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Posts from — December 2012

the wedding train, all aboard

As I have mentioned before, one of my closest friends and favorite people is getting married this January and I have the great pleasure of hopping on the wedding festivities train bridal-party style.

First stop: bridal shower.

I’ve been weighing options and ideas for this baby for quite some time. As the only bridal party member within the state, I had a lot of freedom to throw this thing however I saw fit. In the end, I decided on a Christmas themed December shower in the back bay of Boston (hooray for generous friends and their incredible back bay brownstone offered as a hosting ground!).

Despite the rainy, dreary morning, we had a stellar turn-out to celebrate my one-of-a-kind friend. There was typical eating, drinking, and mingling, a fairly raucous and quite frankly, HILARIOUS game of adapted fishbowl (think charades meets taboo with a Christmas/Steph theme), a mother flown in from Cali to celebrate, and no present opening until the after party (great call Steph…does anyone really enjoy that part of showers anyhow? So long and boring).

All in all, I consider it a success. A positive precursor to what will no doubt be a stellar wedding, and more importantly, a killer marriage.

Looking forward to the next stop on this festive train…bachelorette party, baby…

December 11, 2012   6 Comments

November blues

November has been a crazy month.
With the election, holidays, professional development days at work, an overnight field trip with the fifth grade at my school, hurricane Sandy, and an out-of-state wedding, I have not been in my school for a full five day work week all month. While the extra, unexpected days off are always welcome, I definitely feel thrown out of my routine.

It has been an unsettled month for me.
My thoughts are all jumbled up and I oftentimes have just not felt like myself.
Being the analyzer than I am, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about all the different factors that have played into this sense of unsettling. And there are a lot. Some work stuff, some personal stuff, some situational stuff (I really do hate the cold), etc. But they all still feel like isolated pieces to a puzzle I have yet to solve.

We have done lots of fun things this month with lots of fabulous people (a wedding in Ohio; Thanksgiving split between family and friends, between Massachusetts and Maine; birthday celebrations; theater performances, etc.),
but still, I have not felt like myself.
I think this happens sometimes.
A natural cycle of ups and downs.
The downs certainly make you appreciate the ups more.
And there is always a lesson or two in the process.

Anyhow, in the midst of this unsettling, one thing keeps ringing true over and over again:
I am so unbelievably grateful for this guy.

He listens when I am needing to process; he brings me flowers to cheer me up; he does all the cooking and cleaning on days when I am feeling down; he makes me laugh when laughter feels far off.
His eyes and his actions echo his words.
Clearly and consistently.

He is a gem of a human being and I am so grateful for the last four years spent with him.

This year we had the rare treat of spending Thanksgiving morning just the two of us. A leisurely breakfast, Christmas lists organized for family, a pleasant run on my favorite route.
It was the best six hours of my month.

I was glad to close the book on November yesterday. Here’s too a cheer-filled December!

December 2, 2012   3 Comments