It had been at least an hour of sitting in front of the glowing screen hunched over, before I fully realized the trouble I may be in. Fingers curled over the keyboard and moving a hundred miles an hour, I'm trying to save my presence in cyberspace and the security of my wedding at the same time.
A month ago I decided to make my life even more complicated by attempting to change hosts for my Web site right in the middle of planning my wedding.
To add to that, the invitations that were just sent out, direct our guests to my web site for information on booking their hotels, directions from the airport and - of course - our gift registry.
On one hand I've been dealing with the technical trial of DNS servers and domain expiration warnings, and on the other hand I'm juggling the sensitive issues of wedding etiquette.
It's hard to decide which is more complicated.
Invite this person, but not that one.
Copy and paste your name server address to direct traffic to their shared hosting server.
Book the reception hall for an extra few hours so that the caterer can spend more time setting up.
Upload your web page onto multiple host servers so that the change in the whois information will transfer seamlessly.
Equally challenging, no?
Wedding etiquette seems to be a constant battle between what you're supposed to do and what you want to do. The two concepts cross over most of the time, but they diverge as well. Sometimes a tradition seems outdated, and sometimes you fall back on it to save yourself.
Planning a wedding is not for the timid.
On the other hand, setting up a website requires some technical knowledge and the ability to problem-solve when the need arises. That's why they teach algebra in middle school. The math isn't as important as the feeling of getting your brain in that problem solving mode.
Organizing the dozens of tasks a wedding requires means putting your brain in a mode that's similar to the one you need while working out math equations. It's a tightrope walk of keeping traditions alive while tweaking them to meet your own needs and the situation.
Everything is working out fine. Let's just hope there's no crash at the wedding.
Rob Felt is the photographer for the Daily Herald. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or firstname.lastname@example.org .