October 14, 2010

on a weekend trip...

Olympia, WA.
Yes, it's true. Jay and I must take one of these photos every time we're in Olympia visiting his family. Cue the swoonage! It pretty much makes my life complete. (Mostly because I love making Jay feel awkward while forcing him to kiss me in front of a busy street, as well as his mom, who was taking the photo.) It's actually fairly amazing that we managed to get a photo without looking like ragamuffins, considering that the rest of the weekend I was trying to protect my hair from getting soaking wet in the pouring rain.

Not that I'm complaining. Because the rain pretty much makes my soul soar these days! It rains about four days a year in Southern California (or something like that), so, this girl takes what she can get. And, actually, there was one moment during the weekend where I ran to the bathroom to put my hair back into a scrubby ponytail but then changed my mind because my hair looked awesome. It was glorious. I was all, "How is this happening? All is right in the world. Amen." I immediately ran back to Jay and proclaimed how we obviously need to move to Olympia because my hair had finally decided to function properly in the rain. And then I probably did a little jig and waited for him to compliment me.

He just gave me this skeptical look like I was trying to trick him. (Which may or may not have been the case.)

So, Olympia. We were there for Jay's 10 year high school reunion, during which I only managed to have one minor panic attack while meeting his ex-girlfriend.

Jay: "Kerri, this is Jenny. Jenny, this is Kerri, my wife."

Jenny: "Hi!"

me: "Hi! It's so nice to meet you! Also, SOMEONE NEEDS TO GET ME A MARGARITA, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY."

Well, okay. I didn't actually scream about the margarita, but that's all I was thinking. I figured if I didn't get away quickly that I would begin overcompensating for the awkwardness with some sort of verbal shenanigan that would involve me admitting that I used to stalk her on MySpace, and I obviously have no desire to go down that road.

But I digress.

It ended up being a very small group of his graduating class that actually showed up for the reunion. But Jay is pretty much a social butterfly and had a wonderful time catching up with his friends and other people he hadn't seen in ages and ages. I had more fun counting the babies in the room, to be honest. (Do you understand how many of his friends have babies? My uterus almost couldn't stand it. I borderline wanted to tell Jay to give me a baby right then and there, but then that seemed a little bit inappropriate, so I somehow managed to contain myself.)

It was refreshing to get away for a while, though...even though it was only a weekend. I'm head over heels for my in-laws. I adore Washington State (it will always be home to me). I was thrilled to have some time with my husband, considering we don't share any days off at this point and quality time doesn't happen nearly enough.

Other highlights of the trip include spending a bit of time with a sister (and her pregnant belly!), an afternoon at a Farmers Market, laughter with a brother-in-law who is a complete gem, delicious food, feeling like Jay's friends were my friends after spending only a few hours together, enjoying a bit of real autumn weather, and annoying my husband by coming up with pretty awesome reasons why we should move to Olympia and what we would do for a living:

"You could grow a full, yet slightly patchy beard and we could be organic farmers who also own a shop full of adorable crafts that I create in-between homeschooling our four children. And my hair would look glorious when it rains. And we would probably drink a lot of coffee. WOULDN'T THAT BE EPIC?"

I have yet to receive a response from Jay that I approve of, but I'm optimistic.

34 comments :

  1. enjoy ur life.nice post

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  2. that picture should definitely be FRAMED :) Glad you got some Quality Time in with Jay. Opposite schedules are a pain in the butt.

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  3. This pictures is awesome. Can you imagine looking back in a few years on all the times that you took a photo in front of that statue (and how you changed - or not - over time)? Awesome!

    Glad you had such a fun get-away!

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  4. You are too adorable. So glad the trip went well!

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  5. Oh Bless, you two are super cute! And I definitely understand the need for margaritas - I don't function well in awkward situations and I babble all the wrong things out. Still, sounds like despite the awkwardness you had a great time! And huzzah for brilliant hair days!! :)

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  6. first of all... my boyfriend's name is Jay and it is slightly weird/ awesome to read about someone who loves a Jay as much as I do :)

    secondly... I LOVE that you used the word ragamuffin as you did. I used to work at a smoothie place named Ragamuffin in college. Mostly, because the name was darn adorable. I was not very great at making smoothies. I was only okay.

    That is all.

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  7. "Overcompensating for the awkwardness" is such an amazing way to put into words what I do on a regular basis. It only makes things more awkward. Thank you for putting into words a social action that I couldn't quite define!

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  8. I think those are amazing points. Jay should really take notice.

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  9. I live near Olympia and I'm from Southern California... I loooove fall here, but I can't stand the rain! :) Glad you had fun, you guys look adorable in that photo.

    That was a funny story about meeting his ex. I can completely relate, I used to semi (read: obsessively) "stalk" my husbands ex on MySpace right when we got together. I'd want a margarita too.

    P.S. You are hilarious, I love it!

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  10. Hmmm, I don't know if a patchy beard would work on Jay.

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  11. sounds like you had a great time! and a few good hair days doesn't hurt either!!

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  12. LOL well it's a good proposition. I hope he'll reconsider.

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  13. LOL Oh my god, I love your life plan! That's kind of what I want to do- but I haven't heard back from Jesse on it yet either! Hm... :)

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  14. What a cute post! I loved the story and the picture. And it's totally NOT normal if you DON'T MySpace stalk your man's ex at some point, right? :-)

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  15. lol Kerri, you crack me up.
    I love Washington state. I've only been there once but cannot wait to go back.

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  17. I love this post! Too funny! No girl can deny she hasn't stalked her husband's ex-girlfriend or even their own ex-boyfriend. haha!

    Glad you had a wonderful weekend! I know how you feel about opposite schedules. My work schedule is about to be 11pm-7:30am. 4-5 nights a week. I'll be getting in bed when my husband is getting out of bed for work and class. Oh the sacrifices of a nurse. haha!

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  18. This post made me smile amidst a busy morning of crap. I love having those optimistic and perfect weekends where nothing really can go wrong. And have a baby already!!!

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  19. I would totally need a margarita if I met my husband's high school gf. they were together 4 years! (that's longer than i've even known my husband!)

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  20. I love that picture of you. And, yes, your hair is glorious in it.

    I'm happy you and Jay got to spend some quality time together! I know how rare that is sometimes.

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  21. This made me laugh. You're hilarious and pretty and I'm jealous of your life. Also, you should write more often!

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  22. Hee. I love the rain too. It's awesome and melancholy and allows you to stay inside and do things like read books and sit by the fire and reflect on the meaning of life.:) You should totally move up here. We could shop.

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  23. one. ADORE this picture. seriously so cute and to have it over the years is just precious.

    two. meeting ex girlfriends in any scenario is awkward, i've had my fair share and i swear it never changes.

    and three. your life plan in olympia sounds awesome, i would definitely visit :)

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  24. This sounds just lovely! Particularly the full yet patchy beard. Ha.

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  25. You are too much goodness. I cannot handle it. :) Seth & I were just in MN and OMGOODNESS I ADORE AUTUMN. I can't wait to actually LOVE in it! NEXT YEAR! WOO! :) Miss you <3

    Tina

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  26. Oh and the person above my previous post is ridiculous. All you talk about is good & amazing and fantastic, and have fun making fun of the awkward. Bad? Who said bad? A complaint? Not even close. They obviously aren't avid readers and don't have a sense of humor, so don't let that bring you down.

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  27. I *love* that picture! It's so cute!

    Sounds like you had a great time!

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  28. I tell my bf something similar about Northern Idaho where he is from. I want to move out there and run in the woods with our broods of hypothetical children. I am from SoCal born and raised and the though of moving out there is.... a dream come true!

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  29. Isn't Washington State simply magical? My in-laws live there as well and my husband and I are finally heading up there again next summer. It's been way too long.

    I am glad you had such a great time. And well, my high school reunion is coming up in two years (also in WA) and I already know it will be all about babies and why we still don't have any. I can related so much! :)

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  30. You ARE aware that if you and Jay were to ever hit a rough patch that required you to leave him, that I would gladly take his place. Right? Right?!

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  31. Such a cute picture of you two! Sounds like ya'll had a great time! I so want to visit Washington state. My brother is considering moving there. I saw pictures of a really big farmers market in Washington on the NieNie Dialogues once, I would love to go there. I LOVE Farmers Markets! There is a Farmers Market that I go to often that sells these awesome watermelon licorice twists. They are to die for! If you are a fan of twizzlers, you would do back flips for these. I love the idea of you two taking a pic in that same spot each visit, so adorable. ♥

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  32. omg, that picture is ADORABLE!!!!! Love it.

    I think you said you take one of those every time? You should put together a page or a post with a whole series of them. That would be beyond cute.

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  33. glad you had a fun and restorative weekend. i could read your writing forever. seriously. xo

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