Archive for May, 2005

Surviving wedding season

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Surviving wedding season – 5 Tips: Picking the right wedding gifts.

Full article linked above at but the tips:

1. Spend just enough
2. Make it a group thing
3. Stick to the registry
4. Know what’s hot & what’s classic
5. Better late than never

For Richer, Not Poorer

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

When I got married, my father told me that the number one thing that couples fight about is money. He said to make sure to get that figured out early – very good advice indeed!

New book that tackles exactly that subject: For Richer Not Poorer : The Newlywed’s Financial Survival Guide

A handy grilling trick

Monday, May 30th, 2005

(Forgive me the pun, I couldn’t resist)

Seems like most of my childhood memories involving summer also involve the grill – from chicken to kielbasa (what can I say? I am nearly 1/2 Polish) to burgers to steaks.

So, now that summer is officially upon us, time once again to fire up the grills!

Don’t have a meat thermometer handy to test how done your steak it? Not a problem, you can tell how done a steak is without cutting into it using the hand test:

Rare: Relax your hand and with the other hand press the soft fleshy part of your relaxed hand at the base of your thumb. This soft texture is similar to the texture of a blue rare to rare steak.

Medium-Rare: Touch the tips of your thumb and your forefinger together and again touch the fleshy part at the base of your thumb. This texture is similar to a medium-rare steak.

Medium: Touch the tips of your thumb and your middle finger. This firmer texture is similar to the texture of a medium steak.

Medium-Well: Touch the tips of your thumb and your ring finger. The semi-firm texture at the base of your thumb is similar to a medium-well steak.

Well Done: Touch the tips of your thumb and your pinkie finger. The very firm texture at the base of your thumb is similar to a well-done steak.

(Via The Beer Store – more info on selecting steaks and temps if you do have a meat thermometer on hand.)

What's your secret?

Monday, May 30th, 2005

Absolutely fascinating. Updated every Sunday.

One of my couples is featured on the Knot!

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

So exciting!
Beth emailed me today to let me know that her February 26 wedding was now a featured wedding on!

The article from the Knot website and more photos from my website!

It's a word we don't use enough.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

Hubby and I were playing frisbee with Truman the Dog in the backyard the other day. Truman started to wander off a little as a dog with ADHD will tend to do. Hubby called to him:

“Truman, come hither!”

I dissolved into giggles in the middle of the yard. I can honestly say the word hither just isn’t used all that often in our house.

Average wedding costs now over $25K

Friday, May 20th, 2005

The average wedding in the US is up to $26,327 according to an article on This is up a whopping 73% in the last 15 years.

Some of the categories with the biggest jump in average cost?
Photography/Videography – $2570 up 103% from 1999
Ceremony/Reception Music – $1250 up 68% from 1999
Flowers – $1121 up 45% from 1999

Don't say I didn't warn you!

Friday, May 20th, 2005

Via today’s Daily Candy dispatch:

The Crimson Room
Basically you are in a plain, locked, crimson room and you have to find your way out.

Annoyingly addictive. If you get out, tell me how because right now it is just ticking me off!

And don’t say I didn’t warn you.

New Gallery on EDEP!

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Marni and Ike by the very talented Genevieve Nisly.

Thanks, but no thanks…

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

I think this is a great idea and all but I think for now, I will keep my non-furry, non-moving, non-dropping-off-the-night-stand-scaring-the-hell-out-of-my-dog-causing-all-83-pounds-of-him-to-jump-on-top-of-me plain old 1989 alarm clock. (yes, my alarm clock really is that old)

And really, I can’t find my glasses at 6:30 in the morning how in the world am I gonna find that thing when it rolls away and starts beeping?!

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