2013 Week 28: Constitution addendum proposal: Name tags for all

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French pastries @ Shanley’s. Lunch & West Side Market with boo parents. Dinner at Alma (Pgh) with Jessica & Mike. Saw Belle & Sebastian in Pittsburgh with Jessica, Mike, & Natalia! Wedding luncheon in Cleveland.

Very busy at work and trying to sort out a bunch more wedding stuff. I was so stressed I actually skipped spin for the first week after 27 weeks of going mostly twice a week and I feel so gross about it. I still did lots of walks and a few bike rides, but my body could not handle it. I’ll be back mostly full swing this coming week. Belle & Sebastian were the best I’ve seen them in years. SO much fun to see them with our friends! The wedding luncheon was a lovely affair and so nice to spend time with friends of Z’s parents. The stressful part for me is always remembering names, which has always been my kryptonite. I was trying to get Z to agree to nametags at the wedding, but he has shot this idea down. When Z and I got home after our long drive, we did laundry, cleaned Katniss’ cage, gave her a bath and finished Season 3 of Arrested Development (rewatch) and now I am blogging. No rest for the weary!

Total side note: I love that Eliza’s Google calendar says “Get married” on their wedding day. Z and I are very psyched for their wedding in Keokuk, IA!

Films watched 28th week of the year:

Herman’s House *
The Bling Ring
I’m So Excited ** [ Spain ]

* documentary
** foreign language

Great movie week. I enjoyed all of these a ton, but each one had a flaw that stayed with me:

  • The ending in Herman’s House broke my heart. Why make a documentary with no true resolution!? I do realize that a documentarian cannot film subjects forever, BUT this ending felt like the end of Bully felt; missing.
  • The fact that Sofia Coppola knows and likely hangs out with all of these celebrities that were victims of The Bling Ring‘s burglaries just felt so weird. Sofia probably called Paris up like: “Oh, hi friend. Can we shoot a few scenes at your place? Yeah? Cool.” While I found it very enjoyable and beautiful like all of her films, there’s no one to root for in this one. These kids are utter slimeballs.
  • I *loved* I’m So Excited, but Bruna’s main scene threw me for a loop. As a feminist, I was horrified and couldn’t help but compare this rape scene to the polar opposite ones in The Skin I Live In. Rape is never funny and for Almodóvar to imply that it is after making TSILI is disgusting and shocking to me. The film is so enjoyable, but it’s hard to remove this from souring my impression of the film.
  • 2012 Week 44: This week did not LAK adventure…

    It’s go time, folks! LAK lacquer is alive! Skipped one more day at the gym and worked on the launch of all that is LAK lacquer today. Boy, it takes a long time to build a website and social media presence from nothing. My next step is to look for someone great with social media to swatch my polishes for me. Fingers crossed, y’all.

    At work this week: the tradeshow and the Halloween party both went great! Also of note this week, went to Cindy’s show opening at Inkling. Had to restrain myself from buying more prints. Her work is *so* lovely. However, the stack of prints I need to buy frames for is probably .5 inches thick. Cindy’s work is a huge inspiration to me. Seriously: look at this stuff. I ate out three times this week [Bite, Yummy Yummy, Fat Willy’s]. Need to take it easy. At least I have all of my craft fairs coming up to prep for, so I think I’ll be able to keep myself busy to not go out too much. Famous last words?

    Very exciting news: Z and I have a wedding venue! It’s one that friends used and we had really liked. We went to see it on Friday and wrote in requesting dates on Saturday. We dropped off a check today. The price was the opposite of jaw-dropping; jaw-lifting even. Don’t want to jinx anything until we hear back that we are 100% confirmed on the date, but we are nearly there. I also bought the domain and put a placeholder up on our wedding website.

    Films watched 44th week of the year:

    Cloud Atlas
    Punching the Clown
    Hit So Hard*


    This was a stellar week for movies. I enjoyed all of them to some degree, but my winner this week was Frankenweenie tied with Rumba. I cried more than I thought I would at Frankenweenie. When I first saw the preview for it, it was when Tilda was being an absolute terror and had bitten Zachary and we thought we would have to give her back to the rescue who might then, in turn, have to put her down since she had a bite record. I could not stop crying during that preview thinking about our tiny dog dying. So glad that our patience paid off because Tilda is an excellent dog 98% of the time now. The doggie drugs have really turned things around and set her brain straight. She is totally worth it. Frankenweenie broke my heart into millions of pieces in the first 15 minutes. I am one of those people who hadn’t heard of the short Tim Burton had done of this first thing in his career. The film delivered. Loved it, but I don’t know that I can see it again anytime soon. Have to build my tears back up!

    2012 Week 43: Post-SF wrap & Halloween pre-game

    So many things to say!

    Z and I were so tuckered out post-SF that I didn’t even pull it together to write a blog post wrap. San Francisco was mindbogglingly awesome. This is most of what happened. Brianne was the best hostess ever. Here is a listing of all we did: Q/Tonga Room with Tim & Sarah. JV showed us Tiny Telephone. La Tacqueria. Mission Pie. Musee Mecanique. Sea Lions. Burma Superstar. Saw Frankenstein @ Paramount Theatre with Amy. Jolie’s. Pacific Pinball Museum. Ch & David’s wedding in Dublin, CA. Rosamunde’s with Sarah, Todd, Juli, & Dan. Indie Mart where we saw White Mystery and Cindy. Ferry Building. The Stinking Rose. Amoeba. Rare Device. Little Chihuahua with Tess. Saw Ultraista at The Independent [meh] with Gavin. Total insanity, dudes. I actually realize that we didn’t get a proper photo with Brianne, but we did get some great photobooth shots!

    Z and I had our first Halloween party on Friday. Many friends came in costume, which was wonderful. I was Dog Shaming this year, keeping my streak of meme related costumes. I made this amazing buffalo chicken dip. You heard me. Totally gonna try to make a veggie version next time.

    Also this week: we saw our first wedding venue and it was lovely and a great blank slate, but all the upcharges terrify me. We’ve written probably about 10 places and only 4 have written back. Have a good lead we will be checking out this week. Went to the Commercial Park Halloween Parade with Amy, Kevin, and Beth to hand out candy. Always amazing. Another great thing was that I hired my first TaskRabbit, Ross, to photograph my products. If you did not know, TaskRabbit is a great website where you can find people to bid on running errands/doing jobs for you. I think that other people like me who work a 9-5 job as well as run a craft company should hit up this website. It rules. Totally loved working with Ross and he did a great job. My Etsy is getting a much-needed re-vamp. ALSO of note this week: I got to see my MKE buddy Stephanie who I had not seen in ages upon ages and it was excellent. We went to Chicago Diner and chowed down before she headed off to Afghan Whigs. Totally amazing getting to see her.

    Lastly, one of the best things I did this week was take an SEO class at ICNC hosted by Rod Holmes of Chicago Style SEO. I feel very lucky to have been able to attend this, as before I took the class, SEO was something I only kind of sort of knew about from my friend Sarah. Rod broke it down and answered everyone’s questions. The class taught me that I have A LOT of work to do with helping out Rhymes with Twee’s SEO. They offer you a free evaluation of your site’s SEO. A human being will evaluate your site. For free. Yep. Totally going to do this once I’ve worked through most of my re-vamp.

    This week is gearing up to be a busy one. Heading out to outside of Indianapolis for my second work tradeshow tomorrow. On Wednesday, I am organizing a work Halloween party. And hopefully we will get to look at that wedding venue I mentioned above. Busy bee.

    Films watched 42nd week of the year:

    Frankenstein (1931)
    I Think We’re Alone Now*


    Films watched 43rd week of the year:

    Cool Hand Luke
    William S. Burroughs: A Man within*
    We Bought a Zoo
    Indie Game: The Movie*


    Chronicle and We Bought a Zoo were both a lot of fun. Indie Game was GREAT. Shows that perseverance can pay off. I kept thinking that Edmund’s fiancee–>wife looked familiar and through some googling, I discovered we run in the same crafty lady circles and I remember looking at her livejournal way back in the day. The world is endlessly small. Huzzah! Her Tumblr is really great too. Body Positive + Funny.