I really like the Fail Blog.
Marni and I wandered into Home Depot and Lowes yesterday to take stock of some appliances that we knew that we would need (namely a washer and dryer). When looking at the different options, it *still* seemed that LG's new ones were among the top in terms of performance and savings (which is why we are looking at new appliances)...but also in terms of initial payout. HD is about $200 below MRP, but I'm going to hit up some of the local shops that sell LG appliances to see if I can get a better deal there (as well as buying local from a mom-and-pop appliance shop instead of the Walmart of home do-it-yourselfers).
They are, of course, much more expensive than most of the washers/dryers that we could get, but I also like that they are both Energy and Water conservation models (which helps on the utilities that we are not used to paying since we've been apartment-bound). The Dryer that I'm looking at is also a gas model, which means further savings (so far at least) compared to Electricity. Were I to get the Jenn Air drop-in range, I would jump at gas there as well. But that's for *way* down the road. The electric range in the house is a nice one and will definitely get us by--even if I do prefer the front-controls to the ones on the back of the range.
We priced lawnmowers as well and I found a Toro Recycler that would easily work (I had two key requirements which were the easy-clean hose attachment and mulching). I'm planning on that for the spring, though, since it is getting to the end of the lawnmowing season and I know I can beg and borrow until then.
After the inspection tomorrow, we are planning on hitting as many places as possible and going aisle-by-aisle to find the items that we will need to move in. Oy vey!
Well, this weekend counted up the three theatre weddings of the summer! The first was Marni and I's wedding in June, then Ted and Trina's in August, and finally Cassandra and Nicks this last weekend. Marni and I are attending a non-theatre, family wedding next saturday as well. We also ended up at a birthday BBQ with Regina for her daughter Jitaya's birthday last night, which was a ton of fun!
I didn't get many pictures (and the ones I got were really bad for the most part because the iPhone camera combined with my shaky hands makes for bad pictures!), but I did get a few.
They were sweet when feeding each other the cake, which was par for the course with the weddings this summer! No messy cake fights. I guess I do still have one wedding left to attend...
Cassandra and Nick are such a pretty couple. As you can see, another photographer was stealing my thunder. She actually had a camera and was trying to edge me out of the competition.
At Nick and Cassandra's wedding, there was a girl (one of Cassandra's sister's friends) who was wearing a long shirt as her outfit. The pictures don't really do it justice since she was part of a group each time I took a picture (rather than a focused close-up). But it was a fun outfit that caused many a jaw to hit the floor. It didn't hurt that she was stunningly beautiful as well.
Here's a better one of her.
It was, of course, very fun to watch the reactions of the wedding goers as she did the electric slide around the room in a shirt that was seemingly threatening to ride even an inch high enough to shock the world. She was an expert at deftly managing it, though it was obvious that as soon as she walked into the room, many many guys' eyes were on her. I had to take a picture because it is one of those things that I not only do not get to see everyday (ie. not everyone gets a run-in from the late 60's shirt-dress fashion re-trending), but something that people wouldn't usually believe unless they saw it. I really wish my phone took better pictures and that I could have gotten pictures of the people's faces! She even dove to get the bouquet.
I wish I could have gotten pictures of Regina and Jitaya, though. Jitaya was as beautiful as ever (especially when she had the microphone and was suddenly self-conscious about singing "Who Let the Dogs Out"), and Regina was stunning as always. Cutest Mama/Daughter combo in existence! (And Regina caught the garter as well!)
The wedding was a blast, though, with much dancing and fun to go around (as well as a chocolate fountain and lots of nummy food. Ted and Trina's wedding had excellent food, too. Kinda made me sad that we couldn't afford food at ours...but not sad at my pocketbook now!
Nick was appropriately happy with the whole event (and more so about running away to Canada, I'm sure!).
I wish I could have gotten photos of Ted and Trina's wedding since it was absolutely beautiful as well. All-in-all, it's been a pretty great summer for weddings! Next summer should be nice as well, with Rob and Virginia and Jamie and Wayne on the wedding block!