a short history of nearly everything;

It seems to me that I’ve been writing lots, but saying very little, up here of late. So, if you’re at all interested in how life at the moment:

Plans for the Wedding of Awesome continue at a slow crawl. We wanted a low key, informal wedding – the equivalent of a big summer house party with great music and a barbecue. Of course, the biggest flaw in that plan is that neither of us owns a big house, and only a few people in Scotland who do are happy enough to hire one out for the numbers we’re talking about. They all seem to be in the middle of nowhere too, which gets me worried that nobody’s going to be able to come…

They say the average cost of a wedding is now over £20,000 – something which is completely at odds with Jay and I, our relationship and everything we stand for. While hiring a house comes nowhere near that price, it’s still more than I anticipated and there are times when I just feel like screaming to hell with it all and let’s just find a local hotel like everybody else. As well as my ever-patient husband to be, two persistent voices keep me from chucking it in. One says “poncey food” and the other, “bar prices”.

It feels like such an old-woman thing to say, but I’m conscious of how fast time is passing. It seems like only yesterday I was booking my flights to the US and the trip seemed such a long way off. As it is, I’m jetting off in LESS THAN A MONTH… and I’d really rather that we had a date and a venue for our wedding by that point because I know there are a lot of people on the other side of the Atlantic who are pretty keen to make plans! Who knows, perhaps by the time you read this (I’m writing on Sunday, as has been my habit over the past few weeks – it means more posts for you, and less stress for me!) everything will be sorted. Fingers crossed, eh?!

I don’t mean to complain. There are so many things to be excited about. The wedding, the trip… and the inevitable glut of late album announcements from my favourite bands! You’ll doubtless have seen me squeal elsewhere that a new album from the Mountain Goats is due in early October, and you can see the tracklisting (and hear a preview!) at the website. Songwriter John Darnielle describes The Life of the World to Come as “twelve hard lessons the Bible taught me, kind of”, which couldn’t appeal more to my interests if he tried.

6th October is just going to be the best day EVER because the new Lucero album is out the same day! But if you can’t wait that long, there’s a special digital download available if you preorder directly from the band right NOW. There are horns. Oh yes, there are horns.

And before all that awesomeness kicks off, we’ve got another weekend in the Midlands coming up too.



  1. August 4, 2009 / 7:12 pm

    COME TO LONDON FOR THE MOUNTAIN GOATS. It is our bezzerversary, more or less.

    I don’t understand why weddings are so complicated, other than the whole industry is set up to suck money from people like marrow and thus is completely resistant to anyone who wants to be less than conventional. Let me know what I can do.

    • August 4, 2009 / 9:42 pm

      It does sound perfect and I think my heart will have to rule my head on this occasion. I mean, a Saturday night! Our Bezzerversary! And a band that you never got to see last time around.

      Tickets on sale Friday, aye? x

  2. August 5, 2009 / 12:27 am

    I did see them last time – it was the tour before that I missed! Kaite bailed on me and I stood through a gig on my own which I’d never done before.

    Yeah, we have to see them together. Nobody else gets it like we do. I think it’s Friday, I’ll get two x

  3. Ari
    August 5, 2009 / 6:07 am

    Planning a wedding is stressful enough, the money just makes it all the worse. Best of luck with the decision making!!

    • August 5, 2009 / 9:20 am

      Cheers honey! x