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September. In Instagrams.   Goodbye, old friend. I got my first passport in 2006 when I was 25 years old. Now nearly ten years later my passport has seen me through 36 countries. Time to send it off for renewal! #passport #travel A photo posted by Val Bromann (@choosingfigs) on Sep 2, 2015 at 7:40am PDT I was really sad to let me passport go. But I had less than six months validity left and a trip to Thailand in my future. Sigh. I got my first passport in 2006, at age 25 and in that time it saw...

Heather and I moved in together when we were both going through some of the toughest times in our lives. It occasionally made for a pretty depressing (and very messy) apartment, but it was good for us both. We needed each other. We understood when one of us needed to talk or to drink or to stare blankly at a television. I didn't judge when she'd eat Mexican food in the bathtub. She didn't judge when I'd go through a box of cookies in one sitting. We helped each other get through. Though we had gone to college together, we didn't...

I don't have the best track record at weddings. I always end up crying over something stupid, crying over being the perpetually single girl who was somehow sat next to an empty chair at the table (twice), crying over some stupid boy who is ignoring me for someone else, crying over the fact that I always seem to catch the bouquet (three times) in some sort of cosmic "yeah right" moment. Plus that whole open bar thing always seems to help perpetuate those desperate feelings. Alcohol plus singledom plus everyone else's love and happiness can sometimes be a recipe for...

I am in love with a $4,000 wedding dress. Like. In Love. Like. Considering buying it in love. Like. I actually asked my financial panther if I could take $4,000 out of my account to buy it in love. Like. If it was $3,000 cheaper it would probably be in my closet right now in love. There is so much ridiculousness in this that I don't know where to begin. First of all I am not getting married any time soon. Any. Time. Soon. Second of all, it's $4,000 (or so). Which is about $3,500 over any budget I might ever have to buy...

Confession: If you were to look at my gmail calendar you would see that my wedding is scheduled for June 12. I'm not sure when, exactly, that was penciled into my calendar but it's right there; right between ribfest and a photojournalism class. The date was picked years ago, after realizing that both of my best friends got married on the 12th of the month I decided that I should too and probably, jokingly, added it to my calendar sometime around then. Years later and it's there on my calendar, a taunting reminder that my life isn't really on track to where...

Daisy, Daisy, Give me your answer do! I'm half crazy, All for the love of you! It won't be a stylish marriage, I can't afford a carriage But you'll look sweet upon the seat Of a bicycle made for two. There was a bicycle built for two a Jen and Andrew's wedding. So, of course, several people took it for a spin around the parking lot. And so, of course, I gave it a try myself...