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WELL, there went an entire month. Yeesh! And my brain meats are all kinds of crazy today, so this will likely be super-random and disjointed, heh.

Had a pretty huge month income-wise, and landed a couple of big projects. Enough so that I may get the new laptop that I've been wanting for a while. Of course, there's another part of my brain that's saying, "maybe you should save up for the wedding, dummy." But, the wedding is not a business expense (heh), and my laptop is getting increasingly old and slow, so eh, we'll see. Advice has been to wait for the next Macbook Pro update to be released, so I'll likely sit on the decision for at least a bit longer, anyway. :)

Speaking of wedding, September 2017 is the target zone for that. Yes, it's a ways off, but you know who has two thumbs and is not in a hurry? THIS GIRL. My goals are Simple, Fun, and Low-Stress, and having a longer timeline will be good for that on all fronts. Saving up is a big thing, because I've been very intentional about keeping my personal debts down, and I have *zero* business debt, and I am certainly NOT going to change any of that for this ridiculous wedding thing. I do currently have enough saved up to go dress shopping at some point, but I suppose that'd also involve things like deciding who my bridesmaid(s) will be. And I am having THE WORST time with that, largely because I hesitate to saddle any of my friends with the obligation, heh. I am ridiculous. How do people decide these things, anyway?

I've been going to the gym a lot, and now The Joe will be able to join me--he just finished the Foundations course, so we're going to go together today for his first normal class. It's possible that I'll lift heavier weights than he does, but I've also had a year-or-so head start on barbell stuff, and did bodyweight strength training for years prior to that, so that seems fair. ;) But, he also actually enjoys distance running, while I merely tolerate it. Basically, he's the cardio hamster, and I'm the 'squatch who likes to throw boulders around, heh.

Related: it's pretty great to be with a dude who feels proud of my physical prowess strength, rather than intimidated or threatened by it. :)

Derby-wise, I have both a TT Alumni bout and tournament this month, which is exciting, but also rather inconvenient, because I've been trying to rest my body from skating more than usual. I have a knot of muscles in my back that refuses to loosen up, and it's gotten to be pretty disconcerting. I've been reading up on things and talking about it with some of my sports-doing compatriots, and it sounds like it might be due to my glute medius not firing consistently, which definitely tracks with how my hips are structured. BUT, for now, I get to wait for a doctor's appointment next week to get some answers and/or referrals.

Summer traditions are pleasant and plentiful, thus far. 4th of July was full of flames, food, and friendship. Did my annual Oregon Brewfest lady-date with [livejournal.com profile] marykae and tried some very good beers and also some really weird ones. (much to my surprise, Mint beer was the Meh experience, while Pesto beer was actually pretty good?!) Gourmet-Q looms on the horizon, and I have no idea what to make, but it's always a fun afternoon regardless.

And, new things: veggie gardening has been decently successful, aside from a few stupid cabbage worms. Strawberries are thriving, I got to harvest a few poblano and sweet peppers and string beans, bell peppers are coming along, the basil is practically exploding, and the first round of grape tomatoes is crazy-delicious. Not bad, for somebody whose gardening knowledge lives entirely on Google, heh.

The new Ghostbusters movie was really fun. Folks who said it was "written by checklist" weren't exactly wrong, but the cast and chemistry was great, and the movie was genuinely funny. The new Star Trek made me very happy, and it actually managed to be all action-packed for the newbies, while still feeling like it had some of the soul of the original series. They could've done more with Idris Elba, but overall it made me pretty hopeful about the new TV series in 2017.

Anyhoo, that's all that's coming out of the brain meats at the moment, so it's back to the grind.

Date: 2016-08-02 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aniline.livejournal.com
Yay for a good month! And yay for a new laptop, even if it's a ways off. New Macs are always fun! :D

If for some reason you want to do any of your wedding card stuff from Minted, lemme know and I'll see if I can find you a discount and/or get flagged to make it for you - and/or just tell you what you can do, customization-wise that most people don't realize they can ask for. Heh. Or at the very least, if you have literally any question about wedding suites, I know SO MUCH NOW.

Date: 2016-08-04 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeets.livejournal.com
Oooh, I might take you up on that! I think we're pretty set on hiring a friend of ours who has a letterpress business to do the actual invitations, but I'm going to do my own Save-The-Dates and haven't figured all of that out yet.

Date: 2016-08-02 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartasskicker.livejournal.com
Anyone who doesn't like the new GB can go fuck themselves. Did you see all the neat stuff my friend/crush Beth has been designing? I posted on Facebook but here's a link to her instagram. I just got a "lets go" compact from her for my birthday!

Date: 2016-08-02 08:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartasskicker.livejournal.com
Also my advice for wedding dress simplicity is find a local designer you like and go with that. My dress was a Chrissy Wai-Ching - she's in Seattle. I didn't dress shop at all, outside of going to her studio to try on sample dresses and then mine was kinda a combo of two of them.

Date: 2016-08-02 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_dilate_/
Best of the luck with the wedding planning. It helped me to remember that you don't HAVE to do anything. Don't need a wedding party? Don't have one. Want to have a planning admiral instead of a maid of honor? Do that. There are so many "musts" that are total BS.

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