The Freezer Disaster and Miracle

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 by Rachel

We weren’t meant to eat the top tier of our wedding cake and leftover armadillo groom’s cake on our one year anniversary. We should’ve known that from the first near-miss; when two days after our wedding we arrived to a wedding suite that had been cleaned (despite our extended checkout and do not disturb sign) and our wedding food had all been thrown away by a careless maid, I became hysterical thinking our wedding cake had been thrown out along with everything else. Thankfully, Derrick (and Dad maybe) had already packed our top tier and armadillo butt in the car a few hours earlier without my knowing.


Still, we tried our hardest to save the cakes when in late June, Derrick woke up to find a puddle outside our freezer. The freezer and refrigerator had stopped working overnight. I quickly dressed and, while Derrick showered for work, drove to the stand alone ice machine in the liquor store parking lot where I’ve seen fishermen fill up their coolers with ice. I purchased the biggest bags of ice the machine produced, and I was able to load four of them into my car of them with superhuman strength before I raced back to the house.


In March, we’d packed up the cakes (already wrapped in plastic like Laura Palmer) in large airtight tupperware, sealing each edge with duct tape just in case. So I put the tupperware into our cooler first, pouring the ice on top, and then trying to salvage any other fridge items I could in our second cooler. Some stuff, like the unopened bag of shrimp and oozing popsicles, just didn’t make it. But that cake needed to have a chance.


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Top 5 Reasons Why Summer Killed Blogging

Saturday, July 17th, 2010 by Rachel

5) Food: This has been a summer of food. As some of you know, my diet has changed a lot in the past few years as I’ve been battling high cholesterol in my 20s. I’ve continued to work away from processed foods towards more of a “diabetic” diet this summer, and I’ve been trying a lot of new recipes. I think I’m becoming a pretty damn good cook, and Derrick is a grill master. One of our favorite new meals was a vegetable fettuccini dish. A failed experiment: green bean casserole that turned into mush.


4) Movie Fun: Derrick and I’ve launched (and very successfully too, I think!) This is something we’ve been working on for a few years, and it’s finally up, running, and rocking. I’m really proud of it. We’ve also been able to watch a lot of movies (Southland Tales, Drag Me To Hell, Inland Empire, Chopping Mall, A Perfect Getaway, and The Crazies my favorites). We watched Freaks yesterday on TCM, and tonight we’ll have a double feature of The Invention of Lying on HBO and Jennifer’s Body on Cinemax.


3) Law and Order: It’s on TV all the time, and I watch it much of the time it’s on. I consider this to be research, considering the content of much of my recent work. This is also a very easy show to put on the TV while I’m working on other stuff, like laundry and cleaning (which I’m doing a lot of, since I feel like Derrick took over the housekeeping much of last year.) While last year I watched Criminal Intent, now I’ve shifted towards SVU. Can you believe that Detective Elliot Stabler is Freakshow in Harold and Kumar? Strange world.


2) Wedding Planning: I’ve been trying to get as much of the wedding planned as possible, so I don’t have to worry about it (at least not as much) once school starts. I’ve been watching Bethenny Getting Married? loyally (and I do hope to eventually get a review up of that first season). In latest news, we have my wedding band. We’ll be making an outlet trip next week to see if we can find a ring for Derrick (and just for fun too). Derrick’s Save the Dates were unbelievable, and he’s designed the invitation too, so once we solidify our menu, we’ll be able to knock out those rsvp cards and get those printed. In other news, Derrick was voted “Most Awesome Future Husband in the Universe”. Information on where he’ll be accepting the award is forthcoming.


1) Poetry: This is writing time. And no offense, when I’ve been on the computer writing, I haven’t wanted to be writing about me! I’ve been working on poems, revisions, and lots of submitting. My goal is one publication by the end of MFA time, so keep crossing your toes for me on that.

Wedding Update

Monday, June 14th, 2010 by Rachel

I’m way ahead of wedding schedule, at least according to the normal checklists. I wanted to post briefly what I’ve completed since school let out.


The big project we finished was the Save the Dates. I’ve known from the beginning that I wanted to give guests (near and far) a lot of notice, so we mailed these out on June 1st. Just have a few stragglers that need to be taken care of! By the time I get to the formal invitations (October or November), hopefully most guests will have already decided if they are able to attend and I’ll get faster replies. I plan right now on requiring RSVPs by Feb. 1st, so I’ll have a much easier time putting the seating chart together.


This past week, we put deposits on two very big things: the cake and the flowers. We decided on a fairly traditional cake (white, round, three tiered) with a beachy twist (draping held up by starfish). I think it’s going to be elegant. We chose a bakery recommended by our venue. I would say that it’s the “Cake Boss” of Myrtle Beach. I’m sure it will be delicious, though I will admit to some sticker shock at first. Seriously, did you realize the average wedding cake costs $543, according to The Bridal Association of America? That’s a LOT! When looking at cakes online that range from $100 to $2000, it can seriously freak you out. I’m very glad that I’ve ignored most of the bridal magazine’s design suggestions and ideas about fondant. The key is to keep the cake streamlined and classic. I think our cake will be one we look back at in pictures and are proud of.


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Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 by Rachel

I just wanted to take a quick moment to remind you loyal readers to check my links page every once in a while. Though I don’t add new links even on a weekly basis, I’ve tried to adjust them as I’ve adjusted my viewing habits. For example, I’ve been following the My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress blog regularly for the last month, so I added it to the links. What a strange social experiment and exercise in grieving, especially as I’m horrified that anything like this would ever happen to MY wedding dress. I’m not a big shopper, but lately I have been buying more stuff and I’ve tried to add more links to the shopping section as well, mostly for wedding-related stuff (but not all! Check out Fable and Fury for their crazy jewelry. Derrick got me a two-headed fawn necklace for my birthday). Anyway, I think that’s it for now! Hope you’re enjoying your summer!

Buying a wedding dress

Thursday, April 15th, 2010 by Rachel

You wouldn’t believe how strange it is to open up the closet to grab a pair of shoes and there be a GIANT white dress right in front of you. It looks like a ghost, seriously. I still can’t believe that MY wedding dress is in MY closet…right now.


I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want a strapless gown. Though they account for something like 95% of all dresses, I didn’t want one for a few reasons. 1) Brides are constantly having to pull them up. 2 )You look naked in headshots. 3) I want my wedding day to be about ME looking fabulous, not relatives freaking out over body art. 4) I just think they’re lamo (i.e. pretty on other people, but not on someone with my particular body type. 5) Once we solidified a wedding date for March, I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t freezing at our outdoor wedding.


I began my research the week we got engaged. On my checklist, it was one of the first things that you’re supposed to do, because of ordering the dress, alterations, how difficult it is to pick one out, etc. I especially wanted to start early because clothes shopping is the bane of my existence. I seriously hate shopping, trying on clothes, being around clothes. I have the worst luck finding anything, from shirts to shoes. This is why VANS sneakers are the staple of my wardrobe. I love them and know they will fit me no matter what. They are the rock of my wardrobe.


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