Thursday, 2 September 2010

I am alive

Well it has been a wee while since I last wrote anything here isn't it?

Just to assure you everything has been going great since the last entry, the wedding was amazingly fantastic. We had an absolutely amazing time in the Dominican Republic - so much so that we are planning the next trip there as soon as possible. Married life has been going great - it is so good that I have been recommending it to all my friends, and one of them has listened and gotten engaged a couple of weeks ago. Congratulations Lea.
Like I was saying wedding bliss is running true in the Cosgrove household (I am slowly getting used to strangers referring to me as Mrs Cosgrove) and we have been granted further good news in that I am expecting. We had discussed getting pregnant as soon as possible after the wedding but it is never a guarantee so it was lovely to find out that after only 2 months of trying we are going to have a baby. We are due on February 28th and everything looks perfect (if only the morning sickness would ease off).

So that is it for just now - I am planning on posting lots in the coming months about the baby and all the changes we are making for the little one's arrival but for know will bid you a good night - I am off to bed.


Saturday, 13 March 2010

OMG! Just 1 week left at work....

Feeling a bit neglected? I have left you for a while, haven't I?
Sorry about that - but for the past 4 weeks life has just been so manic. I have started a new job, which is fantastic. I have set hours, can work out exactly how much money I will have at the end of the month and I can make plans for the evenings and around work. Also, and I am not sure if I have mentioned this before or not but I am planning a wedding for the end of this month. We have 5 working days left until we head off to Manchester for our flight out to the Dominican Republic. Things are all happening so quickly now - we have had to arrange our currency, start our shopping (which still isn't finished) and try and pack everything into just 23 kilos.

There has been some light relief in this time though, David had his stag do the other week. He and his friends went to the gym for a mammoth workout session then onto an Indian restaurant to undo all their hard work. Me on the other hand did all the traditions of a hen night (minus the stripper though, thank god). I headed out into Edinburgh for a meal with 11 of my friends and then onto a club. It was a great night and really got me into the head space for the last little bit of planning the wedding. Having thought that I never wanted a hen night I am so glad that I did it, it was great and I had a great time.
The day after the hen night was the day I finally brought my wedding dress home. It is all altered and fits me perfectly and I love it so much. I thought I felt like a princess when it was straight from the dress shop but now that it fits me perfectly I love it even more. I have to take it to the dress shop on Wednesday but it is just so they can pack it into my hand luggage bag for me so that it should get to the Dominican Republic in a reasonably good state.

I cannot believe it is all happening so soon, it definitely has just sneaked up on us, but it is so exciting. I can't believe it is finally here.

I promise to write again before we go,


Saturday, 13 February 2010

Been Sticked ...

David and I went for our injections last night so we can go on holiday without getting any nasty diseases (well hopefully anyway). Typically though I had to get one more injection than David did as he had some injections in the 6 weeks he was in the army 8 years ago. So whilst he sat there Just getting his Hepatitis A injection I was getting stuck with Hep A, Polio, Diphtheria and Tenanus. Admittedly it wasn't as bad as I make it sound. The polio, diphtheria and tetanus vaccines are all in one little syringe, with a really small needle but it still wasn't very nice. Have I mentioned the fact that I don't like needles?!? I have two lovely bruises now, and very tender upper arms. Although there was a bonus in getting the injections, we couldn't get to the gym last night due to my arms being sore.
We even got our anti-malaria tablets which we start taking the week before we go. Been reading up about malaria carrying mosquitoes and I always thought they were the little blighters that were out at night but apparently these mosquitoes are the ones that are out bloodsucking during the day as well.

Last bit of wedding preparation happens on Wednesday when I go for my wedding dress fitting. It will be fun to put on my dress again as I haven't had it on since before Christmas when I collected it from the shop. Even with it hanging up in my hallway for the past couple of months I haven't been tempted to bring it out and put it on. This is because I am so scared of getting it dirty on something so it has been hidden in the dress bag the entire time (well, I have been and snuck a couple of peeks at it, it is too pretty not to go and have a look at it).

Finally things are feeling like they are almost complete. Only 5 more weeks until we got on the plane, 6 weeks until the wedding. OMG! did I actually just say that? Only 6 WEEKS!!! until the wedding. It is all happening so quickly now!

Exciting, isn't it?

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Wedding & Work, the only 2 things on my mind....

So, the other day I posted about all the fun the wedding prep was, and you know what it is almost complete.
All the invitations are now out and the RSVPs are starting to arrive on the doorstep. The documentation for the Dominican Republic is all sorted, we did have a little blip when there was a spelling mistake on the translated version of David's birth certificate but after an email to the Dominican Embassy we had another copy in our hands 24 hours later. Now the last of the prep is to be done then we are all set.

David and I are going for our jabs tomorrow night. For anyone that knows me this is not going to be a good experience on account of me being absolutely petrified of needles. I have already made sure that I get the first appointment because if I watch David get his jabs then I will not get them myself. If I had known (or just thought about it) that jabs were needed to go to the Dominican the I can assure you that we would be heading out to Tenerife or somewhere else instead.

As the title says there is something else on my mind just now and that is work. I am about to stop being self employed and joining the rat race again. I start my new job on Monday and am looking forward to working a Monday to Friday 9 until 5. I look forward to getting to the gym at 5.30 every night instead of the usual 8.30 or 9.
Obviously with the start of a new job there is also the shopping that goes with it. Oh no (yeah right) I have to go and buy clothes that are suitable for working in an office and not for just sitting in a car or van. The high heels can be dug out again. Woo Hoo!!!

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Planning, planning, planning ...

So, what's been happening since the last post?
Well not too much reall on account of me being in bed for most of the time with stinking man flu. I call it man flu as it is the flu that David gave me. He is nice and sharing like that.

I am not going to moan on about being ill, I do that constantly, instead I am going to bore you with my latest wedding news. It is all getting exciting - well for me anyway.
Our documentation is almost complete. I collected our Certificates of No Impediments from the registry office. Those and the birth certificates were sent down to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to be legalised as (did you know this?) your documents are not legal outside the UK without an official stamp on them (and not the stamp that comes originally on them, that only makes them legal in the UK). They came back within a few days and now they are all currently sitting on someone in the Dominican Embassy's desk with the view to being translated into Spanish then the Spanish version being legalised so that they will be legal in the Dominican Republic. Once they come back thats it, all the documents will be ready to go and put into my little hand luggage suitcase that my dress will get folded into once it has all been altered.

As well as that we have finally booked our reception venue this week. Well we thought it was about time what with it only being about 10 weeks until the actual reception takes place. We couldn't decide where to have it as budget has been a big factor in deciding where it will be. We have also gone down the unconventional route of having it on a Thursday night. Seeing as how our wedding will take place on a Wednesday then there is no reason to not have it on a Thursday. Also the venue pretty much made that decison for us as they don't take private bookings on a Friday or Saturday night. So we have it all booked and the invitations that took me so long to make have all been sent out and are starting to be delivered to everyone we wanted to invite.

So things are coming along great. Just waiting for the RSVPs now to see who is going to come. I always have that dread that noone is going to come, but I am not sure if that is down to how I felt about myself at school and therefore never had parties, just nice meals out with families for special events in my life so far.

I hope the documents come soon, just another thing I can tick as completed on my massive list of things to do.

Have a great weekend.


P.S. In completeing this blog entry David has just called me from home to say that our documents have arrived and are all translated and legal now. Big tick for the to-do list. Woo Hoo!

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Ouch! But on a whole new level

So, still going to the gym and still meeting with the personal trainer but it isn't getting any easier. For days after my session with the mean man I am in agony. Even now I am still taking ibuprofen to ease my muscle ache.
There is a noticeable difference in my shape (well so David says anyway - I don't see it) so it is all worth it but my god it is a struggle getting out of bed for about 4 days after the session. Then it is time to meet up with the trainer again and start the ache all over again.

As well of all my aching I have also made some major progress in the wedding front.
The holiday is now completely paid for which is great. Also the documentation is taking shape now. I spoke earlier about me getting my passport, but now I have also received our birth certificates from the general registrar and the Certificate of New Impediments (CONI) from the registry office. Now the CONIs and the birth certificates have been sent to the foreign and commonwealth office to be legalised (because they apparently aren't legal outside the country until this has been carried out) then they need to get to the Dominican Embassy to get all translated and legalised again and all this before we go in 8 weeks!
Got my dress fitting in the next few weeks as well. The effort in the gym should show then. I am looking forward to seeing how the dress fits when I go to the dress maker compared to how it did when I collected it from the dress shop back in December.

As well as all of that I am starting anew job in the next few days. Gone are the days of waiting on the phone to ring and heading out all over the country. Now I will be in an office, working set hours and knowing exactly how much I will be getting paid. I wont even have to worry about doing a tax return every year or putting money away for the taxman. Life is going to be so much easier - David and I might even get to plan time together without the phone ringing. Really looking forward to it.


Saturday, 16 January 2010

Memorable week - definitely

So, since last weekend when I posted about my personal trainer experience things have gone from bad to worse.
Monday started it all off with a bang - literally. I had just dropped David off at work and was heading home for a sneaky little nap before being called out to work when someone drove into my car with theirs. So all of Monday morning was spent on the phone to the insurance company and a visit to A&E to be checked out as I hit my head in the bump.
It looks as if my car is going to be written off as well as the chassis has been bent and dented in the impact so no-one is going to repair that. So now looking out for a new car - David thinks that we can actually get 2 cars out of it so there might be a bright side to a very dark Monday. No wonder people hate them so much.
Tuesday I was still off work as my head was not feeling much better and my ribs were still giving me some annoyance - not really ideal when you drive for miles and lift boxes for a living so I ended up babysitting for my 2 little nieces who had been banished from nursery as they had chicken pox. They were fantastic though and didn't play up at all.
The rest of the week was back to work as usual albeit in a different vehicle which was strange to get used to at first.
For those that know me I don't do well in little black vehicles. The accident on Monday was the second time I had a crash in a small black car, I have only had 3 crashes in my 10 years of driving so I mentioned this to the insurance company and they sent me as a courtesy car - yeah you guessed it, another small black car. Hope nothing bad happens to this one.

Also not been to the gym for the past 4 days now - personal trainer session tomorrow is going to be fun, fun, fun - NOT!

What a memorable week.


Sunday, 10 January 2010


Personal trainers are bad!

I had my first session this morning with my new personal trainer and I am aching all over. I was worked harder than I have ever done in all my time in the gym. I aching in areas I didn't even think we worked. I have booked in for my next session with the trainer for next weekend and am going to be going to the gym a lot this week. We only have a few weeks now until the wedding and I think those are going to be the most painful of my life.

Going for a long soak in a hot bath now.


Saturday, 9 January 2010

How unusual to see me posting here again but I just had to tell you about the fantastic service I have just received.
I posted my passport application to renew my passport on Tuesday 5th January 2010. It was meant to get there on Wednesday as I paid for the guaranteed delivery service but it didn't get there until Thursday.

This morning I get in from work to find a little envelope behind the door. I thought it was my old passport being returned but when I opened the envelope it wasn't, it was my new passport. I was absolutely stunned. When I tracked the passport application it said that it would take about 3 weeks to get my new passport but it arrived within 48 hours.

Now that is what I call service!

So the passport office managed to get my passport application processed and my passport returned to me in the same amount of time as it took Royal Mail to get the application form from me to the passport office.

I am so happy now that I have my passport, it is one thing that can be scored off my to do list, there is still so much to organise.


Wedding planning back in full swing

Well, with only 81 days to go until the wedding the planning is now taking top priority.

I finally sent off my passport application on Tuesday, the passport office has confirmed that they have received it so hopefully it will only be a couple of weeks before I get a fully functioning (although they don't really do very much) passport.
As well as the passport I have also collected our paperwork so that we can get our Certificate of No Impediments. Normally when marrying here in this country you only need to get one for the two of you but because we are going abroad we need one each. I will be taking these back to the registration office on Monday along with the fees and our birth certificates to get these organised. I have had to wait until now to do this as they are only valid for 90 days. I have allowed 90 days to include the last few days of our holiday so that if the wedding doesn't happen on the date we have picked for whatever reason we can still get married a few days later whilst we are still away.

Once the documentation all arrives I need to get it to a translation service in Surrey (I think) then once everything has been translated into Spanish I need to get it to the Dominican Embassy to get it all legalised by them, then we can go.

So not much to do (yeah right) and only a few weeks to get it all done.
Think I will be paying for the express services and the rapid postal service that Royal Mail offer (although they don't do deliveries even when they guarantee delivery by a specific time, more to come on that later. Still arguing the point so will discuss once it is all resolved)

Thursday, 7 January 2010

2010 - it is here already.

Hi. Happy New Year. Welcome to 2010.

This is the fist minute I have had to sit down and write something since my last blog entry. New Year was even more hectic, but in a different way, than Christmas and I am only just recovering from it. Hogmany (December 31st) was a quiet affair, David and I spent it together, on our own which was a first in all the time we have been together. We started to watch TV, to bring in the New Year along with the chimes of Big Ben or the fireworks at Edinburgh Castle but the TV was so rubbish that we were in bed for just after midnight.
New Year's Day started out quietly but got manic just after lunchtime. Always wanting to better my hostessing skills I had invited 11 people for dinner so began my cooking prep shortly after lunchtime. The meal went well and by the time everyone left at 11:30 I was ready for bed. The next day was back to work as usual and it has been the same since then.

In amongst all the working I have done I have also been arranging more of the wedding. I have called the woman that is going to do my dress alterations and have booked my appointment to have my first fitting so that we can start to get the alterations done. The dress needs shortened quite considerably and the bust section of the corset needs quite a huge amount taken out of it. I go for the appointment at the start of February so not long to go now before that starts. I have also finally sent off for my passport but that is an ongoing saga so will discuss that later. I have also contacted the local registry office to see about the Certificate of No Impediment that David and I both need to get first before any of our other documentation. Now we are trying to find a venue for our reception on our return.

So this is where I am up to just now. Now just trying to get everything back into some sort of order where I can start to score things off my to do list, one at a time.