It's been over two months since I've posted. Wow. I finally have stuff to write about, and don't take the time to do it. I'm just not good at this whole blogging thing.
So - a lot of my time lately has been spent on wedding stuff and the LAPD Classic (dance festival). The festival was the 9th-11th, and was a lot of fun. Of course, there was a lot of work, too, but I had a good time. We were there mainly as assistants in the hospitality suite, although I helped out at the store for a bit, too. We had quite a bit of free time in between meal times, and only really had to work hard on Sunday, for the tear down.
Last weekend, I went with Duh, Happy and K to the Ren Faire, to make the last minute preparations for the wedding. We spent the entire day there, scouting out the Wedding Garden, talking with the lady in charge, and buying accessories for our outfits. I was going to buy a leather pouch and a tankard holder; Duh was holding my debit card for me, so Happy said he'd go ahead and pay for them and I could pay him back (since Duh had disappeared while I was deciding on what I wanted to buy). Well, when Duh joined back up with us, I was informed that the pouch and holder were my gift from them, for being in the wedding. I argued, but she won.
We also spent some time in the Mariners' camp with Happy's friends. It was a fun day, but quite exhausting. And after all that walking around, I was happier to get out of my shoes than I was to get rid of the bodice! On Sunday, we went to a small party at B&R's - it was a send-off for the couple we worked for in the hospitality suite at LAPD. We only stayed a few hours, but it was nice. Good food, good conversation, good people.
Friday was spent getting ready for the wedding - getting Duh packed, and stuff brought to the Faire. It was nice to have the day off so I could help her out ... and then we had the 'Groom's Dinner' at The Sire restaurant. Again, it was just a small group of 'family', but it was a lot of fun.
And then - the wedding. It was so awesome! The weather was perfect, everyone had a good time, and the ceremony itself was so much fun! Instead of seating people 'bride's side' and 'groom's side', they did Bar People and Faire People. At the start of the ceremony, the best man walked Barbs to her seat, followed by Danelle and I being escorted by her son. The flower girl came next, with the ring bearer (I think, not sure about when she came in) and then Karen escorting Harry. The officiant looked towards the bar side of the crowd and asked "Are ya'll ready for a hitchin'?" And they all cheered. Then he looked at the Faire side and said the part from Princess Bride ... "marriage is what brings us here today' - he did the accent and all. He joked through the whole ceremony - and when he asked for the rings, the ring bearer had them in her very impressive cleavage - she leaned forward and Harry had to dig them out ... it was just the most awesomely fun wedding I've ever been to. I'm hoping the video turned out well - can't wait to see it!
During the reception, they were honored by the presence of the Lord Mayor ... and then, after he left - the Queen and her Court stopped by. She came in and spoke with the newlyweds for several minutes - it was awesome.
I'm still exhausted - my feet are sore - and I'm definitely ready for the cruise next weekend!
Ya know, I really should just delete this blog, considering I rarely update it any more. But, I'll keep it, and will hopefully get better about posting. And it isn't even that I'm not doing anything ... I just don't think to post about it! So ... we'll start with the Olympics. I'm very disappointed in the fact that we are getting all the coverage on time delay. We're in the same time zone as the Games, so why do we have to wait to see the events? Especially since the news reports tell us who won medals before we can watch ... and all my on-line friends chat during the events; I feel left out, because I have NO IDEA what they are talking about! ::sigh::
However, on Friday, I got to meet one of my online friends, and make a new one!! Kiya (from Australia) is out visiting Catty, and I met them at The Grove for lunch!! They are so much fun ... we sat at Cheesecake Factory for three hours, just talking and laughing (and eating, of course). It was such a blast - I wish we could have stayed longer, but they had plans for the evening. (That's Catty on the left, Kiya on the right.)
Saturday, I went to Duh's to help with wedding plans. What's that, you say? What wedding? Didn't I mention -- Duh and Happy are engaged! They're hoping to get married in April, at the Ren Faire. I am so happy for them both!! We didn't do a lot of planning, because they need to make sure of the date/time before they can really do a lot - but they have some basics in mind. We're going to go try on outfits this Saturday ... I'll probably wear the bodice/skirt that Duh gave me for Christmas (the one I wore last year), but ... we'll see.
Sunday was the Daytona race party. It was a long day, but I had a great time. The driver I had didn't win, but BK's driver came in second, so she was excited. And since Duh had the day off yesterday, I ended up staying later than I'd planned -- got home about 6:30 last night. Normally, this wouldn't have been a problem. However ---
Had my carpets cleaned on Saturday. This was not a problem. The guy asked me to lock Little Thing in the bathroom, so she didn't get out the front door while he was working. Even though I told him I wouldn't be home and asked him to make sure to let her out when he finished ... HE DIDN'T LET HER OUT! The poor cat spent 2-1/2 days locked in a little bathroom, with no food or water. Needless to say, she was totally pissed off - and I wasn't so happy, either. I'm going to mention it to the apartment manager - I know it won't change what happened, but maybe she can talk to him and make sure it doesn't happen to someone else's pet. And yes, the cat is fine ... but THAT isn't the point.
Oh - and last week, I received a loaf of home-made bread from one of the knitting ladies, and she included some artwork from her sons ... the art is, of course, on my fridge. The bread? Long gone. It was DELICIOUS.
So, Duh and Happy spent Friday & Saturday stuffing envelopes for the L.A.P.D. Classic. When I went to play Wii with them yesterday, it had been discovered that there was an error on the flyers - a rather drastic one. So, instead of playing Wii, we spent last evening and this evening opening the envelopes, crossing out the error on the flyers, restuffing and resealing the envelopes. As you can tell from the post title, there were a total of 2800 of them. We didn't do all the corrections ourselves, of course. KW, BD and BK all helped, too ... but man. My thumb is sore from carefully unsealing the envelopes, and my arm/neck are sore. Sure glad it's done! KW will be mailing them out tomorrow.
Well -- the Ravelry gift exchange has come to an end, and I'm so thrilled with my presents! It just so happened that my "gifter" was the same person as my "giftee"! And I know it was a coincidence, because not everyone had that situation - the website we used randomly selected partners. MB seems to be very happy with the stuff I sent her ... and I love my presents! There are 3 skeins of yarn (two Dream in Color Classy, in the Midnight Derby colorway, and a skein of Malabrigo in the Stone Blue colorway). I've never seen/felt the Malabrigo before, although I've heard marvelous things about it. And it definitely lives up to the reputation! It is so soft and lovely, I just keep petting it ... the Dream in Color is also quite squooshy and wonderful. I'm planning on making a shawl with it, if I can ever find the darned link to the pattern again! I also received 2 washcloths and a hand towel based on Supernatural, a "James" bookmark (from Twilight), a tin of blueberry tea and a story that was written just for me. Cool, huh?
I need to come up with projects for the Ravelympics, since it's getting closer to the start date. For those of you who don't know what this is (yeah, right, I'm sure my only reader knows about it) -- the Ravelry forums hold "competitions" during the Olympics -- there are several categories, so first I need to pick a category and then a project. Or maybe I should pick a project and then fit it into a category. Anyway, we're supposed to start during the opening ceremonies, and complete any/all projects by the end of closing ceremonies.