Saturday, October 31, 2009

Last Halloween in Canada!

Okay so the pressure is on to make this a great Halloween! I know when I was living in Chile for a year and a half, Halloween passed by without any of the hype or festivities I'm used to. I love Halloween. I love scary things and getting scared and dressing up and just about everything that involves Halloween. Growing up, Halloween was always my favorite holiday and every year I've celebrated it in some awesome way.

I know in Chile I really missed celebrating Halloween because most people are completely against it since it's a gringo holiday. I found it halarious how some people actually had "Anti-Halloween" parties on Halloween. I'm sorry, but isn't that celebrating it anyway? Whether it be a Halloween party or an anti-Halloween party? I had a long argument with one of my students, who happened to be attending an anti-Halloween party, about this phenomenon. At this particular party, my student told me they were even dressing up! But as excited as he was about the party, he vigorously refused to accept the fact that he and his friends were celebrating Halloween. Oh brother...

So anyway, I plan to take advantage of my last Halloween here in Canada. It's already off to a good start! At the university I'm part of an international student committee which puts on different events for all the exchange students at our school. These events are also aimed at Canadian students so that international and Canadian students can mix and get to experience different cultures etc. That was the goal of the program anyway, but over the years it has pretty much developed into a "campus events committee" and plans some of the best parties and events around. We have been planning a Halloween party since September and had the party on Friday. It was probably the most incredible Halloween party I have ever been to! The room was the size of an auditorium and about half of it was converted into a haunted house. This wasn't just any old flimsy haunted house, it was a huge maze filled with different scary rooms featuring different actors from the drama department who very effectively found different creative ways to scare people. It was amazing!

The whole hall was completely decorated and you felt like you'd just stepped into Tim Burton's Halloween. There were pumpkins everywhere, lanterns, coffins, spider webs, corn stalks, hanging dead men, and so much more! Our committee directors practically raided all the Walmart's and Dollar Stores and bought every single Halloween decoration in site. It was spectacular! I will post photos as soon as I get them. Of course I forgot my camera for the event so I had to rely on other people's pictures. The DJs were awesome, there were a ton of games, prizes, and dancing. There was even a mass attempt at the thriller dance led by a friend of mine. All in all, an incredible night. I've never felt as much Halloween spirit as I did at that party!

So today is actual Halloween day and believe it or not I'm still trying to find something to do! I guess most people have outgrown Halloween because most of my friends are working! Whatever the case, I am determined to do something, even if I have to dress up and go out in search of a Halloween party on my own! Okay, maybe I'm not that desperate...but i'm tempted!

Anyhow, I'm determined not to let next Halloween in Chile pass by uneventful! Just to warn you, I am going to throw an awesome Halloween costume party so everybody beware! When else in the year do you have such a great excuse to dress up and have a fun decorative party?! Just curious, is anyone celebrating Halloween abroad this year? I think we should have a group post on everyone's Halloween experience! What do you think? I would love to hear how some of you are celebrating Halloween in different countries! If at all.

Alright everyone, I'm off to finish some final studying of the day and then going in search of Halloween plans! Happy Halloween everyone!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I Hate Long Distance With a Serious Passion!!!

Arghghg! I could just scream! I'm so sick of this long distance! As you know, yesterday I was feeling a little blue. My sister helped cheer me up a lot and we went to rent a movie and just chill. We ended up picking "My Life in Ruins" which is just the type of movie to get anyone out of their crappy mood. The night was complete with popcorn, dark chocolate, and red wine, just the comfort food I needed. Cute movie by the way. And I just couldn't stop giggling every time anyone in the movie mentioned Poopy Kakaras he he. For those of you who haven't watched the movie, Poopy is the name of the amazingly gorgeous Greek god of a guy who falls in love with the main character (I forget her name). So if you're looking for a good movie to cheer you up, this one should do the trick!

So today I'm still feeling a little blue, though not as bad as last night...the night is always the worst. I'm sitting here at Starbucks (surprise surprise) and am determined to get some work done...although I was just too tempted to start out with a post. I talked with E this morning on Skype and it almost broke my heart. He was telling me how sad he was that we weren't together...what should be a very important and memorable time time in our lives (preparing for marriage, wedding planning, etc) is actually a hellish limbo where we're both forced to plan our wedding from a distance and are unable to enjoy the fun pre-wedding things that most couples get to enjoy. The weekends in Chile are a time when couples and families come together after a busy and stressful Santiago week and relax. He was telling me how he missed me so much and was reminded of how lonely he was whenever he attended the usual family lunches saw everyone else there with their partners enjoying life and just being together. He said everyone he knew got to spend their days with their significant others while he was forced to sit out and just observe all the happy couples. And it's so damn hard to do!

I know this is so hard for him, especially in a country where so much importance is placed on collectivism and relationships. He looked so heartbroken on Skype and so down that I almost broke down. This is so wrong...what am I doing here?! I hate school so much for keeping me here when I should be with my future husband, planning our lives, and living it! For the next hour we proceeded to vent about how lonely we were and how much we missed each other and how crushed we were to not have the chance to be more involved in pre-wedding life. So in honor of mi amor, I'm posting some pictures of us. Hang in there amor de mi vida!!!
To drown my sorrows, I decided to go for a run after Skyping with him, and I must say, It certainly helped lift my spirits...as running usually does. It is a beautiful sunny fall day today and unusually warm for this time of year. I went running along the river, my favorite spot, where I'm usually the only one around and all I can focus on is the beautiful trees turning all their gorgeous fall colors and the peaceful sound of the river flowing quietly through this town. I love it there. This particular day was breathtaking: the river was sparkling, the earth was matted with a million fallen brightly colored leaves, the smell was fresh and crisp, and for a while, I completely forgot all my sorrow. I tell you, if you ever want to feel better about something, go for a run!

So that leads us to now where I am sitting here posting away when I really should be studying. So I guess that's it for now. Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, October 23, 2009

In Limbo

I feel like I'm in limbo right now...and I hate it!

I know one day I'll look back and envy having all this freedom and time and university and all that jazz, but right now, all I want to do is get on the next plane to go to Chile.

I'm sitting here at Starbucks, a little depressed, trying to study...I just can't bring myself to do it! It's been like this for the past week now and I'm seriously hoping it doesn't get to the point where it starts affecting my grades. But I can't focus! If I had some kind of distraction it would help a lot but I don't have anything. Day after day, the only thing I do is go to and from school and Starbucks to study, or at least attempt to study.

I don't feel like I belong here. I took an extra year at university so all my friends graduated last year and have all left, as most people do. I have no family here besides my mom, dad, and sister. I always wished I had that big family that many of my friends have but my parents were born in Europe and immigrated here and so sometimes it can be so lonely. Unlike all other bloggers' posts I've read about missing home and missing family and friends, the only things I really miss about this place is my mom, dad, and sister. And of course I miss the beautiful Canadian scenery, but when it comes down to it, I don't feel I have a lot keeping me here. Which is why I'm getting more anxious by the second to just take off to Chile!

In the time I spent in Chile, I feel like I've adopted it as my home. Sometimes it feels more like my home than this place does. There I have a huge family and extended family because of E and a huge circle of friends. Here in Canada, I never really held on to any GOOD friends. I had two best friends but they both moved away a long time ago and distance took it's toll. My other two good friends are married with children already so it's kind of hard to call them up to go out or hang out. If we do hang out, it's usually with the kids. Another really good friend works with me but she lives out of town with her husband so she never really sticks around after work. So the result is that I usually spend my time alone, missing E and my Chilean family and friends like crazy, and just wanting to get on a plane and start my life in Chile already!

I know, I sound pathetic. It's not that I have a hard time making friends, I'm really outgoing and such a huge people person, I just can't seem to hang on to any good friends for long because people are always moving around. Plus, it doesn't help that all my holidays (aka, the time's I'm not stressed out of my mind with school) I spend in Chile so I don't get to have that stress free time to hang out with people. Don't you find that the older you get, the harder it is to make a good friend?

Man what a depressing post. How am I going to survive the rest of this year?! It kills me to think about it. There's still so much to get done! Arrghghgh!!! In Chile wedding plans are going on without me, celebrations, birthdays, parties, births, and marriages of special people are all going on without me. Heck, when E got back to Chile after proposing to me here in Canada, there were a ton of parties in which everyone celebrated our engagement...without me. Why oh why did I do an extra year in school!? Oh right...because I wanted to do an honors and minor in psychology to increase my chances of getting into grad school.

Okay enough complaining, I'm going to do my best to stay positive, keep my chin up, and try to enjoy my last 7 months here!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Too Many Good Things Are Happening!!!!

Believe me, I'm not complaining...but I can't help feeling a bit of anxiety related to the fact that so often, whenever so many good things start to happen, they all come to a crashing end with some big bad thing that just outdoes all those little good things. So I can't help feeling a little suspicious...

Anyway, I'm just going to ignore the pessimistic side of me for a second and take this moment to just be happy!!! That way, even if things don't turn out the way they're supposed to in the end, I can always go back to this post and remember my moment of happiness and contentness with the world :) But really, what ever does turn out the way you want it to in the end? I'll take comfort in the fact that no matter what happens, as long as E is with me, I'm happy.

I'm not going to reveal too much in this post yet but these are all the happy things that have recently taken place in my life:

  • E proposed!
  • I have been getting over 90% on every single exam/project/paper etc...so far this semester
  • I found my dream wedding dress
  • We found and booked our dream venue for the wedding
  • E made it to the final 3 out of thousands in the brutal interview process for an incredible job opportunity he is applying for!!! Let's just say that getting this job will secure E's professional career and thus financial future!
  • We're thinking of buying an apartment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! E just got approved for a big loan which we didn't even think he was capable of getting which means that we will be able to buy the amazing apartment we were hoping to buy! It is right in front of the metro (won't say which one) and in an incredible location! And we have two amazing families that are helping us out with the down payment!!!
I'm finally seeing my future with E more clearly and It's amazing to me that we are finally planning our lives together and making our dreams come true! It's even more amazing to me to see that we could actually make it in Chile! We both agreed that if we weren't able to live comfortably in Chile (ie: good health, and able to provide good education for our children) then we would eventually move to Canada. But things are looking good for life in Chile right now and I'm so excited to finally go there in June and start living! I'm sick of being a student!

Okay, so now that I've spilt my heart out, along with all my hopes and dreams in this post, within the next few days you'll either be getting a really depressing post from me or an even happier and excited one! Ouuuuu the suspense!!! Keep your fingers crossed!!!!!!!!

P.S. Today I'm modeling for the fashion show I talked about! Here's hoping I don't trip on my own dress and make a embarrassingly nasty tumble! If you're lucky, I might just get over my fear of disclosing too much personal information on the net and post pictures!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

First Group Post! First 5 Places I visited in Chile

After seeing Emily's suggestion for a group post, I jumped at the opportunity to participate for the first time! Groups posts are such a good idea! Whoever sees this post and wants to participate, feel free!

Okay, so...the first five places I went in Chile...Well...I'm going to modify this a little since my first time in Chile, the only chance I had to travel was when I was forced out of the country due to the threat of an expiring tourist visa. In that first year, E and I were so broke that we could barely afford the bus ride to his parents beach house. So my first travel experience turned out to be Mendoza! I actually didn't even get to see anything of Chile until my second trip where I finally got to know Vina and Valparaiso! Yes, it's hard to believe I let my first 4 month experience in Chile go by without having visited these two must see beach cities, or any other city besides Santiago for that matter.

It was a cold and gray Santiago day when an English pal and I made our way to the bus station with the common goal of doing the typical gringa run to Mendoza. We gringas do this in order to cross the border and renew our Chilean tourist visas which allow us to stay in Chile for another three months. Any border will do really...but Mendoza is the closest option and so many people opt for this version. Plus, Mendoza is all about wining and dining and full of fun things to do so it's actually a nice little weekend escape from the Santiago smog....or so you think...duh duh duuuhhhhhh.....(cue suspenseful music)...

So we made our way up and down the freakishly high and twisted roads that lead the way over the Andes and into Argentina. The weather can change drastically in the mountains from one second to the next. At one point I looked out the window to see relatively clear and pleasant surroundings but after coming back from the bathroom, it had become overcast and within 5 minutes had turned into a blizzard!

We made it to Mendoza safe and sound and spent a wonderful 2 days eating and drinking to our hearts content. Finally the time came to go back home so we packed up and were skipping along to the bus station only to discover that alas...the road linking Santiago to Mendoza was closed! It had been snowing up a storm in the mountains for the past two days (even though it was warm and sunny in Mendoza) and the roads were completely closed with no guarantee of when they would be open again. Bummer...not to worry! The happy plump little man at one of the kiosks said that this always happens in the winter and the roads usually open within a day or two max. So we thought, no biggie...that just means we get to eat and be merry in Mendoza for another day or two.

So off we trudged back to our hostel to sign up for another night. The next day we went back to the bus station for news on the roads only to discover that yes...the roads were still closed. Umm...no worries we thought...it's okay, they should be open later today. No luck. We checked back the next day...and the next...and the next...and the next...and no, the god damn blizzard was determined to keep us trapped in Mendoza and continued to keep our only way back to Santiago blocked off.

At this point all of our bosses were getting pissed off. A few other girls from the same institute we taught at were with us and so that poor institute was about 6 teachers short for that week. Thank god we still had our jobs when we got back...By now we all had a serious case of cabin fever since Mendoza started to feel more and more like a prison than a refuge. The weather sucked and the city turned into a ghost town...Every day we went to the bus station to check the latest status on the roads...then we tried to figure out how not to blow all our money on food and lodging for the rest of the week. We all started to get moody and everyone started needing their space and we started to get completely board and fed up with the same old routine. I swear if we had stayed one day longer than we did...we would have all killed each other! We looked at other options of getting home, like going down south and crossing the mountain passes there but the next two mountain passes were also closed and our only option was a mountain pass way down south which wasn't even guaranteed to be open so we decided to pass on that plan and stick it out.

Finally, it got to the point where we couldn't take it anymore. We were stuck in limbo, not knowing what to do or when we would get to go back. The little savings that us poor English teachers had was disappearing at an exponential rate. So, my English bud and I (the only one I managed to stay friends with after leaving Mendoza) decided it was time to look at flights. Of course to the Mendozians, blocked roads = prime opportunity to jack up flight prices for all those silly little gringas who were stupid enough to go to Mendoza in the dead of the winter and were now trapped and desperately looking for a way to get back to Santiago. Prices for a one way ticket to Santiago doubled from that of normal prices. It was way more expensive to fly from Mendoza to Santiago than from Buenos Aires to Sanitago for god's sake! But at that point, we were so willing to do whatever we could to get out that we paid the ridiculous price and booked the next flight out. It had been over a week of being stranded in Mendoza.

Our other friends decided to wait out the roads since they couldn't afford the flight (though neither could we...I guess we were just a little more desperate). The guys at the bus station said the same thing every day, "Oh the roads will be open tomorrow, no problem". They said that again the day we bought our tickets but we were so beyond believing them that we paid no attention. The next day, we left to the airport and were outta there! From that whole freak experience, the impression I had of Mendoza forever changed from that of a happy place, to one of an expensive prison hell. I still can't quite forgive it for what happened and can't get rid of this feeling of dread and claustrophobia every time I'm there. Weird I know...

We got back to Santiago, rejoicing at having made it and having outsmarted that damn storm. We thought we were so smart and pitied the poor souls who decided to stick it out back there, wasting more money with each day that went by, and not knowing when they would make it home again. But of course, Chile doesn't let gringas outsmart her and her sneaky ways and the SECOND....I swear...it was the SECOND we landed on Chilean soil, the news announced that the roads were now open and ready for operation. So in the end our friends had the last laugh and paid the cheap fair for a bus ride back to Santiago and arrived five hours later. Actually, they had their bus ride free since the bus company compensated them for their lost ticket.

Now, every time I'm forced to leave the country to renew my tourist visa...I plan my run to Mendoza waaay in advance and make sure the weather forecast is completely clear for the week. Though you still can't depend much on the weather forecast, I at least avoid traveling in the winter at all costs. What a great first traveling experience in Chile haha!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

First and foremost...just incase you were worried sick about me...no I did not get attacked by a cougar. I am still alive and well and have been running almost everyday now without any cougar sightings. I know it would have been much more exciting to have a cougar story to tell you, like that I battled and survived an attack by a monstrous puma, but no...nothing of the sort.

Instead I get to tell you about my wedding dress! (Yes I know...more wedding talk...oh boy). Anyway, today marks the day I officially bought my wedding dress. I know the wedding is still a year away but I am coming to Chile in June and ordering a dress takes 6 months and alterations take another month or two so I needed to start looking right away. Believe it or not, I ended up buying the first dress I tried on! After shopping all over the place, in various cities, my mind always wandered off back to the very first dress I tried on and I just couldn't get it out of my head. I knew it was the one I wanted the moment I saw it but I just wanted to be extra sure that I didn't like something else out there better. I didn't want to end up like those brides that buy one dress....then a few months later see another dress they like better and buy that one...and then buy a third dress down the road. I actually have a friend who is already on her third wedding dress!!!

So, after seeing it all, today I bought the dress. It's everything I wanted. I am not a big fan of sparkle and glitter and all that jazz. I much prefer a classic, elegant, and simple dress. But my two conditions for the dress are the following: lace and cascading ruffles, and that's exactly what my dress has. It's made of this really nice sheer type of lace that fits tight until just below the butt and then cascades out in these beautiful elegant ruffles. Don't worry...you'll get to see pictures after the wedding :)

Funny story...I was trying on wedding dresses a while back and the owner of the store asked me if I would model in their fashion show! I jumped at the opportunity to try on more wedding dresses and said that I would love to! So now I'm in a bridal fashion show next week. Once my mom heard she, along with all her friends, immediately went to buy tickets to the show because they all want to see me in a wedding dress (since many of them won't get to come to the wedding). It's actually a really nice event and includes dinner and everything so I'm excited! But a little nervous...I'll let you know how it goes!

Also, let me just take a moment to say, CHI CHI CHI!!!! LE LE LE!!! VIVA CHILEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On October 10th, Chlie came out victorious in a soccer match against Colombia (4 - 2) and secured a seat in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa!!! Congradulations to you Chile and all the gringos who temporarily adopted Chile as their own!!! GOING TO THE WORLD CUP BABY!!!! YEAH!!!! Now I'll actually be motivated to watch the world cup and have something to talk about at parties of 2010 when the only topic of conversation will be futbal. Did anyone go to Plaza Italia? I've always wanted to go there after a national victory of some kind. The atmosphere must be euphoric!

And with that I'm off to class!

Until next post!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Ha! Told You So!!!

I recently crossed paths with a friend I haven't seen in a long time because he left the country to study abroad. We got to talking and and when I told him about my engagement to E, he looked at me shocked and said, "What?! You're still with that guy?!".

Let me take a step back. In the beginning of my relationship with E, I got all sorts of responses and advice from people with regards to a long distance relationships. There were those who were extremely supportive, there were those who plastered on a fake smile and patted my head giving me the "Whatever you say.." type look, and then there were those who were downright negative telling me that "Long distance relationships are doomed to failure...". Oh how I would argue with these people! I spent many long hours debating and fighting with other people about my relationship with E.

I understand that some of the negativity came from a good place, such as those who were trying to protect me from getting hurt and those that thought they were just being realistic and didn't want me to get ahead of myself. I tried to explain to those people that E and I were different. There are in fact many long distance relationships that don't work out and probably only the top 5% lead to success but I don't think that distance is a reason not to pursue a relationship in the first place. I mean, if you're not that into the guy (or girl) and you can't see yourself with him in the future, then no, maybe long distance isn't the best option. But even if my relationship with E hadn't had worked out, I would never take it back (regardless of the thousands of dollars we spent on plane tickets and various other opportunities we gave up for the sake of seeing each other).

I have never learned as much about relationships than in the one I have with E...We learned how to communicate better than anyone else I've ever been with. Though sometimes I want to take a baseball bat to my computer, Skype has forced us to talk through things without the benefit body language and physical presence. This is much harder to do and when you have a problem, you're forced to talk it through instead of put on a pout and give the silent treatment. When you see each other every day, sometimes you don't get the chance to spend hours just talking about life and really getting to know each other. Since in the beginning, all we had was Skype, we would spend hours, and even all day (in the beginning honeymoon phase), talking on Skype about every subject under the sun. I'm not saying that I would ever want a relationship to be based on Skype for a long period of time, but in the beginning, it really helped us communicate and learn about each other in a very intense way.

With long distance, you're much more committed from the beginning. You had better be. If you're spending thousands of dollars and precious time going to see a guy you're "not really sure about"...well, that might not be the greatest idea. E and I only dated for five weeks but we had this feeling that we were right for each other and couldn't let each other go. We stuck it out because we knew that one day we would be together permanently and this feeling was only confirmed every time we saw each other again. Some people aren't ready to commit yet, and that's fine, some people just haven't met the right person either. But I really think that once you meet that special person you might call "soulmate", you're capable of doing anything to be with them.

So, I would just like to take this moment to say to all those people currently in long distance relationships, "You can do it! Long distance can work!" And to all those who are against long distance relationship and who so doubted mine...."I TOLD YOU SO!!!"

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Attack of the Cougars!

Hello there. Yes I've been gone for a while. I'm sure you're all familiar with the concept of school and how brutal it can be. Right now I've escaped the university only to flee to Starbucks to study for my fourth midterm of the day...yes that's right, you read correctly...FOUR!!! I mean, I've had two or three midterms in a day before but four?! It makes me think it was a set up. So anyway, I've been busy studying away, trying to reach my goal of kicking my last year of school's butt before I escape to the South! Going good so far I must say. I got the results of my morning midterm back already (yes I know, this teacher is a saint...so organized and efficient) and I got a whopping 91%! So that kind of lifted my mood and gave me the second whim I so desperately needed to complete the remainder of my midterms. One more left...I can do it! I finally got so sick of studying that I just decided to stop because my head will explode if I read one more thing about "inferior colliculi" or "cerebellar penduncles". After this last exam I am going straight home and rewarding myself with the rest of my mom's delicious cheesecake sitting in the fridge (hopefully there's still some there!) and plopping myself on the couch for the rest of the evening.

Scary story...well not really, but chilling anyway: I was planning on going for a morning run tomorrow morning, and was asking if my sister wanted to come along when she gasped and said, "Lucie, didn't you hear?!?! There's been a ton of cougar sightings near our house in the past few mornings!". Our house is kind of on the outskirts of town and I tend to run in quiet areas by the river so this is not the kind of thing I am happy to hear. She said that just this morning two vicious cougars were seen fighting the next street over and that all the schools in the area are not letting their kids outdoors! Crazy! I haven't heard of something like this near my home in....ever! There have also been a bunch of cougar sightings in other parts of town too so it appears that we are now under attack by the local cougar population. It's weird, usually they keep to themselves and don't really come into town but every summer I've been hearing of more and more cougar attacks so hearing that they're suddenly appearing everywhere is quite freaky. They can be extremely vicious. And the worst part is that they're so damn sneaky and sly...you would never know one is following you until it attacks.

Haha, nothing like a creepy picture to stir up a little paranoia!


Sigh...it's things like this that make me miss Chile. Where else do you have such a wide variety of natural wonders at your front door where it is actually considered safe to venture out into without having to worry about getting attacked by wild animals. I love my country and think it's one of the most beautiful in the world but the problem is that you can't really take full advantage of this paradise due to the fact that there are a ton of things out there waiting to eat you wherever you go. Now maybe I'm a little bit paranoid but where I'm from, I can't tell you how many attacks by wild animals I've heard of in my lifetime. So naturally, I've gained a bit of a fearful respect for the wild and prefer to take extra precautions. For example, I won't go on a week long trek into the middle of the woods alone, or even with one other person. I would always go with at least three people on those types of excursions, as much as I love them.

I love the freedom that comes with hiking in Chile...you don't have to worry about a thing. Sometimes I still can't get used to actually feeling safe in the wild and when E and I are climbing a mountain, I catch myself still suspiciously glancing around and being overly aware of my surroundings while taking note of possible escape routes and things I could use as weapons. Well, that's what you get growing up in the wild Canadian back country! Apparently there ARE cougars in Chile in the very South, but I talked with E and a lot of other Chileans and nobody has ever heard of cougar attacks or been fearful of them. Maybe it's because the cougars in Chile live so far South that they have little contact with people. Whatever the case, I'm hoping they don't decide to migrate up North anytime soon because I am really enjoying the sense of security that comes with hiking in the Chilean back country!

Breaking news: E and I have finally reserved a wedding venue!!! All I can say is that it is absolutely perfect! To avoid potential creepers, I won't name it but I couldn't have imagined anything better! All I'm going to say is that it's surrounded by natural rustic beauty! Now we can relax and breathe a sigh of relief until it's time for me to go down and do some serious wedding planning. Another exciting development: E has an interview tomorrow for an AMAZING job at an INCREDIBLE company that would SERIOUSLY relieve us of our financial worries...especially with our wedding coming up so here's hoping he gets it!!! Of course there are like 10 steps to the selection process which will probably take a few months so It's kind of like jeopardy...you just have to keep hoping you make it to the next round!

This Friday I have an appointment to try on wedding dresses at a place out of town so that will be a fun day. It's going to be just my mom and I and we're super close and always have a ton of fun together so that will be great! You only get to try on wedding dresses at one point in your lifetime so I plan on making the most of it...even if I have to go out of town to try them on because I've already tried on every single one in this town!

Alright so that's all for now! During the time I've spent writing this post I've decided to be a brave little Canadian and go running tomorrow morning despite the cougar warnings. I'll just stick to the ugly busier type streets. Buuuu!