Things have been a bit crazy!

    I haven’t posted in a while, things have been super crazy.  Nicole and I are trying to get married by June 1st, and the State of NY has made it impossible.  We were denied a marriage license.

To make a long story short, Nicole’s biological last name is on her birth certificate, not her adopted last name which she has used her whole life.  After two trips to city hall they told us she had to get a legal name change which is outrageous and ridiculous, especially because she was just issued a US passport no problem, using that same birth certificate.  We stormed out of city hall super annoyed. At first we were determined to book a flight to Vegas while giving the much deserved middle finger to New York.  We could have afforded the trip but it would have been tight.  We cooled down, and started to do some research.  Buffalo is about 4 hours from Cleveland, and Ohio issues same day marriage licenses with only a photo ID requirement.  No waiting day, no B.S., you’re in and your out.  I called down there and confirmed so that there would be no surprises.  So on May 4th, we are heading to Ohio.  The Vegas style wedding chapel is actually in Columbus, so we are driving there first, then driving to Cleveland to spend the day/night.  I’ve personally never been to Cleveland so I am actually excited.  If anything, the State of New York has given us an excuse to get away for a fun weekend.  We will have a good time.  Among the destinations during our wedding weekend, is this:

Not sure what this is?  Look in the window… that’s right.  Ralphie’s house restored!

Nicole found out about this online.  I visited their website and they sell things from the movie, so of course I will be buying a full sized leg lamp for our dining room bay window so that the next Christmas rules.  Also in Cleveland, I’d like to stop here for lunch:

The Great Lakes Brewery Brewpub

For dinner that night, we will do something special to celebrate our successful out of state marriage, something fancy, we haven’t yet decided on a place.  
     As crazy as everything has been, this should be fun and we are pretty excited.  More to come!

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