Blog-O-Pictures

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Married at last!!!!

*click on pictures for a better view*


Waiting inside my new home


Another shot of me at home


Waiting to be hitched


My beautiful bouqet!


Get me to the church on time! (My dad and my soon-to-be-mother-in-law helping me)


Sitting in the Rolls Royce


Walking up the aisle!


At the altar

*More to come in my next post!*

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

PICTURES!!!!

Since we're both really tired, I'm going to keep this short and just post some piccies. Will do a proper update later! ;-)


Enjoying British weather! :-P


Alex also enjoying British weather. Dig the manly umbrella?


So I'm guessing I'll survive, Southampton has a nice mall!!! :-P


He's not amused by the mall


My new backyard, very pretty but due to the amount of flowers and such...tons-o-bugs after me!


Took a walk around the neighborhood, thought this was a pretty sight.


Thought I'd take a pic of London before it got dark. :-P *pic taken today*


The view from the back of our taxi

The end for now!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Update!

Got to England on Sunday around 11am and pretty much slept the rest of the day. I got to Alex's house around 1pm and then 5 hours later...I was OUT. LOL

Monday we worked on some wedding details and hung out around town. I looked around for jobs...can't believe I have to find a job in England. I hate working in America!

Yesterday was our 1 year anniversary of being engaged, so we decided it was a great excuse to do something special. So Alex took me out to this really nice restaurant in Winchester called the Ghurka Chef and stuffed ourselves silly. I got Yam Yam Chow Chow (I ordered it last time I was in England simply because the name made me laugh) and split some other yummy foods with Alex. For dessert I had a baby pineapple with pineapple ice cream in the center (so good). Don't ask me why, but I love pineapple ice cream and never seem to find it anywhere. So when I saw that the Ghurka Chef had it last year, I couldn't leave the restaurant until I had tasted it. And I've been in love ever since. :-D

Later on we worked off our meals by going for a romantic walk alongside a river. Ah...a happy anniversary indeed.

Today it's really rainy, but I'm totally loving it. We opened the windows and just laid in bed, enjoying the sound of rain falling and smelling the clean air. In fact, I didn't even want to get out of bed...but we had to. :-(

So as of now, I am eating this incredible jelly donut Alex bought me at this Italian bakery and updating my journal. I can't stress enough how relaxing it is to be sitting by the garden, looking out onto such a beautiful sight, and just enjoying British weather. (most people hate it...I actually enjoy rainy weather. But that's just me) :-P

Sorry that this update is so short but I'd better get my ass in gear and finish helping with wedding plans.

Btw, if any of you are interested in coming to England for the wedding, let me know. We've got a deal with this REALLY nice hotel for £85-£95 a night. (down from £120 a night) It'll still be pretty expensive for you guys thanks to the exchange rate, but at least it'll be something off. AND it has air conditioning...which is rare in Europe. Bastards. But anywho, we're getting married August 17th! WHEEEEEE!!!!

http://www.pedersenhotels.com/index.asp?HotelId=6&PageNameId=1

*Here's the website for the hotel we're staying at and having the reception. Pretty snazzy!*

http://www.peternet.org.uk/Pages/StPetersChurch_Page.asp

*ze church we are getting married at*

Love you guys!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Home...for a couple of days...

Finally home...and I kinda sorta want to be back. I mean, I love being on the road and traveling but at the same time, I love not having to live out of a suitcase. But hey, I won't be home for long. Saturday I leave for England and won't be back until the 19th. Then I'm home for 3 weeks and then...and then...I'm gone for good. :-( *cries* Don't know when I'll be back guys...and it breaks my heart not being able to tell you all when I'll see you again.

I'm really sad. Don't get me wrong! I'm way excited that I got my fiance visa and I'm soooo insanely happy to be marrying such a terrific man...it's just that it's sad to say goodbye to what I've known all my life, pick up a suitcase and start a new journey.

There's a whole bunch of mixed feelings I have inside. A part of me wants to stay but another can't wait to get married and live in England. *sigh* It's hard enough to be away from home for a long period of time in another state...I can't imagine what it's going to be like having to live in another country. Remember, I'll be 7 hours ahead!! So don't go calling me at 8 o'clock at night...that'll be 3am my time! LOL

All in all, having my visa is a bittersweet feeling. It's my ticket to marriage but at the same time it means it's time for me to go.

Well, before I start depressing the crap out of everyone, I'll end my entry and go do something...dunno what, but I'll think of something.

But before I go, here's a really cute picture of Alex. He's in Scotland at the moment on a business trip. So um, Alex...are you working hard or hardly working? Is your office by the water? LOL JUST KIDDING!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

I got my visa!!!


Okay...so now I'm in Vegas after having spent a few days in California. I got my fiance visa, thank God! I thought it was going to be really scary but in fact, it was actually really easy.

You know when you go inside a bank and you go up to one of the bank tellers? The whole interview process was like that. The interview lasted about 20 minutes and once it was finished the woman (who was from Scotland) was like, "Come back at 2pm to pick up your visa."

That's it!?

I couldn't believe how fast and easy it was. All that stress for nothing. But hey, I'm not complaining. I was under the impression that I was going to be anal raped by some scary immigration person. You know, fearing that if I said something wrong that they'd slam a huge DENIED stamp on my application.

Once I got my visa we headed down to Disneyland and spent two days there. Don't ask me why, but I was ridiculously excited about going to Disneyland. As soon as I saw the damn place I was as giddy as a kid, practically running toward it. There's something about Disneyland that I can't describe...just feelings of nostalgia I suppose. Needless to say, we had a great time down there, despite the long lines and hot weather.

So yeah, moving on to some really cool news. My family and I had just finished eating at the Bellagio yesterday and as we were walking inside the hotel, I look at this guy sitting at a slot machine and notice he looks strangely familiar. Then my heart started to race once I realized it was Leonardo DiCaprio!!!! I decided to stalk him, so I sat at this other machine and just stared at him. LOL Then he got up and hung out with his entourage...which included his Victoria's Secret supermodel girlfriend. No, it wasn't Gisele...they broke up. (yes, I'm a dork who's up-to-date on celebrity gossip. :-P) I would've approached him, but I decided against it. You never know how these celebrities are going to react to a photo/autograph request. And, in the end, I just felt insanely crappy after seeing his girlfriend. (see photo on blog) :-P

Funny thing is, he didn't look like a movie star. He was wearing a grey polo shirt, jeans and a baseball cap. Had I not seen his face and heard his voice, I would've walked passed him, completely unaware.

So there you go, my gossip for the day. Hope everyone's doing alright and I look forward to seeing you guys soon! I should be home by Tuesday and then I'll be off to England on Saturday. So if you wanna hang out, let me know!

Monday, June 19, 2006

WEST SIDEEEEEEE!!!

Finally in California. I'm so happy to be off the road and sitting in a lovely, air-conditioned hotel room that Alex found for us online. LOL

Alright, on with an update.

We left Saturday as soon as my Dad got off work, which was around 7:15pm. I wasn't too thrilled with having to leave late but we really didn't have a choice. So we head on out and start our trip, thinking we would just drive straight to Vegas, but that didn't last very long. We got to Salina, Utah and crashed at a Super 8. Yeah...a Super CRAPPY 8. *love the cheesiness?*

The pillows were too thick and my side of the bed was completely dented in...as if some 2 ton man had slept on it the night before. So if I happened to get too close to the edge, I nearly fell off. And another cute item that our hotel room offered was a screaming toilet. Seriously, it screamed after every use...do I think the toilet was broken? No...it was just probably screaming out in horror after having had my ass on it. But c'est la vie.

We get back onto the road and start heading toward Vegas. We figured we'd just spend a night there, relax, and then go to California on Monday. Normally we would've picked a place like The Bellagio or The Mirage, but this time we thought we'd go cheap considering we'd only be there for one night. Wanna guess where we went? Circus Circus. Yeah, I'm laughing too.

It was awful, in fact, I've vowed never to step in the place ever again. Even if I had children, I'd still avoid that hotel at all cost. At first we didn't think it would be that bad, but it was. It was a zoo inside and there were children everywhere...don't get me wrong, I like kids but billions of them? Yikes. But hey, we went upstairs to play some games and won a few stuffed animals. I was going to try to win a huge bouncy ball but then Mom slapped some sense into me by asking, "Where the hell would we put that, Gina?"

Good point, Ma.

Moving on to the wonderful gourmet dining experience we had...we went to this place called Mexitalia...yeah, it tastes as ghetto as it sounds. You all remember what the spaghetti tasted like in grade school, right? Well, I only wish my food would've been that good. It was so bad that I had to go over to the Venetian and get the horrible flavor out of my mouth by buying tiramisu gelato. (Which was VERY orgasmic, might I add!!!)

Now I'm in California, thanking God for keeping us safe and alive while driving next to Californians. I'm dreading tomorrow's interview...I'm really not looking forward to it. I just pray that everything goes alright and that Alex and I can FINALLY get married.

Good thing is is that we're going to Disneyland! w00t w00t! I feel like such a child, getting so excited about a stupid theme park. Ah well, it's been 6 years since I've been to Disneyland and damn it, I miss the place.

Alright, this post is getting really long and boring so I'll end this for now. Hope to hear from people!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Sorry about the lack of updates


I had written a long, emotional entry but Blogger decided to delete it. And you know, when you start to re-write something that you've lost it doesn't even compare to whatever it was you wrote the first time. *sigh*

It's been so hot lately that I haven't had any energy to do anything. So much to do in so little time. I leave Saturday for California, come back the 27th and then leave for England on the 1st of July and won't return until the 19th. So these next few months are going to be super busy, super stressful. I can't wait for all of this to be over with and be on my honeymoon! Where? Who knows. I don't care as long as I don't have to deal with any immigration crap and have lots and lots of...um...pina coladas? :-P

I've been pretty bummed lately. My last day of work was really hard, I'm going to miss Victoria's Secret. I'd like to return there someday, but we'll see how things go. I HATE BEING JOBLESS!!! Yet I like sleepin in 'til noon...tis a bittersweet feeling.

I'm going to miss everyone and everything so much. I mean, a place like Colorado Mills isn't that fantastic, and definitely something not worth missing, but I'm actually going to miss it! So many memories there, so many memories EVERYWHERE for that matter. Just going to miss the small things. Like going to Wal*Mart at 3 in the morning, eating craptacular food at Taco Bell, turning on the boob tube and watching American shows, you know, the usual. I know I really can't whine...seriously...I'll be back for cryin' out loud! But that doesn't mean I'm not going to be sad to leave.

I look at it this way, I'm marrying a great guy and moving to a beautiful country that doesn't require learning another language. w00t! w00t!

What's funny is that Alex's parents want to teach me how to drive in England. Me. Driving in England. *I'll wait for a second so all of you can stop laughing at the mental image of me "driving" in England.* More like "Death Mission." I'd hit so many people and so many objects that not even a tank would be safe with me. Poor, poor tank. Anyway...maybe I'll give it a shot. Or maybe I'll rethink the value of my life (a buck fifty?) and not get behind the wheel.

Gotta wash the dishes now, toodles!
*pic of me last year in Winchester...I was seriously jet-lagged*