Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wedding and other stuff

Didn't expect me to be back that fast now did you? (although it's been over 2 weeks)

THE dress has been found, it needs alterations but don't need to go in for a fitting until 2 months prior to the wedding. But mom and dad are off to the US in June so will be going in for a fitting before so mom has the dress fresh in her mind (and a piece of the fabric with her) to do some shopping. It's so much cheaper there than it's here, it's really absurd.

The ring is also in the works. The boyfriend won't be wearing a ring so only need 1. Found one I really liked but of course it had to be one of the expensive kind. Friends suggested a goldsmith in a town nearby and he's going to make it from scratch with the image I gave him, and that for half of the price. So hopefully it's a good deal. Have only heard positive things about him so I'm good.

Got the hairdresser and make up artist taken care of. And I know how I want to do my invites as well as the thank you gifts. It's all going to be handmade.

I believe work never changes for me. I can change jobs but I'm never happy or so. I like my colleagues and the customer service part of my job (although there are idiots, you won't believe). But half the time I'm like what should I do? Hmm...let's try to get past this level in candy crush. You'd think that most companies got facebook blocked, but they can't here since we also work with facebook and twitter and the like (muahahaha). And when I do have some stuff to do, I'm like I rather get past this level in candy crush. But hopefully tomorrow I'll discuss my workload with my new "boss" and I'll be working for at least 20 hours a week (I'll be present 40 hours but going from like working only a few hours a day to 4 would already be a whole improvement). It's just that this work is sucking up my motivation and enthusiasm. Half the time I'm in a blegh mood. Not good and it definitely needs to change.

Next month I'm having an evaluation with my manager and in December I asked for the possibility to work 36 hours a week for the same salary (every other Friday off), and I'm going hear now it that's a go or no go. My "boss" said that they should just give me a raise and keep me on for 40hrs, but I believe I'd rather go for the 36 hours. Maybe even change it to 4 days 9hours (not immediately but after some time). And then slowly change that to a few hours at home and less at the office, and then when I do have kids I only work 3 days (3 at the office or 2 at the office and 1 at home, or maybe when possible even more hours at home, just to get the optimal out of it, being a mom and not sticking the kids in daycare all the time)

Well...that's it for now. Don't know if anyone is still reading. If you are, hope you're doing ok and give me a shout.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Peeking around the corner

Today the Boyfriend comes back into the house, after getting the garbage can from the street, and he's like "Honey, honey, do you know what day it is?" (and he said it the way a kid comes running towards you when something big is going to happen) I simply reply "Today we're engaged for 1 month." Happily "Yes." 

Yup we got engaged exactly 1 month ago. And we've got approximately 6 months to go. Busy trying to arrange everything. The control freak in me would have liked to have been done by know - yes I know you can't arrange everything in 1 month (At least I can't). We've got the date and the time for the official ceremony but not the location. Well....we do have a location since we're not yet allowed to choose a place of our own. Currently you can only choose one of the town council appointed locations. Some say that they will clear it in April, some in July, but for now since the decision hasn't been made we can only choose out of the appointed locations. We've already got a back up, or rather our first choice, lined up for when they do clear it.

 Other things we've taken care of or almost taken care of are the photographer and the ring. Yes ring singular, my fiancĂ© (ugh you can't say it without sounding like a snob) will not be wearing a ring, nor a necklace with a ring (or without), nor a watch. He works with his hand the whole day and moves around every few hours. So he's not wanting one. I've found mine, I just have to order it. The photographer is a done deal. Quite expensive but we've spoken to more expensive options as well. And he'll start in the morning with the bride getting ready and he'll leave halfway through the party (around 12hrs). One photographer was more expensive and would only take pics for 5 hrs, hmm...no.

 I've been checking dresses online and the websites I most of the time am viewing are located in the US with US prices. OMG it's just because a ticket flying to and from the States is so expensive, but otherwise I'm buying one over there. I've seen so many gorgeous and beautiful dresses for less than $400. And when I was at a dress shop last Saturday the lady was giving us a "you only have a budget of €1000?" look. I did fit on gorgeous dresses but I'm wondering if I could just order one in the US, ship it over and have a seamstress adjust it.

 The location for dinner and party hasn't yet been decided. We've got 2 options. I like option 1 better and the Boyfriend option 2. Although for option 2 we do have to have a talk first since they dinner menu is with stuff I wouldn't even order in a restaurant and the platters at the party are expensive little snacks that would hardly have anyone's interest. So option 2 is more expensive and the hall for the party isn't decorated and it doesn't come with the venue, so more costs. Currently our thoughts are on doing the dinner at option 2 and then the party at option 1. I know this means going from one location to the next but I won't be driving anyway and as far as internet has told me, I should be lucky that he's helping.

 Ow and we've got our euhm...best man and maid of honour. Although we don't call them that nor do we have to have one each. We need a minimum of 2 people who sign our marriage agreement as well, and a maximum of four. I've got 1 brother, he's got 2 sisters and 1 brother. So we've asked those 4 to be our "witnesses".

 Well...I hope that I don't leave it by this one post and that I'm back more often. Not only with wedding updates but also with work and everything else (although arranging the wedding does take up most of the time).