Saturday, February 27, 2010
SWE sends out an email newsletter and I was so excited when I saw this tidbit about Barbie's new career!
The "Barbie...I Can Be"...dolls "empower girls to play out different roles and 'try on' fabulous careers, including computer engineer, the first Barbie profession chosen by popular vote!" They go on to say that she is a "digital diva" and has the perfect "geek-chic" look, with hot pink accessories and sleek gadgets. It also comes with a special code that the girls can use online to get to career-themed content. She comes with a binary code t-shirt, cell phone headset, laptop bag, and pink laptop!!!!!
I love this!!!! How cute is she?! Now I just need to work on designing an Aerospace Engineer Barbie. Ha!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The others I found were both golf/country clubs...Pine Trace Golf Club and Polo Fields Golf and Country Club. They are pretty simialr to the one I posted about yesterday. Just below is a pic of the Polo Fields Golf and Country Club. At the Pine Trace Golf Club it would be an outdoor, tented reception. That's risky in Michigan...but it is so beautiful! The only pics are on the Knot website and it won't let me copy them to show you!
Alright...now they are all starting to look the same to me!!!! Well, the golf/country clubs at least. Which I guess makes sense! LOL. I think the decision point for this is probably going to be while I am home. I will probably walk into one of these places and love it, and that will be that. Or, I might have to start making a pros/cons list! For my married readers out there...how did you come to the final decision about your ceremony and reception locations?
Let me just say that if I were really interested in attracting people to hold their event at my location I would be a little better about the information on my website. It's amazing how little information is on some of them, and how poorly it is organized. Hellooooooo! Then again...when I have emailed people they have been very responsive for the most part. Win some, lose some.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
If anyone has words of wisdom about ceremony and reception locations, I'd love to hear them!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Also because of all of my business travel, I realized that my normally healthful eating habits had pretty much gone by the wayside. Not to mention, when I am here in California, my office almost always has catered food. This is a nice perk...but not so nice for the waistline!
Today I can barely walk because of the kick-boxing class I took on Wednesday night. I went with a girlfriend that I have gotten to know via Meetup. It was so great! The instructor and the music were both really, really fun, and the people in the class get VERY into it so it just made the whole experience extremely energetic. I loved it! And of course I loved it the most because it was an amazing workout! Now that I have re-started working out like crazy and eating healthfully - I remember why I have always lived like this! I feel awesome! Hah!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I didn’t care for the portion of the book when Junior essentially becomes an isolated government employee working to try to figure out how to save the world from the comet. It caused the story-line to lose focus on the relationships between the characters, which I like. Also, that portion of the book seemed really far-fetched. That sounds strange because the whole book sounds far-fetched when you think about it!
I thought I’d share some thoughts with you about a few reading guide questions:
When the end of the world is announced, some people decide to remain on the planet instead of taking the opportunity of starting over on a new, artificially created and less than perfect planet. What do you think you would do?
I cannot even imagine having to make this decision. But, I am a huge fan of self preservation (hah) so I believe I would immediately jump on the bandwagon to head to that new planet!! I could NOT even begin to grasp the concept that people wanted to remain on the planet when it was about to be blown up. It was discussed that the new “planet” has several drawbacks, i.e. it doesn’t rotate (therefore part of it is always in the dark and part of it is always in the sun). Even with the drawbacks that were discussed, I just couldn’t imagine even considering passing up the opportunity to LIVE.
Which of the multiple narrators did you most enjoy hearing from? Which did you like the least?
I can’t pick only one narrator that I liked the best! The one character that I didn’t really care for, however, was the mother. Even though I suppose you could consider premise of the book to be a “heavy” subject, people who act hopeless and negative depress me.
How does Junior’s relationship with his family affect his decisions and, ultimately, the fate of the world?
I felt like Junior did everything in this book because of his love for his family and Amy (the love of his life). Isn’t that a lovely concept? I thought so.
Perhaps the most content character in this novel is Rodney after his brain is damaged by an early drug addiction. Do you think ignorance is really bliss?
When it came to the subject matter of this book, I am not so sure. If you are ignorant you may miss out on hearing horrible things, but you also miss out on realizing the wonderful things in life. Then again, some things that are horrible I don't really want to know. For example, a friend once told me about another person speaking negatively about me. I was glad I knew not to be friends with the person, but after that I asked my friend to keep the information to himself. Why did I need to know the awful things this person said about me?
The novel’s argument is announced in its title: Everything matters. Did the author convince you of this conclusion?
I don’t know that anything could ever convince me otherwise!
Friday, February 05, 2010
Can I first say that I am having lots of fun planning things already? I have always loved entertaining and having people over my house for get-togethers, and this is just amplifying everything! It’s a good thing I have quite a while to save! So. Where to begin? That is the same question I asked myself when I starting thinking about planning!
Who…When…Where? Answering those questions sounds like a good place to start.
I consider myself very fortunate to have my very best girlfriends by my side while Robbie and I are saying our vows. I have asked Tiffany, Sara (my sister), Jackie, Chrissy, and Lindsay to stand up as my bridesmaids (shown in listed order in the pics!). My sister is my Maid of Honor. Since she is getting married this summer….I guess that means she is actually going to be my Matron of Honor. I am not so sure about that term. It sounds old…don’t you think? I might just still call her my Maid of Honor! And of course, Jackie's daughter, Sydney, is going to be my flower girl!
As for guests, I think we are going to have somewhere around 100-150 guests. We’re still working on the guest list. I am hoping we can feasibly keep it to this range because I envision a smaller, personal wedding and reception. It just seems more our style. I read on TheKnot.com that 10-20% of the guests you invite don’t end up coming. They also had these suggested rules for trimming down your guest list:
Rule #1: If you have never spoken to, met, or heard the name of a particular guest, he gets cut, even if dad swears they're close as clams.
I love this rule. Definitely following this one! I actually haven’t even really consulted my parents about who they’d like to invite. My sister did ask my mom for a list though, and she shared her list with me (so I guess that is sorta the same thing).
Rule #2: Anyone whose bedtime occurs before 9 p.m. will miss the cake cutting, so don't feel bad about nixing all the under-12-year-olds.
I’m not so sure about this one. I think I will be okay with the kiddos being there. Plus…how does that work with the flower girl? She’ll be just shy of 3 years old at that point. And there is no way I would want to cut my soon-to-be nephews from the list!
Rule #3: Single friends who want to bring a significant other only get an "and guest" if they've been in the relationship for a year or more (or live with the person).
Ugh. I am not sure I like this rule either. I have been to weddings as a singleton and I had a blast, but I know some people think going to a wedding without a date sucks.
Rule #4: It's your party – if you don't want them there, don't feel guilted into sending an invite, even if you were invited to their wedding or they are friends with lots of people who will be invited.
I love this rule! I have talked about this with Lindsay already and she said, “It’s your party! Invite and don’t invite whoever you want!” Plus, I am not sure how others feel, but being invited to a wedding for people that I am not that close with is not always the greatest experience. Not to sound cheap, but weddings can be expensive! Especially if travel is involved! Then again I guess it is just as simple to decline and only send a gift.
Anyone else have some words of advice when it comes to the guest list?
Wow. I guess the When and Where are going to have to wait until another post!
Thursday, February 04, 2010
I have actually been putting a lot of thought into my blog lately…and I think who started it all was Fitzalan. I think she might smile when she reads this.
I am an avid reader of her blog, Happiness Awaits. Reading her blog, her thoughts about writing, and her thoughts about blogging specifically really made me think about my blog a lot. I have always just written whatever popped in my head at the moment when it came to my blog. I also found that often I was just rattling off a list of activities that I did the day or week before. While this is nice for me to later read and look back at (hmmm I wonder what I was doing on February 4, 2005?)…I decided that I might want to start having more focused topics for my posts.
Well that puts me in a conundrum considering this is the first time I have actually thought of my blog as more than just random thoughts that come up when I opened the blogger homepage. So, today I spent some time thinking about and researching some topics that I may like to write about. It was exciting. I do really love to write.
The only obstacle that I can see in this approach is that I may not have time to write every day now. But, what is better – quality or quantity? Maybe on the days I don’t have much time I will just write whatever pops in my head! How about that for variety?