Sunday, October 31, 2010
As I'm sure most of you know, I'M ENGAGED!
(This one was from the day he asked me out for the first time:)
Bryce and I have been dating for over three years with a brief...umm...intermission:). We have always known we would be married, it just took us time to get to that step.
Finally, after advice from loved ones, we sat down, made a budget that included everything from insurance quotes to grocery money and decided that we were ready. Money is important, but money is not everything. We realized we wouldn't have as much money to throw around, but we knew it was worth it and have been saving and budgeting ever since.
After my sister's wedding in September, I knew the time for a proposal was nearing, I just didn't know when, and quite frankly, it was killing me! I would read statuses from my friends planning their own weddings and wished I could do the same...officially. I know that weddings aren't the center of marriages, but as girls, we all dream about them, and my mind was getting carried away!
There were a few different things we had locked down, though. For starters, we knew the month we would have it in: June. We loved the idea of an outdoor wedding and realized this would work best for us. Also, we had the place decided. We chose his grandparents' house out in Waterloo. The property is gorgeous. His grandpa built the house, and his grandma (a volunteer at the Missouri Botanical Gardens) has planted the most beautiful flowers. Also, Bryce's parents were married out there in a gazebo his grandpa built for their wedding. We decided to get married beneath the same one. And lastly, we decided on the ring.
We already had the style decided; we just had to decide where to buy from. One day, an ad popped up on Facebook for a place called Brilliant Earth. It was an advertisement for engagement rings, and I clicked on it, just for fun. The site advertised "conflict-free diamonds." I didn't really know what this meant, so I looked it up. It was then when I learned what "blood diamonds" really were. They are basically mined in war zones and used to finance slaughter and wars. The workers can end up seriously injured or dead. When I read this, I was sickened. I understand that not all diamonds are mined this way, but it still scared me to think I might end up with one that someone gave up everything for. So then I researched Brilliant Earth.
The diamonds are mined in Canada in a more environmentally-friendly atmosphere. The gold is recycled and 5% of the profits are donated to Africa. Plus, their selection is gorgeous and the rings are fairly priced. I saw that they had my style and instantly fell in love.
I told Bryce about it, and we looked into reviews to make sure this place was a wise idea. After reading many positive reviews, we were convinced. From that point on, I watched our savings account to see that expected drop.
But when we finally had enough, everything went wrong. I was paid later than expected as was he. We took his car to get an oil change only to find out that the people who did it last time screwed it up (don't get oil changes done at Walmart!), and it would cost a few hundred dollars to fix. Though Bryce was compensated, it still postponed things. We knew we would have to push it back later, which really stunk considering Brilliant Earth took two weeks to get the ring to you. I think God was definitely trying to teach me patience, and I wasn't being the best scholar.
This past week, we finally had enough! He said he would order it over the weekend just to make sure everything went through. And our savings plummeted.
So whenever we were planning our Saturday the other night, I didn't think much of it when he asked if I wanted to go for a walk though his grandparents' woods to see where to set up his deer stand (go rednecks!). On Saturday morning, I met him at his house, ate real quick, and we headed out.
We only walked through the woods for a few minutes. I actually wondered for a few minutes whether or not he had something set up by the creek in the middle of the woods, so when he said "Let's head back up," I was disappointed and knew I shouldn't expect anything for a few more weeks. "We can at least go sit down in the gazebo and just see how many people we could fit out here," were the next words out of his mouth. Maybe he set something up here?
No. We just sat down for a few minutes, talking about how we would set everything up. And we rocked on a bench with my head on his shoulder, admiring the beautiful day. I listened to the windchimes realizing that it was okay if things didn't happen that day. I was still there with an amazing man. What else did I need?
Finally, he looked at me and said, "So I have a question."
"What's that?" I asked.
He got down on one knee, pulled the little wooden box out of his pocket, and asked "Will you marry me?"
Of course I said yes!
He was so clever! His dad forwarded him the money so he could order it a few weeks ago. Both our families knew when it would happen, but nobody let on at all! I think it should scare me that I'm marrying such a good liar, but as long as he uses it for good, I will be fine!
Anyway, there's my story! I'm so excited to be marrying the love of my life! I honestly can't wait!
Sorry for this length!
-The Future Mrs. Fickas!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
So I have this thing for Einstein, which is rather strange considering I despise math, and tend to not like science...but I like Einstein.
I even follow him on Twitter. Yes, it's possible, and yes, it's ironic.
We all know him as the crazy genius, but there's really so much more to him. He regretted the atomic bomb. The only reason he signed the letter was out of fear that Germany could possess the same weapons. He stood for peace and said that killing within a war was no different than murder.
He felt that conformity was tragedy.
And he was a rather funny guy.
The tongue picture? That came out after he had spent a day being told by paparazzi to "smile for the camera." As he was told this again while getting in the car, he stuck out his tongue. later, he cropped it down in size and used it for his Christmas cards.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
-Albert Einstein (1929)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Well hello there!
I find myself distracted from homework (as usual) and want to share some things that have made me smile lately!
I've watched way too much television these last few weeks, especially this show. As a community college student myself, I find the cracks pretty funny. My friend Jon let me borrow season 1, so I have a feeling this craze may last a little bit longer:)
2) The Age of Adz
Sufjan's new CD came in the mail a few days ago, and I am in love. The title track is currently my favorite. Definitely different from the States Albums, but it's still so wonderful.
3) Marcel the Shell with Shoes on
Okay, this video is rather adorable. I love the voice!
4) Vintage glassware
Okay, this one is more random, but I got these glasses a few weeks ago from a thrift store and can't wait until I get to use them. They are perfect for fall! And please pardon my messy desk:)
So, what are you currently loving?
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I'm trying to do my online homework, but I accidentally stumbled over a rather cool Etsy shop.
My goodness. I have such a weakness for decals. And trees. And birds. It's like the creator knows me.
I also think this one is insanely cute for a nursery. Maybe one day...just not today.
Well, I'm off to answer some questions about the media industry...fun fun:)
Have a wonderful night/day!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Hello! I'm here to remind you that it is October. And you know what that means? DRESSES!
Okay, so I know dresses are great at any time of year, but I have this thing for tights. And Autumn is perfect for tights.
So here are some pretty dresses, just because:)
New dresses are nice, but I think I will just stick with thrifting for a while...so much more affordable:)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
This video from Yo Gabba Gabba is insanely cute, especially the illustration.
And yes, sometimes I do watch children's shows. And maybe I do have Yo Gabba Gabba on DVD.
It's called a "nanny allowance." Duh...
I'm going to go practice growing up now.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Eek! I have been a terrible blogger, but this will *hopefully* change! I have my computer back (finally), so it's not as inconvenient!
Anyway, let's get reacquainted with another Music Monday (12:46 AM still counts as Monday:)
I started liking Arcade Fire AFTER Arcade Fire became cool. Do you know why Arcade Fire became cool? Maybe this will refresh your memory:
Yup. They're the ones who made us all want to run in a wolf's outfit with a bunch of monsters. They also used this song for the Superbowl and dedicated all the proceeds to Haiti...pretty cool.
Anyway, I liked the song, but never gave the rest of their stuff a listen. But I had the worst ache to buy a CD the other week at Vintage Vinyl (yeah, I'm terrible), and I had heard that their newest CD, The Suburbs, was amazing, so I decided to give it a shot.
First of all, the packaging was amazing. It was shiny and had this great new CD smell...you know the one? And it had the look of a record, just shrunk down a ton.
And then I listened to their music and fell in love with their wonderful, mostly upbeat sound.
And then I wiki-ed them and found out it's fronted by a husband and wife, which usually makes things cooler, at least in my opinion.
So I fell hard for the band in their entirety. Have you? If not, it's time.
Playlist.com didn't have my favorite song posted yet. Here's "Half Light II (No Celebration)"
Monday, August 16, 2010
I have been in such a Regina Spektor mood lately. Ah! She's great! I love how light she can keep many of her melodies but how her lyrics are always well-written, clever and absolutely wonderful. And her voice? It's so warm and beautiful! Enjoy:)
So after a series of confusions, I have the week off! And how wonderful, considering it is my last week of Summer! So I'm spending it catching up with friends, crafting (less than two weeks until market day! yikes!), and relaxing. But on top of this, I'm challenging myself.
So here it is. I realize that I tend to get a little bit too wrapped up in how I look (ladies, don't we all?), and I decided to try to break away from this. So for the week, I'm only wearing my clothes (I borrow too much from my sister and my mom), and avoiding heating irons (except for my bangs...I think this is rather understandable:). As most of you know, this last one is pretty major for me. My hair is either always curled or straightened, and boy does it show it! So I'm spending this week letting it breathe and just being content with what I have...especially my skirt and dress collection:) Take that world! Whew!
Oh dear. This is word-heavy! I guess I will put up a picture:)
So does anyone else think porcupines are adorable? I know it's a bit odd, but they are so quirky and cute!
P.s. All these images were snagged from the ever-wonderful weheartit.com.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
So we have all seen our fair share of impressive graffiti, but lately there is a new form of it called "yarnbombing," and it may be one of the prettiest things to ever grace a lamp post. Basically, people will knit a custom-sized piece and sew it on to some drab part of the urban landscape. I think it is about time I dusted off those needles. Anyone with me?
Thursday, July 22, 2010
So I think I want to do away Thursday tracks. I don't really like the ring of it. I will move that to Mondays and will appropriately call it "Music Monday." But in the meantime, I really love it when artists appear on children's shows. Perhaps it is just that daycare teacher in me coming out, I don't know, but they tend to make me smile!
Andrew Bird fixes a dulcimer on Jack's Big Music Show.
Feist teaches Sesame Street how to count
The Shins encouraging kids to keep going on Yo Gabba Gabba
Sunday, July 18, 2010
So today, I was flipping through the random movies on Netflix when i came across the 1956 French film, The Red Balloon. I had seen the French short film before in an eighth grade class, but decided to watch it again for kicks. The movie is so beautiful. I love the red of the balloon against the gloomy, French landscape/ And the end is simply lovely. It is such a great film, full of innocence and beauty. Major love.