Here We Come A-Wassailing

We did it! Eric and I went to Probate and Family Court and became Wassails. The process was confusing from the moment we walked into the building and realized we had no idea where courtroom 4 was. After asking at the Family Law Information Center, we found courtroom 4 on the fourth floor. When we entered the courtroom, the judge was hearing a case about a woman from Colombia who wanted an annulment. After taking a seat briefly, we realized we needed to check in with the clerk who promptly sent us to Probation Intake on the 1st floor for a CORI check – the database of criminal court appearances in Massachusetts. With our paperwork indicating we did not have violent records in hand, we went back up to courtroom 4 and checked back in with the clerk and then sat down to wait. Continue reading “Here We Come A-Wassailing”

Journey to Wassail

Eric suggested it first: “You know, we could create a portmanteau of our last names… Rudicek… Wasaile.” At first, I thought this was a crazy idea. People don’t make up new last names. Can you even do that? Besides, I liked my last name. Yes, it was annoying to have to spell it over and over again and nobody ever pronounced it correctly, but it was mine and people knew how to find me. Did I really need to change it? Why was it the woman who was supposed to take the man’s name again? On the other hand, maybe it would be nice to have a shared family name. Continue reading “Journey to Wassail”


(Once Like A Spark) Photography – Lorna

We first stumbled on the word “jejunity” when we were looking for ‘je’ words for our first line of homebrewed beer as JE Cellars. Jejunity, the quality of being generally vapid or uninteresting, unsophisticated, seemed fitting for our first few batches of beer which we brewed from a kit and then from pre-defined recipes we found at the homebrew store.

At first blush, it seems a somewhat less fitting choice for a blog chronicling our travel adventures, but in the year since our first brew, jejunity has taken on new significance. While looking for a title for our wedding crossword puzzle, Jess noticed that “jejunity”, the answer to 41 down, was a contraction of JE June Unity – which is, of course, exactly what happened at the wedding.

We promise we’ll try not to let our blog live up to the original meaning of its name.