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Ok ok, I know it’s been awhile.  Stuff has been hectic with the house huntin’.  But I’ve not forgotten about you and am happy to be able to say many of you have aksed me when my next post would be.  I think I can say I’m a blogger now!  <brushing my shoulders off>  I realize I often now think in blog post topics (just like one might think in status updates).  Like ooh, I gotta write about that. and this.  So much I needed to make a list.  So here are a few future posts you can look forward to in random order:

  • Affiliate marketing 101
  • Reality shows
  • Social media
  • Mo Money Mo Problems?
  • BFFs
  • Fitness

But today, I’ll just give you a few updates on what’s been going on.  Wedding stuff has been going well.  I’m extremely surprised at how easy it has been so far.  I’m sure some things will go wrong day of, but for now, everything has been in my control and thus very organized and it’s actually been super fun.  Last weekend we went to pick out tuxes for Dan, the groomsmen, and fathers.  My dad had asked me if he gets to wear a tall black hat, and after thinking about it for awhile, I realized he was referring to a top hat.  No dad, you’re not a ringmaster.  (parents have never been to a wedding)

House hunting on the other hand, has been extremely stressful and not as fun as I thought it would be.  Our first ever offer was turned down and the place eventually foreclosed and it turned up as a short sale.  Our second place was turned down and after months of looking, we were drained.  We had actually emailed our agents after the second failure saying we were going to take a break.  Fate would have that the owners came back with a counter, and after negotiations, they ended up accepting!  HOORAY!

or not?

So I always imagined, if we have the money, and someone agrees to sell, just give me the keys right?  Wrong.  Even after agreement, there were a lot of milestones to overcome, and issues we came across, and one day last week we even thought we might have to back out and both live in my 500 sq ft studio as man and wife.  Luckily, that problem magically disappeared (I think there could have been some bribery involved).  For now, we are looking like we’re in the clear,but we can’t really say for sure until we get the keys.  Our potential closing date is April 6 so I will have to write more about the actual place once we have it for sure.  And you’ll all be invited to the BYOC housewarming (bring your own chair, as we’ll have no furniture- literally, nothing).

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Easy love

We still don’t have a first song.  Many love songs tell a story of a tumultuous relationship, and finally, the loves are able to be with one another; that they’ve gone through so much and they’ve overcome the challenges the world has given them to be together.  That is not our story, so I can’t justify using songs with that type of content.

Dan and I really had it easy (in my opinion- minus the slight issue with my parents, but between us, very good).  We were really good friends for a couple years and it blossomed almost naturally.  I think there was some really good timing involved, and voila, a great relationship was born.  I hadn’t dated much at all prior to Dan since we started dating when I was 21, so it’s not that I had to go through a million guys to find the one.

Our personalities are also pretty similar in respect to being pretty drama-free, chill, etc.  We’ve never had any big fights, and he never makes me cry.  Sure we get frustrated and annoyed, and have our tiffs, but I can’t recall a day going by where we were still angry at one another.

Almost all Korean dramas (mini-series) tell a story of a tragic love- someone is almost always diagnosed with a non-treatable form of cancer, or forbidden loves (aka romeo and juliet), or for some reason the girl and guy just cannot be together.  So much so that they are so depressed they cannot eat and eventually collapse of dehydration and starvation (this would never be me).  So in love that they would choose to die just to spend one more day together.

(As an aside I remember walking in while my parents were watching one and there was a little girl and everyone was crying and I asked what was wrong, and my mom says in English “she has AIDS.”  dear god!)

Again- not our story.

But does our easy love make it any less than those that have had a difficult road?  (reminds me of that walmart commercial:  does the dog love the dog food any less because we spent less on it?)  We all have different paths to finding our significant others and every story is different and beautiful.

So in light of our valentine’s day where we shared my parents’ teriyaki over wine, a glade candle, and watching dinosaur reproduction, cheers to us baby, and to our fun and easy love.

Ode to Dinner Club

Dan and I have been going to a “dinner club” for almost two years now.  It started with a friend of mine at work, and expanded into 4 couples eating and drinking themselves silly in the comfort of someone’s house.

The profile of dinner club is different than our “normal group” we hang out with on the weekends.  Dinner club sounds more sophisticated, but let me assure you, it’s not.  Though, there are children and homes involved.  There is an eastside couple with an adorable 3 year old.  She was probably our first kid encounter- like actually hanging out with a child.  Now that she’s older and less shy, one dinner club we literally watched her dance to music for an hour straight.  And it was hilarious and the best time ever.  Apparently she also tried to “wake me up” when I was passed out this weekend.  More on that later.

There is another couple that just had a baby boy who is now about 6 mos old.  This is pretty much the first baby we’ve encountered and he is awesome too.  He’s been to 2 or 3 dinner clubs now but usually sleeps through them.  This past weekend though, he was full of energy and was kicking around.  I let him hold my finger for awhile.

And the third couple is currently with child.  She likes to try to rub her belly on Dan because it freaks him out.  I think it’s funny and encourage her to do so.  Says the guy who wants to have 3 kids?!  He better get used to a big belly.  And that is the first baby in utero we’ve been hanging out with!

So yes, Dan and I are the youngest couple in that sense since we are the only ones not married and without a home.  I felt better at least when we got engaged and I was able to announce I was no longer the whore of dinner club.

So actually, the dad of the 3 year old bet me over the weekend that I would be pregnant by 29.  I remembered this!   I’m going to earn $100 in a little over 2 years.  I’m sure he was regretting this bet though after my behavior by the end of the night.  Am I the first one to puke at dinner club?  Technically, I puked right after we got home out of the car.  But like, right after I got out of the car- into a bag I was holding all the way home.

Poor preggers mama-to-be was driving a caravan of us Seattle folks + a baby back home after I passed out on the floor, and then the stairs of the couples’ house.  Surprisingly, I’m the 2nd person to do this, but that couple is no longer allowed at dinner club (for other reasons).  Dan was afraid we’d be kicked out too so I had to call all 3 couples the next day and apologize.  (It was exhausting!)

Anyway, dinner club is awesome.  I think Dan and I get to benefit most from it as we learn a lot about “adult” life and how surprisingly different but really fun it is.  Staying home and drinking is sounding better and better than going out.  And surrounding yourself with your family and friends is even better.

Various old pics of dinner club… I think there was video of me taken this weekend too that I hope never surfaces:

we did a dinner club field trip to a salsa dancing lesson!

the future

I went to an alumni event at the UW Business School a couple days ago, where they let alumni network for a bit and then have undergraduates come and speak with you.  They separated us by function (marketing, finance, etc.) and then kids can come up and ask you whatever questions they wanted.

As one of my other friends who was also an alumni put it, there was a lot of awkwardness in the room.   A couple of us gals went out for a drink afterwards and laughed about how naiive some of the questions were, but we wondered if we were also like that when we were in college?  Many of the students wondered if we are now doing what we we thought we were going to do in college.  Have we all figured it out yet?  Not at all.

We were three successful (and very hot) women on top but we talked about how we still don’t really know what we want to do.  We know what we enjoy, but that doesn’t always translate into a viable job in the work place.  My general plan is to work as hard as I can while I’m young and try to retire early.  Easier said than done, I know.

I want to travel, eat a lot of good food, drink a lot of good drinks, and spend time with friends.  I actually like the work life more than the college life.  I think most people are the opposite, but I would not go back to college right now if I could.  I like having money, going on vacations, and not studying for tests.  But of course, there’s a lot of tradeoffs and you learn to manage.  That’s why there’s a lot of drinking going on during the week. 🙂

Anyway, now I’m just rambling, but it was really interesting talking to these girls about future goals and where our lives and careers are headed.  We often don’t stop and reflect upon where we were, where we are, and where we want to go.  I’m excited about my future though and anxious to see where it leads.

happier things

Dan and I attended the wedding show last weekend and it was not as great as I had hoped.  However, we got some good pictures of a bunch of cakes.  Here are some for your enjoyment:

Did you know wedding cakes cost on average $5-6 per slice?  So for 100 person wedding, it would be about $500- 600.  That’s insane!  We are hoping most of you will be well on your way by the time we cut cake and won’t notice that it’s not gourmet…

Mini Half-Cube

Engagement session

Jan. 2, 2010 we enlisted the help of Niphon to take some engagement pictures at ocean shores.  We hapened to be there for a couple days during New Years with a group at a friend’s cabin.  The whole time we were there though, it was raining so I didn’t think it was going to happen.  But as we were leaving, the sun peaked out.  So in sneakers, hair undone, and sleepy-eyed, we hopped out of the car for a quick 1o minutes.

I think we got a couple of usable shots though under my awesome direction and Niphon’s ability to blur the background.  Puppy Pie did surprisingly well and did some good “looking at angela lovingly” shots.  Also, turning all pictures into sepia makes everything better!

I saved the best ones for our save the date cards and wedding website (which are coming very soon)!

These were super fun to look at, but I think the even better ones (the majority) were the blooper shots.  Let’s review:

Dan looks pretty concerned here.  We look like we’re breaking up.

Can you tell it was a windy day?

I think my hair looks pretty awesome here, but this picture is not going to work.

This is my sister’s favorite and she can’t stop laughing every time she sees it.  Dan’s trying to sniff me or something, but he obviously doesn’t like what he smells.

OK, that’s enough dear, put me down!

Special thanks to Niphon who took the time to do these for us, and to Sara and Luke for inviting us to their cabin for New Years, providing a great backdrop!