Sunday, November 30, 2008

For the Twihards

So some of you may (or may not) be wondering how I know some things about Twilight such as when the Twilight convention is, acronyms such as OME and OCD, the fact that they will begin filming New Moon soon, and that all of the actors have already been signed on for it... well, I'm not a stalker. I'm a member of It's a site for all the Cullen obsessed who are over, say 20-years-old, married or not, moms or not. It's a lovely place where all the non teens can totally geek out.

Some of the Twilightmoms even have get togethers every now and then. A lot of us are also planning on hitting the theaters en masse on Dec 12, the original movie release date. Just because. :) In case anyone is up for taking their obsession a step further or want to actually have proof tht you haven't completely lost your mind because you are totally crushing hard on a fictional, teenaged (looking) vampire that sparkels, or if you grin or blush every time you see a shiny silver Volvo, join us!


Oh yeah, we even have a board for the Twidowers (Twilight Widowers) to help them cope or come to accept it all. :)

Keeping the kitty off the furniture

I just found out a wee bit ago that we're going to have some company over for the football fame. This is fine, except I had to tidy up faster than I anticipated and now, I have to sacrifice myself by keeping thekitty on my lap so that she doesn't go an get the couches all fur covered again. Once they get here is one thing, but I at least want them fur free until then. Sigh... Will she ever stop shedding?

Give a Cullen gift this holiday season

This is where I got my Cullen t-shirts (Team Cullen, and Cullen Baseball) since I became a Twihard. I thought I should share.


There's noting like the slap to reality after vacation

All week long we have been enjoying beautiful, warm weather. Only one of the days was really rainy (but still very nice). The temerature never really moved more than five degrees warmer or cooler than 85. The water was perfectly clear and somewhere in the 65-70 degrees range. And so the welcome back to New York weather was that much more of a shock to the system. We get back and it's in the 40's and drizzling. Now it's raining and just blech... But of course, I'm easing back into the normal swing of things. Aaron had to work last night. Poor thing.

So here's a litte rundown of my honeymoon (the clean version) and some of the things I learned.

Flying out of JFK sucked. We were delayed but luckily allowed for a lot of that nonsense.

When arriving in Puerto Rico look for the girls in bright orange t-shirts, they will hail cabs for you.

Also, get your calls and text messages out now, you won't have much reception to speak of in the Caribbean.

Got to the very pretty Serenade of the Seas. dropped our bags off with every intention of going back into San Juan for dinner. We never made it back out. Get your head out of the gutter. I meant that it was raining buckets. It's the end of the rainy season in Puerto Rico so they get daily evening rain. We then enjoyed our stateroom balcony.

When traveling on a cruise, I highly recommend getting a room with a blacony. I used to go with interior rooms to save on the cost, but you can scratch that; the cost is worth it.

St. Thomas in the morning was a bit of a shock. I'm not used to arriving at working docks. The docks I've been used to are the pretty ones, set up specifically for the cruise liners. Once you get past that, the place is very pretty and is the second best place for shopping and haggling. Aaron got me a really pretty necklace. I got him a very nice Movado watch. :)

St. Martin. The best place for shopping in the Caribbean. I wish I had known that the day before, but it's all good we got great deals anyway. One of the THE coolest things on Main Street in St. Maarten is The Yoda Guy store. There is a store run by the creator and designer of Yoda and his wife. This is the coolest store ever. The guy is now retired so he sells his paintings and sketches. You can even buy original storyboard sketches and script pages, if you're up to shelling out a few hundred, but the stuff there is so cool. We picked up a few thigns and had a very nice chat with his wife. He wasn't there since he had a dental emergency. We looked through the museum and took photos. (I will put these up as soon as I can.)

Antigua. Hmmm... we were going to do things there but the place was not so impressive. Luckily we found an nice corner and had lunch. If given the choice, skip Antigua. You won't be missing much. The best part of Antigua was the spa treatment we got ourselves on the ship.

St. Lucia. Oh, did I ever love this place. We went out from the captial city of Castries down to the Piton mountains and the volcano in Sufreiere. After that we hit the Diamond Botanical Garden. I can't even discribe it. The place is absolutely beautiful. But you pass osme of the biggest examples of disparity among the rich and poor you will ever see. In one of the fishing villages we passed, we saw these beautiful homes overlooking the bay and then along the water, there were essentially shanties, barely holding together. The people though, were extremely sweet. We got to see a local fisherman breaking down a swordfish he had litterally just caught and pulled off his boat.

The volcano I was talking about has vents all over the island. So every now and then you'll see steaming vents. The caldara itself if the twon of Sufriere. The western wall of the thing blew away, so you can actually drive into it. The lava flow is about a mile below the surface. When you do get is bubbling mud and water springs. Very cool to look at. It just smells like sulfer. They also have some pretty cool mineral springs. Unfortunately we didn't get to go into them. We need to go back.

The botanical garden was beautiful. It is in the middle of a rainforrest and in the center there is a really cool waterfall. I highly recommend it. At the end of the tour we had lunch at a mountain-top restaurant, overlooking Sufriere, the fishing village and its bay, the Pitons and the volcanic springs in the distance. Awesome!

Barbados was also incredibly beautiful. The people there are sweet as can be. We took a snorkeling tour- swim with turtles and shipwreck exploration. I actually ended up standing on a turtle. I didn't notice I was right next to the guy with the bag of food until I felt something coming up under my feet. When I looked into the water this huge turtle was directly under my feet, kind of pushing me out of the way with his shell. He turned looked at me and then went on his merry way to get to the food guy. So cute. The last stop of the tour was at one of the most perfect beaches ever. It is called Brown's Beach in Carslile Bay- teehee. I wondered if there was an Esmee Bay. We went back to it after the tour took us back to the ship. We have pictures! I layed out in the water, floating for what seemed like hours without really drifting away. There are barely any waves which also means that if you're still enough, little fish will come up to you to check you out. :)

Oh yes, going back to Twilight... the Cullens have taken over! From JFK to the ship (mostly on the ship), I saw at least a dozen different people reading one of the books in the series. I brought Breaking Dawn with me (I thought it was appropriate). On our last day, I spent time at the pool and ended up sitting next to a family that we had run into a few times during the trip. When I got my book out to read, the teeneaged daughter gasped and beamed at me when she asked which book in the series I was reading. I'm not kidding, the girl was actually beaming like I was one of the Jonas Brothers. She then pulled out New Moon. She was about half way through it. When they started the cruise, her mom was on New Moon, the girl started Twilight. She bruned through that and started NM as soon as her mom finished. At this point the father was about half way through Twilight. The mom looked bummed she was reading Wicked. She said she didn't think she would get through NM so quickly or she would have gotten Eclipse before they left. So there we sat, three people in a row, reading a book in the Twilight series. But it gets better. Later on, when I went to find a new seat in the sun, I noticed two women in the row behind us reading books in the series as well! Teehee. Yay Twihards!

Oh and the last lesson, avoid cruising at the end of the rainy/ hurricane season or bring Dramemine (sp?)! This was the rockiest cruise I have even been on (I've been on other and didn't feel a thing). We sailed around a few rain storms and wow! Aaron is gets motion sickness pretty badly and the stuff saved his vacation. Heck, even I had to take one on the fist night.

So that's about it. :) Now back to unpacking and getting back to real life... Booo....

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I After All The Cleaning...

I now remember why I am not happy about living with a cat. I spent a good portion of last night's cleaning time trying to defur the couches and this morning I wake up and there are tufts of fur all over the place. Not loose strands of hair here and there, no, I'm talking about fluffy little tufts of fur she appears to have pulled off and left all over the couch. No where else, just the couches. I think the cat is trying to kill me.

Seriously, if anyone knows someone who wants a cat...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

And the Bride Demanded "More Drinking!"

Good lord, where do I even start?

Lets see, Friday:
Cathy and Michele came out to meet me at my place, we hit California Pizza Kitchen for lunch.
We got to the hotel (Glen Cove Mansion). I got a drink in the shower! And now I think that all showers should be accompanied by drinks. Kristen and her very, very blonde hair got there, then Vizma got there. Vizma spilled the beans! "So, just remember that Hunkmania, doesn't allow pictures inside," Ahahaha.

We met up with Terri, I got a new veil with multiple peni on it and I loved it. Once in the city, the drinking really started, that is, after spilling a chocolate martini all over Michele and myself. I felt really bad. But all was forgiven. I got a massage from a very nice young man who reminded me of Aaron, if Aaron were rock solid and had a six-pack that just doesn't quit. Yauwzahhh....

Then there was the hot seat. Aaaah the hot seat. Thanks to my girls, I looked like a scarecrow with dollar bills sticking out of every conceivable inch of me including between my teeth. Loves it. I got the "Mutha F-kin' P-I-M-P!" And dear lord this guy was huge! I mean, huge! No... not like that... I mean the dude was tall as all hell, trully V-shaped and glorious! I was hoisted about seven feet in the air. The things he was capable of doing should really be illegal, but thank goodness they aren't! Then there was more drinking, more drinking and more drinking! Oh wait, did I mention more drinking?

The best/creepiest part of the night had to go to the Asian ladies table. There was one lady who was about my Mom's age, she got a hot seat but she was wearing a dress. To top it all off, they had about three generations at the table and yes, there was a senior, giggling Asian lady there, gray hair and all and she seemed to be enjoying the place every bit as much as the rest of us. How's that for a "ewwww" moment?

We got a picture with all the guys, does anyone know what happened to the picture?

But yes, at the end of the night, me, the bride, demanded "more drinking." And I got my wish. We hit a bar with a red door and this is about where things get fuzzy. I remember random pretty Italian men coming by to congratulate me, more drinking, more random sweet men coming by to congratulate me, some more drinking and apparently a demand for a cigarette. I got mywish and things got REALLY fuzzy. After this point there are a few things that I think crept back into my mind. I remember there was a fence around garbage bins for the bar and I had a kung-Fu death grip on it and being bent forward. I had Kristen and Terri on either side to keep me from swaying too much in either direction. Then apparently everyone got to see that I had the Hawaiian pizza at California Pizza Kitchen earlier that day. Ewwww...

From this point I trully remember nothing. Somehow the grils got me through the maze of hallways that lead to the rooms. Ther ewas pizza ordered, someone tried paying us $50 for the pizza. I hugged a garbage can while sitting in a chair, that I fell asleep in. My nephew Danny came by to say hello to everyone in his feetie pj's. The next morning I wasn't quite hung over until we hit Dunkin' Donuts and the coffee smell made my stomach turn. I stayed outside.

Becca arrived and met us at the Red Rock Spa. We got massages, facials and mani/peds. It was a wonderfully relaxing time. The onyl bad thing is that the day after the wedding ym face began to peel like you wouldn't believe. I look like a lizzard.

The wedding day started off uneventful on my end although I woke up at 4:00 am without the need for my alarm (set for 5:00 am) or the wakeup call (set for 5:30 am). Apparently on the other side of the hotel, at 5:00 in the morning a smoke alarm went off and the whole wing had to be evacuated. This is the wing that Becca, Aaron, Aaron's sister, my parents, my aunt and cousin Baum, and a few others were in. Yikes.

We started drinking as soon as the girls showed up. Vizma, is THE woman. I would have been dead in the water had it not been for her. She ran the boxes of stuff over to the Swan Club and gtot us coffee and food from Dunkin' Dounuts.

After the morning beauty rituals of hair and makeup got done we hot-footed it over to the Swan Club. All was going well for me until my parents called me, pissed that they didn't know where they were going, even though I left them directions. They showed up late and so the ceremony ran late. But my Mom had some more drama because the safe where her jewelery was in got messed up and locked so the hotel had to open it for her. Then my Dad left the room and didn't leave her a key so she had a fun time trying to find him to get her clothes. All this is before they even got on the road, mind you.

Aaron onthe other hand had an eventful morning. Aside from being evacuated from the hotel, there was something about Daren getting naked and accosting him in the hotel room. Then when he got to his car, there was a huge-ass dent in his front quarterpanel. Not good at all. But he didn't maim anyone, he put it out of his mind (sort of) and made it to the Swan Club.

The ceremony itself was wonderful. Aaron was making me laugh and even stuck his tongue out at me. I held it together, although there were moments where I really almost lost it. Kristen told me the girls and a lot of the people in the place were not so stoic. :)

The photographer was too nice and I had to tell him what to do and set people up for him. Not bad, just annoying. We got the pictures done despite the fricking freezing cold. But it was nice overcast day so the lighting was perfect.

I got a wonderful surprise when my friends Josh showed up. He didn't think he was going to be able to make it so it was really wonderful to see him there even if it was only for a few minutes.

The reception was awesome. The staff at the Swan Club were just "good like that" and made the day run smoothly. The florist really came through and made the room look even more amazing than even I imagined. Derek who DJ-ed for us is the man! He even played The Time Warp and The Cure! How cool is that? We were even ableto coax Evan out on the dancefloor.

The after-party back at the hotel was really cool. We had many rounds of pool and drinks. I stuck to beer. It felt like an old-school raps party at some points with all the licking and flashing going on. Aaron called it an early night since he hadn't slept in many days. But a great time was had by all. By the time I called it a night, I was so tired I was barely able to stand.

The next day was a very low-key kind of day. Breakfast in the hotel with everyone. Then we had a chat with the hotel manager about Aaron's car, then we came home.

Since then we have been running around getting our stuff in order. I was sent to bed since I was pretty much comatose. Today was not much different. We have been running errands, getting to stores to pick up a few things we needed for the place. Despite falling alseep for about four hours in the middle of the day, I was actually pretty productive. I cleaned up around the place, tried my best to get the room back in some kind of order and even did some laundry. I feel so domesticated. :)

I'll have to hit Linnen's N Things for the closing sales and pick up a George Foreman Grill (if they still have any) and perhaps a few more unnecessary but useful tools for the kitchen. :) That's about it, now I'm going to get something to eat. It's amazing how little you can eat when you're barely awake.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


I feel... sick.

I just dropped the most money ever in one day. There was the balance for $6,490 the reception. Then there was the $2700 for the florist. But wait, there is still more, I still haven't gotten to the photographer. That'll be another $1,900. Woohoo!

Like I said, bleeeeech...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Round One- List Wins

I had a funny feeling the list would win. It did. Aaron and I decided to step away from the list before it decides to maul us both.

It’s not so much that it’s difficult to actually get people situated at tables. It’s the people at the tables. We’re both racking our brains over who can sit where and how far apart people really have to be from each other. At least I kind of feel better knowing that there are as many crazies on his side as there are on mine.

Eh... Whaddaya gonna do? At least Top Chef is on and I for now I am a happy girl. That, and Aaron went out to hang out with the guys. I have the place to myself. Aaaahhhh.


Well apparently there were issues with the comment section... All fixed!
Danke Michele.

Every Day Should Have a Little Edward In It.

Ahhhh... there, that makes everything all better. Enjoy...

You have GOT to be kidding me

Why is it that when we are reaching the apex of happiness that God decides to fart on you?

Not that I normally can't just laugh it off and open the window a bit but, really, why?!

So yeah, all morning long I have been counting and recounting the people on the guest list and I seem to have mysetiously lost 10 people. This is slightly better than before I thought it was 12. Gech!

So yeah, I kinda SOL now. Loves it.

Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock…

It’s 9:07 am and I have done everything I needed to do to wrap things up at work. Now all I have to do is get some breakfast and kill time till 2:30. I was going to wait till 3:00 but my boss, who isn’t here today told me she would call at 3:00 to make sure I had already left. That was sweet.

So yeah, I’m printing up a few things I’ll need for this weekend, I’m updating my “to do” list, I have my copy of “Eclipse” and so I’m ready to kill some time. Woo!

I still find this all kind of crazy. In only a matter of days I have changed my entire life. I’ve moved out of my parent’s place again, I am not living in sin with Aaron (for a few days) I’ve thrown out, consolidated and moved the bulk of all of my worldly possessions and I haven’t even gotten to the weekend yet. Cripe, call me Barack, I’m all about “Change.” Teehee!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Holy Crow!

I just heard on the news that a mall in California was mobbed by a group of teen girls. Apparently a wee bit of a riot broke out and one had to be taken to the hospital. They were there because Rob Pattinson, aka Twilight's Edward Cullen was supposed to be making an appearance.

I can totally understand the crush, because I am totally there, but why start a riot? That's no way to get noticed by the latest big-screen hottie. Tisk, tisk, tisk... teenagers!

Ready? And....go!

Huzzah. Fresh space!