A lot has been going on the past few weeks. I realize that my rather generic blog posts beg to differ, but now that I’m home and back to reality, I think it’s time I update you on all the things that have been going on.
I got married. What? I know!
Eric and I had been planning to elope on September 3 (bonus points if you know the reference). After everything that happened with my father, we postponed our wedding until October 7.
We got married at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, California. Eric’s brother came along to act as our witness. The whole process took less than thirty minutes. It was kind of awesome.
What I loved most was that I was able to really be in the moment throughout the ceremony. I don’t care to be the center of attention in these kinds of situations. I’m afraid a big ceremony would have left me obsessing over whether I was going to fall over in my shoes or stutter when I said my vows or fainted from not having eaten enough for breakfast. Instead, this was perfect.
Afterwards, we headed up to Disneyland to check in to the Grand Californian for the night. We got a sweet pool view room and a pair of free breakfast vouchers (these were a courtesy — the fire alarm went off during our check-in). Then, with our annual passes in tow, we spent some quality time in our favorite theme park. We snagged a pair of “Just Married” buttons and a set of personalized bride & groom ears. We stopped for drinks at Trader Sam’s. Then we finished off the night with dinner at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney. Our meal came complete with free champagne to celebrate our newlywed status.
Our hotel room was beautiful, and came complete with a small patio overlooking the pool area. We ordered a chocolate brownie a la mode and a bottle of champagne from room service and enjoyed the cool night breeze.
Our breakfast the next morning was a buffet at the Storyteller’s Cafe inside the Grand Californian. Several costumed woodland critters visited us throughout our meal. I didn’t know most of them because they were from that Country Bears movie, but Dale (from Chip & Dale) did make an appearance. I’m not exactly sure why I didn’t take a picture with him, but I didn’t. It was early.
They all congratulated us on our recent nuptials. By “congratulated,” I mean, they used an elaborate made-up sign language that we assumed to mean “congratulations.” They knew about our recent nuptials because we were still wearing our “Just Married” buttons. We put them on specifically to try to get more free stuff, even though our breakfast was already free. Yes, we were those people.
Then we checked out of our room, gave our bags to the bellhop, and spent several more hours at Disneyland. Because, why not?
So, there you go. I’m married now. I don’t feel particularly different than when I was not married, but I’m just beginning the process of changing my name, so maybe that will make me feel more married. We’ll see.