Sunday, November 23, 2008

First Dance

Andrew and I got married six years ago on top of a mountain in New Hampshire. Everyone who asks will hear the same response... it was the best decision of my life. We saved ourselves thousands of dollars and had the wedding of our dreams.

Whenever my friends are in the wee weeks before the big day, stressing out about the final seating plan and dealing with last minute glitches they always turn to me and say, I should have done what you did. I always laugh.

There's only one thing I have ever regretted. Andrew and I never got our first dance. We never got to dance to our song, just us. Of course, we've danced together to that song at every wedding we've been to for the past six years. Our close friends always make sure that "our song" is on the absolute must play list. We simply harass the DJ at acquaintance's weddings. :-)

Last night, Sara changed that. After all the traditional wedding dances Sara got up in front of the room and started with something along the lines of "When my good friend Megan got married on top of mountain six years ago..." I didn't hear the rest. What I did hear was the opening chords of True Companion by Marc Cohen.

Andrew and I finally had our first dance. I'm crying just writing about it.

Thank you.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Back in the Saddle

OK ladies, I think that the puke fest is finally over. I am still exhausted but a lot of that is my own fault. Wednesday night was Sara's bachelorette party in New York City. We took the train in from New Haven, CT to Grand Central Station and hit all the touristy spots (Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Bloomingdale's) and a really cute little bar before finally having dinner at 11:00pm at Planet Hollywood. Yes, we were still in NYC at 11pm. We ended up taking the 2am train out of Grand Central back to New Haven. I walked in my front door at 7:15 Thursday morning, took a shower and went to work. So I'm not 19 anymore, and I was a disaster at work all day. Whatever. NYC was a blast and totally worth it!

I got about 16 rows done on the shrug that Bear was supposed to wear tonight for the wedding. Mmmmh, only about, I don't know, two hundred rows short of an actual shrug. The wedding IS indoors.

So tonight is the wedding. I can't wait. I am so excited to see Bear be the flower girl and I am SOOO happy for Sara. I can't believe this day is actually here. My dress is super cute. From Motherhood Maternity and a whole size smaller than I thought I needed. (I tried on the bigger size and the sales girl was like, oooooh, see how big this is, try on the smaller one. Yahoo.)

So now for some pictures... you didn't expect a two-week hiatus with no pictures did you?

The chandelier at the train station in New Haven, CT.
Times Square, NYC
Our collection, I had the Diet Coke.

Dinner music.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Knitting Weekend

This weekend, Slater Mill held a Knitting Weekend with Norah Gaughan and Annie Modesitt to celebrate the opening of the new education center and community guild studios. I was able to attend the wine and cheese reception Friday night (sans the wine) and I took a lace knitting class with Annie Modesitt this morning.

First off, the setting is perfect. Slater Mill, the birthplace of American textile manufacturing - could there be a more fitting location? The upstairs portion of the museum has been redone, with wide oak (well, wood, I'm not a tree expert or anything but it looked like oak to me) floor boards, glass panels with glass doors separating portions of the studio, and beautiful paned windows that look out onto the river and can open to let in the sound of the slight waterfall. Even the grounds are gorgeous, and that's pretty hard to do in downtown Pawtucket.

The wine and cheese reception was hysterical. Norah and Annie are like a comedy duo - they had the entire crowd laughing for most of the night. They also hung around and graciously signed books afterwards. Since I already have a signed copy of Knitting Nature (I met Norah Gaughan about two years ago at Yarnia in Woonsocket, RI) I got Annie Modesitt's book Cheaper than Therapy.

The class today was amazing, even though I was admonished for talking several times (ah, reminds me of my school days). She spoke about lace as if it were normal. We practiced with DK weight yarn so it was easy to see the pattern develop after only a few rows. (So I realize even more now why black mohair was a really poor first choice for lace knitting.) I left having learned a few tricks and feeling confident that I could successfully knit lace - even if it isn't going to be a black sparkly Seascape right off the bat.

Next Tuesday night (the 18th) will be the official opening of the Jenks Education Center and the Community Guild Studios with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30pm. If you're within driving distance, I would highly encourage you to attend.

So here are some pictures from the grounds... I didn't take any during class (I was in enough trouble as it was.)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Why haven't I been knitting (or blogging) lately?

A) It's hard to knit and puke at the same time.

B) I can't keep a secret.

C) All of the above.

If you guessed C - you're right!!! (If you haven't figured it out yet, we're having a baby!) Sometime towards the end of June, Bear will have a new brother or sister to terrorize. We can't wait!