Chuck Norris Works in Mysterious Ways‏

February 22, 2011 at 11:35 am | Posted in Married Life | Leave a comment
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The last time you heard from me, I was a little put-out about the American Airlines flights to my brother’s wedding in Costa Rica. I implored you, our dear reader(s), to join me in a moment of silent prayer to the deity of your choosing, and my bloggier half encouraged me to place my faith in the lord of arse-kicking: Chuck Norris.

Making the most of it en route to Costa Rica

It worked!

Andrew and I did have to take a cab from LGA to JFK (and our cab driver seemed to share, and even exceed our own feelings of annoyance having to make the trip – he almost made us get another cab!) but we made it to the airport with plenty of time to catch our flight. We even had a moment to grab a beverage at the airport’s local watering hole pre-flight! And while we were enjoying our hard-earned brew (beer in Andrew’s case, flavored seltzer in mine), we received a phone call that made us feel truly blessed.

Our Costa Rican travel coordinator informed us that the folks who had booked the direct Boston to JFK flight were still stuck in beantown due to equipment issues, and they wouldn’t be in NYC in time to make the second flight to Costa Rica! Major bummer for them. Major gratitude-inducer for us.

In the end, our schedule snafu turned out to be the best possible scenario, and we made it to Central America without a problem. Thanks for all your happy travel vibes – somebody up there (the big man, Chuck Norris, or otherwise) was looking out for us after all!

~Sarah

P.S. A poll for you, our dear reader(s):

Do you want to hear more about our adventures in CR?

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American Airlines: Nightmare in the Air

February 17, 2011 at 10:59 am | Posted in Around Boston, Married Life | 8 Comments
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I’m writing to you, our dear reader(s), from Gate B22 at Boston Logan Airport en route to my bro’s wedding.  Normally I would be in the vacation spirit already, but today I need to vent before I can clear my mind and start to enjoy myself.  For those of you that don’t know, my brother is getting married in Costa Rica, so when Andrew and I booked our flights last September, we did it directly through the American Airlines website to ensure our reservation would be hassle-free.  We’d fly Boston to New York to Costa Rica – easy peasy lemon squeezy. 

Big mistake.

This image from Media Bistro says it all...

We checked in nice and early in this morning at Logan for our international flight (or so we thought).  But when we got to the ticketing counter, the cranky, dare I say Rhymes-With-Witchy service representative (I am pretty sure her name is Tina but I can’t see clearly through the haze of noxious attitude she was spewing into the atmosphere) informed us that we’d be flying from Boston to Laguardia, then we’d have to collect our checked bags, hop in a cab and pay to get ourselves to JFK airport, re-check-in there and fly to Costa Rica. 

WHAT?!?

American Airlines books us to one NY airport and then expects us to get ourselves to the other NY airport (on our own additional dime) for our connecting flight?  Not okay.  I asked Witchy Tina if she could just put us on a flight to JFK from Logan.  She declined.  After we got through security, I called AA’s customer service line, and they informed me that they could, in fact, put us on a flight to JFK, but we would have to get our checked luggage back, and we’d have to return to the ticketing counter to do so.  I left Andrew at the gate with our carry-ons so I could claim and recheck our luggage. 

Yup, you guessed it: Tina struck again.  She informed me that she could not get any checked baggage back.  Despite my assurances that the supervisor at AA’s customer service said she could, she flat out refused to find our luggage.  If I had any further questions, she said, I should see the agents at the first class ticketing counter.  So off I went to the AA Premier desk and informed them of the situation.  The lovely lady at the first class desk called Tina for the status, informed her that she could have gotten our luggage back, apologized for Tina’s redonkulousness, and began the process of getting our luggage. 

Huzzah!  Or so we thought…

In the time it took for fabulous Tina to cause trouble, the last of the seats on the flight to JFK were taken.  It was too late.  All they could do for us was give us our boarding passes for JFK to save us one step (but we still have to check our luggage). 

So here we sit, waiting for a flight to Laguardia where, upon arrival, we’ll need to claim our luggage, grab a cab, get ourselves to JFK in a serious hurry, pray to every deity we can think of, re-check in and then get on the flight to Costa Rica. 

Please join us in a moment of silence to hope for the best…

Thank you,

Sarah

I Called April the P-Word

November 4, 2010 at 11:33 am | Posted in Around Boston | 5 Comments
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Earlier this week I called April the “p-word.” She was confused, aghast, and denied it wholeheartedly, but I can’t help it: I think she’s rather “practical.”  Since we couldn’t come to an agreement, we’ve decided to turn to you, our dear reader(s).  We implore you to intervene and decide whether April is practical.  You’re the judge and jury, and we promise to respect your verdict.  Mostly.

Please examine the evidence:

Wedding

This wasn't April's path to the altar...

Due to finances, April and her hubs had an intimate wedding on the beach with her sister officiating.

Practical: April didn’t overspend or celebrate beyond her means; although many couples incur large amounts of debt to put on a fabulous party, April had a small ceremony to mark the occasion.

Impractical: April missed the chance to celebrate with all her family and friends, and therefore missed out on the opportunity to receive super awesome gifts and money.

Grocery Adventures

April clips and uses coupons each week and makes a detailed grocery list.

Practical: She’s a money-saving machine in order to help bolster her family finances.

Impractical: April refers to this behavior as “cheap” and insists it isn’t “practical.”

Frivolous Purchases

Paris Hilton has nothing on April's shopping sprees...

Like most women, April claims that she “frequently purchases unnecessary things, and buys them on impulse even when she has a specific, detailed list.”

Impractical: April submitted the following examples to support the claim that she is impractical…

  • Glittery skull window clings for Halloween ($2)
  • Pumpkin Spice-flavored milk ($1.50)
  • And the last time she went to Kohl’s for slippers and a bathrobe, she also purchased socks, a book, shirt, hat and mittens for her son, and baking sheets.  She intended to spend $30 and ended up spending $90.

Practical: April didn’t go out and buy a new Gucci handbag, Prada shoes and a Burberry scarf.  Girl went to Kohl’s and “splurged” (if you can call it that) on practical items she and her family need anyway… and she still spent less than $100.

Moving to NY

As you may recall, April up and ditched me last spring to return to her “home state” and reclaim her NY-residency.

Impractical: April moved to another state with no job or even job prospects lined up when she was three months pregnant with her second child.

Practical: Although she may not have had a job, her husband did; the move brought them much closer to their families; and the cost of living in NY is much less than in MA.

New Business Venture

April recently started a new business venture.

Impractical: Starting a new business venture when you’re seven months pregnant isn’t a “practical” decision.

Practical: The business is being a Mary Kay consultant, which means April has little overhead, no big risk and an established program to follow with no time-sensitive deadlines.  It’s not like, at seven months pregnant, this white gal of Italian and German descent with no formal business or culinary training opened an Ethiopian restaurant in the heart of Chinatown!

And now we turn to you, dear reader(s)… would you refer to April as “practical?”

Wedding Q&A

October 14, 2010 at 8:12 am | Posted in Married Life | 11 Comments
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Thank you all for your support and advice over the past few months. You, dear reader(s), helped calm my nerves and gave me the practical advice that helped make our wedding day such a memorable, fun, stress-free one! Today I will use this platform to answer your questions about 10/10/10 – and if I missed any, feel free to ask.

 

Are you planning to take Andrew’s name or will you keep the Wilderrol surname?

I have decided to legally change my name, so I will become Mrs. L-ski (whenever I get around to making the switch), but I won’t be offended if you wish to continue using my “maiden” name.

I heard a rumor that you wore tacky red sneakers to your own wedding. Is that true?

No. I wore these sophisticated beauties during the ceremony:

Stylin' Weddin' Shoes

And these adorable red tennies during the reception:

Comfy and coordinated!

They match the color scheme – ergo the sneaks weren’t tacky. 

Did Andrew follow-through on his threat to put cake on your face?

Open wide... airplane is coming in for a landing!

Nope, happily he respected my wishes… and/or did a quick little calculation about the amount of alone time we would have that night (since the Yankees swept, we had NO distractions – except for the hour it took to take my hair down) and figured it would be best if I wasn’t feeling harpy-tastic and ready exact revenge for the rest of our days. He politely fed me a dollop of icing…after he made it swoop around like an “airplane” (say aaah) toward my mouth. 

What did you two end up giving each other as wedding day gifts?

We managed to find each other superb gifts to exchange on our big day, if we do say so ourselves! Since we aren’t taking our honeymoon until next spring, Andrew gifted me a “mini-moon” so we could enjoy a weekend away together this fall. I gave him cuff links made from baseballs used in a Yankees game so he could walk down the aisle with a little pinstripe-pizzazz in his step – and they even matched our decor!

Did nature cooperate?

Yes! In fact, not only did Momma N. cooperate by providing gorgeous weather and stunning foliage, but apparently she also endorsed our union and sent a cute little chipmunk messenger to witness our ceremony and stand at the chuppah with us! Did anyone get a photo of the unexpected wedding guest? If so, please share it!

You had some anxiety about wearing a poufy white dress – was it more fun than you anticipated?

Taking a Mulligan on bustling my wedding gown...

Yes! I loved my dress and it was not even close to being the taffeta-torture I once envisioned. I only had two issues with it:

1) I needed a chaperone to use the loo! Mid-way through the day I could hold it no longer, but I couldn’t find my mom or my ‘maids! What was a bride to do? Grab my best neighbor, Rhymes-With-Tinny, and high-tail it to the bridal suite where we took our relationship to a more intimate level. Frankly, I only dared venture to the WC once because it was such a production!

2) A minor wardrobe malfunction about 2/3 of the way through the day included part of my dress un-bustling (de-bustling?). Luckily my stylists were there to help and we re-bustled it right in the middle of the reception.

It was a magical day and a perfect way to begin the next stage in our relationship! Thanks, everyone!

~ Mrs. L-ski

Photo Phriday: Wedding Bells

October 8, 2010 at 10:26 am | Posted in Photo Phriday | 7 Comments
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Dear Reader(s), in just a few more days, my bloggier half will go from swinging single to happily ever after.  And I could not be more excited!  I love Sarah & Andrew.  Look how cute they are!

 

Love despite a hatred for the other's team.

Even though she’s a diehard Red Sox fan and he lives for pinstripes, they’ve found a way to make it work.  I’m proud of them.  Personally, I don’t know how they do it.  I mean, just a couple weeks ago at Schmalex’s birthday dinner I may or may not have threatened to torch another guest’s car simply because he’s a Michigan fan and I happen to be partial to the Buckeyes.

 

Hoodles, enough about my alleged criminal acts.  Wedding bells are set to chime on Sunday.  So I”m offering up an early congratulations to my dear Sarah & Andrew.  I’m so happy for you both!!!

~April

PS If anyone has any last-minute advice for the soon-to-be-newlyweds, now’s the time…

Let’s Go… Yankees?

October 6, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Posted in Around Boston | 5 Comments
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This is a painful blog post. In fact, this is a truly painful night for yours truly. For those of you unfamiliar with the ALDS (that’s baseball, kids), my beloved Red Sox are donezo for the season, and Andrew’s Yankees are currently playing the Twins.

Normally I’d be rooting for the Twins; not merely to avoid giving Andrew the satisfaction of hearing me support his little pin-striped squad, but also because I like the Twins and have fond memories of watching them play often during a summer spent in the Twin Cities.
 
But tonight is no normal night. With our wedding just four days away, I’m faced with a serious problem: there’s a chance that there will be a Yankees game on our wedding night, and I don’t really want to know what Andrew would do if given the dilemma of me v. Yankees.
 
So what’s a girl to do? Root for a sweep! I would love to see the Twins shut the Yankees down, but I know that such a situation would make for an extremely irritable groom-to-be, and with all the other stuff on our plates right now, we both need to be on our best behavior.
 
So here I am with a very traumatic confession: I’m rooting for the Yankees to sweep the ALDS. 
 
And it hurts.
 
~Sarah
 
PS As I write this it is the top of the fourth, 3-0 Twins, and Andrew is verging on groomzilla already…

An Old Married Lady Already?

October 4, 2010 at 8:21 am | Posted in Spam | Leave a comment
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I won’t even be hitched until this weekend, but already society has written me off as old married lady. Don’t believe me? I got this in the mail on Saturday:

AARP says I should be retired already... count me IN!

That’s right – apparently I now qualify for membership in the American Association of Retired Persons. Ummm… Yeah…

In my quest to always find the silver lining, I’ve decided to interpret this as a sign that I shouldn’t work anymore. Apparently it’s time to retire, and that sounds dreamy to me! Andrew, however, is less than taken with the idea, citing the reality of bills, saving for a down-payment on a house, supporting our future children (don’t get too excited yet, Mo, RWFOTB and mom-in-law Kathy: this is not our way of saying I’m preggers). He is clearly not seeing the bigger picture. 

Another plus? I love early dinners and early bedtimes – I think I’d make a lively addition to the early bird special club, the news programs are too depressing these days to bother staying up past 10 p.m., and the modern marvel of “Digital Video Recording” (or whatever you kids are calling it these days) will ensure I can watch all my stories at a reasonable hour – like 8 p.m., when I treat myself to my nightly glass of warm milk.

And finally, the benefit that really sold me: senior discounts! Forget student rates (don’t judge, Andrew is a student again!), seniors have the discount market cornered! Restaurants, attractions – you name it, they can save! So count me in, AARP!

~Sarah

(but you can call me Mrs. Wilderrol, you rude little whipper-snapper)

Less Than Two Weeks to Wedded Bliss!

September 29, 2010 at 9:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments
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Well, dear reader(s), it is less than two weeks until I make an honest man out of Andrew (but don’t tell TheKnot.com). Do you hear that? Single ladies cryin’ the world over. Sorry, gals – he’ll soon be off the market for good.

Adam Zyglis of The Buffalo News' depiction of brides

Help me, doc!

The big stuff is all taken care of – it is the little stuff they don’t warn you about. As such, my superwoman of a mom (you may recognize her by her blog name, Sarah’s Mo) and I have declared this Saturday: “Get ‘er Done Day.”

Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., we will be workin’ like maniacs to assemble our programs, create our favors, and add all those special touches that make a wedding so much work… errr, I mean that make a wedding so special and beautiful.

Andrew lucked out can’t join us because he has a seminar all day, but he will be there in spirit. Rhymes-with-Father-of-the-Bride is bringing his crafting A-game. And Mo and I will be sufficiently caffeinated. But there’s so much to do! So, if anyone is feeling particularly helpful and/or bored on Saturday, or if you just have a hankerin’ to create programs, favors, etc., West Hartford, Conn. is where it’s at!

Desperately seeking free time,
Sarah

Another Wedding To Do?

September 2, 2010 at 8:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 34 Comments
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Dear reader(s), I hope you aren’t getting too tired of hearing about my bridal ineptitude. I promise this will all be over in about a month and a half. And thank goodness for that – I’m getting tired of being a lousy bride, and I’m ready to move on to being lousy at something else!

Any ideas?

Hoodles, yesterday afternoon I was kindly reminded (if you can call someone emailing “Earth to Sarah” kind… though admittedly, I do appreciate the Zoolander reference) of the tradition dictating that Andrew and I give each other gifts on our wedding day.

Isn’t getting hitched and getting those gorgeous (and sparkly) wedding bands gift enough? Apparently not.

It seems that amid all the wedding planning chaos, we are supposed to give each other something “special” and “meaningful” that we can pass down to our future offspring. Talk about pressure! 

I’ve heard all manner of gifts can be appropriate: fine jewelry, surfboards, personalized hankies, first edition autographed tomes, money clips, golf clubs, cuff links, love letters, property deeds, picture frames, etc.  But none of these ideas has really lit our fires, so I’m turning to you, dear reader(s)…

What do you recommend I give Andrew?

And what do you recommend he give to me?

Yours in cluelessness and too many to dos,

Sarah

TheKnot.Com is Trying to Intimidate Me

August 26, 2010 at 10:05 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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As you may have guessed, I’m not what you might call TheKnot.com’s biggest fan.  Earlier this month I shared my suspicion that the sneaky website was trying to finagle an invite to my nuptials – today, I’m certain that’s what they wanted.  And since I so rudely rebuffed their trickery and campaign of guilt to secure one of our coveted invites, TheKnot.com has decided to engage me with intimidation tactics.  Don’t believe me?  Check out this email:

Don't threaten me, TheKnot.com!

Yeah.  TheKnot.com is trying to intimidate me.  “Sarah, here are all the things you will do wrong without us… You know you need us… Look at all the areas you could totally destroy at your big day by forsaking us… There’s still time… LOVE US!”

Well, TheKnot.com, I’m stronger than you think I am.  I’m not afraid of a little imperfection at my reception.  And I won’t succumb to Bridezilla-tendencies.  I’m not afraid of being a Bad BrideAgain.   

~Sarah

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