“Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.” – G.K. Chesterton

I’m Kate. I’m marrying a wonderful man, who we shall refer to as C. C is still trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. We both are. But we’re figuring it out together, I guess. Isn’t that the whole point of life? My dad says that you’re never done figuring out what you want to do with your life. If you’re done, you’re dead. So figure on, young lovers! This blog will track our soon-to-be newlywed “adventure” and all that comes before and after. It’s called Nested. Why? I’m glad you asked!

As I am not only a writer, but a deeply nerdy person, I refer you to one of the least utilized books of this, our modern day: the dictionary. Only slightly less used are, perhaps, the thesaurus, The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud, and all books about endowing harp seals with the powers of speech. But I digress.

Nest


noun \ˈnest\ Remember those?

1              a: a bed or receptacle prepared by an animal and especially a bird for its eggs and young


b: a place or specially modified structure serving as an abode of animals and especially of their immature stages nest>

c: a receptacle resembling a bird’s nest  

2                     a:  a place of rest, retreat, or lodging : Home nest>


3              the occupants or frequenters of a nest



4              a: a group of similar things nestof giant mountains — Helen MacInnes>


 


5              a group of objects made to fit close together or one within another


6              an emplaced group of weapons I refer you to this post’s title.

Examples of NEST (noun)

1.     The bird built a nest out of small twigs.


2.     If you look closely, you can see a nestin that tree.


3.     They lived in a cozy little nestin the suburbs.


Nest

verb \ˈnest\ Action!

1              to build or occupy a nest : settle in or as if in a nest

2              to fit compactly together or within one another

3              to form a nest for

4              to pack compactly together

5              to form a hierarchy, series, or sequence of with each member, element, or set contained in or containing the next <nested subroutines>

Examples of NEST (verb)

1.     Robins nested in the tree.


2.     She studied the nestinghabits of the turtle.


3.     The set of four chairs can nestinto one stack.


4.     The smaller bowl is designed to nestinside the larger one.



“nest.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, 2011.Web.26 April 2012.


Thank you, Mr. Merriam, Mr. Webster. Now we shall examine some examples of the word nest that I have come up with:

1.       The young couple began to build a nesttogether.

2.       Decorating a swank nest on an Old Milwaukee budget is soul crushing.

3.       Convincing C that yes, a proper nestneeds more than two spatulas, and that no, meat is not the new bread, is an ongoing process.

4.       At times, Kate wants to kick C out of the nest.

5.    C plays lots of video games in his part of the nest known as the “mancave”.

6.       Sometimes C’s playing of video games is what makes Kate want to exile him from the nest in the first place.

7.       Kate and C nest well together. Even if he has weird habits.

8.       When nesting, Kate enjoys being the big spoon.  Try and tell me it doesn’t work.


At of the conception of this blog, we are 107 days from the wedding. Terrifying? Yes. But C and I are embarking on the more immediate adventure of cohabitation. We are two baby birds just fallen out of our own old, comfortable nests that had more than enough closet space into a new, rented nest for both of us.

Yes, I said rented. Yes, that means that there is no closet space. Yes, that also means that we are trying to create little cubby holes for all of our belongings with nothing more than a prayer. Oh, and The Container Store.

It also means that there is 12 square feet of grass out front for my 80 lb. labradoodle, Lola, to use when she visits. Which I hope will be often. So to recap, here are the talking points of our new apartment: tiny closets, zero counter space, grass the size of a doormat. But it’s ours!

I promise that this blog will include more than me complaining about how none of C’s socks match or how hard assimilating all of your crap with another person’s crap can be. I’ll probably try to cover decorating on a budget, cooking good food on a budget, organizing on a budget, travel on a budget, and having fun, you guessed it, on a budget. I’ll talk about my writing (or sometimes, my lack thereof). I’ll wax on annoyingly about my joint custody arrangement with my mom regarding our dogs, Lola and Rigby.  But more than anything, I’ll probably end up writing about two crazy kids just trying to make it. [Insert appropriate Jerry McGuire quote] I hope you’ll stick around to see how it all turns out!

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