Archive for January, 2007

Too funny

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Don’t let this happen to you!

Bride Asylum

*I have never used Gartner Studios but this commercial is too funny not to share!*

Cool stuff from CB2

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

If you haven’t discovered CB2 yet, you are missing out on the fun stuff. CB2 is a spin off of Crate and Barrel. It seems to be a little more modern and funky!

I got the new 07 catalog yesterday and fell in love with these hand blown glass hanging votive holders/vases – there is so much you could do with these at a wedding!

Picture these clustered over the cake table with flowers (like ‘dendrob’ orchids) spilling out of them – add some single blooms hung from clear line and it would be so completely different and stunning:

Or hang these from trees for an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour or even clustered over each table – who says candles have to be ON the table for dinner?

They are not crazy expensive – all under $5 each with the round votive holder coming in under $4. Even on a limited budget, they could fit nicely into the decor!

The catalog and website have a ton more fun items that could work into a wedding beautifully like tealight troughs that hold 21 little tealights (how perfect for long tables?) or round mirrors discs (put them flat, all over your cake table with a killer, bright linen underneath and cover with a glass overlay, cake on top of that).

I am sure just a little browsing will inspire you as well!

I scream, you scream…

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Most anyone who knows me, knows I am an ice cream fiend. Generally chocolate is my favorite poison but I don’t discriminate – equal opportunity and all that jazz.

I have just spent a good 15 minutes on ecreamery.com designing new and fantastic flavors of ice cream. I know this might not seem like a huge deal BUT when you hear that they have nearly 80 base flavors plus 75 different toppings that can be mixed into 3 different milk bases…well, does that change anything for you?

Forget personalizing the bar at your wedding…I say the next big thing should be personalized ice cream. It is a bit cost prohibitive but if you have a killer budget – go to town!

Of course, I just request that you share a little with me. A pint will do nicely.

A funny thing happened…

Friday, January 19th, 2007

…on the way to the Apple store.

After my little vent yesterday about HP, I got a call from Best Buy saying they are throwing out my computer. “Junking it” is how they term this. This makes me terribly happy – allow me to explain why:

About 3 years, I bought a shiny new laptop from Best Buy. I am not the biggest fan of the place but they had a really good deal and it was becoming clear I needed my own computer for EDEP. Randy and I discussed buying the extended warranty, not something we normally do because most of the time they are a rip off. Well since I was going to be taking it on the road with me to client meetings and such, we decided to go ahead and get it.

$300, 3 years and several trips for repairs later, I am certainly glad I did!

The first problem I had with it was the sound card wouldn’t work. There was a short in it that rendered it useless – the only way to hear anything was to press down as hard as I could on the right hand side of the computer. Makes trying to listen to music ever so much fun and looks pretty stupid too.

I ignored that until I started to notice that my battery would not hold a charge, when it wasn’t plugged in I had maybe 20 minutes before it died. This was not a problem since I mainly used it at home, where it was always plugged into the adapter – until the jack for the adapter stopped working. In order to get it to take a charge, I had to fold the adapter cord over basically in half at the connection and pull it as hard as I could to the right to get the jack to realize that the adapter was there at all.

My little laptop got sent off for repair and came back ‘good as new’ about 3 weeks later. That was the first time I was thankful that I had bought the extended warranty.

The laptop was back with me for maybe 1 week when I got the first blue screen of death – you know the one I mean, the one that says ‘physical memory dump beginning’ and causes your blood to run cold. Yep, that was horrifying. The hard drive lived another 2 days and then there was a pop (that was the adapter blowing up, literally), then a small spark (God only knows what that was), then me throwing the adapter on the floor of the kitchen (seemed like a good place to throw it), some clicking (the death throes of a hard drive), then the hard drive gave up the ghost.

I lost a bunch of work, nearly all my emails and had a serious case of heartburn.

They sent my laptop off for repair AGAIN and it came back “good as new.” Second time I was glad I had bought the warranty.

We moved into the new house here in Columbus and set up the desktop and wireless router in the basement. I began to notice that I could be sitting on the couch next to Randy, his laptop would have every bar – no trouble picking up the wireless signal. My laptop would have 1 bar and I couldn’t get it to connect half the time. Obviously my wireless card was dying.

As a final insult on top of the aforementioned injuries, the hinges on my laptop gave out. Now, my understanding was that laptops are supposed to stay open when on your lap. Mine would slam shut or flop completely open – they aren’t supposed to do that. I had to prop it open using a really ridiculous ribbon tied around it. So professional, let me tell you.

So, for the 3rd and final time, my little laptop went back to the shop to be fixed and I was told they would try to fix it but with this many problems they may just junk it. As it turns out the poor laptop is going to its final resting place.

Why am I happy about this?

Since they couldn’t repair it and it was under warranty, I get a new one. The people at the store told me to wait until the 30th because Windows Vista is coming out as are many of the new machines. So, I get to pick out a brand new laptop very soon. It will probably not be a Mac but I am okay with that for now as I am not paying anything for it.

Sometimes, every once in a while, it pays to buy the extended warranty.

Happy New Year – really belated, I know.

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Yes, it has been a long time since I updated. Yes, I am a slacker. Yes, I have an excuse – the evil HP laptop has been in the shop since just after Christmas and our ancient desktop is in the middle of a slow, painful march towards death so everything takes twice as long as it should.

My Mother (Hi Mom!) called me last night to yell at me for not updating – when your mom calls and tells you to get up to date with the times, that is when you know you have to get moving.

We have been making good progress on the house – almost completely done with the major renovation to the family room, dining room and 1/2 bath. I will post pictures once the laptop comes back to me – why wait you ask? Well, the laptop has the original pictures AND the converter I need to upload the new ones is built into it. Have I mentioned I really dislike HP?

Keeping busy working on some weddings coming up – some very fun plans in the works that I think will be beautiful!

It has finally stopped raining – I think the news said we had some kind of rain for 12 days in a row? I suppose it is better than having the equivalent amount in snow but I must have missed our move to Seattle.

I am going to go paint the family room now (if anyone wants to help, please feel free to drop me a line) but I will leave you with something fun via cuteoverload.com.

Tell me that these pictures are not just fantastic:

They are by Saxton Freymann, “a New York artist who creates emotional animals completely out of produce.” He has a bunch of books out (talk about playing with your food!) and I think I might need to get a couple. How cute is the strawberry?!

Happy Weekend and I promise to be a better blogger in 2007!