Archive for September, 2006

4 years ago today.

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Happy 4th Anniversary Randy! Thank you for 4 wonderful years – I cannot wait to see what the next 40 bring.

All my love, all my life…

Jennifer + Craig: 09.23.06

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

I will let Jennifer explain how she and Craig met – from my client questionnaire:

“We attended the same social psychology graduate program but at different times. We met very briefly when I visited the program (I don’t really remember this, but he does). 2 years later, we really met at a social psychology conference in San Antonio. He flirted shamelessly with me and we ended up spending most of the weekend together. 2 weeks later I visited him in CO, and 3 months later I moved!”

Jennifer and Craig were to be married on his parent’s gorgeous property. The original schedule called for the ceremony to be under a grouping of trees overlooking a beautiful pond, a cocktail hour around the pool and finally the reception under a large tent strung with tons of lanterns and tables with beautiful linens and flowers.

After 8 inches of rain fell on Friday, swamping Lexington and the whole wedding site, the plan changed.

Dramatically.

Luckily, the house was large enough to accommodate all the wedding guests and Craig’s parents were gracious and completely rolled with the punches, allowing us to move everything inside at the last minute.

The ceremony was moved into the foyer on the beautiful staircase – Craig walked down from the upper level, Jennifer walked up from the lower level and they met on the middle landing. (I love the fact that they met in the middle – a nice symbol for the compromise needed in a marriage.)

They wrote their own ceremony and it was wonderfully sweet and moving. The both wrote their own vows in the form of promises explained through stories. It was very unique and moving – Craig actually shared his vows with me before the wedding and they made me cry both times I heard them.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds led the guests down to the lower level for the cocktail hour. The bridal party and families did pictures on the front steps of the house but the rain chased everyone back inside pretty quickly.

The tables were named after mountains that the couple has climbed together and covered with fabulous tablecloths in brown and turqouise. Because the reception was moved inside, we had to split the tables up into various areas around the house. Some were on the main level, some were on the lower level but it translated as intimate and unique rather than broken up.

The rain did let up long enough to allow for the couple’s sparkler send off at the end of the evening. Sparklers always make for such pretty pictures and a great exit!

Jennifer wore a killer dress and even more fabulous shoes – you will see what I mean when I get the pictures from the super cool and very fun to work with Angela Anderson. Until then, here are a couple of pictures from Kevin Mooreland who provided the music for the day:

“20 rounds of boxing on the moon…”

Looks like my parents are set!

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Money Magazine has issued their Best Places to Retire report for 2006. Included in the top 5 is Holland, Michigan – my hometown! So the house my parents built in Holland is in the right place for their retirement – which, it turns out, is happening next week for my Dad!

This is the picture they have picked to represent Holland:

And this is the tagline for that picture:
“Traditional Dutch architecture connects its past and present”

Not that anyone outside of Holland would catch it but there is one slight problem with that picture. It isn’t of a residential area, it is part of the visitor’s center at Windmill Island. What is Windmill Island you ask? It is the home of DeZwaan – a 240 year old authentic working windmill brought over from the Netherlands in the 1960’s. It was the last one that was allowed to leave the Netherlands and was brought over brick by brick.

How do I know so much about Windmill Island? My job throughout high school was to give tours of the windmill and Klompen Dance for tourists. I don’t have any pictures scanned in so don’t get your hopes up but I did wear a Dutch costume and wooden shoe at this job. This was not looked at as strange either – only in Holland…

Congrats to my hometown as one of the 5 best places to retire and my Dad for being there when he does retire!

100% geeked out

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

THE OFFICE IS ON TONIGHT!

WE GET TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED WITH JIM AND PAM AND ROY!

Yes, I am completely geeking out about TV this evening as Grey’s Anatomy starts up again as well!

*sigh*

New Gallery on EDEP!

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Meredith and Steve by Nicole Dixon Photographic

I must warn you – this is a huge gallery! 40 pictures huge to be exact.

This is due to 3 things:
1. Meredith and Steve are super cool and simply beautiful – inside and out!
2. Nicole Dixon is super talented and got so many amazing shots I simply couldn’t narrow it down any further!
3. Bart from the Daisy Basket is super creative and did a simply stunning job with the decor!

Hope you enjoy!

Update

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Sorry so MIA – spent the weekend in Columbus house hunting! But that might just be coming to an end here shortly!

We put another bid in on a house we both really liked! We are counter offering back and forth on possession date so hopefully we will be in contract very soon. It is 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths with a fantastic backyard for Truman the Dog. Needs some wallpaper removed but is in okay shape otherwise. Fingers firmly crossed on this one – third time is a charm, right?

I had my first flat tire in 14 years of driving! Not just a normal one either, I shredded the sidewall. It took about 15 minutes to change the tire and the next day at the tire shop, the clerk said he had never seen one quite like it. Only me!

I picked up pictures from Meredith and James’ wedding from Nicole Dixon – Oh. My. Goodness. Wait until you see these! Amazing!

This weekend is Jennifer and Craig’s wedding – hoping for some pretty fall weather but if we have to be under the tent the whole time, we have a nice big one being set up on Thursday.

Very good thought on monogamy

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

From David Zinczenko this morning on the Today Show – how men should think of monogamy (but I think it applies equally well to women as well!)

Monogamy is not a lack of other women, it’s expertise in one.

I completely love that!

Never saw it coming

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

I can’t believe I forgot to mention this! Last weekend on the way to Columbus, we stopped at McDonald’s to get a quick bite before we hit the road. We placed our order, pulled around and paid. After we paid, I noticed that a car had snuck in front of us in line – after the payment window, before the pick up window! I pointed it out to woman at the payment window but she brushed it off saying it was probably someone who forgot something the first time through.

Nope.

They stole our food. Pulled up to the window, took our order and drove off!

From the reaction of the employees, I guess this happens quite a bit. Who knew? I had never heard of it happening and now must assume this person was just very hungry to resort to stealing fast food. It was an interesting way to start the trip, that is for certain!

Back to the drawing board on house hunting

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

We couldn’t get together on the price on the house. They wouldn’t come down and with the work that the house needed, we couldn’t go up. So, back to the drawing board.

We might have done it if their realtor hadn’t been as rude and snotty as they were on the counters.

Back to the drawing board once again.

Free Senseo Coffee Maker

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

I feel like I need to share a secret here. It is something I rarely share with people because I so often get strange looks, gasps of disbelief and the like. Okay…here goes:

I don’t drink coffee (unless is has lots and lots of chocolate in it).

My parents didn’t drink it while I was growing up so it was never around for me to want to like it. I occasionally will drink some very sweet or lightened coffee drinks but never a straight cup of black java.

I know that many people like coffee and I wanted to be able to serve coffee at my house and/or my office. I have been looking at the one cup ‘pod’ coffee makers and was thinking of buying one for my office since they only make one cup so a huge pot wouldn’t go to waste. Then I saw that Senseo is giving away their coffee pod systems.

I took the survey a few days ago and forgot about it until this morning when I got the email today saying I was eligible and I should get my Senseo machine in the next 2-4 weeks.

Click here to take the survery to see if you are eligible.

(Pretty sure there are no right or wrong answers because I admitted I don’t drink coffee right in the survey!)