I’m Miss Wallaby and I am so excited to be writing this post. When I got the email from Pengy, I almost peed my pants from excitement. There was no one here to document that moment on film iPhone, but I probably looked something like this:
NYC, January 2012 / Personal photo
Who are the Wallabies?
One of my favorite photos ever, after a tennis match in spring 2011 / Personal photo
I am Miss Wallaby, a full-time environmental engineer, and part-time nagger of Mr. Wallaby. I am an avid environmentalist, and I spend each day driving environmental compliance and improvement at a petroleum refinery. Outside of work, I love cooking and baking, interior design, shopping, traveling, staying active, politics, pets (a Wallaby furbaby is coming soon after the wedding!), and, of course, above all, I love Mr. Wallaby.
Mr. W and me on a trip last year to Seattle, my hometown / Personal photo
Mr. Wallaby is a chemical engineer—we met at work—and a handsome smartypants. He loves watching and playing sports, keeping up with the latest technology and cars, trying out new restaurants (Houston has so.many. good ones), and hanging out with his close-knit family. He also has a major sweet tooth—case in point:
Jumbo marshmallows. Yup, they exist! / Personal photo
Mr. Wallaby’s family is Persian, and there will be lots of Persian culture infused in the Wallaby wedding. I’ve been learning how to cook Mr. Wallaby’s favorite Persian dishes, and I am hoping to practice a little Farsi that I’ve learned at the wedding and make him proud.
Mr. Wallaby proposed in Central Park on New Year’s Day (more on that later! ), and we’ve been planning our outdoor November wedding in Houston ever since. We’ve slaved away on a lot of DIY projects, we’ve planned a personal, meaningful ceremony, and we’ve booked a lot of awesome vendors, and I can’t wait to share everything with y’all.
Well, the most obvious reason for choosing the Wallaby is that we are headed down under for our honeymoon! I’ll write more on that topic soon, but Mr. W and I have booked a 16-day trip to Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, and several cities in New Zealand. When we were planning out the itinerary, Mr. Wallaby was insistent that we find somewhere to hug a koala—so we will be making a day trip to a nature preserve where we can snuggle up with koalas and, hopefully, fuzzy wallabies!
Dawww! / Photo via Deviant Art
Aside from our travel adventures, Mr. Wallaby and I share a lot in common with the animal. Mr. W, for one, loves basketball (it’s bordering on obsession). Since he was a little kid, he’s been shooting hoops with anyone he can, and he roots for the Houston Rockets through thick and thin. (His unwavering dedication to the Rockets is probably good practice for being a loyal, committed husband.) And so Mr. W has the powerful hind legs of a wallaby, and he is very good at jumping high to shoot hoops.
An agile young wallaby / Image via Wikimedia Commons
An agile young Wallaby, at our engagement session / Photo by Mustard Seed Photography
I am getting more into basketball (obviously Mr. W’s influence!), but my real Wallaby trait is that I was a vegetarian for about five years. Even though I eventually caved and started eating meat again, I still love vegetarian food and I cook a lot of grains and vegetables for Mr. Wallaby. Being healthy is very important to both of us, and so I suppose we take after herbivorous wallabies!
We are just two goofballs who are madly in love and ready to get married already! Our wedding is in just under a month, so our excitement is growing as the big day approaches. Stay tuned for more on the Wallaby wedding journey—I promise not to leave out any of the details.