Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Weddings vs. Houses

I think Jennifer put it really nicely in the last post, where she wrote:
"Isn't that so funny, some of the biggest events our lives are planned over months or years, only to be over in a day."
Thinking about it, the life processes of marriage and house buying do have much to compare and contrast.

Both are stressful.

I lost stress weight during wedding planning, yet now I've been relying on Samoas and Thin Mints.  Yep, I'm up a good 10-12 pounds from the wedding, even though I've increased my exercise regimine to nearly double! Zumba and yoga (thank you free work programs!) definitely help let out the stress - but then, so does the lack of cheese restrictions.
Happy mood food from my loving mom.  Came with a flan and a slice of tres leches from a hometown bakery as well!
Both are expensive.

Hoo-haw is that ever true.  Though I think we stayed pretty moderate with our wedding costs (as moderate as a destination wedding can be, anyway), I definitely was generous in allowing the craft supplies and trinkets/food for our guests.  I was okay with eating out often since planning killed all desire to cook (said desire still hasn't returned).  I succumbed to the wedding industry in the sense that I was much more frivolous with my money.

With house buying, however - we've become certifiable penny-pinching misers.  Sak, upon Gator-enlightenment, is now the embarrassing guy that holds up the grocery line while digging around for coupons.  Today he got 10 boxes of fruit snacks for a $1.50.
"Fruit" snacks!

Nevermind that we don't need gushers (nostalgic as they are!), it's pretty cool getting things for almost free.  Though he said he was taking most of them as work snacks, we can donate some to our church youth or give some to my sister as well.  And in case you're wondering, he got the idea from here.

Anyway, that was an extreme example, but we get a little extreme now and then.

Both take time.

But while I often felt like I was running out of time with the wedding, I simply cannot wait for this home buying process to be over!
Wistfully waiting..outside my home hopeful.
Really though, both are super emotional events.  I have good days and bad days.  Though both make me feel extremely close to Sak. It's the first adventure in our marriage, and there's nothing us Sak's like better than adventure.

(Approximately 2-3 more weeks to go! Underwriting is in progress now and the appraisal will be ordered tomorrow.  Please go through, loan, pleaaase...)


  1. I feel ya lady! We are in the same boat! Good luck!

  2. That's an awesome stash for "fruit" snacks! I'll keep praying for ya that the house is a SUCCESS! Can't wait for that post and all the crazy creative stuff you and Sak will come up with to make it your own.

  3. Go Sak, go Sak, go Sak! Sorry. I was so blinded by his awesome gusher purchase there. And yes, gushesrs ARE necessary. Or a really good thing to donate to church. Whatever.

    Stop getting down on yourself. Weight gain and overall health has a LOT to do with your happiness/emotional state. Take time each day to remind yourself how lucky and happy you are. It'll help your health and with your outlook!

  4. Thanks for the shout-out! I, too, am about 10 pounds heavier than our wedding day back in July. I've been in kind of a rut, and I've been trying to write a post about not really having had any goals since the wedding... but I keep procrastinating. Lol! But I love the compare/contrast thing you did with the house and wedding process!

    I have a good friend that just bought a house (found out yesterday!!), so now I can focus 100% my good-house-luck vibes on you! =)

  5. So true! Good luck with everything!

  6. I've heard buying a house is one of the most stressful things you can ever do! I hope this is all over soon and you can get into your new home quickly!

  7. The fruit snack thing is awesome!! Too bad the site you linked to said the coupons expire like today or something...


  8. Sending good loan vibes your way. We had to harass our loan agent(s) every time. The bank was backed up. (We've done three: home, rental, and home refi.) Every time the bank was extremely last minute.

    Yay for adventure... It's going to be interesting setting up your home, get ready for that challenge.


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