Bright Ideas from YOU!

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: general |

I’ve had such a great time since I joined Weddingbee a few weeks ago, and that’s because of YOU!  You’ve been supportive, related to my struggles, offered advice, and said, “Show me the RING!”  You are fabulous gardeners, editors, fiances, and wives — judging by your comments — and you’ve shared your experiences, suggestions, and requests very generously.

{I know, I know, I’m gushing, but what can I say?  You guys ROCK!}

So, this post is just for you: bright ideas you’ve suggested, thoughts you’ve offered, and pictures you’ve requested.  Here we go!

More haircut pics, with a hat tip to AliCherri1 for being the first to ask.  Yes, I take pictures of my own hair so that a) I can see the back and b) I can point to what I do and don’t like when I go to the hair stylist.  I’m picky (but I prefer to call it meticulous).  For the e-pics I straightened it; normally, it’s wavy and I let it air dry.

Many of you requested more info on my ring, which I posted here, then You requested a hand shot, so here you go.  Incidentally, does anyone have any tips for taking pics of jewelry?  This one is pathetically blurry but the best I could get.

Hat tip to julieulie for offering a unique solution to the last name dilemma I posted about here:

So, long story short, I legally hyphenated. I know it’s not for a lot of people, and my last name is now long — too long for a lot of forms. But, it gives me the option of picking and choosing. Of course, for all important paperwork, I go by the full hyphenation. But professionally, I can keep my maiden name, which is tied to my publications. And in my personal life, when we someday have children, I can sign their permission slips with just my husband’s last name — the name my children will have. I can use either name, or both together. Aside from a really long name (and a lot to sign on credit card receipts!), it wound up being the best solution.

Sure, I’d rather have just kept my maiden name, and my husband would have rather me just taken his name, but marriage is all about compromise, right?

I embarrassingly missed beaninca‘s request for info on the jeans I wore in my e-pics (so sorry!).  They are from Banana Republic and because I’m five foot nothin’, I had them hemmed.  I don’t know the style, but if you’re interested, I’ll check the tag.  I’ve had them for years and worn them everywhere, so I do recommend.

Miss Fondue noticed that I forgot to post the e-pic that is most Knoxvillian (the fountains at World’s Fair Park)!

Notice how the mister ditches me to escape the rising water?

Sakarina, in response to my post about highlighting my culture at our wedding, mentioned adding tamales to the menu… brilliant!  My family makes tamales every Christmas so this is an extra special tradition for us.  Thanks!

And I have to say, a special place is reserved in my little heart for the garden and landscape suggestions you’ve offered.  roseskier1, tberry, Sara, and Vicki posted detailed thoughts and suggestions that I’m in the midst of researching.  SO appreciative.  RenaissanceTrophyWife gave me this great link on organic gardening, Lindsay did something similar for her own wedding (check out her site!),  Jen was kind enough to give me advice from another southern bride (Kentucky!),  tberry weighed in with her experience, and BA suggested these:

Sweet peas! source

And, how can I fail to mention that you were SO with me all the way in helping to pick out a wedding dress.  Because you rock, and because I now have an extra wedding dress in my closet, I will pay shipping if anyone wants to take it off my hands for a mere $140.  I’ll double check the size when I get home from Seattle (business trip), but I’m pretty sure it’s a bridal size 10.  Eames lounger not included (sorry)… but I’m taking offers on the puppy (kidding)!

Whew!  What a wild and amazing ride it’s been already! Thanks again, y’all, for taking this cheesy bee into your communities and being ‘net friends.


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    I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt (and divorce papers) to prove it. Here I am again, pledging my life to my (new) love with eyes wide open (and heart racing) knowing full well how emotionally traumatic this can end… and doing it anyway.


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