Good Morning All! I’m back! Ok, I was “back” as in back home around 6 PM yesterday but, I’m “back” to the MMP as of right now. I’m also tired. Nothing would do but for me to clean up old puter and then set up new puter last night. I finally got everything done around 11 PM then had to take my tired and still a little bit hungover self to bed.
LifeOnWry is just a big (well, actually she’s kinda smallish) ol’ sweetie pie! It was a lovely evening of pie, beer and a personally guided tour of the greater Shaumburg/Palentine/and maybe a couple other places. It was fun cause while we were driving around we listened to some great music and talked and talked and talked. I did indeed hug the stuffin’ outta her as well as smooched. FCM are you sure I didn’t do a smoochie? I always do smoochies. Well, not to the guys (unless they want me to). But I do always hug, so guys, you will be hugged. I’m a hugger. Huggin’ is good. Anyways, we did find this great bar/restaurant place that had purty people in it. LOW and me just made it that much purtier when we showed up. And she’s right, it’s the eye brow raising thing that makes THE LOOK be THE LOOK. We laughed, we talked, talked and talked. She did have pie with a shovel. It was goooood pie too! At a place that specialized in pie. They also have other stuff, but pie is the biggie. And coffee. We had good pie and coffee. Then I had some Killian’s Red. YUM! After she got me back to my hotel and after more huggin’ and the smooch, I went right up to bed. I was a tired bear but a happy bear. Oh, and guys, LOW is real purty and cute. Y’all woulda been soooooo jealous!
The wedding was fan-tab-u-lous! My niece was so beautiful in her wedding gown being escorted down the aisle by her father and step-father. I thought that was cool that the parents and the step-parents were all included. I got all teary eyed seeing her, even though I had seen her in her wedding dress earlier when they were doing a bunch of picture taking. So, we got em all married up.
After the wedding, there was a cocktail hour or so while the rest of the picture takin’ stuff got done. It was open bar and munchies! Therefore, ol’ swampy proceeded to get a little loaded. Then, there was the eternal receiving line. Ok, it didn’t last for all eternity cause that’d mean I was still there, but still, it went on for about an hour and a half. There was a metric ton of folks there! So, I’m sticking close by my mom, cause I had mom duty. Since she is one of the grandmothers of the bride (she has the requisite two of em), she was in the receiving line. Actually mom and the other grandmother were seated in chairs. I’m sticking beside her to make sure she’s ok and stuff and people start thinking that I was part of the receiving line. That was strange. So, I told mom I was going to wander off a little way away cause that was just too weird.
Then we got to go into the big party. It was dinner, dancing and an open bar. I escort mom in as a part of the doings. The whole entire wedding party got announced. Then the best man (new nephew’s brother) gave an excellent toast. The wedding cake got cut by the bride and groom and the festivities commenced. I was at one of the aunts/uncles/cousins tables. We were a well-mannered yet slightly rowdy bunch, so we were a good mix. Dinner was good. Prime rib. YUM! There were these two DJs who were a hoot! The dancin’ stuff got underway. I cha chaed, line danced, chicken danced, conga danced, slow danced and, did I mention the open bar? At one point in time we did this kinda line dance to “YMCA” which was fun and a little more than a bit strange. Also, we were “square dancing” at some point. Did I mention there was an open bar? Picture taking got done during all this time too. I had pictures made with the lovely bride and groom and myself, my mom, brother and me, mom and me, my niece and me and for some strange reason, one of me being kissed (mauled we called it) by the bridesmaids. Did I mention the open bar? This went on til about one AM. Then I somehow figured out how to get to my room and went to sleep. Yesterday, I had to be on the plane at noon. I managed to get downstairs and checked out and have breakfast with the family. We had our own little private area to eat breakfast together. Then I said my goodbyes and drove to the airport (actually the car rental return place), got checked in and got home. In pain. Lots of pain. Did I mention they had an open bar? A good time was had by all. A large price was paid yesterday and perhaps a bit still this morning. The happy couple is, as we speak, on a plane headed to Hawaii for ten days.
-swampbear (In case I didn’t mention it already, there was an open bar)