Tuesday, January 31, 2012

handwritten: a penpal project for 2012

I used to have penpals: friends that I would exchange letters with and learn more about their lives.  Mostly it was my RL friends, but we would share chain mail, secrets, and crushes in our ripped straight from the notebook pages. 

When I saw a few Tweets from Anni, Estelle, and others talking about the possibility of collecting a group of people interested in snail mail, I had to jump at the chance.  How fun; what a great way to connect with someone, make my mailbox a little more interesting, and most importantly, an excuse to buy some really  pretty paper. 

Tabitha explains the whole process on her blog here, so if you're interested in joining, go sign up! 

Luckily I just stocked up on some Forever stamps...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I'd been thinking about my PWC (post-wedding chop) for a long time.  I hadn't had a proper hair cut in years (thanks to student life then unemployed life).

I don't have a hairstylist in Brooklyn that I'm comfortable with, and man...are haircuts around here expensive.  But last week, I finally decided to just bite the bullet and make an appointment at a salon my friend recommended to me.

This morning, I was trying to find styles I liked, but finding a style I like and finding something that will work well with my hair are two totally separate things.  Then I randomly Googled Locks of Love.  I called the salon and asked if they could measure my hair for me if I wanted to donate it.  "Absolutely!" the woman on the phone shouted when I mentioned what I wanted to do.

By the time I got to the salon, I was having second thoughts...I believe I hashtagged #maybechickeningout on Twitter.

But then the stylist talked about how cool she thought this was, and I thought that I had no freaking clue what to do with long hair anyway...

Before picture - taken from my iPhone
So before I had time to think, my hair was in two ponytails in the back of my head...and then SNIP - those two ponytails were in my hand.

That is my hair in my hand!  - Personal iPhone pic
The second it was off I knew this was a great idea.  I needed something done to give me a new look.

Here's the final product:

All styled! - Personal iPhone picture
I really love the cut she gave me.  It angles and shapes my face in a flattering way, and I feel more professional (which is good, as I'm the youngest attorney in our office).  I think it makes me look older (but not old!) and gives my hair some shape and body is was so sadly missing.

Now I just need to find a padded envelope for those two ponytails that are sitting in my bag...

Have you ever donated your hair?  This was the first time my hair was even close to long enough to consider it.  Would you donate your hair if it was long enough?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wedding Week: Thursday

Thursday was another day I woke up and lay awake well before 7.  The to-do list was making me anxious, and I couldn't sleep without dreaming of another thing I had to do or failed to organize.

We had to be at our venue by 1, dropping off everything completely organized and ready to go, and I was anxious to have everything off my hands.

Mr. C and I woke up and got right back to it.  J was soon awake and filling out place cards alongside us.  Sister J and Baby J came over by 10, and there was a house full helping Mr. C and I to finalize the last of the details.  My goal had been to complete everything before Thursday, but the last minute scrambling couldn't be helped.

It took two cars to pack up and drive everything over (with a quick stop for eyebrow waxing!).

We unloaded the car and our coordinator, Deirdre was there to meet with us (but first we watched a woman untangle a cow from a fence).  Deirdre was impressed at our organization and instructions, even though we had left a few things behind.

We finalized numbers and seating charts; we perfected the timeline; and we said goodbye until Saturday.

When we were walking out the door, I lost it.  I don't know why, even though I'm a crier, I hadn't cried all week and I was just blubbering away with no trigger.

In actuality I think I was exhausted and entirely overwhelmed.  We had been non-stop on little sleep that week and it was catching up to me.

Mr. C and I drove home and stopped for ice cream.  It was amazing to have a few moments alone with him, to giggle, and not to talk about details or schedules.

When we returned, Mr. C's parents had arrived and we went to greet them.  They had their own car full of goodies and it took a few trips.  But that was a quick visit because our amazing bridal party had gifted us with exactly what we needed on that day: a couples' massage.

Mr. C and I enjoyed that massage and it really set the tone for the rest of the weekend: we were chill, relaxed, and ready to roll with the punches.

When we returned to my family's house, everyone was there to greet us: Sister J and her family, J, Mr. C's parents, and my family.  They had been amazing by filling the out of town bags and prepping for dinner (Dinosaur Bar-B-Q, as prepared by Mr. C's mother).  There was a lot of food, a lot of laughs, and a lot of love around the dinner table last night.  Everyone was excited and really looking forward to the rest of the weekend.

After one final round of tying up the out of town bags, we said our farewells to Mr. C's parents and Mr. C, and J and I snuck upstairs for some quiet girl time.  As soon as the lights went out, I was asleep.

There aren't many pictures of these moments leading up the wedding, but they are vivid in my mind.  To be with the people who were closest to me, to be organizing for the biggest day of my life, and the anticipation of marry Mr. C made for many memorable moments.  And the weekend hadn't even started!

I'm grateful for those moments with our immediate families and grateful for their help.  And above all, I highly suggest a massage prior to the wedding day; it was literally one of the best decisions we made leading up to the big day.

What are your most memorable moments prior to your big day?  Do you have plans to allow for relaxation and family time?