Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wedding Planning Vol. 1

Alaina and I went to our second caterer tasting last night and it was better and yet more painful then the first. More painful because we got there at 8 minutes after, when it started at 5, and all the small tables were taken so we had to huddle at the end of a long table and hope no one joined us. Which worked for about half of the time.

Earlier in the day yesterday I had a massive hyperventilating breakdown which normally happens when I read the knot and/or do not get my first choice of a vendor because they are already booked. For a wedding date that's 8 months away. I know, insane- right? I wanted a particular string quartet that does arrangements of contemporary songs (while debating whether it would be unlucky to walk down the aisle to Bittersweet Symphony which is in my top 10 all time favorite songs). They are already taken for a wedding in DC. I started hyperventilating because my anxiety problems are as such- something doesn't work, I decide it's a sign of nothing working out for whatever event, and then we are eating chipotle on paper plates wearing some overpriced clothes. Which, for the record, I would be totally fine with but *someone* wants a "real" wedding. Silly boy.

So it was good that we ended up next to a couple that is getting married in June and has about as much accomplished as I do. That made me feel so much better. Until we were joined by a couple that is getting married in May of 2010. No you did not read that wrong. They were a source of such a catalog of knowledge, statistics, etc that they must eat, sleep and breathe wedding which is quite odd if you ask me. Bill and I have... better things to do. Shocking! ;-)

I saw this meme and thought it was cute so I'll do it since it's a Thursday, even though it's supposed to be about you and your husband and I'm not married yet.

What are your middle names?
Alison and Bryan. Who's is what should be self explanatory.

How long have you been together?
About a year and 3 months I think.

Who asked whom out?
He did, both times. Once to be my friend and once when we started dating. At least I'm assuming he asked me out the second time. I don't really remember. I don't remember what happened last week most of the time.

How old are each of you?
28 and 26. He's younger.

Whose siblings do you see the most?
Since I don't have any siblings, the one time I have met his brother will have to count as "the most."

Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
His work schedule, most definitely. Especially when he has a ton of overtime. I think there was two or three days in a row that we didn't see each other at all last week- which, living in the same tiny apartment, is impressive.

Did you go to the same school?

Are you from the same home town?
No. He's from Georgia. I still live in the city where I'm from. It's not in Georgia.

Who is smarter?
I think it's a draw, we are just smarter about different things and in different ways. He's much better at actually retaining and repeating information he learned in school.

Who is the most sensitive?
Neither of us is particularly sensitive. It's better that way.

Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Unless you count drive thru or quiznos, it is TGIFridays. Not because we love it there, but because it's right down the street. It's a convenience factor.

Who has the craziest exes?
He has more who would dump their lives/whomever they were with in a heartbeat if he told them to. I have the only one who actually IS crazy.

Who has the worst temper?
Him. Definitely him. He gets really mad about things that I think aren't that important. He rarely loses his temper with ME though, so that's most important.

Who does the cooking?
He's afraid to let me anywhere near the stove/cooking utensils. Does that answer your question? ;-)

Who is the neat-freak?
I tend to clean more, but I think that if he worked less/had a more normal schedule he'd probably be a lot cleaner/neat-freak-ish. I base this on what our respective apartments looked like on an everyday basis before we merged.

Who is more stubborn?
I probably am. I say probably because I don't think I'm that stubborn, but other people tell me that I am.

Who hogs the bed?
Me. But in my defense, we rarely actually sleep at the same time so the cats and I are used to stretching across the entire bed. Plus, it's not really me... the cats take up an entire side so I have to sleep in the middle.

Who wakes up earlier?
This is pretty much moot. Technically he doesn't go to bed until 9am and wakes up anywhere between 7 and 10pm. So my wake up time of 8:30am or so is earlier. But generally he gets way less sleep then me, so if you lined up the times together he probably would wake up earlier. *shrug*

Where was your first date?
The first time we met was at a Chinese restaurant near where we both live.

Who is more jealous?
Neither of us. Jealousy is a waste of time and energy.

How long did it take to get serious?
Once we shifted from friends to interested we were serious almost immediately. I knew after the second time I went out with him (even though we were still just friends, it took a few months to shift) that I was going to end up marrying him. I even told my friend Ren that. Cheesy, I know. But I was right. (well, unless we break up before the wedding I suppose ;-) )

Who eats more?
He does. It's annoying. He eats the last of everything while I'm at work.

Who does the laundry?
We do our own laundry. We have separate hampers. I usually wash the towels and sheets and stuff, but that's just a factor of my being home more because I have a 9-5 job.

Who's better with the computer?
He is. I'm a way better/faster typist though.

Who drives when you are together?
He does. It's too stressful for me to drive because he thinks I'm a horrible driver and puts me on edge because he's so on edge. Also I have a tiny car, and he's a big guy- so the last time I drove somewhere he got claustrophobic.


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