The Good Kind of Dorky


Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween (engagement party pics included)

And now for the winner of the "Save the Date Magnet for my Wedding: no invitation will follow" contest. So what if I've changed the title of my contest on a daily basis. It's my contest. The winner (drum roll please) is Cece!! Not only did she give me many captions to choose from, but they all made me laugh. YAY Cece! E-mail me your address and I'll send it out right away. I promise not to stalk you...

ghost bride

ghost groom


family portrait

brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew to be

you know these ladies...

Monday, October 29, 2007

Engagement Photos

Today I bring you a look at some of the engagement photos that the talented Miss Lauren took for us about a week ago. She did an awesome job and I love them! If you live in Virginia and would like Lauren to take your photos, please contact me. I am now her self-proclaimed agent. To showcase her work and only her work, I will hold off on posting pictures from our Halloween engagement party tomorrow. If you can't wait that long, you can check out the pictures that Lauren posted on her site. Also, the winner of my the "win a functional magnet with my name on it" contest will also be named tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Happy belated 2 year birthday to my blog. I started this blog on October 27, 2005. Also, I signed up for NaBloPoMo today. What was I thinking?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

October: a great month or the greatest month?

I'm debating whether or not to sign up for NaBloPoMo. On one hand, I'm struggling to post more than once a week as it is. On the other hand, maybe it would be just the motivation I need. Luckily, I have a few days left to decide. Since I posted on the morning of my 26th birthday, many fun and exciting things have happened. The evening of my birthday was fun because Edgar baked me a cake and gave me a gift--a new digital camera! My old camera was becoming less and less reliable. I also received my first wedding registry gift for my birthday. I cannot even describe how exciting that was. Then, on Friday, Sarah and Lauren threw me a girly birthday sleepover for three (with booze). Sadly, no one even got drunk. I've become pathetic in my old age. However, we contacted some awesome spirits using a Ouija board! One of the "spirits" had some interesting things to say about Lauren. It wasn't true though. She is completely into men. I promise.

I thought the night couldn't get any better, but then they gave me this new bag to welcome to my growing family of Vera Bradley bags. Heart.

My 26th birthday was definitely a good one and I consumed a lot of baked goods including, but not limited to, cake.

It didn't take long to recover from my non-hangover, so I wasn't worried about looking crappy for my engagement photo shoot on Sunday. The very talented, non-lesbian (but I'd still love her if she was) Lauren took our photos at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. Once I was able to relax it turned out to be a pretty good time. I can't wait to see how the pictures turned out. I'm in suspense. Don't keep me in suspense Lauren. That was me being bossy. I'm done now.

In other news, my parents are currently in a town about an hour and fifteen away from me, but I'm not going to see them until Friday morning. They are checking out said town as a retirement option and then making their way to Richmond to attend my Halloween/Costume/Engagement party, of joy. Edgar and I plan to dress up as a very dead bride and groom. This is the costume I bought. Your welcome for all of the visuals today.
I can't wait to see everyone else's costumes. If you don't wear a costume I will turn into dead bridezilla, which surely must be worse than a living bridezilla.

Breaking News: As I am writing this Lauren the psychic just e-mailed me an outtake from the photo shoot. Shall I share it with you? Sure, why not. I don't think Lauren the psychic would mind.

What the hell am I doing? Write the best caption and you will win your very own Save the Date magnet for my wedding. Your invitation will not follow, but you will have the best looking refrigerator accessory in town. It is a very appealing prize, I know.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!

This past Saturday, my former blog and now real life friend Erika came to visit Sarah and me. She brought her adorable son Evan for a day of fun at the Richmond Children's Museum.

This was actually taken after the museum. We had a late lunch together in Carytown. We tried to get Evan to sleep.

The museum was awesome. Awesome if you aren't OCD, because the kid germs were everywhere. I didn't freak. I think I washed my hands three times though.

Also, I don't like kids. Don't get me wrong, Evan is great--I love my friends kids and family members' kids, and one day I will love my own kids, but just random children of strangers? Not so much. And it's not that I don't like them, it's just that I don't relate to them very well. I'm just not one of those people who loves kids.

Still, the museum was fun! And the best part of it all?

In honor of my 26th birthday, which is today, I present you with...

FOUND PORN from the Richmond Children's Museum!

Monday, October 08, 2007

It's all about the

Tonight was the first of 3 sessions of a financial management course that Edgar and I are taking at University of Richmond. It meets Mon.-Wed. of this week and runs from 6:30-9:00 pm. I give Sarah, and everyone else who goes to school and works a full time job, so much credit. It's tiring and it has only been one night.

Edgar and I never had classes together in college so it's a first for us. I learned tonight that he is very inquisitive, which is fantastic, because I don't always speak up when I have a question. He also got some question correct that apparently no one gets right. What a nerd!

I think the class is going to be helpful in providing useful tools for investing, saving, etc. etc. Thus far, I have subscribed to the "Ignorance is Bliss Policy," but apparently that isn't recommended. Did you know that if I invest some of the money in my savings account, I could earn more money because the rates would be better? AND when I needed it I could take from it tax free (I think). I could invest in a money market for example. It's all about liquidity, baby! And what is a money market you ask? I have no idea! But maybe by Wednesday I'll know!

Apparently it's totally cool to have things to show for your money other than cute jeans and pretty cars. (But seriously though, I just got a really cute pair of jeans from Express for $60 and I think my ass looking good is "something to show for it") (I don't usually spend that much on jeans, trust me) (But they are cute) Aside from jeans there are things like life insurance so if I should die prematurely my dogs can still live the lifestyle they are accustomed to. Or retirement, which is just as important because without it how will I have cute jeans and adorable dogs and a vacation home on the beach when I am 55? Optimism and good financial planning--the keys to success.

Other than educating myself about the ins and outs of solid financial planning, the best thing about this course is that Edgar and I are taking it together. I definitely think it will enhance our marriage and our life together if we can make smart financial decisions as a couple. As nonchalant about finances as I may sound in this post, I do truly want to learn this stuff. I don't want to be a woman who sits back and has no clue what is going on. I'm a feminist, damn it!

So, who makes the financial decisions in your household? Do you feel like you have a good grasp of your assets/finances and what you need to do to reach your long and short-term goals?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

No Apologies

Every post I write, I feel the need to apologize for being such a slacker as of late. Maybe instead of apologizing, I'll just write--no apologies.

The gym I am a member of (American Family Fitness, Northside, Richmond) is a nice gym. It has everything I need and offers a great variety of classes at no additional charge. I believe American Family is only in Virginia, but I could be wrong. One thing I like about the company in general, is that they use real people in their advertising. The janitor at my gym, who I've gotten to know a little bit (because I want him to date Edgar's mom--another story for another time) was featured in one of their brochures. They use real people, not airbrushed models. I think this is such a positive message and I applaud them for it! Overall, I feel comfortable going to this gym and the staff is great.

At the risk of sounding superficial...hell, 3/4 of my blog sounds superficial...I should not be one of the best looking people at my gym! Maybe it's the time of day I go (either early morning or after dinner) and I think the young people often go right after work, but that is no excuse, right? There are some fuglies at my gym and it is really a drawback. Do I just live in an ugly area of Richmond? That can't be true because I totally hang out at Wal-Mart on Friday nights to check out the fine pieces of ass. Let me tell you, they are fiiiine. After a good bicep lift, I like to head on over to The Mart and hang out in the hunting section. When a hottie walks by I just flex and say, "This way to the gun show!" You don't know how many gender ambiguous women I've picked up that way to take home for a threesome. I kid. I kid.

I feel like there should at least be a handful of hot model-esque, uber-popular girls in there to make me feel just a little insecure, for motivation's sake if nothing else. Why should I increase my resistance or run just a little faster? I don't know. You tell me. I bet if I worked out at a gym closer to a college with hot sorority chicks I'd run harder. But despite the fuglies, you know what really gets me heated? That they have a snack bar. Sure, there are a few healthy choices, but there are also Snickers bars. Why wait? They also serve pancakes and bacon in the morning (at least on the weekends, not sure about weekdays). Nothing like smelling grease and syrup while you're on the eliptical trainer three feet away. Yes, there is really no separate eating area. It's right out there by the cardio equipment. I'm not opposed to snack bars or smoothie bars, but seriously, don't sell candy and bacon. I'm all for candy and bacon in moderation, but I don't want to see it at the gym. Seriously, what message is that sending out? I swear I've seen people go in there just to eat, and trust me, the time would have been better spent on a stationary bike while they ate their breakfast. Now that is a novel idea.