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The Importance of Being Tested

Most of the people using Here Comes The Guide to plan their wedding are women. So, I’m going to take advantage of this platform to remind our female audience of something important:: Don’t let the hoopla of planning your wedding keep you from getting your Pap test this year.

Personally, I have a history of irregular Pap tests and cervical surgeries. I was just 27 when I had my first abnormal Pap. I was lucky enough to find the abnormalities before they became cervical cancer, but it would have been very serious had I not gotten regular Pap tests and had an early diagnosis that was treated aggressively.

When you see your doctor, push to have an HPV (human papilloma virus) test done along with your Pap test (they’re already all up in your business, might as well swab for one more thing, right?). HPV is the virus that leads to cervical cancer and a high percentage of young woman carry it. If the HPV test comes back positive, move swiftly to deal with the issue. Don’t put it off (and don’t let your doctor put it off) and take it very seriously.

Recently, one of our Here Comes The Guide event professionals was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She’s going to be ok, thankfully, but it serves to remind us how important those tests—and aggressive care—really are.

Getting off my soapbox now.

Meredith Posted by Meredith on Dec 03, 2008.
Filed under Expert Advice


Can’t Stop Thinking About Sam

Have you ever had one of those meals when you’re on vacation that you keep thinking about for weeks after you get home? You know, you’re sitting at work and all of a sudden you’re struck by an intense desire to eat at that restaurant again. Like, right NOW. You entertain thoughts of calling in sick, just to go back and have that food one more time?

Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon BayNever?

Then you haven’t been to Sam’s Chowder House, a gorgeous seaside restaurant in Half Moon Bay. That’s where my husband and I had the fabulous dinner, while we were in HMB celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary. Everything I ate was so excellent, from the calamari to the beet salad to the steak, that I’ve been obsessing about it ever since. Seriously, I think I need therapy. I’ve yet to call in sick to drive there for lunch, but I’ve been close several times.

I had a great time meeting owners Julie and Paul, who told me that they’re preparing a great new beachfront ceremony location to add to their already very wedding-friendly restaurant. Just imagine getting married right on the beach, steps from that beet salad. Heaven.

Meredith Posted by Meredith on Oct 27, 2008.
Filed under CeremonyLocationsReceptionsRehearsal DinnerRestaurants


A Party in New Orleans

Most of the time, we love living and traveling in California and wouldn’t have it any other way. But every once in a while, an event comes along that makes us wish we owned a private jet.

Helena Gown by Austin Scarlett for Kenneth PoolThe W Hotel French Quarter in New Orleans, in conjunction with Destination I Do Magazine and the Anti-Bride, is having a super-cool party to help you prepare for your wedding. The event is on Thursday, October 30th and looks like such fun. Austin Scarlett of Project Runway fame will be there to show his latest bridal collection for Kenneth Pool.

Spaces will sell out, and RSVPs are required, so visit their website for more info soon.

Meredith Posted by Meredith on Oct 23, 2008.
Filed under Honeymoons and Travel


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