It’s that time of year again – time for the annual Anniversary Post! This is that time of year when I publicly swoon over my husband and link to our incredibly Seussian wedding vows. Which you’ll find here: http://www.rayndragon.com/wordpress/?p=171 because for some odd reason links aren’t working in WordPress for me today. I think I turned something off when I was attempting to delete spyware the other day and now some of my browser functions are wonky. I don’t have time to figure it all out right now and you people should know how to copy+paste.
And yes, we should have been married by the Cat in the Hat. Or maybe the Lorax. I still need to see that movie…
So, in 16 years of being married, I’m pretty sure this is the first anniversary we have not been able to spend at least part of it together. Sometimes it falls on a workday, although with Memorial Day in such close proximity we often have most of the day with each other even if we have to share it with the kids. This year, however, I’m 1000 miles away, give or take, in Boulder, CO getting our living arrangements sorted out for our move here this summer. I’ve also been busy getting the literal “keys to the shop” for our upcoming store and talking to contractors and architects to get things kicked into gear for permits and construction. This has felt like one of the busiest weeks of my life although I have taken some time here and there to kick back a little. Yesterday I even managed to hit the hotel pool and hot tub for half an hour or so.
For those of you who haven’t heard the plans yet, we’re making the move this summer while the kids are out of school. The plan is to open a retail store with a space for drum circles and workshops, an office for Brian’s shamanic healing practice, and a studio for me to work in. Brian did a ton of demographic research when we made the decision to do this and Boulder, CO ended up being the perfect place for the business, my health, and the children’s schooling. So far, in the visits we’ve made out here, everyone here has seemed to agree with us on our choice and plans have been moving forward with more smoothness than I expected. I guess I’m just used to the bumpier rides. I’d be happy for the Universe to allow this one to continue as smoothly as possible… are you listening Universe?
So this year we drew proverbial straws and Brian got the “stay at home with the kids” straw, in part because he is still doing some weekly contract work for his previous day job and in part because I’m pickier than he is about where we live. So far here I have found a place I put a deposit on for us and it looks like our application is going smoothly enough to get the place. I have also picked up the keys and signed off on the lease agreement for our shop, which will be located at 2712 28th Street, Boulder, Colorado. Go on – Google it. Batteries Plus will love you. We’ll also be in Bluff Plaza with Dot’s Diner, Next 2 New Wireless, Cartridge World, and LA Nails. The Diner has decent omelets – I had lunch there yesterday to find out. There is also a Yoga place there too, and we’re hoping to make friends with them as our client bases will overlap. It’s a high-traffic area, just into town where one of the major highways comes in, so we’ll have good visibility too. We also got a decent amount of space for our money – something we couldn’t get in more of the center-of-town areas, which means we CAN hold drum circles and workshops at the shop without crowding folks into the aisles with the books.
Keep an eye on http://www.enrichingelements.com for more details. I’m finishing up logo work today, hopefully, so that we can start getting news online there.
And so, even though we can’t spend today together, we are in many ways more together than we’ve ever been. As always, we keep growing forward. Brian is still my best friend in the world, the one I can tell anything to without fear of judgement or rejection, the one I trust more than anyone. He is also my love and my lover. Despite years and children, our passion for one another still runs high when we have the chance to indulge it. And now we are partners even more than ever – not just as parents, homeowners, and adventurers, but now in business too. Besides – I’d move mountains for him and the kids if it was needed – high time we go live by some, right?
So, to my husband today – “No matter what life brings in the years ahead, with this ring I thee wed. I love you, I do.”