About that time there was an onslaught of weddings…

October 3, 2007 at 2:23 am | Posted in autumn, fads, family, friends, i win at life, luck, mad mad world, philadelphia, travel, wedding | 4 Comments

For the past three years or so, my wedding attendance schedule has been pretty regular – one a year. Coincidentally, the wedding three years ago was in December, two years ago was in November, and last year was in October. I fully expected to continue the tradition this year with a wedding in September, but that was not to happen. Instead, I have 4 wedding lined up for the rest of 2007, and THREE of them are in October. Even though all the travel may be rough, and it’s going to end up costing us an arm and a leg, I am really excited for all the nuptials. During the one weekend where I am not actually attending a wedding I’ll be attending a bridal shower. What better way to indulge in my wedding obsession than spending every weekend at a wedding related function?

The first wedding we’ll be attending is next weekend down in Rehoboth Beach, which is one of my favorite vacation spots ever. We’re lucky to be staying with friends of ours at their family’s beach house, which means we won’t have to fork over money for a hotel room for the weekend. The ceremony is at a church near the beach and the reception is at a vineyard outside town. It should be great, and I’m really excited for it. One of the interesting things will be the opportunity to see what choices the bride and groom made. See, before I started wedding planning I had no idea how many DETAILS there are in the ceremony and the reception. Everything from the music, the vows, the color, the food, the order of the dances, the seating, the silverware, the decision whether or not to throw the bouquet, the dress, the invites: they’re all flexible. Things I wouldn’t have paid too much attention to before – like the kind of flowers in the centerpiece or the filling in the cake, or whether or not they do a bridal party dance – are probably going to captivate me.

We’ll be home on Sunday, and then I have another 5 days to obsess about my own wedding until I hit up my cousin’s bridal shower, followed by her wedding the next weekend. Yes, the shower and the wedding are very close together, but with good reason. Her two older sisters both just gave birth for the first time in the beginning of August and one of them lives out in Vegas and won’t be coming to town until next Friday. Being brand new Moms and planning a shower on top of it can’t be easy.My cousin’s wedding will be very different from the first one we’re attending. For one thing, it’s on a Friday night, and it will be much smaller and more intimate. The church isn’t far from where she grew up, and the reception is at a well known restaurant/banquet facility just over the border in PA. The Old Boy and I are both taking the day off of work so that we don’t miss the 6pm ceremony and will probably spend the morning in our first pre-marital counseling with the new priest who will be officiating our wedding, so it’ll be an extra wedding-y day.

Last, but not least, is Jeremy’s older sister’s wedding in Philadelphia. This one is another weekender, since The Old Boy is in the wedding and we need to be up there for rehearsal on Friday night. Again, this wedding should be different than the other two because it’s taking place right in the heart of Philadelphia at an old Catholic cathedral, and the reception is at a swanky downtown hotel where we also happen to be staying for the weekend.In the midst of all this, I still have 71293164893217483 things to check off the to-do list for my own wedding, but instead I keep adding to it everyday. First and foremost must be the purchase of a dress, because with just six and a half months to go, I am going to be walking down the aisle in a bunch of white bedsheets that I fashion together with rubber bangs and safety pins.

Frankie Says Relax…

September 1, 2007 at 2:54 am | Posted in 80s, 90s, bob dylan, celebrities, childhood, crazy people, ex-boyfriends, fads, family, friends, music | 1 Comment

Surveys are fun every once in a blue moon, and surveys about music are extra fun for some reason. This one comes courtesy of my globehopping girl Katie over at Sanguine Spice.

1. Music from your earliest childhood:
Thanks to my Dad I discovered: Gerry Rafferty, The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Queen, The Rolling Stones, ELO, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Fleetwood Mac, Warren Zevon, The Doors.

Thanks to Mama I listened to: The Mamas and the Papas, Duran Duran, The Go-Gos, Wham, Chicago, The Eurythmics, The Monkees, The Beatles, Leon Russell, Simon and Garfunkel, the soundtrack to Godspell and pretty much every other 70s era musical.

2. Music you connect with your first great love:
Ben Folds Five, Brendan Benson, Jason Faulkner, Doves, Hefner, Mates of State, The Postal Service, Radiohead. These are all bands that we listened to or saw live a lot during our relationship or (in the case of Doves and The Postal Service) kind of discovered and loved together. During that same time I was in to a lot of different types of music, but we always seemed to have these in common.

3. Music you’re listening to right now:
The Go! Team, Feist, Guillemots, Johnny Cash, The Lucksmiths, My Morning Jacket, XTC, Tap Tap, The Walkmen, Bob Dylan. Etc.

4. A song you’d rather not publicly admit to like, whereas in fact you really do:
I like a lot of bizarre songs, but the only one that tends to make me blush when it comes on in the car and other people are around is probably Millenium by Robbie Williams. I am so lame.

5. Music that accompanied you going through severe lovesickness heartache:
Mojave 3- In Love With a View; Anything by Sufjan Stevens; Aimee Mann- Save Me ; Mirah- Don’t Die in Me

6. Music representing your favorite instrumental:
Jessica by the Allman Brothers, for obvious reasons. I also really like a lot of Stereoab’s instrumental stuff.

7. Music played by one of your favorite bands:
I don’t think I understand this question. If it’s one of my favorite bands, I guess I like most of the music they play right? And anyway, this isn’t really a question, so how can I answer. Katie, was this survey in German?

8. Music that allows you to relax best:
Stereolab, hands down. Sarah Blasko, Simon and Garfunkel. The Smiths makes me relax when it doesn’t make me horribly depressed first.

9. Music standing for a real good time in your life:
Pavement, Guided by Voices, Sebadoh, Galaxie 500, The Rolling Stones.

10. Songs that would currently qualify as your favorite:

This is a tough question.

RIGHT NOW: Huddle Formation- The Go! Team ; 1234 – Feist ; Cowbell- Tapes n’ Tapes ; Generals and Majors- XTC ; Crystal Clear – The Fiery Furnaces

ALL TIME: Under My Thumb- The Rolling Stones ; Police and Thieves- The Clash; All The Young Dudes – Mott the Hoople; Happy Together – The Turtles; God Only Knows – The Beach Boys; Grave Architecture- Pavement ; Make Out Club- Unrest ; Cocaine Blues- Johnny Cash; Space Manatee- Heavenly ; Good Fruit- Hefner ; Children of the Revolution – T. Rex

11. Music you like, neither German nor English:
English the language or the ethnicity? Because if it’s the language like I think it is this question is not going anywhere. I can’t think of anything except for Edith Piaf and Stereolab.

12. Music you can let off steam best to:
Anything by The New Pornographers tends to be catchy and dancy and thus lets me get rid of a lot of unwanted energy. Same goes for the Scissor Sisters.

13. Music you sing along to in the car:
Pretty much everything I mentioned above, since I mostly listen to mix CDs I make for myself. I am my own BFF. From time to time I tune into the 80s station to rock out to some Frankie Goes to Hollywood or Human League.

14. Soundtracks that complete an almost perfect movie:
Amelie. Last of the Mohicans. Pulp Fiction.

15. A song you like because of its lyrics:
Pedro the Lion- Bad Diary Days. Oh my god, I can’t believe I just admitted that. Google the lyrics, you’ll see what I mean.

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