May 29th, 2012

We Got Married

Hi everyone.  I was doing pretty well there with posting for a little while.  I know I slipped a bit again, but I don’t think you can blame me this time.  You see, The Grump and I finally got married!

It was a very quiet day with no one but The Sprout with us, but it was ours.  There was very little planning for it, but my dad (an ordained minister) officiated, which was nice.  The real celebration was this past weekend when we got to go to Boston and spend two wonderful days with my dad and stepmother.  And this weekend we’re going to see my entire maternal extended family for my cousin’s wedding!

So please forgive the lapse in updates again while I get caught up with this whirlwind around me.  Hopefully I can dig myself out long enough to cook something worth actually photographing and sharing!

Thank you everyone for putting up with my little blog through now.  :love:

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July 4th, 2011

I’m a terrible blogger

Since I decided to stop writing about my daily life, I find myself unable to write very often.  I’ve also found myself unable to read other peoples’ blogs hardly ever.  There’s just so much going on…so much stress….and at the end of a long work day I just want to get home, eat the dinner my fiancé has made, relax with him, then go to bed exhausted and do it all again the next day.

One month after having set our wedding date, we have had to postpone the wedding indefinitely.  It was a very painful decision but we have a much more important matter right now that will require all our time, energy, and money.  The stress of the last few weeks months has left me too drained to blog very often.  I intend to keep doing it, but not feeling guilty that I haven’t been keeping up like I “should.”  You all know how it is.  Typing words on a website is not a should.  Spending time with my family and dealing with life is.  I just need to let go of my self-criticism and grasp that more fully.

Now that the irksome stuff is out of the way….we’re in Southern California! We’ve been planning this trip for over a year and we’ve finally made it out to The Grump’s homeland to see his family and – most importantly – his children.  Our first day here was yesterday and we did get to see the kids, and it was wonderful.  We’re looking forward to another visit with them sooo much.

We also got to see my brother who is stationed at Camp Pendleton right now, and that was great too.  We went out to lunch at In-N-Out, a place TG has been insisting for pretty much ever that I try.  Well I finally got to and yes, it was better than any fast food in New England! But still not as good as the place we used to frequent when I was a kid in Virginia.  I don’t remember the name of that place but the flavor of their burgers will stay with me forever.

We went to Lucille’s Bar-B-Que for dinner and I got their Louisiana Pasta.  I barely ate any because I was still full from a late lunch that I ate while still full from a late breakfast.  So I finished it, cold, just now for breakfast and it was still so good! I am looking forward to recreating this recipe at home later.

I hope to share some photos and more food experiences with you as the week and trip progress, but we’ll see how much time I have.  I have a life to keep living.  :grin:

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February 14th, 2011

5 Reasons I Love The Grump

  1. He gives really good (and frequent) shoulder massages.
  2. He has sexy arms, and they’re only getting nicer with all the lifting he has to do at work.
  3. He gets along really well with my family and supports my close relationship with them, encouraging me to spend time with them when I can.
  4. I once experimented with slices of potato on pizza.  It was a dismal failure.  Even though the middle was almost entirely raw, he ate the whole thing so that I wouldn’t have to eat any of my horrible disaster.  The raw dough rose and fermented in his stomach, which later gave him a terrible case of heartburn and made him sleepy.  But he did it anyway.
  5. When I told him that if we ever win the lottery, I want to help a struggling family every Christmas to get back on their feet by paying all their debts, he could have said, “that’s an awful lot of money to be giving away when we could be saving it for Ali’s future.”  Instead, he said, “I love that idea.  But let’s try to make sure it’s a family with kids since children are impacted more.”

He’s generous and loving, even though most people don’t see it.  He is protective and will stand up for anyone being beaten down unfairly (to a point of jumping into a fight for someone he doesn’t know to help them out).

And so even though it’s not the best cake I’ve ever made, I made it for him.  And I know he’ll eat it because #4 proves the incontrovertible fact that he is a human garbage disposal. :love:

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to my future husband.

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January 12th, 2010

Protected: Insomnia (a rant)

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August 24th, 2009

Ah, the proverbial downpour intruding on my rainy day

I am leaving Thursday morning for Ohio, and won’t be back until Monday night. I will not have my computer as I am flying, but I’m ok with this. Being back in Ohio for an extended weekend is not a problem.

The problem is that on Thursday Brian received a notice that the Sheriff’s department had tried to serve him some papers.  The only thing we could conclude was that Jen, his ex, was trying to get child support for Ali, their daughter.  Now, please note that we have been trying to get our so-called ducks into a tidy little row so that we can file for custody of Ali.

On Friday he was served the papers and we found out to our slight astonishment and relief that we were mistaken.  Sort of.  Jen’s mother has filed for guardianship of Ali, and the papers were just to alert him of this fact and tell us the hearing for the custody case will be September 3rd.  13 days away.  And of course we got this notice Friday afternoon, with no chance of finding a lawyer over the weekend.  And then I have 3 days here to help find one before leaving for Ohio for 5, and having less than a week upon return before the actual hearing.

So now I’m about to give up almost my entire work week (with the exception of one day, today) to travel, right as we need the money most.  We’re still not caught up with our bills since the move.  And suddenly we need a crib, baby clothes and furniture, and everything one needs to raise a toddler, because when Brian files for custody, they’re going to check the place out and make sure we’re ready to take her.

Oh, and work tonight? I had to call off.  I have a summer cold (awful beast of a virus), and am physically miserable.  I was going to go to work and just ask to be the first cut, but then Brian and I realized that today was our only day to go to court and file an objection, and I would have been late getting to work.  There is no point going in late to turn around and leave early, so I called off and explained what was going on.

Broke.  Custody battle.  Sick.  A week without work.  Someone hand me an umbrella.  :sad:

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