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Allow me to Quote … Myself! Snippets of What I Wrote to the New York Times to Get Them to Cover My Wedding

Allow me to Quote … Myself! Snippets of What I Wrote to the New York Times to Get Them to Cover My Wedding

  OK, I think I woke my husband. Bad move! Need to stop typing. Thus, the rest of the photos I post tonight will be captioned with self-quotes (ha), which I will copy & paste from the submission I sent to the New York Times Society […]

While My Husband Gently Sleeps: Another Wedding Photo Barrage

While My Husband Gently Sleeps: Another Wedding Photo Barrage

 We real cool. We  Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon. -Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool” I still do not know exactly what this poem means, but I remember how hard it […]

Smattering of Wedding Photos and the Memories They Produce

Smattering of Wedding Photos and the Memories They Produce

Make ’em laugh Don’t you know everyone wants to laugh? My dad said ‘Be an actor, my son — But be a comical one!’ Now you could study Shakespeare and be quite elite And you can charm the critics and have nothin’ to eat Just […]

The Gray Lady at Our White Wedding: Read About Violet on Orange in the New York Times!

The Gray Lady at Our White Wedding: Read About Violet on Orange in the New York Times!

Hello! Are you tired of my constant coverage of my Halloween wedding yet? Are you starting to suspect that I have that disorder the guy in Memento had, since I apparently must write, reminisce and loudly proclaim about my nuptials in every conceivable moment? As though […]

Violet on Orange … on Marriage!

Violet on Orange … on Marriage!

Whoa! I just passed the paper anniversary of going inexplicably silent on this blog. I know, I know — long silences on blogs rarely lead to Lazarus-like resurrections. But I have some news! Remember how one of my hobby horses pre-silence was the increasingly endless […]

The Wind Beneath My Bathing Suit Parts: I’m Not Cut Out for The Spa

The Wind Beneath My Bathing Suit Parts: I’m Not Cut Out for The Spa

I’m so fancy! You already know … –Charli XCX on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” I’m no fancy. I don’t play things cool. Conventional wisdom says that spas and salons provide relaxation and beauty. But on my latest trip there I realized they only give me anxiety […]

Wedding Venue Review #1 Part 2: “Factitious” Carondelet House

Wedding Venue Review #1 Part 2: “Factitious” Carondelet House

I just described how I found out about The Carondelet House in Westlake, Los Angeles and listed my top pros & cons for the space. My mom’s analysis upon seeing photos of the space was: “It looks factitious.” Indeed, that dovetails with what I meant […]

Wedding Site Review #1 Part 1: Yelp-Approved Carondelet House

Wedding Site Review #1 Part 1: Yelp-Approved Carondelet House

Paging through my endless trove of this year’s photos, I noticed I had quite a few from wedding venue scouting. Of course I do — I’ve been scouting venues for 10 months now (officially … wink!). If you are still stuck on the worrisome phrase […]

Fiancée All on His Mouth Like Liquor: Yes, I Plan to Stay Engaged Forever

Fiancée All on His Mouth Like Liquor: Yes, I Plan to Stay Engaged Forever

The other day, Deepak introduced me to someone as his fiancée. The person we were meeting genially blurted out, “Congratulations!” Separately, on a recent out-of-town trip, the bellhop called me “Mrs.” Ah, the two extremes of having been engaged for a while. First, there’s the […]

Network Fall TV Ads: My Hits & Misses

Network Fall TV Ads: My Hits & Misses

Every year when the pumpkin spice lattes and the premature Xmas decorations come out, it’s also time to watch for the network TV fall premieres. Great! I have my favorites and my pre-favorites, based on auspices I like and scripts that I enjoyed. But we […]