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Meg’s Vacation = Team Practical’s Party

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

It’s been, well, a long year, and as of Sunday I’m going on a vacation for two weeks. It will be a proper vacation—the kind where you don’t check your blog, or your twitter feed, or even your email too much. The kind where you lie around by the water and write in your pen-and-a-paper journal. The kind where no one tells you how amazing/horrible you are. The kind where you take naps.

Let’s just say I’m looking forward to it.

So, in the two weeks that I’m gone, everything will run just as it always does here at APW. There’ll be wedding grads, and reclaiming wife, things to discuss, and even posts from me. The only difference is other people will be in charge. So, I’m thrilled to introduce your Team Practical moderators for the duration.

First there is Liz of Happy Sighs, reprising her role from last year (um. the picture she provided is clearly awesome?). You may remember Liz from such posts as Babies Don’t Ruin Your Marriage; Life-Living and Woman-Being LessonsSex, Waiting, and Weddings; Self Catering a Dessert Reception; and her own wedding.

And second there is Lauren of Suburbalicious Living. You may remember Lauren from every Yay New York picture (she volunteered), and posts like The Road Not Taken, Promise, The Original Wedding Zen, and her own wedding. We got married the same day. She’s been reading since the beginning.

I’ve been joking that Liz and Lauren are the iron fist and the velvet glove. Liz is a high school teacher, and she will make no bones about telling you to sit down and shut up if you can’t be nice. Lauren doesn’t take any guff, but she’s serene about it. You’ll be in good hands. Their comments will be in pink, like mine, for the duration, and they’ll take down people who are being awful (if anyone is awful, which I hope not). And of course the APW staff will be slaving away behind the scenes for you while I’m gone.

So play nice, and don’t have too much fun without me. I’ll be back with a few more naps under my belt. Till then, three cheers for Liz and Lauren!

Second Picture: Emily Takes Photos

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit

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  • Kimberly

    Have a great time, enjoy this last bit o’ summah.

    • meg

      First bit of summer. We haven’t seen sun in two months.

      • Kimberly


      • Kayakgirl73

        Gosh I hope Sun comes to Northern California soon. We’re headed to San Francisco and the Big Sur Coast next week. I heard it’s supposed to be a good time of year.

  • Jenn

    um Liz, that photo is amazing.

    That is all.

  • ddayporter

    yes! rockstar babysitter time! enjoy your vacation Meg, you deserve it. thanks for leaving us in good hands.

    also, yeah. Liz. that photo. are you freaking kidding me with the awesome?

  • marbella

    Enjoy! Rest and relax, you deserve it!

  • eskaybe

    three cheers!

  • Jen M

    I would say take me with you, but I suppose that would defeat the purpose of the vacation…

  • meghan

    Two of my faves.

  • Sarah

    PAR-TAY! Have a wonderful, relaxing, well-deserved vacation Meg!

  • sparrowgrey

    Woohoo! Babysitters.

    Enjoy your vacation, Meg. You definitely deserve it.

  • SEZ

    vacations = required. fun. rejuvenating. enjoy!

    also, happy sighs (Liz) + suburbalicious living (Lauren) = SO awesome.
    (thanks Meg & APW for leading me to said awesome!)

  • april

    Have a great vacation, Meg!

  • FawMo

    Whoo hoo! Meg, we are going on vacation the same week. Enjoy your downtime; it is necessary and much deserved.

    I look forward to catching up with Liz and Lauren when I get back!

  • Amanda

    Meg, I hope you have a great time. Thanks for all the hard work that involves keeping this community alive.