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!
It’s almost Thanksgiving! The day that we sit around, stuff our faces, and be grateful the pilgrams gave the Indians (oop, Native Americans) small pox. I’m excited about Mandee joining my family on Thanksgiving and then on Friday, we drive South to Douglasville to spend a little time with Mandee’s family. It’ll be hectic, but fun. The poor doggies are going to be boarded so I’m sure they will be thoroughly traumatized by the time we return. I am making a potato dish and Mandee is making… wait for it… banana pudding! Yum! It’s a very warm Thanksgiving week by East Tennessee standards. Yesterday at 74° with Storms. Let’s hope this warm weather holds out a couple more weeks!
It was a pleasant, lazy, weekend for us. We took in Tower Heist at the theater, caught up on American Horriry Story (If you haven’t watched it, do so!), and made a video… not THAT kind of video! This is the first year that Mandee will not be home for Thanksgiving. We agreed to divide the holidays and we are going to spend Thankgiving here in Knoxville and then Christmas in Atlanta. Mandee is the designated ‘Dressing Maker’ for her family’s Thankgiving and it’s a tradition handed down from her Mema. So we thought it would be a fun idea to make a video tutorial of her cooking dressing as a treat for the family.
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?
Just so we have a record of ‘How things were’, President Obama is ending the War in Iraq (finally). The economy is in the tank…literally. After a recession that really began in 2007, we are still trying to recover. Obama refuses to stand his ground. And congress continues to obstruct. As it’s always been.
Andy Rooney died this weekend and my favorite Author, Christopher Hitchens could die any day. The Top songs in America are #1 Adele, “Someone Like You”, Gym Class Heroes “Stereo Hearts”, Maroon 5 “Moves like Jagger”, Foster the People ” Pumped Up Kicks”, Cobra Starship “You Make Me Feel”, David Guetta “Without You”.
Weekend Box Office: Puss In Boots, Tower Heist, Paranormal Activity 3, Footloose 2011 (OK, This will not be a proud time in cinema to look back on)
The Dow: 12,012.19. Apple Stock: $402 • Gas: $3.19 • Average Cost of a New HomeL $204,400 • Unemployment 9.1% • Average price of a new car: $30,000 • Stamps: 44 cents (What’s a stamp?)
A Dozen Eggs: $1.25 • Average Wages: $40.925 • Gold: $1677/oz • Movie Ticket: $8.20 • College Tuition: $7605
Occupy Wall Street movement is happening…for what it’s worth.
We are hosting a holiday cocktail party for many of our closest friends on December 10th. With a little luck… and some creative strategy, we will have more than the holidays to celebrate with our friends. The theme is 1960s… anything from dapper Don Draper to Twiggy Mod to Hippy Chic. Our guests are encouraged to dress the part to look very 60s.
This is our first big party to host together. We’ve had couples over and such, but not this many people. The dogs are scheduled to have a vacation night at the kennels to give us time to focus on our guests. Who knows what Santa will show up with!
Ask me a year ago if I would ever consider marrying and the answer would have been a resounding NO! I won’t find anyone that I could care that deeply for… I won’t find anyone that could convince me that, because it is important to her, it is important to me. My how time changes people. I’m not only certain this is the ‘right’ thing to do, I’m certain that I want to do it. (is that Eric talking?).
The last year saw a few bumps in the road for sure, but those bumps have proven that our love for each other is strong enough to keep us together. And every relationship will have those bumps. It’s learning to work through those bumps and figure out a middle ground or even saying that it just won’tt work one way… that is important. Working out solutions.
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.