Friday, December 31, 2010

Reverb Recap

Ok, so I kinda lost steam on the whole #reverb project. Part of it was because I lost interest with some of the prompts and part of it was because holy cow were we busy for the last two weeks! Having to travel around Christmas (even traveling the weekend before) is no joke! I've never had to fly for Christmas before, so that was new for me. But we got to spend time with B's family and mine (and got some wonderful presents) which was great. But as I said, not great for my #reverb posting.

So, because I don't want to just completely have abandoned the whole thing, I wanted to respond to a few of the posts that most spoke to me over the past two weeks.

Day 14 - Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?

This has to be B - I don't think I can properly describe how much I have come to appreciate him and what he does for me and our family this past year. It's been a rough one. And I don't think I would have gotten through everything without him. 

Day 17 - Lesson Learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?

I am stronger than I thought I was. I will hold on that for future hard times and know that we can get through just about anything. That was actually a really nice thing to realize.

Day 18 - Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?

I want to try being employed in a job I like, that I enjoy waking up in the morning and going to. I don't have to like it every minute of every day, but I'd really like to try having a job where my overall feeling is a positive one. I did try to get this job, and while I haven't heard back yet I still might get it. So I'm putting it out there once again that I still really want this job. Come on universe!

Day 21 - Future Self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead?

It'll be ok. Changes are happening and that makes you worried and nervous. But you're marrying B. And getting stronger as a family unit. The job will happen. It may not be this one, but it will come. Just remember - it will be ok.

Day 22 - Travel. How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year?

We traveled to see family and friends this year. And it was great. But we didn't get to travel anywhere just the two of us like we've gotten to the past couple of years. I know we'll be planning a bigger honeymoon eventually, but even if it doesn't happen in 2011 I hope we'll still be able to go on a few smaller trips just the two of us.

Day 27 - Ordinary Joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?

Walking in the snow with B and Cody. It was cold and still falling and I was worried if it signaled a hard winter (and thus difficulty for our guests getting out to our wedding in February). But then I stopped. And looked around. And saw the beauty in the snow.

Out with the old, in with the new!

New Year's Eve always seems a bit bittersweet to me - spending time thinking about the last year while trying to be open to all of the experiences that await you in the new year.

In any event, this has certainly been an eventful year! I've never really been one for writing up recaps of the year (or making resolutions), but I just wanted to say that I hope you all have a happy (and safe!) New Year's Eve and wish you all whatever it is you're looking for in the New Year.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A New Nickname for B...

... and for me!

I'm now blogging some of my wedding adventures over at Weddingbee, so you can catch me over there as Miss Eggs Benedict!

I'm editing some of my archives right now, so you might see a few eggs benedict nicknames popping up here and there in older posts. But don't worry - we're so close to the wedding and I've got all kinds of projects to finish up, so new posts will be up soon!

Monday, December 27, 2010

The ideas that won't be

We're getting down to the nitty-gritty over here (even though there's still SO much left to do!), but sometimes I can't help but look through some of my saved inspiration photos and see so many things that I would have loved to incorporate into our wedding if only there was more time, money, we went a different direction... but of course, you can't have everything that's out there, no matter how pretty!

So instead, I'll share them here in hopes that someone out there is inspired by these!

I fell in love with this dress before I ever went dress shopping. I still love it, and would have loved to buy it, but I just couldn't quite bring myself to pay for something without being able to try it on first to see how it looked on me. But oh, I think it's fabulous!

We might not be having a big cake, but that doesn't stop me from drooling over beauties like these! I love buttercream so much more than fondant - how beautiful is that cake on the left??

Oh, how I wanted letterpressed invitations! And oh, how they were not even a little bit in the budget. But they're so beautiful. All of you lucky people with letterpressed invitations, just know how much I swoon over them!

If we were getting married in June, I would definitely have had a giant fluffy bouquet teeming with peonies. I LOVE peonies, and not being able to have those flowers is one of the few reasons why I'm sad we're having a winter wedding. Luckily, all of the other positives definitely outweigh the fact that I can't have a certain type of flower in my bouquet!

Seeing pictures like this makes me a little bit sad for things we won't have, but I love all of the elements that will make our wedding unique. But it's still fun to think about what could have been...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to All...

... and to all a good night!

We've had a wonderfully low-key day with my family after spending last week with B's family. Presents were opened this morning, a walk with the family this afternoon and now Christmas carols are on the stereo and the kitchen smells like turkey and stuffing and pies as we enjoy a glass of wine before dinner.

I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday weekend! I've got lots of great wedding posts coming up in the New Year (we're 2 months out!), but I'll try to sneak a few in next week for anyone who needs a distraction at work. 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Our invites are almost done!

In between baking cinnamon rolls, decorating Christmas cookies and drinking wine, guess how we spent the day before Christmas Eve?

Oh yeah, that's right. Assembling the invitations.

They're printed, cut and then it was time for the last step - putting them all together. I'm so excited to show you all the finished product! Here's hoping it all goes according to plan... Until then, I'll leave you with a sneak peek of our "Weekend Activities" insert. And if you see a typo, please don't tell me. Unless you want to see my cry.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Little Help From My Friends

You know what's pretty awesome and amazing about this whole wedding thing? Having some pretty amazing friends do some pretty amazing things, just for you. 

For example, my aunt. My wonderful, fabulous aunt who has designed sets for tv shows, worked on the Oscars, designed windows for Tiffany's on Rodeo Drive - she's been my art director for this whole thing. She's the one who has taken my initial ideas and run with them (like the mason jar candle centerpieces). She's also the one who came out with the amazing idea of live trees for our ceremony backdrop (and then my mom figured out that we could rent the trees from a nearby nursery - seriously, who knew you could do that?). I have complete confidence that the ideas will turn into something gorgeous because of her help.

And then there's my dad's friend who is an advertising and marketing genius. And she's offered to take our little idea of a wine label and turn it into something spectacular. Why? Because my dad asked for her help and she said of course! 

And of course Bridesmaid K who's using all of her amazing contacts to help me look beautiful. Seriously, I couldn't ask for better friends!

It's people like this (and so many more!) who make me feel truly blessed. Our wedding is definitely going to be a coming together of a lot of different people - our community who shaped B and myself and made us the people that we are today. And who continue to give back to us more than we could ever ask for. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


So we're two months out from the wedding and I just realized something. I still have no idea who's going to do my hair. Oops.

See, I know I want someone to do it. But I've run into a couple of different road blocks. And then when I decided I'd do my own makeup I guess I just kind of forgot that I needed to actually book someone to do my hair.

Again. Oops.

So. Now what?

Luckily, Bridesmaid K has worked in the salon industry and has some amazing and ridiculously talented friends. So I have a couple of options now, all of which will depend on how much it costs to have him come over to the island. The first option is to have her friend come over the day of and do my hair. The only way this works though, is if he gives me a really nice friend discount. Because I can't afford his normal prices right now (like at all. He's that awesome). 

The second option is to have him do a hair trial with me, Bridesmaid K and Co-MOH S (oh, did I not tell you about that? Yup, I'm having two MOHs now). Then Co-MOH S can replicate it for the wedding. She's done some amazing things with my hair before, and especially with step by step instructions I'm not worried at all. This option is probably what's going to happen, because I'm pretty sure that even if he can give me a friend discount I still can't afford him (especially with any travel feel that is added on). 

So. Definitely an oops on forgetting about a pretty important part of my wedding day look, but I'm pretty confident we'll be able to pull it off. I think!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Envisioning the Ceremony and Reception

I found some more pictures of our venue from the first time that Mr. EB and I saw it with my parents (I can't believe how short my hair was back in March! Crazy how quickly it grows).

What's nice is that with these pictures I can (finally!) show where the ceremony and reception will be held. The Welcome Center and Great Hall are attached to each other and will be where most of the wedding events take place throughout the weekend. This is the Welcome Center which is where our guests will check in either on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning:

See - short hair!

During the reception on Saturday night there will be a wooden cover over the map and that's what will hold our dessert table. Seriously SO excited to see all the desserts they come up with!

I talked a little bit about the beam running overhead in this post. I think it's an absolutely stunning piece, and the story behind it is even more special. The metal sculpture around the beam is shaped like a saw and forms a Mobius Strip. The inscription reads: "Tug on anything and you will find it connected to everything else."

The Welcome Center serves as the main hub for IslandWood, and will have a similar function for our wedding. We'll have a small reception in this area to welcome everyone on Friday before we eat dinner, and then after the ceremony on Saturday we'll have dessert and dancing (two of my favorite things!) in both the Welcome Center and the Great Hall. I think it's really helpful to have the two rooms connected, but still slightly separate, especially during the reception so that people can rock out on the dance floor if they want, but they can also find a quieter spot to sit down and talk with people. 

The Great Hall: 

This is how it will be set up for the ceremony - but with a lot more greenery and candles! Also, people.

After Mr. EB and I say "I do," our guests will enjoy the cocktail hour in the Welcome Center while we try to wrangle a few family members for some pictures (NOT many - we're going to do the majority of family pictures at lunch time before anyone gets fancy. But I know I'll still want some immediate family pictures with everyone all dressed up). After pictures we can enjoy the rest of the cocktail hour with our guests! I love cocktail hours, and I'm really excited about our appetizers, so I'm really excited that we'll get to enjoy part of ours with everyone else.

And then! Then we all get to eat! The dining hall is a quick walk down a covered walkway from the Great Hall. (So the only time people will get wet is walking to and from the lodges. Sorry guests! Bring umbrellas! And probably boots. And possibly gloves. Definitely fleece.)

All of the tables are rectangles, and while I'm not yet sure exactly how they'll be configured, I'm pretty sure that the head table will be to the right of where I'm standing and the rest of the guests will be seated at the tables behind me. All of the tables will be covered in the linens that IslandWood has (they're kind of a sage green color), and then scattered throughout the center will be all of our mason jar candles, along with all of the food (since we're serving it family style).

What I especially love about IslandWood is how great of a flow they have for the entire weekend. We'll have a welcome reception in the Great Hall on Friday night which will flow into dinner in the dining hall and then s'mores by the covered bonfire. 

Saturday the day will be stretched out, as our guests will have plenty of time to hike the trails, read a book by a fire, or chat with old (or new!) friends over lunch. 

And then of course there's the ceremony, dinner, dancing, dessert and hopefully getting a minute or two to spend alone with Mr. EB, to reflect and soak in the day.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Heart Shaped Glassware

Ok, don't think I'm ungrateful, but exactly when, Mr. Executive at Crate and Barrel, did you ever think in your wildest dreams that someone registering for gifts for their wedding would actually use heart shaped stemware? (And I'm pretty positive that it was a man who decided on this particular giveaway gift). 

I'm not even exactly sure what to call this particular shape of glass. Heart shaped champagne flute? Heart shaped beer glass? No clue. All I know is that it feels as though the glass is incredibly thin and will shatter if a breathe too hard on it. Not exactly the type of glass I want to put alcohol into and drink from.

Any ideas what to do with these? Anyone want a free gift who hasn't already gotten theirs from registering at Crate and Barrel?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy news

Ok, yesterday was kind of a downer post, I know. But today I have some wonderful news that I've been dying to share with you all - my sister is ENGAGED!!!

A couple of years ago my mom and I spent the weekend with my sister to celebrate her birthday. SO much fun! As evidenced by our goofy dance in her living room.

I'm so, so, so happy for her! She called me a couple of weeks ago after she got back from a big trip to New Zealand with her (then) boyfriend. He proposed on a hike they took, she said yes, and now there's going to be another wedding! Welcome to the (crazy) family, new brother-in-law! B can tell you that we're all a little nuts, but I think that's part of our charm.

See? Nuts-o. I was cleaning out my old closet in my parent's house and found these gems. Of course I had to share. But my sister will be happy to note I left out the one where she's trying on my old prom dress.

I am SO excited that there will be another wedding in the family, and I can't wait to help her with whatever she needs (or butt out as necessary!).

I love my siblings! I'm so happy that we've all gotten closer as we've grown older.

As much as I love my brother and sister, I love even more seeing how our significant others are fitting into and becoming a part of our family. I may not do change very well, but these are changes I can get behind in a heartbeat. Because there gets to be more wedding fun after February! 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


I've been dealing with a roller coaster of emotions lately. A lot of it stems from the fact that these past few months after we moved have been tougher than I expected. Plus, as we get to the end of the year I always tend to bounce between highs and lows moreso than at any other time of the year (Yay for Christmas! Wait, it's the end of the year and there were so many things I was going to accomplish this year! But parties! And people! And fun! And social obligations... and trying to make everyone else happy... and no time to breathe...). But the overriding emotion that I've been feeling lately has been: 


I feel so damn guilty about everything these days. The fact that my parents are being so wonderful about this wedding and all of their contributions (financial, mental support, everything), and I feel like I can't give anything back. My friends are being so generous with their time and money, from planning bridal showers and bachelorette parties, to going shopping for their dresses, to coming with me when I bought my own dress. And B - he's in the middle of finals craziness and is still there to give me a hug and tell me that everything will be ok. I should be supporting him right now and keeping everything off his plate, and I can't even do that.

So yeah. That's how I've been feeling. A LOT of this has to do with the fact that I haven't found a job since we moved. No job = no money = I don't feel like I'm contributing my share for a lot of different things. Even though when I'm really honest with myself, I know I am. I know that I'm doing everything in my power to find a job, and I know that I'm keeping our little family going with everything else I do. So why does the lack of money right now, in this instance, stress me out so freaking much? I don't know. I just know that it keeps me up at night. I have always been a very good sleeper, no issues whatsoever. Except recently, I lie awake for hours, running through every eventual scenario, trying to figure out how to make things work. Trying to figure out what else I can do. And then, of course, I'm so exhausted in the morning that I can barely function. Way to go me.

I know this is kind of a downer of a post, but I don't really have an uplifting conclusion for you. I don't know how to fix what I'm feeling except to continually remind myself that I am doing my best. And that my family and friends are doing everything out of love for me and B. It's just... hard right now. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Surrounded by fabulous women

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

~ Elizabeth Foley

I love this quote. And I feel it's wonderfully accurate for my close friends throughout the years. As I was going through photos for a couple of projects I'm working on, I realized yet again that I'm an incredibly lucky person. There are so many people in this world who love me and care about my happiness, specifically women, and I cannot wait until our wedding when I get to have so many of them in the same place at the same time. I've been blessed with some amazing friendships, and I can only thank whatever god might be out there for putting them in my life. I know I'm lucky to have them, and I hope they know just how much I love them.

Like these girls who helped get me through law school:

And these girls who got me through college:

And of course, my absolutely wonderful bridesmaids and mother who have helped me so much with all of the wedding craziness that is starting to gather steam like a runaway train!

We've been to each other's weddings, we've celebrated each other's successes and we've drowned our sorrows together with glasses of wine. With kids and work and other personal obligations will come more challenges in finding the time to see each other, but I can only hope that in 50 years we'll have many more happy memories to look back on.

Soon they'll all be dancing at our wedding!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Nervous tics

I love to laugh. A sense of humor is extremely important to me in a person, and luckily B has that in spades. I also tend to laugh really hard. As evidenced by this picture from a Halloween party in law school. And for the record, the beer that I'm holding was my first one of the evening. I just couldn't stop laughing that entire night.

And when it's a real laugh, I can't help but laugh wholeheartedly with my whole body (and look like a goofball in the process apparently!).

But one thing I never noticed about myself until B pointed it out is that I have a nervous laugh - a very weird and jarring sound to him, evidently, since it's so far off from what my normal laugh sounds like. As I said, this is something that I never noticed about myself before he started pointing it out to me (unlike my annoying habit of apologizing for everything - that I very much knew I did, but couldn't get myself to stop it until B started pointing out just how annoying it is).

My nervous laugh comes out when I'm nervous (um, duh), or when I'm uncomfortable or when I just don't know what else to do. Most of the time (still!) I don't even realize I've done it until I notice an odd sideways glance from B. But it made me start to wonder how many inadvertent tics we each have that we never even know until our partner points them out to us. Anyone else have something like this? 

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Today's prompt is to list 11 things that you could do without in 2011, how you would eliminate them and how eliminating them would change your life. 

The 11 things I am going to eliminate in 2011 are:

1. Wasting time. I've had too much time these past few months and I don't feel I have been as productive with it as I should have been. 

2. Avoiding my sewing machine. I have so many projects that I want to create (several of which are for my wedding so I should really get on that, like soon!).

3. Clutter. I hate clutter. I hate piles of stuff. It drives me crazy. So why do I let it sit there until I go nuts? Why can't I just put things away as necessary, or file papers when I'm done with them?

4. Not being open to others. I have a very bad habit of closing myself off to B and family and friends when I get scared, upset, or anxious about my future. Instead of walling them off I really need to open up to them about why I'm feeling that way. Worrying by myself does no good. Talking things through actually helps me to figure out what's really bothering me so I can take steps to address it. Why do I keep learning that lesson over and over again? When will it stick?

5. Dirty dishes. Ha. I wish I could eliminate dirty dishes in 2011. But seeing as I'm not about to start using only paper plates, I don't think that's really an option. Maybe I can just be better about getting them into the dishwasher so I don't stare at them in the sink quite as often.

6. Thinking too far ahead. I have a nasty habit of always thinking about what's next, what's coming up in the future, rather than staying grounded in the present and paying attention to now. I'd like to really focus on the present in 2011.

7. Unread books. I have SO many books on my shelves that I haven't read yet. And there are so many books that I haven't bought yet that I want to read. I need to step out of the comfort zone of re-reading stories that I've read many times before and read all of my unread books.

8. Soda. This one I've actually been doing a good job of cutting out almost completely now. In law school I drank entirely too much diet coke. I practically lived on that and coffee. I still drink coffee, but I want to completely eliminate soda. It has no healthful value so there's no reason I need to be consuming it.

9. Laziness. I'm not entirely happy about my weight right now, and while I'm actively working on losing weight (by eating better and working out), in 2011 I need to curb the laziness and not let myself get back up to an unhealthy weight. There's no excuse for not continuing with working out and eating healthy. None.

10. Negative thoughts. This is another issue that I have struggled with all of my life. I can be really unkind to myself sometimes. Why do I let myself get away with this? If I heard someone else saying things like that about any of my friends I'd definitely stop them. Why is it ok to say those things about myself? 

11. My need to be perfect. I'm all for striving to do your best in everything you put your mind to, but no one is perfect and I certainly never will be. I can't let the fear of not attaining perfection stop me from trying. 


Yesterday's #reverb10 prompt asked what was the wisest decision you made this year and how did it play out?

Honestly? The wisest decision I made this year was moving back home (no, not to my parent's home, but back to the area where I grew up). I was getting into a rut before we moved with no way out that I could see. I wasn't happy in a lot of areas of my life, and without a major jolt, that wasn't going to change. So when B had the opportunity to do what he's doing now, I had to come along. Of course it hasn't been easy. It hasn't played out exactly the way I thought it would - specifically with respect to finding a job. But I had a really good interview yesterday, and I'm putting it out in the universe that I really want that job. I want to work for that company. I want to work with and for those people. I usually shrink back and try not to get my hopes up for things like this, but I'm trying something different this time. I want to put out in the universe what I'd like to receive. And this job is something I could be really, really good at. So maybe my wisest decision was actually answering that ad for one job that has turned into a position even better than I could have asked for. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Our Dessert Table

Since seeing this picture yesterday, I can't stop thinking about what our dessert table is going to look like:

Yes, I realize those are appetizers and not desserts. And yes, we'll have appetizers set out like that. But today we're talking desserts!

I mentioned earlier that instead of one cake we're going to be having a dessert table with lots of different bite size treats (along with some sort of smaller cake that we can cut to make the family happy). I love different set ups for dessert tables like this one:

And this:

But as beautiful as those are, they don't really fit with our wedding. We're definitely going to have more of a rustic-chic-elegant theme for our dessert table. That's what I love about the appetizer set up at IslandWood in the first picture. Wooden stands to support different sized platters. Slim wooden trays to show off the desserts. 

More like this (minus the beautiful large cake in the center since we aren't having that):

And how cute are those chalkboard signs? I love them!

Or this:

Or this, with slate rather than wood:

Oooh and how pretty would this stand be for our little cake that we'll cut? 

The best part about this dessert table though? It's trusting the chef and his staff at IslandWood to make it beautiful. I don't know exactly what types of desserts they'll be using but I do know the types of details they have to work with. And it feels incredibly good to let that go and be as surprised by the final product as the rest of the guests.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I kind of loved today's prompt - Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up? 

Um, a lot of things. I'm not entirely certain how these differences light people up, except that most of these definitely make people smile or laugh (my best friend cannot stop laughing when she sees me silently freak out in a crowd of pigeons). But these definitely make me different. And, I like to think, endearing.

For starters? I am deathly afraid of pigeons. It's ok when there's just one or two of them, but the big flying packs of them that get started when people are feeding them? Freaks me out completely. It didn't help that I saw The Core when I visited a friend of mine in France right before we went to Venice. What, you don't go see huge terrible American blockbusters when you were in France? Yeah, that's totally what I did as a college student. But I LOVE me some natural disaster movies. Seriously - favorite genre ever. Hey - there's another thing that makes me different! Everyone else I know can't stand 'em. Anyway though, back to France. At the beginning of The Core (for the 90% of you who haven't seen this awesomely horrible movie) there's a scene set in London where the pigeons go crazy. Apparently it's due to magnetic fields being off and they could no longer navigate. But what it really meant was that they went crazy and dive bombed people and buses and Trafalgar Square. Yeah, not cool. Needless to say, I was happy to have already been to Trafalgar Square many times when I studied in London and had no desire to go back after seeing this movie.

But then we went to Venice. And have any of y'all BEEN to the Piazza San Marco? Holy mother of pigeons everywhere. Seriously - and of course the Venetians have figured out that the idiot tourists LOVE the pigeons so they sell them bird food and these people VOLUNTARILY stand there and let pigeons fly all around them to get the food! Are these people insane or what? (not to mention how completely unsanitary that all is - yuck!).

So, uh, yeah. No pigeons. Flocking pigeons are an awesome way to see me freak out.

As I mentioned earlier, another thing that makes me different is my choice in movies. Yes, I'll go see just about anything (well, not in the theaters anymore. I'm too cheap to see most movies in the theaters now). But if it's a natural disaster film? Hell yes I want to see it on the big screen! Come on - Yellowstone blowing up and California falling into the sea in 2012? The Atlantic Ocean burying New York in The Day After Tomorrow? The volcanic eruption in Dante's Peak???

I might be obsessed. It's ok. You can tell me.

I am also a fount of random trivia about many different sports. Yes, many others know much more than I do, but I always manage to surprise people with my random knowledge. I'm not sure if they think I just don't know anything about sports or what, but the surprised look on a person's face who doesn't know me very well when I start spouting off about golf or football always makes me laugh.

And finally? I love to re-read books. It doesn't matter if I've read it once before or 20 times before. Whenever I pull out a story that I've already read before, it's like curling up with an old friend I haven't seen in a long time and revisiting our shared history. I love it. Which is one reason why there are so many unread books on my shelf. Because 9 times out of 10, I go for a story I've already read. 

Our Beautiful Venue

Oh, you guys! I had the best present come in my google reader. More photos from the IslandWood wedding!!! Every time I see pictures of our venue I get more and more excited about everything. And yes, there is 100% more sunlight in all of these photos but that's ok! Why? Because our February winter wedding is going to be fabulous no matter what the weather (uh, as long as there isn't 5 feet - or 5 inches - of snow the day before).

But look! They got photos in one of the tree houses I showed you. And on the suspension bridge! IslandWood is such a fantastic and special place, and I'm so excited that so many of our friends and family will get to enjoy it with us. Soon it'll be US in those photos!

Apparently they were able to have their dog at the ceremony - but we're still going with no Cody at our wedding though.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Today's prompt asks about community - specifically where have you found community in 2010, and what community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?

My first reaction? In 2010 I found community here. Why yes, I do love that show!

But truly, the community that I found this past year was the online community that I've slowly but surely become a part of. I started this blog, I joined twitter, and I found an incredible bunch of people out there that I never would have connected with if I didn't start writing. I thought that I would remain in my little corner of the internet, but writing and reading others' blogs just makes me want to keep branching out and seeing what else is there. 

As for 2011, I'd like to create a smaller community that's a little closer to home. When I learned we were going to be moving back to Seattle I was so excited at the thought of getting to see old friends more often than once every three months for a few hours. Unfortunately, I forgot to account for how freaking busy we all are, and how hard it is to find time to see each other (let alone coordinate schedules to get more than two of us together). Several friends had been in a book club last year, but it slowly disbanded after people's schedules became too crazy. My goal is to restart that book club. I have a couple of selfish reasons for wanting to restart it - one, I get stuck in a rut with my reading habits. I like the idea of someone else picking a book that I might not otherwise have read. And two? I want a scheduled excuse to see my friends at least once a month. I know that as we get older and have kids our lives will just get more crazy. But maybe if we can create a habit out of this now, it'll stick.

Legen-wait for it-dary bit of bit of trivia

B sent me this the other day and I couldn't not share (I know I'm ridiculously late to this party, but I hadn't heard about it, so I thought some of you all might enjoy it as well):

"During one episode [of How I Met Your Mother], Robin freaks out in a restaurant when she mistakenly thinks Ted is proposing to her after she receives a champagne glass with an engagement ring at the bottom. When Ted tells her "That's not mine," another gentleman at the table behind them says "It's mine," then proceeds to propose to the woman at his table. The proposal between the man and the woman was real. The man set up the whole scheme with the show's producers, and told his girlfriend that they won a contest and got to be extras in a HIMYM episode. Instead, he proposed on camera, and the proposal will live on forever as part of the episode."

Apparently the guy was a friend of one of the writers and after it happened they had to dub in the woman's acceptance due to her being so overcome with emotion when he popped the question!

Is that not awesome or what? High five! 

Monday, December 6, 2010


What was the last thing you made?

Last night I made a Christmas corner in our house - we put up our tree and lights in the living room, and I made a tree skirt out of some old curtains we had. 

A couple of weeks ago I made earrings for my bridesmaids. Or at least, I made one pair before I got frustrated and started wondering whether my girls would even want to wear the earrings and whether I had the patience to continue making five more pairs. 

A few months ago I made what was supposed to be a clutch but that I turned into a makeup bag. It quickly became my favorite makeup case I've ever owned. 

Several years ago I started three different pairs of knitted slippers. I finished one pair but ruined them in the felting process. The other two pairs remain unfinished in my knitting bag. 

These are just a few of the things I've made in the past few years. I like to think of myself as a crafty person, but I'm also an impatient crafty person. If I can't figure out how to make something fairly easily I have a hard time coming back to it later. And if it comes out looking amateurish or like a child made it? Well, I stuff it in a bag and forget about it. 

But remembering these projects makes me want to pull them out and finish them. And see if I can't make something better now than my impatient self abandoned. 

One Year Later

One year ago, B got down on one knee and asked me a question. It took me a few minutes to get through my surprise and happy tears, but I finally manged to say yes which started us on this wedding planning craziness. 

We celebrate in style around these parts. Cody is suitably impressed, as usual.

Now as we move into the Christmas season again, I look forward to repeating all the traditions we started last year but with one more year behind us. One more year of loving each other and supporting each other through the ups and downs that come with life. 

Our tree!

And getting our tree again this year - I love that just the act of getting our Christmas tree reminds us both of when he proposed and the whole day surrounding it.

A bottle of the same bubbly that we celebrated with last year.

And next year at this time we'll be nearing the end of our first year of marriage. Amazing how as the years pass they seem to speed up, don't they?

And yes, this is what happens when we try to take family pictures without a tripod.
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