Friday, November 30, 2007
First here are the rules:1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. My Dad and I share the same birthday, just different years of course.
2. I went to an all girls school for 6th through 12th grade. I went there by choice.
3. I hate ice in my drinks and prefer most drinks warm.
4. I've been to over 100 concerts so far. I've seen Dave Matthew in concert 6 times! Going to live shows is one thing I splurge on.
5. I used to belong to a bowling league. I own a bowling ball and shoes. I love to go bowling and would love to join a league again. Maybe after the wedding.
6. I got involved with theatre in college after accompanying a friend to an audition. A girl asked me if I would like to audition too. I declined but she offered me the Assistant Director position. After that I AD'ed 2 more of her plays and directed a play my senior year.
7. I proudly continued a family tradition of hitting trees while learning how to drive. My grandfather, my father, and I all hit trees before we got our driver's licenses. I haven't hit a tree since!
I tag Darci, Lauren, Tying the Knot, Tiffany, Preppy Wedding, Ten Thousand Only, and Laura.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
But I don't really need to put anything in the pocket. I'm not sending RSVP cards or a map. We have a wedding website which will be able to help people.
Although I'm rethinking the RSVP card. A friend of mine told me just to have people call or email us and let us know if they are coming or not. I can't decide if that's a good idea. If you'd like to weigh in on this debate, I'd love to hear another opinion!
Another knottie (fionuelah) had this beautiful gatefold invitation in her bio:That gatefold got me to change my mind. Perhaps that would be what we need. Same concept just different style.Of course in our colors but we would be able to include all the information if we went with no RSVP card or map. I think it's clean and very elegant.
This one is even in our colors! I don't know if you can see it or not, but the paper is textured. I'm not sure how I'm going to accomplish this since I'm making them myself. All the websites I've stolen this pictures from sell the invitations done, not DIY. I stopped at Joann's today and did not find anything remotely similar to what I was looking for. I'll go to Paper Zone this weekend, maybe, and see if they have something that will work there.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I want the guys to wear brown or coordinating ties to somewhat match the girls. I need to talk to J since he wears a suit everyday. He'll be able to help me choose something appropriate. But I decided to look and see what ties are available.
BTW, I found all of these at Neckties.com.
The brown is not as bold as I would like with this one, but I like the different light browns and since the girls have a champange bit at the bottom of their dresses I thought this would coordinate nicely.
This one is more subtle. I would have to see it in person.
I want Mr A to wear pink since my dress is pink. I would have to match the tie to dress though.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I finished the Save the Dates and they are ready to be mailed out in the holiday cards next week. I told Mr A that he has to get my computer cleaned off so I can load MS Office. I bought Office so I can make the invitations easier. I can load graphics and fonts on my faster computer then take them to Dad's to print on his color printer. I asked Mr A to finish working on my computer by the end of the year.
Sorry, back to the topic of this post, tradition. With the holidays I've been thinking about what traditions we follow and which ones we don't. Neither Mr A or I are religious. I really celebrate consumer Christmas (although we are trying to cut back this year) and I light the menorah. Mr A does celebrate Christmas sort of. We don't have a tree. I prefer real trees and I don't want to spend the money nor have needles all over the carpet. Mr A really doesn't care.
But with our wedding, I was thinking of all the traditions we are skipping:
-I'm not carrying a bouquet. I'm going to be walking with my dad and he's unsteady on his feet. I rather have both hands free in case. When I get up to the alter, I want to hold Mr A's hand. So I don't see when I'll carry it, so I don't see any point in spending the cash for one. M and Mrs W will have bouquets so they have something to hold during the ceremony.
-My dress is pink. No not shocking pink, but pale pink so it's not the traditional colors (white or ivory).
-I'm not wearing a veil. I've gotten a lot of crap from saleswomen at bridal stores. No veil and they still want to plunk one on my head!
-No bouquet toss. I don't have a bouquet so can't toss it. Plus we don't have a lot of single female friends so I don't want to make it awkward for anyone.
-No garter toss. Same thing, not a lot of single guys.
-No father/daughter dance or mother/son dance. My dad hates dancing and he's unsteady on his feet so I think it really wouldn't work. And at this point Mr A's folks won't be at the wedding.
But we are traditional in other ways.
-Yes, my dad is walking me down the aisle. I feel it's an important way to include him. He's accompanied through my journey this far and I want him to help me through this part too. I won't have them ask about who's giving me away and such. That's the nice thing about writing your own ceremony. Leave out what you don't want.
-We're having a first dance and I'm thinking about adding an anniversary dance for all the couples after our dance.
I guess the rest of the wedding is pretty traditional-dinner, dancing. We're still working out the details of the ceremony.
I'll post the Save the Dates once they get mailed out.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
After watching an episode of Good Eats, Mr A and I decided to start eating more blueberries. It's kind of hard to do in the middle of winter. But Alton Brown suggested blueberry juice. Since I'm all about good health, I decided to pick some up when we went to the grocery store. The True Blue was on sale this week. We bought the plain blueberry which is yummy. We also bought the Blueberry green tea which I have not tried yet.
I started Blink by Malcom Gladwell on the bus this week. I usually don't read non-fiction. I read Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and really enjoyed it. I picked up Blink on a whim at the library. It's about that split second decision that everyone makes about everything everyday. I want to give people the benefit of the doubt. I want to get to know the person, evaluate the situation. But honestly you've made up your mind in those first 2 seconds. The rest of the time you are just coming to terms with your decision. I'm enjoying this book. I plan on reading his other book, Tipping Point, in the future.
My new vacuum cleaner, a Dirt Devil Easy Clean. I went to Target last night to buy a different vacuum cleaner which my dad talked me out of. He didn't think it would work for me in the long run. This one was also on sale for a little more than the other one. I used it last night and wow, our floors were dirty! It's doing a good job right now.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Have you ever had hand ground coffee?
I did. I took our coffee maker over to Dad's cause he doesn't have one. Yeah, he drinks instant coffee. But I forgot our coffee grinder. I didn't want to go home for it so I hand ground the coffee with a mortar and pestle. It was weak! I don't think I ground it enough. But it was ok. We drink our weak coffee with homemade bagels.
Yes, that's a homemade bagel. I found this recipe on Confections of A Foodie Bride. Go to her site to see how they really should look. Mine were kind of lumpy but pretty good. I misread the ingredients and bought maple syrup instead of maple extract. So I used a little more than a tablespoon of maple syrup. The bagels had a very pumpkin pie taste to them. I don't think I'll make these again until I get a stand mixer. It was kind of hard to mix the dough by hand. They were pretty yummy with cream cheese.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
My friends. This group of gals are the best. I know who to call if my car breaks down, who will try that new restaurant with me, who will listen to me complain for the thousandth time about my job. Each one of these women are special and beautiful to me. Without them, my life wouldn't be as fun and interesting.
My Dad. I'm such a daddy's girl. He's been so amazing over the past 6 years. I didn't really know him until now. He's more than my father; he's my friend. He encourages me to do what I want to do and never expects me to do anything less. He's funny with a sarcastic wit. He exposed me to great British humor (yeah, Monty Python!). And he adores Mr A. What more could a girl ask for!
My Mom. I don't write much about my mom on here. Truth is, she's a large part of my life, but all I really have are memories of how she was. I thank her for being part of my life.
Mr A. This man rocks! I'm truly grateful that I found him and he asked me to marry him. He's loving, kind, generous, and affectionate. He's everything I could have hoped for in a partner. He's brought so many new things into my life. He helps me grow. I would be lost without his love and support.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm hungry. I'm going to find me some turkey :)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
These are all my tank tops. Well, no not all of them. A few were dirty when I took this picture. I have about 40 all together. I buy them mostly from Target or Old Navy. I don't like to pay a lot for them-never over 5 bucks. It's hard to tell but I have tons that are white, a few red, more pink than I thought. These take up on drawer of our dresser. Mr A has 2 drawers full of t shirts so he can't complain too much.
I am truly thankful for my tank top collection. They give me so many more options and they can change an entire outfit. Make something more casual or more versatile.
Tomorrow's post will be a little more serious. I promise!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The library has everything-music, movies, books, magazines. And I love this particular library because you cannot put anything on hold stored in this library. It's first come, first served. Trust me, I've been knocked down by people trying to get to the latest DVD. I actually was holding a DVD once and a woman asked me to put it down so she could make sure that she didn't want it. I was flabbergasted but I told her no and she got huffy and told the librarian. Mr A loves that you can use the computers there for anything. He was really surprised to see people playing World of Warcraft.
Yes, this is our pile of library books and music except for the book in my backpack, and the few CDs at my dad's. I read several books a month and get as many CDs as I can. Mr A reads as many books as I do and he likes the selection of DVDs they have.
Thank you King County Library!
Monday, November 19, 2007
(stolen from Wikipedia) I commute to Seattle from a suburb everyday. I did drive but it was so expensive. Park, gas, oh my! Shortly after I took this job they closed the bus tunnel for 2 years. My commute was ruined. It took me 20 extra minutes in the morning and sometimes more than 30 extra minutes in the afternoon especially if there was a baseball game. Now all that has changed!
My commute is so much faster. I get home so much faster now. I am really glad that they finally opened the bus tunnel. Thank you! I am looking forward to light rail. Especially if it comes to the Eastside!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Big Bang Theory. When this show first started I thought that's funny, I'll watch it. Mr A didn't think it would be funny at all. He believed that it was would be full of stereotypes and the characters wouldn't be interesting over time. Ha! He loves the show as much as I do. He's getting his friends to watch it too. Sadly I think all the new shows are out right now since they writer's strike. It looks like Monday's episode will be a repeat.
I made these lovely poached pears last night. So yummy so easy. This is my new dessert. Thank you Alton! I think this picture looks slightly pornographic (pears in lust?). My food photo skillz suck cause I'm learning. Bear with me :)
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton. I'm reading the graphic novel version of this book. The graphics are very cool. Who ever drew this comic loves to draw vampires. Strangely realistic but also very comic book-y. I should be reading our book club selection (Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini) but I read it already. I'll leaf through it and make sure I remember the important parts.
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs W. Their new baby girl is here! I just got the call! Mommy and baby are doing fine. Welcome to the world, Wee W!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
First, my shower gel. Actually, body wash. Recently I've been using Method's Body Wash. I really like Method's products. It actually looks the body wash I'm currently using-Olive Oil-is discontinued. That's really too bad. I do like it a lot. I also like Dove's Calming Night and Energy Glow. Both of those really make my skin feel nice and soft. Whenever Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash is on sale, I'll buy it. I like it but it's expensive for such a little bottle.
For body lotion, I love love love White Rain Shea Butter body lotion. I bought this stuff for a buck! It smells so yummy. Mr A loves the way it smells-slightly vanilla and slightly coconut. It moisturizes so well. But when my skin really needs a little extra care I use Jojoba oil. I buy mine from Sensaria. But I've tried the stuff from the grocery store too and it works just as well. Jojoba just sinks into your skin right away. If you have a sun burn or skin irritation will work wonders.
I love my body buff scrubber.
It's got two sides. One side is a little more abrasive so it exfoliates really well. Sometimes it's a little too much but the other side isn't nearly as abrasive. Mr A and I both have one which we bought at Fred Meyer's. I think we bought them over the summer and they are still going strong.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Victoria's Bridal Couture (inside the downtown Macy's). I went here on a whim one day after work. I did not have an appointment but I hadn't really planned on trying on dresses. I just wanted to see what is available and get some ideas about what was there. But the store was pretty empty and they were nice enough to let me try on some dresses. Most of their dresses are between $400-$1000. They always have a selection of sale dresses starting at $99. I did find some beautiful dresses and one that I loved but it was out of my price range. They did have some plus size dresses for me to try on. They also have a lot of bridesmaid dresses and prom dresses too.
David's Bridal in Lynnwood. I made an appointment for a Sunday afternoon. I took M, Mrs W, and Kris with me. The consultant was kind of rude. She laughed at my selection of shoes which I brought with me. She kept insisting on a veil which I told her several times I did not want. Finally she just stuck one on my head and asked me to try it. I did find 2 dresses that I liked. Both were around $800. The girls later told me that the salesperson was rude to them. I didn't like how the salesperson followed me into the dressing room and forced me to wait for her to get dressed or undressed. I spent a lot of time in my underwear.
Bride's Outlet in Everett. I went to this store because I heard they had a ton of dresses that were cheap. Again I took M, Mrs W and Kris. They were very nice. They have a huge room of sale dresses in all sizes. I wore the largest size there. Their dresses are definitely smaller than other stores. I did find a dress for $299 but it was bright yellow. They also had a selection of bridesmaid dresses. They have some dresses that you could order. A lot of prom dress too.
I did buy dress off eBay from a private seller. I figured I would wind up buying my dress off eBay since I was looking for a really good deal and I'm not a sample sale size :( With eBay you need to do a lot of research. Ask a lot of questions. If the pictures aren't giving you a good indication of what the dress looks like, ask for more pictures. I noticed a lot of people didn't include sizes or measurements. I always asked even if I wasn't interested in the dress-kind of a public service.
I'd post pictures of my dress but it's too big and I had trouble trying to take pics while holding it up. Once I get it altered I'll post pictures.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
( From etsy seller RobandLean)Ok so not really color, but more interesting that plain titatium. That's wood there in the middle. I think it's masculine looking so I think Mr A would approve but I don't think it would look so good on my finger. Especially once I get my greatgrandmother's ring resized.
(From etsy seller Shade Jeweler) I like the color in this ring and according to the seller, you can get any color you want. I'm just not a fan of the circles!
(From etsy seller Shade Jeweler). I really like this one. This what the seller states about this beauty: "This ring is the same as my Deeply Carved Titanium Ring, but with a permanent multicoloring, which I call a "confetti color". The color processing is known as anodizing. It leaves a very strong layer of coloring on the metal. The coloring is multi-colored and actually changes based on the light and angle of viewing. The coloring will not wear off, it is not a paint or a stain of any kind, and it will not peel or fade, it actually changes the color of the metal. " I think this is my style as well as Mr A's. I love the deeply grooved parts of the ring as well as the coloring. The seller states that matched sets can be made. And the best part is that each ring is only $80! What a steal!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I had a couple of apples sitting around. I thought about making baked apples again but I choose to try the pancake again. And this time I got it right!
Yes, it doesn't look like much. But so yummy. I think I didn't use enough honey the last time I made it.
Dutch Baby Pancake (Martha Stewart)
Serves 4 (or 2 very hungry people)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients, except confectioners’ sugar, until smooth. Pour over apple mixture. Bake until puffed and brown, about 20 minutes. Slide pancake onto a serving platter. Serve immediately, cut into wedges, with confectioners’ sugar sifted over the top.
Modifications I made: I didn't have cardamom, so I used some cinnamon instead. I used Red Delicious apples since that's what I had on hand. And I didn't add the sugar at the end. It was pretty sweet anyway and didn't need it.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Wedding Chic by Nina Willdorf. I've been consuming wedding books like they were going out of style. Most of them are filled with the same ideas over and over again. But this one had a lot of really good different ideas.
I use this in my laundry. It get my clothes so much cleaner. Plus it's a natural fabric softener so my clothes are so soft! Works best with towels.
I got my new digital camera this week. Yeah!
Friday, November 9, 2007
For years, I would switch shampoos and conditioners. I would use Pantene, Finesse, Nature's Gate, Neutrogena. Each would would work as promised for a few weeks. My hair would shine. Then, flat nothing! It would stop working. I bought clarifying shampoo and that would help but nothing would regain those beginning days. So I would find another shampoo.
A few years ago, I was introduced to a brand called Sensaria (back then it was called Natural Bodycare). It's one of those sell at home companies. I went to a party and learned about their facial products. I liked their products and used them occasionally. Then at one party (my friends all use one or two of their products so we take turns hosting the parties) I noticed they had shampoos and conditioners. I was in a hair care rut, I decided to try to their shampoo. OMG, my hair felt clean and healthy. The conditioner was so wonderful that I hardly needed more than a squirt. I choose to try the Rosemary Mint which is for normal hair but over time I've tried the whole line-Sweet Orange, Mango, and Cherry Almond. I think each on is terrific.
Over the past 4 years (!), I have strayed. I admit it. But I come rushing back to Sensaria every time. Nothing works on my hair quite the same.
I don't sell Sensaria so I don't profit from my shameless plugs. I tell everyone how wonderful their product is because I truly feel like it is.
As far as styling product, I use whatever I find cheap at the store. I have no favorites here. I don't put a lot of product in my hair on a daily basis. I do like Garnier Fructis Style Surf Texture Paste. It gets my hair all piecey. When I go out dancing, I like using that on my hair. Which means I hardly ever use it now!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
My indifference to flowers makes choosing a florist and flowers for the wedding kind of hard. I do like carnations. I might use them in some of the bouquets and arrangements but to most people carnations are cheap, filler flowers. So people won't give me grief about it, I'll use them sparingly. I also have a really hard time spending a few hundred dollars on something that will last a few hours. I rather people enjoy the natural beauty of our site, but tables have to have something on them, the bridesmaids have to carry something, and the guys need boutineers!
I asked Mr A if he saw his groomsmen should be wearing boutineers. He stopped playing his game for a few mintues and said yeah, I think they should.
I saw these a few weeks ago:
At first I thought well that looks too hard to do. But the more I thought about it. I decided that it probably wouldn't take too long and I could choose the exact color I wanted.
Now, I know, you're looking at them, saying Miss A, those are roses!
Yes, I know. But I haven't liked the look of other ribbon roses. I think these look real enough so when people see them, they will think they are really roses. I doubt the groomsmen will keep them but I won't feel so bad. I can make them now and if I change my mind, no big deal.
If you'd like to see how to make them, go here.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I surfed the Internet looking for timelines of the reception. The Knot has one but I didn't like it. I found this one, that I did like. But everyone talks about cocktail hour. We're not serving cocktails! The site doesn't allow alcohol! So what do I call it? Wait around hour? Of course I'll have drinks available for people, some soft music playing, maybe some snacks. I'm not sure that I want formal pictures anyway. I don't have use for an 8x10 glossy of me and Mr A in our wedding clothes.
The last wedding I went to the Bride and Groom entered the reception and danced their first dance. I'm not a fan of that plan. I think the dancing should all be at the same time. So we enter, we're announced, there are toasts, we eat, we dance. Yeah I think that will work.
OT, but last night when I came home from dinner with M & Mrs W (who is thisclose to popping), there sat Mr A, bald headed! He's shaved his hair numerous times but he usually warns me. I thought I walked into the wrong house! His scalp has been bothering him so he thought loosing the hair might help. We'll see.
Monday, November 5, 2007
For your reading pleasure 20 of my favorite movies...
1. As I've said before, Can't Hardly Wait has to be my favorite film.
2. Better Off Dead. "I want my two dollars!"
3. The Matrix. Probably have seen these a 100 times. Mr A owns it. I should watch it again. Haven't seen it this month.
4. Ocean's Eleven. Yes I've seen the original. But how can you resist Clooney and Pitt? Such wonderful eye candy. The first time I saw it, I thought it was very original how they robbed the casino, but I like to watch it again to try to catch things I've missed.
5. An Affair to Remember. Cary Grant and Deborah Karr. Now one talks like that but I would if I met the love of my life on a boat while I was engaged to another man. Maybe.
6. Brokeback Mountain. Probably one of my more recent favorites. I saw it more times than necessary in the theatre. Thank you, Mr A for buying it for me.
7. The Last Unicorn. I loved this movie as a little girl. I used to wish I could be a unicorn. It's so sad at the end.
8. Charade. I went through a Cary Grant phase. Probably after I saw An Affair to Remember. Plus Audrey Hepburn and Walter Matheau.
9. Shawshank Redemption. I remember the first time I saw this movie (over a 100 times ago). I thought wow, why haven't I heard of this movie. Terrific performances.
10. Love Actually. I love all the different stories and how they connect to each other.
11. Quills. I've never read anything about the Marquis de Sade. I've tried but the library doesn't seem to carry it. Strange. Besides I love Joquin Phoenix and Kate Winslet.
12. The Power of One. Such a powerful movie. It gets its point across without being preachy.
15. Spiderman 2
16. Dave. I love Kevin Klein!
17. Clueless. As If!
18. Gross Pointe Blank. Of course, John Cusack!
19. Breakfast Club. Classic 80's film!
20. Hairspray. I love John Waters. The music from the original is so good!
I love fall. It provides a good opportunity to curl up and watch great movies!
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I really like Jodi Picoult. I've read several of her books. I'm enjoying this one very much. It is about a school shooting like Columbine. So it might be too much for some people. I can be too much for me at times. I get teary eyed on the bus while reading it.
JT bought this and let me play it last night. Wow, I love kicking ass! I never played the other ones. Although I started to get carpal tunnel from moving the wii mote all over the place. Mr A and I talked about buying it. He wasn't a fan of rushing out and buying. I don't think I'll rush out and buy it, but I think it will be fun to play for a while. Especially after a trying day at work.
The blue shoes I had for the wedding aren't going to work with my pink dress. So I'm looking for silver shoes now.