May 8, 2008
The last two weeks have been an amazing amount of "Go! Go! GO!" as Jeff and I went to Las Vegas to get married. The week before the wedding, we had professional pictures of us taken in our wedding outfits to put in small albums as gifts for the parents. I haven't seen the Excalibur professional photos yet but I'm not holding my breath in hopes of high quality for them.
While in Las Vegas, we caught a few shows: Louie Andersen who was really funny. Ronn Lucas who had some surprisingly ribald humor for a kids show and the Tournament of Kings dinner show which was fabulous. I very much enjoyed it. Also, thanks to Heather leading us on Monorail Madness, we stopped by Quarks in the Hilton and visited a number of casinos - Caesars Palace, the MGM Grand, the Luxor and, of course, the Excalibur. Then there was a brief stint to the Fremont Experience and its ceiling of lights. It was a good time.
Thoughts about Las Vegas - it is loud, bright and smoky all the time. Plus, people want to sell you stuff... all the time. This stuff ranges from the merely expensive (time shares) to the truly obscene (hooker cards anyone?). The gambling was amusing. I did very well at Casino War but that was about it. Heather was good at the slots and Jeff hit it bit at the roulette wheel. I'm glad I visited but, honestly, I never want to return. It was a good experience - once.
The wedding was great after all of the minor problems and one major crisis were worked out. 90 minutes before you wedding is not the time to discover that you have forgotten your custom made corset for your wedding outfit. It would have been less of a crisis if I had realized it when I unpacked two days earlier. But, thanks to the heroic efforts of my maid of honor, Heather, I had an adequate substitute for the wedding.
As an aside, when I was in the car with Heather, commenting that she had been awesome the entire trip but I wondered what she would do if a real crisis broke out, I really didn't want a crisis to break out. I was just speculating. As it turned out, she was just as awesome as always and for that I am ever grateful.
I am also grateful for those who made it to the actual wedding and the CA reception. It meant a lot to me to see people I had not seen in a long time. Rob was most excellent as Jeff's best man. Rich and Cil were spectacular as the candid picture takers at the wedding and the coordinators of the CA reception. Wendy and Jeff were very generous as the hosts of the CA reception. It was very cool to get the comment "Doritors, Krispy Kremes, Asti... best wedding reception ever."
I am very pleased that both of my parents dressed up as the Queen and King for the wedding. They both looked wonderful. It made all of the pictures look that much more cool. My mom gave me an old necklace she used to wear all the time. It was a gold filled glass and her gold teething charm. Somehow, it fit perfectly with my wedding garb.
Jeff, my husband, was a saint through all of the trip and the corset crisis. He understands that I get uptight. He understands that sometimes, all he can do is be there. We had a great time playing the slots and gambling. Plus, he was the handsomest man there in my eyes. Sometimes, I just can't stop looking at him.
The final thought on Las Vegas and the wedding is this: Why the heck aren't there any simple "Just Married" t-shirts in the casinos or t-shirt stores all around the casinos? I mean, Las Vegas is practically the marriage capital of the world and I didn't see so much as a "Just Married" bumper sticker. I don't get it. I really don't. Some out there in Las Vegas, you can made a fortune over this. "Just Married" t-shirts are in need.
My family and my friends are aware that I am married. I've begun the transition of letting the state and government know this as well. The license was filed immediately and I've got the certified copies to this fact. Today, I went through the process of changing my name on my SSN card. Tomorrow, I am going to make the attempt to get my driver's license changed. Next week will be the bank. All the while, I will be informing my various employers of the name change.
All this makes my life a little complicated because I will continue to write under my maiden name - which now makes it my pen name which is weird to me - while being paid under my married name.
The last bit of my wedding will be the Washington reception on the 17th. Rob, the best man, is also a fabulous chef. He is catering the reception. Also, we have a sculpted cake from Mike's Amazing Cakes for it. It is going to be the Dark Tower on a field of red roses with the broken monoliths scattered around. Two gunslingers will be walking up the path to the Dark Tower, just about to enter. I can't wait to see it. Yes, there will be lots of pictures.
Then, life will go back to as normal as our lives ever are. Which is to say, not that normal which is the way I like it. In five months, Jeff and I will be in Hawaii for our honeymoon.