I Planned A Rehearsal Dinner Last Month

When my friend Kara, asked me to help her with their rehearsal dinner, I jumped at the chance to help bring her vision of the perfect rehearsal dinner to life. One reason was because this is the only aspect of the wedding I will probably be helping with.

She was thinking of hosting a backyard BBQ inside, that means, the boys cook the meat and we get to enjoy it in comfort, indoors. She had something similar when she was invited to her for his cousin’s rehearsal dinner.

There weren’t a lot of restrictions laid down, just some guidelines that she wanted to go with which meant that we had a blank canvas to work with.

So we tried to incorporate a lot of details to make the venue look like a ranch style BBQ. Even though it was being held in the groom’s living room. One reason she picked this is because the groom is a real cowboy from Texas, he’s a transplant up here and he ins’t yet accustomed to the colder weather. Though he has said it can get pretty cold in Texas, I still do a little poo-poo and think that I could handle the temps. It’s the poisonous snakes that scare me.

Anyway, we really had our work cut out for us to make this event look as authentic as possible!

Kara found most of the glass and other decor materials at IKEA.

I love IKEA since it has everything that you could ever want/need/use for just about any occasion and half of my living room is decorated from their showroom. I also helped her make all of the beautiful printable signs. I know, I am amazing right? I picked up a few globe lights are from Target. And used some Trader Joe’s to round out the decorations.

She paid for more of the decorations, mainly because she knows I am broke, and partially because her parents were giving her some money to get things organized. Her dad has always been super generous with her which makes me a little jealous. Mine is loving but tight fisted.

The only thing that I really ended up paying for were the rehearsal dinner invitations which was fine because I got them pretty cheap. And the design really nailed the whole cowboy/BBQ/manly theme that Kara wanted and I looked totally like a hero in her eyes. So that was nice.

I am not certain how big the normal, and I say “normal” rehearsal dinner is, probably more, we had twenty people in the end that came. And it was a lot of fun. The food was good, Kara was happy, and that meant that I was also super happy. She was a little nervous since it was the second time she met her fiance’s parents. And since the rehearsal dinner is the “first impression”, the first night to celebrate and spend time with those closest to you and your fiance, there was a lot of weight on her perfect shoulders.

It is nice when things work out.

So I’m Back on SBTB

I thought that I would/could stop but I am black to reading Smart Bitches Trashy Books. For those of you who don’t know:

Smart Bitches Trashy Books began in 2005 as a community of romance readers eager to talk about which romance novels rocked their worlds, and which ones made them throw the book with as much velocity as possible. Since then our site has grown to include a community of incredibly smart and savvy romance readers, as well as folks who are curious about all those fuchsia books with the tangerine skies and turquoise ruffles they used to see in the drug stores.

I had tried to give it up. I really did. Mostly because it felt like every other piece was ‘let’s listen in as a man reads romances and gives us his manly male viewpoint’.

When Things Go A-Rye

So, my computer failure turned out not to be the motherboard, which is what the computer geeks in my life had been speculating based on my description of the failure–but instead my hard drive. This had the potential to be very, very bad, since I am lazy about backing up my files, but! My best friend was able to recover all of my data!!! It took some doing, including sticking my dying hard drive in the freezer for a bit and retrieving the data with a computer running Linux when it became evident that the computer running Windows just could. not. do it., but in the end he prevailed.

This also means that I didn’t have to replace my entire computer, but just the hard drive, which is much easier on my pocketbook (even if I am the tiniest bit sad that I can’t justify buying a laptop anymore). The replacement of my hard drive went something like this:

Me: So, how much will a new hard drive cost me? And how quickly can it get here, like, two days? I don’t want to wait too much longer to have a functioning computer.

Best friend: Well, I can give you this two terabyte one.

So I now have a gorgeous, huge new hard drive, and my computer is running smoothly again, and I’m trying out Linux and really enjoying it, and basically my best friend’s the best thing ever.

And now I’m going to go back up my data. 🙂

The Last Unicorn

I have to admit that I’ve only read the book two or three times and have seen the movie version so often that I have no memory of how well the book version translates into the movie, which is one of my favorites. So I was not so much worried about the book as I was about my memories of the movie, but it translates, as I suppose this book does into all possible media. The short passages of text seem well-chosen, although as I mentioned I don’t remember the text well-enough to judge, but my gut says they are.

The artwork is stunningly beautiful and I could stare at some of those panels for hours. The one thing that bugged me was that Schmendrick and Molly have undergone a serious makeover and the way the human unicorn looks is scary because she is so thin.