Archive | May, 2011

Getting Ready for the Storm.

24 May

Packing List: 1. Dog Crate; 2. 3 days worth of dog food; 3. Dog toys; 4. Dog treats; 5. 6 protein bars; 6. 3 cans of beans; 7. Can opener (because who really thinks to have one of these, in a storm?); 8. Computer charger; 9. iPod; 10. Book (Catching Fire… for inspiration) 11. Knife (in case I have to fight for my food at some point).

Things hiding in the closet: Wedding invitations, flashlight and more beans

Things to grab upon imminent danger: Dogs, sweatshirt, dog stuff and backpack

Household adjustments: Fixed the lights in the closet (where I’ll be hiding if it hits- Thanks Trotter for helping! I was too short to reach, even on a chair); Moved the dog gates and everything else that could block the front door; Keeping my tennis shoes ON (inside the house, which is weird), just in case I have to run… or walk on glass.

Special precautions: Emailed Grant, my mom, his parents, my sister Em and Chrissy all of my AR contacts in case of emergency. I also texted Grant’s number to specific people here as well… Just in case.

Last meal: Bulgogi with baby bock choy and a nice dose of Kimchi… probably the wrong thing to eat if I’m going to be in close quarters with strangers, but oh well. It’s making me happy.

Why? Today was just like any other day, until about 3PM when our Managing Director sent a pretty intense email from the city about an upcoming tornado. On the wake of the Joplin tornado, everyone is a little on edge, but what’s coming is said to be the worst system this area has ever seen. I feel fine about it, which is weird, because I freaked in the snow, but am fine in the tornado. Huh?

I am more concerned that my pups will freak out over the lightning, or that I’ll forget something… LIKE BATTERIES… which I just realized I need to take care of in case the power goes out.


A Little Video About My Family’s History

17 May

If you want to know me just a little bit better, watch this video of San Pedro. My father’s side is from Croatia, my mother’s is from Russia. My dad’s parent’s settled in San Pedro, CA, a city that still thrives on it’s fishing communities, and water-transport of goods.

At 4:47, there’s a brief image of a statue of a fisherman. That man is my great-grandfather. My mother sketched the image that was later cast in bronze and my grandmother executed the entire historic wall. All of the males in my family are commemorated on the wall as well. It’s a beautiful statue/wall and something I’m proud to have as a part of my family.

The CARE Initiative’s Annual Mini Grand Prix

14 May

Last night was the Prix Party for the CARE Initiatives annual NW Arkansas Mini Grand Prix. We managed to raise thousands and thousands of dollars at the silent and live auctions, held at the Arvest Ballpark. So many fantastic people contributed items, vacation rentals, food, music and time to make this event spectacular.

This photo is of my dear friend Mauriahh. Mauriahh was trying to “up the bucks” on the raffle items, by walking around adding $5 to the previous bidder’s amount during the silent auction. She “won” 8 gifts and made quite the donation to the CARE Initiative. Mauriahh, the kids in NWA appreciate you. 🙂

Today, we followed up the Prix Party with the Mini Grand Prix race! It was a great community event at which I had the honor of being a face painter.

I met lots of cool kids who wanted me to paint their faces with puppies, tigers, super-heros, butterflies and more. I even had one little boy who sat down and said, “Can you paint my face like Luke Skywalker fighting Darth Vader, with a green light-saber and a cape?”. The answer? “No, not really. Settle for a super-hero mask?” His response? “Um, yeah, but he has to have a green cape.”

Here are some kids I really had a fun time with.

Happy Friday!

13 May

Tonight is our big event for The CARE Initiative, at the Arvest Ballpark in Arkansas. After setting up in the rain all day, it feels nice to be home and warm – but I guess it’s time to go back into the rain and help the kiddos make some money. If you’re in NW Arkansas and you aren’t planning to be at the NWA Mini Grand Prix tomorrow and aren’t going to the Prix Party tonight (complete with silent and live auctions and raffle prizes), you’re not only missing out, you’re a bad person. Just kidding. But seriously, do it for the kids! Tomorrow is free for the family, and the Prix Party tonight is only $25/person (includes dinner!). I’ll be painting faces (check the link… it’s funny) all day tomorrow, so let’s hope it doesn’t rain any more.

Here’s a really funny video to start your weekend. This cracks me up.

5 Months & 29 Days!

12 May

I should have posted yesterday, when I could have said, “It’s 6 months away!”, but I didn’t, so oh well. I can’t believe how much time has flown by and how close we are to the big day already… and to our fabulous vacation the the US Virgin Islands (thank you, Arnow family!).

Everything is moving along pretty nicely now. I think we’re pretty close to having our vendors locked down and I can’t wait to officially promote the final people who are going to help us make our day spectacular. We’ve met some tremendously talented people along the way and feel so blessed by all of our friends who are helping us out, I can’t even describe it other than by saying how deeply grateful I am to all of you.

For example, check out this video from Max and Molly. They’re a great (and newly wed) couple that I was introduced to by Max’s sister Vanessa (whom I met on the plane ride home to surprise Grant for his bday). They are brilliant at catching moments on moving film and matching it to the perfect soundtrack.

Anjuli and Sam from max and molly on Vimeo.

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