Posts Tagged ‘personal’

15th July
written by Steph
We each of us have a Harry Potter story. Now when the franchise faces another ending, this time with the films, it seems only fitting to take some time to look back on my relationship with the boy who lived.

Getting enthusiastic for Harry during the midnight launch of the final book, Deathly Hallows

I am not one of those fans who can say I grew up with Harry, because I didn't. Not really. When Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published, I was 14, but it wasn't until the age of 18 that Harry and I finally met. I was in my final year of high school, and my schedule at the time allowed for plenty of "spare" periods which I tended to spend in the library (big surprise) where I'd study and complete homework. More often than not, I'd find myself browsing in the fiction section of our school library, especially when I was meant to be completing my Algebra & Geometry homework. I was a good student, but AlGeo was my Achilles' heel and so I often spent my time reading instead of toiling away when it came up in my work pile. As I stared off into space wondering about imaginary numbers, vectors, and polar space, a paperback version of Philosopher's Stone caught my eye on one of the fiction spinners. By this time there was enough buzz about the series that I had actually heard of it and knew it was supposed to be really good. So I decided that I would give it a try and see what all the fuss was about. (more…)
12th July
written by Steph
Once more I find myself in the position of needing to apologize for the lack of updates here at S&TI! It's not for lack of love, I assure, you, but as there is no rest for the wicked, Tony and I have found ourselves quite busy little bees of late. Grad students don't really get a summer break, and I've been furiously attempting to collect data for the first of three studies that will comprise my dissertation... Being deep in the data zone means that I've had little time for reading or writing apart from that which pertains to school. When Tony and I have found ourselves with a bit of spare time, I admit it hasn't been spent on the computer. Including this past Sunday when we celebrated our two year wedding anniversary! Can you believe I've been an honest woman for two whole years?!? Time has flown by oh so quickly.

This photo was taken prior to us going out for a celebratory meal. We decided to ring in two years of connubial bliss by stuffing ourselves silly at a Brazillian steakhouse... After all, I like to say that nothing says love and romance like the meat sweats! We decided that we wouldn't do anything crazy in terms of exchanging gifts, though in the spirit of the second wedding anniversary which suggests a gift of cotton, we finally got a new duvet set for the bedroom. We then proceeded to spend post-dinner lying on our new sheets groaning and trying to move as little as possible in order to let our stomachs deal with the huge amount of protein we had consumed. Like I said, it must be love!

I remember as a child thinking that summer was the time when the world slowed down and time seemed elastic and interminable. Not so these days, as this summer seems to be passing at breakneck speed. Still, I'm very grateful, even if there aren't enough hours in the day, that I get to spend the ones I do have with Tony, who is my very best friend and makes every day complete. I cannot imagine a better person to spend my life with (not even Mr. Darcy!), and I'm so very lucky to have such a wonderful and supportive partner to share my life with. All right, enough with the mushy gushy! I'll be back tomorrow with a review of Ann Patchett's newest novel, and we'll see if we can keep my book reviewing mojo going from there.
6th April
written by Steph

Yes, we realize these are traditionally wedding bands, but we exchanged them in honor of our engagement

Yes, we realize these are wedding bands for most, but not for us!

Who: Steph & Tony

What: Got engaged

When: April 2nd, 2009

Where: Racquetball Court #1, at the Downtown YMCA (Seriously.)

Why: Because we love each other! (Awwww)

Lots of people have asked if it was surprise, and while in a way it was, it also wasn't.  I've always thought it was weird when people said they never saw the proposal coming, because it's a pretty big step, and it seems to me like spending the rest of your lives together would be something you'd want to talk about and make sure you're on the same page, but to each her own.  I certainly didn't expect to be proposed to on a racquetball court, but it's nice to find the romance in every day life (plus, not many people have that story, I'm betting).  It would have been nice if Tony had managed to work in a little Pride and Prejudice into his proposal ("You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you..."), but I'm not really complaining! 😉

We thought long and hard about the right way for us to symbolize this step forward and ultimately decided that we wanted to wear matching bands during our engagement, which we will customize/engrave when we actually get married.  For now we still don't have a date or any specifics set.  We're just going to take some time to enjoy this special time and revel in being engaged!


By the lake at Centennial Park

By the lake at Centennial Park