Morning spent exploring beautiful Hanging Rock.
This post is quite late, but it has been a busy week and it’s better late than never! So basically… I had a great time on my birthday last weekend. My best pals visited Melbourne and we went to the aquarium, Crown Casino for drinks, and then out to dinner at a Spanish restaurant along South Wharf called the Bohemian (behind me in the last picture).
While we were at Crown the boys started getting eager to have a go at the pokies (Americans will know them as ‘slot machines’). I gave Jon $3 to put in the machine, and ten minutes later he came back with $400!! Such random luck. We ended up putting it towards Christmas presents for our families.
I feel good about reaching the ol’ quarter century because I feel pretty content about where I am at this point in my life. 2014 is going to be a life-changing year. More teaching and lecturing, PhD coming into its final phase, Johnny and I getting married in October, and then if the time still feels right, trying for a baby soon after. It’s going to be quite a year.
I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas, or if you don’t celebrate it… a pleasant December 25th. XO
Had the family over to our place last night for a pre-birthday BBQ dinner.
We’re heading to Europe a few days after the wedding for a few weeks.
We haven’t done much work on the wedding yet, we thought we’d wait until the new year. However, our venue is booked, we’re having a garden ceremony, and then the reception in a garden room just a few steps away. I also booked hair and makeup for my sister and I because my hairdresser gets bookings extremely early for weddings. Invitations are going out in the new year — we’re inviting around 80 close friends and family.
We want a low-key, simple wedding where the main decorations are just the beautiful garden surroundings. Mum and her girlfriends are going to make all the food and the cake, which seems like a lot of pressure, but I’ve seen them feed large groups of people on a number of occasions. I think I’d like a dress with an open back and a Queen Anne neckline, but I won’t know until I try something on. I’d also love to wear my great grandmother’s flower headpiece as it has been worn by all the women on my mother’s side on their wedding day, and all their marriages have been strong and lifelong.
Whatever the day ends up being like we just want it to be an experience that seems genuine to us and the people we love. :D
Some corny pics of us taken by my terrific sister.
Some of you may have seen me share this news online earlier. I’ve been keeping it offline while I told friends and family in person. But I can now tell you guys that Jon and I are getting married.
Our wedding date is set for October 25th, 2014. A little less than a year from now, during Australia’s springtime. We have booked the venue at a beautiful quiet spot in the town where we both grew up and spent time together as teenagers.
"The proposal" was a reflection of us as a couple. Sitting by a lake on a sunny day at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, I asked him to marry me, and he asked me to marry him. We both said yes!
Recent photos from my phone.
Trip to the Midwest
I’m heading to St. Louis, Missouri in February! One of the groups I am doing a case study on have important archives in St. Louis. If it all goes according to plan I am also going to be able to interview an incredibly important figure in the conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly, *fingers crossed*. Jon’s coming with me, of course. It’s going to be freezing and we can only go for a week because we have another four weeks of leave booked for the end of 2014, but it will still be a great experience!
The hypocrisy of many left-wing men.
The company Jon works for have been installing lots of new things this month. As a result he’s been working around 60 hour weeks (in addition, he has electrical engineering classes to attend at night). So weekends like this have been especially important this month.
A short documentary about one of the last matriarchal societies in the world, the Mosuo people.