Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Vision and Parties

Graduation celebrations began early (six months almost to the day!) with Tyler going under the knife, or to be more accurate the laser, and getting Lasik. We have always talked about how much we both want to do this, but it was actually made possible by Tyler's amazing mother with a generous graduation gift. There was a good end of year deal going, so we figured this was the perfect time to say goodbye to glasses. I spent the weeks before being nauseatingly nervous for Tyler, while he had nothing but total excitement for the whole affair. That is, right up until the night before when the nerves kicked in.

On the way to the eye center.

The whole experience was really incredible. I was able to stand outside of the glass surgery room and watch the whole thing on a screen. The procedure only took a couple of minutes. I think it was more traumatizing to be standing on the outside watching a giant screen of his eyeball being worked on. It was pretty amazing, and he walked out of the room totally able to see. It really feels like a miracle. Tyler could not be more thrilled. A few days later and I still catch him with a huge grin on his face and when I ask him what he is smiling about he says something along the lines of "Oh, I can just read that street sign," or "I was just getting into bed and trying to pull my glasses off before I remembered that I don't have them anymore." Lucky guy.

Moments before the procedure. You can actually tell he is nervous here. And here is the after shot. My work holiday party was the same evening as his Lasik, so he played body guard and sported his fancy new Ray Bans indoors. I thought it was a good look.

I am really glad we were able to go to my work party this year. It is always fun to have an excuse to get dressed up and go to a party. The food, entertainment and people were all excellent and really got me in the Christmas spirit. Plus, I was loving Ty's new look. And just for posterity's sake, these are the super hot goggles Ty has to wear to bed for a week. We had a weekend full of parties. Saturday night we went to my bosses house for his annual holiday party. He has the most beautiful home, and we always feel special to be included in his personal party. Afterwards we met up with the Smiths at Cool Moon for some amazing ice cream to pay up on a lost bet. We stopped at the big Christmas tree on Jamison Square for a photo shoot on our way home. We are so lucky to have so many amazing friends. It is always a treat to spend time with Stevenson and Marissa. I have been thinking a lot about life after dental school lately and I am excited to be done with school in about every possible way. The only downside will be leaving this city that we have fallen madly in love with and having all of our friends go in different directions. It will be a very bittersweet time in our lives. Our friends have made this experience nothing but positive. We have grown and learned so much from all of them. And just another of me at 26 weeks and counting. I cannot wait to head home and spend a week with my family and friends. I love this time of year and have felt especially grateful this year for my blessings. Namely, my amazing husband that I love more every day. I didn't know it was possible, but somehow I truly do. Also, my fantastic family. I cannot wait to be home with them. My family goes above and beyond at this time of year and I can't imagine Christmas without them. And my wonderful friends, as mentioned above. And especially this little girl that is growing stronger every day. She has already blessed our lives and made us grow together. We cannot wait to meet her. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, my heart is full and I am grateful for all I have.

Friday, December 16, 2011

A quote on love

I saw this on a blog today and it spoke to me.

"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are.

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two."

Louis De Bernieres