Friday, September 28, 2007

A return to New Orleans

This weekend, Ned and I will return to New Orleans. We're going to an engagement party there for our friend (the one who let us stay with her the Mardi Gras weekend that we got engaged). This will be our second trip to the city since that big event. Here's a photo from our last visit (at the end of our honeymoon), on the park bench where he proposed. At least, we're pretty sure this is the bench.

Also for good measure, here's a photo of one of my favorite wedding memories: the stack of homemade moon pies by John Currence. The amazing thing about this was the way it kept re-stacking all night. Whenever there was a run on moon pies, more would magically appear. Amazing.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Our anniversary

I have the best husband in the world. Look what arrived to my office yesterday afternoon, in celebration of our first anniversary! We're a month in... And this is what it's gonna be like, right, Ned? A lifetime of gifts and flowers. And good cookware.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Compared to today, this looks easy...

On our honeymoon, we were almost attacked by a shark. See photo.

But that's easy compared to the Monday we've had. I've had to share sad news with friends that we don't have room for them at the annual Southern Foodways Symposium. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, and I've had to do it 80 times today. I'd rather say things with a smile. Ned, meanwhile, is pricing overnight shipping for library books so he can get them back to Vanderbilt before they send out the bounty hunters.

Tomorrow, at least, will have to be better. Unless, like my Grandpa said, "Things are never so bad that they can't get worse." There's a bit of comfort in that. Oddly. Wise man, my grandpa. Photo here for reference.

Friday, September 21, 2007

More wedding photos!

It's been awhile since we posted. I've been busily working on thank you notes. If you haven't received one yet, know that it's on the way...soon! (The photo here is of my last writing campaign: postcards from the honeymoon.)

Ned and I look forward to our first weekend in Oxford since the wedding this weekend. We'll Grove before the game, and maybe even make it over to the stadium in time for kickoff. The Rebels are playing Florida. The line is a generous 27 points. Bet now. My Irish are playing Michigan State this Saturday. Miracles do happen. Keep the faith.

Wedding photos are online. I've been USELESS at work this morning, as it's taken me nearly two hours to go through all 1200 of them. Our official photographer was Josh Hailey. We highly recommend him if you're thinking about getting married. He managed to take a ton of photos, with very few awkward blinking shots. Thanks, Josh.

For those who want to see the wedding photos, go to and enter event 366854 (or search for us by name). To see all the other cool stuff Josh does, visit his studio Web site at

Monday, September 17, 2007

Don't you just want to pinch those cheeks?

By popular demand, I've added some of the childhood photos to our Web site. Click on the "younger days" link to see photos of Ned and Mary Beth sporting some fabulous 1970s baby attire. I've also added a few snapshots from the wedding, and we'll be sure to post the official shots from our photographer just as soon as they're ready.

Ned and I are settled back into the routine -- he in Vicksburg, me in Oxford. We're planning a rendezvous at Doe's Eat Place with some friends in Greenville this Thursday. Read more about Doe's in the SFA oral history project here:

And we'll post photos from our travels just as soon as my camera is returned from the repair shop. Yes, we elected to get it repaired. But I have plans in the works to give that camera to Ned, sell his old camera, and get the new one I wanted all along! Everything works out in the end...

Friday, September 7, 2007

Wedding photos, Version 1.0, online now

Many thanks to our dear friend Pableaux, who took wedding photos and has posted them online to share with our friends. Pableaux's smiling face was the one that greeted us as Ned and I walked out of the church; his flashing camera made us feel famous! Thanks, P!

Friends, you'll find photos online at
Sorry we don't have one to include with this post, but if you type the address into your browser, you'll find 103 shots!

If anyone has contacts at Pabst Blue Ribbon, Mary Beth is happy to negotiate a contract for the advertising.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The honeymoon' be continued

Ned and I returned to Vicksburg on Monday in a U-Haul that we rented one way from Valdosta, Georgia. 500+ miles and a lot of stuff... My parents sent me out the door with everything I had in their house, including a bag of Barbies and my pencil collection from second grade. Y'all remember that we live in a house with 2 small closets, right? This is going to be interesting.

I'll include a few more photos from the honeymoon fun for your viewing pleasure. The first is from O'Steen's. We ate there for lunch every day, thanks to the generosity of an open tab given to us by friends as a wedding gift. The second is from a nature tour we took in St. Augustine last Thursday.