Tuesday, December 30, 2008

So we attended a wedding in Mexico

Okay, so maybe I used the term "attended" a bit too strongly. We watched a wedding in Mexico. Okay, again, maybe too intimate. We stalked a wedding in Mexico. Better.

From our first date of arrival we thought what a good idea it might be to skip the whole wedding shenanigans and just do it while we were down there. After all, the Sheraton Bougainvilleas which we visit annually and love so much has an area for "Weddings and Bodas". Now if you speak Spanish you know that means weddings and weddings, but whatever. Tomorrow's post will be about the grammar mistakes found on this vacation. Be prepared, its a fun one!

We had decided that Debra would remain my bridesmaid and Julie would be Jeremy's 'groomsman'. Jack and Amy Fiterman and family happened to be staying at our hotel as well, which aided in our wedding plan. Josi would be our flower girl, Jack was to officiate, Amy wanted to do the video - and Sam and Adam would be the ushers. Perfect plan.

Unfortunately, we have already sent in deposits to vendors, so that went by the wayside, but there was another wedding at our hotel. On our last night I noticed that they were setting up for an event along the ocean. Massage booth was turned into a chuppa, or whatever non-Jews call it. Sand was turned into seating. It was gorgeous. Jeremy, Debra and I sat and watched the wedding setup for about an hour and a half until the wedding began. We then listened and watched as the bride walked down the aisle, with some additional background music -- the sound of Debra crying -- as we watched her approach the Mexican priest. It was a lovely, Puerto Vallartan wedding, though I was shocked there was not a Bougainvillea in sight. Yep, we stalked a wedding.

On a different note: for anyone out there planning their own website, I just found out about this cool website.
http://www.weddingmapper.com
It allows you to create maps, directions, points of interest for wedding info. Mark off favorite shopping destinations, reception site, airport etc.... Could be a useful tool.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

WE'RE GOING TO THAILAND


We FINALLY booked our honeymoon. No more harrassing Jeremy, he's done it. We're going to Thailand. I could not possibly be any more excited. There are sure to be some interesting adventures along the way as we take our first trip to Asia. If you have any suggesstions, let us know - it should be amazing. 4 days in Bangkok and 4 days in Phuket on the beach!

Next up on his to do list...find dance lessons. Some take dance lessons because they want to learn a routine. We are taking dance lessons so we don't look like giant idiots and fall on our faces. Expect very little from us and we will certainly deliver. Just promise not to laugh.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Progress...

The invitations have arrived, and are in our hands. They are, in fact, correct!
p.s. if you're name happens to be Kara Leigh Weinblatt and you find someone named Jeremy Scott Frank to marry, and are interested in buying some green invitations off of us, let me know! Next step..Jeremy and Debra need to start addressing...tonight perhaps? I will stuff, they can address.



I am almost afraid to say this, but we are DANGEROUSLY close to booking the honeymoon too! We just have to send in a credit card number and we are going...drum roll please...TO THAILAND! I could not possibly be more excited about this choice. I plan to make a trip to the doctor to request a sedative, and off we will go! 10 days total including travel, and our time will be split between Phuket and Bangkok - beach time in Phuket, and tour time in Bangkok! PERFECT. Seriously, have not been this excited in a long, long time.

On a different note, this past weekend we had a Hanukkah party with Jeremy's family - Tessa's first Hanukkah! Brad and Jeremy's Grandpa Ollie came too, and on the ride to Brad and Emily's, Jeremy clung his steering wheel as the car glided over ice and asked Ollie, "Why did our ancestors settle in Minnesota?". Ollie responded, "It was a mistake". And I am still laughing. Oh so true. Quite a mistake. It has not stopped snowing for the past 6 months. Okay, so maybe the past month, but whatever, it's bad. You know its really bad when the news starts out, "Should warm up to 3 degrees tomorrow". It was a mistake. Landing in Minnesota. Big mistake.

We leave on Thursday for Puerto Vallarta, 4 days of sun, fun, and NO SNOW!!! I cannot wait. Merry Christmas to my Christian friends, sorry this is the most boring week of your lives - to my Jewish friends.

Much Love,

Kar

Friday, December 19, 2008

Arrivals...

The first, most important arrival, our niece - Tessa David Frank was born last weekend. She was born on December 13th and was a healthy 7 lbs 7 oz. She's adorable - and we are quite excited to be an Auntie and Uncle. It seems like we have been waiting forever for her to come, so we were beyond excited to meet her! As you likely guessed, the David is after Brad and Jeremy's dad - David Frank.

Received the call from my mom...invitations have arrived. Arrival #2. Ivory and brown invitations - and not GREEN! This is a huge improvement. They are perfect, though I have not seen them yet - but my mom says they look great. And, here's the kicker - they gave us the green ones to keep, "In case our kids want to play 'invitation store' " someday. Uh, after this experience, I will highly encourage my children to find other business ventures than invitation store. Kids...go throw rocks, its a better past time.

Last night Debra asked me if I was feeling stressed yet about wedding planning. My response, "Well I'm starting to feel stressed that I'm not stressed". It is the proverbial worrying that I should be worrying. I have re-contacted most all of our vendors and we will set up meetings after the 1st of the year to regroup and plan details. Invitations will start getting addressed soon. My mom, still doesn't have an outfit. Well, not quite true, she has about 17 outfits, but she doesn't like any of them. Bridesmaid's dresses are being sewed by the world's slowest seamstresses somewhere creating dresses that take 4 months to arrive. Jeremy is still searching out the perfect honeymoon destination (okay, so here's a point of distress). Chocolate has arrived. Bacheloretteparty is being planned. Showers.

Really, I'm stressed that I'm not stressed.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Merry Christmas...to my DOG?!!??

I awake, dreary eyed and droopy, I climb into a hot shower and grumble about what is to be the coldest day of the year. I complain and moan to myself, something along the very edited lines of "Gee golly, I think I might move to Hawaii where they grow pineapples not Popsicles", and stumble around the rest of my morning. I quickly get ready, gather my things and the dog in order to get her to daycare early so that I can make an early meeting. I drive to Petsmart, carry the dog into daycare, and if you know me in the morning, still very dreary eyed, hand over my dog to the petsmart personnel. I look up, and to my surprise see Christmas stockings adorning the front desk. There are about 6 stockings, and one is emblazoned with the name "PUNKY" in silver glitter.

I stare, quizzically, but attribute it to my lack of morning consciousness. I glance up to find Francesca, the receptionist excitedly asking me if I noticed Punky's stocking. "uh, yea" I responded - dumbfounded. "We made her a stocking, see!", she explains. "Uh, yea", I repeat, again, confused, amused, and perplexed at the situation. She continues on to tell me that they decided it would be fun to make a stocking for my dog as she is one of their favorites (clearly eating ones feces ranks high on the petsmart ladder). So, along with the employee's stockings flanking the petsmart counter, I find my dog's stocking. My Jewish dog's stocking placed directly in between, John, Jenny and Steve - and and accompanied by Francesca and Mary's stockings. The employees and my dog, have their stockings hung for all to see. My Jewish dog has a stocking.



And me? I'm a bit jealous. Where's mine?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I hate green

The invitations came!....they are GREEN. Lime green. They are supposed to be ivory. Have I mentioned I hate green? I will leave out the details and my expletives, but needless to say, they will be replaced with lovely ivory invitations later this week. In time for my wonderful fiance to hand address them as he has requested to do. Can you sense the tension in my typing? But, I'm not going to stress or sweat it anymore, it will be fixed. It is not worth my worry. I hate green.

I had an awkward incident with a ham last week worth noting. A vendor at work called me and said, "You are a very valuable customer to us and we would like to send you a Christmas ham to your house, can you call me back with your address?" So I panicked. I am Jewish, therefore I don't celebrate Christmas and I don't eat ham. Second, I am about to fire this vendor, next week, and don't want him to spend the money on a ham - if I am about to can him. WHAT TO DO?! So I stressed, and I called Jeremy, and my mom, and my sister. A ham. What is a Jewish girl supposed to do with a ham on Christmas? So I decided to call him back and explain to him that I was dissatisfied with his service and give him the major hint that I was about to fire him. But, I do not have the next vendor lined up yet...so I couldn't fire him yet. Next, I was going to tell him not to send me the ham, or he wouldn't want to anymore after I gave the hint. However, this apparently did not deter him, and I got nervous, caved, and just spitted out "I LIVE AT 317 GROVELAND #706".


And the ham was on its way.

So I spent the weekend panicking about the poor pig that died to be sent to an unappreciative person like me. But alas, I have found a solution! We adopted a 'Christmas Family' at work - and beyond gifts, are also giving them a Christmas dinner. So....THEY ARE GETTING MY HAM!

So the pig didn't die in vain.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

check this out!

Too bad we can't do an outdoor wedding in April, in Minnesota. Or we could, but I don't think any of you would be my friend after. I found this on one of my nerdy favorite websites (stylemepretty.com)


I think I should steal the idea. It was made for us! The J...the K. Meant to be.

You may ask where we will be going for our honeymoon? Well the saga continues. Nowhere. We still don't have anywhere. Jeremy has now brought up the new options of Fiji and cruises...which we hadn't looked into before. Seriously, if you are a friend of his - please send backup - call him and tell him to just book this thing. Seriously! I have this funny feeling we will be taking a scenic April tour of Duluth, Minnesota.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

And his name is Aaron.

To make a long story short, my car is for sale (if you know anyone who is interested in a 2007 Jetta - let me know - soon!). It is on craig's list, and apparently I made the fatal flaw of listing it with a 4 cylinder engine...and it has a 5. This is an email I got from someone off of craig's list...

Please check your facts....the model car comes with either a 2.5l FIVE cylinder NON-TURBO or a 2.0l FOUR cylinder TURBO.
thanks..


..aaron
--Carpe Diem


NO JOKE!!! He wasn't interested in the car, he just wanted to yell at me! Can you believe it?!?! I am still laughing about it. Aaron, I'm sorry you are so angry, but please keep that to yourself. But actually, you gave me, and my coworkers a good laugh - so keep it up Aaron.

Carpe Diem.

Sorry this one had nothing to do with the wedding. But really, if you know of anyone looking for a car - let me know!