Archive for February, 2010

February 24, 2010

Coming up…

A little bit of this:

And a little bit of this:

And some bridesmaidy makeup…And an update on the half-marathon training…etc. Any requests, people?

Here’s today’s gratuitous Baxter photo (check out his blog here if you want to see how obsessed I am):

February 16, 2010

Save the cake

Welp, folks, I’m a genius. I saved my nasty, disgusting, dry cake. Sadly, I don’t have a stellar King Cake recipe to offer you just in time for Mardi Gras tomorrow, though if you’re determined to try this out I have some suggestions that I think will fix the version I made.

Oh, and this is a long post. I’m sorry. Why don’t you go get yourself a cup of tea (or a vodka on the rocks, whatever), sit back, and read about my full day of cake-baking that went from this:

…to this:

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February 15, 2010

Happy VD

I spent all day yesterday making a disgusting cake. I’ll tell you aaaaaaaall about it soon.

But I have some ideas about how it could be salvaged. I think.

What did you do for your VD? Dave and I watched our finished wedding video (by the incomparable Mitch of Cabfare Productions) and then I ditched the hubs and went to see Valentine’s Day with a girlfriend.

February 13, 2010

A lipstick adventure

In the last couple of weeks, I have been inspired to try out some lip color after watching Spurtacus Spartacus: Blood and Smut Sand – and not because of the sprays of blood shooting out from the screen at me or the gratuitous nudity.

Erin Cummings, the gal who plays ol’ Sparty’s wife, wears the most amazing lip color in the first episode. These photos don’t do it justice – it’s a pink/mauve/purple thing that looks natural but still colorful. Gorge.

Meow, I’m blonde and non-olive-skinned so I still haven’t managed to find a purple color that looks good on me, but I did find some pinks that totally rock my friggin’ world. The good news is they’re not so HOLYCRAPSHESWEARINGLIPSTICK bright that I look like a street walker if I wear them during the day. Also, after reading that the average woman consumes 4 to 9 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime, I decided to go with stains because they’re more natural-looking and long-wearing.

February 11, 2010

Grey likes…moi?

Wow, people, the fabulous Summer of Grey Likes Weddings featured my wedding on her blog today. I feel so lucky and honored. And she didn’t even mind when she asked me a couple of questions about our wedding and I wrote a frickin’ novel. What a classy lady. Oh, and she didn’t bat an eyelash when I talked about how I didn’t want flowers at the wedding even though she’s a floral designer. Good lord.

So, now that I’m getting back on the wagon of blogging, here’s what you can expect in the next couple of days (if I write it down, I’ll feel guilty until I post so I won’t slack off): experiments with lip color, a cake for a friend, an attempt to recreate my favorite sandwich, some potatoes, a recap of my first run in six months, some thoughts on stress and its ability to become a succubus on your life, and (finally) an blogiversary post about my hot-bod project.

BOOYA.

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February 10, 2010

A year of marriages

My three best girlfriends and I all got married in just over a year of each other. That was enough of a blessing on its own, but throw into the mix the fact that Aubrey is a first-class invitation designer and…well…see for yourself.

Photo courtesy of the incredibly talented Yvonne Wong, of course.

In other news, I have my first training run tomorrow night. People, I haven’t run in over four months, if my calculations are correct. It might even be more like five or six months. Yeesh.

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February 9, 2010

Best Super Bowl Ad

According to a human-Yorkie team of experts, the following was the best Super Bowl ad:

Runners up included:

Did I miss any good ones?

February 9, 2010

So easy, friends

I like to bitch about the way the Internet has sucked my life just as much as the next broad, but one thing I can’t deny is how powerful it can be in spreading good. Since you’re reading this right now, I know you’re procrastinating from something else you should be doing…so why not use that extra time and make a difference in someone’s life? (In case you were wondering, I learned my guilt-trip skillz from my mom.)

You shouldn’t feel guilty about showing your support for this beautiful little girl, though.

Gwendolyn and her incredible parents

(photo credit)

Seriously, get to it. It’s easy! And pass the info along to all of your peeps – I know you’ve got a bunch of peeps because you’re cool and people like you.

How to vote:
  1. Go to: Hero Next Door
  2. Click on Vote for Victoria. (It is the green button at the bottom of the page.)
  3. Fill out the form (name, birthday, email and zip code).
  4. Click on the animal picture (to help stop spammers).
  5. And then hit “Vote” and that is it.
  6. You will see a big “Thanks for voting for Victoria Strong” to let you know your vote went through.
  7. Since you can only vote once, help spread the word by also using the “Tell a Friend” features on Facebook, email and Twitter by clicking on the icons on the right.
And again, all $5,000 will go to the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation to support SMA research and awareness!
February 7, 2010

Back on the…er…horse

I can’t think of a proper metaphor to use as my way to say that I signed up for yet another half-marathon. I say “yet another” because in the past two years, I’ve signed up for three halfs and have only run one of them. So…I’d say chances are 50-50 that I’ll actually run it. Luckily, I have some amazing support, and I’ll be joined by a lovely friend-slash-bloggista. Oh, and did I mention the course? Gorge. I’d be crazy to chicken out of this one.

In other sad news, I was rejected from my dream-job…so if there’s anyone out there looking for a brand manager/marketing MBA intern this summer, hit me up. Seriously. I’m free.

February 5, 2010

best bridesmaid gift…ever?

Alright folks, I’m not going to make any promises to you because that would just set me up for defeat, but…I…I…I think I’m back? At any rate, my schedule has finally calmed down and I can think about something besides business school, puppy poo, and how many times in a row I can eat Thai take-out before I damage my internal organs. A quick update on all of the subjects I tend to cover on this li’l blog, but first, a photo of my son:

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Don’t you want one?

1. Workouts: yeah. Haven’t worked out since October, 2009. I’m not joking. I got pretty sick there toward the end of the year, which completely derailed the once-monthly 15-minute runs I had been doing prior. The good news (for me) is that I haven’t gained weight, but the bad news is that my abs resemble custard. It’s okay. We’ll get back on the wagon together.

2. Makeup: …er…the only makeup I have time for is covering up the zits that sprinkle my face because I’ve been stressed. But on a whim I just bought a bunch of lipstick (probably because I was inspired by the wife in Spurtacus: Blood and Sand) so maybe I’ll have a little something to say about that.

3. Food: did you read the line above about Thai takeout? I wasn’t kidding. I haven’t cooked anything in over a month and a half.

So you can see why I haven’t really been blogging. Anyway. That’s not what I sat down to write about. I wanted to tell you about the lovely bridesmaid gift my friend and letterpress guru Aubrey gave me after her wedding last summer. See, in business school we’re right in the thick of job interviews. And what I lack in work experience, I like to make up for in pure class.

After an interview, sure, you can write an thank-you email to the people who interviewed you. In fact, that’s what my school encourages us to do. But my mama didn’t raise me to show gratitude electronically. Oh no. A thank you isn’t a thank you if it’s not hand-written and couriered to its recipient on the day after the interview.

Does it get me the job over my peers? No. Do I look like the most well-mannered broad anyone could imagine? Pretty much. I take what I can get.

So imagine how my classiness expands exponentially when the notes are rich, thick letterpressed cardstock. Brilliant. Once I run out of these babies (which will probably happen within a week, since I love them so much that I find excuses to write thank-you notes for ANYTHING including for Dave when he Drain-O-ed our shower) I’m going to order more. I can’t live without them.