Sep 182010

Part of my prolonged absence from the blog here (other than the obvious excuse of being lazy), is that one of the most momentous days in my life transpired recently. Cody and I got married!

Though things were frantic as hell from Thursday 8/5 through Saturday 8/7 (the day of the wedding), the ceremony went off without a hitch and was absolutely perfect. Cody’s bridesmaids and my groomsmen processed to the opening title of Star Trek: First Contact, while Cody and her father processed to Hyperspace (which features the Binary Sunset/Force theme) from The Empire Strikes Back.

Our parents each read one of our four readings, with my mom starting with the Declaration of Principles (of the Interstellar Alliance) from Babylon 5, my dad following with a slightly edited-down version of Scalzi’s 15 Years post, Cody’s dad with Taylor Mali’s Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog, and Cody’s mom finishing with Us Two by A.A. Milne.

I wrote my vows fairly early on, which highlighted two major things: that I could never adequately express in any volume of words the depth of my love for Cody, and that the duties of a husband were not unlike those of a starship. Cody’s vows were finalized the day of, and I had no idea what they would be like until she spoke them during the ceremony. They were heartbreakingly beautiful, while still containing a wonderful amount of humor (promising to heal me when I wasn’t feeling confident in my tanking, to smile and laugh even when I repeat my latest catch phrase for the 100th time, and similar). I definitely got choked up.

We recessed to “Wander My Friends” from Battlestar Galactica and kicked off the biggest party of our lives. The food was amazing, the place was amazing, our photographer was amazing, our wedding party (and our extended wedding party — I’m looking at you, Sarah, Lisa, and Sally!), our family and friends — all amazing. Evidently, Cody and I managed to make it through our first dance without me making us look like total fools. Becky gave an adorable speech, despite laryngitis, and Nick and Jeff followed with possibly the greatest best man speech in the history of best man speeches. No, I’m not kidding. It was epic.

The party lasted until we had to shut down around 11pm or so, and then we simply relocated to the hotel to continue the festivities. Eventually, that party wound down too. The next day, many of us reconvened at Cody’s family’s cabin on Lake Monomanoc. On the way home, Cody, Kt, Ron, and I developed the epic mythos of GRO-TON while passing through Groton, and its neighboring towns of Littleton and Acton (pronounced “Action”). We also had Fras and Jess over to play Rock Band the next day. All in all, a splendid time.

And then Cody and I went on our first cruise. How to describe a cruise to someone who’s never been on one before? It’s more than just being “on a boat” and going somewhere tropical (Bermuda, in our case). To me, as a sci-fi fan, it was a fantasy-indulging taste of what it might be like to be aboard a futuristic spaceship (one featuring artificial gravity, for instance…). It was also a taste of peace. When we weren’t sleeping or eating, Cody and I spent most of our time just sitting on our balcony, overlooking infinite blue, reading. We had no other concerns. Just be with each other, read a book, and look out on the water. Incredible.

We’ve already been stirring the waters (har har) amongst our friends and family to do an epic group cruise at some point. We’ve also talked about making cruising an annual thing. It was that good.

So, all in all, the wedding was a phenomenal success and without a doubt counts as the happiest day of my life1.

  1. Subject to revision on the birth of children, whenever we get around to it! []
Oct 092009

I originally caught this at Lifehacker, which posted from the NYT. I’ve paraphrased the list and condensed it, with explanations below.

  1. Don’t eat egg salad from a vending machine.
    • Or eggs from a carton.
  2. You can’t leave the table until you finish your fruit.
  3. Meals prepared at home, served at the table, are more appreciated and more healthful than food eaten on the run.
  4. Breakfast, you should eat alone. Lunch, you should share with a friend. Dinner, give to your enemy.
    • I don’t understand this rule.
  5. Don’t eat anything that took more energy to ship than to grow.
    • The emphasis here is to buy local, organic foods rather than imported food. It’s usually fresher and has required less chemical processing.
  6. Never eat something that is pretending to be something else.
  7. Don’t yuck someone’s yum.
  8. Make and take your own lunch to work.
  9. If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you are not hungry.
  10. Eat until your are seven-tenths full and save the other three-tenths for hunger.
    • The point is to enjoy what you eat without eating too much.
  11. Eat foods in inverse proportion to how much its lobby spends to push it.
    • Key example: corn byproducts (i.e. high-fructose corn syrup).
  12. Go ho, go shiki, go mi (Japanese for five cooking methods, five colors, five flavors) for each meal.
    • Go ho: Five cooking methods (i.e. steaming, simmering, grilling, sautéing, raw)
    • Go shiki: Five colors
    • Go mi: five flavors (i.e. sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy)
  13. Avoid snack foods with the “oh” sound in their names
    • Doritos, Fritos, Cheetos, Tostitos, Hostess Ho Hos
  14. The law of diminishing marginal utility from economics: each additional bite is generally less satisfying than the previous bite
    • 3 bites from 5 plates/dishes is more satisfying than 15 bites from 1 dish
  15. Don’t eat anything you aren’t willing to kill yourself.
    • I suspect this is aimed at we carnivores from vegetarians.
  16. No second helpings, no matter how scrumptious.
  17. When drinking tea, just drink tea.
    • Tea is not a tea bag, water, milk, and sugar. Tea is a tea bag and water.
  18. When eating, don’t talk about other past meals, whether better or worse.
  19. Don’t create arbitrary rules for eating if their only purpose is to help you feel in control
    • If you have to choose between eating ice cream and spending all day obsessing about eating ice cream, eat the damn ice cream.
  20. It’s better to pay the grocer than the doctor.
  21. Emphasis added to the rules I consider most important.