Maia Nolan-Partnow

Organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are considering the possibility that the race's official restart, ordinarily held in Willow, may need to move north. Currently, there are no plans to move the restart, scheduled for Sunday, March 2 beginning at 2 p.m., but depending on how conditions look over the next week or so, that may change. "We do have trail concerns, particularly from the top of Rainy Pass to Nikolai," Diane Johnson wrote in a planning update on the race's website . If trail conditions are "not deemed acceptable" by Feb. 17, the Iditarod Trail Committee may opt to move the restart to the Interior city of Fairbanks, to be held on Monday, March 3 at a time to be determined. Warm winter weather caused Fairbanks' own 1,000-mile marquee sled dog race to make last-minute...Maia Nolan-Partnow
Ryan Stassel, an Anchorage snowboarder, failed to secure a spot on the first-ever snowboard slopestyle U.S. Olympic team on Saturday -- but the Winter Games aren't off the table just yet. Stassel could still be named to the team as a discretionary selection after performing well in qualifiers this week at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. Shaun White secured his place on the team earlier in the week, and Sage Kotsenburg and Chas Guldemond were added Saturday afternoon. Stassel, 21, placed third overall in the final grand prix competition on Saturday, but was passed over for a spot on the team, based on total results over five rounds of competition. He and Kyle Mack are considered the leading candidates if another team member is added as a discretionary selection during the next week. Commentators...Megan Edge,Maia Nolan-Partnow
I was waiting to pick up a copy of our marriage certificate at the Vital Statistics office last week when a couple barreled into line behind me. They were probably in their mid-40s, clad head to toe in black motorcycle leathers, and reeking of cigarette smoke. And they were giddy. In fact, the woman literally skipped into the room, singing “La la la!” “We just got married,” she explained, when she finally took a break from singing and kissing her new husband. It was a short break. She went back to singing and jumping up and down after a few seconds. “We get it,” one of the women behind the counter called out. “You’re happy.” We all laughed. It was a good day at Vital Statistics; everyone there seemed to be on wedding-related business, a nice change of pace from my other recent trips to...Maia Nolan-Partnow
Neither Seth nor I has ever gotten married before, so we were sort of flying blind when it came to having an idea of how much money we should be spending on various elements of our event. We were fortunate enough -- thanks to our own financial circumstances and the generosity of our parents -- to have a good-sized budget, and using a couple of tools (including TheKnot.com’s wedding budget worksheet and a spreadsheet generated by our wedding coordinators), we were able to figure out roughly how we should be parceling out that money. We overspent in a handful of areas, saved money in a few others, came in right on target for a couple more -- and still managed to come in over budget. I know not every couple is able to (or has any desire to) spend a lot of money on their wedding. And I know...Maia Nolan-Partnow
The creative vision for our wedding started with an inspiration board and ended with a massive sigh of relief when, the day before our wedding, I handed off all our decorations to our wedding coordinators and walked away content in the knowledge that they were someone else’s problem now. Along the way, I burned myself many times on my glue gun, replaced my Cricut blade twice, grew to hate the silk-floral scent of the local chain craft store, and suffered at least two papercuts so deep I was sure I’d hit bone. I made or designed nearly every decorative detail of our wedding, from the invitations and programs right down to the labels on the candy jars. But I wasn’t the only DIY-er. My sister-in-law Geneva worked through some epic crepe-paper-poppy-making sessions. Seth, my dad and my cousin...Maia Nolan-Partnow
I’m exhausted. I’m so tired I can barely see straight. I feel like I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in weeks (perhaps because I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in weeks). The other day, I tried to have a snack of chips and salsa, but had to give up because I was too tired to lift the chips from the salsa jar to my mouth. Oh, also, as of 7 p.m. Saturday evening -- I'm married. I’m still processing the weekend, which seemed endless at times and was, at the same time, over far too quickly. It seems like only yesterday we were still trying to figure out where everyone would sit, and today we’re on our fourth day of gazing, shell-shocked, at our rings and getting used to using the words “husband” and “wife.” My friend Shanna had one crucial piece of advice for me before the wedding: While...Maia Nolan-Partnow
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Scenes from the much anticipated July 2 wedding of Maia Nolan (now Maia Nolan-Partnow, thank you very much).
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Here's the good news about the week before you get married: Your car is really clean. Like, really clean. Cleaner than it's been since that first year of grad school when you had no life and spent every Saturday detailing your car and taking your dog hiking. In fact, in the process of cleaning your car, you'll break off two of the fingernails you've been carefully cultivating since May, and one of them will be on your left hand, which everyone will be looking at during the wedding weekend to see your rings, and you won't even care that much, because your car is so clean. ("Can't you get a falsie?" Seth asked when I showed him my broken thumbnail. "You're allowed to have a falsie at your wedding. I won't tell.") Oh, and P.S., you also have about 5,000 things to do at home. But hey, guess...Maia Nolan-Partnow
When my friends Karl and Melanie got married a few years ago, they entered their reception to a dramatic, choreographed tango staged on a dance floor in front of the picture windows overlooking the pond at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. It was spectacular and totally them. (As an aside, I caught the bouquet at that wedding. And look -- just five years later, I am getting married! Never let anyone tell you that’s a silly superstition.) I knew when I said yes to marrying Seth that a dramatic, staged first dance wasn’t in my future. Despite the fact that he’s a natural athlete and a competent musician, Seth is one of these guys who has some kind of mental block against dancing, and I can only get him out on the floor if I put exactly the right amount of alcohol in him (not too much, not...Maia Nolan-Partnow
I have one free weekend left to finish everything I need to get done before my wedding. And look! I’m still walking and talking and typing, just like a real live person. OK, well, to tell you the truth, last night I drank four Champagne cocktails , ate half a loaf of French bread and then lay awake most of the night, but I think that was just because I was worked up about a deadline coming up this week for a work project. At least, that’s what I’ve been telling myself. Today I’m picking up my wedding dress after having spent half as much again on alterations as I spent on the gown in the first place. Seriously, alterations are the greatest scam of all time. Thank goodness I didn’t pick a dress with a lot of lace and beading, because apparently, that makes alterations expensive ...Maia Nolan-Partnow

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