I scheduled my thesis defense for the end of September, so I really need to start writing my thesis. It is probably too soon to panic, but I am well beyond "getting a late start."
However, in an effort to avoid writing, I accomplished a few things for my wedding, including booking a photographer and purchasing a wedding dress. I know, this doesn't seem like a lot, but it actually is because of the comparison shopping that is required to avoid getting ass-raped by these people.
Getting the wedding dress was a nightmare from hell for two reasons (1) I loathe traditional wedding dresses and (2) everywhere I went carried 99% traditional wedding dresses. Unfortunately, I didn't realize point two until it was too late.
In an effort to make the experience less painful, I inadvertently made the process infinitely more awful. I mistakenly thought that if I was clear about exactly what I wanted from the beginning, I wouldn't have to try on so many dresses and the process would go more quickly. So, in plain English, I explained that: (a) I want a dress that is NOT puffy and consists of no more than a few layers of fabric; (b) I do not want any bows of any kind or sort and (c) I am not and do not want to look like a princess. What do they bring me? A butt-load of puffy, princess ball gowns full of beads and bows. blech. In return they got the burn in hell look and I refuse to try them on. As it turned out, the first four places I went to only had one or two dresses in stock that met these criteria. Instead of telling me that, the salespeople kept bringing me dress after dress that I hated, hoping they would wear me down. Well, they wore down my patience instead.
However, I did finally find a place that had a nice selection of non-puffy, bow-free, wedding dresses for a regular gal who does not want to wear a tiara. So, I bought a dress...finally.
Now all I have left to do is write my thesis.