Do you find that you look back on certain aspects of wedding planning and are totally mortified by the lack of perspective which influenced the process? Let me introduce to you one of my favorite words, and one that could be applied to myself, um, more than once.
1. Medicine Failure of the heart to maintain adequate blood circulation, marked by labored breathing, engorged blood vessels, and edema.
2. Psychology The inability to maintain defense mechanisms in response to stress, resulting in personality disturbance or psychological imbalance.
This describes the state of mind in which I found myself one evening, growing delirious with the difficulties of picking a motif for our invites. I was one second despondent, the next second giggling, and shooting annoying emails to my sister at a rate of 5 emails per minute.
I think our last conversation ended with her saying "I can't deal with you anymore, you're decompensating." I didn't even know what she meant until I looked it up.
How did I get here? It started innocently enough. I wanted my friend K to create a line drawing of the coastline at Half Moon Bay so that we could use it on our invites. We went through multiple iterations (okay, about 24). And finally, being the gracious bride that I am in accepting my friend's free services, I decided that I *no longer* wanted a coastline. The drawings were great, it was more my own flawed concept. *Blush*
It was up to me to find something, and quick. I searched. And searched. But I was having a hard time, and by "hard" I mean stressful and miserable, because I had put my friend through all this work only to change my mind at the end, and I had to find something that would work and represent us and the style of the wedding and spin gold and babysit my future children and all that good stuff.
I kinda gave up. I began to think I would just forgo an image and have nothing but the text. The only things I could think of were--hm, how shall I put it--well, you'll see. Here is a mere sampling of what I began to think would be totally appropriate to put on our invites:
Potatoes! Kevin and I really like eating potatoes! Mashed, pan roasted, fries, gratin, you name it, we love potatoes!
Our new vacuum cleaner! We love it! Sometimes we open the closet to peek at it. A clean home brings harmony to our relationship. Vroom! Vroom!
Kevin and I rather like these little pug bums. Maybe, like, a bouquet of pug butts?
And a pain killer. Any pain killer. Because at that point it seemed like a really good idea.
As you can see, while one can certainly call these "inspired", perhaps it's not "inspired" in a good way. So what did I find at 1:30 am furiously searching the internet? An artichoke!
No, I'm serious. We're doing an artichoke.
What parts of the planning, if any, threw you close to decompensation?