Friday, April 13, 2012

Back to Overnights

Tonight (Friday at 11pm) I start the overnight shift again. Seven nights in mission control, seven days sleeping while the world works. Thursday night I do my best to stay awake, in order to better sleep all day. But, as usual, I fell asleep around 3. I'm not sure how I feel about going on console on the un-lucky Friday the 13th. Even if it's just for an hour. Flight controllers are a generally superstitious bunch (see my friend Ben's post for a fun take on that), not wanting to do anything to incur the wrath of the space station and spend your whole night cleaning up a massive failure. Fingers crossed that it's kind to me tomorrow.

Passover is almost over, and I'm looking forward to bread again. I think I'm going to order Chinese food Saturday night. Usually before the overnight shift I cook something, but with 2 days left in Passover, I can't cook with any of the forbidden foods (it's all boxed up) which would limit my options. Plus I still have a bunch of leftover brisket to keep me fed.

With the big Passover meal out of the way, I have had time again to turn my attention back to everyone's favorite topic... wedding planning!

Saturday, after some unexpected waterworks (not me, a pipe on the side of Dan's house sprung a leak), we made the hour drive to sign the paperwork and book our venue.
Here's your sneak peak at the venue. It's official! While up there, we checked out the hotels and local area. Seems like a nice place to stash our guests for the weekend! This takes a pretty big weight off my shoulders, because it takes me almost to the point that, should I do basically nothing else planning related, the wedding will still happen. There's the small matters of invitations, dress, and a thousand other things... but we have a place, a date, a time, an officiant and DJ if we want to use theirs, and a caterer. Not that I'm going to give up, just that I could.

So one of the best pieces of advice I got from married ladies about wedding planning is to divide the massive to-do list into things you need to get done every month and by the end of the month, finish it. For April, I am focusing on getting the website and save the dates out. I need the website address to put on the save-the-dates, but it doesn't have to be totally done. With most of our guests coming from out of town, we want to get them planning and saving ASAP so they have the best chance to come. I heard that married ladies need to pass on wedding planning advice or else they learned all that crap for a one-time thing... so lay it on me. What's your wedding planning advice? Should I just buy a white maxi dress from Target, forget the florist, and call my wedding good enough right here?

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