The day was a long one, but of course definitely worth it. Starting off with photos in the morning and early afternoon (including a limo ride to a crowded McD's, a ceremony in the afternoon (including having my awesome, cute son in the wedding processional. Funny aside: every time the church bells rang, my son would respond with a "huh"? Of course it was dead quiet in the church and everyone could hear him), and the reception in the evening/night.
The food was great, the emcee was magnificant, my speech (despite the off-coloured, inappropriate nature to it and the constant crickets I heard, a ton of people, friends and strangers alike, told me that it was a really good speech) was decent, dancing was awesome and everything about the night sans the wretched DJ was stellar.
On top of that? Arfeli gave me a gift that was way, way too generous. It's like it was mywedding or something
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Wowza, time to sleep Another hectic day ahead: swimming, buffeting, midwifi
Went to the wedding rehearsal this evening. I think it's going to be a great ceremony. The priest was kind enough to explain the significance of all of the processions in the ceremony. I didn't know I had a job; I hope I don't drop those crowns!
Then we went to Argay's parents' place for the after where I promptly ate three plates of Tita Chit's awesome palabok. Yeah, I'm not really sure if I'm going to fit into this suit on Saturday.
Can't believe it's just a few days until the last of us get married. Yikes
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Poor Bubba...threw out her back and then had to wait a tortuous three hours in the walk-in clinic waiting for a doctor. Doesn't help that she has to carry my chubbalubbs around all day. Hopefully she gets better soon
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Well, I gone and did it. Changed the mortgage. I hope I made a good decision and don't end up paying more than is necessary. Now we just have to put our heads down for the next few years and try to kill this amortization period
Sometimes I wish I was more "better" with money. I mean, I think we do well enough saving and what not, but it's that whole "making your money work for you" crap that I wish I got.
Anywho, yesterday was one of those days that made me really focus on our money and ways we could save.
I'm thinking of changing up the mortgage as it is at "unprecedented lows" (or so the banks would have you believe), and I got more than an earful from a banker. I wish there was an easy way to determine if this was the best route, but with the information at my fingertips (and the limited knowledge in my head), it looks like this is the way to go. I just hated it when the banker told me that yesterday might have been the last day I could've gotten that rate. I hope today it doesn't go up. I hate pressure situations especially when it comes to our biggest liability, but if all things go according to plan, I should be saving us lots of $$$. Then I'll feel like a winner.
(Right. Because really, it's the banks who win in the end.)
We then went to the Living Arts Centre to listen to the author of "The Wealthy Barber". I knew nothing going into the presentation, thinking I was going to be bored to death. I hadn't even read the book, because like most people I try to avoid learning more in-depth about personal finances.
Luckily, Sharon enrolled us in this free presentation, and I was more than pleasantly surprised. The speaker, David Chilton, did an awesome job. He was engaging, hilarious, and spoke at a level that wasn't intimidating. He gave a few good tips, and was really inspiring with the messages he had not related to finance (ie. life is good, stop complaining). We even got free copies of his book, saving us $20 each what.
All in all, good day for saving and learning about money. Only part about the day not good? I got in trouble with a really, really b*tchy usher at the living arts centre for not knowing that we were not allowed to eat in the auditorium. She embarrassed Sharon and I by taking away our free cookies we got with the book. I wanted to choke her. lol
I should prolly make it a somewhat presentable one. With that said, however, I'm pretty confident:
a) no one will laugh at my jokes (mind you I don't care because I think it's funny to me. As is pretty much all my jokes)
b) it is going to get awkward at times
c) I'm prolly going to get emotional, but not in that crying sort of way
I was going to write it on Friday or even Saturday, but look at me trying to be responsible and starting my first draft today. I just really hope no one is expecting it to be any good or anything (especially you, Arvin...lol).
After being a best man for five weddings, I can confidently say that I'm no better man than anyone else. I am honoured that people think well enough of me to be part of their wedding let alone a best man. I'm especially blessed to be the best man for these last two weddings.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: one of the biggest regrets in life I have is not having who I should've had as my best man be my best man and who I should've had as the groomsman to be my groomsman. Writing these speeches just further accentuates that. What can I do now? Sucks. But I think, at least I hope, that those guys, my boys, know that much.
I guess I should sleep or something and stop thinking
Got the new suit fitted for adjustments, then went to Arfeli's for their Greek Pre-Wedding Traditions. Apparently one of their traditions is stuffing their faces with food. Oh wait, that's my tradition. Again!
But their traditions included sewing on crosses on a duvet, having the parents of the bride and groom carrying around stuff on their shoulders and heads, pouring rosewater on hands, smelling incense, and the best one (or most related to us): having a baby roll on the bed for "good fertility wishes" for the couple.
I was so proud of our baby for not crying while they rolled him on the bed. It was also hilarious looking at his face, which had the "okaaaaaaaaaay" and "wtf?!?" look on it. Oh, so this is what parents mean when they say that when you're proud of your kids it makes you extremely happy. Granted, yes, I really am setting the bar low here, but still...lol
We then went to a famjam as Corinna is in town from Seattle. We stayed for, oh 40 minutes. Good times.
And now we just finished watching Ip Man (Arfeli got a subscription to Netflix again, and seeing as how we're mooches, we have access to free movies again what). Good movie.
Tomorrow we gots swimming, and then next thing you know I'm going to be complaining that the weekend is over. Time, amirite?
Last night Argay and I had to find a suit to avert the latest crisis for the wedding. It was all about finding the same (out-of-season-impossible-to-find) suit or a similar looking one. Luckily we did find one at Zara; unluckily Argay was out $$$ because we couldn't find the same suit that was on clearance, was only able to return the other one he bought at regular price at sale price, and the suit I got was on regular price. Got that? I know, all these thoughts about suits, and I literally just woke up from a dream that I was with Barney Stinson who was telling me to "suit up". Yikes.
Anywho, a week left till the wedding. Crazy
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Went for some ramen (I seriously love noodles) last night with Ian, Maunley and Grayson after meeting up with them to do a suit exchange and to give Grayson his tux. Grayson is 18 months old and is running free and wild. I can't imagine when or if Eamon is going to be like that. I figure I'll just buy a leash and a muzzle for him...lol
Bought a new battery from Costco for Sharon's Camry. Working fine. Sharon goes to Bulk Barn. Stall. CAA luckily tows it back home. Return car battery. Buy new battery from Walmart. Realize it's essentially the same battery (in terms of power, current). Get advice from my Dad that there might be something wrong with the alternator (which I originally suspected but didn't have faith in my own judgement because of my past history of trying to be an auto mechanic). Install new battery, see that the headlights flicker. Yup, something wrong with the alternator. All in the freezing cold.
I've said it countless times, thank goodness for Google because I just learned more about batteries than I would've imagined if I was to try to figure it out 15 years ago.
Not a thank goodness? That our cars, reaching 9 and 10 years old respectively, are starting to show its age. Sucks. But it's expected; cars are esssssspensive.
Luckily my Dad is retired now and has time to come over tomorrow, test it out and maybe have it towed to the mechanic who will fix it for us
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Wow, 2012 is really bringing some surprises. For instance, I read two 400 page books within the last few days.
Hey, when I do something, I do it obsessively.
They are pretty good books, these Hunger Games books. One last book to go in this trilogy, then I'll prolly be sad that it is over and I won't read again for, what, 4 years?
So sometimes I take modern technology for granted. For example, to get somewhere physically thousands of kilometres away in a matter of hours is pretty ridiculous considering just 100 years ago it was not possible. So how much would that be worth to the normal person that had nothing to do with the development of that specific technology?
What I'm getting at is damn, it is quite expensive to fly to Las Vegas at this time of year. But all things considering, it's pretty cheap. Plus, I used our Petro Points to get a substantial discount. Plus we got good flight times and it's direct flight. Can't top that. Well you can, but then I would just be getting greedy.
So the first big thing checked off the list. Now onto the others...
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Speaking of expensive, I'm scared to think about how much it is going to cost me to fix the fan in my car properly. Argh
I enjoy playing basketball with the same guys in the morning. We occasionally partake in the time-honoured tradition of talking the trash.
Sometimes it goes awry, which makes me laugh.
To wit: I texted Kelvin to see if he was going to play tomorrow morning and evening. He said he would. I replied "is your confidence going to be okay getting beaten twice?"
He replied "With all this smack talk, ur pissing in the wind. And tomorrow is gonna be a windy day."
Yeah, what? LOL
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Flashmobs are so 2009. And yet, here I am enjoying this show Mobbed. I've always wanted to be in a flashmob. I wouldn't know what to do though if a flashmob happened and it was directed towards me. Yes, I know, weird for an "attention-whore"
I've always been jealous of people who instinctively know their lefts and rights. I always have to think about which is left and which is right. It's gotten better the past few years, but in some circumstances (like when calling picks in basketball) I have to really think about it. Embarrassing.
And how do I know which is my left and right? Make a gun with my thumb and index fingers. If it forms an "L", then it's left. If it forms a "J", then it's right. As in, "J is always right"
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First day back! And funny: I haven't used my alarm clock in a long time. How do I know? Because when it was vibrating, I had no idea what the movement was.
It was great while you were around. I didn't get as much stuff done as I wanted to, but that's okay. I also enjoyed my first Christmas with my baby boy. I especially liked watching him today "crawl" (which really is just him rolling his entire body. It's frickin' hilarious)
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Time to start thinking about going on a vacation in February. Vegas? Yukon? Vancouver? Anywhere? Let's hope
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Welcome back Buh! Just keep going at it. Even if it's only a few words. Even if it's only one word. I have to believe it will help, otherwise I posted 2474 or something times which was a big waste of my time (it wasn't. At least, not to me)
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Arfeli is getting nuped up in less than a month. Dang...so quick. Tingly biyag yet?
As predicted, we were fast asleep during the "New Years Celebration". Party aminals what.
The Doctor's Kim-Sy did pass by last night before they head back out to Calgary today, along with Arfeli and a googs chat with Beevy. It was nice and quiet and always great to be reminded who the friends who are really family are.
Here's to 2012, hoping it's better than 2011
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My parents last great moment of 2011:
Mom (talking to Sharon): "Your Tay thinks that Eamon is going to beat Bieber"
Mom: "He will beat Bieber. Because he sings already"