The Weekend I Got a Life Partner

Sunday, December 15, 2013

On Friday evening I performed in the Mary Scruggs Festival with my fellow actooors at the Second City in a short sketch called "Refill My Water." I don't want to boast, but I'm pretty sure we killed it. We refilled that imaginary water like it was nobody's business.


Afterward we went across the street to Old Town Ale House and drank a few pitchers to celebrate the fact none of us forgot any of our lines and that I remembered to zip up my fly before going on stage. Shortly after midnight, when I was on my way back home the snow started falling and I snapped this pic.


And on Saturday morning I woke up to this winter wonderland.




These photos don't even begin to capture the beauty that was Lincoln Park just a few days ago. Sadly my neighborhood is a big pile of sloshy mess now, but for those few hours it sure was pretty.

Wanna know what else happened on Saturday? I got myself a life partner. Chris and I braved the snow to march down the street to the UPS store so we could sign the papers in front of the lovely notary to make things official. And yes, it was just as magical as I'd always hoped it would be!


If you follow me on Pinterest you'd know that I've been pinning ideas for this big day for a long time now! I planned out every last detail, from what the inside of the UPS store would look like, to what music I would listen to on my iPhone while walking there, and even which winter headband I would wear. We celebrated after by going to Austrian Bakery for soup and sandwiches (just like I had pinned.) And of course I was just smitten the entire time, this is a day that I've dreamed about since I was a little girl after all!

Okay, feel free to call bullshit anytime. You all should know by now I don't plan anything on Pinterest, especially anything wedding related. It's just not my thing. The paper Chris and I signed is just so I can get on his health insurance. My lovely job as an "independent sales contractor" unfortunately doesn't offer health insurance, luckily I've got my life partner to cover that for me now. Because we've lived together for over three years now, we're kinda common-law married, or something backwoods like that.

And just to clear up any confusion we're not against marriage by any means, it's just not something either of us are too concerned about right now. Is that weird? Perhaps. Maybe someday we'll get the itch, maybe we won't. Que sera sera.

*dress can be found here at Junieblake.

Because my mom hadn't been to Chicago in nearly a month she decided last minute to jump on a plane to come out and spend the weekend. So we put on some holiday dresses just for the hell of it and drank fancy champagne and went out for dinner on Saturday evening at The Peasantry.

I ordered the lamb gyros and was served this. Don't get me wrong, it was delicious. But let's just say we do gyros a little different in Nebraska. I have two words for you- King Kong. If you're from Nebraska you know what I'm talking about.


And on Sunday we woke up just in time for bloodys and French toast at Two Sparrows just a few blocks north from us. Yes, that's beef jerky. And yes it's just as delicious as you'd think it is.



After brunch we went to see the film Nebraska. I was especially excited to see it because a lot of it was filmed in my hometown. Last fall I actually got the pleasure of meeting Alexander Payne and all of the stars of it (including MacGruber) and it was awesome. Will Forte and Mr. Payne were two of the most genuinely nice people ever. And get this, when I met Alexander he actually said to me, "You must be Taylor, I've been looking forward to meeting YOU." Guys, Alexander Payne said he was excited to meet me. I'm sure he says this to everyone he meets because he's just cool like that, but still. It's something I won't ever forget.

I know the film hasn't gotten the best feedback from my fellow Nebraskans because some of them took a little offense to it, but I really liked it. Who cares if it mostly just portrayed the hicks from our smallest towns around the state? Newsflash- we've got a lot of them, but so does every state. No reason to get all upset by it.

After the movie we once again ventured out into the cold to head to zoo lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo. We lasted about ten minutes before saying screw it and walked back home. It was just way too cold to be outside.




As you can see, it was a pretty great weekend. As for tomorrow I'll be spending all day long on this stage at iO preparing for my first Monday Night Live show I'll be acting in. I'm in about six sketches and haven't even began to start learning my lines. So wish me luck on that...



Catch ya later. Happy Monday.


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36 comments:

  1. I really don't even like snow but your photos are making me sort of crave it, so beautiful! Also congratulations on your new life partner!

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  2. Congrats on health insurance! I have two more years on my dad's plan {thanks obama} and then will begin reevaluating how healthy I really need to be. We'll see how that goes. Also Two Sparrows looks delicious! Adding that to my brunch list.

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  3. awesome girl! and i understand because im not dead set on marriage either. nice to have something in common with ya :)
    XO,
    Ellen
    www.askawayblog.com

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  4. Congratulations on your special day! ;)

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  5. Congratulations on officially having a life partner. I know that it was the most beautiful moment you ever did see. Must have been so romantic. The pictures of the snow are just gorgeous. Look at you using your big girl camera!!! Good luck tonight! Knock em dead as us Texans say...or maybe that's just me.

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  6. Your weekend sounds great - and the winter wonderland - it's pretty for a few hours and then people start driving!! Where did you get your winter headband thingy?

    http://blovedboston.blogspot.com

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  7. Well congratulations on getting health care. I mean a life partner. I mean getting married? I've confused myself, regardless...congrats! Also, you and your mom are the most adorable things that I've ever seen.

    › xo fal • falfindshappiness.blogspot.com

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  8. Your winter snow pictures are just beautiful! And congrats on your life partner status! No judging about marriage plans, to each his (or her!) own :)

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  9. I feel like it was just yesterday you were posting all those beautiful foliage pics, and now you're posting even more beautiful snow pics.

    P.S. LOVE your dress in the pic with your mom :)

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  10. Woo hoo so exciting!! Such a fab weekend and I know I say this every time but ugh, you make me wish I was living there or could possibly live there at some point in my life. Maybe next life time.. xo

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  11. I saw your "life partners" insta photo, and I thought to myself "what the hell does taylor mean by 'life partners?' I'm sure she's up to something." Congratulations and best wishes on getting health insurance!

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  12. man you are busy!! good luck tonight, I know you'll be great. and also congrats!!!! i like your outlook on marriage, honestly what's the rush?!

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  13. Congrats on the life insurance! I am still free loading off my parents because that shit is expensive. Good luck at your show tonight!

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  14. Love the outdoor pictures! I almost went outside to take some during the snow but decided it was much nicer inside the sauna I had made our condo haha. Yay for insurance!!! : )

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  15. Those snow pictures are so ridiculously beautiful! They look like a painting or postcard or something to this jealous Florida girl!

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  16. Those pictures!!!! The snow!!!!! What I wouldn't give to experience that at least one time!!! That snow is beautiful!!

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  17. That was a lot to take in at once.....the snow.....the life partners...the fact your mom just hopped on a plane to come and drink Champagne with you! Sounds like a fabulous weekend :-)

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  18. We have the same christmas ornaments! :) But sounds like a fab weekend and congrats on life partnership!

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  19. This post made me like you even more. 110% agree on marriage. We follow the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy and definitely don't need a $15,000 wedding to validate our relationship.

    Congrats on life partnership! Oh and health insurance, that stuff is muy importante.

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  20. Congratulations on the life partner and health insurance! I love it!! We are definitely on the same page as far as the marriage thing is concerned!

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  21. Yeah for health insurance! What a dreamy day, the UPS store must of added to the ambiance! Good luck tonight!

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  22. Your photos are all wintery and magical..but just one thing. WHERE IS HARLOW!

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  23. even mom came down to celebrate dat lyfe partnership, yo! and you win for best winter pictures - that one with the snow and the lights man, you kinda make me want to go freeze my hiney off!

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  24. Absolutely beautiful winter pics! And congrats! Lol :)

    ~Katy

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  25. The winter pictures are so fun, and that Bloody Mary looks fantastic. Never thought to throw a piece of jerky in there, but why not!

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  26. I went to check out that white dress and it looks way cuter on you than on the website's model. I'm guessing you're pretty tall because it's a flattering length on you versus the length on the model.
    If I had to do it over I would not get married (and I'm not saying that because I'm divorced). I just don't see much need for it. Whatever works!

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  27. I love photos of snow, and yours are bloody cool indeed, it sounds like you had a great weekend......

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  28. ooh those lights were pretty. I'm pretty sure we got dumped on by the same storm that dumped on you. All pretty for about 2 hours. Then just a huge mess.

    Break a leg! : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  29. Yay health insurance!! (and love, duh).

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  30. nice on the health insurance!
    And that snow looks so pretty. One day I want to live in a city where it snows in winter. (our endless sunny days in winter do tend to get a bit boring)

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  31. We had an amazing breakfast Sunday morning at 2 sparrows too! Something about a goat cheese cinnamon roll that makes pitchers at the pony not so bad. I, for one, love all the snow we have! in 2 weeks, im sure the slush and all my ruined boots will regret me ever saying that.

    Have a great Christmas!

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  32. Okay, totally late to the party here, but just came across this and I have to know... How do you declare life partner status and get on someone's insurance?! My boyfriend's company is a billion miles away and no dentists here take his insurance. We just bought a house and it seems crazy I can't get him on my insurance because we aren't married...

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