Archive for June, 2009

June 30, 2009

Hair trial #4 this afternoon…

…so check back tonight for the results! I’ve been at wedding meetings all day (hence the lack of posting today) but I’ll be back to share pictures as soon as I’ve got ’em in my hot little hands. This time one of my fabulous wedding planners is coming with me, and she knows the stylist, so I’ve been promised that we will “sit in the chair until we’ve got what we want.”

Think good-hair thoughts for me!

June 29, 2009


People, I’ve never been a huge fan of cupcake wedding cakes. I can appreciate their cuteness and everything, but they’re just not my style.


So you can imagine my horror when my mother demanded that we serve cupcakes at our wedding. Why couldn’t we do something weird and different, like homemade pies, or (my idea) a giant mountain of Belgian waffles and French toast? Well, apparently she and her friends still want a modicum of tradition at our wedding, so the cupcakes are my way of honoring that.


…but since I’m doing cupcakes, I’m gonna do them my way. I spent about half a day researching and found an incredible cupcakery in Seattle called Look Cupcakes. Oh, and did I mention that they FILL their cupcakes? Yeah. I’ll let you marinate on that for a while.

So here’s my vision: we’re doing mini-cupcakes (3 minis equal one big’un), because I want to have some cool flavors for my guests to eat. Plus mini-cupcakes might be the most darling thing I’ve ever seen in my life. The European-style meringue buttercream frosting will be different shades of yellow and white, and the cupcakes will be displayed at varying levels on square pedestals, rather than on a traditional cupcake tower. We’re talking 600 mini-cupcakes here, people. I’m not messing around.

But enough about that; you probably want to hear the flavors I chose. Drumroll, please…

June 28, 2009

Wiggs’s first half: The good, the bad, and the lost toenail

Wow, I thought I was in pain yesterday, but today my legs and feet feel like someone took a hacksaw to them. Luckily for you, that means I’m camped out on the couch with nothing to do but recap my race yesterday. Oh, and what a race it was. 25,000 people, a boatload of local bands, and more Cytomax than a person could ever want.

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But let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

June 28, 2009


WOAH dude, that half-marathon took it out of me. I never did get around to writing a post, but I’ll leave you with two conflicting photographs to get you jazzed about reading my recap tomorrow. Have a lovely Saturday, my friends!

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(That’s not a trick shot – those are real tears. But more about that tomorrow.)

June 27, 2009

Race day

Tomorrow is the half-marathon I’ve been training for. Dave and I went to the Expo today to pick up our numbers and stuff our faces with free food samples. It was awesome. And crowded.

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I know that I haven’t been updating you people on my training; that’s because it’s become so routine for me that I didn’t want to bore you by writing about yet ANOTHER 5-mile run. In sum, for the past month or so, I’ve been running about 3-5 miles twice weekly, cross-training twice weekly, and going for a long (10-12 mile) run each Saturday. See, that would have been boring to read about.

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That’s me with my goodie bag. I pretty much put that buff poster model to shame, don’t you agree? After Dave took this picture, he steered me over to the sample booths and convinced me to grab like five samples of everything and stuff them in my bag for the race tomorrow. Was that ethical? No. Clever? Yes.

It’s strange to think that tomorrow I’ll run my first half-marathon race. Strangely, I don’t feel that worried or nervous about it. I think that a HUGE part of this is that I’ve run 13 miles twice so far in my training program – so I know I can do it without having to stop. The only thing that might throw me off is the hills – I’m just hoping my knees hold up.

Thank you so much, my lovely friends, for reading and commenting and giving me tons of awesome advice. Four months ago I would have laughed right in your face if you had told me I’d be able to run a whole half marathon. Then I would have said mean things about you behind your back and made out with your boyfriend. That’s how ridonk I would have thought you were.

So I’m proud of myself, and I’m totes grateful for all of your support. Dave will be running the whole thing next to me and he has promised to bring the camera…so get ready for some hilarious shots of me huffing from Tukwila up to downtown Seattle. It should be pretty great.

June 26, 2009

Wedding hair trial #3

People, today I had my very first wedding freak-out. It sounds surprising because planning this wedding has not been stress-free by any stretch of the mind, but I’ve never shed actual tears over anything.

But this hair thing has me at the end of my rope. First, though, the good news: the gal who styled me was fabulously nice and I have every confidence in her skills. She knows what she’s doing. And the style she gave me this morning was certainly pretty. The trouble, though, is that maybe I’m not being specific enough about what I want. For reference, here are the first two updos that I got, followed by my inspiration photograph.

Hair trial #1, which, while lovely, is too low for my taste. Also the front was a disaster:

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Small wedding hair from front

Hair trial #2:

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Aaaand my inspiration photo. If I could just buy a wig in my hair color that looked exactly like this, I would do it in a second:

Eva Longoria Updo Hair

I think it’s funny that I showed both stylists this picture of Eva Longoria and the previous two updos are what I ended up with. It’s like we weren’t looking at the same photograph. Anyway, without further ado, here is today’s updo:

June 25, 2009

Idiot’s Delight

Apologies for this gross picture. The light today sucks and I had to re-heat the plate from last night and my camera was dying so I couldn’t take eight hundred photos like I normally do. But never fear: this crap’s deliciosity is inversely proportional to its ugliness.

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We have a book club here in Seattle that meets about every month or so. Since I’m only here for the summer, they let me pick June’s book, and I chose March by Geraldine Brooks. I won’t write a whole review here, but it was one of the most moving pieces of literature I’ve ever read. It’s set during the Civil War, so obviously I had to make some Civil War-themed food to chow on as we discussed our reading experiences.

June 25, 2009

Travelin’ in style

So last weekend I had to travel to Portland for work, and since Dave was at his bachelor party and my girlfriends were tied up with plans of their own, I ended up going solo. Not caring much about where I stayed, I went to to find lodging. In case you haven’t heard of it, here’s Hotwire in a nutshell: you are told the location, rating, and price of your hotel, but you don’t get to know exactly where you’ll be staying until after you’ve paid. For my trip last weekend, I found a five-star hotel in downtown Portland for $99 a night.

People, it was The Nines. Look:

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Yep, that was my room. Here are tons more pictures, just so you understand how incredible this place was. I’m a convert. I’m going to use Hotwire for the rest of my life.

June 24, 2009

Photo Shoooot!

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You’re going to have to excuse the weird expressions I’m making in all of these photos – I thought that only my eyes would show.

So one fun perk of writing a book is that you get to take author photos. And if you’re reeeeeeeeeally lucky, those author photos will feature both you AND your smokin’ hot mama:

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(I took the above shot, by the way, and I thank you in advance for your effusive compliments of both my photography skills and my mother’s beauty.)

But I’ll tell you a shocking secret: my mom and I don’t just roll out of bed looking like this. We had quite a long…

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June 24, 2009

Wedding disaster

Okay, it’s not a disaster, but it sure as hell isn’t a success. Some background: so remember that hair trial that I had a while back? The more I thought about it, the more I didn’t like what my stylist had done, plus she could only fit me in at 8am on the day of my wedding (the ceremony’s at 3:30). So THEN I got a call this weekend from the salon and it turns out that they fired her! With catlike reflexes, I scheduled two new hair trials for this week, the first of which was yesterday. I went into the salon, innocently thinking that I’d walk out with my curls pinned elegantly back. Here’s what actually happened:

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