Sunday, March 25, 2007

Wedding rings...

This weekend was the first weekend where neither of us was working, which was and is wonderful. Yesterday we were shattered so we just flopped on the sofa looking out of the window at a heavily-bruised sky, with the heating turned up and barely enough energy to get up and boil a kettle. Today I woke up feeling like I had slept properly for the first time in weeks. I cooked bacon and eggs for us, whilst J got the Sunday papers, and then we went to Hatton Gardens where we bought our wedding rings. White gold, the pair of them, to match my engagement ring, and my slim wedding band has eight brilliant diamonds set in it so it sparkles. I adore it, I wish I was married already so I could wear it right now.

Afterwards we had an insanely expensive G&T in a Holburn hotel and then I bought J his present (as he bought me the bling ring) - an X box 360 which he has been pining for. I bought him an X box two Christmases ago, and it is already obsolete, cheers, Microsoft swines. (I can't believe they are charging nearly £500 for the latest gadget, the new Playstation 3, it is bonkers.) Got some DVDs in the sale too, including Pan's Labyrinth which is my top film of 2006, and the other two by the same director, Guillermo del Toro, The Devil's Backbone and Cronos. Also Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Queen, Elizabeth 1, Memories of a Geisha, Bettie Page, and old favourites Blues Brothers and Airplane.

So that's the next few Friday nights in sorted. Home cooked dinner and a movie, my favourite start to the weekend. I used to go hell for leather on a Friday with cocktails and high heels and shrieking, but I no longer have the liver and the energy and recovery power of a twenty-five year old. And I have got to the stage in life where if I go to a bar I like to be able to sit down and hear myself think. (Soon enough I'll be after a nice cup of tea from a flask and a blanket over my knees having been driven to a nice view, but not yet. )

J and Miff are looking excited in the sitting room together, surrounded by boxes and packaging, Miff is crawling in and out of the boxes and plastic bags which is her favourite thing ever, apaprt from eating. It's twenty past six, and it's still light, and I am feeling extremely happy. I'm so looking forward to being a bride, and afterwards, being J's wife. My first wedding dress fitting is on Wednesday night: I designed the dress myself with a lady in Enfield who specialises in beautiful corsetry and wedding dresses. It's going to be gorgeous. I can't decide whether to wear a veil, or flowers in my hair. I think I will buy red shoes for my wedding day, and dance like the girl in the fairy tale, only she couldn't stop...

There's a time for wild dancing and a time for sitting down and dreaming about when you will next dance again. I feel like I have sat and dreamed and hoped too long. But now I can hear the music re-starting...

At last. It's finally happening. Winter is over, welcome happiness, welcome new life, welcome, welcome joyful Spring.



Blogger Unknown said...

Dreams and shoes and dancing. Sounds brilliant.

March 25, 2007 7:38 pm  
Blogger Rachel said...

Wedding planning sounds very exciting. So pleased that you having a good weekend. xx

March 25, 2007 11:22 pm  
Blogger Debi said...

Happy Spring!

March 26, 2007 11:04 am  
Blogger Henry North London 2.0 said...

A host of blessings for you Rachel. You deserve all the happiness. x

March 26, 2007 11:47 am  
Blogger IainC said...

Didn't Miff get a present too (apart from the boxes to play with) ?

Talking of nameless mice (plural of anonymouse), good to see the no-conspiraloon policy is working.


March 26, 2007 4:34 pm  
Blogger bex said...

A veil is lovely but if you are little and you get a long one everyone keeps standing on it!
Flowers on the other hand attract the bees!
Have a lovely day and try to take a few moments to enjoy it before being whisked off for yet more introductions and photos. Found your blog via the wife in the north

March 26, 2007 9:27 pm  
Blogger kris said...

" X box 360 which he has been pining for".

I remember purchasing a PS2 for PC Bitseach some time ago and haven't seen much of her since! (joke!) damn "Generals"!!

I am glad winter is finally coming to a close too.

March 26, 2007 11:37 pm  
Blogger --- said...

Sounds like your wedding plans are going great - will try to send the finest vibes on the day, too. Absolutely think you deserve the very best.


March 27, 2007 8:29 am  
Blogger Jane Henry said...

Rachel what a lovely joyful post about your wedding. I am sooo jealous - I have long wished I could replay my own magic wedding day over and over again... Dancing in red shoes is a definite must!!

And well done on getting your wedding rings. We had a cock up with ours and got married without....

Hope you have a fantastic day. You really deserve it.

love Janex

March 27, 2007 8:07 pm  
Blogger PbPhil said...

Hi Rachel, nice build up to your big day, hope it goes well, you deserve it.

I feel the same as you about going out to a bar or restaurant, its nice to sit and chat or think.

perhaps being older with a banket over ones knees appreciating a nice view with a flask of tea is the ultimate utopia, total slow down with razor sharp perception of the moment.......

maybe its the best kept secret in the world.....

March 31, 2007 12:05 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved reading about your wedding plans - the red shoes sound great!
I've just set up - a new 'wedsite' company aimed at making it easy to put your wedding on the web.
A WedSpace features a blog section just like yours, aswell as pages about your wedding venue, including links to Google Maps so your guests can arrive on time! There are lots of great looking templates to choose from too.
It's so easy to create a WedSpace - if you can type, you can set up your own beautiful WedSpace in minutes.

May 25, 2007 10:25 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

Beautiful wedding rings! The picture of the band reminds me of some of the titanium rings we were considering on buying!

June 18, 2007 9:12 am  

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