Coloring

I Bought My Wedding Shoes Today & I Can’t Stop Coloring

I bought my shoes for the wedding today.  They’re stunning, magical, very me, and perfect.  They match my dress.  They match the mood and the energy of the wedding.

I wish I could write so much more about them, but my lovely wife-to-be reads this blog, and we are keeping things traditional.  Meaning we don’t want to see or know anything of each others dresses, hair/makeup, or shoes!

On a completely unrelated note, I can’t seem to stop coloring in my adult coloring book.

Progress  It’s just so tranquil and calming.  It’s inspiring and somehow very satisfying.

These pages were colored and captured over the course of this past weekend.  We took it easy, and stayed inside, and made love, and cuddled, and tried not to spend money.  We are enjoying the last of any laziness before things get too crazy.  We’re trying to soak up whatever peace and calmness we can muster before it all begins.

I haven’t yet had my first dress fitting (it’s next week), and we haven’t yet moved into the townhouse (that’s next month).  But, these things are happening so soon.  Everything, is happening so soon.

This is the calm before the storm.  This is that time of restlessness and waiting.  The dead middle of summer.  When the whisper of Fall and new beginnings is right around the corner, but the stillness and pause of the Summer hasn’t yet run its course.

I’m surprised by how calm I still feel at this point, less than two and a half months from our wedding and honeymoon.  But, something deep in my heart and my bones knows this won’t last.  I’ll enjoy the calmness while I can.  I’ll spend hours and hours coloring, while I can.

Hands

We Officially Have a Townhouse

It’s finally happened.  The townhouse that never got to exist before finally does exist.

We signed the lease last Friday.  To the only townhouse we wanted.  To the only townhouse that we applied for.

The first two levels are hardwood.  The kitchen has granite countertops and a gorgeous backsplash.  The kitchen walls are light green.  The second and third bedrooms are on the second floor, with a second bathroom, a few closets, and the washer and dryer.

The third floor, the only floor that has carpeting, is the entire master bedroom which has gizmoed and gadgeted walk-in closets.  The master bathroom is up there as well.

I’ve only ever rented one floor apartments and condos.  I rented a tiny single family house once, but it was old, falling apart, and still only one level.

We’re excited for the added levels and space.  We can finally rescue that puppy we’ve been talking about rescuing for three years now.  I can finally become a dog Mom!!!! And we’ll have a third bedroom should we crave for anyone else to come along…

We’re just very happy and grateful that this move has worked out.  We saw this townhouse listed months ago and thought that it would have been taken by now.  I told myself months ago that we wouldn’t be able to book both our honeymoon in Santorini and get this townhouse.  Getting both of these things seemed too good to be true, and I was happy to take only one of them working out.

But it’s all worked out, and now we just have all the work to do.  The work of moving, having our wedding, and leaving for Europe/Santorini in just a nine week period!.

  • August will be: The move to our townhouse, and the bridal shower.
  • September will be: The bachlorette party, and the Mendhi Ceremony
  • October will be: The wedding & reception, and our honeymoon in Santorini, Greece!
  • November will be: My ten year high school reunion.

Wow!!

So many big changes coming up.  So much to do.  So much excitement.

I’ll have to figure out how to keep my feet on the ground, but also how to not become too stressed out.  I want to enjoy this all as much as I can.

I don’t know how often I’ll write over these next few months.  This is only my first post this month! I’m quite caught up in starting the second phase of my life.

I wish all my followers a summer of adventure and growth.  This Summer is definitely going to be quite a time of transformation for me!

White House Rainbow

Marriage Equality Comes to America

IMG_6123 IMG_6122 IMG_6120 marriage equality

It’s finally happened  The day has finally arrived.  I called out of work.  There’s no way I could work right now.

I’m too happy.  I’m too ecstatic.  I’m too close to tears of joy, there’s too much relief flooding my body and my veins.

I’m marrying the woman of my dreams in three months.  Any kids that we have, because of today’s ruling, will know an easier time growing up in America with two Moms.  This ruling affects me on such a huge level.  Wherever I am, in this country, my partner will be recognized as my wife.

What a beautiful day.  I think I’ll be on the verge of tears all day.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt so intensely.

Santorini

My Love and I Booked Our Honeymoon In The Greek Island of Santorini

You read that right, my friends.  My partner and I booked our honeymoon on the Greek/Cyclade island of Santorini.  Santorini has been my #1 wanderlust destination ever since I saw the movie The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants.

We booked our honeymoon at an all inclusive resort on the southeast coast.  All inclusive resorts are our favorite way to travel.  Our resort is a very short walk away from Kamari beach and the village of Kamari.  The site of Ancient Thira also lies somewhat near to our resort.

We’re so excited.  This will be the first trip to Europe for us both.  A few years ago we didn’t have enough money to have the wedding we wanted, and now we’re able to afford a wedding and the honeymoon of our dreams.

I can’t wait for this trip.  I can’t wait to be in Greece with her.

My heart is yearning and craving for the experience.  Just simply having the honeymoon booked makes me feel more free than I’ve felt in years.

QAF

The D.C. Pride Parade, 2015

The D.C. pride parade was so much fun this year.  My wife-to-be and I went with a group of friends, and the day was a blast from start to finish.

Pride ParadeThe military marched second to the dykes on bikes opening the parade which can I please say, is one of my favorite parts of the parade?  I didn’t get any photos of the dykes on bikes because I was too busy taking a video of the event!
IMG_5950  The boy scouts marched behind the military, which made me tear up a bit.  Honest truth.
IMG_5951 IMG_5963  This is Daniel Franzese, the actor who plays Daymion in the movie “Mean Girls”.
IMG_5953 IMG_5954 IMG_5955 IMG_5962   This is Hal Sparks, who plays Michael in the t.v. show Queer As FolkIMG_5959 pride paradeSigns like these last two brought me to tears.  The biggest tear-jerker is when recently escaped, as they put it, citizens of Russia marched openly and proudly for the first time.

 My partner, friends, and I all had a great time at the parade.  We started the day off with bottomless mimosas and brunch, and ended it with dinner and a pride after party.

 I’ve enjoyed D.C. pride many years before now, but this will be my last one as an unmarried woman! I can’t wait to return to a future D.C. Pride with my wife on my arm!

Mehandi

My Family Is Throwing Us A Mehndi Ceremony For Our Wedding

I got a really exciting phone call from my Mother Sunday night, one that is still surprising me and filling me with joy.

My Mother, Uncle, and Aunt are offering to throw my partner A and I a mehndi ceremony for our wedding!  In the Indian culture, this ceremony usually takes place right before the wedding, but we’re going to be doing it a bit differently.  Hell…our whole wedding is a bit untraditional.  ;)

What’s so touching is that they’re inviting our bridesmaids and flower girls to join us.  They invited my partner’s immediate family members as well, which is groundbreaking in so many ways.  Many cultures don’t believe in or view same-sex marriages and unions in a positive light, and the Indian culture is one of them.

This will be a brand new experience for all six of our bridesmaids! Many of them love Indian food and various aspects of  Indian culture that they know, but they’ve never participated in anything like this before.  I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with them, as well as my nieces, aunts, cousins, and other close family members.

rose_mhendiI’ve wanted a traditional American wedding since I was ten years old, and that’s exactly what we’re having.  However, I’ve felt a bit strange and sad about not having any of our Indian culture integrated in our wedding….and now that’s no longer the case!

My partner is really excited about this, and touched by it as well.  She says that her and I aren’t a traditional couple, and that we come from different backgrounds.  She’s happy that we’re able to celebrate both our roots in this marriage, and that we’re able to happily bring our families together.

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.