i'll try to sum up the last three weeks (what's been happening, my thoughts on things) in an organized fashion:
- had an engagement photo shoot... hi-larious. we opted for the engagement pictures because apparently it's a good idea to get to know your photographer pretty well before the wedding day, and also because i am (just for fun) going to see if i can get us in the Times. my dad works hard on his yard and it is quite lush and gorgeous this time of year, so we decided to do the shoot there. he and Michael spent all morning mulching various beds only to have the photographer arrive and choose to shoot in all the parts of the yard my dad never gets around to fixing up. i know he was dying inside as our photog snapped away, but hey - gotta go where the light is nice. anyway, we laughed the entire time, my face hurt like hell at the end (have to remember that for the big day) and the results are rather sweet. i can't post any photos just yet but i'll try later this week.
- saw Diana Krall in concert...twice. i'd only seen her one other time previous, four or five years ago, and i loved the show. but this time? amazing. truly amazing. the first show was at the Mann Center in Philly. my parents and i went together (they're the only people i know who appreciate Diana the way i do) and it was a lovely evening. our seats were awesomely close to the stage and we had the perfect view of Diana's hands flying over the keys. i was transfixed. and psyched, because i'd impulsively bought myself a ticket to one of her shows at Carnegie Hall a few days later. my seat was about three miles from the stage for that one, but she performed with a full orchestra in addition to her trio and she did a bunch of songs she hadn't done at the Mann and, hello, it was Carnegie Hall. i loved it. can't really explain exactly why that kind of music moves me so, but it does. it sort of swirls around inside me and lifts me up and makes me think of my Gram, who introduced me to those fabulous old songs in the first place.
- i've been in need of a Martha Stewart intervention lately. all the big wedding details are booked, settled, etc, which now leaves (in my opinion) all the fun stuff... designing the invites, writing the program, compiling a songlist, dreaming up personal touches. i'm currently addicted to poring over "real weddings" for ideas and i can't seem to get enough. even as i'm scrolling and reading and right-clicking to save images, i'm marveling at how easily one gets sucked into the Big Wedding Machine. and even as i'm driving my mother crazy by suggesting that i'll bake sixteen dozen chocolate chip cookies for the guests' gift bags the day before the wedding, i'm still aware that my wedding is only one day and does not require quite this much obsessing. however, it is my one and only wedding and as long as i'm having fun, i don't see the harm in going a little overboard...
- pop culture update: first i hated kate, then i hated jon; now i think they're both idiots and their kids will be damn lucky if they grow up to have normal lives. the death of michael jackson is a tragedy but i think this idol worship the media is currently encouraging is more than ridiculous. the guy was emotionally abused as a kid, overwhelmed by fame as a young man and a full-on drug addict in middle age. perspective, anyone? saw Up twice so far and cried like a baby several times during both viewings. if you haven't seen it, see it. it's gorgeous, wildly entertaining and has the best message i've gotten from a movie possibly ever.
OK, i was at work for 11 hours today and i have an appointment with my dermatologist early tomorrow morning (please, please wish this fair-skinned Irish girl luck!) so this is all i have time for now. life will likely continue to be crazy for another few weeks but i hope to update more often. especially because Michael will be moving in with me and you know that is fodder for entertaining entries...