- In February we went to Alabama to visit my family. My Dad has decided he hates my fiance. I kind of already knew this, but it was nice to have my suspicions confirmed by pleas not to marry him. Definitely a feel-good moment.
- While in Alabama, my former roommates C and P threw an engagement party for Tom and I. It was the most fun I'd had in a really long time. There was delicious food, a kickass cake, and Pranathi made us play her version of the Newlywed Game. My favorite question/answer combo? Q: What is the first thing Tom noticed about Sam? A: Her typing speed. (My favorite part was that I would never have thought of that answer, and two of my friends that had never met each other both said it. This is what happens when your relationship starts via blog.)
- While on the topic of weddings, I've been attempting to do a lot of planning. I know a lot of my readers are getting or have recently gotten married. Dudes, what the hell?! It is SO expensive! My parents are paying for it, but if you've met my parents you know that it's like squeezing pennies from a turnip. That doesn't even make sense, and that's why it's applicable. It's almost impossible. And I don't like doing it. Every other day I say, "screw it, we're having sandwiches and iPod music." Because seriously, DJs are making several hundred dollars an hour. And I understand that they have equipment blah blah blah, but they're not buying new equipment for every performance. Actually, Tom is in charge of the DJ and I've been pretty impressed with his bargaining skills. We're down to $800 from a quote of $1500. At this point I'd marry him just for that.
- So far I have ordered my wedding dress (finally), we have a reception site (cheap), but one which will require us to rent pretty much everything including tables and chairs (expensive), and we have the church. I am pretty much appalled by the amount of money the church is charging us...AND apparently we have to deal with some crazy music lady. I'm a step away from City Hall.
- The best thing about March has been my living situation. My landlady is out of town. For a MONTH. I have been parking in the driveway, playing music at whatever volume I damn well please, and sleeping in as late as I like because there's no 3 year old in clodhoppers running back and forth down the hallway. It's heaven. I've also been able to have people over. So far it's only been Tom's family, but hopefully we'll extend it out before she gets back. We've been having Trivia Nights on Saturdays. We were playing Trivial Pursuit, but people were frustrated with 1. the difficulty of the questions and 2. the fact that Trivial Pursuit (when played the right way- something we never did in my childhood) NEVER ENDS. Seriously. The game takes hours. So, we purchased the Mental Floss trivia game. It's an easier, shorter, more fun version of Trivial Pursuit created by the same guys who do the Mental Floss Magazine in Birmingham, AL. It's a great magazine, and I'm loving the game. You should buy it. Really.
- Also in March, John came to visit! Yay! It's always nice to have people visit...even nicer when they treat you to dinner. We went out not realizing it was restaurant week. We went to this little place in the North End that Tom and I had taken C and P to when they visited. The food was awesome. Not so awesome was the fact that I hadn't realized we'd be trekking all over the city and therefore wore some high-heeled boots. I think I ended up walking a couple miles that night. My feet were bruised the next day. Thank goodness I was on call the next day and was therefore able to wear comfy sneakers to work. Also, John had a Kindle 2 and it looked awesome. This post is becoming a gift-guide.
- It's almost April and it has FINALLY warmed up. I'm pretty excited. Tom spent all weekend sick as a dog, so hopefully that will be his one bout of illness for the year and we can enjoy the Spring and Summer now :)
Also, why does my blogger now have a tab that says "Monetize"? I just noticed that...going to investigate. Laters :)