Life Definitions: We’re Getting an Event Planner!

Black and White CakeYesterday, my cousin and I went to see an event planner to discuss her possibly helping us coordinate my mom’s birthday party. She had some really great ideas right off the bat and she helped my cousin during her wedding (so I already had some great recommendations about her).

I really liked her point of view about certain things and it would be fantastic if I could have someone else be in charge of most of what this party will entail. I really just want to sign the checks and be done with it. Seriously!

She works with brides, mostly, but has done regular event planning as well. Her website: mybridalbudget.com has a lot of information about her past events as well as photos. She also had them available for our free consultation.

I realize I will have to be involved, but after talking it over with my sister and cousin last night, we’ve decided to go with her, which hopefully will minimize the workload. I hope she can deliver all she’s promised!

Center Stage: Moneyball

Moneyball directed by Bennett Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane‘s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.  -IMDb

I went to see Moneyball last Friday with my cousin. First impression, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill work well together.

Second thoughts? I know nothing about baseball, but these statistics make perfect sense to me…(very sad, I know. NYU Stern, all the way!) Continue reading

Life Definitions: My Mother’s Surprise Party

Black and White CakeIf it’s not one thing, it’s another. Now that my cousin’s wedding is over and she has settled into her new life, I can focus on my mother’s 50th birthday party.

When she turned 45, she let be known that she was expecting a surprise 50th birthday party. I laughed her off, but I knew I would do it for her. My mother is A LOT  of things, but I can’t think of anyone else who deserves this more than her.

We are going to go hard or go home on this one people. I’m talking about formal invitations, catering and speeches and playing dress up. It’s going to be epic. And since I can’t talk about this with my mother, I’ll talk about it with you!

Cheers!

Life Definitions: Health and Happiness

My dad and I when I was 6

My dad is not okay. I didn’t realize it would hit home as hard as it has. He’s in the hospital, sick. With what? I don’t know. I have no one to contact to ask these things to. My mom left for Haiti this morning and I’m sitting on pins and needles, waiting for her to call and tell me what’s going on.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’m so sick and tired of people getting sick and dying around me. I am ill-equipped for all of this. I’ve lost my grandparents and now my dad, who’s no spring chicken, is so badly ill that he had to go to the hospital? I have never gotten a message about him being sick before. And I don’t know whether that’s been because they didn’t know how to contact me (highly unlikely) or because it was never serious enough to call me.

I just want to be reassured. That is all I’m asking for. I just want to know what’s going on so I can plan according…

Around the World: Miami Beach, Florida

It started out better than perfect. I got a ride to the airport and arrived super early. I discovered that my flight was delayed by half an hour, but Cely was there and we went to grab something to eat. Eli and Frankie showed up soon afterward and we headed over to board the plane. Lo and behold, I see some girls I went to high school with and spent the wait chatting about life in general.

We get on the plane and managed to get seats next to each other (which is amazing since the plane was packed!). I end up sitting next to this really interesting guy and spent the trip having deep conversations about which celebrity is hotter and Sudoku. Continue reading

Kreyole Word of the Day: Vakans

Vakans (noun)

vacation

Mwen pa ka ret tann pou vakans sa rive. (Translation: I can’t wait for this vacation to come.)

Book Report: Land of Loss (Everwold #2) by K.A. Applegate

Land of Loss (Everworld, #2)Land of Loss by Katherine Applegate

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the dark past, Zeus and Odin, Huitzilopoctli and Ra, and the other gods of myth decided to abandon the real world. They created another universe where magic rules, where all the mystery and terror of these capricious immortals holds sway. It is a place where Vikings still sail in the name of Thor, where the Aztecs still make human sacrifices to Huitzilopoctli, and where Merlin Continue reading

Book Report: Search for Senna (Everworld #1) by K.A. Applegate

Search for Senna (Everworld, #1)

Search for Senna by Katherine Applegate

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the dark past, Zeus and Odin, Huitzilopoctli and Ra, and the other gods of myth decided to abandon the real world. They created another universe, where magic rules, where all the mystery and terror of these capricious immortals holds sway. It is a place where Vikings still sail in the name of Thor, where the Aztecs still make human sacrifices to Huitzilopoctli, and where Merlin still weaves his subtle webs. Continue reading

On the Go: Rolling in the Deep – Adele

For those of you that have been living under a rock…Ms. Adele is a British superstar that has banged out hit after hit for the last 3 years. I loved her last album, 19. But her latest contribution to the world, 21 is what I needed to write about.

Her voice has this smooth, sultriness to it.And if you’re not careful, you might slide into a lull that causes you to tell your job, your friends and your family to go hell so you can enjoy her all to yourself. And she’s so amazing, that no one would even blame you.

 

Life Definitions: She Finally Got Married!

So, I posted the wedding speech that I wrote, but never got to read, last week. My cousin, my best friend, my much, much better half, finally got married last week Monday. Not even a natural disaster could prevent it from happening.

And I have to say, it was beautiful. The church was gorgeous and the reception ended up being an intimate sit down dinner by candle light. But that is not the way it began… Continue reading