The wedding on the twenty-second was a lot of fun! The rain cleared up long enough for our ceremony on the river and we had a good turn out. I did discover that RSVPs are fairly worthless, because plenty of people who didn't RSVP came and quite a few who did never showed; it didn't bother me and didn't even occur to me until sometime yesterday - I just thought it was funny.
Since we got the Crescent Ballroom at the Double Tree Hotel New Orleans at no charge, all the food at cost, and a great discount on both bands the most money my parents have spent on the whole affair has been on the photographs and wedding albums. I think Michael Caswell does good work and he also seems like a really nice guy, but most of all his prices were the most reasonable of the New Orleans-area photographers I looked into and my parents still spent more than two thousand dollars on the package we chose.
We received many generous and thoughtful gifts from all our friends and family, but the most beautiful gift was from Mischa and Cat! When I take a picture of it, I'll edit this entry and post it here.
I spent the day helping my dad prime the "master" bedroom of the little house; triple_phoenix helped, too. Tomorow I get to go back to help paint! :O Sometime today or yesterday all the plumbing in the house went out because the previous plumber did a shoddy job, so now it's going to cost around five thousand dollars to repair.
The good news is that our house is legally ours and we can now work on trying to sell it, then we can take out a new home loan and use the money from selling our house for our down payment and for any renovations which will need to be done, not to mention furniture. Our apartment is nice enough, but it will never feel like home because it belongs to someone else and I just hate that. Our lease doesn't expire until July, but I'm already beginning to look for houses again to get a good feel for what's available right now as opposed to what was available last year, when we first got back to the city. We're not opposed to having to work on the house we buy, because it seems like much of what's available in our price range has some storm damage - either a flooded downstairs or some wind damage. Sometimes it is very tempting to start looking for homes and jobs out-of-state, but we're too committed now to leave so soon after The Storm.
The book was no help at all, but fortunately I have a friend who knits who was able to give me some advice and link me to a lot of helpful websites. I've also found help from a beginner's knitting community here at LJ: novice_knitters. After repeatedly trying to properly tie a slipknot, I figured that out, and today I practiced casting-on with two needles to the point where I feel fairly confident with it; I actually have one knitting needle with a bunch of neatly-done stitches on it!
Now, I just need to figure out the actual knitting part of all this! One of the knitter's in Novice_Knitters recommends patience and practice, which is definitely good advice, especially since I'm usually pretty impatient.
I guess this is a boring update, but I'm really into this whole knitting thing at the moment. :D
I was right!
One of the members of their Yahoo group got in touch with me early this morning and even put her Reverend in touch with me, and Reverend Marta is happy to perform our ceremony! Not only is this a huge relief for me, it's also a good start for my journey back into the Unitarian community, which is something I've wanted to begin for quite a while now.
I'm excited and relieved!
Now the only group I'm still waiting to hear back from is the Aquarium about the venue we'd like. If we don't hear back from them, I'm just going to have to get some friends to casually stake the spot out on the evening of the wedding... which I guess is fine, but it's something I'd prefer to avoid.
In the meantime, I think I've found a good photographer who has more reasonable prices than many of the others around town, the groom and groom's men are getting their suits in order, we have already gotten the wedding and groom's cakes in order, I trust my bride's maids to dress themselves tastefully, and tomorrow I'm picking up our wedding rings and a guest book to be signed at the reception.
I've still got a lot to take care of and I'm more than a little nervous about it, but I'll get through it alright... or totally freak, but whatever. My mom is getting back in town tomorrow, so hopefully she'll be able to help with some of the last minute preparations (we do every damn thing last minute), but at times she can also get over-anxious and cause more strife than good.
Our wedding ceremony was short and lovely, as well as a nice deviation from the norm. Dinner at Jamila's, as always, was both fun and delicious; the wonderful staff are experts at making their guests feel truly welcome and at making a special occassion feel truly special. Even though we ate there on the twentieth, I'm still craving that wonderful sausage and those scallops! I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures for myself and if they don't suck, I'll post them here. :D
My parents and his parents will be there, as well as the Hacketts, who I consider my second set of parents, and triple_phoenix.
I'm very fortunate that the neworleansLJ community is so helpful and supportive! If it hadn't been for all the feedback I got from its members, I wouldn't have been able to find an offciant for the wedding in time.
Today we were told that we should be getting a FEMA trailer in two weeks since our claim has been in for sooooooo long, but we've heard all that before; I'll need the keys in my hand before I believe it. The house hunting will continue even when we do get into a trailer, although it will be up to Allen* to hunt for himself once we're in a trailer, since I don't plan on moving in with him at that point. After all, I don't want to depress him when I have one of my Bad Days. I'm not bitter, just pissed.
I got an A on my first ASL test, but I expected no less since I've taken the class before, and my first math test is on Wednesday; I'm always apprehensive about math tests, even if it's subject matter I've covered a million times before