After a few tear-filled conversations with my parents and a lot of good advice, Sawyer and I have decided that we are hitting the reset button. The wedding was shaping up nicely, for a wedding. But it doesn’t honestly reflect our hearts.
So what does this mean? It means things are going to change. Starting now, Sawyer and I are going to take some time off to re-evaluate our priorities, and start deciding what to keep and what to throw out. Maybe we’ll just adjust a few traditions, or discard the bouquet toss. But it might extend to the ceremony itself.
I realize this throws a lot of things up in the air. I realize this may upset some people. Please, talk to me. I can’t know that you’d be very sad to miss out on [bouquet toss, walking down the aisle, whatever] if you don’t tell me. I’m not saying I’m going to change my plans, but I do want to know what is on the hearts of my family and friends.
PLEASE READ THIS PART! I need to specify that it is the format of the ceremony, NOT Sawyer, or marriage, or commitment that is changing. I kinda like the guy I picked, so I think I’ll keep him. I like the thought of being married, so I’ll keep that. And I like commitment, to him, so I’ll keep that too.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. See you in July!
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: weird, what the crap is wrong with people
I just read a discussion on TheKnot.com (yes, I am a member…). The bride-to-be said her fiance gave her a $10,000 budget for her wedding ring, and she just can’t decide if she would rather get the ring she wants, or get liposuction. And I quote, “Obviously every woman wants to feel like a princess on their wedding day and look back at the pictures and be happy with how they looked, but the rings for life…”
Seriously? Is this for real, or is this the bridal version of trolling?
Filed under: The Whole Shebang
July 16th, 2011.
Pearson Air Museum.
I’m so stoked!
This page, coupled with the flier, should explain just about everything about Bottles for the Bride!
What are you collecting?
We are collecting bottles and cans to return for the deposit. The money we earn for this will be saved in our Wedding Fund (currently an old Nancy’s Honey Yoghurt container) and will pay for things like the location rental fees, reception food, and other wedding awesomeness.
What inspired you?
A couple in Spokane has been in the news lately for reaching their goal of paying for their wedding this way. (Check out here for the story, and here for the follow-up.) They managed to gather 400,000 cans ($20,000)! I figured we can manage a quarter of that.
It’s called Bottles for the Bride. Can you take other recyclables?
Yes! We can take anything with an Oregon deposit on it. It should say “OR 5₵” somewhere on it, usually on the top of the can, or on the side near the barcode. This means we can take glass and plastic bottles, and aluminum cans.
If an aluminum can doesn’t have a deposit marking on it, we can probably sell it for weight. We don’t get quite as much from it as if there was a deposit, but hey, it’s better than nothing, right?
A good rule of thumb is that if you don’t know, go ahead and donate it anyway. The worst that will happen is it will get recycled in our big blue bin instead of yours.
Let us know if you have any additional questions.
Filed under: Cans Update
I am finally getting a schedule together for this whole can business. With school and work and life, if I don’t purposefully set time to do can- and wedding-related items, it won’t get done. For now it appears Tuesdays and weekends will get some can lovin’. 🙂 I’ve got my rounds set in the Vancouver area – so if anyone has things ready for pick-up, let me know!
Current status: Sawyer and I just redeemed $22.85 worth of cans (for those keeping track, that’s 457 bottles or cans) and my car is still full, but the whole place was breaking down and there was a giant line forming and people were looking at us weird and I was hungry and really just wanted a shower and so we gave up okay I’m sorry. There was also a guy with two giant holes in the seat of his pants who kept trying to strike up a conversation with us. Awkward.
That brings us to a current total of . . .
654 (I forgot to post an update earlier about some more cans we took back) bottles/cans for a cash value of . . .
$32.70 which means we have . . .
99,346 cans and $4,967.30 left to go.
That sounds hideously overwhelming when stated that way, but keep this in mind – we’ve got a giant back-log. The cans we’ve deposited barely scratch the surface of the bags of bottles and cans we’ve been stockpiling at my parents’ place and in our cars. The real bottleneck (heh heh) occurs in actually getting them to the deposit. Which brings me to my next point.
I need a buddy.
Sawyer works insane hours, and most places seem to get busy late in the day. I’d love someone to come with me on Tuesday afternoons, both for moral support and for safety reasons – no one wants to get mugged by a hobo. Hit me up and we’ll see what happens!
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I have been asked by multiple people in the last couple days, “How close are you?”
My answer? Continue reading