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The Proud Owner of a Mortgage

For those keeping score at home, I officially became a landowner today with the completion of sale. That’s right. Chris and Marnie are now the proud owners of a mortgage and possible lifelong debt. Although we don’t actually take possession until noon on Saturday, we are both pretty stoked.

Mount Baker 2007

Farmland + Mt. Baker = My New View – courtesy of Gord McKenna

We’re still a fair bit away from being ready to move, which is somewhat worrisome due to the fact that we move on Sunday, but I think we’ll be fine. We provided our current landlord notice for July 31st, so we actually have time in between to ensure we get everything moved out, cleaned up, and sorted. But still, y’know? And I also guess that this means that I’m officially a grown-up or something like that. Sure it took me a few years longer than most, but I think owning a home and getting engaged all in one year is a good sign for a 31 year old who would like to think he’s still 13.

What do you think? 😀

Wedding Planner Needed

Ever since our engagement, Marnie and I have been busy with life – her with work, while I have both work and what I hope to be a long playoff run for the Canucks. Not only that, but we have decided to look at getting into the market as first-time buyers and have begun our search for our dream home… err… condo/apartment. So life is pretty darn hectic.

This has all added up to make it tough for us to plan our wedding. Not that I have a clue about what we should be doing, looking for, or anything else for that matter.

In what little we have talked about, we were thinking of having our wedding next Spring – late April to early June. We’re still somewhat divided on whether to have it up on the Sunshine Coast or down here in the city, but seem to be leaning toward the city to ensure our guests can make it (I’m partial to the Minoru Chapel). But that’s about it. Crazy, huh?

Spring in Minoru Park, Canada

Minoru Chapel in the Spring – courtesy of Antony Pranata

We want to keep things reasonable (in other words, affordable), but also want to do things nice. My desire is that Marnie gets the wedding she wants, so I’m pretty easy going about that aspect – I simply want to provide input on the colours. But therein lies the problem. I don’t know where to start and don’t have millions and millions of dollars to spend (that Adsense revenue just ain’t at the JohnChow.com level I would like it to be).

Can anyone help me? Or provide suggestions? Please?

Rules of Engagement

When I last posted, it was the NHL Trade Deadline Eve and I was explaining the finer aspects of what is considered by some an unofficial holiday here in Canada. Much has happened since. The Canucks have been on a tear (albeit had a scary one this weekend against Phoenix), Vancouver has been awarded an MLS franchise for 2011 (put down my $100 deposit for two season ticket packages this morning), and Spring arrived.

Oh yeah – I also got engaged!


Marnie – she’s hawt like fyah


The Ring – it’s sparkly

Marnie and I have been together for close to nine years, and it’s my belief that anyone who could put up with me for that long deserves national holiday to be named after them. That being said, we had talked about marriage casually for some time and she had dropped numerous hints that a ring on her finger would be quite nice.

Anywho, when she told me that she wanted to go away a couple weekends ago to spend some time together, I put the wheels in motion to pop the question – seeing as it was to be a romantic trip for us to Saltspring Island. I first bought the ring and then I asked her parents for permission. To ensure she didn’t expect a proposal, I had commented that I wanted to get her a ring and propose but couldn’t afford it at this time (even though I already found what I felt was the perfect ring for her). So when we arrived at Arbutus Point B&B, I’m sure the chance of me popping the question was far from her mind.

In my own unique style, I placed the ring on this counter underneath a large vanity mirror and ensured that all the lights were on nearby to make sure it was as shiny as it could be. Now I’m sure you’re thinking that I should have gone on one knee or maybe had some speech ready to whisk her off her feet, but those that know me would likely understand why I let her find it instead – I’m always playful. Anywho, when she did find the ring, the look on her face of shock and sheer jubilation was priceless.

I can’t believe how nervous I was leading up to it though. Even though I knew the answer and also knew her parents would support us taking the next step in our relationship, it was still quite nerve wracking. That said, I’ve been on cloud nine since – and I don’t want this feeling to ever go away.

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