Sunday, September 20, 2009

And We're Back

The long commercial break of travel and family is over and we’re back. We’ve been back, back to work and back to school for two weeks now, and we’re settled into the old routine.
Work is wonderful, wonderfully busy, but at least a constant routine. No more late nights ordering Chinese food into
the office, now my only late nights are school nights. School on the other hand is still school. It has yet to be scintillating or stimulating, but as I am often reminded compliments a full-time job nicely.
I have class Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-8pm and make it home before 9. It works well with work and hopefully I will have further news on that front in the future.
The time in North Carolina, Denver and Washington was fantastic. For the most part it felt unrushed, like a real summer vacation. Of course it wasn’t all relaxing poolside (although we did get some of that in), there was plenty of wedding planning to do.

With two weeks in town I managed to hit roughly a dozen ceremony and reception sites. Mom, M. and I did some heavy R&D at Barnes and Noble, sifting through piles of bargain bridal and complete wedding compendiums. I bought a dress. Ok, have to write that again, I bought a dress. I didn’t mean to really. I was just getting my feet wet in the dress trying on and then, oops, there it was. I started in the bridal equivalent of the kiddie pool - David’s Bridal - and was left with the impression that finding the right dress was going to take a long time and a lot of money. Then the next day, one store later, there it was. It was nothing I thought I wanted (strapless, god forbid) but it is perfect. You know, we had the whole moment, the dress went on, everyone loved it and then they added the veil (that’s where they really get you); waterworks. Bundle up the dress and send it home, I was sold.

So dress, date, church, site... looks like we’ve got a weddin
g. I’d tell you the plan, but then that would ruin the save the date cards that we need to get started on. We’ll stick to formalities, and you can wait for the details. More to come as we move into the world of caterers, bouquets and bridesmaids’ dresses.

Well, there’s plenty more to tell: new restaurant discoveries, tourist time at museums, pictures of our travels, but for now this will have to be my “back in the swing of things blog”. More to come... I’ll leave you with this pic of the fam at M.’s summer digs in Flat Rock, NC and a piece of bark that I think looks like a heart. D. thought I should specify since he didn’t know what it was a photo of.