Found Reflected

Reflections On A Year Of Married Life

WARNING: This post is rated T for excessive gushing.

Yes, friends, today marks the first anniversary for Katie and I. In terms of the gift-association thing, the first anniversary is the “paper” one. I would imagine this is because most people have served each other with divorce papers by this time; thankfully, we are not in that group.

I’ve found, over the past few weeks, that Katie and I both have suppressed a lot of memories about the time leading up to the wedding. As I’ve discussed previously, it’s hell planning a wedding. Especially when you’re living with either set of parents. Even more so when you’re planning the wedding from 300 miles away. To anyone out there thinking about getting married at any point in their lives, please heed these words: give yourself at least 18 months, and get everything done IMMEDIATELY. You will thank yourself later.

Being married has become ingrained in our minds as being the true moment where we jumped into the “real world” – we were still a little sheltered post-graduation, like nearly everyone who graduated in 2002. We now have to juggle constant bills, taking care of a cat, keep an apartment as clean as possible (which isn’t very clean, it seems – largely my fault), balance out car usage, balance out parental contact, fight for the TV, etc etc etc.

It sounds like a hassle. But for every little tiny bit of stress that the married world has added, there’s been an equal or greater positive to tip the scales back. Randomly buying a kite and going out to the little park near our house to fly it. Our mutual hilarious inability to cook. Going for a swim together. Running to the door when the other gets home to give them a hug. The list goes on and on.

Every day I’m finding another reason to love Katie, and every day our relationship grows. For this, I am eternally grateful – and it’s because of this that I have to laugh at people who ask me “didn’t you get married a little young?”. Who wouldn’t want a new reason to smile every day?

So here’s to one year; join us again in a year’s time for the Cotton Anniversary. (Who came up with these, anyhow?)


A New Addition To The Family

Everyone, say hello to Buttons.


Buttons will be joining our house on Saturday this week (after the ol’ neuter routine). The Ithaca SPCA page had this adorable description and we couldn’t pass it up:

I am a young male. I was surrendered to the SPCA by my former owner who didn’t take the time to leave any information about me. I am a super sweet and loving boy who loves to cuddle and is very playful. I am a handsome fellow with cute white mittens who must be seen to be appreciated. Please come to the shelter and meet me today!

Buttons has no tail, and is the cuddliest cat you’ve ever held. Everyone will have to come by and see him soon. :)


It’s That Time Again

4 days till I move back to Collegetown. The 2 weeks I spent with Kate (which ended 3 days ago) didn’t seem like long enough. 6 days until classes start. 15 weeks till I’m free again. 7 months till the wedding. Spending near 40 hours this week at work.

Time is definitely wacky. I’ve been thinking a lot about time lately (in my free time) and came up with a slightly interesting concept for a web page – my new percents page. What this is, simply, is a live chart of how much of my life I’ve been doing activity x or y. It’s an interesting little experiment, and best of all, it requires almost no updating on my part.

As mentioned above, Kate and I had a nice two week visit together, and got a number of wedding things done. We are registered at William & Sonoma, and Hechts (which covers a number of other stores), we’re setting up for hotel rooms, we’ve now actually got someone to marry us…things are falling into place. Unfortunately, it can be unbelievably nervewracking for the two of us. Here’s to hoping everything turns out great.

DDR addiction continues; 21 catas down and no stopping in sight.

The Capitalistic Holiday Gift Giving Event was good to me; among my acquisitions (it’s so businesslike!) were two DVD sets (Cowboy Bebop and Twin Peaks Season 1), a new chair, some other DVDs (Following, the new Powerpuff), lots of books (Smoking Gun, Onion, Modern Humorist, the new Coupland, The New Way To Cook, etc), some GBA games (Golden Sun, Wario Land 4)…it was pretty good all in all.
I’m currently searching around feverishly for a job; if anyone has a lead for me (preferably in Maryland), please send me an email ASAP.

As far as this site goes, the movies page has been updated slightly, and the bio page has been tweaked.
Kcor stel.