Saturday, August 30, 2008

More life

So thanks for the great advice on how to remove a wasps nest. I was thrilled to have two Martha Stewart responses on how to effectively remove the beasts! During the moments I was reading your responses thinking "why yes, high voltage electric shock spray, full coverage body garments, 24 hours later..." I hear the porch door slam and Michael yells "Honey! I got it!" Uh oh....Michael barefoot in shorts and a spray bottle of ant RAID. Why was my first thought white trash? But he is my hero, I love him.

Among other delightful events this week my hair was turned orange....again. After a day of living with it, I ended up calling the salon back and politely complaining. My hair is now back to blonde. I have learned my lesson - stick with Tranquility.

And below is a mullet for your viewing pleasure. It's pretty bad. We were out to dinner with this man, I couldn't believe the servers took him seriously. Enjoy!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bring 'em on

Woohoo! I have another wedding to do! This one is in April of '09 so we've got some time to plan. I just love it. I love being a part of weddings and getting to help people. Everyone has needs right? This is so fun.
On a different note, how do I safely get rid of a wasps nest? There is a big one outside our back porch and it is threatening my enjoyment of having the door wide open.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Grape Juice

The past few Saturdays have been beautiful here in Virginia. We just had to be outdoors! Here is a peek at what we did this past weekend:

Part of the Kluge Estate - another local Virginia vineyard.

Pat and Jenny. They are to be wed May 23rd of next year. Pat likes to eat the grapes right off the vine.
Roaming through the grape vines. I am holding the complimentary wine glass that you get when you go for a tasting.
After going through the first line to taste a certain red wine, Jenny and I noticed that the sweet wines were all the way at the end. Clearly we skipped the next 15 wines and went straight to the end. The tasting lines were a bit crowded so we decided to just buy a bottle of wine and head out doors with it. Barboursville Cabernet Blanc - really good - it was a dessert wine.
Michael antagonizing a snake....a rattle snake or garden snake, they all scare me. (I also like this picture because you can see Pat's face in the mirror.)

Pat, Jenny and Emily came over and cooked a delicious dinner of Lemon Chicken

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Saturday morning treasures

This a.m. we headed out to the yard sales. Yes, the yard sales. We were the youngest shoppers around. However, Michael happened to find a few little things:
Krups Espresso Maker $5
Records - Billy Joel, Benny Goodman, USA symphonic band, Big Band Memories. Why you ask? I have no idea. We don't have a record player. Maybe because they were 25 cents each.
Un-opened Halmark decorative paper $0.50

Then we went to the Farmer's Market where we purchased 4 donuts, 2 iced coffees, 2 cantalopes, peaches, garlic, and a sausage.

We felt very satisfied with ourselves this morning.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Me, You and the Dance Floor

Down with the Dauberts Update:

Michael went back to Charlotttesville High School on Monday to begin classroom preparation. He will coach wrestling in the winter and possibly JV football this fall. He is excited because he gets his own classroom this year. Mikey-poo worked construction during the summer and is really tan.

I am teaching preschool, exact title is associate teacher, Monday-Friday and this starts in September. I will also continue to work at Ethan Allen three afternoons a week all the while trying to grow my personal wedding planning business! I honestly don't think I will be that busy despite the multiple personalities.

Latest Purchase: a couch. But you know that.

Next Vacation: Oklahoma over Christmas break

Extra Curricular Activities: Portico (our fabulous church), UVA footbal games and selling parking spaces, I would like to add dancing to this list somehow

Aspirations: Michael - to have his own construction company for a while, to buy a scooter, to get back to Spain. Megan - to be a wedding coordinator, sing as much as I can, to get back to the Caribbean.

I love Michael Jackson and Chris Brown.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Peach Cobbler

1/2 C. Margarine
1 C. flour
1 C. sugar
1/8 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
3/4 C. milk
2 1/2 C. fruit, sweetened to taste

Melt margarine in 8"x8" pan. Sift flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Add milk slowly to make paste. Pour over margarine. Add fruit (you can use peaches, strawberries, blueberries, whatever) but do not stir. Bake 40 minutes at 425 degrees.

This is such an easy dessert to make. It's so easy but I've never made it before, I've just eaten it. It's a bread-like cobbler. Yummy summer.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A place to sit

We finally bought a couch! Prior to this summer, we had been borrowing John and Gabrielle's sofa and chair until they got married. Well, they got married... so we had no living room. Michael and I thought we would be fine for a few months without a couch but were quickly proven wrong when our behinds started to hurt after sitting through 30 minutes of America's Funniest Home Videos. Then one night we had 10 people in our house and we were all sitting on the floor. LAME.

We made our way down to the local Grand Furniture store for the Christmas in July sale. The nice, but completely sketchy salesman Barry greeted us with 2 refreshing bottles of coke-a-cola. It must have been the coke that put us in a good mood because we liked the very first couch we saw. Sectional - done! Micro-fiber-done! Neutral color - done! Does it fit- Who knows? SOLD. Our first major household purchase as husband and wife.

So there it is. Come over and sit on it with us, it's sooo comfy!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

"Happy 2nd!"

Happy 2nd Michael! Married for 1 year and 2 months now. I love you!

We celebrate Happy 2nd's every month because we got married on June 2. Who doesn't love a reason to celebrate? Uncle Chris and Aunt Becca passed down the tradition to us - celebrate your wedding anniversary number. Sometimes its a bouquet of flowers, maybe a favorite dessert, or a dinner out. Sometimes it is simply a contest to see who can say "Happy 2nd" first, but I don't think thats as romantic because it fosters a sense of competitiveness and lets the other spouse down when they don't "win." All in all it's a fun chance to reflect on our marriage, we love to celebrate Happy 2nds.