Monday, November 26, 2007

My Anniversary

Today is my second wedding anniversary and I don't know about you all, but I'm going out to dinner and I'm going to have some romance. That means if you want a long story then you'll have to visit the archives or wait until tomorrow.

I leave you with a photograph from my wedding, but this isn't just some random wedding picture to commemorate the occasion. This is the proof I've been looking for to settle an argument. Note the photograph above. That's my wedding cake, designed by me and made with my recipe. This is not because I was a Bridezilla, because I was pretty laid back. I just wanted to have a good time and I wanted everyone else to have a good time too. The cake mattered to me simply because I love cake and every time I go to a wedding the cake looks like a work of art and tastes like a piece of cardboard. I planned on actually eating my cake so I wanted it to taste good, and it did. The funny thing was at the beginning of the reception I thought I noticed a full green apple stuck into the backside of my cake, but caught up in the whole vortex of drunk relatives, flash photography, flowers, and a corset that squeezed my liver into my esophagus, I forgot about it until after the honeymoon. I actually thought it was really funny, and when I mentioned it, no one else saw and no one believed me. When the professional pictures came the cake looked perfect and I thought I was losing my mind. I knew I saw that green apple in there and I thought it was funny and I wanted to prove that I was right because I love being right. Finally, in the hundreds of pictures my friends sent to me, I found a picture of that dang green apple. I don't know who put it there, but it just cracks me up. This may well be one of my favorite wedding photos. I guarantee you that whoever the apple-sticker was, that they are related to me and that they had been hitting the open bar. Before I go, I don't know if any readers are planning weddings, but the one bit of advice I have for you is this: Macaroni and Cheese Bar at the reception. People are still talking about it.

33 comments:

A Margarita said...

Que lindo! Almost makes me want to get married just for cake ;)

JDogg said...

Happy Anniversary!

It was a great weekend to spend with you and Husband!

MamaD4 said...

My (or rather, our) anniversary is November 29th, so we are late-fall wedding lovers. We are celebrating five years on the
29th. Happy Anniversary! Let your faithful readers now how your romantic time was...

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful evening!
Happy Anniversary!!

Anonymous said...

omg this cracked me up. people are so odd lol.

- unabashed

ps mmmmm mac & cheese

Mile High Pixie said...

Mac and cheeze bar?! OMGTRANSFATS!! Would that my hubby and I had done that after we got married by the Rev. Elvis in Vegas!

Maya said...

May I wish you both a VERY happy anniversary! The Mac n' Cheese bar IS a big hit, when we offer it. As are late night fish n' chips, mini-tacos and any fancified junk food you'd like to think up. Love the cake, nice job!

Hilary said...

Great post. Whismy, cake and fruity... like most of your posts! ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, I just find your blog so boring now that you're not writing about Wide Lawns anymore. Hope the book is going well, because the blog really isn't. You might as well shut the thing down.

Debbie said...

Happy Anniversary!


Great comment on Crazy Aunt Purl. I, too have wondered how she and a few others have gotten so many devoted readers. Thanks for asking that question!

Miriam said...

My sister had the reverse happen. Someone snuck a berry off of her cake and the hole where the berry should have been is in all the pictures!

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MP said...

You are the most clever girl EVER! Happy Anniversary...3 years in 2 weeks..I better remember a card this year!

Eric said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary.

We had Apple Pies rather then cake cause we dont like cake.

And coincedentally the figures on the top were a Bride and Groom godzillas

Jen & Rob said...

Beautiful cake!

Mac&Cheese bar. *drool* What a fabulous idea.

I hope you and husband have a great night.

Whiskeymarie said...

The apple- hilarious. Lovely cake too- just the kind I liked to make back when I was still doing that sort of thing.

Happy 2nd! The traditional gift for the second is cotton, and the modern is china- do whatever you wish with that information.

Elizabeth said...

I've never heard of a Mac 'n' Cheese bar at a wedding! Very original!

Happy Anniversary!

Subservient No More said...

We went with the cotton and bought some new pillows. I don't like down.

Benjamin said...

I'm still enjoying the blog, though admittedly not quite as much as I was when it was about Wide Lawns. I enjoy the family history stories quite a bit, though.

Subservient No More said...

Well look people, I can't write about that stuff anymore because I don't work there anymore and now I'm doing a job I really like instead. I had to take down my archives because a co-worker found out about it and sent me anonymous threats and we had to play the whole round of pretending we each didn't know the other knew game (umm, sitemeter tells me where all anonymous comments come from so I think she didn't realize that part) and frankly it wasn't worth it to me at the time because my husband was sick, my grandfather was (is) sick, a close friend had just died that same week in a much televised plane crash and I was stressed out with school and a million other things, so I basically said fuck it because you can't trust a person who would ever send you anonymous threats instead of just taking you aside and saying "Hey I found your blog, please don't write about me because I'm uncomfortable with it and be careful because some other people know about it too." That would have been the right thing to do. This person is probably reading this right now. I think she thought I had a book deal or something and was going to write about her and humiliate her which I would never do to anyone. My writing is meant to be silly and light and entertaining, not vicious and harmful. She still leaves anonymous comments on here all the time and it's sad to me because she was a person who I would have, at one point, really loved to have been friends with, and I think it would be great if she'd just come out and be like "Hey, it was me. I was scared. I'm sorry. I love to read your stories but was embarassed to admit it was me." And then we could go have a glass of wine and laugh about the whole thing, because I'm nice and forgiving that way.

But you know, it wasn't just that. At some point you have to realize that if you're complaining so much about a job that you should quit and get one you won't complain about. It would be insane to do otherwise and I got sick of hearing myself whine and bitch and I realized I was in a rut, sitting on my ass all the time doing nothing to better the world, so I wanted a job with meaning that I could be proud of instead. And now I have that and am healthier, more challenged, more creative and I know that if I'm a good writer, I don't need an anonymous blog where I complain about my job to get published. I actually aspire to something a lot greater than that with my writing.

I kept my blog, although I don't get the traffic I once did, because I like it and my friends read it and laugh and because it forces me to write. It's fun. Sure, I'd love 10,000 hits a day and a hundred comments but I'm fine and I have a really busy, full life outside of a blog, so I probably don't have time to devote to promoting it.

So there ya go.

Anonymous said...

Oh! I was wondering where the archives went! I knew there must be some (b/c obviously you've been around awhile) but I never saw them.

I don't remember how I ended up here, but I haven't been reading for very long and I *love* your stories! You have such a quirky sense of humor and knack for prose. I check in every day now!

I don't know what people are bitching about, because this is highly entertaining stuff (for me, anyway). If you ever put the archives back up, let me know, cause they must be great!

Hilary said...

And you shouldn't have to explain yourself. I've only happened upon your blog recently and it has already become an absolute must-read. I don't even know about the "wide lawns" part. All I know is what I've read in the past few weeks and I find it to be facinating. Please keep on keeping on. :)

Subservient No More said...

Thanks. I like writing this stuff a lot more although the nablopomo has been kicking my ass and making me post things that are more boring than I normally would. But I gotta win that jar of jelly!

Wylee said...

If somebody did that to my wedding cake I don't think I would have found it humorous. In fact, I probably would have had a "scene" right there and then which would have started with a lot of profanity and ended with me taking a big bite out of the forbidden fruit and then bouncing it off somebody's head. But that's just me...

Happy Anniversary! BTW I read Wide Lawns in the old days and I read it now, not every post, but most of them. It humors me just as much as it ever did. So there all you anonymous commentors!

basia said...

First time commenting for me but I just had to chime in. I enjoy your blog and your stories now as much as ever!

I think your cake was lovely and the apple cracked me up too.

Reb said...

Well, I am fairly new to your site, so don't know about wide lawns. I really enjoy your writing style and how you can make the most mundane things quirky and funny.
I find it childish that someone would complain about a blog anonymously - say that it is not up to what it once was, or to their standards.
It is your blog, do what you want with it!
Happy Anniversary!

Subservient No More said...

You all are very nice. I don't pay a lot of attention to negative comments. I get like 2 a year, so I figure they need to heard too. Everyone's opinion counts I suppose. Luckily my self esteem isn't at a place where I crumple and freak out because a stranger somewhere said something negative. At times it's important to listen to negative comments too because a lot of times they're right. I feel totally boring lately because I don't normally post every damned day like this and it's hard to come up with something great so often and not turn into a boring assed cliche. So I publish negative comments, think about what I can do to be more interesting, and then at the same time take it all with a grain of salt, because clearly a thousand other people a day love me, so what's one anonymous detractor in Toronto, eh?

Hilary said...

Sheesh Toronto even. How wrong is that? We Canadians are usually so.. so.. so polite, eh?

catherine said...

i always wondered what happened, but i didn't want to ask, you know, that whole "noneofyerbiznez" thing my brain tells me when i'm dying to ask. lol
I still think you rock. you did before i hooked you up on that other site and brought all that traffic, and you do now, but in a different way. I loved the stories about the widelawns residents, they were hilarious, but hard for me to relate. I think i love your crazy family stories more because they all remind me of someone i know.
i'm glad you decided to keep writing after all that shit went down. You ARE someone i would like to know as a friend.
~~~~~~HAPPY ANNIVERSAY~~~~~
<3 catherine

The poster from T.O. is probably bitchy because her underoos are frozen.;) Its friking COLD up here now!

K said...

I agree with Catherine :) I loved the blog before, and I love it now. And it is a different blog now, and some people won't like it, but there is a whole internet just filled with emloyee blogs for them to read, and I just wish they would go there quietly and not spoil our party. I think you're an amazing writer, and your posts always make me smile!

Also, you're evil, because after reading this post I had to go and make some mac'n'cheese. Not the awesome kind, just the boxed kind, but such is life.

Reb said...

I am so glad you can rise above and learn something at the same time. good for you.

AFC 30K said...

Happy anniversary WL. Hope you had a good one.

Elizabeth said...

At some point you have to realize that if you're complaining so much about a job that you should quit and get one you won't complain about.

Agreed! I was in a similar situation, hated my job, loated LOATHED my boss. When I was downsized I saw it as a blessing. Now I'm concentrating on school & my sport and finding a new job. I couldn't be happier.

And as for the detractors, I read you a LOT in the old days. You haven't lost your ability to entertain. Quite frankly I see no loss of quality... your family & friends are character enough for this site.

I am sorry to hear about your anon threats tho. That sucks. But I'm glad you're still writing! :)

morrigoon said...

So my boyfriend and I will probably get married in 9 months (picked a date out together, but guess who's dragging his feet on getting the ring made?)

Anyway, he LOVES mac & cheese, so I'd love more details on this. Was it just the mac, or was there like a toppings bar, and if so, other than bacon, what does one put in the toppings bar?

(I'm guessing my favorite mix-in of fresh minced garlic and fresh rosemary wouldn't sit well with most folks... though you really should try it!)

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