The Happy Nappy Bride

About weddings. About relationships. About the first year of being married.

Merry Christmas! December 25, 2010

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Hope everyone had a holly, jolly Christmas!!

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Christmas shopping for the younguns December 21, 2010

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You’re probably wondering why I have pics of half naked dudes on my blog (I know The Mister is, lol!) and it’s because my niece and nephew wanted stuff from Abercrombie & Fitch.  Have you been there lately?  Oh  my goodness…it’s like an assault on all of your senses!

The music is so loud it makes your eyes squint.  And the air is saturated with cologne so that makes your nose scrunch up.  There are pictures of scantily clad young people everywhere…making you feel like a pedofile.  What the eff?  So all old fogies like myself are walking around in a deafened daze wondering who prefers to shop in this atmosphere. Seriously, who???

I know you’re thinking, “people much younger than you!”, and you’re probably right.  Anyhoo, after I screamed at the sales dudes, “I’D LIKE TO BUY TWO GIFTS CARDS PLEASE”, I scooted out of there as soon as I could.

Have you had this sort of other-worldly experience while doing your Christmas shopping?

 

Christmas gifts for hubby December 8, 2010

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Have you thought about what you’re getting your hubs for Christmas?  Do you guys set spending limits?  Or do you go wild and crazy?  As I’ve said before, we’re on triple secret probation after spending lots of loot on the wedding and honeymoon, so we’ll probably take it easy.  We haven’t set a limit on each other (yet) but I think we both know the deal.

So here’s what I was thinking for The Mister:

But he doesn’t really wear cologne…unfortunately.  When he puts on aftershave, I literally glue my nose to his face and inhale the smell right off of it, lol!  I don’t think he really like it though.  So then I thought of getting him a planner…because he asks me for one every year.  Not sexy, I know.

But then whenever I get him something like this, I feel like I should get something else…know what I mean?  Like this is a gift that I could get my boss, lol!  The other thing I thought about are personal development books, he’s always reading something or the other about making money or entrepreneurship or just being a better human being.

I know, I know…this isn’t a sexy idea either.  So, of course I thought of getting some snazzy bedroom attire that would be his gift to unwrap (if you know what I mean)…but I’m sure you can image the pictures that come up on Google Images when you type “lingerie” in there! Whoa!

Any thoughts?

Disclaimer:  The Mister subscribes to this blog, so I’ve already ruled these things out…but maybe he’ll start dropping stronger hints since I’m not picking up on what he’s dropping!!

 

FYI: It’s December Next Week! November 27, 2010

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Eek…is anyone else freaking out that December starts on Wednesday?!  Where did the year go?  It’s been a pretty good year for me though:  got married this summer (6 months tomorrow…Woot! Woot!!), got published a couple of times in work related periodicals, and had tremendous success with my team on the work side of the world.  But now it’s time to think about the holidays and I’ve got three questions for you:

  1. How are you and your honey handling gifts?:  Last year we didn’t have to worry about it, because we weren’t married yet, but now I suppose we’ve got to come up with a plan so that we’re not shopping all willy nilly.  Are you guys going to set a price limit to what you’ll spend?  How will you decide on how much to spend on each family member?  Like, if I spend $100 on my mom…should he spend the same on his?  FYI: I’m miserly.
  2. Online or in-store?:  I’m an online shopper myself.  I can do without the crowds and pushing and shoving.  Plus, I feel like the deals are just as good online as in-store.  What’s your preference?
  3. How will you divvy up your holiday time?:  This year is going to be a bit different because we won’t be able to fly down to see my fam for Christmas…this is literally the first time in a decade that we won’t be together during that time.  (Unless I can convince The Mister to drive down there…tall order, though.)  How do you guys decide how to split time with the fam?

I can’t wait to hear how you guys tackle these situations…hit me up in the comments!

 

My obligatory “what I’m thankful for” post November 25, 2010

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Well, since it’s Turkey Day…or more aptly titled “Thanksgiving Day”, I figured I’d take the time out to talk about some of the things that I’m thankful for on this holiday.

5 things I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving 2010

  • My family:  We’re spread out all over the country, so it’s really nice to be able to get together with them during the holidays.  When I lived in Texas, I was able to see them quite often and now that I’m gone…it’s only occasionally, which makes me sad.
  • The Dave Ramsey Financial Peace class The Mister and I are taking:  It’s been an amazing way to start our marriage.  We all know the stats for deal breakers in marriage…and financial argument/differences/problems lead the list.  It’s been great to know that we’re operating from the same starting point in terms of how we’ll deal with budgeting and spending.  I highly recommend this class!  He’s got a book too.
  • No debt from our wedding & honeymoon:  Along those same financial lines, the wedding depleted our savings…but at least it’s paid for.  And for that I’m very grateful!  I have to remind myself of that every time I get grumpy about the numbers I see in our savings account.  I’m thankful that we were able to have an amazing wedding and honeymoon on our terms.
  • My brother wants our wedding photo book!:  A lot of times, I looked at a lot of the expenses from wedding planning as a waste.  Well, not exactly a waste, because I definitely valued the food, and the dress, and the flowers, and everything else that we spent money on.  But sometimes it’s like, “no one else cares about all of those things I obsessed over”.  Then yesterday, my brother looked at our wedding book again and asked for one!  Someone else appreciates something that we did for our wedding…yippee!  A smell a Christmas gift in the works.
  • The Mister:  Clearly a good decision on my part.  He’s pretty awesome (and cute too!).

What are you thankful for this holiday?  Hit me up in the comments.

 

Home is where the heart is November 14, 2010

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Have you and your honey discussed the holidays?  How are you guys planning on handling them?

I wonder if it matters how extravagant your fam is about the holidays…like, do you just chill or are they a big to-do?  For both The Mister and I’s families, it’s pretty chill.  Like we go to somebody’s house, make a plate, eat/chat/nap/repeat.  My family’s all over the country, so it’s nice that there’s not a big agenda because we don’t see each other very often and we just want to catch up.

How do your families react when you tell them that you won’t be around for Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanazaa?  I could use some tips for softening the blow, because I’m clearly doing it wrong, lol!  My fam is always quietly ticked with me when I give them the news.

 

married 1st! July 5, 2010

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Today we had our first married get-together…yay!  The Mister’s fam and a few friends came over and had din din at our place. Here’s the tasty menu:

Nibbles:
veggies & dip
cherries
chips
chocolates

Main meal:
grilled chicken
bbq ribs
hamburgers
squash
mac & cheese
baked beans

Desserts:
strawberry shortcake
pistachio salad (provided by an aunt)
homemade vanilla ice cream (provided by the same aunt)

Here’s some pictures!  I didn’t get pics of the ribs, but they were for real…my father-in-law said that I should figure out how to get paid for them.  No pics of the shortcake either, but it was tres tasty.