The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of exciting milestones for my friends, colleagues, family – and even for me and Mark!  Birthdays, weddings, engagements, babies, academic achievements…

Some of these moments have literally made me freeze.  And in this frozen moment, I suddenly think, I can’t believe this is happening.  I can’t believe I’m here.  Shopping for bridesmaids dresses this weekend and watching my sister try on a stunning a dress to be a maid of honor in MY wedding, well, it took my breath away.

Sometimes I think we are so busy going through the motions of living that we forget to stop and realize what we are actually living.

Today at lunch, talking with Abby and Katie, was a real eye opener for me.  We talked about adult things – houses, families, weddings, jobs.  Afterwards I couldn’t stop thinking about how these were 2 girls who, 7 years ago, were pushing me down the dorm hall in a rolling office chair alongside Katie’s then-boyfriend (now husband), trying to see which of us would reach the other end first.  And now, we’re all grown up!

Then again, 7 years IS a long time.  So maybe it’s me.

It also makes me look at where I am and marvel at it all.  Like the line in Rent, “How did we get here, how the heck…?”

But the best part?  I don’t regret a single thing.  Sure, sometimes the “what if’s” come up, out of curiosity.  What if I stayed on the radio job at WLIR instead of the career move to Video Design Software?  What if I stayed up in Amherst that extra year?  What if I never left GDF?  What if I never left Long Island?

And the answer is: I wouldn’t be here.  And I LIKE being here. Even if I sometimes recoil in horror at how … grown up we are (much as we try to deny it with late nights at Steve & Cristina’s or dancing out in town).  Maybe not horror.  Maybe just amazement.

“Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” (RIP, John Hughes)

Not my bouquet - but has our colors in it!

Not my bouquet - but has our colors in it!

On a lighter note, here’s a wedding update:

  • We bought our wedding bands and they’re all ready for the big day!
  • We booked the florist (still need to meet with the centerpiece florist) and designed the bouquets, boutonnieres, and ceremony flowers
  • We booked the photographer
  • We looked at bridesmaid dresses and narrowed it down to two options
  • We decided on the theme for naming the tables
  • We started moving forward on the honeymoon planning
  • We got most of the bridal party together for the first time ever this past weekend…and had an amazing time!

So we are making some solid progress.  We had a hiccup a few months ago when we realized how very EXPENSIVE a wedding is, but with some budget and priority rejiggering, we’re back in planning mode hard core.

I love it.  I can’t wait.  If this weekend was any indication, this wedding is going to be incredible.  We are surrounded by the most amazing, wonderful, loving and fun people.*

And I can’t wait to be Mrs. D. 😉

Question: if your self 10 years ago met you now, what’s the one thing they would be most shocked/surprised/amazed at?

Yeah, a lot of us unfortunately looked like this at one point in time...and never thought it would go out of style!

Yeah, a lot of us unfortunately looked like this at one point in time...and never thought it would go out of style!

*As I type this, my entrance song for the ceremony just came on.  Crazy!!