tentative

The fake nails thing doesn’t always work out (I have my hands in water all the time and it drastically shortens the life span of the nails) but it’s definitely been helping my legs in that it’s really hard to scratch them with the nails on. I’ve also stopped using lotion completely – and so far it’s working. I definitely have dryer skin, but on the plus side, I’m not unbearably itchy 10 minutes later, even with my unscented “hypoallergenic” lotion. I feel like I should almost be treating my leg skin the same way as I treat my face…it certainly seems to clear up when I use the acne cleanser. I also suspect it maye have something to do with poor circulation (even though I’m on my feet all day). I definitely feel itchy as soon as I take stockings off, even if I wasn’t itchy before I put them on! Probably circulation isses. I’m focusing on drinking more water, massaging my legs to stimulate better circulation, and wearing fake nails as much as possible. 20 months ago


I’m doing so badly at this! Well – I have been recycling more at work, and upcycling the things I have into new things, and I’m planning on having a yardsale (things get used again, I hopefully get some extra cash) and I’ve been buying less and less single-serve meals. But otherwise…shrugs20 months ago

Christin3little bits

I went to visit a friend, and we watched “Hairspray” and ate strange foods and had a decent time :) I also went for a walk with my parents, which I can’t remember the last time I was able to do that!! It was nice :) It’s helping to combat my constant near-panic mode about wedding stuffs! I’m having a party this coming Saturday, so hopefully that will be something fun and somewhat relaxing to look forward to :) 20 months ago


I’m finally making some headway (but only b/c I didn’t pay rent to my parents this month)! I made some payments on both of them…but unfortunately I’m thinking of possibly getting another card to help pay for the wedding. On the plus side, if I get a decent card, I still won’t really be in debt, and I can pay it off after everything’s over (hopefully with any money I may receive as a present) and then close it…it may even help my credit score. I don’t really know what to do here. We’ll just have to wait and see. 20 months ago

Christin3love is...

J being parient with me even when I interrupt him 10 times
making food for me and doing the dishes so I don’t have to :)
snuggling and watching a movie
not complaining about my driving
listening even when he’s not interested in what I’m saying
listening even though I’ve already said whatever it was 10x already
not caring if I forgot to shave or my hair is a mess
wiping my nose for me when I’m crying
staying calm for me and being a rock while I try to navigate planning and moving and marriage stuffs and my overactive brain
letting me take care of him when he’s sick :) 20 months ago


Was told I’d make a great mom someday!! I was happy :) But with all the problems my friends/coworkers/aquaintences have had/are having with their pregnancies, it really freaks me out like crazy. Doesn’t help that I’m a librarian and therefore felt compulsed to skim every pregnancy book that passes through my hands (and became even more freaked out at all the possibilities of things that can go wrong)! I told my sister (who asked me when I wanted to have kids today) that I need a sit-down job, a decent place, and insurance that will actually help with a pregnancy! I look forward to the age-old experience…but I’m also too scared to even consider it, haha! I suppose I’ll “woman up” when the right time comes :) 21 months ago

Christin3Still want to do this!!

Don’t know when, where, or how, but still want to do this :) 21 months ago

Christin3Doing much better with this now

B/c I finally switched departments, I’m spending a lot less on superfluous things and more on things I make for others/the wedding. I realize that I don’t really need something and I let it go, as compared to compulsively buying it. I do realize that when I’m in a store randomly, looking at things, I’m looking for something that isn’t there and no thing I find will fill that whatever-it-is space that I’m looking to fill. Sometimes I give in to that – but it’s been happening a lot less and less lately. I’m a lot happier with my workplaces and my relationships, and that’s probably a large part of it, too. live isn’t about things, though they can be helpful and entertaining – it’s about experiences and people and learning <3 21 months ago

Christin3tough going, but we're tough too

What’re those song lyrics: we’ve got a lot to learn but God knows we’re worth it. Things are tough, if not for me, then for him, and vice versa. But we’re made of tough stuff ourselves, and I feel so secure and have such faith in our relationship that even with all this stuff going on and friend stuff and family issues and wedding crap to do and constant judgement and comments and questions and ugh!! But what is this all about? Growing and holding on and being willing to work things out, right? Becoming better people and trying to make the world a better place together. It’s hard. And we both think mean thoughts. But we forgive each other and try to take care of each other as best we can, and we can do it. This is, after all, just “practice”... 21 months ago

Christin3frustrating but getting there!!

I have almost all the addresses finally now!! Now we just have to figure out the time for the wedding/reception…it’s in July and we weren’t even thinking about the heat and humidity (and that I’m going to be wearing 30 lbs of hot satin fabric) so we’re hoping now to have it at 3:30ish and have the airconditioned reception at 5ish? Though really, the ceremony should only be about 20mins (I sincerely HOPE so ugh). We still don’t even have a confirmed officiant yet!! I could just strangle him…but he’s sick right now and has even more job issues and the wedding is just making everything worse. It really is, for me too. I’m very much looking forward to when it’s over and things can finally be corralled into some kind of control! ugh. Wedding crafting party coming up, hopefully that will make me feel better :) 21 months ago

Christin3philly flower show ftw

It was a whopping $91 for the bus trip, but I had a great time, met some very interesting older ladies, and was completely blown away by the marvelousness of the designs, the artwork, the arrangements and setups!! It was like a fairyland, except totally real! It was amazing, and I’m so glad I went (Even though it made me so broke). I only regret that I didn’t buy anything…but then again, I didn’t feel a big pull to do so, and I really learned a lot while I was there and was so inspired, that really I did come away with something more!! I’m so glad <3 21 months ago

Christin3making real progress now

I started wearing looser pants and wearing calf-length stockings underneath to minimize the chafing caused by fabric against my legs. It also looks more professional :) On top of this, I’ve taken to using facial scrub on my legs once a week, and though it sounds odd, it’s really helped a lot! Shaving regularly also seems to help, which is interesting b/c before, it used to only make them worse. I can’t do much about dry air or wearing pants, but my legs are consistently clearer most of the time, which is the most progress I’ve ever seen!! 21 months ago

Christin3so looking forward to this!!

I’m sure it will get old in the next say, 20 years or so, but it will be so wonderful to say, “I’ll ask my husband” or “Have you met my husband?” though probably not the latter, as most people knew him before me lol. Also, to only have myself and him to answer to will be good. And to have that strong bond we have to become even stronger, to hopefully remain the relationship that “everyone else wants to have,” and to feel happier, safer, and more secure. It’s not like married life is going to be much different from the way we are now; busy busy busy, always going places, seeing people, and working alllllllll the time, but at least we’ll be together, and that makes all the difference :) I wouldn’t be who I am now if God hadn’t put him into my life :) 21 months ago

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