Happy 21st Anniversary To Michael And Me

Today, Michael and I celebrate our 21st anniversary together.  It’s also our 12th official wedding anniversary – we kept the same day of the year because I used to be blond and can’t remember too many dates 🙂

I posted  this last year and it still sums up how I feel.  I love you, Michael!

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October 17, 1994, I met Michael Caprio for the first time.

I was on the road with the pre-Broadway tour of the Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” and we were in Minneapolis recording our cast recording. Michael was VP of Publicity and Marketing for the record label. 

“It only takes a moment, for your eyes to meet and then…”

It was one long day of me watching Michael from across the studio, and as I found out later, Michael kept his eye on me, too.  And boy, am I glad.

Twenty-one years, two marriage certificates (one in Toronto, Canada, one in Palm Springs, CA), one cancer journey and six dogs later – here we are.

We actually are very different people. Michael is very social and loves being out in the world; he loves seeing the world and meeting lots of people, and people love him back. I love our friends, but in small doses where I can focus on them and their lives one at a time. I love being home with the dogs in our own little world.

As I mentioned to some friends last night, Michael gets special points as he endures my emotional roller coaster ride with politics during election season.  He’s so calm as I yell at the TV during presidential debates.

And somehow, this all works really, really well.

I love being married to Michael. I love our life together.

Happy anniversary, happy anniversary, happy anniversary – HAAAAPPY anniversary!

A few pics from the short journey together – so far:

First pic Michael ever sent me after we met, from the set of a photo shoot for the record label he was
VP of publicity for at the time.  Can you say “cute”???

From a Mammoth Ski weekend after a long day of skiing

My favorite pic with Michael

First wedding!  Toronto, October 17th, 2003
Senior Justice Lauren Marshall was very gracious to officiate the marriage for us.

Getting married in Palm Springs, CA, right before 2008 election
Mayor Pro Tem Ginny Foat officiated the marriage for us right before Prop 8 passed.
We are one of the 18K couples who still have our legal married status in CA.

Michael’s 40th birthday party.  John Ganun, fabulous photog, came and shot the party.
The picture says a lot about us I think.

Friday Night In San Francisco

I’ve been attending the annual National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association conference this week in San Francisco.

Lots of seminars, conference sessions and all that jazz, but the best part is meeting up with so many friends from all over the country and from different parts of he media.

This pic of hubby Michael with our friends Reed McDowell and Javi Morgado was how our festive Friday night started out.

It still made me laugh when I woke up this morning.

And then there’s the part where I told a photographer that Michael has 500,000 Twitter followers, so the photog kept taking Michael’s picture but that’s another story… 🙂

Las Vegas: Chippendales At Cowabunga Bay Water Park Official 2015 Opening

Hubby Michael in front with (from left) Sami, Mikey, Matt, Nathan and Johnny of The Chippendales

I’m still nursing my VERY painful tooth ache thing going on – not enough drugs in the world I’m guessing. More wine!

But hot hubby Michael is with The Chippendales at a public event taking place at Las Vegas’ Cowabunga Bay Water Park today.

Let me repeat that – the hunky men of Chippendales getting wet at a water park.

I’ve asked for lots and lots of photos from the day 🙂

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Curtis, Mikey and Johnny get ready for a ride.
Talk about “wet and wild”… 🙂
The men of Chippendales celebrate Cowabunga Bay Water Park’s official 2015 opening

From L to R: Sami, Johnny, Matt, Mikey, Curtis and Nathan
I mean, seriously…

I don’t think the water park is used to guys this big… LOL

Nathan and Sami take a second to chill out

A September day at Gaia Resort and Spa

While I hold down the fort here in the states, hubby Michael is abroad with his client Olivia Newton-John in Australia.

Olivia is currently handling some promotional fund-raising events for the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne.

Between events though, she and Michael have traveled up to Gaia Resort and Spa, her award-winning oasis near Byron Bay. The resort has won countless awards from luxury travel websites and magazines.

Michael shared a few pictures from an average day (gorgeous) at Gaia, complete with a little video and an idea of the gourmet “barefoot Armani” approach to rest and healing at Gaia.

Looks like a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

I’ve written before about the fab experience that is Gaia here.

View from just about anywhere at Gaia

Breakfast today – poached eggs with fresh salad and goat cheese

Lunch was a pumpkin chicken risotto. OMG!

And who doesn’t enjoy a palette cleanser after a meal?

My husband hard at work

Not only is my husband, Michael Caprio, a top-level publicist with fun clients, but he’s also a fab graphic designer.

One of the annual projects he handles each year comes up when his job as PR guru for the world-famous Chippendales intersects with that of art director for the Chipps annual calendar.

Each calendar is shot a year in advance, so as we await the new 2015 calendar (which was shot last summer), Michael is busy today overseeing the photo shoot of the 2016 calendar.

I know, I know – it’s a tough job. But someone’s got to do it.

The sense of smell

All credit goes to my hubby Michael – when we planted the courtyard in the front of our house, he wanted a really green, lush feel to the space, and he came up with a wall of jasmine. 

In the desert.

When you walk by it smells amazing.  Just the right amount of natural gorgeousness.

Thanks, honey…