Wedding Memory: The Heat

Photo by Eva Russo of photo lady love.

We got married May 1st. A day specifically chosen because the weather in DC is pleasant in the spring – there’s lots of blooming going on and it is not too hot. Usually. May 1, 2010 was a beautiful day in DC, sunny and bright, but it was definitely hot – in the low 90s, and our guests (especially those from Maine) were feeling it. One of the side effects of the heat was that Jami’s hand swelled slightly – just enough to make it a bit of a push to get the ring on. Here she is, with her hand in the ice bucket, trying to cool her hand down so that it will shrink and let the ring on easily. When the time came, the ring went on. Not without a little resistance, but on all the same, which is all that matters.

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Wedding Memory: The Heat

Wedding Memory: Our First Dance

Photo by Eva Russo of PhotoLadyLove.

We weren’t going to have a first dance. Pretty much up until a few minutes before we found ourselves dancing, we weren’t going to have a first dance. But then, dinner was over, and we wanted to encourage folks to make their way to the dance floor, and a first dance seemed the easiest way to do that. We asked our friend Pete to play DJ (easy enough, since he is a DJ, and did all the mixes we listened to all evening), and put on You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne. Was it weird to dance in front of everyone we knew? Maybe not for everyone, but for two attention-avoiding ladies, yes. But I’m glad we did – first of all because I was so very happy that I wanted to dance with Jami, and second of all, because it worked. Other folks started dancing (more on that to come) and we all had a grand time.

*My wife complains that you can’t see my face in any of the dancing pictures. But since I like looking at her face, and this is my blog, this is the picture you get. 🙂

Wedding Memory: Our First Dance

TBR – Passage

Passage by Connie Willis has been on my “To Be Read” list since grad school, so I feel quite accomplished being able to scratch it off. Even better I actually liked the book quite a lot. I’m an apprehensive reader of science fiction. I want something I can relate to, something not too far out there, and so I don’t read a lot of it. This is the third book I read by Willis though, and I’ve liked them all. The other two I’ve read deal with time travel, which seems to be the subgenre of science fiction that I consistently enjoy, while this one deals with death and near death experiences. I was worried that it would be depressing or disturbing all the death-related talk, but it didn’t actually both me, so that’s good. I’m encouraged to pick up other books by Connie Willis, even if they don’t deal with time travel. Odds are I will like them!

TBR – Passage

May Round-Up

I read 13 books in May, my best month so far in 2010! 10 of the books were fiction, 3 were non-fiction.

The World According to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith. Another book in the 44 Scotland Street series. Bertie is probably my favorite of all the characters the series covers, so I was happy to have a Bertie-heavy book.

Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table edited by Amanda Hesser. I read these first three book on our honeymoon, and I remember enjoying this book, and speeding through it, but one month later, I don’t remember a single of the essays it contained. I think that puts it in the “just okay” category.

Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunn. This was the third book in the Daisy Dalrymple series, and it’s my least favorite so far – still is was a good beach read.

The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg.

Death of a Valentine by M.C. Beaton. This is the latest book in a series I have been reading for a while – the Hamish MacBeth series, set in the Highlands of Scotland. Clearly May was heavy on the mysteries and the “fluff” reading!

Free for All: Fixing School Food in America by Janet Poppendieck. This was a fascinating book about the history of and problems with the National School Lunch Program, and the ways in which school food can be improved. Poppendieck also wrote a book about food entitlement programs called Sweet Charity, that I read years ago and that is also quite good.

Murder on the Flying Scotsman by Carola Dunn. This was my favorite of the Daisy Dalrymple books thus far. A man is murdered on a train in motion and Daisy finds herself on the case. Probably a total rip-off of Agatha Christie, but quite entertaining nonetheless.

The Trial by Franz Kafka. We read this book for our book club, and I was not a fan. It was an unfinished book published after Kafka’s desk and it just seemed meandering, without much substance. It still led to a good book club discussion though!

Blackout by Connie Willis. I’m not a huge science fiction fan, but for some reason, I like the time travel books. Maybe because they include some of my beloved history. In this book, the characters are traveling between 2060 and the World War II era. I loved this book and was upset at first to discover at the end of the book that I wasn’t going to get resolution, it was “to be continued”. Now I’m excited to get to read the second book in the Fall!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. This was a reread. Jami and I are working our way through the Harry Potter books and we finally finished book 4.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok.

Damsel in Distress by Carola Dunn. This is the fifth book in the Daisy Dalrymple series. I got interested in the series because DCPL had the latest one on the new mysteries shelf. I ended up having to buy the first 3 books in the series though, because DCPL didn’t have them. And now, having read books 5 & 6, they don’t have 7 either (but they do have 8). Public libraries? This is a total pet peeve. If you are going to buy a series at all, be sure to get all the books in it (and then don’t weed out all the old copies. Folks generally like to start series at the beginning). /rant.

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith. With this book, I have reached the end of the 44 Scotland Street series (at least until McCall Smith writes more). It wasn’t anything amazing, but still a good, light read, perfect for Memorial Day at Virginia Beach.

May Round-Up

Mighty Life List #7: Marry Jami

Photo by Eva Russo of photoladylove.

A month ago today, we got married. Married! (There we are above looking in amazement at Jami’s wedding band.)

It’s been a good (if somewhat expensive) month, and I hope it is just the start of many good months and years ahead. It’s pretty great being married. In a lot of ways, it’s no different than before – we wake up next to each other, same as before, eat dinner together every night, worry about our pets, plan our garden. In ways both practical and profound, a shift has definitely occurred however. How does marriage feel different? The best way I can describe it, as unromantic as it sounds, is that marriage feels solid. It feels like a foundation on which we can build. It feels like the start of something. Marriage so often seems to be seen (at least in movies) as the happy ending, but I think it’s really the beginning: the start of the rest of our lives and all the amazing things, both extraordinary and mundane, that we can accomplish together. Let the adventure begin.

Mighty Life List #7: Marry Jami