Archive for November, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Hard to believe that it is Thanksgiving already – that means Christmas is just around the corner…I really need to get shopping!

Back to Thanksgiving: I have so many things to be thankful for. I could make a list a million items long but suffice it to say, I am MOST thankful for my wonderful husband, my family and my fantastic circle of friends.

I am most thankful for the people in my life.

Simply put, all the good things I have in my life can be traced back to them and for that, I could not be more thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pretty sure that was a coyote!!!

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Our house backs up to several acres of woods and we have a zip line for Truman – otherwise he takes off in the woods chasing deer and squirrel. We also have a flood light that vaguely lights about 1/2 the back yard well.

Tonight I took him out before heading to bed and heard something walking in the woods. I figured it was a deer, we have a ton around here. Suddenly Truman went still and something came out of the woods and is standing next to our shed about 20 yards from Truman and 50 yards from me. I realized that it was quite a bit smaller than a deer and began to call Truman to come back in – I am pretty sure it was a coyote.

Scared the hell out of me since back in April there were a few around Cleveland with rabies. I was able to get Truman back inside before anything happened but I am still a little freaked out – the thing was absolutely not afraid of me or Truman.

Poor guy is going to have to hold it all night because there is NO WAY I am taking him back outside!

The Final Salute

Friday, November 18th, 2005

I have 4 family members that are either in Iraq right now, recently home from a tour of duty or getting ready to go back again. I worry about losing them every single day, I fear for their parents and husbands and wives should that black car ever pull up to the house, my heart skips a beat every time I hear about yet another solider dying in Iraq, I pray that they all come home soon and come home safe.

It took me 3 sittings to get through this article. It hits so very close to home for me, too close. It is an extremely powerful and moving article. DO NOT read this at work or anywhere else that you would care about being seen while crying because nearly everyone I have talked to about this article was moved to tears while reading it.

Read the article, watch the slideshows – it is long but I promise it is worth the time:

The Final Salute

A-mazing holiday bonuses

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

I subscribe to Entrepreneur Magazine and they have a small article in the December issue about fabulous holiday bonuses.

*One man was told to max out his credit card (his limit was $5K) – he did and his employer paid it off.
*Another company took their employees to see U2. IN IRELAND.
*A company in Ohio took all their employees on a company funded shopping spree in Chicago followed by a gourmet meal.

And finally, the most over the top bonus ever:
*A NYC doctor gave everyone a personal gift and then treated them to a limo ride to a fabulous dinner. As if that wasn’t enough, he then presented them with a check for their ENTIRE YEAR’S salary before taxes. Great googly-moogly!

Randy was pointing out how completely life changing that would be. Pretty hard to top, huh?

I. Am. SO. Excited.

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

I have tickets to the 2:30 showing of Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire tomorrow afternoon. My girlfriend Michele and I are getting lunch, seeing Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire and then heading to happy hour. Now is that a perfect day or what?

I. Am. So. Excited.

And completely aware that I am a total nerd.

And I am totally okay with that.

Because I get to see Harry Potter on opening day!

Technology is very cool…

Friday, November 11th, 2005

While in NYC at the end of October at my conference, I had the chance to record a podcast for The Wedding Podcast Network.

Robert, the interviewer, asked me lots of questions and I did my best to answer intelligently. I managed to only freeze once, I got distracted by something going on in the room and blanked on my answer – see if you can pick that out.

Click here for a link to download via the website
click here to download the podcast directly.

I am the second interview of the five on this set – you will also hear Gayle from Virginia, then myself, Meredith from Maryland, Pat from New Jersey and finally Preeti from New York. Hope you enjoy!

Warning: it takes a while to download but I think it is worth it!

Cory + Thomas: 11.05.05

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

My last wedding of 2005 – Cory and Thomas.

Cory is a native Clevelander and Thomas is Polish by way of Canada. They met by chance when he was in town one night and it was love at first site. She went to visit him in Canada and wound up bringing him back to Cleveland for good.

The wedding day was lovely and frankly felt more like September than November – it was close to 65 degrees in Cleveland. And I was just hoping it wouldn’t snow that day!

The Groomsmen were all Canadian and kept saying “a-boot.” It was quite cute if you ask me.

It was a wonderful wedding – everyone had a great time and there was plenty of food and drink to go around. 🙂

Pictures to come from Steve Mastroianni – will share once them come in!

16. Visit my old apartment in Astoria, Queens, New York

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

16. Visit my old apartment in Astoria, Queens, New York

It may not look like much but 29-07 31st Street was home for about 1-1/2 years in 1998 and 1999. I paid an amazing $820 in rent a month for a real 1 bedroom (not a studio, thankyouverymuch) on the second floor of the old pre-war building. I still marvel that I paid that little in NYC – of course at the time it was basically 1 paycheck for me! It really was a great location for me – close to the subway, safe area, lots of restaurants and bars.

Not much has changed so the trip back was super nostalgic for me – I ran around the old neighborhood and hit a few of my favorite haunts:
*I stopped in the Mini-Mart where I used to get milk and little cartons of ice cream on hot days. The guy actually recognized me – it was funny to watch him try to figure out where he knew me from. I finally told him it had been about 6 years since he last saw me and the light bulb came on. Funny how people stay in your mind.
*My favorite restaurant, Uncle George’s, was closed for renovation (utter and complete disappointment there, I really wanted some good Greek food).
*I had lunch at Cronin and Phalen – an Irish pub that I used to hang out in from time to time. *Saw Mary McGuire’s, the bar that my friends “The Greek Boys” and I used to go to and hang out. Bar downstairs, Off Track Betting upstairs – always fun when the old guys wanted me to pick the horses for them.

It was a great trip down memory lane and I am so glad I got the chance to go back.

Warning: this is a vent

Monday, November 7th, 2005

(Don’t say I didn’t warn you)

How to guarantee that you have no chance at a job/internship/assistant position with Emilie Duncan Event Planning:

1. Send me an email asking for a job and say this: “I am not sure if you work on your own or for a company”

Are you kidding? If you had done ANY research, had even bothered to GLANCE at my site or read my blog you would know this. Just read the about page on my site and it is right there! I own the company!

2. Tell me that you are working towards your “bridal license.”

There is no such thing as a “bridal license.” Our industry is not regulated to the point that a “bridal license” exists. Hopefully at some point in the future there will be an educational process to certify or license planners – for now, there is no such thing as a “bridal license.” You may be getting education and working towards a certificate of some type but there is no official certification or license.

3. Write an email without using spell check. Can you find the errors in this sentence: “I am surrently working towards my bridal lincense.”

Now don’t get me wrong, I cannot spell to save my life BUT I do have and use spell check. What kind of foot are you putting forward when you made 4 spelling errors and actually spelled the word license wrong TWICE in a 9 line email! Weddings are all details – if you can’t be bothered to research the details of my business or use spell check, why would I trust you with the details of one of my weddings?

4. Use a less than professional tone in your email – you are supposedly asking me for a job, act like it!

Sorry, I won’t be “getting back to you either way” – if you had done your research, you would know why.

Vent over. Sorry folks, I had to get that off my chest.

Welcome Colin!

Friday, November 4th, 2005

Emilie Duncan Event Planning’s very first couple, Marcy and Web are the proud parents of their very first baby, Colin.

Colin was born on November 4 at 4:52 pm. He was 8 pounds and 11 ounces and according to his Aunt Kathryn, he is perfect.

Welcome to the world, Colin and congratulations to Marcy and Web!