The Last Two Weeks

3 05 2008

So, I realize I haven’t written an entry in a week or so…been a very crazy two weeks. Week 1 was spent getting everything ready for the party. Last Friday I drove up to Blacksburg, and went to dinner with my little brother, we hung out and talked a while…He lost the dance instructor job that he was so excited to have gotten…I feel bad about that, but, on the positive, he realized that ballroom dance is something he enjoys, and something he may like to pursue in the future…5 years ago, he would have called it “gay” and never given it a shot, so at least there is some personal growth happening. His one year anniversary was this past Sunday, he has officially gone one year drug free…I’m so proud!! (yep, I’m a gloating big sister)

 

So, Saturday, I get up early, go see my mom & granny at the hotel they work at on Saturday and Sundays…I stole some coffee and a muffin, and ran to walmart to get the rest of the food I needed…I arrived at my uncles at about 8:45 to pickup my cousin, and we went to the church to set up…over all, very long stressful day…I got back to my mom’s apartment at midnight….first my DJ forgot to ask off work…so couldn’t be picked up until 4…my older brother asked off work, but they asked if he wanted an extra shift, so he took the extra shift…which was very disappointing to me…he’s always been the favorite grandchild…he’s the oldest grandchild, and he should have made it a priority…but anyways…my little brother had a mandatory work meeting at 4…wouldn’t be back until about 5:30…guest are due to arrive at 6…so…at 3:45 I fly from the church to pickup the dj…which was awkward…he’s an ex-boyfriend…from when I was 15…but, his parents never really like me, and I haven’t seen them since we broke up, almost a decade ago…so that was a little awkward…but we get back to the church he sets up, I’m still finishing my table of stuff that happened in 1928 when my grandmother was born…we’re going on 5 o’clock at this time, and still no real food has been prepared…the desserts are pretty much done…so the ex-boyfriend pretty much hangs out, but doesn’t really help…finally about 5:45 he offers to help…said he was waiting on me to ask…I’m thinking to myself, I’m freaking out, have 500 things to do, you just heard me talking on the phone about how I was worried not everything was going to get done…and you didn’t think to ask, what can I do to help????

 

So, at about 5:45 my uncle and aunt arrive…and 6 o’clock the rest of the guest start pouring in…I have my little brother, ex-boyfriend and cousin all in the kitchen trying to get food ready, while I play hostess and run everything from the kitchen to the banquet table…so we forwent green bean casserole and just had green beans, instead of doing sweet potatoes with cinnamon and nutmeg and marshmallows, they just got sweet potatoes…and the chicken was a disaster…so we just had ham….in my creativeness…I had decided to freeze all the food, so when I drove it 6 hours up to Blacksburg, it wouldn’t spoil…I figured between 6 hours in the cooler in the car, and then overnight in the refrigerator…I figured everything would have thawed…yeah, not so much…the chicken is still frozen at 5:30, so I’m trying to thaw it in the microwave, and get it in the oven to cook…it was nasty looking so, we pitched it…

 

About half my guest list that had RSVPed, didn’t show…including, what I thought was, a good girlfriend from high school…so instead of the 35 who had RSVPed, we only had about 15…I was disappointed, but everything looked great…and granny was happy, so that was worth it…she was 100 % surprised….

 

And thank god it’s all over!! So I’ve spent this last week recovering from my 18 hour day, plus the 12 hours on the road last weekend…so that’s why I haven’t posted anything…again, my apologizes…Today, life is starting over…I have pretty much recovered from party planning and am going to spend the day, planting the flower garden, I’ve been attempting for a month…every weekend it’s rained, so I haven’t been able to get it done…after that, the rest of the weekend is going to house cleaning & organizing, but more about that tomorrow…and more details will be coming about the party in the next week or so, and as soon as I get pictures developed I’ll post the photos.