Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Getting Settled and a few Apartment Pictures

Our very own dining room table and chairs.

We've been moved in for a week and a half, and I feel like I've been being lazy, but I have gotten some things done wince we moved in: the stack of cards to answer, while still shockingly many, have gotten fewer.

One thing the kitchen doesn't lack is ample cupboard space.

All necessary boxes are unpacked and the rest are in the closet where they belong. The oven, having been discovered to be still coated in a chemical cleaning agent, was aired and can now be used without danger of asphyxiation.

The Living Room, where my hutch now resides.

I know how to get to the closest library, Aldi, and Joann's. We now are the proud owners of real silverware and Egyptian cotton sheets, among many other needed and generous gifts, including but not limited to:  nearly a dozen baking dishes, half a dozen cutting boards(all of which I love) an adorable lime green cheese slicer, an orchid(Many thanks, mother-in-law!), just enough towels, pillows, and plates. And we're really enjoying the battery-operated candles.

My books, and curtains and pictures waiting to be hung.

I've been trying to stuff John full of food three times a day, and am hopeful about the results. I'm also enjoying cooking for two, so far. We haven't even tried to meet any of our neighbors yet, and I feel slightly guilty about that. The several children living on the other side of our stairs do seem to have a completely unbounded source of energy, because the only thing they seem to do all day long is run back and forth through their townhouse.

World's smallest stove?

 So there you have it: an update(we are alive) and even a few pictures!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Etsying Again

My Etsy shop is officially open once more!

The Marchioness Sews

Only my six main listings are up at present, mostly men's clothes. So if you need any pretty good quality garments for your reenacting man, check it out!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Wedding

Well, so as you know, we got married almost three weeks ago. Here are the highlights, and then I won't bother you all with the details anymore!

Us, greeting.
We were married the morning of January 2nd at a small, old church in a nearby small town. It was below freezing, but sunny. Our goal was to have a small, personal ceremony, so while it was difficult, we had only eighty people attend the actual ceremony. We greeted people at the door, and then moved to the sanctuary for a half hour of singing hymns, led by a quartet.

Don't they look professional?
The ceremony was officiated by Elder Tom Penning, our champion from Kansas, who insisted(demanded, really) on doing the ceremony. He was very affordable, too. We gave him bacon.

That's Mr. Penning in the background.
It was a mercifully short and sweet ceremony, and, I thought, very well worded. No bridesmaids or groomsmen, by mutual desire of the bride and groom. No bouquet; either; and the processional and recessional both featured English Country Dance music.

We braved the cold for pictures.
"I, John, take you, Emily, to be my wedded wife, and do solemnly swear and covenant, before God and these witnesses, to love you as Christ loves the Church, unconditionally and self-sacrificially; to protect you, provide for you, nourish and cherish you all the days of my life; to live with you in plenty and in want; in joy and in sorrow; in sickness and in health; to forsake all others and cleave only unto you, to love you as my own body, and to conform our marriage in submission to God’s Holy Word. For as long as we both shall live, Amen." 

The Rings.

"I, Emily, take you, John, To be my wedded husband; and I do promise and covenant; before God and these witnesses; to be your faithful wife; to follow you and respect you; to submit to your God-given authority; to love and cherish you, to live with you in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow; in sickness and in health; for better or for worse, and forsaking all others, to keep myself only for you, for as long as we both shall live."

Mr. and Mrs.? Wait, that's us!

Following the ceremony and pictures, we had a catered lunch. It was really tasty, and we even got to eat! Glazed chicken, real mashed potatoes with lots of butter, fresh green beans, sixteen pounds of grapes(which was a mistake), and croissants, with mocha cheesecake for dessert. Sooo good.

 Even the decorations turned out well.

Cedar wood: It's epic.

And so we got married. Two weeks later we moved into our first apartment, and the adventure continues!