I'm honestly not even sure to begin when writing this. Pretty much everything in my life has changed in the past month or so. I am writing this while sitting on my couch in a 350 sq ft apartment in New York City. I also have a wedding ring on my left ring finger. My husband Hank has been a fantastic cook for quite some time. Some of our sweetest dates were evenings where he cooked for me and we stayed in and watched a movie. He always prepares my plate, sits in in front of me, and stands there and waits for my reaction after tasting. He has finally turned his talents into what will hopefully be his career. He begins classes at the International Culinary Center (formerly French Culinary Institute) later this week. This is what sparked the whole moving to NYC thing.
We got married in a small ceremony in Central Park on August 7, shortly after our arrival. We were lucky enough to have his parents and sister in attendance along with a few tourists who stopped to hear our vows as well. We had about 3 weeks to get everything planned. ATTENTION FUTURE BRIDES-I do not recommend this! It was a crazy, exhausting, emotional time leaving behind friends and family in Oklahoma and moving 1500 miles away.
The worst part of this whole thing? My dogs are still in Oklahoma (my mom and dad were kind enough to keep them). I miss them every day. My sister texts me photos of them and I cry every time. Hank promised me that we will get them back in 6 months when he finishes school.
The best part of this whole thing? I am married to the man I love, and we are on a great adventure. I am learning new things, seeing things I thought I would never see, and making memories that will last a lifetime.
As for our future plans? I'm not sure. We will likely be in New York for a while when he finishes school in February. Hank plans to work in New York and then we will probably be moving around for a while as he gains experience in restaurants all over the country. We will eventually be back in Oklahoma. Hank can't be away from the Sooners for very long and I can't be away from open fields, blue skies, southern hospitality, and of course my family, friends, and dogs (not in that order).
And my business? I am still working on improving my craft and portfolio. Unless things change, I will not be charging travel fees for weddings in Oklahoma. I am always looking for a good excuse to travel. I am hoping to soon have some fabulous clients in New York. New work will be on the blog soon.