Meet Boneland: the puppy version of Homeland. SPOT ON casting of Dana.
I picked up our Christmas cards today, thanks to Paper Source.
PS if you go to Th’ Source to get holiday cards, they are currently “buy three boxes and get the fourth free.” As my dad would say, “you’re the bomb, Paper Source.”
who did it better
My vote goes to Yukon.
If you love Glenn Close, if you love legal thrillers, if you love guys with really bad southern accents, you’ll love Damages. Plus there’s a teeny character in season one named Laura Watkins! Only five seasons! Available on Netflix! Buy buy buy!
- Chorizo (AKA ChoCho, aka Choch (in a good way), aka THEE LEETLE)
MEET CHORIZO, the dog not the food. We’re petsitting. We don’t want to give him back.
- Fage 0% with a teeny bit of Nutella
It’s like eating pudding. Let me just believe it’s healthier than pudding. LEAVE ME ALONE, CALORIES.
Sometimes you’re born with it, sometimes you get a huge onslaught of acne at age 28 for no apparent reason. After trying one million different things (swishing around coconut oil for 20 minutes BUT YOU CANNOT SWALLOW!1111!!), my doctor finally prescribed Retin-A. I still have little teeny zits along my hairline but the grossness all over my forehead, chin and cheeks is better. Praise Retin-A.
- Nicknames for everything
Chiefies, Joj, chippies, MaB, little/bubba/bub (the names I use for EVERYONE as a term of endearment). Also my friend Annie called Hazel “Hazelle” the other day and now I’m using it because I believe Julie Klausner would want me to. Welcome to my world of being annoying.
- Wearing pants
During summer you do not wear pants at home. During winter you do wear pants at home. And socks. Here’s to pants!
- This scarf
That is not a referral link because lit’rally (Traeger) no one cares about me, especially not Target.
- Avoiding books
I started a book called Swamplandia. I don’t like it, but I hate not finishing what I start. So instead of calling it a day, closing the book and starting Lolita like I actually want to, I’m actively avoiding reading by watching Damages, surfing the Interwebs and sleeping. And working. And blogging. GOD.
What are you enjoying?
These people are the worst people on earth. They are like Anne Hathaway and Kyle Richards. They are garbage people.
HI. In case you weren’t aware, I got married to a fine gentleman six months ago. The wedding was a smashing success. I ate pizza for lunch, I drank a lot, I cried but mostly I laughed, I hugged a million people and, most importantly, I married a pretty cool dude.
When I got engaged, three of my good friends who had recently (at the time) gotten married sent me long, detailed emails about what to expect when you’re expecting a fabulous wedding. These emails were super, duper valuable. I’ve been getting questions offline about weddings and (legit, not in an anonymous inbox commenter sort of way) since I like paying it forward, so I thought I’d put together some advice for planning a super fantastic wedding. If even one small piece helps one single person, then this obnoxious post was worth it.
ENJOY THE ENGAGEMENT.
For the love of god, everybody. When someone tells you that they are engaged, unless they’ve been engaged for a while please don’t ask them if they’ve picked a date. A lot goes into picking a date. A LOT. After you get engaged, give yourself some time to just hang out and celebrate. Tell everyone who asks you any wedding related questions for those two weeks to get bent. And throughout the entire wedding planning process, remember to take some time to sit back and enjoy.
THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT.
Do you REALLY want to toss a bouquet? If no, you can save that money and put it towards something you’d really like or want (more alcohol). Do you think Save the Dates are stupid? You should probably send them because they can be useful (even though I hate them), but just get a friend to design them and print them off at Kinkos for less than $100 (or send emails!). LIT’RALLY (/Chris Traeger) no one gives a shit about your Save the Dates and you can spend that money on what you really want (more alcohol). This doesn’t have to always be a monetary consideration either— we had one pastor lined up for our wedding, and about six months before I realized I really wanted my college best friend’s father to marry us. This was one of the best decisions we made with regards to our wedding.
Weddings cost a lot of money. Unless you are a magical DIY wizard and you’re getting married at a courthouse with five other people (and seriously, mad respect if you do that), when you first start to set up your wedding budget you will probably want to die. The wedding industry honestly makes it worse. They tell you that the average wedding costs $50,000 or something, and that’s how they justify charging you a ridiculous amount of money for ridiculous things that you absolutely do not need.
My parents were generous enough to cover 90% of our wedding, but we had a budget we had to work with in. Planning our wedding was about priorities. I cared 0% about riding in a trolley from my wedding to my reception. I cared 0% about tossing a bouquet. I hate all guestbooks, I hate children in weddings, I hate pew decorations, and I hate cake toppers. I thought Save the Dates are a joke and a waste (I still think they are but when my lazy family members requested them, I printed some at Kinkos for like $30). That’s me. Taking those things I didn’t like and/or didn’t care about meant I could put more money into the stupid stuff I did care about, like a billion flowers and fancy ass invitations. My point is, you are not required to pay for something for your wedding just because The Knot or Martha Stewart or your neighbor’s sister’s hair dresser thinks you should. Your wedding is going to cost a lot of money and the money you spend should be spent on something that actually matters to you. If you want, screw Save the Dates and tell your lazy family members to buck up and write the date on a calendar. Spend that money on glitter. Do you, gurl.
BE NICE TO YOUR PARENTS.
There were legitimate points that my mom (who reads this blog) was driving me nuts (hi mom). She will be the first to admit that she was crazy stressed because she had never planned her wedding (my grandma planned her whole wedding in four months, that crazy woman). Even if your parents aren’t paying for the wedding (and mine were), they are about to go through a big life change too. Be nice, be patient and let them have their moment too.
THIS IS WHAT I WOULD DO ALL OVER AGAIN
- Spend the money on a wedding coordinator
The cost will make you think twice but I promise you, if you have a good one you will not regret it. I never thought I would spend money on a wedding coordinator, but we got one month-of and she was the best. I worked with Kelly at Red Door Event & Design (she also did my flowers) and she was an absolute angel.
- Signature cocktail
We didn’t want to skimp on the drinks but a full open bar is crazy ‘spensive and I was busy spending that money on a ridiculous amount of flowers. We brought our own wine and paid a corkage fee, got a few kegs of some stupid beer and Free State Ad Astra, and then had a signature cocktail for those drunkies like me. I liked it.
- Get creative with the food
Roast beef is boring. JK, but my mom had this amazing idea to do a grits bar and since my family is SOUTHERN N’ PROUD I loved it.
- Spring for a DJ
Girl, do not DJ your wedding with an iPod. Get a stupid friend to play some music for you. You don’t want to deal with that during your wedding. No.
- Demand a for real test hair run
Just do it, even if your hair stylist says your hair will be easy and yadda yadda. We had some complications with my hair, we ran way over on time and I wasn’t super happy with the result. It’s my only real “regret” about our wedding.
- Incorporate your fiance
I think I was maybe even a little overzealous with how much I tried to bring Kevin in on stuff for this weeding (KEVIN, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CABBAGE ROSES THOUGH?!?!?!). But I wanted it to be OUR wedding. Kevin had the idea to get married in Lawrence, he agreed on venues, he picked out his suit, he picked out food and drinks, and he chose a ton of the music we played. Overall he was incredibly happy with the wedding which made me really happy.
THIS IS WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY
- So I opened my presents at 3 am the night of our wedding when Kevin was passed out and I was very intoxicated. Just do NOT do that, okay? It’s very hard to read your drunken handwriting.
- I wish we had had a day break between the wedding and the honeymoon. Rushing around the day after was kind of a nightmare.
- I wish I had gotten a list of shots my mom wanted from the photographer. I was SUPER pleased with our wedding pictures but there were a few shots my mom really wanted and didn’t get, and I feel really bad about that.
- The day went by so fast. Too fast. When it was over, Kevin and I both felt like we didn’t get to talk to enough people or sit down and really take it all in. There’s no time for it. If you can take five minutes and just pause with your partner and think about what’s happening without being rushed around, it’d be worth it.
Our wedding was really amazing. I love being able to reminisce and thinking about a time that was so special to me and my husband, and that I was able to share it with almost all of the important people in my life. I can’t stress enough what a beautiful day will be for you, and I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoyed mine.
Song of the day: Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
**This song always makes me a little emotional for some reason. I have it on repeat today. It’s one of my favorites.
Kevin and I are celebrating six months of marriage today. We deserve a medal for staying happily married while sharing one bathroom.