Alex says he thinks its funny how girls view fishing trips. We (girls) show up to a boat, preferably already in the water, with lines baited and beers on ice, ready to roll. We fish, tan, then come home and quickly jump in the shower. By the time we are done getting ready, the fruits of the day, if any, are filleted and neatly packaged, ready to be turned into ceviche or whatever else. All we do is show up, fish, then enjoy the catch.
Before dating Alex, my boating experience was limited and my fishing experience was non-existent (that’s me with my first ever catch, a catfish). I was in for a rude awakening the first time we went out on the water and I learned that boats need to be packed, bait needs to be caught or bought, lines need to be hooked, ice needs to be put in coolers, etc. and that’s BEFORE we even pull out of the driveway. After fishing is the real work. The boat needs to be cleaned, rods put away, fish skinned and cut up. The post-fishing regiment takes Alex about 2 hours (even though he always promises it’ll only be “30 minutes”). Although he doesn’t make me do any of the work myself, I get bored after I’m showered and changed, waiting for him to be done (I should help, I know, but I’m already showered and clean and said it’d only be 30 minutes!).
My perception of fishing, I’ve realized, is how I’ve viewed wedding planning up until this week. I kind of thought/hoped that it would be my job to just show up, looking pretty as ever in a white dress, to a perfectly planned party and do nothing but enjoy it.
As we all know, that’s not the case but I’m so excited at the idea of planning an incredible night for me and Alex and those we love. Although it’ll take a lot of work and time, I don’t want to stand on the sidelines of what will arguably be the most memorable event of my lifetime. To use a fishing analogy, I want to pack the boat and fillet the fish that I am going to enjoy for dinner. This blog will likely be a big sounding board for me… a place where I can bounce off ideas and hear opinions. I hope you’ll join me for the ride.