this weekend was decidedly low-key, as they've been lately. i spent it cleaning, writing notes, making a cobbler, cooking dinner, making pumpkin spice pancakes. all the things one does as the weather starts to slowly but surely get colder and colder and the days shorter and shorter. on saturday brian and i went out for dinner - our last one as fiancees! - to a favorite here in new york city, kin shop. it's always on point and always delicious, along with it being a nice break from all the wonderful italian restaurants we frequent so often. it was brain's first time there and he ate an oyster - granted it was a fried oyster - but still, a small miracle. on our first date brian ordered a burger - hold the lettuce, hold the tomato, hold the onion, hold the mustard, ketchup on the side - and a coke. i ordered eggplant parm and a glass of wine. the past few years we have shaped and changed each other and push and challenged one another in what i think are mostly good ways. whether it's as small as eating an oyster or taking a new job or moving to a new city or starting a family or buying a pair of shoes a little off the beaten path, it's a whole lot easier sometimes to do it with the support of your love by our side - encouraging you, pushing you, cheering you on. i'm looking forward to seeing what the coming years bring us, what changes we encourage in one another, and what adventures we will find ourselves on. all in all, i'll just be happy to have him by my side.