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  • The Making of a Home
    cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday August 31 2006 By Sandy Marriage license Did you say marriage license So shrieks Audrey Hepburn at the end of the enormously entertaining Charade Then she says Oh I love you Adam Alex Peter Brian whatever your name is Which is all very cute on screen but will become quickly tedious if they decide to carry that shtick into the Cook County Marriage License office Speaking now from experience you gotta get your shit in order when you get in line there or else you re in for a world of government prescribed beaurocratic pain The form itself isn t terribly difficult to fill out Just a few names some places of birth stuff like that Some Cook County official must have noticed this years ago thought Why do something easy when it can take five times as along then added the following twist you don t get to fill the damn thing out yourself Instead you get to stand at the counter and dictate all the answers strange foreign spellings and all to your friendly government desk clerk who does her best to misspell as many of those words as she can and succeeds wildly And who may also engage in one of the following side projects complain about the behavior of her computer s mouse inquire about the lifespan of a webpage she made three years ago become excessively apologetic about her spelling mistakes and freak the shit out when you prematurely leave

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  • The Making of a Home
    and browsing such poems for weeks now and had no idea English had a word for them Good old English ceaselessly finding new ways to trip up middle school spelling bee ers We finally settled on our final list of poems and passages a few days ago wrapping up both the last details of the ceremony and the programs some of the last major tasks before the wedding weekend Reading poetry or prose is not necessarily a customary part of the Jewish wedding ritual but as we like to do with all our customs we re modernizing it What is customary is the Sheva Brachot or seven blessings In all Jewish weddings they re read in Hebrew in many they re translated literally into English We ve decided to skip that last part and instead read some favorite poems and passages that touch on similar themes When I first to the library hunting for ideas Sarah pointed me toward a few particular authors Rilke Berry and Auden All three were great but immediately I found Berry s words to resonate He touches on a lot of themes that I find myself believing in more and more as I get older and his words on marriage and love seemed to hit just the right tone Fortunately though not surprisingly Sarah agreed and the result is that we will now quote Berry three times out of six in our ceremony I ve never been much for poetry I ve never owned a book of poems that wasn t written by Shel Silverstein I consistantly fail when the Final Jeopardy category mentions poets But in reading these poems and prose at a time when we re trying to construct the perfect language to describe our love and commitment for each other something clicked

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  • The Making of a Home
    the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday August 24 2006 By Sarah Tent Permit Check I am so worth 900 Last week I gave everything to Thomas at DCAP the overpriced architectural drawings the fire safety permits the letter from the alderman s office in support of our wedding plans the letter from the tent company the confusing green application sheets He told me it would take about a week so after a week had passed I started checking the online permit status website No luck According to the website it was stuck on the final step of its approval So today I called Thomas Me Hi It s Sarah Lieberman I talked to you last week about some tents at Promontory Point Thomas Oh yes You are getting married right Me Yes That s me And I was wondering about the permits Because they re not ready yet and you said it would be a week Thomas sigh OK Hold on a second I m going

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  • The Making of a Home
    obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Tuesday August 22 2006 By Sarah How stressful this time can be for Brides A series of emails I received regarding my wedding dress July 26 I checked on your dress and it should be shipping out the 1st week in August Our production is running a couple of days behind and that is the reason for the slight delay August 9 I just wanted to let you know that I am checking with New York to see if they can give me a more specific ship date for you I will get back to you as soon as I hear hopefully by this afternoon Thank you for being so patient I will talk to you soon August 11 Sorry I didn t get back to you sooner I know you are anxious about your wedding dress I spoke with New York and they are hoping to have your dress from the factory by the end of next week Because we don t guarantee a specific ship date they couldn t really give me more information than that I

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  • The Making of a Home
    The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Friday August 18 2006 By Sandy King of all Tribune Media Quick on the heels of our spot in the Trib last night we invaded another space of the Tribune media realm CLTV In a feature on Tagine a Moroccan restaurant near our home both my mom and I were featured prominently playing the roles of Fawing Customer 1 and Fawning Customer 2 I guess we exhibited a level of banality slightly more enlightening than your average customer Plus I was wearing a really obnoxious shirt As Mom looks poised and well spoken I consider eating the camera You can watch the whole clip on CLTV s site Click the link labeled Tagine I m kind of surprised the reporter fellow NU alum Jackie Tranchida used my stuff at all When she first walked up to us and introduced herself as a correspondent for a TV show I exhibited nervousness on being filmed When she said she was from Metromix on CLTV I breathed an audible sigh of relief and said

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  • The Making of a Home
    the site View by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday August 17 2006 By Sandy Take that Miss Manners What a strange experience it was to flip through the paper at breakfast today and happen upon our own faces starting back at us News flash We are off the market Thanks to Adrienne for appealing to the more progressive minds at the Chicago Tribune weird to hear isn t it and getting them to accept the scandalous shot of the two of us in bed The accompanying story is nice and to the point though it s missing all the juicy high society stuff that you find in the New York Times Sunday Styles section like what each of the four parents do for a living what philantropic boards they belong to and in what cringe inducingly charming way the couple met As much as our own

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  • The Making of a Home
    bought a bunch of and turned into a large wall hanging in the dining room but also actual fruit cans with the labels on them Not cans of fruit Empty sealed modern cans that he stuck the vintage labels onto These cans were adorable So you ll understand my excitement when in February the Love Issue of ReadyMade showed up and one of the DIY wedding ideas scattered inside was this I filed this little scrap of paper away in the Decorations folder and figured it d be a piece of cake to get our hands on a bunch of these cans Then a few weeks ago a started trying to get my hands on a bunch of the cans First I figured they must be available on the internet Everything is available on the internet I even went so far as to order these not noticing that these cans are only 4 x 3 and not imagining that the reproduction labels would look quite so much like they were laser printed off a low res jpeg Then I searched and searched for just a mention of my fruit can guy some guarantee that if we trekked out to a flea market he would be there There was nothing So we just decided to go for it and off to the mama of all Chicago area flea markets we went figuring if there was a vintage item to be had we d find it at Kane County We technically had a number of things we were looking for that day but the truth is I was singlemindedly pursuing flower holding options If we couldn t find the fruit cans Martha Stewart had proposed mismatched vintage teapots and sugar creamer sets or perhaps antique milk bottles and Ball jars But 2

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  • The Making of a Home
    the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday August 10 2006 By Sandy In good hands We walked through Promontory Point with the caterer yesterday It couldn t have come a more necessary time Stress levels were beginning to peak as the list of things we had to do the morning of the wedding continued to grow A few days earlier we were looking at this list then at each other back at the list back at each other and wondering if someone s eloping brother hadn t had the right idea after all Somehow in all this we had forgotten that we d hired a caterer And that we were going to pay them a lot of money At the time we signed them on the bottom line was so flabbergastingly high that I think we chose to put them out of mind until absolutely necessary This was a tactical misstep because it s that big check that ll get us all the help we need getting the venue set up and decorated before the ceremony while Sarah and I relax get dressed and travel down to the wedding at a leisurely pace Heck if it s nice out we may even have time to ride our bikes down there and shower cleanse ourselves in the lake beforehand In retrospect we should be embarrassed to have gotten ourselves so stressed out I have a meager excuse I ve never dealt with party planners before but Sarah doesn t She s hosted other parties she should know how these things go On the way home from our walkthrough she told me the same thing happened with the last party she threw The

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