On Friday night, Jesse and I met up with Jaime and Andrew to see the Mets vs. Reds game. I'm not a huge fan of either team, but as I live in New York, and the fact that I absolutely hate the Yankees, the Mets are my go-to team. Plus, I really like Citi Field. Anyway, to my surprise, ex-Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo was pitching for the Reds! That was pretty cool, but it was sad to see no Mets make it to second base. [I'm pulling at my collar and making the "eeellll" noise if you catch my drift - but. I know you probably don't.] Anyway, Arroyo pitched all nine innings and it was a 3-0 shut out against the Mets. Ah well. Going to baseball games are in my top five activities, so no matter what happens or who's playing, it's always fun - and we saw three homeruns!
OH ALSO: we're in the record books. The whole stadium opened a bag of chips and ate them at the same time, in the middle of the second inning, and apparently we were the largest crowd to do that EVER and some crowd rep' was handed a Guiness Book of World Records plaque. Go us.
On Saturday I headed to Rhode Island because my Tia Kim and family wanted to throw another bridal shower for me since they couldn't make it to the one last month! It was so lovely and nice and the best part was seeing all my family! Plus, my bestest friend from first grade, Colleen, was in attendance and I haven't seen her in five years. What's funny is that after spending the first three grades of elementary school together, and then me moving all over the country with sporadic visits, we've ended up in similar places in life, with both of us engaged and planning a wedding and, as we found out, similar thoughts on the whole deal. Great fun!
Katie & Sammi!
My Tia Kim really pulled off a great event full of pomegranate mimosas and delicious food! Plus, a cake whipped up by Mrs. Louise Martone (my Tia Kim's mother-in-law, which, I don't know what that makes her to me, but I consider her family!) that I devoured with a side of ice cream. I also got a few things off our registry, which Jesse was excited about, and probably the best present was a pitcher that used to belong to my grandmother before she passed away. I was very touched by all the gifts and it just got me all revved up for the wedding again!
It can be real easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out by the planning, which hasn't occurred in full-out rage, but there are times where I make my checklists and think "ughhhh no time for fun!" - but that's a lie - as I think we all know, because I have tons of fun every week and sometimes wedding planning can be just that, too. Sometimes.
Anyway, it was great fun to see everyone including my kinda-cousins (like, cousins in law twice removed or something? My Uncle-by-marriage's neices) Sammi, Sarah, and Katie, and my Aunts-in-law Linda and Cheryl and my mom's neighbor Zoe, and also my actual Uncle Arthur and actual cousin James who picked me up at the train station. Saturday reminded me what a great family I have!
The rest of the weekend I spent hanging out with my family in Massachusetts, and taking in the great weather. We went out to dinner and watched the Red Sox games, and did some wedding planning. A lot of my family from Panama is coming in a couple of weeks, so there's a lot of housing preparations my parents are doing! They're coming in for the wedding, which, believe it or not is less than a month away (?!(@$)(G)W(#R*) and I'm so excited to see my Panamanian relatives, who I last saw in January of last year!
Anyway, this week will continue to be a blend of work, wedding planning (aka work), and some fun hangs. How was your weekend?!