ahhhhhhhhhhhh i finally got my wedding ring in yesterday!!!

it was weird not having my engagement ring for a while, but it was worth it. ira helfer of david i. helfer jewlery (clark building in pittsburgh, pa) made both my engagement ring and wedding ring. geoff designed them both and i love them!! both geoff and ira did an amazingly awesome job and i’ll never take my rings off ever ever ever. except maybe in the shower or when i’m gardening or something weird.

so here it is!!! my engagement ring fits inside my wedding bands (there are two…they’re welded together in the back) to make one awesome ring that geoff says makes me look like i “won the super bowl.” :)

thanks, geoff…for the design, the thoughtfulness, the rings, and everything you do every day. :)

and thanks, ira, for being an amazing jeweler who’s able to do anything!

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my ring with geoff’s ring… i know, i know, i’m totally stealing all of my wedding photographer’s shots before the wedding.

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why 365?

day 22/365

shoe day.

had a kind of crazy day. the website went down around 2pm due to issues from our off-site server in california and, after insisting several times that it wasn’t the fault of our actual website, they finally fixed it around 10pm tonight. :/ so unfortunately i lost a lot of traffic today and all of my website traffic info for the day, etc. the joys of website ownership! apologies for anyone this inconvenienced during the day.

packing for pittsburgh today! we’re driving home tomorrow night so that geoff can attend his fantasy baseball draft on saturday, then driving back on sunday. as my friend remarked, “i like the dedication.” it’s going to be pretty intense…and i plan on watching LOST on the couch with my parents and sister all weekend while they catch up on season 2. i’ll have my laptop and whatnot for business dealings and plan on taking lots of pictures of the 4-5 feet of snow they currently have up there. hopefully we don’t get snowed in, but it’d be a good excuse to watch more LOST.

so while i’m shivering in the 30s, raleigh will be enjoyed 50some degree weather and sun this weekend…so today i basked on the floor of the home office to soak up enough sun to last me 3 days in pittsburgh. :)

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why 365?

thanksgiving in pittsburgh.

so far i’ve been having a very relaxing december in contrast to the previous months.  geoff and i have been updating things and fixing all of the little website/business issues that need taken care of before the big january and feburary wedding booking months. we still have a long few weeks ahead before christmas – packages need restructured for the new year, fine art will be available for purchase, etc… but at least we’re now finally scratching everything off that long business to-do list before the busy booking months of late winter and the crazy madness of spring and summer. i am very excited for 2010; i have the best clients ever!

before we came back to raleigh for our incredibly productive month, we were home in pittsburgh for thanksgiving. we had to get my ring resized and, since i’m abiding by my new “walking is for suckers when it’s below 35 degrees” mindset, we drove around downtown and took some shots out the window. it was snowing and i live in the south now, so sticking my camera lens out of the window was about the best that i could do. i am so looking forward to going back for a week in christmas and getting some great shots although i’m still deciding whether or not i’ll need to bring some sort of one-piece fur-lined parka or not.

geoff and i went running this evening when it was 37 degrees (just short of my “walking is for suckers” rule) and i almost died. it took me a good 40 minutes inside before i could feel my nose again. i live in north carolina, not the arctic, but i’m starting to think i was never meant to be more than 100 miles from the equator.

pittsburgh: in all it’s rainy and smoggy glory <3






also – went to visit my cat nephews logan and sully. sully was too excited to sit still enough to pose for the camera, but logan offered to model a few:



logan likes to climb laura’s shoe rack and then sit on top of her door like this and meow at her all the time. now, i see cats all the time in funny cat pictures on the internet that sit on top of doors like this, but i’ve never seen it in person until now…it’s both adorable and ridiculous.