Archive for May, 2010

May 31, 2010

From “we do!” to “just married.”

Exactly one year ago, I posted my first blog post about choosing our wedding venue. And after one full year of color palettes and bridesmaids dresses, cake toppers and gluten-free cupcakes, Catholic ceremonies and wedding bands, it’s all over. The wedding has come and gone. The food’s been devoured, the dance floor removed, the photobooth empty. Our one-month anniversary was yesterday. Woohoo!

After several requests, I’ve decided to create a new blog to go with the new life. And I figured it was only fitting to publish my first post on the new blog exactly one year after I started “We do!” So welcome to the new blog!

Most of the newlywed blogs I’ve seen are about babies, cooking, or decorating–and I promise you this will NOT be one of those blogs (although I may throw in a great recipe here or there and I’m dying to buy new furniture). This blog will be an account of newlywed life, where it takes us, and how we handle it. I hope you readers will be able to offer some advice!

So to start, here’s a preview of our honeymoon in Italy. We visited Rome, Florence, and Venice over 11 days this May. These images are some of my favorites, but I’ll be sure to focus on each city in some later posts. I hope this will hold you over until we get our wedding photos!

Tourists resting beside a creeping vine in San Gimigniano.

An orange on a rainy day at the Tivoli Gardens outside Roma.

A boy with his kite beside an old reservoir.

A hipster shooting our gondola ride (I like to think this is Johnny Depp, as he was in Venice while we were).

Olio extra vergine di oliva and bread by candlelight.

The market in Venice.

May 23, 2010

I'm old.

It’s official. I got married and aged a bajillion years.

I know. I hear you saying, “Brooke, you’re crazy.” BUT IT’S TRUE! Here’s why.

1. I am getting bunions. Ugh. Enough said.

2. The other day, I fell while walking my dog. Just slipped down a hill and landed on my bum. Now, I haven’t fallen like that since I was a little kid. It all happened so fast I didn’t realize what was going on! One minute I was walking Kylie; the next I was sitting in the mud. Honestly…what has happened to my sense of balance?

3. I loaded wet clothes from the washer into the dryer one night last week. And forgot to turn on the dryer.

4. I can no longer sleep in on weekends. Jon slept until noon yesterday. I was up before 8.

Okay, this list is depressing me, so I’m going to stop. There is one redeeming factor to all this–Jon has five years on me. So ha!

May 19, 2010

This makes me smile.

May 19, 2010

You can call me Brooke C*. Officially. (Well, if you can pronounce it.)

Well, I WAS going to take a break from blogging. But by now several people have asked me to keep writing, this time about newlywed life. And I suppose that makes sense: getting married is just the beginning of the adventure. And I have to admit–I miss blogging. So please bear with me while I try to figure out what angle my new blog will take, what it should be called and what it will look like. But for today, this old blog will do just fine. (Note: Yes, I promise to post photos of our nuptials and Italy, but we’re still waiting on the fabulous Schultzes to send us our photos. You’ll be the first to see when we get them. ;))

So here we go. The first adventures of a newlywed life.

Step 1: Change my name. Those of you who know me well know that I am hardly traditional and tend to lean toward the feminist side. (I even addressed all our wedding invitations using both the man and woman’s name; no “Mr. and Mrs. Man’s-Name Last-Name.” I hate that. It may be tradition but it intrinsically perpetuates sexism. A woman should not lose her identity because she’s married. Okay, enough ranting.)

But those of you who know me well also know that I’ve ALWAYS hated my last name. It’s soooo boring. And the new option seems so much more fun, even if I will spend the rest of my life answering questions like “How to do you pronounce that?” Right now, I don’t mind that.

So this morning I went to the dreadful social security office to change my name. I mean, it is painfully depressing there. I arrived five minutes before they opened and still had about 20 people in line before me. Of course, they have one of those sign-in computers that prints you a ticket with your number on it, which is great. Except it’s hidden in a corner, so you don’t see it when you walk in. Luckily a stranger told me when I sat down that I needed a ticket. When I got it, it said “50-minute wait time.” Eesh.

So I waited. And waited. And while I was waiting I got an email from, which is a sister Web site to And it said:

Now that your big day is over, happily ever after can begin…that is, after you’ve written your thank-you notes, merged your money, and maybe even changed your name. Exhausted already?

Yep, after reading that! I thought we’d be done with all this wedding-related stuff already! But no, apparently there’s a whole slew of errands we need to take care of. Like changing my name at the social security office and the DMV, creating a joint bank account, finding a joint car insurance policy, updating my name on my health insurance card and at work, updating my name of Facebook (to be fair, this was the first thing I did), creating a new email address…sheesh!

At least this time around there’s no deadline. So I am going to take my sweet time and relax. After all, I think I’ve earned it!

Maybe next week I will visit the DMV for an updated drivers’ license. I’ll let you know how that goes. :)

May 16, 2010

aaaaaaand we're back

Self portrait overlooking Tuscan hills from San doesn't get any better than that.

I know, I know…I’ve been MIA for two weeks. And I’m probably going to be MIA for a little bit more because I just want to relax and bask in married bliss. It feels WONDERFUL–I really don’t think our wedding could have been more perfect, and it just keeps getting better.

But of course, the to-do list isn’t over–we’re still working on thank you notes, changing my name at all the important places, and redoing our kitchen thanks to all the great gifts we received from our amazing friends and family. So although I plan on giving you a full update on our wedding and honeymoon (which was simply sublime), it might take me a little while.