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Monday, August 21, 2006

One wedding down, one more to go

Brian and Jen's wedding was wonderful. It was great to see so much of my family, most of whom I haven't seen in at least two years. THe ceremony was really short, taking just under 13 minutes, but was moving nonetheless.
THe rehersal dinner was great, and the reception after the wedding was a blast. Just wish the travel there and back had gone smoother. I drove down to Charlettesville, VA Thursday night after work and dinner (a tad nerve-racking since I hadn't done that before, but no serious problems) to spend the night at my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Phil's house and drive down to SC wityh PHil and my cousin David, who starts college this week. Halfway there, I realize that in my haste to get out of the house, I left my suit hanging on the back of my door. THankfully, PHil was kind enough to lend me one of his that turned out to fit me perfectly. THe next morning, we had planned to leave around ten. IT turned out to be noon before we actually left, so it was nearly 7:00pm by the time we got to the hotel in Greenville. We had just enough time to go to our rooms and change before the rehersal dinner.
GOing back on Sunday, we dropped my grandparents off at the CHarlotte, NC airport. Pop-Pop was looking pretty bad, but they'd gotten him a wheelchair, and I took all their luggage in so he wouldn't have to strain himself. We were a little worried, but everything seemed okay, so we kept going.
Apparently, we were right to be worried. Pop-pop seems to have suffered a heart attack some time after getting through security. THankfully, he knew what was happening and help arrived quickly. Also, my uncle Bob was still in the airport waiting for his flight, so they paged him, too. Pop-pop's in the hoaspital down there now, and when we heard about it, my mom and aunt Nancy decided they would go back down there. We weren't that far along at that point and met for lunch and to coordinate everything. THey're still down there now, probably for the rest of the week while he's being held for observation.
I rode with my father in the rental car back up to Charlottesville, where we stopped for a quick dinner at home with Phil and my cousins, then I follewed my dad the two hours back to Fairfax and out to Dulles airport so he could drop off the rental car. All told, I arrived home just before 11:00, completely exhausted.
It was a very bad ending to a great weekend.
But on the bright side, my cousin Libby is getting married up in Erie over Labor Day, so I have another wedding to look forward to, and more time with my extended family, plus some time with Jess, who will have started school at Allegheny again.


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