About that time there was an onslaught of weddings…

October 3, 2007 at 2:23 am | Posted in autumn, fads, family, friends, i win at life, luck, mad mad world, philadelphia, travel, wedding | 4 Comments

For the past three years or so, my wedding attendance schedule has been pretty regular – one a year. Coincidentally, the wedding three years ago was in December, two years ago was in November, and last year was in October. I fully expected to continue the tradition this year with a wedding in September, but that was not to happen. Instead, I have 4 wedding lined up for the rest of 2007, and THREE of them are in October. Even though all the travel may be rough, and it’s going to end up costing us an arm and a leg, I am really excited for all the nuptials. During the one weekend where I am not actually attending a wedding I’ll be attending a bridal shower. What better way to indulge in my wedding obsession than spending every weekend at a wedding related function?

The first wedding we’ll be attending is next weekend down in Rehoboth Beach, which is one of my favorite vacation spots ever. We’re lucky to be staying with friends of ours at their family’s beach house, which means we won’t have to fork over money for a hotel room for the weekend. The ceremony is at a church near the beach and the reception is at a vineyard outside town. It should be great, and I’m really excited for it. One of the interesting things will be the opportunity to see what choices the bride and groom made. See, before I started wedding planning I had no idea how many DETAILS there are in the ceremony and the reception. Everything from the music, the vows, the color, the food, the order of the dances, the seating, the silverware, the decision whether or not to throw the bouquet, the dress, the invites: they’re all flexible. Things I wouldn’t have paid too much attention to before – like the kind of flowers in the centerpiece or the filling in the cake, or whether or not they do a bridal party dance – are probably going to captivate me.

We’ll be home on Sunday, and then I have another 5 days to obsess about my own wedding until I hit up my cousin’s bridal shower, followed by her wedding the next weekend. Yes, the shower and the wedding are very close together, but with good reason. Her two older sisters both just gave birth for the first time in the beginning of August and one of them lives out in Vegas and won’t be coming to town until next Friday. Being brand new Moms and planning a shower on top of it can’t be easy.My cousin’s wedding will be very different from the first one we’re attending. For one thing, it’s on a Friday night, and it will be much smaller and more intimate. The church isn’t far from where she grew up, and the reception is at a well known restaurant/banquet facility just over the border in PA. The Old Boy and I are both taking the day off of work so that we don’t miss the 6pm ceremony and will probably spend the morning in our first pre-marital counseling with the new priest who will be officiating our wedding, so it’ll be an extra wedding-y day.

Last, but not least, is Jeremy’s older sister’s wedding in Philadelphia. This one is another weekender, since The Old Boy is in the wedding and we need to be up there for rehearsal on Friday night. Again, this wedding should be different than the other two because it’s taking place right in the heart of Philadelphia at an old Catholic cathedral, and the reception is at a swanky downtown hotel where we also happen to be staying for the weekend.In the midst of all this, I still have 71293164893217483 things to check off the to-do list for my own wedding, but instead I keep adding to it everyday. First and foremost must be the purchase of a dress, because with just six and a half months to go, I am going to be walking down the aisle in a bunch of white bedsheets that I fashion together with rubber bangs and safety pins.


About that time it was October and I could still watch the Phillies play ball…

October 1, 2007 at 11:28 pm | Posted in autumn, baseball, guts, i win at life, luck, mad mad world, philadelphia, Phillies | 1 Comment

“Half this game is ninety per cent mental.” – Danny Ozark, former Philadelphia Phillies manager (1973-1979) In 1993, my Mom and Dad let my little brother and I stay up to watch the Phillies in the World Series. Each night we would put on our pajamas and bring our pillow and a blanket and park ourselves in front of the television. My Mom would make popcorn and we’d all pull for the home team. Usually by the fourth or fifth inning my eyelids would start to get heavy, and with the exception of one night, I was always fast asleep well before the seventh inning stretch. That one game was Game Six, where the the Phillies fell to the Blue Jays 8-6 and our dreams of being World Champions was officially over. It was devastating.

Fourteen mediocre years have passed, and although I always kept the hope alive the whole time it was obvious during many of those seasons that the Phillies didn’t have a chance to repeat their 1993 season. For the past couple years it’s been different. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins – these guys are good, and for the first time I thought to myself that maybe we could do it. Everyone laughed when Jimmy Rollins predicted that Philadelphia was the team to beat this season, and now I can say it. For the first time since I was in the seventh grade, I can finally say it. THERE IS GOING TO BE A POSTSEASON!

I don’t think I can describe the amount of cheering that went on in my living room today between The Old Boy and I. I am practically hoarse, and I wasn’t even at the stadium. Although I never lost hope, I sure didn’t think that I’d be writing this post back in May when we saw them fall to the Blue Jays with an abysmal 13-2 score. Say what you want. Say the Mets choked. They did, that’s completely true. But it was more than that. This year’s team was the perfect combination of luck, guts, and heart. Check out this great Sports Illustrated article written before Philadelphia’s 10,000th loss. It exemplifies being a Philadelphia fan perfectly. Now if we can only do something about those Eagles…

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