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We Made It: 1st Anniversary Edition

A year ago today I got dressed in an overly tight dress, spent most of the day deep breathing with my best friends, then walked down the aisle with my dad as I clung to him and tried not to sob. When I made it to Kamel I was relieved and then for the rest of the 40 minute ceremony did my best not to pass out. I married my best friend while sitting down. He made me laugh even then. It was the most important day of my life.

This weekend we rocked a stay-cation at the Fairmont in San Francisco. Our wedding reception was at the Fairmont in Seattle and they said if we came back a year later they would make us our wedding cake for free.

This is the wind-swept face of someone excited about free cake.

The view was to die. The room was in my favorite color and the bed was the kind with too many pillows that you never want to (or can) get out of.

I love hotel soaps more than I probably should. I love hotel towels and hotel lobbies. I love the buttons on the phone that are just little pictures of what you want, like a bellboy or the front desk, or room service. We pushed the room service button a lot.

Free Cake!

In fact, our anniversary weekend consisted mostly of ordering room service and watching TV in bed. Because we are 80, and don’t have cable at home. It was glorious!

Please excuse my bed head, but there were lemon honey pecan pancakes and brioche french toast, and I had to share.

The best part about room service is that 1) I don’t ever have to get completely dressed, and 2) I can eat a little, lay in bed and watch more “Locked Up”, then roll over and eat some more. GLORIOUS I TELL YOU.

Oh and the view. Who needs a dining room when we can have this?

There was a rich-person park, where we imagined rich people take their children on the weekends and sunbathe about the fountains, just a block up the street. We went there on Saturday afternoon for a bit and pretended to fit in.

This is me, sitting on the swings with my awkwardly growing out hair, wishing I lived in the building behind me that probably costs 2k a month for a studio. Le sigh. One can dream. Or pretend and take a bunch of pictures.

More room service. God I love hotel cut melon.

And what is a hotel experience without a bubble bath? In a giant tub? With twice as many bubbles as water?!

That would be a sorely missed opportunity, that’s what.

And then there’s this.

We made it a year! Nobody moved out, nobody gave up. I am still excited every day to see Kamel waiting for me at the train station. He is still my favorite person to sit silently next to on the couch while we are both futzing around on the internet. He puts up with my outrage and my fist shaking, I try my best to pretend to listen to all of the techy crap he loves. So far we’re doing pretty well at conquering the world one day and one adventure at a time.


  1. Congratulations ! And here is for many years of fun and adventures to come. Also free cake (we got free bubbles with dinner at our anniversary dinner) .
    Your weekend looks like lots of fun gotta love park, brioche, french toast…

  2. Happy anniversary, you crazy kids!

  3. aw, happy anniversary Kamel and Lauren! it sounds like a weekend (and a year, actually) well spent

  4. Happy Anniversary, Lauren!!!!!

  5. Happy Anniversary!!

    I love the excessive TV watching. We found ourselves in a motel in Fossil, Oregon and proceeded to shower, jump in bed and watch VH1 documentaries late into the night. One of the Best Nights Evarrrrrr. Oh what not having cable gets us, huh?

  6. Congrats to you two :)

    I think one of my favorite things to do in a fancy hotel is lounge in all the pillows and watch horrible TV. Oh, in the provided bathrobes, of course.

  7. Yay Lauren and Kamel! This looks like a completely wonderful way to celebrate a year of marriage. Fancy hotel beds are the best ever : )

  8. This is fabulous. I want to this really, really badly! Especially the bubble bath. I had so many baths on our honeymoon, partly because it filled-up so much more quickly than our bath at home!

    Happy anniversary to you both.

    • Whoops, I screwed up and posted the comment before typing anything!

      Congratulations on your very first anniversary! May there be many, many more to come — so many that you lose count :)

  9. OMG what kind of cake is that? It looks AMAZEBALLS.

  10. Congratulations and many happy returns of the day, Lauren and Kamel.

    Your weekend looks supremely awesome!

  11. This is so YAY happy and lovely! Congrats on A YEAR! And welcoming me into your family and letting me be a part of your special day. I will never EVER forget it. And the deep breathing :)

  12. Happy Anniversary!

    That cake looks incredible… and free? Whoa. Excuse my drooling. 😉

    We spent this weekend at my mom’s house (she’s out of town), and we spent a lot of time in bed watching all the junk TV we never get to see anymore, now that we don’t have cable. Total blast.

  13. I love you two!!! Here’s to many many MANY more fabulous years together! xo!

  14. “Nobody moved out, nobody gave up.”

    Love it. Looks like your stay-cation was glorious. Here’s to many, many more happy years! (and fancy stay-cations!)

  15. Congratulations!!

    That park is really where tourists and people with dogs go. I am there almost daily and have never seen any rich parents

  16. Congratulations! I saw some of the early pictures, I think you tweeted them? GORGEOUS. I’m glad you did go back!

    You had me thinking about whether or not we might do something. Doesn’t quite feel … right.

  17. I think we are going to have to do this for our second anniversary in November. Perhaps. Since we just spent the equivalent of an entire year of my take home income (nearly) on six weeks in Europe and are now rather broke…
    Looks like you had an awesome time. Congratulations!

  18. Congratulations! Super yay for one year. 😀

    (Ps, that cake looks delish. I want to steal it.)

  19. Congratulations! We’re coming up on 2 years in September. We spent our 1st anniversary at a cabin in VT, with our dog, making our way around the beer trail. 2nd anniversary is TBD, but we’re leaning toward spending a day in Williamsburg as I picked up a not-Groupon for a wine flight for 2 at a wine bar there. The Yankees are at home, so it’s a tempting idea. I love having reasons to celebrate. :)

  20. Belated Congratulations!!!!

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