Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

Wherein I admit that I like seeing my stats be higher than normal

November 9, 2009

senseandsensibility via flickr

I am a competitive person. So competitive, in fact, that if I’m not sure I’ll win, I often won’t even play. That’s also called “Being a Giant Brat”, but that’s a post for another time. I’ve noticed that the posts that get the most hits–either search engine hits or pageviews–are my Literary Ladies posts. Those also happen to be the least frequently posted of all my rambling. (You can see some old Literary Ladies posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. The very very first is here.)

But, back to my brattiness competitive edge: because I like reading my stats, and because they are fun to write, I am going to make the LLs a bigger part of the writing I do for this website. I’ve learned that the only way to do something right it to do it better, more frequently, and geekier than the rest. Geekier I can certainly manage, no question.

Now, it’s your turn: Who do you want to see here? Which actresses are you interested in seeing reprise your favorite leading role? Check out the last poll for some inspiration, and please leave a comment if you have any ideas.
That said, I’m glad to be back to blogging with a bit more regularity! I know it’s not perfect, but things are slowly improving on the stress front, for various reasons.

What’s making Monday less manic for you, today?


The Wedding Post (Finally!)

October 28, 2009

Saturday, September 12th was not a sunny day. Nay, it was, in fact, pouring.

Even though the weather didn’t cooperate, everything came off beautifully & we couldn’t have asked for a more lovely day.  Our wedding was small, with only 60 guests, the great majority of whom were family. Adam and I had decided when we first got engaged that we wanted a small reception & family-only bridal party, to rely on local vendors & talented acquaintances and family for the wedding must-haves, and to be as eco-conscious as we could. It was a lot to consider, but all in all, we met our goals and then some.

Awhile back, I posted some of the decorations we wanted to make for the reception. Yes, I said make, and although many members of my family thought I was nuts (a new job, and a HANDMADE wedding? Oookay, Catherine) everyone was super-supportive and helpful. My mom is awesome, but she’s not in the least crafty– one of my favorite things about my handmade wedding was getting to share my love of making things with my mom. Even if she’s not a crafter, she’s always encouraged me to do my own thing– and she’s worn every puffy-paint t-shirt and ziti necklace I’ve ever made her like it was Chanel and Tiffany. (Love you, Mama!) Anyyyway, here are the results:

Our take on the fresh flower & bird garland, via OnceWed.

Antique books as centerpieces, again from OnceWed.

Terrarium party favors, from Design*Sponge. We loved the idea of giving a growing favor at our wedding.

And, of course, obligatory glamourshots, because this was honestly and truly the best day of our lives.

let's hear it for the boys! (L-R: Matt, Zach, Adam, Sean, Sam)

My best girl (& our Justice for the Day) Meggie & me

bird's nest cupcakes

our rings

our beautiful handmade arch (which is now going to be the entrance to our garden)

Flowers! My favorite part.

When the photographer is a friend, you end up with the best & most personal pictures imaginable. Thank you, Steph!

Now, go on over to Steph’s website and book her for your wedding, too!

No promises, but… I’m back.

October 25, 2009

I need to make time for this blog, because I enjoy it & also because I need an outlet for my geekery. The thing is, my new job is a lot of work. A lot. Like, I’ve never worked this much in my life a lot. And that’s good in many ways, we all love a good challenge. But it also means I’ve got to do some major restructuring of my time, which is proving difficult. We shall see. For now, I’ll let it lie, and try to take advantage of the changes in the most positive way I can.

The day has come

September 12, 2009
photo by stephanie stevens

photo by stephanie stevens

Adam and I are getting married today.  Not really feeling sleep coming on anytime soon, so I thought I’d update for the first time in forever. Hi. I’m getting married in a few hours. :)

Things I Love Thursday

August 27, 2009

(In case you’re not familiar with the concept of things I love Thursday, please do let me refresh you. TiLT was started by the inimitable (though I am a fangirl, not going to lie) Miss Gala Darling. TiLT is a love-list, a list of things that made you smile, what you’re grateful for, what you need reminding that you’re grateful for.)

Worcester State Hospital, by Kate Broderick Photo

Worcester State Hospital, by Kate Broderick Photo

This week has been much crazier than I am used to– it’s amazing how a summer of wedding planning and running here and there seems like so long ago after only two weeks of lesson plans & decorations. I’m so excited to meet the kids & their families tonight! This week, I love…

My classroom & bulletin board: Oh, my goodness. I don’t think I’ve talked about it yet, I’m sort of afraid of being Dooced if I talk about work online too much, but what. The. Awesome. My classroom is huge, full of light, and air conditioned. Whaaaat? I spent a good chunk of yesterday cleaning/decorating/unwrapping the new desks (!!), and the result was stunning. We were given $125 to a teacher supply store in Westfield, which was slightly disappointing in that most of the stuff was geared toward younger kids. BUT! I got peacock feather bulletin board border, and at the dollar store I got some schizophrenic looking wallpaper to cover it in. The result? Pretty amusing. I guess English teachers have some leeway with wackiness:
bulletin board

Radar the cat: Who isn’t stinky anymore! He usually sleeps either between A and I, or stretched all the way out along my leg, so when he was stinkified I was a sad panda. He’s also been very… ehrm, vocal, since the Incident of Smelliness, and is constantly mewling and moaning and talking to us. Pretty funny.

Meggie!: She had a rough week last week, and I am shouting out because I EFFING LOVE HER and can’t wait till she hitches me & the boy. (Yes, you read correctly, my best friend is marrying us. Thanks, Deval!) BFFs, as the kids say these days.

something monumental via flickr

something monumental via flickr

Lisa’s blog, Craft My Bride: If I were she, I’d throw some (tasteful, artsy) ads on that shiz and start making bank, because this girl has a talent for blogging. I like the craft trials best, but if we’re being honest I’ve had an art crush on her since high school, so I’m biased. Also, she’s awesome & funny, so you should go look.

Honorable mentions this week…: Bueno, again; having a functioning AC in the house; eating yogurt & fruit & wheat germ for lunch every day again– it’s amazing how good I feel eating better, I should just do it all the time; remembering my vitamins; challenges that will make me a better person/teacher; MY JOB, hello; planning evil funness for the wedding; sorting playlists with the violinist (classyyyyy); our gorgeous cupcakes; stretching and moving; setting my intentions (and working it into the curriculum); & love, love, love, all over the place.