Day 287 – The Wedding

weddingPart One:  The Vows

Me:  It has been 1463 days since we were matched by eHarmony; 1388 days since we first met; 878 days since we were engaged; infinite days until we part.  You had me the moment you told me you were falling in serious like with me.  Today and always I need you beside me, always as my best friend, lover and forever soul mate.  I love you not only for what you are, but for who I am when I am with you.

I take you to be my best friend, my partner in crime, my companion for life, my everything, my faithful partner, my one true love.  I promise to…

…support your dreams

…travel all the backroads with you

…buy your first hoverround when you need it

…keep you guessing

…give you the bigger half

…treat you like the rock star you are

…return your Chapstick

…trust you

…not to keep score

…live a life of adventure with you

…love you always

…grow old with you

Him: I take you to be my best friend, my partner in crime, my companion for life, my everything, my faithful partner, my one true love.  I promise to…

…open your water bottle

…care when you cry

…pump your gas

…tolerate your snarkiness

…bring you butterfingers

…encourage your dreams

…recognize your contributions

…put the pillows back on the bed

…live a life of adventure with you

…love you always

…grow old with you


Part Two:  The Preparation

For two and a half years, we have been engaged, we laughed at people when they asked “when’s the big day?” and always answered with the same, “the day after the end of the world.”  I told folks that if the world does end, he gets lucky and doesn’t have to marry me, and we’ve saved ourselves a lot of work.  If it doesn’t end, then we still get a lifetime together.  So we planned the wedding for December 22 at 12:01 a.m.

It was a surprise wedding, well, a surprise for all of our guests.  We hosted an “End of the World” Party at our favorite local restaurant, back in my home town, Tommy Vaughn’s.  I had called Tyler earlier in the week and asked him if we could have a private party after they closed on Friday night, just a small, intimate affair with 20+ people, I wanted the party from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.  No problem.

At 12:00, we sprung to action, our minister, Andrew, stood up and announced that since we were all gathered there, we might as well do some knot tying.  It was perfect, eight minutes later we were married.  No fuss, no stress, just some wonderful people to share our moment with.  One of my girlfriends was priceless, there are photos of her looking around trying to figure out what was happening.  I think she finally got it the next day.  One of the young girls there told me later that she wants her own wedding to be like ours, everyone was happy, there was no stress, I told her it’s more important to put the work in to the marriage, not the wedding.

I laughed when the next day our media girl put out a “press release” of sorts, I guess ours was a celebrity wedding.  Who knew?  we only took pictures with our iPhones, so it was just like the paparazzi did it.  Life is good.  I faced one of my biggest fears, re-marrying, and I did that with a man who understands me.  Bonus, I get to wear the beautiful ring we picked up months ago.



Day 340 – Pinterest, anyone?

Do you ever have those days when you just want to sit in one place?  I had one of those tonight.  We got to Vegas tonight for the SEMA show, there will be more on that over the next couple of days, trust me.  Checked in to the Best Western Mardi Gras because it is within easy walking distance to the convention center, we picked up the necessities for the week:  large bottle of Ibuprofen, Diet Coke, water, Vodka, Little Debbie’s Oatmeal cookies – I can survive anything now.  Then dinner in another restaurant – can I just say I am sick of restaurant meals, I’ve taken to eaten turkey sandwiches, and I don’t really even like turkey sandwiches, but I’m sick of everything else.  Anyway, I’m ranting…I walked back to the room after dinner by myself, told the boys to continue watching the game and snuck away, all I really wanted to do was sit with my laptop and look up all those things I’ve been meaning to do over the last couple of weeks, but didn’t have the internet available.  So I…checked my Powerball tickets, downloaded a guide on how to make enamel jewelry, looked up commercial property in Moab, found the definition of Raku pottery (related to a book I’m reading) and then I did the unthinkable…I logged on to Pinterest.

If you’ve never been on Pinterest, you might not understand its addicting qualities, I looked first at what my friends are pinning, then I looked at the Everything category, when it wouldn’t load fast enough, I went to Popular.  It’s like having all the DIY, Craft, Entertainment, Hair and Clothing magazines all lined up in a flip book.  My pupils scanned the pages looking for something to catch my eye, I found a few quotes I love, a few recipes, a couple of things that I thought “that’s cool.”  The best part for me is that I live in 280 square feet, so “stuff” in the true sense of Pinterest doesn’t interest me.  But I’m always looking for an occasion to apply it.


On September 1, my oldest daughter got married, she’s not much of a crafter, so she let me do some of the decorations.  I created a board on Pinterest labeled “Kayla and Lindsey’s Wedding” and every time I saw something cute and do-able, I pinned to it.  Then they went in and approved what they liked.  By the time we were done, we had bookmarks for wedding favors, old ladders with wedding advice, old suitcases for cards and mason jars for drinking.  It was the most fun I ever had decorating for an event.  The ideas turned out great and the effort seemed to be appreciated.  I love my girls.  There are so many ideas on Pinterest, it can be overwhelming.  But tonight, when I just wanted to chill, it was exactly what I needed.  What have you made that you found on Pinterest?