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.