This is not the normal ‘End of the year’ post… after all, if you listen to the people that think the Mayan’s meant something by ending their calendar one week from now, you’d think it’s the end of everything! No, there’s a lot of endings in addition to the end of the year. This marks the end of M’s long journey to become a Physician Assistant. Two years ago, just before we met, M had started school. It can only be called an ordeal, as much of what they throw at students is strictly meant to rattle them. Masochists. But it’s the end. Tomorrow morning at just past 10:30 AM, she will receive her degree and be free from the shackles (sorry, we saw A Christmas Carol last night at the Clarence Brown Theatre), of school. I’m so proud of her journey to get here. She has much more patients in dealing with the bureocratic BS that she has had to deal with than I would ever have. I’ve never known M when she wasn’t a student. I’m sure life will be different. I’m very proud of her accomplishment.
As for the end of other things, of course, 2012 has had all kinds of endings. Many famous and not so famous people have died. Although it was in Dec 11, it’s been a year since one of my heroes, Christopher Hitchens died. It has been the end of a bitter election that has divided us even more as a country (I’m sure Hitchens would have been a riot to listen to throughout this campaign). A bright spot was the way Gov Chris Christie bonded with Pres Obama during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It was the end of war in Iraq (or at least as far as we are concerned). It will be the end of the Clinton’s in politics… oh no, I forgot about the 2016 election! It was the end of President Lincoln. Wait, wrong again, that was just a movie as real as it seemed. It was sorta the end of Twinkies! The end of powerful unions, like them or not (I do). It was the end of La Costa/31 Bistro where M and I had our first date. Now taken over by a crunchy granola outdoor store. It was the end of icons like, Eastman Kodak, Hostess, American Sukuki, Saab, Ritz Camera… at least there were fewer bankruptcies this year than the last few years.
It was the end of school of my younger (next year I will have an extra one so T won’t be the youngest anymore) niece’s school. Now she enters the workforce…not to say she hasn’t worked her butt off the last few years. She has and I’m very proud. It was the end of renting for my older niece and her husband and they bought a home.
All this makes me realize that endings aren’t always bad. Sure, the loss of life, property, relationships, and businesses can be painful and depressing. But many endings like the end of school, the end of journeys, the end of less fortunate situations, turns out to be happy occasions. I’m happy about most of the endings this year. 2013… well who knows where we will all be in life in 12 months. We have a wedding to plan which is well on it’s way. We have big life decisions to ponder. And where we will be physically and emotionally and whether we will be hanging off the fiscal cliff or at war with some known or unknown enemy, none of us know. I know it’s been a good year for me. And I’m looking forward to another one in 2013.
We’re excited to find a photographer!
I think we’ve found our wedding photographer! We’re just waiting to hear back about some travel pricing. We’ve interviewed some amazing photographers in this process! We’ve just had a hard time balancing price vs. our budget. I think we’ve found the perfect blend and we’re excited to work with her.
On another note, tonight is ‘dog whisperer’ night. I hope to be able to report tomorrow that we have been given the skills to deal with our out-of-control situation. I’ve worked with the spouse of the behaviorist that is coming and it’s like watching David Copperfield work so we have high hopes that, with a lot of work, we can manage this situation. More tomorrow…
UPDATE: It’s Done! We have our wedding photographer. Adrienne Lampe will be shooting both our ceremony in Savannah and our Party with the Newlyweds in Knoxville.
Mandee was doing her usual blog surfing a couple weeks ago and found this very interesting post. It is something i would really like to incorporate into our lives because i think it will make our relationship stronger. Now, theres at least one on this list that will not work for me as those that know me well will understand but in general, many of these, i think will be very helpful in making our already strong relationship even stronger. -EM
Ok guys, this is my first ever blog post and oh boy there’s a lot to share! The engagement on December 10th totally blew me away and I am so happy that I just can’t stand it. I can’t believe that Eric absolutely thought of everything when he was planning the surprise. (see previous posts to understand what I’m talking about). I love him so much!
As if that wasn’t enough excitement for me, I had to spend the next week in all out stress mode participating in my didactic summative evaluation. For those of you that don’t know what that is it is three days of testing that covers 15 months of classroom instruction in a physician assistant program. Total craziness is really what it is! Good for us, everyone survived and we all got to walk in our white coat ceremony to celebrate!
About the white coat ceremony, I am so glad my mom, sister, and best friend Heather were able to attend as well as Eric’s sister, brother-in-law, and cousin. It meant so much to me that everyone wanted to be there to celebrate with me. I walked across the stage at the Tennessee Theater without tripping and then we walked down Gay St. to Sapphire for brunch. Brunch was fabulous but Sapphire was so dead it appeared as though we had rented out the entire space for ourselves. Please consider it when you are making your weekend brunch plans. They have a delicious waffle and biscuit menu in addition to their regular menu. SO GOOD!!!
The weekend came to a fast close with Angel and Heather leaving and mom staying here because the time came to have my pesky thyroid removed. Yesterday morning I went to Fort Sanders Regional and Dr. Zirkle, whom everyone had nothing but wonderful things to say about, removed my over active thyroid in an uncomplicated approximately 50 minute long procedure. I surprisingly felt really good after getting woken up and in my own pajamas then Eric brought me dinner of a cheeseburger, hush puppies, and an eggnog milkshake from Cookout. I know you’re thinking,”this girl just had surgery, right?” and you would be correct, but I was starving and I was not the least bit nauseous so I said politely, “FEED ME!’ Finally, after a few Percocet and a couple of visits from super sweet nurses my mom was itching to leave so Eric stayed with me and we watched “The Layover” with Anthony Bourdain…great show. I got to sleep a whole 4 hours then more visits from nurses and eventually Dr. Zirkle telling me I could go home but I had to eat a couple of Tums because my calcium is a little too low. Yes, Tums!
And now, I am home. My mom and Eric are here and I am much more sore today than yesterday but the painkillers and ice are amazing. My mom and I are going to the doc tomorrow to get my staples removed and check the old calcium again then we are headed to the Atl so I cane continue my recovery and celebrate the holidays with the family…Eric will be coming down on Friday ( a.k.a. Not soon enough!).
Thanksgiving was nice and we handled the multi-city travel well. On THursday, we had a late lunch spread at my Sister and Brother-In-Law’s house. Traditional all the way with turkey, dressing and all the yummy fixings! On Friday, the dogs (except Basil who wanted to go see BoBo) went into the kennel and we headed to Douglasville. Saturday was all-day shopping and we headed back to Knoxville late in the day. Unfortunately, Sunday morning I was awakened by a stomach bug picked up at some point during the holiday whirlwind and I was out of action for two days with a 102.2° fever. THAT part was no fun. But I’m back to normal now and ready to carry on carrying on. It was a fun THanksgiving for sure.
I’m catching up on planning this week with a phone call to the caricaturist to confirm plans about everything. I have a couple other accomplices in this process.
I also have our 1-year of dating anniversary planned for Monday the 12th. Oh geez! We plan to go to the Grill at Highlands Row… a swanky small place in downtown Bearden.
Our first date was on December 12th 2010 and even though the weatherman kept telling people to stay at home… there had been weeks of ‘threatening winter storms’… we decided to meet at La Costa. We had a great time until we were alerted by the manager that they had to close because of the storm. “WHAT?!” there was a huge winter storm that hit while we were inside and we both barely made it home safely. It was a first date to remember for sure. And apparently it turned out OK! I’m hoping this time will have a little less snow!
So funny – Since Mandee and I have been casually talking about our future plans, yesterday she found an image on pinterest.com of a little illustration of the bride and groom that people used as a ‘logo’ on invitations, signs, thank you cards, etc. She said she really liked the idea. In the conversation, I also mentioned that I’d love to have a caricature done sometime. PERFECT timing to set in motion the idea that we should get it done when we see someone drawing them…maybe on Market Square! This is fun!
Last weekend we visited a really neat place that is on the list for a reception party. The Old City Entertainment Venue… which is really a pub/club in the bar district of Knoxville. And aside from missing a step on my way back down, it was a successful visit. The place has character, a good location, the rental is complete with staff. They have a DJ (although we would prefer a live band if we can swing it).
We also spoke of designing a signature drink of the night… a McTini maybe?
I let a few people know my plans yesterday immediately after I purchased the ring. Yowzer! A little over a month!! I’m already nervous. Little does Mandee know that my insomnia is probably caused by excitement. My plans are well underway for the event! I’m getting a few co-conspirators prepped now.
Ordered this stunning yellow diamond ring yesterday! What will she say???
It’s a 90 year old Art Deco Ring with a Fancy Yellow center stone and white diamond baguettes…and it was only $500. Ha! Our inside joke that I would buy Mandee a ring as long as it was under $500.
1920s Art Deco ring
I want to throw out a recommendation for the jeweler that I used for this purchase. Frank Gesner was incredible to work with. He was accommodating in every way. If you are in the market for vintage or antique jewelry, I strongly encourage you to get in touch with Frank.