Category: Love

Our (bartered) wedding in pictures

Our September 1st, 2013 almost 100%-bartered wedding in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago… a day of Best Decisions, ending with the best of them all, becoming legal Best Friends. I found out a week before the wedding that I couldn’t get ready at the venue. I reached out to a guy I had met twice, for all Read more…

How to win at dating

Dating. It’s the best. It’s the worst. It makes you feel alive. It makes you feel like crap. I can’t get enough of it. Conversations about deal breakers, pet-peeves, activities, turn ons, turn offs — I could participate in those forever. The details, the groans, the butterflies, the nodding heads, the over-analyzation, the rolling eyes. When I decided Read more…

Our wedding vows: disaster, Wordsworth’esque, somewhere inbetween?

Note: “Petaya” is “Pete” and “Saya” smooshed together. #petaya was the hashtag we used for our wedding. We went to a wedding last night. I read Ten Ways I Trimmed $21,000 Off My Wedding Budget (and its comments) today. It being two weeks after our wedding, I found myself comparing. Not in the negative, bitchy way. “She wore that?” “They Read more…

Why I may be naked or in a red jumpsuit at my wedding

May 2012 – engaged in Asheville, NC. Why I wind up with three rings. Summer 2012 – kinda not-really start wedding planning. Really, just write a blog post about our big wedding wish. Fall 2012 – discouraged by the ‘perfect’ venue not falling in our laps and none of the options being exactly what we wanted. Read more…

I’ve never been excited to drink beer. Until now.

I am excited to drink beer. If you know me, you know nothing remotely close to those words have ever come from my lips. I’m the girl who went on a brewery tour of Michigan (nine watering-holes in twenty-four hours) and had a Diet Coke at each one. I’m the girl who ordered a margarita Read more…

I’d take this morning over a Christmas bonus any time

    Today’s words: perspective and gratitude. I lay on the couch this morning, finishing watching the documentary I started yesterday as I waited to scoop up Fiance at O’Hare when his midnight flight from Vegas landed. In Two American Families, Bill Moyers “chronicles the lives of two ordinary families over more than 20 years as Read more…

Wedding: Six months later, still a great decision. Phew.

1/2 a block from this non-descript, gritty, urban corner, in the heart of vibrant, noisy Pilsen… is a door that leads to… The Secret Garden. Aka where we’re getting married September 1st. We had dinner there [well, at Honky Tonk BBQ down the street, the Garden’s owner] last night, our first time back since we chose the space in Read more…