Sunday, October 26, 2008

Some preview wedding pics!

Becca Dilley, our fabulous wedding photograher, has posted a handful of photos from our wedding on her blog.
Or, if you're on Facebook, see a couple more from Becca here.
Other Facebook albums:
Lauren and Matt's (or here if you're not on Facebook for the same pics),
Katie's here and here
Mom and Dad's here and here

Stay tuned for more!

If you took photos, we'd love for you to share them with us! Email them to either one of us PLEASE!!! :) We're going to put together a big album of everything (online, probably, in addition to printed copies).

Mr. and Mrs. Rice!

Friday, October 3, 2008

A Survey of I-90 State Welcome Signs, and more!

This is what our trip home looked like, considered through the signs each state used (or lack thereof) on our move back across the country from Boston, MA, to the Twin Cities.

New York was all dark. I didn't think a black rectangle made for good reading.

Pennsylvania. It's really quite a pretty state for the roughly nine miles we were there.

"Thanks for paying to get into our state." - Ohio, at the I-90 toll plaza

"All those tolls you pay to get in here, and we can't even pave a straight highway. Good luck." - Ohio, coming into downtown (yes, downtown) Cleveland
The sign isn't joking, they're not exaggerating. This is a literal 90-degree turn. If you miss it, you end up in the drink otherwise known as Lake Erie.

Ahh, Indiana -- a sign you can easily overlook, just like your state.

Note: There is no "Welcome to Illinois" sign. Even the state thinks it's inferior to its most populated city. I happen to believe that the lack of sign probably has more to do with encouraging tourism -- but probably not in the way you think. If you had randomly decided to head east on I-90 and came to Gary, Indiana, you probably wouldn't continue on either if it was just Illinois you had to look forward to. The "Welcome to Chicago" sign is clearly an effort to tell passengers "It's OK -- you made it out on the other side! Keep driving!" (Have you been to Gary, Indiana?)

"Wisconsin Welcomes You"...

...Shouldn't this really be the sign they have instead?

Minnesota, hats off to thee... Your signs may be unremarkable, and you may not have the official "welcome" sign close enough to the border, but anything is better than another Gary, Indiana.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fu-un

Last Saturday was superbly fun-filled -- my bridesmaids Katie, Zoe, Jill, and Marni threw me a brunch bridal shower -- complete with Wuollet's pastries, cheesy hashbrowns, mimosas, and more! THEN, later that evening Katie, Jill, and Zoe threw me a bachelorette party (Marni may be 12 now, but she's still not quite old enough to partake ;) ) with many a bottle of wine. And maybe some pizza rolls.

I have to keep some of the evidence hush-hush, but here are some of the street-legal highlights from the festivities:
1. Seeing lots of my girlfriends!

2. Bridal haute couture, modeled by KatieJ, Marni, and Greta!

3. Hanging out with the prettiest, smartest, awesomest bridesmaids ever ;)

4. Deliciousness

5. A dissertation on fine art given by yours truly

6. Snuggling!

7. And presents, presents, presents!

(Bet you're wondering what's in the box, aren'tcha?)

LADIES: If you have more pictures, please send them to me!

Much laughter was laughed, many games were played, and much wine was drank. And yes Eric, it's true, I knew I loved you when I saw your triangle hair. I won't deny it anymore ;)

Thank you to all my girls, the moms, and Eric for marrying me, and ergo affording me the opportunity to have such awesome parties.