Wednesday, July 23, 2008

those darn details again....

Enough said....

Monday, July 14, 2008

If we couldn't laugh...

Today I had a moment when I almost took my beautiful and precious and quite expensive PC and tossed it off the ferry into the Puget Sound. I am not kidding. I learned that threatening or swearing at a piece of equipment does nothing for its speed or accuracy. I also decided that the US Coast Guard would be suspicious of my angry technological gesture.

So, after a very frustrating day, it was great to calm down with my husband on the ferry (it's the greatest people watching on earth), put the top on the car down for our commute home, pop in my favorite
Eva Cassidy CD, and count my Blessings. I have a fabulous husband and home, a job I love, a great team, amazing friends and family and thankfully we all manage to laugh every day. I always have to re-learn to keep things in perspective....

I've spent the past several hours 'cleaning up' my PC and came across some of these pictures that depict some of the fun we have at our office on a daily basis. As I spoke lovingly to my PC this evening, I couldn't help but chuckling about the day and recalling one of my very favorite quotes "If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane."

Amen, Jimmy B.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Everyday do something you don't want to do....

Every day do something you don't want to do. Pick up someone else's trash. Surrender your parking place. Call the long-winded relative. Carry the cooler. Doesn't have to be a big thing.
Helen Keller once told the Tennessee legislature that when she was young, she had longed to do great things and could not, so she decided to do small things in a great way.
Don't be too big to do something small. Together, we can make the world a nicer place to be.
Credit to one of my all time favorite authors: Max Lucado

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Something borrowed, something blue....

Do you ever stroll through the finer jewelry stores, the designer purse sections of a department store or even try on the amazing sunglasses that are sometimes just 'calling your name'? I don't know too many women who don't oogle at some of the designer accessories - and many who own at least one or two of the items.
But now, thanks to 'Bag, Borrow, or Steal' , you can actually "rent" luxury handbags, jewelry, and sunglasses for a week, a month or longer! When that particular Gucci bag bores you, send it back and try something new. They ask you to care for the items as though a good friend were loaning it to you.
I guess it's kind of like leasing a car (you drive it but it isn't actually yours) combined with getting a DVD in the mail that you watch as many times as you and then return it to it's rightful owner. The prices aren't inexpensive, but neither are the real things...right?
Oh. And the 'Steal' part of the company name allows you to purchase a piece if you absolutely can''t give up that latest little Kate Spade bag.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Do you remember?

Lest we never forget the horrors of that day, and that there is a reason for the fact that since that day we have not been attacked again on American soil.

God Bless America on this Independence Day and Always.

Wedding budgeting tool and ideas

So he’s popped the question and you’re on cloud nine. Your coffee table has now become a mountain of wedding magazines and the adventure of planning your wedding begins.
Suddenly your ‘to do’ list grows to a size that can be literally frightening. Parents, dresses, guests, venues, cakes, entertainment, bridesmaids, dance lessons, photographers, themes, d├ęcor, flowers, music, gifts, travel, tuxes, hair, makeup…ahhhh!

There are so many decisions to be made that it may feel overwhelming. But take a deep breath. Remember that this should (and CAN) be a wonderful and fun experience. Use these tips to make the start of your planning process truly an enjoyable one:
  • The best budgeting idea I have for you is to create a Budget Worksheet. A simple Excel sheet can be a phenomenal tool to keep track of your expenditures and to keep you within your budget. The worksheet sample below is a simple example of a typical wedding budget checklist. Your costs and line items may vary, but this should be a good starting point. Download a copy in PDF here, opens in a new window. Download an Excel Wedding Budgeting Tool Worksheet, this is a ZIP file, save and unzip! (Caution: not all formulas in the Excel sheet are guaranteed for accuracy. Please check your own work if you use this format)
  • Get a grip on the number of guests you expect to attend before you choose a venue. The darling stone chapel on the hill may be the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, but it will only hold 30 guests. You don’t want musical chairs or standing room only conditions.
  • Listen to Mother Nature. Hurricane season is called that for a reason. Be cautious about obvious weather restraints. Don't plan an outdoor wedding during the monsoon season.
  • Cha-Ching! If you’re responsible for tracking the expenses, get a credit card that offers rewards (miles for your honeymoon, gift cards, hotel points, etc.) It can be an easy way to keep track of your expenses – and to be rewarded for paying for various costs along the way.
  • The easiest way to trim and control your wedding budget is to reduce the number of guests. It’s amazing how guest lists have a tendency to grow uncontrollably when all of the parents and relatives offer their input. Co-workers of your great uncle may be delightful friends, but if it comes to crunch time, they should be the first to go. Imagine that each guest costs $100. Reduce 10 guests and you’ve saved $1000.
  • Get organized. Become best friends with your 3-ring binder...make tabs for your various vendors, clip photos of things you love (or don’t), keep notes during meetings with your coordinator and others.
  • Keep a digital camera in your car or purse to capture quick pictures of ideas you see – store them in your binder.
  • Set up a special email account dedicated just to your wedding. We can do this for you right here at Big Event Registration.
  • Set up a BLOG for your wedding planning complete with RSS feed to keep everyone posted on what's happening. Again, through we can do this for you right here at our sister company, Big Event Registration. The BLOG is free. The set up takes about an hour.
  • Put all your vendor and other important phone numbers in your phone memory so you’re not constantly looking them up.
  • Use Big Event Registration to handle your RSVPs online and provide an online printable confirmation if needed as a door or party pass for your guests. We can do this for 100 or 10,000 at a very affordable price.
  • Call Jody Taylor-Smith or Maude May at Good Taste Weddings and Events for all your professional event planning needs. We create events that are legendary for all the right reasons. See how we can make your dream vision a reality. Call toll free 877-389-1382 or visit us at Good Taste Events.

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