This Friday morning, I Googled “Baby Sitters Club”.. which led to me Googling Ann M. Martin, the famed author of BSC.
And then I went to her website and read this: http://www.scholastic.com/annmartin/about/twitterparty.htm
Guys, SHE ANSWERS QUESTIONS ABOUT BSC!
1. There’s a prequel called The Summer Before which I am seriously contemplating purchasing.
2. Scholastic published The Complete Guide to the Baby-sitters Club WHAT?! Again, Christmas wish list item.
3. I want to live in Stoneybrooke. My BSC spirit animals were Dawn, the California surfer girl who started her own BSC the We Love Kids Club, and Claudia Kishi because she was the ONLY Asian girl in BSC and sucked at math/school.
2014 Valentine’s Day Plans:
-Check on my post-frenectomy results and hope that my stitches will disintegrate quickly
-Leave work early not to be whisked away on a romantic trip, but to go file taxes…and then get a base decal.
-Order copious amounts of juicy/soup dumplings
I don’t know… maybe catch a sunset? I hear those things are romantic.
This will be our 5th VD together (yes, I know what I did there. I’m funny!) and I like to think we’re past the I-hope-he-orders-flowers-to-be-delivered-to-my-work-so-I-can-Instagram-them-and-make-people-jealous phase. I mean…. we have a wedding to save up for! And, a Valentine’s Day spent together is 100x better than one spent apart due to a deployment.
Just one more VD as a Huynh…before I officially change my last name to McGraw! *SQUUUUEEEEEAAAAAL*
I made my last payment for my school loan! Although my school loans were only under $7000, I’ve been chipping away at it since 2009 along with some of my credit card debt.
As of today, February 4, 2014, I don’t owe anybody ANYTHING!
Time to get into debt for my wedding.
Normally a personal, hand-written journal post, but I knew I wouldn’t have the energy to write this down tonight.
It’s ridiculous to feel that because Lunar New Year was only a couple of days ago, I should feel like I’m getting a second chance to renew my resolutions and get a fresh start. After all, 2014 is still 2014.
However, I am older now, so I appreciate having a moment to reflect on my life. A little “wake-up call” so to speak.
I know what I don’t want, but I don’t know what I want. So when people give me suggestions on anything, I appreciate them and take them in… but I also want to scream, “Stop. I told you already I don’t want to do it.” Like, what part of the first 10 polite, but consistent “no’s” did you not understand? It frustrates me when people don’t take into consideration my feelings and actions. Thought we were cool, bro.
This morning, February 3, 2014, I woke up feeling alone. It was partially because of an absurd dream I had last night. I walk into a lecture hall, that is partially filling up with attendees. I decide to sit in the front, which is sectioned off into little tables of 1’s and 2’s. I grab a table for myself, and consider asking for an extra chair nearby for my Marine Fiance. But a voice tells me, “Don’t even waste your time asking. You’re not going to need it.” I look up at the entrance of the lecture hall, and see him entering with a group of his friends. At that moment, I felt like that kid in school who tried to fit in with the cool kids but couldn’t—which coincidentally was a feeling I felt ALL throughout my schooling. So it was quite weird to realize I might still feel this way now as an adult.
Not quite sure what to make of this dream. Perhaps it’s just an offset of a situation that happened earlier in the day. Or maybe today, I am just being dramatic. Regardless, I sometimes feel suffocated with thoughts I could never burden someone else with because I honestly believe no one has the answer to my questions.
When you repeatedly ask for something, and repeatedly get ignored, something just snaps inside of you. You shut down, and lose yourself in your thoughts hoping to find the answer on your own.
The anxiety and excitement of starting the planning process is setting in.
We sent in our deposit for the venue…YES, WE SET A DATE! When is it? Summer/fall of 2015. Ok, I promise I’m not trying to be one of those weird girls who give vague/passive aggressive Facebook status updates… I just really don’t want to jinx myself (I know, I know.. what are we, 12 years old? I blame my superstitious-ness on my Vietnamese ancestry).
Recently, we started to research and set up interviews with vendors! Luckily, because we’re starting so early, only one person has told us they’re booked for our weekend. I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll continue to have this luck with the rest of the vendors as the months go by.
I swear, I don’t get how couples can plan a wedding in less than 10 months let alone secure their dream venue and date. When we first checked out venues, they were still booking for the “leftover dates” of 2014. Event managers would give us looks of relief when we told them we wanted a date in 2015 because all the 2014 Saturdays were accounted for. One of them even tried to sell us on the idea of a Thursday wedding because it cut costs down by 50% for us. Yeah.. hmm… how about no.
Here are our “must-haves”:
3. Videographer (I recently convinced Marine Fiance and myself that this should be a must-have because while photos are VERY important, I want to relive the speeches, laughs, and moments photography can’t capture alone)
4. Floral/Event Design (Probably going to be my most stressful aspect of planning outside of finding THE dress)
5. Coordinator (I haven’t decided on what it is I really need from a coordinator. Do I just want month of? Do I want full/partial? Or do I just need someone to keep me sane?)
6. Fun things for guests (like photobooths and sh*t like that)
7. Clothes, hair, makeup, etc. (I mean, I guess this stuff is important….)
Am I forgetting anything? Well, luckily I have TWO wedding planner books now to keep me on check. Exciting stuff, right?