January 29, 2010

When a body meets a body, coming through the rye..

Sorry, the title of my post came from what I wrote about in my other blog, which is my literature blog. JD Salinger, the author of The Catcher in the Rye, passed away yesterday at 91, so I mentioned that in my post. That is one of my favorite books (though it's not too hard for me to like you if you're more than 50 pages and filled with thousands of vowels and consonants).

Anyways, the title of the book comes from a poem by Robert Burns called Comin' Thro the Rye. It actually goes like this:

O, Jenny's a' weet, poor body,
Jenny's seldom dry;
She draigl't a' her petticoattie
Comin thro' the rye.

Comin thro the rye, poor body,
Comin thro the rye,
She draigl't a'her petticoatie,
Comin thro the rye!

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro the rye,
Gin a body kiss a body,[r] Need a body cry?

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro the glen,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need the warld ken?

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you completely write random things having nothing to do with your actual blog theme!

Onto wedding stuff. Zach and I are now in the process of picking caterers and what not. I'm going to the big DB (David's Bridal) with my sister on Sunday to try on a possible (cross your fingers) bridesmaid dress. I've found others that I like, however, these dresses are expensive! So DB sounded like a good option, plus I love the dress. (link to it here: http://www.davidsbridal.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplayView?storeId=10052&catalogId=10051&categoryId=-49998974&currentIdx=19&subCategory=-49998976|-49998975|-49998974&catentryId=6142398&sort=)

There are three colors that I'm looking at: Clover, Holly, and Kelly. They are all shades of green, Holly being Christmas Evergreen, Clover is a Dusty Jade, and Kelly is like a Bright Lilypad. So there you go. Lindsey likes Holly, as does Zach (like his opinion matters anyways...haha), however I've asked other people and they like the Clover or the Kelly. I originally wanted more of the Clover (Dusty Jade), but I kind of like the slight brightness in the Kelly. But what they look like on screen could be completely different than what they look like up close and personal. But I like that dress too. I wish I could buy that dress. It has pockets, and that's pretty much just awesome.

Well, that's the next few steps. Bridesmaid dresses and catering. Wedding planning is seemingly endless. Zach really wants to register, but it might be a little too soon (though my books/internet say 7-9 months prior is the usual). I think 10 months is pushing it, however it would be a fun thing to do together. (I'll just have to keep Zach away from the X-Box games, and the Wiis!)

That's all for now. So far, not too crazy. Oh, and I'm trying to get in shape so I can fit in my dress (I fit in it already, but it's a glove, so maybe a 5-10 pound weight-loss will make it pefect). I will blog about that endeavor another day!

January 20, 2010

Aaaaand we're off!

I don't really know where we're off to, but it sounded like a good title so I went with it. I haven't blogged in awhile...for shame, for shame, but that's me. I'm not very good at keeping up with this type of stuff.

Plus, I have two other blogs to keep up with (yep, TWO). I have to start a new one for a class and it has to be engaging for young adults. I'm getting nervous about having this many blogs. It makes me feel too exposed in the world of cyberspace, but we'll manage.

As for wedding stuff. I do have a few more details to add. Things are really coming together. Zach and I have figured out the officiant business. I originally wanted to go with a neutral person (not anyone from either of our churches) however it was really important to Zach's family that we go with his pastor. So I agreed, she's really nice and I like her. My only qualms with it are the "religiousness" level that it will be. I'm not a religious person, I would say more spiritual, and-full disclosure here-I have an issue with the Christian tradition (or just about any organized religion) because I feel that a lot of organized religions are exclusive rather than inclusive. Now I'm not one of those anti-religion people, I'm not an atheist, and I do know what I'm talking about. I'm not just making assumptions on what I have seen. I've actually studied religion a lot as it was part of my undergraduate studies. I took an entire class devoted to Jesus and I read the New Testament in the language it was originally written in (Greek--very unlike the King James "translation" if it can even be called a translation). I've also taken courses on religion pre and post-Christianity. So I know quite a lot about how it was formed and the belief systems it brought over from paganism. (No, I am not getting all of my info from The DaVinci Code).

Anyways, I digress (it's hereditary if you've ever met my father), so we chose his officiant and like I said my only concerns are with the level of "God, Jesus, Lord" and all that hoopla. I don't want to make it extremely religious specific, and seeing as I acquiesced to his pastor, I feel that a fair compromise would be to limit some of that religiousness. Now, obviously she's a pastor, so she's going to say some stuff, which is fine, but I would like to omit any saying such as "God bless us...." in our vows at the very least. And I would prefer not to have the Lord's Prayer because I would feel like I'm in a church service (Zach and I are still "discussing" this point so...we'll see). I guess I'm trying to say that I've never "felt" right in a church. It's always felt like going through the motions and I've never really been struck by that.

Overall, I want the ceremony to be about US, not God and us, not Jesus and us, but just Zach and I. And though some may see it that "God" brought us together, I see it as Zach and I becoming an entity through our love for each other. We can still be blessed in our marriage, and we can ask that life grants us the blessing of a long life together.

Understandably, Zach could want a very religious wedding, Lord's Prayer and all. And I am aware of that and that is where the whole "compromise" thing comes into place, and so far I think we've done a good job on compromising.

Anywho, I think that's it for now. I know, not too funny, not really much to say, I kind of turned this post into my viewpoints on religion, so yup, there you are for the day!