Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Year In Review

No doubt we'll soon be posting some retrospective photo montages to show the passage of time over the past 11 months or so. Just to provide a basic overview of what our life has been over that time, sort of a table of contents (subject to review by my wife):
As a post-script to our Ravens game visit, the team made the playoffs and destroyed the New England Patriots before losing to the Indianapolis Colts (an unfortunate pattern, particularly for those who, unlike myself, are old enough to remember when they were the Baltimore Colts).
Nicole picked some depressing sports photos.
The Maryland Terrapins lost in an absolute heartbreaker to Michigan State after winning over thousands of reluctant fans. Personally this was my favorite team since the 2002 National Championship, and I absolutely hated to see them go the way they did.
This picture just breaks my heart.
Wedding planning and execution was immensely emotionally and logistically difficult and not something I would recommend to anyone, unless they do it simple and small. (I was nowhere near as involved in the planning as Nicole, who found the process to be completely exhausting.)

The classic jump shot- Did you notice Josh's Yarmulke floating above his head?
We were married at Chase Court in Baltimore- but we had to get a pic with the Belvedere Hotel, a Baltimore landmark.
Nicole and I got married in June and took our honeymoon in Jamaica, which was gorgeous and where she was, let's say, worshiped by the locals (really more of an inordinate amount of ogling, honking, catcalls, etc.).
All-Inclusive Package + Nothing else to do = 3 lbs. gained in a week!

Took this pics from a Catamaran out on the water- isn't it amazing!
Hanging by the pool- yes, those are our toes!
We celebrated 2 years of being together, by being together some more. I think we might have gone to Clementine, as well.
Another organic, sustainable and savory dish by Clementine
I turned 31, much to my chagrin.
We celebrate all big events with Carvel Ice Cream Cakes!
For my birthday I had a party - we actually were forced to celebrate on September 11th - I sent out an eVite that told people that "if you don't come, the terrorists win." A few of my friends showed up early with their wedding gift, a dual-sided grill, which they assembled and we immediately used for a big batch of Nicole's tasty hamburgers, along with some vegetarian stuff for a few of our guests. As a man, it's sad to say that I have to cede the grilling of meat to Nicole due to my red-green colorblindness (which makes me unable to gauge how well cooked something is). On a positive note, she does a great job at it, and we've been using the grill several times a week ever since it arrived.

Grill- AFTER
 Our dog Morty died, about two weeks after being diagnosed with cancer (we went to the vet on my birthday, August 30th, and passed on September 14th). Our Vet, Dr. Meridith Brand is wonderful. She works out of Fullerton Animal Hospital on Bel Air Rd. and we highly recommend the facility- they are caring, compassionate, and reasonably priced. It was a difficult process- and they made it a lot better.
We miss you!
We attended several other weddings of several friends, and some other friends got engaged, including all of our wedding party besides Nicole's sister (though not to each other).
Nick and Jen- 10/10/10
Sharif and Joanna - 9/28/10
After some grieving, about two weeks ago we adopted another dog, Joseph B. Walters (who we wanted to name Regis Philbin but he was already responding to "Joey"), who recently decided to chew up everything he could whenever he escapes our sight-line.
Joseph and Delilah- They look sweet here- but they're waiting to pounce!
They destroyed the Kosher Bone...
This past weekend, we were forced into replacing/upgrading Nicole's another used car, of course - buying new is not our style due to the immediate loss of 20% of the value of the car once it's driven off of the lot.
2000 Volkswagen Jetta- 160,000 miles later...
Woo Hoo! Jettas for life!
Nicole will turn 26 on Saturday, and will be taking the new Jetta for a short road trip with her sister, who is now enrolled at a local University as a freshman.

That's at least a quick overview of what's happened so far in 2010. Nicole will do a few posts with photos and details from various events, before and after pics from a bunch of decorating and Do-It-Yourself projects that she's undertaken (though I've helped her on a few, and I am the designated furniture assembler), and money saving tips.


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