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Saturday, March 01, 2003

Sara: Underwear! I have underwear!

My petticoat is almost done; there's just a bit of handwork to do on the waistband. So, with that and the corset, my underpinnings are complete. Brothel theme wedding, here I come.

I have friends who will feed me Chinese food, keep me on a steady Diet Coke buzz, AND let me completely trash their living room in a sewing frenzy. Life is good.

Ryan's carpet is full of sage green threads.
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Friday, February 28, 2003

Sara: Anti-freakout

I have the best Matron of Horror ever.

Apparently, it's in her job description to send me emails in which every other sentence is, "It Will Be Fine," as soon as I start freaking out. She also set me up with some of my favorite Girl Scout cookies this week.

Breathe. Breathe.

So, the readings. Basically, we just need to sit down and pick the ones we want from this list. I think we should read one of them every day, and then decide. Off the top of my head, I'm leaning towards that passage from John for the Gospel, because it's one of my favorites. (Bible Gateway makes this much easier)

Genesis 1:26-28 (Male and female he created them)
Genesis 2:4-9, 15-24 (A man cleaves to his wife and they become one
Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7 (Many waters cannot quench love)
Tobit 8:5b-8 (_New English Bible_) (That she and I may grow old
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (Love is patient and kind)
Ephesians 3:14-19 (The Father from whom ever family is named)
Ephesians 5:1-2, 21-33 (Walk in love, as Christ loved us)
Colossians 3:12-17 (Love which binds everything together in harmony)
1 John 4:7-16 (Let us love one another for love is of God)

Between the Readings, a Psalm, hymn, or anthem may be sing or said.
Appropriate Psalms are 67, 127, and 128.

Matthew 5:1-10 (The Beatitudes)
Matthew 5:13-16 (You are the light...Let your light so shine)
Matthew 7:21,24-29 (Like a wise man who built his house upon the rock)
Mark 10:6-9,13-16 (They are no longer two but one)
John 15:9-12 (Love one another as I have loved you)

Ryan and I are having a sewing bee tonight, to work on the skirt and petticoat. Those aren't very complicated, and getting them finished will make me feel a lot better, so I'm going to crank on them this weekend.

Given the vast difficulty of finding a non-hoochie formal dress for the 12-year-old, I'm trying to come up with another strategy. Like a normal dress. Talbots has some pretty dresses in girls sizes, but I don't know where else to look. Where does one shop for girls, anyway?

I have a makeover appointment at Sephora next Friday.

I realized the address list isn't all that bad; most of the addresses are in one church directory or another. I just have to pull together the non-church ones.

Ryan is taking over the General's role in the food planning.

There are still some things up in the air, but I do feel a bit less like screaming now.
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Thursday, February 27, 2003

Sara: It's not a beautiful day in the neighborhood. It's just not.

How good can a day be that starts out with the news that Mr. Rogers is gone?
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Sara: Nothing says love like jackalopes

Well, this certainly solves that what-to-buy-the-attendants problem. Nothing says love like a pair of jackalopes, frozen together forever in a moment of nuzzling affection. Add a little brass plaque engraved with your names and wedding date, and you've got a stylish gift your friends will love. Nothing says "hey, thanks for wearing that teal satin brothel dress" like fine taxidermy.

It would, of course, also make a lovely gift for your favorite newlyweds who have everything. They don't really want that Calphalon and Waterford they registered for. They're dreaming of dead rabbits with antlers super-glued to their heads. Trust me.
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Sara: The bride freaks out

I was driving back from an errand this afternoon and started to have a Major Freakout (buy expansion kits and make SUPER Freakout!). I have 9 weeks left. My dress isn't finished. I don't know what readings we're using, or what the programs are going to look like. We don't have Dennis' ring. Dennis doesn't have a suit. The food situation is still disorganized and I have to get into a leadership groove on that. My niece the jr. bridesmaid doesn't have a dress. Ryan is, as of right now, going to be topless at the wedding, because we haven't been able to go shopping for that. I have to buy makeup, and I know nothing about makeup. The invitations have to go out soon and my address list is pathetically under-finished. I completely missed February. Nothing got done in February. Lent starts next week. The wedding is two weeks after Easter. I just want to cry.

Holy fucking shit.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Sara: Ring! Ring!

My ebay wedding band arrived today:

It's not a good fit with my engagement ring, though. I think I may wear this by itself, and move the other ring somewhere else. I will also continue looking, though; I know I could get my money back by relisting this on ebay, since it was only $53. Ryan and I are going to a big antique/thrift show this weekend, so I could get lucky.

Is it just wrong that I'm not all that into the ring-as-physical-symbol? If something were to happen to my wedding ring, it just wouldn't be a crisis. It would certainly suck, since I would then be faced with having to replace it, but I don't think the exact piece of metal has any special magical significance. I want to have something on the relevant finger, but beyond that, I'm really flexible.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Sara: The favor of a reply is requested

I didn't order response cards with little envelopes to match my invitations. I'm making postcards instead, using this image printed in black and white:

I do kind of miss the little envelopes, but these will be fun.

I'm not using silver cord to tie the invitations together. I found lime green eyelets, and am using those instead. I really like the look of it, although we'll see if I'm still enthusiastic after invitation number 95. They're a bit of a pain to set correctly. I'm not sure that I expected this invitation project to involve a hammer.
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Sunday, February 23, 2003

Sara: Headpiece Part Two

And, because weddings are all about tradition, here is Dennis modeling my new headpiece, and my necklace:

closeup of the comb:

Dennis was in the middle of making us our Sunday dinner when I dragged him away from the kitchen and asked him to put this on. He is a very good sport. This is a valuable trait for anyone who lives with Sara.

I like this comb a lot better than the tiara. Which is good since I ended up dismantling the tiara to get the crystals back. I used freshwater pearls, and a few glass pearls, for this version, along with chrysolite, clear, olivine and green tourmaline Swarovski crystals and chips of peridot. It's built on a gold comb and uses gold-colored wire. I switched from copper because of the gold necklace. The pearls that look sort of blue in the photo are actually more gray.

I'm going to wear my hair down, with the top pulled back and held by the comb, a dozen bobbypins, and airplane model glue. Wisps of it will still escape, because my hair Will Not Be Controlled. I'll do a test run soon, with the help of someone who actually has a clue about hair, and post a photo.
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