Me at the wedding
Look at at that, as soon as NaBloPoMo ends, I go M.I.A. for over a week!
Well, I was in a wedding last weekend as the matron of honor. I was so nervous about it, but everything went off beautifully and the couple was very happy in the end. Here is the speech I nearly had an aneurysm writing. I also started crying mid way through it!
Good Evening everyone, my name is Erin and I am proud to be the matron of honor. Bride and Groom*, congratulations on your marriage. I know you two will be really happy together.
Groom and I have known each other since high school, and I first met Bride when she started dating him in college. I liked her right away because I saw how happy my friend was when he was with her, and then I could see why he was so happy. Groom, I don’t have to tell you what a sweet, caring, thoughtful person Bride is and I can’t begin to thank you enough for bringing someone like her into my life. Bride is the kind of person whose “effect […] on those around her [is] incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life” like Bride (Middlemarch).
And actually, our meeting was pre-destined. Bride and I lived a block away from each other when we were in elementary school and we went to the same middle school, but never knew each other. In fact, when we were in middle school we both took a quiz sponsored by our student council that was supposed to tell us who our friend matches were. For some reason I kept mine and came across it a couple years ago, and guess who my number one friend match was? Some girl named Bride. So, see? I did learn something in middle school.
At this point it’s usually customary to offer up some quote or a tidbit of advice about love and married life. Unfortunately, having been married for two years now I know that there’s nothing new I can tell you that you haven’t heard already. Being married is hard work. And there will probably be days when you are so annoyed by your spouse, you may wonder what in the hell you were thinking getting yourself into this whole marriage gig to begin with. Ephesians says to “Patiently put up with each other and love each other.” (Eph 4:2) Because then you’ll remember the time he tried to make you soup when you were sick, or how you told jokes in the dark before sleeping and laughed until your sides hurt, and it’s all worth it.
“Rejoice in the wife of your youth […] may you always be captivated by her love.” Prov 5:18-19
As your relationship began among books, it is fitting that it continues in “Marriage, which has been the bourne of so many narratives, [and] is still a great beginning, as it was to Adam and Eve,” (Middlemarch).
Here is to the beginning of the next chapter of your narrative. Cheers, to Bride and Groom.
*Named changed to protect the innocent!
Next week I am flying to Knoxville, TN to attend another wedding. Fortunately, this time I am not in it, just a guest!
Well I think it’s official, I completely failed NaBloPoMo. I’ve forgotten to post so many times, I might as well throw in the towel! But I’ve had fun participating and I’d like to keep up blogging regularly on here. Maybe one day I’ll even get more than 5 readers! XD
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US, which means an excuse to stuff ourselves silly, although according to the rest of the world we’re all obese white people that don’t need an excuse to do that anyway, haha. Tonight I’m going to a Thanksgiving party with friends, where there will be a ton of food and then of course there’s tomorrow. I’m kind of nervous because I have a wedding next week and I’m already barely fitting into the dress for that one! I definitely can’t afford to gain any weight. Maybe I should try to work out more…
I’m also nervous because my in-laws invited my family over to their house for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, my sister T has to spend this year with her husband’s family and my other sister lives in Colorado now, so it will be just my parents and my brother coming. My families usually get along, but it’s still nerve-wracking!
I need to start Christmas shopping, too. With a big family like mine, starting early is the only way to avoid breaking the bank!
Anyway, I better get back to work. To my US readers, Happy Thanksgiving! To my international readers, Happy almost-weekend!
I forgot to blog yesterday, too. I get so caught up with work and think I can just do it later, and then I don’t!
This weekend we are having a party at our new apartment so people can come check it out. Unfortunately since work has been so crazy, our place is a mess! I need to clean up before Saturday. I hate cleaning u.u
Finally, today is Friday but normally that doesn’t mean a break for us. We usually have to work on the weekends, but this weekend Mike is taking off for Las Vegas for a bachelor party. Meanwhile, I’m going to be visiting friends, getting my hair cut and going to a party.
I wish I was going to Vegas, though! I love Las Vegas. I never gamble when I’m there, but I love laying out by the pool, shopping, drinking and dancing, haha. I heard that Celine Dion is going to do another show in Vegas, I’m so excited! I didn’t get to see her last one, but I am definitely going to see the next one!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
I failed already 🙁 I meant to post something yesterday, but I was working all day and then we got a call from the Health Department saying they were coming for an inspection tomorrow, so we had to go into emergency cleaning mode! By the time I got home, I had completely forgotten about this little blog u_u Maybe I can make up for it by posting TWO today!
On another note, Mike and I will be traveling to Knoxville, TN in December to attend his cousin’s wedding. I’m really excited because I’ve never been to Tennessee, or many states for that matter! We are staying in Sevierville, which is about half an hour’s drive from Knoxville, and 20 minutes from Pigeon Forge, home of… Dollywood!!
What is Dollywood, you ask? It is a theme park near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park founded by none other than Ms Dolly Parton herself, who of course is an American treasure. I love how over the top and campy she is! I want to go so bad!! I hope we can find time for a short trip, because when will I ever have another chance?! I’d love to stop by the National Park, too, but I think that might be too much to ask. I love visiting our National Parks as well, but that’s another post.
Well, this is November, finally! Since I unsuccessfully participated in NaNoWriMo last year, I thought I would try NaBloPoMo this year. That’s National Blog Posting Month. The idea is to post at least one entry each day during this month. I saw my friend Connie is participating, so I thought I would, too! Especially since it’s been a while since I’ve written consistently on this website.
I recently moved from Orange County, CA to the Inland Empire:
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It doesn’t look very far, and really it isn’t, but it was definitely a culture shock! I went from the affluent Orange County area (see: Laguna Beach, Real Housewives of Orange County, The OC, etc) to an area with a decidedly more rural feeling. My husband and I had an opportunity to start a business, so we decided to run with it. Luckily, I’m not too far from friends and family so settling in hasn’t been too hard. It has taken SOME getting used to… I’m used to having a Nordstrom’s and Crate & Barrel nearby!
We’ve been very busy and I get to work from home now, which has taken some getting used to. Overall, I’m glad we moved!
See you with a new post tomorrow 🙂