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Archive: August 2009

my very special maid of honor speech.

So, my sister’s big day is nearing and I’m getting slightly nervous. OK, I’m totally freaking out. I cannot even imagine how she feels because I am not even the bride and I feel like I’m having constant anxiety attacks? Why? Ohh I don’t know, maybe it’s the fact that I have a million things to do in the next 2 weeks. And because I want to make sure everything is perfect for her on my end. And because I have to see about a million relatives, plus people I don’t know. Plus people I’m ¬†supposed to know, but still don’t know. And I have to make sure my dress actually fits and that I don’t gain 10 pounds in the next two weeks. And that I don’t trip on it when I’m walking down the aisle. And I somehow need to get some sort of tan so I don’t look like a ghost and ruin all the pictures. Trust me, it’s A LOT to worry about.

Oh. And I have to give a speech. When they first got engaged, I was all gung-ho about the speech. “Oooh I can’t wait to get up there and talk about how happy I am!!” And now? Now, I’m not so excited. How do I sum up 26 years of growing up sisters, plus the new addition of a brother? Everyone keeps telling me to keep it short and sweet. But how on Earth do I do that?? If you know me, you know I keep nothing short and this speech is in danger of being a 45 minute catastrophe. And I feel like I’m going to throw up.

So, in the words of Becky Bloomwood, I Googled. Yes, I Googled for some help with my speech writing. And guess what? I found a website that is pretty much Maid of Honor MadLibs. How fun! Basically, the Internet wrote my speech for me. All I had to do was fill in some words and change a few things. Personally, I think it would have been a bit better if they had told me what part of speech to make the word, but perhaps that’s asking too much.

Here’s an excerpt:

Good Evening! For those of you who don’t know me, I am ____SUSIE_____, the very proud big (little) sister of our glamorous Bride. I want to start by congratulating bride and groom, and thanking all of you for coming here today.

When I look at the bride and groom, I feel such a whirlwind of emotions? (there are lots of ?? in this speech. Does that mean I should use ¬†up-speak??) I know that __BETH___ has found her true match and I know that theirs will be a marriage of long standing. My heart is bursting with love for you two today. I know you have a wonderful adventure ahead of you, and with God’s blessing your marriage will last for decades to come. (it’s not a religious wedding… Do I take this out?)

I never knew __ADAM___ before he dated my sister, so I can’t tell you horrible stories about him, but I can tell you that I think he is perfect for my sister!? (i like the “!?” touch. Totally something I would do/say) He’s easy going, interesting, easy to talk to, and he has a great sense of humor! We are very happy to welcome __ADAM___ into our family. We know he’s made for us, and we hope we’re made for him!

__BETH____, I want to note how beautiful you look today, and to tell you that this has truly been a special day for me. Thank you for giving true meaning to the word sister and for sharing the last 28 (26) years with me. My parents and I have just loved this girl from the day she was born. We’ve coddled her, enjoyed her, and laughed with her? (This part is confusing. I never coddled her. Even if I had, that’s weird. Suggestions?) I know how much joy she has brought into our lives, and I know that she’ll bring that joy into ___ADAM’S___ life as well….

Anyway, you get the point. Speech is AWESOME, right? I’m going to totally rock the wedding, right? Please, somebody, give me some confidence!

it’s almost friday.


I went to see Jason Mraz last night and once again, he was perfectly lovely. I’d probably follow the guy around the country if possible, but that might classify me as a stalker, which is something I probably shouldn’t get involved in. But seriously, if you ever need to get in a good mood, go to a Jason Mraz show. He’s is the most positive, uplifting person. He gets the whole audience so into his shows, has a great sense of humor, and makes you feel like it’s OK to just let loose and have a good time. In fact, one of his favorite quotes is, “Don’t let your mind stop you from having a good time,” something i think many more people should take into consideration. Especially me. I tend to over-think things WAY too much.


Julie and Julia comes out tomorrow and clearly if you know me, you know this is like the most ideal movie ever for me. I loved the book and think the movie looks pretty fabulous. I wanted to try to finish Julia Child’s My Life in France before seeing it, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Unless I put aside all my work and become a speed reader for the rest of the day.


Today equals exactly one month until my sister’s wedding. Freaking out. I know I shouldn’t be, but I still have to write my speech which is making me crazy (and all emotional) and get my dress hemmed (and lose 832 pounds) and make a bunch of appointments and do a bunch of other things. I cannot believe my sister is going to be a married woman!! And I can’t believe that in one month all of this is going to be over. But one of my very best friends just asked me to be in her 2010 wedding, so that means wedding celebrations are not even close to being over for me. One thing I can say is thank God I love all these future husbands! It makes planning and celebrating so much more fun.


Be sure to enter the giveaway at We are not Martha! It’s for two $50 Gap giftcards and all you have to do is leave a comment. We’re accepting entries until Friday night, so get in while you can.

Happy almost Friday! I seriously spent all morning thinking it was Friday. Ughh.

in the papers.

Chels and I were in the Boston Herald on Friday and we’re thrilled with the article and how the picture came out. Our last newspaper experience was not so stellar, so we’re kind of psyched to make up for it.


We had a glorious picnic filled with deliciousness and good friends. Sometimes I love my life so much, I just don’t know what to do. I’m so lucky and in such a fabulous place!

Also, this weekend was wonderful and details will follow soon. But it was so busy, I feel like I need a week-long vacation to make up for it. So worth it though. Summer in Boston needs to stay forever.