I traveled alone. Again, with the drama but it's the first flight I've taken on my own since I met MJ in Barcelona all those years ago for our epic European vacation. That was international, this was domestic. Very domestic. Only an hour and a half flight with no layover to San Jose. I successfully navigated my way there and back. I only follow him around like a lost puppy when we travel together because I know that I can.
There just aren't very many weddings in my life these days. Everyone has moved onto baby showers and kid's birthday parties so this was the first wedding I've been to in far too long and I was really looking forward to it. It has also been far too long since I've seen my little sister and it was really awesome to be able to meet up with my whole family (minus big sis).
My cousin looked beautiful. I honestly can't recall the last time I saw her. It has to have been at least ten years ago. Probably longer. I saw aunts and uncles that I haven't seen since my wedding and others that I haven't in way longer than that. It's so strange to be that person saying the last time I saw you--you were just a little toddler running around. I remember how I used to roll my eyes a little at the shock and disbelief on their faces when adults used to say that to me and stand around acting like it's a miracle that I am no longer two feet tall. Surely, they didn't expect me to be the same size all these years later? Well, now I get it. Time passes so fast. You know that you are getting older, but it's jarring when you see the manifestation of that passage of time standing in front of you with a drink in their hand. It's mind blowing.
The wedding was beautiful and very well done from the tasty buffet to the decorations.
I don't see my extended family very often so this wedding was a good excuse to find the time and the money to get on that plane and make it happen. It was a short, but really sweet weekend. Friday to Sunday went so fast. We coordinated our arrival/departure times, stayed in hotel rooms a few doors apart and ate at Olive Garden once and Denny's twice. Olive Garden because my little sister lives in San Francisco and the closest one is hard to get to on public transportation. It was a good choice because I can go any time I want, but rarely do. I almost forgot how much I love Lasagna Classico. And Denny's because our hotel was near the airport and there really wasn't much of anything else around. We went to two different locations but I ate the same thing both times. Their french toast is the bomb. Maybe I need to go back to dining in chain restaurants more often. I already know MJ will not go along with it.
As if you couldn't tell. I really like weddings.