Life has been a beautiful, cluttered mess for the last few weeks. I’m happy to say that through the planning, the stress, deliberation and budgeting, there are some fun moments that have emerged from it all. In the last few weeks we’ve tried to keep up with a brand new pug puppy, our little Matilda, and still chug along with life and planning for our wedding in June of next year.
I work as a social media manager for a living, and it’s been a tumultious summer on top of wedding planning and supporting my fiancé through his first marathon. It’s meant long hours for both of us, aches, pains, strains…..some stressins and some blessins too.
One thing that’s always kept me sane is a garden. We don’t have much room here in our little place, but we have a deck area that gets enough life to keep the succulents and herbs alive, even if we can’t grow vegetables. Taking a few minutes out there to water everything resets my day.
One of the biggest worries I had moving from to Chicago from California was that I wouldn’t be able to have succulents and cacti, since I love them so much and they remind me of home. My cacti survived this last horrible winter so I’m hoping they suck up as much sunshine as they can this season…because, winter is coming.
I don’t want to even think about fall or winter. It needs to be summer in Chicago forever. Is it weird that every time it’s a beautiful day here, I think “winter is coming?” not just in a funny, Game Of Thrones way, but like, in an actual dread. There is a lot I love about Chicago, but my loathing of the polar vortex sometimes overshadows all else.
I celebrated my birthday two weeks ago, and got the most amazing care pack from my bestie of over 17 years. I’m fortunate to call her my bestie and now my Maid of Honor (obviously, right?) and she knows how to put together an amazing birthday surprise from even 2,000 miles away!
On my birthday, I got a box that was specifically labeled, “OPEN THIS SIDE,” and could not wait, to see what was sent “with love from California.” Sure enough, upon opening the box, it exploded with awesomeness… color, and plenty of fluffy tissue paper.
Inside, was amazingly hand crafted, hand curated awesomeness.
Mason jars, in my wedding colors. Route 66 decor. Domo in glasses and a Mickey hat. Wrapped in colorful tissue papers, with a handmade card and sealed with washi tape. Handmade craft supplies also in wedding colors. Head, nearly exploded.
My bestie carved a Domo stamp for me… the crafty, Kawaii, handmade love… all came together for a super-sweet gift that traveled from California to Chicago. It was so fabulous, I had to bust out the camera while we got dinner ready to take pictures. Honestly, the older I get, the more I love the thoughtful details. Really, adore.
The best gifts are ones where you work to get the details right for someone else- the imagery, the characters, the colors…but it comes together when you have so much of yourself poured into it. The handcrafting, the presentation. A gift that is for someone else, is also so wholeheartedly you- those are the best gifts between friends. Thank you bestie!
It’s been a crazy few weeks, but it’s been a sweet summer. We’ve been planning for, and saving for our wedding- at times, it’s been frustrating, but it seems we’ve made some progress.
I have to bunker down and get serious again about saving for the wedding. We need to have at least $20k in the bank to cover the expenses of the wedding, and we’re at about $14k- which is amazing but that $6k we need to come up with before December to actually pay for what we’ve budgeted, well, that’s not going to show up out of thin air. We’ve come so far, but $6k to pay for the DJ, photographer and seating… that’s still a ton of money for me. #hereshoping.
This week, I finally placed an order for a wedding dress online. (!!!!) I’m so nervous, excited and curious as to how it will all turn out. It should be here in 3-4 weeks and let’s hope I measured myself properly.
We’re also planning a virtual fun run, which will have some amazing medals with pugs on them, to raise funds for the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue. I’m not sure how much money we’ll be able to raise, but we’ll be able to do some amazing good for pugs in need while also having the first ever (that I know of) pug running medals.
It’s crazy, the house is a cluttered, but beautiful mess- full of craft projects I’m working on for the blog and stuff that is strewn everywhere from busy weekends of his marathon training and my 24/7 workaholism. We clean it up every weekend, but it seems to get crazy by Monday night all over again.
The house is a mess but I’m happy. Pug toys and our stuff is strewn everywhere- but it’s a happy, circus of a home.