Archive for March, 2006

Off to C-town again

Friday, March 31st, 2006

I am off to Columbus for the Annual Mid-West ABC Conference. I get to stay with Marni (Yay!) and hang out with other coordinators including some old friends from Cleveland.

I will be back on Monday with info, and maybe some pictures, on the latest wedding trends. Have a fantastic weekend!

Fabulous line from Mad About You

Friday, March 31st, 2006

I was watching an old episode of Mad About You and could not remember what the name “Mabel” stood for. So, I hopped on Google and looked it up. The answer (Mothers Always Bring Extra Love) was buried in the script for the series finale.

Also buried in there was one of my favorite lines from any TV show. Jamie tells Paul what she would have said if she had been able to write her vows:

“I would’ve said that there are millions of things I want…but only one thing I really need. And if you ever decided to leave me, I would go and find you and bring you home – cause you’d be wrong.”

*sigh* So perfect.

Random Musings

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

My laptop is finally back up and running! I have all my files, all my bookmarks, and all my emails back – thank goodness!

Plagiarism: The person who stole copy from my website has removed all the copied text. Some people have asked how I found out that this happened. I make a point to search copyscape.com at least once a month. Very good tool for anyone with a website.

Christine: If you will remember back in December, Randy’s Explorer turned into Christine. Well, this weekend poor Christine was in an accident. A UK co-ed tried to turn left through her in an Accord. Didn’t work. Everyone was fine but Christine now has issues with her fender so she is in the shop for a while.

Da Vinci Code: I am ridiculously excited to see this movie. I just watched a trailer I hadn’t seen. I must say when I first heard Tom Hanks was playing Langdon, I wasn’t sold but the trailers and teasers changed my mind. Ridiculously excited.

Reality TV: I want Chris or Katharine to win American Idol and the Hippies to win The Amazing Race.

Finally, don’t miss my friend Mark from Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants in Philly on Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? tonight! From everything he has said about the wedding, unique is an understatement! Enjoy!

Got plagiarism?

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

It happens all over the web and every single day – I know that. But it still ticks me off when someone decides to take entire pages of my website and pass them off as their own. I worked very hard to design and create my website and it was all my own wording.

Expect a cease and desist letter very soon, Beth. Honestly, if you can’t even come up with your own package descriptions, how can you expect to come up with an original, unique wedding for your clients?

Shame on you – stealing isn’t nice! And neither is copyright infringment!

False alarm – literally.

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Saturday morning at Old Navy

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A rambunctious 5 year old

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Mom who wasn’t watching said 5 year old quite as closely as she probably should have been

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A fire alarm pull station

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What?

Today, those things equaled a false fire alarm at Old Navy which resulted in several fire trucks carrying some pretty unhappy firemen and very cranky customers.

Blue Champagne: Lunch at Tiffany's

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

What a lovely day! I attended the monthly luncheon for the Kentucky chapter of ABC. It was held at the Headley Whitney Museum. Set in the middle of horse farms, black fences lining the roads, gorgeous horses grazing on green grass for miles – what an incredible location!

The meeting was hosted by 3 Lexington coordinators – Jacki Boyd, Alicia DeBoor and Deanna Dillender. They did a fabulous job with the ‘Lunch at Tiffany’s’ theme. The tables were phenomenal with lilies as big as a toddler’s head from Three Toads Farm and there was Blue Champagne** – doesn’t get much more fabulous than that!

It was so nice to finally get to meet coordinators from around the state. I also got to see some coordinators I knew from past conferences who I really admire – it was very nice to catch up with them! A wonderful lunch with a wonderful group of ladies!

They even forgave me when I asked the most basic of Kentucky questions: When is the Derby? I now know it is the first Saturday in May (May 6 this year) and I promise I will never have to ask again!

**Blue Champagne is Champagne with Blue Curacao. Very, very yummy. I wasn’t sure after the first glass though so I had to have 2…the perils of my job!

Okay, THAT was not a good sound

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!

The Good News: My laptop has returned from the mad scientist lab! She’s home! She has sound, the jack for the power adapter works, the battery is still dead but another one should be at the house in less than 2 weeks.

The Bad News: The power cord that plugs into that newly fixed jack so that I don’t have to have a battery apparently now has a short. Picture this: I was sitting on the couch happily booting up my fabulously rejuvenated laptop and all the sudden there is a semi loud POP, a crackling sound and a burning/ozone smell. I jumped up, unplugged it and threw it on the kitchen floor…don’t ask my why the kitchen is where it went but it is.

Yep, the power cord BLEW UP rendering the computer unusable until I get the battery and power cord in less than two weeks. This would only happen to me, by the way.

Ugh. I need ice cream.

St. Patrick's Day in C-Town

Monday, March 20th, 2006

This past weekend was, of course, St. Patrick’s Day. As is somewhat tradition in our little family, Randy and I made a beeline for Columbus to spend the weekend with Dave.

Side note: We seem to spend a lot of holidays with Dave and more recently, with his lovely girlfriend Amanda. In the last few months we have spent Halloween, New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day with them. Many more to come I am sure…perhaps even a wedding. WooHoo!

Anyway, we had dinner at Mary Kelley’s in Dublin and then headed over to Brazenhead where we actually managed to get a table – shocking, I know. There was a great Irish band playing in the tent and I got to hear one of my favorite Irish ballads – The Fields of Athenry. It isn’t a happy song by any stretch of the imagination but it is beautiful and it had been a long time since I heard it – I first fell in love with it back in NYC when I hung out at an Irish bar called Ryan’s. Hearing it brought back some fun memories.

A good St. Patrick’s Day all around.

Super cool toy/business tool

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

I get a ton of business cards each year and entering all that info into Outlook so it syncs with my phone ranks right up there with getting my eyebrows waxed – not what I would call fun but seriously necessary. (Side Note: I have a lead on an eyebrow place, call off the search.)

Enter this little gem of a product:

*sigh* Pretty, huh? Doesn’t look like much, I know BUT IT IS.

Simply scan a business card and it takes all the info – the company name, person, title, fax, phone, cell phone, website, email, EVERYTHING and it magically appears in Outlook. It even saves a scan of the business card for reference. It has a glitch or two: extra creative cards sometimes result in some very strange company names and phone numbers but it does pretty darn well – AND overall it is ridiculously faster than me entering all that info. Now it is all at my fingertips, ready to be called upon at a moment’s notice.

Go technology.

40. Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

40. Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

I am now a regular on the schedule for Wednesdays at Lexington Habitat ReStore. The store has an ever changing, quite extensive assortment: furniture, appliances, building material, accessories, knick knacks – you name it! You never know what will be there from day to day as donations come in all the time. Swing by and see me if you are in Lexington!

Once building season starts up, I plan to do at least one house – apparently last year there was a women’s build which I think would be a BLAST. Hopefully that happens again this year.

I love this Thing – it makes me VERY happy to be able to give time to such a cool organization.