We received a Whirley Pop this holiday season from my aunt, uncle and cousins. Tonight, we made popcorn on the stove top, something I haven’t down in years.
The sweet, buttery smell of popcorn brings me back to my childhood. Popcorn was a treat, kept for sacred occasions such as movie nights and sleepovers. My favorite was Jiffy Pop. Standing on a kitchen chair, Jill and I each took turns shaking the thin aluminum packaging, anxiously waiting for the sounds of the popping corn. With a knife, Dad would cut through the dome of aluminum foil and then poured the golden puffs into the green Tupperware bowl that was coined “the popcorn bowl.”
On special nights, we would get to pour M &M’s onto the steaming popcorn. The candy coated shell kept the candy intact while the center melted into chocolaty goodness. Today, I sometimes treat myself to this chocolaty and buttery treat whenever I’ve had a bad day and want to escape to a place (and time) where life was simple and answers were easy.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Packed in a car, we, the girls headed up to the city, New York City. This was dedicated a girls day. A day of shopping, chatting, laughing and bonding. I loved days like these, left behind are worries about what is for dinner or what needs to be done around the house. For 17 hours the four of us were selfish, did what we wanted to do and went where we wanted to go.
We took advantage of our short time in the city, shopping for knock-off designer bags on Canal Street, browsing through the open air market in Bryant Park, sipping hot coffee at Starbucks and carpet skating at FAO Schwartz.
And of course, we ate. That is what you do when you go to New York, you eat. We had lunch at The Peanut Butter Co. near the NYU campus. They serve, yup, peanut butter. We enjoyed PB sandwiches. I shared a grilled PB, honey and banana sandwich, which was out of this world. Honest one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. For dinner we ate at a New York landmark, the Stage Deli on 7th. They make arguable the best corned beef sandwiches in the entire city. These sandwiches are huge. I mean HUGE. Piled 4 inches high, you can't even get your mouth around it. They are so yummy!!
And as we left the city, we enjoyed the sparking lights of Times Square all aglow. It was a perfect end, to a perfect day. And on the way home, we dedicated this - girl's day - had to become and annual trip. Where to next?
Posted by Jennifer at 9:25 PM
Monday, December 25, 2006
"Can I do anything to help?" The most common question asked this weekend. Of course I needed help. I was making my first holiday meal. But this is a rite of passage for any married woman, hosting and cooking the first meal for her extended family and I was bound and determined to do it all by myself. I took pleasure in peeling the potatoes (a task that was avoided at all costs while growing up) and pinching the green beans, even preparing the turkey. This was my meal and I had been planning it ever since inviting my parents and sister down this fall. Everything went perfectly, I timed the meal so that all dishes were still piping hot when we sat down to eat.
Here was the menu, for all the foodies, if you don't care, please skip to the bottom:
Low-fat crap Rangoon
Chicken liver pate
Apple, cranberry and pecan stuffing
Steamed green beans
Besides eating, which we did a lot of the entire weekend, we did the tradition gift exchange. I couldn't wait to see Dad's face when he opened his gift from Micah and I. My father has become a cigar connoisseur as of late, well really every since the Red Sox won the World Series. He must have mentioned several times over Thanksgiving that he wanted a humidor, so I took a trip to the Mount Washington cigar shop and bought him one. It isn't anything fancy, a medium sized humidor that will hold up to twenty cigars, but really how many cigars can one man have at a time. To say the least, he loved it. And the look on his face the reason why we all give gifts. It reminds me of the BMW commercial with the little boy just screaming after he opens the gift that he wanted. You want to have every person you give a gift to have this reaction. It truly is better to give than to receive.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
“This definitely tastes like December snow. January snow tastes the best,” – said Lucy, from the Charlie Brown comic strip
During the first snow fall of the season I think of this old Charlie Brown moment. I love snow. The sight of the land after a heavy snowfall, everything looks so peaceful and clean. I remember as a child, just sitting in the middle of the yard in my purple snowsuit with matching gloves, hat and boots, listening to the snow fall down around me. It was a beautiful silence broken only by the breaking of a tree branch that had become over burdened from the weight of the snow. The sight of powerlines and trees dripping with snow is the true sign winter has arrived.
So many of my childhood memories are in the snow… building a fort with Dad in the snow pile at the end of the driveway... making snow angels with Jill in the yard... skiing at Pat’s Peak in the freshly groomed powder... building snow men with Mom...running down the porch, boots and mittens filled with snow to get some hot chocolate...watching the TV screen at 5:30 in the morning, praying that they had cancelled school.
As an adult there are moments, when the snow falls, covering the ground with a white blanket, that I want to stand in the middle of the sidewalk, like I did when I was a kid. My mouth open, eyes closed as the snow flakes land on my face and melts on my tongue.
Lucy was right; January snow does taste the best.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Over the past couple of weeks, we've made several home improvements to our small townhouse. First we had laminate flooring put down on the main floor. It is a beautiful pine color and actually makes the house look bigger. It took Reese a little getting used too. He spent the first week just walking around finding a place to sleep. Not to worry, Reese has taken up residency on the couch.
Yesterday, the carpeting on the second floor was installed. It looks great. We hope that this small home improvements will help us sell the house in the coming months. After the new year, we are going to begin look at houses and neighborhoods we may want to live.
I'm excited to begin looking for a new place, as Micah had a lot of the house decorated with furniture and other accessories before I moved it. The next house will be someplace that we can make ahome for both of us.
Hanukkah began at Friday night at sundown. Reese has gotten into the holiday spirit with his new stuffed driedal. As you can see, he is very attached to it and can't seem to part with it -- even during his afternoon naps.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
The totally is up to four. Only three are usable at the moment, but we do have four. Four might seem like a lot to the 'normal' person one, but keep in mind that up until a few weeks ago we had five VCRs. (We recently downgraded to three, so in case of a VHS emergency, please contact us.) The sad this is I can't remember watching a VHS.
Today, Micah got his birthday present - a 23" flat panal HD tv for our bedroom. (I would show you an actually picture, but I'm not allowed to distract the tv watching.)
Micah came back from Circuit City at 10:30 am and I haven't seen him since. It is now close to 5 pm. Oh wait, I think I saw him come down around 1 pm for food, only to return upstairs after he had his full of last night's leftovers.
One might ask, what was wrong with the old tv? Nothing. It worked just fine for the hour of televison we watched on it. But a woman can not get in the way of a man and his love for eletronics
So now, I'm sitting in the living room, watching the BIG tv, which before I wasn't allowed to go near on the weekends. This might actually work out for me :)
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
It seems odd that we've designated one day to give thanks. To me there is so much that we have to be thankful for that we should do it more often than this one day in November. I'm thankful for my family and friends. I'm thankful for my loving and amazing husband, Micah. I'm thankful for the thousands of men and women serving the Armed Forces, who have committed their lives to protecting our, America's, thoughts and beliefs. I'm thankful that I have a good job, a roof over my head and food on the table. I'm thankful for the freedom of speech that allows me to keep this blog.
This Thanksgiving, Micah and I headed west to Michigan to spend the holiday with my family. This year was quiet, just mom and dad, Jill, Micah and I. Mom also invited over a co-worker to round out the bunch to six. A quieter version of last year, where we had both sets of grandparents and boyfriends.
Per usual, Mom and I made our annual after-Thanksgiving shopping trip. We both got great deals at Sam's Club, Target and JoAnn's. It is great to get deals on gifts, but it more fun watching Mom run around Target, weaving the cart inbetween other crazed shoppers, trying to get whatever the other people are running for. Every year she had no idea what the sales are and is constantly amazed at how many people are line up to get the sales. This year, caught up the festivies, Mom took off running as soon as we got in. For a brief moment, the two of us were seperated and when I finally met back up with her, she had a under the cabinet radio in the cart. I looked at her, with a confused looked on face. Her only comment was, "people were grabbing them and I thought I needed it." We both laughed. Consumerism at its best.
Monday, November 20, 2006
It has been a long time since I've done some creative writing. In an attempt to get start the juices flowing, I've completed some writing exercises. I'm going to post some of my favorites here from time to time. Enjoy!
Things about me...
- I’m afraid of birds.
- I can’t go to bed without using lipstick and putting lotion on my feet and hands.
- I don’t like pineapples. One chuck of pineapple can ruin a perfectly good bowl of fruit salad.
- I love new sheet night.
- I like getting into a well-made bed, but rarely make the bed.
- I love to cook.
- I never missed a home UNH hockey game during the four years I attended school there.
- I dated a guy just to go the World Series, the Red Sox won and I never called him back.
- When you are 22 and dating someone who is 18, four years is a big difference.
- I worked in my dad’s hardware store growing up, so I was one of the only girls in my class who really knew the difference between a Philips and a flathead screwdriver.
- I grew up in New Hampshire and, yes, some years we had to wear winter coats over our Halloween costumes
- I love the smell of fall, crisp, clean and musty all at the same time.
- One of my favorite stores is Staples.
- Popcorn isn’t popcorn without M&M’s
- I grew up without cable. It wasn’t that my parents were against it, but we lived in “the sticks” and the cable lines didn’t go that far.<>>
- I watched my first episode of 90210 when I was a sophomore in high school (1998). I’ve been hooked ever since.
- My grandfather makes the best pancakes and French toast.
- I got a concussion once from going down a slip’n slid on my knees.
- I choked on a piece of candy when I was 8 and didn’t eat for a week afterward.
- S’mores are one of the best things about summertime.
- Family is one of the most important things to me and I go home whenever I can.
- I laugh loud and often
- I love to write. I'm a good proofreader, but I can't proof my own writing.
- I graduated with honors and am proud of that, especially since I had to take incompletes for an entire semester due to illness.
- The Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins aren’t just sports teams, they are a religion.
- I miss watching thunderstorms with my dad on the back porch.
- I grunt when I pitch.
- I love matza, but by day five matza doesn’t like me.
- I applied to Mount Holyoke College because Baby from Dirty Dancing went there. I didn’t get it.
- I love sushi, but I’m not a big fan of fish.
- I stood in line for three hours to see Joe Lieberman at UNH during the 2000 election and all I can remember is that he came out to “Who Let The Dogs Out”
- My sister and I used to pretend the big rock in our backyard was a house, a boat, a store, a school…
- I have a crazy, year and half puppy, who I don’t think will every grow up.
- I didn’t sleep for an entire year. I was in sixth grade.
- I’ve slept with the same teddy bear since I was born.
- The first time I was ever drunk was on my 21st birthday.
- My favorite dish is Shepard’s Pie – it was birthday dinner for years.
- I’m a daddy’s girl.
- I never played with Barbies, but built her mansion out of Legos.
- I’ve read every Judy Blume book.
- I won’t see a movie, if I haven’t read the book.
- I love ice hockey, even though I’ve never played.
- I’ve had my picture in Sports Illustrated – I was in the background practically crying as my college team lost the NCAA Frozen Four Championship game.
- I’ve been to a NASCAR race and I loved it!
- Ryan Newman is my favorite driver.
- I learned to ski and swim as soon as I could walk.
- I lost one of my front teeth when I was four years old. It turned black and had to be removed. It became a perfect hole for a straw.
- I’m right handed, but I put my contacts in with my left hand.
- I spent a summer playing ASA Junior Olympic softball.
- Wicked is a part of my vocabulary and yes, it is a noun, a verb, an adj. and an adverb.
- I learned to drive on my grandfather’s tracker.
- My family is a Ford family – My dad drives a Ford, my sister drives a Ford, my mom drives a Ford, my grandfather drives a Ford, my aunt drives a Ford, my uncle drives a Ford. However, my favorite NASCAR driver drives a Dodge. I was almost disowned.
- I was sixteen when I had my first kiss. It was horrible and he turned out to be an asshole.
- I love to sing, loudly, to the music playing the supermarket.
- I hum when I swim underwater.
- Nothing is better than a sappy movie and popcorn with M&M’s.
- I read a magazine from back to front.
- I’ve been to 22 states – Georgia, California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Hawaii.
- I’ve met Bobby Allison. I didn’t know who he was at the time, now that I do there is so much I would want to ask him.
- My favorite color is blue, yet I don’t one a single shirt in that color.
- I love to go food shopping.
- Capitan and Coke was my drink of choice in college.
- I was a card carrying Girl Scout until I graduated from high school. I spent seven years a summer camp and in order to go – I had to be a Girl Scout.
- Cosmo was considered the Bible in college – my roommates and I took turns each month buying it.
- I love peanut butter.
- Ketchup should be considered its own food group. There isn’t much I won’t put it on, including a mysterious peanut butter sandwich when I was three.
- I lost three toe nails on my right foot due to a fungus I got in college. It’s gross, but not contagious.
- I love tea. And I will only drink it with milk when I’m sick.
- I’ve started hundreds of needle point, projects, but only finished two.
- I have an addiction to Chap Stick. I always have a tube with in reach.
- I have to do the crossword puzzle in every PEOPLE magazine.
- I’ve learned that the only that person whose says you can’t do anything is yourself.
- I sometimes ask too many questions. It sometimes gets to be annoying.
Friday, November 17, 2006
No not my pants... our house. After unpacking gifts and throwing out old, unwanted stuff, it appears that we are still bust'n at the seems.
Our first step in the moving process is to make a few small home improvements. Basically that means getting a new carpet. Micah and I have both agreed that we would like to put down a laminate hardwood floor on the main level of the house. At the moment we have the white carpet that the contractors put down when the build the house. However, after five years, the white carpet is now a dirty shade of brown. (Thank you Reese).
So tomorrow we are going to Lowe's to get a price quote on how much it will cost to get laminate on the main floor and new carpet on the second floor. My goal would be to have the entire project done by the time my parents come at the end of December. I promise to give updates as we begin the process of new homeownership.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
I honestly think Micah and I ate our way through Hawaii. Of course, calories don't count when you are on vacation.
And because I am a self-proclaimed foodie - here is a run down of all of the meals that we had on the islands.
Tidepools - Grand Hyatt Kauai - Poipu Our first night in Kauai and we were tired and starving, so we decided to try out one of the three restaurants at the hotel and according to all the guidebooks, Tidepools was the place to be. The food was to die for!! I had a mac nut breaded chicken breast in a cream sauce and Micah had fresh fish and lobster. I thought I had died and gone to heaven, it was soooo good. Oh and our table was right near the koi pond. Those were some of the biggest fish I have ever seen. And there were like a hundred of them.
Keiko's - Poipu
This place is part of a restaurant group on the islands and California. I really liked this place, it was low key and laid back, like most things on the islands. The food was good and was one of least expensive meals on the trip. Micah had some fish pasta dish, which he said was alright. I had a mac nut pesto pasta with shrimp. I liked it, but then again I've never met a pesto sauce I haven't liked. I would highly recommend this place.
Beach House - Poipu
The Kelley's recommend this place to us. It was suggested that we go during sunset, but we weren't able to get our act together to get there by sunset. However, we did have an 8:15pm reservation and got a table overlooking the water. Even in the dark, the crashing of the waves was very romantic. The food here was out of this world. Micah and I agreed that this was our favorite dinner. For starters we had fish nachos. At first I was a little worried, but it was great made with a sweet and spicy black bean risotto and a white fish. I had the ono (a tender white fish) topped with crab meat and sea scallops in a light cream sauce. Micah had the roasted duck and loved it. The one thing that did spoil the evening was bad service. We were seated for almost twenty minutes before anyone came over to take our order. It was disappointing because the food was so good.
Sansei - Kapalua
This sushi restaurant was recommended to use by almost everyone who had been to Maui before and it lived up to the expectations. The wait for a table was a bit long, but worth it. We got the Dynamite Shrimp (similiar to the Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish), sashimi and I got the mango roll (intersting) and spicy tuna. It was great sushi, very fresh. Micah and I both agreed that while it was great, Edo Sushi here in Baltimore offers just the same quality. Also, an important thing to note, on Thursday and Fridays, they discount their sushi after 10 pm. Most of the rolls are 50% off.
Longhi's - Lahaina
Micah's parents told us about this place, they had been nearly 15 years before. The restaurant is a throw back to what I believe Maui might have looked like when the place first opened. The food was very good, a little pricy, but good. We both got a shrimp dish. Mine was in a orange-ginger sauce, Micah's was in a cream sauce. I recommend this place.
Kimo's - Lahaina
This is part of the same restaurant group as Keiko's in Poipu and the menus are very similiar. I got a shrimp and steak dinner. I wasn't really impressed. The steak was a little dry and favorless. Micah had the lobster stuffed mahi mahi, which he raved about. I would recommend this place, just stay with the fish.
Lahaina Fish Co. - Lahaina
I loved this place. We ate a late dinner and got a table right next to the water. It was a beautiful evening. Micah had a fresh fish stew, filled with scallops, shrimp, fish and crab meat. I had the mahi mahi is a mac nut sauce with Maui onion potatoes. I loved it. And we got a ton of food for a great price. The atmosphere here was great. If you ever find yourself in Maui, you have to stop by here.
That's it. My semi-professional review of our dining experiences in Hawaii.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
One word - paradise. Hawaii is true paradise.
There is so much to share about our trip to Hawaii that I'm going to have to spilt it up. So here is my first pass. We left for Kauai on the Monday after the wedding. I couldn't believe how giddy we both were for getting very little sleep over the past week, plus the fact that we were looking forward to an eleven hour plane trip.
Once on the Kauai, we quickly realized that we were in paradise. The Grand Hyatt in Poipu was so beautiful and amazing. We were upgraded to an Ocean View Suite. Honestly, the room was bigger than our townhouse. I could get used to this 'newlywed' thing. Our first night we had a great dinner (more on the food later) and hit the hay. Kauai is seven hours (before the day light saving time) behind Baltimore. The next day, we relaxed at the pool, actually the lagoon. Yeah the resort had a pool and a lagoon, with a real sand beach. In three short days in Kauai, we managed to do some serious pool time, a helicopter ride and an atv tour. The atv was my favorite.
On Thursday we head over to Maui, about a forty minute airplane ride away. Maui is beautiful and a very popular place to go. While Kauai was much more relaxing, Maui was exciting and a happening place to be. After a short drive along the southern coast of the island, we arrive at our hotel. It was beautiful, but didn't quite live up to our expectations after staying at the Grand Hyatt. We did have an amazing view of the ocean from our room though. Views like these can make you want to stay on the island for ever.
Micah and I didn't do as much as we would have liked. The pool and sunshine was calling. We did do the luau at the hotel. Very fun and a little chessey, but very Hawaii all the same. The one adventurous thing we did do was ride bikes done an inactive volocano. Yup! It was a lot of fun and only about 100 yards of pedaling. Micah's kind of bike ride. Oh yeah - we did attempt snorkling on our own, but Micah had a little accident and lost his glasses in the ocean. No, I can not make this shit up. Who wears there glasses in the ocean?? Several thousand miles away from home and we had to go to Lens Crafters to get new glasses.
Other than that small snafu, we had a great time and are already thinking about our next trip back. (of course that will probably be our 25th anniversary.)
Posted by Jennifer at 9:18 PM
After nearly a year of planning, Micah and I were married on October 21. It was an amazing day. Family started to arrive on Thursday, October 19 to help us celebrate. On Friday night we had a fun rehearsal dinner at Camden Yards. The room had an amazing few of the ball park and Inner Harbor. It was so much fun to spend time with friends and family that we don't get to see that often.
On Saturday, after an earlier wake-up call, I joined my parents, Jill and Miles for breakfast then it was off to the salon to get our hair done. All of the bridesmaids were amazing so supportive. We had a lot of fun just hanging out while we each took turns getting out make up down.
After pictures in a near by park, Micah and I finally walked down the aisle. What was the statement of the day was when I turned to my mom, just before walking down the aisle, and said "I don't think I'm going to cry." Ha! As soon as I heard my mom gasp at the end of the aisle, I was done. So much for water proof mascara.
Honestly, the day was one of the best of my life. People always say that, but it was. I'm so glad to have married my best friend and be able to share the day with family and friends.
Posted by Jennifer at 9:02 PM
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
So on top of planning a wedding for 160 of my closest friends and family, I've been busy at work helping plan a HUGE breast cancer awareness event for the hospital.
With the help of talented local breast cancer survivors, celebrities, fashion designers, and artists, the first annual braVo! event will feature a collection of one-of-a-kind decorated bras, which will be exhibited in a daylong event to raise funds to help underserved women in the greater Baltimore area gain access to mammograms and other services for breast cancer patients not covered by insurance.
To date, we have more than 90 decorated bras from local Baltimore artists and even a few famous ones including Sandra Magsamen, Peggy Flemming and Jay Strongwater.
I, of course, with the little creativity I have made a bra that has been selected for the 2007 calendar. The bra is named "These Boobs Are Made for Walking," a play on words and is dedicated to all of the women who participate every year in breast cancer awareness walks around the country.
The event is October 25, so I and the rest of the Marketing Department at LifeBridge Health are running all around trying to get everything ready to go. So if I seem a little stressed out it is because of the this event, which is no where as organized as my wedding. :) If you get a minute, check out www.bravolifebridge.org. We've posted a handful of pictures.
Posted by Jennifer at 1:53 PM
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I survived a rite of passage for every bride to be... the bachelorette party!! On September 17, friends from New Hampshire, Michigan and Baltimore came to Charm City to help me celebrate. We started out with a wine tasting at house, hosted by Amy and Stacie. I think we all agreed that the voulet was the best. After the tasting, we had an amazing dinner at Pazo, a tapas place in Fells Point. After dinner we went to the square in Canton, where we enjoyed yummy drinks at Cosmopolitan. Then it was off to Inner Harbor and Have a Good Day Cafe -- where we danced the night away.
Oh and the limo was a lot of fun! As we were getting in, there was a bright rainbow in the sky. It was destined to be a 'magical' evening.
I have other pictures I can send if you would like to see those pictures not for public consumption ;).
I have to thank Katie for planning a great evening. It was so much fun and I hope everyone had fun and enjoyed themselves.
Posted by Jennifer at 8:48 PM
Monday, September 25, 2006
Happy New Year!! Micah and I spend Rosh Hashanah in Harrisburg with his family. There is nothing like homemade matza ball soup and apple kugel. I love the holidays because we get to spend time with family and friends.
Reese had a wonderful time hanging out with Monty and Max, my future-in-laws dogs. Reese has learned how to use the doggie dog at thier house to go out, but hasn't quite figured out how to come back in through the doggie dog. He would just stand in front of the sliding glass door, barking and barking. It is a good thing that he is cute because he really isn't that bright.:)
As soon as we got home on Saturday, Reese went directly upstairs and underneath the bed. I guess two days of running around the house in Harrisburg tired him out. He slept all day Sunday too.
Micah and I spent much of Sunday catching up on stuff around the house. Mowing the lawn, doing laundry, cleaning. And of course, keeping up on wedding details. With just a little over three weeks until the big day, both of us are busy and stressed out with all that needs to be done. We just need to remind us to take it one day at a time. And to breath.
Stay tuned... 26 days and counting...
Monday, September 11, 2006
This past weekend I traveled to NH for my bridal shower. It was a wonderful weekend. It was great to see family and friends. I forgot how much I miss New England. It is so beautiful.
We got a lot of great stuff. Cookbooks, cake pans, towels, blankets, glasses, place settings. All of this stuff we truly help make our house a home. Aunt Cyndi made a beautiful cake for the shower. Yellow cake with ameretto frosting. Yummy!
Next weekend is the bachelorette party. Get ready for the party!!!
Posted by Jennifer at 5:42 PM
Saturday, August 26, 2006
It's 8:30 am on a Saturday morning, Reese, our one-year old puppy, is asleep infront of the window and Micah just left for a weekend with the boys in Miami. Now what do I do? I've got a list of things to do:
- clean the bathrooms
- start the laundry
- pick up the dry cleaning
- write thank you notes
- go to the gym
But all I really want to do is spend a lazy day in front of the tv, watching 'chick flicks' and other senseless reality TV shows. I think I'll compromise, spend a couple hours on the sofa before I get started on today's projects. As a reward, I think I'll treat myself with Chinese for dinner.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Welcome to our blog. With family all over the country, from Michigan, New Hampshire, California, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Florida, Maine and North Carolina, just to name a few, we thought this was a great way to keep all of our friends and family informed about what is going on in our lives.
Thanks for stopping by and check back often.
Posted by Jennifer at 8:38 PM