Thursday, December 28, 2006

Ho ho ho...

Under the Mistletoe

A new manipulation I did today in the (belated) spirit of the holidays. Ain't she purty?

Christmas is a busy time of year for most people, but as one half of a newly engaged couple who have one half of the combined family in a different state, it's been spastically busy.

On the marriage front, we've secured a venue for the wedding and reception (we're hoping to get married in the courtyard there - it's a rather popular Canberra hotel), and I've started looking at wedding dresses. I've also emailed a few photographers, though only one has gotten back to me so far.

My parents have also agreed to host an engagement party next month, so we will get to organise that soon. It should be fun, I hope! :D

On the Christmas front, we finished our shopping about two weeks before Christmas (the mall was scary, and we got there at opening time!!). Christmas Eve we had a late breakfast with my parents and sister, then drove up to Sydney just after midday. Christmas day was a BBQ with M's family, which is quite a bit bigger than mine - about twice as large, and they weren't even all there! :O

Boxing Day we drove home first thing in the morning, waved hello to the dogs, and then went to a mate's place for our now traditional (it's been three years in a row!) post Christmas left-overs BBQ. It was awesome.

So yesterday, my first day of actual holidays (despite having been on leave since Friday), I spent all day playing Warcraft. Today we went shopping (I got a giant stuffed elephant as a Chrissie present to myself!), and when we got home I played with Photoshop (as above) and tidied up my deviantART page. It's been SOOOOO good.

I am off work till 8th January. And I need it. Since I started this new job in August, things just haven't stopped. What's more, there've been some changes in the management there that mean I don't enjoy working there as much as I thought I would. I miss my old job - I was good enough at it that even though it was busy I could do it with one hand tied behind my back.


Thursday, December 21, 2006

Dear Mr Howard

Dear Mr Howard,

I have recently become engaged and have secured for myself the services of a celebrant. She has advised me and my betrothed of the legal requirements for our marriage ceremony, which you've recently inserted into the Marriage Act. I refer to the following required excerpts:

(To be spoken by the celebrant): "Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter.

Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life."

Now, I am not wildly excited by the homophobia we're required to advertise and endorse on one of the most special days of our lives, but I know that you won't change it. So I am not going to ask.

However, can you please review the following vow, which I'm told we're not allowed to reword in any way:

"I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, [name], take thee, [name], to be my lawful wedded wife/husband."

The persons here present? You really didn't consider the practicalities of having to say that at a wedding ceremony when you're nervous, did you? Or of trying to integrate it with romantic avowals of love and friendship?

If you could have the law changed by October next year to make that phrase more user friendly, that would be appreciated.

Thank you.


Monday, December 04, 2006


Yes, Morton, it was a (not so sly) allusion...

M. proposed to me last Monday morning. Till now I have been too giddy to post anything more substantial here. :P

We've been together for two years - it was our anniversary; we were lying together in bed procrastinating about getting in the shower to get ready for work when he asked. My answer was "'Course I will, stupid." What can I say, I was half asleep and totally floored by it all.

We went ring shopping on Friday and got me this:

My Engagement Ring

And because it seems only fair, I got M. an engagement watch:

M's engagement watch

I am so stoked, even though organising an event as huge as a wedding is a teeny bit intimidating. We're meeting a celebrant (a friend of a friend) tomorrow, and going venue hunting next week. We're thinking next October is looking like a likely date, but it will depend on what's available. It's the middle of spring here then so it's the peak of wedding season.

Yay! :D

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