2011 had some really awesome bits. The reception weekend went off way better than I could have hoped. I had a fantastic time, I hope everyone else did too. It was great to have all the family together for the evening. I even convinced an old friend of the family to make the trip and hang out with my Dad. It was also great to see Dad get out and enjoy himself for once.
With that said, parts of 2011 have totally sucked sweaty donkey bits. Essentially, I’ve had chronic hives (urticaria) since the first week of June. That wouldn’t have been so bad, but in August it decided to up the ante and add in some angiodema (deep tissue swelling). So, now some mornings I wake up looking like Harry Potter after Hermione hit in the face with that jinx. Some days it is one eye, or both. Some days it is my upper lip. Some days it is my lower lip. Some days it is only half my lip. I feel like the cartoon version of myself. I also have issues with my hands and feet. I get cabbage patch kid looking hands and feet from the swelling.
After having been tested for nearly everything under the sun, I finally got a referral to an allergist. Who informed me that chronic hives rarely caused by an allergy. Rarely do they determine the cause for them and they generally don’t last more than a year. Well, at least I have that to look forward to, huh? He was able tell me that my hives are autoimmune. Great, that probably means I have such fun things to look forward to as Rheumatoid Arthritis and/or Lupus.
So, now everyday is a parade of mega antihistamines (read dry mouth from hell) and steroids. At this point, I’d eat Spicey if he stood still long enough. It’s like the Bugs Bunny cartoon where they are lost at sea and start to see each other as roasted chickens. On the low dose of steroids, I still get some hives but not the angiodema. I’m grateful for that.
Ok, rant over. As lives go, I’ve got a pretty damn great one and I have no business whining about some itchy puffy lips.
Further musings from the I just don’t get it category…..
Little Ceasar’s Pizza
OK, first of all, is it a punishment to hold the $5 pizza sign? I mean, is that like reserved for the one who is late that day or what? I understand you cannot give that job to a total slacker as it lacks direct supervision. But, it has to be a punishment, right?
Two of all, is there some market research behind the whole $5 pizza signage? I can promise you I’ve never been driving in evening traffic, saw the sign and thought “holy shit! $5 pizza!” I imagine, if you’re in the market for a $5 pizza you already know where to find Little Caesar’s.
Some women collect men, I collect craft supplies. Sometimes I even use them. What better reason to buy craft supplies than a wedding reception! It’s a perfect storm. I am one trip to Hobby Lobby away from an episode of Hoarders. OK, it is not that bad just yet. It was with that reason in mind that I unconsciously guided my car to the parking lot of the local Good Will store. I’m glad I did. SCORE! See pictures of my treasures below…..
I scored these pretty little pink plates for $2 each. I plan to use them to make my cupcake stands. I will have 3 flavors of cupcake. Yes, ladies and gentlemen! I said THREE. However, they will be minis, so you can sample all three without busting your buttons off.
A close up of the border. Pretty little pink flowers, don’t you think?
This lovely little cheese plate that I scored for less than $4 will become a center piece. I plan on spray painting the base and filling it with brightly colored tissue paper pompoms.
I am not sure what the fate of this plate will be. It was just too pretty not to buy for the price. I might bust it for mosiac or use piece of it in some jewelry.
I also scored a quart sized mason jar for $1, which will also get spray painted and become a center piece. It wont be matchy, but I promise it will be fun.
Just a few updates on goings on in my life, because I know that my adoring fan base is dying to know.
In the educational front, I have been accepted to grad school and I am starting classes this Summer. I am working on a Masters of Professional Studies, with a focus on Strategic Leadership. This sounds like a whole lot of bull shit to me. A great deal of higher education is bull shit. However, those clever bastards made it that way on purpose! If you can figure out how to navigate it all, you’re half way there. Besides, if the process were too easy then everyone would have a college degree.
On the wedding front, I am just about finished with planning. I have hired some excellent caterers and outstanding entertainment. I am sure a fun time will be had by all.
In the home news category, we have added a new family member.
So, I am now in full reception planning mode. Since I have a very small budget, I am trying to DIY as much of it as I can. I also want the reception to reflect our personalities. With that end in mind, I am starting a page of craft blogs that I enjoy and have found either projects or inspiration. Please feel free to point me to any craft blogs that I am missing and I will add the to my list!
Out with 2010, in with 2011. I am not a person who does a lot of resolutions. I think they are asking for failure. However, I do sort of have one for 2011 and that is to do more canning. I do not do it because I’m a localvore or because I’m worried about high fructose corn syrup. I do it because it is tasty and often money saving.
So, here’s to 2011 and some tasty home canned goodness!