Maia Nolan-Partnow

Our wedding is weeks away, which means Seth and I occasionally look at one another and say things like “We’re getting married next month!” And then we beam for a while. It’s revolting, so it’s good that we do it when no one else is around. We’re all wedding all the time now, partially because there’s so much left to be done, and partially because we're surrounded by physical reminders of our impending nuptials every second of every day. We had been putting off unpacking the wedding gifts that have been arriving daily, but it got to the point that the kitchen of our condo could physically hold no more boxes, and we had to get rid of some of the cardboard. Our china cabinet, which we inherited from his mother and have previously only used to hold books, now contains actual china. Here’s...Maia Nolan-Partnow
Today is the respond-by date indicated on our wedding invitations. We’re still waiting to hear from about 40 percent of our guests. I see a long weekend of phone calls in my future. Receiving RSVPs has been what I might -- were I a less creative writer -- refer to as “an emotional roller coaster” out of laziness and a desire to use a popular, easy-to-understand metaphor in the interest of communicating the sentiment quickly and moving on to the meat of the story, which is that it turns out I’m much more invested than I thought I would be in who is going to be able to attend our wedding. We ended up, as you may recall, with a massive guest list. It got to the point at which I seized inside every time a potential vendor asked us “How many guests?” because I knew I was going to get some sort...Maia Nolan-Partnow
I’ve had a couple of careers besides writing, most notably as a paralegal and as a summer camp administrator. A big part of what made me successful in those fields -- and made me enjoy them -- was my love for spreadsheets. I don’t think I can really explain how much I love spreadsheets. But I will try. You know how, in family films about scrappy groups of kids who somehow come together to pull off some sort of major success, there’s usually a montage sometime in the second act about fixing something up? A broken-down go-kart or a trashed softball field or a run-down shack that looks like it just might have the makings of a great clubhouse if only someone would clear away the weeds and garbage, pound a few nails and slap on a fresh coat of paint? The other kids might doubt it, but there’s...Maia Nolan-Partnow
Here are 25 (okay, 26) valuable lessons to be had from the DIY invitations portion of your wedding-planning experience. Follow these easy steps and you may only have to pause to cry two times! 1. Start making your guest list a year before the wedding. More than a year. That way you and your five collective parents will have plenty of time to remember to add more people, and you'll have extra months to feel guilty about not inviting everyone you'd like to invite. 2. About the same time you start making the guest list, start reading wedding blogs. Learn about a discontinued Japanese tabletop screen printing system called Gocco . Decide you will Gocco your wedding invitations. You will save money by making your own invitations! How frugal and creative of you. 3. Also while reading wedding...Maia Nolan-Partnow
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Mountain View's MTS Gallery had its final Third Friday opening on April 15, 2011. The event included a silent auction to benefit the Wrangell Mountains Center and a live auction of artworks painted on the wall. MTS Gallery will close in May.
Maia Nolan-Partnow
Note: You might expect I'd be recapping the royal wedding this week. But the royal wedding, which I watched while surrounded with piles and piles of my own unaddressed wedding invitation envelopes, gave me a little bit of a nervous breakdown, so I'm not quite ready to talk about it just yet, except to say this: I am now thinking of adding lace sleeves to my gown, and really, Posh Spice? Really? I know you're pregnant, but that is no excuse to wear a ponytail to the royal wedding. Honestly. Who's got two thumbs and thought two months before her wedding was a good time for a career change? This girl! (Note of explanation for my mother: It's an Internet meme . Google it .) Yeah, I figured since I was making one major life change, why not go for two? OK, that's actually not at all what...Maia Nolan-Partnow
The artists are leaving the building. Next month, MTS Gallery, Mountain View's funky, offbeat arts venue, will close up shop. Since its opening event, a massive 2005 event called "The Artists Have Landed," the gallery has been the brick-and-mortar presence of Trailer Art Center, a nonprofit corporation that started out, according to board member and gallery director Bruce Farnsworth , as "a loose affiliation of local artists" with the goal of establishing an arts presence in Mountain View. While MTS has been the tangible evidence of Trailer Art Center's work, it was never intended to be the end product. "We did not exist to run an art gallery," Farnsworth said. "We existed to create a large-scale multidisciplinary art center in Anchorage. The MTS Gallery was established as a first step in...Maia Nolan-Partnow
Maia: So, Ben, this installment of This Weekend is a little bittersweet. This is my last week as features editor at Alaska Dispatch. It's kind of appropriate, then, that this weekend is also Easter, the celebration of new life and new beginnings. Anchorage's Catholic community will be hitting the streets on Friday for the annual Good Friday Faith Walk. It's a solemn event (quick primer for the uninitiated: Good Friday has a happy-sounding name but is actually the day Christians remember the death of Jesus) during which the Stations of the Cross are prayed in public areas around Anchorage, starting at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 8:30 a.m. and wrapping up at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts at 10:45 a.m. The Catholic Anchor has a complete list of starting times and locations...Maia Nolan-Partnow,Ben Anderson
I'm a DIY kind of girl when it comes to beauty. Hair trimming, manicures, eyebrows -- I generally handle that stuff myself at home. It's less expensive than having someone else do it, I can do it on my own schedule while I watch old episodes of "America's Next Top Model," and if there's something I don't know how to do, there's always a how-to video on YouTube. For my wedding day hair and makeup, though, I'm going to put myself in the hands of the professionals. I manage to make myself look presentable on a daily basis, but we're spending a lot of money on photos I'm going to have to look at for the rest of my life, so I want to look really, really great -- and I don't trust myself or anyone in my bridal party to have a steady hand with the eyeliner on the big day. I'm planning to bring...Maia Nolan-Partnow
Ben: Maybe you can help me out with some variety this week, Maia -- I've been steeped in local music for the last two weeks and can't seem to get out. So there's stuff to do, but I'm thinking in terms of gigs, shows, and concerts right now. I don't feel like we talk enough about the hard rock scene here in Anchorage, so to remedy that, I'll mention first that Koot's is hosting national metal act August Burns Red on Thursday night for a 21 and over show, and they have a follow-up, all-ages gig the next night at Club Millennium. Tickets for both shows are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Marian Call is playing a show at Vagabond Blues in Palmer as part of a celebration of National Poetry Month. Call is on the final push for fundraising in support of...Ben Anderson,Maia Nolan-Partnow