Category Archives: Planning

Now that We are a Few Weeks in

So here we are a few weeks into medical school and I think I am getting into a rhythm with Jess and her schedule.

Monday night through Friday afternoon I lead this dreary existence filled with molting rabbits, dirty dishes, and inadequate amounts of sunlight. Loneliness consumes me while I wade through another seemingly endless week. My zest for life dwindles until I happen upon the glorious appearance of Friday night. As I painstakingly navigate the nauseating curves and tremendous hills on the country roads I steadily grow more jubilant. With the knowledge of what trophy awaits me how could I not? Who wouldn’t be overjoyed by a weekend full of the love of their life?!

“Full” could be the incorrect term here. Maybe, “A weekend in the company of the woman who is too busy ‘becoming a doctor’ to play Call of Duty with me.” That’s better. šŸ™‚ In all honesty, it is interesting to see the degree that our relationship has changed. Essentially it has reverted to near identical way it was while I was in KC and she was studying for the MCAT. The convenience of weekends is a total blessing but the weeks are 15 minute talks here and there while she learns her life away. No real complaints here. Gives me time to focus on my goals.

One of which, before the ever increasing pressure from a certain unnamed fiance, was to get a Master’s degree (or Doctorate if she has her way). So I decided it was time to get my act together and after years of shoulda, woulda, coulda, I am taking the GRE and GMAT. I won’t be able to start the Master’s in Public Health program I found until at least next summer, but I have the months between to work on my applications to business school. Yay for that one!

On to the wedding stuff! I have started scheduling cake tastings for the end of the month! How awesome is that? You go eat cake. Really think about this. Someone makes cake for you to eat and has to listen to why you do or do not think it is good enough to be a part of a day that you will remember the rest of your life. I don’t even like cake that much and I am excited for this.

I think the biggest things left on my list are a limo and videographer and I am looking forward to booking neither one of them. I accidentally told my wallet how much the couple quotes I got were and I swear it let out a whimper. Maybe I will just write a phone app that lets everyone video the wedding and compiles the videos… And suddenly a position opened for an app developer at a startup I am founding.

Oh and groomsmen. I need to add them to the list of things to get too. If you know of any upstanding gentleman who like a good party and are free in just under a year let me know.

PostScript: A note on the rabbits I mentioned at the top – If you have any need for rabbit fur let me know. They are shedding and I have a very large amount of it sitting, floating, collecting around my place. Don’t tell Jess. She hates when the buns make a mess.

Our Catering Experience

Sorry everyone! I took another hiatus from writing and did not tell you. With work travel, moving Jess into her place, and travel between her and I taking so much time this blog got lost in the shuffle. Now that everything has kind of settled down I am ready to write again. Truthfully, I had a post written, but it was so outdated I decided it was time for another one. So here we go, brand spankin’ new…

Just after the Fourth of July (yes I started this post that long ago!) We met with our caterer and it was pretty awesome. We went in with the intentions of talking to him for maybe an hour and giving him a rough idea of what we wanted to eat and that was about it. Whoa boy were we wrong.

My mother has worked with Jason several times for both mine and my little brother’s graduation parties, so I am at least familiar with him. And I know that my mother has a certain level of expectation and she would not deal with poor service on a regular basis so I was already sold on him before we sat down. As it turned out we talked with Jason for over 2 hours about virtually every aspect of the wedding.

He isn’t just a caterer. He is a coordinator that just happens to make great food.

Let me start with the important part. We talked about the food. Oh man did we talk about food. Jess and I were already set on some things and with the venue having a full kitchen it made everything just that much easier. We ended up with one menu below and one above our price point, so still some things to hammer out. All in all we got most things worked through. I’m not going to spoil the menu yet since it isn’t finalized, but I do want to share my favorite part that may or may not happen, “Late night loaded nacho bar.” Let that sink in for a minute.

After we got through the food we talked about all the other loose ends we still have. Jason recommended a DJ, (Whom we booked.) florist, limo driver, and cake maker. He also talked about the other services he helps coordinate that are much less thought of, such as linens, tableware, bartenders. I am paraphrasing, but from his perspective, and I am a huge fan of this, he is the centerpiece of the evening so as much as possible should go through him. He deals with tons of vendors and I am very grateful for his input and expertise.

By mere happenstance, we also met a potential cake maker in his office, but since we haven’t looked into him at all I won’t write about it. Needless to say, I am super excited to start the cake tastings…

If you happen to be in the New Philadelphia area check out Jason’s restaurant Bistro 131.

That’s all for now and, as I nearly always say, the next post will come sooner than this one did.

The countdown is on!

 

We are both so excited! Less than a year until the big day!

Not a whole lot new on the planning front. We got everything out of the way so quickly that all we have left is to make deposits places. And since Jess starts school in 2 weeks, we are trying to wrap up as much up as we can.

We are both a little bummed that she is starting so soon because for the past 4 months we’ve been able to be together nearly all the time. We have both had similar thoughts concerning her involvement with her studies vs. her involvement with me. For me it boils down to the fact that if we could make 800 miles work for a year and a half, we darn well better make 40 miles for two years no matter how much time we get together! (I’m going to ignore the years she isn’t in Athens for now. :)) We only saw each other once a month, maybe, so why would an hour drive be worse?

This coming week should be a nice retreat as I am being sent to Chicago for work and Jess is riding along. I’ll be working a lot, but we will have the evenings and she is going to be putting together things for the wedding. After that we have the 4th with my family and the 6th with hers. (And we meet with the caterer!)

I’m hoping to get a few more updates out this week. They have been a little sparse because I’ve started writing about 5 posts and not been able to finish any of them. I’m trying to do the good thing and have sources and real thought behind the ideas I’ve been having so please hang tight.Ā Weaving literary masterpieces takes time.

On more technical fronts, I’ve started figuring out a whole lot of the word press platform so my blog will probably be changing shape soon. If you’ll notice on the top-right content bar there is a link to theĀ Facebook page I created to go along with this. If you like it you won’t miss any updates and you can give me suggestions on things to write about there.Ā