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on October 7, 2007 - 1:47pm

It's official. I have a wedding date and a wedding venue.
I spent yesterday looking at wedding venues with my FOG and his parents. My parents came up for the weekend, and we went back to the nicest one. The grounds are beautiful, we can do both the ceremony AND the reception there, they do a great cocktail hour and dinner, there's a hotel very close by for out-of-town guests, the people were very nice (unlike the used car salesman-type I met at another place, but let's not go there)...
I just called to confirm the date, and we're set. We are going to have this wedding! It feels so much more like this is really going to happen.
It also feels like the night we got engaged all over again. We're spending the afternoon on the phone with all our friends and relatives.
I'm seeing Josh in a little over a month. I'm getting married in less than a year. I couldn't be happier about this.

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Other Thursday Surprise

on October 4, 2007 - 9:37am

I know I gave the entry where I announced my engagement a title like this, but it seems appropriate now too. I don't know why these things keep happening on Thursday...then again, if I knew about them, it wouldn't BE a surprise. But I digress.
My day got quite a start when I logged in here today. It was weird in the best of ways to be looking at my own photo. I don't know how these things get chosen, but I do know it's the nicest thing to happen today. Thanks for making my day a little brighter, today and every day I spend here.
In other news, my parents are coming to NJ this weekend to discuss the wedding, and I'm scheduled to look at three venues. I also saw something on GMA about a gown sale in NYC to benefit breast cancer. I want to go, but my mom, sister, and future mother-in-law would take turns killing me if I started dress shopping without them.

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What a year

on October 3, 2007 - 5:19pm

As of today, I've been in my current job for a year. I was so excited to get it, and so...wide-eyed, for lack of a better word. I spent the first day being introduced to the entire office, getting trained in the company's software, and just adjusting to the new environment and not doing much actual work. Today really showed how far I've come: I got several mass emails ready to go out, secured one reporter and got event coverage from another, got the ball rolling on an advertising deal, and spent the afternoon in and out of meetings. I know all that makes me sound more powerful than I really am, but it does give me a sense of accomplishment.

Oh! Countdown, forgot my countdown...
Noel: 6 days (officially less than a week)
Tree lighting: 56 days (8 weeks)
Good Morning America: 58 days

I'm getting a sense of deja vu writing that. As I went to this job for the first time, I had a countdown going for Awake in my journal.

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The New Countdown Begins

on October 2, 2007 - 5:25pm

I already had a Noel countdown in place (7 more days, or one week, as of today). But after reading that news release this morning, it's time to start a new one:
Good Morning America: 59 days
Hey, it's better than the 200 or so I've started out with on past countdowns.
OMJ, words are not enough to express the excitement I felt when I saw that article. It was probably bad that I read it at work, because I was too happy and excited to focus after that. I went to a new favorite restaurant to celebrate; the whole time, my mind was racing with plans to get there and see him. I sent away for GMA tickets, but I'll just stand on the sidewalk if I have to. Only Josh could make standing outside on a freezing day worth it.

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Eight more days!

on October 1, 2007 - 8:58pm

Eight more days, eight more days, Noel comes out in eight more days! I'm typing this when I feel like dancing around the room chanting that.
I went to a book signing with my fiance at the Barnes and Noble near my office tonight. I haven't been to anything like that since Josh's last New York signing, which was almost a year ago. I thought back to that, couldn't help smiling, and felt a shadow of that excitement as I sat there.



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