the bar mitzvah

i have never gone to anything like zach’s bar mitzvah before. we hit the road around 8 or 9 p.m. and arrived in columbia, s.c. well after midnight.

Saturday morning was the bar mitzvah service. It’s just like a typical church service, joe told me. it was interesting for me to see a service, hear the torah readings in hebrew, etc. after two hours, joe and i left for a bathroom break. from the hall we could hear zach talking. it’s almost over, joe said.

an hour later, the service ended. conservative services normally last a lot longer than reform services, but it was still very interesting to me.

we went back to our hotel room, snacked (there wasn’t much at the lunch) and took a quick nap. then we were up and getting ready for the party. or should i say i was getting ready for the party. for once joe’s sister was done before me, but i attribute that to the fact that i decided to curl my hair.

it was quite the party — very, very fancy. a professional photographer was there taking family pictures, and she took one of me and joe as well. we all stood out in the foyer of the convention center mingling and finally were allowed into the dining hall. it was absolutely gorgeous. the lights were low and there were circular tables throughout the room around the dance floor. food stations were situated in each corner. in italy we could choose from pesto pasta, marinara pasta and fettucine alfredo. china had eggrolls and a few other dishes. in new york, there was green beans, roasted potatoes and meat. it was amazing. joe’s sister, rachel, and i told the server at the italy station that we’d just move our table over to him.

here’s a picture of me and joe. i seem to blend into the background.

and here is rachel and her fiance, dave.

joe and i bought strobe light rings for the four of us, and we wore them all night. we call them our power rings. dave and rachel took a picture, which i will post when i get it.

more new york photos

here are some more pictures from new york, courtesy of joe’s dad.

me and joe at his great-aunt and great-uncle’s anniversary party. i love this one.

us on the staten island ferry.

us with joe’s cousin’s tommy’s sons. they are so cute, and were so much fun!

us with joe’s family and tommy’s family.

the cake

thursday was my mom’s birthday. today we’re celebrating, as we always do the saturday after birthdays. my brothers and i decided to get her a gift certificate for a massage, as she’s never had one and always said she’d like one. joe and i are framing a picture of us to give her as well.

and i baked her a cake. well, tried to at least. i must be the only 25-year-old in the world who can’t bake a cake. it stuck to the pan, to the plates and to my hands as i put the top cake on top of the bottom one, which appears to be sunken in in the middle. then, the cake started coming apart as i put the frosting on (although i’ve always had that problem.

i wonder if my wonderful baking skills have anything to do with the two shots of rum joe and i had before and during the baking. hmmm…nah.

summery weekend

i had a fantastic weekend. on saturday, joe and i went to my parents’ house and had lunch with the family and visited with them, one of my brothers and my grandparents. that night we went to dinner at the dalton depot, my favorite restaurant in dalton, and then to see wedding crashers. that movie was absolutely hilarious. you all must go see it. now.

yesterday, we spent the afternoon at the pool at joe’s apartment complex. i laid out for a while, and then we played around and swam for a couple hours. we had fun and got quite a bit of exercise in, which is good. later that night, i discovered i got burned on my shoulders and back. and when i say burned, i mean really burned. i guess when my medicine says “avoid direct contact with sunlight” it means it. i figured maybe it would stop making me burn so bad. this morning when joe woke me up at 6:15 (yes, 6:15, now wasn’t that just so nice of him), he said, “cady? cady? where are you? oh, there you are. you’re like a chameleon against the sheets, but i can see your teeth.” yeah. i didn’t find that so humorous.

last night we were watching extreme makeover: home edition (i just love that show because they do such a good thing for good, deserving people) and the family included two deaf parents, a blind and autistic son, and a normal son. i was amazed at their story and how much the older son has to do since he’s the only one who can see and hear. the whole show was so sweet i cried. and it prompted the question, which i asked joe: which would you rather be, deaf or blind. he immediately answered blind, and i asked him why. he said, “because then i wouldn’t be able to see how beautiful you are.” that made me cry again because it was so sweet. and i’m not allowed to go any further, so we’ll just end it here. 😉

happy birthday to my brothers

today my brothers turned 20.

i still can’t believe it. i remember how excited i was when they were born in 1985. i wanted to hold them. i wanted to read to them. i wanted to show them off to all my friends. i had twin baby brothers. i was so proud to be a big sister.

as we got a little bit older we began to fight, as siblings do. but with two against one, i always lost. i still remember the hitting and the hair pulling and the name calling.

and it makes me laugh, because everything has changed. my brothers are adults now. they’re in college. they’re choosing careers. they give me advice, and i advise them. we talk about their girlfriends and my boyfriend (i really like the girls they’re dating, and they really like joe). they’re my friends now. looking at them tonight at their birthday dinner i thought about how proud i still am of them. they’re still my baby brothers, but now they’re men. good men. i’m so proud to be their sister.

happy birthday randy and ryan. i love you guys.

a fun, family and friend fourth

i’m still recovering from the long holiday weekend.

out of four days together, joe and i got to spend about a couple hours together. that’s it.

on friday we went shopping for things we needed for our trip. on saturday, we got up early and headed to joe’s parents’ cabin in blue ridge, georgia. it’s so pretty and peaceful up there. we sat out on the glider rocker on the porch with our books and got through about two pages before passing out for several hours. that night we cooked out and then went to a double feature at the drive-in: war of the worlds and batman begins. ticket price? $5. yep. you read right. five freakin dollars for two of the summer’s biggest movies. too bad i didn’t stay awake through most of them. since it’s outside the movies didn’t start until it was dark, which was around 9:30 p.m., and we didn’t get home until around 2:30 a.m. my poor body can’t stay awake past 10 p.m.

on sunday we left after joe’s sister and her fiance arrived, napped for a couple of hours at my house and then headed out for dinner and fireworks with julisa, one of my close friends who was visiting from memphis. we passed out after fireworks.

we woke up around 10 a.m. on monday and were going to have a leisurely morning with nothing really to do, but then joe’s friend jon called and wanted us to meet him for lunch. we both like hanging out with jon, so we headed back to cartersville early to meet him. then it was off to town center mall in kennesaw to hang out with joe’s other friend named john for about an hour before meeting phillip, wendy and one of phillip’s friends at the theater for war of the worlds.

whew. i’m getting tired just recapping everything!

after the movie, joe and i locked ourselves in his apartment and sat on the deck and watched fireworks. that is, until, i somehow broke out in a rash on one side of my face and my neck. so it was off to the quik trip for benedryl and then to bed.

what a weekend. we’re busy again this weekend, but next weekend we’re locking ourselves in and not answering the phones.