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Saturday, May 29, 2004


One of the things we decided to buy with our wedding gift money is a new refrigerator. The one we have now quite simply blows monkey chunks. It's the kind that only has one door, and there's a little freezer compartment on the inside. The freezer is whatever the polar opposite of frost-free is. Frost-ful? Frost-o-Plenty? You have to carve a space out of the frost in order to put something in. I'm sure it's costing us a fortune to run it.

Someday, I will have a show called Lifestyles of the Poor and Fabulous, and it will feature an entire episode about this freezer.

So, I've been fridge shopping today. The space for the fridge is only 64" high, so that limits the selection right there. I tried used appliance places, but no one had anything in stock in the right size, so then I moved on to Sears, Home Depot, Best Buy, etc.

The first thing I found out is that no one wants you to buy anything that costs less than $399. Free delivery is not an option below that price. Most short fridges are under $399, but delivery and take-away of the evil fridge would run $50-70. So at that point, you're looking at paying $350-370 for a fridge that's $300, by a company you've never heard of. Feh. So, I ended up back at Sears, and got a $450 Kenmore fridge on sale for $400, minus a coupon I found online for $30 off, with free delivery. Go me.

In case anyone is wondering why I'm doing this on my own, Dennis has given this project over to me; I have much more patience for commerce, and a competitive streak which makes me determined to get the best possible deal. Marriage is, after all, about playing to one's strengths.

This is step one in Operation: Better Kitchen. I have many, many plans and will be spending a lot of time in June in Home Depot and Ikea. There will be photos!
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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

wow. just wow.

Dennis and I pray together every night before dinner. It's casual - we hold hands and Dennis says a few words of thanks, and maybe we ask for a little help with letting go of the day so that we can enjoy our evening together.

Lately, though, about all we can do is just say Thank You Thank You Thank You Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou. I don't know how I ever got to be so loved. I don't just mean the Dennis, although he continues to amaze me daily with the small ways he finds to take care of me and delight me. The whole wedding process has been one example after another of people going out of their way to be kind to us and be generous to us and affirm our place in their lives. I am profoundly humbled.
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Monday, May 24, 2004

more photos!

I've added a thrilling play-by-play of our wedding ceremony to the page o' weddingy goodness.

I'm still waiting for my brain to come back. I'm smiling all the time, and I keep forgetting my name. I'm sure I sound like an idiot..."this is Sara...um...um...what am I calling myself again?"

People were entirely too generous to us, which has led to all sorts of entertaining storage challenges as we try to find room for everything and settle into real life. There was also a collection taken up among the parish for a wedding gift, which is amazing not only because it was an incredible outpouring of love, but also because I had no idea it was even happening. And I'm supposed to know everything that goes on around St. Ned's!

Dennis has some lovely things to say.
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Sunday, May 23, 2004


There are more wedding photos here.
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