What I Did On My Summer Vacation

So…it’s been a while since I’ve written.

Yeah. Sorry about that.

But in fairness, I’ve been pretty crazy busy…and I do have a “Doctor Who”-themed post in the hopper that I just have to get off my lazy butt and post. But it’s probably going to be formatting/photo intensive, so I haven’t. Formatting and photo posting aren’t difficult in WordPress, but tracking down the photos I want to use can be.

And as I said, it’s been a very busy summer.

So here’s what I’ve been doing…

1) I got engaged!!!!!! My then-boyfriend/now-fiancé proposed at Disney World, at the Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant. There was a glass slipper and everything! How friggin’ cool is that???

A glass. Friggin'. Slipper.

A glass. Friggin’. Slipper.

I took my time with the whole relationship/engagement/marriage thing. I spent my 20s dating all the Mr. Wrongs, and I’m glad I did it, because now I know, without a doubt, what an amazing and wonderful guy my fiancé is. I also know that I’ll never wonder about that “greener grass” on the other side. Been there, done that, not sorry.

My parents were similar: my mom was in her mid-30s, and my dad nearly 40, before they got married. They had both been married and divorced before. (In this case, my fiancé has, but I have not.) But after they met, they were engaged after one month, married after five, and I popped out almost exactly nine months after their wedding, a honeymoon baby if ever there was one. I asked my mom a few years ago how she would know, after such a short time, that my dad was the one. She gave me this sort of wistful smile and said, “I just knew.” She clarified that they had talked about marriage and life and their outlooks and whether they wanted to have children, etc., all that important stuff married couples should know about each other before they walk down the aisle, but her first, gut reaction was straight intuition. And that’s how I feel about my fiancé: I just knew. He’s not perfect: I am neither blind nor willfully ignorant to his faults. But I see him, and I still know. And I don’t think I could have had this experience, or this conviction, if I’d gotten married young and not had the life experiences that I did.

2) I went to Disney World. Because that’s what everyone does when they get engaged, right? Right? I went to Universal Studios, too. Although the technology and rides are more sleek and cutting-edge at Universal, the customer service experience is still vastly better at Disney. I also highly suggest you wait to visit the “Harry Potter” attractions until some of the hype has passed. Sometime around 2018 should be great.

3) I went to a wedding. Uhhh…not mine. C’mon guys. Give me a little time to breathe here, all right??? I just got engaged! My fiancé was the best man for a friend’s wedding in Natural Bridge, Virginia. Beautiful wedding, beautiful location, and I had a great time. I had met the bride and groom before, but it was great to meet so many of my fiancé’s other friends and acquaintances.

4) I found my history. My fiancé and I decided that we needed some time to ourselves, so we went to Charlottesville, Virginia, for the long weekend. We went to Montpelier, the home of the 4th President, James Madison. Very cool experience, especially since I have lived in the DC area for 10 years now and I’m a total American history geek. We tried to go to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, but when we got there we found out that the earliest house tour we could get was over three hours later! So we spent about an hour or so hanging out in the museum instead. In the Battle of the Founding Fathers, James Madison takes this round, but when push comes to shove, I’ll always pick John Adams for the win. I do so love an underdog.

 So yeah, my breather didn’t last too long. So to close out the long holiday weekend, we booked a wedding venue and a caterer. (The best part: taste testing! Yum!) Now that we have a date, a venue, and a caterer, the hard stuff is over with. Right? Right? (Please don’t tell me otherwise; I love living in my happy fantasy world DON’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME!!!!!!!!)

I am still working on The Demon Within–though, I’ll admit, with everything else going on, not as much as I should have been recently–and we’re still on track for an April 12 release. Now that I’m settled at home for a while, and we’ve got some of the big wedding stuff out of the way (and it’s still 10 months away), I should be able to concentrate more on my real job.

That is, in between looking at photographer websites and TheKnot.com. I’m sure I’ll be able to squeeze the whole “writing” thing in somewhere.

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