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Things That Kept Me Sane During Wedding Planning

Things That Kept Me Sane During Wedding Planning
 

I don’t know if you’ve picked up on this here over the past few months, but wedding planning was a lot of work. A lot of exciting but stressful work. Between that and running my own business, I had a lot on my plate. Occasionally (frequently) I needed to just completely shut wedding thoughts (worries) out of my mind and indulge in some brain candy. In the normal course of life, this would mean diving into some books. But even a book can take too much mental effort sometimes. Instead, I sank into a good old-fashioned Netflix binge, with shows that were that fine line between not-requiring-thought and still-entertaining (and met the Ian-is-not-interested requirement). And also a pair of video games: one that was pure escapism, and one that didn’t allow room for outside thoughts.
 

The Shows

Haven: Strange paranormal happenings in New England, with a good dash of star-crossed romance thrown in. Average acting, but some very nice eye candy. The first 4 seasons are on Netflix. The final season is still airing right now.

Hart of Dixie: Big city doc moves to small southern town. The normal shenanigans ensue. This was a good mix of drama and comedy, with some solid romance through-lines. I am more a fan of Rachel Bilson now than before. First 3 seasons on Netflix, the 4th on Amazon.

Charmed: This was definitely my heavy hitter. All 8 seasons are on Netflix! Witchy sisters try to balance life, love, and magical destiny. Moderate campiness. Heavy on the late 90’s/early 2000’s nostalgia. Underrated for its strong women characters.

The Games

Dragon Age: Inquisition: This was the first game of it’s type that I’ve played myself (instead of just having seen Ian play). Epic fantasy adventure, very well-written, awesome character development. I played this through 2 times, to explore different story options and character abilities. Ian may have gotten miffed I was hogging his computer (this one isn’t available on Mac).

The Talos Principle: If Myst’s world-building and scenery got together with Portal’s puzzle-maker and sci-fi setting, this game would be their love child. This was not so much a relax-the-brain escape as a ‘requires single-minded focus so I couldn’t possibly think about wedding stuff’ escape. Plus robots and lasers are always fun.
 

I still had a few episodes of Charmed left after getting back from our honeymoon, so I’m only just now in search of a new show. I need something with a lot of seasons. Luckily, it doesn’t need to be the same level of no-effort, since wedding planning and business launching are done.

Have any recommendations? What’s your latest Netflix binge?
 

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Taking Stock

Taking a page from Pip’s book and using this list to do a life snapshot. Making: myself take deep breaths and consciously relax my tense muscles. Cooking: nothing. No energy for cooking. We are living in a frozen food or fast food land right now. Drinking: My usual morning French vanilla cappuccino. Reading: the various news email subscriptions I get. Wanting: to go back to sleep. I wasn’t ready for Monday. Looking: at my planner and my Trello boards, and kind of panicking at how full they are. Playing: lately I’ve been playing the Talos Principle via Steam, and I […]

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Taking Stock

Taking a page from Pip’s book and using this list to do a life snapshot.   Making: my way through 2 weeks worth of emails. Cooking: something for dinner tonight, no idea what yet as I need to go to the store first. Drinking: my morning cappuccino. Reading: emails. I finished the book I was reading last night. Wanting: a week of vacation to recover from my trip, haha. Looking: at my poor desk plant that was neglected while I was gone. Playing: with Sienna, who I missed terribly. Deciding: more wedding stuff, little details. Wishing: to win the lottery […]

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Engagement Photos

We got our photos back from the engagement photo shoot we did back in April! The weather cooperated in a lovely way, and we caught the bluebonnets at the perfect time- we went back the next weekend and they were already gone. We’d never had any actual family photos taken, so we decided to work Sienna into some of the shots, too (shout-out to Kara for wrangling the pup when she wasn’t in the shot!). I’m happy to say her training seems to be helping, as she actually did really well. And the photos turned out really well! Take a […]

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5 Things Friday

5 Things Friday

1. I am having a shoe dilemma. Specifically, a wedding shoe dilemma. I want to wear comfy, no-heel shoes in a shade of purple that matches my wedding colors. I’ve bought 3 different ballet slipper possibilities. One was the perfect shade of purple, but had toe cleavage and fit a bit shallow all around- felt like it would fall off easily. Those got sent back. One fit perfectly, but the purple was a bit off and I feel like the style might be a bit too casual. Those I’ve kept, for now- might just turn into everyday shoes. The last […]

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5 Things I’ve Learned from Wedding Planning

I’m a little over 3 months in to wedding planning, and a little less than 6 months away from the big day itself. It has definitely dominated my 2015 so far. For the most part it’s been a fun experience, though it’s also been a lot of work. Our wedding is on the small side, too; I can’t even imagine trying to plan something for like 300 people. So today I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned during the process so far: Wedding vendors don’t do weekend meetings. This seems obvious in retrospect, since, duh, most people […]

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Countdown to TxSC Camp

The 2015 Texas Style Council CAMP is just one week away! Just a friendly reminder for all you fellow bloggers and Etsians and business owners who are also going. 🙂 I for one am pretty darn excited. Sleepaway camp with a bunch of awesome women? Where we also get to learn stuff that’s good for our businesses/blogs? AND pretend we’re 10 by doing the ropes course and other camp-y things? YES, PLEASE. You should’ve looked over and signed up for your sessions already. Personally, I’m doing Lab A Capture (photography), Discussion C Shift (refocus), Discussion C Connection (network), and the […]

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