Here's the update: we won!
The final day of the contest was crazy. We were in the lead to start, and then our competitors put on a big push and took the lead by as many as 15 votes. We went into desperation mode, calling on our friends and family, our Twitter followers, and anyone we could think of to spread the word. We overtook them in the last couple of hours of the contest, and never slowed down after that, eventually winning by over 40 votes.
Thank you so much to everyone who Liked the post, shared the link on Twitter or Facebook, joined the Facebook event, and cheered us on. We couldn't have done it without all of your help!
I especially want to thank my friends Kathleen DeVere, James Turner, Tally Heilke, and Mike Vardy, all of whom leveraged their own sizable online followings to help us out. I also want to give a shout-out to the LoadingReadyRun forums: the community there was very supportive.
I'm probably missing some other people who I ought to be thanking directly, but we received so much help that it was hard to keep track of it all! Thank you so much to everybody. We can't wait to do this shoot and share all the beautiful pictures with everyone.
Thank you again to Vanessa for giving us this opportunity. I hope everyone takes a few minutes to look through Vanessa's blog and appreciate her great work. If you're in the Vancouver area, we highly recommend using her for your professional photography needs!
As of yesterday, it is September, and that means my latest ring power experiment has failed: my wedding ring has not granted me any Calendar-Control powers. Wouldn't it be nice if I could make it August forever? Unfortunately I can't, and I apologize to all of the students out there.
Summer was great (and technically still is, I guess), but I'm actually looking forward to fall. I like cooler weather, and wearing jeans and hoodies, and wind, and falling leaves. Larissa is a big fan of autumn, too. If we hadn't gotten married in April, we probably would've gotten married in October. But here we are, married for just over four months, and things couldn't be better!
I don't know if I'll discover my ring powers in the next four months, or even the next eight. It would be nice to know what kind of superhero I'm going to be by Christmas, so I can gear my present requests towards that, but maybe it's going to take a year or more to manifest. Not much I can do about it, I guess.
Things are moving along with my thesis. I have my second draft out awaiting feedback from another committee member; my supervisor has approved my revisions already. After that, it's a matter of finding another committee member from an outside faculty (probably Political Science), and scheduling a defense date. Then the stress begins. Ah, I can handle it. Just a panel of career academics pointing out every single little flaw in my data collection, analysis, and presentation. No biggie.
Maybe the stress will reveal a magical public speaking or confidence-related power. I'd take that.
They're awesome! Here's a sample:
Larissa is beautiful. Vanessa is great.
Everything is awesome.
Tomorrow Larissa and I will have been married for one month. It's flown by, and been full of so much, so I wanted to just briefly reflect on things.
There are a couple of things that stand out from the wedding and the settling-in period afterwards. It's been amazing how incredibly generous everyone has been to us. Our living room has been piled full of presents twice--once with gifts received prior to the wedding, and once with gifts we picked up after the honeymoon. It's been really exciting opening everything up and seeing all of the new things that we can call "ours" now. It really makes home feel more like our home. Our recycling pile outside the front door is massive, though!
During the wedding itself, too, we had so many helping hands making everything go smoothly, and that was really appreciated. We had a really great day and were able to relax and just enjoy it all. Thank you to everyone who helped in some capacity.
One complaint I have so far is that my ring still hasn't manifested any magical powers. I mean, I wasn't counting on invisibility or anything, but a bit of added speed or agility would have been nice. Maybe some mind control. Breathing underwater?
Perhaps it's still lying dormant. Has anyone had to wait until their first anniversary to unlock their powers? I can be patient if I have to, I guess.
I've been slowly moving things to Larissa's place over the past couple of weeks while I prep to move out of my place and into hers. She'll be going over to Langley a week before the wedding to oversee final details, so during that week I'll be finishing off my move and handing over the keys to my old place.
This morning Larissa's at work, and I've been doing a bit of moving stuff. I packed up three boxes of books (and I think I'm going to need at least five or six more boxes), and I did some tidying up, taking out the garbage and recycling, etc.
Then I grabbed my guitar and a bag of miscellanea and walked over to her place.
Just beside the front porch, by her door, I found this:
It's a dead crow. I don't know what to do with it. I don't want to deal with it. Gross.
But I totally had time to stop and take a picture of it with my phone, tweet about it, then write a blog post about it. I love having an iPhone.