Ramblings

Change is A-Brewin’: Resnarkable

by lizzie & isaiah on March 26, 2012 · 7 comments

I have had a weird time with this blog. It’s been pretty clear. Some of you amazingly, fantastical, intelligent ladies have helped me figure out a direction for the future.

Thank you.

I love writing. I didn’t want to stop blogging. I just wanted to stop blogging about our wedding.

Honestly, if you’re still considering blogging about your personal wedding, really give it some thought. If you don’t want to be a wedding blogger and you just want to write about something … writing about your wedding, your relationship and your friendships is very taxing.

If you’re a serial over-analyzer like me … you will wind up examining your relationship for content fodder and, eventually, something about that dulls the beauty of just enjoying moments together and living in general.

So, that being said – I have been working on a project called Resnarkable for a while. I’m really pumped about it.

I want to write about politics, careers, culture and life. 

If you want to join me, that would be killer.

If not, I completely understand. Sometimes our interests change, you know?

I wanted a fresh start. I didn’t want to move all of our 466 posts with us. I don’t want to forward the domain because you guys have some awesome guest posts up in this piece.

So I will leave this blog intact until the domain expires in November.

If you have guest posts here, feel free to take screenshots, save whatever you would like to!

Also – our Twitter account @luvyourway has been dead for a while. It’s pretty obvious that I can only keep up with one personal account daily (social media is what I do for a living). So if you want to follow along, you can catch up with me @lizonomics.

 

So whadya think? Exciting? Horseshit?

You guys are awesome. Thank you so much for three years of awesome community. This blog got me through some weirdly confusing times that seem to come along with planning a wedding.

Here’s some bloggers you should follow to continue that conversation:

So sorry if I forgot anyone!

Anyway, longest not-goodbye ever.

Quit screwin’ around and head over to Resnarkable.

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I have more than 700 blogs I read every day. Some I skim just for headlines before I read – like my advertising or HR/career daily reads. I read every post of about 200 blogs a day because I love them. I have always been a big fan Shared Human Experience’s. I believe in the power of blogs to level certain playing fields. Sharing information instead of hoarding and staying an unknown expert is something I’ve seen the benefits of in others’ lives.

Also – planning a wedding without blogs would be a nightmare for me. Or, maybe it would have been easier if I had never found them. We would have gone to the VFW or a church or something. But I can’t un-know what I know now, yeah?

We have found a couple of potential vendors through the blog community:  photographers, venues, the dresses – OMFG, the dresses. We thought we hit the jackpot.

In the beginning, we contacted a couple of photographers because we collectively geeked out over their work and it was like a first date when they responded back.

“We love your work! We’re planning a wedding. Wanna be part of it?! Schwee!”

“Of course! We’ll even give you a discount because you’re so fucking awesome.”

“What?! That’s aweSOME, but don’t worry about a discount. We want to pay you what you’re worth. What’s next, yo?”

“Oh! Awesome! Well, we’re on a moderate budget, so let’s talk pricing.”

“Let’s.”

“…………” Radio silence.

My question: I follow your blog. That’s how I met you. When I email you to follow-up and ask if everything’s okay and get continued silence, but daily posts pop up on your blog, that’s not what I would call incentive to work together.

Unfortunately, a lot of our experiences with local vendors we have found on blogs have been like this.

It’s a shame. I’m not sure if there’s some post deep down in the archives of our blog that hints we’re douche-nozzles to work with or what…but after the first whoopee-inspiring talk, we can’t seem to move forward into the commitment part of it.

And I’m starting to think it’s not us.

Did you have a similar experience? WTF.

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wedding things in progress

by lizzie & isaiah on January 18, 2012 · 16 comments

Things:

  • Finalizing the guest list.
  • Getting sa-the-da’s out before the end of the month (we’re late!).
  • Reading about wedding etiquette before we commit the unforgivable wedding-war crimes of improperly addressing invitations.
  • Trying to decide if I like the $50 dress I bought enough to wear it for the nupts.
  • Pinning wedding inspiration like a damned fool every day.
  • Working out four mornings a week and loving it.

Hear those?

They’re action verbs.

We’re fucking moving on this wedding thing.

It’s refreshing and easy after three years of sitting around, waiting.

Wish us luck.

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the level of nudity appropriate for a gym locker room

by lizzie & isaiah on January 16, 2012 · 26 comments

I don’t know what Feng Shui consultant was responsible for all of the gym locker rooms of the world…but the mirrors? It’s a little much.

I shouldn’t be able to stand around a maze of the locker room at the wall of sinkless countertops and see you, standing completely nude, facing the locker room.

The fuck is this? 

Another set of nips behind me, washing her hands after going to the bathroom, naked.

The fuck was that? 

Where’s your ingrained, American sense of shame about your body?! Didn’t your parents teach that nudity was one of Satan’s tricks to tempt you or something? Have you ever seen an H&M ad before? Isn’t that enough!?

What we really hate about other people’s nudity is not the nakedness itself, right? It’s their complete lack of awareness that they’re supposed to feel self-conscious and ashamed.

If I have to huddle in the corner facing the lockers after the shower and wrangle my still-damp legs into jeans while still wearing my robe and prepare my tank top ahead of time so there is only .485 seconds between when I am wearing my robe and wearing something else, then, damnit, you should too.

If you ask me? The appropriate level of nudity in the gym is calves

It’s always the 60-and-up crowd and the used-to-be-chubbsters who want to hang out with their poonangs out, too. They’re either getting used to their newfound fitness or they just don’t care anymore.

But when mine eyes have seen three sets of nipples before 8 A.M., you’ve officially encroached on what I need to have a good day: a distinct lack of nipple sightings.

What are your thoughts? Are you a bare-all at the gym kinda gal or do you get dressed in the shower?

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