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Or is that Cheque, Cheque, and Cheque?

So the Dude and I are in the middle of planning our wedding for next spring.

I’m actually quite proud of myself, as I’ve really only had one meltdown (so far?), and it was about 3 weeks after the proposal, just before we left for Scandinavia.  Work was super busy at the time and I was coming up to an important deadline, I was trying to get the last minute plans done for our trip, we thought that the wedding would be in February, and every time I talked to my Mom, she would be in a panic that we would not have enough time to plan.

Needless to say, I was fed up, and demanded that the Dude help me with the planning.  “I don’t want to plan this all myself!”  He very wisely agreed, and here we are about 4 months later, and we’ve got the ball nicely rolling.  We’ve got the venue, caterer, the photographer,guest list, and my MOH.  And as of last week, I’ve even got my dress, accessories, and veil.  Yes!

And as of yesterday, start obsessing over this:

Pretty owls

Owls

Eeeeee!  They’re so cute!  And can be found here:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/55514928/love-angels-wedding-cake-topper-love

I know, I know.  It’s a bit steep.  But a girl can dream, can’t she?  And these ones in grey!  On a log!

Pretty grey owls

Pretty grey owls

I could stare at these all day.  And perhaps you should too? =)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63189170@N04/sets/

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I had the chance to do a bit of travelling this summer, and got to go to a place that I had always been curious about:  Scandinavia.  I went to Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, and loved it.  So let’s get on with it shall we?  Let’s start with Denmark.

Denmark – Copenhagen

Copenhagen appeared very much like a lot of other parts of Europe with it’s architecture and infrastructure.   The cobblestone streets, the non-grid-like road system, the buildings.

I arrived in Copenhagen on an overcast day, and immediately made a beeline for the hotel.  I was going to be staying in Copenhagen for 6 days, and ended up staying in 2 different hotels, one on each side of town.  The first one I stayed at was near Nyhavn:

Nyhavn

I wandered around the area a little bit, and saw the Opera House across the water:

Operahus

the Operahus

One of the first things that I noticed, was that there were no Starbucks around.  Like, NONE.  After you leave the airport, there’s no more familiar siren beckoning you to caffinate.  I mean, sure, there were other coffee houses around, but it was a shock that I had finally arrived somewhere with no Starbucks.  So I settled in with  Ginger Lemon drink at one of the local coffee shops:

Mmm...ginger lemon

Mmm…ginger lemon

Heading more towards the shopping area, I came across a pedestrian only zone which was jam packed with people and stores:

Shopping!

Shopping!

One of the most familiar things to come from Denmark, beside their butter cookies, is Lego.  And Lego stores are everywhere.  And I LOVE Lego.  I wanted to buy everything!  I even considered going to Legoland, which is in Billund, about a 2-3 hour train ride away, but in the end, I just couldn’t justify the cost.  Maybe next time.

Lifesize LEGO Beefeater

Lifesize LEGO Beefeater

Lifesize LEGO Ninja

Lifesize LEGO Ninja

LEGO Nyhavn

LEGO Nyhavn

LOVE Lego.  Maybe one day I’ll take pictures of some of my Star Wars Lego…

I also had the chance to go to Tivoli, which is an amusement park.  Coming from a place the has a large amusement park like Canada’s Wonderland, Tivoli seemed small.  Very, very small.  And the line ups!  I could barely squeeze through some of the areas because of all the people!  It was nice to spend most of a day there though, sipping my coffee and the Woodhouse and people watching.  They even had a peacock walking around!  The most remarkable thing about that day though, was how staff was getting excess water off of the grass:

Vaccuuming up water

Vaccuuming up water

They used a vaccuum cleaner!!  Genius.

I also have a weird obsession with beer-making.  I find it to be a fascinating process.  And since I grew up with Carlsberg as my Dad’s beer of choice, how could I not go to the Carlsberg brewery for a tour?  It was basically a self-guided tour of some of the grounds, with videos along the way about how it came to be and how they developed and improved the process.  The main entrance to the brewery:

Elephant entrance

Elephant entrance

I even saw some of the horses that they use(d) to pull the wagons around:

The Jutland horse getting a shower

The Jutland horse getting a shower

And even some of the wagons they still use for promotional purposes:

Wagons

Wagons

More wagons

More wagons

By day 5, I had finally worked up the courage to try Danish food, so I went for the popular Smushie:

Smushie

Smushie

That’s a fish cake with a curry mayonaisse, the middle is a mini bacon burger, and on the right is a tuna stuffed tomato.  Deeeee-lish!

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So the dude decided to particpate in Movember this year.  Yay him!  But the other day, he came to me about our engagement shoot this weekend, “Do you think we should postpone?”  I had honestly not even thought about that.  I mean, I guess the idea of a still-growing-in mustache didn’t really cross my mind because he doesn’t shave all that often, but it’s usually a mustache and beard combo.  Hmmm…so how would it be with just a Tom Selleck-stache?

I’m not bothered, and our lovely photographer Gail suggested we go ahead and perhaps do a few more pics at a later date.  So double yay!

Do you know anyone particpating in Movember?

*for those of you confused about Movember, it is a month-long “event” where men grow mustaches to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, with prostate cancer in particular.  For more info, go to http://ca.movember.com/.

This pic is awesome!

staches

Cookie mustaches!

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