Today was soooo busy. In the morning we went to get our marriage licence from the town hall, pretty painless actually. We went in, signed some stuff, viola! We’re 90% married already (all that’s missing is our witnesses signatures and our minister’s signature.) After that I had my Hair trial at the Salon where my entire bridal party is getting their hair done on Saturday. I have decided to go with pinned up curls that are low on the nape of my neck. The picture explains it better I think….
After that we went to Warwick to pick up my dress, we picked up my MOH Lisa along the way. It was good to see her since I hadn’t seen her yet this week. She picked up her dress as well and she tried hers on. I didn’t get to try mine on because it was already pressed and wrapped in tissue paper so it wouldn’t wrinkle. Unfortunately that meant that the first time I will try on my dress in over a month will be the day I put it on to get married!
Lisa feels that if we have to have a complete and total melt down, we might as well have it that morning ☺
So after that we went to Fall River to get my Fur Wrap to go with my gown and came back home to make dinner. After dinner Kyle’s mom came with Kyle and a few friends and we started putting together programs and centerpieces. To my utter surprise and delight all of our projects were finished by the time everyone left.
So today Kyle and I went to lunch at Yesterday’s with my good friends Adam and Laura. I was incredibly close with both of them in High School and have been keeping tabs on them as often I can (but not as much as I would like) we had a good time talking and laughing, cracking jokes and talking about the Wedding. I had a cup of legit New England clam chowder (which I was excited about). My DJ also called me during the lunch to go over the final details with me about the wedding. My DJ is coming down from New Hampshire to do my wedding, I’m really excited about him! After our phone conversation I am really confident that we are going to have a good time with him!
Tonight we spend almost 4 hours putting together programs and centerpieces…..arg…
So last night I went to sleep at 11pm and woke up at 11:30 am, 12 and a half hours later! Man I felt great, like a new person! My sinuses were clear and I felt really good. It’s a good thing because I was dreading having to get married with a stuffy nose! Today was just that, A recovery day. I spend it hanging out, and not getting a lot done (ha ha) I did go to the dollar store and stock up on stuff for my Bathroom Baskets. Picked up my brother from work and spent some time with him!
My fiancé Kyle, turned 23 today. We all went over to his house to celebrate! We had a wonderful dinner, salmon and roasted veggies with salad. For dessert we had carrot cake my FMIL made. We have this running joke because Kyle wanted our wedding cake to be a carrot cake, but I had to tell him that not everybody likes carrot cake, so he got it for his birthday, so there!
So last night I couldn’t sleep because I was lying in bed awake wondering what I forgot to pack. Luckily in that session I remembered that I forgot to pack my birth certificate. Which would have been really bad because without that we wouldn’t be able to get a marriage license! So this morning bright and early Jared picked us up from our apartment, and we were whisked off to the airport. 7 hours later we landed in Providence (also known as Warwick) and were greeted by our two mothers. It was so nice to see both of them and get lots of big hugs!
It was snowing pretty hard when we were driving home. Kyle and I just spent the whole ride home gazing out the window with huge smiles on our faces!
The only really awful part of the flight was the fact that I was having sinus problems so I had a lot of ear pain when we were making the descent. I swear at one point I just wanted to rip them OFF!
So I am thinking about where I want to go after I am done with my Med-Surge job at the Hospital I am currently working at. Now let me get one thing clear. I have never really wanted to be a med-surge nurse, no wait, scratch that, I NEVER wanted to be a med surge nurse. When I was in college I wanted to work in Emergency, I love the adrenaline rush I got when I was having clinical in that type of environment. But now I am really thinking back, way back, to decide what would be a good career move for me in the long term, after Med_Surge
I thought, why did I really want to become a Nurse in the first place, I never played doctor with my dolls as a child, I never said in High School I wanted to take care of sick people. I wanted to be an engineer. I wanted to build roller coasters, that was my child-hood dream. I got accepted to college as an engineer and once I got there, and realized what being an engineer actually involves, I said...NO WAY! So what was I going to to then? My mom, an RN, told me to just try nursing, to see if I liked it. I did, and I never looked back, until now....
Don't get me wrong, I like being a nurse, I just don't like being a Med Surge Nurse. So what should I do?
You want to know what, in the back of my head I have been thinking about L&D (labor and delivery). I have been wanting to try it, working with a younger, healthy, female population embarking on a tremendous journey seems very appealing to me. I like the educational piece as well, teaching new moms about neonatal care. And of course, no end to the drama of birth and babies.
My hospital actually has a very large L&D unit despite the hospital being a kind of on the small side. I am thinking of transferring there after I finish my year of Med-Surge (in September, only 9 months from now....arg)
I am now trying to get in contact with some L&D RNs to find out more about what they like/don't like about their jobs.....I'll keep you guys posted....
I Booked my Location for my Wedding Portraits after the ceremony. Ochre Court is an old mansion located at Salve Regina University in Newport Rhode Island. This is a blub about it from their website
"For this limestone palace overlooking the reddish seacliffs that give the estate its name, Hunt drew his inspiration from the late medieval period in French architecture. With its high roofs, turrets, whimsical gargoyles, and tall chimneys, Ochre Court recalls the style of Francois I, a transitional era when established medieval elements like the pointed Gothic arch and heavy stained glass were lightened by newly-emerging Renaissance details including rounded arches and delicate lacy ornamentation. Inside the mansion, Hunt used details from French Gothic chateaux and churches to create a Great Hall, which soars upward for three stories and dramatically frames a seaward vista. Radiating off the Great Hall, both the impressive ground floor reception rooms and the private upstairs family rooms, which are now University offices, were richly designed with imported antique fireplaces and lavish wallcoverings."
This weekend I got on a pair of skis for the first time. I have since learned a few things
1) I can successfully ski without tumbling down the hill and becoming a human snowball 2) Skiing is actually easier (in my opinion) than snowboarding 3) Snow actually exists in Southern California
A few weeks ago Kyle suggested that we go skiing once before our honeymoon so I can get some practice. I have been on a snowboard twice (and spent most of the time on my butt) but never on skis. Kyle, however, has skied for almost 10 years (arg). So this weekend, since we actually both had the same weekend off, we piled into the car with our rental skis from MWR and drove the two and a half hours to Big Bear Lake, CA
Now Kyle told me that there are two pretty large ski resorts in Big Bear, but I was skeptical, after all aren't we in Southern California, land of perpetual sunshine? But as soon as we turned onto the two lane mountain road I felt like we were transported back to New England. Mountains and pine trees, and crisp cold air. About twenty minutes into the drive we turned around a bend in the road, and there was the first patches of snow.
Kyle and I both cheered when we saw it!
We got up to Big Bear Mountain around 11:30, bought half day tickets and signed me up for lessons. I had a two hour lesson which taught me the basics, I proceeded to spend the rest of the day half falling down the beginner slopes. But I caught on quickly, by the last run I was pretty much in control of what I was doing, which pretty much involved going straight down in the wedge (pizza!).
The next day Kyle and I decided to try the neighbouring park, snow summit. Which has more beginner-intermediate (aka Sara friendly runs). With each run I got better and better. By the end of the day I could do large S-turns down the mountain without falling.
Going up the "Magic Carpet" - kinda like a moving sidewalk for skis and snowboards
Photo-op on the Chairlift
Look at the mountain in the background ...gorgeous!
Big Bear Lake from the "summit" of Snow Summit
Pretty Pine tree
Just so you all know, I DIDN'T get any bumps or bruises that will show for my wedding. People at work thought I was crazy for going skiing for the first time so soon to my wedding, but sometimes you just have to live it up!
Last night was actually really uneventful. I worked so I tried to go fast so I would be home by midnight. I walked through the door at 11:54 p.m. Just in time to watch the ball drop (three hours after it actually happened. Never put two and two together there but that really sucks about living on the west coast. In Rhode Island it's actually midnight when the ball drops in NYC). After which we went up to La Jolla to hang out with some of my friends from work. Kyle hasn't met any of my friends from work so it was really nice for them to meet.
Today I also have to work (arg) but after tonight and tomorrow we're heading up to big bear. And tonight I will be making holiday pay, which is always a good thing.