A break in the usual technical gobbledygook and assorted rantings for a not so small personal announcement…

As a matter of fact, it’s as big as life… Cori did say “yes”

2018/365/92 She Said Yes

2018/365/92 She Said Yes flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

If there is any doubt to the question, it’s one of marriage. Something I had vowed 10 years ago to never do again.

I’m so happy to be wrong.

I’ve known Cori Saas through blogs, storymaking, teaching for quite a while. A year or more ago, we grew more close over our shared love of photography, of sun on wires and stuff.

Lady With Lenses

Lady With Lenses flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

Yet there’s much more, so much that our own phrase uttered again is “we fit”.

So it late May, I’m loading up Red Dog (with Felix, ‘natch) for a trip to move Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where we will make a new home together. This is not goodbye to Strawberry, this place will be ours too (a friend will be renting and watching it for a while). Cori visited last week and our time in this place certainly means we will be back. A lot.

Our Forest Walks

Our Forest Walks flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

But yes, after many years of being a wanna be Canadian, I’m going north of the border to aim at being one. Look at Canada!

There will be many stories to be held, and told, that’s for sure.

With the Last Rock...

With the Last Rock… flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

We are looking north and it looks lovely…

Featured Image: Two Too Together flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

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  1. Congratulations to both of you, what amazing news! Buona fortuna! —as they say.

    Now a question, does this mean the ed-techs in Canada can now claim you as their own? If so, that would really piss me off 🙂 Have fun you maniacs.

    1. Alan and Cori, warmest congratulations. Very happy for you, and looking forward to welcome you bck to Canuckland. And yes Jim we claim him as our own now. Sorry about that.

  2. Oh wow! Many many congratuations to you both! This is literally the best news.

    You sly (cog)dog(blog)! And enjoy the frozen north. I hear the mac’n’cheese is magnificent.

  3. Such happy happy news. Many congratulations. Shedding a tear here. All those mountains for Felix to run around. X

  4. What beautiful news! I hope that you Cori and Felix will be very happy, and we’ll see that through the photos.

  5. Wow!! And wow again!! What exciting, the-world-needs-this news, Alan! I am thrilled for you and for Cori (and for Felix). Here’s to love and to your move and to every adventure ahead for you lovebirds.

  6. Huge news! Congrats. Looking at the pictures, you look as happy as a dog with two tails. 😉 Please don’t forget about us mere Americans on the other side!

  7. That is so cool and a wonderful story. I wish the most of happiness for both of you.

    And also, welcome to Canada! We’re better off for having you here.

    (My only regret is that you didn’t announce this on April 1, with the ultimate fool of it all being true!)

  8. It’s been so cool to see this develop over the past year. Wishing you and Cory every happiness. And wishing you luck adjusting to Saskatchewan winters! Sending lots of love.

  9. Congratulations Alan and Cori!
    Alan is such a warm, funny, intelligent guy and Felix has done his best to fill the hole in the heart, but some jobs are best left to the right woman. So glad a family of three is being created.
    We thought a journey to Strawberry was a reasonable adventure, but Moose Jaw is gonna be epic!

    My grandmother came from from now-a-ghost-town Princess, Saskatchewan— maybe we’ll do a road trip in 2020 after you’ve had time to settle in.?

    We are both sooo happy for you!

  10. Well, it will be a fun time when you are in the Great White North. Plus, that Saskatchewan has a lot of wide open spaces ones like in the Arizona. So there will be places for Felix to go running. Plus, Prairie Dogs, which maybe he will be friends with, or dig them up. And when you’re on your bike, the hills will not be so big in as Arizona, so you will not be able to coast downhill as much.

    Maybe Cori will get a #TrueFriend badge one day!

  11. Congratulations Alan, only just caught up on the big news!! Best wishes for a the next chapter of your life in Canada!
    Jo and Nick xxxx

  12. Ahhhh, this is the “She said yes” news.
    The good, great news.
    And you and Felix said yes and bow wow wow yip too.
    I’ve not met Cori, yet I can see through her beautiful and attentive, affectionate, and loving smile in every photo you’ve shared of her, that she fits.
    She fits you, Alan, your lifestyle, passions, and even style of shoes (!).
    My heart feels nice and cozy thinking about you three making a family together.
    I am profoundly happy that you three have found love and companionship together.
    Your fresh love testifies to untethered wonder, openness, and hope.
    Your communion reminds me that finding a new love, finding a new soulmate remains forever a worthwhile labor of love.
    Thank you both (Alan and Cori) for sharing your fabulous life with me (us).
    Together, may you be healthy, rich in all that matters to you, and joyful for the long life ahead you will share.

    Most sincerely,

  13. Hey Alan & Cori
    Many, many good wishes from the deep south. You might find South Pacific plays a set for you both sometime. You could even choose Aotearoa for your honeymoon 🙂
    T?n? r? k?rua i roto i ng? mihi me te aroha nui.
    All our love, Anne & Nigel

  14. Awww, I love seeing you so happy! So glad I got to meet Cori on FaceTime. Can’t wait to hear about your new adventures! Love, your big sis!!!

  15. Hi Alan

    well done lad!. The big smiles on your faces tell the story; sure Felix will have a dogmatic smile as well 🙂

    Have a great time together

  16. That is so cool Alan, all the best in your new Northern life.

    I never thought Saskatchewan sounded like a great place to visit, but maybe it does now. And of course you’re (both) always welcome at the happening end of the globe.

    Ng? mihi

  17. Well, it certainly took me long enough to figure this out. WONDERFUL; the dog, the move and, wow, the marriage. Going to be good to hear from you in the North!

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