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Juggling Water

Some days I swear I'm just sitting here juggling water, if you can imagine that. I imagine that. I imagine all of it just washing over my hands while I wonder why I tried to juggle it in the first place. Stupid. Before getting married I was always afraid that I would be bad at… Continue reading Juggling Water

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Once Sanded and Thrice Coated

My husband knows stuff about furniture, like what matches what, and which era various items are from, and all sorts of things. I know very little about furniture other than the means of using various pieces, such as couches, tables, chairs, and the like. So shopping for our new homes furniture has been interesting. We… Continue reading Once Sanded and Thrice Coated

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Mrs. Jones

Last month, after what seemed like a lifetime of planning, preparation, and building anticipation, we got married! I went from having a common-Polish last name, to a common-Welsh last name. Ratajczak to Jones, just like that. It sure is easier to spell, but I've got to practice my cursive capital "J"s because my signature is… Continue reading Mrs. Jones

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Wedding Planning: first dress alteration edition

Amidst the rest of the chaos of planning our wedding, I opted to do my own dress alterations. Originally I had thought of making my own dress completely, but after a little research I was terrified and bought a gown. That made the idea of doing my own alterations seem like a manageable undertaking, but… Continue reading Wedding Planning: first dress alteration edition

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Making Progress

Last Tuesday we were at 100 days out! I can't believe it... Some days it's easier to feel like things are getting done, and as if reaching the finish line was less of a daydream and more of a possibility. Today it is easier. We have finally knocked just a few things off of our… Continue reading Making Progress

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Hello again…

It seems unreal that the last chance I got to assemble a post was just before Irma hit us. I feel bad that I never resurfaced to say that we were okay, but I'm here to say it now. We didn't get power back for what felt like forever, and internet and phones took even… Continue reading Hello again…

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What’s in a Name?

I have a last name that's quite uncommon in the US, and not so uncommon in Poland. My parents kept their last names when they got married, and since my dad has the nondescript name 'Smith' he encouraged my mom to give the kids her maiden name: Ratajczak. (Spell check still doesn't believe that's a… Continue reading What’s in a Name?

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Wedding Season is Here

This past week I drove from New Hampshire to Missouri and back for a friend's wedding. That's a long drive, let me tell you! Twenty five hours it took me to get out there, sleeping only four hours. On the way back I did it in about twenty three hours and didn't sleep a wink.… Continue reading Wedding Season is Here

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Generations

Something occurred to me earlier and I can't seem to get it out of my head. The thing is, a lot of people in my generation grew up with our parents getting divorced. Some stayed single after that and some got remarried. Some dated and failed, some found the love they'd been seeking all along.… Continue reading Generations

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Engaged!

Not me. One of my best friends. I've often been one to comment on how everyone around me is getting engaged, but now when I say it it's not even a complaint. Especially not in the case of Stephanie, who has been one of my best friends since my first week of college! Don't lie,… Continue reading Engaged!