Ready or not

24 Mar

I’ve been trying to get ready for this wedding trip.  We leave in two days and there is still so much to do, but I have managed to check a few things off my list.

notify schools of vacation—Check.  I sent an e-mail to my girls’ elementary school principal explaining they would miss the last two days of this week for an out of town family wedding (by the way, this week happens to be half-days for my kids as well as the week before spring break), and this is the reply she sent:


Enjoy your vacation. Your children are both doing very well in school and missing these half days will unlikely have too much detriment to their education.
Thanks for letting us know. Enjoy the wedding.

Ms. Principal

Phew.  That’s a relief!  Oh.  Brother.

practice Rock Band—Check.  Although, I haven’t gotten in nearly as much practice as I would like.  Chuck’s extended family are all big Rock Banders, so we’re anticipating a good portion of our down time will be spent rocking.  One of the songs we like to play on Rock Band 2 that I actually hadn’t heard of before getting the game is Interpol’s PDA

Whenever I hear this song, I like to imagine Richard Butler singing.  Can’t you hear him singing it?  Maybe I’m high.

I sang in our RB session last night.  DynaGirl pointed out that the “tambourine” parts where I normally tap the microphone can also be done with your voice.  I tried it out, singing short bursts of ha, ha, ha, ha, ha in a pseudo-operatic voice.  That was actually pretty fun.  And funny.  (You kind of need to hear it, I think, to believe it.)  She dared me to do it while we’re in Utah.  She is so on!

get Mr. T’s hair cut—Check.  It’s so awesome having a sister nearby who just happens to be a hair dresser.  Mr. T always gets a pretty short cut.  Last night, while we were rocking, DynaGirl said, “Mr. T’s hair is so soft.”  Then, while feeling the back of his head, Mr. T said, “Yeah, I like stroking it.”  Then Chuck said, “I wouldn’t say that at school.”  To which, thankfully, he got a couple of blank stares.  I’m just glad no one felt the need to have a Michael Scott moment.

make wedding guest book—Check.  My sister-in-law asked me to make the guest book for their wedding.  I guess the latest trend is to have these kind of mini scrapbooks with pictures and everything.  The guests are just supposed to sign around the pics like an autograph book rather than the lined pages of a traditional guest book.  Again, it’s so awesome having a sister nearby who not only cuts hair, but also has her own scrapbooking business.  She helped me with this.  A lot.  While we were putting together one page, she thought it would be cool to add an accent charm to the layout.  She was looking through her supplies for one that said love, but could only find sweet, cherish and create.  Then she suggested we use the create charm and write in “pro”.  We settled on cherish.  I’m already giving them a Snuggie.  I don’t think they need any more encouragement than that.

lingerie party gift—Check.  The Snuggie has been purchased.  They only had it in royal blue, but blue just happens to be one of her wedding colors so I’m thinking it will be perfect.  The box it comes in is extremely informative, showing all different situations in which one might wear a Snuggie: watching TV (with hands free to operate the remote), studying on your bed (with hands free to take notes and turn the pages of your book), working on your laptop (with hands free to type), knitting (with hands free to knit), roasting marshmallows (with hands free to hold your roasting sticks), attending a sporting event (with hands free to cheer on your team or give the ref a piece of your mind), riding in an airplane (with hands free to secure the oxygen mask should the plane experience a change in pressure).  The possibilities are endless.  How do we not all have one of these already?  And I’m thinking this “hands free” feature works perfectly with the theme of the party.  I was thinking about enhancing the box a little—maybe customize it for the occasion.  Any thoughts?

Still to do:

find an outfit for the wedding—The invitation says “Sunday best”.  My Sunday best is a denim or khaki skirt and a nice t-shirt or sweater.  Not exactly wedding attire.  I have no idea what I’m going to wear.  Any suggestions for a noon wedding in March in Utah?  It’s still cold in Utah, isn’t it?

pack—I hate this part.

clean the house—I hate this part more.

Well, I better get crackin’.  I hope to be back tomorrow for one last post before I go, and then I won’t be seeing you until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.  See ya suckahs!


P.S.  I’m calling Janelle the winner of my special friend epitaph contest.  It was the Breasts’ Friends Forever that cinched it for me.  Janelle, e-mail me your address and I’ll send out your prize, a Gullah Gourmet Beadah Lickin’ Brownie Mix.  (The official Gullah Gourmet site is down at the moment, but this link will give you an idea. My husband picks up a few of these kinds of mixes every time he goes to Charleston on business.  De-lish.)


16 Responses to “Ready or not”

  1. cheryl March 24, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    It’s very cold right now. Last week we had about 73 degree weather all week and then on Sunday? BAM! Cold front moved in. It’s been 37 degrees and below since then. However, we are in Utah, so by the end of this week? It could totally be 70 degrees again. Who knows? Please, please, please bring the 70 degree weather with you! I need me some warmth again.

  2. Julie March 24, 2009 at 10:29 am #

    I think it’s supposed to be nice again by the middle of the week.

    Pro-create. Awesome. That’s a memory for sure!

  3. Janelle March 24, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    What a great way to start my google reading day! I love winning and brownies so this is quite a dynamic duo for me.

    Two days ago I saw a sticker on the back of a minivan that said, “Got Twins?” and that almost made me log back onto your blog to submit another epitaph entry.

  4. tawnya March 24, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    That’s TOTALLY what she said…

    My two year old just asked to wear his new “rockband” tshirt…just like rockband at home. Hmmmm. I’m not sure whether to be proud or worried.

    Did you see the Today show where they were all in Snuggies? Priceless. Oh, and “roasting marshmallows”?! Yeah, that’s not hazardous! I have TONS of thoughts about the box, but, well…see Michael Scott above.

    You could check out Downeast once you get to Utah. Cute, cheap dresses. And, yeah. It’s a little chilly still.

  5. shazza March 24, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    So. many. comments. But don’t want to take up your packing time by making you read them, so I’ll just say that PDA is one of our Rockband favorites, and I can see where you’re coming from with the Psych Furs, but I’ve always thought Interpol sounded like Kitchens of Distinction.

  6. madhousewife March 24, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    Now you’ve made me want a Snuggie.

    Have fun!

  7. bythelbs March 24, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    Cheryl—If only we had 70 degree weather to bring!

    Julie—Yes, procreate. There must be some procreate wedding cards in an LDS bookstore somewhere.

    Janelle—You deserved the win. Congrats to you! Got twins? Heh heh.

    Tawnya—I know, I know. Be proud (of the 2 year old RB fan)! I missed that Today show. Dang! I wish I was going to be in UT early enough to shop first. Oh well, another time.

    Shaz—OK, Kitchens of Distinction sounds very familiar, but I can’t quite place them. I’ll have to look them up on youtube. And I totally would have taken the time to read your comments.

    Mad—You do have a birthday in a couple of months. I’ll be sure to keep that in mind.

  8. shazza March 24, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    How ’bout I make it my Friday Flashback for next week? I love them!

    And here’s a rockband moment for you…We were playing RB last night after FHE (as is our weekly habit) and after awhile, I stopped playing and hopped on the treadmill. Then, hubby took Sage upstairs to start getting her into bed, but the boys were still playing, one on microphone and one on drums. They wanted me to get off the treadmill and play guitar, but I would not be swayed. Finally they hand me the guitar ON the treadmill, so I played and walked at the same time. And did quite well, I might add. A proud moment in multi-tasking history…

  9. bythelbs March 24, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    Now that’s impressive!

    I looked up KOD on youtube and I recognize “Drive That Fast” and “Quick as Rainbows” from my college days. That’s around the time I discovered groups like Prefab Sprout.

  10. Patience March 24, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    I love how self-styled educators are unaware that learning can happen anywhere but in a classroom. Travel always trumps class time as educational, IMO.

  11. boquinha March 24, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    The note from the school and your “hands free” comment? Awesome. How have they not added that picture to their informative box?

  12. Alison Wonderland March 25, 2009 at 1:49 am #

    Well if I had known the prize was going to be brownies I would have put a little more effort into it. Geez!

    I’m so glad to hear the you’re fitting RB practice into your busy schedule. It’s good to prioritize.

  13. Susan M March 25, 2009 at 7:10 am #

    Hello? Interpol sound exactly like Joy Divison, people! Geeze Louise.

    But I’m always happy to see the Psychedelic Furs mentioned anywhere, anytime.

  14. bythelbs March 25, 2009 at 7:18 am #

    I did think of you, Alison, with the brownie thing. That’ll teach you to ignore my requests.

    Susan, you’re right! But I’d still like to hear Richard Butler sing PDA.

  15. Janelle March 26, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    For some reason I just keep thinking up epitaphs.

    Here lies

    The twins.

    They were bosom buddies.

    Sorry I just can’t get enough. Maybe I’m still irked that Guantanabros beat out Gitmos. Bah!

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