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Sunday, August 27, 2006
Last week was pretty uneventful because Dan was out of town on a business trip. I spent a lot of time doing nothing due to the horrible sunburn I acquired last weekend at the beach. I put on sunscreen four times, but it seems that my legs weren't as protected as the rest of my body. Let's just say I was fairly uncomfortable all week. I still look like I got beat up.

Dan and I are driving down to San Diego tomorrow to meet with possible florists and officiants for our wedding. We have a full day of appointments lined up, but we also get to meet Craig, Nina, and Kiran for dinner afterwards. On Friday we're planning to fly to Florida for Dan's tenth high school reunion. That is, if Hurricane Ernesto doesn't stop us. Actually, the Weather Channel projects that the newly downgraded Tropical Storm Ernesto should be somewhere in the Carolinas on Friday. So far so good, but the predictions are sometimes amazingly wrong. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Posted at 9:31 PM, 1 Comments

Thursday, August 24, 2006
Pluto is no longer a planet. What a weird way to start the day. At least I remembered my lunch today. :)
Posted at 8:31 AM, 3 Comments

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I guess it's just one of those days. You know, the ones where you oversleep, get stuck in traffic on the way to work, and then realize you left your lunch on the counter at home. It was a good lunch too...
Posted at 11:00 AM, 1 Comments

Monday, August 14, 2006

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Sunday, August 13, 2006
Dan and I went to Robbins Brothers today to look at wedding rings. They claim to be the “World’s Biggest Engagement Ring Store” so we figured they would have a good selection of wedding bands too. Last weekend we went to Tiffany on Rodeo Drive to look out their rings (we took his family sightseeing there), but we wanted to do a cost comparison before buying. Robbins Brothers had a larger selection of simple platinum bands than Tiffany and they also had comfort fit bands (not offered by Tiffany) which Dan liked better than the plain ones. My personal favorite was a 2 mm plain band that looked really nice with my engagement ring. That’s definitely what I want. Dan is leaning towards a 6 mm comfort fit band. We need to do a little more research to make sure we get the most for our money, but I think now we know what we’re looking for.
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Friday, August 11, 2006
Since my laptop was out of commission for awhile I wasn't able to write about the second batch of chocolate truffles I made last week. They turned out much better than the first one even though the recipe was almost exactly the same. Dan had some family in town (which was the reason I made the truffles) and they all loved them. I may have found a winner for the wedding favors, but I'm planning to try other recipes just to make sure. Plus, it’s a good excuse to eat chocolate. Before I forget, here are the lessons learned from my latest cooking venture.

Lessons Learned from Truffle Batch #2:
1) Using vanilla extract was a much better idea than the raspberry extract. I even used some fancy vanilla extract from Williams-Sonoma so the truffles tasted excellent.
2) Rolling the truffles in cinnamon-sugar was a much better idea than cocoa powder. Given that the truffles were made with semisweet chocolate chips, the cinnamon and sugar made them a little sweeter.
3) Rolling the truffles in chopped walnuts wasn't a big hit. Next time I'll try pecans or almonds to see if nuts are going to work as a coating.
Posted at 9:05 PM, 0 Comments

Wednesday, August 09, 2006
You may not believe it, but I am actually writing this post on my laptop! Yes, my new power cable from Dell arrived today and I can turn on my laptop for the first time in two weeks. I'm so excited! More updates to come...
Posted at 10:25 PM, 0 Comments

Thursday, August 03, 2006
UPDATE: I called the Marriott to straighten out the power cable fiasco, but I was told just to keep the one they sent me. Even though it belongs to someone else. Someone else who probably has MY laptop cable. This is so frustrating.
Posted at 12:17 PM, 0 Comments

There was a package from the Baltimore Marriott on our front porch when I got home last night. I was so excited to have my laptop power cable back, but I was not prepared for what I would find when I opened the envelope. The hotel did indeed ship me a laptop power cable, but I was quite disappointed to discover that it's not mine. So it seems I wasn't the only one to leave a power cable behind in that room. I ordered another one from Dell last night. What a ridiculous situation.
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