On the Back Burner

Mr. Plane and I recently celebrated our one year engage-iversary. When I look back over the last year, it is amazing how much we have accomplished — and how much more we have left to do.

I knew that planning for a 200-person wedding would take a few months, and I knew that the fall was the season I wanted to have our wedding in. But if I were to do it over again, I might have done a few things differently in order to have a shorter engagement. There are days when I just want to grab Mr. Plane, run down to the courthouse, and do this this already!

In the many (many) months between engagement date and wedding date, a lot of things have been moved to the back burner and have been replaced by wedding activities. I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately and am really started to miss some of the hobbies and activities I haven’t had the time to do because I have been so consumed in wedding planning. Today I’m going to share a few of them with you.

Baking

Baking was one of those things I did when I was bored. I love experimenting with different flavors and methods. My favorite thing to bake is cupcakes, and my favorite part of baking cupcakes is the icing. I’ve perfected the perfect icing swirl, and the longer I go without baking, the more concerned I am with losing my ability to swirl.

I should also add that my pre-wedding diet has also required me to stop eating cupcakes (and all other sweets), regardless of the baker. This? Makes me so sad.

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A swirl-tastic chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake. / Photo: personal, recipe here!

Reading

I was an English major in college, and writing and reading have always been a huge part of my life. I’m glad that I’m still writing in the form of blogs, both personal and for the ‘bee, but reading for pleasure has gone out the window. It recently made a brief appearance when I bought a Kindle Paperwhite in preparation for all of the summer laying out I plan on doing to perfect my wedding tan, but when I am home, I am mostly reading wedding sites or message boards until my eyes cross. I miss stories that don’t have to do with weddings or relationships (case in point: the first book I bought for my Kindle was about a schizophrenic. While Mr. Plane could probably make some comparisons right about now, I don’t have a whole lot in common with the main character — and I like that).

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A library spree from those pre-engaged days. / Photo: personal

Pinning

I’m sure that I have referenced Pinterest and some of my inspiration pins, and I’m sure I will continue to do so to some extent. But the days of simply browsing pinterest and pinning hundreds of pins in one sitting are gone. Now my pins are less for inspiration or things I think are cute for someone’s wedding, and more of a “I’m serious about this and will legit be using it in my wedding”-type pins. And forget food, fashion, craft, or home pins. Those boards are getting zero love.

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I miss you, Pinterest. / Image via someecards

Home Improvements

I’m also going to lump “chores” into this category, because I am seriously doing the bare minimum around here (dusting? What is dusting? I need a duster for the duster…due to the dust.) But our poor little condo has really taken a beating lately. Part of it has been the cold, and maybe once it gets warmer and spring cleaning is a real possibility, I’ll find some motivation to fix this place up a bit. The upside, if you can call it that, is the pride I feel when I do accomplish something around the house: I organized a closet last month and bragged about it for a week.

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Is there anything that someecards doesn’t cover? / Image via someecards

Career Advancement

My job is…fine. It pays the bills. It’s not all that exciting. If I had more time, I would likely be actively pursuing new career opportunities. Currently it’s more of a passive glance at the job postings a couple times a week. If I had more time, I would be scheduling more informational interviews and casual coffee dates with key players in my industry, reading up on the national happenings, and really working on improving my resume. But for now I am, for the most part, placated until the wedding. Plus — wouldn’t want to lose all that vacation time I’ve saved up for the honeymoon!

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someecards trifecta! / Image via someecards

Another thing that is jockeying for my attention is my master’s program. I can count the number of weeks I have left on one hand, but of course, the last few weeks are the most hectic. In reality I only have a paper and a presentation to complete, but combined they are something like 80% of my final grade. I am so glad to almost be done with the program and be able to focus even more of my time on wedding-related stuff! Just kidding…kinda.

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Now that I’ve started, I can’t stop. / Image via someecards

This isn’t to say that all I do outside of work and school is wedding plan. But when free time comes around, I’ll admit, it’s normally monopolized by wedding stuff. It’s so easy for me to get sucked into wedding research and spend hours — days — buried in planning. Which leads me to wonder… What the heck am I going to do with all this downtime after the wedding?

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Last one, promise. / Image via someecards

Did you feel like you gave up any hobbies during the wedding planning process? Do you feel like wedding planning monopolizes all of your time?

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