1-12-15 Monday (Queened)

It was a fairly low-key weekend.  That’s fine with me.  We started packing for the cruise and came up with a list of last minute items so off to the store(s) we went.  Nothing major.

Saturday we met with the dog sitter, Nikki, and went over what we’d need her to do while she was here.  The most important is to take care of Dasher.  We need to keep him fed and his sugar up.  The most recent issue is his pickiness.  What we give him to eat now seems to not interest him for the next meal.  It’s crazy.  We’ve even purchased a ton of different dog food.  He’s just crazy and got us trained.  Whatever it takes I guess.

Sunday was a laid back sort of day.  We had dinner at Beth’s house.  She totally called me out on the blog.  A mutual friend told her.


Monday was a short day at work.  I had a dentist appointment to get a temporary crown. 


I posted crown me on Facebook with this picture:


And in turn, received this picture from Norma and/or Josh:


Love it!

Then later, a visit to the dermatologist.  there’s no photos of that and trust me, no body wants to see that.

Saturday is the wedding…  Sunday is the honeymoon…  I’ll most likely get the posts ready while on the ship but won’t be able to upload them until we get back.  Just like the Alaska cruise. I’ll pretty much be incognito for a week.

1-7-15 Wednesday (The Wedding Planner Part 2)

road runnerFor the ceremony, it's going to be quick.  Again, we've been together 15 years so most of this feels like a formality at this point.  I will say that I'm more excited than initially.  I don't know why.   jailAnyway, we wanted to be married at the magistrate's office.  It took forever to find out how to actually get married once a license is obtained.  There's such a disconnect of info on the county website.  Once I did find out, it was limited hours, down at the magistrate's office which is part of the jail, yes jail, and they don't take appointments, and you need to bring your own witnesses.  So we decided on going with an officiate at our house with 2 wonderful friends, Ruby and Beth as our witnesses!

We've even told the officiate that she can pretty much start at "by the power vested…" although she's asked for info about us.  We'll see.

After the "ceremony" we're off to have dinner at Ruth's Chris for Restaurant Week.  It just happens to be Restaurant Week so we've stated "this isn't a reception".  In the meantime, Beth said, aren't you going to invite so and so?  They'd love to come too.  So our party of 7 went to 12.  Not that I don't want the others there, I do, it's just that our typical Ruth's Chris visit for Restaurant Week is just with Beth and her family.  Then we included Ruby and Jamie because they'll be at the "ceremony".  Truth be known, I'm excited everyone will be there.  I'm excited in general.  I think Beth is planning on making this more of a reception.  I can talk about her since she doesn't read the blog (she's not online often).  The other day she asked "you and Jim like sci-fi and superheroes, right?  Who's your favorite characters?  Sounds fishy like she's up to something.

Right after dinner, we leave for our cruise.  First a 5 hour trip to some hotel in Georgia and then the next morning we drive the remaining 3 hours and board the ship.

And there’s the plans… 

1-5-15 Monday (The Wedding Planner)

OK so I started up the blog because I miss documenting my life.  The big news coming up?  Marriage.

gay marriageJim and I are getting married January 17th and then departing for our cruise honeymoon.  I'll fill you in on the details here and there.  First, how this came to be.  Well, we've been together 15 years and don't have the legal rights married couples do without spending a fortune for wills and such.  What happens if Jim is hospitalized and only "family" can see him?  We're not married, we're not related so officially we're not family.  What about decisions?  It's a big long list.  Years ago, we got our marriage license in DC but couldn't get married in time.  I wasn't expecting the court to be so busy.  I've never been married so what did I know?

cruise shipNow that marriage is legal here in NC, we decided to elope and take a long weekend in Asheville.  Asheville for a 4 day weekend, decent hotel, would have been about $800.  So I started looking at a cruise and found that a Carnival cruise out of Charleston for 5 nights is only $600 for an ocean view cabin.  What a deal… right?  Then I looked a little more and saw that is the price if THEY pick the cabin.  What if we get stuck near an elevator or close to the anchor?  So… for $200 more ($800 in case you struggle with math) we can get to pick our cabin.  A 4 hour drive to the port or we can drive 8 and go to Port of Canaveral in FL and take a 6 night cruise with Royal Caribbean.  We've sailed with them 4 times prior so we can build our loyalty points and receive perks.  Plus we like them and Carnival is an unknown to us.  We had many pros and cons to both.  I'll spare you the actual decision process.  In the end we went with a Royal Caribbean balcony cabin which doubled our budget and have a longer drive.  In the end, I think (and hope) we'll be happier).

Lost and Confused Signpost(Whispering)  The government is a pain to deal with (end whisper).  We filled out our marriage license application on line last week but it fails to give any further directions other than $60 cash only and that we'll need to show photo ID to pick it up.  Pick it up from where?  I Googled, and searched and searched and found that most likely it was at the Register of Deeds office.  So I call a number off the county website but didn't realize my Bluetooth headset was on and so I didn't hear the menu options.  By the time I figured it out, a woman answered.  As soon as I mention marriage, she just transfers me.  The phone rang and rang and rang and then rang some more.  I hung up.  I called back and this time heard the options.  I listened to the option about their address and hours.  So, I'm fairly confident that we're going to the correct place.

Today we took a long lunch from work and went down to the Register of Deeds.  We were in the correct place.  Score.  There was absolutely no wait and everyone was friendly.  We were able to pay by credit card, cash or check despite the stern website warnings.  The clerk was aware of what the website states but wasn't sure why the conflict.  We paid, got our copies of the license and back to work Jim went.  I decided to take the remainder of the day off.

1-4-15 Sunday (Back To The Misadventures)

Look, yet another blog post!  This weekend we went to Augusta.  The last time we were there was October 19th.  So basically, forever.  At our last visit, most of our time was consumed by a refrigerator replacement.  Never a dull moment, we had another issue on this visit. 

InternalCheckValveIt all started out just fine.  Jim even got out of work earlier than normal.  We actually arrived at a decent time.  He spent a long time trouble shooting why water wasn’t flowing into the RV.  He took all sorts of stuff apart.  I was reluctant to unpack the car figuring without water we might just leave.  In the end, it was 2 back flow check valves that were misbehaving.  Improvising, Jim drilled out the mechanism/guts that make these things tick.  We’re assuming the cold/freezing temps did something to them.  Afterwards, we had water. By the time we’d unpack the car and get the water hot for showers, it was too late to want to go out so there went one of our nights here.  Oh well.  On Saturday we purchased some replacement parts to return most of it back to the way it was.

The rest of the weekend went fine.  Shopped Saturday, hung out with friends, just the way I like it.

Some recent photos:

2014-12-27 001Above: If only your species could fly.  Oh wait.


2015-01-01 002Above: I put this on Facebook with a caption this request. My favorites?  “Eat and run?” by Wayne.  “That fast food gave me the runs so bad, I just ran out of my sneakers for the bathroom!” by Ross.  “Such bad gas from the fast food that it blew them right out of their shoes........” by Joellyn.  There were several more funny ones but you get the picture.


2015-01-03 003Above/Below: this was taken at a Walmart in Augusta.  What amused me was the fatal error message on the screen shown on a health machine.error


And just because I’m sitting here in Augusta waiting for the rain to stop and Jim to shower so we can go home to Charlotte, here’s this:

DIH - Animated Arrow

5 years ago Jim set up the hot tub platform.  Boring.  But if you must, read about it here.

The Pacific Coast highway + dirty Asian noodles.  What was the connection 6 years ago?  Read about it here.

Exciting news on the way……

1-2-15 Friday (More Catching Up)

There’s a ton of stuff that has happened since I last blogged.  Here’s more catching up:

The Disney trip was fun!  We had several hiccups with our Magic Bands not working correctly.  Our Disney hotel room had a huge “bubble” in the carpet.  All in all, for all of the issues we had we were comp’d nicely by Disney.  By the end of the week, I had a huge blister which I cared for with a special blister Band-Aid that was awesome!  We think we probably spent about 2 days more in Disney than we really needed too.  We had fun.  The 8 hour drive to Orlando wasn’t as bad as I thought. 

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My Mom did come by herself for a visit.  Aunt Donna was too ill to make it.  Mom stayed a week, we had a great time.  Grandma came and watched Dasher while we went to Disney. 2014-10-24 044Above: Mom made 2 trays of her lasagna.

Next up are some photos from a drive to Little Switzerland.

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And a drink while while you paint class with Mom and Grandma:

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For Thanksgiving, Jim’s dad and his wife, brother and his wife and our nephew, and Grandma, came for the holidays.  We rode the Polar Express which was fun for us and mainly Colton.  We had a nice visit.

On Black Friday at about 12:30 am, Dasher suffered a very, very, major seizure and off to the emergency vet we went.  $2200 and long story short, he was there several days, his blood sugar was at a 25, a test revealed insulinoma on his pancreas.  Surgery may not be wise so we’re making him comfortable, feeding him frequently, he’s on Prednisone for life and we’re going to try to squeeze more time out of him. 

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Perhaps the next entry can be more current events.  Smile