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Solving Lulu’s Mystery

In the last year or so, my family has been putting more energy into finding out about my grandmother’s history. My grandma Lulu was born in Missouri in 1918, and she was adopted sometime before her first birthday. She was never supposed to know. Her family never intended to tell her, but everyone else knew. She accidentally found out as a teen when her first cousin blurted out something like “Well, it’s not as if we’re actually related.” It caused quite a stir in the family.

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A Tale of Two Weddings: Wedding #1

Well it finally arrived, and it certainly did not disappoint. Wedding #1 was Saturday 6/27, and I shall attempt to walk you through the evening.

My dress arrived on schedule. I was relieved that I chose one size down as my backup option, because that was what I ended up wearing (pictures to follow). I decided to Uber it to the wedding so I wouldn’t have to worry about drinking. It turned out great. The driver seemed surprised by how formally I was dressed. I explained about the wedding and we swapped wedding stories. He was actually really laid back and funny.

As usual, I overestimated how long it would take to get there. I was afraid I’d be the first one there, but thankfully I wasn’t. I met up with the bass of my quartet, and we signed the guest book.

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Then we took our seats in the lovely outdoor courtyard. With two winding staircases, a flowing fountain, and palm trees swaying, it was very picturesque. Continue Reading »

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A Tale of Two Weddings: Dressing for the Occasion

Wedding #1 is quickly approaching, and I nearly have my outfit complete. As I mentioned in the first post, this wedding is black tie preferred, with the preference being floor length gowns for women. Initially I was stressed out about this, but the bride actually turned me on to a site call www.renttherunway.com. You can have a dress shipped to you, in more than one size, and then you ship it back after the event.

This is a fantastic idea, because I doubt I’ll have another reason to wear a formal gown like that again. I spent some time researching the type of dress I want to wear and finally decided on this one: Continue Reading »

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A Tale of Two Weddings

I’m very excited to share with you the experiences of attending two weddings this summer. These weddings are both unlike any other weddings I’ve been invited to, in very different ways. Up until this point, the weddings I’ve attended have been pretty traditional. You know, a sunday afternoon bridal shower with silly games, an outdoor or church wedding with a moderate number of people, a DJ playing YMCA or occasionally The Wobble (I’m looking at you, Felicia).

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What It’s Like to Watch Giants Fall: My Time with Indymac Bank

For some reason, the rise and fall of the mortgage industry has been in more of my conversations than usual lately. So even though this doesn’t have the humor I usually go for, I thought I’d share my story. You see, I was there when it happened.

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You’ve Just Won A Braaaand New Experience!

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Have a seat, I’m going to tell you a story about auditioning for a game show. SPOILER ALERT: It’s awesome!

Back in March, the bass in my barbershop quartet (yep, that’s a thing, read all about it here or here), invited me to audition for a game show called Celebrity Name Game. I had never heard of the show, but why would you turn down something like that? What a neat experience opportunity!

She submitted our application and we received an invitation to audition. Alright! They indicated that they would not provide the address or other details until 24 hours before the audition. How very 007 of them. Does it comes with a secret handshake?

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We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 1599

Saturday I finally went to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, CA with my uncle. I’ve been wanting to go for years, but it just never ended up happening.

First of all, I didn’t even realize the vast expanse that is the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area existed. We drove a winding gravel and dirt road to the “parking area” which was just a more organized section of dirt. Instead of having to remember something like Minnie 4B, we had a single yellow flag to help us find our car upon returning.

Before we get out of the car, we’ve already seen 30-40 people in costume. I knew that this was the norm, but after feeling how hot it was, I couldn’t believe people actually adorn themselves in all those layers and walk around all day.

As we approached the ticket booth, a man in costume turned to me and asked “Did you encounter any robbers on your travels, m’lady?”

Oh boy, here we go… Continue Reading »