Monday, August 16, 2010

Oh, Monday, how I despise thee...

What a long weekend. I can tell because today, Monday, is harder than usual. I'm just so exhausted but it was a decently fun weekend.

I threw Jessica her masquerade themed bachelorette party on Saturday. I was up at 8 cleaning and baking for the fiasco. By about 11:30 I felt like it should have been more like 5. I ran around getting forgotten things at the store, setting up at the Magnolia Hotel, buying a gift and getting ready.

The girls all showed up at my place around 5:30 to start getting ready. Boy did we look fancy. Dresses, high heels, curled hair, glitter, feathers, beads and bright red lipstick.

I left before everyone to get the food set up at the hotel and wait for people to start arriving. My mom, her three sisters, a family friend, Diana, my cousin Jordan and four of Jessica's friends came.

I've never thrown a party before but, overall, I think it was a success. Everyone brought lovely masks and Jessica got a lot of ... interesting things, including lingerie. Everyone had plenty to drink and even more fun.

Favorite part of the night was when a performer downtown stopped Jessica, got down on one knee and made up a song about her on the spot. I think someone videotaped it, though I can't be sure. She just had a blast and I'm glad. It was her one last weekend as a single girl! I still can't believe that, honestly. The wedding is in four days. Four more days and my sister will be Mrs. Bruce Schultze. And come November, she'll be a California girl.

And while the bachelorette party was fun -- I'm definitely glad it's over. It was a lot of stress and, now that it's over and was a success, I can breathe easy again! Now to just get through this wedding. I just want it to be here so we can just have fun and celebrate. Until then...I have champagne glasses to decorate and a few other things to do. Hoping my dress fits, also. Lost 15 pounds to fit into it. Thank you Weight Watchers!

So, hoping I can make it through this week with some sanity left! I have to work the main job every day (except Friday) and also at the second job tonight and tomorrow, babysit Wednesday, rehearsal dinner (and maybe an Aerosmith concert) on Thursday and then wedding on Friday!

Praying for no rain. If you're reading this, we could use a few extra prayers so there's no rain and everything goes off without a hitch!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fall fun.

You know when you rake up a pile of leaves and it looks so tempting just sitting there in all its leafy glory, just begging you to jump into it? You know you should really just put the pile into the garbage bags and get other stuff done but there's the little 10-year-old inside of you that nudges you to do it. You shrug and give in.

You brace yourself for the run ... one ... two ... three ... you race toward the pile, the wind whipping in your hair. You launch yourself up and over and right into the pile of crisp, brightly colored leaves.

They feel brittle and some break under your weight. You gather up a big arm full and fling it up into the air, watching as they come floating, twirling and swirling back down at you, landing in your hair, clothes and on your face.

Another arm full and whoosh! Right at the person who, in a jealous rage, has joined in on the fun. You laugh, sometimes you get annoyed if a rogue leave lodges itself in your eyeball. Not so awesome.

When the fun is done, you're itchy from head to toe because of the tiny pieces that have slipped under your clothes or in your hair. And sure you have to re-rake the leaves but deep down, your 10-year-old self is grinning from ear to ear.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Are you a reason, a season or a lifetime?

I'm only 25. I am not very well seasoned when it comes to life. But there are a few things I've figured out along the way on this quirky journey.

Relationships die. Whether it's a friendship or a love interest. Sometimes it's because of a reason. But other times, there's no reason. It just fades away. You may not even realize it until you've gone a year without speaking to someone.

I don't know that I've had friendships die because of any specific reason. Relationships...yes. But all of my friends ... like those I went to high school with ... there wasn't one thing that separated us as life took us past teenage years. There were several. Colleges, jobs, significant others, military, marriage, children. It's all part of life.

And am I sad? I was. And sometimes, looking at old pictures or new pictures of some of the same friends hanging out, I get a lonely ache and part of me wants to relive that time. But things happen for a reason. Sometimes, people who come into your life are there for a reason. Sometimes they last for a season and others are there for a lifetime.

Those who aren't there for a lifetime doesn't make them any less important. You just have to realize that it's time to let go. It's sad but you have memories and lessons learned. And, as long as there is no hatred, no one says it's impossible to rekindle a relationship if the opportunity presents itself.

Sometimes, a phone call is all it takes. Or a simple text message or email. Sure it's a lot less personable but people are busy these days. A simple gesture is all it takes to let someone know that, hey, we may not be real close anymore, but I value you for you and I am always here if you need me.

Reason, Season, or Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Unknown