Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I am like an onion

I was tagged by Bea, and I like to follow instructions, so here goes.
1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged write their own blog post about their eight things and include these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and that they should read your blog.

Eight things about me.

1. I received a B on a paper in college that I never wrote. Not "never wrote" in the sense that I copied from someone, or cheated. Just never handed it in, but still got a B. Yeah, try that at home.

2. I am deathly afraid of my basement....always have been. I probably always will be afraid that there is someone down there ready to pounce while I am in the middle of doing laundry. When I lived at home I would bring my dog downstairs with me, as if somehow he was going to protect me. Since we don't have a dog, I now bring Dave down there with me. Don't read too much into that.

3. I have also been afraid of my house burning down for most of my life. I can trace the origins of this to the episode of Webster when his apartment burned down. I was so scared to go to bed that night I hid in the hallway outside of my Nana's bedroom. Yes, I am a scaredy cat. And yes, I just referenced Webster on my blog.

4. I have never seen an episode of American Idol, or Survivor. I am very proud of this fact, I have probably mentioned it before...it makes me feel better about my Project Runway addiction.

5. I wish that I never put my blog link on my friendster page. It was only there for a few days, but it was a mistake...you live and learn I guess.

6. I made my family audition for Family Feud. Oh yes, that Family Feud. We were terrible.

7. For reasons I cannot explain, There's some part of me wanted to see Graceland. So I went.

8. Every time I see a plane in D.C., which is often since I live so close to the airport, I get scared that it has been hijacked. I am very familiar with the proper flight patterns, and for the first second or so that I see the plane, I get scared that it will veer off course, and crash. I don't think that is ever going to go away.

OK, so I am tagging Ms. Clarkson. She is the most likely candidate to repost this, she likes lists.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Wedding Pictures

I have been hesitant to put wedding photos on the blog, but I have decided that there are only certain photos I don't want public. There are others that I would like to share, so here goes.

These are some of the tools required to make me look good. Yes, there are a lot. And no, I have no idea how to use any of them.

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My brothers, not paying attention to the ceremony. Classic. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Getting married can make you very thirsty.
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So we didn't get married in Cheers, just upstairs from Cheers in the Hampshire House. But I like to think of it as Melville's. I spent the day before my wedding on a tour of Fenway, got married upstairs from Cheers, took pictures across the street in the Boston Public Garden, and watched the Sox beat the Yanks the day after. Yes people, I love Boston.
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My brother Tim is silly.
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The bridesmaids and groomsmen looking fabulous.
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Sheri, trying to escape.
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We were getting our picture taken on the bridge in the Boston Public Garden (while Sheri was stopping people from getting near us, but that is another story) and I kept hearing people talk about a banana man. I turned around and there was a woman in a full banana costume. Realizing that not every couple is lucky enough to have walking human banana in their wedding album, I turned around and asked the banana to be in our photos. Really, does it get better than this?
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My sisters and my best friend, I mean numbero uno, numbah two, and pop princess. They were doing a dance all day that ended with the Charlie's Angels pose. There was even a chant. They rock.
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My husband is very funny.
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My beautiful sisters.
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Instead of a guestbook, we asked people to sign baseballs.
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My Dad is also very funny.
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Ladies and gentleman, if you can think of any reason why this man should be dancing with one leg lifted off the ground, I ask you to speak now.
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The flip flops that match our dresses.
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Yes, that is my brother. Yes, he is spinning on the floor. It was awesome. So, so, so, very awesome. Just look at the reaction from the crowd!
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If you can't tell, our wedding was pretty fun. Well, it was fun for me, but I don't think everyone else was faking.

Monday, July 23, 2007

I won't spoil anything

I finished Harry Potter very late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, but don't worry I am not going to write about it. I am dying to talk about it with more people, so let me know when you are done and we can chat.

The last time Harry Potter came out I couldn't wait until the next day to get my copy, so I swept into the bookstore at about 12:30 after the lines had died down and grabbed one. This time, I wanted to get there a little early and soak up the festivities. Dave and I rolled in at about 11:30 to become number 237 in line. Too bad it was the line for people who hadn't pre-ordered. The problem was that there were over 600 people there who had pre-ordered. Yikes. We hung out, and waited, and waited, and waited. It was fun though, many people were dressed up and were as excited as me to get their copies. It was a fun celebration, but we didn't get out of there until 1:30.

While we were in line, She's So Blase and Numero Uno called me, and sent me photos of the copies they bought in the grocery store. Geniuses those girls. I was tempted to do the same thing myself, but after an hour of waiting in line I felt like I had already committed. I also talked to Clarkson, because she was having some major drama of her own that night. You can read about it over on her blog.

The best part of waiting so long in line was that I think someone cast a spell on Dave. We came home, and for the first time ever, he wanted to read Harry Potter. I have been trying to get him to read it since I have known him, it had to have been some sort of charm. For Christmas, after we first started dating, I bought him a copy of The Sorcerer's Stone. It was at that early point in our relationship where it would have been inappropriate to buy him a big gift, like a watch or something. I only wanted to get him something small, and not scare him away, so Harry Potter it was. Here we are, four and a half years later, and he is finally reading it. I knew it would come in handy one day!

Oh, man is this photo not ridiculously blogworthy?!

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Horcrux hunting anyone?

Since there is a little over 24 hours left until the final Harry Potter book comes out, I thought we should cover some ground rules.

First, don't plan on having much contact with me this weekend. I have intentionally made no plans. I have turned down several activities because I am going to be busy. Quite busy. If your phone calls go unreturned, you now know why.

Second, do not even think about trying to talk to me about the book. I have tried to protect myself with rule number one, and all communication with me will be closely guarded. I don't want any spoilers, so I will have extremely limited use of the internet, T.V. and the radio until I am finished.

Third, I plan on using twitter to update what page I am on in the book. Yeah, I know, I am a retard, deal with it. If you are reading this weekend too (I know who you are) and you want to chat about something, check twitter first. As soon as I am done I can guarantee that I will want to talk, so let me know when you are done too.

I am so nerdily excited, but extremely sad that is about to be all over. Oh the paradoxes of my life. In the future, people won't enjoy Harry Potter as much because they won't have to wait for it. The anticipation and the wonder is a significant part of the fun. Can't you hear the conversations I am going to have with my future, currently non-existent children? "You kids have it so easy. In my day we had to wait years for our next Harry Potter." It will be my generations equivalent of walking to school uphill, both ways. Just don't blow cover, and tell them how much I really love the wait.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Downright adorable

My sister's family

Not that I am biased.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Hot fun in the summertime

Even though I am not at the beach, this weekend is still going quite well. Friday night we saw "The Order of the Phoenix" the most recent Harry Potter movie. Now if it were up to me, each Harry Potter movie would be at least four hours long and they would skip nothing from the book. Since that is impossible, I am always a little bummed by all the things that don't make the screenplay. However, for all you muggles out there, like Dave, who have never read the books, this could never bug you. At least you have something.

I really liked the movie, despite all the subplots that are not explored. I forgot just how much I hated Professor Umbridge, and they conveyed her evilness brilliantly. There were times during the movie when Dave would look over and I was making evil clawing noises at her towards the screen, or muttering something about wanting to kill her under my breath. Oh yeah, I know I have issues, this shouldn't shock any of you. Her office is downright creepy, but I don't want to spoil anything so just go see it already.

The weather yesterday was amazing, so even though my bike buddy is out of town I headed out to Maryland alone and rode one of our favorite trails. The Baltimore & Annapolis trail is an old rail line converted to a biking/walking trail. Rail trail if you will. Despite the beautiful weather there were very few people out so it often felt like I had the trail to myself. My normal weekday trail, the Mt. Vernon trail along the Potomac, is inundated on the weekends with slow pokes, and serious racers. I hate competing for space, so I usually avoid it at busy times. After the ride I spent the rest of the afternoon lazily reading the sixth Harry Potter book at a beautiful park in Annapolis overlooking the South River. I am rereading the "Half Blood Prince" in anticipation of next weeks book seven release. Can you say obsessed? (Only six more days!!) So overall a great weekend so far, and today is just beginning.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Barren

For your own safety WALK


Photo Friday is being brought to you this week via Lis. I was having a very difficult time pulling the trigger on a choice for barren, so I gave her three photos to choose from, and this photo came out on top. You now know where to direct all complaints.

This was taken in Patapsco Valley State Park in Maryland, during a hike this past February. I love hiking in the winter because there are so few people around. I am a little worried about the bike ride I have planned for tomorrow because my gut is telling me that everyone and their mother will be on the trail. It reminds me of a saying I used to hear when I lived in Maine, "If you can't handle the wintah, ya don't deserve the summah." So true.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Baby Steps

I had my first official photo shoot this past weekend, and it went really well. I took a ton of photos and learned quite a bit. I am surprised at how smooth it went considering that there were nine people involved, and three of them were under the age of two. I haven't really edited them yet, but this is a good example of how things turned out. Not bad for a rookie.

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I also had a chance to a do a more informal shoot with two of my nieces on my grandmother's beach on Saturday. It was low tide, which at our beach means that you can walk out for a great distance and play in the shallow tidal pools. They were looking at horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, shells, rocks, and all sorts of other fun ocean paraphernalia. They even got to watch an Osprey diving for, and catching fish. It is the ultimate natural playground for kids.
Abby, very happy at the beach
Cate playing explorer on the beach

So yes, I had a weekend full of family, photos, friends, and two different beaches...but one of them was my own which makes me even happier. Life is good.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

When being lazy pays off

On May 5th I went to a Kentucky Derby party that my friend was hosting. I only know that it was May 5th because according to flickr that is when my photos were taken. Thanks flickr. Anyway, I wore a pink dress. It isn't a fancy pink dress, I would categorize it somewhere between office attire and back yard bbq. I wore it for about three or four hours at the Derby party, and then changed outfits for a Cinco de Mayo party (duh, of course it was May 5th). I normally don't change outfits during the day, but it hadn't gotten a little chilly so Clarkson let me borrow something warmer. The point to all of this is, that when I changed my clothes between parties I threw the dress in the backseat of my car. Since the backseat of my car has a magnetic force field that prevents me from actually removing anything from it, the dress has been sitting there since then. Yes, two months later. It is a really powerful force field.

Flash forward to today at lunch. While eating lunch outside with a few of my peeps, we were caught in a nasty deluge. So nasty that even though I had an umbrella, by the time I walked the five blocks back to my office my capri pants were soaked. My wool capri pants. I am now calling them my stinky wool capri pants, because we all know how lovely soaking wet wool is for the senses. So whatever, I got wet, it isn't like I am going to melt, I suffer with the smell for a few more hours and be done with it, right? Um, yeah, I have an interview tonight for school. The last thing I think the woman interviewing me wants to be doing tonight is sitting in her office wondering why the heck I smell so bad. Not really the impression I am trying to make. After about an hour or so of trying to figure out what I was going to do, my husband was nice enough to offer to drive me over some new clothes. Nice chap that Dave. Then, I remembered the dress, and voila, problem solved. I walked out to my car, turned off the force field, and it is like a whole new day. I like to think that by leaving the dress in the back seat I was just being prepared, you know, like a girl scout.

Now if only I could figure what purpose that bottle of maple syrup has been serving by sliding around in my trunk for the last four months, I will be all set.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Jenn can be punny

This past weekend my niece Ellie was fussy when my sister tried to put her in her car seat. She wasn't crying, just sort of whining and thrashing. My sister wasn't able to buckle her in, she was moving too much, and we couldn't calm her. Jenn wisely noted that she was probably hungry, and asked me to reach into her bag and crab the box of raisins. I reached down and produced a small, red box of Sunmaid raisins. As soon as Ellie saw the box she stopped thrashing. She looked at me, smiled, and reached out for the raisins. Once the little wrinkled fruit was in her mouth she was extremely excited. She stopped moving enough for Jenn to get her buckled, and was even smiling, and laughing excitedly. That tiny box changed her mood dramatically, it was amazing.

"Wow, she really likes raisins," I said to my sister.

"Oh yes," Jenn quickly responded. "They are her raisin d'etre."

She'll be there all week folks.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Information that would have been useful before I said "I do"

Dave was a founding member of his high school genealogy club. Let's all just chew on that for a little while.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Fourth!

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I hope you have as many fun things planned as I do!!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Twitter me this

I have taken to twittering. Since I am guessing that most of you have no idea what twitter is, I shall break it down. Twitter is like a mini blog. You can post small blurbs, generally about a sentence, maybe two, in length. I have created a mini blog within my blog which you may have noticed in the sidebar. Yes, over there ------------> Lis described this best as like looking into a mirror looking into a mirror...it is blogging infinity. Clarkson describes it as an extended away message. I have no original thought, so I will just tell you what they think. Twitter is more fun when you have friends twittering, and like the web 2.0 pied piper that I am, I have strong armed Clarkson and Lis into joining. But I have to say, it didn't take much convincing. You should join too. Why? See here.

So some of the cool parts about twitter are that you can post from you phone, or the web, or you can IM a message in. You can also set it up so that you get a text message when your friends post to twitter. You don't need a blog to use twitter, so maybe this could be a way from some of you hold outs to break into the work of online over sharing.

It's fun, just do it!