Send Liz good wishes

She has Day One of her comprehensive exam today--the test she's been working very hard to pass for the last few months. It continues on Monday and then we finally get to see her come back to life!

So positive thoughts...


Finally happy about the site

There are a couple more things left to be done on the site, and I'm sure I'll keep tweaking it because I'm funny like that, but I can finally say that I'm happy with how the site and blog are coming together. My complete lack of experience with web design has made it more difficult than it needed to be, but now when I apply for jobs that ask if I have basic web experience, I don't have to lie and say yes while I secretly wing it after they hire me.

Liz is seven days away from her comps, but we're still planning. We booked a photographer that we're both excited about. We're meeting with him just before Christmas for our engagement shoot. It’s three years late, but at least my mom will be able to finally get that photo she keeps asking me about for the Carroll County Times engagements page.

We only have a week in MA together. During that time we'll have to taste test reception meals at the Red Lion, try some cake, possibly meet with a videographer, visit the hotel, meet with invitation designers, as well as many other things we haven't even thought of. And this is all beyond the stuff that doesn't involve me that Liz will deal with in the week she's in Scituate before I arrive. It's a hectic time--hard to fit everything in when we may not both be back together again until the wedding week. It's a good hectic though. It's exciting that things are moving forward now.

So far one element hasn't exactly been stress-free--our save-the-date cards. We were originally going to design them ourselves but wisely decided against that. I think we're on something like the fifth idea now. So that's not getting resolved as quickly as we would like...but I think we'll settle it soon. OK, I HOPE we’ll settle it soon.

And with that ends today's update.


busy lizzie

I’m not trying to ignore everyone, I swear. I am studying for my comprehensive examinations for my master’s in speech language pathology, as well as for the national licensing exam.
These exams cover everything I learned as an undergrad at Boston University as well as all material covered in the last 2 and a-half years at Cal State Northridge.

So, basically, my study partner (and bridesmaid!) Marisa and I spend every waking moment together. Well, every moment that I’m not student teaching, in class, tutoring, at the gym, or figuring out wedding stuff with James. Translation: Marisa and I are together every weekend, desperately trying to force our brains to recall random facts from years of schooling…what is the valence theory? By what week in fetal development is the inner ear completely developed? What are Brown’s 14 morphemes? What do ohms measure? Which vowels are front sounds? What is the Bernoulli effect? Who was Chomsky? Vygotsky? At what age do babies start babbling? What does the symbol for a pharyngeal fricative look like? Which cranial nerve, when damaged, causes Bell’s palsy? What does FAPE stand for?

Needless to say, I am rather stressed. Thankfully, since I have spent so much time in the couple of months studying neurology, I can tell you exaaaaaaaaaactly what happens in your nervous system as a result of this anxiety. You see, in response to the stress of my exams, the limbic system in my brain, which mediates emotional responses, activates the autonomic nervous system’s sympathetic branch. This is the fight or flight mechanism. When the stress begins to subside, the parasympathetic branch…okay, okay—I’ll stop. Just wanted to give you a glimpse into my world.

Oh, and if you don’t see another post from me until after Halloween, it’s because as I typed those sample questions, I realized I couldn’t answer some of them. Back to the books!


Red Lion

This is what it looks like when it's not all dressed up. What will it look like for our wedding?! Some things are best left a surprise!


New Look

Our little blog has had a makeover! I've redone it so that we have a consistent style from the splash page to this page to the (soon to be re-launched) guest info page. Besides, the last page was a blogger template that had background images which were unrelated to our wedding. We don't want that!


The limits of Apple love

I've never created a website in my life. Yeah, I know, how could someone in 2005, who's tinkered in design and taken graphic arts classes, have never built a website? I don't know, but that doesn't matter because I'm in the midst of it now.

Just playing around I created a basic site that it turned out no one using Windows could even view. (It looked perfect on my Powerbook...why can't the entire world be using Apple?!) After I found out the thing wasn't working I did some research and realized that I was using very old and basic techniques like frames and tables to build it. Anyone out there who's built a site is probably laughing now, but remember, I'm coming at this blind.

Anyway, I picked up a couple books on CSS and I'm taking a second go at it. If I can get past the fact that I have no PC to test the thing, we'll hopefully have a superb guest info site up soon.

First clue to a bad photographer...

...is when you see the posed shot of the wedding party holding cutout lips.



I have wanted to go to Hawaii ever since I saw the Brady's Hawaiian adventure. Sure, I know they found an evil idol and had a series of bad luck, but they were in Hawaii. Hawaii just seems so exotic and beautiful. I can't wait to drink Kona coffee in the morning and fruity cocktails at night and lay on the beach and do nothing all day long.

So, even though James and I knew we wanted to go to Hawaii, for the longest time we couldn't figure out which islands to go to. We contemplated Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii, and various
combinations of those islands. In the end we decided to stay on Maui for seven nights, and Hawaii for four.

So after the wedding, we'll fly to LA late Sunday, then we'll pack and leave for Hawaii Tuesday morning. The first four nights on Maui, we're renting a house. It is on the North Shore, and has a private outdoor pool and hot tub, with a deck that is situated on a cliff with ocean and waterfall views. It sounds so perfect-I wish we could go right now!

After that, we move from seclusion over to the west side of Maui, where most of the big resorts are. Right now, we're tentatively planning to stay at the Sheraton there. We've heard that while it's not the nicest of all those resorts over there, it has the best beach. Plus it's a Starwood hotel, and they have that whole "stay at one, play at all" policy.

On July 4th, we'll head to the big island. We'll stay in Kailua Kona for two nights, then go to Hilo for two nights. We'll get to explore the only volcano on all of the Hawaiian islands with flowing lava. (Note, I think this is the main reason James wanted to go to Hawaii lol).So that's it! Now we just need airfare and rental cars, and the honeymoon will be set.

Now, can someone plan the wedding for me?