Saturday, October 31, 2009

Green Sparkle Hair is the New Little Black Dress

We did a fun run/walk this Halloween with our friends Dave and Dana. Here we are all decked out after the race. But don't worry, we made sure to replenish all of those calories we burned with a trip to 59 Diner afterwards. Happy Halloween!

p.s. Eddy is a carrot, not a pumpkin.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bling--Part 1

After Eddy proposed to me back in August, we visited our jeweler. Here is a photo of me literally RUNNING to the car 1st thing the next morning--I couldn't even be bothered to turn around for the photo.

On Friday, October 16th, we picked up my engagement ring from our jeweler! Selecting a jeweler was tough for us because--let's face it--I am picky. I began with a very clear idea of exactly what I wanted. If you know me, you know I was willing to accept only very few, very minor compromises in the design.

It all began with this beauty:

This is an image of a 15th century French gimmel ring. Gimmels were popular for many hundreds of years as their interlocking design is symbolic of union. They were commonly inscribed with verses from romantic poems when they were given as tokens of love or marriage. Here is the same ring as above closed as it would appear on the finger.

Here is a more elaborate gimmel shown open and closed. Note the tiny sculptures of a skeleton and a baby decorated with enamel. This ring was meant to symbolize both the beginning and end of life:

Rewind about 6 months when we fell in love with and bought a pear shaped diamond from our jeweler. Here is a pear cut ring that I adore to give you an idea of the stone.

Now, here's how all of these ideas were synthesized into one stellar ring:

NOT! Because the ring is totally bitchin' I want as many people as possible to see the ring in person before I publish photos of it. Look for a Bling--Part 2 in the coming months!

If you would like to learn more about gimmel rings or rings in general, check out the work of Diana Scarisbrick, especially her Rings: Symbols of Wealth, Power and Affection and Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty.

It is Freaking Cold in Austin

We recently spent a delightful weekend in Austin with Eddy's mom, Carol, and his sister, Cecilia!

We caught a showing of Friday the 13th at the downtown Alamo theater--complete with mid-movie sketch including a guy in a thong. We shopped and dined the downtown and SoCo areas.

We spent some QT with an old friend from WashU. And we even found time to harass the local statuary at UT.

Eddy's Turning 30!

Yeah. He's really old. For his birthday this year, we are travelling to Chicago to spend some QT with family and friends. We decided to go totally crazy and make cute invitations. What I mean by that is we designed the invites together, then I proceeded to become totally swamped with a paper and Eddy ended up doing a fair amount of the assembly. Here he is hard at work:

Feast your eyes! Outer Envelope:

Front of the invite (complete with double paper frame):

Inside spread:

And here he is mailing them from the gorgeous Rice campus mailbox. If you have not yet received an invitation and will be in the Chicagoland area on November 7th, feel free to email me or Eddy for details. We would love to see you there!