So it has been just over 3 months since my post, A Much Overdue Life Update Part I, and Part II just never happened. In my defense, while part of that is my writing negligence, the main topic of Part II got derailed. As a result, I just stopped writing in this section all together—not ideal. This post is definitely my catch-up entry, so that I can *hopefully* stay up-to-date from here on out.
Nick and I had a great summer. As I mentioned in my last post, he surprised me on our anniversary with tickets to go see Wicked, which was every bit as amazing as I anticipated—there were plenty of tears involved! We went to dinner first where we both ordered something we thought would be light and just filling enough to get us through the evening, but turned out to be one of the greasiest sandwiches I think I’ve ever had. Any other day, I would have made due, but we have cut greasy foods quite significantly from our diet and my stomach was NOT having it in 90 degree weather. Besides that and an annoying train situation on the way home, the day was wonderful. I am very fortunate to have found someone who enjoys doing the things that mean so much to me.
The highlight of our summer was definitely our trip to Memphis to see a wonderful friend and finally meet her (at the time, new) fiancée! I really should have done an entire post on this trip (fail) because there was a lot to cover that I feel may be excessive here. But here is the gist:
To get there, we made our first road trip, which was absolutely a learning experience. I discovered I definitely need to be the first one to drive or else I am just sleepy the entire time—aka Nick drove most of the way there and back.
We were able to pack the week with all the Memphis sights and things to do, but definitely had a nice dose of relaxation (which we were all in need of). Not to mention, we had really a great tour guide (aka Danielle). Nick and I were definitely surprised by the city, which (and I must have said this a thousand times during and after our trip) felt like a big small town—not the “city” I expected.
One of the first things we did was visit Graceland, which was really interesting. Not something you need to do more than once, but I am a sucker for any chance I get to *kind of* walk in someone else’s shoes. I love going to old homes or towns and trying to imagine daily life for the people who lived there, so Graceland was very cool for me. Terribly ugly in most cases (though I’m sure it was all the rage in its time), but great to see.
Easily my favorite room in the house
One of my all time favorite songs (Can’t Help Falling in Love—for those with bad eyes)
The famous Jungle Room
That was our museum day, for sure. Next stop was definitely the highlight: Sun Studio. We got to hear about how so many greats got their start there, including Elvis himself. They even had items such as his yearbook, social security card, and diploma!
The crown jewel of Sun Studio is one of five recording mics that were used during that era of music. At the end of the tour, many people hesitantly walked up to grab the mic, strike a pose, and have their pictures taken. Nick and I, of course, were no different.
I said above that I wasn’t going into terrible detail and I’m starting to fail at that. I really should have done the post shortly thereafter. To round out this topic, the whole trip was a lot of fun. We ate delicious food, spend time with great friends, got to see some live music, visit other historic sites and local spots—baby even got to go to a zoo for the first time (that I can actually remember). We got to see a lot, do a lot, and meet some really awesome people. It made my heart happy to see that my dear friend has created such a wonderful network down there in TN, filled with genuine people. All in all, a really wonderful trip that I was so grateful for! Here are some other pics from the week!
So where does the title of this post come in? A lot has happened this summer. We were essentially screwed out of the apartment we wanted and the frustrations of renting led us in another direction. My Part II post, as I mentioned, got derailed. It was supposed to come after we closed on our first home together. Surprise! Nick and I are buying a house!
Unfortunately, things fell through on the house we were weeks away from settling on. At the time, I was very upset about it and as the summer wore on, frustration kicked in and it wasn’t a pretty picture. However, I sit here today grateful that all our failures, missed opportunities, and disappointments happened. Our lives took some crazy twists and turns and, had that house (or any other house) worked out, my stress levels would be through the roof.
So where do we stand now? We are still buying a house, but not looking until the spring. Our lease ended back in August and his grandparents have been gracious enough to let us stay with them in the interim. Due to recent events and a lack of a good housing selection, we’ve made the decision to stay put for the next six months, as his grandparents will be leaving for their home in Florida in a couple of weeks and we’ll have the place to ourselves. We are using the time to save save save, see how life transpires, and resume the hunt in the spring. It’s still a very exciting time in our lives and we will be so thrilled to finally take that next step with one another.
As someone who loves detail, I think that was pretty good for an overview. I definitely need to end this post here, but to close; I am constantly reminded that everything happens for a reason. The events of our lives have meaning—all of them—regardless of how we feel at the time. Nick and I have such a blessed life together and it’s one I wouldn’t trade for anything, not even the perfect house with a perfectly waterproofed basement in an area with a low water table close to my yoga studio and the train.