Sunday, November 22, 2009

More dresses



Sometimes I feel like all I do is look at wedding dresses online or in magazines. I need to start trying some on already!

I was recently scoping out the dresses on Project Wedding, and here are my four favorites.




It's a strapless, A-line dress, which is sorta surprising for me, since I tend to sway away from them for the most part. However, it's
not very A-line, and the top of it isn't the traditional strapless
that's in style right now, which I honestly can't stand. This looks different and interesting.



This
dress looks a little more like other dresses I have enjoyed, although it's apparently an A-line too. Maybe I was mistaken on what an A-line dress is. I
thought it was those poofy princess ones. Apparently not. I like this dress because it mixes chiffon and lace, and there is also some beadwork around the midriff area.





This dress I'm not quite so sure about; the sleeves are interesting, but I'm not sure if they make the dress look too
informal. Also, looking at these dresses, I think that I like a "sweep" train better than a "chapel" train. This dress, the first dress and the last dress have a "chapel" train, while the second has a "sweep" train. It just looks like it would be longer and harder to manage, and I don't want to have to worry about stepping on anything too much on my big day, nor do I want any kind of bustle.




I always feel a little silly saying that I love this dress, but I kinda do. It's simple, yet not too simple. The lace is very pretty. I love the cut of the V-neck with the empire waste, and although the site says it's "trumpet/mermaid," I don't really see it, but then again, I apparently only just learned what A-line looks like, so I'm not really the expert on dress shapes.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Dessert Bars!


"OH HOW I DIG DESSERT BARS!!"

Ignoring the vegan aspects, this is heavenly. I want all of it. And I want it now.

And again, I'm also too lazy to write a full post, but just go read hers, it says (and shows) everything that I would want to say.



I'd just like to draw your attention to the Chocolate Cake Lollipops in the 2nd and 3rd pictures. Yes. Chocolate Cake. On a lollipop. How delicious.


Both pics from Jesi Haack Weddings/Sweet & Saucy Treats Dessert Bar via the Vegan Bride.

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Favorite

I recently stumbled upon this blog post when Feministing had it on their front page.

Guest Blogger Starling: Schrödinger’s Rapist: or a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without being maced


It is amazing. I want very much to write a review on it, but I have zero energy right now, so I'll include a brief excerpt from it.


Gentlemen. Thank you for reading.

Let me start out by assuring you that I understand you are a good sort of person. You are kind to children and animals. You respect the elderly. You donate to charity. You tell jokes without laughing at your own punchlines. You respect women. You like women. In fact, you would really like to have a mutually respectful and loving sexual relationship with a woman. Unfortunately, you don’t yet know that woman—she isn’t working with you, nor have you been introduced through mutual friends or drawn to the same activities. So you must look further afield to encounter her.

So far, so good. Miss LonelyHearts, your humble instructor, approves. Human connection, love, romance: there is nothing wrong with these yearnings.

Now, you want to become acquainted with a woman you see in public. The first thing you need to understand is that women are dealing with a set of challenges and concerns that are strange to you, a man. To begin with, we would rather not be killed or otherwise violently assaulted.

“But wait! I don’t want that, either!”

Well, no. But do you think about it all the time? Is preventing violent assault or murder part of your daily routine, rather than merely something you do when you venture into war zones? Because, for women, it is.

Also, the more I read this blog, the more I love it in general. I think they've just won a new follower.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Flowers!


This print on Etsy reminded me that I love ranunculus (ranunculae?). Which, after googling, I found out is commonly called the Persian buttercup. Anyway. They're adorable.

And possibly worthy of a wedding bouqeut?

Maybe.

This blog, Engagemental, has a beautiful post about using ranunculus(ae? I really want to know!) for a wedding. It's super beautiful. Which isn't surprising, because it looks like she found the pictures from InStyle Weddings.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Doxie Art


I want this so badly.

In my dream world, where I have a spacious, sunny apartment, I have several different dog-themed pieces of art.

Sort of like this or this or this.

And we can't forget the ridiculously adorable Christmas cards that I had last year.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Saja Wedding Dresses

I think I'm in love.

With these dresses.

I'm almost contemplating leaving work, just so I can go to their store and try them on. It's right off of West Houston. It would take me less than 20 minutes to get there. But who would go with me? I can't try on wedding dresses for the first time alone.

Soon though. I have to go soon.

Really, I would love to try on all of the dresses. Some of them aren't my style at all, they just look so gorgeous and flowy and nice!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Awesome Groomsmen Gift


I just saw this posted on Etsy, and thought it was amazing!

Part of the description reads "My husband created this custom poster as a gift for his groomsmen. Some of them used to be in a band together, so the theme was a concert poster promoting "The Groomsmen". The concert date corresponds with the wedding itinerary. The picture of the theater was a local venue in Savannah, GA where we got married. The words on the theater marque read 'Will their frontman take the plunge?' You get the idea. It's nice to give your close friends/relatives a more personal gift that involves some thought. Or, you could just get them cufflinks...."

I think this is SUCH a cool idea, and I feel like Zach and his groomsmen would love something like this. Obviously, since it's a custom item, it would be different, but this general idea is super cool.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wedding Planning Update

We've still made no decisions. At all.

None.

Well, we've decided that we don't usually like traditional wedding cakes, so we're pretty much sure we want a cheesecake. But that might actually be the only thing we've decided on so far.

So I'd like to just keep track of a few ideas for now.

Zach wants something fun, possibly slightly outrageous, and the funnier the better. He'd like something quirky which says "This is Zach and Rose's wedding." Basically, he wants it all to be individualized, and not at all generic. I agree.

While looking at The Knot, I came across some fun ideas, which I'd like to record here, so that they'll be easy for me to find, and to get anyone's opinion on them, if they feel like sharing.






A couple created comic book wedding invitations. More pictures are available at Heidi Ryder's blog, but I just think this idea is so cool.







This is awesome. My whole family is big on pictures. Each of my Aunts and Uncles has at least one wall of their house devoted to family pictures. My dad is special, so he has a whole room. But I would love to have a wall of our families' wedding pictures at the reception. I think that would be so special. Spectacular photo from Julia Newman.




Another idea that I absolutely love is this creative, 3-D photobooth photo wall. It would be beyond perfect. Photo via the incredibly talented Elizabeth Messina.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cupcake Stop

The other day, I went someplace heavenly.

No, that's not enough of a build-up.

Let me explain. During the spring, I learned of an intriguing business. It's founded on the principles that New Yorkers are always on the move, love sweets, and would be highly entertained if they could hunt down a truck full of delicious cupcakes via Twitter.

This divinely portable cupcake distributor drives around the city, telling people where it can be found. Oh, and the cupcakes? They're amazing. You would think, it's a truck, how high could the cupcake quality be? OMFGSOHIGH! That's how high.

Also, another misconception you might have - the flavors of these aforementioned delicious cupcakes, there can't be that many, right? Or they aren't too creative?

Wrong.

Oh the flavors.

Mint chocolate chip. Red velvet. Chocolate Peanut Butter. S'more. Raspberry Creme. HEAVEN!

The Mint Chocolate Chip was suprisingly minty and chocolatey. The Red Velvet, while not the greatest Red Velvet in the world, was incredibly moist and delicious. The S'more was perfectly chocolatey, with real marshmallow icing (I have no idea how) and graham crackers sprinkled on top. The Raspberry creme, well, this was my least favorite, which means that it was simply delicious, nothing more. It was a regular cupcake with creamy raspberry icing. But my all-time favorite, by far, was the Chocolate Peanut Butter. It was perfection. Warm, moist chocolate cup cake smothererd in a magical layer of peanut butter icing. Oh! I get excited just thinking about it.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Inspiration

I've been trying to get back into the swing of blogging for a while now, pretty much all summer. But I never seem to have the motivation. I think, however, that Kerrie may have found the perfect thing to motivate me. Her most recent blog post about installing Google Analytics into her blog to see if anyone reads her blog, and who they are. I LOVE THIS IDEA!

Also, I have just started grad school at Hunter, and while it looks like it is going to be very pleasantly challenging, I think that I would like to have an outlet to talk about all of my new experiences.

For example, whoever designed Hunter College was a sadist. Do you know how to get to any of the first 7 (or 8, haven't figured it out yet) floors? Escalator. But floors 8 and up are accessible by elevators from floors 3 and up. And to get to the East side? Breezeway on the 3rd floor. Also, I have no idea how or where to get my student ID, which means that I can't access any of the school's facilities like the library or in ground swimming pool.

But it's not all bad. Actually, as soon as you enter the classrooms (granted you are able to find them in the first place - did I mention that the numbering and placement of rooms makes absolutely NO SENSE?), everything is great. I enjoyed each of my four classes this week, three of which are being taught by PhD students. Two of them seem very experienced and knowledgeable, while one seems cute in his inexperience. He seems to know a lot about the topic he's teaching, and he has experience teaching HS, which is what we're learning about - he just hasn't taught people how to teach before, so it'll be interesting. And my last professor is the perfect stereotype of an English professor that it makes me laugh: tall, skinny, pale, wearing a button down shirt and a bow-tie, fluffy white hair and a big white beard. Plus, he forgot half of the syllabus and gave us a "fifteen minute Kant" lecture, which he was quite impressed with.

Overall, a good first week.

Now, how do I find this Google Analytics?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Roland Offices

Upon arriving at the 5th Ave. NRW station, I make sure to take the exit that surfaces at 60th St., not 59th. I then walk across 60th St., going about halfway down the block before I walk up the two steps to enter the office building. In past years, the building had been a hotel, and being placed between 5th Ave. and Madison Ave., you would be correct in guessing that it was quite an upscale hotel. I love entering the elaborately decorated marble lobby. After swiping my id card, I glance over at the gigantic tapestry hanging on the left wall behind the security desk. While I wait for one of the two elevators on the right wall, I glance up the grand-looking staircase to the right, which is constantly barred by modest red velvet ropes. The elevator takes me up to the fourth floor, where I enter the first office on the right, Roland Offices. Behind the door is the most prominent decoration in the office, a floor to ceiling bookshelf filled with law books. Three wooden chairs with modern-art inspired cushioned chairs line the wall on the right, just feet before I arrive at my desk. It is up against the left wall, right after the door to my boss's office (which is book lined and often incredibly cluttered, but with a window that would be beautiful, if it didn't overlook a brick wall). My desk is uncluttered; a computer, phone, pen cup and message book are the only things on it on a regular basis. To my right is a small window, that, if it was able to admit any sunshine would be quite pleasant, but as it is, it affords me a wonderful view of some grey bricks. Behind me is the coffee station, mini-fridge and copier. And beyond the copier is the office of my other boss (who happens to be married to the first boss; it's quite entertaining observing them all day).

One of my most important jobs is to keep the coffee pot full, and my bosses only accept the most gourmet of coffees. I have absolutely no problem with this part of the job because I am not in the habit of turning down free, delicious coffee. Yesterday I worked for four hours and had to write one letter. I also answered the phone twice, and once it was my boss's father. Today I've been at work for almost three hours and I've answered the phone five or six times, and each time all I had to do was take the caller's name and pass it on to my boss. I have been encouraged to do homework or read while at work, and I look forward to sitting in Central Park (half a block away from our office) during my lunch hour.

So far the only drawbacks with this job have been that my desk chair is extremely squeky, and the heels that I have been wearing for the past two days are not incredibly comfortable. But if those are the worst parts of the job, I can definitely deal with them.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I miss school

I've been feeling the urge to write growing recently. This happens whenever I don't do it enough. It's been almost two full months since I graduated, which also means it's been almost two full months since I've written anything of consequence. Emails don't really count. An essay. An argument. A well thought out piece of writing. That's what I miss doing. And I've recently read a few really good fanfictions, which always make me feel like I could write good fanfic, if only I had the drive to sit down with an idea, flesh it out fully, and then actually go all the way through writing it. It usually doesn't happen. I usually stop somewhere between coming up with an idea and sitting down to do anything about it. Sometimes I write down some notes for it, but that's usually where it ends.

Or maybe I could do something that actually needs doing: revising my thesis and sending it to the Pace Library so that they can publish it. My problem with that is there's no deadline on when I can send it to them. But I don't want to wait until after I start classes at Hunter, because then I probably won't have time to do any extra curricular writing, specially of that magnitude.

I miss typing even. I don't do enough of it anymore. Well, of course I type, but I don't do enough writing of any length to actually be satisfying. Most of the things I've written in the past two months have been short. A few sentences max. Well, I guess that settles it: tomorrow, when I sit at home and do nothing, I'll write something. Yay me.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Updating Goals

I wanted to go through my goals from last semester and update them. It's also time to come up with new goals. They'll be added at the end of the post, after I analyze everything that I've accomplished so far.

 My Goals

This semester:


1. Finish thesis.(DONE)
2. Be proud of each paper you hand in Spring 09 semester. (DONE)0
3. Graduate with at least a 3.5 (DONE - 3.53)
4. Apply to >1 grad school program. <--Hunter, TC, Adelphi (DONE) 5. Find a job that pays >$13. (PART-TIME, BUT DONE)
6. Work more at work. (DONE)
7. Hang out with school people outside of school. (DONE)
8. Get savings back up to $500. (FAIL)
9. Reach 163 lb. (DONE, BUT THEN GAINED A FEW LBS BACK)

Goals for the next two years:

1. Do something for Zach that is equal to him buying me an engagement ring
2. Lose 15 lbs and keep it off.
3. Drink only water and tea for one month.
4. Eat 3 fruit everyday for one month.
5. Exercise five days a week for one month.
6. Learn how to cook 20 easy meals.
7. Create my own cookbook.
8. Earn my degree in English and Women's Studies with at least a 3.5 GPA. (undergrad degree) (DONE)
9. Revamp my wardrobe.
10. Finish a masters program.
11. Figure out a career.
12. Travel abroad.
13. Write on the beach.
14. Whiten teeth.
15. Camp out on the beach with friends.
16. Improve posture. (IMPROVING)
17. Go to (at least) 4 yoga classes. <-- I love it!
18. Buy three staple dresses that I look amazing in. (SHOCKINGLY... I GOT 5)
19. Photo-document an entire day.
20. Go to a spa and get the works.
21. Travel to the west coast.
22. Learn how to make apple pie from scratch. (DONE)
23. Make a giant sandcastle.
24. Donate blood.
25. Bake a cake for five people.
26. Make peanut butter from scratch. 
27. Make orange juice from scratch.
28. Write every day.
29. Send out Christmas cards. (2008 - I did!)
30. Find a signature drink. <-- Captain Morgan and Coke or Samual Adams Boston Lager. 31. Take vitamins every day for three months. 32. Take Zach out for a really nice evening "on the town". 33. Lay in the grass and do nothing. 34. Get into Grad School. (HUNTER)


Goals for Fall 2009

1. Get at least a 3.3 GPA
2. Cook dinner at home at least once a week.
3. Contribute $25 a week to our mutual savings account.
4. Feel comfortable working at the law firm.
5. Buy a new TV.
6. Choose a date for the wedding (as well as location and if possible, dress). 
7. Reach 160 lbs.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Camping

Oh the things I have to write about this camping trip. Let's make a quick list: 

1. Playing initials never gets old.
2. Thank you rain gods for giving us a lucky break.
3. As lame as PBR is.... it's an awesome beer. Period.
4. Everything cooked over a fire or hibachi always tastes better.
5. No camping trip is complete without a trip to the hospital. I'm so sorry Steve. No more wood-chopping near you.
6. EVERYTHING cooked over a fire or hibachi tastes better.
7. Packing up camp is never as hard as you think it will be.
8. Navigating a mini-van through traffic w/o being able to see through the back window is a huge confidence boost.
9. I'm so sorry you got hurt Steve.
10. I took the best shower OF MY LIFE when I got home.
11. Wii's PUNCH OUT is an awesome game... but shockingly racist... and I mean RACISIT. Not a little... a LOT.

..... and back to finishing watching Finale of Make Me a Super Model. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hiatus

So... I've taken a huge-ass hiatus for the finishing up of my Honors Thesis, graduation, and then two weeks of peaceful relaxation and graduation parties.

Zach has taken off this week because his birthday is on Thursday and we're going camping (SO EXCITED!) on Friday. We're going with a whole bunch of people, and we've been talking about this trip for about three years now.

And then next week Nikki, Nicole and I are heading to Tennessee for Bonnaroo (another thing I'm SO EXCITED for). I just found out today that several of the bands I'm excited about seeing are playing at the same time at opposite ends of the festival, but I can't care right now b/c I'm still so excited about everything. I'm sure that we'll have so much fun, even if things don't turn out exactly as we're expecting them to.

We also just wrote out the invitations for our engagement party next month, and they're super duper cute. They make me so happy. 

Even though the next few weeks will be busy, I plan on picking this back up. My hiatus was fun, but it's time for me to get back on the blogging train because I really do enjoy writing... even though basically no one actually reads this (and I'm sure the few people who did gave up on my over the past two-ish months). 

Oh well. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Two New Ideas


http://www.favorideas.com/com_images/189/lg_189370_2.jpg

From here. Super cool website. I love the gazebo and the outdoors-ness of the 1st pic, and I love the setting of the second one - I would just love to a splash or two of color to the decorations. 




Wednesday, April 22, 2009

This keeps me sane.

Bonnaroo



facebook

gmail

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Dawn of the Dead

video



So this video (also on Youtube - I just have no clue how to actually post videos in here) has taken over my life. All I want to do is watch it over and over again. 

This is Dawn playing with the Photobooth program on her Mac late one night. Apparently she had just been taking pictures and playing around, and was randomly making a strange noise, and wanted to tape herself making the noise so she could hear what it sounded like, but had difficulty reproducing it once she began taking the video. So this happened.

And, as far as I'm concerned, it's pure gold. I think everybody should enjoy it. :)



Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bonnaroo!


I've been a bit unenthusiastic about blogging lately, partially because I've actually been doing a lot of thesis work lately. I'm not going to write a long post right now, mostly because I have a good deal of reading for tomorrow's class, and because I actually still do have a lot of work to do for my thesis, which is due in 5 weeks. And I'm meeting with my thesis advisor tomorrow. Whoopie. 

But the great news: I'm finally going to Bonnaroo! And the even better news: I'm going with my two best friends - on a road trip! This is a huge combination of a whole bunch of things that I've wanted to do since I was 16, all in one! This year's line-up isn't quite as good as it has been in past years, but I'm excited about seeing a bunch of the bands, and the comedians as well (which I never actually knew they had, but apparently they do).  I was thinking earlier, right about now, about the only things that I could imagine making this trip better would be to have Dispatch playinig there, and for it to be free. But seeing as I've already seen Dispatch's final reunion tour and payed the first payment for my ticket, I don't really see either of them happening. But still, would be totally happy with either!


Btw... I wrote this post about a week ago, and apparently just forgot to publish it. What a jerk-ass.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Totallylookslike.com is awesome


So I found this on Totally Looks Like, an extension of the all-time-classic Lolcats. It makes me extraordinarily amused, entertained and quite happy. 

"Chris Brown Totally Looks Like a Douche."


Now, to completely understand the gold that is this picture, you have to know what their look-
alike pictures usually are. They are typically two things that actually appear to be very similar. For example, Inigo Montoya Totally Looks Like Captain Hook, or V Totally Looks Like Mel Gibson. See? 

Chris Brown Totally Looks Like a Douche. 

Perfection. 

Copying Kerrie Today

List your top 10 favorite movies.

Surprisingly... I've never actually tried to do this before. I couldn't even tell you my all time favorite movie. What's wrong with me? lol

Okay, so this was so hard coming up with 10 movies, that I'm not even going to try to order them by preference. So in no particular order, here are 10 of my favorite movies:

Ocean's 11
Serenity
Armageddon
Little Women
Fight Club
Superbad
Clerks (1 and 2)
Dogma
10 Things I Hate About You
Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Goals, updated


What are your goals for the coming month?

By mid-April I would like to be almost done with my thesis. I want to have, if not a new job, a few lined up for interviews and the like. The graduation party invitations should be sent out, and the engagement party invitations should be almost ready to be sent out. I would also like to lost at least 4 lbs. 

Really, that's it. I mean. It's not a long list, but it will definitely be difficult. I've gotten a substantial amount of thesis work done so far this week, but I still have SO MUCH left to do. 

Guh. 

I had Natalie take a nice picture of my tattoo finally, since the only one I have of the finished version was taken right after I had gotten it, and it was shiney from the ointment. 

Isn't it perty? I love it so much. 

Monday, March 16, 2009

Wedding Cakes!


I have four very perty wedding cakes that I found on TheKnot.

The first three are ones that I chose, and well, apparently I like polka dots and stripes. I didn't know that, but ... well... they're super cute.

The last one is Zach's pick. And it's not that I don't like it, it's just that... it's a bit weird. Perhaps if there was some color on it, I'd like it more. I've never been a fan of black and white. I love me some color! And polka dots and stripes... apparently.

Anyway, links to my four cakes: Blue and brown , green, orange and brown, black and white.

What does the future hold?


Where do you see yourself in five years?

This is a hard one

In five years I'll be 27. I know that I'm going to be married to Zach. I would like to have a kid by then, at least one. A girl, named Zoe. She'll have green eyes, freckles and dark brown hair. But I definitely haven't thought about that yet. I'm going to have a career, hopefully teaching high school English in a nice public school in Nassau County or Queens. We'll have a house, or a nice big garden apartment condo-thing somewhere in Queens.  We'll have a second dog, a mut that is hopefully part bulldog or pug. There will be a cute yard, with a swing-set and a garden with tomato and basil and dill and cucumbers. In the fall there will be pumpkins. In the summers we'll have one of those inflatable pools and there will be a barbeque. Each room in our home will be painted a different color, and each one will be charming. Our house is never quite clean, but it is definitely charming, with carefully chosen furniture and art that suits our style and budget. 

This is really scary to think about. 

Thursday, March 12, 2009

It really does come down to money....

So I just watched four episodes of House Hunters on HGTV, and good lord, I want a house. The strange thing is, yes, I want a house, but I want to look for a house, and shop for a house so much more than I actually want the house. I've dreamt about decorating my own house for years now. Maybe I should have become an interior decorator. lol

Zach told me not to think about it because it would just make me sad because we don't have the money to buy a house (or even move out of our studio apartment), but I still can't help myself. I want a house. I want a home. I want hardwood floors and high ceilings and a patio and a pantry and a walk-in closet and walls that I've painted and carpets that I've selected and couches and artwork and a fireplace and an island in the kitchen and a computer room and a master bedroom. 

And the really sad thing is, I don't even know when we'll be able to get any of this. I need a job. I need a career. And that means that I need another degree. I hope I love teaching. I hope I'm good at it. No - I hope I'm great at it. I think I can be. 

How is it that I get all deep after watching a home and gardens tv show? Seriously. What's wrong with me? Damn you HGTV. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Yay Michelle!


So there's a Times article in today's paper about how awesome Michelle Obama is. Well.... actually it's about how she's trying to promote people eating fresh and locally grown produce by promoting it in soup kitchens and the White House. It's pretty awesome. 

Here's a quote by the great lady herself (as written by author Rachel Swarns): 

“It’s like: How do we keep the calories down but keep the flavors up?” said Mrs. Obama, who also praised a healthy broccoli soup prepared by White House chefs.

“That’s one of the things that we’re talking a lot about,” she said. “When you grow something yourself and it’s close and it’s local, oftentimes it tastes really good.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Way to go Glamour!


So Glamour is having a 70th anniversary American Idols photo shoot. They're using current female entertainers to pose as female icons. 

They have America Ferrara, Alexis Bledel, Lindsay Lohan, Hayden Panettiere and a bunch of other awesome people. 

It's really awesome, and I like it so much because they chose all different kinds of icons: athletes, activits, actors, and political figures. Overall, totally awesome. 

Stop stalking my life

What are you putting off right now?


Seriously. This prompt generator scares me.

Evelina.
Reagin's paper that's due Thursday.
White Teeth.
My thesis.
Graduation.
Life.
Planning my graduation party/engagement party/wedding.
Finding a job.
Writing the short story about my grandfather.
My 4:30 class.
Space reservation forms that are due tomorrow.
The several hand-outs I need to revise.
Writing more podcasts.
Cleaning my ENTIRE APARTMENT.
Finding a restaurant for Zach and my anniversary dinner.
Thinking about life.
Hero with a Thousand Faces.
Razor's Edge.
Did I mention my thesis?



Btw... how do I have class in 6 minutes?

No work, but more pretties!


Ok, so obviously I'm not doing all that much work here. But I have tutored three students so far, so I feel like I'm not slacking terribly.

That being said, I have found even more things that I love on the Martha Stewart Wedding page.

First, two receptions that are awesome. The first is another awesome tent that looks both charmingly outdoors while still being sheltered from whatever weather is there. I LOVE the red and blue paper lanterns, and while the white tablecloth, folding chairs and centerpieces are a bit too monochromatic for me, the lanterns look awesome.

The second reception is taking place in a barn, and the couple got all of the chairs from flea markets and garage sales. I think the idea is quirky and cute, but I think I'd like to just have normal chairs, thanks. But omg, the trees. They're in pots in the picture, and were planted on their farm later on as part of a ceremony the next day. I think that's fricking adorable.



The second thing that I found that I'm in love with is adorable dessert tables. The first wedding had a normal cake and this cute desserts on the side, and really, who wouldn't love these? They're perfect! Also, they were made by the bride's aunt, who's a pastry chef. How come I don't have any pastry chefs in my family? And those umbrellas? I could just die!


But this second wedding, they don't have a normal cake... these freaking cute little desserts ARE the wedding cake. Look, there's the little bride and groom on top. Don't you just want to eat all of it?

New pretties!


So, Agie just introduced me to a new awesome site: the Martha Stewart Wedding page!


There are tons of awesome stuff, but since I'm supposed to be working at work, I won't write too much about how great it is.

I just wanted to share this beautiful looking reception area. I like the square tables because they're interesting looking. I LOVE the lamps, and the tent, and the fact that this feels like it's indoors, but it's outdoors at the same time. Also, the tables aren't extravagant, but they're not sparse either. Also... I would change the centerpieces, they're a bit boring.

Ok, so I found one last outdoor reception that I wanted to post here. I love this one for very similar reasons: awesome lamps (albeit quite different), relatively simple tables, outdoors (but the tent is large enough that you feel sheltered at the same time). It's pretty looking. It just needs more color and flowers. Lots more flowers.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Hmmmm.... I like this one

Ten people who are no longer living who I would love to have met (and why).

In no apparent order:

1. Uncle Anthony: So much in my family revolves around the fact that Anthony isn't here. He died in Vietnam when he was younger than I am now. I wish I could have known him, and gotten to know him as an Uncle.

2. William Shakespeare: I shouldn't really have to explain this to anyone who knows me. I love this man. He was definitely brilliant, and probably a bit of a crackpot. He would be thrilling.

3. F.D.R.: He may have done some crooked things, but he also did some amazing things for this country, plus he had polio like my grandfather. I would just like to know what was going through his mind.

4. Jesus: Mostly just so that I could learn the whole true story of his life, and come back and prove so many crazy religious zealots wrong. I would like to emphasize the peace and love in his teachings, and diminish the psycho hate that they somehow think he wanted them all to feel.

5. Virginia Woolf: Just to listen to her speak. If her writing is so beautiful, I can only imagine what it was like to sit and listen to her talk.

6. Queen Elizabeth: That crafty, brilliant woman. I want to know how her brain worked, pick it apart and learn even a tenth of her secrets.

(This is surprisingly hard, btw.)

7. Walt Whitman: Have you ever read Leaves of Grass? He seemed like a pretty chill guy. I'd like to hang out with him.

8. My mom's Aunt Rose: When my mom was a teenager, Aunt Rose died, and my mom knew that she wanted to name her daughter after her, so I got my name. I'd love to meet the woman who my mom loved so much that she named me after.

(I just played with the Photobooth for 20 minutes to delay coming up with the last two people.)

Okay. I give up. I can't think of a 9 or 10. I mean, sure I could say someone like Gandhi or Abraham Lincoln, but I really don't have any personal investment in them, so it would just be a cliche that takes up space. So, I'll leave you with 8 people that I actually would have really liked to have met.

via Imagination Prompt Generator.

This generator reads minds and spins falsehoods!

Seriously. This prompt generator is fricking crazy and stalks me and reads my mind.


"What superpower would you chose to have?"



REALLY??? lmao. I literally posted a comment on Kerrie's blog 10 seconds ago about how I would always write stories about myself having supermagicalpowers.


O good lord. I've wanted everything at some point or another. It really depends on what point in my life you ask me. In all honesty, Peter's power (pre- Dad-fuckup) would probably be ideal for me, because it wouldn't require me having to make up my mind about any one power. Also, I'd pretty much be satisfied with almost anything because all of my life I have desperately wanted to have some sort of magical super gift thing.

I would love to fly. That would be awesome.
I would love to be able to read minds.
I would love to be able to teleport. Freaking awesome.
I would love to be able to morph into other people or animals. That would be sweet.
I would love to be able to see the future, but only if there was some sort of plausible way that I could alter it if I deemed that to be necessary.
I would love to be able to heal myself and other people.
I would love to be able to talk to animals.
I would love to be able to manipulate the elements and nature.
I would love to be able to sing. What? That's not a superpower? Damnit.

And that's it for now.


P.S. Did you pick up on the hidden Firefly quote? If so, you're AMAZINGLY AWESOME. If not, well, you can still become as awesome as some of us are.


UPDATE: 
So it turns out I'm a simpleton and forgot the ability that I've wanted for the longest time. I want the ability to heal. Not necessarily to heal myself like Claire, but to heal. I want to be able to heal other people. 
But if I had the option, I'd still totally take Peter's first power. And then I would find somebody who could heal others, and take that too. ;)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

More wedding stuff

Okay, so I've been avoiding looking at wedding stuff lately because I really should be concentrating on school. But no. Kerrie wouldn't let me. Plus, my mother sat me down and wants to start planning our engagement party. So I have wedding on my mind.

So, that means that I'm going to post about wedding stuff non-stop until I can actually convince myself to stop.

Theknot.com = awesomeness.

Okay, so my new favorites of today. Luckily they haven't made me rethink anything that I've already made semi-decisions about.


First, the Scrabble cake. This is something that I think is so freaking cute that I want to see somebody do it *coughcoughNikki?cough*, but I'm not completely sure that person will be me. Zach and I like Scrabble a lot, but we also love board games. But still, so freaking cute.


Next, this looks like one of the most perfect weddings imaginable. Just... everything about it makes me happy. I love the colors, the outdoorsness, the simplicity, the hydrangeas, the orchids, the cake. Oh god I love the cake.



And last (for now), but not least, is a combination of two things that I love: wedding planning and Etsy. For serious, how could I not be excited about this?


That's it. For now. I should probably being doing work, since I'm currently at work. Or writing that paper that's due in 10 hours and I only have 2 1/2 paragraphs written. Maybe.

Laughter


New prompt: The last time I laughed really hard

Last night Zach and I were being silly and wrestling and tickling. This always provokes a lot of laughter. 

But the last time I laughed really hard? Sunday, I hung out with Dawn. My mom gave us $20 to get out of the house an hour and a half before our movie (He's Just Not That Into You - still great!), so we went to get dinner. Dawn and I always laugh ourselves ridiculous whenever we hang out. I can't even remember what amused us so much. It's usually a mixture of misunderstanding, remeniscing, stories, and laughing over each other so much we can't hear anything and stutter while trying to understand everything. 

I love you Dawn. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Here you go Kerrie


Describe your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, suit etc, if male.

Thank you Kerrie
and the Prompt Generator. You know... I think I'm going to have to agree with Kerrie. I've never really thought about my ideal wedding. I definitely have never posted dress ideas on my blog before. And ideas about location? Definitely not at a vineyard on the North Shore of Long Island. Table settings? Who thinks about that? And seriously. I can't even being to fathom what I would like my cake to be. And I'm definitely not register at Theknot.com.

With that out of the way, this dress here is is my favorite so far. I love the lace top and the detail on the bust and the hem. I love that it's partially flared, but not too extreme. It's beautiful.


Bridesmaid dresses, well I've pretty much decided (or been informed) that all of my bridesmaids don't have to wear the same dress. I love the idea that all of the dresses are made of the same material, but in different cuts and styles. That way, there is a sense of uniformity, but everyone feels comfortable and beautiful in the dress of their choice. Alfred Angelo has the idea down pat, although I'm not madly in love with any one of his dresses. As for color, I'm intrigued by royal (or dark) blue and a sort of evergreen.

My selection of bridesmaids very much depends on how large of a bridal party Zach and I decide to have. We want something smallish, and we're both huge fans of balance, so I wouldn't want to have more bridesmaids than Zach has groomsmen.

I've pretty much always known I've wanted an outdoor wedding. I've envisioned getting married on the beach, in the redwood forest, in an open field. Scenic nature shot? I've wanted it. But... a vineyard on the North Shore is perfect. Zach loves it. I love it. It's near where my parent's got married. It's near Mattituck. The whole family can come because it's not that far, but it's still far enough that it will be interesting. This summer we're going to tour a bunch of vineyards looking for the perfect look. We're looking for second (and third and fourth) opinions, so whoever would like to come with us is more than welcome!

Zach wants a gazebo. I vaguely want to be barefoot. He doesn't want any religion. Neither do I, but I would love if my cousin Brian (who's a minister) would marry us.

Oh God the flowers. The flowers are going to be extravagant. That's inevitable. My mother's boss at the Flower Shoppe promised to do my flowers when I was ten. I want hydrangeas. Preferably in every shade of blue, pink and purple. And roses and tulips and lilacs. How perfect would spring green bridesmaid dresses look with an arrangement of beautiful pinks, blues and purples? Flowers make me so much more excited than almost everything else.

Oh, and Nikki and my cousin Kayleigh have both promised me that they're going to learn how to make wedding cakes so that they can maybe make mine. That would be so awesome.
I'd love something completely personal and not at all generic. And tasty. It has to be tasty. Maybe chocolate with raspberry? Or chocolate and mint? Or red velvet? Or cheesecake? Maybe I'll just have a dozen different smaller cakes and people could chose. That would be sweet. Oh. And there will be a chocolate fountain. You just wait and see.




Oh, and our Engagement Party is going to be on June 28th at my parent's house. Save the date. Invitations will be going out as soon as I find some that don't cost as much as my rent.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Prompt: Is writing a form of self therapy?

Well, my first official prompt. I crack myself up sometimes. I decided to do daily prompts like Kerrie is doing, and then completely slacked off before I even started. I'm so lame.

So anyway, my first prompt is "Is writing a form of self therapy?"

And really, how perfect could this be? It's like the imagination prompt generator read my mind!

Lol. Or it could just be a freak coincidence.

Anyway. Writing in journals is definitely a form of self therapy for me. I've filled dozens of notebooks worth of rantings and ramblings. I vent in my notebooks. I mull through difficult decisions. I pour my heart out. Writing helps me organize my thoughts so that when I go to talk to somebody about my opinions or problems, I actually have an organized idea of what I want to say. Also, it helps pass the time and it's fun.

I also love creative writing as a form of expressing myself. As a child, I was extremely creative, so writing gave me an avenue to express my creativity without doing anything too crazy. I'm also an avid reader, and I think that everyone who loves reading has, at least at one point or another in their lives, wanted to write.

Also, I discovered something amusing over the weekend: sometimes I think as if I'm writing. I'm not contemplating what I would write in a given situation, I'm actually seeing myself typing (or writing by hand), seeing the words appear, writing to a specific audience. It's fun, and I know that I didn't just start doing this; I just became aware of it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My new favorite thing


http://rolcats.com/



Do you mistake us for sincere?

We adorn ourselves thus to mock the capitalist sacrament of annual materials exchange…

Copying Kerrie


So... I'm officially going to try to copy Kerrie's new Prompt ideas (as well as her Pic of the Week idea).


However, I'm determined to get to Pace before 10:30, and since I haven't gotten dressed yet, I won't be able to post my first prompt right now. Picture I can handle though. :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Grad Schools

Waiting to hear from Hunter. Well, to be more accurate, my recommendations still have to be filled out and my transcript sent to them, but besides that, I have everything else done.



My Columbia essay is almost done, and then I'll be sending my application to Teacher's College.




Eek. So nervous.




So nervous.




So nervous.




So nervous.




I feel like I need to apply to other schools, but I don't know where else to apply. Shit. I don't want to go anywhere other than NYC, but I don't know what to do!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Planting Fields Arboretum


Dawn and I went to the Planting Fields Arboretum on Monday. This is the picture they have on their homepage right now:









And then this is a picture that I took on my brand-new camera:










Anyway. The weather was very cold on Monday, but it was so rewarding. I took over 100 pictures on my new camera--it has an automatic flower setting, so it takes amazing close-ups of flowers. We spent a lot of time in the three greenhouses because it was warmer there and that's where they have all of the unseasonal flowers. The first greenhouse had different breeds of camillias and roses, and was my favorite greenhouse. I took some beautiful pictures of soft pink blossoms and vibrant fuschia petals and buds just about to bloom that were fresh green near the stem, but moved to white and then blood red at the very tip.
















I also found some beautiful simple green vines growing along the old brick of the greenhouse's outer wall. There were tiny purple flowers blooming on the vine, and it looked stunning next to the rough texture of the cumbling brick.








The next two greenhouses were the tropical wones; they were full of palms, bananas, orange trees and orchids. I took many pictures here too, but orchids don't excite me the way camillias and roses do. They are too fragile and pefect looking.






Dawn and I sat in the greenhouses for a while, warming up and just taking everything in and talking quietly. We sat and enjoyed the smells: the smell of living plants, of ripening fruit, of blooming flowers, of running water, of freshly-turned soil. We enjoyed the sound of photographers quietly setting up their equiptment, of children talking excitedly in hushed voices to their parents, of water dripping from a nearby hose and falling from the fountain in front of us. We breathed in the air and knew that it was more refreshing than any air we had encountered in months, and knew that we still had a few months to go before we will breath it again. It was alive.
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