Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ooooppss!


Yesterday, I kind of blew it...Not intentionally...

Since, we've been married, I've typically taken off my ring before I got in the shower...Yesterday, as I was getting on 285, i looked down and seriously almost past out...Totally forgot...

I felt naked the entire day...I kept my left hand in my pocket and honestly stayed in my office the whole day. It was seriously weird. I didn't like the feeling of not having my wedding ring on.

I was speed racer on the way home from work yesterday to make sure I got home before Amanda to throw it on...I did...And didn't say anything about it...Still in shock about it...

I told Amanda tonight and she got a good laugh...

It's staying on for good...Even if I have to get an X-ray...

Wow!!!

Best record in baseball...Ballin' big time...Beatin' up on Boston...And now, you trade for Tex...You're huge Reagins (GM for the Angels)...


I'm still in shock...

For all those baseball fans out there....Does this truly make the Angels the front runner for the World Series?

PS - I heart the Angels

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Recent Reads...

I've been somewhat on a reading/listening kick here lately...So I wanted to share some of that goodness of what I've been reading and listening to...

First read on the list is Alan Greenspan's Age of Turbulence. I actually read this book while on the honeymoon...Do I know how to party or what??? Anyways, I've wanted to read this book for awhile. I had heard good things about it and with the current US economic situation, I wanted to hear what AG had to say...

The book is basically split into two parts...1) His bio 2) Ecomonics...Well, the first part talks about economics as well but the second half of the book was much more termy...I don't think termy is a word...But you know what I'm saying.

Truthfully, I enjoyed the first half of the book much better because I really liked hearing what he had to say about the presidents he worked for as well as why he made certain decisions while in the Fed. Dude is smart...Dude hung out with lots of cool people...Including, Ayn Rand, the lady that owns me and all I'm worth...

If you're kind of a tool and like econ stuff or history, read this book. Have a econ dictionary on hand because there are some words I still don't know what they mean...

A few weeks ago for the 4th, Amanda and I drove to Indiana, Rensselaer to be exact, for a family reunion (Probably need to do a post on this as well)...My first with the new fam...We decided to drive it because the plane tickets were stupid high and we bit the bullet and made the 10 hour run...

Well, before we left, I went to Barnes and Noble and threw up money all over the place and bought a couple of books on CD...Kind of like reading....

On the way up, we listened to Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I think this was an Oprah book and I heard it was fairly popular.

Truthfully, we didn't even make it all the way through. It just didn't do it for us. A few of her stories were funny but for the most part we felt like it was a boo bears party for her...She was the reader as well which made it even more boo bearish...We should probably listen to the rest but I don't think I'll be able to get through it. Just not my cup of tea man...

If anybody wants to buy this from me,,,let me know...20 bucks, it's yours...


The second book that Amanda and I listened to was the Appeal by John Grisham. RAD is all I have to say. They need to make a movie about this one because I'd see it and after my Rock the Reception starness, I'd probably have to be in it as well.

In all seriousness, this is a good read/listen. The jist without giving too much away...Big business trying to get a Mississippi supreme court judge elected to rule liability cases in their favor. The 10 hour drive felt like 2 while listening to this book.

I'm sure it's a really great read as well but the dude that read the book was very dynamic and was able to do different voices for all the different characters. Phenom job reader dude...

If you like John Grisham stuff, this won't let you down...I promise....

A few weeks ago, Amanda and I were watching Glenn Beck (I'm a toolbag) and he was promoting an author and his new book...Sounded awesome and Amanda was stoked on it so I bought it...

The Last Patriot by Brad Thor is the epitome of awesomeness.

Here's the five cent version since I know that you are going to read it right after you read this...

Some fundamental Muslims chasing down a professor who thinks he has a lead on Mohammad's last revelation that would totally contradict the entire Qur'an. Are you getting excited yet? You should...Because an ex-secret service agent gets involved, the President of the US and Thomas Jefferson...What? Crazy, I know...And that's why you should read it...

Basically, if you like anything Dan Brown has written, you need to stop everything what you are doing and read this book. It reads quick...I finished it in a flight to Dallas and another hour in a hotel room...Seriously, quick...This is the Muslim version of the Da Vinci code and we all know that that book was kind of lame and slow and not interesting...Right!!!

The only thing I didn't like about this book is the size of the author's name on the front. I totally understand that you have one of the coolest last names ever in THOR but come on bro...Why even title your books??? Maybe a pic and your name god of Thunder...Also, because of this dude's greatness in life, the back cover is homeboy's glamor shot...Lame holmes...Show a picture of the main character holding a machine gun next time...


That's it...

Next up...Half way done with The Shack....Interesting so far....

And also...Don't say anything anybody yet until I post something about this....but....I'm reading Audacity of Hope by Barack...This will be for another discussion....

So True...

Buckhead Church does baptisms in a very cool way...They pre-record the person's testimony and show it before they get dunked...It's truly awesome...

Anyways, heard this today during one and let out a "heck yeah grunt".....

"I realized I didn't have to commit intellectual suicide to have a relationship with Christ"

May have botched up the words a tad but that's pretty close...

So true bro...Loved it...Whoever you are, thanks for having an awesome testimony to share with 3,000 people this morning...


Saturday, July 26, 2008

The goodness...

Last night I was volunteered to babysit this little dude as the ladies had a night out...His name is David and he's the son of Amanda's co-worker...He's a cool cat that likes Bob the Builder and Thomas the train...


Before David came over, I wanted to cook him some grub and his mom said that hot dogs and mac n cheese would be fine...I of course picked that menu since those were pretty much my favorite things as a kid...Unfortunately, David got some grub before he came over but I still went ahead and cooked myself up some insane hot dogs and mac n cheese...So good...Little dude ate push ups all night instead...

That's the goodness right there...Hot dogs were a little bit different when I was a kid but nonetheless, what was your favorite meal as a little dude or chick???

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Oh...Someone's real funny...

Last week while out of the office, someone at Yamaha decided to have fun with my recent office move and decorate while I was gone...

I come in Monday to an empty office, Zach Efron, Hannah Montana, pink pillows, pictures of other people's wives, cardboard cut out of pro fisherman and little high school musical stickers all over the place...

Someone's gonna pay...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

We Rocked!

Who watched and what did you think???

TLC Tonight 8:30pm

We're Rockin' the Reception tonight at 8:30 tonight on TLC...Don't be lame...Watch it....Love it...

For all you in the dirty dirty, we'll be at Wing Factory on Roswell in Buckhead to watch it on the big screen...There should be a few people there...And so should you!!!

Here's a taste of tonight>>>>>>

Monday, July 21, 2008

More Pics...

Check out this phenom slide show by our photog...

Dude is amazing...

HERE

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Photos!!!!

Go here now!!!! Enjoy....Lots more to come....

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Waffle House Action...

I got back from Texas last night and because of my rock star husbandry, I took my beautiful wife out to Waffle House for breakfast...I'm such a romantic...

Anyways, last week I learned that Amanda's camera has a time lapse video feature and Los over at Ragamuffin Soul.com has done some pretty cool videos with that method...So I gave it a whirl...It was my first time doing a video through Imovie so it's not great...But plenty more to come now that I know what's up with this thing...

So, here's a 45 minute breakfast in one minute...

Enjoy...


video

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Rockin' the Reception...Tuesday Night!!!!



The time has come for Amanda and I to have our 15 minutes of fame...


Many of you know, that we had the opportunity to be taped for a new show on TLC called "Rock the Reception". For those that didn't know, now you do...


About a month and a half before our wedding day, we recieved an email from our wedding coordinator concerning a new show and needing applicants. The show was about the couple having a first dance choreographed and surprising the wedding guests...Since Amanda and I were already planning on doing a choreographed dance, we figured what the heck, let's sign up. Truthfully, I didn't think it was going to happen since we were on the East Coast and wouldn't have a chance to do a face to face interview...Nonetheless, we filled out the paperwork and sent it in...


To my surprise we got a call back and they asked if we could do a taped over the phone interview...Right on!! So my buddy Eric hooked us up with his camera and we did an over the phone interview with the casting director...It went really well...One day I'll show the tape of us...


Even at this point, I didn't think there was a chance of this happening but lo' and behold a couple days later, they called back and said "You're In"...Holy crap, we're going to be on TV...


Because of this, we had to head to So Cal a few days earlier because we had to do taping throughout the week...Hardest part about this was we couldn't tell anyone...It had to be a total surprise...That was tough...


I have to say that it was quite an experience going through that process...The producers were super cool and made it real easy...We got to pick six people from the wedding party to do the dance with us which made it that much more fun...We included Amira, Shan, Melissa, Shags, Rob and Mac in the dance...They were totally stoked and all about it...They had to keep it hush hush as well...


The main choreographers are typically this husband and wife team (Napoleon and Tabitha) who are apparently pretty big in the dance world...His bro was getting married the same weekend so we got hooked up with this chick Chantelle...Totally cool...Kick arse dancer and sister of another sick choreographer Wade Robson...


The week was filled with rehearsals and tapings...They got all kinds of footage of us throughout the week...So who knows what they are going to show and what they won't...We shall see...


The dance turned out freakin' awesome and we brought down the house...I seriously cannot wait to see it...And when might you be able to see it????


This Tuesday night...July 22nd 8:30pm EST/7:30pm CST...on TLC...You West Coasters are going to have to check your local listings...It's on four times throughout next week so if you miss the one on Tuesday night, there will be more...


Amanda told me last night (as I'm in Texas right now) that they had a commercial for the show and it showed a few clips of us and our show...It's going to be off the chain...You need to watch...You need to leave a comment here after you watch and let us know what you think...

Amanda just had to do this...She's so rad...

Our crew at the studio...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Wedding Day...

I'll do my best to be brief with this post concerning that actual day of wedding and just show pics... I know it's biased but we had the best wedding ever...


Everything about the entire day was perfect. If you live in Southern California, Strawberry Farms is the shizzle for throwing a wedding. Amanda looked absolutely perfect coming down the aisle with her dad. I was an absolute mess...In a good way of course. The ceremony was filled with Christ and it was beautiful. Our pastor did a phenom job at delivering the ceremony with our letters we wrote to each other and just expressing our love for God and how He is our foundation...


The reception was off the chain...Of course the dance we did set the whole deal off (which I'll get into in another post)...From there, her dad gave a great opening speech...Lots of dancing, lots of fun...We could have gone for several more hours...


All in all, it was the most beautiful day I've ever been a part of... None of this does the day justice,,,had to be there I guess...Nonetheless, here's a few pics...



Here's Amanda opening up her Wedding gift from me...A little bling for her arm...



Here's me opening mine...Amanda got more creative than I did and made a book based on the "10 things she loves about me"...I was a mess and I even heard a few of my boys weeping a bit...

Our ridiculously cute Flower Girl and Ring Bearer...Ally and Mason...

I freakin' love this guy...Here comes the bride...B-E-A-utiful...Gorgeous...Perfect...My best friend...All smiles...I think we were just about to kiss...Rockin' Rod (new pops in law) brought it down with a great speech...Amanda and I made sure we still got a slow dance in together even though we brought down the house with our first dance...I can't wait to see our photogs pics from this because the lighting was absolutely insane...This was pretty fun for me...My boys were absolutely hilarious here...It was like the garter had anthrax on it...Check out Gronz in front pushing people away from that thing...This pretty much sums up the evening...That's my mom on the left...There were some sweaty messes that night... Here was our get-a-way ride...
Still waiting on photos from the photographer...Once I get those, I'll post all of the pics on to a public viewing area...
Be looking for some honeymoon pics and then the TLC "Rock the Reception" story...It's on...We have a date...Are you ready or what????












Thursday, July 10, 2008

Rehearsal (Drama) and Dinner...

Throughout the entire week leading up to our wedding, it was fairly stress free...Busy but not crazy stupid tear your hair out stressful...Until Friday...

It started off with a somewhat hectic morning with more taping, picking up wedding gifts, dropping off rental cars and then off to dance rehearsal and taping...Once again,,,all gravy...

The gang ripped off several rehearsals and were looking tight...Right about lunch time as we sit down to grub, my sister is wincing...This doesn't appear to be good...Finally, we talked her into telling us what was wrong and apparently her bum knee had popped out of place and was not going back in...No bueno...Shan's supposed to be in the dance the next day and she has a leg dangling out of place. After a few phone calls, producers being all up in our face trying to catch the ensuing drama and me finally about to lose it, I say "I'm taking her to the hospital." So Shan and me hop in the car and head to the emergency room to get her leg fixed up. Mind you, we have our rehearsal in just a couple of hours and for any of those that have never been into an emergency room know it's not a quick process...Oh yeah, my sister is not only in the dance but is a bridesmaid as well...And, I'm the groom and kind of have to be at the rehearsal...

After a couple of hours at the hospital with the sis' my parents relieve me so I can go to the rehearsal. Rehearsal starts at 4 and I'm way late...I'm stressed needless to say...My parents aren't able to come to the rehearsal, my sis' is down with a bum leg, people are waiting on me and to top it off one of my groomsman calls me at 4:30 to ask "What time he needs to be there?" I'll be honest, a few four letter words were uttered at that point...

Once I finally arrived, everything ran pretty smooth. Our Pastor and wedding coordinator did a great job on keeping everyone on track...Truthfully, it was tough to keep my cool throughout the entire time because my dad, mom and sister weren't there...

After rehearsal, we headed off to Buco di Peppo for dinner...Great time...Something like 60 people...Shags and my dad put the whole thing together with a great menu and lots of great wine. My parents and my sis' finally showed up about an hour into dinner...

We had a great time telling stories to everyone about the members in our wedding party and had lots of awesome Italian food...

Needless to say, it was a somewhat stressful day that ended on a high note...We all headed back to the Hyatt where mostly everyone was staying and was able to see a bunch of friends that had gotten in for the ATL...I headed home with the folks that night to try and get some sleep while Amanda and the bridesmaids had a suite and stayed at the hotel...

More pics...

My bride and pops in law...
The ladies...
My boys...
Our ring bearer Mason and Flower Girl Ally...
My voice of reason while I was kind of wadded up...Pastor Isaac...If you live in So Cal, go see him at Rock Harbor in Costa Mesa...Great place...
Shags came up big by telling everyone the menu and wine selection for the evening...
Homeboy Dave from Vegas...
Mims and Pops...Freakin' love them...
Amanda, Amira and Sarah...
Just entirely too cute to not show...He's a cool little dude...

More stuff and pics to come...Playing catch up ball big time with this stuff...

I'm actually in Sarasota, FL right now missing the living crap out of my wife...Be home soon baby doll...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Part 1 – Week before the wedding festivities…

First of all, planning a wedding in Southern California while living 3000 miles away sounds like quite a feat, but it really wasn’t…It was a tad more expensive primarily due to flights but overall not that bad. Plus, I have a rock star wife that was stupid organized and have family (new and existing) that pulled so much together so we didn’t have to worry about it…

All being said, we went to So Cal a full week early, not for planning purposes, but to hang with the family/friends as well as do the taping for the show…

We originally bought our tickets for the Tuesday before but had to change those up to Sat. instead. I had called Delta a few weeks prior to see if we could change and the lady said that we could fly same day confirmed for only a $75 upcharge…SWEET!!! We got killer deals on our tickets so a few more bucks to get our there three days earlier sounded great…So after our manicures and pedicures (did I say that out loud) we had in Atlanta we started calling Delta to see if they had seats available…This is where the story gets somewhat lame…Apparently, when talking with the lady a few weeks prior, I didn’t catch that we could fly only same day as our ticket…Not a few days earlier…This deserve a big giant boo bears…So dumb Burns…Needless to say, we had to totally rebook our tickets…That certainly wasn’t cheap but it had to be done since we had a full day scheduled for Monday and Tuesday…Once again, boo bears…

Nonetheless, we arrived into LA safely…As usual, the weather was perfect and seeing the parentals, Shan and the dogs is always awesome…We pretty much just chilled through the weekend…We did however eat Del Taco and In N Out a few times…Please move to the ATL guys…Amanda and I alone with the help of Mac will keep you in business…I promise…

Monday began the taping, which I get more into later as well as the arrival of Mac and wee little rye rye…

Tuesday was a lot of taping for the show and the beginning of our rehearsals…This was also the time that we told some of our wedding party that they were going to be in the dance…Long day…Ended at Sushi where my dad must have dropped a his 401 (k) buying everyone in the place some raw fish and Sake…Great night…

Wednesday was more taping and then it was on…Brownman arrived from his first ever leave the Eastern time zone flight from the ATL. The boys, consisting of wee little rye rye, Robby, Shags, Mac, Brownman and myself headed downtown HB…We then hooked up with my buddy Mike and his wife who has just arrived from Southern Louisiana. Rob introduced my buddies to “Rainbows” at Aloha Grill where we proceeded to drink more than one. In fact, Brownman and Mac had several. My bro Dave showed up from Vegas and met us there and then Amanda, her mom, Amanda’s sis and Schumann showed up…The party was getting expensive so we made the decision this show need to be taken back to the Burnsarosa…

This is why I love home…Within an hour, we had over 30 people at the house having a great time BBQing out…No plans, it just happened…

During the deal, Rob and my mom pulled out the 1998 High School Grad video of Rob, Shags, Blainer and I doing Madonna’s Vogue…Wow is all I have to say…Everyone was on the floor laughing at this debacle…Great stuff though…

Thursday brought some actual wedding stuff. Amanda and I went down to the court house to make things almost more official and got our wedding license. For 61 bucks, we were in...From there, a few of the boys headed to Mens Warehouse to get our tuxes. After that, my small group homies (Jeremy, Jim and Charlie) showed up and we were off again. A huge mob of us headed to downtown HB and rented beach cruisers. From there it was off to Newport. This turned out to be one of the funnest parts of the week. We ended up at Sharkeez in Newport and met a few more peeps there and had a blast. When Amanda and I got engaged, this was one of the first things we planned. A lot of our friends were somewhat skeptical of the whole deal because they thought that it was going to be Tour de So Cal…We didn’t let them down…

After a few hours in Newport, we headed back to HB and met another huge mob of folks at Freds. We must have had 80 people in our group there…Another buddy of mine from the ATL was in town for the wedding and he was having his B-Day celebration there as well. Great freakin’ time is all I have to say…It was such a diverse group of people that was have an awesome time. We took it deep that night…A few romances were started that night which I won’t get into…

So, that’s five cent tour of the week prior to the wedding…Here’s several pics to enjoy…

Next post…Friday’s Rehearsal Drama (kind of) and Dinner

Sushi-san!

Slurricanes with the homeboys...Lil' Mike with his Bride and his Gene Simmons tongue

Burnsarosa Backyard BBQing...
Everybody in the living room watching Jeremy, Rob, Shags and I making fools of ourselves from Grad Night 98'...
61 bucks for a piece of paper saying we can be married in the great state of California...
Sharkeez - Newport Beach...
The Ladies at Freds after the bike ride...

I'll get all the pics up soon to a public gallery...

My blogging sabbatical…

I know, I know...”Where’s the photos? Where’s the stories? How bout’ the honeymoon? When’s the show on?”

I seriously didn’t know I had such a strong blog following…Because I’ve been getting absolutely hammered with all these questions…

Well, I’ve officially come off the three week blog sabbatical to get back into the swing…It’s been a extremely lazy past few weeks that have been great for Amanda and me…We’ve strayed pretty much away from all things…I wouldn’t consider it lazy, just trying to incorporate the island living that we became so accustomed to in St. Lucia...

First and foremost, I love being married to Amanda. There is no one else in this universe that I would rather spend the rest of my life with…Just wanted to throw that out there before I begin this deal…

So,,,in the last month, a whole bunch has happened. And opposed to writing a ridiculously long post trying to summarize everything that has gone down, I’ll break this up into five parts…

1) The week before the wedding festivities…
2) Rehearsal Drama (kind of) and Dinner
3) Wedding Day
4) Honeymoon
5) TLC Show Rock the Reception…

I won’t give too much info on number five until I have more details of when the show is going to be on…Plus, when I signed my life away on that contract, I think it said to not promote it until the show was on…Better go back and check that out…

So that’s that…Now read the post that shall appear right above this…