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Originally posted by hoodlims hoodlims wrote:

Hey Blossom. What is up with Ponte and their food thing? Is it that hard
to change a few items on the menu? Sheesh! 

SERIOUSLY! all you do is make this, and make that. what's so hard?? whatever, i'm sure you'll think of something creative. good luck finding a home for you and your babies! is there a particular area you want to stay in?

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Originally posted by alwaysabrdsmaid alwaysabrdsmaid wrote:

Why don't landlords understand how gentle & special our little pooches are?

 

Exactly! It especially irks me when people discriminate against Winnie, who is considered a “dangerous breed” by some.  But she’s the gentlest, most good-natured dog you could ever hope to find. The vets, vet techs, sitters, and trainers we’ve worked with all love her because she’s so docile.

 

That’s a good idea about the resumé. I had heard of people doing that, but I’ve never been in a situation before where I needed one. I’d better add that to my to-do list for this month, and also remember to ask our vet and trainer to write letters of reference for the dogs. I’m going to PM you in a bit about your resumé format…

 

hoodlims—I didn’t realize you have two dogs, too! Winnie’s also about 75 pounds, but when I got her at three months, she was just a 30-pound fat little bundle. Her growth rate for the first few months was incredible—about 10 pounds a month! Anyway, here’s a pic of her when she was a baby:

 

 

 

Wasn't she adorable?  (Spoken like a true dog mom, huh? )

 

itsmars—I work in Sorrento Valley, and FI works in the north La Jolla/Torrey Pines area, so we’re trying to find a place that’s not too far from either of those locations. We’re thinking maybe Clairemont, Serra Mesa, or Mira Mesa, but if we happen upon something elsewhere, that’s fine, too. We just don’t want a really long commute!

 

 

Ponte menu update

I spoke to Mindy, Ponte’s catering manager, today about the entrée substitution we wanted to make. She was perfectly willing to accommodate us, but making that change will cost $5/person more than if we choose an entrée from the less expensive menu. Is it worth it to pay that much extra? I’m not sure; I’ll have to mull it over some more. The cost difference between the two menus is normally $7/person, so we’d basically be paying the cost of the more expensive menu, minus $2/person to have three less expensive hors d’oeuvres items vs. four more expensive hors d’oeuvres items.

 

On a positive note, I’m pleased that Mindy called me back so promptly (once to return my call initially, and then again about half an hour later, after she’d spoken to the chef about our request). And I also found out that Ponte will serve our vendors the same food as our guests, which I’m really happy about; I didn’t want them to have to eat cold sandwiches or something. Besides, I think one of our vendors has a clause in his contract stipulating a hot meal; so that works out great.

 

The PREPARE inventory: Prepping for the Great Start seminar

On Monday I got an e-mail from our church with a link to the online PREPARE inventory, which we’re supposed to complete prior to the seminar. Apparently, there are different versions of the inventory, depending on whether you are engaged/living apart, engaged/co-habiting, already married, and/or have kids. I went to the Couples page of the PREPARE-ENRICH Web site, www.prepare-enrich.com, to find out more about the inventory, and it’s designed to examine major relationship areas that a couple may face. It’s supposed to be administered by a trained counselor, who will then facilitate discussion between the couple based on the results of the inventory. According to the Web site, this tool is pretty reliable in discriminating between pre-marital couples who eventually get divorced and those who stay happily married.

 

So I went through the inventory and responded to all the items. (There’s a mini-version of the quiz on the Web site if you want to see what it’s like.) Mostly, it was comprised of various statements (example: “My partner has some habits I dislike”); for each statement, I had to indicate whether I strongly agreed, agreed, disagreed, strongly disagreed, or was undecided. It was interesting, and I could see that it covered a lot of different areas—everything from basic communication to finances to your family background to how you view the roles of husband and wife to how you spend your leisure time. But I tend not to like responding to these kinds of statements; they seem too black and white to me. After all, of course FI has some habits I dislike, and I’m sure I have habits that FI dislikes, too; nobody is perfect! I think it would be more relevant to explore the nature of those habits and how much we’re bothered by them. Oh, well; I guess this is just a starting point for discussion. And I did appreciate getting a better feel for what the seminar is going to cover; it’s all been rather nebulous up to this point. I just hope the facilitator isn’t going to tell us that, based on our test results, we’re totally incompatible and should seriously reconsider getting married!

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Oh no Blossom - I didn't mean to make your "to do" list any longer, I'm sure it is already too horrendously long. But, if you want to copy my template, please feel free and PM me.   Winnie's baby photo is really cute. Is she part chow or pitbull or pitbull/husky? She looks so cuddly and full of fur!
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Hi Blossom....I was checking in b/c I think I remembered you saying today was another dress fitting....!?!?  I just wanted to check in and see how it went!  My fingers are crossed for you! 

Edited to add:  Hehehe....I just realized this is my 700th post!  I don't know if that is exciting or pathetic or crazy!!!!! 



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Is she border collie? I think we might have had this convo before...you
have 1 border collie and one husky mix or something? I can't remember!
I have 2 huskies and man are they fun to walk (sarcasm). BTW Kelly...700
posts! That is insane!
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alwaysabrdsmaid and hoodlims—Winnie is an Akita. She was definitely very cuddly as a puppy; she reminded me of a clumsy little bear cub. She didn't have very good control of her limbs back then; I remember once watching her lumber into a bush and bounce off.  The "full of fur" part is, alas, also true. It's fun to pet, but not so fun when she's blowing her coat in the spring and fall. When that's going on, I brush her for a couple of hours a day and end up with a mountain of discarded fur each time. I even start to resemble a dog myself from all the loose hair stuck to my clothes. Sometimes I wonder where it all comes from...

always—I just PMed you about that template—thanks!

hoodlims—You manage to walk two huskies at once? That's impressive! I don't think I'd be brave enough to attempt it. I used to walk my two together, but Blossom's 25 pounds lighter than Winnie, so it's a little more manageable. Still, between the two of them, they outweigh me by about 25 pounds, and they'd occasionally get away from me when they'd see a rabbit and decide to take off in hot pursuit.  Now, FI helps me walk them everyday, which makes our walks much less eventful, thank goodness!

Kelly—Actually, my fitting is on 3/18, this Saturday. But thanks for checking up on me, and I'll be sure and post an update this weekend! Congrats on the 700 posts, by the way!


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, I forgot to add that you remembered right about the Border Collie; Blossom is part Border Collie.



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i'm glad that Ponte was able to make some kind of arrangement for you. did you decide on what you're going to do yet?

it sounds like the Prepare inventory is like the FOCCUS test, for the catholic church. it sounds very similar. i have to agree with you, i'm not a fan of scantron tests.. i mean, "agree, disagree and undecided" just aren't enough choices for me!!! at least give me a "somewhat agree" and a "somewhat disagree"!! and maybe a "sorta kinda, sometimes" choice!

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Hey, itsmars! I know what you mean about wanting a "sorta kinda, sometimes" choice! FI and I both tried to choose "undecided" for some of the items that we felt we'd answer differently depending on the context; but the test kept scolding us with a "your counselor will not be able to help you as effectively if you choose this answer" message!


Preliminary invitation designs are in!

Katie at EITAK e-mailed me some preliminary invitation designs last night. They look nice! We're finding that we're drawn to different elements of each design, so we'll probably ask her to create a new design that incorporates the various pieces we like.


I’m going to post some of the designs below; sorry they’re so huge.


Design #1:

I really like the graphic in this design and the way it bleeds off the page. It’s got an ornate, vintage look, but the lines are still nice and clean. Besides, I’m partial to line drawings. I’m not crazy about the fonts or the thin purple line around the outside, though.




Design #2:

I like the way this graphic spills over into the text. The woodcut seems a little overwhelming, though, and I don’t care for these fonts.



 

Design #3:

I really like the Calisto text font in this design and the way it’s laid out on the page. But I’m not fond of the graphic; it has a very regular pattern, and I’d rather have something a little messier and more organic looking. And I don’t like the vertical line down the right side.



 

Design #4:

I love the Cezanne font used for our names, and this is the wording FI and I both prefer. (Although I’m not sure I like the “Reception immediately following” line at the bottom; it seems so stuffy and conventional. Maybe something more along the lines of “Dinner and merriment to follow”?) I also think the graphic in this design is gorgeous; but I don’t like that it’s enclosed in a border. Overall, I don’t care for this layout—it’s too traditional looking, and I have an aversion to center-justified text. I just wanted to share the pretty graphic!



 

FI and I did a little monkeying around with Katie’s designs and cobbled together something similar to what we’d like to end up with. It’s the graphic from #1 (mirror image), text font and layout from #3, script font from #4, with a general layout like #2. What do you all think?



 

I need to send our feedback to Katie tomorrow and see what she can do with our half-baked ideas. It will be so exciting to finally have the invitations finished!


The dance lesson that wasn’t

Our dance lessons are getting off to a slow start. We were supposed to have a lesson last Sunday, but when we got there, we discovered that the children’s activity center where the lessons were being held had gone out of business! And—silly me—I didn’t bring the phone number for Two Left Feet. We waited around for a few minutes but didn’t see any sign of our instructor, so we just left. I called Melissa the next day to find out what was going on, and she had apparently left a note on the door of the activity center. We didn’t see it, though, so it must have blown away in the storm. Anyway, it turns out that the lessons are now being held at a Freemason’s lodge a few doors down! The funny thing is, I remember passing that lodge and commenting to FI about it, and we even saw through a crack in the door that there were people moving around inside. Oh, well—we’ve rescheduled for this coming Sunday, so we may get rid of our extra left feet yet!


Other than the aborted dance lesson, it was a blissfully wedding-planning-free weekend. On Saturday, I sat around and read my new Madeleine L’Engle book (a whole day of reading one of my favorite authors—what a luxury!), and on Sunday, we went to church, where FI got baptized. To celebrate, we decided to go to lunch at Azul in La Jolla. We had barely sat down when a woman approached us; we didn’t recognize her, but she told us she attends our church. She had recognized FI from the baptism and said she would be honored if we would join her and her husband for lunch! So we had a very nice lunch with an interesting older couple—they’ve traveled extensively and had a lot of fascinating stories to tell, and it’s great to see people their age who stay so active. (The husband was a Navy pilot in World War II, so we figured he must be in his 80s now.)


Vests for the groomsmen

Oh, I almost forgot—one wedding-related thing did happen over the weekend. Janet at A Better Deal called to let us know that the black vests with the pattern that matches FI’s vest are in. Actually, she called twice, so she must be very anxious for us to come and look at the vests! So we need to go back there next Sunday before our dance lesson.



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Hi Blossom,

wow, Katie did an AMAZING job on your invitations.  Honestly, I love them ALL....I would have such a hard time deciding!    I think the one you and FI "cobbled together"  looks wonderful!  Isn't it so exciting to see the invites....it makes it all more "real", IMHO!  I also just love the shade of purple/plum with the bronze/gold/brown.  Very rich looking!

Wow...tough decisions!  Yea!

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Originally posted by dizzy_girl dizzy_girl wrote:

Katie did an AMAZING job on your invitations.  Honestly, I love them ALL....I would have such a hard time deciding!    I think the one you and FI "cobbled together"  looks wonderful!  Isn't it so exciting to see the invites....it makes it all more "real", IMHO!  I also just love the shade of purple/plum with the bronze/gold/brown.  Very rich looking!

I second what Dizzy said about your invites - I love all the examples, they are all exceptional!

That was so cute of the older couple at Azul to ask you to join their table! I'm sure the food was yummy, too!

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