Friday, January 29, 2010


Thank God this week from hell is almost over! First one of my co-workers called in ALL FLIPPING WEEK so then I got stuck working with the only other person here I can't stand! You know how there are just people you don't like, and never will? And her laugh is SO ANNOYING! It seriously makes me want to lean over and punch her in the face!

So again, TGIF!

We have to take the dogs to the vet tonight. Emma needs booster shots and Rex is having some trouble holding "it" all day all of a sudden. Then tomorrow we have bowling then are going over to our friend's house for some wine and video games. (We also went out to Buffalo Wild Wings last night with these same friends. I had some nice wings & beer. Yeah, pretty sure that wasn't the smartest choice the day before "weigh-in" as witnessed to the side. UGH UGH UGH. I seriously need Jillian Michaels to come and kick me ass, pronto!)

P.S. The phone interview went pretty good. Won't hear about the next round of interviews for a couple weeks though!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Work Drama

I work for a clinic. I hate it. But it's a full time job, and pays the bills (mostly, haha) Well there is this one woman I work with who calls in CONSTANTLY! She only works 4 days a week as it is and every.single.week this WHOLE month, she has called in at least once. And this week, she has called in for the entire week! I am so sick of it! All it does is make my life hell because I have to pick up her slack! And my boss does nothing about it! And once you factor in that we now have to start rotationg weekends and work holidays, I'm at my witts end!

...So I have a phone interview tomorrow morning for a different job. I'm nervous, but at the same time, I know I need to move on. My current job is sucking the life out of me. Cross your fingers for me!! :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tom knows I have a blog. I haven't ever given him the address, but I'm sure he could find it if he really tried. However, I told him to please leave it alone because it's my "space" and kinda like a diary? And he said he would respect that.

Well I hope he sticks to his word! (you there Tom? DON'T LOOK!)

Below is me actually in my wedding dress!

My arms need some major toning, (as you can see in the first picture) as well as my back. (I'm not even going to show my fat back in the dress yet. Ick!) But Overall, I'm pretty happy. I love how small my waist looks. And with some more inches gone, and some alterations, it will be perfect! (Ok, not wordless wednesday afterall...Ooops!)

Friday, January 22, 2010


Um yeah. See that weigh-in log over there? ------>

It's not looking so hot. I'm in a slump. I didn't lose anything this week. Again. Damn. But then I'm not surprised. I have been keeping an eye on my eating, but I don't think I've exercised weeks? Gee, maybe that's related to my scale not budging!

Sigh. I need to get back on the workout train. Dealing with family drama over the wedding has majorally stressed me out. All I want to do when I get home from work is watch tv. At least my weight is still going down in the right direction. I just need to beef up my efforts. Starting tonight. I need to get back into running. I need dates with Jillian Michaels and her 30DS (EVIL) I need to tone my back & arms because although that dress I wore last weekend is a true SIZE 8 (holla! Goal size!) My wedding dress is strapless...and I have some work to do to get my flabby chicken arms into shape!

Sooooooooooooo I still need to lose 6 more pounds. And TONE TONE TONE like crazy.

P.S. I am SO FREAKING GLAD I lost 40 pounds BEFORE I got engaged. Now I have 11 months to lose 6 pounds and tone up?! Instead of losing 50 pounds and toning up?! Easy as pie! Phew!

P.P.S Tom & I have decided we might start trying to have a baby after the wedding. More like, stop taking birth control and "whatever happens, happens" But still...big step! Ah! (We'll see how we feel once December gets closer! Maybe we won't be as ready as we think. But maybe we will...)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Work party/Coach purse love!

So after I found my wedding dress on Saturday I had to go to Tom's annual work party. They always have tons of food, open bar, and awesome door prizes! We have never won anything before, and this was our third year going. And this year we both won! Tom won a $100 gift card and I won... A Coach purse! WooHoo! I've never owned one before, because I couldn't spend that much money on a purse....But now I have a beautiful one for free! When they pulled my name out of the box they just said, "Danielle." and I shouted, "what's the last name?" And they butchered my last name and I screamed, "That's me!!!!!Woo!" Ha! :) (I may have been a little tipsy by this point. I was also stealing ice from the ice sculpture for my drink...but everyone else was drunk too so it's all good!) So I'd say I had an awesome weekend all around! This whole year has been amazing so far! Who will complain about getting engaged and winning a Coach purse?! ;)

Tom & I before the party

My Coach purse!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Got my dress & hair piece!

On Saturday my mom & sister came down to go dress shopping. I was very nervous! I was worried the sales girl I got would be pushy and laugh at me when I told her my price range (Um, LOW!) But it went well. They had plenty of dresses in my price range. My dress fits me like a glove! It hides what I want it to hide, and shows off what it should! It made me look really skinny, always a plus! It's actually a 2009 dress, so they let me buy the sample dress right off the floor (in the exact size & color I was going to order!) for $150 less. The dress was in good shape, and the $150 discount will help cover the cost of alterations! Sounds like a good deal to me! ;)

The front of my dress

...and the back

I tried on a veil with the dress when we were in the store. It was "too much" considering the dress has a train and is more formal than I thought I would buy. It is a beach wedding after all! So I'm not wearing a veil. I'm wearing my hair up with a hair piece. So, I made my first Etsy purchase today! The bridal shops were asking $100-300 for a flipping hair piece! No way! So I found a very cute one on Etsy for $28 plus $6 shipping! I hope it turns out good! Here's the seller's pictures of it...

Now I am on the hunt for flat shoes that are actually cute! Most of the flat shoes I've found are UGLY!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Winner winner, chicken dinner!

I used and...


Which means....NICOLE from is my winner! Congrats girl! E-mail me your home address to kruchd at gmail dot com. I will order your year of Self asap! :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Last Call-Giveaway

Today is the last day to enter my giveaway! Winner announced tomorrow!

Monday, January 11, 2010


It's Monday. Boo. I got a lot done this weekend, but I still have a ton to do, and I need another 2 or 3 days to accomplish it all!

I've always known I am an emotional eater. But this weekend I realized what emotions trigger it the most. #1: Lack of control. Planning a wedding should be the one time in my life when I have the most control over things, right? After all I am planning MY wedding how I like it?! Ha! WRONG! Every single person has an opinion on things and I can't make everyone happy. In fact, I don't feel like anyone is excited about our wedding because they are too caught up in all the little details. Hell, I'm not even excited about my wedding because all I deal with everyday is complaints/suggestions/opinions from everyone else! I haven't even been able to enjoy my engagement so far! My weigh-in on Friday went well (always posted on my side bar, fyi) but this weekend it was a struggle to keep my eating in check. I feel like I have NO control over this wedding. My family is being complete jerks about everything. My mom even said she is NOT coming to my wedding dress appointments this Saturday! So I guess I have to find my wedding dress by myself? Gee, that's ALWAYS how I pictured it would be. Anyway, my point is I HATE not having control over the situation. And it's a constant struggle to let things be, and relax instead of stuffing myself with food to "fill" that void I currently have.

I WILL overcome this. It's just a constant struggle.

P.S. I am so grateful at how Tom is handling this whole situation. He is being incredibly supportive of me. Even when I act like a basket case and cry pretty much every day over my stupid family!

Friday, January 8, 2010


Alright ladies, it's time for a giveaway!

I know a lot of you are trying to lose some weight/get in shape. So I am going to give one person a gift subscription to either Self or Fitness magazine, your choice. To enter, leave me a comment telling me which magazine you would like. For an extra entry, become or tell me you are already a follower. (make sure to leave a separate comment for each.)

Giveaway ends next Thursday 1/14. I will announce the winner on Friday!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


There is only ONE child on either side of the family. It is Tom's niece. (His brother's 9 month old baby) When we told the family we were getting married in Jamaica, we said we need to know if the kid was coming because a lot of the resorts are 18+. They said, "we are 99.9% sure she won't come, but don't base your wedding off her anyway, do what you want." Awesome! I wanted a 18+ resort anyway! So we booked sandals, PUT OUR DEPOSIT DOWN and everything. Then today the kids mom (Tom's sister-in-law) messages me on facebook and asked what resort we booked and if it was 18+. I told her we booked sandals, which is 18+, but they can stay at a Beaches down the road which is a sandals property, but it allows children. We can shuttle to Beaches to see them during the day and shuttle back to sandals at night. (I was thinking about booking ALL the guests at Beaches. Hello, it would give us more privacy, ya know, honeymoon and everything going on? Haha) However, They would need to leave Katie at the daycare on site at Beaches for our wedding ceremony because it's at Sandals and HELLO CHILDREN AREN'T ALLOWED.

She said that if children aren't allowed, then they won't come because she refuses to leave the baby at the daycare for the ceremony. First of all, you told us the kid was "99.9%" not coming because she would stay with her grandma. Now you change your mind? Fine. I gave you an option for a family resort, with daycare. You refuse that. WTF do you want me to do about it?! WE ALREADY BOOKED OUR WEDDING. You're telling me Tom's own brother won't be at his wedding because you're a total bitch and won't even let him go alone? Why can't Tom's brother at least go? Because you're evil? Yeah. Guess so....

Also, a girl I know (we aren't super close anymore, but we talk on facebook and whatever) told me, "congrats on getting married, but things change, the MEN change after marriage, and it's not for the better."


I've been engaged for FIVE DAYS people! Why are you all trying to ruin this for me?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I told Tom I've so over everything. I'm not even excited anymore. Everyone sucked all the happiness right out of me. Sad. :(

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Date is Set!

We put the deposit down to hold our wedding date & time! We are now "officially" getting married on 12/31/10 @ 4pm! I am having major cold feet right now! (good thing I have a year to warm up to the idea! Haha) It just all happened so fast! I've only been engaged for 4 days! But we knew we wanted 12/31 so our agent said we better put the deposit down to save the day before they fill up.

My mom is coming into town next weekend the 16-17th. She said we might as well go look at dresses since she is in town. So I'm pretty sure I'm not eating for the next 2 weeks! Ha!

My family is also really, really, really stressing me out. I wish everyone would BUTT OUT and let us plan our wedding how WE want to. Last night Tom's sister-in-law had him on the phone for over an hour asking why we wanted to do a destination wedding, why we can't just do it in MN and blah blah blah. I'm sorry, but if you don't want to come, DON'T COME! Ugh!

P.S. I was going to do my give-a-way on Jan 1st....buuuuuuuuuuuuut since I got engaged I TOTALLY forgot! Forgive me?! :) I've noticed a lot of fellow bloggers trying to get healthy now that it's a new year... So I'm thinking about giving away a year subscription to either Self or Fitness magazine? What do ya think?!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Stress already

One of the reasons we decided to go to Jamaica is because there isn't a lot of fuss. Bring your friends and your dress and get married. No detailed planning. But apparently people feel the need to give me their 2 cents on everything anyway! UGH!

We are meeting with a travel agent tonight. So excited! We are actually, officially, planning our WEDDING! :)

Also, Back to counting calories today after a break for new years/engagement celebrations. I have MAJOR motivation now! ;)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

RINGing in 2010!

2009 was a great & important year. I got *almost* everything on my "major" wish list...

1- Buy a house, CHECK!
2- Lose more weight/keep the lost weight off, CHECK!
3- Get a puppy, CHECK (x2!)

*so the only thing left was*

4- Get engaged....................

Well, I'M ENGAGED!!!!!!!!

I got engaged right as it turned 2010. So I'd say 2010 is starting out to be an AMAZING year!!

I knew the proposal was coming soon-i
sh. But he totally had me fooled it wouldn't be for another month or two! He kept saying things like he didn't have it ordered yet and it takes a couple weeks to come in, and "don't get your hopes up" to get engaged before January. Also, he has an old engagement ring I thought he was going to trade in to help pay for mine. Well, I knew where he kept those rings and I would check daily to see if they were gone. They never left! (turns out, he is going to sell them to someone at work instead of trading it in because he will get more for it.)

So anyway, on New Years Eve we went out to dinner at Macaroni Grill. It was a pretty good time. I had some yummy drinks and lobster ravioli. We laughed a lot and talked about how 2009 was a good year for us. Then we didn't want to deal with crazy cover charges and trying to deal with finding a cab so we decided to just go home. I started to feel sick and took a nap on the couch while he played guitar hero. (which ruined part of his plan for a romantic fun night drinking champagne! Haha) I woke up around 11, 11:30 and had a glass of champagne. He insisted we find a channel that would show the ball dropping. (Which was a little weird, but I didn't suspect anything.) Once there was like a minute left he pulled me up and gave me a hug and said he loved me. He turned me around so he was standing behind me with his arms wrapped around me and we were both counting down the last 10 seconds...once it hit midnight I turned around to get my kiss and he was down on one knee with the ring!!!!!!!!!! I grabbed the ring and said, "REALLY?! Are you serious?! For REAL?!" Haha! And he said, "You didn't even let me propose!" :) Oops! So I gave him back the ring and started crying. He said he loved me very much and barely chocked out "will you marry me?" because he started to cry too. I said yes (of course!) and now, I'M ENGAGED!!! Wow. It's just barely starting to sink in, it doesn't feel real yet!

On New Years Day we were supposed to meet with my family for my grandma's birthday/Christmas round 2. So early in the morning I ran to Target & the dollar store and put together a travel box for everyone in my family. It had mini shampoo, travel toothbrush, sun screen, sea shells, sun glasses, and a map of Jamaica, etc. I had them all open them at the same time and when they were confused I shouted "We're engaged!" and it started to click. :) Everyone was very happy, which w
as nice. :) My little sister cried her eyes out because she was so happy. (which is why I'm so glad he planned it so I could tell everyone in person.)

The ring is beautiful. I absolutely love it!