I can’t believe I’m saying hello to the hive right now! When I got Pengy’s email, it was a moment of disbelief. I had just gotten home from a coffee date with a friend, where I told her I was still waiting to hear back about that application I sent in to blog for the ‘Bee. When I saw the email in my inbox, I was expecting to be a little disappointed, and already thinking about how I would craft my application to apply again. But then I opened the email, read the first few lines, and started squealing. Yes, hive, I will freely admit to you that I ran laps around our one-bedroom apartment (scaring both Mr. Otter and our little furbaby, Khloie) squealing with glee that I’m a BEE!
So now that I’ve finished squealing and proclaiming that I’m really a bee (and triple checking my email to make sure I didn’t just get confused), I must introduce you to myself and Mr. Otter.
Personal photo / Mr. Otter and me
I was born and raised in Indiana, and Mr. Otter is a transplant (since elementary school) from Michigan. We first met in high school, but didn’t really start unofficially dating until a year or so later when we were both spending time at a mutual friend’s home. After a few years apart, we officially started dating in June of 2010…and he moved in with me in my college town just a month later. On November 11, 2011, we got engaged.
Whew! Whirlwind, I know. But both of us are like that—when we know something is the right thing, we just go for it. Now, while we’re both very, very similar, we also have some differences. Most often, you’ll notice that Mr. Otter is cool as a cucumber, while I’m often too type-A to completely calm down. Also, I thrive on organization, color coordination, and planning, while the mister tends to fly by the seat of his pants. I guess those things make it easier for us, though—nobody to fight with me over my colored pens.
Personal photo / Our furbaby, Khloie, who will be attending the wedding!
Why the Otters, you may ask? Well, I saw on Twitter that the ‘Bee had a new set of monikers out. Immediately, I tweeted to Mrs. Fox that I just HAD to be accepted, because I simply MUST be Miss Otter. Thankfully, I did get accepted, and Otter was still up for grabs!
And now for just a few details before I start telling you everything: We’re planning a simple, small(ish) wedding for April of 2013. My favorite words to describe the wedding we’re trying to plan are simple, rustic, and romantic.
I can’t wait to have all of you along for the ride!