One Year to Go!

Guys, it’s been over a month since I blogged. I should be ashamed. I’ll just say it’s been a really busy time lately, especially at work. Here are a few quick things about what’s been going on.

Chris and I went on vacation with my family, and it was lovely. We spent a week at Cape May, New Jersey, with my mom, brother, and sister-in-law. The weather was a bit meh, but still nice to get away.

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We went to Wildwood one day, and it was desolate. A mile of boardwalk and two stores open. But at least we got to see it, and this picture happened.

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We got Graham a catnip banana, and it’s his new favorite thing.

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One day last month, we saw some clown driving a truck. He eventually saw me staring at him and returned my sheepish smile. But this happened before I got caught.

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We also saw this guy totally safely transporting a kayak.

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Chris wanted to find a trail nearby that was next to water, and we did. Canonsburg Reservoir 2, I believe. We had a lovely little walk.

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I made some epic pots of chili.

We went to a show on the South Side with Chris’ cousin Amber. I can’t recommend Postmodern Jukebox enough. It’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen Poison four times, just to give you some reference.

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We went to our friend’s daughter’s soccer game and then to Trader Joe’s with them. It was great. All I had to do was say what I needed, and a helpful child went and got it. But if Chris didn’t hear the request, she would be confused at four cans of chickpeas being put in our cart by a middle schooler.

Tuesday we saw David Sedaris with some friends, and he was hilarious. We had a delicious meal, and, most impressively, I successfully drove us from the North Side to Oakland without getting lost. The show was a good time, and the venue was beautiful. I took zero pictures, though.

I extended my staycation to Wednesday for pumpkin carving. I went shopping with my mom that day, so I put on some chili before I left. By the time I got home, it smelled chili-rific. Chris came home and made some pumpkin cornbread, and we had some leftover pumpkin-spice cookie bars that I made for a blogging friend because I lost a bet. (Damn you, Pirates!) Not to brag, but the food was spectacular, if I do say so myself.

I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years. I really can’t remember the last time. I am always on afternoon shift in October, so I’ve missed the last few Chris has done. I had no idea what to carve, but eventually inspiration hit me. Who better to honor with a pumpkin than my favorite Steeler, Dick LeBeau?

(Brief background — Dick LeBeau is the defensive coordinator for the Steelers. He is 77 years old, and they have to announce his age at some point in every game, I swear. A couple years ago, I started posting on Facebook about when the announcers would mention it, and it has evolved into a weekly, anticipated-by-some Dick LeBeau post. I even received the Best Ornament of All Time from my future SIL Amy, a DLB-themed ornament explaining how, at the first Christmas, Mr. LeBeau brought the baby Jesus the gift of football.)

Okay, so the pumpkin. I had you ask Chris to draw the symbol for me to cut out, but I did the drilling on my own. I think it turned out pretty nice for someone who hasn’t done this in years.

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That brings me to today, which is one year from our wedding. I’ve christened it our negative-one-year anniversary. We won’t get to spend much time together today — both are busy at work on different shifts — but there will be a few minutes here and there.

I’m so excited to be married to Chris. I feel grateful and lucky every day to have found someone who can tolerate my prickly personality and makes me so happy while doing it. I wouldn’t have had half of the adventures I’ve had in the last few years without her, and my life wouldn’t be nearly as fun.

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She makes me so happy.

Here’s to a great year, followed by a kickass party!

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