Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Jodi & Matt Wedding Recap!!

Three days and two really good nights sleep later, I feel almost recovered. Exhaustion aside, the wedding was so much fun. I know a lot of you know about my "personal" situation at the wedding and are probably curious as to how that went so as to not take anything away from the amazing day celebrating Jodi and Matt, I am going to divide this into two parts. Happy stuff today, juicy stuff tomorrow. ;)

The rehearsal dinner was boots & pearl snaps and it was really fun to get all dressed up like a cowgirl. I don't think anyone was more excited to embrace the attire than the Oregon girls... they loved it! The slideshow was also a huge hit. After dinner pretty much everyone headed to Ozona for the afterparty. We filled the bar up and it was really cool to see their old friends and new friends all mingling together.

Post rehearsal we had a bridal party sleepover at the Hilton. Jodi said she slept really well, which was great because we had a full day the next day! We woke up at about 8 and headed to Breadwinners for breakfast. Then it was off to hair and make-up.

Dyan and Marci got Jodi a little white bride jumpsuit and shortly after we got to the salon she decided to try on her fancy wedding shoes and wore them the rest of the afternoon with her jumpsuit. Yep, white jumpsuit and four inch heels. It was hilarious... she totally looked like J-lo.

Afterwards, we went and picked up the dress... which seriously took up pretty much the entire back portion of a suburban and then headed to the church! Jodi looked gorgeous, of course. I thought the dress might overwhelm her since she's so tiny, but it was just perfect for her. She was a little bit of a mess even before heading down the aisle so I stuffed a few tissues in my dress just in case. They definitely came in handy.
She cried all the way down the aisle which was really sweet. And even though I'm not really the cry-at-weddings type, I was really happy that I was facing Matt because I think if I had been looking at her teary face the whole time I probably would have lost it.

The only snag was that Matt's ring didn't fit. And I'm pretty sure after waiting so long to get that sucker on his finger, Jodi came close to injuring him trying to jam it on his finger. :)

The reception was a blast, the toasts went very well (whew!), and I'm pretty sure a good time was had by all. Matt accidentally stepped on her dress pretty early on in the night and broke the main bustle, but by that point she was over it and ready to party. My favorite part of the reception was standing there with her and realizing that she was standing in her un-bustled dress right where a drink was spilled. I was like "Jodi! You're standing right in a puddle with your unbustled train" to which she replied "Ahhh, who cares, I'll mop it up!" and starts swishing her giant dress back and forth over the puddle. It was hilarious.

The whole weekend was a huge success. I overheard compliments on everything from the dj, to the food, to the little touches that made it personal to Jodi & Matt. I'm so excited for them to finally be married and was honored to be a part of it.
So now it's on to the next one! My brother and Whitney!! While I would love to help in any way I can... I don't expect that I'll be near as involved in theirs since I'm so far away, but I am excited to be a bridesmaid and to help with anything I can from Texas!

Woo hoo for weddings!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Things I am loving...

  1. That Halloween falls on a Saturday this year!
  2. My discovery of this great little store that actually has decent Big 12 collegiate gear.
  3. The fact that I made it through the wedding weekend without getting sick when I thought I would surely be dead man walking on Saturday.
  4. That I lost five pounds last week due to #3.
  5. That there were pumpkins everywhere when I went to the store today!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Moose Monday

Reason #4,265 why I love the fall: weekend days spent with every door and window in the house open, letting the cooler temps be my AC unit. Apparently moose likes it too. He will spend hours napping with his nose on the rail... but always with a toy. Every once in awhile I'll look over the rail and see one of them on the ground three stories below. I actually saw a homeless man that hangs out around our neighborhood carrying one of his toys a few weeks ago. Oh well. I think he probably has a few to spare. :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Remember me?

Hi everyone. I'm fully aware that you probably don't even remember who I am because it's been so long since I blogged, but I am here today to tell you that I'm back!! We got Jodi all married off last night thus ending the past year of assisting with projects, parties, and planning (*tear*). The bride was gorgeous and the wedding was so much fun. I promise a full recap when I recover.

Until then I wanted to give a quick shout out to the people that did our hair and make-up, Haute Facade. I woke up this morning and I swear I could have touched myself up a little and looked the same as I did the night before (no, I didn't wash my face... I know, I know). If you are a bride and looking for a good person for hair/makeup , I would highly recommend them. I have never had make-up stay put like that, let alone an updo surviving seven hours of partying and a night of sleep!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ready for my close up!

Working at an ad agency there are days where you can find yourself in some interesting situations. Over the years I have voiced lots of radio spots, but have never been in a tv spot. Until now.

We found out in May that we had been chosen to do all the buying and production for the 2009 RV Show. So when we did the media plan our original idea was to create a completely computer generated spot, but upon meeting with the production guy he had two small sections he wanted to shoot.

This proposed two problems: 1) we were shooting the next week and had no talent booked and 2) we hadn't budgeted for talent. Being the resourceful little devil that Bossdad is, he quickly offered up myself & Wylie for the vacation-needing, camping-enthusiast, young couple that the shoot required. The production guy offered up his seven year old son and yorkie, and voila: a happy little family. Which is kind of ironic given the fact that Wylie and I bicker like an 80 year old married couple that should have been divorced 79 years ago. {sidenote: thankfully, he and his lovely wife do not have the same problem.}

I was told not to wear white and look motherly with a camping vibe. Preferably plaid. I'm not exactly a plaid kinda girl, but luckily I had bought the slight lumberjack-ish shirt above because I thought it would be cute for Tech football season. Plaid shirt, check! Headband, check! Mom jeans, no check... but I did try to wear my least favorite and baggiest jeans I had. So semi-check?
The shoot was fun. Awkward, but fun. I probably made a huge mistake in sending this to a few of my best friends... I have no doubt this will come back to bite me in the ass. But c'est la vie. It's all in good fun. Since the damage has been done, I give you the 2009 Southwest RV Supershow television spot featuring your two favorite GP employees and coming soon to a CBS affiliate near you:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Party Planning Perks!

As you all know, very few things in life make me happier than throwing a party. I love the menu planning, I love the cooking, and I love taking care of my guests- I just love everything about it.

My friend Erika just started a new business with Stella & Dot and after her first hostess had to back out due to some home renovations, I offered up our townhouse. And I am so glad I did!! I honestly offered just because it's what I love doing, but she told me that the hostess can earn free jewelry... and seriously... she meant it.

Here are some pics from the party:
Erika & I. (that's an apron not a skirt before you judge my fashion sense!) :)
Megan, Nina, Jules, and Jenny.
Alison (wearing a S&D necklace), Katy, me, Rachel, and Sam.
The champagne bar: Champagne Sangria, Orange Juice, Peach Puree, and Pomegranate Juice.

And I wanted to share what I just ordered for free and give you Erika's contact info in case you want to throw a party of your own!

How crazy is that? All for free! {sidenote: I should add that Erika didn't ask me to post this, I just did on my own because I was so excited about it.} The jewelry is super cute and let's face it, it's always fun to drink champagne with your girlfriends on a Sunday afternoon.

If you want to throw your own party you can contact Erika at, she also has a blog you can find here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Williams Sonoma Wishlist

I have decided that I need a food mill. Got that? Need. As in Maslow's Heirarchy of this Needs-to-be-in-my-kitchen.

I was watching Barefoot Contessa this weekend and she made the most delicious looking tomato basil soup using one of these suckers. It basically purees the tomatoes while catching all the skins and seeds. Making thicker soup without using thick ingredients.

One of my favorite things in the world is the tomato basil soup from La Madeline. Ina's soup has the same consistency of La Madeleine's but doesn't have the artery assault of 45 grams of fat. Seriously, one serving of La Madeliene's soup has 142% of your suggested daily saturated fat intake. ONE-HUNDRED-AND-FORTY-TWO!

Now, I am not one to shy away from heavy cream, as evidenced by the fact that I threw away an empty pint yesterday that still had a good month left until the expiration. But you have to draw the line somewhere. And I'm sorry, but if I'm going to consume 500 calories in liquid form, it's probably not going to be via soup.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Back to the Grind

This is how I felt when my alarm went off this morning. All I wanted to do was crawl back under the covers with just my nose poking out. What is it about three-day weekends that makes you feel like you need just one more day?

My labor day weekend consisted of shopping (new patio furniture), cheering (college football... woo hoo!), cooking (pulled pork), entertaining (my parents), and being lazy (movies with the roommate). It was boring on the outside looking it, but was exactly what I needed- gotta love that.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Restaurant Week Review

{the French Room's red snapper}

Restaurant "Week" is finally over. I love that the event has grown so much that a lot of restaurants have extended it to three weeks. The first week we hit up Nobu, last week was Craft and this week The French Room and Capital Grill. Here is my mini foodie recap:

Nobu - miso soup, salad, shrimp tempura roll, wasabi crusted beef, chocolate mousse
Liked: good atmosphere, the salad dressing was amazing, liked that they had inexpensive wine pairings.
Disliked: the shrimp tempura roll was nothing to write home about

Craft - heirloom tomato salad, tri tip, braised rabbit, three types of sorbet for dessert... (this is a very incomplete list as this is the night we had two bottles of wine and things got a bit fuzzy...)
Liked: the modern atmosphere, the fact that they brought you all the sides instead of you choosing, the rabbit.
Disliked: that they didn't have any restaurant week specials on wine. This was the most expensive restaurant week meal for me bc of the booze which kind of took away the feeling of getting an amazing meal for so cheap. But it was still worth it.

The French Room* - cheese plate, heirloom tomato salad, red snapper, blackberry dessert of some sort.
Liked: the service was wonderful, the red snapper was really good, the plate of chocolates that they brought with the check was fun.
Disliked: Whatever that blackberry thing was, it was not what you would expect from this restaurant. The pastry it was served with was so hard I almost needed a knife.

Capitol Grill - house salad, filet, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, creme brulee.
Liked: the creamed corn was so incredibly good and the steak, of course. This was the only place I had been to before and the food definitely lived up to my previous experience.
Disliked: that we were the youngest people in the restaurant.

*The French Room wasn't technically a restaurant week meal. We booked it as this, but apparently Open Table did not have their dates correct and they had ended RW last Sunday. I felt horrible about this, but this reservation was with my parents and as Bossdad said, "I'm just so happy to be out doing something fun!". :) So we stayed and it was really good.

Sidenote: they have a "date night" menu that is similar to RW (three courses with several choices for each and suggested wine pairings) for $50/person. I think they offer this year round also. My mom and I ordered off this and it wasn't that much more expensive than RW would have been.

As a foodie on a budget, RW is like Christmas to me. I can't really justify going to these places on my own, so it's fun to go see what some of the top chefs in our city are creating at a price point I can stomach (pun intended) :). I will definitely be trying my hand at recreating the wasabi beef from Nobu sometime very soon! The rest of it may be a little out of my league (for now). Patience grasshoppah...