Tuesday, June 14, 2011

8 Years Ago

'Twas 8 years ago today that Stephen & I were married. A DIY wedding for sure. A rented tent in S's mother's back yard created the venue for both the ceremony and the reception. It also sheltered us from the rain, alas many a shoe were ruined with mud.

We rented the tux and the dress, made our own wine and food, had no photographer or decorations. I bought my bouquet from the Atwater Market the morning of the wedding.

Many people pitched in with baking desserts, making food, lending cars, hosting guests, playing bartender. Many of these people are still part of our lives and support network. I am grateful to have that.

The reception was karaoke/dancing, which to many people's surprise was fun.

I was 21.

If I had to do it again, I would get married older and have a more traditional wedding.

But as the circumstances were, we were young, had no money and less life experience. I'm proud that we were true to what we knew and the values that we shared. Our expectations for the wedding day were not high.

That should bear some reflection on the relationship no?

We are still laid back, good at living on a budget and still enjoy firing up a karaoke machine.

But unlike the wedding day, our expectations for our relationship continue to be high.

I see 8 years as just the beginning.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thought for the Day

"At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is "not done" to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it was "not done" to mention trousers in the presence of a lady. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals."

-George Orwell, "Freedom of the Press"

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Basement: Before and After

It's done! The basement is finished! There are a few small imperfections, but judge for yourself if the basement has improved...





notice the uneven floor, which then had to be re-levelled.