The Big Day has arrived! Not the wedding day…that’s The Big Day for ’08. Our Big Day was the official, everything’s-done move-in day for our home office! Joe and I partnered on a huge, overwhelming task of taking a 1950’s den [which Joe’s brother Adam had described as a VFW hall] and turning it into a spotless, modern Caribbean-blue home office with white shelves and the most amazing white moulding you’ll ever see in your life. I’ve been to designer showcase homes that weren’t this ideally detailed. I’m over the moon!
Getting back to Michael Jordan, yes, he was the first to enter the room. Joe’s framed photo of him was the first item placed on our shelves, quickly followed by my Oprah mug [a gift from O from when I taped the show in Chicago], and my Wonder Woman statuette where she’s fighting a three-headed dragon [I *love* that statuette…every writer should have one!] and my entire library of books. This was the first time I have ever seen *all* of my books lined up in my own home. My Dad has a shrine in his office, but never have I had my work displayed like *this* where I live. So it’s an amazing time right now, as we’re pulling things out of boxes that we forgot we owned [it’s been 6 months].
I think the stress of such a huge project, mixed with the stress of planning a wedding, mixed with the stress of the holidays and more new home business would break most couples. But this is how you test and refine your partnership. We made it through, and now we’re experiencing our first days in the new house *without* the crushing burden of drywall issues and painting issues and spending every waking moment at Home Depot. [Love ya’, Home Depot, but don’t want to be there *all* the time!].
I woke up at 4am just to go downstairs and look at the room, put a few more books on the shelf, and thank my lucky stars that this man, and this life, are mine.