|Brian and Jordan with their pug and their parents' dogs.|
Welcome to the Nest, everyone! Welcome to the new chapter in our lives, where Brian and I, newly married, learn what being legally and spiritually bound together really means. Sounds daunting? Sister, you ain’t lyin’. As we talked about in the prologue, we are gearing up to tackle marriage in all its messy glory, learning what it means to build a life, home, and family (puppies, not babies) together.We've got a pretty good idea of what it takes to be a good team--if you aren't yet familiar with Project: Priceless, we invite you to scope out our wedding project, where we borrowed, traded, and received gifted items to put together our entire wedding. But we're not naive: we know this next step in our journey--being married to each other--is a whole new kettle of fish.
We plan to chronicle on The Nest all the various aspects of this journey. We’ve narrowed down our goals for the first year.
THE GOALS OF THE NEST
Build a Nest: Make our ramshackle apartment, made up of two very different lives, develop into something new and cohesive. Most importantly, do it in P:P style: with little cost and lots of collaborative creativity, encouraging barter, trade, and freecycling.
Cohabitate: Looking at this word literally, our goal is to learn to live together…everything from decisions to dishes.
Feed Each Other: Learn to cook food that has at least one part of it that doesn’t come premade. We'll be looking for help on this one. Lots.
Stay Acquainted: Find things to do in the city together so we don’t end up fermenting on the couch, eventually melding together into one big mossy couch lump.
Feed the Fire: Keep things spicy. You know what we mean.
Improve Thyself: Taking steps to keep healthy, smart, sexy, and worldly. We never want to run out of things to say or ways to impress each other.
We also plan to maintain the principles that made Project: Priceless—the Wedding Experiment so wonderful:
COMMUNITY: Be involved with our community, local businesses, and local people as much as possible. Utilizing, as always, social media tools to do so. Maintain a focus on finding ways to trade with, and promote, indie talent.
DIY: As much as possible, try to do things ourselves--and/or foster the DIY skills of others. DIY means learning new skills, saving money, and fostering creativity. Also, it means that, perfect or not, things will be unique…and that’s one of our favourite things.
ECO-ECONOMY: This is a newer term, used typically to label the concept of an economy that respects the earth. We’d like to take this one step further: our goal is to find ways to be ecologically friendly while also being economical. The trouble is that, while there are some kick-butt eco-friendly concepts out there, many of them are just way out of reach of people with lower-to-middle-class incomes. Our goal is to find ways to spare the earth and our budget.
CONNECT WITH US
Project: Priceless—The Wedding Experiment was a success because a community—an international community of people connected through the ‘net—helped us build that success. Read along with The Nest, and communicate with us! Share ideas to help us with this project. We want to hear your suggestions on new projects, activities, and ideas. And if you’re a local artisan or indie business, you know we love to hear from you; if your craft fits in with the P:P Nest goals, we want to visit with you and talk about what you do! So don’t be strangers, everyone. Tweet, comment, and email; we continue to welcome you along on our journey.