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Our Technology Age

Posted in Life, Technology by Meredith on April 28, 2011

This is a little thought bubble that I’m having as I sit here.  Andy and I are planning a wedding 3,000 miles away.  To get there, we use a lot of planes, trains, automobiles, and these days we do it all with the help of internet tools like yelp, etsy, weddingchannel, google docs, you name it!  And guess what!  We are even doing our pre-marital counseling over Skype!  That’s right!  Pastor Tom is conducting our first counseling session tomorrow morning at 7am (PDT) over skype!  How amazing is that?!  We live in an age where planning a  wedding and preparing for marriage can be done mostly from the comfort of our own homes.  Crazy!  My mind is just a little blown by this so I wanted to get it out there in the universe.  Any thoughts?

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Stories from the Betrothed

Posted in Life by Meredith on September 21, 2010
Hello!  This is Meredith, youngest sister in the D/L Forney clan and infrequent blog-poster.  I’ve been recently engaged to Andrew Kittle, my life partner and closest friend. 

we are awesome! and we come in lavendar scent too!

The story of our engagement spans over 4 years and involves Andrew proposing to me, then heart break, reconciliation, travel and adventures, and then me getting down on one knee.  We’re committed to our life together and have started planning a day to share the love with our family and friends (aka our wedding day)! 

We’d like our wedding to focus on the love and commitment we have, and sharing in a celebration with family and friends.  We love the old school weddings of our parents’ generation where you got married in someone’s backyard and then had the reception in the church basement and all the church ladies cooked dinner.  Can you say cheap and meaningful in the same sentence?  I can!  When working on a tight budget, and still wanting to have a party, a wedding like this seems like a fantabulous idea. 

Party on, Garth!

Think:  backyard barbeque meets a block party meets a steady flow of wine and beer meets outdoor games, and you’ve got yourself at our wedding.  Of course, we’ll have a ceremony to which we plan on inviting God.  We welcome His blessing and the blessing of our family and friends to continue on our journey as a couple. 
 
This will promptly be followed by sharing a meal, drinking spirits, and some good old fashioned horsing around.
We are trimming some of the traditional wedding things that aren’t so important to us in favor of saving for other life events.  It will be an informal affair to match our personalities. 
 
I’m thinking I’ll wear a short white dress and Andy will where a suit jacket.  Our wedding party will likely be asked to simply look nice. 
 
We’re going to Pittsburgh this weekend to check out some places we’re considering having the ceremony and the party.  Pittsburgh is known for being the Three Rivers City.  One idea is to get married at The Point – where the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River join to become the Ohio River.  Symbolism anyone?  Two becoming one?  Oh it’s so cheesey and delicious!!  There’s also Dad’s backyard, or the Fort Pitt Museum (love my Burgh history), or Phipps Conservatory amid the flowers. 
 
Wherever and whenever it ends up being, it’s going to be a lovely day.  I’d say that we can’t wait for it, but we really are living the good life already!  Our wedding is just another part of life’s path to be enjoyed.
 
This post brought to you by Sarah and Elizabeth who have been parched for wedding details.

The Men Who Stare At Goats

Posted in Entertainment by Meredith on July 22, 2010

poster for the movie

Last weekend Andy and I watched this movie on a lazy Sunday morning after dropping mom off at the airport.  The Men Who Stare At Goats is hysterical, witty, and ridiculous.  The men in it are also quite good looking.  In fact I wouldn’t mind being The Woman Who Stares At The Men Who Stare At Goats.  Okay that was a bad one, but seriously, George Clooney and Ewan McGregor – you can understand.

Ewan McGregor plays a heart-broken reporter, Bob Wilton, from Ann Arbor, Michigan trying to prove his worth to his wife, the world, and himself.  He stumbles upon Lynn Cassidy, a “former” soldier and member of the New Earth Army.  Cassidy takes Wilton under his wing and introduces him to a world of secret psychic militarism and paranormal peace-making.  Jeff Bridges plays the legendary Bill Django, founder of the New Earth Army and flower child.  Kevin Spacey is the good guy/bad guy, Larry Hooper, who will stop at nothing to make a name for himself.

Hilarity ensues on their misadventures, and if you’re not left with stitches in your stomach and philosophical thoughts about life and war, you weren’t watching the right movie. 

Rent it.  Netflix it.  Watch it.  Love it.

Taking care of the goods

Posted in Beauty by Meredith on September 16, 2009

So I went to a new salon and found the perfect waxer last week.  I have had a wide range of experiences from the horrible kick-you-in-the-face painful to the pleasant and beautiful results and everything in between.  It was quick and the least painful I’ve ever felt.  Anyway this woman, Alla, told me how to prevent in-grown hairs because they are no fun.  She said every day in the shower to rub down with any product that has sea salt and then also with shea butter.  They don’t usually come in the same bottle so you may have to improvise.  But she says it takes care of the skin so that it doesn’t even create the environment for hair to grow wrong.  It’s a nice little tactic to keep us healthy and clean.  Woohoo!

You could try something like this

You could try something like this

 

with a little bit of this too

with a little bit of this too

Carmel-Monterey

Posted in Travel by Meredith on August 24, 2009

Andy and I took a trip this weekend to Carmel-By-The-Sea, a little beach town about 100 miles south of San Francisco.  Even though it was quite foggy and cold, it was still fabulous to see the Pacific Ocean, feel the sand between out toes, taste the salty air, get bitten by beach flies, and attacked by disgusting seaweed.  It’s all a part of beach fun!  We enjoyed the small town’s art galleries and restaurants, and also hit up Monterey Bay’s aquarium which was really cool.  We spent a lot of time with the sea otters who are insanely  cute and cuddly!!  We drove around this area called 17-mile Drive and saw lots of coastline and some of the Pebble Beach golf course (waddup Tiger!) on our way out of town.  It was a great mini getaway.  Here is a taste of our pictures from the weekend.

Shocking Incident

Posted in Life by Meredith on August 12, 2009

So I was chilling by the pool the other day and there was a man doing laps back and forth for awhile.  This was at sunset and it was really relaxing.  Several people were sprawled out over the lawn chairs and enjoying the evening.  Then, this swimming gentleman got out of the pool and we all look over at him.  The skinny Asian guy is dripping wet with his goggles still on and he’s wearing nothing but soaking wet tighty whities!!!!  He grabbed the bath towel he had brought with him and dried off then wrapped the towel around his shoulders so his tighty whities were in full view.  He walked unashamed across the length of the pool and since he was unashamed, we were all unashamed in our staring.  You could see all heads turn as he walked by and left the pool area.  Outrageous!!!

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ROASTED CHICKEN, POTATOES, TOMATOES

Posted in Recipes by Meredith on August 12, 2009

ROASTED CHICKEN, POTATOES, TOMATOES:

olive oil

olive oil PAM spray

10 red-skinned potatoes (cut up into 8ths)

3 large tomatoes (cut up into 8ths or smaller)

1/2 onion (chopped into large pieces)

4 chicken breasts (cut in half)

Preheat oven to 400F.

Coat bottom of baking pan/roasting pan with olive oil

Place chickens on bottom of pan then spray with PAM Olive Oil

Place potatoes over them then spray with PAM Olive Oil

Place onions over them then spray with PAM Olive Oil

Place tomatoes over them then spray with PAM Olive Oil

Bake for 40-45 minutes.

This was pretty yummy!  Andy and I seasoned the it all with salt and pepper, adding thyme to the chicken.  Super easy and filling with plenty of leftovers.  This was one of our successful experiments!

Experiment

Posted in Uncategorized by Meredith on August 6, 2009

This is my first blog post ever.  Just curious and playing around a bit.  Hmm how do you add a picture?  I tried but I dunno if it worked it doesn’t show up yet on the draft.  Is this blog public or only viewable to us?

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