Monday, June 25, 2007, posted by Q6 at 9:45 PM
The summertime is, for many, family time. I've tried to maximize my time with my son during the school year because I know that he spends time during the summer at his mother's house. This year he's staying there a bit longer than usual, but the trade off, of course, if that I get to spend some quality one-on-one time with my daughter. I get her for three weeks. She and I keep in contact while she lives with her mom, but we don't really connect or bond. I always enjoy the way we get along when we're together; she's very honest and incredibly mature for her age. It's gonna be good.

On the other hand, I don't get a lot of time this summer with my son. I get him the whole year, though, and we've talked about snowboarding this winter. So all is well.
Monday, June 18, 2007, posted by Q6 at 2:47 PM
A plus to being engaged: lots of people congratulate you. A minus to being engaged: lots of people ask the date of the unplanned ceremony. My fiancee and I wanted to get to the end of the school year before beginning to plan anything, and we're paying for this ourselves so it's about being meaningful (we don't want to skimp on anything, to be sure; but there's a lot of stuff in the bridal magazines that makes you go, "Holy Crap!"). In the end it will be a very special day, and as long as we get the actual booking for some things out of the way, we can take our time to plan the special things.

I actually wonder if some of these people are asking because they think they're getting invited. That's rude, of course, but why else would someone ask about the date? So I've gotten into the habit of telling them it's happening the following Tuesday. It leaves them guessing.