Monday, September 29, 2008

Another wedding pic!

courtesy Dave Catanese!

Jim is not a big fan of this picture, but I really like it because of the flowers. We weren't expecting it when we walked out, so it was kind of fun. This is right after the ceremony. The priest and the wedding coordinator made us go back inside and sign our marriage certificate.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

More pics: People who helped us get married

Judith is the one who put our marriage license together.

Beverly Kaneshige and I after she did my hair and makeup.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Jim and I got married


Jim and I are now married, and we just finished eating dinner with our new family! We are currently on the East side of the island of Oahu. We rented a house in Kailua, and it's awesome! Earlier this week, we were in Waikiki. We got married in Honolulu on Tuesday at the oldest cathedral in the United States (in continuous use.)

Here are a couple of quick stories:

1. Our flight was overbooked in Denver. After having our flight changed on us a couple of times, we finally ended up going directly from Denver to HNL. And we got two free flight vouchers for the change.

2. We stole a car on Monday. On accident. The valet gave us the wrong car, and a few hours later the Hertz people called and said they thought we had a car of theirs. Then, the Honolulu Police called. We felt so sorry for the valet who made the mistake!

Anyway, it's pretty calm at the new house. We are all just hanging out and a couple of us have our laptops. So, while half of my new family is outside...a few of us are in the backroom with our computers.

The weather is incredible. Sunny most days. A little rain (like 5 minute showers) every now and then. Also, there's only partial air conditioning in the house because the tradewinds really cool things down.

Wish all of our friends and family could be here. We miss so many people! Otherwise, see you in October at the Springfield reception! Hopefully many of you got our invitations!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

United Airlines Went From Ok to Bad to Sorta Bad

What the heck is going on with the airline industry?


I mean, what the heck isn't going on with the airline industry?

I get it. The economy's crap. And the airlines can't seem to earn a profit. Let's move on.

I understand that some companies need to change your flight itinerary. But what's wrong with giving some folks a heads up? UA changed our flights to Hawaii. I found this out two days ago (thankfully, I called just to check in.) Apparently, UA added a stop AND delayed our arrival by two hours.

TWO HOURS? Uh, I don't think so.

After a lengthy conversation, we got it changed again. We still have the extra stop (SGF to Denver to San Francisco to Honolulu...) but at least we'll arrive at 2:50 p.m. instead of the 5 p.m. arrival time UA had given us.

Today, though, my travel agent called. She said UA canceled our flights.


We got it all figured out with UA, and they even ended up giving us $200 worth of vouchers, but GEEZ. I said to one of many operators, "Look, man, you do not want to mess with a bride three days before her wedding. Okay?"

If all goes well, then I'll be happy...

AAAAHHH!! Money, Weight, and the Wedding

1. We had nearly $200 in that piggy bank!
2. I gained two pounds this week (annoying) but overall, had a "successful weight loss".
3. We leave for Honolulu on Sunday (be at the airport at 4:30 a.m. if anyone wants to meet us!)
4. Getting married on Tuesday.

Lots of stuff to do before then-- get pills for the plane (yes, sleep), get some cash out of the safe deposit box (best way to save money in the Sherwood household), finish the handmade wedding reception invitiatinos (200 of those suckers), write up the itinerary for all of our guests, make laminated, wallet-sized phone lists for all of our guests, pick up wedding dress at Ella Weiss...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Money Money Money

Jim and I have been waiting for this day for about two years. We started a piggy bank one Christmas, and we've been filling it up with mostly quarters. There were a few dimes and nickels...a couple of other coins-- 1 Susan B. Anthony and 1 Sacagawea... a few dollars.

Today, we cracked it open. We thought it was going to be big bucks. Any idea of how much money was in the piggy bank? We're taking it all to Hawaii!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Oh Twit! Let's Tweet!

I'm on twitter now. I thought it might be a fun way to keep our family and friends updated when we're in Hawaii. I need to get back to work now.

1 Week Left

I have one week left before I take off to Hawaii. God, it seems like it's been forever. At the same time, I feel like I could use more time. I understand now why brides get so psycho.

I had a wonderful bridal shower/bachelorette shower last night, thrown by two of my friends...Laurie and Christine. It was a small group of us, and we had plans to go dancing... but instead, we just hung out and talked! It was perfect. Feeling lucky to have such great people around me.

Anyway, I think I'm acting pretty normal, but then again, I had a mini-breakdown today. I think it's because it is such a weird time. I am stressed because I want to make sure that everyone is going to have fun in Hawaii, that everything will get done, that we won't forget anything... but I know I can't control those things. I need to chill out. I think that I am pretty chilled out, but then again, my mind won't stop racing. What a cluster.

How do I stop to enjoy it?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

More pics of Mr. Sunbeam

My Korean mother and Mr. Sunbeam

See more on my sister, Hyun Jeong's blog. And, look at another proud aunt. Isn't it sickening? I was playing around with html last night, and so this is what happened.

Pissed at Palin or Pissed at Me?

I don't know if anyone needs to be mad at either of us, but those were some of the reactions I got from some viewers Sunday night when I aired a story relating to Troopergate. You can read the copy (with more information) and see the story here.

But, it will be forever posted on YouTube:

Some people love them some Palin. Regardless of if you're one of them... I thought the story was interesting, timely, relevant... and focused on a local father's view of the situation. The focus was (as NPPA guys would say): "Dad is mad at situation." (A little insider trading, that's how we find and write a clear and concise focus to our stories-- we write up a small thesis statement. The story itself is not about whether Palin is bad/good--especially since that's relative and not my call since the investigation is ongoing. The story is about how this dad feels.)

Friday, September 05, 2008

Park Family Gets Bigger, Two Times Over!

He is definitely a gift, wrapped up in a little bow and everything!

How cool. Today I learned that my sister, Yeon Jeong, had her baby on September 3rd... after 10 hours of labor, she had to have a C-section. The baby's name is Huang Won Hoo, but they call him Hae Ssal (it means sunbeams!)
I am now officially an American auntie! How cool is that?! Being an only child, yet finding three sisters... it's all pretty overwhelming. And, more big news... my sister Hyun Jeong is engaged!

She is going to marry her American boyfriend, Glenn. This makes me really happy because, as I told Jim, this changes everything. Being selfish of course, this means I will have the chance to really know more about my birth family. If she's going to marry an American guy, she will be speaking more English with her husband and me! (my Korean is not that good... ) I will be able to talk to Glenn and understand more things about my Korean family. They can even come to the States to live if they wanted to! My family here could meet them! The future is so bright, and I am so happy.