Friday, July 29, 2011

A very BU wedding

This time last year we were enjoying our big wedding weekend in Boston. It truly was the best day of our lives. A year later and I still have not made a wedding album for ourselves, but a blurb on our wedding was published in the Bostonia, BU's alumni magazine, that we got in the mail yesterday. I thought I would share the blurb so family or people who are actually in the photo but threw out their copy before seeing the photo could have a look.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summer travels

Rob and I both took some time off of work this month to go away, we just didn't go together. Rob made the 12 hour drive from Atlanta to Detroit to spend the 4th of July weekend with his Dad. Every year around the 4th they have the PFP (Porter Family Picnic) in Michigan, and since Rob didn't get to go last year it was especially nice that he could be there for it this year. I couldn't take the time off, so I held down the fort with Roxanne and enjoyed fireworks with Ann, John, Tom & Linnea.

Last week I took my vacation to HOT and sunny Fort Myers Florida to visit one of my long time best friends Lindsey and her family. Lindsey and her husband Dan had baby Savannah last December. I first met her when she was 2 months old, but boy has she grown in the past 5 months! It was great to catch up and spend lots of beach time with them, as well as Lindsey's mom and sister. In the 4 days I was there we went to 3 different beaches- Fort Myers Beach, Captiva and Lovers Key. When we weren't at the beach we were at the pool, so it was nice to be able to switch it up each day. I may have been spoiled having a house on the Cape all those years, but it just wouldn't have felt right to go a whole summer without seeing the ocean, so I'm glad I got my beach fix.

Next weekend we'll be celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary- how quickly time goes by! Then we gear up for August which will be full of travel and fun. First up, Hayes and Caroline's wedding in Michigan. Hayes was the best man at our wedding and Rob is going to be the best man at their wedding. The following weekend we fly to central PA for Megan and Robbie's wedding. Megan and I have been friends since the 2nd grade, and I am so very happy and excited for her. Plus the wedding is in my old home town and the ceremony will take place in my family's old church, so it will be nice to be back. Finally, at the end of August I get to fly up to Boston for Miss Rachel Stalker's bridal shower/bachelorette weekend! Bring on the friends and good times.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The residents of the Nevadan

Our apartment complex definitely has some interesting characters living in it. For example, the man who lives on the 3rd floor one building over. He has apparently turned his balcony into a barber shop, equipped with an actual barber chair, where he cuts hair. When he isn't cutting someone's hair, he is often on his balcony yelling down to others who pass by, asking them if they want a cut or know someone who does. The whole thing is kind of amusing, except for the clumps of hair that can be found on the ground below where I walk Roxanne. As much as I can't stand the people above me with the bird feeders and the seed falling all over the place, I suppose if I had to choose I'd pick bird seed over hair on my balcony.

The other day I had one of the strangest encounters to date. I was walking Roxanne along the grass near the tennis courts, when a middle aged black guy with a crazy lazy eye and neon shoelaces approached us on his way to his building. The conversation went something like this...

Guy: There's that fluffy dog again! Man I see her everywhere, what kind is she?
Me: Haha, yeah she needs a haircut soon. She's a Goldendoodle.
Guy: Wow, she is beautiful! Just beautiful.
Me: Thank you! Her name is Roxanne. She's a puppy still, so she's full of energy.

(Up until this point the conversation is pretty normal and typical of what people usually say when they see us out walking. Here is where it got weird..)

Guy: Hey, have you ever seen the movie Burn Notice?
Me: No, I haven't. I've heard of it though (and I'm aware that it's a TV show, not a movie).
Guy: Oh you haven't?!? I think it's on TBS or something like that. Anyway, there's this character Michael on the show, and I could see his mom having a dog just like this! Yeah, like someone real cool would have a dog like this.
Me: Oh yeah? (Really I'm thinking HUH??? How did you come up with that? And it's not even like we are trying to figure out whose dog this is or who would own a dog like this...I am the owner! Are you saying I'm not cool?)

Luckily the guy's phone rang right about then and he said he really had to take the call, so he answered and continued on his way. Good thing too, because I really didn't know where to take that conversation next.