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Delaware, OH (via West Lafayette, OH)

Member since 15 August 2011 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2006 The Game, 2011 Sugar Bowl, 2011 Wisconsin game, 2015 Sugar Bowl
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Les - Vic - Hopalong - Archie - Eddie - Troy
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 01 Oct 2015

There is a Dickey's by my house in Delaware.  I love that place, Mr Art and I probably have ten of those cups at home too.  And free ice cream is always a plus although they are frequently out of it.

Comment 18 Sep 2015

Especially the one on the patio in the back that likes to sing in the mic over the song.  It's awful.

Comment 16 Sep 2015

Why don't you stop on your way home from work and buy whatever condiments you want and then ask your wife if she would mind putting them on your sandwich or in a small Tupperware container (which you would also purchase).  For good measure you could buy flowers while you're at the store.

Although I don't really get this.  I always am the one that makes dinner for Mr. Artbkward and I and one time he said he didn't care for potato soup.  You know what I haven't made since?  Potato soup.  I prefer it if we both enjoy what I make.  I'd be more angry if I found out he had spent years pretending to like something.  Guys don't like it when women.....fake..... their enjoyment either, right?

Comment 09 Sep 2015

Have them cut a mat but not frame it.  Have the outside dimensions cut to a standard frame size so you can buy a $20 frame and have a custom cut mat to make it appear that the whole thing is custom.  I've done this before, works like a charm and is much cheaper.

Comment 03 Sep 2015

64 but only because I think every number between 90-250 has been taken.  In my heart, I believe it's more.

Comment 03 Sep 2015

"Well, wait a second, guys. Who said you had to be good to play football? You play football because you want to. You play football because it's fun. You play football so you could pretend you're Joe Montana throwing a touchdown pass, or Emmitt Smith going for a long run. And even if those Cowboys are better than you guys, even if they beat you 99 times out of 100, that still leaves...

One time."

Comment 02 Sep 2015

I've been in Tuscola, and to Alexander's Steakhouse for that matter.

Next time I'll wave.

Comment 02 Sep 2015

Your map linked to someplace between Wilmington DE and Philadelphia.  I assume that's not quite the 20 minute walk you're talking about :)

Comment 02 Sep 2015

We are staying in a cabin in the woods about 50 minutes from Blacksburg.  I have similar questions, we weren't sure of our gameday plan yet either.

Comment 31 Aug 2015

My wedding was last year in Central Ohio so I can't speak for NJ, but to me $7100 for flowers is nowhere near reasonable.  We spent around $1300 and that included my bouquet, 7 bridesmaids bouquets, umpteen boutonnieres and corsages, 8 centerpieces (only 1/3 of our tables), and 2 alter pieces.   We used The Flowerman in Columbus. 

We had 225 people and I wouldn't change a thing about it.  My goal during the entire planning process was to make it fun, to make it something people enjoyed attending.

A few things we did to save some money:
-Ordered custom invites on Etsy and then had them printed locally.  Had to buy envelopes separately.  It was more steps but easily saved $400.
-Bought a video camera and had a relative video the wedding and reception.  The camera (which I still have) was $350-$400, videography would have been at least $1500.  I didn't need fancy editing, I just wanted a simple recording to rewatch every couple of years.
-Ordered our cake in January, got a 10% off discount because they're slow that time of year.  Wedding was in May.
-Had the guys buy suits for $115 from Jos. A. Bank rather than rent tuxes for more than that.  Shirts and ties were their gifts.
-I made our wedding cake topper.  I found one of Etsy I wanted but it was $200 so I bought the stuff for about $15 and did it myself.
-I made a lot of our decorations.  It was partially because we had a very specific theme that made it hard to buy exactly what I wanted so I went the DIY route on some centerpieces, table runners, etc.  I'm a fairly crafty person though so this isn't difficult for me.  Saves a ton, but you put in a lot of labor hours.