gallimaufry friday

Gallimaufry is my new favorite word. According to it means a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley. This is my version of Dr. Labar‘s sunspots, although mine will most likely be more pretty shiny things and blog posts that catch my eye during the week. And as the title suggests, much more random. Blame the ADD. And wedding planning. And all the amazing design/crafty/idea sites out there.

Today will focus on my new favorite shopping tool, my google reader, and my new favorite jewelry site. Continue reading


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when humor is needed…

…check out these blogs:

Cake Wrecks: when professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong.

The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks

Trust me, you’ll laugh.

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allergies, wedding planning, and God moments

So aparently I’m not the only one on campus with the vertigo issue, and the doctor said it’s just really bad allergies. REALLY bad. My regular allergies went absolutely crazy this past week, to the point where I was having trouble breathing. It’s calmed down some, but not much. You can always tell when my allergies are bad because my laugh changes into a squeak, and I’m still squeaking.

On the wedding front (now it’s a battle?), things are starting to really fall into place, to the point where I am feeling calmer about it all. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still stressed, but not as bad.

This weekend has been a huge God moment for Josh and myself. Saturday night contained confrontation, forgiveness, a lot of prayer, and more than enough tears. Tom preached this morning at FWC/Alive about The Road Less Traveled: When Dreams Break. The scripture was 1 Samuel 21 and 22, where David, by trying to take control of the situation instead of leaving it up to God, caused the death of many innocent people. Here’s a link to the passages online. Tom listed off things that we do when we try to take control, one of which hit pretty close to home. Josh and I spent most of the sermon looking at each other and laughing; Josh made the comment that Tom might as well have been standing right in front of us. It was very obvious what God was saying, and we listened. Please keep us in your prayers as we seek God’s direction for us, and that we will not allow things to return to the way they were.

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my soon-to-be new name

Educational Block T i e- McElman_071026_2450_T J E

…because I’m really excited and this site is awesome.

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I mean really, wasn’t celiac enough?

Yesterday evening I called Josh around 5:30. This is basically our conversation:

me: “Hey”

Josh: “Hey”

me: “Will you do me a favor?”

Josh: “What do you need?”

me: “Will you come cook dinner for me?”

Ok, I know this sounds completely pathetic (who am I kidding? It is). But to understand, here is the background story:

Monday afternoon I was sitting at my desk in my apartment working at homework when all the sudden I realized that I was falling out of my chair. I’m not sure if I fainted and then woke up while I was falling or what. There was a really loud ringing in my right ear and I was having trouble standing up. I napped and felt better a few hours later. Being who I am, I consulted my mom. She thought it was probably related to it being “that time of the month” and ear wax. I agreed until yesterday as I was leaving the chiropractor.

I was at the counter paying when all the sudden the ringing got really loud again and the room started spinning. I got some water, and the room stopped spinning. I had to run to Wal-Mart, as my roomies and I had run out of important things like toilet paper. I used a buggy so I could support myself if I felt faint again. On the way out I got a Gatorade,  in case it was related to being dehydrated. Back at my apartment it started getting worse, and I lied in the floor and talked to one of my roomies for a while until I could sit up. Then I called Josh. He came and cooked dinner, I sat on a stool and chopped carrots (he made an amazing stir-fry). He left at 6:30 to go to work, and I started feeling better around 7.

So what caused it? I have no idea. It’s never happened before. I went to see the school nurse today, and she said that my ears are completely clear and healthy looking. She mentioned the possibility of hearing loss, and I’m praying that is not the issue. There’s a doctor that I know personally that comes to the school every Wednesday to see students free of charge, and I’m going to see him next week. Please pray for me as I figure out what is going on.


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arts and crafts

To help keep the wedding budget down, Josh and I decided to make button boutonnieres. I saw the idea and instructions in a Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. The directions used to be available on her website, but I can’t find it now. Josh blogged about this when we went to buy the supplies last week. I have some pictures of the final product. We have finished all the boutonnieres for Josh, the groomsmen, and the pastor. Here are two of the groomsmen boutonnieres and the pastor’s boutonniere:

We changed some things from what Martha suggests, like using fake leaves instead of making our own out of fabric and using non-Martha products. The biggest surprise? Josh really enjoyed making these. He got really into it, so much so that he knocked one of his thumbs out of socket trying to make one of the fabric covered buttons. That scared me half to death – he was sitting on a stool about to faint and I had no idea what to do. He’s fine now, thankfully.

I haven’t figured out how much they cost individually, but I know it’s cheaper than ordering boutonnieres from the florist. All in all I’m very happy with the outcome and I like them a lot. Josh thinks we should sell them on etsy. Any suggestions?


I’ve been working on our budget, and I figured out how much they cost. The total for all suplies (button making kits, wire, floral tape, fabric) was $28.74. We made ten boutonnieres, totaling $2.87 a piece.

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back to blogging

Well, I made the switch from blogger to wordpress after a long hiatus. Josh has been bugging me to change for a while. I’ve heard that wordpress is much better, but I’ve gotta play around with it more before I put in my two cents.

So what is this blog for? Honestly, there is no telling. Most likely the craziness of wedding planning, newly wed life, and the gluten-free lifestyle. As you can see by my previous posts, I’m sporatic with my posting. No promises that this will be any better.

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