IT IS ON!

GG just confirmed with the district judge for our town: 11 AM, Tuesday, June 6!!!

The day before, we have to give him our license and pay him $34. Bringing the grand total for this wedding to $74. How can some people spend $10K+??

Exciting!! Okay, now get back to SPF (below)!

Wedding, Kitties, Sleepy!, Glasses

Maybe we’re not actually going to be married next door to the Wawa. The judge had told GG that he was free the morning of June 6th, and would call him back to confirm, but it’s been a couple of days now and GG hasn’t heard anything – and he’s tried calling the judge himself a couple times. So he tried calling the next judge on our list, and was again promised a call back. Ugh.

We both have our rings now – his arrived yesterday.

Also, I think the kitties are getting to be friends again. While I was taking my usual nap before band yesterday, they both curled up with me on the sofa. As usual, Katrina snuggled up near my head, and Ivan was by my legs. What cuties! Also, there’s one chair in our dining room that Katrina always sleeps on, and when I came home yesterday, Ivan was on it! They’re sharing!

Soooo sleepy… I haven’t gotten enough sleep lately. Tuesday night I was up crafting, and last night was band. Hopefully tonight I can get some more sleep, or at least longer pre-bedtime naps!

One last thing: I wore my new glasses to a meeting yesterday, where I sat towards the back of the room and had to read stuff projected on the screen at the front. Usually I can’t read a word in these situations. With the glasses, I saw everything perfectly! It was amazing! Not only that, but I didn’t have any bit of a headache when I got home. In fact, my head actually felt good. Hooray for glasses!

Goin’ to the Wawa and we’re gonna get married…

I left GG some judges’ phone numbers today so he could call around to find someone available on June 6. The District Justice for our town is apparently free that morning, so it looks like he’ll be marrying us. Here’s the best part – the district court is practically across the street from our house. It’s in a little shopping center, next to a Wawa. All we’ve got to do is walk over there! Awesome!

(Supposedly he is calling GG back to confirm, so it’s not official yet, but I hope this works out. If not, we’ll have to move on to neighboring towns/districts.)

[Edit – 8:37 PM] My ring came today by FedEx. Hopefully GG’s is on its way, too! [/Edit]

Oh, so much stuff to write…

Where did I leave off yesterday..? After work, I went to see Ivan again. I saw our vet, and she said he was doing better and they would be re-testing him today rather than waiting until Saturday. She said the biggest problem was that he wasn’t eating. I told her he could be very stubborn about eating, and if he was nervous, he wasn’t going to eat. So while I was there, I got him to eat some of his dry food they had in the cage with him, by putting one piece at a time in front of him. Also, she gave him some wet food and he started gobbling that. So that was good news. Then I had to go finish printing stuff for our concert programs. Then I had to stop and buy fruits for this fruit tray (more on that below). Then GG and I went to one of our favorite Mexican places to celebrate Cuatro de Mayo. (I made up that holiday.) Then we must’ve done something else that I forget. And then I passed out.

GG and I had an extremely busy day today. Our first stop was my mom’s apartment, to drop off a fruit tray I’d made for our lunch after the funeral. On the way there, juice started dripping from no where and got all over my hands and on the seat of GG’s car. So I took it up to my mom’s apartment so I could wash my hands.

Next we went to the vet to visit Ivan. When we got there, the nurse told us not to go back, but to wait in one of the exam rooms, because the vet wanted to talk to us. We were so worried! I thought for sure she was going to tell us Ivan had taken a turn for the worst and might not make it and we should think about putting him to sleep..! GG was nervous too, while we waited for her to come in. The nurse must have seen our nervous faces as she walked by, because she stuck her head in and said, “Don’t worry, it’s good news.” Turns out Ivan was doing much better and they wanted to send him home today! The vet said that if he had something seriously wrong with his kidneys, he wouldn’t have just gotten better in two days, which he did. She said they wanted to keep him on the IV a little longer, until the afternoon, so we said we’d be back later to get him, and we were off.

The biggest event of the day (which also was the shortest) was the funeral. The deceased passed away last May 5, so today everyone got together to bury his ashes. It was really quick. The minister read some stuff, we all said the Lord’s Prayer. Then everyone stood there for a minute, and there was this weird moment where everyone probably thought, “Is that it?” And then we all made our way out and back to my mom’s apartment.

So at the apartment, we had some appetizers, and then sandwiches, and then desserts. And everyone mingled and bla bla. I finally got the chance to tell both my brother and my grandmother in person about our plans for June 6. It was nice to see everyone, but eventually the party started to break up, and GG and I had other places to go, so we left.

Our next stop was the second floor of the Montgomery County courthouse, where we got our marriage license! When we went in through the metal detector, the guard asked, “Marriage license?” And when we said yes, he took GG’s wallet out of the little bin and handed it to me! We got on the elevator with some maintenance guy, and asked him to hit the 2 button for us, and he asked, “Marriage license?” When we said yes, he said something about first having to go to domestic court, across the street. We finally got there, and it was apparently a big day for marriage licenses, because there were several couples there before us. The actual process took about five minutes, but something I didn’t know beforehand was that they ask for your birthplace and occupation, and the birthplace, occupation, and current residence of each of your parents. I guessed on some stuff (now that I’m thinking about it, I guessed wrong), and for most of my father’s information, we had to say “unknown.” But it’s not really critical to get your license, they just ask for this stuff for genealogy purposes. So now it’s like, officially official.

After swinging by our house to change and pick up the cat carrier, we went back to the vet to get Ivan! He was meowing when they carried him out (he never meows), and they gave me an antibiotic to give him (we’ll see how well that goes), and he’s got to eat special food for the rest of his life. Oh well. My cat I had growing up had to eat the same special food, and so did GG’s childhood cat. The whole thing only cost about half of what I was expecting (which was still a lot!!), but he’ll still have to go back in a couple months for a check up and, if all is going well, a teeth cleaning.

We were expecting a big, happy reunion between Ivan and Katrina when we got him home. She was really freaking out while he was gone. In fact, last night, she started pawing at me and meowing in a voice she doesn’t usually meow in. But when we got them together this afternoon, she was hissing at him, and hit him in the head! They’ve since sniffed each other, but they’re not snuggled up together or anything. Ivan is so happy to be home, though! He jumped up on the sofa with me and GG and just enjoyed some scratches and napping.

Tune in tomorrow, when I get the glasses I’m never supposed to wear! And GG and I go to Ed and Linda’s wedding shower!

Cats and Clothes

I think our cat boy is sick. On Saturday night I was sitting upstairs and he came walking into the room, meowed one sad little meow, and headed down the hallway. I followed him, he meowed again, and went downstairs. Then he meowed one more time and threw up in the dining room. After that, I sat downstairs so I could watch him, and he did that a couple more times – sad little mews, then throwing up. After the first couple times, it was just bile or saliva or something, not even food. He did drink a little water, but he was super-snuggly and floppy and just listless after that. He didn’t eat much on Sunday, and again just kind of sat around and acted floppy. He’s usually so alert and scared of everything, and now he just looks like he’s half asleep. So I called the vet, and we’re taking him in tomorrow afternoon. Actually, we’re taking both cats, since they’re both due for a check-up and shots, and I’d rather get everything done in one trip. Poor boy. Katrina’s being such a good sister, though. She’s been licking his head, and sleeping next to him, and generally keeping an eye on him.

I finally went shopping yesterday for outfits to wear to the weddings I’m going to this summer. My ensemble for MB and Alan’s wedding is totally done, and it’s going to be cute! For Ed and Linda’s wedding, I still need shoes, but otherwise, that’s done too. (Actually, I kind of want to wear that outfit for when GG and I do our thing, which is only three days later. I just might.) I spent two and a half hours going to every store in the Plaza that sells women’s clothing. I didn’t even look at price tags or anything, just tried stuff on, hoping to find something that fit and looked nice. Then I went over to the Court, and bought everything at my first stop, H&M (hooray for $19.90 everything). I think that is my new favorite store. If you can get past the weird way it’s organized (but I guess that’s a sort of boutique-y way to do it). Anyway, yay, clothes.

Lazy Saturday

It’s been a pretty boring weekend so far. Pretty average. GG’s been out all day, first at a paintball bachelor party for our friend Ed, then home to shower and change, then out to dinner with the paintball guys, then off to his show for the night. I’ve been in and out, too. Jess and Rob stopped by earlier because they were in town looking at houses for sale. I rode around with them and pointed out some places I’ve seen for sale around here. Later I went out to run some errands. Since then, I’ve been cleaning up and doing laundry at home.

Also, we got our ring sizers from T.R.S. in the mail yesterday. They recommend wearing the sizer for 24 hours because your size will change throughout the day, as your finger swells and stuff. So I wore the 6 1/2 yesterday afternoon and evening, and I’m wearing the 6 today. I guess I could go either way, though the 6 is probably better for me. I’m just not used to wearing rings at all, so I want to make sure that what I get will be comfortable. Also, they say the titanium rings cannot be sized larger (and it costs 35% of the price of the ring to have it sized smaller). So I want to make sure I get the right size the first time.

Speaking of getting married (!), I called the courthouse yesterday to find out more about this “self-uniting” license. The woman on the phone goes, “Are you of Amish or Quaker faith?” Um, no. So that’s why no one’s ever heard of that before. So we’ll have to find a justice of the peace after all. And say vows. And bla bla bla. I was kind of not into that because I hate having attention focused on me, and GG isn’t into that because he wants the least amount of fuss possible for this whole thing. But I guess we’ll have to do it, like normal people. (Or else convert to Quakers real quick.) The lady I spoke to said we should get the license first and then call a judge. She said there’s enough of them that we’ll be able to get the date that we want. Considering it’s a Tuesday, I’m sure we won’t have a problem.

Thanks, Tech Support?, and TOCTWD

First of all, thanks for the congratulations everyone! We’re excited… even though I think GG is trying not to be. He wants to keep everything as simple and low-key as possible, with as little change in our lives as possible. My mom called to ask about taking us out to lunch or dinner afterwards, and he started freaking out because it was becoming a big event. So I haven’t really even told a lot of people. (Well except I’ve told the entire internet. Whoops.)

Secondly… I can’t post to my blog from work anymore?!?!?! Or even view my website! I would guess that my company’s blocking it, like they eventually do with all my favorite websites, but usually when a site is blocked I get a message with the company logo and the reason why they’re filtering it (like “Humor/Profanity” or “Entertainment/Streaming Media”), but when I try to get to my site I get an MSN search with no results..? I can get to it from home (obviously), so I know it’s not a problem with my server or anything… weird.

Today was an exciting day at work because we finally launched the massive website I’ve been working on for months! Tomorrow is take your kids to work day or whatever, and Jess and Heather and I are giving a workshop on making websites at our company. It’s really my workshop, but I’ve enlisted them as kid wranglers. We’re actually doing the workshop twice, 11-11:45 and 12-12:45. In return, they gave us a bag of goodies (pens, magnets, flashlight, etc. with our company logo or our products on them) and we get free lunch tomorrow. Should be interesting. I’ll give my report tomorrow I guess. I’m pretty sure this whole event will just reinforce my decision not to have kids.

[Edit – 7:21 AM, 4/27] Oh happy day, I can get to this site from work again! Maybe they sensed that I was complaining. [/Edit]

IT IS FOR REAL

GG and I are getting married.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006.

We bought the rings tonight. (His. Mine.)

I told my mom on Saturday. She’s going to be one of our witnesses on the certificate. GG will get one of his parents to be the other. Now I just have to call the courthouse and find out a) if this “self-uniting” license really exists, and b) if not, how I go about getting a judge to marry us that day.

I truly can’t believe that nobody has a comment about this?!

Titanium

Well, if 66-06 does happen, GG might be looking at this guy on his finger. (Lacewood is his favorite wood. In fact, it’s the top of his current, custom guitar.) I haven’t picked my favorite yet, but these titanium rings are definitely awesome.

OMG, this is, like, for real!!

Now this is exciting!!

I probably shouldn’t write this here because I’ll end up jinxing it, but

GG and I will probably get married in June!

If we do, it will be probably the fastest and cheapest wedding in Pennsylvania. We can go to the Montgomery County Courthouse and for $40 get a “self-uniting” marriage license, which is like a regular license, except two witnesses sign it and you don’t need any sort of officiant to perform a ceremony.

I think the thing that will really make up GG’s mind is the wedding date I suggested: June 6th (or 66-06).