Wednesday, November 30, 2011

F for November

Blogging has been TERRIBLE!  I am lacking inspiration and EXPERIENCES.  I have no pictures, I just watch TV.  It's kind of awesome though.  To unplug, relax, unwind...

I have not been doing much, recovering from my hip surgery and hanging out.  I guess I could blog about THAT.  I don't know.  It's the :when you are busy, you get more done" mentality.  I am not busy, and I am not getting anything done.  I must say though, I am enjoying the break and the DOWNTIME.  My life this year has been extremely busy and this change of pace was welcomed.

December?  Bring it on!  Blogs galore!!  Plus I will be back to work and will definitely have more adventures and grocery store altercations to report.

I still love you all.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Missing the snow?

It's warm here in Ohio.  Too warm for the holidays.  For travelers it's nice to have clear roads, but 55 degrees is to tepid for Turkey Day.

I am hoping the temperature plummets in time for Santa's arrival otherwise my attire cannot be traditional.  Christmas sweater?   I'd rather die.   Corduroy or velvet?  It's too HOT!  I kinda miss the snow.  I also may regret typing this, but for's really too balmy for the festivities.  Roaring fire?  Blech.  No thank you.  

It gets so hot in the house with all the hustle and bustle and 450 degree ovens.  I'll be outside.  I'm the one with steam rising from my head.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  I have a lot to be thankful for this year :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 21, 2011


Testing....downloaded some updates tonight. Anyone using iCloud yet?

Pinterest for Prom Queen

Pinterest is really entertaining and I have been exploring it for a few weeks.  Not able to fight the urge anymore to organize my online thoughts, I finally signed up for it yesterday.  I was extremely disappointed and surprised to receive this email in response to my inquiry:

Thanks for joining the Pinterest waiting list. We'll be sure to send you an invite soon.
In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter. You can also explore a few pins.
We're excited to get you pinning soon!
- Ben and the Pinterest Team

Seriously?  There's a wait list for Pinterest?  I need a proper INVITE?  I didn't realize that Pinterest was so high profile and exclusive.  Uh, sorry, our table's full.  But you can sit at the loser table and, follow us on Twitter.  It's like high school all over.  Are they going to call me on three-way to see if I am mad at Julie?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wedding Photos - Pre Ceremony Details

More wedding photos!  This set details the morning before the ceremony.  Girls really have a lot of prep...we started at 8am for hair and makeup but the stylists came to us so we could relax and have fun in the hotel.  We had food and drinks, and tv and music all in a LARGE suite at the host hotel.  The ceremony was at 2 so we had plenty of time to get ready and we were actually on time.  Crazy how long it takes though!  7 bridesmaids plus bride plus mom plus misc people popping in and out.  It was a lot of fun and I was really relaxed.  It was a nice set up and I enjoyed how we did it.

I was able to talk to Danny on the phone that day around 11am.  One of the wedding-isms that you often hear is that it's bad luck to see the bride before the wedding but I have not heard if it's back luck to talk on the phone.  My thoughts?  Who cares.  I was happy to talk to him and it made me more relaxed, more excited, and just feel better in general.  He sounded so...normal.  Girls tend to have a lot of hoopla and hype and he was so steady.  Just what I needed.

Check out the "een" hanger - my sister sal had it made for me.  The bracelet  was a gift from my fabulous mom.  The incredible diamond earrings I wore were on loan from Heidi who wore them on her wedding day and even better yet, her mom wore them and her grandmother wore them on their wedding days too!  How amazing.  Best day ever.

I love the pre-photos of Danny.  The pocket watch and cuff links were my gift to him.  I had one of the more responsible groomsmen take them the night before :) so Danny could wear them on our wedding day.  I especially love how our photographer captured Danny in the "shell" doing whoknowswhat.  Hilarious.

All photos courtesy of Blue Martini Photography.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happy Holidays....and.....

I'm famous!

Look for me in the bronzed panda section.

You may need to pause it...I'm to the right of the tall man.  LOL!

Happy Holidays!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Congratulations to Kate (One More Thing) and Jeff as they welcome their beautiful new daughter Gracie Belle!

Kate, I am sure you "have your hands full" so we'll talk later.

So excited for you guys!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I can never pick favorites

I can never pick favorites.  We always laugh about it.  Favorite food?  Well, it is main dish, appetizer, or dessert?  What restaurant?  See?  So hard.

Favorites are a hard one.

What I can tell you is that I have a favorite day.  October 15, 2011.  The day I married Danny.  The best day of my life.  No question.

We had a perfect day.  Perfect for US.  Everyone had told me that they would pray for us and boy did it work (so thank you!).  It was a cool, crisp, overcast fall afternoon with patches of sun and VERY blustery.   The news had those funny little icons like WINDY for days.  And it was magical.  I know my bridesmaids were freezing during photos (sorry!!!), but for us, it was perfect.  My favorite kind of a day.  My favorite day.

All the planning and plotting and scheming and organizing was put aside.  I never once looked at a clock or a watch becauase things just happened when they happened.  All my favorite people were there with me so it was fine.  It was more than fine.  It was perfect.

People say that something always goes wrong with a wedding.  Something has to and hoepfeully it will be something little or insignificant.  But nothing did.  It was peferfect.  The perfect day.  My favorite day.

They also say it goes by in a blur and that much is true. I remember taking it all in and wanting to slow it down but knowing I couldn't, just enjoying every second of it.  My favorite songs, my favorite food, my favorite dessert, my favorite people, my favorite dress, my favorite shoes, my favorite boy.  Amazing.

Maybe the letdown will happen later but for me I don't feel let down.  I feel happy and excited and blessed.  I have memories and photos and look forward to seeing my friends again and to future weddings of friends and family so they can have their favorite day too.

Next time someone asks me my favorite, I bet I can pick.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the wedding (courtesy Blue Martini Photography):

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Movie Review

I have a lot to blog about, I know, but I wanted to get started with something simple.  Movies!

X-Men First Class
Two thumbs WAY up.   LOVED it.  I never wanted this movie to end.  Great casting on the mutants and wonderful beginning to the saga.  James McAvoy is an excellent and very suave Xavier and you will love Michael Fassbender as Erik aka Magneto.  He's pretty much the perfect cast.  You may not recognize him, but when you click on his IMDB reference, realize that you have seen him in a ton of stuff.  Sweet mutants and very interesting story weaved into historical events.  Pretty clever.  Kevin Bacon?  Great choice.  I did want his mutant powers to be dancing...sadly, no.

Water for Elephants
This movie got some bad reviews, people said it was boring and never really got going.  I disagree.  Maybe it's because I'm laid up, but I thought it was really compelling.  The action was all in the tension between the three main characters all played excellently.  Reese - come on.  She's amazing.  Christolph Waltz has impressed me ever since Inglorious Basterds.   I feel much better about Robert Pattinson now, too.  He's not a vampire chasing an ungrateful teenager (ugh, twilight!).  Thought this was a great story and LOVED the animals in this film, especially Rosie.  I should have read the book first.  Kicking myself for getting MONEYBALL for our honeymoon.  Terribly boring read.  I think I was hoping for  a Brad Pitt centerfold of photos.  No such luck.

Horrible Bosses

Talk about dirty mouth!  Way to go Jen Anniston!  This was a funny movie with plenty of shock value for the adults.  Jason Bateman is great as this kind of character - grown up, beat down, corporate.  Charlie Day is one of my favorite actors.  He's a different character than Charlie in Sunny but he's still spazzy, freaks out periodically,  and gets angry so you will love him in it if you like "Charlie."  Liked it.


I heard this was the best movie of the year, and while I wouldn't go that far, I laughed out loud so many times at this movie.  I happen to be in love with Kristen Wiig - she is simply amazing in this movie and plays so nicely alongside of Maya Rudolph.  The whole cast is FUNNY.   The dress shopping scene is one of the funniest/grossest I have ever seen.  Worth mentioning is Doug's sister played by Melissa McCarthy.  Her one liners got me every time.

Now for other movies I don't really care to admit watching, but I will:
17 again:  Zac Efron.  OMG.  This was terrible and I was embarrassed to watch it.  But I watched the whole thing anyway.  Zac Efron does have an appeal though.  Dang it.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year:  Really?  This was on the Hallmark Channel.  Sigh.  The uncle was played by the Fonzie.  It was terrible.  Watched the whole thing.  Paused for commercials.
Beauty and the Beast:  I have not seen this since it came out in the 90s (91 to be specific).  I liked it better now that I'm a married old lady.  91 I was still sort of an angry teenager and didn't think a slow dancing Beast was cool.  The chandelier animation IS impressive still.   Whatever Pixar.

Aaaaand that's that I've been doing.  Also tons of thank you  notes...still tons more to go.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I'm back

I'm back!!  Ok, here's the update on what I have been doing since my last post:

We got married :)
Went on a honeymoon (see pic above...more to come)
Had and awesome time!
Worked one day
Spent a few hours in the Social Security office, BMV, BBandB and Target
Had scheduled hip surgery to repair torn labrum
Went to the ER because of stomach pain
It was GERD (like ulcer stuff)....all that because of acid reflux!
And now...finally able to blog

SO!  That means that more blogging, LOTS more to come in November.

Love to you all!
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