Last Build Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 21:19:56 -0800Copyright: Copyright 2006
Mon, 17 Apr 2006 21:19:56 -0800
I've got a turkey in the oven. My first time making turkey!
I actually didn't intend to make a turkey. Ianiv's grandparents and mom & sister are coming for dinner and I was planning on making chicken. Well, Safeway was out of whole chicken and I was too lazy to go to another store, so I bought turkey.
Crazy to be too lazy to go to another store and yet look at the extra work!
Oh well. Cross your fingers it turns out!
Mon, 17 Apr 2006 12:14:04 -0800
Bloglines really needs an "undo" button for that "Mark All Read" button. Darnit.
Wed, 12 Apr 2006 10:28:40 -0800
I always enjoy holidays - Jewish or Christian - for the family, the friends and, of course, the food. Thank goodness the wedding diet is over ;)
Mon, 10 Apr 2006 17:17:37 -0800
We've begun the migration of our blogs to WordPress. When we started all our blogs, we put them on different platforms to ensure we knew them all. Now, we're past that. It's time to get serious.
BloggingHelp was our original WordPress blog. After we had 2 on Movable Type and one Drupal, we decided to stick with WordPress for all new installs. Faster. Cleaner. Easier to maintain.
Why do we choose WordPress?
We just couldn't handle the volume of incoming comment and trackback spam. The comment spam was at such a high rate that we had to delete it every day... too much was getting through, and too much was being held for moderation. And those we deleted often were stll visible, which was annoying.
So, now we're all happy. After the migration is complete we'll be able to take our honeymoon without needing to monitor the blog spam levels like crazy people.
Mon, 10 Apr 2006 12:55:39 -0800
I got married just over a week ago, and one of the best tips I have is regarding wedding dress stains.
When I picked up my dress from the steamers I asked what would be best to clean any stains I might happen to get. Now, they were using dry cleaning solution. I asked what would work: a bleach pen, a tide pen or something else?
Well, the above two are not good because they could actually remove color (white is a color) or cause a stain from the chemicals. So, I asked about Dryel, which is one of my favorite stain removers for delicate clothes. And got a go ahead.
My wedding day was rainy, and by the time we got from the hotel to the wedding location, after doing some outdoor photos, I was a mess. Covered in makeup smudges, mud, and even moss stains. It was quite lovely.
So, we whipped out the Dryel spot remover. You just dab on the liquid and rub it in, with the absorbent pad on the reverse. And in seconds, no more stain. And when it dries out, you'd never know there was a stain. No water marks, no stain. Beautiful!
Fri, 07 Apr 2006 15:28:16 -0800
We're experiencing the Technorati weirdness too.
Fri, 07 Apr 2006 12:14:39 -0800
Gmail and Apple Mail had a bit of a disagreement about my wedding, it would seem.
On April 1st, Gmail and Apple Mail had a fight. Gmail wouldn't talk to Apple Mail most of the time, but Apple Mail wouldn't even acknowledge there was a problem.
In simple terms, Apple Mail was only collecting about 10% of my new mail from Gmail, but was not drawing any errors. So I just figured I wasn't getting much email, and that was a nice change.
Wrong. Oh so wrong.
I got paranoid today and checked Gmail manually from the web, only to find 800 unread email messages - lots of spam, but also lots of important emails. And 4 hours later, mostly dealt with.
So, Gmail and Apple Mail seem to be resolving their issues now. We disabled POP access then re-enabled it in Gmail and now the two mail systems seem to be talking again.
So, interesting day and funny timing. But not a fun 4 hours of reading email.
Thu, 06 Apr 2006 13:09:18 -0800
Sure. Yeah. That makes sense.
On the one hand, it's the logical progression of paranoia that began with the string and bell, and now extends to the cell phone.
On the other hand, there is something more to it. It's not just burials - it's also cremation.
The "trend" began in Cape Town, where superstition was the reasoning. In Australia, it was an affirmation of wealth.
From the BBC:
"We came across one guy who asked to be buried with his mobile phone and his Blackberry, and also with his laptop."
He added that in many cases, being buried with your phone is part of what he termed limelight funerals, people wanting to be buried like celebrities.
The phone is put in the coffin along with diamonds, jewellery, expensive suits, and gold watches...
some people are finding they like the idea of being buried with the things that defined them while they were alive.
So, are mobile devices truly such a major extension of our perception of the self? What does that say about our culture? Does something so cheap and flimsy, and so widely available, become imbued with this much intangible value?
Thu, 06 Apr 2006 11:28:38 -0800
I am all for making wedding planning easier. After all, it was far harder and more nasty than I expected. Really, it can just kill you. Anyway, early on in the planning and organizing process, the designer of a neat piece of software offered me a comp version to try out. Well, boy am I glad I did!
The software is called Perfect TablePlan - and it will make seating charts a breeze. Really, I heard horror stories about seating plans, but mine was organized in about half an hour. No kidding around.
Here is how it works:
(image) Now, you can do much more with this software, including setting meal preferences. But even if you just use it instead of a horrible Excel spreadsheet, you'll be happy. It's so much easier just to drag and drop names to make changes than to mess around in Excel.
You'll be happy. Your guestts will be happy. And your reception facility will be happy
Perfect TablePlan is easy to use, has nice graphics, and has versatile ways to view and change all your seating needs. Thankfully, the seating plan was one thing I can truly say went smoothly!
Wed, 05 Apr 2006 15:33:41 -0800
You know you're asking for a good time when you get married on April Fool's Day. And we played it up to the max. Here are our gags:
Yep, we pretended to bill our guests. Some actually got really mad/offended. A bill at the wedding? And for food they never had, either. One person even ripped it up. But we broke the gag quickly and everyone had a great laugh.
If you notice, the bill was faded to look real. But it had silly elements. The sum on the bill is the day of the wedding, for example.
Have fun at your wedding. It is well worth it!!
Wed, 05 Apr 2006 15:16:04 -0800
The "blogaholicswed" tag on Flickr is slowly growing. We don't yet have our official photos, so it's nice to see people sharing their pictures of our big day. Here are some:
Thanks to Kris Krug, Boris Mann and Gloria Brown for these pics!
Wed, 05 Apr 2006 14:50:18 -0800Here is our wedding ceremony. It was short. Partially bi-lingual (Spanish). And non-religious. We hope it's helpful to future couples planning their own weddings. Many of our ideas came from reading wedding books in the corner of a bookstore ;) Our wedding was not technically "official" on April 1st. Rather, we were married 2 days prior to the wedding. In BC, you must be married by a religious representative or a wedding commissioner. Wedding commissioners hold "posts" in BC, which are of a limited number and must be fulfilled for a minimum of 8 years. Thus, if you choose a non-religious ceremony, your option is only to be married by someone with whom you have a very brief acquaintance. We chose instead to have a friend perform our ceremony - it gave us freedom to write our ceremony with out any legal gibberish, and made the day far more special. The wedding was officiated by our good friend Ariel, who also wrote a very special portion of our ceremony. ----- We are gathered here, as family & friends, to witness the sharing of marriage vows between Ianiv and Arieanna, two of my good friends. You have been invited here so that you may witness them embark on a new and lifelong journey of love. Part of this ceremony will be translated into Spanish. All who know Ianiv and Arieanna are inspired by their love and deep friendship for each other. Since coming to Vancouver four years ago, it has been my distinct pleasure getting to know them both. From their determination in pioneering their own home business, to their love of camping, to their passion for blogging; this couple is truly meant to be together. In fact, we should not be surprised to find that this entire joyous event has been catalogued in detail at blogaholics. ca in the next few hours. Joking aside, it is my honour to stand before you all today to join these two in this most precious bond of marriage. This is an anonymous poem: Today is a day you will always rememberthe greatest in anyone's life.You'll start off the day just two people in loveand end it husband and wife.It's a brand new beginning, the start of a journey,with moments to cherish and treasureand although there'll be times when you both disagreethese will surely be outweighed by pleasure.You'll have heard many words of advice in the pastwhen the secrets of marriage are spoken,but you know that the answers lie hidden inside,where the bond of true love lives unbroken.So live happy forever as lovers and friendsit's the dawn of a new life for you,as you stand there together with love in your eyesfrom the moment you whisper, "I Do."And, with luck, all your hopes and your dreams can be realmay success find its way to your hearts,tomorrow can bring the greatest of joysbut today is the day it all starts. Arieanna & Ianiv, you have chosen to be partners in life, to trust and respect each other, to laugh and cry together, and to love & cherish each other through good times and bad. Arieanna... Ianiv... today you open your hearts to each other, now and forever. Please turn to face each other and answer this question… Will you, Ianiv, unite your life with Arieanna’s life? Will you honour her, support her, challenge her, and stand with her all your days? (I will) Will you, Arieanna, unite your life with Ianiv’s life? Will you honour him, support him, challenge him, and stand with him all your days? (I will) Today Ianiv & Arieanna will embark upon a marriage and a life together. Ianiv, take Arieanna's hand. As you have given your hand, so have you given your heart and life to the other to keep. We will now witness as you share your vows. I, Ianiv, promise to take you[...]
Wed, 05 Apr 2006 14:43:55 -0800
We had a very non-traditional wedding, and thus a non-traditional wedding processional. We didn't have a large wedding party, nor did we have any children as party of the wedding. It was a short procession, but we added moments that made it more than just walking down the aisle.
Here is how it went:
Enter Ariel (officiant)
Grandmothers hug Ianiv
Mothers hug Ianiv
Mothers move off to the side
Enter Leora & Eugene
Enter Tamara & Josh
Pause - change music
Arieanna pause then walk
Mothers return to side of aisle
Mothers hug Arieanna
Arieanna meets Ianiv