Monthly Archives: September 2008

In Which I Married Someone Other Than My Wife.

You may or may not know that I am totally legal to perform weddings in the State of Washington. (It really doesn’t take much. But I slaved over it. Took at least five clicks.) In the last month I’ve done two weddings and I really enjoyed the opportunity.

I don’t usually like to toot my own horn, but at the wedding last weekend I had a lot of people tell me how much they appreciated my words. The photographer told me she’s been married for 11 years and has been to a LOT of weddings and that this one was the best she’d been to because of the lack of cheesy sentimentality. She said that she kept wanting to shout, “Yes!” but was able to restrain herself.

I was very deliberate in the words I chose for a couple of reasons. The couple I was marrying have been together for years, live together and have a two-year-old son. I wanted to emphasize that rather than just “making it legal,” they were making a significant change; that before this moment, they shared a life together but now they were making a commitment ’til death, to each other and to their son and any future children.

I also wanted to acknowledge that it was a commitment they were entering into with full knowledge of the realities of life together, as they have been together long enough that the lovey-dovey stage has passed and the reality of raising a toddler is fully upon them.

I had a great time doing the wedding; their son was the ring-bearer and added MUCH entertainment and suspense to the festivities (especially when the bride picked him up in her beautiful white dress as he clutched a chocolate-milk drink box).

I really enjoyed the wedding I did earlier this month as well, and as that one was a family member, it made it all the more enjoyable to be a part of their day. I used much of the same language for both weddings, with several differences to make each ceremony more personal.

Keep reading if you want to read the most recent ceremony. I’ll post the ceremony from earlier this month tomorrow.

To respect their privacy, I’ve renamed the family.

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In Which I List the Books I’ve Read in 2008, Update 3.

I’ve gotten into a few series lately, primarily the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva, which I’ve read completely out of order (he does a great job of explaining things without giving away what happened in earlier books). The main character is an Israeli spy/assassin whose cover is as one of the world’s leading art restorers.

Other series include the Camel Club series by David Baldacci (I read the first one last year; just finished the third one without realizing there was a second until I was halfway through, so that’s cued up and ready to go) and the Ender series by Orson Scott Card. Again, bold means I’m actually attempting the whole book-on-paper thing (see here for explanation).

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In Which I Share My Grade School Wisdom.

Today was Chester’s first day at a new school — first day on the bus, but we drove behind him and got him to his new classroom. It went pretty smoothly. I’m so proud of him!

Tomorrow, my nephew starts Kindergarten. We were down in Oly last night and stopped at their house to wish him well on his first day of school, and I read him the following list of rules for the first day, and the rest of the days, of Kindergarten:

Rules for the First Day of Kindergarten

1. Do not eat the soap.

2. Don’t toot in class. It’s okay to toot at recess, though. And when you’re
doing sit-ups in P.E.

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