Well actually, we didn’t take a honeymoon. We took a couple days off to get caught up on many things, and actually got all the thank you cards done. They went in the mail today.
Married life is not so different from unmarried life. I’m still getting used to wearing a ring, and am having a hard time remembering to refer to Jamie as “my wife” rather than “my fiancee” or “my girlfriend.”
The wedding went really, really well though. The music was great, the pastor’s message was really nice, and we had zero no-shows. My step-dad did show up in the end, and I think he had an okay time. He didn’t dance with my mom at all though. Whatever, it’s not going to bother me.
In general, I feel like a large weight has been lifted from me. Stress levels are finally coming back down to normal levels. I do wonder, though, what we will do when the house is finished and we have “nothing” major going on. I think it may feel like a let-down because we’re so used to having some major irons in the fire.
Back to work tomorrow and Friday, and then Jamie is gone for a week to North Carolina for work. That will be a difficult week.
I put up some of my camera gear on Craigslist. It is mostly stuff that I’ve replaced with bigger/better things and just need to get rid of. With the house and the wedding this year, money is at a premium. I don’t think we’ve bitten off more than we can chew, but it’s definitely a large bite.
As I wrote my last post, I didn’t realize exactly how many shows I’ve seen. Coaster enthusiasts track how many coasters they’ve been on, so I wonder if theater enthusiasts track how many shows they’ve seen. Here is my “track record” of Broadway shows:
Phantom - 3 times, once in Toronto, once in Cleveland, once in Toledo
RENT - 3 times, once in Cleveland, twice in Pittsburgh (all this year, two on back-to-back nights, one from the 2nd row)
Wicked - 2 times, once in Chicago, once in Cleveland
Jesus Christ Superstar - 2 times, once in Cleveland, once in Toledo
The Producers - 2 times, once in Columbus, once in Akron
Miss Saigon - Once, in Akron
Les Miserables - Once, in Toledo
Mamma Mia - Once, in Akron
Cats - Once, in Akron
Chicago - Once, in Akron
Hairspray - Once, in Cleveland
The Sound of Music - Once, in Stratford.
That is all of the professional productions that I have seen, I think. That’s 19 professional productions. With this year’s additions, that number could go as high as 24. That is crazy.
- The Phantom of the Opera. Will be my 4th time seeing it, but Jamie’s first. A Must-See.
- Wicked. My third time, Jamie’s 2nd. Also a Must-See.
- Mamma Mia. Both Jamie and I have seen this once. Not sure we’ll see this one again.
- Grease. Jamie’s never even seen the movie. Taylor Hicks is starring in it as the Teen Angel. Guess that American Idol thing didn’t work out so well for him.
- Chicago. Jamie and I both have seen this once, from the 2nd row. Not sure we’ll go to this one again either.
There are a bunch of other shows coming too, but these are the main highlights and the ones that interest me at this point. Others include:
In the Heights
August: Osage County
Fiddler on the Roof
Still trying to convince that we need to fly to Orlando in December for that 4th time seeing RENT. I don’t think I’ll be successful, but it seems like a good reason to go down there and spend some time at DisneyWorld too!
Sunday night, for Father’s Day, Jamie and I took her parents to see Frank Caliendo at Hilarities in Cleveland. The opening act was okay, the 2nd act was pretty good, and Frank was awesome! I hadn’t laughed that hard in a while. The whole area around E. 4th Street is really nice, and I think Jamie and I will be up there more often (if we can afford the restaurants).
Pickwick and Frolic was nice, but the food was definitely quite average. Then again, they had a limited menu at Hilarities, so maybe next time we’ll eat in the restaurant first, and then to the comedy club. Though they’re not exactly on E. 4th, I also want to try Flannery’s, Hairy Buffalo, and I want to see a show at The House of Blues.
A father passing by his son’s bedroom, was astonished to see the bed was nicely made, and that everything was picked up and tidy. Then, he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed,
With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read the letter, with trembling hands.
It is with great regret and sorrow that I’m writing to you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend, because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mum and you.
I’ve been finding real passion with Stacy, and she is so nice, but I knew you would not approve of her, because of all her piercings’, tattoos, her tight Motorcycle clothes, and because she is so much older than I am.
But it’s not only the passion, Dad. She’s pregnant. Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods, and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children.
Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn’t, really hurt anyone. We’ll be growing it for ourselves, and trading it with the other people in the commune, for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want.
In the meantime, we’ll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS, so Stacy can get better. She sure deserves it!
Don’t worry Dad, I’m 15, and I know how to take care of myself. Someday, I’m sure we’ll be back to visit, so you can get to know your many grandchildren.
Love, your son, Joshua.
P.S. Dad, none of the above is true. I’m over at Jason’s house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the School report that’s on the kitchen table.
Colby Curtin, a 10-year-old with a rare form of cancer, was staying alive for one thing – a movie.
From the minute Colby saw the previews to the Disney-Pixar movie Up, she was desperate to see it. Colby had been diagnosed with vascular cancer about three years ago, said her mother, Lisa Curtin, and at the beginning of this month it became apparent that she would die soon and was too ill to be moved to a theater to see the film.
After a family friend made frantic calls to Pixar to help grant Colby her dying wish, Pixar came to the rescue.
Nick at Nite has started showing “The Nanny” every night. I never watched the show when it was actually on, but I have become quite addicted and watch it every night now. Fran Drescher is almost not annoying, but she definitely was quite the hottie back in the day.
We’ve got all of our color choices made, but not officially yet. Hopefully, groundbreaking will start sometime around July 1. If that does happen, we should be in the house around October 15, which would make me very happy. I’m hoping that we can be in before my birthday. What an awesome birthday gift.
The process of buying a house has been exciting, but also very frustrating at times. It’s amazing how you can go from being so down in the dumps one day, because something went wrong, to being incredibly nervous waiting for the bank to get back to you on pre-approval status, even though the loan officer has assured you numerous times that there will be no problems, to being elated when it all works out. It’s definitely a roller coaster of emotion. The crazy thing is, we’ve only pretty much ridden 1/4 of the ride.