January 8, 2011 by Ellen V
Tomorrow, Eric and I will celebrate our first anniversary. It’s strange to think that a year ago we were spending spare moments praying for good Wisconsin weather, packing for a honeymoon, tying up loose ends, and not moved into our home together! A lot has happened in a year.
We’ve been celebrating all weekend in little ways. Yesterday afternoon, we got a little package from my parents to help us celebrate–a box of brownies and a gift card to our favorite grocery store. Perhaps we’ll splurge on a new bottle of whiskey, our sipping liquor of choice!
Last night, after a lovely little dinner with friends, we were in a good mood and sipping on last glass of wine before bed, so we took the opportunity to exchange gifts. I was thrilled to surprise Eric with a mandoline, which exceeded our usual $25 budget and thus was all the more exciting to give. He can’t wait to slice, julienne, and waffle cut our fruits and veggies!
My ever-sentimental husband stuck with the first anniversary paper theme and gave me, among a few other small things, two bigs I have been dying to have on my shelf. The first is called How to Win Friends and Influence People, written by David Carnegie. First published in 1937, the book was immediately a hit and continues to be widely read. I’m sure it is fairly dated, but it should be an interesting read. The second is Miss Manners’ Guide to Excrutiatingly Correct Behavior by Judith Martin. My copy is from 1982, the book’s first edition. Of course, it has been updated since then, most recently in 2005. I’m overjoyed to have the first edition–a little dated, a little funny, and a lot helpful in the area of etiquette! Clearly, Eric has recognized my interest in etiquette, especially in a modern world where few people seem to even know what the word means. I can’t wait to read what Mr. Carnegie and Ms. Martin have to say!
Tomorrow, on the date of our actual anniversary, Eric and I will go to out dinner at Il Mito, a restaurant well-loved by two members of our wedding party who decided our wedding gift (a gift card to said restaurant) would be best used now, a year after the wedding. What an unexpected and wonderful surprise! We’ll also drink a bottle of wine we purchased on our honeymoon and saved for the occasion. We will toast to a year of (mostly) wedded bliss, and many more to come!