A Wedding Story that goes back in time

Tonight our good friends Tyler Hurst and Katie Charland were married in a simple (I’m guessing it was pretty simple because I only went to the reception) ceremony in Chandler, Arizona.  My husband and I were so excited for them both.  They are the happiest couple I’ve ever met, okay so there are a few others including myself that are happy.    The reception was beautiful and it fit their personalities, which it how any wedding should be.

I’ve had two weddings in my life.  The first was in 1981, I was 18 years old and thought I knew everything.  Looking back I wasn’t ready for marriage or the three children with the next 6 years ( I wouldn’t trade them for anything).  I married for all the wrong reasons and he asked me for all the wrong reasons.  When you are young and in love nothing will stop you.  I had all my friends there, he had his and then there were about 100 other people  we had no idea who they were.   There wasn’t hair sessions prior to the wedding, I just made an appointment and told them what I wanted done and they did it.  When it was time for the wedding and I was getting ready to walk down the aisle I had a panic attack, A full on attack that left me in tears.  My dad told me I didn’t have to do it but it had nothing to do with the person I was marrying it had to do with all the family drama on my side of the family.  (Vegas should always be an option when the wedding isn’t what you would have wanted.)  I should have taken that panic attack as a sign but I didn’t.

In 1993 I realized how unhappy I was and started making plans to leave.  In 1994, I met the man I would marry two years later.  How we met isn’t as important as the fact that we had both been married before and didn’t want a huge wedding, besides we couldn’t afford it.  We decided in 1995 to get married by a local radio station personality, Dave Pratt.  We were married February 14th, 1996 at the Orginal Hard Rock Cafe in Phoenix, 26th St and Camelback.   We were up and out the door by 5am the wedding was performed at 8am and we celebrated with camera crews and local newspaper.  Sean and I were on the morning programs across the valley.  It was one of the last events my Mother attended, she was only family member that went, our good friends Corky and Brad stood up for us.  Our wedding song is Highway to Hell.  We couldn’t be happier and we know The Storied Wedding of Tyler and Katie remind us that we are just as happy today as we were 16 years ago.

Congratulations to Tyler and  Katie, Fairy-tales do come true!  May you live Happily Ever After!


Photo Project 365 days of Photos

My First Sunset of 2012

So for the first day of January 1, 2012 I took a photo of our Arizona sunset. Here is that photo! Enjoy!


PodCampAZ is Turning Five!

November 12th & 13th, 2011  will be PodCampAZ’s fifth anniversary and we are celebrating.  We are bringing back the successful Genius Panels, our favorite Podcaster will make her 5th appearance, the gorgeous, Cj Feirabend  and we have few surprises in store as well.

Interested in speaking,  or know someone that should, at PodcampAZ?  Sign up here: http://podcampaz.org/speakers/

Want to help? Sign up to be a volunteer here: http://podcampaz.org/volunteer/

Just want to attend?  http://podcampaz.org/register

If you just want to take a look at the site you can do that too: http://podcampaz.org/

This is my 4th year volunteering for PodCampAZ and I have a lot of fun doing it.  This is one of the few events where I meet new people, reconnect with old friends and enjoy listening to the speakers.    If you have always wanted to go and thought you couldn’t afford it, you can afford it because it’s free.

As it has been in the past the event will be held at UAT, http://uat.edu/.   Starts about 9am (ish) and ends about 3pm (ish).

I hope to see you there!


January 8th, 2011

The date above will be a part of history.  It will be a part that no one ever wanted to happen, except those that can’t decipher that killing someone is morally wrong.  Yesterday a young man took the lives of a Federal Judge, a nine year old girl, three elderly citizen’s of Tucson and a Congress Woman’s aid.

I’m trying to put it all in my head and make sense out of it.  All I can come with is why?

The one thing that is killing the United States is IGNORANCE.  Ingorance of how our children are raised, ignorance in how we speak to our fellow man, ignorance in how we even believe in ourselves.

In our country, freedom of speech comes with a heavy price for us all because what we speak of also speaks to the world, as do our actions.   I don’t believe that anyone can really be held accountable for yesterday other than the shooter himself.  We don’t know who he is as a person, we don’t know how he was raised,  we don’t even know if he is mentally sound.

We as a society need to come together and work towards the greater good of our country, states, community and last but not least our families.  We are losing ourselves to hate, rage and violence more and more everyday.  We ignore what our kids are watching, reading and the most important thing talking to our kids.

What do I want to do for my country, state, community and family? I want to help those who are less fortunate than me and teach them something that will help them believe enough in themselves that they can in turn help their country, state, community & family.  I just don’t know where to begin.

Here are the names of those who died John Roll, a federal judge,  Christina-Taylor Greene, Gabe Zimmerman, The Congress Woman’s Aide, Dorothy Morris, Dorwin Stoddard and Phyllis Scheck.  When you go out keep them in your thoughts and remember to be mindful of how you treat your fellow man.


Day after

So today is the day after Comicon and Memorial day. Let’s just say I was sad to see the event end and happy that it ended. I’m tired. I had to work today too. Honestly, I’m trying to figure out what people really want to read about… Life working in Fast Food or boring events at Comicon. Yeah sometimes I was bored and sometimes I had a fabulous time laughing my ass off. It’s my blog I can write ass if I want to. :-) I’ll share some pics with you.

Hey! I know triva

Who you gonna Call?  Ghostbusters

Phoenix Comicon

So this weekend my husband and I have been attending the Phoenix Comicon. I honestly don’t understand why people who come to the events pay to get a celebrities signature or their photo taken with them. I find the amounts being charged to be incredibly high and this is for people who really don’t have any acting work. I’m guessing that’s how they make their money. Would you pay $40 to $50 dollars for either a photo or a signature from someone?


In progress

I’m working on the website and trying to find a reliable video program that will allow me to embed them here.