The Vernal Equinox a.k.a. Springtime
We went to a wedding over the weekend, and it was just outstanding. I guess the ceremony was supposed to be on the beach at this nice resort, but it was super windy and gray clouds were looming. So they held it on a porch, but it was set up beautifully. But I think it was near the kitchen that was preparing our dinners because it was VERY loud in the room next to the patio. We were sitting in the back, so it was much louder for us. But hopefully everyone at the front, near the alter, couldn't hear it. I was so irritated that I wanted to get up and go yell at everyone in the kitchen because they were seriously clanging around like a bunch of crazy banshees, and I really didn't hear the end of the ceremony at all. And I felt bad that there was this raucous going on during the closing prayer. I don't care who you are or what you believe, there should never be pots and pans banging around and people loudly dropping stuff during a prayer.
BUT..the set up was stunning.
And, I must say that the bride, Sara, looked incredible. The groom Casey is one of Brett's best friends and was his roommate for a long time. Sara used to be very quiet, shy, and a little heavy. She lost....I want to say.....70 pounds for this wedding. She looked absolutely gorgeous. I haven't seen her in about six months, and even then, when she had only lost 25 pounds, she was SO happy and friendly and outgoing. And honestly, I think she was the happiest bride I've EVER seen. She never stopped smiling. I started tearing up the moment she walked out in her dress because she really did look that amazing, and I was so happy for her that she was so confident on one of the most memorable days of her life. And I got a little teary later when they had their first dance together, and I think Brett was even fighting back some tears because he has known Casey since he was about 11 years old.
Speaking of 11 years old, I just got back in touch with one of my best friends from childhood. We were inseparable from third grade until high school. Well, she has been married for a long time and has a baby that will be one on Easter. She and her husband live in the mountains outside of Boulder, CO, in a small hippie town, and she seems SO happy, which is just wonderful. There are so many miserable and complaining people that I know (and sometimes I'm one of them), and it's refreshing to see that one of my old buddies has a great life. Her baby is pictured to the left. How CUTE is she?
When you've moved around quite a bit, it's hard to have really solid friendships with people. I think so, anyway. Life just changes so drastically after you graduate from academia. Everyone starts over. People move away and go through different stages of their lives at different times, and everyone's needs change in life. Which is a wonderful thing because otherwise it would mean people weren't maturing and what not. I guess my whole point is that I always find these different stages and changes interesting, and hearing from an old friend just reminds you how much things have changed over the years.
Right now I'm at this point in my life where I really need to feed my creative side. I want to take a colored pencil drawing class at the local art center, but it won't work out because the classes are held at times when I am out of town for work. Bummer. Brett wants to take some weird metal class where you sculpt stuff out of metal by using a blow torch and a welder. Only Brett would think to learn such an "artform", which he claims is what he wants to do when he's old and retired. One of our little art projects is going to be building a Japenese rock garden at his new house. Why? Because I really want one. I find Japanese gardens extremely peaceful. I also enjoy reading about Buddhism, and I'm definitely a believer in Feng Shui. And what could be better than creating your own little sanctuary garden AT HOME that is both relaxing and beautiful to look at? I've never been able to meditate, but I definitely feel calm and at peace when I'm in nature.
Actually, Brett's new house is very in tune with nature and the elements: wood, earth, fire, metal, water. We picked out everything together, and I mean EVERYTHING. From the house itself to tiles, cabinets, fixtures, grout, granite, sink tops, door knobs, paints, carpets, sinks. Good Lord, we picked out everything. Today we are almost finishing the process and picking out kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer. We still have blinds and furniture to go.
So, ART. I feel like I have so many things that I want to do this summer. Art classes being one of them. Life is too short to not focus on things that make us happy.