Random Updates

Busy weekend. Here’s the recap for yo’ azz:

Friday
After work, I joined 

on the Metra to head out to the suburbs. He and

 both felt that it would be good practice for when we move out there. We met up with

 and Carrie for dinner at Uncle Julio’s, and then stopped at Baker’s Square for some pie. We took the pie back to their house and played Cranium. Then we went home.

Saturday
The day started off well. We went to Costa Rica Experts (a travel agent recommended by a friend) to get information to book our honeymoon. I told the dude that we had a hard limit budget (I gave him the number) and said that I needed that number to include everything – including airfare. He told me that would be no problem. Basically, I said “here’s what we can spend, and here’s what we want to do, so tell me how many days we can do it for”. We talked about the areas we wanted to visit, the activities we wanted to do, and he said he’d get us a proposal.

Well, later that day, he emailed me the proposal – it did NOT include airfare, and was just a couple hundred dollars lower than our budget. Which means once airfare was included, it would be about $700 or so HIGHER than our budget. I was pretty pissed – he didn’t even acknowledge that he went over the parameters I gave him. Carrie did a little fishing around online, and priced out the places he listed, and the activities, and found out that the total price was less than half of what he quoted. Granted, her prices did not include ground transportation, but I really doubt that a couple puddle jumper flights will cost us $1,900. I’m a little pissed. Carrie is contacting another travel agent we’d gotten some quotes from who was much more reasonable.

After our travel agent meeting, we joined

 for brunch at Eleven City Diner. Had some delicious lox. Plus, they have a dish called the “Tom Waits Breakfast”. Neat.

Saturday night we stayed in and watched The Devil Wears Prada on On Demand.

Sunday
This was a busy day – we started by meeting Carrie’s friends Angie and Brian for brunch at Orange on Harrison. After brunch, we went to church with them, and then headed out to the suburbs for Wedding Madness. First we went to Style on a Budget to talk about invitations. We were super thrilled with them – the invitations will look totally spiffy, and are under our budget. We also are going to have her do our programs.

After the invitations, we went to Bed Bath and Beyond to register. That was exhausting. We were there for two hours, and only got about halfway done. We’re going back next Sunday – in addition to registering at Crate and Barrel that day as well.

After registering, we had dinner at my mom’s house and I geeked out over Tom Waits with my stepfather.

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~ by Matt Stratton on January 29, 2007.

19 Responses to “Random Updates”

  1. orange on harrison! holler!

  2. It’s totally the new Bongo Room.

  3. I love looking at registries and it has been a while since I’ve had someone’s to look at. Just to let you know, that cheese grater looks cool, but falls apart due to pressure you put on it when grating. I had to replace mine after a year. Also, I am not a Pampered Chef consultant, but they have really nice durable kitchen tools. I have a bunch of them now. Most were gifts from my mom, but many I’ve gotten myself. I use most of them quite frequently. They do have a registry and even bridal shower “parties”. I think where you go to a Pampered Chef party and the guests order stuff off the registry for the couple. I’m sure they do a fun demonstration (and tasting) too. Ok, just tell all that to Carrie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love looking at registries and it has been a while since I’ve had someone’s to look at. Just to let you know, that cheese grater looks cool, but falls apart due to pressure you put on it when grating. I had to replace mine after a year. Also, I am not a Pampered Chef consultant, but they have really nice durable kitchen tools. I have a bunch of them now. Most were gifts from my mom, but many I’ve gotten myself. I use most of them quite frequently. They do have a registry and even bridal shower “parties”. I think where you go to a Pampered Chef party and the guests order stuff off the registry for the couple. I’m sure they do a fun demonstration (and tasting) too. Ok, just tell all that to Carrie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love looking at registries and it has been a while since I’ve had someone’s to look at. Just to let you know, that cheese grater looks cool, but falls apart due to pressure you put on it when grating. I had to replace mine after a year. Also, I am not a Pampered Chef consultant, but they have really nice durable kitchen tools. I have a bunch of them now. Most were gifts from my mom, but many I’ve gotten myself. I use most of them quite frequently. They do have a registry and even bridal shower “parties”. I think where you go to a Pampered Chef party and the guests order stuff off the registry for the couple. I’m sure they do a fun demonstration (and tasting) too. Ok, just tell all that to Carrie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Just saw the Simple Human garbage can. You want some advice? Ok, well too bad here it is. The foot pedal on ours broke within a year and is unfixable. A TOTALLY AWESOME garbage can is by Brabantia. Those Europeans really know how to design a garbage can. I’m not kidding. We just got ours for Christmas. It IS a bit pricey, but friends who’ve had one for 4-5 years say theirs still works. We opted for one with a touch lid open/close device. The 40 L one has a flat back and fits tight against the wall or cabinet so as to reduce wasted space (as opposed to a round one).

    I don’t know if you can get them in stores, but the best price online is here:

    http://www.kitchensource.com/trash/ba348.htm

    They say you need to use their bags, but I don’t think it is necessary. Even though the bags are better made than any I’ve seen in the US, the same size US made brand will fit in the can just fine. They also have a 10 yr warranty. It is SO easy to clean too.

    I love ours, and can’t rave about it enough, if you can’t tell!

  7. Just saw the Simple Human garbage can. You want some advice? Ok, well too bad here it is. The foot pedal on ours broke within a year and is unfixable. A TOTALLY AWESOME garbage can is by Brabantia. Those Europeans really know how to design a garbage can. I’m not kidding. We just got ours for Christmas. It IS a bit pricey, but friends who’ve had one for 4-5 years say theirs still works. We opted for one with a touch lid open/close device. The 40 L one has a flat back and fits tight against the wall or cabinet so as to reduce wasted space (as opposed to a round one).

    I don’t know if you can get them in stores, but the best price online is here:

    http://www.kitchensource.com/trash/ba348.htm

    They say you need to use their bags, but I don’t think it is necessary. Even though the bags are better made than any I’ve seen in the US, the same size US made brand will fit in the can just fine. They also have a 10 yr warranty. It is SO easy to clean too.

    I love ours, and can’t rave about it enough, if you can’t tell!

  8. Just saw the Simple Human garbage can. You want some advice? Ok, well too bad here it is. The foot pedal on ours broke within a year and is unfixable. A TOTALLY AWESOME garbage can is by Brabantia. Those Europeans really know how to design a garbage can. I’m not kidding. We just got ours for Christmas. It IS a bit pricey, but friends who’ve had one for 4-5 years say theirs still works. We opted for one with a touch lid open/close device. The 40 L one has a flat back and fits tight against the wall or cabinet so as to reduce wasted space (as opposed to a round one).

    I don’t know if you can get them in stores, but the best price online is here:

    http://www.kitchensource.com/trash/ba348.htm

    They say you need to use their bags, but I don’t think it is necessary. Even though the bags are better made than any I’ve seen in the US, the same size US made brand will fit in the can just fine. They also have a 10 yr warranty. It is SO easy to clean too.

    I love ours, and can’t rave about it enough, if you can’t tell!

  9. Thanks for the advice! All of the “gadgets” on the BBB registry are just sort of the default – they had a set where it was like “all gadgets by so-and-so”, and we figured it was easier to just have them add all of them, and we’d just delete off what we didn’t want. Good tip on the cheese grater, for sure.

  10. Thanks for the advice! All of the “gadgets” on the BBB registry are just sort of the default – they had a set where it was like “all gadgets by so-and-so”, and we figured it was easier to just have them add all of them, and we’d just delete off what we didn’t want. Good tip on the cheese grater, for sure.

  11. Thanks for the advice! All of the “gadgets” on the BBB registry are just sort of the default – they had a set where it was like “all gadgets by so-and-so”, and we figured it was easier to just have them add all of them, and we’d just delete off what we didn’t want. Good tip on the cheese grater, for sure.

  12. Good to know – and now that I look at it, I see that the Brabantia is the same trash can that Lou and Julee have – it’s awesome (as you well know!)

    They don’t seem to have them at BBB or C&B, but maybe we can just buy one for ourselves.

    This registry thing is complicated!

  13. Good to know – and now that I look at it, I see that the Brabantia is the same trash can that Lou and Julee have – it’s awesome (as you well know!)

    They don’t seem to have them at BBB or C&B, but maybe we can just buy one for ourselves.

    This registry thing is complicated!

  14. Good to know – and now that I look at it, I see that the Brabantia is the same trash can that Lou and Julee have – it’s awesome (as you well know!)

    They don’t seem to have them at BBB or C&B, but maybe we can just buy one for ourselves.

    This registry thing is complicated!

  15. That first day of registering IS exhausting. But the good part about it is that you can revise it online. So you go to the store, are completely overwhelmend, forget what you registered for and feel lost. Then go clean up the list on line.

    So, scan everything that looks good and make it easier for yourself. Do the research later. Brian scanned a box of Twix bars. He scanned everything I touched just because it was fun. Once you hit all the stores, it will feel so much easier and if you forget something, just add it online.

    Be forwarned, the china/crystal/silver part if you are doing that is the MOST exhausting. Be sure to make one of the registry consultants walk around with you.

  16. That first day of registering IS exhausting. But the good part about it is that you can revise it online. So you go to the store, are completely overwhelmend, forget what you registered for and feel lost. Then go clean up the list on line.

    So, scan everything that looks good and make it easier for yourself. Do the research later. Brian scanned a box of Twix bars. He scanned everything I touched just because it was fun. Once you hit all the stores, it will feel so much easier and if you forget something, just add it online.

    Be forwarned, the china/crystal/silver part if you are doing that is the MOST exhausting. Be sure to make one of the registry consultants walk around with you.

  17. If Carrie is at all interested in a Pampered Chef registry, here is more info:

    https://www.pamperedchef.com/registry/public/weddingRegistryHome.tpc

    I’m not some obsessed direct marketing freak, they really do have good, long lasting stuff.

    Have fun registering.

  18. If Carrie is at all interested in a Pampered Chef registry, here is more info:

    https://www.pamperedchef.com/registry/public/weddingRegistryHome.tpc

    I’m not some obsessed direct marketing freak, they really do have good, long lasting stuff.

    Have fun registering.

  19. And the Brabantia is available in “Matt Black” – COINCIDENCE??? You totally need one. They really are awesome.
    Jolene

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