Wednesday, September 29, 2010

If Facebook Existed Years Ago

...and computers, too, of course.


The most hilarious character on GLEE...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Toes and Other Body Parts

I was recently reminded of something funny and worthy or blogging about when someone mentioned the annoyingness of her iPad correcting her misspellings while she herself blogs.

A few weeks ago, while I was at Debby's wedding, I was texting  (no not texting at the wedding but a day or so before), with my friend Rachel, who finally, thank goodness, is State-side again. Granted shes all the way over in Colorado but still, it a closer cry than rural China. I am happy.

We were catching up back and forth when I told her I was going to go for "pedi's with the girls".  I sent it before I realized that my iPhone had "corrected" my misspelling by telling Rachel I was going for "penis with the girls".

She was all "Really? Penises? Awesome."  and I was all "Um, no. That's not what I meant."

Thursday, September 23, 2010


I have been working on a fund raiser for a local non-profit and today I was trying to get local pizza joints to donate pizza to the 80s dance we're holding next month. Outside one of the shops, there was a sign which read, "Hamburger with bun and fries, $5.50!"

I get a bun with it too?! Awesome! Best deal ever!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Diane Arbusing

Diane Arbusing, you ask?  Yes, there is such a thing. I have decided that Arbusing is a verb, right here, right now, as I type this.

I cannot express how much I love these photos. They were taken at a "photo booth" at my friend Debby's wedding in California last weekend. Maybe I like it because I never have my picture taken and it's actually kind of nice to have one. Maybe I love it because it's with her and I adore her. Maybe it's because I was her mentor when she was an intern at The Palm Beach Post seven years ago (yikes!) and we have remained friends ever since.

When she was an intern with the Post, she came over for a Halloween party after some crazy late-night shoot she had to do, because, well, she was the intern and sometimes as an intern you get stuck with that stuff. We were feeling silly and decided to take a goofy, serious photo (yes, I do see the paradox), which we both joked later, as I recall, that it looked like a twisted version of the already somewhat twisted shot by Diane Arbus of a set of twins looking straight at the camera. (That photo from seven years ago is at the bottom of this entry).

Skip forward seven years and Debby is getting married and here we are again, still dressed up but much more grown-up like (well, sort of).

At first we had a hard time pulling it together, of course.

Then we managed it.

and this is the old one.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Put Them to Bed

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lost Comments

I was looking around the Bean's Babbletorium posting settings and discovered, like, 82 comments!  Most of them were very nice. Some of them were about viagra.

I'm sorry if you posted something and I didn't find out til now!  As it turns out, I was supposed to be picking and choosing which get published and I never realized I wouldn't not be notified if there was a comment.

They are attached now!  And thank you for your comments!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Debby and Jarett

The main thing I took away from Debby and Jarett's wedding was (well, two things), 1) How very happy I am for the both of them, and 2) I want what they have!

Two really wonderful people and a very special connection which is clear to anyone who meets them. It makes us unconnected folks cross our fingers that someday we can have that too, but then, I suppose if everyone had it, it wouldn't be as special.

A beautiful ceremony among the redwoods!   

Debby quoted during her toast/speech, "Love is the goal, life is the journey. Let the adventure begin!"         
I think I may have that quote tattooed on myself somewhere.

In Sanskrit so it's extra cool.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Debby's Toast

It is 6:30 AM where I am right now; California. I arrived here a few days ago to attend the wedding of my good friend Debby. I've mentioned her many times, like HERE, HERE and HERE, and especially HERE (really you could do a web search for debby and find all sorts of entries).  Right now I cannot sleep. I'm not sure if it's the jet lag, or the fact that I woke early with a bee in my bonnet. Last night, I attended the rehearsal dinner. It was such a nice affair, tiki-themed and held at Debby's parents' home. There was a time for toasts/roasts and many of the guys got up and spoke about Debby's husband-to-be, Jarett. On the drive home, my hosts and I talked about how we were disappointed to not get up and talk  about Debby or hear others get up to sing her praises, "I just don't have any 'One time, Debby did this crazy thing' stories!" I said, and Suzan and Ben agreed.

But I woke this morning still feeling disappointed that I didn't think of something eloquent to say. This morning though, although it may not be eloquent, I thought of something. So, I will post it here, and print it as well and send it along with my wedding gift to the two of them.

If I'd had my head about me, this is what I would have said...

"Seven years ago, one of my editors in the photo department at The Palm Beach Post came to me and told me I was going to be a mentor to our summer intern. Being the friendly New Englander I am, I responded with “Ugh, seriously?” But I couldn't be more grateful to John “Lopi” Lopinot for connecting me with Debby. We became fast friends. I think Lopi intended for me to talk about photography a bit more than we actually did, but just the same, I think it was a good pairing. And honestly, it's not like us not talking photography more frequently had any effect on her shooting career.

The two of us had many good times together. One time, Debby and I got stuck driving around one of West Palm Beach's parking garages for forty-five minutes, trying to find a spot so we could go catch a movie. During the incident and after we joked about the fact that we were not the least bit annoyed at our predicament because we were having so much fun together, enjoying each others' company. It was a great summer, getting to know my new friend Debby.

Years later, Debby gave me one of my most prized possessions for my birthday – a quilt the she made herself. It was bright and colorful and covered with frogs, and it came with a playful note that referenced kissing frogs. I now live back in Boston where I am from originally, and I am almost literally living out of one room. Only the bare essentials made it to that room when I first moved back and the rest went to storage. Debby's quilt is among those bare essentials. I think of her and her kind, fun-loving nature every time I look at it, and I smile.

Everyone has been talking tonight about how wonderful Jarett is, and Jarett is wonderful. I met him for the first time a few years ago when I came out for a visit and I was so happy for Debby that she'd found such a great partner in Jarett. But, Jarett is the one who has truly hit the jackpot in this remarkable woman. He has someone who will bring color and light into his life every day, someone who will make it fun to be stuck in a parking garage for 45 minutes. Debby is beautiful, funny, quick to laugh, and a stalwart friend. She has an exceptional creative mind and a warm heart. I think Jarett is the lucky one to have found himself the ultimate partner-in-crime for life."