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30 Days of Thanks – Rites of Passage

Day 30

That’s it! Today is the day! 30 Days of Thanks. We made it. I feel like today I should somehow reflect on all the days previous and choose something to be thankful for that perfectly encapsulates EVerything that makes my life grand. But in all honesty I can’t get one thing out of my mind.

My wedding gown!

I said yes to the dress today.

I didn’t think it would happen. I didn’t really buy into that whole Say Yes to the Dress myth even though I watch that show like a junkie. I figured that although it’s entertaining, it’s not really me. I’ll just find a gown online, or at a little vintage thrift store, or at Ross. Whatever. I figured that would suffice. And it almost did. And it probably would have been fine. But I still wanted the experience. The bridal gown miles of chiffon champagne mother-daughter dress shopping experience. I figured I only get to have the experience once in my life and I want to know what it feels like to wear a designer gown. So I made an appointment at Miosa Couture in Sacramento this afternoon and went in with my mom and my Maid of Honor with zero expectations. I just wanted to have fun. The experience.

Then I started crying.

Then my mom started crying, and Dana started crying, and I felt like a bride. And I realized I didn’t want a dress from Ross. I’m much too much of a romantic for that. I want to feel like the most “Rebecca” version of Rebecca on my wedding day, and I realized today that the dress will help that happen. This dress.

The moment I put her on I knew. It is the most perfect dress I could imagine. I want to wear it for the rest of my days. It is everything I want in a dress and everything I could dream of. And while it is more than I planned on paying for a wedding gown, it is not going to break the bank, and I love it. I love it so much.

So today, on this last day of November and the 30th Day of Thanks, I’m thankful for rites of passage. For little rituals we’ve created to take us from girls to women, to bond with our mothers, to celebrate our sisterhood. It’s just a dress, but it represents so much more.

And no I’m not posting a picture. You’re going to have to wait until July 🙂


Probably won’t see ya tomorrow. Probably gonna take the day off. Probably see ya the day after.


why I never get sick (watch, now I’ll get sick)

I just came across this article on HowStuffWorks.com, which by the way is pretty much the most amazing website ever if you’re a factoid junkie like me. And no, they don’t pay me to say that, but they can if they want to (How Stuff Works, call me).

I spend significant hours each week listening to the various kick-ass podcasts “How Stuff…” puts out as well as trolling the website. I recommend the Stuff You Should Know and Stuff Mom Never Told You podcasts to start you off, although they’re really all good. I digress… Yesterday I read this article which explains why it’s actually OK to go for a jog when you’re feeling under the weather. I can not only attest to the validity of this notion but I heartily endorse it. Whenever I feel that tickle in the back of my throat or a general oockiness in my head, I hit the running trail.

The first time I tried this it honestly felt like the last thing I wanted to do with a cold coming on, so don’t feel bad if this practice is hard to swallow at first. It’ll be a lot harder to swallow if you just sit there and let yourself get a sore throat. After making this my go-to preventative care practice, I head for my sneakers faster than I head for the echinacea. Not only does it make me feel better, but I truly think it works as well as vitamin C or zinc to stave off the full blown cold/flu/cough that may have ensued had I sat on the couch watching yet another episode of Say Yes to the Dress with a box of Kleenex and chicken soup. I have no scientific evidence to back this claim. All I know is that I have almost gotten sick at least thrice in the past two years and I’ve somehow managed to emerge victorious every time in the battle of Rebecca vs. the germs. Try it. Being the superstitious sucker that I am, I’m positive that I just jinxed myself and will now come down with some horrible strain of swine flu that no amount of mileage can cure. Nonetheless, trust me. Next time you feel that inexplicable feeling; that “oh no I think I’m getting sick but I’m not quite sick yet” feeling, go for a jog. Sweat those germy suckers out.

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