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Hold On.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

This post isn’t about the wedding. But, I’m okay with that. I just need somewhere to get this down in writing.

Chet and I are very stretched financially right now. I know we’re not unique, and I count our blessings that currently we have a roof over heads, food in the refrigerator, and we just payed our bills for the month.

But both of us are jobless. See, that comes as a shock to me even typing this, though I know it in the back of my head 24/7. “Nicole, why is that a shock? This is a shitty economy. You’re both new college graduates, who have moved away from all of your connections!”

Well, dear reader, it’s a shock because I am in a Ph.D. program. And a lie that I was told when applying to programs was that “ALL DOCTORAL STUDENTS ARE FUNDED! YOU’LL HAVE A STIPEND AND YOUR CLASSES WILL BE PAID FOR!!!!” Lies.

I graduated with no student loans. Chet did the same thing. I did everything I possibly could to become an ideal candidate for a Ph.D. program. And I have no funding. We’re living on a student loan. A loan that I figured would be plenty for this semester. $10,000 — pssh! That’s more than we’ve been making in a year for the last 3! We can do this!

Well, $6,500 of it went to pay tuition.

So, that left us with 3,500. That’s not enough. It should be, maybe. That’s debatable. But, it’s seeming to not be enough.

This is not a post asking for money. Or to make anyone feel guilty for having money. Or any other possibilities. This is just a frustration.

And a note to say that Chet has a job interview for a temp. agency. It’s today at 2. Please pray he gets it.

A journey of a thousand miles…

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

…must begin with a single step.

found here

So, I just bought our plane tickets for the wedding.

We will arrive in Houston on November 19th (our 3 year anniversary!!) at 1:30pm.

Oh my goodness.

It’s only 83 days away.

Please see other

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Hey all! We’re here. It’s lovely, and exciting. And by we, I mean me. Chet won’t be here until September 3rd.

The spacing here is awkward, so, head over to to read all about the journey.

Promise to have wedding stuff once everything settles down (yeah, right).

And, I’m back

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Oh my.

Oh my. Oh my. Oh my.

El Salvador was amazing. It was beautiful. The country, the people. Probably one of the best service trips I have been on.

I realized a few things while I was away. I suppose there were realizations and rememberences.

First, I’m getting married! I’m marrying my best friend. Someone who knows me better than I know myself most days. Someone who can bring me back down to earth when I’m going crazy. And so many other somethings.

Second, I’m getting married… I’m going to become a second half, which is so cool, but a little scary sometimes, too. It means that I have to stop being selfish about somethings. Realize that there are somethings I won’t do: like join the peacecorps or travel to Africa and work in clinics. But, that’s okay.

Third, I’m getting married. I remembered that the wedding doesn’t matter. It’s just a giant celebration of us. And that’s it. It’s making a commitment in front of our nearest and dearest friends and family, and that’s all that matters. The dress, the flowers, the food, the booze, the dancing.. I don’t care. I got swept up in all of it, but I don’t care. I just want to marry him.

Fourth, I didn’t miss my wedding blogs. I really, really didn’t. They are great for ideas, but I was way too swept up in all this wedding mumbo jumbo. There’s WIC and then there is Indie WIC… and I’m tired of it. I’m remembering that my wedding is not a contest.

Finally, I am a lucky, lucky girl.

I’m going to do a post about El Salvador soon, but for now, I am going to enjoy the AC, and pack to go party in Huntsville with mi amigos.


Hey Kids

Monday, June 8th, 2009

I’m not going to be hanging out here…

… for 10 days.

See, I’m going to El Salvador. I know, right?! I’m going to be working in an orphanage down there for the next week and a half, and I am so excited about it. However, my friends, I will not be having internet access, so that means no wedding planning!!!!! (That was a little excited, huh?)

Anyhow, Chet and I are going to use this time to reconnect — through letter writing. We are going to (maybe) relish in this time apart to think about how much we love eachother, and want this marriage to take place, more so than any wedding.

And it’s going to be amazing.

So… see you later, alligator!