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Saturday, July 29, 2006

"Her plans required all her time and attention..." ~ Jane Eyre

Two weeks ago, this *serious* clipboard from Levenger arrived on my front doorstep with the following note: "To the best BridesMaidZilla-The most serious clipboard I can find! Thank you in advance with love-J.Sarah." Being given this clipboard is like Grendel being given an extra set of sharp claws.

Two months ago, J.Sarah and I made a serious bet over dinner. We bet that whoever talks about the wedding the most to the point of complete excessiveness will be taken to dinner; we would decide by September whether she talked too much about it or I did. As I looked at her naive personage from across the table at Grand Luxe Cafe, I inwardly sighed. Didn't she know that she had just set herself up to lose?

Two days ago, I got this email from J. Sarah in response to my email that demanded immediate visitation to the wedding venue so I could get a sense of the space and decor I am working with: "You just won our bet, by the way. Why? Because I'm planning to go back to the place to start planning in, oh, JANUARY!" Well, that is fine for her, but not fine for me. If I am going to be of assistance with anything at this point, I must have a visual of the venue. Any wedding coordinator would say the same thing. Period. So, I called already and left a message at the venue to make an immediate appointment to see it.

Two months from today, my goal is to have a general sense of logistics for the day, in addition to a database to give to J. Sarah on top of the one she has for all items pertaining to the wedding. I wonder if she and E would be interested in a power-point presentation? Hmmmm. I shall have to ask. Anyway, within two months I also have plans to head to Sylvia Weinstock to order her cake for her bridal shower. I cannot wait to meet with Sylvia again; this shall be the second time in my life I order a cake from her. The third time is the charm, for I know it will be a cake for my own wedding someday. Of course that will not be a blog-worthy time; more like a reality television show on the WE Network.

So, since I won the bet, some dinner cuisine choices J. Sarah gave me are as follows: Sushi, Australian, New-American, Indian, or Greek. I am leaning towards Greek at Parea: http://events.nytimes.com/2006/07/05/dining/reviews/05rest.html

Greek seems like the perfect cuisine to discuss a big, fat wedding over.


Blogger Night Flier said...

I vote for a Big Fat Greek Wedding!!! :) Have fun with your planning!

Sylvia Weinstock?!?! WOW! I'm impressed!

Congrats on winning the bet!

11:03 AM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Vixen ~ Indeed, I think some lamb and baklava is the way to go! My sister Robin and I got my sister Missy a Sylvia cake for her baby shower! Even at that point, we wanted our Jackie to eat nothing but the best...lol. Sylvia was so down to earth (she was an elementary school teacher for 25 years) and the tasting was fun. Thank you so much for you kind wishes about the planning!

11:23 AM  
Blogger work in progress said...

Thursday, you're enthusiasm is contagious! I can't wait to begin my preparations. The Good Guy has drafted a letter to our families in order to decide where the heck to have this thing. I think we've decided on April 2007.

I say your dinner should be anything but sushi ;-) I like the 'Big Fat Greek' pun, so...go that route!

1:45 PM  
Blogger Barry said...

Uh maybe ask J sarah.. but Greek looks good baclava is ok for greasy tortillas :P

3:16 PM  
Blogger Madfoot said...

Hey, don't forget, to get the announcement in the New York Times, you don't need connections but you DO need plenty o' lead time. If they want a pic, they have to take it soon, and it has to be according to specific strictures (eyebrows at the same level?!). Write it up as simply as possible and send it in NOW, not later.

10:56 PM  
Blogger David said...

Wow, you had me at "powerpoint presentation." You don't eff around do you? ;)
This is so cool to see a genius at work. Definitely keep us posted on how things progress. In all seriousness, this sounds like a great nonfiction book.

3:57 AM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

WIP ~ An April wedding sounds lovely! :) I am so excited for you.

Barry ~ There is nothing wrong with a nice, greasy tortilla once in a while. Mmmm.

Coz ~ Good point! I wonder what it takes to get into the feature section? Any ideas?

David ~ Oooooo! Don't encourage me! :)

7:29 AM  
Blogger Mayden's Voyage said...

I love how invested you are in this wedding :)
Greek sounds wonderful- I haven't had Greek food in a long time. I liked it...and nothing fills up the house like the aroma of roasted lamb when I cook one.
I worry what you'll do when the wedding is over! LOL (kidding)
Do you think you will coordinate your own special day? I mostly corrdinated mine- but it was a simple occasion :) And it was 17 years ago!

8:48 AM  
Blogger ThoughtsGalore said...

If only I had such a fabulous Bridezillamade...like you! LOL...hope you're well and I'm here. Day 3 in the hotel, but we're still alive.

9:43 AM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Cora ~ There is only one person worse than I am when it comes to being a 'zilla - my sister, Missy. I am sure that she will be fighting to plan my wedding, and since she is excellent at coordinating as well, I shall let her do it. Now, all I need is a boyfriend first, to turn into a fiance, etc. :)

TG ~ I can't wait until you are in the new home! Hang in there! xoxo

11:51 AM  
Blogger Darius said...

Greek cuisine is also great for a wedding. My sister married a Greek, and if I had to count the highest number of calories I ever consumed in one meal, that would have to be, I don't know, among the top five...

7:20 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

That clipboard is totally awesome. Totally.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I have a question...

If I start talking about the wedding a lot, can I come too?

Sounds like you're having a blast, Girl!

11:03 AM  
Blogger beachgirl said...

SHUT UP!!! THE Sylvia Weinstock??? color me jealous!!

You are OFFICIALLY a crazy bridemaidzilla....Let's do remember that this is not YOUR wedding.. ok, backing away slowly now..someone throw some food at it.. arghhhhh....

Love ya girl!!

1:08 PM  
Blogger Ryane said...

i say any food is good for a BrideMaidZilla dinner, but Greek does seem so very appropriate. Plus there is always the chance you will get to gaze at beautiful Greek waiters...;-)

3:36 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Darius ~ I am hoping the caterer that is hired slips in a few greek-style dishes here and there for appetizers! :) I am sure your brother's wedding was just awesome!

Auto ~ Thank you for your sweet compliments on my new baby! ;)

Heather ~ Hmmmm. I could perhaps use an assistant...

BG ~ Miss Sylvia was so down to earth; she came into the office and we talked about teaching for 40 minutes and the cake for like 10 minutes! Her glasses are just too funky and I kept staring at them. Well, of course its not my own wedding, but it was given to me to coordinate, so there you have it! :) The food you throw at me better be chocolate, dahling! xoxoxoxo

Ryane ~ Greek waiters. Hmmmm. I really really really like your thought processing system. That is an excellent way to choose a restaurant!

3:57 PM  
Blogger Clearlykels said...

You are amazing. This is going to be the best wedding. J. Sarah is very lucky!!! I cannot wait to hear the details. I love levenger!!!

6:16 PM  
Blogger schaumi said...

now, the red pen shows true class.
ahem, i have one too, but alas, i am very unorganized and can never fine it. you, however, my dear, seem to have your act together. have fun planning that big fat wedding :)...
and don't let it stress you out.

ps: i'm afraid this profile will be large again. i tried to make some changes, but they didn't seem to work. let's see..

8:58 PM  
Blogger afromabq said...

definitely greek! i'm thinking you're finding your new calling! lucky j. sarah.

9:53 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Kels ~ Another Levenger lover, eh? You are quite the club, let me tell you. ;) xoxoxo

Schaumi ~ I think there is something about a red pen and a teacher that just screams "we belong together!" Actually, during the school year I like getting a little funky using purple and green. :)

PToes ~ Indeed, I think its the direction I am heading in!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Eunuch said...

Levenger is one of my favorite stores...I plan on buying the bookcases from them when I get home from Iraq. An "easy" 1000 bucks. Now, if I can just convince myself to buy that leather reading chair from them...

10:10 PM  
Blogger puerileuwaite said...

Good choice. I love Greek food! Enough, in fact, that the indigestion resulting from discussion of the "w" word at the dinner table would not negate the joy.

11:00 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Eunuch ~ I can definitely help you convince yourself to get the chair! :)

P ~ I think Greek food just has that tendency, doesnt it? ;)

9:01 AM  
Blogger Darius said...

Uh... I should probably mention that you've been featured in a poem about "goofy tree sex."

Please don't sue me.


11:37 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

parea looks like a great choice. i had a great mediterranean meal at barbounia on 21st and park (or thereabouts.)

enjoy not matter where you go!

1:46 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Darius ~ I thought the topic of the poem was either going to be about a tree or going to be about sex? I am taken aback; I have only known you in the blogging world for two weeks! Gasp! :P

Amanda ~ I love restaurant recommendations, so thank you! :)

2:38 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

i got a rottie intuition that sylvia will be the doorway to your foodie career somehow.


7:09 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Rottiepooch ~ Hmmmm. The thought did cross my mind, I must admit. ;)

9:08 PM  
Blogger boneman said...

Y'all mentioned that ya thought maybe some of yer students were not going t'be doin' their summer reading....
If ya know there's a chance of that comin' up on ya, but ya want them t'read anyway, and ya want 'em t'read something of merit, some historical, and teaches honor and sense of duty (which will help the following year when ya ask 'em t'read something) let me suggest a book I ran into someseventeen years ago.

by Esai Yoshikawa

He also wrote Taiko, a marvelous book on the change of power in Japan at the turn of the century....about 1580-1600.
Both books were translated by different guys, but, oddly enough, the original author "rang" through both very well.

3:09 PM  

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