This evening, I am raising my palm tree/sunshine/sailboat glass full of "Painkiller" in a wedding toast to Michelle and Mark, who are getting married in an hour (my time).
Yesterday, hubby went out and bought a cocktail shaker, and the ingredients for a the Painkiller we had onboard the catamaran to St. John's in the USVI last Aug., and tonight he made me this luscious drink! The only thing missing is the Caribbean!
If you'd like to join me, you'll need some orange juice, pineapple juice, coconut milk, and RUM, shake it up with ice, and top with a pinch of nutmeg. Mmmmmm!
Donna - that sounds sooooooooooooo good. We are getting together w/Mark's 2 brothers, wife & soon to be wife to discuss the one couples wedding plans (they are getting married the day after Christmas (what a day) I said I would bring the fruit & ingredients for a pitcher of sangria but this sounds much better. How much of what? *Deb
Mark and Deb, yes, getting married the day after Christmas is "What a day! We did it almost 37 years ago and it was crazy, but wonderful. I was teaching full time and had no other time off. If we'd waited till school was out it would have meant a 14 month engagement. Plus, my dad always got a big bonus for Christmas, which my parents used to pay for the reception, instead of paying off their credit card bills. The reception cost $600, including a nice buffet for almost 200 people. Love those '66 prices!
That was the year my mother put her foot down and insisted we get an artificial tree so the house wouldn't burn down with all the wedding gifts. lol We're still using that tree. We put it up in our finished basement for holiday parties, especially when our 5 kids and 6 grands come on Christmas Day. I still like it better than our newer one in the front window.
My sister was my maid of honor in emerald green velvet and the 4 maids wore gold velvet. I really wanted them in red, but my cousin had done that 4 years earlier and I was borrowing her gown and didn't want to be a total copycat. It was a beautiful day all the way around--blue sky and sun shining on the 6 in of recent snow and Christmas colors everywhere.
We had a brief honeymoon at a hotel complex in Columbus (indoor pool). Couldn't get holiday flight to FL from Dayton that year. The next year was every bit as crazy--baby due Christmas Eve, moved into our newly-built home 12/20. Baby held off till 12/29. I had all our Xmas presents bought/made and wrapped by 11/7 in case I went early . Now we are empty-nesters and hooked on cruising.
Explorer E. Carib. 1/12/-2
Explorer W. Carib. 1/18/03
Summit Alaska cruise/tour 8/3/03
Adventure S. Carib. 2/8/04
I think my first wife read my mind. I think she knew if I took any time to think about it, I would not have married her. I won't go into the full circumstances--just watch "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" Note the story of the puffy mouse. And know that I was in a very spineless phase of my life.
We started dating in August and she wanted to be married before she reached 21. The only Saturday available was the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which happened to be the same day as OSU v. you know who, the most sacred of weekends in this town. It was also 3 weeks before her birthday and my graduation day. I graduated on a Friday the thirteenth, on my wife's 21st birthday, during a 79% eclipse of the sun and, I'm sure, a freeze warning for Hades, 12 days before Christmas.
It took me 10 1/2 years to get out of the marriage. And it took the Buckeyes 23 years to break the curse wrought by my sacrilege--they didn't win the Rose Bowl for those many years.
So, 14 years ago, Chris and I started dating in August. We thought we'd get married between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I was afraid she'd change her mind! On the day after TG, we went downtown to get the license. It was the day after my previous anniversary. We thought there'd be a waiting period before the license became valid, so we planned to get married by J-O-P the next weekend. But, just because it was the Holidays, the waiting period was waived. As a matter of fact they were having a sale on civil certemonies that day.
Neither one of us could resist the bargain--I was 50% off over her, she was 50% off over me. The bargain rate for the civil ceremony was a deal maker. And because we had met at work, we used our company service anniversary rings for the ceremony. We went home, man and wife.
Annually, we argue over whether our anniversary is the calendar date, or the day after TG--I say the former, she says the latter. I feel squeamish when that day falls on my previous anniversary. The two marriages are completely opposite in nature, and I like keeping them as separated as possible. But we always take that weekend as honeymoon celebration. And then there's Christmas.
So every year at this time, a huge vortex appears in our accounts and money just kinda disappears. Somehow it always comes back. It's a perpetual bargain--we're still 50% off.
I don't even remember what this thread was about. What I've written, I've written. Sic stet.
I may dwell on the land, but I live at sea!
Sensation 2/03 I disembarked, but never really left the ship.
Sensation 04/05 The vessel made me do it!
Summit 03/06 to Hawaii, Where God left his fingerprints, in memory of Margaret.
Carnival Freedom (March 08)
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