Losing My Last Name

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in The Hooray Collective, Weddings & Special Events | 1 comment

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In 23 days I am getting married.

The next time you hear from me, I will go by a different name. While my first and middle name will remain the same, my last name will have changed. I’ll have a new driver’s license (with brown hair, not blonde like my current license) and a new last name. Once I become Mrs. O, I’ll now fall in the middle of the alphabet, and I’ll have to listen for a new name to be called when I pick up prescriptions.

And I consider this a very beautiful thing.

I’m looking forward to sharing a last name with the man I love. I look forward to sharing my step-son’s last name with him as well.

But yet…

I’ll miss my last name.

I’ll miss the connection it gives me to my parents and my brothers and my nieces and nephews. I’ll miss the connection it gives me to my grandmother and grandfather who are no longer with us. I recognize myself as Miss C. Soon, I won’t be her any longer.

I’ve always wanted to change my last name when I got married so that I’d share a name with my husband. So this was an easy decision for me. I just didn’t expect to feel so nostalgic about my current last name. I toyed with keeping it as a middle name, but what would I do with my current middle name? In the end, I chose to just switch last names, and say goodbye to my maiden name.

I can’t be the only person who has experienced this nostalgia before. How did you all feel when you changed your name?

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Currently In July

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Reading: The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

Listening: to the mix CD our wedding DJ gave to us after the reception.

Excited: to be traveling with my coworkers to North Conway, NH for work next week.

Watching: Netflix: Lost and Crimes of the Century. I finished season two of House of Cards, and as soon as we finish Lost, we can start season two of Orange is the New Black!

Wearing: Trying to wear items in my closet that go unworn often. If I don’t like it on, then it’s time to donate. So basically, I’m giving things one last chance.

Wishing: I could relive our entire wedding. It was such a happy, beautiful night.

Drinking: Coffee.

Loving: Our new couple’s journal, my new journal, and seeing pictures from the wedding. I also LOVE that it has been over two years now since my dad’s heart attack, and that he is healthy and happy.

Loathing: Unclean and unorganized places. Cluttered brain.

Admiring: the members of my literary community. I’m witnessing such incredible things lately. Contributors of Spry are doing big things in their personal career. Spry’s getting excellent submissions. I’ve gotten two essays published recently. Everything is just going really well in the lit world and I love it.

 

Check out: JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril, May, June

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Currently In June

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in Monthly Observations, Weddings & Special Events | 0 comments

Reading: Wedding cards and notes from the kind folk who attended our wedding yesterday.

Listening: to the mix CD our wedding DJ gave to us after the reception last night.

Excited: to be the new Mrs. O!

Watching: a PawSox game for Father’s Day.

Wearing: Oh, let’s just make this a completely wedding themed post! Yesterday I wore my wedding dress (yahooooo!) and today, Mr. O and I (and Wolverine) are wearing our matching “Just Married” tattoos!

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Wishing: I could relive our entire wedding. It was such a happy, beautiful night.

Drinking: Champagne. Getting ready to drink a lot of booze during my honeymoon.

Loving: How low stress and happy this month has been so far. I love that in just a couple days I will be in Aruba on my honeymoon.

Loathing: When it is less than 24 hours since you were pronounced husband and wife (and it also happens to be Father’s day!), how can you loath anything?

Admiring: my new husband, my new stepson, and all the wonderful people in our lives who came out to celebrate our marriage yesterday.

 

Check out: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMay

 

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Currently in May

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Monthly Observations | 0 comments

Reading: Blogs and social media feeds to learn about voice and trends in content writing.

Listening: My radio is filled with  commercials lately, so it feels like that’s all I’ve been listening to. Oh, and our wedding song on the radio. When we picked it last year, no one knew anything about it. Now the whole world loves it. Boo.

Excited: that my wedding is in less than a month. That also makes me incredibly nervous as well, but in the grand scheme of things, I think I am one of the most relaxed brides in the world. I never thought I’d be a relaxed bride. I mean, I didn’t think I’d be a bridezilla either, but I didn’t think I’d be so chill either.

Watching: Wolverine’s baseball games after work and on weekends and Lost before bed. Mr. O never watched Lost, so it is our new go-to show while we wait for Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels and Orange is the New Black to get back on Netflix.

Wearing: Flip flops

Wishing: I could relive our bachelor/bachelorette party again. It was so much fun. I was so worried about being an old tired lady, but we stayed up so late and had so much fun with our friends. It was such a great time.

Drinking: A few throwback drinks from my college days-Malibu and pineapple and rum and diet coke. Mr. O also makes a mean margarita. But mostly, all I really drink is water during the day.

Loving: My preview photo my photographer shared online from our engagement shoot. I can’t wait to see the rest of them.

Loathing: Not sleeping through the night. I’ve either been tossing and turning or sleeping with an active brain, and I don’t like that. I really love to rest, so not sleeping well messes me all up.

Admiring: My friends and family. I’ve got really great people in my life.

 

Check out: January, February, March, April

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Bridal Shower Reflections

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Super Fantastic, Uncategorized, Weddings & Special Events | 0 comments

First, Happy Cinco De Mayo! Enjoy a margarita with good tequila today.

 

Next, let’s talk about my bridal shower! Seeing as it has been one month today since I was showered with kindness from friends and family, it is as good a time as any to talk about how much I enjoyed my shower.

My shower was thrown by my mom and Mr. O’s mom, with the help of my incredible bridesmaids.
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This is is my lovely wedding party. My two maids-of-honor are the most far-right ladies, and the other five (four in real life and one in picture form) are my bridesmaids.

I’ll be honest, I was pretty nervous about this bridal shower. While I love giving gifts, and truly enjoy receiving gifts, something about being the gift-getter just makes me real nervous. I always feel so awkward opening gifts in front of people, and I just just really worried about it all. It isn’t that I’m not appreciative in any way, I just get nervous.

Plus, after being a bridesmaid a billion times, I’ve been to my fair share of bridal showers (and many more baby showers too). No matter what, they’re pretty boring for the guests, and since I worry about everyone else so much, I was so worried about my guests being bored.

But everything turned out so perfect. The centerpieces were beautiful! The cupcakes (in a form of a dress) were so yummy. The brunch was excellent.The games were fun (and funny) and actually went by so quickly. There were so many gifts, and I opened them quickly, and actually had fun doing so. (Does this mean I no longer have a fear of opening gifts in front of people? Because if that is true, everybody buy me presents!) Honestly, it was perfect.

I’m so grateful for my bridesmaids and my moms for throwing me this lovely party. It went by so fast, and I’d do it all over again if I could.

 

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May 2014 Goals

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Goals, Weddings & Special Events | 0 comments

20140502-164336.jpgThis month, I hope to accomplish many things, but really, they all fall under the same goal:

Finish EVERYTHING that needs to be done before the wedding in May. Leave nothing for June.

The only exception to this goal is my wedding flowers, which I’ll be doing myself (with one of my bridesmaid’s assistance), because, well, obviously you can’t do flowers six weeks in advance or they will wilt and die and smell.

I’ll be sure to do a follow-up post to go over the list of items I’d like to accomplish, but until then, it is definitely time to get to work.

 

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April 2014 Goal Update

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Goals | 1 comment

Well, I started the month with what felt like four manageable, yet slightly reaching goals. Remember this:

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Well, friends, here is my honest progress report.

 

  • “Walk 30 miles. Lofty goal? (I hope not) But I already walked one today, so I only have 29 left to go.”
    Well. I hate to disappoint you, but I didn’t meet the goal. Whomp, whomp. I did pretty good though, in that I walked 12 treadmill miles in April. For someone who walked 2.5 miles in March, zero in February, and 7 in January, I think the 13 in April is quite successful.

 

  • Work on some professional goals.

I did wonderful with this goal. I just can’t really speak on the changes quite yet. If we are friends on Facebook, then I’m sure you   know what is happening, but if not, it will hopefully be revealed here in the very near future.

Actually, I should continue. I know exactly what I had in mind when I wrote this goal on 4/1/14 (the secret above), but I’ve also done some great things with other professional goals too. Spry has just launched the fourth issue. We’ve published some incredible writers and poets and I do hope you’ll check it out. I’ve also done some interviews for Spry and also scheduled a mini-series which will be published between issues. I really rocked it professionally this month.

  • Write 35 more small stories/essays.

Nothing happened here. I think a lot of the reason I didn’t get to any of my own writing was that I was hyper-focused on the writing of everyone else (as the editing and publication period for Spry was this month). I did start writing some ideas to work on, but nothing has stuck quite yet.

  • Spring clean my entire apartment (and trash or donate what I do not need)

Again, another laughable effort here. My apartment is quite clean, like always, but I didn’t get a chance to power clean. Honestly, I don’t think that this will happen until after the honeymoon, so it looks like this will turn into summer cleaning!

Stay tuned tomorrow for May’s goals!

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Posture and Pudge

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Uncategorized, Wellness | 4 comments

I never realized until the past year how bad my posture is. At work, I hover over my desk. While standing, I slouch or lean.

My poor core is so under-appreciated and not strong. When I started yoga last summer (which was apparently a summer activity seeing as I haven’t done any yoga in months), I was shocked to see how much I needed a solid core, and how weak mine was. I have a small frame, yet because of the way I stand (aka slouch), my poor little tummy sticks out. I mean, like I look like a chubster, which is all fine and dandy until someone asks you if you’re pregnant…and your not. Thank you very much.

I’ve needed to lose some belly pudge for a while, but this post really isn’t about that. It’s about the fact that in the year I’ve been semi-consistently working out, I’ve realized how important my core is to my physical strength and to my well-being, and my core isn’t where it needs to be. I want to be healthy, and I want my back to be straight and not hunched as I “grow up.”

I’ve been looking for (easy) workouts that I can do to strengthen these areas. I’d love to hear some ideas if you guys have any!

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