Showing posts with label Kayleen's Wedding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kayleen's Wedding. Show all posts

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Unexpected Things

I sometimes think that it's the unexpected things that make this journal fun.

For example, today was the reason why we are here in the first place, and I could tell you that the big wedding today was beautiful (which it was)

I could tell you that Jeri played beautifully (which she did)

I could tell you that the bride was gorgeous (which she was)

I could tell you that the reception was great fun (which it was)

But really, wouldn't you rather hear about the blood streaming down my face at 2 a.m., the bus crash, and the secret things I found at the Congressional Country Club? Sure you would. Let's start with the blood.

I got up in the middle of the night, as I often do, and made my way to the bathroom. On my way back, I forgot that there was a big credenza holding the TV between me and the chair and I ran smack into it. It was no "I know it's here somewhere and must be careful" kind of crack but a "the floor is empty and I'll just walk my usual pace" kind of crack. I literally saw stars and when I went back to the bathroom, there was blood dripping down my face. I got a wet washcloth and held it to my head and it was pretty gross looking, the blood having soaked through about half of it (head wounds bleed a lot). The bleeding stopped, but during breakfast with Jeri, Phil and Tom, it started bleeding again and I ran through lots of napkins and some ice cubes before it stopped.

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, we did have a lovely breakfast at a French cafe a block from here. We have already decided what we'll order there tomorrow. And before we'd finished, Alice Nan and Joe had come in too, so we waited while they ate their own breakfasts. By the time we left, we were walking through the lunch crowd!

During our time there, Tom regaled us with tales of a girl on the plane he took to get here and her reaction to a horror movie that their seat companion was showing her.

Around 1:45, we assembled to board our buses to go to the wedding. This was a brilliant idea, having all guests stay at the same hotel and then have 2 buses to pick them up and take them to the church. With parking the way it is, I can't even imagine how we would have parked cars.

An additional wonderful thing they did was to anticipate the ~45 min. drive to get there and they made up this great travelogue of what we would be seeing along the way. Unfortunately nobody told the bus drivers and they went a different route, so we didn't see anything in the travel booklet...but it was a lovely, thoughtful thing to do. And Norm, Walt and Alice Nan regaled us with tales of places that had been important in their childhood, which we passed along the way.

And then there was the crash. About a block and a half from the church, our bus sideswiped a car while trying to negotiate a tight turn. It dragged a car a few inches forward. The driver got out to make a report and when we found out how close we were to the church, the whole bus emptied and we marched as a group to our destination. The last we saw of the bus driver, he was filling out paperwork.

(Damage to the bus)

After the wedding, there was a receiving line outside the church before we were returned to our hotel.

Because the reception line went on so long (this was an hour Baur without anybody actually saying goodbye!), by the time we got back to the hotel, we only had 30 minutes before we were to board the bus for the reception, held at the Congressional Country Club, a gorgeous setting, incorporated in 1921 with its honorary founding president, Herbert Hoover. It will soon serve as the site of the U.S. Open, for the third time.

The site is beautiful

But I was more intrigued by what they give away in the women's bathroom

The fact that the women's rest room has a telephone in it with a line to the Senate Pub,

and that they have specially shaped butter.

I loved that the cousins had such a great time visiting with each other, like old friends, despite the fact that they have only seen each other a few times in their lives.

The bride and her father had a very sweet dance, while Jeri and Phil had a more energetic one.

While Walt's cousin Bonnie had a great time dancing with her grandson, Hazen.

I liked getting to dance with both Walt and Tom

There's lots more to tell, but I don't want to bore anyone. It was a fun, lovely and loving wedding which had, at its conclusion, perhaps the largest hour Baur ever.

I felt bad that we had to rush for the bus, and I was not able to find ANY of the people in charge to tell them what a great wedding this was and marvel at how few glitches there were. I also didn't say goodbye to Tom, who is leaving tomorrow morning for South Carolina. But thanks, Ernie and Lucille for a beautifully planned event, and to Kayleen and Sean for being such a special couple.

I think Walt demonstrated how we all felt after the big day, when we got back to the hotel.

...and just to make it a good day all around, I had word from Ashley that Buttercup got adopted today!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hour Baur Alive and Well in Bethesda

Tonight there was the rehearsal dinner (to which we were not invited) followed by a reception for all the out of town guests (to which we were) but there was a whole lotta stuff before that.

First there was Olivia's $19 oatmeal, delivered to her room without any brown sugar.

Then Walt and I ate in the hotel grill and I have to admit it was the best eggs benedict I've had in a long time. Even if it was overpriced.

I hung around the hotel until noon-ish. My friend Melody was picking me up and we planned to spend the afternoon together. When I got downstairs there was a big group of people in pink with balloons all there to cheer on the walkers in a Susan Koman Foundation walk for breast cancer.

Somebody handed me two balloons and I sat there cheering with everyone else whenever walkers dressed in pink passed by. By the time Melody arrived, the crowd of cheerers was at least double this size.

Melody drove us out to a little shopping area by her house which has lots of little restaurants built around a lake. She asked my druthers and we never got beyond her first suggestion...

This Joe's Crab Shack was quite different from the one in Sacramento and I ate an embarrassing amount of delicious Dungeness crab, while Melody had a heaping platter of coconut shrimp.

We sat watching the ducks on the lake swimming by the fountain and just talked for about 2 hours, the way we used to do. It was wonderful. Melody is one of those people you can go without seeing for years and then pick up where you left off the last time you were together. Those are very special friends.

We went to a Best Buy where I was able to buy a charger for my camera battery. This thing will charge just about any battery and I swear if a space shuttle needs charging, I can probably do it. It was spendy, but not nearly as much as buying a new camera, which was my fall-back plan!

After that we drove out to her house. Her daughter and son-in-law live with her, along with granddaughter Brianna (who is 9 months older than our Brianna), Melody's son Tenere, and the family dog Bosco. We watched Brianna play for a long time

and I found out that I was the first person Bosco hasn't barked at for a long time. He took his time, and I ignored him and he finally came over to sniff my pants and let me touch him. I'm sure he smelled generations of dogs on those pants.

Melody got me back to the hotel in time to meet the others for dinner, which we had in the hotel grill.

We each had something different. My short ribs were delicious, but Norm hit the jackpot with his chicken pot pie.

Throughout the day we had been keeping in touch with Jeri and Phil, who were en route from Boston. We went to the reception for the out of towners and Jeri showed up soon after we got there, with news that she and Phil had gotten separated at the Metro, but they did manage to get here separately and were very happy when Phil finally showed up.

Tom is on the red eye from Los Angeles and will be here in the morning, and will leave for the airport right after the reception for a conference in So. Carolina.

Phil and Jeri had not had dinner, so they filled up on the hors d'oeuvres at the reception.

People gradually started fading and heading off to their rooms...there were a LOT of people in those two tiny rooms! I came up here to recharge my battery and to start writing this. Walt said that at one point he looked around and the only people left still chattering away were: Walt, Alice Nan, Norm, Joe, Jeri and Phil. The hosts had left and the hotel staff had removed all the food.

Hour Baur is alive and well in Bethesda.

Tomorrow is the big event!