Friday, August 21, 2009

"I'm usually more charismatic than this."

I've been telling myself, over the past few months, that a lot of the reason I wasn't blogging was that I didn't have much to say; all that was really going through my head, at any given time, was "I hate school I hate school" and "I love Mike I love Mike," and I figured neither of those were appropriate blogging topics, mostly in that they're so incredibly boring. (For the record, though: I hate school, but I love Mike. Also for the record, I've given up on finding a clever nickname for him; he may appear later as "Mister Whiskers," but for now his real name will do.) I told myself that after the Semester of Doom ended I would come up with witty repartee, interesting life events, or at least something other than SCHOOL MIKE SCHOOL MIKE SCHOOL MIKE.

So here we are, with the Semester of All Hell Breaking Loose safely behind us, and with only a Semester of Research Without Coursework ahead of us, and what do I have to say? WEDDING WEDDING WEDDING.

And that, my friends, is just not interesting. I'm not one of those brides consumed with details and The Perfect Wedding, Just This One Day For Me and Me Alone, and for the most part I've turned the planning over to my mother, who is doing a fabulous job, but there's still all these pesky little pre-wedding life tasks to be taken care of--we have to move to a shared apartment, for instance; we have to get marriage licenses and buy wedding bands and get special temple recommends and visit/meet his parents and book a hotel room for the honeymoon and buy him a suit and me a dress and figure out how on earth we're going to fit them into the tiny bedroom closet in our new apartment; we have to juggle work and school and wedding RSVPs and just plain spending time with each other, and, really, how do those Perfect Wedding brides handle it?

And so, instead of the interesting person I thought I'd become after all my papers were turned in, I've become, at the end of this summer, a counting machine, with all my thoughts focusing obsessively on various countdowns:

29 days until the wedding

Let me tell you about the honeymoon we almost planned: couch surfing. Hilarious, right? We also tossed around ideas like camping (too many pine needles), a human nest (too weird), and a yurt at a nudist colony (too many penises). We've settled on a cabin at a north coast resort, which sounds blessedly private, normal, and free of both pine needles and extraneous nude male bodies.

7 days until Mike gets back

Can you believe he's gone off backpacking with a month to go before the wedding? It was planned well before we got engaged, so the timing is just bad luck, but I suspect I might die without him, if not from missing him then from the stress of moving and furnishing our place by myself. I even had to buy our bed alone, which I secretly hope he hates, since that would be the perfect revenge. Mike, if you're reading this: an extra-soft mattress would be just what you deserve.

19 days of coughing

It's the freaking acoughalypse over here, as I've spent the last three weeks with a cough bad enough to keep me awake at night throwing up. I've drunk Robitussin by the gallon, kept cough drops in my mouth at all times, and even--this is big for me, since I distrust all medicines and medical professionals--visited a doctor. She listened to my cough, said, yup, that sounds nasty, and prescribed me an asthma inhaler. An inhaler! I'm not having trouble breathing, I'm having trouble breathing without coughing. The inhaler is, you may have guessed, not doing its job. I'm convinced and secretly hopeful that I picked up a case of tuberculosis while in Vietnam a few months ago, mostly because, come on, dying of consumption just before my wedding? Now that would be charismatic and interesting.

10 comments:

Pinto said...

"She listened to my cough, said, yup, that sounds nasty, and prescribed me an asthma inhaler. An inhaler! ...you may have guessed, not doing its job. "

Happened to me too! Exact thing! I coughed, said "I would like to stop coughing and wanting to die." and then the doctor looked at me, cocked his head, and said, "It must be asthma, here's an inhaler."

It was silly. Plus when Paul went in with the same cough, he got pills. We shared the pills. We both got better.

Amber said...

At least your excuse for not blogging is good. School isn't applicable and I do love Steven, but neither is really a pressing topic for me. I just haven't blogged...because.

Zillah said...

extraneous nude male bodies.

thanks to this, i will refrain from self-decapitation for one more day.

Melyngoch said...

I rather liked "acoughalypse," myself.

Lizzie said...

I don't think you could have found three more awkward honeymoon options if you had had two years to search them out instead of just two months. (Other than surfing your parent's couch. But that's a given.)

Phil and Jen Singer said...

Um, so congratulations! I'm thrilled to hear about the engagement. It's been forever since I've talked to you, so I am now going to delve into a deep read of your blog and will now follow regularly.

Phil was away for two months camping in Africa right before our wedding. So I feel your pain...

artemisandollie said...

Hilarious! So glad I found you.

sassparilla said...

i have a confession: i had a dream about your wedding while i was in africa. i remember no details, just waking up surprised that my subconscious had taken me there...!

madhousewife said...

Dude, don't die.

It seems like coughs are getting worse these days. Like, they seem to last longer and longer and longer. Doctors saying that it's not unusual for a cough to last, say, three months or whatever. I have my suspicions, frankly.

I hope you feel better soon. Good luck with the wedding and junk.

Lizzie said...

So i heard some news that made me think of you in a weird way--my little nephew came down with whooping cough last week. The vaccine is (who knew?) only 80-85% effective, and apparently it can present a lot like what you're talking about in adults. Anyway, that might be something to look into...though i hope your cough is long gone by now.