As mentioned earlier, 3 weeks ago, my brother got married to a wonderful girl! I was a bridesmaid, and thrilled/honored to be included in the wedding party…but living with RA brought some concerns that I’d gather the average bridesmaid doesn’t encounter!
A three hour drive to the city, and a three hour drive home on a sleep deficit.
A jam packed schedule with literally no down time starting at 9am Friday morning and going straight through Sunday.
All that standing.
All that dancing…because you don’t want to be remembered as the old stick in the mud.
So what happened?
I initially planned to drive up Friday early morning but once I saw our schedule started at 9am, I left Thursday at lunchtime.
I broke up the trip by stopping at the town I used to live in (a good halfway point) and managed to squeeze in a visit with my rheumy because I haven’t found one here I like. And because I like the practice I’m at and may stay! And by visit, I mean poking, prodding, and blood work.
I’m happy to report that I am being taken off methotrexate!!! That definitely pumped me up for the remaining hour or so. My left wrist was still a little ‘squishy’ but we are watching it and will re-evaluate in a few months.
I arrived in Raleigh around 4pm, just in time to go hang with my brother and then meet my parents for dinner. The best part of the day? In bed by 9pm and slept straight through to 7.
That night was amazing and was the type of sleep I needed to get through the next two days.
Friday at 9am: mani/pedi time with the ladies! I’m in the red shirt.
3pm: wedding rehearsal IN THE POURING RAIN. It was an outdoor venue and I was terrified of slipping so I literally wore a pretty dress and tennis shoes that I always keep in the car. Unfortunately, when RA is involved, function beats fashion.
4:30- Head to rehearsal dinner site to help finish set-up.
6pm: rehearsal dinner. I wound up sitting with my cousins and the preacher…so I tried to be on my best behavior. I tried sooooooo hard.
But nothing is more fun than taking awkward photos with your brother’s friends to piss him off!
I’d like to tell you that I went back to the hotel and got in bed at 9. I did not. To which I will be completely honest and give some good advice: be ye not so stupid.
I arrived at the venue at 9am the next morning for breakfast, hair and makeup. Because of the lack of good sleep, this is how I spent most of the morning…
I think this is a great ‘I feel lousy but I don’t look sick selfie’ because again, I felt terrible. Moral: sleep, it’s important!
The wedding was beautiful. I was concerned about tripping walking in and out, but I hear that’s normal. And my feet took a beating because once we got dressed, we stood until the after wedding pictures were done. We got dressed around 3pm and the wedding wasn’t until 6.
Pictures were fun but exhausting. And oops…we dropped the groom!
I fixed a good plate of food and sat for awhile. And ended the night dancing with my adorable grandma who I learned is actually a wild thing!