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2011 Gardening: The Start of Awesomeness

This spring–and, admittedly, my impending marriage–brought out my green thumb. The prospect of moving this summer to an apartment that will probably have fewer windows makes me want more green in my house.

Much to Greg and Chris’s amusement, I’m planting almost everything I get my hands on:

  • a peach pit (planted before winter in the hopes of a spring sprout that hasn’t come),
  • cilantro (from packaged seeds),
  • basil (also from packaged seeds),
  • tomatoes (packaged seeds),
  • garlic cloves (unused in a risotto dinner),
  • orange seeds (from a late-night snack), and
  • a green onion (unused from a frittata meal)

This is all in addition to my two trusty cacti (a saguaro and a tephrocactus articulatus). Seventy-plus years until the first saguaro arm!

The pots and cans are covering our tall “bar” counter, fireplace mantle, and encroaching onto the stand where we keep movies and games.

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Surprise Wedding Shower!

I try not to be all weddingy at work, although I have a few close colleagues I geek with. (Drama-inducing colleagues, I’ll add. They think I should be super-stressed and overly-picky.)

In fact, I’m not sure all my colleagues knew I was getting married at all until I mentioned it to one of the admins on the floor a couple of weeks ago.

Regardless, two of my closest buddies snuck around behind my back–literally, one of them sits behind me–and crafted a wonderful party/shower that they dropped on me yesterday. The whole team showed up. There was both cheesecake and a tasty lemony cake. The whole thing was decked out in orange and blue, as befits the wedding.

All the photos were taken on my phone (geez, how could they have not given me fair warning so I could bring my good camera?!), so there’s some blur and they’re a bit dark. Continue reading Surprise Wedding Shower!

Science Night in the Avery/Weir/Frisina Household

Given a large block of dry ice and the following substances, create an hour of fun for three people:

I was very late picking up the camera and had a hell of a time getting the 55-200mm lens to focus, but here are some shots:

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Finally, Some Wedding Relaxation

Within the last week, a few incredible things happened with regards to the wedding:

  1. My stress level dropped by about 50%.
  2. I got my wedding dress.
  3. RSVPs are coming in.
  4. We have a marriage license!
  5. Wedding planning is fun again!

Actually, RSVPs starting coming in last week and are trickling off this week, but we now have People Attending Our Wedding. Which makes this stuff, like, official.

So does the marriage license, which was pleasantly easy to get.

Greg and I took a couple of hours and worked straight through our Checklist o’ Doom (thank you, Knot), making sure we knew where we stood on everything, clearing out irrelevant tasks, and parceling out actionable items between us.

I haven’t slept that well in months, fer skerious.

My wedding dress is another, funnier story. Continue reading Finally, Some Wedding Relaxation

It’s Okay to Breathe

Gregory, looking properly industriousI just finished The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed yesterday, although the book was eye opening and (fer skerious) life changing throughout–I’m leaving it under Greg’s pillow, on his keyboard, and in his underpants drawer–one paragraph near the end caught my eye:

Return calls promptly. How many times has someone explained away a long delay in response with that lame excuse “I’ve been swamped”? Expunge this phrase from your lexicon. It’s horse hockey. Newsflash: it’s the twenty-first century, and we’re all swamped. If someone leaves a voice mail message for you, log it in and get back to them within twenty-four hours. E-mail etiquette is slightly different, we know, but even here you should set a high standard for yourself, such as committing to get back to an e-mail correspondent within one to three days. If you need to, set aside one hour a day to return calls and emails. (272-273)

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