Thursday, August 31, 2006

Wedding Adventures

Here we are in Vienna, Virginia getting ready to get ready for the wedding of Mike and Michelle on Sunday. It is a fun time. The pitiful remnants of Hurricane Ernesto are going to be far north of us by the wedding day, so the forecast is now for a lovely "partly cloudy" day and NO RAIN!

This weekend, guests and the wedding party members are coming in from out of town, which entails lots of dinners out, and last minute preparations and timetables to discuss. Weddings get to be complicated even when everyone plans for them not to be.

Tomorrow George and I finish gathering the contents for the gift baskets that I am putting together for the out of town guests at their hotel rooms. Candy, small white votive "souvenir" candles, bottles of water, Lindt chocolates, mints, journals, pens, disposable cameras, kleenex...all the things that someone might want to have in their hotel room when attending a wedding. The baskets will be bought tomorrow, and filled with pretty tissue, a big white bow, and all the goodies. Delivery to the hotels will happen on Saturday.

Also tomorrow we will be having a cook-out at Mike's house for the bridal party who are arriving from all over. Just a simple, "family" affair, and I'm going to do the grocery shopping in the morning. Our list includes kabobs, chicken breasts, turkey sausages and brats, potatoe salad and...the list goes on.

All this is right up my alley, and I enjoy every minute of the plans and preparations. Everyone is so happy, and it is a joyous time. Time to hit the rack,...more tomorrow.
Have a great day.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

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Hurricane Ernesto makes a beeline straight for our wedding on Sunday. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 27, 2006

We're going to have a wedding in the family! Posted by Picasa

It's all about the wedding

Michael and Michelle get married on September 3rd at a park in Wheaton, Maryland, and I am so excited I can hardly stand it. It will be such a fun long weekend, and I'm looking forward to being with her family and meeting Mike's friends. George and I are leaving on Southwest on Thursday, and I have my steamer trunk packed and ready.

Packing light is very hard for me, and downright impossible when I have several social occasions to plan for. After all, important weddings aren't the time when you just throw a pair of comfortable pants and shirts into a suitcase and call it quits. I'm afraid that I am even going to have to carry my beautiful hat on my lap in the plane.

My hat: I bought this hat at the outlet store for Neiman Marcus, and it is a wowsa hat. It is black and tan, and has a big bow in the front. I call it my wedding hat. This will be the second wedding I have worn it for. Seems to me that hats are great for weddings, and especially weddings that are outdoors. Who wants to sit with their red hair bleaching under the blazing sun?

My skirts: I am breaking out my long full skirts to wear next weekend, and working hard to get out of the rut of wearing pants all the time. I'm really looking forward to wearing my long ruffled blue pint skirt to the Brazilian barbecue restaurant for the rehearsal dinner on Saturday night. Fun, Fun and just say NO to pants!

No tears: I have visualized this wedding, and thought about it a hundred times. Today, during prayers, I said a blessing out loud in church for Mike and Michelle, and...of course...I almost choked up and had to wipe away a tear or two. Oh how I don't want to cry at this wedding. But I can't even THINK about the wedding with crying! I am terribly afraid I will be stricken by a deluge of tears. I have decided that I am NOT going to cry. But I bought waterproof mascara and two packs of kleenex yesterday...just in case.

It's all fun: So it is going to be a week of fun planning, packing and traveling, and a whole long weekend of fun at the wedding and I am having a very happy time of it all.

Blessings to Michael and Michelle!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Out of the woodwork...

comes a lot more than bugs! Since writing this blog, I have been reconnected to a lot of really good old friends who I had lost touch with. The latest was an email I received this morning from someone I have not talked to in well over thirty years. It is incredible how much the web has changed our lives. And it is incredible that our memories of friends in our past do not go dim, but stay brightly lit in our minds.

Blogging is just something that I love to do. It is like journaling for the public. A strange concept, but one that works for me. And what works for us is what it is all about. I am fascinated by the diversity of the world, and the fact that as individuals we all find something that we love.

Visiting with my classmates at my highschool reunion, almost everyone talked mainly of their grandchildren. They were content talking about their grandchildren, and almost no one wanted to talk about where they had been, what they had done, how much money they had made (and spent) or anything like that. They just wanted to talk about their families, their current vacation plans, and what was happening to them right now. I found that incredibly interesting. Some had gotten rich, some had stayed the same (not rich), and some had health problems, a lot had gained weight, but we all stood on those steps of the highschool like we had been there all our lives...which luckily, we hadn't.

Meeting up with old friends over the internet is a complete joy for me. I have found that we don't have to say much to catch up, and we are right back where we started.
Just say yes to blogs!

Friday, August 04, 2006

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Mr. Bunny came to visit again today. He hopped all around, and investigated the clover. I took this through the screen of the window right behind my computer. Awesome. Posted by Picasa