I love me some October

Greg and I celebrated our four year anniversary on Tuesday by going to the local estate/antique shop and “thrifting” for a new side table and eating dinner at Café Alsace—the restaurant  he took me to the night he proposed.  It was a perfect romantic, low-key celebration. That seems to be more our style as of late, which is okay with me!

Side Table
Side table and lamp – thrifted on our anniversary. Mirror – Ikea. Vase and flowers – previous thrift

Speaking of low key, we went to Blue Ridge and stayed in a cabin over my birthday weekend instead of throwing a birthday bash, so it was just the two of us in a cozy cabin with AMAZING views. Greg made me breakfast on my birthday and we ate on the screened-in porch, sitting on the swing while looking out at the amazing view.  We even got to sit in a fancy hot tub, sipping wine, looking at the mountains and Greg grilled out for the first time ever.  It only took us 45 minutes to figure out the grill….  We also found a knife next to said hot tub when we first arrived…so that was a little creepy, but we reassured ourselves it wasn’t an omen of any sort.  We went apple-picking at Mercier Orchards for the first time on Friday, my actual birthday–I was only able to get a few serene shots because since the weather is still so warm in Georgia, there were yellow jackets EVERYWHERE in the apple orchard.  Let’s just say I was a little paranoid the entire time (read, on the verge of tears because I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to yellow jackets and they gross me out).  We did go to the orchards grocery store and get some yummy organic apple butter, hard apple cider, baking mixes and other goodies…including a new friend we named Apple, in honor of our apple-picking and the name of our cabin “Apple Creek.”

Birthday breakfast of eggs and soy-sage 🙂
View from our porch swing
Our homey kitchen
Living room
Hot tub
Grill master Schreier 🙂
One of the serene views of the orchard
Hard apple cider made up for the yellow jacket scare
Excited for apple picking. Unaware of the yellow jackets that await us.
Our chariot (tractor) we rode on to the apple trees
WTF knife??
Rainy morning the day we left
They told us to watch for bears…but we think Apple is okay. He seemed pretty harmless.

I’m afraid we’re becoming homebodies, but I guess there’s nothing wrong with that—especially since our home has become more “homey” and we really love spending time there!  We’ve been doing some updates around the house lately, e.g., more decorations, new rugs, new pillows, new CURTAINS(!) and new furniture.  It’s really starting to come together and feel more like home.

In more exciting news, we finally set the date for our wedding and booked the venue (as well as put down the deposit…oh, boy $$$), but it’s real!  It’s happening!  On this date next year, Greg and I will be frantically putting all the final details together to prepare for the wedding celebration to happen that evening.  October 13, 2013, is the official date (we thought October would be appropriate given that is the month we started dating and the weather in Georgia is pretty awesome in October…not as much sweating through the dress) and we are having it at the Dekalb History Center – The Historic Courthouse on the Square in Decatur.” Yes, we decided to have it on a Sunday.  I really don’t know why that is considered “taboo”?  It doesn’t really matter to us, as long as we get married to each other. The main reason we’re having it on a Sunday is because it is A LOT cheaper than on a Saturday. (Again, I don’t get it.  Why is that day so important?)  Also, every Saturday in October of next year is booked! Already! I couldn’t believe that–I thought we were ahead of the game by planning a year in advance!  Oh well.  All I know is for how much cheaper it is, we couldn’t pass that up.

We just signed our life away! It’s real!

The meeting and tour and contract-signing went down without a hitch. The venue was beautiful, the staff very nice and helpful; however, we did almost get hit by a car on the way out while walking through a cross walk in downtown Decatur (of all places!)…again, like the knife by the hot tub, we’re hoping that isn’t an omen of some sort.  I’m looking forward to brainstorming more creative wedding ideas and getting that ball rolling. Everything is much easier now that we have the date set and the venue locked down.  I’m hoping this means everything will fall into place.

We are thinking of starting a wedding website since we are going to have so many out of town guests, though are afraid of coming across as pretentious assholes.  More to come on that front.

On another note, I started dance classes at a studio called Dance 101 and it’s been an absolute blast!  Since I quit smoking two months ago, I decided to get a membership there in an effort to be healthy. I hate gyms and treadmills and running…so I thought this would be a fun alternative.  They have professional classes and classes for beginners, including cardio-infused dance classes.  So far, I have taken salsa, “cardio jazz,” regular jazz and even ballet!  They also offer tap, broadway, gangnam (?) hip hop, reggaeton and yoga. So with that, I must end this so I can make it to my 10:30 Salsa class.