Let's Try This Again

Well, I started this blog during a rare lull in my life – not much going on with work or outside of it. That lasted for about as long as it took me to write my first post, and POOF – it’s been more than a month since I’ve been back. I’m OK with this, especially because no one actually knows that this blog exists yet (I’m waiting until I have a good library of content before starting my marketing campaign).

In any case, May brought a lot of exciting things for us. In the beginning of the month, Bryan and I went home to Iowa City for Christine’s (his sister) graduation from nursing school. Obviously, this is a huge accomplishment for anyone, but we were especially proud of her because after she got pregnant with Alydia, our niece, she had to take a hiatus from school. As soon as she could, she started back up and worked her butt off to graduate. And she did. I’m helping her out with her résumé and job application materials, and hopefully, she’ll land a full-time position somewhere in Iowa.

The same weekend, my dad made a surprising announcement: He’s engaged, too. He has been dating his fiancée, Denise, for the past year or so and he popped the question while they were on vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Of course, I am so happy for my dad, as I know he has been lonely since my parents divorced several years ago. My dad is the best and he deserves the best, so despite some circumstances that I won’t get into right now, I want him to be forever happy and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

At the beginning of this month, Bryan and I started our official search for our first home! It has been an eye-opening experience looking at all of the properties available here in the city. (Yes, I said the city. Try as I might, I can’t persuade Bryan to make the move to the ‘burbs quite yet; and, if I’m being honest, I don’t think I am ready yet either. But I digress.) I’ve learned the market pretty quickly – the prices and quality of homes differ drastically based on the neighborhood in which you’re looking, and the more places we find, the more it’s looking like we’ll end up in Lincoln Square. Which, I might add, is totally fine with me. The neighborhood is up-and-coming, with lots to do, drink, eat and see. We’re looking at 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condos and have found some AMAZING properties. The trick is going to be the type of loan we get. Since Bryan was in the military, we are eligible for a VA loan – the trick is that only Bryan can be on the loan, which limits how much we are approved for. In any case, I’m exciting about what we’ve seen so far and can’t wait to find the place we’ll call home.

Then over Memorial Day Weekend, Bryan and I took an “innversary” vacation. The last time we took a trip, it was to California in September and we got engaged. Eight months later, we headed to Boston to celebrate one-year until our wedding. I’ve never been before and it was so much fun! Boston is awesome, with so much to do and see. Bryan has been trying to get me out there forever; he has always loved the city (and the Red Sox). We arrived on Thursday night and went to dinner at a cute French-fusion restaurant on Newbury Street. Friday, we spent the day sightseeing and went to the Red Sox game on Friday night. Even though they lost, Fenway was a super fun experience. Saturday, we did more sightseeing and then went down to Long Wharf and grabbed some drinks on the water before going back to Fenway and meeting my best friend’s boyfriend and brother after the Sox game. Sunday, we took the ferry out to Martha’s Vineyard for the day. We rented bikes and rode up and down the beach, along the ocean and to a few neighboring towns. Then we grabbed some drinks at The Sand Bar – self-explanatory what that was. I proceeded to make get the worst sunburn of my 26 years of life. I don’t know why I didn’t think to put on sunscreen, but I didn’t, and boy, did I pay for it. I couldn’t even lift my arms up without pain from the skin in my shoulders creasing. In any case, it was a great trip, and one I’ll never forget.

And now, suddenly, it’s June, and we are officially less than a year until our wedding! I’m not going to lie, as soon as May 29 hit, I had a small panic attack at the amount of work we have ahead of us! But, we are really far ahead, so that’s just my Type A personality getting the best of me. We have pretty much all of our vendors booked with deposits. This weekend, we’re heading home to take our engagement photos and meet with our stationary vendor. Of course, I have no idea what to wear in our photos, so that’s my latest item to stress about… always something!

I remember back in the day when I wrote in a journal and at the end, I promised myself (or my journal) that I would write again soon. And then, one year later, my next journal entry would start out, “I can’t believe it’s been so long…” In any case, I do vow to write as frequently as possible, so this time I will “write again soon.”

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  1. Great blog love the post keep up the good work....

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