Thursday, April 29, 2010

Image from the Southern Weddings blog.

Okay, so sorry for posting the entire board, I really just wanted one of the pictures, but the point is...

Check out that altar! How flipping amazing is that! They built it to be like a church! But outside! There is a chandelier OUTSIDE. And if you click on the pic and zoom in you can see that there is even a back wall to the "church."

This is so freaking cool I can't stand it. Anyone out there have phenomenal construction skills and lots of spare time that wants to build this with me???

Monday, April 26, 2010


So in the last week, my life has consisted of giving 2 presentations, writing a case memo, writing 3 papers, working, going to class, and performing in a show. Awful. Okay, so the performing in a show was fun. But still. You don't want my life.

Eric's life has consisted of teaching elementary school art and middle school math, watching soccer, and writing about soccer. Tomorrow he will teach elementary school PE. He insists that the elementary school art, which I think sounds so adorable, was a miserable experience due to some unruly 3rd graders. I do recognize that 3rd grade is a particularly obnoxious stage in a young person's life. But still. He wins so much.

Okay, back to paper #891032019401. I am so over it.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Today, I read two different things about weddings

One of them made me angry about weddings:

The other made me think that weddings are the most beautiful thing in the world:

I recommend you just read the second one.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Life

2:00 am: go to sleep
6:30 am: wake up
6:30-8:30 am: finalize presentation slides
8:30-8:45 am: get ready for work
9:00-2:00 pm: at work
2:15-2:45 pm: interview
3:00: conference call/meeting
4:00-6:00: practice group presentation
6:00-8:30: statistics homework/lab
9:00pm : home
9:00-??? laundry, work, practice OTHER presentation

and that, ladies and gentlemen, is why grad school=death.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Project Don't Go To the Grocery Store's Great Success

So on Thursday, a great acheivement was seen in this household. Eric found a recipe that:
1) Only used things we had had for waaaay too long: Canned pinto beans, canned corn, frozen brown rice, tortillas and spices.
2) Was delicious
3) Was easy to make
4) Will be very very cheap to recreate.
5) Fed us for 3 meals.
Basically these were black bean and corn (we subbed pinto) veggie burritos. YUM.
PDGTGS Success!
When we double our rent next semester (and I triple mine this summer) you can bet I will be all over this recipe.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Project Don't Go to the Grocery Store: Day ??

So we have been doing a bang-up job on the project so far, if I do say so myself. We have made the TJ's Spinach Pie from the freezer, our Red Beans and Rice (how does Zatarain's make that box of food so dang flavorful? I am always impressed), and Annie's White Cheddar Shells and Cheese. Also lots of sandwiches.

In other news, I am currently in super-duper-duper stress time of school. This semester has been non-stop work, and now its non-stop work but twice as much. Somehow. Right now I am researching for a presentation (1 down, 4 to go for the semester!) on nuclear waste management, and I am glad it is only temporary and I don't research this topic for a career or anything because it is terrrrifying.

Monday, April 12, 2010

I don't understand...

Why does everyone think cupcakes are so much better than regular cake? They are the same! You literally make them from the same batter!

There is a weird fondness in the indie wedding world for using cupcakes instead of cake. It's nearly a prerequisite.* I mean, sure, why not, but don't pretend they taste different.

They are the same. You. Are. A. TOY!

Thanks, I needed to get that off my chest.

*Not for me! I think you all know what kind of dessert will headline our wedding.

In other news, school is really stressful right now, but my mind refuses to be stressed! Its like I have reached my 2010 stress limit and I am not allowed anymore. Sounds great, but then again I have done about 20 minutes worth of work in the last 4 hours and I feel pretty kosher about it.
In this case, I think I need a healthy dose of stress.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Details

So, here's a fun fact. This whole time (I know, I know, it has only been a month) I have had it in my head that we could do an iPod with Emcee reception instead of a DJ to save some $$$.

Just moments ago this thought occurred to me:

Neither of us own an iPod.

Haha! How had this little fact not entered my mind before? Lordy. Also, the iTunes music we both own is definitely un-dancy music. I might have like 1 JT song and a few Rhianna tunes.

This would make for an EXCELLENT party, no?

I am highly highly amused by this oversight. I think I forgot because duh, everyone has iPods. Everyone, except us.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Two Things

1) Went to the Grocery Store today. Bought: bread, milk, strawberries, peanut butter, cereal (Eric gave it up for Lent, so we bought a. lot. today. Also, Cracklin' Oat Bran was on sale for freaking $2.60!! Also also, if you don't know what COB is, get thee to a Kroger! NOW.) Also we bought Easter Candy. 'Cause just cause our mommas don't buy us candy anymore doesn't mean we don't want to eat chocolate eggs anymore!

2) I kind of want to turn this into a partial wedding blog. Will you all hate me if I do? Why am I even asking that? Gah. There is some kind of ridiculous pressure on peeps getting married (and by that, I mean BRIDES, since according to the world there are only BRIDES at weddings, getting married to...centerpieces, it would seem) to simultaneously plan a freaking awesome party, not offend anyone, spend $1 doing so, and never stress out about it or even talk about it cause, ugh! with the wedding talk! No one cares!

Which: can we all just stop with this? It's nonsense. I recognize that having your head talked off about whether you should use silk flower or real flowers or no flowers at all or pink flowers or blue flowers or or or or...etc. is annoying. I hear you. Not my jam either. BUT. Getting married is something we value here in the US of A. It's a ritual, a rite of passage, a big deal thing that we are supposed to support.

So, can we please actually, you know, support people as they go through this big deal step in their lives?

I am not talking to anyone in particular. My friends and family have been wonderful to me so far. If anything, I am talking to me a year ago. Me who bought into the cultural norm that says its totally cool to look at weddings on Facebook and go "ooh don't like that. that's pretty! mmmm, questionable choice on that dress." I mean, what the hell? The people in those pictures just wanted to stand up in front of their family and friends and say they love each other and plan to keep doing so forever and then throw a party for everyone to celebrate. Can we give them a frickin break on how the cake looked?

Wow. So that was a long-winded diatribe on how I feel bad trying to turn this into a part-time wedding blog. But really--I am engaged. You all know this. You all know this means I am starting to plan a wedding. Why do I feel guilty posting wedding thoughts in this blog about my life?

Anyway, I am eschewing this guilty thing. I am still me, you all know this. And if you love me, I hope you realize that me planning a wedding is the same me that always was. Seems like a simple idea, but let me tell you that the minute you go from not-Bride to Bride, the whole world seems to think that you have magically transformed from an intelligent person into irrational crazy person whose train of thought now goes "Wedding colors! Wedding favors! Wedding songs! Wedding! Wedding!" Look, I do think about those things, but they just take up the brain space that used to go "I wonder what made Jim decide to leave Karen in New York and ask Pam out?" So, not a real loss, intellectually.

This is a long post by now, and I am going to get back to this paper I am supposed to finish tonight.

Ciao readers! Thanks for reading the diatribe.