Sunday, April 15, 2012

The week my head exploded

If I had a crystal ball I would have found a way to make this last week last a year. Not that it was that good, there was just so much crammed into just a few days that I really should have been able to spread it over a year.

Monday was fine, I went to work, nothing spectacular there. I took Tuesday and Wednesday off to take care of a friends three kids while she had surgery. It was fun but let's just say I'm not as young as I used to be. We gardened and played at the park, A LOT!

I took them home on Wednesday and all I could think about as I drove home was a nice, long, hot bath in the jetted tub. I needed it! Then my cell phone rang and the world started spinning out of control.

Hailey called and said she and Josh had just bought a marriage license and a judge was coming to my house on Saturday to marry them. What the hell? Hailey had mentioned that she and Josh wanted to get married, since she so recently called off a wedding to say I was not excited would be an understatement. I told her when she was 21 I would pay for a wedding but until then she was on her own. Hailey then told me they would go to Vegas and I reminded her that I would kick her ass if she got married without me.

They were on their way to tell Josh's mom. My brain started melting a little bit at that point. I went home and started cleaning, which is what I do when I'm stressed, then I got a text. Are you seeing a pattern here? I think everything is my cell phone's fault! Anyway, back to the text.

"A car just hit us" Just for future reference, this is not the best way to tell your mother you've been in a car accident.

I call her, she's fine, I go to the accident to pick her up. I'm pretty much speechless. They tow Hailey's car away and we go home, call the insurance company, call my boss and tell her I need to take Thursday off.

Thursday, more dealings with the insurance company. The girl who hit Hailey was 15 and didn't have a license, she tried to get Hailey and Josh to tell the police someone else was driving. Not a chance. The other drivers insurance company called and said "there is an issue with coverage" Really? Could this week get any better? So my insurance company is taking care of everything, and that leaves me with a $500 deductible.

I drove Hailey around all day Thursday while she made wedding arrangements, bought a cake topper and wine glasses, decorations and ordered flowers.

On Friday I went to work and had a mini meltdown, wound up in tears and had to go home before I had even been there two hours. The insurance company called and said Hailey's car is totaled so we had to run all over town to sign papers to release it. After that, I'm not really sure what happened. Friday night passed in a haze and Saturday, well, let's just say there was lots of alcohol involved. Thankfully Hailey's new mother in law was on top of all the things I was falling down on, like a cake and food. If you ever have to plan a wedding in a short time, Lorna is definitely the woman you want helping you.

Somehow I made it. It's Sunday, the wedding went off without a hitch and the kids are happy. My new son in law decorated my kitchen with champagne and my sister helped decorate the kids car.

So congratulations to Hailey and Josh, I love you both and would have picked you for each other if it was up to me. It's going to be a lot of work, this marriage thing, but I think you have what it takes to make it. You both also have mothers who will slay dragons for you and that never hurts.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Losing it, one red belt at a time

It's been a while since I wrote a blog, I would apologize and say I'll do better but we all know its a lie so I'll skip that, kay?

Anyway, Hailey's wedding is in 48 days. We found the reception center in January, we got the dress, the bridal party, the invitations, yada yada yada. Anyway, I want you to know that I have been in control, on top of this, had it all figured out. Until one little red belt caused made me lose it.

I should have known when we went bridesmaid dress shopping and the dresses were not only found at the first store, they were the only dresses the girls tried on, and they were on sale. Add to this the fact that the bridesmaids are three teenage girls and you see how truly momentous this is.  Hailey's future mother in law and I were sure we were in for a night of hell but we were in, out and on our way home in an hour. I should have known then that a piano was going to fall on my head.

The dresses are perfect, well, almost, they are black and white with a yellow belt. Black and white is great, but the yellow has got to go. The accent color of the wedding is red. I told the girls I would find them red belts to go with the dresses.

I have spent about eight hours this weekend looking for thin red belts. I went to every store within driving distance and looked online. I can find them online, for more than the dresses cost. Not gonna happen.

So, I've decided that red belts are like unicorns, everyone has heard of them but no one has actually seen one. I bought some red ribbon, think I can make it work?

All I can say is thank God for wine.