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Invoking the Muse

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 […]

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 […]

Wedding Elements, Part 1 of ∞: My First Wedding Dress

Wedding Elements, Part 1 of ∞: My First Wedding Dress

Hello! I am looking lovingly at my wedding photos right now (expected duration of activity: till they close the lid on my coffin). These aren’t even my professionally done ones; they’re merely the ones I snapped on my phone during the day or ones that […]

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 […]

My Candid Wedding Photos Speak Volumes! But Do I Like What They Say?

My Candid Wedding Photos Speak Volumes! But Do I Like What They Say?

Hello! Today is my birthday. I proudly wrote last year of having removed my birthday info from Facebook. But apparently this year I got a taste of that sweet nectar of “long-forgotten friends’ barrage of well-wishes” after we went wide with our wedding. So for this […]

If You Don’t Put Your Birthday on Facebook, Nobody Will Acknowledge It

If You Don’t Put Your Birthday on Facebook, Nobody Will Acknowledge It

Hello there! Maybe you missed me last week. Or maybe you were reveling in the silence and are devastated now … upon my return. Anyway, I took a brief hiatus mostly because last week was my birthday. Just like it was for all the other […]

Mo’ Money, Muir Problems: Back to Big Sur and the Redwoods

Mo’ Money, Muir Problems: Back to Big Sur and the Redwoods

In a reprise of a similar trip from last year, this past weekend Deepak and I returned to Big Sur. I’m still trying to get the hang of the central/northern region of this state. Before I moved to California, friends from the west coast would […]

People Who Tell You to Stop Writing Are Monsters — So Defy Them!

People Who Tell You to Stop Writing Are Monsters — So Defy Them!

I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re going and hook up with them later. –Mitch Hedberg I have alluded to a change in my day-to-day schedule. No need for further obfuscation: about a month ago, I quit my […]

Oh My Gourd, Becky! Pumpkin Spice Is NOT The Enemy.

Oh My Gourd, Becky! Pumpkin Spice Is NOT The Enemy.

Fall is here! This is my second fall of Violet on Orange. So let me level with you: I am a grump. Sure, in that other entry I mentioned I’m a Pollyanna. And I am! I’m chipper, cheery and obnoxiously romantic. But that doesn’t change […]

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 […]