Wedding Eve — Live Blog

7:43am — alarms were set for 8/8:30, but excitement and nerves woke us up before 7:00. I checked FSIL Amy’s flight and saw that it was delayed, so I texted with her a bit. A broken toilet has delayed her flight, which is one of the signs of a lucky pre-wedding day, right?

7:46am — number of shits Graham gives that his mothers are getting married — zero.

Whatever. Fill up my bowl. 

7:50am — it’s really hard to believe that the phrase “we are getting married tomorrow” is a thing I can say.

9:25am — breakfast has been eaten. Chris is doing dishes, and I started packing because “maybe it’s best if we do it separately.” I tried to give her a hug, and she demanded that I go pack my toiletry bag instead.

9:54am — toiletry bag packed. I used my dad’s old LL Bean one, so there’s a nice thought of him with me all weekend.

10:28am — FSIL left a comment on Facebook that she wonders what will happen next. We are running around like crazy people and getting our stuff ready to leave, that’s what. Good sign — no fighting. No serious tears. When one of us freaks out, the other calms down. Teamwork. I’m so lucky.

10:40am — I’ve been dispatched to locate Oxford heels.

10:41am — I realize I do not know what Oxford heels are.

10:42am — I am happy to report I am very good at guessing.

11:49am — at the nail salon! A woman is doing needlepoint, which is fun.

11:57am — the Dremel has just been brought out.

Aubrey and I in the customary hand-holding position of the pedicure. 

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Trip to Raleigh — live blog

Chris and I are headed to Raleigh, and I will attempt to live blog it!

10:53 — left work. Hooray!

11:15 — left Starbucks, PSL in Chris’ hand. This basic girl is happy.

11:26 — in traffic already on 79, and a funeral procession just passed, which included a hearse, a pickup truck with a giant Italian flag in the bed, an SUV limo, then multiple other trucks with an assortment of Italian, American, and rebel flags…and sometimes a combo of all three. Who was this person?!

11:52 — lunch stop at Sheetz. In Waynesburg. We are hungry!

12:16 — back on the road! Our napkin supply is building up quite nicely.

I am messy.

12:35 — West Virginia! Anyone who thinks this is a small state has bever driven from the top to the bottom.

1:36 — just woke up from a short summer’s nap, which was amazing. I missed a call from my mom, whose voice mail said she was about to take a nap. Great minds think alike!

1:46 — it takes about 37 years to drive through this state, but it sure is pretty.


1:59 — current music is from RHPS, which makes me want to share this awesome picture Erin made Chris for her birthday!

So ridiculously talented. And we are so lucky to have her as a friend.

2:55 — this live blog is a little boring, my friends. I’m simultaneously sad that it’s not more interesting and happy that nothing bad has happened. 

3:52 — on the road again after a pit stop in Beckley. Starbucks count — 2. 
4:06 — it’s raining! Glad Chris is driving. 

4:19 — I needed to charge my phone — because of the blogging — so now it’s Postmodern Jukebox time. The best time of all. 

4:28 — just got off the phone with FSIL Amy, who thinks it’s funny we brought ingredients for a kale salad with us. She’s making us dinner when we get there, which is pretty sweet. 

4:47 — we have seen so many cops. I realize it’s a holiday weekend, but there have been a lot!

5:22 — “That looks like a monkey in a jacket praising the heavens on the back of that truck.”

5:43 — refueling stop. Sheetz count — also 2. Who will win this epic road-trip battle?!

5:46 — in addition to selling wine, this Sheetz has a drive-thru. What?!


5:52 — a true sign of fall.  


6:01 — rainbow! Gayest road trip ever!


6:13 — Pilot Mountain and a torrential downpour.  


6:57 — weather has cleared up a bit, thankfully. We have about an hour to go. Almost there!

7:46 — I got excited to post something from Graham, NC, and then the app went nuts. Now Chris is singing to herself. It’s been a long drive. So close!

7:56 — was just referred to as Dolly the dog’s FAIL (future aunt-in-law). Funny, Amy. Funny. 

7:58 — this just in: everyone is driving like an insane person. Except my lady, obviously. 

8:01 — regretting the decision not to put this beer in a cooler so we could consume it immediately upon arrival. 

8:10 — safely arrived! Thanks for joining us!

10:29 — I was chastised by FSIL Amy for not saying that they had wine waiting for us. The finest Charles Shaw vintage was offered to us when we arrived. Thanks, Fern and Amy!