Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bridesmaid overview...

If you're a girl, you've heard the expression "Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride" or the variation of "always a bridesmaid..."  Well, I hope that's not true because I'm doing wedding numbers 3 and 4 this year.  So far, I have loved my brides before and after their weddings.  I have also loved them during even though I'm pretty sure for each of them it was the most stressful day of their lives. 

Volumes have been written and movies made about being a bridesmaid.  In this mini-series of bridesmaid posts I will touch on a few things that have stood out to me about being a bridesmaid.  I may interject other posts and just write these as they come to me, we will have to see.

Bridesmaids' Dresses
Although you are thrilled for your friend/sister/roommate and her lovely fiance, one of the primary concerns for every bridesmaid is "Oh my God, what will I have to wear?"  It seems that even the most reasonable type of woman loses her grip on fashion and good taste when given the power to dress their 6 closest friends on what is the most important day of  her life.  Colors and fabrics that they would not be caught dead in are suddenly free game because they are "springy" or "will look nice in the church" or "match tulips...and you know those have always been my favorite flower!"  So far, the dresses that have been imposed on me have not been out of control.  They have not always been my personal taste but they weren't feathered, sequined, or otherwise bejeweled.  Just a quick share...

Wedding #1
Bride: Christy
Relationship: College Roommate
Ensemble: Shiny, brown, T-length dress.  Off the shoulder straps.  Silver shoes. 

Wedding #2
Bride: Catie
Relationship: College Roommate
Ensemble: black floor length strapless dress.  Horizontally-pulled netting overlay.  Whatever shoes you want.

Wedding #3
Bride: Noelle
Relationship: very best friend
Ensemble: bright blue, knee length, cotton dress with "Y-neckline".  Has pockets for lipgloss.  Silver heels/sandals. 

Wedding #4
Bride: Camie
Relationship: Friend from college
Ensemble: TBA... there is talk of a "lovely burnt orange reddish colored" floor length dress with gold shoes.  I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Is it Pretentious to Call these Musings?

Thanks in large part to the inspiration of my friend Alli and my cousin Amy, I have been inspired to blog.  I'm a little embarrassed, having always made fun of bloggers for assuming that everyone wanted to know their thoughts - but at least it's not twitter.  Which I still swear I will never do.  I guess that even if no one reads this, it will still be fun to write, so I begin.  Either way, it is part of my campaign to write things down and take more pictures so that my life as a student (which is flying by, it turns out) will be recorded. 

Since it's incredibly late, way too late for blogging, I guess I will start by outlining myself just a little - in an icebreaker game sort of way and maybe a story that I have been pondering all week.

I am a graduate student at North Carolina State University and I'm studying Ergonomics, which is in the department of Industrial Engineering.  My undergraduate degree is in the same field, but it is from Clemson University.  I'm in the midst of "putting myself through school" by being a server at Lucky 32 in Cary, NC so that I can brag to my future children about it later.  Most days I like it.  I live with my roommate and childhood friend, Rachel, and my Welsh Corgi, Bentley.  I will try not to talk about him too much, but he is smart and funny and I like him more than most people so the emphasis in this sentence is definitely on try.  After 12 years of lessons and competitive piano and choral efforts I have turned to math and science "on the daily" but I'm still exercising my music muscles by singing in the Women's Choir at school.  As for the rest, I love to read and I think I'm funny.

As for the anecdote, It is short and to the point.  Tuesday during my lunch shift I waited on two ladies.  They were perfectly nice in every way and when I delivered the check, it came to $25.66.  Once I noticed that the book had been placed on the corner of the table in a way that begged to be retrieved, I returned to the table and politely said "I'll be right back with your change!" which is an opportunity for the guests to say either "No, keep the change!" or "Thank you."  Our ladies chose the latter.  After scrounging up 4 dollar bills, 3 dimes, and 14 pennies (it's all I had in my change purse) I left the money and the check on the table with the ladies and wished them a lovely day.  After they left I returned to clean the table and collect my tip only to realize that they had left me the $4 and taken the 44 cents.  The question that I leave you with is, "Why?"  What great plans did they have for 3 dimes and 14 pennies.  I hope they were going to ride the pony machine outside of Walmart.