i’m not even going to bother…

…making excuses for my blogging laziness. Yes, I know, it’s been two months since I posted. I’m sorry. ::Hangs head in shame::

To get me back in blogging mode, I’m stealing a meme off of a fun new blog I found, Ashley’s Antics. Ashley is another DC area wedding blogger getting married in October! I’m not going to tag anyone, but feel free to steal it and play along!

So, here we go.

Kate & J

1. What are your middle names? Frances & Daniel

2. How long have you been together? Started dating in September 2006

3. How long did you know each other before you started dating? A few weeks

4. Who asked whom out? He asked me out, but I made the plans!

5. How old are each of you? 27 & 32 (I’ll be 28 by the wedding)

6. Whose siblings do you see the most? Hmmm… we see all of our siblings pretty regularly, every few weeks.

7. Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple? J being unemployed sucks.

8. Did you go to the same school? Nope

9. Who is smarter? I’d like to think we’re both pretty smart, in different ways. He’s really good at building things and understanding how things work together. I’m more academic and logical.

10. Who is the most sensitive? I am definitely. He’s pretty sensitive too.

11. Where do you eat out most as a couple? We like ethnic food a lot – Indian, Middle Eastern, Thai… or BBQ. And there’s a little hole in the wall diner about 20 minutes away that we love for brunch on weekends.

12. Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? Costa Rica!

13. Who has the craziest exes? Neither of us has particularly crazy exes.

14. Who has the worst temper? He does. But we can both be pretty hot-headed, especially if we’re hungry!

15. Who does the cooking? Usually it’s about 50/50, but he’s been doing most of it lately, since I have to stay off my bum ankle. (That’s a story for another post).

16. Who is the neat-freak? Him, definitely. He’s been a good influence though. I’m definitely not as messy as I used to be. But he’s still neater.

17. Who is more stubborn? We are both very stubborn. Usually about really dumb things. This is also worse when we’re hungry.

18. Who hogs the bed? He says I do, but that’s only because he comes to bed so late! Obviously I’m going to spread out if I’m sleeping there for three hours alone…

19. Who wakes up earlier? I do during the week, he usually does on weekends.

20. Where was your first date? Meriweather Post Pavillion for Jon Stewart stand-up

21. Who is more jealous? Neither of us is really jealous. Sometimes I get grumpy if I think he’s not spending enough time with me.

22. How long did it take to get serious? After 8 or 9 months we knew we had something good.

23. Who eats more? He does, a lot. The man has the metabolism of a… something with a really fast metabolism. Drives me nuts.

24. Who’s better with the computer? He’s a software developer, so it’s no contest. I can hold my own though.

25. Who drives when you are together? Neither of us particularly likes to drive, so we take turns. He drives more though, because he prefers his car and his car is automatic, which I don’t do.

…aaaaand we’re back! It’s supposed to be 95 in DC tomorrow, so I’ll stay inside with the AC and catch all you nice folks up on what’s been going on with the wedding and other news recently. I hope you haven’t forgotten me!

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under the 200 day mark!

Well, okay, we’re several days past the 200 day mark. (On my wedding countdown. Obviously.) To be specific, we’re at 193 days and counting! That, of course, does not excuse me from being a lame, lame blogger. I don’t even really have an excuse. Planning is in a bit of a lull, not much is going on at work, and since we’re broke (see wedding & unemployed fiance) we pretty much sit around and watch movies and play with the cat in the evenings. But. I. Love. My. Life. Seriously, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have a secure job that I enjoy, a great home, a fantastic fiance who I am madly in love with, and the funniest cat in the world. What else do I need? A glass of wine, maybe. 🙂

I DO have some wedding planning updates, I’m not just going to gush all over the place. I have all of my bridesmaids gifts purchased! Unfortunately, some of them check in on here every now and again, so I can’t post them. But I promise I’ll update you with the details after the wedding. Or if you’re really interested, email me and I’ll tell you.

We have (finally) booked an officiant. This was a little bit more dramatic than necessary, since my parents are already bereft that the wedding is not going to be taking place in a church, they were somewhat vague when it came to what they wanted in an officiant. But, once everyone calmed down we were able to come to a reasonable consensus. We’ll be employing the wedding officiant services of Bill Cochran from Say “I Do” Your Way. I’m really excited to work with Bill. He has a ton of experiences with unhappy religious families 🙂 But no, really he’s been saying weddings for years and has a lot of great ideas and will be a great guide as we plan the ceremony. Additionally he gets great reviews from the ever-helpful ladies on the DC Knot board.

We also just booked a ceremony musician! At our friends Leah and Larry’s wedding a few years ago, they just had a solo classical guitarist play, and we absolutely loved it, so we always knew that’s what we wanted as well. Our DJ, Kirk Rubley of Kirkabee DJs recommended guitarist Giorgia Cavallaro, who he’s worked with a number of times. He sent us some of her music to listen to and we were hooked! Plus she has an awesome Italian name. She plays in a flute/guitar duo as well, called Flutar. If you go to their site, you can hear some of her ah-mah-zing music! I can’t wait to pick ceremony music now!

I have lots more to update you on… but we’ll leave it there for tonight. I promise no more two week gaps of me dropping off the planet, though!

It’s voting time again!

My Dad’s restaurant won the last round thanks to everyone who came out and voted! Today Chadwicks is up in the FINAL FOUR! Please take a moment to head over and vote, it would mean so much to me. Thanks for all of your support. More wedding updates soon, I promise! 🙂

pretty plates

We had a crazy wedding planning weekend. On Saturday, we took J’s parents and sister (BM A) to see the wedding venue and to the restaurant we liked for the rehearsal dinner. But more on that later!

On Sunday, we spent several hours at Crate and Barrel finalizing our registry, so that I could post them on our website so that we can FINALLY send out our save the dates! We decided against registering for fine china, and instead registered for a set of everyday plates that can be dressed up for nice occasions. As soon as we got to the store, we beelined it for the dinnerware section, and narrowed our preferences down to a few sets. Then we went off and registered for other things to give us time to think it over. By the time we got back to the plates, we agreed on the lovely ivory porcelain Margo Dinnerware:

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I love how they are classic and rustic, but not stuffy. I’m so excited to have a whole, nice set of plates! My last set (the WHOLE set) was $30 at Target, and now we are using a variety of plates that J collected over his years of bachelorhood. In fairness, it’s mostly from two different sets… but neither is particularly chic, and we don’t have enough of either to throw a dinner party!

need a favor (nwr)

Hi all! I have a big favor to ask everyone. My Dad owns a pub/restaurant in Washington, DC, and they are in the Quarterfinals of the local “Burger Brackets” (like March Madness, get it? I know, I know)

It would be a HUGE help if you could head over and vote for them! If you’re in the area, you may have heard of it – Chadwicks, in Georgetown. Vote from work, from home, get your significant others to vote, post to your blog, anything you can do to help would be huge! We need all the votes we can get.

Please click here to go vote! Thank you thank you thank you!

for better or for worse

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Vows start early ’round these parts. J was laid off on Monday. He worked for a pretty small company, and was the newest employee, and highest paid, so it was no doubt a smart business decision. Buuuuut it still sucks. This is the second time he’s gotten the hook since the recession started. Obviously not his fault, but a blow to the ego nonetheless.

The first time, last May, he didn’t really like his job anyway, and he had a good bit of cash saved up, so he didn’t take it too hard. This time though, he hasn’t built his savings back up, and he really liked what he was doing and the people he worked with. So it just sucks all around. We worked on his resume last night, and he’s been online today looking for jobs. The difference from the last time he looked is amazing. He does software development, so a pretty high demand set of skills, and last time he would get pages and pages of job openings when he did searches. Now, maybe 10 jobs will pop up. And we live in an area that has been, comparatively speaking, somewhat removed from the worst of the economic crunch.

Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for us that he finds something soon. I think he’s going to look for something with a bigger (i.e. more stable) company this time around. Money will be tight until he finds something, but if we watch the budget pretty closely we should be okay, for a month or so anyway. Wedding spending will have to slow down a little. Or start going on credit cards, which we wanted to avoid. Mostly it just sucks seeing someone you love so upset and literally not be able to do anything about it. I feel completely useless.

the lovely ladies

All of my wonderful bridesmaids have picked out their dresses. In what might be record time, no less. We had an appointment at a bridal shop that carried After Six dresses at 10:00 a.m. a few Saturdays ago, and we were out of the shop, with all of the dresses ordered, by 11:15. Tell me that’s not amazing.

When we got there and had a chance to look at the color swatches in person, it turned out that the moss was a much deeper green than we’d been expecting. However, the kiwi color was almost exactly what we’d thought the moss would look like! So we ended up ordering the dresses in kiwi. We are doing tea-length dresses, two girls (MOH and BM E) picked dresses that are already the right length. BM K and BM A both selected long dresses, but the lines are really simple and they will be able to get them hemmed easily. I am thinking about using some of the extra fabric then to make a pocket square for my bridesman, so he’ll “go” with my side of the party a little better! My sister (MOH) picked a strapless, sweetheart neckline, which will go great with my sweetheart neckline that I’m having put in my dress. She’ll also stand out from the other three, as they all picked v-neck dresses. The four look fantastic together.

And here they are!

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