Monday, November 23, 2009

Best typo ever

My FH just sent a text that I am sure was supposed to say "You are beautiful."

But it actually said "You ate beautiful."


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Money, money, money must be funny

Can I tell you about the amazing day we had yesterday?  Well, I'm gonna.

So when we were calling around to hotels, looking for one for the honeymoon, we called a particular property in Newport Beach.  This one:

They quoted two prices, one if we prepay (totally nonrefundable, nonchangeable, etc.) and the normal rate.  When we decided that's where we wanted to stay and made the reservation, the person at the front desk quoted us the normal rate.  We asked about the prepay rate; he didn't know anything about it.  Fine, whatever.  So three weeks later, I call the hotel to see if I can prepay and get the lower rate.  I was on hold for a  while, shuffled between departments, but finally...success.  Not only did the person know that we could get the prepay rate, but it ended up being $40 a night cheaper than we originally were told.  So all told we're saving 40% off the original rate.  Morals of the story:  Prepay for your hotel room, and it never hurts to ask.

Then, we were looking online at the suit we picked out for the FH (it makes so much more sense than renting a tux, which I think are unnecessarily formal.  Especially since we're doing this very low-key).  This suit:

It was originally $399.99.  When we had looked at it before, it had been $100 off.  Yesterday, it was $200 off.  We called the store, and he said he would order it in from another store, since they didn't have it in stock.  It would get here faster, no shipping costs, and he'd give us the same price.  So it will arrive next week and be ready for alterations.  The suit--which will get much more wear than my dress--cost the same.  Although HIS alterations won't be $120 like mine were, yeeesh.  Morals of the story: Check the store website, and it never hurts to ask.

I decided I want a pre-lit Christmas tree, because I find the trees itchy and dealing with tangled lights is no fun.  So we went to Lowe's last night.  I had $50 in rebates from projects over the summer.  They didn't have the tree I had seen in the ad, but they had one that was less expensive, and of course many that were more.  We narrowed it down to a 6.5' tree for $78 or a 7.5' tree for $128.  We decided that an extra foot of height in a Christmas tree isn't worth $50 to us.  So we got the smaller one, with a net cost of $33.  Amazing!  We discussed putting it on a little box to make it taller and give more clearance underneath, so you don't have to crawl under to retrieve things.  Again with the itchy.  Morals of the story: Always send away for the rebates, be flexible, and be creative.

So that was our day yesterday.  We were on a bargain hunter's high, believe me.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

More pictures

For the record, the last post, the one of my wedding dress, was my 200th.  Wow.  I sent it from my phone, hence the brevity.

Yesterday's picture totally was not gratuitous, but these are:

That's me, making sure you can see the World's Greatest Shoes.  I've owned them for four or five years, and there is no shoe I love better.

Yipes, bad lighting in the living room.  Maybe it's not so much the lighting as the lack of makeup.  I probably shouldn't post this one at all.  Maybe I should put a black bar over my eyes like in the back of whatever fashion magazine they do that in.

I'm wearing the red shoes no matter what. The cardigan I'll wear if I'm cold, which I probably will be unless it's unseasonably warm. Also, it helps hide the fact that the dress is still so tight.  Notice the creasing around my waist?  Yeah, you don't want that.  That is a dress's way of saying "HEY, there's only so much we can give!  Suck it in, woman!  Suck it in!!!"  Or something like that. 

I'm so glad I got the dress shortened. Don't regret it at all. I'll be able to get into cars by myself, use the restroom without assistance, walk through mud without hoisting my skirt up...and most importantly, no one will have to follow behind me to make sure my train is right in every picture.  Anyway, floor-length dresses make me look short.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

As promised

Fabulous dress, bad lighting.

So close!

Guess what!  We are less than a month away from the wedding!  This is both exciting and nervewracking.  Someone asked us at the gym last night if this is a shotgun wedding.  No, it's not.  But I think I might start telling people that when they say something snarky.  Whatever happen to keeping your fool mouth shut if you don't have something nice to say?  I think it's just sour grapes.  The most recent person to say something disparaging is not entirely happy with his or her life right now, so I'm trying not to be offended.

But hey my dress is done, so I get to go pick it up tonight!  Pictures pending.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cranberry juice

In one of my many cooking blogs, they mentioned another blog, where they had a recipe to make your own cranberry juice, claiming it was far superior to store-bought juice.  This seemed entirely likely, as I find most storebought cranberry juice passes "tart" and ends up in "bitter."  (Not as bitter as tonic water, mind you.  That stuff is horrid.)

Anyway, cranberries are in season, so I picked up a bag.  I made orange cranberry muffins (the recipe I used had too much nutmeg, I think, which overpowered the orange flavor) and cranberry juice.  Holy cow, it is way better.  I think mine was actually too sweet.  When was the last time your cranberry juice was too sweet?!  But the great thing is that you can control the sugar level.

Homemade cranberry juice (or anything, for that matter) is great because you know exactly what's in it.  Also, it's a much better color:

Ooooooh.  I just looked at the recipe again and realized I used twice as much sugar as called for, since I halved it.  Whoops.  That explains it.  If you'd like to do it right, try a recipe.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cover me!

Occasionally, I'll hear a cover song that brings something new to the song.  (Glee's "Don't Stop Believing," anyone?) And even more rarely, I'll hear a cover that I actually like better than the original.  I was trying to think of all the covers I like better, but I only came up with a handful.  I'm not including covers of standards, because a) there are so many versions of the same song, 2) rarely does anyone actually know who did the original version and d) I don't feel like it. I'm only thinking about songs with a definitive "original" version.

Covers I like better:

  • "Killing Me Softly" covered by the Fugees
  • "Baker Street" covered by the Foo Fighters
  • "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" covered by Elton John (I know, I know.  It's practically a capital offense, but I respectfully point out that much of the Beatles early work was covers.)
  • "Kid A" covered by John Mayer
What covers do you like better than the original?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Who wants cheap(er) clothes?!

It's time for the "Give and Get" coupon campaign!  You get 30% off at Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic, online and in stores.  They give 5% of the amount spent to a non-profit partner.  I picked the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Did I mention 30 percent off?  Including sale and clearance prices?  It's good this weekend, November 12-15.  I have two dozen invites, so lemme know if you want a coupon emailed to you.

I'm gonna buy some jeans that fit!! And put the ones two sizes too large into the Ludicrously Over-Large box.  That is seriously what I call it. Lolbox for short.  Not as many funny captions as lolcats, but just as cheery.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Heavenly cookies!

I recently entered--and won!--a drawing for a dozen cookies from Heidi's Heavenly Cookies.  In all the excitement of planning a wedding, I've neglected to blog about them, but let me tell you, they are amazing.  Those who know me know I have a thing for toffee (remember the Christmas that I ate nearly that entire plate of mock toffee?  Yeah, I'd do it again.) so naturally I went for the toffee chocolate chip.  It's a buttery cookie topped with this amazing, almost caramel-y toffee, chocolate, and almonds.  So good!

I wish I had taken a picture of the adorable box that they came in, but it was so cute that I've already re-gifted it. I admired the box, opened it up, promptly ate a cookie...ate another cookie...and then put the rest in the freezer.  I've been rationing them out like it's the Cookie Cold War.

So, yes.  Very delicious.  Obtain some for yourself (or me); you won't regret it.  They can also be moody.  See:

Friday, November 6, 2009

Feels like home

You guys, I wish you had seen the sunset last night.  It was lovely. One of the things--the non-food things--I miss about Arizona is the sunsets. And the smell of orange blossoms. Can't take a picture of that at a stoplight, though.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Remember these?

I have long been a fan of countdown chains. They usually count down to Christmas, but you can do them to weddings, too...

There. Now buy me things.

Everyone keeps asking me if we're registering.  "Well," I tell them, "I have my Amazon wishlist."  Most people accept this, but some people are still like, "But how will we know what to get you?"  Did you watch the season premiere of the Office?  Where Pam is trying to explain to Kevin that they really just want money, and it's awkward, but ultimately he makes out a check to Mrs. Pam Halpert?  Yeah, it's like that.  Really, who doesn't want money?

But hey, if people want to buy me stuff, I'm not going to stop them.  (Go for the $400 blender!)  So today I moved lots of the stuff from my Amazon wishlist to an actual Amazon wedding registry.  Because seriously, you guys, I want those bandages that look like bacon.

Edit: You can find the bacon bandages and other fun things (like toast wallets) on my registry and wishlist.