Presented in association with Point Entertainment From top-forty hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman” both recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads. Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over eighty shows a year. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.
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Okay, I've been back in the country since very very late Monday night/Tuesday morning, but it's been a rough week for me. I'm having trouble adapting to deadlines and well, work. But I'm giving it a shot!
In the near future, you can expect to see the reinstatement of weekly giveaways (teaser: one on Monday from Greenbelt Events!), weekend roundups and even my "Out with Sara" column. I also plan to provide semi-detailed vendor reviews about the fantastic people and local companies who helped make our wedding an event to remember. Those will come sporadically throughout the next month or so.
In the meantime, if you haven't already spied via Twitter or Facebook, click through for the eye candy you've been waiting for – wedding and honeymoon pictures!
Attention east and west shore bartenders and servers: To start the new year, Arooga’s 11 and Arooga’s 22 has launched Service Industry Night (S.I.N.) for area servers and bartenders.
Every Sunday between 10 p.m. and midnight, service industry folks can score $3 mixed drinks and $2 domestic drafts. Arooga’s kitchen will be open all night and will feature $1 slices of pizza and $1 mini bolis.
At both Arooga’s locations, customers will have the opportunity to win a vacation to Aruba, Las Vegas, Jamaica or a cruise to the Bahamas during happy hour. Every weekend will feature a different tournament or contest in order to win.
Plus, both locations with have a live DJ all night Sunday.
While my wedding story is coming to a close, I want to congratulate the many couples who got engaged over the winter holidays and share with you some of the resources that helped me plan my wedding over the last year-plus. After I return, I'll also post a list of the vendors I used.
My Wedding Workbook helped keep all of my data stored in one, easy place. There are a few bugs, but overall, this site was a lifesaver when it came to tracking my guests, vendors and even gifts. I simply used the free version; also their help center was useful when addressing the aforementioned bugs.
theknot.com – trite, but true. I didn't go full-on into knotland, but I did find their checklist helpful, as well as their vast galleries for hair, dress and color inspiration. Fun to play around on, but don't get too sucked in.
For affordable DIY materials, vases and so much more, I found save-on-crafts.com to be a big help.
Style Me Pretty is like the In Style magazine of wedding blogs. Gorgeous and awe-inspiring, but I can't afford anything in it. Can be a bit overwhelming at times, but the beautiful weddingscapes are worth a weekly perusal.If you're looking for wedding eye candy, this is your blog.
Project Wedding's weekly newsletter was helpful and relevant. I entered my wedding date, and they sent weekly e-mails with timely topics for each stage of planning. Not every article was one to be bookmarked, but it did help answer etiquette questions I had along the way.
Ruffled is really great for wedding eye candy and inspiration as well.
There were many more blogs and magazines I referenced along the way, to which at one point it became overwhelming and I began to unsubscribe to some of the blogs – there are just so many out there now. I didn't start with a very clear vision, but rather pieces of things I thought I wanted. Once I was able to hone that "vision," I knew which blogs would continue to offer advice and ideas and which were less relevant to our event. I guess we're yet to see just how it turns out. Stay tuned, and enjoy your January!
Hello, and welcome to 2011! It’s amazing how time speeds by anymore, but I’m excited for this new year and all it could bring.
In one week from now, I will be getting married. It’s been a crazy adventure, and we can’t wait to celebrate with our friends and family — and then to depart for our weeklong Caribbean honeymoon.
While my column will be on a brief hiatus, I’ve scheduled a few posts on here to keep you sated, I hope. The Weekend Roundup and weekly giveaways will resume at the end of January for the new year, and you’re likely to see a big wedding recap at some point.
I’m constantly creating little goals in attempts to better myself, but as with many more formal resolutions, they often get shoved aside to make room for real life (and laziness?). I am not the most self-disciplined person, and I recognize that. In the past, the kinds of resolutions that worked for me were more in the tone of monthly goals I set up to last the whole year through.
Last year, I neglected to make any formal declarations, but I did accomplish a few things. I got back to the gym (and I’m digging it), drastically increased my blogging production, finally started painting the inside of our house (very slowly, but we did start), and we did really well at staying in and saving cash, cooking more and learning to love On Demand (and Harry Potter).
This year, I’m ready to tackle more goals, and I think these are it:
Experiment more with cooking, breaking into some more advanced recipes.
Get more sleep. I regularly stay up much too late and then get up at 6 a.m. to start writing. It’s bad for me. My friends call me a vampire.
Read more. I’ve always been a reader, but with all those late nights, books lose priority for precious minutes of sleep. In 2011, I want to get back to reading before bed – and still get a decent night’s sleep.
Completely quit smoking. Ugh – I hate even admitting I still do, but putting it out here holds me more accountable.
Paint more of the house, most notably the living room, dining room and bedroom.
Attempt more gardening. I suceeded big with container tomatoes last year and my herbs were pretty decent too. This year, I’d like to plant something in our side bed that doesn’t wilt in the crazy high sun it gets, plus I’d like to try a few more vegetables in the backyard.