Sunday, September 20, 2009

Weekend Update

Friday: Semi-hectic morning of work, including teaching one surprise class to a really fun group of kids. Came home to tidy up the house, wash dishes, and make dinner--zucchini fritters & brown tomato gravy. I grated 3.5 c of zucchini that is now in the freezer, just begging to become chocolate chip zucchini cake at any moment. :) In the evening, we had Anna & Brian over for coffee and dessert (hot fudge pudding cake with vanilla ice cream) and games. I was completely destroyed in Ticket to Ride and lost an epic 44 points due to taking a risk too late in the game. Good times.

Saturday: Delicious Waffles (name of the recipe in the church cookbook) in our new waffle maker! Yum. Then we went to the Farmer's Market, and then off on an adventure with Kate. First to Northglenn to buy a Craigslist turkey fryer for James. Not for turkeys, but homebrew. He's pretty happy. Then we went hiking in a Jeffco Open Space, White Ranch Park. Great day for hiking, and it wasn't too strenuous and still beautiful.

Pretty, isn't it?
We don't take ourselves too seriously...
And we found this amazing beetle trying to camouflage on my blue shirt (edit: it's a species of Pleasing Fungus Beetle)
After the hike, James and I were seriously craving pizza, so we made possibly the best homemade pizza we've ever made, using my mom's crust recipe, "homemade" sauce (crushed tomatoes with spices added in), diced sweet orange pepper, spinach, mushrooms, and cheese). We ate while sipping a new homebrew and watching The Office, followed by the movie Adventureland. Both were definitely enjoyable.

Sunday: Woke up at 4 am and couldn't sleep. At 5 am, my chest began to feel tight/heavy, I was lightheaded, and felt like I couldn't breathe deeply. I still feel about the same, but less panicky. I'm assuming it's a lovely combo of sleep deprivation, dehydration (I drank homebrew last night and didn't worry about replenishing water after the hike in the sun), and psychological effects. Hopefully all will improve. We did meal planning, grocery shopping, Community & Parks and Recreation watching, and now James is doing laundry. Our plans to freeze roasted chiles are foiled, as I feel don't feel great, and neither do the friends we were planning to freeze them with. Bummer. Back to work tomorrow, but there's still dinner to look forward to! It might involve the grass fed organic ground beef in our fridge. Thanks for the sale, Whole Foods!


I still haven't gotten pics from many friends and family, so I don't have many pictures from the day before the wedding, but I do have a few my dad took at the rehearsal dinner. This picture is a good summation of the event--great conversation. The rehearsal dinner was hosted by James' parents in an Amish family's home. What incredible food! The majority of the produce came from the family garden (my kind of place :). Let me re-create the menu for you:

Salad, homemade bread w/ apricot pineapple or raspberry rhubarb preserves, chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes, homemade buttered noodles, green beans, marshmallow fluff, and peanut butter, fresh raspberry, and fresh peach pie. Heavenly. The food was amazing, we all ate our fill, and enjoyed just being together.

Friday morning started out like my favorite kind of Goshen morning--at everyone's favorite greasy spoon breakfast place, the County Seat. Before James and I started dating, we met for several friend dates there, eating breakfast and chatting. So it was really awesome to return on the day before our wedding. This time we invited James' parents, Drew & Justine, and my mom (b/c my dad and brother weren't in town yet). Delicious. I ate eggs and homemade raisin toast & a few bites of the famous fritz special from James' plate. :) Yum.

Then we went separate ways to unload stuff at the cabin/set up the church. When I arrived at the church, there were quite a few there to help. James alerted me that one of the sanctuary's windows was broken. He approached me a little hesitantly, not knowing how to tell someone about a broken window in the very same place we were getting married. But I just suggested putting a plant in front of it. We all spent a decent amount of time picking up glass shards to make sure no one cut their feet, and within 20 minutes one of the church members was cutting plywood to fit in the window. It looked fine. I got so overwhelmed at this point b/c it seemed so real, finally. All these people were there to set up the church for us. So I hugged everyone, and we got everything set up, from the candles and vase on the altar to the rows of chairs to the hymnals in...45 minutes! Awesome.

We went to the cabin to meet the rental delivery guys, and to watch in awe as they raised a huge 50x70 foot tent in the air. When it didn't fit in its original spot, the guys were a bit apprehensive, but were reassured when James' uncle jokingly yelled, "The bride says it's ok!" I couldn't be bothered to care too much.

James and I snuck off to eat Chief ice cream for lunch. chocolate chip.

We checked into our completely lovely B&B right on the Millrace, then went back to the church to figure out the reserved seats for everyone so we were prepped for the rehearsal. Then I went off to do a makeup trial with my cousin at another cousin's house. Fun to hang out with them and even got to catch a glimpse of my first cousin once removed, Roman.

The rehearsal went so well! James and I came early to let our musician friends in, and almost cried 5x when we heard our processional song, "One Voice" by the Wailin' Jennys, sung by two housemates of mine and accompanied on guitar by one of James' housemates. [As an added bonus, Pink Menno used this song for a video they made--one subtle way to sneak in our Pink Menno convictions/involvement] They practiced together for the first time that day, as they live in Virginia, Alaska, & Indiana, respectively. Amazing. When we practiced, I think we all teared up. So beautiful. Everything seemed so organized. It was great to have another good friend, Sarah, help get the processional organized and properly timed. Yet another time that our amazing friends shined!

Then off the rehearsal dinner, followed by James and I a) forgetting gifts we still needed to give out at the rehearsal dinner location and b) realizing that I should probably pick up my dress from my aunt & uncle's house. Finally, we got to the B&B and James headed to a bar downtown for his bachelor time, and I hung out at the B&B with my amazing women. We had a great time. I hadn't seen many of them in a year (since Kyle & Christy's wedding), but it just seemed normal to be all together again. Lovely. They put me to bed with a full body massage, and played rock paper scissors to see who got to sleep in the bed with me. :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wedding Week

Earlier today I thought, "Wedding re-caps aren't going to be so difficult. This isn't a wedding blog, so I don't have to share every little detail." But now I am realizing that I don't want to bore people, either. So I'll do a few posts, and publish them slowly, so those of you who do actually read this won't be suddenly overwhelmed with posting. :)

Today's theme is the week leading up to the wedding. It was busy, do not let me kid you, but it was also wonderful. I'm so glad we got married in Goshen (where we both went to college) because it was like coming home. Our to-do list was multi-faceted: 1) the things we had to do for the wedding, and 2) the things we had to do because we were in Goshen. List #2 included entirely too many restaurants to visit (we were forced to eat double scoops of Chief ice cream for lunch on Friday), coffee shops to go to, and people to see. We completed almost everything on both lists. Just walking around downtown Goshen made me grin. We also got to stay with Zeb & Sarah at their new apartment, which was awesome.

On Monday we did 30,000 errands, and even managed to get a marriage license (we forgot we needed cash, so we had to try twice).

Tuesday was also a lovely day. We met with our officiant, Doug, who was James' pastor at the church he attended in Goshen, to go over the ceremony. We went through all the details of the service: who stands where/where are the mics/who has the rings/who reads from where/when do we sit & stand/etc. Then, Doug asked us to tell him more about our relationship. James and I spent about an hour recounting the story of our dating life, including our first date and the craziness that was student teaching, making a documentary, and starting a new relationship. We talked about breaking up when James studied in the Dominican Republic, and how he spent 6 months in total in far away Latin American countries. We discussed the move to Denver, etc. It was so, so cool, and made everything so real. We looked at each other, grinning happily, when we left. I think we both felt that we had a deep history together that will only improve in our marriage.

Are you looking at the flowers in this picture? You should be. They are gorgeous. One of my favorite wedding-related tasks was driving up to Michigan to pick out the flowers for the wedding. We chose to buy our flowers from an organic (but not certified) farm called White Yarrow Farm. They sell produce and flowers at the Goshen Farmer's Market. It was important to me to choose flowers that were actively growing in the area at that time of year. It was so cool to go up to the farm and see our flowers growing in the ground! So many beautiful colors!

Thursday morning, James and I looked at each other and realized there wasn't a single item on our list that we could do until Friday. So we went to Goshen and hung out with friends outside the Brew. As I mentioned earlier, we didn't really feel that stressed over the week--couldn't really figure out what to stress about, and most people were shocked to see our level of calm. I guess we did a lot of organizational work before hand. We also didn't feel the need to micromanage every tiny detail. I had a lot more fun at my wedding because I didn't care too much.

As this post has gotten too wordy, I will leave Friday to it's own post. Look for one more on the ceremony, one on the reception, and possibly one on general wisdom/thoughts. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Reason #587 that I live in Colorado: Right now there is a pretty serious rainstorm outside with decent thunder. There is a dark cloud over the top of my house. On either side of that dark cloud, there is bright blue sky, sun, and clouds. Even a rainstorm includes sunshine!