I cannot believe we are already two weeks into 2013! By my estimation it should barely be Christmas, and I should still be watching old DVR-ed shows while curled up in my pajamas on my parents’ couch. Oh how I wish that is still what was happening. Instead we are hurtling along and it is halfway through January and I still haven’t figured out exactly what my resolutions for this year will be.
have, however, figured out several questions to ask YOU, dear internet.
First off, D and I have decided to take our rather generous Christmas
vacation, er I mean “Winter Break” time next year and use that toward
our honeymoon so that we can go somewhere epic and awesome for an
extended period of time. We’re looking at about three weeks of travel,
probably right before Christmas to mid-January, and we need suggestions
for where to go. We definitely do not want to spend this time lazing on
a beach, because as lovely as that sounds it’s just not our style. We
also don’t want to go to Australia, because we are saving that continent
for when we are SCUBA certified and also have a bit more money, and
probably not Southeast Asia, because we are saving that part of the
world for an even longer, even more epic trip in a few years (knock on
wood), but I could be convinced to go to one or two countries in that
part of the world (twist my arm, why don’t you). So, where shall we go?
What’s on your list, or where have you been that’s amazing?
of all, I’m rather conflicted about what to do with my last name once
we get married. It’s not something I love (never have, don’t think I
ever will) but I’m also not too keen to take D’s last name. My name is a
combination of both my parents’ last names, from back in the 80’s when
it was fashionable to give your kids hyphenated names (spoiler alert: it
is not cool, not cool at all, to give your kids a lifetime of
headaches, which is what a hyphenated last name REALLY is). So, I’d
love to ditch the hyphenated nonsense. BUT, D’s name, since it is
foreign, is possibly even more complicated than mine. His has a
prepositional phrase in it, for Pete’s sake! People just look at you
like you have two heads when you try to explain it to them, especially
when you throw in the term “prepositional phrase.” Perhaps if I’m going
to have an annoyingly complicated last name it should at least be
something I know well and have been dealing with for the last 28 years.
The other option is that we could both
change our names after the wedding, since getting married offers a “get
out of jail free” card when it comes to changing your name (changing it
at any other time requires a lawyer, maybe seeing a judge, and lots of
other complicated nonsense), but we don’t have any specific name that
we’re sold on, at least not until it becomes socially acceptable to
change your last name to something like “Amazing.” I think Marisa
Amazing has a nice ring to it, don’t you?
last thing, the one that’s been making me the most stressed and left
feeling like everything has already passed us by, is that we cannot
agree on a wedding photographer to save our lives, and the ones who seem
to be the right combination of amazing and (barely) affordable (which
is a relative term when it comes to wedding-related stuff, I assure
you), are all completely booked. For November 2. Which is when we are
getting married. Here’s betting that's the date that really comes hurtling along out
of nowhere when I still feel like it should be about mid-February.