Wedding

Our One Year Anniversary

This is going to be a very quick blog post, because my lovely wife Tina and I are celebrating our one year wedding anniversary!

One year ago today, we were married.

It has been the best year of my life.

This morning, I woke up to a honeymoon breakfast recreation of Sandals Antigua in our backyard.

We exchanged gifts. I made her a book on blurb.com. She got me a piece of artwork that represents what the night sky actually looked like above Lost River Cave last year on October 8, 2010. We didn’t plan our gifts in any way, shape, or form, but isn’t this eerie how similarly themed our gifts appear?

I’ll leave you with this post from last year where I describe the wedding and share tons of pictures.

It’s been the best year of my life. Tina, thank you for making me happier than I ever believed possible.

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Six Month Half-iversary

I know it’s been pretty quiet here at Stellar Path this week. Busy week at work. Nothing bad, just busy.

Today is Tina and my six month anniversary. Our half-iversary. We were married six months ago.

You can read about it here.

We’re going out to celebrate.

Be back this weekend. Have a great Friday!

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2010 in Review

I weighed in on Sunday, December 26th, at 364.2. That’s atrocious. It’s a little embarrassing. But it’s changing.

I made the decision to not wait until January 1st to “reboot” my “diet,” and I’m glad for it. I ate so much food over the holidays, I literally felt fatter. My energy was lower; it just doesn’t seem worth it.

I’m going to weigh in only twice a week now. I’m going to weigh at home on Sunday morning with Tina, and I’ll weigh in at my meetings on Tuesday at Weight Watchers. I’m only going to report my Sunday weigh-ins here, though. 2011 will see me restart my Themed Weigh-Ins. I will do my level best to post every Sunday. I hope I can make it the whole year without missing a single Sunday. Let’s see.

The scale has often ruled my life. I’m going to make an effort to keep that from happening, and the first step is to eliminate the daily (and sometimes multiple-times-a-day) weigh-ins. Twice a week is more than good enough, and it’s only twice because of Weight Watchers. At home, I will only get on the scale on Sunday mornings.

I’ll have a Resolution Post on New Year’s Eve. Some people hate making them, but I’ve always loved it. Some I have stuck to; others I have not.

But this post is going to be about the amazing changes that have happened in my life in 2010. Even though I weigh more now than I did on January 1, 2010, this has still been one of the best years of my life.

As quite a few people out there are doing, I am going to make this post, one of my last of 2010, a Year In Review post. (Yes, I’m aware that if you look at my archives, it seems I started this blog in September, but I swear I posted before then. I just had some host issues, transfer problems, and ultimately, I just decided to start over.)

The year started off great. I was in a new job. I can’t wax too poetic about that job, because that job ended up being the WORST job I had EVER had in my entire life, but I can still say that I was at least happy to be there on January 1st.

In early January, I applied to my local gym’s Biggest Loser contest, called Train 2 Lose. Grand prize was $3,000. I didn’t think I had a chance of being picked, but lo and behold, after just a few weeks into the new year, I got the call saying I had been selected.

Sadly, I did not win. I did not come even close. I came in 6th. However, I found that I did not enjoy being in a weight loss competition. The stress of it was not good for me. After taking part in my relatively low-stress weight loss competition, I would NEVER want to be in something like The Biggest Loser. The temptation of winning $3,000 was stressful. What on earth would $250,000 have done to me?

However, on the positive, I met several very cool people, some of whom I still see at the gym. Some I have not seen since the day they were eliminated, but I am pleased to know there are a handful of us who are still plugging away at the weight loss efforts.

By spring, my exciting new job had turned slightly hellish. It was going to get worse before it got better.

All through the year, Tina and I were saving money and trying to get ready for our upcoming wedding on October 8th. We were also pretty excited about our honeymoon in Antigua as well.

My weight fluctuated up and down within a twenty pound range.

In July, I was diagnosed with a thyroid problem. Nothing serious, but medication definitely helped. I wish I could say that this was the root of my weight loss issue, but it was only an interesting little side note. Yes, being on the medication helped me lose weight, but you know what doesn’t help lose weight? Overeating. I don’t think they have a medicine for that yet.

In late July, I decided to begin training to be a personal trainer. I plan to take my exam in Spring 2011.

In August, I quit my job. I quit it cold, with no other solid full-time job prospects lined up. My assistant (yes, my ASSISTANT) literally took some of over my job duties without my permission, my boss allowed her to boss me around, and one day, she accused me of stealing a package of cookies from her office and then proceeded to yell at me about it. I was accused multiple times of being a racist, which I am not. I was then accused of being a thief on more than one occasion, which I also am not. A body can only take so much. I promptly went home, wrote a resignation letter, and I quit.

Walking out of that hell hole was the most liberating thing I had EVER done in my entire life. The karma part of my brain provides solace in reminding me that she is utterly miserable in her job and I was happy at the mere prospect of leaving hell and going to work at a fast food restaurant.

This is also why God never gave me super brain powers. I would probably only use them for evil and blow up people’s heads with previously mentioned super brain powers. I’m not always good with balance. Thank God for karma. That tends to take care of it.

I was cruising the classifieds, prepared to go take a job as a waiter or bartender, when the most amazing job in the entire world fell into my lap. I got a job at WKU, my alma mater, to work in the Center for Literacy.

So yes, on Monday, August 16th, I quit the worst job I have ever had (which required a Master’s Degree but my income was so low I was almost in poverty), and on Thursday, August 19th, I got the best job I have ever had. I plan to stay at WKU forever.

I get along fantastically with my coworkers. I love my bosses. And better yet, at my last job, despite the claim that I was going to get to make a difference, I was allowed to do nothing. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was hired to be a token figure and absolutely nothing else. I got to make no difference whatsoever. At my new job, I am making a difference. I am educating people. I am a teacher again.

Can you tell how much I love my new job?

Oh, and a perk? I get six hours free tuition every semester, and Tina gets 50% off of six hours of tuition every semester. I’m starting my doctorate this spring with some elective coursework. I’m not in my actual Ed.D cohort yet, but that is coming very soon. So hopefully, in about three or four years, I’ll be able to say, “It’s Dr. Logsdon, but you can call me Jeremy.”

The wedding went off without a hitch on October 8th, and I got to marry my best friend. Best day of my life.

The next week was also awesome, as we spent it in perfect weather on the island of Antigua. I think I want to go back.

Sadly, money is a little tight right now, but I think that may simply be a requirement of being a newlywed. I’ve heard of VERY few newlyweds who were rolling in the dough. But it’s okay; Tina and I are paying our dues now, and really, I have absolutely nothing in the world to complain about.

What does 2011 hold? Well, that’s another post for another day. Probably Thursday. 🙂

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All About the Wedding, 10.8.10

Well, it’s been over a month, and I still haven’t written about the wedding. This blog post is all about the wedding, and it is crammed full of pictures (and the video of our ceremony) and has nothing whatsoever to do with weight loss. So if you aren’t interested in the wedding, you can go ahead and skip this post, because it’s all wedding. But if you are at all interested in what was one of the best days of my life, then please, continue reading.

Tina had spent the night before with her mother, working on the flowers for the centerpieces. She wanted to have the dress out of the house as well, so she planned to get ready elsewhere. We somewhat strayed away from tradition in this respect. I wasn’t allowed to see the dress, but we weren’t worried about seeing each other before the walk down the aisle. She was basically spending the night elsewhere because we didn’t want to have to deal with cat hair on the wedding dress and any of our animals being too nosey about the flowers.

I woke up early and headed to the cave where we were going to get married. If you hadn’t already read that here, we got married in the 1920s night club at Lost River Cave. So basically, as I write this post, you may hear me repeatedly say “and then the cave…” So yeah, we got married in a cave, but it’s not as hillbilly as it sounds. I promise.

Anyway, I was taking the first load of things to the cave (i.e. – wine, beer, glasses, decorations, et cetera). I got a text at around 8 a.m. that said Tina had been bitten on the foot by some unknown spider.

Okay, I immediately get a little worried, because Tina had several hundred flowers from South America around her, and for all I know, she just got bit a Amazonian Foot Melting Monster Spider. Fortunately, her mother is a nurse, she got Tina in to see a doctor at about 7 a.m., and it was agreed that it was probably nothing, we’d monitor it, and continue our day. (Fortunately, it ended up just being a regular Kentucky spider, and Tina was fine. Whew.)

But the entire morning consisted of helping set things up. We had a wedding coordinator, (which ended up being a huge waste of money because she did not do her job nearly as well as she had said – seriously, Leona from Lasting Impressions sucks hose water – please email me if you are in the Nashville/Bowling Green/Louisville area and are considering using her services), but my best man Annie, her husband (and one of my groomsmen Kevin), and I ended up doing quite a bit of the set up ourselves. I’m going to refrain from bashing Leona for this entire post, as she is truly just one tiny insignificant unpleasant blip on what ended up being the best day of my life, so the bashing is now over. Only good things from here on out.

Around one o’clock, I headed home to shower, eat lunch, put on my tux, and go to Van Meter Hall at Western Kentucky University (my alma mater and employer) to meet Tina and our photographers (Brie at BGB Photos, who was AWESOME!).

By 2:30, I was standing in front of Van Meter Hall, waiting to meet my bride.

She was beautiful.

I truly felt (and still feel) like I’m one of the luckiest men in the entire world. I’m not going to talk about how our wedding was the most awesome wedding ever or anything similar, because hopefully, everyone feels their wedding was perfect for them. Our entire wedding day was US, and that was what we wanted.

We took a lot of photos on WKU’s campus. I have three degrees from there, Tina is about to graduate from there, and I currently work there. Plus, it is a beautiful campus, and we wanted to take some of our wedding pics there, just the two of us.

Funny side note – someone had used Sidewalk Chalk to propose to someone beneath the Kissing Bridge, where we took many of our photos. (I proposed IN Mammoth Cave to Tina, because we had already decided we would be married at Lost River before the actual proposal, and I thought having a proposal in a cave would be a nice cave-y bookends to the wedding. However, caves are dark, and although we looked at Tina’s ring in lantern light, she didn’t really get to appreciate the engagement ring until we were outside. Still, it was the best (and only) proposal I’ve ever made.)

After WKU photos, we went to Barnes and Noble for a few more, as that was where Tina and I met. We attracted a lot of attention in B&N, and one of the managers even came up to us and asked about our story. We were definitely the hit of that particular barista that afternoon, and our awesome photographer even got us each a frappucino for a photo op. (Seriously – we loved our photographer!)

Also, in the foreground of the frappucino shot, you can see some golden wedding bands. My mom let me borrow those. They are my grandparents’ wedding bands, who were married for 49 years and 10 months when my grandfather passed away. Neither of my grandparents are with us anymore, but I thought it was a wonderful thing to be able to carry the wedding bands of two people who were in love for so many years in my pocket while I got married.

You know, just hanging out at Barnes and Noble in a tuxedo and a wedding dress, drinking frappucinos… and hey, I just realized Tina is standing in the wedding section and I’m standing in Regional Cookbooks… hmm…

Following Barnes and Noble, we headed to the cave. The next two hours were a blur of friends, family, photos, and anticipation. I’m just going to show a deluge of photos here, but before I do, let me introduce you to our wedding party.

From left to right, Groomsman Kevin Holt, Groomsman Dana Markwell, Best Man/Lady Annie Holt, The Groom & Bride, Jeremy and Tina, Maid (technically Matron) of Honor Tina Perry, Bridesmaid Amanda Thomas, and Bridesmaid Patti Markwell.

Patti actually started off on my side with me, but when one of Tina’s attendants flaked on her, Patti agreed to be on Tina’s side, I added Kevin, and we were back where we should have been with three and three.

Not in this photo are our flower girls, my niece Cailynn and Tina’s cousin Kaile.

Cailynn

Cailynn

Kaile

Kaile

Also, this is one of my close friends and our officiant, Gregg Hussey. (Tina and I are both six feet tall. Gregg is a giant at 6’5″.)

We asked Gregg to preside over our ceremony because we don’t have a church here that we attend regularly yet, and we both HATE, HATE, HATE the tradition of having a friend who is not a man of God get ordained on the internet to conduct the ceremony. I know some people feel it is perfect for them, and for them, it is perfect, but for us, we needed an actual man of God. Despite living three hours away, Gregg made the drive and was the perfect pastor for us.

Let’s start in with many more pics of the pre-wedding, BEFORE we get to the video and the fun reception pictures.

Tina wearing my suspenders, after I decided they were jacking the crotch of my pants up too high…

Standing around at the River Walk…

Decorations at the River Walk…

Sign at the Cave

Tina’s mother and us

My parents and us

Tina’s dad and step-mom and us

Tina and her brother

Dana being pinned…

What time is it?

Tina’s Flowers…

Our rings…

Practicing for our first dance…

Tina and her girls…

Me and the guys…

“I don’t know what to do with my hands…”

The Night Club Floor (where the ceremony and reception were held)…

The Chandelier…

The Program (designed by Tina)

The Flower Girl Baskets…

The Spotlight…

The guests are arriving…

Tina peeking out before the ceremony…

My parents down the aisle…

And our attendants down the aisle…

Here comes the bride…

At the altar…

Happier than I’ve ever been…

The Kiss…

I’ll post more photos after this video, but right now, the video! We couldn’t afford a videographer, so I just asked my thirteen year old nephew to record it with my camcorder. (Unfortunately, I forgot to turn the camcorder on for the reception, so this is the only video we have of the night. At least we have this much, right?) It isn’t the greatest quality, but I am just very thankful that Ethan was able to record it for us at all. For someone who had just learned how to use the camcorder about five minutes before, I think he did a great job. Our ceremony was VERY short – seriously, less than fifteen minutes. That was also important to us.

And yes, I’ll go ahead and own up to this because you may not be able to tell in the video.

I cried.

I cried like a big old baby. But they were tears of joy. I was pledging to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. I don’t know if I’ve ever been happier.

Oh, yeah, and Tina, who cries to the point of dehydration every time she watches Steel Magnolias, did not shed a tear. My boss says women have a tear shut off valve when mascara is involved. I just know that I cried and Tina just looked happy.

It won’t show up very well in the video, but the spotlight (that Tina designed) that shone on the aisle made Tina looked like she was glowing as she walked down the aisle. I’m surprised I didn’t start crying then.

(If it isn’t embedded above, you can watch it here.) [Also, you can somewhat see in the video, my best man/lady Annie and Tina’s maid of honor, Tina, had our rings stored in their respective bras. How many weddings have you been to where both the maid of honor AND best man pulled the ring out of their bra? Probably not many.)

I’ll tell you about the reception, and then all of the photos will be at the very end, because honestly, the night was such a wonderful, fun, exciting, blurry event, I’m not even entirely sure of the order of things. All I know is that we had several guests who told us that our wedding was the first fun wedding they had ever been to; many people agreed that it was truly a magical night.

We had a great reception. Our caterer was a local restaurant called Mariah’s. We had to supply alcoholic drinks, but they took care of everything else for a really low price. We went with a heavy appetizer dinner, which may not have been the greatest idea since our guests were clearly starved. There was still enough food, but just barely.

I’ve always heard that people don’t get to eat at their own wedding. Well, I can definitely testify that Tina and I did not. We got a few bites, but we were so busy speaking to our guests and so forth that we didn’t really get to eat. We even had a mashed potato bar, which sadly… I only got to look at. *sigh*

Our band was the hit of the evening. They were City Lights from Nashville, and they were amazing. (They played the music during the ceremony as well.) I really wish I had set the camcorder up to record, even if it had just been facing a blank wall, to have gotten to save their music. They even learned a few songs that we requested before hand that was not in their repertoire, just to make the night perfect for us.

We requested Michael Buble’s “Everything” for our first dance. We also choreographed our first dance. People applauded. It was great.

I also wanted Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” Their main female vocalist has a gorgeous voice.

Also on the request list, which they played perfectly – “At Last” by Etta James and “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry, among others. I can’t even imagine our reception without our band. Their bandleader, Sam Levine, was an amazing MC. He was fun, clever, and a nice touch to the evening.

Two of the traditions that we tossed were the bouquet toss and garter toss. Tina and I both agree that every wedding we have ever been to, these two tosses are usually… at best, awkward, and at worst, painful. I’ve never been to a wedding that these have truly been a fun part of the night. I’m sure there have been; I’m just saying that the two of us have never seen it happen. So we decided to do away with that tradition entirely.

Instead, to give away the bouquet, we decided to do an Anniversary Dance. This is a tradition where all of the married couples get on the floor. After about a minute of dancing, the MC said, “Now, all couples who have been married for less than twenty-four hours must go sit down.” And of course, Tina and I had to sit down. A bit after that, “All couples married less than a year,” and then “less than five years,” and so on and so forth until only one married couple, the couple married the longest, is left dancing. The married couple left dancing at our wedding was my mom’s best friend, Doris, and her husband, Claudie, who have been married for 46 years. It was an especially emotional time for Doris, as she almost lost Claudie last year to heart disease, but he’s still here and they are still going strong. I could not have been happier with our last couple standing.

Our cake was also tasty. Or rather, I’ve been told it was tasty. The only bite we got was when we served each other. I’ll also point out we did NOT smash it in each other’s faces. We both hate that tradition. I mean, I REALLY hate it. As in… I hate people who set small animals on fire and the cake-smashing tradition about equally. So just a loving bite fed to each other, and then our guests got to eat cake and we get to hear later about how yummy it was, and if we think back, we can vaguely remember, “Yeah, I think that one bite of cake was exceptional.”

Tina made my groom’s cake, which was Super Mario themed! Super Mario and Princess Peach were our only cake toppers for the entire wedding, and they are currently sitting on our piano in the living room. Yes, I am that much of a geek, but it’s also sentimental, as we dressed up as Mario and Peach last Halloween at our engagement party.

Oh, and also… totally not a cake. The bottom layer was brownie, the middle layer was cookie, and the top layer was S’mores. The dampness from the cave made it a bit droopy, but it still looked awesome, and I loved that Tina made it for me.

For table numbers, Tina made books with the number on it. Each book had empty pages in it that our guests could fill out. For instance, one page might say “Predictions for the Bride and Groom.” (Apparently, everyone expects us to have tons of babies.) Another might say “Advice for the Groom” or “The Most Romantic Love Song.” Table Eleven, which consisted of some of my friends from Tae Kwon Do, especially had fun with the “Advice for the Groom” page. Let’s just say that Table Eleven’s Book is one that I won’t let my kids see until they’re of legal, adult age.

The night couldn’t have been more perfect. My jeep was just barely defaced (courtesy of my groomsman Dana).

But for as perfect as the night was, it was just a wedding. My marriage to Tina is what it was all about, and I have never been as happy as I am with her.

The Mario and Peach Cake…

The Wedding Cake…

Quotes from our favorite t.v. shows and movies at each Place Setting…

Glasses for the Mashed Potato Bar…

Cutest kid ever, but I swear I have no idea who this little girl is…

My Sister Jessica and her family…

I swear I am not evil… Really, promise, not evil…

Reception Floor Set Up…

Candles (also made by Tina)…

Centerpieces (again, made by Tina)…

Table numbers…

My defaced jeep, found at the end of the night. Boy, this could have been SO much worse…

Relaxing before our entrance…

Our awesome band, City Lights…

Our first dance…

Alex & Cailynn Dancing…

My Speech…

Funniest, sweetest Best Man Toast ever…

Patti’s toast…

I should have worn bigger socks…

The Anniversary Dance…

And the winners, Doris and Claudie, married 46 years…

We were warned to practice this part… we found it pretty easy… but we’re awesome like that, I guess…

Signing the marriage license…

My sister, Rhonda, and her husband, Larry Wayne…

My mom, Betty Ann, and her best friend, Doris…

My parents, married for 34 years…

Dancing the night away…

And lastly, thank you. Thank you to those of you who were able to go, those of you would have gone if you lived close enough, and those of you who sent Tina and I many messages of support and love. Thank you.

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An On-Like-Donkey-Kong Weigh-In

An On-Like-Donkey-Kong Weigh-In

October 27, 2010
Weight: 343.0
Change from Last Weigh-In: -0.9 pounds
Change from All-Time High: -59.8 pounds

Small loss, but I’m not surprised. I’m also not going to do a happy jig, because I realize that 0.9 pounds is truly nothing. That’s about a quarter of a percent of what I weigh. Not significant.

But at the same time, I’m not beating myself up. I’ve done that for too long.

Instead, as evidence in the title, this next week is On Like Donkey Kong.

And yes, I realize that made me very, very uncool to actually say that phrase, but it is what it is.

Tina and I have been talking, and we’re both just terribly unmotivated. The wedding at least motivated us to work out, even if the weight loss was minimal. We have so many things that we want to do together, and a healthy lifestyle fits in with every single one of them. And for a few of them, I wouldn’t want to do it without being healthy.

I don’t want to be a fat dad. I still have time to avoid this entirely, because (planned) babies are still a few years off.

I want to grow old with Tina. Still decades left to accomplish this, but I need to make sure I’m around to see those decades.

And superficially, we want to be smoking hot the next time we go to the beach! Tina already is smoking hot in my eyes, but I can definitely stand to lose some weight. Well over one hundred pounds. Maybe even 150ish. I don’t know if I’ll ever have six pack abs or tight skin on my midsection, but I sure as heck want to try. And besides, washboard abs may not be possible, but frickin’ huge guns are completely within my realm of possibility.

More facts coming soon, by the way. I still have almost sixty facts to write just to catch up.

And in other news, I’ve started a new blog.

It’s called The Folder. I won’t be updating it nearly as often as this blog, I’m sure, as it exists to chronicle my various submissions and ultimate rejections and acceptances (hopefully more of the latter, but let’s be realistic) as I try to become published. So far, I’ve only written two posts – the first is a welcome post, and the second is about my latest short story submission.

Welcome to the Folder
Story Submission: The Shifter

I also have a cooking blog in the works that I hope will go live this weekend.

And lastly, it would be great if you could swing by Tina’s new blog, Martha Wannabe! Tina is a crafty, kitchen-y, creative person, and this blog is going to be all about that. I have my own wedding post coming very soon, but her first post was all about our wedding, including pictures. So if you would be so kind, swing by her blog and show her some love!

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