A week of gluten free living

I’ve made it an entire week without gluten.  I have probably consumed tiny amounts on accident, but I’ve tried being very careful over the last week and have inspected every item before eating it to make sure it doesn’t include any gluten.  And….  I feel better.  I’m no longer suffering after every meal.  So, that’s a huge improvement.  I’ll have to keep up with this and see how it goes, but, for the first week at least, going gluten free has been worth it.  Plus, lucky for me, I live near a PCC, which has some pretty delicious gluten-free baked goods.  I was even able to eat a sandwich last night, using gluten free bread, and it was delicious.  Ike and I had pizza the other night on a gluten-free crust and I didn’t even miss the gluten!  Eating out is a bit of a pain, but as long as I do some internet research before I go, it’s been fine so far.  Of course, it has only been a week… Shopping for a gluten-free wedding cake may prove to be a bit of pain, but oh well.

My mom and I went wedding dress shopping on Sunday at Belltown Bride.  This was my fourth trip to try on different wedding dresses.  I had been feeling quite discouraged, thinking that I’d never find a dress that I really liked.  I’d even considered just making my own dress.  But, about half way through the 2-hour appointment, I found THE dress.  It’s absolutely perfect and I love it.  I never thought I’d be this excited about a dress, but man.  I cannot wait to wear it!

This is the dress (from the photo on the designer’s website: http://www.amykuschel.com/gowns/lucky):


Now, I just have to go about hiring a caterer. And a florist.  And someone to bring in the linens and such. And find Ike a suit.  And get wedding bands…  *sigh*  That list never seems to get any shorter…


Catching up with some big news.

I’ve been woefully lax on the blog updating.  I can’t even claim that it’s because I’ve been so busy at work either.  Well, actually, that was the case in December.  Now, though, I’m super slow.  Like painfully slow.  This was good last week when I was super sick, and now isn’t so great.  Hopefully everything will pick up soon!

In other news, I’m in the midst of wedding planning!  Ike and I got engaged on Christmas Eve.  🙂  We’re excited about embarking on married life together.  We’re taking our time to plan this thing, though, and won’t actually get married until some time in 2013.  Good thing, too, because it turns out wedding planning is kind of a lot of work.  So far, my favorite part has been the registering!  It’s so much fun to walk around the stores and use the scan gun.  Isaac and I are arguing about which things to include, so there will be many adjustments over the course of the next few months, but…

The Ring. I kind of hate pictures of hands, but I really do love the ring.

Also, we’re beginning a house hunt.  We’re looking for houses in our favorite parts of the city – Isaac has one part in particular in which he wants to live, while I’m a bit more flexible.  We’ll see how this goes.  Ike’s supposed to call the bank today to get the pre-qualification stuff in order.  I’m really excited about embarking on this part of our life.  In fact, and I’m sure this is totally wrong to admit, I’m more excited about the house hunting than the wedding planning.  That’s terrible of me, isn’t it?  When I was in college and law school, I had friends who would dream of having babies.  I, on the other hand, would dream of home ownership.  Weird, right?  Hopefully, though, in the next six months or so, that dream will become a reality.  I can’t wait!

Work overall is going really well.  I was quite busy in December doing a ton of different projects.  I’ve, mostly, gotten past feeling overwhelmed by my lack of knowledge and am just embracing each project that comes by way as a new learning experience.  I’ve been lucky enough to do so many projects over the first three months or so of being an attorney, including writing motions, arguing motions, writing briefs (even an appellate brief), writing memos on various topics, writing mediation letters…  it’s been really varied.  The month of January has been so darn slow, though.  I’ve only billed about 40 hours for the entire month.  Eeeks.  That’s bad news.  I know a ton of other people have been really slow, too, though, so at least it’s not just me.

It’s supposed to be snowy here today and tomorrow – I hope they’re right!  I am looking forward to some wonderful heavy snow falling around the city. So far, there’s no snow at all, but here’s hoping!

The view from my apartment window on Sunday.