90 Days Until the Wedding: Saturday May 26th

I woke up bright and early at 4:30 am.  It’s not that hard though because it’s sunny outside so it feels like I’m going out in the afternoon!  It’s better to be awake early in the morning than mid-day when it’s so hot.  I broke my pants.  Nick had a ‘man day’ and was out with his manly man friends.  They waterboarded, went to a restaurant, ate at McDonald’s and then watched a football match in a bar.  I was supposed to go out with a friend, but something was a bit  wrong with me and I fell asleep from 1 pm to 7:10 pm.  Then I knew I was in trouble so I avoided the phone (I also wasn’t feeling well enough to go downstairs.)  So I sat in bed and looked at flowers from Afloral.com while watching Hallmark Channel movies for several hours until Nick came home.

Since I didn’t do anything, I’ll post photos from Nick’s Man Day.

Very uneventful day!  But I did start to understand more about making a floral arrangements with fake flowers after spending hours of Afloral’s website.

90 Days to the Wedding: Day 82

Today was truly a lazy Sunday!  I slept in until 11, and Nick slept in until 1:30 pm!!  We were both very tired, and stayed up way too late on Saturday.  While Nick slept I bought a ton of stuff off of Amazon, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus: Crest whitestrips, NYX PBTaupe11 for contouring my nose, Lancome Color Design lipstick in Fashion Icon, Lancome powder, YSL highlighter, DiorShow Brow Liner etc etc.  I also splurged and bought this lovely hat from Coolibar for only $12.95!  California girl and all, I have to protect my skin…even though I’m spending the summer in Denmark…it can get just as hot as in California.  I have to have everything I need for the wedding by June 4th which is my deadline for getting the suitcase  ready to take to Denmark.

When Nick woke up we had a lovely breakfast downstairs…well it wasn’t that lovely…it is way too sunny downstairs at this time of year.  We really need an awning to protect ourselves from the heat and sun!  You can’t even watch television because of the glare off of the screen.  Modernistic large glass windows look cool but are so impractical.

I then continued my obsession over choirs from 3-5pm.

I finally wrote an email to a professional choir where each member costs $250 dollars.  I sent them a list of the songs I want sung at the wedding and asked ‘Can you do it?’

I really want to walk in to the church to ‘Northern Lights’ by Ola Gjeilo…that’s why the obsession with church choirs.

I also said yes to our Soprano who will sing Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus.  She is again, $250 dollars.

While I was obsessing over choirs, Nick would occasionally walk into my room and rehearse his second stand-up set.

At 5pm I stopped obsessing over the wedding and began getting ready for Nick’s Stand-Up Comedy.  His set was about the guy who took a shit on the floor of my workplace the other week.  I thought it was very funny…the audience on the other hand didn’t seem interested in bathroom humor.  Their loss!

I wore my black sleeveless dress from Karen Millen and black heels.  I overdress to the comedy club, but I think it’s fine because it reflects well upon Nick to always have a wife who dresses to the nines when she is out with him.

So yeah, I was the well-dressed supportive wife at the comedy club…and I recorded Nick’s set on my camera so he could come home and watch it.  The audience wasn’t so great last night and a lot of the other comedians felt a bit stressed.  Afterwords we hit up the grocery store and bought ice cream and potato salad.  Nick made paninis and I goofed off in bed…I have no idea what I did last night…but I didn’t go to sleep until 2 am again…bad Christine….

So that was the day!

90 Days Until the Wedding: Day 83 The Royal Wedding

I went to work for a few hours this morning.  And then I ran home to watch the Royal Wedding!  Nick had the bed all ready for me and when I hopped under the covers he turned on the tv and brought up the replay on youtube.

I’m ambivalent on Harry and Meghan as a couple.  I think it will be fascinating to see if the marriage works out.  Everyone…and I mean everyone…thinks this is a bad marital match.  So if they do divorce…then I think it’s a big wake-up call to all the divorced people in the world.  It proves what I have long suspected…everyone saw your divorce coming long before the wedding day.

However, Harry and Meghan have a great deal in common with their love of jet setting humanitarian causes and the camera.  People accuse Meghan of being in love with the camera…but Harry is just as bad.  He quit his military career to be a full-time travel-loving humanitarian with the Invictus Games.  So I think they are Perfect for one another on this front.

Harry and Meghan also bizarrely look the same…the same nose for sure…the same side profile.  And they always say that couples who look the same stay together.

But the argument for divorce is simple.  Both Harry and Meghan come from notoriously unstable families.  I’m no fan of Princess Diana, and marrying the youngest son who is the most similar to Diana comes at great risk.  William, thank goodness, does not take after his mother so he has a stable marriage.  Harry however is a spitting image of Diana…from the camera fawning, to the charity-as-full-time-job.  It’s possible that any relationship he enters will be short-lived and dramatic like all of Diana’s relationships.

Both Harry and Meghan have also been ‘around the block’ as far as dating and relationships are concerned…which makes it that much more difficult for them to bond in a permanent way.

It is the question of the century…Can two *possible* narcissists from unstable backgrounds have so many personality traits in common that they are able to form a stable, lasting, and loving union?

We are all going to find out!

Anyways…the wedding itself was very nice.  But there were hardly any flowers in the church…all the flowers were by the entrance.  Love, love, love the flowers by the entrance…very reminiscent of Millie Mackintosh’s wedding to the Professor Green.  I do wish there had been more flowers inside the church though.

As always, the choir and music was fabulous.  Meghan’s dress was superb.  It was very similar to Christina Infanta’s dress…very standard-issue European royalty…but that is because it is so understated yet flawless.  Well done Meghan!

The reception dress was Legend….I kinda want to copy it with this dress off of Etsy…

After watching the wedding, I forced Nick to watch Sophie and Andrew’s wedding and then a bit of Infanta Christina’s wedding.  Sophie and Andrew still have the #1 Royal Wedding in my book…it is simple, elegant, understated, yet absolutely classy.  No wonder there marriage has gone from strength to strength!  Well done!

So yeah, I spent the entire day soaked in the luxury of Royal Weddings!  And then I ate…Chocolate Ice Cream!

90 Days Until the Wedding: Day 90

Yesterday was May 11th.  That means it’s 90 days until our wedding and I am officially stressed out!  We’re doing everything ourselves to save money.  I’m going to keep a quick diary of the next 90 days for posterity and about the planning process.

I went to work at 5:30 am with a wakeup call of 4:30 am (yes I’m the only person who can wake up that early which is why I have that particular job.)  As I set up, I listened to King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain’s wedding.  They are like the Spanish version of me and Nick…he’s so tall and she’s so short (but much smaller than me…I have a lot of weight to lose)!

Earlier this week I pissed off the church organist because I have no idea what to do as far as the choir and songs to sing.  But yesterday I realized my problem…compare the Royal Wedding of Sophie and Andrew…it’s perfect…wonderful…uplifting…joyous…cheerful.  The choir sings hymns with the churchgoers and it’s all very positive.  Now a Traditional Catholic wedding is much more solemn, mystical, and serious…but still intensely beautiful and moving.

Which wedding do I want?

The church organist just wants to play hymns and be done with it…but I don’t think that’s going to make me happy which was at the root of my passive aggressive behavior.  (Whenever I’m unhappy but can’t figure out why…I become irritating, annoying, and passive aggressive to those around me until I figure out what is causing this physical/emotional response.)

So I have one week to solve my musical wedding ceremony dilemmas.  I have made a list of Gregorian Chants and hymns and everything else…I bought and downloaded “Latin High Mass for Nostalgic Catholics” which I have been listening to.  I’m watching all of the royal weddings (yippee!)

Yesterday morning at work, I began to feel uneasy.  I walked outside and saw two men on the sidewalk, drunk, giggling and laughing like evil schoolgirls.  I went to the front of the building and began fussing with an outside table.  A manager walked by and greeted me.  Then I heard a door open behind me….I walked inside through the open sliding glass window (unofficial entrance) and the two men were now inside the building standing at the entrance.  I immediately turned around and walked out again as I smelled trouble.  Needless to say, when I came back inside…the men had shit on the floor of the entrance to my work.  Human shit on the floor.

There was recently a very nasty firing, so we think it was a disgruntled former employee.

It was a shitty day 🙂 (the joke all people at work were using all day)

A chef at work has kindly offered to cook the food for our wedding dinner for a reasonable fee.  So yesterday after work (Nick had the day off), Nick came and we took the chef out for coffee and discussed the wedding.  It went really well and we feel very positive about the food.  It was also nice having Nick come to work…helped brighten my day a little!

So yes…the music is the number one problem.  This weekend I need to buy plants to landscape the church patio (very bad idea for me volunteering to do this…baaaaad idea!)  I’m going to try to see the church choir sing this weekend.  Finally, Nick and I have a party to attend on Saturday night.

Busy, busy, busy!

Headpiece Ideas

Ok, this is great look!  The dress is terrible, the weird cape is terrible…but the hairpiece and veil is divine!!!

I would love to adapt this for my wedding…but the problem is the headband is black…and you can’t wear a black headband to a wedding, and white would look weird.

All in all, amazing hair look, a very inspiring!

My Wedding Hair

The most likely candidate for my wedding hair would be a simple french braid/bun combination.

As you can see French Braids are sort of my thing…

I wanted to wear a Tiara with my french braids…but maybe that is not the best look…

Or Maybe I should go all out Scarlet Johanssen and wear a Braid Crown!!!  I will absolutely do a test run of this hair style with photos to see if it could work, so pretty!

A cute hairstyle that I may wear in the video I’m planning on making (I’m planning on filming a video like Kate & Will’s Engagement interview and playing it during the cake reception ‘cuz that’s how I roll!)

I think the below I could pull off…especially in the video interview…

And finally a romantic braid updo…


Why I’m a bit slow writing my 4th book

Nick and I visiting Port Isaac where the tv show ‘Doc Martin’ is filmed

It’s been two years since I published ‘Nordic Nights,’ my best book if I do say so myself *wink wink nudge nudge.*  I feel a bit bad that it’s taking me so long to write my fourth book ‘Dublin Diaries’…but you know what…who cares?  The reason why I started writing books is because I had no money to go to Kentucky Derby and I had no one special in my life…basically I had no hope!  My books are about finding that special person to share your life with and two and a half years ago I found that special person!  We got married in October 2017 and are having our ‘Real Church Wedding’ this coming August.  So you know what, I’m not worried about writing for a bit (although I have been working on Dublin Diaries…the beginning chapter and ‘evil bad girl’ character are very good!)  I’m living the entire point of my books…to get married and have children.  Nick is the most important thing in my life, followed by our goal of having children.  I’m also spending the next 90 days totally focused on the wedding.  I’m doing everything myself and it’s wonderful!  A couple’s wedding is the biggest celebration in their lives, so despite what anyone says it’s a very important day that we must prioritize.

Cologne July 2017

In July of last year, Nick and I visited Cologne for a day to see the famous Cathedral.  We walked to the very top of the spire and I’m terribly afraid of heights…so it was quite the accomplishment for me.  Caged and safe…caged and safe…

I bought Wedding Dress #1

This is wedding dress #1.  It’s a vintage dress from the 1970s that I bought off Etsy for approximately $150 including shipping.  I’ve decided to go all out Vintage for my wedding dress and buy up to three dresses!