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November 17th, 2014

Wedding Day!


Today is a very special day: we’re getting married! The ceremony is at 11am, and if you want to celebrate with us, feel free to listen to our 3 wedding songs today!


1- Lucky – Jason Mraz (featuring Colbie Caillat)
2- All of Me – John Legend
3- Feels Like Home – Chantal Kreviazuk


After the ceremony that’s supposed to last less than 15 minutes, we’ll take a few photos and then go for sushi with our very small guest list: 3 people!


After the meal, we’ll drive to Old Québec City to spend a few days honeymooning together. We’ll be bringing our big stack of wedding mail with us. Thank you for sending in all your special messages of congratulations and support! We can’t wait to read them. It looks like one of you even sent us chocolate – at least that’s what’s written on the customs form!


Yolanda is a very special LEP member from Indonesia – as a wedding gift for us,
she created this image. Isn’t she talented? And aren’t we cute?!


Don’t be sad if you don’t hear from us for a few days. We won’t publish a penpal interview this week, but we’ll post the Stationery of the Week on Thursday as usual. And on Friday, when we’re officially back from our honeymoon, we may even have a wedding photo or two to share with you!


Time to go put our purple dresses on and say “I do”…



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November 8th, 2014

I fell in love with a rodent on my birthday.


I didn’t get to ride in Julie’s private jet to go see the Eiffel Tower, but I still had a really fun birthday this last Thursday. I wanted to take some time to share my day with you.



The first stop was Sushi St-Denis. This is our favorite sushi place in Montréal.

It’s coincidental that the name is similar to mine.



Fountain pen, kiss, wedding themed birthday package, how perfect!



It’s difficult to pull off a surprise for each other since we are together all the time.

Somehow Julie managed to sneak away and pick up my very favorite fragrance.



I almost went with sake, but I chose a simple glass of the house red.



I have decided that I do not care for BBQ eel (middle row).

But every other little piece we ordered was amazing.


After the meal we went to the Biodôme. I was particularly excited to get there by 2:30 because that’s when they feed the penguins! One of the first guys we met in the Tropical Rainforest was a rodent. I can not believe I fell in love with a rodent. Please don’t judge.



I like to name things, it’s a gift. This is Mike, the capybara. I just wanted to hug him.



Apologies for the poor quality of this photo through the glass.

I almost died of cuteness overload! So many puffins!



This was the scene going on at the penguin exhibit when we arrived shortly before 2:30.

I feel like they were praying before their lunch.



 This is Benjamin. 

He swam by us quite a few times, I think he had his eye on Julie.

Do you blame him? Good thing I’m not the jealous type.


After the feeding of the penguins we walked around the other exhibits of the Biodôme, I really enjoyed this place. We had plans to go get pedicures after the Biodôme, but we were pretty tired and the appointment timing was not working out for us. So we decided to head home and cuddle up on the couch with our current favorite series on Netflix. I told Julie this would be the perfect ending to my birthday.


However, it was important to decide on something to eat for dinner before we got home. Early on when I first came to Québec I noticed that there was a Five Guys. This made me very excited because it’s a place I loved to eat at back in the States. I mentioned this as an option to eat at and Julie said she wanted to try it.



Best burger and fries ever. Julie agreed. I was super happy to eat here,

it was comforting to experience something that reminded me of living in the States.


After dinner we did indeed go home to watch a couple episodes of Dexter together. The day was amazing. I also received quite a bit of birthday love in the LEP FB group and that was extra magic added to my day.


Thank you for letting me share about my birthday with you. Julie’s birthday is coming up next on December 12. I’m now accepting ideas of how to make her day extra special.

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My name is Julie and I'm 34.
I live in Québec (close to Montréal) and I speak French.

I write letters, I love stationery and I have a handwriting fetish. I often eat sushi, still feel like I'm 16 and only wear skirts & dresses (with colorful tights when it's cold).

I'm happier with a mind full of ideas, a mailbox full of letters from my penpals, a shop full of stationery, a house full of cats and a day full of hugs.

Read my Top 10 Quirks here.

This is me with my girlfriend,
Denise. We met through the
League of Extraordinary
Penpals and are living
happily ever after amongst
piles of cats and stationery.

Denise will blog here
from time to time and is
the one in charge of the
social media: Facebook,
Twitter and Pinterest.

She's 38 years old,
from the United States,
and in love with me, washi
tape & imperial rolls.

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