Hi! It’s certainly been a while. It seems like ever since Erik & I got engaged in May of 2016 that everything has been absolutely crazy. All of the obvious stresses that come with planning a wedding have certainly played a role, but there was an entire separate situation that I kept to myself that spanned from January 2016 through to February 2017. If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you might have heard about it, but in case you haven’t, here’s the story:
I was driving to a wedding last Saturday and realized that I totally forgot to post this recipe! Last week was so hectic. I was sick for most of the week due to gallstone complications (I still have no idea what triggered it), then I had to shoot a wedding on Saturday in north Jersey and had to attend a wedding in Pennsylvania on Sunday before driving back home on Sunday night to make it to work on time on Monday morning. So, I apologize for the delay!
I love autumn so much. (If you know me, this is both obvious and an understatement.) Erik and I always go back and forth because he loves the winter and snow and I love pumpkins, cornstalks, mums, and…. not snow. What we can both agree on, though, is that we love it when summer ends and we love partaking in fall activities.
One way to complicate wedding planning is to pile health issues on top of it. Back in June and July of this year, I was really feeling the stress of having liver disease and what that meant for our wedding. Since hearing the great news that my liver seems to be behaving now, Erik & I have been able to focus on planning our big day. This will be the first of multiple blog posts that chronicle our planning process.
Note: I’ve been struggling with how to word this blog post. I don’t want to come across as seeking charity – because I’m not at all. I also don’t want to diminish other people’s struggles with things they have going on in their lives. Seeing as this is my blog about my health and awareness of my health, I’m going to try and portray it as accurately as possible to how I am feeling towards my personal situation and what I’ve learned from it.
August has been really busy for me – lots of commitments on a very small budget (due to medical bills amongst other things). Nobody enjoys that split second when they realize they have all but $50 to their name, but it’s how you handle it from that moment forward that really counts.
In dealing with my liver issue, it’s been hard to keep busy and keep my mind off of it, which helped contribute to my lack of updates on here. So, our trip to Washington, D.C. two weekends ago was our first real outing in a long while. Speaking of D.C., is the title too punny? Yes? Probably? There’s a reason for it, I promise.
I must have started this post 20 times already. I would get a sentence or two deep, become unsure of what I was saying, then find myself deleting everything and closing up my laptop thinking, “I’ll come back to this later.” I’m not exactly sure why it’s been so difficult to write a simple update on what’s been going on in my life for the past 2 and a half months. It’s just been one of those mental blocks, I suppose. I’m here now, and I’m ready to tie up some loose ends.
I’ve always said that I won’t force myself to put together a post on this blog if I didn’t feel like it was 100% natural. That’s still true, but that was not the case throughout this past month or so. I wanted to sit down and write almost every single day, but there were both good and bad things keeping me from doing so. Today, I’m going to tell you about those things. Beginning with the bad…
I hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a nice holiday weekend! Admittedly I’m not someone who is very religious, but I love Easter because it reminds me that Spring is on its way. All the pastel colors and bright sunny days get me super excited for comfortable weather and lighter jackets. I just wish that Spring weather could last all year.
This week’s post brings us back to the end of February when Erik & I ventured down to his parents’ house in Delaware to celebrate his oldest niece’s 4th birthday. I brought my Canon AE-1 film camera along for the ride, which is why these photos are appearing now as opposed to a month ago. It’s not easy to get film developed anymore, so it took a little bit of an effort to get it done right. So, here we are!