Alright...I figure its finally time to update this thing.
Karl and I are officially married. I am Mrs. Jennifer Smith. And I'm still getting used to my new signature...I hate cursive. Just sayin'.
On the day of the wedding, I got off to a good start. Got up early and made my way to my old neighbor's house to get my hair done. She's also my 'adopted Grandma' and my matron of honor. And she likes to talk. A lot.
So I got there nice and early to get my hairs did, and that went well....Then we proceeded to chat for almost a half hour. Oops! By the time we were done, it was almost 1pm. The wedding started at 4pm and I still had to go home, load up the cake, and then drive to the venue!
So I packed up my shit, hugged her goodbye and then ran like a bat out of hell to get everything else ready on time. When we arrived at the venue, my parents, and my mom's boyfriend were already there setting up. We discovered that despite me calling IndyParks 2 days in advance to make sure- that the stupid picnic tables they were storing in the pagoda had not been moved. Somehow, I knew that would happen. And there wasn't just one or 2 either...There were like, 15 of the fuckers...And they all weighed a metric ton. It took me, and 2 grown men just to move one....And we ended up moving them ALL. That put me in a pretty shitty mood.
About 2 hours before the wedding itself, some of my friends, and their boyfriends arrived and they let me put them ALL to work. I don't think I would have been done in time if it wasn't for them. They were such a big help.
So we rushed around like crazy and we finished getting things set up just after 4pm. I dissapeared into the moving truck my mom rented just as people started arriving so I could change. The photog came early and snatched Karl up for photos right away.
Lots of people came to the wedding. I was a little surprised actually. People I never really expected, like Karl's REALLY old grandma. Naturally there were people I WAS expecting that didn't show but for the majority, everybody showed up. All the vendors were on time or early, and all of them had really great service. I was so lucky that in that regard, everything went flawlessly.
We started the ceremony at 4:30. I read about a tradition where starting the wedding ceremony and saying your I DO's with the clock hands on an upswing is good luck. So you and your husband can start your lives together moving up, not down.
Anyway, the ceremony went perfectly- except for a minor teeny weeny insignificant un-noticable hiccup where JUST as I stuck my foot out to start walking down the isle, a state trooper pulled up on the grass right beside us and said that we had to move all our vendor vehicles and the moving truck down to a different parking lot RIGHT NOW or be ticketed....
We told him we would and then waited for him to dissapear. My entire wedding line proceeded to call him lots of nasty names and generally be immature and bitter. I love my family.
We decided to walk first, and then move the vehicles right after. Thankfully ass-face didn't ticket anyone. During our vows I was so concerned with staring lovingly up at Karl that I forgot to listen for my cue to repeat after the officiant. Karl had to squeeze my hands to wake me up lol.
But aside from that it went nice and smooth.
After our vows and the "congrats you're a couple" stuff, we started dinner, and then moved on to do our toast and the cake. Apparently the park had some Halloween event for kids starting up at the same time...Which included REALLY loud scary noises...So as the best man was making his toast to us- screaming and demonic laughing started to fill the silence. I couldn't not laugh...And then once I started laughing, everyone else joined in too. It was.......special. Those sounds went on for the rest of the night...Screaming, evil laughing, obnoxious kids songs..and I mean these sounds took over the entire park. I couldn't even SEE the event..Behind our venue was a giant soccer field and the noises were coming from PAST that...So it was really far away. I can't imagine how deafening it must have been up close.
Our venue was ALSO right beside a playground, and beyond that a smaller pagoda where some charity thing was going on. Twice I had kids come up to the playground fence and stare slack jawed at me...And then once a young teenager came running up JUST to tell me how beautiful she thought I looked. I spent most of the night blushing for various reasons.
EVERYBODY had a freaking camera. Never in my life have I ever had so many cameras pointed at me before. Every kiss, every toast, every hug, every pose, was followed by a chorus of clicks and clacks from shutters. And then after that was the grind of cheap disposable camera winders lol. It was fun, but I was a little uncomfortable looking up at all the cameras. I would glance up quick, do a sweeping glance of all the lenses and then avert my gaze...I don't know why it was so hard for me but I've never really gotten used to crowds all staring straight at me like that.
Anyway, after food, and toasts came cake. I made the cake. It took me for forver and the night I tried to add the icing details I nearly threw my icing bag across the kitchen in tears. But I got it done. I like to work late at night and there was even an instance where I had to WAKE KARL UP at 2:30am to help me roll out some fondant because I was just so exhausted and cramped up that I couldn't do it. I vowed right then and there that I'll never use fondant ever again for as long as I live unless its for a door stop, or a deadly flail.
(please don't look at it too hard...People tell me I'm too hard on myself but that thing shames me more and more the longer I look at it. So SO many mistakes. In a way I'm kinda proud of my accomplishment, but in every other, I wish I could say a professional made our cake)
Anyway...Cake was 3 layers. Bottom layer was spice cake and cream cheese icing. Middle layer was German chocolate cake with caramel icing that I hand mixed with extra coconut and pecans. Top layer, which we're saving is yellow cake and chocolate icing.
The German chocolate layer disappeared before I could even turn around. Luckily I was able to hide a piece behind the salad bowl before it was all gone...Though I didn't get to eat it until I came home that night.
The first damn thing I did when I got home was kick off my shoes and go lie down. I was so stinking tired! And as soon as I was down, I took apart my hairdo...Sixty-Three bobbypins total! Jan (neighbor/MOH/hairdresser) advised me not to try to get on any planes that night and I can totally understand why. Metal detectors in other STATES would probably go off. Here's what it looked like after I fell asleep in my hairspray and woke up at 2am.
Anyway...So I laid comatose until the next day. Karl and I had requested cash gifts so we might be able to go on a honeymoon at some point. We got $400 in 'donations' and made a vow to tuck it away and not touch it no matter what until we had enough to go to Florida and sit in the sand.
The very next day, we made reservations at Sybaris and blew all but $100 of it. We rented a deluxe whirlpool suite. It had a 5x7 whirlpool right in the main room, a steam room with 2 reclining chairs off to the side, a walk in shower, 2 godlike massage chairs and the most comfortable bed I've ever laid in.
We stayed there overnight and it wasn't anything kinky...It was mostly just a relaxing getaway without the constant barking of the dogs, and cats walking on our faces every time we were reclined. We snuggled, ate candy left over from our candy buffet, watched movies, shared a bubble bath and traded foot rubs. (which is something I've always wanted to do, but its impossible in a regular tub) It was hands down, the most EPIC bubble bath I've ever had in my entire life. I MUST have one of those tubs some day. I've promised myself...First house we own, and I'm getting one of those suckers. AND a massage chair. Hell, I might just move into Sybaris. They'll need a crowbar to pry me out of that room!
So yeah....'The Honeymoon's Over' as they say and now we're back home business as usual. The photog says that he's super busy and will have the photos to us in about 2-3 weeks. He took over 1000 in 2 and half hours so I don't blame him. That doesn't mean I'm crazed with anticipation and eagerness to see them but still...He sent us a couple to tide us over until he's finished, and this was one of them:
I'll be sure to share them when I get them and until then, Goodnight! <3
This entry is backdated from Monday because we only just got our interwebnets this morning.
Wow! What an adventure that was..Okay lets see...Where to start.
This place is amazing. Its warm, its sunny, its clean, I have everything I need right at my fingertips (such as Target, and Gamestop, and Subway) I've already seen 4 kinds of animals that we dont get in Indy...Geckos are the new pests..if you can even call them that (I already caught one, but his tail broke off when I picked him up) and I've got palm trees out my windows, and everywhere else I look...*sigh* Its just generally good here =3
On the day I left, my parents both came over early in the morning to see me off...I finally cried. My mom started up about 10 minutes before she had to leave for work, which got me crying too...My dad gave me about 5 minutes to stand at the front door with my head against the glass sobbing before he had to get going too...And then he started crying too, which made me just cry harder...I didnt expect either of them to cry over me really. I was honestly a bit suprised.
Not long after that Patrick and Co arrived, and it didnt take long to load the truck at all. Once we were on the road, the first day just seemed to breeze right by. We made it all the way to the end of Kentucky the first day before calling it a night. The hotel was pet friendly so Buggy came in to run around along with everybody else. That was interesting to see. My cat running around a hotel...Things like that just dont look right, lol.
The next morning we gathered up all our stuff and headed on through Georgia. That day seemed to go on for a while...Boring drive, not much to do. After about 2 hours of driving Patrick got in touch with Josh and they discovered that he was driving only about 30 miles ahead of our pack...So he pulled up to a gas station where he was to wait for us so we could carry on as a group...
Then Pat passed the phone to me, at which point Josh asked me to switch cars and ride with him. I wasnt sure at first because I was comfy, and I didnt want to have to load and re-load all my shiz. But in the end I did end up switching and finishing the drive with Josh....God I missed him. The first thing I did before I even said hello was give him a big giant tackle hug. Im so glad he's around again...There need to be more people like Josh in the world.
Anyway, we ended our drive for the evening yesterday when we reached just outside of Orlando. Upon arriving at the hotel, everybody was cranky and annoyed with life...Especially me. And naturally finding out that the hotel Pat's parents booked was NOT pet friendly this time didnt help...I was tired, and all I wanted to do was shower the sweat off myself and go to bed.
Not happening. Josh had plans to cut out and stay with a friend overnight, and I WAS going to stay at the hotel with everyone else but because of not wanting to leave Buggy...I ended up going to Josh's friends house with him to sleep. Halfway through the hour and a half drive to get there Josh discovered his friend is allergic to cats, but he had a screened in porch Buggy could stay in.
I put him out there for the night, even though I didnt want to, but it was so mind numbingly hot in that apartment, that I ended up grabbing a blanket and pillow and slept out there with him instead. I was just happy to be able to be outside without listening to those fucking mexicans, or stare at nothing but trash..So, I was sure to take advantage of my new freedom.
Unfortunately after sleeping for an hour I woke up shivering and had to come back in. I dont think i've slept for more than 4 hours at a time since before I left. So far the effects havent shown themselves yet but im sure they will.
When we were in Kentucky we kept driving past tourist trap signs advertising caves. I made an offhand comment to Patrick while he was driving that I had never seen a cave in real life before. He smirked at me and I didnt know what his problem was, but he ended up picking up his cell phone and asking his mom to take a detour for some fun.
I got to hike through Mammoth Caves. It was so so soooo amazing. Absoloutly gorgeous and completely unlike any experience i've ever had. Some areas were truely terrifying to go through...There were parts of the trail where I had to duck down, and scoot sideways to get through, and both my butt and my chest touched the wall at the same time...Other times we were about 100some feet up on nothing but a dinky metal staircase. We ended up hiking about 2 miles up and down STEEP inclines.
I was so scared in the beginning that my legs tensed...After the first 10 minutes, my legs had just turned to jello, and for the rest of the trip I could hardly keep up....I felt like my knees were going to give out any second so I had to go slow or they would have....When you're on a staircase thats a foot and a half across over an endless black hole, falling isnt the smartest of things to do. The smell down there was amazing....You never really understand what the term "crisp smelling" is actually like until you experience it yourself. It was so clean, and so...GOOD...Imagine what air that's never seen a car, never seen exhaust or trash, or any sort of waste smells like...Its just...indescribable. Its hard to believe that air used to be like that all over the world...Anyway-
Here it is Monday, and my legs still hurt. My thighs ache SO bad...I have to psych myself up for the pain every time I have to get down on the floor for something. As soon as this goes away, Im off to go job hunt. Josh gave me a brief tour last night and my god...there's EVERYTHING here! I cant wait to go explore.
Today we got our apartment, signed the paperwork, and each got a set of keys, and a gate card. We ended up getting a floor level place...My aching legs were glad for that one...More then you know. Ten minutes after arriving I spotted my first lizzard. He was a fast little fucker..Holy crap! He wanted to come in lol. If I ever manage to catch one, he's going to become a pet >3
We went to Target after 95% of the truck was unloaded and the first thing I bought was a fan. For serious. Its been on since the hour I arrived and I have no plans to turn it off any year soon.
And so..after all that, it brings my update to the present. Im the only one who is 99% completely unpacked and set up. I have one more box of computer desk stuff to find places for, then I just have to collapse my empty boxes, hang my pictures and Im done.
Buggy survived the trip without a single solitary incident. Im actually a little shocked..He did better then I ever could've hoped. He didnt yowl, didnt pee on anything, didnt try to run away..He just curled up and chilled, looking out the window...Ocasionally he came up with a few things to say, especially if me and my driver-pal at the time got loud giggling or something, but he always quieted down again after a while.
I have pictures of this entire affair...Didnt get as many from the road as I thought I would since I figure everybody has seen enough trees in their lifetime to know what they look like whizzing by down the highway.
Click the cuts to see moutains, caves, animals, and all kinds of other goodies, including the apartment and my space.
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Asking $120 shipped. I can go $100 at the lowest but really want to avoid it if I can. Need to sell it by Friday! Paypal only~ PM me to make a deal? :)
Type your answers in Google Images and pick an image off the first page.
I've decided to make a challenge for myself.
There are less than 2 months left in the year.
I am going to take 1000 photos by the New Years countdown. Pictures of anything. Little to no photoshop correction, and every last one of them has to be worthy of a portfolio. Because thats what I plan to do with them. Make a portfolio.
I average about 30 photos per photoSHOOT...With anywhere from 3-10 being..usable. This is gunna be an adventure.
I would be more than ecstatic if anybody wants to play along with me btw.
I told my mom I quit my job today.
Things are going to be okay. They're going to be better than okay. Im okay...
I Am Legend
Ohhhhh, holy crap on a buscuit. This looks DAMN good. Good, good, GOOD!
Is it sad that the only reason I might not want to see this though is because its painfully obvious his dog is gunna die?
...By the way, I cracked and quit my job today. *sigh*
1. Your Middle Name: Jessica
2. Age: 21
3. Single or Taken: single
4. Favorite Movie: Memoirs of a Geisha, Freedom Writers, Resident Evil
5. Favorite Song or Album: Requiem for a Dream by Clint Mansell and the Chronos Quartet and then Ghost Love Score, and Crimson Tide Deep Blue Sea by Nightwish are songs I seem to go back and listen to much more than any other when I need a fix.
6. Favorite Band/Artist: Nightwish, Three Days Grace, Within Temptation, and Hanson
7. Dirty or Clean: depends...house- clean, sex- dirty
8. Tattoos and/or Piercings: yes
9. Do we know each other outside of LJ? -irrelevant! s'what I get for starting a copy/paste without reading the damn thing all the way through first...
10. What's your philosophy on life? I dont have one. Just lots and lots of complaints about the world
11. Is the bottle half-full or half-empty? half full
12. Would you keep a secret from a friend if you thought it was in my best interest? yes
13. What is your favorite memory of you and a friend? recently? making Sakhmet laugh while humping her car seat on the way to IL
14. What is your favorite guilty pleasure? eating warm cookies while curled up on the couch with a blanket watching TV with all my essentials like my phone so I wont have to get up for several hours
15. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you: If you tickle me, i'll laugh..its an automatic reaction, but i'll punch you until you bleed the first moment I have the chance. I hate being tickled. Nobody believes me because I laugh, but I will kick. your. ass if you do...mainly because im ticklish everywhere.
16. You can have three wishes (for yourself, so forget all the 'world peace etc' malarkey) - what are they? I want a son or daughter all my own, i want a steady income without having to work, and I want all my mom and I's problems resolved....debt, illness, car trouble...the whole nine yards so we can be friends again before she dies.
17. Can we get together and bake a cake? Another slightly irrelevant question. If I had any friends to bake with, I would LOVE to. My closest friend however is hundreds of miles away past the state lines =D
18. Which country is your spiritual home? Japan...and no its not because Im some wapanese animoo otakuchanchan. Screw the cartoons, Japan just fascinates me.
19. What is your big weakness? hate, loneliness, dissaproval and negativity
20. Do you think I'm a good person? more irrelevance! I think my friends are increddible, amazing, smart people who I look up to and have quite a lot of respect for
21. What was your best/favorite subject at school? <s>lunch</s> Art was always the top of my list..but as for 'real' classes...Reading, and English were always the classes where I could escape the rest of the student body and be happy
22. Describe your accent: ......Did you know that some people dont even realize that they have an accent? Its just magically every OTHER region in the entire world beside their own that talks funny....I dont KNOW what my accent sounds like. I could tell you what a MICHIGAN accent sounds like because Sakhmet is my social guinea pig...But as for me? Iunno.
23. If you could change anything about me, would you? meh. irrelevance again. all the people I know these days are allergic to human contact. no hugs, no kisses, no friendly snuggles or anything. I cant understand that sort of thing no matter how hard I try so...i'd change that I suppose.
24. What do you wear to sleep? Not much =D
25. Trousers or skirts? pants
26. Cigarettes or alcohol? ...neither. but if I HAD to choose...cigarettes.
27. If you only had one day to live, what would we do together? irrelevant wording, yet again. perhaps I shouldve chosen one specifically MADE for strangers to fill out...Oh well..I'd choose to travel...To get in a car and just drive until I keel over dead.
So yeah...I actually put some thought into this. Somebody else take it and do it now so I can read it?
Here's another one:
Respond to this post and I will pick 7 interests from your interest list for you to post an explanation of how and why they got into your interests list.
Oh my god. If anything could EVER be more...entertaining then what just happened, I dont know what it would be.
There's a busted water pipe out front, so they've been turning the water on and off all day. I just flushed my toilet and a SPRAY, not a trickle, or an overflow...but a SPRAY of water BLEW the top off my toilet, soaked the floor, the ceiling, soaked the whole damn bathroom..and I went running outside with my half finished costume on (which consists of bright blue plaid pajamas, pigtails with cutesy lace ribbons in my hair, and stitches drawn around my neck and flipped out at the workers going "OMGWHATTHEFUCK! WHATSHAPPENING?? IGNORE THE COSTUME HELPHELPHELP!"
Now that its stopped and the bathroom is dripping with leftover water, im hysterical..that must've looked so STUPID! ahaha!