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Pumpkin Soup with Chili and Ginger

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While I’m staying home with BabyGirl, there is a lot of opportunity to watch daytime television.  There’s an unbelievable amount of talk shows on that follow a similar format.  The Talk, The View, The Chew, The Real

I was watching Clinton Kelly (of What Not To Wear fame) on The Chew when he demonstrated a Roasted Curried Pumpkin Soup that I thought sounded scrumptious.  I happened to have everything that it was calling for and happily headed into the kitchen to cobble it together. 
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“Tell me you love me!”

I am pretty much on cloud nine at the moment.  When I went to process the vehicle registration renewal for one of our vehicles, the DMV website gave me an error saying that registrations that are overdue cannot be processed online.  Given that we had never even received a renewal notice nor had we received any information about the registration being past due, I decided that the website was full of it.  Our vehicle had a ’14 sticker on it, and I was a week away from the due date when I tried to apply.

I got on the phone right away with the DMV… This is what I do for a living–I resolve weird issues related to the administration of vehicles, so I was in my zone.  The woman at the DMV insisted that the vehicle hadn’t been registered since 2012 and that the tags were expired by almost a year.  She requested that we pay $363.00 for last year’s renewal and an additional $309.00 for this year’s renewal.  Now–we’ve been saving up for this year’s renewal, but there’s no way in the world I’m prepared to pay an EXTRA $363.00!  I may or may not have deadpanned and declared to the agent “I’m not paying that. There’s no way in the world!”

I asked how to dispute it, and she asked that I verify the sticker number, so that they could work through it.  Well–I had Jeff send me the photo, and lo and behold, the wrong sticker was on the vehicle.  After the 6 digit sticker number is the vehicle license plate number and this one did not match our plate number.  But I meant it when I told the DMV I’m not paying it… I called the dealer next and asked to speak with a title clerk.  The thing is, we bought our vehicle last July and these tags expire this July–it should’ve been noted in the inspection or during the title and licensing of this vehicle that the registration was due.  The great thing is, they were as wonderful to work with on this issue as they were when we were buying our vehicle.  I’ll definitely recommend them for your car buying needs.  I’m even going to write them a nice review on Yelp!

After researching it, the dealer determined that the previous owner of the vehicle put the wrong sticker on the vehicle and offered to send us to a check to cover the cost of last year’s renewal.  Hallelujah!

It’s times like these when I am able to take a snarl of a mess and resolve it satisfactorily that I turn to Jeff and tell him “Now, tell me you love me,” with a smug grin on my face 😉

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Unboxing: Dan Bergh Videography

Psst… Guys! I have something very special to share with you…

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That’s right!! It’s an unboxing from Dan Bergh Videography!  Jeff and I did not do a rush order on our wedding video after all… So we had to wait a grueling six weeks for the videos to show up.  Man oh man, though.. it was worth the wait.

Dan was in touch with us via e-mail to keep us posted on the progress of the video–which was such a good thing since we were right in the midst of a move when he was supposed to be mailing it to us.  We got a flat mailer just a couple weeks ago and when I opened it up there was magic inside.. Oh, and:

– Business cards (smart move, but I think I lost them already.. oops :-x)
– A jump drive with all the footage
– 3 DVDs with the city in the background and our rings in the foreground
– 2 DVDs with a portrait of Jeff and I imprinted on the disc
– 1 DVD in a very fine case, personalized 100% inside and out:

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On each disc is a fantastically edited highlight reel of our wedding day as well as the raw footage covering the entire ceremony…. Wow. 6 Discs total means that we can definitely share our favorite moments with friends and family far and wide, even if they don’t have internet access.  It’s just completely heart-warming.  We are so thrilled with the work that Dan did.  He was great to be around and work with on our wedding day.  His camaraderie with our photographer  just lightened every mood and made it feel like we were just hanging out with friends instead of being filmed all day.

Without further adieu…. Our wedding video:

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2012 in review

You may see quite a few of these summaries popping up in the near future, dear readers, but I wanted to extend a heart-felt THANK YOU for making this possible.  My intention with coming to WordPress was to share my thoughts and experiences with an interactive community using a forum that allowed illustrations and photos to be more easily displayed.  I appreciate your taking the time to read it, comment, and share.  Happy 2012 to you, and best of luck for 2013.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.