Alice outside of the Manhattan courthouse on our wedding day, is one of my favorites. Probably because I look tall.
Tiho and I decided to splurge on a European vacation this coming June. So far, the plan is this: two weeks split between London, Paris & Barcelona. (We just booked this beautiful hotel in Le Marais district of Paris!) A three-years-after-the-fact honeymoon. I honestly have no idea how our life will look in three, six, twelve months from now, so we're focusing on this trip as a celebration of the two of us.
I hesitate to discuss marriage here, because #1). I'm no expert, and #2). it's my marriage, and frankly, why is that of interest or importance to anyone else?
But (of course there's a but, duh), I really love being married. In my opinion, I married young (twenty-five). In New York, that's not really typical. A lot of people I know spend their twenties building a career and wait to get married until their thirties. I think that's great. But, for me, marrying at twenty-five was the right decision. I have never been as sure about anything as I was on the day Tiho and I committed to love and support each other unconditionally as husband and wife.
I'm really glad we married when we did, because it gave us a few years together to build a solid foundation for the rest of our lives before bringing children into the picture.
We aren't perfect. We make mistakes and argue and have bad days and leave piles of dirty dishes in the sink and drive each other nuts sometimes. But, at the end of the day, we are genuinely happy to be with one another. I'm certainly not qualified to offer advice on building and sustaining a happy marriage. All I know to be true is this: My marriage is the most important thing.
So far, that's the only insight I've needed.
04 March 2014
And, 10 very random facts about yours truly, because why not?
1). The first word I ever spoke was "nu-nu" (noodle). I thought about this while twirling my spaghetti last night.
2). Recently uncovered a bunch of old letters and mementos from when I attended sleep-a-way camp in middle school. Apparently, the counselors sent home check-in notes every two weeks and this was written on one of mine: "Kayla excels at quiet bunk time in the cabin and is working on improving her outdoor survival skills." Yep.
3). I lived in Sarasota, Florida for three years growing up (age 10-13).
4). My choice alcoholic drink is a tie between champagne and Stella Artois.
5). I performed with an improv comedy troupe in college.
6). My ancestry traces back to the Mayflower.
7). Had I been born a boy, my name would have been Benjamin Jacob. (I'm Kayla Meredith for those wondering).
8). I believe in past lives.
9). I love watching crime shows and reading mystery novels.
10). I always make a wish when the clock reads 11:11.
Care to share a random fact of your own? I find this sort of thing fascinating.
28 February 2014
I recently found out I have a small vitamin D deficiency, which caused me to promptly ask my doctor if I should spend more time outside. He replied that it doesn't exactly work that way before prescribing me a multivitamin. I usually remember to take my vitamin every morning, but if I'm being totally honest, I just want to go outside again and actually enjoy being there.
During my morning trek to the train, I try to notice something new along the route. The past week or two, I've taken to assessing the ice and snow mounds on the sidewalk in my neighborhood and how many inches they've melted down since my walk the previous morning. I think it's going to be at least another few weeks until they're gone for good, which pains me to even think about. I miss the grass.
I usually like snow. I usually like winter. But I'm so completely done with this one.
This photo was taken on one of three non-freezing days New York experienced this past month. For the most part, I haven't left the house since January without a puffer coat, wool hat, heavy scarf, gloves and snow boots. That would have been a more accurate portrait, but this one is more hopeful, and hope is where I'm choosing to focus my energy right now.
March, I'm ready for you.
(I'm thinking March's self-portrait might need to be blossom-themed? Blossoms, ahh!).
24 February 2014
21 February 2014
High five to these five. And, happy weekend to you!
18 February 2014
Polka-dot booties (for all the sweet new babies making their debut this spring).
Delicious tea (for warming up and winding down after a long day).