Part of the reason this blog has been neglected for the last couple weeks is that last weekend I was off in Nevada helping my sister and brother-in-law get hitched. I knew it would go by fast, but I underestimated the power of the wedding timewarp to make a day pass in five minutes.
Here are just a few of my favorite moments from their weekend:
- Finally meeting my adorable, almost-4 step-niece, whose demand of "read to me, Meg!" within an hour of our meeting totally cemented her place in my affections. Later in the weekend, she was showing off a picture of herself going to the library, and I asked her if she knew I worked in a library. "Yep!" was her reply. I don't think she really did--"yep!" and "sure!" were frequent answers from her--but it cracked me up.
- Nothing to do with the wedding, but getting another chance on Guitar Hero was fun. Suffice to say, it went much better this time. I got to rock out with "Anarchy in the UK" before I left, and I'm just starting to get out of withdrawal.
- After the rehearsal dinner, we took Beth for a nightcap/her last single drinks out at The Artisan, a neat off-the-strip, non-casino hotel, which was decorated with bookshelves, candles, and fine art reproductions scattered across walls and ceiling. Really great atmosphere.
- The ceremony went by in a beautiful blur. My only regret is that I didn't have more time to just sit and enjoy the Baroque music ensemble as they played before the ceremony.
- Beth and Dad's "surprise" father-daughter dance. Somewhat inspired by this one, but Beth couldn't get Bryan to participate in such an exhibition. Instead, she and Dad started off slow dancing to "It's a Wonderful World" then segued into "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" from the Blues Brothers soundtrack--complete with sunglasses and lipsyncing the announcement. They rocked. As it started, Bryan was pre-occupied with trying to find something. I grabbed his arm and told him to pay attention a bunch of times. He must have thought I was crazy, but his expression when the surprise happened was fun to witness.
- Being able to officially call Bryan bro, which I've been doing unofficially for the last few months. Having a brother is still a novelty, since it was just Beth and me growing up. I'm looking forward to many occasions of ganging up on Beth to tease her about whatever. :)
- FINALLY turning over to them their wedding afghan, a project that took me about ten months to complete. It will be a long time before I knit anyone else an afghan, but it's awfully satisfying to have done it.