Friday, August 22, 2008

Yes, I'm Still Alive!

I've been a bad blogger lately ~ sorry about that. Lately I've been buried in wedding details. Boring for you all I know, but it's my life right now. I've been working on making the invitations and my old HP printer was giving me tons of flack. Yesterday there were lots of expletives flying through the house as I tried to print the address on the envelopes which are slightly too wide for my printer tray. {Thanks Paper Source for creating an envelope incompatible to computer printers.} After switching the orientation and fiddling with the margins, etc., the printer decided that it was not going to feed the envelopes through the rollers and so I had to take a break and call a friend just to "vent." It was either that or pour myself a stiff drink and since it was only 9:00 a.m. and I had lots to accomplish, I didn't think that would be a very good idea. I'm sure my friend was thrilled to listen to me tell my tale of woe, but I felt much better afterwards and was ready to try to tackle the beast again.

This time I switched to my daughter's Epson printer, which feeds the paper in a different way. But first I had to rummage around to find the printer driver disc to install on my computer which I feared would blow up since I already have so much loaded onto it. Another entry on my endless "to-do" list is transferring all my photos onto an external hard drive before I lose all of them. Well, to make a long story short, after more fiddling and playing with the positioning of the text I finally was successful at getting the envelopes printed out. Whew! Check that item off the list.

My daughter and I went to the seamstress to have two bridesmaid dresses altered. To add to the craziness of these pre-wedding weeks, she is standing up to two friend's weddings. So everything she has to do is tripled between fittings, showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, etc., etc. Anyway, the two dresses came in and were about 5 sizes too big for my daughter....who takes these measurements anyway? I couldn't believe after the outrageous cost of these dresses that they can't make them closer to the girl's sizes. But then I had a friend tell me that these dress shops purposely order the dresses larger, telling the girls that they might gain a few pounds before the wedding, just so they can sock them with an additional expense of alterations. What a racket!! We fooled them though and took her dresses to a seamstress who does alterations as a side business. It still is very expensive, but I'd rather support a local craftswoman than a corporation who is trying to rip us off. Besides, if they can't measure correctly in the first place what makes me think that they could alter the dress correctly? It was amazing to watch this seamstress do her thing on the two dresses. She was quick with her pinning and even with all those pins sticking out, the dresses looked 1000 times better being fitted properly.

Ok, I'd say that is enough ranting and raving for me this time. You don't need {or want} to listen to all my trials and tribulations of being the mother of the bride. Afterall there will be plenty more to rant about when I go shopping for my dress {ugh!} and as it gets closer to the BIG DAY and I start evolving into "Mother-of-the-bride-zilla!"

Have a great weekend everyone!


paige said...

oh what fun...i know you are overwhelmed & crazy busy, but what a treasured time!
best wishes

Mercedes said...

As Paige says, enjoy this busy days and you always remember with love, sure. I remember how busy was my mother sewing my bride dress just at last minute !! Maybe when you have time would be great to do some of this nice journals you do with some pages of those days and how you feel just before the wedding.

Lori said...

Jeanne, in spite of the aggravations, what an exciting time for you and your daughter:) i hope everything is smooth sailing from here on out...thanks so much for popping over to visit me, it was very nice to see you there!!!

Jeanne said...

What a lovely idea Mercedes! I think I may take you up on your suggestion of starting a journal about these days leading up to the wedding.

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