Monday, July 21, 2014

Wedding Anniversary

Twenty-four years ago, we said "for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health..."

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Wheels

Have you seen the Progressive commercials? I suppose everyone knows Flo with the blue headband. I love the quirky humor of those TV ads. And Meggar loves the customer service she has received from Progressive. They have provided her a rental car, quick estimate for her claim, and rapid turn-around on her settlement check. The buy-out amount was more than fair for her Ford Explorer Sport, which already had 170,000+ miles. It served her well for all six years of high school and college. But looking for a used car on the spur of the moment proved difficult. On top of all the insurance phone calls, there was a rush of looking in the paper and driving around to dealerships. She enlisted the help of Sniper and Playmaker (who love researching cars on the internet), and Captain (who has plenty of used car experience from the days when his dad operated a used car lot). She also had support from Spencer, who happened to be in St. Louis for his 3rd exam in the CPA testing process, and accompanied her to several car lots and Craigslist hopefuls.
In the end, she chose a white Saturn Vue with low mileage, plenty of hauling space for wedding events, and a sun roof.

Monday, June 30, 2014

What Would You Do for Free?

There is a new Krispy Kreme donut store opening tomorrow about a stone's throw from the New Castle County Airport. And since we only live 4 minutes from that...
My three guys are camping out to be among the first 100 people in line!
(Won't @MilesEvans22 be jealous?!)
EACH wins one dozen donuts per month for a year!
The line could officially start forming at 3:00 pm, so I checked it out around 4:30 pm (when I got off work) and there were only 26 people so far. They were psyched about the idea! Captain helped pack them a cooler, and I made a quick dinner. Martin C offered lawn chairs and wanted to join them. They arrived at just after 6:30 pm and secured slots #34-37.  But they have to campout all night. Dorito says this is just like a No-Sleep-Thursday-Night at Camp Geiger. They have plenty of technology in tow and #KrispyKreme has free wifi.

Penn's Place Has Music

Happy to report that the live music scene is alive and well in our little subdivision historic neighborhood. Penn's Place is the original hotel where William Penn spent the first night after he landed on this continent. Now converted to a Cafe and tiny shoppes, Esther books musicians to play each Saturday in summer on her veranda. Very simple. Very relaxing. The "Acoustic Jam" duo could really deliver the 60s and 70s greatest hits. Captain and I hummed along. We enjoyed our evening mostly because we met more locals: namely Millie and Bob who own the "Oak Knoll Books."

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Calligraphy Class

Meggar is taking a calligraphy class with Heather in St. Louis this summer. They have really enjoyed the first few sessions, and are hoping this parlays into a wedding component for future clients. She said she was surprised how much practice is required!
It helps pass the time while her boyfriend is away at college studying for the CPA exams.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Folding Napkins

My guys are working another wedding this weekend at the Cavalier Country Club in Wilmington, DE. They receive freshly laundered tuxedo shirts and vests to wear with their black pants and black ties (very formal). I'm happy they have learned a thing or two about receptions and guests:
(Dorito not pictured)
how to fold fancy napkins, proper placement of dessert forks and salad forks, mannerly strolling through the veranda with "butlered" hors de'ouvres, as well as fully tearing down the buffet room to reset it with 10-tops or 8-tops, skirting, and overlays for the next day. Attention to detail is part of having a good work ethic.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Value of Work

Josemaria Escriva had a lot to say about the dignity of work and why we should strive to be aligned with God's purposefulness for everyone and everything.  I've been working hard (tiny pun) at remembering to say a novena these nine days leading up to the saint's feast day (which is today).
Starting with an email at 6:00 am (!) and an afternoon request for an interview as well as job secrets have all came our direction TODAY. Whether it is good news or just another step forward, I am twitching with eagerness to see how things will develop. I offer a profound Japanese bow to the Holy One in heaven who has whispered in my ear this day.