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January 24th, 2010
anthony bourdain = night of hilarity

I think Anthony Bourdain is one of the most entertaining authors and personalities on TV. I loved Kitchen Confidential and we watch No Reservations pretty regularly, so when I heard he was going to be in town, I jumped at the chance to hear him live.

So following a ridiculous amount of sushi (we sat at the counter and one of the sushi chefs was all, are you hungry? uh, yeah, we kinda are, lol), we went and heard him speak.

And let me say, he’s funnier in person than on TV, he curses with every other breath and crazy women are totally in love with him—and they will proposition him in a Q&A session in front of hundreds of people. It was awesome.

January 18th, 2010
new projects make me giddy!

I started a new project last week, and it’s exactly the kind of job that I adore—complete freedom to rebuild and redesign an old school HTML site into a database-driven WordPress site. Over 400 pages and 40 hours later and I think it might be my favorite job to date. And, if I do say so myself, it’s a thing of beauty.

I’m currently driving the Chop crazy talking about it… but the up side for him is that I was so focused this weekend that he watched not one, not two, but FOUR football games. In their entirety.

It was a momentous time for both of us, lol.

posted in: joy in the little things — @ 9:41 pm

January 10th, 2010
ah sunday, how I love thee

I managed to coerce the Chop into a West Wing marathon, so while I’m slightly sad that I’m working away on a new project on a Sunday night… at least I get to watch my absolute favorite show of all time while I’m doing that. :)

It really takes very little to make me happy. Today it was pancakes! (new weekend tradition… the Chop is widening his cooking repertoire. Grilled cheese, pancakes, we’re getting there.), a latte and waking up at noon.

posted in: joy in the little things — @ 10:29 pm

January 4th, 2010
happy day!

One thing I love about what I do is that I get to meet a lot of different people in a lot of different industries. Today I got a new client—a friend had recommended me to someone—and she was in dire need of some help. After an hour on the phone, I received the nicest email… “I think you are SO AMAZING! Thank you so much for being ‘you.’ ”

Yeah, I know. Talk about validation. :D

In other news, it’s my dad’s 58th birthday today. :)

My Dad, back in the day.

My Dad, at my wedding.

Isn’t he adorable?

posted in: joy in the little things — @ 10:36 pm

January 1st, 2010
welcome, 2010

The Chop and I slept till noon and then made pancakes—now we’re watching movies. This, if nothing else, is why I like holidays at home. We do absolutely nothing.

We have, however, made some very hilarious New Year’s resolutions… less peeing in the house for the dog, less drinking for us, more cooking for Chop and, oh yeah, we’re also aiming to get pregnant this year.

My cousin is very happy about that, lol.

posted in: joy in the little things — @ 5:13 pm

December 25th, 2009
merry christmas… late!

The Chop and I are with his family for Christmas this year, and sadly this post is late due to a marathon Trivial Pursuit game that lasted several hours.


posted in: joy in the little things — @ 9:58 pm

December 9th, 2009
on weddings

We got another six inches of snow today, on top of the three that came down Sunday as we were driving home. I’ve decided the snow is a sign of new beginnings—married, so let’s wash away everything that came before. On the other hand the Chop drove to work this morning and I panic-dreamed the entire time. Schools are closed, the roads are terrible and we just got married! How dare he risk life and limb to go to a job. Marriage makes you nutty. Plus, hi, snow day sex anyone?

The week of the wedding was unbelievably stressful. It was a great idea from the get-go (get the entire family together to stay for a week beforehand), but when all is said and done, I’m not sure it didn’t make the entire event more stressful. Tension was high and Chop and I (well really, I, the Chop is a trooper) started balking at doing what everyone wanted—which in fact was the issue from the beginning. Sadly our simple family wedding ballooned a bit into more than we wanted, lol. But I will say it was a lovely time and we really enjoyed (most lol) of it.

The wedding ceremony itself was incredibly simple… I walked out with my dad (we had decided on no attendants from the beginning, trying to keep it small—but also because my attendant list would’ve been over 7 and that meant so would his groomsmen and good god, can you imagine?), and Chop was in front of these huge windows with the reverend (who wore robes, so immediately I was like, really? COME ON, where’s the suit?). He said a few words, we exchanged vows, he said more words, we put on the rings and voila, he was announcing that Chop could kiss his wife—very cute. The Chop was pumping heat off like there was no tomorrow—neither of us are big fans of being on display—so the shorter the better. Fortunately Regina whined a few times during the ceremony, which helped break the tension and made him smile.

We had done a lot of family pictures beforehand—and Chop and I had gone down to the covered bridge to shoot ones of just us—so after the ceremony when everyone else went downstairs for appetizers, we went around with the photographer getting more shots of just us together. My sister was awesome and followed us around with food (god, the best meatballs and fresh spring rolls ever) and after thirty minutes or so we went back downstairs.

We chatted down there for maybe another twenty minutes before we were moved upstairs for the buffet line (such good food)—my dad prayed a blessing (where he talked about grandchildren, lol) and the real party started.

Except that we had forgotten to finish the sangria, so Chop’s sisters and I were pouring club soda into the giant black coffee warmer we had commandeered for it—and setting that on a table because really, who has time for a punch bowl when there is sangria?! NOT ME! :D I like to class it up like that ;)

The food was awesome—and honestly, if I wasn’t wearing a corset and wasn’t worried about the lipstick (hi, idiot that I am I didn’t have any backup!), I would’ve gone back for seconds. Chop’s friends told me later that they wanted too but since we didn’t, they didn’t, lol. Ah decorum, I never knew ye!

During the dinner, all the kids were apparently snatching cupcakes from the cupcake table—word to the wise, if you have mini, one bite cupcakes at your wedding, a) don’t set them where the kids can find them beforehand and b) order double the amount you think you’ll need. My awesome cousin managed to sneak four into a container to freeze, but frankly, with the tallies we were hearing (our moms each had 8, his cousin had 9 before dinner was over, etc.), it’s amazing we got any at all! I, of course, wisely married into a niece who went and got me one when I caught on. :D

Our cupcake flavors were chocolate/chocolate, red velvet/cream cheese, chocolate/peanut butter, vanilla/peanut butter, pumpkin/cream cheese and pumpkin/maple cream—all of which were amazing. For our feeding each other moment, I shoved a red velvet up Chop’s face/nose and I believe the one I got was pumpkin, but frankly I was too busy laughing my ass off to notice. My favorite part = shoving a cupcake. I feel like we should do that annually.

The next part is where I started to lose it—we were supposed to have a first dance but I really didn’t want too and because I’m an idiot, we caused a bit of drama with a couple of people (his sister, who did our music and was amazing the entire time; and a couple of my friends). Finally it was decided to just go straight into dancing music and everyone was encouraged to dance and I took a timeout. (I know, I know—but seriously, weddings are possibly the most stressful day of a lifetime. There is no situation where a wedding does not make you insane. And I was already half-way there, so yeah.)

We danced to Mr. Big Stuff and then later, when most everyone had trickled away, to the Avett Brothers’ Ballad of Love and Hate—which was perfect. A couple of our friends were slow dancing on the dance floor and we joined them, with no camera and no one watching. Earlier we had danced with family (Chop more than me) and I with my Dad and Chop with his mom, so I feel like we probably covered almost all our bases.

See earlier in the evening, when I was getting in my dress, we undid the halter neck (to protect my hair) and a button popped off. My seamstress aunt/godmother safety pinned it, and sadly I spent the day having a safety pin dig into my neck—I literally bled for fashion! On top of everything else that made me cranky and uncomfortable and I really did not want to dance, I wanted to go to bed. Plus, hi, the most painful shoes alive? OMFG. I spent most of the night in my green Crocs (thank god my dress was long enough to cover them).

The best part of the night came when probably a third of the people had left and all of our friends and family (aside from the parents-boo) got into swimsuits and hit the hot tubs and pool. A keg was dragged outside and we proceeded to party all night. We jumped between hot tubs, the pool, the steam room, the dry sauna and the refrigerators for a good three hours—one of my favorite moments was walking into the kitchen and seeing two of Chop’s best friends two-fisting beef and potatoes cold, straight from the fridge. :)

The party then meandered upstairs to the poker/pool room, there was a whole debacle in the steam room (wine and steam room, bad) and I spent the last hour or so with my best friend in bed while Chop beat the guys at poker. Around 4AM he came into our room and laughed, as Em and I were chatting away, oblivious to the time.

So that was my wedding. It had its ups and downs, and I would most certainly change my attitude about some things if I could (and get another pair of shoes), but I can’t and I’m OK with that. We really had a great time—our friends and cousins and parents and sisters (did I mention Chop has three? so now I have four?) were awesome and helped make it a really special day.

I am so fucking glad it’s over though. :)

December 7th, 2009

Well the Chop and I took the plunge on Friday. :) The wedding was crazy (we didn’t go to bed till 4AM) but awesome and we really enjoyed the party. There was major drama (uh, almost-sex in the steam room—not us—and crazy dynamics of family), but all in all we had a good time.

Plus, hi, super shiny new ring!! :D

November 26th, 2009
happy thanksgiving!

The Chop and I are celebrating Thanksgiving with an entire houseful of my family. The nice thing is I don’t have to make the turkey (!)… the not nice thing is we had to wake up early and my sister’s dog and mine have not quite bonded yet, lol.

This was a good year for us, and I hope if was for everyone else as well.

Have a happy thanksgiving!

posted in: joy in the little things — @ 1:28 pm

July 3rd, 2009
moving week, oh my

Saturday: got the U-Haul, moved all of the boxes and suitcases and drove through a ridiculous hailstorm on the way home. While driving said U-Haul. I’m not going to lie, it was slightly terrifying.

Sunday: We cleaned the house and waited for the movers to come (they were over an hour late). Did a walk through with the landlord (who gave us a bottle of champagne to celebrate our new home purchase, so nice) and spent the first night with all of our stuff in the new house. Also, realized we had no dryer vent. Oh, and the outlet is a three-prong and we have a four-prong dryer. Sigh.

Monday: Started unpacking, debated different avenues for a dryer vent… window, hiring someone to go through the wall, etc. Mom cleaned like mad while I worked and for dinner, we took her to Five Guys (which she now loves).

Tuesday: Hired an electrician (with seriously gorgeous eyes.. my mom thought they were “electrifying” hehe) who figured out the three-prong wasn’t enough volts anyway, so he ran in a line, fixed that outlet, added another one in our upstairs bathroom and then graciously offered to cut the hole in the plexiglass we had purchased to create our window vent. Got a call from my dad around 7PM—was in NYC and wanted to know what was for dinner. What now, I said? Yep, my dad decided to fly out after his call was over (on call till Tuesday morning) and help us set up the house. Apparently the numerous phone calls about random electrical questions was worrisome. :) So sweet… except the weather caused his flight to be delayed, then diverted, then sent back to Boston. Got home at 3AM after Mom and I spent three hours playing Scrabble on my IPod in the cellphone lot at Logan. Dear god, so tired thinking about it lol.

Wednesday: My dad seriously is a jack of all trades. He created a dryer vent, secured it against break-ins, switched two blinds that were installed wrong and changed out the shower heads. Mom cleaned, I worked. (Chop had to work all week, so was only able to help at night anyway.) Went to a new restaurant for dinner, which was incredibly amazing and my parents are in love with it. :)

Thursday: Dad took out all the locks and had them rekeyed, Mom cleaned, I worked (see a pattern here? lol). Then we went to Ikea, Costco and Jordan’s Furniture while my Dad waited for Sears to come clean the carpets. Sears didn’t show (apparently the weather knocked out their communications system), and Mom and I spent four hours shopping… deep sigh. Had take-out Thai again—I will never get tired of that—watched the latest Die Hard movie (my dad is a huge fan) and crashed at midnight.

Friday: Chop and I both had the day off, so after we all slept in a bit, Mom went back to laundry, Dad re-hung four cabinet doors, and I made breakfast. Mom then went back to cleaning (I know, it’s crazy amazing) and Dad un-dented the top of my dryer (sigh, movers) while Chop and I installed the latest OS on my Dad’s laptop (we know our skills!). Sadly we dropped them at the airport a few hours ago and they are halfway home by now.

Verdict: My parents are awesome and managed to get so much stuff done while they were here (and save us a bunch of money on a handyman) and we are so, so thankful, but we’re also very glad we finally get to inaugurate our house with just us. And frankly, the dog needs some chill time… Grandpa fed her a Whopper, among other things, and her crazy level is on high alert.

Have a happy fourth of July everyone! We’re planning to sleep late and work like crazy all day. :)

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