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Up for Air

Phew! It's been crazy busy the past couple of weeks. I can't believe I haven't had time to come up for (blog) air since before Halloween.

First of all, I'm happy to announce that after a lot of extra work on the weekends and evenings to get things wrapped up, AG's new custom photo card service is now live and ready to help you with your holiday card needs! I'm honestly very impressed with the product--the card designs are great, and they look fantastic on the high-quality paper they're printed on. Since I'm not AG's usual target demographic, it's rare for me to be this wowed by what we put together, but these are cards I'd want to buy and send. So, major congrats to everyone on my team and who's helped to bring this to life!

Claire's had her first cold, which has thrown the sleep schedule off a little bit during the day, but she's still sleeping through the night like a champ. She's graduated to a new size of diaper, and progressing happily (she's gained almost 40% of her birth weight already!). She's recently discovered that her legs are stronger than she thought; she really enjoys standing up while I steady her torso. And there are several more great photos over at my Flickr stream (again protected for her privacy).

It's hard to believe, but our anniversary's come around again already; it'll be seven years tomorrow. We'll celebrate with Champagne and caviar and a nice relaxing dinner in. Marriage has been quite an adventure so far, and it's just getting more interesting as it continues... One thing that's abundantly clear is that sharing my life with Liz has simply been the best. :-)

Off to check on Claire--it's time to eat and play again!

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Lazy Anniversary Weekend

Dear reality,

Sod off. We've quite enjoyed ignoring you this weekend.

Friday: Infinity, bubbles, cheese, and "Galactica".

Saturday: Sleep, wine tasting, the tasting menu at Nemo.

Sunday: Stayed in bed all day, sleeping, watching movies, sleeping, catching up on Cerebus and Flight, leftover Indian food in our PJ's, snuggling by the fire and listening to this week's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me".

Hardly glamorous, but perfect in its own way, and exactly what we needed.

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Love Notes Never Get Old

If someone had told me on my wedding day just how quickly the years would flow by, I don't think I would have been equipped to comprehend or fully appreciate it. In fact, I'm fairly certain that at least one or two people did tell me things to that effect, but the bartender at the reception poured those drinks way, way too heavy, which is my official excuse for not being entirely clear about who said what to whom, other than that Liz and I both said yes to a life together. And really, with that, does anything else matter?

So, it has been five years, or maybe one thousand eight hundred and twenty-six days, nearly 43,824 hours, which is practically 2,629,440 minutes--157,766,400 seconds!--of married life. Exactly one half of a decade, one twentieth of a century, a two-hundredth of a millennium. What to say on such an occasion?

I find that the depth of my love is such that it surpasses my meager vocabulary; my chances of repeating myself become pretty significant over time. This paragraph is the replacement for one that suddenly, unbidden, had become almost a word-for-word duplicate of a post from May on the occasion of our six-year "hookupaversary." While such repetition may make for redundant and potentially boring reading, I think there's something to be said for consistency in matters of the heart; for feeling the same joy in May or November or July; whether the skies are crisp and blue, or grey and stormy; whether the sun smiles radiantly upon us, or we're huddled under blankets by the fire while the winter blows cold and icy outside. Maybe it's not such a bad thing that what that I've said before is just as appropriate and meaningful today on this perfect Autumn morning.

Quite simply, this true, abiding, eternal love that I have had the good fortune to stumble into kicks serious ass.

Love you, honey, for always and ever.

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New Jersey and Other States of Being

Friday was grey, damp, and cold in Cleveland, which made it an excellent occasion to get the heck out of town and go to [info]sam16 and [info]supercarrot's wedding in New Jersey. The drive out was mostly in the dark due to Liz's work schedule, but we still managed to arrive in the Collingswood area before midnight. Dinner was a surprisingly tasty bacon cheeseburger and chili cheese fries at a Bob's Big Boy along the Pennsylvania turnpike. Mmmm...

Slept in a bit on Saturday; watched Alien Versus Predator on HBO in the hotel room--what an astoundingly awful movie! Around noon, we met up with a friend who was temporarily assigned to a position in Atlantic City, just down the road a piece from where we were staying. We took in a wine tasting at Tomasello (surprise winners: the Villard Noir and the blackberry wine) and then had a late lunch at an Italian joint that claimed to have the "world's best spaghetti." (It was good, but not that good.)

We were quite delighted to see Scott and Carrie married in the park early that evening as the thick, golden sun began to dip below the trees. It's always heartening to see two people so happy to be together, to be so right as companions embarking on the grand journey of married life. We wish them heart-felt congratulations and all the joy in the world.

Had a bit of temporal disorientation this morning; we went to bed assuming that the bedside clock would be an hour off when we woke up as daylight savings had ended overnight. We went leisurely about our morning routine thinking that we had plenty of time, and that we were only fifteen minutes or so late to the post-wedding brunch. However, unbeknownst to our heroes, all of the bedside alarm clocks listen to the local atomic clock signal, so the "fall back" adjustment happened automatically while we slept, and we were in fact well over an hour behind schedule by the time we figured out what was what. In spite of this chronometric conspiracy against us, we hit the road efficiently and made good time on our drive back. The skies were clear and sunny, and the gorgeous weather made the drive into a real pleasure, a very nice cap to the weekend.

Now, I just have to catch up on my massive email backlog, and wrap my head around my impending workload of complete and total doom... But that can wait until tomorrow, right?

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Bon Chance, Liz!

Just got back from dropping off Liz at the airport. For the next week, it'll be just me and the cats while she's immersed in her class and exam preparations in New York. It's really, tremendously exciting that the time she's been preparing for for so long is finally here, and I know she's going to do just fine... But at the same time, I am going to miss her like crazy; there's a strange sense of melancholy about the house without her presence. She's not even off the ground yet, and I'm already feeling all oogy about being apart from her for so long -- the longest that we will have been separated since 2000. Bleah.

If anyone has spare good mojo this week, I'm sure we'd both appreciate a little of it (although I think Liz should probably get the lion's share to get her through her exam).

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Six Years, the Blink of an Eye

Six years ago today, Liz and I became an official "item". I knew almost immediately that I was in True Love, and that as long as we were together, the universe would be slightly more correct.

Six years of good times and bad, joys and sorrows, of adventures and plans for the future have passed in what seems like both the blink of an eye and an eternity; I feel graced by the easy comfort of our being together, and I am constantly in awe of how much more of the mysteries of ourselves we have yet to discover.

These six years I would not trade for all the world. I can't wait to see how our future unfolds.

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Mazel Tov!

Big congratulations to [info]mokatz and his lovely bride Monica, and equally heartfelt best wishes for their new life together! We drove down to Pittsburgh yesterday to watch these two lucky folks commit themselves to the greater adventure of marriage, and to join in the festivities, and I don't think we could have asked for a better day. The skies were clear and a vivid blue, the air crisp and clean, the drive safe and uneventful, the ceremony beautiful in its simplicity and tradition. Having never experienced a Jewish wedding before, it was really enlightening and quite fascinating for me.

On top of all that, I not only ran the CD player for the ceremony itself (a nerve-wracking experience if ever there was one--no pressure or anything, it's only crunch time on my friends' Magic Day), I had the pleasure and privilege to share the spinning of tunes and the announcing of announcements at the reception with [info]gieves, who is most certainly the best DJ partner that I have had the opportunity to work with. It really brought back the great memories of spinning together at WRUW, way back in the proverbial day. In spite of the very raw/live nature of how the reception flowed, I think we managed it okay, and everyone seemed to have a good time... So I guess that means we're available for birthdays and bar mitzvahs as well. :-)

Congratulations once again to the lucky couple--may their lives together be long, happy, and filled with wonders. Mazel tov!!

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Who Needs Swing States When You've Got Marital Bliss?

Liz and I have been married for four years. Jeepers!

It feels like a fleeting eyeblink; it feels like a joyous eternity.

Most importantly, it still feels absolutely, completely, exactly right, and though we have been through our share of sorrows together, I am in awe of how blessed that I have been to share my life with her.

So, because talk is cheap, let me just say this--thank you, for everything.

And here's the part that ties into the title of this entry...

Anyone who wants to barf profusely (and has QuickTime installed) can see my half-assed attempt to "rally my base" and "get out the vote" on this most important day.

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I Love This Woman!!!

For the record, let me make it perfectly clear...

[info]aquamindy, you are the coolest, most wonderful woman in the universe, and I love you so much that it's almost stupid. Whether we're off on some adventure in bizarre and distant time zones, combatting kitchen entropy, or just going to the movies, or even splitting a pizza and a bottle of wine, you make the whole world worthwhile.

I'm happiest when I'm with you. I wouldn't trade my time with you for anything.

Welcome home. :-)

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Operation: Super-Secret Ninja Early Anniversary Celebration--GO!


SATURDAY, 11-08-2003

0829: Clean, dressed, packed, breakfast made and eaten. Operation: Super-Secret Ninja Early Anniversary Celebration is a GO!

1416: Morning beautification phase complete. Massage and facial treatments for Agents M and L; special eyebrow, hair, and toe glamorization applied to Agent L; aerodynamic dorsal modifications to Agent M successful, minimal damage incurred. Funds transfer and vehicle refueling complete. Will begin next phase of operations once Agent L's naptime is done.

1645: Checked into the Intercontinental Hotel. Dressed to kill. Dining phase to commence in 15 minutes, a multi-course gastronomic assault at Classics. Take no prisoners.

1909: Dining phase complete. Achieved the following mission objectives:

  • Amuse bouche: cucumber with parma ham, puff pastry with parmesan cheese
  • Wine: 1992 Signature pinot noir -- fruity, silky, marvelous
  • Bread: olive, whole-grain, raisin-walnut
  • Amuse bouche: crab meat gelee topped with salmon, creme fresch, Iranian beluga caviar
  • Agent M - appetizer: foie gras marinated in sauterne, served with apple marmalade, miniature greens, and warm toast
  • Agent L - appetizer: Charlotte gelee of blue crab
  • Agent M - salad: balsamic-glazed quail with roasted red pepper and greens
  • Agent L - salad: white truffles with porcini mushrooms and greens
  • Agent M - main course: long-bone veal chop, scallopped potatoes, chantrelle mushrooms, and mixed steamed vegetables
  • Agent L - main course: sea bass with tomato confit
  • Amuse bouche: Absolut lemon sorbet in flower-shaped shortbread cookie with raspberry sauce
  • Dessert: bananas Foster, accompanied by assorted miniature desserts

1947: Mission vehicle stowed securely at Playhouse Square Center parking lot. Tickets obtained, surprise sprung -- Agent L is treated to a night at the ballet.

2355: Cultural phase complete to the satisfaction of all parties. Returned to staging location at Intercontinental Hotel for mission debriefing over wine and chocolates.

SUNDAY 11-09-2003

1000: Post-mission wrap-up operations begin.

1130: Tear-down of staging location and packing of mission supplies complete.

1202: Emergency ration stop at Brendan O'Neills for brunch.

1305: All agents successfully returned to base -- MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!


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