I'll backtrack a bit before we get on to the beautiful wedding we attended in Louisville, KY, for my niece, Jaime.
I was able to get my cast off on Friday. Oh, how good it felt to run my arm under cool water and soap it up! The electric saw they used to cut the cast sent me into a panic but I survived--truly scary. And to be honest, I hesitate to say that I almost miss the cast--it kept my arm from moving so the real work/pain has begun since I can now move things around. Again, I'll survive.
We were on the road to Louisville at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning. We survived on coffee, Diet Pepsi, granola bars and Frito's on the drive. I thought I was very organized but I wasn't. More on that later.
Here is Jaime and Garrett after the ceremony on the rooftop of the 21c Museum (which is also a hotel, ours in fact). It was a gorgeous day and the ceremony was officiated by a longtime friend of Garrett's who had us laughing and tearing up at the same time. The couple read their own written vows that had us laughing and crying once more, a bit of classical and blue grass music was played by a guitarist and wonderful vocalist/friend. My favorite part was when the minister/friend read Jaime and Garrett's favorite passages from their mutually loved book, The Incredible Lightness of Being. And then it was over, with marital vows and a long kiss. So lovely.
The rooftop looked out over the Ohio River on one side and the city on the other. As you can see it was a simply gorgeous day.
The bridesmaids were Jaime's sisters, Mindy and Katy, and they wore champagne color dresses with red accents-- shoes and jewelry. The flowers also had white and red blooms at the ceremony and the reception. The men sported red ties and buttoniers.
After the ceremony we stayed outdoors for bit and then wandered in to a great space to mingle with guests and have a cool drink. Wait staff made the rounds with gorgeous hors d' oevres. We then went down to the atrium for the formal reception--dinner and dancing. Again, everything was elegant and festive and had a wonderful original touch.
When the crowd broke up after the music ended, many of us moved to the hotel bar. My niece, Katy, took this picture of me with my brother, John, the father of the bride. He's such a great, smart and loveable guy, I'm proud to call him Bro. He's on his 47th year of teaching high school and he has a long history of coaching H.S. baseball. He was inducted into the Indiana Hall of Fame awhile back. I often feel sad that he doesn't live in Chicago but it's extra special to get together. The Husband went upstairs to retire early and I actually managed to carry on until about 1:00 a.m. Those Louisville people are so much fun. And they are so touchy and huggy---I didn't wear my splint for cosmetic reasons and I swear I had so many people grab and hang on to my arm I thought it had been broken all over again! Still...love all of the new friends we made.
Does this not look outstanding? My mouth is watering just looking and remembering how good it was. Eggs Benedict atop a round of fried cornbread, a very healthy version, along with a handful of baby arugula and a drizzle of olive oil and some Parm. The perfect brunch the following morning. And conveniently just down on the main floor of the museum/hotel. :)
The Husband snapped this of me and my mimosa. The light is quite forgiving.
Katy gave us explicit instructions on how to find the part of town we wanted to explore; something with boutiques, gift shops, bookstores, coffee shops and bars. She didn't disappoint and we found ourselves on Baxter/Bardstown Rd. I loved the vintage clothing stores...I've bought and worn a few items in the past...my favorites were a black silk dress I kept for weddings and funeral alike, and a dusty pink nubby wool coat that I wore for years. Didn't buy anything this time but was drooling over a yellowish/brown wool, sleeveless A-line dress. Our biggest purchases were in the two bookstores we found---I'll share more on my picks later. We ducked out of the 91 degree heat into coffee shops, a bar for nacho's and a beer and finally a small place for a glass of wine and a quick Google of restaurants we might enjoy. And that we found a place called Jack Frys. Outstanding! But...by then I was feeling the effects of the sun and was painfully aware of some sunburn. Ugh.
Always a Mom, I picked up a few things for the girls. I loved this T shirt for Abby. I also bought two sort of Boho dresses for Emily...haven't seen them yet so I hope they like their souvenirs.
Morning Glory's going crazy
Home sweet home. We met my brother for breakfast at about 8 a.m. Monday morning before we got on the road. He had guests staying at his home and obviously had to be totally worn out but he met The Husband and I that early nonetheless. As I always say, family is everything.
I slept off and on all the way back to Illinois. I never sleep well in hotels. Saturday night I didn't pay much attention to my pillows and slept on one filled with down feathers. I'm terribly allergic and woke up with red splotches all over my face and neck. My make up powder did a great cover up but in the days since it has dried up and peeled like a sun burn. Odd indeed. Once we arrived home about 3:00 p.m., I washed my face and dove into bed with my dogs and slept a few hours like a baby. I guess you can say I don't travel well. The Husband woke me up about 5---he had ordered Chinese food and had it all spread out on a perfectly set table. Love that guy.
I can't say that everything was spot on and a bunch of roses. Since I'm so "wordy" I thought I'd give you a different format for the glitches in our trip.
1) Driving down we underestimated the time. I had an appointment for hair and make up (due to my lack of movement with broken arm). Admittedly, we were very, very behind in time.
2) Tried to cancel with salon and found my credit card would be charged the full price regardless of whether I showed up or not. WHAT???
3) In trying to make my skin as soft and moisturized as possible for said make up application, I massaged jojoba oil into my face several times on the way south.
4) Managed to get oil in both eyes and totally screwed up my eyes and contact lenses to the point of sheer blindness.
5) Not remembering if I had an extra case or pair of contacts, I hysterically ordered The Husband to pull off the expressway at the next town to find a pharmacy/drugstore.
6) Found one 20 minutes later at which time contacts were rolling around my eyeballs and I was beginning to resign myself to wearing my nerdy glasses all weekend.
7) Found a new case in antiquated pharmacy which seemed like it was still being operated by Mr. Gower.
8) Removed contacts and proceeded to sort thorough duffel bag in trunk...found contact case as well as a new package of contacts.
9) Made my way to salon appointment by the skin of my teeth. Got out 20 minutes before ceremony, grabbed a cab, threw on dress, broke necklace and stumbled on to rooftop in time for the procession.
Let's skip ahead. Happily got on the road back to Chicago Monday morning. Was drifting off into a much needed sleep when I had a thought and bolted upward. "Did you check the closets?" I implored as The Husband hummed to the radio. "No. Did you?" We are minus one man's suit, dress shirt, tie and two gorgeous dresses I had professionally altered. One of which I had hoped to wear at son's wedding rehearsal dinner next week. They will be shipped---I didn't bother to ask the charge. With my luck it can only be unbearable to know.
I sorted everything out yesterday. Started my physical therapy for the arm (the man has a torture chamber that could rival Christian Grey). Did the grocery shopping and paid the girl who watched the house/dogs. I watered the grass, weeded and made a decent dinner after a lot of (delicious) restaurant food. I won't bother you with what I have going on tomorrow. The Husband promises a trip to our place in Asheville in November and all I can think of is that cool mountain air. Blame me?