Monday, May 9, 2011

These are the Daves I know, I know...

Useless fact about myself that you NEED to know. I have an abundance of Daves in my life. I originally typed “over”abundance, but the truth is, I wouldn’t give up any of the Daves so, I am just simply blessed with an abundance of them. They are, in no particular order:

David, my father
David, my brother
David, my late father in law
David, my pastor
David, my husband

At any family get-together, with the four Daves in the room (not including my father in law, who is no longer with us physically but definitely with us in spirit*), you can easily see where it gets confusing. I call my father “Dad”, my brother, “Brother” using my best Lost Desmond accent, my Pastor “PD or “Pastor Dave”, leaving my husband, who we all affectionately call “Chefee”.

Chefee is a chef by trade. He attended David Hale Fanning Trade School for high school, so he could take the culinary arts program. At the time, Fanning Trade was predominantly girls. Chefee was one of maybe fifty guys out of four hundred and fifty students. Upon graduation, he continued his education at the esteemed Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island for Culinary Arts. He has worked in the culinary industry since he was fifteen. He owned his own restaurant in upstate New York called Chefee’s Seafood and Grille (hence the nickname).

I dare say, Chefee is a phenomenal chef.

Several months after my first daughter, Elena, was born, both Chefee and I were in job transitions. We made a decision to have me pursue out of the house employment, while Chefee became a stay-at-home Dad.

Chefee has excelled at being a Mr. Mom.

My family and I are blessed to have Chefee in our lives. He is a sincere friend to everyone (and I mean everyone!). He feeds the masses at church (with help) on a regular basis. He is an amazing dad and an awesome husband. Just ask my friends, they will tell you how spoiled I am :)

And today is his birthday!!

Please join me in wishing him the happiest, most fabulous day ever!!

*Elena has seen and spoken to my late father in law. He passed away two years before she was born. He doesn't talk to me. Which is wise, because then we would have to move IMMEDIATELY!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hokey religions and ancient weapons

May the Fourth Be With You!

Yes! It Is Star Wars Day!! I like to say I am a Star Wars geek, but according to the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, a geek is defined as “a person, especially a man, who is boring and not fashionable.”

What? ME? Boring? Not fashionable? I dare say (my phrase of the week) I am nothing if not fashionable.

Case in point:

You may recall there was a wedding last week. You may have missed it since it wasn’t a big deal in the American press. But to remind you, (and bring you right back there in case you have moved on), Prince William and Kate Middleton were married on Friday.

As part of the festivities, I was planning to wear a tiara on Friday, April 30th, the day of the wedding. However, my good friend M-Cat got wind of this and triple dog dared me to wear one every day of the week. Yes, a TRIPLE. DOG. DARE.

Well, once the proverbial glove smacked me across the face and the gauntlet was thrown down, I had to oblige.

M-Cat posted all about it here:

A Royal Triple Dog Dare

Go visit. See my royalness. Give M-Cat some love! Let her know I sent you.

So until next time, with fondness,
Countess Laurie*

*Who is STILL waiting for her royal invitation. What? Yes, I realize that Laurieville is a small sovereign nation, led by a dictator, but really… to not get an invite? Shun me, will you? You will rue the day, royal guest list writers…