- We both have very different styles of vacation planning. I'm the"let's research a lot but then wing it" type while he's the "plan a detailed itinerary for every day" type. There were a few moments of friction while preparing for the trip, but we figured it out in the end and thoroughly appreciated the other person's insight and contributions (hint: I got my way with a bunch of open-ended neighborhood walking tours and he got his way with a detailed list of nearby sights-to-see. I liked his organization and he liked my get-to-know-the-city approach.)
- Sometimes it's worth it to get a fancy-schmancy hotel for a couple of romantic nights (even if we hadn't lucked out with with incredible last-minute deal pricing. I cannot say enough amazing things about our Bay Bridge view, the stupid-comfy bed, and incredible service at Le Meridien)
- But my heart belongs to funky boutique hotel discoveries like the Joie de Vivre's Hotel Carlton in the area between the Tenderloin and Nob Hill. Yay for the neighborhood, the free wine reception, and the Southeast Asian-inspired decor.
- The whole "men hate planning weddings" thing is a cultural myth that harms everyone involved. Jason's vacation reading was The New Jewish Wedding by Anita Diamant and it sparked some great conversation about weddings and marriage.
- Once men get involved, you may be surprised by where their priorities and interests lie (decor? really? we may have some mini-battles-to-come on the decor front, and I'm preparing for compromise.)
- And once we do away with prescribed wedding and marriage-planning roles everyone can appreciate more joy in the process. For example, I can definitely state that my New Year's Eve (re)proposal to Jason with his ring was every bit as mushy, emotional, and meaningful as when he proposed with my ring. Oh, and if you're counting, that makes three proposals in our egalitarian process of engagement. It's just as fun the third time around remembering just how much we love each other and just how much we already treasure this partnership.
View from our hotel room. Ignore the building and focus on the balcony awesomeness and the Bay Bridge.
The Ring! We absolutely love the half-matte half-shiny silver ring (both the craftsmanship and the symbolism) from Starving Artists Designs.
I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season. I'm looking forward to sharing 2010 with all of you as Jason and I really dig into this wedding, marriage and life planning process.