Ready to Reach

I’m ready to reach because my childhood recedes
Like me under the covers as the morning light creeps through.

I’m ready to reach because my hips have widened since we’ve met,
Because the moon, the tides, has awoken primal instincts within me.

I’m ready to reach because I’ve kneaded knotted tissues for years and years,
And I’m set and solid enough to move on to the next thing.

I’m ready to reach because this world moves so quickly,
Time pushing ever onward while it sinks right through our fingertips.

I’m ready for more because I’ve finally realized
That I’m capable, able, and ready to receive it.

Baconfest

America Loves Bacon Festical, Chopped, and Precipices.

This past weekend we went to the America Loves Bacon Festival with our close friends, K, N, and A.  We all received vendor tokens with our ticket admission, so we tried all kinds of different bacon, and drank beer, and tried each others’ bacon.  We got more beer, and watched a few bands, and watched a bacon eating contest.

baconfest II

We escaped the heat for a chill pub, and we sat outside in shade eating fried pickles and hummus, and ordering more drinks.

We decided that we needed to recreate an episode of the TV show Chopped for dinner.

We headed to a grocery store, and A, N, and I bought all the ingredients.  Some basics, and then some out there wildcards.  Chicken breast, asparagus,  cheese, goat cheese, maraschino cherries, and butterscotch.  We hid the ingredients from A and K, and then unveiled them in the kitchen right before they started cooking.

Both dishes came out great, and it was great fun for all of us.  We sat around their table after dinner and played Phase 10, and drank more, and laughed.  Their cats, and dogs, and puppy kept us company.

Our wedding invitations went out in the mail yesterday.  The wedding will take place four months from today.

It’s all coming.  My life’s coming.  I’m standing right at the precipice of a great mountain, about to jump right into act II of my life.

Marriage License

We Got Our Marriage License Today

We got our marriage license today, and it was such a good day for it.  It was hot, and sunny, and the mood of the day felt light and happy.

Things have been going amazingly.  We are looking at the possibility of going to Greece for our honeymoon, and we are beyond thrilled at the possibility.  I was really interested in going to Santorini at first, but now we’re researching Crete a bit more.

I’m giving notice to our rental office tomorrow.  Our wedding invitations should arrive in the mail to us tomorrow as well.  Our parents met for the first time Sunday night, and that went great as well!

All the dominos are falling now.  We’re getting closer to the big bang.

Four months till the wedding next Tuesday.  We’ve got our marriage license now, so we are one step closer!

NoH8

NOH8 Photo Shoot & Wedding Invitations

Today my partner and I were the first in line at the NOH8 photo shoot.  We had a blast, and we, of course, took a lot of selfies.  Our official NOH8 photos will be emailed to us in eight weeks, which will reach us a few months before our wedding! Here are the ones we took ourselves before my iPhone six plus screen smashed into a million pieces.

After the NOH8 photo shoot we headed to our very last Maybe Baby class, in which they had a guest panel of same-sex mothers come in and talk to us about their families.  One couple brought in their interracially adopted twins, and they were just adorable! It was really great to sit down and listen to moms in same-sex marriages talk to us about their trials and tribulations.

We did our wedding invitations yesterday, and may I just complain about how tedious that was? My goodness gracious, typing all of those addresses was not enjoyable.  But our invites have been purchased, they are on their way to us, and they are gorgeous! We’re both pleased with what we’ve chosen.

I’ll close this post with a few more pictures from this weekend.  It was great, but exhausting, and I’m quite ready for dinner, tonight’s new episode of Game of Thrones, and then bed!

Mom

Mother’s Day 2015

Today my partner and I drove to a lovely park and had a Mother’s Day picnic with my extended family.  We did this on Mother’s Day for the very first time last year, and had such a blast that we decided to repeat the occasion.

There was so much food, and even some Indian food. My family has been mixing American food with Indian food on holidays and birthdays for as long as I can remember.

Being around my Mom today felt really great.  She looks good, and happy, and full.  The family ate, and talked, and caught up on each others lives while talking politics and Baltimore.

My Mother pulled me off to the side at one point so we could talk about wedding things. I updated her on everything we’ve gotten done lately, which is so much, and which I feel really great about.

As of this weekend we completed both our registries, got both bridesmaids to purchase their flower girl dresses, and four of our bridesmaids have bought their dresses! We set a date to get our marriage license, we checked my passport expiration date, and we looked up the process of changing one’s last name.

After the picnic my parter and I drove back to my parents house where my Mom gave us a really decent office chair.  My partner is about to start working from home full-time, and my parents have saved us the cost of a really good chair!

My Mom gave us information on getting a prenuptial.  We stayed and visited with her and my Dad for a bit.

I’m so grateful for my Mother, and the life that she’s given me.  She put me in ballet for 13 years, she taught me how to drive.  She taught me how to play the piano, and how to manage my money.  She took care of me like a baby again when I had a motorcycle accident four years ago.

I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without her.  Everything I have, and everything I hold precious and dear I can trace back to her.

It took her a decade to fully accept my sexuality, and when I first got engaged two years ago she was more than unhappy.  She’s leapt over a mountain in the last two years, and now she’s happily and enthusiastically helping me plan and pay for this wedding.

I hope to spend many, many more Mother’s days with her.  Maybe one day I’ll be a mother, and she’ll be a happy grandmother.