A Month of Insanity, a Month of Joy and Wonder
As you can tell, I’ve been away from this journal for a while now. It’s been quite a crazy month and I hope those of you who actually read this (and I know there aren’t many) can forgive my absence. The last month of wedding preparation was insane, to say the least, and I never had time to write a word that didn’t involve ceremony timelines, seating charts, or wedding vows. Needless to say, being so close to all the planning and preparation, I noticed every flaw in the day’s events, but I seem to have been the only one. In that, I feel great relief and satisfaction.
W loved the whole day, which really is enough for me, but I also have heard good responses from everyone I’ve had a chance to speak with who attended. These aren’t your polite kinds of words mind you, but heart felt joy that one can see on their faces. Everyone tells me how much they loved the food (a 10 course Chinese banquet), how the ceremony was just the right length (15 minutes), and how elegant everything was. All the hard work paid off and I don’t regret any of it. And while we dealt with freeway closures and the threat of rain (both of which preventing some attendees from reaching the events on time), we haven’t really heard too many complaints.
In the week since, I had a chance to decompress with my new bride as we headed up to Washington State to spend a few days in a cabin near Mount Baker, then tour Seattle. I’ve never been to that part of Washington before and of course they would end up having the coldest stretch of winter weather in something like 30 years the whole time we were there. I don’t think it ever got above 25 degrees on any given day and it snowed just about the whole time, but we enjoyed ourselves anyway. It’s a beautiful part of the country, filled with the deepest woods I’ve ever seen, amazing mountain vistas, and gorgeous cityscapes that provide views of a very cold looking Pacific Ocean. We enjoyed great food, beautiful art, and the touristy traps you might expect. I also think I had more hot beverages in the week we were there than in the 5 years prior to the trip. It was necessary to keep warm. I wouldn’t trade any of it in for the world. Freezing to death is far better than even the best day at work…
I’ll try to post some photos this evening.