The Proposal

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I simply CANNOT believe it has been half a decade since this magical night.

I also cannot believe I'm at a stage of life where many dear friends and readers of this blog did not know me then! Our friendship was a mere twinkle in Fate's eye when this occurred.

I did some snooping around in my old Leslie Guinn email archives, and dusted up my then-version of Jonathan's proposal of marriage I'd sent some friends.

It's funny to read this now because a) I forgot a few details (like the ice cream question? why in the world wouldn't I have already known his favorite ice cream flavor?) and b) I lived in Austin then. It's funny that we got engaged and then I left to go back to school. Honestly, it's funny in general that we didn't used to be married. It feels like we always have (in the best way).

Here goes:
from email entitled "The Story" dated Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Friends! Here is the account: (sorry if I haven't gotten in touch
with all of you yet, my phone has been acting funky-I left my charger
in Memphis)

Jonathan and I got engaged Friday night, Oct. 28th! He took me to on our "first date" again- Memphis Pizza Cafe, then Super Mario Brothers 1 and the Saved by the Bell board game, and me wearing a green shirt with a bird on it. So on Friday, I'm wearing the bird shirt (at his behest), we went to Memphis Pizza Cafe and even sat at the same table as the first date.

Then we went to his house, where we played Super Mario Brothers, and then he said, "Let's ask each other questions" - because in the Saved by the Bell board game, there is a deck of questions that are a mix of trivia and what would you do?-type questions, like, "What would you do if the head cheerleader found out you kissed her boyfriend?" and stuff like that. On our first date, this question-asking morphed into just asking questions back and forth about each other. So this past Friday, he said, "Let's ask each other questions" - and every question you ask you also have to answer.

So he was asking questions like, "When did you know you first loved me?" and answering them. I was so oblivious. In the middle of all of his sweet answers, I asked what was his favorite ice cream flavor. After that, he said, "I don't like your question. So I have another question for you." Then he pulled the ring out of the couch cushion, got down on one knee, and said, "Will you marry me, Leslie Guinn?" Then we had a surprise (well, surprise only for me) engagement party at his parents' house. It was so perfect- laid back and sweet and wonderful. We are so excited.

We're thinking the date will either be April 15 or April 8 (yes, my

Obviously, anything involving Super Mario Brothers I, the Saved by the Bell board game, and a bird shirt has to be good.

Also, it's funny to me now that at first, I was open to getting married on my birthday. What a nincompoop. Our anniversary is 4/22, and thank goodness, because a doubled-up Leslie holiday would've been a long-term disaster.

Please also enjoy this list of proposal ideas that Jonathan & his bro Stephen had compiled in the weeks leading up to the proposal (thanks for sending, Stephen!). {I especially enjoy, and #5}

And #17. And #8. Bahaahaaa.

I just cannot imagine my life without that guy.

Worthy Exposure

Monday, October 25, 2010

Congrats to my sweet sissy and husband T.Dudley on their write-up in our local paper yesterday!

The article does a great job of showcasing all of the hard work they did on their beautiful home. [look at that sweet little nephew dog, Gibby!]

Marthie, you are my greatest home decorating inspiration.

Easiest Chicken Potpie Ever?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I'm not really sure how it could be any easier than the following.

It's nothing to really look at, but it was very tasty and warm and simple.

Yall know I'm not always for shortcuts in cooking (hello, pie crust), but when it comes to dinners after a busy day at work, sometimes you need something easy.

Chicken Potpie, adapted from Rachael Ray mag, here:


* 2 cups cubed rotisserie chicken breast, skin discarded (I used BBQ flavor from the grocery and it was great!)
* One 1-pound bag frozen mixed vegetables (I used carrots, green beans, peas mix)
* Two 10.75-ounce cans cream of chicken soup, healthy/almost-fat-free version
* 3/4 cup skim milk
* 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
* Salt and pepper
* Refrigerated pie crust
* 1 egg, beaten


1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large bowl, stir together chicken, frozen vegetables, soup, milk, thyme and ½ teaspoon pepper; transfer to a 7x11 inch casserole dish.

2. Roll out the pie crust into an 8x12 inch rectangle. Drape the dough over the rolling pin to transfer to the casserole; crimp the edges. Cut 3 slits in the dough for vents and brush all over with the egg.

3. Bake the casserole until golden and bubbling, 40 to 45 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Tres simple! I loved the thyme flavor in it. Plus, it is tres seasonable.

[Farmers Market this past Saturday, where I wanted to bring every single pumpkin home with me. magnifique!]

Te Amo, Greenline

Friday, October 15, 2010

Forgot to post these photos from last Saturday's Shelby Farms Greenline opening party, and our subsequent long bike ride.

Here's on the bridge heading east to Shelby Farms itself:

It's so beautiful, with all the trees and nature stuff, and super fun to ride on such a long bridge.


Even the times I've ridden on it this week, I can already see a difference in the foliage from last Saturday. Yippee, sweet autumn!

Here's Jonny riding up to the block party at our nearby entry point:

This mobile bike "band" slash table-with-a-DJ rode up and down the Greenline on Saturday, to each of the block parties. The generator powering the music was fueled by bikes!

This year is the Memphis Grizzlies' 10th year in town, and they have these "We Believe in Blah Blah Blah" billboards all over town.

We loved this one, which you can see from the trail (right by the bridge previously pictured):

"We Believe in the Greenline" [chills! we do too!]

The entry into Shelby Farms itself and its trails was completed Saturday, so we got to ride into it for the first time...Jonny, below:

We ended up at Patriot Lake (see Clark Tower way in the distance?):

The Jerkins, along with myriad Memphians, could not be more ecstatic about this addition to our beloved little underdog city. [and also, there's an entry point ridiculously close to our house...try 500 yards-ish?]

We may be a little behind the national trends, but nevertheless glad this one has arrived.

More articles to read about the bicycle explosion in Memphis, if you'd like, here, here, and here

Pumpkin Contemplation

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

[tee hee re: that photo.]

So I've had a few facebook requests for "Pumpkin Week" a la Pie Week '09, which includes different pumpkin recipes and photos/commentary documenting the travails of cooking one each day for one week.

While I don't quite have the time/energy to do a full 7 days, I was thinking that "Pumpkin Work-Week 2010" might be fun? (as in, 5 days...)

Any thoughts? Seconds?

TGIF / Thoughtful Art

Friday, October 08, 2010

It annoys my husband when people overly celebrate Fridays. To some extent, I agree with him. Friday makes up 20% of the work week. It's no anomaly: Fridays happen every week.

But sorry. This week I can't help it.

This print now resides in my newly navy bathroom (pic to come...someday):

by Teagan White, here. In love with it.

If you can, please meander over to this article in Memphis' Commercial Appeal (our main paper), where I got a few lines of interview and geek out over blogs in a major way. {slightly embarrassing, but we'll take it.}

Team Jerkins is greatly anticipating the Greenline block party on Saturday (one of them is right by our house), to celebrate the opening of the new trail in town, Memphis' newest treasure. {Alas, the forecast shows 90 for the high. I must have spoken too soon.}

Bon weekend, mes amis!

Autumnal Movies

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Are there any movies you're just itching to watch when the leaves begin to turn and the temperature drops into heavenly digits?

For me, there are two.

#1 : Runaway Bride, yessiree.

Small town Americana charm, football, leaves, a white church... and Richard Gere & Julia Roberts reunited.

I love the bit about the eggs..."how do you take your eggs?"

side bar: Julia wears a shirt in this movie that I had when the movie came out in '99... it was my first thing to own from Abercrombie & Fitch, and epitomized my quest to come off Joey Potter-esque. I was beyond thrilled to see Julia sporting it in this movie, but I never quite pulled it off like she or Katie Holmes did. [maybe because I was an awkward weirdo early high schooler? that, or because it was a flannel shirt in the first place.]

#2 is Sweet Home Alabama.

Look at that cutie pie Reese. And those boots!

This movie came out my first semester of college. I watched a despicable amount of television my freshman year...needless to say, I remember seeing the previews for this movie and being so thrilled about fall coming and going to see an autumnal movie in the theater with spanking-new friends. [I was to find out later that fall doesn't really get to Austin until mid to late November.]

I (and probably about a jillion other girls) would have LOVED to be able to pull off Reese's haircut in that movie. On top of that, she played a clothing designer AND got to pick her own ring at Tiffany's? Sheesh.


Who's coming over for movies & popcorn?

We could make caramel corn...mmmm....

The Longest Project Ever / ie, Bedside Table

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Maybe not ever?

One could say that a year is pretty darn long time for the following. (Especially for something that should've taken a weekend at most.) The project officially commenced in June of '09. Ah, well.

I originally saw this post on the Cucumbersome blog last March (by last March, I mean March '09).

After promptly emailing its brilliance to about seventeen people, I knew this would be one for chez Jerkins. And Sister joined in with me.

I urge you friends, if you want to do this yourself, please please please read the instructions on the original post. because, a) I don't want to completely hijack her project, b) it's better coming straight from the horse's mouth anyway, and c) I've forgotten a lot of technical things in 15 months' time.

Here's the Original (for posterity's sake):

[This beautiful knockoff was inspired by an Anthropologie side table that is no longer on their website, but you can see it on the original Cucumbersome post.]

And why the heck not?

Start with a little wooden drawer piece from ikea for $15 (Memphians, we went to the Ikea in Dallas during our annual Memorial Day trip of '09...I don't see it on their website, but it was in the desk/office supply section):

Then, act like a complete weirdo freak while putting it together, so your Sister can contrastingly look even more like a model than usual:

Buy different moldings from Home Depot and/or Lowe's (ours is a mixture from both places), and have your husband or brother-in-law cut them to size [this is the most expensive part of the project, if I remember correctly]:

Wood glue 'em on the front of the drawers and get some legs (again from HD, and again some technical stuff you'd be better off reading in the original post's instructions if you want to replicate):

Paint it whatever color you want (this is "Anonymous" by Behr), and fix whatever little knobs you want on it (these were maybe 99 cents from Hobby Lobby):

And there you have it.

*I wouldn't say this little project was hard, per se, but it did involve sawing things and I don't use a saw as a general rule. besides that, it was pretty easy. Also, Martha and I put a base on ours, made from an old closet shelf cut to size, to give the legs something more substantial to be affixed to. (Let me know if you have further questions about this part.)

Little Bedside Table That Could (or The Little Side Table-Who-Wouldn't-Be-Stopped-Even-by-a-Year-of-Procrastinating-Between-Steps).


The One Who Didn't Let the Man Get Her Down (the Man being my own self)
aka Leslie
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