Articles by BrigidKaelin

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Royal Wedding highlights, Free Official Programme, and Deep Thoughts.

FWT and I are REALLY excited about the Royal Wedding. Well, that’s not entirely true. FWT is kind and willing to sit through the TV documentaries on the Royal Wedding and pretend like he’s as excited as I am. I suspect that’s for two reasons 1) he loves me dearly and 2) I really never want to watch TV. So this is my rewards for sitting through “Rules of Engagement” and other bad TV shows just because I want to be next to him. Although, I think he is just as excited about the Royal Wedding itself, just not so…


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Royal Wedding at the Frazier Museum

It’s Royal Wedding week! Everyone excited? Yeah … I know how you feel. Not only have I been failing in my goal to become obsessed with the Royal Wedding, but lately I’ve been failing at becoming obsessed with my own wedding. It’s not that I’m not excited. I’ve just had way too much other stuff going on lately. In a few weeks, I’ll be heading to Europe for a music tour, and my life has been spent on the details of that trip. But seeing as my first stop on the tour is Manchester, England, I figure I should try…


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New Chuy’s Tex-Mex in Southern Indiana

Most of the time my job is not glamorous. Yesterday, for example, I printed posters, argued with the post office about stamp prices and whether I was mailing “printed material” or “parcel” to the UK, and felt guilty because I hadn’t blogged in ages. But then sometimes I’ll get to travel around Europe for a month, or be a celebrity guest at some big gala, or … best of all … go to soft openings of new restaurants. Yes, I know. I like food. A lot. I like Tex-Mex more than most foods, and I will travel far and wide…


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As I morph into a crazy woman, I have a reason, I swear.

Somehow wedding planning turns many women into a middle-school girl — overly-sensitive, prone to eye-rolling, and unexplainable bursts of tears. I see it happening to me, but not for the typical reasons that most people get called “Bridezilla” (let’s not even get into the offensiveness of that term). I feel like I should be different because I, shamefully, just really don’t care about flowers and tablecloths, and aren’t the REAL crazies the ones who flip out when the bridesmaids shoes weren’t dyed to match their eyes? For me it’s the opposite. It’s the details of the day — or at…


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Eat to feed your garden … and play in the dirt!

It’s garden time, my friends, and I couldn’t be happier. I admit I got a little antsy this year and started some seedlings prematurely — in containers, thinking I’d move them inside. Believe me, I know better than to plant even cold-hardy lettuces before Thunder Over Louisville and certainly not to plant vegetables before Derby. (We Louisvillians refer to everything around Derby Festival events.) But that week of 70-degree weather and that lying little groundhog had me using The Secret to bring spring immediately. Then one morning I woke up to snow in my container garden and only a few…


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Wedding Dress Hunting and My Green Conscious.

For years it’s been the norm that grooms rent their tuxedos, despite the fact that you can buy a brand new gorgeous tux for less than the price of rental. Buying a tux makes sense because it’s highly likely that you’ll have another opportunity to wear one, at least if you’re marrying a musician who loves to attend galas. So why is it that Rent-a-Bridal-Gown is still hasn’t really caught on? It’s certainly more expensive to buy a dress than to rent one, and you will never have a reason to wear a wedding dress again. Somehow grooms still rent…


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Hanging on a Street Corner with my Local Councilman

Living in a nice, friendly neighborhood is great, but I often forget how many of us still hole up in our homes, giving barely a nod to acknowledge passers-by or other neighbors. It’s not as bad as when I lived in New York, but it’s still easy to live anonymously — or at least pretend that you are. This morning I had a nice reminder that we share our living areas. I was out with a cup of decaf (watch out, world!) gathered on a street corner at 7:30 am with several neighbors and our friendly Councilman, the ubiquitous Tom…


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Wedding: Advice on Slashing the Guest List.

At first I was pretty miffed when I didn’t receive an invitation to the Royal Wedding, but now, having tortured myself over my own guest list for months, I understand. Kate, don’t worry … we’re still cool. I know that your Prince has a huge list of folks he’s obligated to invite — other princes, dukes, Elton John, etc. Also, y’all are older than your average couple, which means you’ve met lots more people. Keeping your list limited to 2000 must be about as hard as it is to keeping ours to, um, well let’s just say way-smaller-than-average. Between my…


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More Motherlodge plus an Op-Ed/Whine on Shows Starting on Time

I’m playing on Thursday night at the Monkey Wrench as part of the Motherlodge Festivities. If you ask me what Thursday’s show will be like, I will tell you that I don’t know. I will also tell you that my control issues are flipping out because I don’t know. Actually, I’m not sure if it’s about control because I don’t really care what the vibe or order of the show is. I only want to be forewarned. Is that the same thing? Control versus knowledge? Really, if we’re talking about control issues, let’s talk about my favorite “cause” in the…


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How to deal with wedding-related stress.

I’ve read multiple books on weddings over the past few months, and that’s not just to ensure I meet my 2011 GoodReads challenge, although it’s helping with that goal tremendously. There are thousands of books about weddings. We’ve thumbed through coffee-table books by famous wedding planners. We’ve read countless books about the planning process, each of which tells us how far behind we are. Mostly, however, I’ve been focusing on books about eco-friendly weddings and budget weddings. As you know, it’s not easy to combine the two, but if we had to describe our wedding in two words, those would…