Honeymoon stuff

I’ve been doing this blog stuff on and off for 7-8 years, before it was even known as “blogging”. Often I’ll think back and wish I had written more as big events in my life were occurring – the whole cancer thing comes to mind – so I’m going to make an effort to journal the wedding process as much as possible. ‘Cause, y’know, it’s pretty much the biggest thing that’s happened in my life to date πŸ™‚

Emily and I have talked a bit about where we want to go for our honeymoon – the idea of an all-inclusive resort such as Sandals Resorts has come up a couple of times. So I started poking around on their site, and quite a few of their establishments are already sold out for the first week of next year; particularly the nicer ones. I’m sure we’ll find something perfect, it was just a little surprising that they were booked solid already.

One set of suites that was already sold out looked really nice. Unfortunately they were called the “W.J. Clinton Suites”, which would just seem somewhat… wrong. Though our new home will be on Clinton Lane as well, so maybe it’s an omen. I hope not. Why couldn’t it be Lincoln Circle or Reagan Avenue? πŸ™‚

Speaking of the house, I have to talk to my apartment management this week and tell ’em I plan to break my lease. In a bit of short-sightedness on my part, I re-upped for a year back in August. I have a feeling it’s gonna cost quite a bit to break it…

84 days of freedom left :)

Just in the past 72 hours, a lot of stuff has come together for the wedding. We have Brentwood UMC and the Hermitage Hotel reserved for New Year’s Eve.

We’re working on guest lists and all that fun stuff now; it’s amazing how quickly the list grows. I didn’t think I would have that many people to add – at least not compared to Emily. But just counting the people I consider personal friends, there’s quite a few.

Of course it’s not all progressing as hoped – yesterday Emily and I went by the place where our house is supposedly being built… nothing yet.

Just a small news item…

Well, it’s taken almost 33 years, but last night I got engaged! I proposed to Emily Tropp, my girlfriend of nearly a year, and much to my relief, she said yes. OK, so there wasn’t much doubt in my mind what her answer would be, but still πŸ™‚

I’ve hesitated to write anything about her on the blog, because it’s just a little too personal; then again, I have had no problem going into explicit detail about my cancer experiences πŸ™‚ But I wasn’t sure how things would turn out with the relationship, so I didn’t want to make a big public deal about it (of course, most of the people who read this have known about it from the start…). And there was the silly idea of jinxing it – you talk to much about something, and build it up in your mind, just to have it fall apart. But at this point, I think we’re past that (I hope!)

We were “matched” on eHarmony last September – yeah, the one with the really cheesy commercials. It isn’t that strange for me since my life is basically on the internet anyway; but she had only tried it for a couple of weeks. I think I initiated communication, which was unusual because she had no picture up at first; I never did that, because usually no picture means a face only a mother could love. But once we finally went out in late October 2004, I was more than pleasantly surprised πŸ™‚

I am very lucky to have her… most people would’ve bailed by now; she’s put up with my many quirks and depression issues over the past year, and is fully aware of my cancer history and problems that could arise down the road, but has stuck with me regardless. Which is definitely a rare thing, and just one of the many reasons I think she’s so wonderful.

Currently, we hope to get married in early January, possibly on New Year’s Eve. If all goes well, the wedding will be at Brentwood United Methodist Church, and the reception at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. But it’s all still in the early stages, so we’ll see how it goes.

We’re going to be buying a townhouse in Spring Hill; it’s currently being built, and should be done in December sometime, which is perfect timing.

It’s all still very strange, and a bit scary as well. But exciting more than anything… I still have to remind myself that I am no longer single (well, figuratively speaking). I imagine by the time I get used to the idea, I’ll be thinking how strange it is that we’re married! πŸ™‚ A perfect example – I keep wanting to type “I’m engaged” and “I’ll be married”. It’s no longer “I” but “we”!

Regardless, very fun stuff… I’m sure these next 3-4 months will seem to both drag on forever and fly by at the same time.