First, the amazing, jump on the bed and cheer, run around the apartment dancing news: Jason has a new job! And it's not just any old job, it's his dream job at his dream company, doing his dream work. And they headhunted him after finding his comments on a music industry blog. (Seriously, that's how he hit their radar. Maybe all that time commenting on wedding blogs could actually pay off? Hahahahahaha.) We are giddy, both about the job itself and the amazing boost in pride and confidence, especially so soon after last year's soul-crushing layoff.
Next, the slightly terrifying part of that wonderful news: holy cr*p, this is an all-encompassing job. It's the sort of start up company where everyone works late and lives with their iphones permanently attached to their hands. Unfortunately, I already have one of those all-encompassing jobs. So we're in the process of reconfiguring everything now: who does the cooking, the cleaning, the shopping, and (gulp) how we actually take care of this down-to-the-wire wedding planning stuff over the next few months. Especially because both of us have huge, career-changing, incredibly exciting projects that are launching in April... right when we're getting married. So, even though we technically have about six months until the wedding, realistically, we only have about three. I just put together our first official wedding to-do list and EEEEEEEEEEK. I wish we could register for free time.
Lastly, the EFF ME terrifying part of this wonderful news: the sudden and unexpected disappearance of 1/3 of our wedding budget. Yes, you read that correctly: our wedding budget just lost a VERY substantial chunk, and we're scrambling. Although Jason is getting a higher salary now, we'd been planning to finance the wedding with the bonus from his last job. But his dream opportunity arrived without any flexibility on the start date and just six scant weeks before his bonus. As hard as it was to wave goodbye to one third of our wedding budget (sniff), you don't turn down dreams for bonuses. Instead, you readjust, refocus on why you're planning a wedding celebration to begin with, get even more brutal with cost decisions, and thank every deity you know that you've been relatively frugal throughout this process.
So, because this has been a few weeks of lemons and lemonade, of champagne and smooth whiskey to still shaking hands, and of dreams fulfilled and new emerging doubts, I thought I'd end this post with a toast. To life and all the strange turns it takes. To double edged opportunities and the raw hope of future joy. To passionate blog discussions and the happenstance that emerges from them. And to luck and love and the reminding ourselves that it will all work out in the end, even if we have no idea freaking idea how.
So cheers, as I raise a glass of our favorite Vodka Mint Lemonade, which feels appropriate, given the occasion.
Vodka Mint Lemonade:
- 1 cup (packed) mint leaves, chopped
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups vodka
- Crushed ice
- Fresh mint sprigs
Combine chopped mint and sugar in large bowl. Stir in lemon juice and vodka. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours to let flavors really combine. Strain mixture into pitcher. Fill six 6- to 8-ounce glasses with crushed ice. Pour mixture over. Garnish with mint sprigs. Enjoy. Enjoy a lot.