How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.--Stephen Covey

Friday, April 8, 2011

1-Month Countdown

Ummmm. Yea. You read that right. Exactly one month until Jake and I get married.

Insane, right? In a good way!

I feel the pressure to get everything done now and have been contemplating and starting DIY projects this week. A few I have decided that we don't need. Which is okay. I am just ready to be married!! After this, I will be happy to never look at another bridal magazine in my life :P

Did I mention that I have to work on my vows? Oh, and finish Jake's groom's gift. Seriously, Jake keeps teasing me that he's already got his vows written and I don't... I'm procrastinating because I want to go the traditional route and am having a hard time coming up with something that is heartfelt but won't make our guests gag. Okay, maybe not gag, but I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable with our mushiness. I mean, after 8-years of being together, I think everyone knows how we feel about each other.

//end complaining.

Was that really complaining? Kind of, I guess. But I'm done. I'm sure that they will turn out beautifully when I sit down and do it. And I'm sure that Jake's will be too... it's just a major part of the whole wedding day that is making me insanely nervous and anxious because it's gotta be my creation and I have to say all of it in front of everyone. Traditional vows I could do. No problem. But, ahhhhhh. I am not a good public speaker. At all.

//really done with that subject.

Moving on...

I dropped my dress off for alterations today. Can you believe that we ordered my dress in a petite and I still have to get it hemmed a bit. Seriously, like 1/2 an inch. :-/ I don't even shop in the petite section in stores!! I am just going to say this about my dress: It is perfect. And beautiful. And I can't wait to wear it on the big day. Honestly, I was so sad when I had to take it off today. I am already dreading the fact that I have to take it off after the wedding and can't wear it for the rest of my life. Okay, that was a bit dramatic. Seriously though, I am absolutely in love with my dress. It fits perfectly and is going to look amazing when it is bustled and ahhhhhhhhhhh. Seriously, I can't wait to show you all!!

Anyway, I am still at work and should do something productive. Or at least look like I am being productive. Today should have been my last day here, but I haven't been given cases yet so I have decided to be flexible and stay for another week or so and be flexible until the family finds a replacement. Hopefully that is soon... and hopefully I get cases next week so I can be full-time by the end of May :)

I am going to end this with a little piece of wisdom: There is a reason why we, as humans, are older when we have teenagers. 

Goodnight everyone and have a great weekend. If you are a wedding guest and reading this, and you haven't RSVP-ed yet, please do so soon! I need all responses by April 17th and you can only make hotel reservations until April 15th for our special rate.

Much love!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I have to brag...

... about how awesome I am.

Usually Jake and I just pay our bills without questioning anything. But lately I have been contemplating cancelling our cable bill because honestly, it's not a necessity. Although, I'm pretty sure I would miss TLC. Not only is it not a necessity, but we were paying $120 of our hard earned dollars a month on basic internet (no high speed in this house!) and pretty much basic cable. No HBO, Showtime, Starz, anything. Just regular channels, super slow internet, and a HD/DVR package. Now, here is where I would admit that I would greatly miss our HD/DVR package, but I was willing to let go of it and turn to Hulu and Netflix for my entertainment.

So today I called Comcast. Here is how our conversation went:

... after all the automated crapstuff and verifying account info ...

How may I help you?

Well, we are just having a hard time paying our bill each month and we need to cancel our cable services.

Oh. ::pause:: Let me look to see if there are any current promotions that we can offer you.

- waiting -

We can offer you a combined cable and internet package for $69.99/month with high speed internet [score!] and free HD/DVR. That promotion would be locked in for 1-year and after one year you would pay $84.99/month for services.

That sounds perfect. We'll keep our service then!

Yep, I learned a very valuable lesson today: that it pays to ask for something or threaten to cancel your services. I wonder if this would work with Verizon?? Eh, probably not. They are definitely more rigid on their plans. Ah well, another step into me saving us money.

But, a special thanks to Comcast!! It's always awesome when they will work with you. I still think that $70 is expensive for cable, but at least we won't be losing our beloved DVR/HD tv :)

Have I mentioned the show Extreme Couponing on TLC?! Wholey moley!! These people are amazing. My goal is to get my groceries for super cheap some day too. It is a goal of mine. Yea, I lead a bit of a boring life, but I want to save me and Jake as much money as possible. And the more money we save the quicker we get out of debt and can get a house and save for retirement and someday have a beach house :P Okay, the beach house is my dream.

So, call your cable company and see what they can do for you to save you money. Threaten to cancel your service or better yet, go to another company. See what they will do for you!
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