I have always loved The Princess Bride. I love the movie, I love the book, I have multiple copies of each. Last night, I was lucky enough to meet Cary Elwes through getting a VIP ticket to watch The Princess Bride at the Paramount in Denver. It was a great experience, with everyone quoting the movie together as it played, and a Q&A session afterwards. I wore the closest thing I have to a Buttercup dress. After that, I got an autographed book, two hugs and a conversation with the man himself, as well as a professional picture:
I am so ridiculously happy that I can hardly describe it. He shook my hand and hugged me during our introduction. I told him how I incorporated The Princess Bride into my wedding, and how my baby sister (who had done the ‘Mawwaige’ speech at my reception once upon a time) was getting married in just over a week. He said to pass along his best wishes and how happy he was that she had found her ‘twu wuv.’ And then I got another hug. I am still over the moon that I finally met this man, whom I have loved forever.
This year has brought a lot of changes, as the title states! I fell on the ice in February and partially tore my MCL, which lead to the doctors discovering that I didn’t have either ACL and that those have been gone (most likely) since my initial injuries as a very young teenager. Not having them for 15+ years probably helped, as my leg muscles grew to compensate for their lack and my recovery from both surgeries has been going really really well. Like, crazy fast recovery when it should be taking 6 months a pop.
Then, there was also the house-hunt, which ended happily in June! We closed on a beautiful beginning home on June 30 and have now been in the house for just over a month!
What else happened in June? Other than the second knee surgery and all that goes with buying a house? My wonderful fellow proposed! The ring was a special design and used stones we already had. 🙂
Why reuse stones? Because we had them for one, and because he wanted to do something different and give me a gift rather than just a ring. Something that I would use and love, that would last…so he got me a marvelous loom. A Schacht Mighty Wolf to be exact. My first project was during the recovery from the surgery and I made a set of napkins/towels for our new home. Here is the unwarped loom after it arrived at the old house; and Tessa along with my new wrapped-up-in-ice knee, and a freshly hemmed stack of newly woven napkins:
We are planning a 2016 May wedding. We have our ceremony site already, and are nearly good to go on the reception. He asked his best man a full couple weeks before he proposed to me. And I am so very very happy!
Tomorrow I will turn 30. Seems like a big thing, right?
And I suppose it is. But rather than being upset at this milestone of life, I took the chance to reflect back a bit, and I think I’ve come a long way!
In my thirty years so far, I’ve gotten an excellent education, a BA and an MA, I can read and speak multiple languages, and I’ve traveled to amazing places and all over these United States- though not quite to all 50 yet! I’ve been scuba diving and sky diving, I’ve road-tripped and cycled, I’ve played all kinds of sports, I do roller derby, and I’ve camped and climbed and hiked for days. I’ve taken the fleece from a sheep and created garments, I’ve cooked and baked, brewed, and even made cheeses; I’ve sung for hundreds of people at once, I’ve been on TV, I’ve been the opening model in a fashion show, I have danced and acted and reveled in the applause after a show or a tour. I have fallen in love and out of love, I’ve been married, divorced, engaged, heartsore and broken, hopeful and happy. I have been single and lived alone. I have lived with complete strangers and friends and crazy housemates. I have moved away from everyone I knew and started over. I have had some lovely pets, including my fur babies Haley (now gone from my side) and my dear Tessa:
I have amazing friends, a supportive and loving family, awesome coworkers at my great job, and a crazy bunch of internet peeps who listen to me (I’m looking at you LSG!). I have taken these two lovely ladies dress shopping more than I can even count!
I know that I want to keep traveling, keep experiencing everything I can. I want to keep learning, to keep singing, to keep loving life. I didn’t fill out a pre-30 checklist or anything like that; I just lived. And tomorrow will be a beautiful day!