We’re looking into having a signature cocktail or two for the wedding.  The list of those currently in the running is below.  The theme, more is less, is that they turn out purple.  Have anything to add?  Comment with a recipe that you think would be appropriate.

Blackberry Champagne Cocktail

3/4 oz. blackberry simple syrup
1-1.5 oz. gin
Sparkling wine
Fresh blackberries for garnish

Put two blackberries in a champagne flute. Pour in blackberry simple syrup and gin, then carefully top off with sparkling wine.

Purple November
1/2 part blue curacao
1 part rum
4 parts cranberry juice
slice of lime


2 oz light rum
1 oz Parfait Amour liqueur
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice


2 ounces aged Virgin Islands or Santa Cruz rum
1 tablespoon Chambord
2 teaspoons Blue Curacao
1/2 ounce lime juice (reserve shell for garnish)
3-4 raspberries for shaker
3-4 raspberries for garnish

Chambord Royale

3/4 oz vodka
3/4 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
1/2 oz triple sec
2 oz lime juice

We’ll be having a taste testing party this fall (2010).  Stay tuned for news.  We’ll announce it here.


Pretty good birthday all around

So far the big 4-oh has not been so bad.  I was quite pleased to have so many of our friends show up at the party and enjoy the food, and yet we still have a lot of leftovers.  Not a bad thing, really, and I certainly won’t have to buy any soda or beer for a while.

Also, we got several surprise visitors.  Kelly was not surprised to see her parents, but they definitely surprised me.  And both of us were surprised to see Liza (the maid of honor for our wedding) since neither of us thought she would be coming to the party.  And we had a couple of other last-minute changes of plan where people who did not think they would make it were able to come after all, so it was good all around.

Also also wik, we had the best-tasting orange baseball cake ever.

Party Photos

Courtesy of my Surprise! Guest!, and Maid of Honor, please enjoy some party photos from Geoff’s 40th Birthday Party.  They’re a little dark because they were taken at the cake cutting in the dining room which is the most poorly lit room in the house.


Surprise! Guest! herself
She surprised me, nobody does that.
Celebrating with cake.
Celebrating with cake.
More party guests.
More party guests.
Even more party guests.
Even more party guests.
The, um, "orange baseball" cake.
The, um, "orange baseball" cake.

One test down, many to go

I took my first IT certification test Friday – the A+ Essentials test – and passed.  So now all I have to do is schedule the second test, and pass it, to get my A+ certification.  Then I can start on the Network+ and Security+ tests and then move on towards the MCSA and MCSE certifications.

Also, I was selected to be a Student Ambassador at the school.  So that’s a good thing.


Geoff loves (to) fish

Yesterday I was able to make arrangements to go pick up 150 silver chargers like these for an absolute steal in Cranston, Rhode Island.  I had been thinking about getting them for the wedding, but the prices and shipping on the internet was making them prohibitively expensive.  (The link above is the least expensive vendor available.)  Anyway, on our way down to meet up with the seller we stopped by the R.I. Antiques Mall in Pawtucket and came away with a couple of books (shocking, I know) and a pair of super heavy, honest-to-God, bronze bookends that were marked down 50%.

After handling a monsoon and a wrong turn thanks to our GPS, we made it to Cranston and then headed back.  That’s when Geoff decided that he wanted to head to the BassPro shop in Foxboro, MA.  You see, this is his favorite store, maybe ever.  He walks in the door and turns into a little kid.  When he told me they had a big aquarium, I was sold.  We didn’t have anywhere to be.

Then, Bon Jovi struck.

You see, the BassPro shop is quite literally in a shopping complex right across the street from the football stadium where the Patriots play.  I have been to a Pats game, I know how insane traffic gets when a thousand million people are trying to get into Foxborough all via Rt. 1 at the same time.  It’s a special kind of traffic jam.  In the off season, the stadium gets used for rock/country/insane/stupid concerts and events just about every weekend.

Naturally, we had forgotten this.  So, we got into traffic and stopped moving.  I called a friend, one of my bridesmaids, and asked her to hop online and see what was going on.  She looked it up and said, “Bon Jovi” and Geoff and I both groaned inwardly.  When she said that Kid Rock was opening for him, there was some audible swearing.  So we hopped out of line for our exit, zipped past the traffic, and decided to head home.  Except that’s not how it worked out.

At the next exit we were both hungry and Geoff had to pee, naturally, so we wound up in the parking lot of American Joe’s Bar and Grill.  I can’t tell you how amusing our dining experience was.  The hostess was either psychic or sized us up immediately.  I walked in and must have looked a little stricken.  The place was PACKED to the rafters with families with young kids.  She went to look for a table and came back and lead us to a back corner with 2 booths and said, “You can pick either one, I know there are a lot of kids here tonight and I figured you might want a break from the noise.”  She was right on, we had a great waitress and the quietest seat in the house.

Anyway, we plotted during dinner and decided that once we were done we’d take another shot at getting to BassPro.  (This was after I bet Geoff $20 that yes, they really would be open till at least 9:00pm on a weekend night.  I won the bet.)  We figured by that time the BonJovi peeps would be more or less in the stadium and we should be able to tell our GPS unit to take us there via back roads.  We enjoyed our dinner and then headed out.  And our plan worked.  We made it in under a half an hour, got parking in the Retail Only parking lot, and after I spent time staring at the fishies and turtles, actually picked up the stuff Geoff needed.  Also, I took some pictures.

Geoff with the fishies at BassPro
See how happy he is?

And then, because I’m just like this, I got another picture with the fishies.

Geoff kisses the fishes
Geoff kisses the fishes

I do find it slightly ironic that a store dedicated to the catching, killing, and eating of game fish has a huge, beautiful, and incredibly well maintained aquarium of them.  But, it still made me happy to see them swimming around and in such good condition.  They are the luckiest game fish on earth.