Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bat Shit Crazy

There exists a person who gets under my skin.  I know, you can't believe it, right?  This person was brought into my life because we couldn't find anyone better.  Truthfully, after we met her we all said, "She was nice.  But if someone better comes along, we'd like to bring them in, instead.  She wouldn't be our first choice."

But no one else came in and so this person was hired.

At first, we all thought it was going to work out.  And in fact, it did for the most part.  But then we realized that she is a little weird: touting how famous she is and telling people how wonderful she is.  And I'm not kidding-she actually said, "I'm famous." to one of the big wigs.  A few of us chatted together and joked about how crazy she seemed but we moved on.

Except now it's basically just me there, with her.  And instead of my colleague she's now my employee.  And she tells me all of the time how awesome she is and how much better she does the job than the people who were there before her. 

Which, you know...in some ways is true, but in many, many ways, is not.

And there is one thing that people do that I hate the most-and she does this.  And that one thing I hate the most is that she tries too hard to be different and weird.  Because really, she's not.  If you're weird, you're weird.  You don't have to try so hard to fit into different groups-you just...do.  Or you don't.  But you don't modify yourself and your actions based on who you want to like you at that moment.

I recently hired another person to come into the office, and she's trying her very hardest to be this new persons favorite person.  And it is, quite frankly, embarrassing.  The new person is very sweet and young and I don't think that she realizes it or cares, but to watch it from afar, it's...sad. 

B1 says that she's the type of person who needs a "thing".  Something wrong, something crazy, something to shock you.  Never just...there.  Bat shit crazy, I think is the term he used.

And so, while she drives me crazy, I'm trying my best to see her for what she really is.  A sad, probably lonely, disturbed young woman who has no idea who the fuck she is or who she wants to be.  I remember that feeling, and it isn't a good one-especially if you realize you're floundering when it's happening.

But she might not actually know. 

In any case, I'm trying my best.  I keep quiet, I go about my job and when something needs to be said, I say it.  And then I come home and talk to my B1 and tell him the latest crazy thing she said.  And all is right with the world.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pretty Choices

I'm taking a chance posting this because B1 sometimes comes over here to read this blog.  (He used to read all the time, but now that I only post now and then, he's slowed down.)  Anyway...

I've decided on my wedding hair.  It's going to be all up and twisty and a little messy.  What do you think?  Without the flower.  I have a veil...


The blond style is my favorite but I think I need a little bump in the front like the first picture.  I just hope that my stylist can replicate these.  Whenever I get my hair done it comes out completely different than the pictures I bring.  I'm anxious for my trial run...which I think will be in July some time.

My makeup trial is in a few weeks.  B1's cousin does makeup professionally and has offered to do mine for me!  I'm really excited about it.  She said she'd like to do a flushed cheek with soft coral lips.  I've always wanted that look.  I can't wait to see how it looks!  She's going to do some sort of dramatic eye-maybe in plum to bring out the green in my eyes.  B1 is going to take us out to dinner after the trial, so it won't go to waste.  Don't worry, I'll take pictures. :)

Food, Glorious Food!

We got our first wedding gift in the mail yesterday!  It was the small crockpot that we have on our registry...so that we can cook when we live on the boat.  Our shower is one month away, so I assume people will start to buy us things and those who can't make it to the shower will send them our way.  So exciting.  I love presents, yes, but it's more of the fact that it's getting closer, and other people are starting to react.

Very exciting, indeed.

And today my sister bought earrings to wear to my wedding.  Again, it just means that our wedding is starting to be on the minds of the people we know, not just ours.  Which means we're close. :)

Last week we had our menu tasting at the restaurant.  The food was delicious and I could not be happier.  Originally the menu kind of made me a little sad.  We initially chose a buffet dinner because it was what we could afford.  But it was...odd.  It had wonderful elements like a chowder bar (so cool!) and prime rib (standard) but the other main dish was a carving station with turkey.  Turkey!  Who does that?  I mean, maybe if we met on Thanksgiving, I could see it...but we didn't, and it was making me sad that we'd have to serve turkey at our wedding as the 2nd entree.

I looked at their menu again and noticed that there was a chicken dish which sounded tasty, so I asked if we could substitute that instead.  Of course, the answer was yes, but for an extra $12 per person.  Yikes!  So I was back to sad.*  Until...

I did some math.  Well, I made a spreadsheet.  And I realized that with their new pricing we could afford to have a plated dinner!  The only downside is that we won't be offering a beef dish, which people really like at weddings.  (Which is a shame, because their filet was out of this world!)  We'll still get to serve chowder (which was amazing) and people can either choose that or a fresh tomato/mozzarella salad with basil oil and balsamic drizzle (also yummy!).  The main dishes are sausage and apple stuffed chicken (which was the chicken dish I wanted to replace the turkey) and a grilled salmon filet with a ginger and citrus buerre blanc.  The sides are roasted garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.  We'll have a silent vegetarian option, also.

For the passed hor doeurves we chose mini crab cakes, roasted sirloin medallions on blue cheese crostini (can't wait for that one!), warm artichoke fritters with aoili and sea scallops wrapped in bacon.  We also get a stationary cheese display and a Mediterranean buffet.  It's going to be SO good.

My father is helping us pay for most of the reception, but if everyone we invited comes, B1 and I will end up paying for 20 of them.  Which we're prepared to do, but it would be better if those 20 didn't come, simply because we're paying for everything else for the wedding ourselves.  SO, I figured out that 93 is our golden number.  That's the total number of people who can attend before we start paying for the overage.  Sounds mean that I figured this out, but 20 people adds up.

If less than 90 people come, we can start thinking about adding in some extras, like perhaps adding lamb lollipops to the passed apps or adding in a late night snack of mini cheeseburgers and fries, mini sausage and pepper sandwiches or milk and cookies....I like that idea better.  I think we'd choose the cheeseburgers and fries, but who knows.  Oh!  Rootbeer floats is an option too-how fun!

So many moving parts!  I am very grateful it's all coming together and that we're getting the things we want.  It'll be an awesome day no matter what, but having it go our way obviously makes it better.