To celebrate the occasion, I’m including 5 photos of us together at various points in time – some from when we were dating, some of our wedding, and some from where we are now. The nice thing about running a daily blog for so many years is that you kind of build up an archive, almost without trying.
We were hoping to ignore the back yard until the winter came, letting the cold and snow take care of everything for us. But we’ve heard rumblings from neighbors as to the state of the back yard, so we’ve decided to bubble it a little higher on our task list.
After hearing Saya talk at the last 20×2 Chicago event, I was inspired to start up my own “speaking” page. I liked how she decided to announce her intentions by creating a page specifically about her speaking at events… and got to thinking that that’s something I’d like to try as well.
We tried to start it up a few weeks ago, but the battery was dead. So we brought it back home with us, charged it up, and waited for a warm day where we could drive it back down South. After getting it up and running, Liz followed behind me as we snaked our way downtown, and eventually on to Lake Shore Drive.
To be fair, we don’t yet have a washer/dryer at our new house. Sure, there’s a laudrymat nearby… but it’s not in the basement. So we haven’t done laundry just yet. That said… I’ve got a few days yet, until I need to do laundry. Four days, if you really want to be specific about it.
This morning, I decided to splurge a little bit and went to Starbucks for a coffee. Since I ordered a latte, they asked me for my name. On arriving back at my desk, I noticed they had gotten my name wrong. Swing and a miss, folks.
Later in the evening, my parents came over and stopped off at (where else) a nearby Chinese restaurant for some take-out. The dining room table was covered with a lot of stuff, so we set up shop at the kids’ table. Is there anything more quintessentially American than Chinese food at Christmastime?
One great gift that the Fords got was a Karaoke set. Shortly after it was plugged in, all the kids began taking turns singing songs. As you can probably imagine, it was both awesome and incessant for the remainder of the day:
It’s official! After a little over 90 minutes of sitting at a table with two layers and signing papers… Liz and I are new homeowners! Officially, legally, for-real homeowners.
Today marks four years that Liz and I have been married! I don’t think I ever posted up photos from our awesome wedding here… but I created a few photo galleries on Google Plus. It truly was a wonderful day, to officially have tied the knot while so many of our friends and family watched on. We threw one heck…
I remember going to roller skating parties as a kid, but I never really learned how to skate. Maybe I just avoided it entirely, as I have more memories of hanging out in the video arcade sections vs. actually roller skating. Walking inside, and seeing everyone whizzing around on the rink… I felt more than a little nervous.
This morning, Liz and I headed out into the early AM and ran around the boulevard. It was our first official run of 2013, and it was a rough re-introduction after many months away.
Standing in the bathroom, I could feel the sneeze welling up. I grabbed a bit of tissue paper, and at the exact time that I sneezed… I felt something sharp in my back. A small group of my back muscles seized up in an instant. It felt like someone had hit me in the back with a baseball bat, but the area of impact was about the size of a grapefruit.
I’ve been sick for a few days now. Last Wednesday during the day, I felt crappy during the afternoon and was pretty convinced I had a fever by the time I went home at the end of the day. That was probably the worst of it, as the next day I felt improved… but could tell something was wrong.
After a many months of hand-wringing, I went out shopping with Liz on my birthday and pulled the trigger on a new guitar. Despite having wanted a guitar for some significant period of time now, the actual process of shopping for and buying the thing was actually kind of difficult. It was less about comparing guitars, and more about me having some weird reaction to actually buying the thing.