A Gratuitous Post All About LOVE and THE FUTURE

Today marks our one-year wedding anniversary. What a wonderful, insane year it has been.

20130907. Our wedding!

20130907. Our wedding!

20130907. Our Wedding!

20130907. Our Wedding!

20130907. Our Wedding!

For instance, we now have some new residents: tens of thousands of bees and an adorable almost-seven-month-old.

Willem adores his BFF Crosby:
Friends.

Homies and their chew toys.

As always, we are looking to the future. I think that’s one of the coolest things about us as a couple: we push each other and support each other and egg each other on with whatever latest hairbrained scheme one of us has until it doesn’t seem so hairbrained anymore and we actually do it.

Today’s discussion (during lunch at La Margarita, our fave Mexican restaurant, which I hadn’t visited since my due date) centered around finding some land/buying a farm so Chris could start raising nucs and building top bar hives (the latter he could do here; the former, not so much). I also had a really freaking amazing idea last night centered around food deserts and a new way of getting produce to communities who would maybe love to eat fresh produce if only they had access…. And that’s all I want to say about THAT because I might actually want to try to do it at some point.

I’m also exploring new ways to spread art into the world (and maybe make a little cash on the side so we can maybe, possibly, actually get us some land one of these days) and have re-opened my Etsy shop! Visit me at www.etsy.com/shop/famousthecat and get yourself a custom “home sweet home” print to display your own family love all year round.

Here’s ours:
20140712. Updated Home Sweet Home.

And Now Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Bump Watch

Our wedding photographers (Bowersock Photographers) are not only awesome, sweet, kind people, they are also ridiculously talented professionals who deliver sheer beauty in their shots. I cannot get over our “sneak preview” photo slideshow they put together. It completely captures our day, and it makes me teary-eyed every time I re-watch it (which has been a lot):

Not only did we get married on Saturday, we also rang in week 17 of our future-parenthood-waiting-period (aka pregnancy). Which means we have another four-week belly comparison shot to share with the world!

I think at this point it’s safe to say there’s a baby in there:

Bump Watch, 2013: Weeks 14-17.

Sing Me a Lullaby, Sing Me the Alphabet. Sing Me a Story I Haven’t Heard Yet.

Tomorrow! Tomorrow, barring some unforeseen calamity, I will be someone’s wife. And I will have a husband. I think that’s pretty cool.

I should be doing things right now: cleaning the bathroom, showering, picking up dog poop in the backyard, cutting the stems on buckets of flowers in the basement. You get the idea.

Instead, I am listening to our wedding playlist, which I kind of love. Want to listen?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space,” Spiritualized.

“I Send My Love to You,” Palace Brothers.

“I Dig You,” Boss Hog.

“Asleep and Dreaming,” The Magnetic Fields.

“Found a Reason,” Cat Power.

“Island Garden Song,” The Mountain Goats.

“Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (yup, still a sucker for this song).

And the processional: “Pitter Patter Goes My Heart,” Broken Social Scene.

And recessional! “One Day Like This,” Elbow.

Okay. Time for a shower. And, you know, to go get married and whatnot.

Wedding Prep, Space-Farm Style

In one week, we’re getting married! Our final wedding prep this weekend has me laughing just a little. Our to do list:

  • Cleaning out the chicken coop and run
  • Shopping spree at Goodwill, followed by spray painting of Goodwill vases
  • Re-stringing errant tomato plants
  • Buying a new collar for Birdie and pine shavings, oyster shell, and grit for the chickens
  • Doing a rain dance and/or actually watering our sad, dried up plants
  • Putting away our many, many piles of reading materials, including Brew Your Own magazine, Seed Savers Exchange fall seed catalog, pregnancy books (Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad; Bringing Up Bebe; Pregnancy, Child Birth, and the Newborn), and various things-that-have-needed-to-be-filed-for-months
  • Pickling more hot peppers from the garden
  • Cleaning the house (last and certainly least – favorite, that is)

Tomorrow, I can’t wait to break all this work stuff up by hanging with my knitting friends out at Triton. I know how to rage on my last weekend being a single woman.

20130829. Do tell, Birdie. Do tell.

Me and Birdie, TOTALLY RAGING!

The Most Perfect Ring Bearer (and Not in That “Mt. Doom” Sort of Way)

I scoured the shelves of Goodwill yesterday for a fitting book to hold our wedding bands for the big day. I was thinking of Great Expectations or some lovey-dovey title… or even a cheesy romance novel.

What did I find instead? A David Sedaris book I haven’t read yet! Score! Oh, wait. I couldn’t possibly cut that thing up just to hold our rings for one day, so I did what I should have done first: went shopping on our own book shelves.

I am so pleased with what I found: a book I got from my grandparents, all about the Indiana of old. The title and subject matter are perfect, and I absolutely love the cover (there’s even a little honey bee on the binding). Couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out!

20130818. Ring book - from my grandparents.

20130818. Ring book - from my grandparents.

Oh, It’s Such a Perfect Day

If my day had a theme song, it would be this:

Today, I got to plant the first fall crop of seeds in Fall Creek Gardens’ new Stone Soup Kitchen Garden. I somehow lucked into being the “garden manager intern” for this awesome new project, funded in part by the Indy Food Fund, which awarded for the first time ever nearly $50,000 in grants to 11 organizations in Indianapolis. Now that the Growing Places Indy summer farming apprenticeship is over, I am able to fully jump in and start dreaming and scheming what we can do with the space. And I LOVE it!

And, oh, is there ever space. I should know the exact square footage, but I don’t have that committed to memory just yet. I would estimate we have about 175′ of 4′-wide beds – and that’s with only HALF of the entire project completed!

20130806. Fall Creek Gardens' kitchen demonstration beds.

During the last week of our apprenticeship, we helped out in filling up most of the kitchen garden beds. This gives a little bit of a sense of scale!

The coolest part of all this is where the produce will go. The garden itself will be used as part of interactive, hands on gardening skill and technique classes, which is awesome on its own. But the produce from the garden will go to three main places:

  • To volunteers or others in the community who help out in growing and maintaining the beds (tentatively 5lbs. of organically grown produce for each hour of work)
  • To the Mid-North Food Pantry, which is a major provider to residents of Mapleton-Fall Creek
  • And anything left will be used in Fall Creek Gardens’ cooking, preserving, and other hands on classes

Today was picture-perfect, thus the inspiration for my day’s theme music. There was a large group working on the gardens’ new sunflower mural, it was beautifully sunny and breezy, and I was armed with friends, helpers, and many, many seed packets. Looking out from the kitchen garden, across the community gardeners beds, so full and vibrant and buzzing with life, and watching the mural grow increasingly more colorful, I couldn’t help but think, “THIS is what it’s all about. Right here with these people on this single corner of Indianapolis on this particular day. THIS.”

20130806. Fall Creek Gardens' kitchen demonstration beds.

Seriously, how did I get to be so lucky? In other news, my baby-related stress dreams have officially been replaced by wedding stress dreams. The wedding is three weeks from today OHHOLYCRAP.

20130817. Wedding mix.

Wedding mixes for our guests.

20130817. Wedding jam. That's a thing, right?

Wedding cinnamon blueberry jam for the guests.

20130817. Birdie has an interest in artichokes.

Our first artichoke! Birdie agrees that it would look fab in a bridal bouquet.

20130816. Baby's first gifts.

And totally unrelated, here are the baby’s very first gifts. Thanks, Sue and Passion!

 

Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the Ride

I keep telling people that Chris and I are trying to pack all of our big life events in at once.

  • I spent a transformative summer at the urban farming apprenticeship, and I feel like a more balanced, happy, and just BETTER human being coming out of it. I will be forever grateful for this experience.
  • We are getting married in less than a month.
  • And drum roll please… we will be welcoming a new little one into our little lives next February.

No, really. Did you read that last bullet? Take a closer look. That’s right (second drum roll, please)… WE ARE HAVING A BABY!

20130728. It's official!There is a ton to say on this subject, but the long and short of it is:

  • I’m feeling pretty good.
  • I’ve started getting used to this whole idea/not being totally freaked out and worried at every pang that something is wrong.
  • I’m meeting a new midwife tomorrow and hopefully switching practices.
  • Chris is an awesome daddy-to-be, buying me candied ginger when I was in the throes of first trimester nausea, coming to my doctor appointments (even if it’s just for moral support when dealing with idiots), and peeling me off the couch every night after I’ve fallen asleep in the middle of yet another movie or episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

I also seem to have popped out somewhere around 11 weeks, although I think to everyone else I probably still look like I just ate a few too many cookies. Which I have, but that’s besides the point.

Bump Watch, 2013: Weeks 6-9.

Bump Watch, 2013: Weeks 10-13.

The Most Perfect Wedding Location of All Wedding Locations

I am so excited to say that we have a date and location for the wedding! Drum roll, please…

On September 7, 2013, we will be getting married at South Circle Farm! The farm is just south of downtown Indianapolis and uses organic practices to grow fresh food for the farmers market, restaurants, and a CSA. I sort of adore the “captain of the ship” over there, Amy Matthews, and she has graciously given us the go ahead to be wed on her beautiful piece of land.

We’ll be married under their shade awning (built by the People for Urban Progress, which I just learned) amongst the plants and wildflowers and bees and (hopefully) sunshine.

Photos borrowed with love from South Circle Farm: http://www.southcirclefarm.com

I don’t think I could be more excited about our wedding location. I love the work Amy does, and the farm, at around one and a half acres (I think) is a gorgeous example of how once pretty much defunct, unused land can be turned into something amazing. I am just so grateful!

Photos courtesy of South Circle Farm.

Next up: Photographer. Dinner location. Cake/pastries. Officiant. Decorations and sign in book. Get a marriage license (or whatever we need). Mail out invitations (which I printed up last night. Sneak preview: go ahead – put a bird on it). Set up a web page. Flowers. Hotel reservation. And maybe figure out brunch for the next day’s open house. Just a thing or two, you know… no big.

Long story short: WE HAVE A WEDDING LOCATION! Photos courtesy of South Circle Farm.