Thursday, July 26, 2012


I started working from home a few weeks ago, and it's been quite an interesting experience! A few things are going on:

1. I get up in the morning, eat breakfast, and walk to my desk. No need to shower right away, put on a suit, wear makeup and jewelry, rush around, put gas in the car, etc. I just shower on my lunch break and put on new comfy clothes.

2. I have all day, while talking on the phone to my students, to look around my house at all the things I need to do but haven't gotten around to, like organizing closets and drawers. It's become a sickness, I'm afraid to say. Instead of relaxing on my breaks during the day, I find a ten minute project in the house I can tackle. While my vacuuming and cleaning the bathrooms hasn't increased in frequency, my family now knows where nothing is because I have changed the storage location of many household items due to my reorganization. I do feel it's a great improvement though!

3. I rarely leave the house now, and rarely put on real clothes. This was something I swore I wouldn't do, but it's so much more comfy to wear yoga pants and a t-shirt at my desk all day than jeans!

I really feel like it hasn't fully sunk in yet that this is my REAL job. I am busy working all day, don't get me wrong (in fact, it's annoying because I have to stare at the stuff I want to clean for HOURS before I can do anything about it) but I still feel like I'm on some sort of vacation or hiatus.

Well, it's time I start on tonight's project: organizing my scrapbook supplies. If this doesn't settle down soon, I'm going to need to seek treatment.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wedding Awesomeness

Our wedding was awesome. It was everything we wanted it to be. We had a cool venue at the Charley Creek Inn, a boutique hotel recently restored to its 1920's glory. It's gorgeous. We had our ceremony and reception on the roof. The day was busy and hectic leading up to the ceremony, but I had great friends there helping keep things going. Dana brought mimosas, Nikki documented everything through photos, and Jill made my hair look great.

I got my dress online for a steal and found shoes and jewelry I loved, and I did my own makeup which turned out great! Matt said I looked more gorgeous than ever, which was totally what I was going for! He looked super handsome, and I felt so amazingly lucky to be claiming that hot guy for life.

My son Ethan played "Here Comes the Bride" on violin for my entrance, and then my daughter Emma read a poem to start the ceremony. It was from Sex and the City, my favorite show and basically my guide to life (haha!) and it was a poem read in a wedding in the show. Here's the poem:

His hello was the end of her endings
Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
His hand would be hers to hold forever
His forever was as simple as her smile
He said she was what was missing
She said instantly she knew
She was a question to be answered
And his answer was "I do"

After this, our dear friend Scott started the ceremony, acting as our officiant after getting ordained online. We wrote our own vows, which we were nervous about but I am so glad we did! It was great to have that really personal touch to our ceremony!

We took a few photos with the family, and then headed in to the reception.

We didn't have a DJ, we just had an ipod playlist, so there was no one to announce us. However, everyone was waiting, so as soon as we entered, Matt's friends all stood and cheered. Super cool.  We didn't do most of the wedding traditions, because we find a lot of them either silly or boring. We had a first dance, and since we didn't really have a wedding party, we just invited friends to give speeches, which they did, and it was great!

We had cupcakes instead of a cake, which were cheaper but way more convenient and really cute! We put
them on little cake stands on each table that we made ourselves with plates and custard cups from an antique store. Just glue the cup upside down to the plate, and voila!

During the reception, some of Matt's friends came and joined us for a dance, and created an impromptu air band, complete with drums, guitar, and an air triangle! Hilarious!

Then the kids, and Matt and I, did a little dance together that the kids made up. So sweet!
The rest of the reception was spent drinking wine, dancing, and laughing. At 11, the reception ended and a few of us headed out to a bar around the corner, where we unexpectedly encountered a foam party! They pump tons of foam, aka bubbles, into the dancefloor, and you get soaked! We were in our wedding clothes, and the whole bar thought we were awesome. My dress was DRENCHED! It dragged the floor of the bar and turned black, but my great friend Edie took it home and cleaned it for me and it actually looks great now!

We spent the night in a gorgeous honeymoon suite, and met a few close friends and family for brunch in the morning before heading off to our honeymoon. Matt and I kept talking about how wonderful our wedding was, far beyond our expectations! It was unique, fun, and kept with our original design--inexpensive but special. I simply could not be happier with how the night went!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Dear Journal, entry one.

Dear Journal,
You were once a blog. But I have decided now that you are a journal. I don't usually keep a journal, because I frankly find physically writing things by hand on paper way too slow and inefficient. In attempts to write blogs that others will find interesting....I never write blogs anymore. The details of my life are hard to evaluate for their value to others anecdotally. But I recently read "The Paris Wife," which tells the story of Ernest Hemingway's first marriage, and so many details of their few years together seem to be preserved, and I realized I want that for myself. I want to go back and know how I spent the ordinary weeks of my ordinary life, because for me, those ordinary details are everything.

To begin, I'd like to recap some recent happenings:
My daughter turned 15 and got her first driving lesson from her dad.
My son plays this computer game, Minecraft, like it's his JOB. He and his best friend spend all day doing it this summer break.
I watched Borat with my dear friend Rachel and laughed and laughed. This is like the 2367545 time we've seen it.
I recently started working from home, and I get to wear comfy clothes and not drive to work. It's pretty nice.
I got attacked by my mom's vicous dog this week. It lunged at me, and though I jumped back out of its reach just in time, it's teeth stuck my leg and barely broke the skin, but hit me with such force I have bruises!
Matt and I spent the day eating barbeque, browsing an antique store, and shopping for dresses. He's a wonderful husband.

 I intend to blog about my wedding and honeymoon soon, for any interested parties, and for posterity... so I can read about this amazing time in my life later, and remember this happiness.