Year One

One year ago today…

Josh, thank you for being the best husband a gal could ask for. I love you so much.

*All photos courtesy of Linczak Photography. Hire them.

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Be jealous

This past Friday I had the extreme pleasure of meeting some of my favorite bloggers (and their significant others, but sorry guys, my loyalties lie with your ladies!) I can honestly say it was one of the best nights I’ve had in a very long time. We’ve been planning this meet-up ever since Anni and her fiance Ross decided to spend a long weekend in DC…back in March! Needless to say, we’ve all been looking forward to this for quite awhile.

We started the evening at Cafe Green near Dupont Circle. It’s an all-vegan/vegetarian menu which, I’m not gonna lie, kind of scared me. While Josh is fairly adventurous when it comes to food, I knew he probably wouldn’t go for that kind of place, so we grabbed a quick bite before. BUT! I did try the “Raw Cheesecake” at Cafe Green and let me tell you it was delicious. Even Josh was impressed. And the wine was good so that’s always a plus. Of course, I have no pictures from our time at Cafe Green, but I’m sure if you head over to Anni’s blog this week she’ll have a few.

During dinner we did what any normal group of internet friends would do: called another internet friend who lives in another state! However, Layla, being the call-screener we all knows she is, didn’t pick up. So we left a voicemail that was probably at least 5 minutes long. Sorry, gal! Thankfully she called back and we all had a chance to talk to her. Just fyi, she is SO CUTE on the phone. The southern accent gets me every time.

After we finished at Cafe Green we headed over to Front Page for some more drinks and dancing. Finally I brought my camera out to play.

(L-R: ME! Claire, Anni, Steph, Megan, Maria, and Jess!)

Steph and I really do love our wine.

This was meant to be a trendy shot of our drinks…it ended up being a gratuitous shot of our boobs.

This is from the city where I went to college!! I thought it was so random that they had a newspaper from Athens, OH. 

I was definitely ready to dance so as soon as they opened up the floor I ran to claim a spot. The DJ at Front Page was absolutely terrible, but I managed to bust a move anyway. The wine certainly helped.

It looks like we’re judging something/some one…I really can’t remember. Jess, I want to see the resulting pic of you and Anni!

What’s so funny??

Get it, girls.

If I can be real honest for a sec, I’m fuzzy on the details of a lot of these pics. I remember taking them, but the scenarios escape me. For example, this one of me and Josh:

No idea. None. 

One by one the girls began to leave and before we knew it the only ones left were me, Steph and Josh. So we danced a bit more, judged the shitty DJ,

Dude seriously, why are you SO BAD at this and how do you have a job?

and took one more pic to end the night!

Yay friends!

Girls, I had so much fun with all of you. To those of you who I hadn’t met,  I’m so glad we were finally able to meet. To those of you who I’ve met before (or known for 20 years), I’m so glad we could get together again. I’m incredibly blessed to know such amazing women. I can’t wait to see everyone again soon!!

**EDITED TO ADD…**

I have a few observations about the girls who I hadn’t yet met.

-Maria: Cutest laugh ever!! Was not expecting that. Seriously, adorable. This is going to sound weird, but I really love making people laugh but I love even more when they have cute laughs!

-Jess: Hilarious!! She has the best one-liners ever. The things that came out of her mouth…just hilarious.

-Anni: So little! How did I not know she’s like the tiniest most adorable lil thing ever? (I say that with a lot of love, Anni. Not making fun of you at all.)

*I know I don’t have to say this, but all pictures are my own so please ask before taking them. Thanks!

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Brain Dump

I love when bloggers do this. Just write little snippets of things they’re thinking about. Ps, I *might* be drinking wine right now soooo…there’s that. In face*, I’m going to go pour another glass. Hold please!

…Got it.

I also think it’s fun to do this because for me sometimes it’s easier to write a few sentences and then maybe expand on a certain topic later. If I just sit down and think, “Hmm what should I blog about today?” I’ll never get anywhere, ya know? But I do have a lot of thoughts swimming around so here we go.

-My cats, Tyler and Joey, are adorable. This week marks two years since we adopted them! It so cheesy to say this, especially about cats, but I really can’t imagine my life without them. Every day they make me laugh, make me angry, and then make me laugh all over again. To think some one just left these two amazing boys in a box at the steps of a church makes my heart ache. I’m so glad we were able to bring them into our home.

(Personal photos. Their first night with us. Omg I love them so much. Please consider adoption when looking for your next pet.)

-We’re not even close to buying a house, but one of Josh’s friends is a budding real estate agent and he’s using Josh as kind of a test “client.” So he sends Josh houses every week. Which is fun. But at the same time, I’m kind of like, why are we looking at this stuff when we’re at least another year (or two!) from buying a home? Josh is much more of a dreamer and I’m much more of a realist so I have kind of a hard time with this. Maybe this will be something I expand on when I’m not half drunk.

-Wedding season is fast approaching (it will be in full-swing by April 30) and I’m really excited. This means I’ll be working events nearly every weekend. While giving up my Friday and/or Saturday nights May-October isn’t the most exciting prospect, I’m ready to dive head first into this industry. The only way I’m going to get good is by doing this over and over and over (and over). For me this isn’t something I thought would be a “fun” extension of my wedding. I truly love doing this and I think I have the potential to be really good at it. Ps, all of your supportive tweets when I’m freaking out during my events are really, REALLY appreciated. 🙂

-On a related note, I need some comfy yet stylish flats for when I work events. Thoughts? Under $100, please.

-I started using Proactiv. I’m going to write a full post about it. In “the biz” this is what we like to call a “tease.” What “biz” am I talking about? I have no idea.

Ok that’s all for now! I love everyone. Ps, those of you visiting DC next month? Get ready to meet Wine-Drunk Emily. She’s a good time.

*While reading over this post I saw this said “in face” instead of “in fact.” Might as well keep it that way.

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Secret Single Behavior

Josh left me. For 5 days he went to Arizona to do God knows what (enjoy 90 degree temps and sunshine) with God knows who (his aunts for a day and then his bff for the rest of the time). Well, lucky for him I’m a.) not needy and b.) kind of happy to have a few days to myself. Is that bad? I mean, I love him. Dearly. And I love living with him (most of the time). But I’m really independent and sometimes I just need space. I think it’s healthy to have some time away from your significant other once in a while (that’s a whole other story for a whole other post).

While Josh was away, I engaged in some “Secret Single Behavior.” What is SSB, you ask? Urban Dictionary defines it as:

A term originating from the television show Sex and the City, a SSB is an action or habit that one indulges in only when alone. This refers especially to behavior that is hidden from one’s significant other and could be potentially embarrassing (or disastrous) if discovered.

Now, nothing I do would be “disastrous” if Josh found out, but there are some things I’m only comfortable doing when he’s gone. Gotta keep a little mystery, right? Without further ado, here are a few of my SSBs!

-Sporting dots of pimple cream all over my (apparently 13 year old) face. Ps, when does acne stop? Because I’m pretty sure I’m 25 and have the same amount of pimples as I did when I was in middle school.

-Going to the bathroom with the door open. Liberating. Try it sometime.

-Eating “non-meals.” Non-meals consist of small amounts of a lot of random foods eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For example, the other day for lunch I had “guacamole” (it’s in quotes because it was really just a mashed up avocado, salt and lime juice) and chips, a lemon square (courtesy of Jess), some carrots and hummus, and some leftover tortellini from dinner the night before. I could have just stopped with the tortellini, but no. Also, I’m pretty sure I didn’t have dinner that night.

-Eating in bed. Terrible habit. Usually chips. Definitely something that will result in crumbs in the sheets.

-Watching marathons of the Real Housewives of Anywhere. I can usually get Josh to sit through one episode so the fact that I can watch like, TEN episodes? Is awesome.

-Vlogging. Because I refuse to do it while Josh is in the house.

-No shaving! Again, so liberating.

-Full-blown Beyonce dance routines. This one is my favorite. I sense your judgement and I don’t care. I am Emily Fierce.

When I Googled “secret single behavior” I came across this great article from The Frisky. Definitely check it out if you want a really good laugh (and be sure to read the comments!).

Ok girls, your turn! What is your Secret Single Behavior?

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March VOTMC: Rant!

It’s that time of the month again!

Not THAT time of the month, you weirdos. It’s time for the Vlog of the Month! This month’s prompt:

Rant.

Give us an unedited rant about anything that gets you fired up.

Fun! I love to rant, probably a little too much. Josh sometimes confuses me ranting with me being mad at him. That’s not the case at all. I HAVE to get it out or else I’ll explode. So anyway, here is my rant. Enjoy. 🙂

Also, I totally know that I comment about how I look in every single vlog I record. I’m unapologetically vain and I literally cannot help myself when I see myself on camera not looking as good as I’d like. So there.

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Ok FINE – ABCs of Me

Everyone and their mother has done this and I feel left out. I’m a total follower and I’m ok with that. Here we go…the ABCs of Em 🙂

A. Age: 25

B. Bed size: Queen, but we hope to have a King one day. Josh says it’s the first thing we’ll buy when we get a house. I want a new dining room table. I’ll win.

C. Chore you hate: All of them? I’m just not the cleaning type. If I had more money I’d hire a maid at the drop of a hat.

D. Dogs: We don’t have one but again, once we get a house there WILL be a pup soon to follow. I’d love a Boxer.

E. Essential start to your day: Checking email (work and personal), Twitter and Facebook on my iPhone. I won’t get out of bed without doing those 3 things first.

F. Favorite color: GREEN!

G. Gold or silver: I love both! My wedding rings are white gold, but I wear a LOT of yellow gold (or wannabe yellow gold) jewelry.

H. Height: 5’5

I. Instruments: None. I would love to play the drums but at this point I have a feeling it’s just not gonna happen.

J. Job title: Event coordinator

K. Kids: Not yet! In 4-5 years, though.

L. Live: Bethesda, MD.

M. Mom’s name: Phyllis. I love her.

N. Nicknames: Em, Em Dizzle, Quail (my maiden name), Quailman…that’s about it.

O. Overnight hospital stays: None!

P. Pet peeve: Oh god…I can’t. That’s it’s own blog post. I have very little faith in the general public and pretty much everything “they” do annoys me. In short: be a person. It’s not hard.

Q. Quote from a movie: Oh I have no idea. I don’t really quote movies because truth be told, I don’t really like watching movies. Sorry for the let-down…womp womp.

R. Right or left handed: Right

S. Siblings: You ready for this? One older half-brother (28), 3 younger half-brothers (19, 16 and 5), and 2 younger half-sisters (18 and 15). Betcha didn’t know that!

T. Time you wake up: My alarm is usually set for 6:15 or 6:30 (depending on when I have to go into work) but I typically get up anywhere from 7-7:20am.

U. Underwear: I wear thongs almost every day for work. My pants/outfits are just not conducive to anything else. But every other time I wear regular old bikini undies 🙂 TMI? Don’t care.

V. Vegetables you dislike: Turning this into “Vegetables I like”: carrots (raw only) green beans (NOT MUSHY), mushrooms, lettuce, potatoes (those count), corn (so does this), roasted red peppers, cucumbers…I think that’s about it.

W. What makes you run late: Spending too much time on my hair/make up and picking out an outfit. I’m very vain and I OWN it.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Only teeth I think.

Y. Yummy food you make: Everything. Lol I wish there was a “smug” emoticon. But really, I just make food that I like to eat and I don’t like to eat gross stuff, so pretty much everything I make turns out good. Just being honest. If you want to check out some of my favorite recipes, check out the “My Eats” tab at the top of the page.

Z. Zoo- favorite animal: MONKEYS!! I love them.

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Another one bites the dust

Today my best friend of 20 years is getting married. Please excuse me while I freak out:

AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHIMSOEXCITEDICANTBELIEVEITSHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ahem. Thank you.

I can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly excited I am for my Claire Bear.

(Claire and I circa…2005? I think?)

Claire and I have been through a lot in the 20 years we’ve been friends. There have been incredible highs right along with heartbreaking lows. And somehow we’ve survived. This girl is nothing short of a sister to me.

(Claire’s mom, Claire, Mama P, me in 2006.)

The forecast for today is absolutely perfect for a wedding: high of 70, sunny, zero chance of rain…doesn’t get much better than that. Claire put so much work into this day and I can’t wait to see everything come together. But more importantly, I’m excited for Claire to finally cross over to the “other” side. Although I’m only 10 months in, I think I can safely say marriage is pretty awesome. It’s not always perfect – far from it – but it’s so worth it.

Congrats, you two!

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The Results of #OperationLayla

It’s safe to say #OperationLayla was a smashing success. What started out as a simple idea by a few girls who desperately wanted to help a friend, turned into nothing short of a movement. The original goal of $4,000 was met within 48 hours. Let me say that one more time: we raised FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS in TWO DAYS. Mind-blowing. As of right now (8:30pm on March 21, 2011) the total amount of dollars raised is $7,461, meaning we surpassed our goal by $3.461. I mean…it’s just crazy. I figured we could raise maybe $1000 and help Layla pay for at least a bit of her surgery. The fact that we FAR surpassed our goal is just amazing. This whole thing has been such an inspiration and I truly feel blessed to have been able to help.

To anyone who’s ever said social media/Twitter/blogging is stupid or pointless or weird, this is my big “F you” to them. It isn’t any of those things. It’s full of real people forming real friendships and making real things happen. The power of social media is real and I’m proud to be a small part of it.

Layla’s surgery is tomorrow morning, so please join me in wishing Layla a successful operation and a speedy recovery. Get well soon, dear! We’re all rooting for you. 🙂

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Because diets are overrated

Do you like sweets?

Do you want to help this lady?

Do you have a heart?

If you answered yes (or just nodded your head) to any of these questions, hop on over to the Operation Layla Bake Sale to bid on an item! (Or two. Or five. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.) (Not that I am. Because clearly I’m the epitome of healthy eating. Heh.)

So first go here to check out the rules, then go here to see all the goodies! Do it now.

And if you don’t this will be me:

 

(Source)

Ps, I put in a bid on these. YUM!

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#OperationLayla

For those out there who may not know Layla or haven’t yet heard of #OperationLayla, please take a few minutes to read about this incredible woman and what she’s going through. If her story inspires you or touches you or reminds you of, well, you, please consider helping a sista out.

(Picture from Layla’s Facebook used with her permission. Please do not use without consent.)

One month after her 30th birthday, Layla was diagnosed with early stage cervical cancer (1A Adenocarcinoma). She was extraordinarily lucky that it was caught early and had a simple surgery to remove the cancerous cells.

Three years later, Layla was in horrible pain that affected nearly every aspect of her life. Temporarily uninsured due to a job change, she paid out of pocket last October to go to the doctor and make sure the cancer had not returned. Thankfully, it had not. However, her doctor believes that she has pelvic adhesions and Endometriosis due to the previous surgery, but it can’t be diagnosed until an additional surgery (laparoscopy) is performed. The doctor also found out Layla has cervical stenosis, which basically means her cervix has completely shut down due to the scar tissue from the previous surgery. These issues make her miserable most of the time, making simple things like going to the bathroom and menstruation horribly painful, and sexual intercourse impossible. He stated that if she wanted to have children one day, even sperm could not pass through her cervix, and she would have to have intrauterine insemination.

The doctor wanted to schedule surgery as soon as the insurance at her new job went into effect. Her company fired her the day her insurance became valid, ten days before Christmas, plainly stating that it was because of her health issues.

Fortunately, she got on her husband’s insurance, which went into effect February 1st. As soon as she could, Layla scheduled surgery for March 22nd. Then her insurance company dropped a bomb: because she went to the doctor (even as a self-pay patient) within a three month period prior to her enrollment date, they were considering her health issues to be a pre-existing condition, and would not insure any doctor visits, medication, or surgery for 388 days.

When you are in near constant pain and can’t work, 388 days is a long time to wait. The sooner Layla can have this surgery, the sooner she can return to work (hopefully with a nicer company!) and start living her life again. Her doctor has been nice enough to work out a deal with her if she can pay as a cash patient: he decreased the amount of her surgery to $4,000, and the cost of the anesthesia to $500, with additional fees for biopsies of removed tissue to be determined.

The problem is, Layla is unemployed due to this, has used her savings to pay for living expenses and medical bills, and has been denied loans for the surgery because of her unemployment status. She does not have close family, so she can’t ask them for help. Surgery is scheduled for March 22nd, and Layla and her husband are still trying to secure a loan through several banks.

So how can you help? Anything you can contribute will make a difference, whether it’s listing some old clothes on Ebay and sending the winnings, baking for the online bake sale we have in the works, spreading the word on your own blog, getting others involved, or clicking the donate button on the right side of the page. If you want to be involved, leave me a comment letting me know and I’ll fill you in on the details!

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