D for Donna

hello, is it me you’re looking for?

I’m still alive, but barely. I’m sick and overly dramatic. I think this is the first time I’ve had the flu (or self-diagnosed myself with the flu) and thus have spent a ridiculous amount of time in bed either anxiously awaiting return emails from wedding vendors, or just thinking about stuff. Some things I’ve realized:

1. Weddings are expensive. No need to slap “DUH” across my forehead – I already have.

2. Finding a photographer for the wedding is like buying a house. We check them out online and if we like them enough, we contact them for further info. We set up a meeting, it goes well, we shake hands and say “we’ll be in touch.” Some don’t turn out as you’d hope, and some leave us swooning yet wondering if they’re worth the investment. We have other options and try to pursue them too. We sleep on it a little bit and the next thing you know, someone else has already jumped the gun and booked the one we wanted. With all things considered, I tell myself that everything happens for a reason.

3. My extracurricular crafting hobbies have been all over the place. At one point, I thought I was going to be a baker. Cupcake maker extraordinaire (sike). I thought I could teach myself the DSLR and be a photographer, taking photos of happy babies and lovely couples. I thought I could build websites and design graphics for a living. I thought my screenprinting thing would be the thing… then the letterpress thing came along… oh and the Etsy thing. I have a lot of things but I can’t quite pinpoint one thing that I’m good at and that I won’t get bored with.

4. The holidays are here. Where the heck has time gone?! J & I are hosting Christmas this year – I’m either going all out Martha style or nothing at all (pray for me, because I can never just do nothing). All I ask for is prime rib and a nice glass of bubbly, plus lots of others’ kids to spoil and play with!

5. Chloe never sleeps outside of her crate. We put up a baby gate to close off the den for her, in hopes that we can one day leave her outside of her crate, but in an enclosed area, while we’re out of the house. So far she’s been doing well, and now and then I even hear her snore! Nothing can get by those ears of hers so every time I try to sneak up to get a peek of where she’s sleeping or what she’s doing, she catches me in the act.

6. Fruit flies have taken over my house. I can’t find a solution for the life of me.

7. That sympathy cupcake I got for myself today was damn good. The chicken pho I had before that, however, was not.

8. It’s a 3 day weekend for both the fiance and I! I hope I’m not still sick by then. We need to watch Wreck-it Ralph and I would surely get popcorn thrown at me for this ugly cough I’m sporting!

9. I need to stop blaming work for my own lack of gettin’ shit done. So.. I’mma get shit done.

And in conclusion, I need a big ol’ serving of motivation.

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4 thoughts on “hello, is it me you’re looking for?

  1. I’m still holding out hope that we will be able to come up for Christmas this year but gotta see how things are here first.

    Because, by all means, I am more than happy to lend you Keira to spoil!

    I know they aren’t local but have you checked out jac photography? They are based down here in Pasadena but I know the wife (she is a scrapbooker) and she shot my one year anniversary pictures. And, small world totally, they shot a wedding up north who happens to be Gina’s niece. I know because Spencer was the ring bearer!

  2. Hope you feel better.

    Have you looked into Visia Productions. They are based in Santa Clara. Great team and was reasonably priced when we booked them for our wedding back in July.

    As for fruit flies, Place a small amount of vinegar in a cup, cover with plastic wrap and rubberband tight. Poke a few small holes in the plastic and it should lure them in and not out. Empty outside and repeat as needed.

    Good luck!

  3. Go the sympathy cupcake! I’m so sorry to hear that you have the flu. It is the WORST. When we got it a few months ago, it totally wiped me out. And yes, wedding prep is hard work… so I’m really feeling for you Donna! Hope you have the chance to rest and recover a bit.
    Thinking of you,
    Ronnie xo

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