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goals and progress...

at some point soon after our honeymoon i made a list of goals for our first year.  it wasn't so much a goal list as a to do list, but i called them goals just the same.  there were things for us as a couple, home improvement projects to tackle and budgets to be made.  i revisited this list recently and it turns out i was a little over zealous in my assumptions of what we'd accomplish in the house department during our first year.  and by 'a little' i actually mean 'a lot'.  but i must say we redeemed ourselves in the money management category where we made great strides and met a lot of goals, big and small.  i'm not gonna lie...i think dave would be proud.
so for this second year of marriage i made another list, and i think i did a better job of making this year's goals realistically attainable.  there are still some us goals [create some of our own traditions, go on two fancy dates, take a trip together], and we made some goals that have to do with oth…

anniversary number one...

it's funny how time can move so fast and so slow all at the same time.  i've had lots of friends say they can't believe it's been a year since our wedding.  and i hear that.  but then at the exact same time my life before marriage seems like a long, long time ago.  life is strange like that.  but either way you look at it, we're celebrating the big number one!

so far we give marriage a hearty thumbs up.  and in observation of this year of wedded bliss we cashed in a wedding gift for a weekend at the lake.  we splurged on fancy cheese, played games, had dinner at baxter's, sampled our one year old cupcakes [which were disgusting], faced off in a fierce skee ball competition [which i won], watched the box set of studio sixty [if you know donald, you know how much he loved this] and capped off the weekend with our newest tradition...anniversary fried chicken.

ten years...

my dad passed away ten years ago today.  it was a middle of the night phone call from the funeral home, not the hospital where he had been for the previous few days, nor the skilled care facility he was living in.  i wasn't supposed to find out that way.  the poor woman on the phone naturally assumed i already knew, she had no idea she was the one breaking the news.  it wasn't the way it was supposed to be, but most of the previous year had felt like things weren't the way they were supposed to be.  twenty three year olds aren't usually charged with the care of an ailing parent and faced with the decisions that brings.  but life doesn't always happen the way we expect it to, in fact, it rarely ever does.
this all happened back in the days before social media.  when people communicated through the ancient art of mass e-mail.  i sometimes wish i had been blogging back then so i would have some sort of record of what happened during that crazy year.  but it's proba…